Silvertusk wrote: Jac3510 wrote:
Why would that be a deal breaker, ST? We already know of one set of intelligent creatures who have fallen (demons), and yet the Cross seems to have had no effect on them. Can you lay out your reasoning in a simple argument, because I'm missing a premise somewhere. The best I can see that you have is something like
Jesus didn't die for aliens
Therefore Christianity is not true
Of course, I don't see how that follows at all.
Simply because if there were intelligent beings out there and God didn't offer them salvation as well through Christ then it would be the supreme act of cruelty to let them exist in the first place.
Angels who serve God already have eternity with him, and those who reject him don't. They have not been offered redemption because they were with God all the time and have known his glory fully. When they reject him it is to me the unforgivable sin. So I do not see a logical problem with that.
If there was another intelligent species out there, then what would be their purpose - eternal damnation or eternal salvation?
A few questions. Firstly, for the matter of Jesus's death and resurrection on the matter of aliens, aren't you presuming that the extraterrestrial organisms have souls and spirits? Secondly, aren't you presuming that they are fallen?
Who's to say that if
there are extraterrestrial life forms, that they'd have
to be sentient, with a soul and spirit, let alone that they'd be fallen?
Couldn't the extraterrestrial life simply be single-celled organisms? Or maybe animals, or plants, or fungi, or some combination, or maybe something different than these sorts of classifications?
And even if
they were sentient, with a soul and spirit, would it not be possible that they're not fallen?
Also, why would people presume that they'd be more technologically advanced than us? Why can't they be less
advanced than us? Or possibly more advanced in a way that doesn't involve space travel? (Though this is more a question for the ones who believe UFOs are aliens.)
Also, so what if they are
fallen? What requires
God to save them? I mean, after all, we
don't even deserve to be saved, yet God chose to do so. Also, wouldn't it be possible for God to take a different approach to offering salvation specifically
to their kind? The sacrifice Jesus took on for us, may be specifically for humanity and no other sentient race out there (except, possibly derivative organisms based off of humanity by result of genetic alteration, but that's highly speculative, and may be another debate.)
Anyway, all the above is just pointless speculation of alternative possibilities that you may not be considering, Silvertusk.
It's odd that this subject challenges you on the matter of theological implications on the existence of entities that may or may not even exist in the first place.