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No salvation for aliens, according to creationist Ken Ham

Creationist Ken Ham doesn’t believe extraterrestrials exist. But, if they do, they are destined for hell.

Ham, a Christian conference speaker, president and founder of the Christian ministry Answers in Genesis-U.S., and founder of the Creation Museum, made headlines back in February 2014 when he debated creationism with science educator Bill Nye.

Now Ham is generating headlines again because of recent comments about extraterrestrial life and its non-existence. On July 20, Ham posted a blog on the Answers in Genesis website in response to a NASA panel discussion at which NASA astronomer Kevin Hand stated, “I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe.”

Naturally, Ham disagrees. He first criticizes the “desperate and fruitless search” for extraterrestrial life. Then he responds, “The Bible, in sharp contrast to the secular worldview, teaches that earth was specially created, that it is unique and the focus of God’s attention (Isaiah 66:1 and Psalm 115:16). Life did not evolve but was specially created by God, as Genesis clearly teaches. Christians certainly shouldn’t expect alien life to be cropping up across the universe.”

He firmly discounts the notion of extraterrestrial life. But, if alien life does exist, Ham explains that any such life will be out of luck when it comes to judgment day. He details,

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. One day, the whole universe will be judged by fire, and there will be a new heavens and earth . . . An understanding of the gospel makes it clear that salvation through Christ is only for the Adamic race—human beings who are all descendants of Adam.

The Pope seems to believe differently, however, after recently approving of baptizing Martians.

Ham’s comments understandably prompted news outlets to write stories with headlines like “Creationist Ken Ham Says Aliens Will Go To Hell So Let’s Stop Looking For Them” and “Ken Ham: NASA Is Pointless Because Aliens Are Going to Hell Anyway.” Although these headlines accurately represent Ham’s sentiments, he took offense, claiming, “secularists and some media outlets have been falsely accusing me of saying space aliens are going to hell.” He feels these headlines unfairly represent his comments because he doesn’t believe in aliens.

So, in response to said headlines, Ham posted a video with Answers in Genesis astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner in which the two “search the heavens for aliens using a telescope.”

The point the two are attempting to make in the video is that NASA should keep looking for extraterrestrials because they won’t find any. And that lack of detection only bolsters Ham’s “aliens don’t exist” position.

About Jason McClellan

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Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

10 comments

  1. avatar

    What a dumb fuck.

  2. avatar

    WHY Jason? WHY???

    This guy is the biggest religious idiot I have ever heard of. This man’s ignorance is only matched by his ability to hide his head in the sand of science and knowledge.

    You and the Openminds staff are far above this type of character so please keep these idiots off the radar.

  3. avatar

    so according with this brilliant guy, god that inst a descend of Adams go to hell too? such a closed minded person omg

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    So, I’m a Christian… yet I see no reason why aliens would not be allowed into heaven. That’s like saying “animals will not be allowed into heaven.” I respect a lot of the Creationist theories Ken Ham has made but I would strongly disagree with him on this subject.

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    so, this creative God he believes in only made this one little marble? What about all the other marbles out there in the Universe? Who made those? And I do not recognize nor accept guilt just cause Adam ate some smart fruit.

  6. avatar

    furthermore: didn’t Eve & Adam show open mindedness when they decided on the tree of knowledge? And perhaps someone was fibbin’ ’cause they didn’t die after tasting truth.

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    Where in the vereses he quotes does it state special or unique There could be 100s 1000s of earth like planets teaming with life. Look at the animal, insect life and its variety. I acknowldge the bible as a christian myself but how presumptuous to think you know the mind of God and All that has been designed and created. This is no different than Sun circles the earth argument posed long ago. The God of the bible is not limted to Ken Hams narrow understanding.

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    Ken,

    So who made you the judge of this man Ken Ham? Do you know him? Have you done “your own” research?

    I may not agree with him either but that does not make him or you an idiot. People are entitled to their opinion. If you want to disagree with the man then bring on the argument or you become what you propose him to be.

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    Where in the vereses he quotes does it state special or unique There could be 100s 1000s of earth like planets teaming with life. Look at the animal, insect life and its variety. I acknowldge the bible as a christian myself but how presumptuous to think you know the mind of God and All that has been designed and created. This is no different than Sun circles the earth argument posed long ago. The God of the bible is not limted to Ken Hams narrow understanding.

  10. avatar

    As an Australian I am pleased to see a fellow Australian contributing to science….unfortunately this man is not one of them… What an embarrassment to my country. I offer my apologies to the USA, although at least he has some (way too many) friends over there….. (and we are rid of him). Cheers.

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