Extraterrestrial Beings and The Origin of Evil
The Bible records the First Encounter that humans had with an alien being in the book of Genesis. One day in the Garden, Eve was approached by a serpent [Genesis 3:1-7]. We know that the serpent was really Satan [Revelation 12:9, 20:2].
Satan is a fallen angel of God. In other words, Satan is an alien creature. He is foreign to Earth. Satan is a fallen angel because he rebelled against God and then lost the battle to take Heaven [Luke 10:18, Isaiah 14:12-14]. Satan knew that God, the Creator, would never allow him to take Earth by force.
Satan also knew that the he could not win against the angels of Heaven in battle because he had been thoroughly defeated by them in his previous attempt [Revelations 12:7-8]. To get control of Earth he would need to use deception and trick Adam, the current ruler of Earth, to give him control. Satan could then set up a de facto government on Earth and hold humanity as hostage through sin. A de facto government can be defined as "a government wherein all the attributes of sovereignty have, by usurpation, been transferred from those who had been legally invested with them to others." The dominion of Earth given to Adam by God was usurped by Satan [Luke 4:6].
When Satan shows up to tempt someone he never shows up in his true form. Eve would have been suspicious of an alien being tempting her to commit high treason against God. Thus, Satan worked through a cunning and non-threatening creature to get access to Eve. Remember serpents or snakes do not have the same form they had before the fall [Genesis 3:14]. The Apostle Paul states that Satan, "transforms himself into an angel of light" [2 Corinthians 11:14]. The point is that Satan and his army of alien beings will never tempt you as the hideous fallen creatures they are.
To deceive Eve, Satan either spoke through or embodied the attractive serpent. The bible gives several similar examples of Satan as the tempter. In the New Testament Satan attempted to speak through Peter to tempt Jesus into not doing God's Will [ Matthew 16:23]. Another prime example is that Satan actually entered into Judas to betray Jesus [John 13:2, John 13:27, Luke 22:3]. Finally, Jesus was personally tempted by Satan [Matthew 4:1-11] but overcame.
Adam and Eve are now presented with a choice to:
- live by faith [confidence] in God's spoken word to them or
- believe the serpent's partial truths and impugn God's character [Genesis 2:17].
Unfortunately, we know from Genesis chapter three that Adam and Eve chose poorly. They chose not to believe God and thus disobeyed God's commandment to them. They chose to believe and put confidence in what the serpent said to them. They put confidence in their own understanding of the situation [Genesis 3:1-13]. They were wise in their own eyes; they did not acknowledge God in their decision and consequently they sinned [Proverbs 3:5-7].
When Adam and Eve committed high treason against God, they didn't realize that they were now the slaves of Satan through sin. In fact most of humanity is unaware of their bondage to Satan and his alien army through sin. Many people live their whole lives and die in slavery and bondage to Satan.
The biblical principle of "sin produces bondage" is stated by Jesus Christ when he says "I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin" [John 8:34]. The Apostle Peter said, "for you are a slave to whatever controls you" [2 Peter 2:19]. The Apostle Paul prays that, "God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will" [2 Timothy 2:25].
Paul said in the book of Romans, "Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living" [Romans 6:16]. The writer of Hebrews said that Jesus through his death, "render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives" [Hebrews 2:14-15 and Hebrews 2:14-15].
God never intended for the human race to experience sickness, disease, illness, birth defects, poverty, wars, or death. In Genesis 1, the Bible says seven times that God saw that his creation was good [Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31]. There was no place for sickness, disease, or death in the original plan of God.
Adam and Eve were the image bearers of God [Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 9:6] . On the sixth day of creation, God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." God gave Adam dominion over all the Earth . Adam was the first ruler of Earth [Genesis 1:26-28 and Genesis 1:26-28].
God created Adam and Eve and placed them in a beautiful garden called Eden [Genesis 2:8-25]. Every thing that humanity needed was provided by the creator. There was no lack or poverty in the Garden.
God only required one act of obedience. The Lord God warned Adam, "You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die" [Genesis 2:16-17].
"The just shall live by faith" is a biblical principle [Romans 1:17, Habakkuk 2:4, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38]. Adam and Eve had to live by faith [trust and confidence] in God's spoken word to them, just as we do today. Every day they made a choice to believe or not to believe what God said to them concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, their sin separated them from God [Genesis 3:9-11]. They found themselves naked and no longer clothed in the glorious image of God [Genesis 1:27, 9:6]. They were now vulnerable to virus, bacteria, and disease.
Disease, death, and poverty entered into the environment of humanity because of sin. God instructed Adam, "for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die" [Genesis 2:17]. Adam died immediately spiritually, but it would be 930 years later till Adam would die physically [Genesis 5:5].
Adam and Eve's rebellion in the Garden also brought a change in their environment [Genesis 3:14-19]. In fact humanity has experienced many more environmental changes with the progression of sin. Humans now lives in an environment that experiences rain, floods, seasons of the year, multiple languages, and the division of the earth's land due to the progression of sin [Genesis 2:5-6, 6:17, 8:22, 11:7, 10:25].
In Romans 3:10 we read, "there is none righteous, no, not one". The Bible states in Romans 3:23, "all have sinned". We have all sinned. All means all, there are no exceptions. We have all done things that are offensive to God. There is no one who is sinless. We have all fallen short of God's glorious standard [Romans 3:23, NLT].
In Romans 6:23, we learn that about the consequences of sin, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." We see that we earn a wage or we are paid a wage for sin. The wage is eternal death.
The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death! God never intended for mankind to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. Jesus said that the everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels [Matthew 25:41]. But people who continue to rebel against God will spend eternity with Satan and his army of fallen angels [Revelation 19:19-21, 20:13-15, 20:10, 21:8].
Jesus Christ came to restore the human race to the previous relationship with God that we experienced in the Garden of Eden [2 Corinthians 5:17-18, Romans 5:10]. Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" [John 10:10].
The Book of Hebrews said, "it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins" [Hebrews 10:3-5]. John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world [John 1:29]. Jesus Christ's sacrifice paid the penalty and made amends for mankind's sin on the cross which is called atonement [Romans 5:11 KJV, Exodus 29:36].
Our sins made it necessary for Jesus to suffer the agonies of the crucifixion [Matthew 16:21, Matthew 27:27-39, Mark 15:16-39, Luke 23:32-47, John 19:1-2, John 19:17-30, Philippians 2:8]. God demonstrated His love and Justice for mankind by giving His only begotten Son to pay the penalty for sin [John 3:16, 1 John 4:9-10, 1 John 2:2].
Jesus said in Matthew 26:28, this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. The blood Jesus shed at the Cross provided the remission or remitting of sin for the human race. Jesus remitted our sins [canceled our debt] by paying the price himself [Romans 3:25, Acts 10:43, Hebrews 9:22, Luke 24:47].
The atonement and remission of sin provided the propitiation for our sin which made God propitious [favorable] towards the human race again [1 John 4:10, 1 John 2:2, Romans 3:25]. This allowed the reconciliation of God and mankind [Romans 5:10, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Colossians 1:20-21, Ephesians 2:16].
Jesus paid the ransom price with his own blood to deliver the offspring of Adam from sin and death [Matthew 20:28, 1 Timothy 2:6, Mark 10:45]. Jesus Christ redeemed or set free humanity from sin, death, and Satan through his blood the ransom price [Colossians 1:13-14, Revelation 5:9, 1 John 3:8, Hebrews 9:12-15, Ephesians 1:7, Romans 3:24, Galatians 3:13].
In the book of Romans, it says that Jesus was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised from the dead for our justification or to make us right with God [Romans 4:25-5:1]. Jesus did not just pay the penalty for our sins but he provided humanity the opportunity to be justified freely by his grace [Romans 3:24; 30, 5:16-18, Galatians 3:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21].
When Jesus Christ died for our justification [Romans 4:25], he made us righteous or in right standing with God. The Apostle Paul also says in Romans chapter three that everyone can experience "the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe" [Romans 3:22].
The human race can now experience the forgiveness of sin [Acts 26:18, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14] through the blood of Jesus. The sacrifice of Jesus' sinless life is so effective that it can supply forgiveness for the whole world [1 John 2:2, 1 John 1:9, Mark 2:10, Matthew 9:6].
It cost Jesus Christ everything to provide atonement, remission, propitiation, redemption, the ransom price, reconciliation, our justification, our righteousness, the forgiveness of sin, and physical healing for humanity [Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, and 1 Peter 2:24].
Christ's finished work is sufficient for all, but sufficient only for those who believe and place confidence in the finished work of Jesus Christ [John 17:4, 19:30]. Not everyone will receive what Jesus provides, but Jesus offers the provisions to all [John 3:16, John 3:36, Revelation 3:20, 22:17].
Would you like the privilege of being born again into the Kingdom of God, experiencing God's salvation, and having eternal life? Would you like to received what Jesus has provided for you? If you want this privilege, then pray this prayer:
I know that I have sinned and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry. I now want to turn away from my past sinful life. Please forgive me. I want to receive all that Jesus Christ has provided for me as my Savior. Your Word says, "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" [Acts 2:21].
I am calling on You, Lord Jesus to be saved from my sins. I believe and confess that You, Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day according to the scriptures [1 Corinthians 15:3-4]. I pray and ask You, Jesus Christ to come into my heart and be Lord over my life [Romans 10:9-10].
Thank-You that I am born again by Your Spirit and I can now see and enter the Kingdom of God [John 3:3,5]. Thank-You for giving me eternal life [John 3:15]. I receive my salvation and all of its benefits right now. Lord, Thank-You for saving me this day. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen!
Congratulations, If you just prayed this prayer to God and meant what you said to God. You are now a new creation in Christ Jesus [2 Corinthians 5:17]. Your old life is gone and a new life has begun for you! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ [2 Corinthians 5:18].
Your next step is to ask God to direct you to the group of fellow believers (like yourself) that you will be connected with to fulfill God's plan for your life. It is very important for you to allow God to direct you. If you ask God he will definitely answer you [Matthew 7:7-8].