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Prepare ye the way—the aliens are coming!

Popular fantasy becomes cultural ‘fact’

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Published: 10 February 2011 (GMT+10)

Fox News

Like a scene from a sci-fi movie, Fox News reported on this glowing halo in the skies over Moscow Russia in October, 2009. It was a weather anomaly caused by several weather fronts passing through Moscow as the sun shined from the west.

Like a scene from a sci-fi movie, Fox News reported on this glowing halo in the skies over Moscow Russia in October, 2009. It was a weather anomaly caused by several weather fronts passing through Moscow as the sun shined from the west.

Recently there has been an accelerated ‘wave’ of UFO hysteria sweeping the globe, and many supporters have contacted us asking for comments. Later in this article, the recent claims are highlighted and addressed. Because we have written much in recent years about the growing popularity of what is commonly called the UFO phenomenon, this article will only briefly touch on what underpins this cultural phenomenon. Many of our original arguments and explanations are still relevant to these new speculative claims that appear in the media. This article provides many links to relevant articles already on creation.com, and we recommend spending time reading and researching these links and articles before commenting on this one (particularly before writing in, per the feedback rules of this site). It is impossible to cover every question raised by this phenomenon in one article, so for a comprehensive and up-to-date treatise we recommend the latest edition of the best-seller Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection (AI) which has new first-hand research, or visit the aliens/UFOs section of our site.

Christianity redefined and replaced

Belief in extraterrestrial life has effectively become a new religion for many, replacing traditional belief. For example, the sociologist Gerald Eberlein stated:

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Mundane objects like these lenticular clouds above Skaftafell glacier in Iceland are mistaken as flying saucers due to our cultural conditioning to believe in such things.

Mundane objects like these lenticular clouds above Skaftafell glacier in Iceland are mistaken as flying saucers due to our cultural conditioning to believe in such things.

“ … research has shown that people who are not affiliated with any church, but who claim that they are religious, are particularly susceptible to the possible existence of extraterrestrials. For them, UFOlogy is a substitute religion.”1

A close examination of the phenomenon shows that it also provides a perfect substitute ‘replacement theology’ for the big picture Creation > Fall > Redemption > Restoration aspects of Christianity. Much of the UFO literature seeks to:

  • Replace the Creator God with aliens, even claiming the Bible is actually referring to these ETs and not God.
  • Substitute the Fall for an environmentalist catastrophe or message. I.e. the aliens will not allow us to destroy ourselves and ‘mother earth’ as we are allegedly doing.
  • The ETs will be the saviours of mankind and will rescue the earth in the process. They even have rapture-type events predicted for the future.
  • There will be a restoration of the Earth or the ‘true (UFO) believers’ will be transported to a new Edenic or Nirvana type planet that has not yet been corrupted.

Note that many of the UFO stories have been received and channelled by contactees who claim to be receiving special revelation from our ‘space brothers’. This is an occult activity that masquerades as an enlightened practice. (We recommend the DVD Alien Abductions and UFOs Exposed! or the AI bookfor more on this.

“There must be life out there!”

A close examination of the phenomenon shows that it also provides a perfect substitute ‘replacement theology’ for the big picture Creation > Fall > Redemption > Restoration aspects of Christianity.

Not that long ago the idea that older (on the evolutionary scale), more technologically advanced (than humans), wiser and benevolent extraterrestrials have visited or are currently visiting the Earth would have seen you carted off to the local psych ward. But not anymore. Popular polls have even suggested that up to 20 million Americans have seen a UFO and that 4 million claim to have been abducted by aliens (see The Fourth Kind our review of the infamous alien abduction movie of the same name). Such ideas have become very mainstream and children in particular are very susceptible and are openly targeted. Many seemingly credible scientists now believe that life on Earth originated from outer space via either directed or undirected panspermia (‘seeds from space’—from the Greek words pas/pan [all] and sperma [seed]). Some very famous scientists have even suggested that our DNA may contain revelation from our alien creators once we are smart enough (like them) to decipher it. Ironically, this makes many of them ‘creationists’ (sort of). It appears that they just don’t want the God of the Bible to be responsible.

The fourth kind

The movie The Fourth Kind claimed to be a representation of ‘real’ alien abduction episodes in Nome, Alaska.

The strength of such ideas also presents a challenge to the traditional Christian worldview, because they are in stark contrast to the idea that mankind is the central focus of God’s creation. A straightforward understanding of Scripture leaves no place for similarly sentient and intelligent morally aware beings elsewhere in the universe. The primary role of the creation was to bring forward a bride for Christ (see Did God create life on other planets? for a biblically-based perspective on this). Such a seemingly ‘dogmatic’ stance has led to shouts of ‘arrogance’ aimed at Christians. However, these are strange accusations, coming from those who believe that the universe is widely inhabited by ETs, because to date we do not have a shred of indisputable evidence that ET has visited us or is living out there somewhere.

We have often been challenged by Christians who have no problem with the concept of alien life. In our experience, this ‘Christian’ view is driven by an anthropomorphic (or human-like) view of the abilities and purposes of God. In short, many conclude that God would not have made the universe so big just for mankind, otherwise it would seem an awful waste of space. First, God is God and there in none like Him. A quick search of the Scriptures reinforces this at least a dozen times using terminology like:

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. Psalm 86:8, (emphasis ours).

In Isaiah 55:9, note that He specifically uses the universe as an example of His awesome power, God tells us not to attribute fallible human reasoning to Him:

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

In Evolution and the science of fiction we highlighted that the most popular entertainment genre today is science fiction and how popular cultural ideas are shaping our worldviews. It involves the majority by far of the highest grossing movies of all time. See our Avatar movie review and Avatar Aspirations Sci fi helps create an alternate belief system. The Bible is notably silent about any extraterrestrials, yet if an ET visit in their technologically advanced hyperdrive spaceships was imminent, it would be reasonable to presume that our sovereign and prescient Creator would let us know about such things. This is not an ‘argument from silence’, but rather from ‘conspicuous absence’. After all, a commissioned report by NASA as far back as 1960 concluded:

“While the discovery of intelligent life in other parts of the universe is not likely in the immediate future, it could nevertheless, happen at any time. Discovery of intelligent beings on other planets could … could send sweeping changes or even the downfall of civilization, … . societies sure of their place have disintegrated when confronted by a superior society.”2

There is no need to invoke a size argument to explain why God made the universe so big—we need to remember that it is only big to us as mortal finite beings.

There is no need to invoke a size argument to explain why God made the universe so big—we need to remember that it is only big to us as mortal finite beings. The Bible indicates that He made all things in heaven and on Earth in six days—for a Creator capable of this in the first place, it is not hard for Him to make it whatever size He chooses.

Again in Evolution and the science of fiction we wrote:

“Apologist John Whitcomb writes: ‘It must be recognized … that it required no more exertion of energy for God to create a trillion galaxies than to create one planet’. Isaiah 40:28 says; ‘ … the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not grow weak nor weary … ’. Actually, stars are rather simple structures—they have been described as ‘glowing balls of gas’. There is far more complexity in the genetic code of the simplest organism than in a thousand galaxies. It would thus take more ‘creative input’, in that sense, for Jesus’ miracle of feeding the five thousand than for the creation of countless quasars (there is immense complexity in the structure of even a dead fish). And presumably, if God had created only our solar system, sceptics would ask why, if He were so great, did He not create something on a larger scale.”

Isaiah 45:18 tells us specifically that the Earth was made for a special purpose:

For this is what the LORD says—he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—he says: ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other’ (emphasis ours).”

And lastly, Psalm 19:1 reminds us that:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the expanse proclaims His handiwork”.

The common denominator of both camps is the belief that evolution has occurred for countless eons on the earth and all over the universe. This point cannot be emphasized strongly enough—it is the basis for virtually all belief in alien life, whatever form one thinks that life may take.

In short, instead of looking at the awesomeness of the universe and thinking “I wonder what else is out there”, we should be reminded of the awesomeness of the One who made it all (Romans 1:20) for surely the universe provides us with some indication of how incredible the Creator really is. Also see Is the Bible falsifiable? And would a real live ET do it? (round 1) and round 2.

It should also be noted that many people do see seemingly inexplicable things in the sky and some even have experiences with alleged alien beings. We do not and have never denied that such experiences can occur. However, we do dispute the source (cause) of many experiences, particularly when people think that just because they have seen a light in the sky, it must automatically be extraterrestrial in origin. Christians, too, have fallen into this trap because of the integration of popular culture into their worldview. We recommend reading Christians shaped by experiences—a danger in accepting ‘the physical reality’ of UFOs. God warns us many times in Scripture to have nothing to do with mediums, diviners, those who tell the future or the spirits of the dead. Please note that because the Bible, in these cases, mentions such things, it does not mean that they are true. The warnings are due to the source behind such manifestations. Secular UFO researcher John Keel noted:

“The UFOs do not seem to exist as tangible, manufactured objects. They do not conform to the natural laws of our environment. They seem to be nothing more than transmogrifications tailoring themselves to our abilities to understand. The thousands of contacts with the entities indicate that they are liars and put-on artists. The UFO manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomenon” (Emphasis ours).3

Evolutionism at its core

The main advocates of extraterrestrial life, however, are evolutionists. In The UFO phenomenon—growing and not going away! Is it the next great challenge for the church? we wrote:

“The interest in the search for extraterrestrial life is huge—mainly fuelled by the enormous popularity of science fiction and its depiction of advanced alien life on other planets. Many evolutionists are acutely aware of this. In fact, in the minds of many young people, the idea of alien life ‘proves’ the theory of evolution itself. It has almost become a circular self-serving hypothesis!

  1. Evolutionists believe:
    • Life evolved on the earth
    • The universe is an enormous place
    • Life must have evolved elsewhere
  2. Because of evolutionary teaching, many people now believe:
    • Since the universe is an enormous place, we cannot be the only ones)
    • Aliens must exist [if they evolved here, why not elsewhere, as the conditions must be right on one of the many billions of Earth-like planets they presume to exist.] (science fiction can’t be all wrong!)
    • If aliens exist they must have evolved
    • It ‘proves’ that life must have evolved on the earth also.”

Also see ET needed evolution. UFO commentator and author Ronald Story also notes:

“ … science fiction has become our myth, and science has become our religion. Due mainly to media influences and a hideously complicated world, most people are finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality.”4

In a big picture sense, the whole realm of UFO beliefs is truly a religious idea built upon yet another religious idea (evolution). As I wrote in AI:

“The common denominator of both camps is the belief that evolution has occurred for countless eons on the earth and all over the universe. This point cannot be emphasized strongly enough—it is the basis for virtually all belief in alien life, whatever form one thinks that life may take.” 5

The latest claims

The Pope’s astronomer said he would even be happy to baptize an alien, but ‘Only if they asked.’

Many ‘true believers’ in UFOs become very frustrated and impatient at the lack of information emanating from official sources about UFOs. Because there are so many sightings, and indeed, because of their own experiences, they feel that the government must be complicit in hiding the truth. This was particularly the case for The Roswell Incident. The truth behind the speculations that something otherworldly crash-landed on a ranch in Roswell, New Mexico, was not aided by the UFO true believers. An overlay of deliberate misinformation helped this event become a defining moment in UFO lore. See Reaching out at Roswell to see just how much hype in this town is dedicated to embellishing the UFO story.

Here is a summary of the latest claims and speculations.

Vatican astronomer wants to baptize ET

In late 2009 the Vatican held a conference to discuss how Catholic theology is affected by the existence of extraterrestrials. It should be worthy of note that no one ever really questioned whether ET exists or not. That ‘fact’ seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Note that I was actually interviewed by the Washington Post for my opinion on the conference. Then international news broadcaster CNN repeated my summation from that interview. The CNN report can be seen here. Now the Pope’s astronomer Dr Guy Consolmagno, on whom we have reported before, said he would even be happy to baptize an alien, but “Only if they asked”.6 It was reported that “A self-confessed science fiction fan, he said he was ‘comfortable’ with the idea of alien life.”

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Robert Jamieson, former Combat Missile Targeting Team Commander for the US Air Force, speaking at the National Press Club Conference on 27 September, 2010

Robert Jamieson, former Combat Missile Targeting Team Commander for the US Air Force, speaking at the National Press Club Conference on 27 September, 2010

He is also an avowed fan of evolutionism and is quick to dismiss the creationist viewpoint and intelligent design. He seems to be ignorant of both, and it would appear than he has simply never heard a good creationist presentation (like so many who openly ridicule). His comment that “Intelligent aliens may be living among the stars and are likely to have souls” also displays a warped view of Scripture, unfortunately. Although professing to be Christian, his views, like those of many theistic evolutionists, can hardly be held up as a bastion of biblical truth.

Former Air Force officers make sworn testimonies about UFO encounters

In September, 2007 ex-US Air Force officers and one enlisted man gave a lengthy presentation at the US National Press Club.7 As such, it was widely reported on in the media.

Some of the reports are very powerful. Such as strange lights hovering over nuclear missile silos and then seen descending into the silos.

Some of these men are certainly specialists in their respective fields, and one would think that they are not all prone to flights of fancy or delusional behaviour, nor do they have some collective agenda to fabricate stories. Some of the reports are very powerful, such as strange lights hovering over nuclear missile silos which are seen descending into the silos. On some such occasions the actual missiles were deactivated. The behaviours of the strange objects certainly would give the impression that there was some intelligent force guiding them. They also testified that on many occasions CIA agents came out and took over the investigations and hushed up the events without further explanation being offered to the officers.

These events are nothing new and have been known amongst UFO researchers for many years. Robert Muller, a high-ranking nuclear physicist who served as one of the US government’s top advisors on nuclear secrets, was asked if there was a cover-up about alien visitations. He said (laughingly) and denying any conspiracy:

“If there is, I’m part of it. There’s no cover up. If there is, I would certainly know about it.”8

He said that the officers have simply seen things that they don’t understand. And that:

“ … the paradigm of the era was that things you don’t understand are flying saucers, [then] that’s how you reported them.”

Gary Bates

Author and CMI staffer, Gary Bates, at the re-creation of the alien autopsy, in Roswell, New Mexico.

He offered no explanation though as to what they were, but we concur with his assessment that it is the cultural overlay that drives the interpretation of the evidence (just like evolution theory). This was reinforced when some of the officers attributed motive to the actions of the UFOs. How can they know such things when a UFO by definition is merely an ‘unidentified flying object’, and in these cases they still remain unidentified? The Air Force officers did say that on some occasions they were told that because these were matters of national security (after all it did involve the nation’s nuclear arsenal), the public would panic and that’s why it was being hushed up (this fits with the NASA quote earlier in this article).

As I concluded in AI, the UFO phenomenon is the age-old spiritual deception in a modern and very believable guise. It is being performed by fallen angels with the intent of deceiving mankind as to our place in the universe as per the Bible. The Bible records the activities of angels. They appear in a myriad of forms, sometimes appear physically and can most certainly affect our world, even killing people on occasions.

However, governments along with their scientific advisors and researchers do not officially recognize the supernatural realm, and much less that such phenomena could be malevolent angels. Their aim is to explain everything naturalistically. In AI I wrote:

“So why does the government have nothing to say in this matter? This remains a mystery, and perhaps it is the religious connotations that prohibit it from ‘official’ classification. Because the occultic and spiritual nature of such claims is not scientifically verifiable, perhaps governments do not want to admit that they cannot explain what is really happening. One could imagine the public disquiet if its leaders actually admitted that ‘something is happening, we don’t know what, and we are powerless to do anything about it.’ [Besides widespread panic] It would be open season for every bizarre claim of the ‘UFOnuts’ and hoaxers professing to have the answer, and could lead to a serious, although unwitting, endorsement of those self-professed UFO messiahs who claim to be in contact with the ETs. It would be even more difficult to weed out the apparently genuine and serious claims from those of the frauds and fame-seekers. Hence, it seems, the blanket statement, “UFOs pose no threat to national security.”9

Thus, seeming silence on UFO events only adds to the conspiracy idea, that the government must know something and is covering it up—particularly when former NASA Apollo astronauts like Edgar Mitchell have made similar claims that the aliens are with us.

‘United Nations appoints an ET ambassador’—hoax report

I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting the planet from other planets that are a little more technically advanced than we are on earth.—Astronaut Gordon Cooper

The internet was ‘on fire’ as news that the United Nations was set to appoint an ambassador to greet the aliens when they ‘eventually do land’ spread virally across the globe.10 However, this was a hoax.11 The reports were so specific that they even named Malaysian astrophysicist Dr Mazlan Othman as the appointee to allegedly head the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), a department that really exists. Many of the major news services were taken in by the claim without properly checking the facts. This aptly demonstrates how credible such a move would be regarded as, due to the public perception that aliens are a ‘fact’. Such calls for an appointee are nothing new. We have previously written about the request from former Canadian Defence Minister Paul Hellyer for governments to create exopolitics departments. His fear was that ‘primitive earthlings’ are likely to shoot first and ask questions later, which could result in a galactic confrontation when they are ‘only here to help us’. His belief in the reality of alien visitations to the earth is so strong that he is:

“ … is demanding governments worldwide disclose and use secret alien technologies obtained in alleged UFO crashes to stem climate change.”12

He said:

“I would like to see what (alien) technology there might be that could eliminate the burning of fossil fuels within a generation … that could be a way to save our planet.’

His belief that aliens possess the technology to save mankind from the effects of alleged global warming is nothing new. The religion of UFOlogy has many looking to the stars for our ‘saviours from outer space’ as mentioned previously. In AI, I wrote that in July 1978, UFO enthusiast and then prime minister of Grenada, Sir Eric Gairy, was petitioning the U.N. to create a special group for the purpose of investigating UFOs. He believed that America was keeping quiet despite knowing the ‘truth’ about them. Famous NASA Mercury/Gemini Astronaut Gordon Cooper supported his idea, and during a lengthy speech, he was quoted as saying:

“I believe that these extraterrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting the planet from other planets that are a little more technically advanced than we are on earth. I feel that we need to have a top-level coordinated program to scientifically collect and analyze data from all over the earth concerning any type of encounter and to determine how best to interfere with these visitors in a friendly fashion … .”13

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Malaysian physicist Mazlan Othman, who is not going to be an ‘ET ambassador’ for the UN, although she clearly believes that real aliens could visit the earth.

Malaysian physicist Mazlan Othman, who is not going to be an ‘ET ambassador’ for the UN, although she clearly believes that real aliens could visit the earth.

At the time of writing an internet search still reveals hundreds of web pages still claiming that the UN appointment is accurate. However, Ms Othman has apparently personally denied the claim although she apparently recently stated in a speech to fellow scientists about what to do when we make contact with the ETs:

“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The U.N. is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”

Such elaborate hoaxes are common in UFOlogy. So strong is the UFO believers’ preexisting belief that alien visitations have occurred on the earth, that for them the end justifies the means in order to reveal the truth widely. See our report on the Alien Autopsy movie, for example.

As one can see, UFO beliefs are strongly held in all quarters of the populace. We would not be surprised if in the future such an appointment could be made by the UN or various governments, which would only further embellish the idea of ET being with us.

The Disclosure Project

This is something we have been asked about on several occasions. A worldwide movement known as The Disclosure Project has been operating since 1993 to help ‘reveal the truth’ about alien contacts. It was commenced by UFOlogist Steven Greer, who claims governments have been covering up ET’s calling cards. His movement tapped into the public consciousness when he also stated that governments have been concealing advanced energy technologies that could ultimately benefit mankind. Such ideas are usually called ‘Top Secret Black Projects’ that are not revealed because they could upset the socioeconomic or politically stability of the world.

Greer is a former ‘5th Kind’ contactee (mutual contact with aliens), which would go a long way to explaining his passion about the subject. After all he believes he knows and has experienced the ‘truth’ by virtue of his ET conferences. He dropped out of college to study as a teacher at the Maharishi International University. This is a ‘college’ started by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—the famous guru for the pop group the Beatles back in the 1970s. Yogi is also known as a pioneer of new age transcendental meditation. It is no surprise how people’s exposure to UFOs leads them into the occult as was shown in AI time and again, and has also been demonstrated by psychologists and other professionals.

Greer has since qualified to become a medical doctor, but also uses his talents to help people make contact with ETs using meditation, remote viewing and channeling. He is one of the most well-known UFOlogists in the world and has appeared regularly on the media (including CNN’s Larry King show) to express his views. The media loves nothing more than a good conspiracy after all. In recent months there has been much speculation that he has even met with government officials to discuss Project Disclosure. Greer’s star is rising and he is being regarded as somewhat of an expert in this area. However, it is quite easy for most Christians to see the occult factor in his thinking. This is quite worrying as one could almost expect official sources to state that there has been alien contact in an effort to explain simply something they don’t understand and misinterpret—the same way as the former US Air Force officers mentioned earlier.

Nuclear physicist says UFO cover-ups are akin to a ‘cosmic Watergate’14

Another report reached us that a ‘credible’ nuclear physicist who has worked for major American companies claimed to have proof of cover-ups like the aforementioned Greer. However, the scientist in question is well-known to us. He is Stanton Friedman, a ‘true believer’ who has been investigating UFOs for over 50 years. Back in 1978, Friedman was introduced to Captain Jesse Marcel, the Air Force officer who claimed to have found a wrecked alien craft on a ranch in Roswell back in 1947. It was Friedman’s initial enquiries that led authors Berlitz and Moore to pen the massively popular book The Roswell Incident.

Friedman is no innocent bystander. He is one of the most outspoken proponents of the extraterrestrial hypothesis and has even accused the SETI project of being complicit in the cover-ups. As mentioned, everybody loves a good conspiracy theory. A 2002 Roper poll, commissioned by the Sci-Fi Channel, noted that 72 percent of Americans believed the U.S. government isn’t telling all it knows about UFOs, and 68 percent thought the government knows more about extraterrestrial life than it cares to disclose.

As to the reason governments cover up, Friedman says:

“I don’t know of any government on this planet that wants its citizens to owe their primary allegiance to the planet. Nationalism is the only game in town.”

Again, his religious zeal for aliens to exist was demonstrated when he added:

“I’m still optimistic that, within my lifespan—and I’m 75—we’ll get at least a part of the story, that we’re not alone in the universe.”

However, as we have often suggested, besides the desire for such things to be real, there are often more mundane agendas at work. UFOs are big business (just ask Hollywood), and this latest claim by Friedman coincided with the release of his latest book Science was Wrong. Claims of government cover-ups are usually a sure-fire way of getting media attention.

British School children trained during UFO crash drills

Perhaps one of the more comical claims, yet sadly also very disturbing, was that 8–10 year-old schoolchildren in the UK have been conducting UFO crash drills.15 On further investigation these appear to be isolated incidents in just a few schools and not education department curriculum (not yet anyway). The scenario is that children are told that a UFO (common vernacular for alien spaceship/flying saucer etc.) has crashed in the school grounds. They are then told to secure the scene and collect wreckage until the authorities arrive. The local police are also complicit in the stunt as they eventually turn up and take over the ‘investigation’. The children are then asked to write about their experiences. A teacher at the Sandford Primary School stated:

The children didn’t know what was going on … As they approached the crash site, we could see how amazed and perplexed they were. It was a fantastic first reaction.—Schoolteacher

“The children didn’t know what was going on … As they approached the crash site, we could see how amazed and perplexed they were. It was a fantastic first reaction.
“Police constable Gary Densham, who took part in one of the staged UFO crashes last year at the Lanchester Endowed Parochial Primary, said, ‘The older pupils were asking questions about the crash site, like whether it was safe, but the younger children were convinced they’d seen the crash happen. Their imaginations were brilliant.’”

SUMMARY

One wonders how most ordinary people can accept the brainwashing of their children in the school stunt just mentioned. It creates a disassociation between reality and fantasy for them so that it will make it increasingly difficult for them to discern the truth in the future. Particularly when the authority figures in their lives deceive them so openly.

The many media claims dealt with above are just a few from the constant stream of such items that come to our attention on a regular basis. If there is a conspiracy or a plot afoot, then it is emanating from spiritual forces that are seeking to undermine God’s rightful place as Creator, and the veracity of His Word—undermining the Gospel in the process.

Every day, people see strange things in the sky that they can’t explain. It does not automatically follow that such sightings are alien spaceships. We have even had many Christians approach or contact us to claim that what they have seen must have been extraterrestrial in nature. This is due to a kind of cultural conditioning that people are exposed to via their education and popular media (movies and claims like the ones we’ve just discussed). The Apostle Paul said:

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (I Timothy 4:1).

We realize that taking a stand against the idea of ET life will polarize Christians in this modern culture. But do not be deceived by powerful manifestations emanating from the spiritual realm. The Lord Jesus warned:

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25See, I have told you ahead of time” (Matthew 24:24–25) (emphasis ours).

Resistance is fertile

As we have often stated, we should make a stand on the truth and not be concerned that the Bible might somehow be falsified (e.g. by a ‘real ET’) when it comes to big picture issues like God being the Creator. Our strong view is that there is simply no room in His Word to squeeze in a benevolent alien or two. As sightings and alleged contacts increase, and governments take official positions to seemingly endorse the notion, it is worth remembering that mankind’s inclination is towards rebellion and rejection of God, seemingly looking to anything else rather than accept Him as Creator. Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us:

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Many Christians have already been led astray by accepting another manmade philosophy (evolution) that had its origin with the lies of the evil one when he asked the very first humans:

“Did God really say?”

And told them:

You shall be as Gods” (Genesis 3).

The entirety of the UFO phenomenon has its genesis in the origins issue, via the promotion of evolution on other planets. A belief in biblical creation, and using the Bible as our worldview filter, helps us to critically think about all of reality, including the supernatural. In a play of words using science fiction parlance we say “Resistance is fertile.”

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References

  1. Hallo Erdling, Ufologie, Focus 45:254, 6 November 1995. Return to text.
  2. Cited in Chuck Missler and Mark Eastman, Alien Encounters (Indianapolis, IN: Koinonia House, 2003), p. 193. Return to text.
  3. Cited in Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Creation Book Publishers, Powder Springs, GA, 2009, p. 158-159. Return to text.
  4. Ronald D. Story, editor, The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters (London: Constable & Robinson, 2002), p. 679. Return to text.
  5. Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Creation Book Publishers, Powder Springs, GA, 2009, p. 36. Return to text.
  6. I’d love to baptise ET, says Vatican’s stargazer, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1312922/Pope-astronomer-Guy-Consolmagno-Aliens-souls-living-stars.html#ixzz1C5B9NAFu, 25 January, 2011. Return to text.
  7. Disclosure Conference, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtmpaM0PqyI&feature=related, 25 January, 2011. Return to text.
  8. Air Force Officers’ Sworn Testimony About UFO Encounters, http://video.foxnews.com/v/4352330/air-force-officers-sworn-testimony-about-ufo-encounters, 25 January, 2011. Return to text.
  9. Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Creation Book Publishers, Powder Springs, GA, 2009, p. 160. Return to text.
  10. United Nations to appoint space ambassador to act as first contact for aliens visiting Earth, www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1315336/United-Nations-appoint-space-ambassador-act-contact-aliens-visiting-Earth.html#ixzz1CixeDJgE, 2 February, 2011. Return to text.
  11. U.N. Denies Appointing ‘First Contact’ for Visiting Space Aliens, www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/09/27/appoints-contact-visiting-space-aliens, 2 February, 2011. Return to text.
  12. UFO science key to halting climate change: former Canadian defense minister, www.physorg.com/news91888237.html, 5 March 2007 Return to text.
  13. Cited in Gary Bates, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection, Creation Book Publishers, Powder Springs, GA, 2009, p. 23. Return to text.
  14. Nuclear Physicist Describes Vast UFO Cover-Up, www.aolnews.com/2010/06/07/nuclear-physicist-describes-vast-ufo-cover-up, 2 February, 2011. Return to text.
  15. UK Schools Hold UFO Crash Drills, www.aolnews.com/2010/10/28/uk-schools-hold-ufo-crash-drills, 2 February, 2011. Return to text.

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Kevin B., Canada, 10 February 2011

Another fantastic article.

I used to believe in the possibility of alien life, since “the universe is so big and it would be a waste of space.” I think at the time I was partial to evolution too, which helped that thought process along.

Since reading many articles on CMI, I’ve had my thinking corrected on many issues. Some drastically. It has helped me put things into clearer perspective on other related and non-related issues.

I do believe in “orbs”, but I would identify them as demonic pranks to deceive. Many have experienced ghostly encounters, and I believe that too … but as demonic deception.

Years ago I was fascinated by the Mothman conspiracy, as well as some shifty cryptozoology.

Having the wisdom your site provides has greatly increased my ability to discern, if it is my ability at all since the Holy Spirit may deserve that credit.

It is so enlightening and stress relieving to simply “know” what is going on around us. I guess that is what they mean by no longer walking in darkness.

Did you see this video from Jan 28th?

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I thought this was what prompted the alien article. I don’t know much about the authenticity of the video. There are two videos I think. Same thing from two different perspectives, which sorta helps with the authenticity.

Although it is likely a hoax, I have to admit, its pretty clever.

Keep up the good work. Love reading your articles.

William K., United States, 10 February 2011

Excellent Article!

If the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah was to occur today, and no Nation, Group, or Natural Disaster could be connected to it, then it would “logically” follow that Extra Terrestrials would have to be responsible. After all, who else could possibly have the “technology” to turn a woman into a pillar of salt!?!

Norman P., United Kingdom, 10 February 2011

I love your work and can see all the truths in your words. GOD has opened my eyes so that I may see. Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus for people like Gary Bates and others at Creation Ministries. Amen.

Gino P., Canada, 10 February 2011

Really good perspective on the whole “We are not alone” beliefs of the godless. To quote the pop. Scifi programme X Files the truth is out there in the Person of the Omnipotent Creator. And yes the “Aliens” are coming!! The scripture clearly talk about a restoration of the planet when God will make all things new. Christ himself talked of a re-creation in Matt 19 vs. 28 and one of the signs of the second coming will be, according to Jesus Himself “Signs in the sun and moon and stars”, “powers of heaven shall be shaken” Luke 21vss. 25&27 . But not the aliens of popular belief but the supreme ones God and Christ beings who are completely alien to the vast majority of the materialist and willfully unbelieving world.

Jerry W., United States, 14 February 2011

CMI,

Thank you for this great article. It highlights much of the paranoia and confusion about UFOs.

I do not believe in extraterrestial life and am a firm believer that God created the entire universe as a backdrop for the pinacle of His Creation, man. Further, if there were people on other planets, why would God allow His entire Creation to be under a curse (Romans 8:20-22) and destroyed just because “a couple of people sinned” on one planet?

While I don’t plan to be around to find out, I would not be surprised if moments after the Rapture, millions of the people “left behind” report the presense of massive “Mother Ships” leaving the scene. This is just the kind of delusion Satan would pull to confuse the remnant “left behind”.

Martyn S., United Kingdom, 16 February 2011

When I was 15 I briefly lived in the USA and for the first time encountered Christian literature, in a supermarket! I bought one book about the end of the world which made no impression on me at all another book was about UFO’s and about how they were all deceptions by fallen angels. Although I was not a Christian at the time I distinctly remember that something inside me knew that this was true-after reading it all my previous UFO hype dissipated. I became a Christian three years later but always remember this book as my first ever exposure to any kind of biblical truth.

Ronnie B., United Kingdom, 16 February 2011

Hi, I can’t accept any idea of evolution or alien life, its just not possible.

I do however accept that the spirit realm can cross over now and again which is why people claim aliens, UFO is simply unidentified flying object.

Angels good or bad are creatures far older than our understanding and I do know they cross over which is why they appear from nowhere and vanish into nowhere.

Why would they travel so far to deny Jesus and God and support the occult.

As to the sightings that the whole world is talking about with the energy field hovering over the dome of rock, that is no UFO or alien its energy and although we don’t understand anything about it I do believe it has been well chosen at this time.

Why do so many jump to the idea of alien life when it is NOTHING like this.

Sorry but it looked very much like a glowing energy field.

God will come to Judge the Living and the Dead on Judgement day which to me suggest the dead are awaiting judgement and if you’re living at that time you are also, which also suggests the dead are on earth in a different energy plane which sometimes crosses.

Hell is away from God, not in God presence, which nobody is there yet!

God will create a new heaven and a new earth, I also believe we are not worthy enough for heaven but we are close to it and anew earth is as it was before time, we are all friends of God living in peace with no paid of suffering with our family, I really know this because I believe I have seen this.

Man will reject God and the Holy spirit at his own doing, what this means is people who have not been told about God they have no burden, but the ones that’s publicly try and remove the idea of a creator but also from other peoples minds will be removed from the book of life.

The whole idea about alien life or anything living as flesh and blood outside earth is not possible, and the more the church tries to change scripture to be accepted in the modern world once just needs to read it again to find its already here.

My point is whatever is out there does not concern God and Humans, there is only one God who created all things.

I have read many many articles on this site and I try to tell people and they don’t want to know.

Evolution yeh, never saw so many people who condemn themself to oblivion, nothingness … knowing loved ones who have died, stop existing … yet if only they know what I know … I love the work everyone puts in on this site your all doing a FANTASTIC job! Sorry this is just more of a ramble that about the article.Smilies

Julius P., Canada, 17 February 2011

I find it interesting that the alien debate exists even in Christian circles. In the words of a friend of mine:

“The existance of aliens presents a problem”, he went on to explain …

“What would the aliens say?”

A seemingly benign question at first, but one that quickly snowballs into some serious implications… just consider some possibilities:

“There is a creator God, and the bible is true”

“The cosmos is all there is”

“We seeded humanity on earth and created your religions as a form of control”

Would evolutionary scientists so quickly relinquish their beliefs?

Would we christians simply give up our beliefs?

Are they capable of lying? If they are lying, they obviously have sin. If they sin, they are in presumably in need of redemption. Christ would have had to die for them … on and on.

I for one found it to be a thought provoking hypothetical question. What would we believe about what aliens say?

Its sad to see professing christians being led away into such fantasy as alien life. Thank you for another great article!!Smilies

Andrew W., Canada, 13 April 2012

Ever since I discovered your website, I can't stop reading the articles. They are amazing--over such a wide and diverse array of topics of the Bible and Christianity. I was drawn by creation/evolution, but initially, my wife was reading about aliens and 'replacement theology.' I said to myself, "I never thought of it like that" but that is a deception that I believe Satan will use in his deception of the whole world. It feels like something he would do, but of course, I go to the Word of God and prove all things--to the best of my understanding with wisdom from the Holy Spirit, of course. I think I just read something where the person commenting on one of the UFO/Alien articles said that it is "just good to know" what is happening around us. It feels wonderful. Much better than walking in darkness. I never gave creation/evolution and UFO/Aliens really much thought--even though I am a Christian because I thought "ah . . .whatever"--but I can see that attitude is totally wrong. With God, everything matters, and you can't say . . . "it's okay. Ah whatever". God wants to us to crave, love, believe and study his Word with a Passion--and not be apathetic or indifferent to the Sacrifice of our Saviour Jesus on the cross so that we could be with Him forever. Wow! Thanks a lot guys!!!!!

P. B., Korea, Republic of, 30 August 2012

Good grief, teaching children about a God who loves them is child abuse, but opening up children's minds to malevolent "aliens" is acceptable? Who are the ones who are really abusing children?

James A., United States, 6 September 2012

So scientists and non-believers in God alike can believe in aliens and not be considered nutty, but someone who believes in God is considered "delusional" in their eyes? Honest to you, I even heard some atheists say "keep an open mind, it's a possibility" about aliens, but their minds close instantly when hearing about God. Something's fishy about this, and it's not the sardines I'm currently eating lol.

Denis W., Australia, 17 September 2012

I believe in ufo's ... if it's flying, and I can't identify it, it's a UFO, but I also believe it to something that can be rationaly explained as being of Earth. Afew years ago , while driving home to Sydney at night I spotted a large, bright *electric green* spherical object, travelling at great speed close to the ground and disapearing into a valley. I commented jokingly to my wife "wow, now I believe in ufo's". I watched the news and newspapers for any other reported sightings, but it was not until weeks later talking to a friend that I learned it had indeed been reported as a lightning fireball (I have heard of such things but always imagined them to be red). I also believe that this and all such sighting, that spur the imagination of ufo chasers can be explained as natural or manmade, and the latter sometimes concealed.

Gary Bates responds

Dear Denis,

approximately 90% of all UFOs are either natural or man made. However, some do defy naturalist explanations. I recommend the book Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection (which is linked in the article) and to read the other article links for further information.

James C., United States, 21 November 2012

Interesting perspective you have and some good points. I think also the entire UFO ET agenda is to support big bangism. They claim there was a big bang resulting in planets with life all over the universe. They even have SETI looking for ET since the 1960s.

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