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Monday, 27 September 2010

A visitor from another world?

I turned on the radio this morning to discover the presenter conducting an interview about the prospects for our planet being visited by beings from another world. I learned later that this was in the context of the United Nations proposing the appointment of a “space ambassador”, to be tasked with coordinating humanity’s response to an extra-terrestrial visit. This is all because, apparently, the recent discovery of other planets orbiting around hundreds of other stars, makes the detection of alien life more and more likely.

Leaving aside the questions whether the proposed ambassador will find enough work to fill her day, and be able to justify her salary, I found myself pondering humanity’s capacity to be gullible about far-fetched notions concerning which there seems scant credible evidence, while at the same time being sceptical about well-documented claims.

You see, we have already had a Visitor from another world, Jesus Christ, God’s eternal Son. Jesus was not merely a good man. Indeed, he was not merely man at all; he is the God-man, “God manifested in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3.16). The Bible declares, “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him” (John 1.10). The evidence concerning Jesus Christ is strong indeed, attested by numerous witnesses, that he is all that he claimed to be: God’s Son, sent by the Father to be the Saviour of the world.

Many reject that message today (just as the people of Jesus’ day rejected him and murdered him by crucifixion). But they are willing to believe to believe in aliens coming to earth to colonise our planet – aliens, for whom there is no credible evidence that they exist, but for whom the UN is willing to prepare a welcome party! Little wonder that the Bible exclaims concerning those who reject God, “Claiming to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1.22).

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