Creationist Ken Ham Wants to Defund NASA Because He Says Aliens Cannot Go to Heaven
Creationist Ken Ham, who became notorious after a debate with scientist Bill Nye, has declared NASA "pointless" because they are searching for extraterrestrial life and he says that according to the bible, aliens will go to hell, so what is the point of looking for them?
In a column published to his website on Sunday, Ham said:
“I’m shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the desperate and fruitless search for extraterrestrial life.”
He said that NASA's scientists are "desperately" trying to prove that evolution exists, and that the discovery of intelligent alien life would serve only to make their point. Ham says that the Bible tells us that "life did not evolve but was specially created by God" and that "Christians certainly shouldn't expect alien life to be cropping up across the universe." He added that while the Bible does not mention the existence of animal or plant life in outer space, he doesn't suspect it exists. But if there is life in outer space, Ham insists that it could not be "intelligent."
Ham says that the Bible is clear in that Adam's sin affected not just us here on Earth, but the entire universe, which would mean that aliens - like us earthlings - would be affected by Adam's sin. Because aliens would not be descendents of Adam, however, they cannot be saved, so he argues that there is no point in even trying to find them if they are not eligible for salvation. He explained:
“You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe. This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation. Jesus did not become the ‘GodKlingon’ or the ‘GodMartian’! Only descendants of Adam can be saved. God’s Son remains the ‘Godman’ as our Savior.”
Ham's declarations are clearly different than one faction of Christianity's biggest leaders, Pope Francis, who recently commented that he would baptize aliens if they wished to become Catholics.