Religion to the Stars?

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

I disremember how I came across this 2012 article, "Should Humanity Take Religion On Interstellar Space Voyage?", but thought it had some things that needed addressing. It's obviously written from a secularist perspective, and the token Christian that they interviewed certainly did not express an understanding of the Bible. He said we have to leave behind Earth-based religions. I reckon he doesn't know about religion, history — and people.

What place does religion have in possible interstellar travel? What about aliens and faith? What does this have to do with Christmas, anyway?
Modified image from Pixabay / falco and clip art from Clker
It's one thing to leave behind our political views or other things that we select, but the Christian faith is who we are, it's not like choosing a hat or something. A Christian has been changed by God (2 Cor. 5:17) and is adopted as one of his children (John 1:12, Rom. 8:15, Heb. 12:7). Several astronauts are Christians, including James Irwin, Jack Lousma, Rick Husband and Michael Anderson (who perished in the 2003 Columbia disaster), Buzz Aldrin (who took communion on the moon), and others. Who you are goes with you.

The concept of life on other worlds is based on naturalistic presuppositions. 

But what of the bigger question that may arise, "Should we proclaim our religious views to inhabitants of other worlds?" There's a short story by Ray Bradbury that was in The Illustrated Man. It's called "The Fire Balloons", and I seem to recollect pertinent parts. Some priests want to convert Martians, who exist as spheres of energy. They built a church and offered them an idol of one of their own kind, but it was all rejected. Apparently, since they were not physical, they didn't need redemption.

Actually, I think Bradbury was on the right track.

"But Cowboy Bob, how is this related to Christmas?"

On December 25, many people observe the birth of Jesus (some foolishly claim that he never existed). Adam, the first man, sinned, and death entered the picture, effecting everything (Rom. 5:12, Rom 8:20-22). All have sinned (Rom. 3:23) and deserve death (Rom. 6:23a). God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, is the Creator (John 1:3, Col. 1:16-17). He humbled himself and took on the form of man (Phil. 2:6-7). Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and bodily raised on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-9, Acts 2:31, Mark 16:14, John 20:19-20). Jesus was the last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) who died for our sins. Although we all deserve death (Rom. 6:23, Isaiah 53:6, Psalm 53:2-3), all who humble themselves and receive him by faith become transformed (2 Cor. 5:17). In addition, we become God's children (John 1:12, Rom. 8:15-16, 1 John 3:1). That's a great reason to celebrate the birth of Jesus! You, too, can have salvation through Jesus Christ. For an explanation and gospel message, click here.

Although it's not a hill that I'd lead a cavalry charge on, I lack belief that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, both scientifically and theologically. Although there are assumptions of evolution and "deep time" made by secularists, playing the odds that there must be life way out yonder is a losing gamble, and the odds are getting worse all the time. For science and theology about this, see "Did God create life on other planets?"

Jesus was born, died, and rose again for the Adamic race (us). For the reasons cited above, there is no reason to think we should preach the gospel and hope that Xenu will bow his knee (?) in repentance. To expect possible travelers to the stars to leave their religion behind is ridiculous, but it will most likely be for their own benefit and not for alleged extraterrestrial denizens.