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Re: Christianity Online The Truth is Out There

From: "WHITE" <mjawhite@digitaldune.net> [John White]
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 07:36:45 -0700
Fwd Date: Fri, 03 Oct 1997 00:26:50 -0400
Subject: Re: Christianity Online The Truth is Out There

> Date: Wed, 1 Oct 1997 10:23:42 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@ucs.orst.edu>
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: 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
> > us to avoid:

   [snip of Jim Deardorf's initial insights into the "lutes" post]

> Similarly, even a strictly New Testament Christian will not likely wish
> give any credence to witnesses who report having had an out-of-body
> experience connected with a UFO-entity,


> 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
> abductions in depth.
> So I see a lot of relevance for ufology in Rebecca's posting.
> Jim Deardorff

To Jim, Rebecca, List and all:

First, thank you, Rebecca, for the "Lutes" post; second, thank you, Jim,
for your insights on it.

There is a lot of relevance for ufology in most sacred writings.  Our
Western cultural heritage embraces, in the main, the Tanakh,
the Apocrypha and the New Testament, which are brought
together under Christian belief systems.  There is much wisdom in all
sacred writings;  so long as the context is kept in mind.  Out of
context, the "wisdom" can become somewhat strained, if not
downright harmful.

	"Preceded by perception are mental states,
	 For them is perception supreme,
	 From perception have they sprung.
	 If, with perception polluted, one speaks or acts,
	 Thence suffering follows
	 As a wheel the draught ox's foot."

This sacred writing is ascribed to the teachings of Gotama Buddha
during the sixth century B.C.E.  "Sacred Writings--Buddhism, The
Dhammapada,"  Edited by Jaroslav Pelikan (1987--1992), pg 13.  It begins
the text of the Dhammapada.  And a wise beginning it is.  To whatever
religious/scientific/agnostic/? belief system we subscribe, this tells
us to keep a clear and open mind (it tells us a lot of other things, too,
but keeping a clear and open mind is its main point.)  Imagine:  a
"sacred" writing which starts itself off by warning its readers to
keep and clear and open mind.   Makes you think---Corso, ACC,
Barbara B., Linda C., John V., Phoenix (March 13), Fergus, Stig,
and so many others, practicing, and, yes, sometimes struggling with,
the precepts of a 2600 year old warning---all trying to keep a clear
and open mind, challenging the chaff, seeking clarity.

         "Commendable is the taming
	  Of mind, which is hard to hold down,
	  Nimble, alighting wherever it wants.
	  Mind subdued brings ease. . .

	  They who will restrain the mind,
	  Far-ranging, roaming alone,
	  Incorporeal, lying ahiding---
	  They are released from Mara's bonds."

(cite from same as before, pg. 18)

Thanks again, Jim, Rebecca, for putting the context back into
the subject.

John White  mjawhite@digitaldune.net

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