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  • Saturday, November 29, 2008

    Skeptical of UFOs and Alien Abduction

    I was reading this blog post
    reviewing this book:



    From the review:

    This book considers the possibility and probabilities of aliens and UFOs having an extraterrestrial “natural”/evolutionary origin. Are they really space-creatures who journeyed from other planets to meet us? The frequency of sightings, the distances from which they must come and resultant time involved, along with the lack of any evidence of these beings communicating with us through radio waves or other indirect methods – or even signs of entrance into our atmosphere, make such an explanation virtually impossible. The UFOs and beings act in a way more consistent with an inter-dimensional being (yes, in the scientific, physics sense). They appear and disappear, change shape, and move at velocities that defy the laws of motion.

    Are the aliens good? Are they our space brothers sent to help us reach the next stage of our evolution? No, they are known liars (until we discovered there was no life on the moon, they said they were from the moon, the Mars, then Venus, then every other planet in our galaxy until they said they were from the Pleiades and Sirius and far away stars systems; their foretelling of future events has also proven false) whose impact on lives is in the negative. They create pain, confusion, withdrawal from friends and family, and fear in their contactees. Certainly some people become willing to endure these encounters, and enjoy the profit and attention generated by their experiences. Many people have ended up harming themselves and others, submitting themselves to abuse or even death, as a result of encounters with these beings.

    I am pleased to see that someone is flexhing out and exposing what I have been thinking about on the whole phenomenon. I'll be adding this book to my collection.

    6 comments:

    skeptimal said...

    Panta,

    I know you mean well, but if you're going to be part of a site with skepticism in the name, can you at least *try* to be a little skeptical?

    Every scientific investigation of "space alien" visitations has found them not credible. Don't lend them credibility by suggesting they have a paranormal explanation. All you're doing is putting yourself in the league of these (at best) misguided people.

    This is one of the problems of believing in gods: it limits your ability to practice skepticism of *any* unusual claim.

    Kingsdawter said...

    God didn't provide salvation for outerspace aliens.

    panta dokimazete said...

    skeptimal - my skepticism is healthy within my worldview - I have examined the evidence and found the idea of UFO, aliens, etc, wanting. (just as I have with atheistic naturalism)

    At best, they are mental delusions, at worst they are demonic attacks.

    Please don't try and concatenate my reasonable faith and understanding of the supra-natural with the outer fringes and I'll not associate yours with the radical ideas associated with panspermia, ok?

    skeptimal said...

    "At best, they are mental delusions, at worst they are demonic attacks."

    That statement pretty much confirms that I'm a lot closer to being a faith healer than you are to being a skeptic.

    Lisa of Longbourn said...

    Thank you for linking to my blog. I hope you enjoy/benefit from actually reading the book.

    I agree that most "alien visitation" accounts are frauds. But it is important for Christians to remember there is a real spiritual world out there, hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places, and that they aren't just 'out there' - they're active here.

    To God be all glory,
    Lisa of Longbourn

    Jim Clark said...

    Clearly the UFO phenomena is at least partially, if not primarily an Occult/Paranormal phenomena. Anyone that has spent any time honestly looking at the facts should be able to at least acknowledge that something is happening here. Exactly how you choose to explain it however is up for debate.

    I must say that this whole conclusion that in the genuine cases the "Aliens" must be Demons to be quite shallow. It does seem quite likely that not all "advanced" beings (by comparasion to us) have pure intentions, however the dualistic cosmology of Angels and Demons fails to account for the complexity of Spiritual phenomena, and life in general, and hence it seems oversimplistic. Clearly, not all beings in the non-phyiscal realsm are all "love and light", but the Christian explanation falls well short from my perspective.

    "Skeptimal", Most westernized countries have openly published files documenting carefully reported cases of UFO sightings. The actuall "abduction" cases are far more fuzzy, but take a good look at the overall phenomena and it is clear that something is happening.

    Take care everyone,
    God Bless