The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons… (Paul, 1 Timothy 4:1).
Does God fly around the universe in a space ship? That’s the contention of some people who think that we Christians are mistaking alien intelligence and technology for a god of our invention. I don’t intend here to pass on detailed research results: this is an argument of logic and personal observation, and a few scripture verses…
Some years ago I set out to write a book for Christians on the subject of aliens and UFO’s. I determined to research the topic as much as I could, and got to work reading some up-to-date literature by alien believers and researchers. However, what I have to say here isn’t intended to be a detailed report on the alleged “evidence”: I will leave that to someone else.
It wasn’t long before I found myself bogged down in what turned out to be a dark, disconcerting and depressing subject. There was no joy. There was no happiness or hope, as portrayed in “Close Encounters”: it was all about unpleasant and nightmare-inducing abductions; hypnosis to attempt to get at the truth of how someone’s body or mind had allegedly been tampered with; close encounters with frightening beings and their craft which served to traumatise, and on top of that, “information” passed on by aliens to certain people who they apparently favoured, which concerned plans for the human race. This didn’t seem like the operation of a benevolent but timid race of aliens.
Perhaps most interesting to me was what these “aliens” frequently had to say about “religion”, and more specifically the Christian faith, which was that Christians and the Church have been holding back man’s evolution. And we, or at least our beliefs, needed to be dealt with. Sounding oddly like a rapture explanation, one such report even claimed that we Christians would have to be physically and suddenly removed from the earth. I don’t recall reading where Islam was similarly blamed for the ills of mankind, or Hinduism, or Communism: it seemed to rest squarely upon the Christian faith.
Here, to the Bible-believing Christian, is a series of alarm bells which suggest a more logical source of actual close encounters.
A common theme in alien circles is that even the Bible contains loosely veiled reports of UFO’s and alien activity. Observers in Old Testament times had no ability to understand or adequately describe what they saw, it is said, and so wrote about flying scrolls and wheels in wheels and fiery chariots instead, in order to describe alien space craft. It’s a common resort of those who refuse to take our Creator at face value: to re-make him-attempting at the same time to paint as ignorant the Bible-believing Christian, and to dispel the notion that God has moral standards and will bring us all to account one day.
Why cannot the flying scroll of scripture be just that? The scroll in Old Testament times was a clear visual reference to the revealed Word of God which was constantly being neglected and ignored. Scrolls were what documents were written on. A scroll in the sky doesn’t have to refer to anything other than the written word. And why shrink God to fit inside a little ship anyway? My God is far bigger, far more able, and far more intelligent than any rinky-dink alien creature. Of course God is “up there”, because, says Solomon:
“Even the heaven of heavens cannot contain you” (1 Kings 8:27).
God not only travels the stars, he made the stars. He upholds every particle which those stars consist of. He is altogether and infinitely above the small, limited, weak notion of aliens who apparently aren’t even able to do their job of helping earthlings evolve beyond war, strife and death. If they are so far ahead of us, why are they failing in their mission?
At this point I want to put together some of the elements of this little apologetic, and get to what I believe is the meat of the issue. First, a summary.
Aliens hide all the time. They have never been officially acknowledged, by any variety of government or administration. Many or most scientists, while they might entertain the idea of pan-spermia, or that there is likely to be life somewhere out there in the universe, routinely scoff at the idea of little green men hiding behind the clouds. The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence has revealed or admitted to nothing. Most encounters are readily explainable. The only purported hard evidence-an alleged crashed alien ship in Arizona’s area 51 with its dead occupant-has never been revealed to the public or to the many who believe it was or is there.
Alien encounters are usually profoundly frightening and unsettling experiences. Alien theology seems to harp on the need to shut up Christians or if necessary to dispose of us. Alien theology is tied to that of evolutionism: i.e., that there is no creator in the Biblical sense, and that ultimately all of life evolved from non-life. There is no evidence that this ever happened, and it is never observed to happen today.
Once again, I do not totally rule out the possibility that God created life elsewhere, but I very much doubt it, from what I read in scripture. The creation account makes us appear to be totally unique. The claim that the universe is so vast that there must be other life is easily answered by saying that it is vast because God is vast. How could an infinite God make a little universe? And if he did, people would be mockingly saying that an infinite God wouldn’t make such a little universe. The universe is a reflection of the utter glory and power and majesty of God. There is no need for little green men to help in that regard.
So what do we make of all the alleged encounters and evidence? I think that scripture makes the answer clear, in many places:
Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
The fallen angels “masquerade” and pretend that they are something they are not. They can make you think you see things, and they can make you actually see things which are not what you think they are. Sometimes what people see or encounter really does or appear to be a UFO or an alien.
Un-fallen angels are also able to manifest themselves, and they appear as humans:
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13:2).
Whether we know it or not, we are all in a spiritual war. The fallen angels’ chief plan and intention is to deceive us out of our faith, in whatever way possible: usually through sin and lies such as evolution and false religion. It seems logical to me therefore, that a perfect idea for Satan and his angels, is to deceive those who are intent on believing that little green men are our salvation, and not Jesus Christ at all. Their programme of hiding and just appearing to some in various forms, and preaching against the Creator, is not logical to someone who actually thinks it through, or who has not been adequately blinded. And blinding to the truth is what our adversary loves to do, in his hatred for God and us:
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV).
It’s Jesus Christ who is the image of God, and not a bug-eyed creature from another planet.
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