Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Aliens and Angels, part 1

I have been thinking a lot about aliens lately. Please do not think that I am one of those "trekkies." I am not. I enjoy Star Trek and Star Wars as much as the next guy, but I do not read science fiction. I do not even watch the NASA television station. I don't, as a general rule, think about UFOs, Roswell, Area 51 or alien autopsies. I am a normal guy who is aware of all these things, but takes them with a grain of salt.

However, I have been fascinated by one thought recently. It seems to me that usually Christian people (and church people in general) discount all stories about "close encounters" or alien abductions. For the most part we think that people who have these experiences are unbalanced. We seem to believe that we are the only ones in the universe. Oh sure, we believe in the angels and in demons and all that stuff, but we think that the only non-supernatural life in the universe is here on earth.

This is a problem because it makes some big assumptions that we really do not have the grounds to make. First of all, it gives humanity an importance that I do not believe can be justified in the Bible. I will grant you that humans are the highest life form on earth, but beyond that the Scriptures are silent. Why do we get so egotistical to think that God made us on this planet, and that is all?

It is completely possible that there are other galaxies with solar systems that can support life as we know it on earth. (This does not even take into account that there may be other forms of life that we cannot even comprehend.)

Remember that the story of the Fall includes the fall of Lucifer and his supporters. In fact, we can see in Genesis 6.2 that some angelic (sons of God) beings were marrying and reproducing with humans. It is completely possible that there are some angelic beings living on other planets even now. In this way of thinking, is it even possible that Cain did not marry his own sister, but an heavenly creature (cf. Genesis 4.17)?

One last thing: It is completely possible that UFO sightings and alien encounters are real. It could be that people, on occasion, get a glimpse of what heaven is like. Sometimes they may see angels (or others) who come near to earth.

Don't always assume that we are the only ones. And especially don't assume that those who have unusual experiences are crackpots.

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