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Re: Christianity Online The Truth is Out There

From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@ucs.orst.edu>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 10:23:42 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997 14:18:55 -0400
Subject: Re: Christianity Online The Truth is Out There

> From: RSchatte@aol.com [Rebecca]
> Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 14:33:37 -0400 (EDT)
> To: updates@globalserve.net
> Subject: Christianity Online "The Truth is Out There

>             The Truth is Out There
> The X-Files gives us tons of paranormal thrills anc chills. But
> where is this roller-coaster ride taking us?
>                 by Chris Lutes
> [...]
> Yet amid all the imaginative and unreal stories are hints of the reality of a
> supernatural world. But unfortunately, the supernatural presented in The X-Fil
> es most often deals with dark, evil and occult themes--things the Bible warns
> us to avoid:

> "Let no one be found among you," says the writer of Deuteronomy, "... who
> practices divination or sorcery, who interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,
> or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead."

> Messing around with the "dark side" of the supernatural is far from harmless.
> In his best-selling book, People of the Lie, psychiatrist M. Scott Peck
> claims there is a strong tie between demon possession and involvement in the
> occult:
> [...]
> One incredible sighting. In the first chapter of Ezekiel, the writer reveals
> this awesome "sighting":
> "I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north--an immense cloud
> with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the
> fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four
> living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man, but each of
> them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were
> like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze" (verses 4-7).

> Throughout the chapter, the writer offers detail after detail of what he saw.
> And what did he see? Well, this was no UFO. It was a very identifiable and
> awesome sighting of God's glory:

> "This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw
> it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking" (verse 28).
> [...]

Hello All,

This posting by Rebecca may at first seem offensive or irrelevant for this
List.  But on second thought, it reminds us that our views on the UFO
phenomenon are heavily colored by our particular religious or
philosophical beliefs, or lack of them.  If each us on the list had an
honest summary of their religious/philosophical beliefs archived in some
auxiliary file associated with UFO Updates, then from time to time we
could each look up the other's belief system to see where they're coming
from.  But as stated, that's an impossible IF.

It would seem that Rebecca S. is in considerable or strong support of the
views of the article's writer, Chris Lutes.  If so, this implies either a
belief in the devil or a disbelief in the paranormal events involved in
UFO abductions/contacts, or both.  That is, aliens who communicate via
mental telepathy, who can levitate themselves and their victims, who can
pass through material walls, etc., are then to be dismissed as fictions of
the imagination or of some psychological disease, or else to be attributed
to the works of the devil.  Obviously, one's beliefs on such matters will
be of overriding importance in coming to any decision on the validity of
the witness's experiences and supportive evidence.

Similarly, if one is either a Jew or a Christian with strong acceptance of
the Old Testament, he/she will not likely wish to make a link between
"pillars of fire," "pillars of cloud," "sky chariots," being carried "up
by a whirlwind into heaven" ... and UFOs.  That's because it would mean
that the God of the Hebrew Scriptures had only been an ET -- one with the
title of El -- and had not been true God, which would be a great
blasphemy.  This is not withstanding the books by Barry Downing, Joe
Lewels and others on the topic.  And so a ufologist with such beliefs may
well not be interested in investigating UFO cases that date back into
previous centuries.  He/she may then not even be willing to look into UFO
cases involving sightings of, or interactions with, aliens.

Similarly, even a strictly New Testament Christian will not likely wish to
give any credence to witnesses who report having had an out-of-body
experience connected with a UFO-entity, or to having been informed of
reality of reincarnation and thus talking like a New Ager.  This is
despite numerous books on case studies of the latter topic by Ian
Stevenson and by numerous hypno-therapists.  Such beliefs could even lead
one to question the reality of the resurrection as opposed to the
possibility of survival of the crucifixion -- a great heresy for
Christians.  And so such ufologists may be incapable of exploring some UFO
abductions in depth.

So I see a lot of relevance for ufology in Rebecca's posting.

Jim Deardorff



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