The nearest planetthat resolves around the sun is Mercury, which is about 37,000,000 miles from the great luminary. Mercury, therefore, receives a far greater allowance of light and heat from the sun than comes to us upon the earth. It is believed that, even at the poles of Mercury, water would always boil; that is to say, if the planet is constituted at all as this world is. None of us could possibly live there; but that is no reason why other people should not, for God could make some of his creatures to live in the fire just as well as he could make others to live out of it. I have no doubt that, if there are inhabitants there, they enjoy the heat. In a spiritual sense, at any rate, we know that men who live near to Jesus dwell in the divine flame of love.
CH Spurgeon, Lectures to my Students, p.475
This statement comes across as somewhat surpising given the dogmatism with which many Evangelical Christians dismiss the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Some of Spurgeon's most devoted admirers are among the most dogmatic in denying extraterrestrial life. Spurgeon's acknowledgement tends to get forgotten, just like his Premillennialism and his Old Earth Gap views.
Is there life on other planets? Only if God created it. We must reject any probabalistic calculations about it based on godless evolutionary theory. In fact some scientists calculate that possibility is highly unlikely anyway.
There certainly is angelic life and I would suggest that angels are not an order of beings totally removed from similarity to us. They seem to have bodies of flesh like ours.
I am very uncomfortable with the dogamtic assertion that God would never have created extraterrestrial life. The Lord has not seen fit to reveal all things to us at this time. There are many cosmic mysteries that we are not party to.
Sadly for Spurgeon, it does appear that Mercury and the other planets of our solar system do not feature life. I suggested in a recent post that they may have once been inhabited before the rebellion of Lucifer. Does God create a wasteland?