Last time I ended my post with a few questions. Hopefully, if you’re returning, you have read over the link I posted Look Out! Aliens! Pt 1
Let’s recap the questions:
So, can Judaism and Christianity continue to stand in the face of alien invaders? Did G-d give the Torah to some other-worldly Moshe (Moses)? Does Jesus have to die time and time again as some “planet hopping savior?”
What is the problem with these questions? They might seem valid to some. The problem lies in the idea of fate. Neither Judaism nor Christianity are fatalistic in their original ideologies. It cannot be argued that they maintained, throughout their histories, non-fatalistic theologies, but it can be proved that both, at their inception and throughout their biblical literature, believed that “a man can change his stars.”
True, both teeter-totter between fatalism and non-fatalism. But, to be fatalistic one must believe that (as Webster says), “all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable.” Throughout the biblical literature of both Judaism and Christianity (J and C here-out) God both controls events and man can change them. This is a crazy sort of dance between the divine and humankind.
So, what does this have to do with aliens? There is nothing within these beliefs that would force an alien life form to have to journey in the same mold as this planet. Said another way: aliens would have their own path with God. I am sure that there would be similarities, but there wouldn’t have to be a salvation path. Because it is possible that the aliens might never have sinned. Just as sinning was not predetermined for Adam nor Havah (Eve). It would not be for any other life forms.
Unlike C.S. Lewis in Perelandra I do not believe, nor does J and C’s biblical literature enforce, that the fall was inevitable.
But, what if…? (I always loved the “What if…” books that Marvel Comics put out. They weren’t always good, but they were always interesting to me.) What if they did sin? Then would Jesus have to go save them? Would G-d have to give them the Torah to help them from sinning?
Maybe. I don’t know. The Bible doesn’t address it and I don’t put God in a box. But, here’s a funky idea. What if… What if the aliens did sin. What if God sent Jesus (in his cool green skin) and they accepted him so that there wasn’t a crucifixion-type event? What if Jesus never had to die there? It was possible here. He implied so himself,
If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace… Luke 19.42
In the book of Genesis/B’reshit, the Bible makes it clear that in the days of Noah G-d was going to wipe out all creation:
The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.
The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.
So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them.” Gen 6.5-7
If the God of the Bible was a fatalistic G-d then there would have been nothing stopping him. Noah would have been wiped out with the rest. He had said, “I will.” But…
Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Gen 6.8
There are many more verses that I could refer to, but I am going to end with this: The G-d of the Bible is not a fatalistic God. Jesus could have lived and died without having to be crucified. Adam and Eve didn’t have to sin.
If G-d has built other planets (and I hope he has)—and they haven’t turned away from him, then they have experienced something entirely different than us. But, if they have turned away then it is likely, I would say highly likely, that they will come with multiple forms of belief just as we experience here on earth.
More on this again sometime.