Physicists having difficulty with the elusive Higgs boson and mysterious dark matter may wish to look for an alternative explanation: the effect that Adam and Eve’s original sin had on the universe. Whatever this hypothesis lacks in plausibility it makes up for with childish parsimony.
As Karl Giberson explains in Christianity and Extraterrestrial Life, there are more than a few literalist Christians who believe that the eating of an apple by two people on earth some 7,000 years ago altered the workings of the entire universe and impacted whatever life exists within it:
In the Creationist worldview on display in the Creation Museum, sin inaugurated sickness, disease, and the decay associated with the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Prior to Adam’s sin, the laws of physics were different, since there could be no decay. So, according to the Answers in Genesis website, “another compensating restorative process may have prevented any net decay of the universe.” This restorative process ended with Adam’s sin, and now the Second Law of Thermodynamics was unbalanced, and the entire universe began to run down.
The creative interpretative scheme used by the Young Earth Creationists leads them to find biblical support for claims about laws that science discovered centuries later. Other Young Earth Creationists suggest that the Second Law of Thermodynamics actually appeared for the first time as the scientific consequence of sin.
In this view, the sin of the first human affected everything, even stars trillions of miles away.
This is not simply geocentrism — it is Homocentrism writ universally large. Talk about presumptuous. It reminds me, however, of the reaction many Native Americans had to missionary teachings about Christianity.
Aside from having difficulties understanding what they considered to be the dubious magic of the faith, they were most shocked by the claim that two white people eating a perfectly natural and nutritious piece of fruit — provided for humans by bounteous Mother Earth — brought wholesale condemnation on humanity.
In the native view, people were naturally inclined to right living and only things that people learned or did during their lives could divert them from this path. It was a naturally optimistic view of human nature as opposed to the pessimistic and sinful view that is characteristic of Christianity.
That pessimism is on full display in Giberson’s article, in which he quotes Ken Ham — mastermind of the (would be funny were it not so harmful) Creation Museum — who without compassion asserts that alien life cannot have salvation:
“The Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe,” says Ham. “This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin.”
And, adding insult to injury, even though human sin on a distant Earth wrecked their planet, [aliens] “can’t have salvation,” says Ham. “Only descendants of Adam can be saved.” To even “suggest that aliens could respond to the gospel is just totally wrong,” he says.
Ham apparently reads Romans differently than I do:
I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God. – Romans 8:38-39
I sense neither exclusion nor entropy in this verse.