October 24, 1862
FR writes to a friend about inhabitants of other planets. This was a common topic of interest in the 1800s, for little was yet known about the solar system. The particular question under discussion is sometimes asked today regarding aliens in the universe:
How are those in other worlds to relate to Jesus Christ as savior since it is in this world he died and came to life again?
Here is FR's belief:
"May not their inhabitants be saved by faith in a Mediator, who, if not their brother according to the flesh, is their King, by whom and for whom they were and are created; might they not have a revelation, to faith that cometh by hearing and not by sight? I do not infer that the inhabitants of the planets are sinners, only imperfect, so requiring the Mediator."
She supports her statement with this from the Bible, "He chargeth his angels with folly," understanding that "The elect, unsinning angels stood in Christ."