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The Savior of the Universe

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   Recently, I have heard on the radio that the Pope of Rome has said that he would baptize an extraterrestrial. Of course, there has never been any definitive proof of the existence of any extraterrestrials other than the angels and the fallen angels, also called demons. I have thought about this subject in some depth and have reached the following conclusion. Yes, if an extraterrestrial converts to the Orthodox Christian faith after having been extensively catechized, then we should baptize and chrismate him and give him communion in our Church. I believe that is what our Lord would want us to do.
   In order to help facilitate my argument, I will from now on mention in this blog as examples the sci-fi imaginary creatures called Vulcans, Klingons, and Cardassians.
   Think about how our Lord entered into the universe. He entered into human history by becoming incarnate in the womb of a human woman. He did not enter into the history of any other extraterrestrial alien race by becoming incarnate of any female of theirs. No Vulcan woman has ever given birth to the Son of God. A Klingon woman cannot make this claim either, nor can a Cardassian woman.
   One might say that that is not fair. Well, God did not choose an English woman to be His Mother, nor did He choose a Russian one. He did not choose a Dutch woman to give birth to Him, nor did He choose a Chinese one. God chose a Hebrew woman named Mary to be His Mother because of all the women that have existed and would ever exist she would be the most obedient and cooperative of them all. God chose her and then He chose her ancestors. This happened to take place on planet Earth and not on the Klingon home world or the planet Vulcan.
   In the New Testament, the word that is often translated world is the Greek word, kosmos. This Greek word can also be translated universe. Here are some verses from the New Testament where this word appears. I have substituted the word, universe, for world.

We know that we are of God, and the whole universe is in the power of the evil one. (I John 5:19, RSV, modified)

Yes, Klingons, Vulcans, and Cardassians need Jesus Christ. The “whole universe in the power of the evil one.”

For God so loved the universe that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the universe to condemn the universe, but that the universe through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (St. John 3:16-18, NKJV, modified)

God loves the entire universe and not just planet Earth. There is another verse in the Old Testament that speaks of God’s universal love.

For Thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which Thou hast made: for never wouldest Thou have made any thing, if Thou hadst hated it. (Wisdom 11:24, KJV)

   I know that there will be some readers of this blog who will say that this book is apocryphal. It is not. It is an Ecclesiastical book of the Old Testament — a book that was accepted by Christians but not by the Jews. It was not one of those books that was translated from Hebrew into Greek by the 70 Septuagint translators in the third century B.C. It was written in Greek sometime in the first century B.C. by an unknown Alexandrian Jew. (No need for it to survive in the Hebrew!) There is ample evidence that it was used by first and second century Christians and it was affirmed as being part of the canon of Holy Scripture by the  Council of Carthage that wrote the African Code in 419 A.D. The canons of this council were accepted by the Quinisext Council in 692 A.D. Therefore, the Church as a whole has acknowledged its canonicity.
   Anyway, this verse from this divinely inspired book says that God loves Klingons, Vulcans, and Cardassians, if such creatures really do exist!
   Jesus is the Light of the Universe.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the Light of the universe: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (St. John 8:12, KJV, modified)

As long as I am in the universe, I am the Light of the universe. (St. John 9:5, KJV, modified)

And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this universe, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. (St. John 9:39, KJV, modified)

I have come as a light into the universe, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. (St. John 12:46, NKJV. modified)

   The Holy Spirit convicts Vulcans, Klingons, and Cardassians of sin, too.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the universe of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. (St. John 16:7,8, NKJV, modified)

   Jesus sent His apostles into the universe.

As You sent Me into the universe, I also have sent them into the universe. (St. John 17:18, NKJV, modified)

Jesus told His disciples:

Ye are the light of the universe. (St. Matt. 5:14, KJV, modified)

These verses give us a very good reason to keep the space program.

Go ye into all the universe, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (St. Mark 16:15, 16, KJV, modified)

After we baptize and chrismate the extraterrestrials, we need to give them communion, too.

For the bread of God is He which cometh down from Heaven, and giveth life unto the universe. (St. John 6:33, KJV, modified)

I am the living bread which came down from Heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the universe. (St. John 6:51, KJV, modified)

Yes, Jesus died for Vulcans, Klingons, and Cardassians, too! He is a sacrifice for their sins as well as ours.

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the universe unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (II Corinthians 5:19, KJV, modified)

And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole universe. (I John 2:2, KJV, modified)

   Jesus is the Savior of the Universe.

For we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the universe. (St. John 4:42, KJV, modified)

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the universe. (I John 4:14, KJV, modified)

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   At the end of this present age, the entire universe will be judged by God. Klingons, Vulcans, and Cardassians, repent!

   Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn…
   Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the universe; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this age. The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (St. Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43, KJV, modified)

   Yes, there will be Vulcans, Klingons, and Cardassians in the Kingdom of God. This has been foretold to us in the Book of Revelation.

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in Heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this universe are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15, KJV, modified)

   We already know that there are children of God among those of other species, namely, the angels. In Job, angels are called “sons of God.” (Job 1:6, KJV) An angel told St. John the Theologian that he is one of his brethren. (Rev. 19:10) Jesus is the firstborn among many brethren. (Rom. 8:29) The angels are His brethren, too.
   So, I agree with the Pope of Rome. The ETs need to be baptized, chrismated, and get communion, but they should be baptized into the Orthodox Christian faith and not the Roman Catholic one. The Orthodox Church is the true Church. So, if the ETs want to become Christians, they just need to join the right Church.