Kevin Heckle (10 Jan 2012)
"RE: Michael Colunga - "Are we Alone""

 
Michael,
Regarding your post: http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/jan2012/michaelc17.htm
 
I always enjoy reading your posts as I believe you possess a great sense of wonder about God, His Word and His Creation. 
 
I'm not sure we always reach the same conclusions though.  I would lean towards the conclusion that we are alone in the universe, unique in His Creation.   Genesis declares that Eve is the 'mother of all living', hence her Hebrew name. 
 
Gen 3:20 KJV - [20] And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
 
Of course the Bible doesn't seem to be referring to any creature other than human.  However, we are unique in that we possess a soul, whereas some other creatures only have emotion or instinct at the very least.  We were created in His image.  Are there little green men out there, sensient but soul-less?  I hope not.  Are there little green men out there with souls, living free-will lives who needed no redemption?  Probably not. 
 
Rom 5:12 KJV - [12] Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world (Greek - Cosmos), and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
 
Was it needful for Christ to bear the cross for millions of civilizations spanning the Cosmos all because of Adam's sin?  How many times?  Just once I believe.
 
Rom 6:10 KJV - [10] For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
 
I'd rather tend to believe that if there ever is a 'close encounter of the third kind' that the 'alien' entity will be demonic unless God created a third-class of beings related to niether humanity or the angelic-realm.  Were there other humanoid creatures prior to Adamic humans?  Genesis 6:4 differentiates between the 'sons of God' (nephilim), which were NOT human but were close enough genetically to procreate with humans, the 'daughters of men'(Adamic).  This is a great mystery, but could be the answer to that third class of beings, the 'men of old' (Enowsh).  Ancient men of renown did descend from Eve, but also something else.  Do they still exist?  I don't know.  IF they do come and are flesh, they came from this planet first.
 
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On another note:
 
You rightly conclude that the Universe appears older than 6000 years.  The current estimate is 13.75 billion years old, which by my math is WAAAAY older than 6000 years, the latter encompassing only .000436% of recorded history in the starlight.  You used the analogy that the universe was like a symphony, a design of tablature with notes, waiting to be strummed by the Maestro's wand at any measure of His pleasing.  However, those things we see and hear from the night sky aren't the like the static notes on a page of music.  They are physical EVENTS in a REAL universe, governed by real physical law, which God wrote.  It is a slippery slope to say God created something 'AS IF' it appears something that it is not.  That would mean God is an illusionist rather than a maestro.  Psalms 19:1 says that the heavens declare the GLORY of God and that the expanse shows His handywork.  God CANNOT lie.  If the other 99.9999564% of recorded history isn't real and never really happened, then God isn't glorified and his handywork is really just a work of fiction.  On the other hand, all of the evidence presented by his heavens for us to understand, paints the picture of a real beginning.  An atheist coined the 'Big Bang' as a durogatory term.  Why? Because he knew that if our universe had a physical beginning, then that beginning EFFECT had to have a CAUSE.  Logic then could only conclude that the cause was something or someone SUPERNATURAL, outside of our capability to understand by natural laws.
 
If the universe is intended only as the painted back-drop of this stage, where does reality begin?  You say the length of recorded human history, 6000 years, why not only a few light years? Maybe only the light from Alpha Centauri is real, with every other celestial event beyond that just a movie of sorts?  That worldview does not glorify God.  It isn't in His character to lie or deceive.  We read the passage that says God created the heaven and the earth in 6 days, yet paint God in a box using the brush of human experience.  One day with the Lord is as a thousand years, a thousand years as one day.  How long then is a day in the thousand year day, or the day in that one infinitly?  By Scripture, the sun, moon and stars are the benchmarks by which we should measure time, therefore by some standard they are invariable according to God.  If the standards by which he gives us to measure time yield a 13.75 billion year old universe then that is what it is.  It doesn't mean we evolved from pond scum.  I believe Adam was formed out of the 'dust of the ground', a one-off creation fully functional and fully grown, around 6000 years ago based on Biblical genealogies (like Tubalcain living at the beginning of the Bronze Age).  That dust of the ground though, the elements which are necessary for life, were formed in more ancient stars by the physical laws of God, who then molded them together at just the right time in history and caused them to be Adam, breathing life into dust, a vessel for our souls.
 
The bottom line is we can only be dogmatic about what we know to be true.  We weren't there when he created everything, but we can see the stars and know they show His handywork and declare His Glory and His Truth! 
 
YBIC,
Kevin H.
 
Job 38:1-4 KJV - [1] Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, [2] Who [is] this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? [3] Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. [4] Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.