A Strange Idea
Someone in the Bible study this morning said that he believes in life on other planets and that when we die, we get to be Messiahs for those planets.
Sounded awfully Mormon to me.
I didn't like the idea, and here's why: I'm not cut out to be anyone's Messiah. I've already thought that through. Though I accept Jesus' free gift of Justification, and though I believe that I have been Sanctified (set apart for God's purpose), and though I believe that I am "going on to perfection," I haven't yet gotten there. And for a Messiah to be effective, to be more effective than the average Joe, to be a real Messiah, that Messiah has to have something special. And to be able to make sacrifice for everyone, that Messiah has to be sinless.
Which I'm not.
And that word "everyone" brings me to another point: suppose for a moment that there is life on another planet. Wouldn't Jesus' sacrifice, if it is indeed for everyone, count for "them" as well? Or is it a limited atonement?
My friend, who made the weird comment, believes in universal salvation. Why would other planets even need a Messiah if there's universal salvation? Why would ours?