Barren Worlds

The Bible doesn’t just give us a bunch of facts; it shows us how God works. Many Christians read the Scriptures without any thought of the processes going on in each narrative, let alone in the big picture. So when a question such as “Is there life on other planets?” gets asked, most reply, “The Bible doesn’t tell us.” Well, yes it does. But it seems you weren’t paying attention.

This post has been slain and resurrected for inclusion in my 2015 book of essays, Inquietude.

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5 Responses to “Barren Worlds”

  • Simon Kennedy Says:

    I assume that this set you off. Hehe, yes, well fair enough. You have a much bigger imagination than our pastor, and it seems you also have a bigger view of what Christ’s rule means for this age. I’m postmil, so I’m cheering on the side here. I’m not sure that people would be able to grasp everything you’re getting at, but surely the New Heavens and the New Earth idea isn’t as narrow as what our puny brains can handle. I will enjoy colonising the planets once they have been renewed along with everything else. That is a cool thought, which I’d never thought of before.

  • Mike Bull Says:

    Yes, that was it. It takes a lot of work to feed a blog, and this one is always hungry.

  • QuantumGreg Says:

    Mike there is a curious verse that has always sparked my Star Trekkie imagination:

    “And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven” (Deuteronomy 4:19).

    I’m sure it doesn’t mean what I want it to mean… that is, God gave us the host of heaven as an allotment (to explore, colonize, etc.) but probably just means the host of heaven serves all mankind with its original purpose, marking time and events. But nevertheless, I still like it! :)

  • Dave Says:

    thanks for this post - nice to see i’m not the only one who thinks like this :-) Even though Gene Roddenberry was supposedly an atheist, I’ve always thought of him as a good post-millennialist

  • Mike Bull Says:

    Greg – I think it means we are not supposed to worship the Creation, or the host of heaven (angels). By God’s Spirit we are now the Sons of God, the true host of heaven (the angels were just “acting” sons). We only bow to God and to each other, made in His image.

    Dave – Gene Rod was a communist, so his utopia was Christ-inspired but Christless: the right end with the wrong means.