Alien Life, Extrasolar Planets and Universal Atonement Part 7
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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
July 14, 2007

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009


Greek Word "Kosmos" Refers To Both The World & The Universe,
True Extent Of Universal Reconciliation, Sinful Human Nature,
Spiritual Rebellion From The Beginning, War Of The Mind, God
Is A Man Of War, War In Heaven And On Earth, Spiritual Nature
Of Our Warfare, Sin And Free Choice In Heaven, Fallen Angels,
Scope Of Universal Reconciliation, What Has God Been Doing
Since Creation?, Is There Life Between Heaven And Earth?, God
Is Not Wasteful, It Is Not Our Place To Judge God, All Things
Were Created For God's Pleasure And Glory, We Humans Are The
Lord's Most Cherished Creation, No Visual Observation Yet Of
Extrasolar Planets, What Conditions Are Necessary For Life?,
Alternative Biochemistry & Non-Carbon-Based Life Form Theory,
Why Do Vast Distances Separate Theoretical Inhabited Planets,
We're Accountable For Our Actions, Judgment Seat Of Christ




I am not sure that "kosmos" refers just to the Earth; because
in the original Greek it pertains to those things that belong
to the entire world, or to the entire Universe. Consider some
of the definitions which are found in the Greek lexicon:

----- Begin Quote -----
kosmos:
 1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution,
    order, government
 2) ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement
    of the stars, 'the heavenly hosts', as the ornament
    of the heavens. 1Pe 3:3
 3) the world, the universe
 4) the circle of the earth, the earth
 5) the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human family
----- End Quote -----

It becomes clear then, that "kosmos" does indeed have a dual
application. It can be used to refer to those things which
pertain to the Earth, or it can apply to the entire Universe
and those things that it contains, which, as we saw in part
one, are often referred to as the "host of heaven"; that is
to say, the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, and whatever else is
out there just waiting to be discovered by man's prying eyes
via modern technology, such as the Hubble Space Telescope,
radio telescopes, inter-planetary probes, etc.

In light of this dual meaning of the word "kosmos", we need
to re-address the issue of Universal Reconciliation. Are we
correct to assume that it only applies to the Planet Earth;
or might it be possible that Universal Reconciliation really
should be understood as meaning restoration to a harmonious
relationship with God throughout the entire Universe? To say
it in another way, is the Sacrifice of Christ only the Price
of Redemption for the citizens of Planet Earth, or should
His Sacrifice be understood as being the Universal Atonement
for all manner of sin everywhere, including on other planets
where intelligent life may also possibly exist? This would
certainly solve the problem I discussed earlier concerning
Jesus having to hop from one planet to another in order to
atone for the sins of each planetary civilization.

As we saw in part one, the word "worlds" is derived from the
Greek word "aion"; and its definition does lightly suggest
that this word could possibly be used to refer to extrasolar
planets; that is, those planets which are located outside of
our own Solar System. You will recall that I stated that our
ancient spiritual forefathers may have even known something
about such things, even though the science did not exist at
the time to prove them. Spiritual revelation is not limited
by the knowledge and science available at any given time.

Perhaps one way we can resolve this question of Universal
Atonement, would be by working in reverse. In other words,
we already understand why Jesus' Sacrifice was so necessary.
We already comprehend that due to the breach which was made
as a result of the Original Sin committed by Adam and Eve,
we must each be reconciled to the Father, because the sinful
nature, and its consequences, death, have been passed to all
men. So to understand the scope of the Atonement, maybe all
that we need to do is to first understand the full scope of
the necessity for Reconciliation.

Having said that, allow me to ask you a rhetorical question.
Is the need for Reconciliation only limited to the citizens
of Planet Earth? Did the breach only occur on our planet; or
did it extend beyond the Earth? In my view, the Scriptures
seem to offer the idea that God's Plan of Restoration goes
well beyond the Earth; in fact, all the way to the Halls of
Heaven. This idea is clearly supported by a number of verses
found within the pages of the Bible.

For example, in "Nephilim: The Giants Of Genesis", I explain
that as far back as the Book of Genesis, we learn that Satan
has rebelled against God. We likewise have the clear account
of the Fallen Angels in chapter six of that same book. The
Prophet Isaiah also writes about Lucifer's fall, due to his
pride, which Jesus also briefly mentioned in the Gospel of
Luke. We also find spiritual battles occurring in the Book
of Daniel. Finally, Revelation chapter twelve explains how
Satan and his cohorts, (the dragon and a third of the stars
of heaven), are cast out of Heaven after their sound defeat
by the Archangel Michael and his Angelic Warriors.

So exactly what are these Scriptural examples telling us? In
my view, they make it rather clear that spiritual rebellion
has existed since man was first placed upon this planet, and
perhaps even before that. The previous examples, which I more
amply discuss in a number of other articles, reveal that all
is not well on Planet Earth, or in the Spirit Realm. In fact,
I would dare say that what occurred here on Earth thousands
of years ago in Eden, was quite possibly a direct result of
what had already happened in the Spirit Realm.

In other words, I suspect that the rebellion that occurred in
the Spirit Realm, ultimately resulted in a physical rebellion
here on our own planet; because whether we realize it or not,
each of us are influenced by spiritual forces; and as I point
out in other articles, these forces wage a constant battle in
our minds and with our thoughts. These evil forces attempt to
entice us to rebel against the Will of God and to sin against
Him. Thus it is, that the Apostles Peter and Paul warned us
to control our thoughts and to gird up our minds; in fact, to
be renewed in our minds, and to obey Christ. Consider these
verses:

"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the
earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his
heart was only evil continually."
Genesis 6:5, KJV

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Romans 12:2, KJV

"For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may
instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
1 Corinthians 2:16, KJV

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
2 Corinthians 10:5, KJV

"But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve
through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from
the simplicity that is in Christ."
2 Corinthians 11:3, KJV

"And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;"
Ephesians 4:23, KJV

"And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your
mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled"
Colossians 1:21, KJV

"For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners
against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your
minds."
Hebrews 12:3, KJV

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and
hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you
at the revelation of Jesus Christ;"
1 Peter 1:13, KJV

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as
a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
1 Peter 5:8, KJV

If one carefully studies the Bible, he discovers that from
the very beginning, in the Book of Genesis, to the very end,
in the Book of Revelation, God is a man of war; and that war
has been waged in Heaven and on Earth, for the hearts, minds
and souls of men. God has engaged in a relentless multi-level
war against rebellion and unbelief for thousands of years in
Earth time, and we humans are in fact the prize of that war.
This war is centered on saving our souls, and winning us to
God's Kingdom. Please consider these verses:

"The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name."
Exodus 15:3, KJV

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom
of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by
force."
Matthew 11:12, KJV

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places."
Ephesians 6:12, KJV

"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,"
Revelation 12:7, KJV

"These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall
overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:
and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and
faithful."
Revelation 17:14, KJV

"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he
that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in
righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a
flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had
a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was
clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is
called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven
followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white
and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that
with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them
with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the
fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his
vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND
LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and
he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly
in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together
unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh
of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty
men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them,
and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and
great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and
their armies, gathered together to make war against him that
sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was
taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles
before him, with which he deceived them that had received
the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image.
These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with
brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him
that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his
mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."
Revelation 19:11-21, KJV

As God's children, and His chosen and faithful, we too are an
important part of His Army of Salvation here on Earth. We are
soldiers, and warriors of the spirit, whom God has called and
entrusted to fight "the good fight of faith". We are to wage
relentless warfare against the lies and deceptions of Satan,
which that Evil One has used to ensnare the hearts, minds and
souls of men.

We are also told in the Scriptures that our primary weapon in
this great spiritual battle, is the Sword of the Spirit; that
is, the very Word of God; because our battle, in large part,
is a war of words and of ideas; just as it was in the days of
the Prophets; just as it was in Jesus' day with the Scribes
and the Pharisees; and just as it was in the days of the men
and women who followed in His footsteps; so we must learn to
use our Sword well. Please read the following verses which
confirm these points:

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the
flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
2 Corinthians 10:3-5, KJV

"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses."
1 Timothy 6:12, KJV

"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus
Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the
affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen
him to be a soldier."
2 Timothy 2:3-4, KJV

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I
have kept the faith:"
2 Timothy 4:7, KJV

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Ephesians 6:10-11, KJV

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
heart."
Hebrews 4:12, KJV

The fact that there is war in Heaven, clearly demonstrates
that there is room for sin, rebellion and free choice there.
God does not preside over a world full of robots. The fact
that the Fallen Angels were able to make the choice to leave
their Heavenly Abode, as Jude tells us, and come down to our
planet, in order to engage in illicit sexual relations with
human women, is another clear example that free will exists
there. Jude had this to say:

"And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left
their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains
under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
Jude 1:6, KJV

Obviously, God does not tolerate rebellion; and He does deal
with it quickly; but nevertheless, it does occur; or at least
it did occur in the past, depending on your understanding of
the Scriptures. In short, what seems apparent to me, is that
Reconciliation must occur on both a physical level, here on
Planet Earth, as well as on a spiritual level, in the Halls
of Heaven. In part six, I shared some verses with you which
seem to add Scriptural weight to my current understanding of
what Universal Reconciliation may really mean. Allow me to
refresh your memory by sharing those verses with you again:

"And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by
him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say,
whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And
you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind
by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of
his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable
and unreproveable in his sight:"
Colossians 1:20-22, KJV

As you can see, it is obvious that Paul is clearly discussing
Universal Reconciliation; and he clearly defines the scope of
Reconciliation. He specifically says "reconcile all things",
"things in earth", and "things in heaven". Exactly how does
this Reconciliation of all things in Heaven and Earth occur?
You probably realize that "him" is referring to Jesus Christ.
So again, we see that Jesus is undeniably the only Universal
Atonement which God the Father recognizes; and the Sacrifice
of Christ results in Universal Reconciliation in Heaven, and
on Earth. It is all-encompassing. That's why Paul also wrote:

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, [Jesus] and
given him a name which is above every name: That at the name
of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and
things in earth, and things under the earth;"
Philippians 2:9-10, KJV

Notice that Paul even includes "things under the earth". As
I explain in some of my Apocrypha-related articles, as well
as in the article "Hell And The Lake Of Fire", I hold to the
view that Paul is referring to the rebellious spirits which
are currently imprisoned in the bowels of the Earth, as per
the accounts found in the Book of Enoch, Peter's writings,
the Epistle of Jude, and the Book of Revelation. Please see
these other articles for more details concerning this issue.

Now, with the question of Universal Atonement and Universal
Reconciliation answered, this brings us back to one of the
key points we discussed earlier in this series: extrasolar
planets and other planetary societies. In part one, I asked
the question: If God completed all of Creation in Six Days,
and He rested on the Seventh Day, exactly what has He been
doing since then? Has He just been abiding His time ruling
the Universe; or is it possible that He has been engaged in
other Works of Creation, possibly including the creation of
other intelligent beings in other parts of the Universe? Do
you know the Mind of God? I most certainly don't. Can you or
I dictate what He must or must not do?

If Reconciliation is required both on Planet Earth, as well
as in the Halls of Heaven, what does that suggest concerning
all of the other inhabitable planets which may possibly exist
between our own Solar System and God's Throne? It is rather
obvious that life abounds here on the Earth. It is likewise
obvious from the Scriptures that life also abounds in Heaven;
although, of course, it is of a very different nature. If we
take into consideration our current understanding regarding
the vastness of the Universe, is it logical to assume that
everything found between these two points is just lifeless,
cold, uninhabited space? In spite of its awesome beauty, is
Outer Space really dead?

If we Earthlings are truly the only intelligent beings in the
entire Universe, then based upon my current understanding of
how God operates, it would seem rather wasteful to create so
many galaxies, star systems, planets, etc., and yet leave all
of them unpopulated. The Scriptures teach us by example, that
God is not wasteful; so in my mind, an empty Universe devoid
of other planets is a problem in that regard. You may recall
that even Jesus had His Disciples collect the leftover bread
after He had fed the five thousand.

Yet, at the same time, as I have noted several times now, we
must remain mindful of the fact that it is by no means our
place to judge God. Neither is it our place to tell Him what
He must do, or even what He must not do; because as we saw in
part one, God's Ways are past finding out. Whether or not He
populated other planets, assuming that they exist, is God's
decision alone, and not ours.

While I have expressed the view that lifeless space might be
considered wasted space, other Christians reason that this is
not so. They claim that if God created all things for His own
pleasure, in order to reveal His Power and Glory, as His Word
does indeed indicate, then whether or not other planets exist
which are populated with intelligent life, is really a moot
point. As I mentioned in part one, the Book of Revelation, as
well as King David, tell us:

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and
power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy
pleasure they are and were created."
Revelation 4:11, KJV

". . . The heavens declare the glory of God; and the
firmament sheweth his handywork."
Psalms 19:1, KJV

While it is indeed true that God's Glory is clearly revealed
through the awe-inspiring, magnificent tapestry of the night
sky, nevertheless, I still hold to the view that, as much as
the physical Universe gives Him a great deal of pleasure and
satisfaction, it was, and is, in God's creation of humankind,
where He has found the most pleasure, (and heartache), due to
the fact that we humans were created in His very own image. I
believe that God cherishes us more than anything else that He
has created; so much so, that He even sent His own dear Son
to die for us, once we had fallen into sin. As the Bible also
tells us:

"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth
them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth
that we are dust."
Psalms 103:13-14, KJV

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life."
John 3:16, KJV

"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he [Jesus] laid
down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for
the brethren."
1 John 3:16, KJV

While the word "pitieth" is used in the King James Version
of the Bible, the actual Hebrew word which is used in those
first two verses, that is "racham", actually means to love,
to love deeply, to have mercy, to be compassionate, to have
tender affection, to have compassion. This is the very same
Hebrew word which is used in the following popular verses:

"It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not. They are new every
morning: great is thy faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV

So, in my mind, while God could find pleasure in an empty
Universe devoid of life, other than that which is found on
our own planet, I propose that He would find significantly
more pleasure in a Universe which is populated with human
life from one end to the other. After all, the Scriptures do
tell us that we are the object of His affection; we are the
apple of His eye. He jealously guards and protects us, just
as a person will also quickly raise their hand to protect
their eyes when something threatens them.

Of course, you must realize that to even suggest the idea of
intelligent extraterrestrial life, is based entirely on the
assumption that there are truly other inhabitable planets in
the Universe. As I have stressed repeatedly, to date, nobody
has ever visually observed or photographed any planet beyond
our immediate Solar System; and of those extrasolar planets
which, according to news reports and scientific papers, have
allegedly been discovered by various means of detection other
than visual observation, to date, none of them have offered
any data to suggest that they harbor life of any kind, as we
know it. Based upon their proximity to their host star, their
size and other factors determined by their spectral analysis,
all of them possess environments which are inhospitable to
life.

Of course, in all fairness, and considering God's greatness,
we should consider the possibility that if some form of alien
life does exist elsewhere in the Universe, it may do so under
conditions which we may currently consider to be totally non-
conducive to life. As a Christian, I currently lean towards
the belief that if intelligent life does thrive elsewhere in
the Universe, following the pattern that God laid here on our
own planet, (that being that we were made in God's image), it
too may be of humanoid form. However, this is only a personal
assumption, and I could be mistaken.

Perhaps due in part to our own arrogance, we naturally assume
that any form of intelligent extraterrestrial life must look
like us; that it must require atmospheric conditions similar
to our own, that is, an atmosphere that consists primarily of
a nitrogen-oxygen base; that it must require a certain amount
of light; that the planetary pressure and temperature range
must be within limits we find on our own planet, etc. But is
this the absolute law? Is God limited by these laws? Perhaps
not. Even our own science has revealed that life can find a
way to exist in some of the most inhospitable environments.

In director James Cameron's amazing 2005 film, "Aliens Of The
Deep", we learn that life has been found to thrive thousands
of feet beneath the surface of the ocean, where it is daily
subjected to astounding pressure; just as it might be on some
of the alleged extrasolar planets, many of which are as large
as the planet Jupiter, or larger. This same ocean environment
is totally devoid of sunlight; yet in spite of this fact, a
plethora of life flourishes there; which negates the commonly
held belief that all life forms require sunlight in order to
survive.

This documentary also challenges our beliefs concerning the
acceptable temperature ranges where life might exist, and in
fact, proves them wrong. To my personal amazement, Cameron's
film shows certain varieties of shrimp, crabs and tube worms
which apparently experience no difficulty existing within the
sulfur-laden water currents that are super-heated to hundreds
of degrees by deep-ocean hydrothermal vents, also known as
submarine volcanic fissures. At the same time, the point was
made that the crews of the "Deep Rover" submersibles who were
filming the documentary, had to maintain a safe distance from
the super-heated water, lest the acrylic glass, (Polymethyl
methacrylate), of their biospheres melted due to the extreme
water temperatures.

While many people assume that oxygen is a necessary component
in order for life to exist, this also is not true. There are,
in fact, certain organisms, such as "oxygen-hating" bacteria,
known as "obligate anaerobes", which not only strive to avoid
oxygen, but will die in its presence. If you are an aquarium
hobbyist, you may be familiar with the nitrification process.
When water flow through an undergravel filter is insufficient,
this condition can result in an anaerobic environment, whereby
the oxygen level in that area of the gravel is low, or oxygen
is altogether absent. In the latter case, anaerobic bacteria
may begin to thrive there. This is a dangerous condition for
the aquarist, as it may result in high levels of ammonia and
nitrite collecting in the water, which can lead to sickness,
or even the death of one's livestock.

While, due to our observations on Earth, we assume that all
organic life must be carbon-based and water-based, how do we
know with absolute certainty that this applies to the entire
Universe? Within the field of alternative biochemistry, it
has been proposed that rather than the hydrocarbon molecule,
(hydrogen atoms bonded to carbon atoms), being the building
block of life, silicon bonded to oxygen, (or silicones), may
possibly serve the same function in some alien environments,
although it is recognized that there are some serious flaws
to this theory. Current studies indicate that carbon atoms
outnumber silicon atoms in the Universe by a ratio of about
ten to one.

In addition to silicon, certain scientists have speculated
that nitrogen, phosphorus and a few other elements, may form
the basis for biochemical molecules on alien worlds, instead
of the hydrocarbon bond. They likewise suggest that ammonia,
hydrogen fluoride, or perhaps another compound, may possibly
replace the function of water on alien worlds. Of course, all
of these ideas are merely theories, and cannot possibly be
verified, or disproved, because to date, we have not found a
single planet, whether within our own Solar System, or in an
extrasolar system, which harbors any form of life, regardless
of how simple it may be. Yet the point remains that it is not
wise on our part to assume what conditions must automatically
be present in order for life to thrive on other planets. What
may be deadly or poisonous to us, may be absolutely essential
somewhere else. Only God knows all of the rules to the game,
including whether or not extrasolar planets truly exist.

But assuming that at least some of these alleged planets not
only do exist, but are also populated with intelligent life,
even human life, as a Christian, it motivates me to question
why God would place such great distances between our worlds,
so that with our current technology, we haven't been able to
communicate with them, nor they with us, if that is truly the
case. A number of years ago, I arrived at the conclusion that
one has only to look at the current state of our own planet,
and witness the destructive, violent nature of our so-called
intelligent human society, in order to find the answer. We're
plagued by prejudice, corruption, hatred, greed, dishonesty,
selfishness, immorality and other serious social ills.

Taking these points into consideration, it becomes easier to
understand why, in His Superior Wisdom, God might purposely
place such insurmountable distances between inhabited worlds.
These great distances may possibly serve as buffer zones, to
prevent one corrupt, war-prone civilization from infecting
another. Perhaps God wishes for each planetary civilization
to develop on its own, at its own pace, and by its own merit.
If we stop to consider the penalty for breaking His Laws, it
becomes easier to see the Justice, as well as the Wisdom, in
His decision to create such isolated planetary societies. In
other words, due to our isolated condition, we cannot point
our finger at each other and make the accusation "It's their
fault. They corrupted us. Don't blame us. Don't punish us".
As I have mentioned before, that is exactly what happened in
the Garden of Eden. Adam blamed Eve, and then Eve blamed the
serpent. But, as the Bible makes clear, we must each answer
for, and be held accountable for, our own actions, as we see
here:

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ;
that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
2 Corinthians 5:10, KJV

Please go to part eight for the continuation of this series.

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