I’ve never believed in the possibility of life on an undiscovered planet, but I enjoyed Robin Williams’ portrayal of the alien “Mork” on the T.V. programs “Happy Days” and “Mork and Mindy.” Fictional movies like “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” have many fans, while “Independence Day” and “Cocoon” are favorites of mine. Our imaginations are stirred when it comes to mysterious beings beyond this earth.
In Colossians 1:16, Paul informs us, “For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” Our temporary world that we daily encounter is microscopic compared to what God has created which we cannot observe.
Are we aware of the invisible spiritual world all around us? A world in which rulers, authorities, “powers of this dark world,” and “spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” exist? A world where God reigns and angels serve Him? This invisible world is existent, active, and attentive to us (Ephesians 6:12; Psalm 103:19-21, 91:11; Hebrews 1:14).
Would you act differently if you knew extraterrestrial beings were watching you? Interesting reports have been published about angels in human bodies helping people. And the Bible informs us that a group of shepherds and certain individuals (Lot, Balaam, Samson’s parents, Zechariah, Mary, Joseph...) had encountered one or more angels.
Can nonphysical creatures be labeled as aliens? When the word “alien” is mentioned in Scripture, it refers to strangers and foreigners, and has two inferences: any traveling person in an unfamiliar place, and lovers of God and followers of Christ living on earth. The Lord told Moses that Israel was to have the same law for the alien and the native-born (Leviticus 24:22). David prayed, “For I dwell with you as an alien, a stranger, as all my fathers were” (Psalm 39:12). He considered his life before God as a pilgrim passing through.
The apostle Peter referred to God’s elect as “aliens and strangers in the world” (I Peter 1:1, 2:11). He regarded Christians as aliens and strangers on this planet because their citizenship is in heaven. They may be temporarily residing on this earth, but heaven is their home.
Have you ever felt like an outsider and you didn’t belong or fit in certain groups? The setting could be a clique, church, or foreign country. I felt like an alien after moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Being a fair-skinned blonde and disliking peppers put me in a tiny minority, and not able to speak Spanish further estranged me. Additionally, I didn’t know any other woman in my neighborhood who had a relationship with Jesus Christ.
When I moved out of the Bible Belt, my eyes were opened to life outside the Christian bubble, and I became uncomfortable and self-conscious. I still feel removed from society due to a different mindset; my faith and values separate me from many people. Do you sense that you have little in common with the general public?
As believers mature in their faith, they increasingly detest this world’s wickedness. Americans are now flaunting and praising sin. Corruption and deceit are rampant, and ISIS is torturing and murdering Christians. Scripture warns that the world will become even more evil, and if you’re a Christian, it will hate you because it hated Jesus first. In fact, Jesus said, “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John15:18-19). No wonder Christ’s followers feel alienated.
The Christian’s hope is when ‘the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” And “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (II Corinthians 5:1; I Corinthians 2:9).
According to the Bible, if you feel like an alien in this temporary world because of your Christian faith, you can rejoice. Someday, you’ll feel right at home in heaven, forever with the Lord.