Many people, especially with Christian background, are afraid of the UFO phenomena and usually perceive it as the influences of the devil or keep another fear pattern against it. I found this fragment on alt.alien.visitors (kind of rude newsgroup) who might show two different Christian point of views on the UFO phenomena:
According to the Bible;
So as it was in the days of Moses, So shall it be in the last days.
In the days of Moses, the fallen angels (demons) had mated with the human race and created a hybrid race called the (Nephelim?). It is clear to me that this is once again part of their agenda.
He shall come as an angel of light and deceive the very elect!
The reply comes from Eric Stetson (email@example.com) 16 Nov 1995:
The evidence (from the Bible itself in fact) suggests that the UFO phenomenon is by no means a method by which Lucifer is attempting to deceive us but instead is the method by which a society of ultra-advanced extraterrestrials (the gods, from Hebrew “Elohim”) have been interacting with humanity ever since creating us through genetic engineering. Aliens and angels are one and the same! These beings are working for the benefit of Mankind!
A good book which points this out is The Watchers by Raymond Fowler. It deals with the famous abduction/revelation case of Betty Andreasson Luca in which she discovered the higher spiritual nature of these beings commonly thought of as unfeeling evil aliens. I would also point out that a shining disk came down from the sky in front of 70,000 people during the Fatima visitation! So this is Satan’s work, right? I don’t think so. The whole Yahweh versus Lucifer thing has been blown way out of proportion: The latter challenged the former for leadership of the alien society in a classic power struggle; he lost and was probably eliminated long ago. We do not need to worry about Lucifer any more because Jesus Christ (the demigod with a human mother and a superhuman father) has been appointed to lead planet Earth in next great epoch of our history.
I would also strongly recommend reading the works of Zecharia Sitchin, which give the full story of how a higher race from the stars was deified by humanity, etc. Genesis Revisited is a really enlightening thought-provoking read.
Here is part of an article I posted in this newsgroup a couple months ago. It details the UFO phenomenon in biblical times.
WHO IS THE HEBREW GOD?
Over time, the Western God has been transformed into a fundamentally dualistic entity. He is still the great ruler of Earth as described in the Bible, the leader of the angelic society and creator of the human race; but he now is also the One Universal Consciousness of the Eastern faiths, the infinite energy force that created the Cosmos. Are these two concepts just attributes of the same “God” — or could it be that the biblical God is not a Deity at all, but instead represents an ultra-advanced extraterrestrial species that is intimately involved in the affairs of Earth?
The Hebrews believed in “Elohim,” a plural term which should be literally translated as “the gods.” They were never monotheistic, at least not in the modern sense. The single being we today think of as God was the lord of planet Earth in the time of the ancient Hebrews — a being named Yahweh who occupied the highest place in the angelic hierarchy. He was physical and imperfect, as were all the other superhumans, but because of their relative superiority in all respects — biological, intellectual, spiritual, technological — they were deified by virtually every ancient culture including the one that produced our Bible. As Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” The superhumans thus appeared supernatural in ancient times, as they still do today. But today we understand that other planets and other solar systems sprinkle the depths of space… and that higher beings might very well have found our tiny blue-green world a long time ago.
WHAT DOES GENESIS REALLY SAY?
Those of us who have read Zecharia Sitchin’s books on the subject already know many of the specific facts, so I will only present a few points that strike me as particularly interesting:
* The biblical Creation story is merely a reinterpretation of much earlier Sumerian texts. In the Atra Hasis and others, we find a detailed account of how “the gods” came to Earth and mixed their genes with ape-men.
* The name “Adam” refers not to one specific man but instead to the human race as a whole.
* The Adam were put in the garden of Eden (the fertile region of Mesopotamia) to “dress it and keep it” (till the soil for their heavenly masters).
* The fall of Man was a slave rebellion supported by one of the two competing superhuman leaders (Lucifer). When it succeeded, humans were given the ability to reproduce and their first civilization.
HOW DID OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GODS CHANGE?
After the Age of Creation came a new epoch in human history: the Age of Lordship. This lasted until the “Great Flood” — the melting of the polar ice caps at the end of the last ice age, an event which completely destroyed coastal cities. Until then, the superhumans inhabited their own colonies on Earth and directly ruled over human societies.
But the Flood ushered in the Age of Kingship. Superhuman lords no longer walked among their human subjects in the great cities of Sumeria, but instead returned to the sky from where they chose people to lead the civilizations of Earth. Meanwhile, Homo sapiens had spread from the Middle East to all six inhabitable continents, producing the races we know today.
The Hebrews, a nomadic desert people of the Sinai, had an especially close relationship with the gods; in fact, they came to be known as “the chosen people.” Yahweh and the angels watched over them from the heavens above, often intervening for their benefit in various ways. How then, we might ask, did the superhumans make contact with people on Earth?
UFOS IN THE BIBLE?
Although many traditional Jews, Christians, and Muslims would probably reject this idea with little thought, it seems likely that similar phenomena were observed in biblical times. One can read the scriptures with only a little background knowledge and discover numerous examples of anomalous aerial craft appearing in the sky. We find dozens of shining clouds, balls of fire, wheels, and flaming chariots which bear a striking resemblance to modern UFOs.
Here are a few general quotes from the Torah which help to make this point:
“Behold, he [Yahweh] shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind…” (Jeremiah 4:13).
“Behold, the Lord rideth upon a swift cloud…” (Isaiah 19:1).
“And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night…” (Isaiah 4:5).
There are also many specific cases described in both Testaments of the Bible in which strange objects appear in the sky. Let’s look at a few:
Throughout their wanderings in the desert, the Elohim guide the Hebrews from above, riding ahead in various craft. Perhaps the best example takes place during the exodus from Egypt: “… the children of Israel went up and harnessed out of the land of Egypt. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light…” (Exodus 13:18,21). The story continues with a pursuit by the Egyptian army. “And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them… but it gave light by night to [the Hebrews]: so that the [Egyptians] came not near the other all the night.” (Exodus 14:19-20).
Since literal clouds don’t have fiery pillars, one can reasonably conclude that the object was something very different — perhaps a UFO with a descending beam of light. One is also forced to wonder how the Israelites got across the Red Sea. Could they have been flown across?
The prophet Ezekiel, a frequent recipient of extraterrestrial visitations, described a strange object in the sky: “And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud and a fire enfolding itself, and a brightness was about it…” (Ezekiel 1:4).
This could very well be a modern-day account of a UFO sighting: A swirling wind accompanied a huge disk-shaped object surrounded by a bright glow. Ezekiel goes on to describe the strange craft descending from the sky, noting its resemblance to a spinning wheel and mentioning that it is piloted by a powerful-looking being.
In another incredible incident, the transfiguration of Jesus Christ, we find an excellent array of UFO-related phenomena (Matthew 17:2,5-6). First of all, Jesus Christ brought his disciples up on a mountain, where he showed himself as the glorious figure of a nordic-superhuman. “And [Jesus] was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light….” Then a UFO appears, provoking intense fear in the onlookers. “… behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud…. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.” Finally, we read in Luke’s version of the story that “… they feared as they entered into the cloud.” (Luke 9:34).
WHAT ABOUT ALIEN ABDUCTIONS?
The subject is certainly one of the most controversial aspects of the whole phenomenon. In light of this fact, I expect to receive many flames in response to my argument that it occurred in biblical times.
People have concocted the most ridiculous stereotypes about angels: They have become winged cherubs strumming harps, etc, a view that is totally uncorroborated by the Bible or any other ancient text. In reality, the Bible repeatedly shows angels provoking fear in those who see them — these cases can be thought of as grey encounters, while non-frightful incidents are most likely Nordic encounters.
Probably the best example of standard alien abduction is the story of “Jacob’s ladder.”
Imagine that you were on a long hike through the wilderness and you lay down to sleep for the night under the starry sky. Suddenly you wake up with a start, but instead of seeing the morning sun you are greeted by a diagonal shaft of light descending from above, upon which strange creatures are going up and down. You hear a voice telling you that “your seed shall be spread far and wide,” that it is necessary and important for the future of humanity. The voice continues, saying that “we will watch over you, for you are a chosen one.” Then everything fades to black. You open your eyes and it’s morning. “Must have been a dream,” you rationalize, but an irrational fear keeps clawing back into your brain. “I’ve got to get away from this place!” you shout, and quickly depart.
If this happened to you, what would you think? Alien abduction, right? Let’s look at what happened to Jacob: “And he [Jacob] dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said…. thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest…. And Jacob awaked out of his sleep… And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place!” (Genesis 28:12-17).
It is especially interesting to note that human and superhuman crossbreeding is possible. At least the Bible says so: “And it came to pass… That the sons of God [angels] saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” (Genesis 6:1-2,4).
Who were these mighty men? They were demigods, in quite the literal sense, and many were chosen as kings to rule human societies. They were giants because they inherited height from the nordic-superhumans; they were “of old” because they inherited longevity from the nordic-superhumans.
WAS JESUS CHRIST A DEMIGOD?
He was a demigod created to become the great king of the Jews, the messiah. Throughout Christian history, people have wondered about the virgin birth — but the answer is now clear: Jesus was a “Son of God, son of man” simply because he was half alien and half human!
We find evidence for this belief directly in the Gospels; the early Christians wrote it themselves. Consider this story (Luke 1:26-32,34-35,38): “… the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee… And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying…. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God.” She is thus visited by a superhuman being who tells her she is somehow special or chosen, and she is afraid. The story goes on to reveal the visitation’s shocking purpose. “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest…. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing that I know [have intercourse with] not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” Mary agrees to submit to Yahweh as his handmaid, which in that time meant a concubine! She will be impregnated with godly sperm in order to produce the king of Israel!
On the night of Christ’s birth some strange phenomena are observed, further confirming his superhuman origin. The famous “star of Bethlehem,” for example, is said to have led the wise men to the infant Jesus, stopping over the place where he lay; no actual star of course could do this, so we must conclude that it was in fact a UFO. Other bright lights and shining clouds in the sky are described in two of the apocryphal books (Protevangelion and 1 Infancy), as well as a state of suspended animation in the village during Mary’s labor. We also find the story of the shepherds, who see an angel descend from the sky in a brilliant glow of light to proclaim the birth of the messiah.
AND WE’VE JUST SCRATCHED THE SURFACE!
The examples presented in this article are only those which I consider the best and most interesting; there actually exist many others throughout the Bible which could also be discussed.
If anyone is familiar with other religions (Hinduism or the Native American faiths for example) and knows of similar UFO-related stories, I would be interested to see them. I’ve heard that they exist but I personally have not had the time to investigate the matter. (check Alien Identities, Ancient Insights into Modern UFO Phenomena)
Also, If anyone knows of any goods books about the subject of UFOs and religion that they could recommend, this would be much appreciated.
I look forward to your posted responses and e-mails! Feel free to flame me if you can, or support me if you find my arguments convincing. Questions and comments are requested.
It’s kind of unusual Christian point of view with biblical background to perceive the ET interaction that way, in a positive and supporting manner.
Eric wrote me he will add some additional thoughts for further explanations, you found more at Cosmic Maturity.