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S. A. J. Lyttek, a multiple award-winning writer, always loved writing, but didn’t arrive at the profession in the typical manner. After college and graduate school, she plunged into government consulting. In this environment, she discovered a knack for writing tests, interviews and other measurements. That soon became the focus of her career—reigniting her love for the written word. Thus captivated, she spent evenings freelancing “fun” writing including short stories, poems, articles and cards. When her eldest was a toddler, she quit full-time work to stay home and write. Eager to spend more time with her children, homeschooling intrigued her. From preschool through high school, she homeschooled both sons while continuing to freelance. While an integral part of the homeschooling community, she developed and taught writing classes to a generation of homeschoolers. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Gary, Mrs. Lyttek loves to share her commitment to learners of all ages and her fascination with the written word.



Finite

11/30/2022 1:40:00 AM BY Susan Lyttek

Okay, here is the latest in my “Not God” series. Humans are finite, not infinite. Because of that, I think, we have difficulty seeing reasons for the infinite and invent justifications that don’t include God. One of these, I believe, is alien or extraplanetary life.

I personally don’t believe in aliens.

That might sound a strange statement for a person who writes about aliens and interplanetary travel and other futuristic things. I enjoy creating bizarre beings for my stories, but I don’t actually believe they exist. Why not? There are a couple of reasons.

Point 1. For those of you who know me well or have been following me for a while, the testimony of my teen years, prior to professing belief and faith in Jesus, involved dabbling in the occult. Part of my occult experience was a “spirit guide” who talked to me and gave me messages. Some of those messages were uncannily accurate. Others took me to places and events that I wish I could undo. This same spirit could show himself in a variety of forms. I saw him as an 1800s ghost (complete with tails and top hat), a “normal” person, and (you may have guessed) an alien.

Later, when I came to Christ, that same being attacked our home as both poltergeist and spiritual oppressor. It became obvious at that point that my “guide” was a demon and had been all along. Thus, I firmly believe that when people see aliens, it’s demon orchestrated. Anything to distract us from God!

Point 2. This gets to the title and the other argument in favor of alien existence: the size of the universe. Why would there be such a vast universe with just our puny planet? It seems quite egotistical of us to think humans are the only life form in the cosmos.

It would be, if that was how we were supposed to think about it.

We, though, are not the reason for the universe. “The heavens declare the glory of God.” Our God is infinite and the universe reflects that aspect. As unending as our universe appears to us, God is even more so.

It makes my head hurt to try to think about it. But it makes my soul thrill. How mighty is a God who creates quasars and black holes? How amazing is a Creator who holds the universe together and the orbits in their courses with a single word?

Could God have created aliens? Of course. He can create anything. (And in one of my stories, the main character is a missionary to non-humanoid life forms. In that version of our world, the reason for the space-race was God-inspired and Christ died once for all life in the universe.) If God had created other life, he would have also created ways for the other life to be redeemed. To create life and consign it to hell or nothingness is not within his character.

The problem with belief in extraterrestrials is multifaceted. As I mentioned in part 1, it distracts us from God and our relationship with him. That alone isn’t good. The whole of the Bible never mentions life apart from the globe we live on. Jesus came into this world to seek and to save those who were lost. And the same heavens that people seek life within were created AFTER the earth according to Genesis 1. They were created on day four to give us, simplistically speaking, a way to tell time.

God is infinite. That is impossible for us finite ones to wrap our minds around. Paraphrasing a dialogue from one of my favorite children’s books, the character asks about the biggest number.

“Tell me the biggest number you can think of.” The character does. “Now add one. Add one again. Add one again…”

“Stop!” shouts the character. “Then tell me the smallest number.”

“Give me a number. Divide it in two. Divide it in two again…”

The character gets the point. Numbers, like God, go forever in both directions. But God has so much more than big and small. He goes forever in all directions, in all dimensions, in all aspects, in all time.

So, when you think about any aspect of God, remember to apply infinite to it. God is infinitely good. He is infinitely holy. He is infinitely perfect. And so on.

And we? We are not.

But yet he loves us. Infinitely.