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What does Judaism say about the Discovery of Aliens?

What does Judaism say about the Discovery of Aliens?

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Question:

Would the discovery of ETs (extra-terrestrials) threaten organized religion?

Answer:

The discovery of ETs would pose no more of a threat to Judaism than would the discovery of a new species of rabbit.

It would be limiting G‑d's power to say that He could not have placed life on other planets. In fact, there is a reference in the biblical Book of Judges (5:23) to an inhabited place called Maroz, which the Talmud identifies as a star.

But Jewish thought has always believed that the most weird and wonderful creatures are to be found right here on earth. We can explore the remotest extremities of space but still remain alien to our own humanity. The real secrets of the universe lie hidden in the depths of the human soul.

Aron Moss is rabbi of the Nefesh Community in Sydney, Australia, and is a frequent contributor to Chabad.org.
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Teresa Georgia February 19, 2014

Why would anyone believe in aliens? We were made in His image and likeness. The only other beings mentioned in the Holy Scriptures are angels. Why would there be only mention of us and them; yet no mention of other physical beings anywhere? For me, I have no reason to believe there are aliens any more than I have to believe there are fairies or vampires. I propose that the concept of aliens is a secular attempt to lessen our position and value as humans. To attack the wonder and awe of our G-d who lovingly created us, then placed us in dominion over the earth. To ultimately try to destroy our trust and respect for Him. They choose to believe there is no G-d, yet they would have us believe we are not as special as HE says we are [because there are other "beings" in the universe]? Given their vain and blasphemous idea that we come from primates causes me to not trust any of their suppositions. In the end, His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways.

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Wes Kirkland May 8, 2017
in response to Teresa:

Why are you afraid there might be aliens? Are you a Christian? Most likely the idea causes you stress because it makes you feel less important. This reveals your selfishness and lack of self worth.
Too bad. You're fine. There is no need for any of that. If you truly believe God made you and loves you, why worry if He made something else? Reply

Karen Joyce Chaya Fradle Kleinman Bell Riverside, CA, USA via jewishriverside.com February 12, 2012

I love this answer. It is awesome! Congratulations. One of the best responses given on any site here on Chabad.Org. Reply

George Ramos Temecula, CA January 7, 2012

The danger that I see is that we are easily distracted from worshiping G-d as evidenced by the technology and the celebrity status of some here on Earth, could you imagine if we actually made contact with E.T.s? There's so much idolatry as it is. Remember there are terrestrial beings in the spirit realm that would have us break the 1st through 5th commandments. Reply

Sharon Lockwood-Habram Tucso, AZ January 3, 2012

ARE THERE ALIENS OUT THERE? Who knows? Maybe. If so, I'd like to meet one! I would ask questions about spirit, their lives, their belief system and why there came here, etc.
Let's assume that if they are advanced enough to make it across time and space to come here, then they are also evolved enough to let us evolve in our own way, as well..
Personally, I'd go to their home planet incognito and just watch them! Reply

Anonymous London, UK November 24, 2010

Reichenbach Archic information - after all, there was little or nothing of Quantum Physics at that date.
Try some more up-to-date papers - there's plenty to choose from in the "reputable" scientific world.
Also note "THEORY" or Relativity, NOT "LAW" of Relativity. Reply

Karen Joyce Chaya Fradle Kleinman Bell Riverside, CA, USA via jewishriverside.com November 22, 2010

MAROZ can be a poetic reference... to all other inhabited planets. I didn't know that was in our scriptures. AWESOME!!! Cool!!! Reply

An Editor February 19, 2009

Concerning that last statement about Einstein Please see this article on our site by Hans Reichenbach, a student of Einstein and one of the 20th century's significant philosophers of science. It is quite doubtful that he was interested in duping anybody, or that he misunderstood Einstein. Reply

Anonymous London, UK February 17, 2009

Chronicles 16:30 Please, please, please study the actual works of Einstein rather than other people's take on what they THINK he said. (or what they want you to believe he said).
After all, the issue of rotation (it is impossible to prove which body is revolving around which) is correct if, and only if, there are two and not more than two objects in existence. The addition of a third (assuming a 3 dimensional universe) makes mapping possible and by the application of simple scientific and astronomical rules, it becomes simple in the extreme to ascertain what rotates about what.
This stems from the fact that science teaching in most schools doesn't go far enough for people to understand Einstein's theories themselves. People are reliant on others - often with their own agenda - providing disservice and deliberate misinformation to the public. Reply

Anonymous December 26, 2007

Chronicles 16:30 I don't understand why there should be aproblem at all for 2 reasons 1. science only makes hypotheses ,and 2. with Einsteins theory of relativity it is impossible to prove which body is revolving around which.
p.s. Why the extreme conviction in disproving the Bible! Reply

effie October 3, 2007

Chronicles 16:30 "Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved."

All this passage is telling me is that the earth is to last for a long time; it is not "to move" - go away or be destroyed.
when I think of something stable I think of something that doesn't change much with the passing of time. Life itself can be stable; one can stay in one place (not change, not develop). That doesn't mean that time doesn't go by and life doesn't expire.
So, we go back to what I just stated: The Bible is full of symbolism which can be interpreted to ones interest.
It is obvious that I don't read the same verse the way Stephen does, and that's fine, as long as we don't poke one-another's eyes out! Reply

Rob W. Pittsburgh, PA / USA October 3, 2007

Does E.T. pray? I am fascinated with the idea of life on other planets. The very same vastness of the Universe which makes foreign life so likely also makes contact with it unlikely because of the distances between stars. I would imagine that if there are beings who are designed or who have evolved with big enough brains like ours, that they might have religion, too. Who's to say we're the smartest anyway? There might be beings who are smart enough to be far more pious than we are. Reply

Stephen Weinstein Camarillo, CA via chabadcamarillo.com August 15, 2007

Earth position fixed vs. moving "the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved" (I Chronicles 16:30 or 1 Chronicles 16:30).
[Response to effie's comment:
"Centuries ago people got burnt for stating that the earth was neither flat, nor the centre of the universe. The religious leaders perceived it as a threat to religion, because it went against what they "ASSUMED" to be the teachings of the Bible. I am not an expert, but I never came accross such a statement in it. "] Reply

effie ct April 12, 2007

I don't know why every time something new is discovered there are people who jump to the conclusion that religious beliefs are outdated.
Centuries ago people got burnt for stating that the earth was neither flat, nor the centre of the universe. The religious leaders perceived it as a threat to religion, because it went against what they "ASSUMED" to be the teachings of the Bible. I am not an expert, but I never came accross such a statement in it. When it comes to alliens, people also assume that if they exist, the Bible is lying when it says that G-D only created life in Earth. Again, I don't know, but where is the word "ONLY" mentioned? The Bible simply doesn't go on detailes about other possibly existing realities, since it is mainly concerned with our salvation. Bottomline, it doesn't have to be a win-lose situation, because the science can only discover what G-D has created and nothing more. We just have to stop assuming what we don't knowfor sure!!! Reply

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