Ken Ham believes God created everything. I’m with him on that.
He also thinks it unlikely there is life on other planets. We’ll wait and see, I suppose, but nothing in that vein would surprise me one way or the other.
Here’s where he and I definitely part company though, and it has nothing to do with conjecture about whether there is life on other planets. No, it has to do with the eternal destiny of God’s creation: Mr. Ham thinks that in the unlikely event there is intelligent life on other planets it is guaranteed to spend eternity doomed to hell. In an article at The Raw Story he is quoted saying:
“You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation,” he explained. “Jesus did not become the ‘GodKlingon’ or the ‘GodMartian’! Only descendants of Adam can be saved. God’s Son remains the ‘Godman’ as our Savior.”
(Mr. Ham wrote an article at Answers in Genesis presenting his views in more detail.)
Where Mr. Ham Goes Wrong
Just because all creation is tainted by sin does not therefore mean that intelligent life must be earth-originated-human (“Adam’s descendants”) in order to be saved through Jesus Christ. In fact, the Bible teaches just the opposite: all creation will be renewed through the redemption found in Jesus.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. (Romans 8:20-21.)
The phrase “subjected to frustration” is the reference to sin affecting all creation (as Mr. Ham said, “the whole universe), but the bit about being “liberated from bondage” also applies to the whole universe. The passage is clear that creation – all of it, from what I can tell, meaning the entire universe – will share “the freedom and glory” of God’s people.
Jesus explicitly tells us that this liberation not just for humans, but for all creation:
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making all things new!” (Revelation 21:5.)
Those words translated “all things” in that verse mean just that in the original Greek: all things. Likewise, the word “new” really is from the Greek word meaning new. Everything is being made new, not just people but all creation. So if there is intelligent life on other planets, they will be part of the liberation promised in Romans 8 and the renewal Jesus declared in Revelation 21.
I find this comforting. There is no part of God’s creation he doesn’t care for, whether it’s a person here on earth or whoever might be found across the universe.
But perhaps all of this is an alien concept to Mr. Ham?