I’m not really sure what your point is in the email below. At first (first paragraph) you seem to be saying that there is intelligent life elsewhere. Yet, as the email continues on, you seem to be denying that. And you talk about making apologetics more indefensible to regular people. Do you mean “defensible”?
So I’m just not sure how to respond other than to say that taking the Bible and Hell literally leads to these problems. And, a crucial point missed by almost all Christians, is the Bible itself doesn’t even claim to be God’s word (let alone inerrant). That is a man-made doctrine not found in the Bible. 2 Tim. 3:16, for example, is actually a universal affirmative proposition (“All As are Bs”) that only states what scripture is, namely, “theopneustos,” but without going on to explain what this means or, crucially, identify what books are scripture–be these OT only; the OT + NT only; the OT + NT + Apocrypha only; the BOM only; the Upanishads only; Bertrand Russell’s *Why I Am Not a Christian* only; etc. In fact, 2 Tim. 3:16 was written before the Bible was even completed. I’m sure this isn’t the response you were looking for; but, as I say, the point you are trying to make escapes me. Sorry.
Professor (name redacted),
I’m saving this email because he makes a good point with the timothy quote. Sola scriptura is refuted in the bible. He also makes the brilliant point that the canon wasn’t even standardized when that was written. I haven’t verified when Timothy was written yet, but I’m pretty sure other books were added later.
Even 2 Peter 3:16 offers no clarification.