EXTRATERRESTRIALS AND THE SOLA SCRIPTURA* CROWD

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

Evangelist Billy Graham told the National Enquirer in 1976 that he “firmly” believed God created alien life “far away in space.” What generated laughter at the time now seems prophetic.

Scientists are discovering new planetary systems at such a rapid pace that some believe “exoplanets” will soon become like stars, almost uncountable. Of those discovered so far, more than 20 are Earth-size and occupy a habitable zone around their star.

Will our faith be broad enough to incorporate alien life, or will it shake our religious beliefs to the core?

The fact that the Bible is Earth-centric could pose problems for the “God said it, I believe it, that settles it” crowd that holds that all knowledge of God is limited to the Scriptures.

How can we continue to believe, for example, that we are the “apple of the creator’s eye” if we live on what Carl Sagan calls “an insignificant planet of a humdrum star ….”

Here’s My Take: To prepare for the inevitable, we need to begin expanding our awareness of God’s love for all of his Star Children. On second thought, such inclusiveness may not be a bad New Year’s resolution just for surviving on Planet E.

*Sola scriptura (Latin: by Scripture alone) is a Christian doctrine which holds that the Bible is the sole infallible rule of faith and practice.

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