Our galaxy is so huge it makes the Earth look like a grain of sand next to the Atlantic Ocean, and that’s just our galaxy. The universe has millions of galaxies. Astronomers are finding planets around distant stars all the time. As of the writing of this post some 854 planets have been discovered in our galaxy and more are being found all the time. Based solely on numbers, the likelihood that life exists on other planets is pretty high.
But does the Bible talk about aliens?
Because of Genesis 6:1-8 some people think so. However, I do not.
Here’s what it says:
When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with man for ever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterwards – when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. 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.” But Noah found favour in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:1-8)
The verses above are also the same source of controversy for people who think that angels were having sex with humans. But that isn’t true either and I’ll explain why in a moment. But first the alien issue.
Does the Bible talk about aliens?
The scripture reference above stated that the Nephilim were on the earth in those days. This is the verse that causes some people to think it’s referring to aliens due to the fact that it says they “were on the Earth”. However, when the scripture is read in context, we see that in the next two sentences God refers to them as mankind, not alienkind.
These Nephilim were clearly a group of people. And with regards to them “being on the Earth,” we can say that you and I are on the Earth in these days as well. Your grandfather was on the Earth in his days and so was his father. Everyone was “on the Earth” during their days, so the phrase should not be interpreted as meaning they arrived from somewhere other than Earth. Were the Nephilim aliens? No they were not. They were nothing more than a special tribe of people.
The Bible makes no other mention of anything that could be construed as referring to aliens. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I believe that as telescope technology advances, we will someday discover a planet that’s inhabited by an alien civilization. And perhaps we will even be able to view their planet with nearly as much detail as we do our own while using computer applications like Google Earth. However, we’ll most likely never be able to interact with aliens because of the tremendous distances between solar systems.
Now with regards to angels having had sex with humans: This confusion clearly arises from the scripture above that states, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. The “sons of God” refers to the children born to Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve. The “daughters of men”, refers to the daughters born to Cain. Cain was also a son of Adam and Eve but had been sent away to live elsewhere after he had killed his brother Abel. It was God’s intention that they remain separate but they choose instead to “hook up” with one another which led to God’s grievances and eventually Noah’s flood.
(photo Credit: flickr Creative Commons, NGC 2683 by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)