Religion and Aliens

So a post on religion and aliens, what, even remotely, do the two have to do with one another. Well, I raised the question in the new questions part of H.E.P. If aliens were to show up one day with no idea of what god is, does that mean god does not exist? I find this to be a fascinating question. So what does happen if aliens show up? Do we through out our belief in an all powerful being?

Some religions, I would have to think we must through out right away. Religions that say we are in-fact all made in gods image. Well, what do we do then when a group of little orange things start communicating with us telling us our beliefs make no sense at all. Spooky. If we were so lucky as to be visited by beings from another world, that are nothing like us, it really would be an appifiny for our society. Some people would tell us that the end of the world is now coming, others would want to do anything to join with the extraterrestrials. People would probably tell me that this is the work of the devil and we should not believe it. I do not have a lot of faith in “people”.

The funny thing is I am not so sure we could go on believing in our religions the same way we do today. The fact of the matter is that if we every do come across beings unlike ourselves with no belief in afterlives and gods we really have to look upon ourselves to do the same. Religion has really been based on an earth centric belief system. As time has gone on and we have been able to explore more and more of the universe we have integrated new beliefs into our religions. For example god create earth in 6 days and rested on the 7th. Now we believe he created the universe in 6 days and rested on the 7th. Also now that we as people have moved on from the earth centric views of the universe we do not believe that god created everything in 6 literal earth days.

I do not believe we will be able to so easily incorporate aliens into our religions. Of course I say this because religions I am more familiar with (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) would not jive very well with extraterrestrials with no beliefs what so ever. I have not done enough investigations into the other great world religions but I have a feeling most would be turned upside down if something like this were to happen.

Assuming someday that we are visited by aliens do we then try to push our religious beliefs onto them like we did in the new world? I am sure it would not work out quite as well as we would hope. Do we change our religion into one that says only earth peoples have a god and we are the only ones that get to abide by the Almighty’s wishes? That doesn’t sound quite right. So when you get down to the nitty gritty the question it really is a interesting question. At first look someone might say, “Duh of course this doesn’t change any of our beliefs why would it?” but when you look into the question yes, a lot does change.

If you would like to comment please do so, and also remember if you would like to answer the question of aliens and religion it is in the questions part of H.E.P. and you can answer the actual question there.

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  1. I actually don’t see how aliens really effect theistic belief either way. Let’s say a bunch of aliens did show up—who’s to say they aren’t also “made in God’s image”?

    Granted, a religion like Christianity does seem to run into problems—are aliens “saved”, and if so, are they saved by Christ as an earthling?

    So I guess in the context of the Abrahamic religions, the existence of aliens doesn’t effect theism but may challenge certain ideas about salvation. In the Dharmic religions I don’t think the presence of aliens challenges any religious ideas.

  2. It would not be a problem if the aliens all showed up believing at least somewhat the same thing we believe. But what I am saying are these aliens show up with no belief in a great being at all. Atheists to say it simply.
    It doesn’t really cause problems with the faith in general if we keep on believing the same things. But I do not think we can keep on believing the same things when something like this happens. I am saying in general our thought process really has to change about religion when something like this happens.

  3. It would not be a problem if the aliens all showed up believing at least somewhat the same thing we believe. But what I am saying are these aliens show up with no belief in a great being at all. Atheists to say it simply.

    Christians who encounter human atheists don’t feel especially challenged; why should they when they encounter aliens who are atheists?

    Again, I really don’t see how the presence of aliens creates a threat to theism.

  4. LOL I know Christians don’t feel challenged when they meet human atheists. I know they sure didn’t care when they met a whole slew of people in the new world that had no belief in a Christian god, they just said they were all devil worshipers and needed to show them the lord.

    I think the argument is a little harder when you look at a being from another planet. A society of aliens that have no belief what so ever in God showing up on our planet. Our Christian god is the creator of everything. These aliens should have some idea of what he is. Shouldn’t they?

    The truth of the matter is when Christians came to the new world they should have looked into there religion a little more scientifically. For example saying now we have an entire culture with no belief in our GOD, maybe that should introduce a little uncertainty about their belief system.

    So know when a entire group of aliens, a huge society, comes along without this belief maybe that uncertainty should be looked at even closer.

    This is just one issue the next is in the Christian bible. Everything is based off of an earth centric view. These things that we base all of Christianity off of happen on earth, void of any other alien presence. God created earth, doesn’t say anything about any other planets with any other beings on them. Actually I do not believe the bible says anything about god creating the universe, god only created earth. A literal interpretation of the bible in the case of creation would suggest that the universe “sky” was created only as a back drop on earth.

    So why wouldn’t aliens screw up our basic foundation of Christianity.

  5. A society of aliens that have no belief what so ever in God showing up on our planet. Our Christian god is the creator of everything. These aliens should have some idea of what he is. Shouldn’t they?

    Not necessarily. If you believe in God as an objective reality, than presumably God exists whether one believes in her or not. Thus the fact that aliens don’t believe in God has no more bearing on whether God exists than the fact that some human don’t believe in God. God’s existence or non-existence is independent of anybody’s beliefs.

    The truth of the matter is when Christians came to the new world they should have looked into there religion a little more scientifically. For example saying now we have an entire culture with no belief in our GOD, maybe that should introduce a little uncertainty about their belief system.

    Except that truth is not simply a matter of consensus. An entire society can have a flawed belief system. The Spartans used to leave babies outside the city gates for wolves to eat, for instance. Arguably, this is a flawed belief system, and the fact that an entire society believed it was just doesn’t change the fact that their actions were unjust.

    Or, to take an atheist position, why don’t we reverse your scenario? What if we encountered a group of aliens who did believe in God? Would atheists find this challenging? Of course not. They would simply conclude the aliens had a flawed belief system.

    This is just one issue the next is in the Christian bible. Everything is based off of an earth centric view.

    Given that it was written for earthlings, that’s not surprising.

    A literal interpretation of the bible in the case of creation would suggest that the universe “sky” was created only as a back drop on earth.

    But why should we take the Bible literally?

  6. I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT HOW IT ALL STARTED AND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT A GOD DID IT ALL–YOU THEN HAVE TO ASK WHO MADE GOD AND THEN WHO MADE HIM AND WHO MADE IT AND THIS COULD GO ON FOR ALL ETERNITY…THEN THERE IS THE UNIVERSE WHAT WAS HERE BEFORE THE UNIVERSE AND WHAT WAS HERE BEFORE THAT-??? YOU COULD ASK THIS UNTIL THE END OF TIME—AND THATS IF ?? THERE IS AN END OF TIME. ?? WHEN DID TIME BEGIN AND HOW DID WE TELL TIME WHEN THERE WAS NO TIME ?? I FOR ONE THINKS THAT NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW- NOT THE ALIENS–NOT THE GODS–NO ONE..—IT IS ONE QUESTION THAT WILL ====NEVER====EVER===BE===ANSWERED===WITH THE TRUTH EUGENE


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