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Don Stewart :: Did God Create Other Inhabited World's Apart from Our Own?

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What does the Bible say about intelligent life existing on other planets besides earth?

On the issue of life on other worlds, the Bible does not give a specific answer. We are not told one way or the other whether there are other civilizations living elsewhere in the universe. Since the Bible is silent on this issue we must also remain silent.

There Is Other Life That Does Exist

The Bible does speak about the existence of other intelligent life, but this is in the spirit world. These spirit beings are known as angels. The word that translated angel in the Bible comes from Hebrew and Greek words that mean, "messenger." The angels, who were created by God, serve as His messengers. Long ago one of the angels rebelled against God and took some of the other angels with him in his rebellion. This angel became Satan, or the Devil, when he rebelled against God. He and the other angels who followed him have been banished from God's immediate presence. Yet these and the other angels do not constitute a civilization living elsewhere in the universe (for more information see our course The Unseen World, Satan, Angels, and Demons).

The Same Moral Laws Would Apply

If there are other civilizations in the universe apart from our own, then the same moral laws would apply to them. This is because God is unchanging in His moral character.

We Are Not Told If God Created Another Race

Whether God created another race like ours or a race totally different from our own we are not told. If we do discover another civilization, or are contacted by a different people, then it would not be contradictory with what the Bible says on the subject.


There is intelligent life in the universe apart from those living on the earth. There is an infinite personal God who exists. Furthermore Scripture speaks of an innumerable number of angelic beings, both good and evil that exist. However as far as other civilizations that may exist the Bible is silent.

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