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Hawking fear of aliens


Published: 28 February 2017 (GMT+10)
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Renowned celebrity physicist Stephen Hawking is at the forefront of the search for extra-terrestrial life. But he warns against making contact with aliens as he fears they will be two-billion-years ‘more evolved’.

Time and again I am confronted with the view from young people that “Of course there are aliens out there. We can’t be the only ones.” This is a surprise to many of the older church folk in my acquaintance. However, CMI’s UFO authority, Gary Bates, indicates that in his experience belief in aliens can be found across all age groups—including churchgoers. Surveys estimate that more than 80% of Western peoples believe that ET is ‘out there somewhere’ which presumably encapsulates a lot of believers also.1 But many young folk in particular have been influenced by science fiction notions of aliens traversing the galaxy in their faster-than-light spaceships and advanced weaponry. And older folk are especially surprised to see that young people’s belief in extra-terrestrials often goes hand-in-hand with a morbid fear of what aliens will do to them.

Belief in aliens—and fear arising from that—is a logical outflow of our young people having been sold the idea that we are the result of evolution, not creation. Life evolved on Earth (the argument says), therefore elsewhere in the universe—billions of years older than our solar system according to evolutionary reckoning—it would surely have evolved there, too.2 As well-known Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) researcher Seth Shostak said when asked why he believed in the existence of intelligent extraterrestrials:

“To believe that they don’t exist requires positing that what’s happened on Earth is some sort of miracle. I find that premise a tougher sell than to think that intelligence is a fairly frequent development in a 14-billion-year-old cosmos.”3

Thus Shostak reveals he sees the miracle of Creation as ‘a tougher sell’ than neo-Darwinian notions that everything arose by itself. So he and the rest of the evolutionary fraternity sell us evolution instead— as ‘fact’. And by hawking evolution to a vulnerable public, they’re also hawking fear of aliens, too.

A recent article4 by the Australian National University’s Charley Lineweaver5 bears this out.

Referring to celebrity cosmologist Stephen Hawking’s involvement in Breakthrough Listen, a project which scans the heavens for signs of intelligent life,6 Lineweaver first sets the scene:

“Hawking wants us to listen, and not to talk—use our ears, not our mouth. He wants us to eavesdrop but not join the conversation. He wants us to keep our head low. … Hawking’s comments are motivated by a fear of what the aliens would do to us if they find us.”4

So, Stephen Hawking wants to find aliens, but most certainly warns against sending any messages to them (but as Lineweaver points out, celebrated public attempts have already been made by sending television broadcasts of the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the I Love Lucy show into space). Lineweaver then goes on to explain how Hawking’s fear of aliens is linked to belief in evolution2 and its chronology:

“The age distribution of Earth-like planets in the universe tells us that the average Earth-like planet is about 2 billion years older than our Earth. If life has formed on these other Earths, it has had, on average, 2 billion years longer to evolve than we have had. This is the fact that has Hawking worried. If you imagine that the pace of biological and technological evolution on these other Earths is about the same as it has been on our Earth, then alien civilisations are on average two billion years more advanced than we are. To put that time frame into perspective, two billion years ago, our ancestors on Earth were amoebas or parameciums — single-celled eukaryotes of some kind.”4 [Emphasis added.]

Little wonder then, that:

“Hawking says he worries that any aliens ‘will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria’.”4

When it comes to the fear stakes however, Lineweaver mentions a university colleague whose fear of aliens substantially exceeds Hawking’s:

“While discussing the value of searching for extraterrestrial intelligence SETI, a colleague told me that it was dangerous to even listen to aliens. He thought the message would be like a Trojan horse. If we let the message into our minds, it would kill us. It would be like sticking a virus-contaminated USB stick into your computer.”4

Now it’s probable that the older Christian folk in my acquaintance that I referred to at the start of this article would very likely laugh out loud at that dangerous-even-to-listen ‘Trojan horse’ comment. They might well see it and Hawking’s fear of aliens as examples of where “their thinking became futile” (Romans 1:22) and of stumbling about in “deep darkness” (Proverbs 4:19).

However, there is a sinister side to all this which is no laughing matter. One of the factors behind the high percentage of young people believing in the existence of aliens is ‘actual experience’. That is, a significant number of young people either know of someone who has had experience of aliens (described as visitation, or even abduction), or have even had their own first-hand experience—always said to be ‘real’, and often traumatic. Gary Bates’ book, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, includes hair-raising examples of such experiences.

But there’s a problem with these ‘visitations’—the aliens are not who they say they are. E.g., there’s not a shred of evidence to support claims of non-human-built spaceships entering and leaving Earth’s precinct, despite decades of around-the-clock radar and other high-tech monitoring by NASA and the like. In fact, Gary Bates has revealed secular endorsements of his view, such as TV’s UFO expert, Nick Redfern. See UFOs are not extraterrestrial!

Discovering who the ‘aliens’ really are

Photo: Gary Bates Joe and Gary
Joe Jordan (left) with CMI’s resident UFO authority, Gary Bates. They have on occasion teamed up at Roswell.

There are some people like UFO researcher Joe Jordan, who are now wise as to who the ‘aliens’ actually are. Joe is the National Research Director for MUFON in South Korea. The Mutual UFO Network is the world’s largest clearing house for UFO investigations and reports. Joe came upon something hugely significant. When trying to figure out what was really happening to people who were claiming to be abducted by aliens, he discovered that ‘abductions’ were being halted by people who called out in the name of Christ. What’s more, people who professed to be practising born-again Christians seemed to be generally immune from such experiences. He soon noticed that many in MUFON were already aware of this, but were ignoring it because it did not fit their belief that such experiences were of an extraterrestrial nature. After being led to a Bible study as part of his research to find out what it was about Christians that “aliens didn’t like”, Joe realized that he was ultimately dealing with a spiritual phenomenon and not an extraterrestrial one—and became a Christian.7

Other people who have also realized the real identity of the ‘aliens’ include Guy Malone who had also experienced alleged ‘alien abductions’. When exposed to the Gospel of Christ, the ‘abduction’ episodes ceased. Guy realized that what he had experienced were in fact spiritual encounters of the ‘ungodly’ kind—fallen angels masquerading as glorious ‘space brothers’.7

Perhaps then for the older generation generally, with its higher proportion of professing Christians compared to younger generations, the concept of ‘alien visitation’ is alien to them because they’ve been sheltered from it by the dominance of Christianity in their era. But for the younger generation, being schooled in evolution opens them to being vulnerable from multiple angles. As we’ve seen from the comments of Stephen Hawking and others, evolutionary teaching predisposes people to belief in the possible existence of aliens—and the concomitant fears arising from that. More fundamentally, evolutionary schooling lessens the likelihood of someone believing in God, therefore depriving them of the ability to clothe themselves in Christ and the demonstrated protection that affords from demonic visitation.

Ideas have consequences. Hawking evolution on to our young people is really doing them an immense disservice, to put it mildly. Thankfully, however, there are abundant creationist resources on this website and beyond to replace in the minds of young people any fear of aliens with the fear of the Lord—“the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10).

As this article ‘goes to press’, Gary Bates and his film crew have just finished filming CMI’s new movie The Alien Intrusion. Gary has ‘chilling’ interviews with several ‘experiencers’ as they reveal the power of the name of Jesus Christ to halt these experiences in their track. For more information and to support this ground-breaking film see ALIEN INTRUSION


References and notes

  1. Bates, G., and Cosner, L., UFOlogy: the world’s fastest-growing ‘scientific’ religion?, 2016; creation.com/ufology. Return to text.
  2. Catchpoole, D., and Bates, G., ET needed evolution, 2016; creation.com/et-evolution. Return to text.
  3. DiGregorio, B., Interview: The alien hunter, New Scientist 199(2674):42–43, September 2008; newscientist.com. Return to text.
  4. Lineweaver, C., ‘If we find ET, don’t talk to it’, says the man who wants to find ET, abc.net.au, accessed February 2017. Return to text.
  5. Charley Lineweaver is a researcher at the School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Earth Sciences at Australian National University, and is a vocal proponent of evolution. Return to text.
  6. Devlin, H., Stephen Hawking warns against seeking out aliens in new film: Beware responding to signals from far off stars, physicist tells viewers in Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places—a virtual journey across the cosmos, theguardian.com, accessed February 2017. Return to text.
  7. Bates, G., Reaching out at Roswell, 2009; creation.com/roswell-outreach. Return to text.

Readers’ comments

N. B.
Certainly. this man is a celebrity, but for all the wrong reasons. Pray that he will see the LIGHT before he passes on.
Don L.
John 8:23 "And he (Jesus) said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world."

Joh 14:2-3 "In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

Acts 1:11 "Which (the angels) also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."

We often forget the One we follow does not come FROM the Earth, He came TO the Earth. Afterward He ascended UP into Heaven with the promise that He would return the same way (down from the sky).

This focus on aliens is part of a grooming process by Satan to instil in mankind an overwhelming fear compelling them to accept the "aliens" who are here as allies and "defend the Earth" against those coming to "destroy the Earth and enslave mankind".

There is a whole raft of Sci Fi movies and TV shows now where the plot consists of rebel "aliens" already exiled to the Earth or kicked out of their "homeworld" being portrayed as the Good Guys and the Bad Guys as those who are coming next to do to Earth what they did to the "visitor's" original planet. They then "bravely and generously" offer their "superhuman" abilities to help "noble" mankind defend and fight for the Earth and survival against those who are coming next. These shows are usually peppered with Biblical allusions. "Thor", "Avengers", "V", "Transformers", "Dr Who", and in a reverse sort of way "Avatar" are examples.

Satan is playing the game of "switch the price tags" and the game is well and truly afoot.
Eddie C.
I am pleased to see that CMI has taken the position that aliens are actually demonic, as opposed to not real in any sense. There are too many reported experiences to ignore. There is overwhelming evidence to support the claim they are demonic as well including Aliester Crowly's own drawings of a demonic entity he referred to as "LAM". I had previously heard that born-again Christians were immune to these experiences and invoking the name of Jesus would stop abductions. I wasn't aware of the research that was done or of Joe Jordan so thank you CMI as now I have more tools to present this information.
There are obvious parallels that one might draw concerning the alien myth. I think there are some deceptions coming in our near future maybe in our lifetimes where it will be proposed that we have made alien contact. I also believe this could be part of the coming end-time deception that the Bible speaks of and the great falling away. Imagine how this would shake the faith of many who proclaim to be Christians! Obviously these are opinions, but the more informed Christians are, the less likely they will be to be swayed by any such deception. Thank you CMI, you are correct in including this topic with creation apologetics.
F. G.
Once again, everything involving belief in evolution and long ages is just that: belief. Everything Hawking says here is based totally on assumptions and not at all on facts.

"Hawking says he worries that any aliens 'will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria'." -- That's awfully ironic coming from someone whose belief system denies that human life has any intrinsic value.
John P.
I can attest through personal experience that the Name of Jesus stops these imposters in their tracks. When we call on Him we put on the whole armour of God and He sends these devils back where they came from
It could easily be that the antichrist may use the lie of aliens when he and his troops meet Jesus and the saints at the Lord's second coming. In any case we will have,as it were,a ringside seat as we watch Jesus destroy them by His Word
Roger G.
Thanks for writing this article. At present, I'm reading through the book Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection. I am amazed at how the modern Western English-speaking society has been set up over decades to accept concepts and ideas about aliens. We are a society hanging around like ripe fruit on a tree, ready to be plucked and consumed by any passing dangerous idea. May the Alien Intrusion movie also be an instrument of instruction, to powerfully build up all who view it.
Philip S.
We give people like Hawking too much credit, (Ecc_10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.)
We allow them into our schools and then Creation Ministries has to refute them with web pages like this one. (1 Co_3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.)
Terry D P.
Ironically, Atheists find it easy to believe that universe contains super-intelligent aliens, but they reject the the existence of a super-intelligent God who created the universe, fills and holds the universe together.
Hmm. Methinks Hawking may be closer than he realises to meeting “the super-intelligent alien” whom he fears:
“He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God [Holy Spirit]; his is the primacy over all created things. In him everything in heaven and on earth was created, not only things visible but also the invisible orders of thrones, sovereignties, authorities and powers: the whole universe has been created through him and for him. And he exists before everything, and all things are held together in him.” — Col 1:15-17
“Now, the word ‘ascended’ implies that he also descended to the lowest level, down to the very earth. He who descended is no other than he [Jesus] who ascended far above all heavens, so that he might fill the universe.” — Eph 4:9-10
“WHEN IN FORMER TIMES God spoke to our forefathers, he spoke in fragmentary and varied fashion through the prophets. But in this the final age he has spoken to us in the Son whom he has made heir to the whole universe, and through whom he created all orders of existence: the Son who is the effulgence of God’s splendour and the stamp of God’s very being, and sustains the universe by his word of power.” — Heb 1:1-3
“By faith we perceive that the universe was fashioned by the word of God, so that the visible
came forth from the invisible.” — Heb 11:3

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