In my eclectic article reading, I came across one that said the likelihood of the existence of aliens has not been ruled out by science. However, if there is intelligent, alien life like what we see in the movies, they likely wouldn’t bother with us. They would be so much more intelligent that it would be like if humans were to invade an anthill for the resources it would provide.
After telling my sons about this article, my youngest said,
“What if we’re the aliens? What if the meteor scientists say came 65 million years ago was really us coming to earth on a space ship from another planet?”
Of course, we don’t really believe this but do enjoy discussing creative ideas like this. The movies we enjoy watching together certainly fuel this activity too.
What’s coolest, though, is how talking about off-the-wall topics like this often fuels discussions about Biblical topics too. It’s happened many times for us over the years.
“We actually are the aliens.”
After my son’s comment, I said something about how the Bible actually calls us aliens. Both my boys knew this already because I’ve said it before, but because they were teenage boys, I repeated myself.
“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11)
These verses stress that we are not to fit in with the culture around us, living like those who have not make Jesus their Lord. They get at the idea that this world is not our permanent home, and we are not to give in to what the flesh desires because it is often not what the soul needs.
These verses encourage Christians to live Godly lives in a pagan (i.e., one that doesn’t adhere to the Bible) society. Such a timely message for two teenage boys, one wanting to finish out his high school years in victory and the other in the midst of adapting to the very worldly culture at college. Now that I think about it, when isn’t it a timely message?