UFOs and the Bible Part 1
UFOs and the Bible Part 2
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 in the absolute sense, instead representing an ultra-advanced extraterrestrial species that is intimately involved in the affairs of Earth? This idea may seem strange and radical at first, but we will show through logical analysis of ancient scripture and modern UFO cases that it should indeed be true.
Let us begin this difficult subject with a story. How would you react if your best and most trustworthy friend revealed to you that he had once had an encounter with aliens?
“I took a long hike in the countryside one weekend,” he begins. “It started getting dark and I was still a long way from the campsite, and I was really tired after a day of walking, so I just decided to lie down and rest. I leaned my backpack against some stones for a pillow and soon fell asleep.”
Your friend goes on to tell you that he awoke in the middle of the night and saw an incredible vision: a beam of light stretched down from a hovering object to the ground, and strange-looking beings were going up and down it. “It was just like a ladder,” he tells you, “and the leader of the aliens was standing at the top of it. A deep booming voice suddenly proclaimed that they wanted to ‘spread my seed far and wide’ and that they would watch me wherever I went.
“I tell you,” he gasps, “it just scared the crap out of me! I woke up in the morning and didn’t know whether it was a dream or what… but it seemed so real. I’ll never forget what happened that night. I just hope you believe me – you’re the only person I’ve ever told.”
Would you really believe his story, or would you laugh it off as an idiotic joke? Would you try to reassure him that it was only a dream? Or would you perhaps pull out a Bible and turn to the 28th chapter of Genesis, where the patriarch Jacob’s nearly identical experience is described? Depending on your basic mindset and your knowledge (or lack thereof) about the UFO phenomenon, you would either confirm your friend’s suspicion that he had perhaps witnessed an extraterrestrial visitation; or you would shrug your shoulders with an open-minded smile; or your response might be haughty laughter and rejection, telling him to see a good shrink.
Although most people don’t realize it – either because of indoctrination or ignorance or general unwillingness to confront the truth – the Bible and other ancient religious texts actually contain a multitude of stories which can easily be rendered today as UFO sightings and encounters. This essay investigates the evidence for such belief. We will discuss crucial principles that underlie a completely new view of Judeo-Christianity. Furthermore, we will examine several interesting examples in the Old and New Testaments that seemingly confirm the theory of a long-standing, ongoing relationship between humans and more highly evolved beings from the stars.
But before we go any further, it is of the utmost importance that we have a solid understanding of what exactly the modern UFO phenomenon is.
For several decades, a growing number of people have claimed to see strange unidentified flying objects which do not fit the description of any human-made aerial craft. Some of the more commonly sighted UFOs are shining silvery disks and glowing balls of light. Many sightings are reported to the police and military, but the authorities have tended to disregard these reports as pranks or mere lunacy. At one time, however, a serious U.S. government project called Blue Book was launched to determine if UFOs were Soviet spy planes, but it soon was closed down and a campaign of official silence promptly began. Hollywood science fiction and the skeptical news media have given the whole subject of extraterrestrials a bad name, undoubtedly causing many people to keep their paranormal experiences secret.
In recent years though, there has been a tremendous explosion of serious interest and insightful literature. Explainable cases are separated from the more mysterious. Many people are coming forward with memories of alien visitation and abduction. It must be mentioned that a large percentage of supposed UFO encounters – the majority perhaps – are likely nothing more than misinterpretations of environmental or mental phenomena. Regardless of this fact, established astronomers are now finding many planets outside of our own solar system, validating the idea that intelligent alien life should exist. The implications are incredible. What if there are superhuman beings out there, and what if they know about us? How would they look? How could they use their superior knowledge?
These questions make lots of people uneasy. They would rather simply ignore the UFO phenomenon, retreating back into their personal shell of religious or scientific doctrine. It is easy to ridicule those who have the courage to defy orthodoxy and tell the world what they have seen:
“Little green men? Ha!”
“I suppose he was a drunken hick who woke up in his pickup and thought it was aliens.”
“Obviously a pot-smoking New Age freak who wants to believe.”
“He’s probably just a desperate fool trying to make a buck on a sensational story.”
“Absolutely crazy. Clinically insane. The woman must be screwed up in her head and doesn’t realize it.”
“I don’t care what anyone says. They didn’t really see anything. I won’t believe they did.”
This prevalent attitude is extremely immature. What motivation would an average person have to tell a story that no one will believe? – unless he firmly believes it himself. Hardly anyone makes money from a lie or a hoax; even Whitley Strieber’s famous book about his own alien encounters, Communion, was refused publication by the firm that sold his prior books and then rejected by dozens of other publishing houses. According to prominent psychologist and ufologist Raymond E. Fowler in The Watchers,
“… at the 1987 meeting of the American Psychological Association in New York, participants agreed that a detailed study of alleged UFO abductees revealed them to be normal people from all walks of life. It was concluded that their experiences could not be accounted for strictly on the basis of psychopathology. Thus, what we ended up with are both professional and nonprofessional normal people, cutting across the total social strata, who really believe that they have been abducted by aliens from a UFO.”
Although it is usually assumed (as with any unconventional idea) that believers must prove without a doubt that the phenomenon is of an extraterrestrial nature, the burden of proof actually rests on the skeptical side of this issue. One should remember that only one UFO encounter out of millions need be real in order for the believers to be correct. To put it another way, skeptics must demonstrate that all cases are false if we are to rationally believe that otherworldly beings are not making their presence known on Earth. The Universe is an incomprehensibly large and exciting place. Things should be going on that we can barely begin to imagine.
One can discuss the subject of UFOs forever, analyzing various cases and arguing about whether or not they are legitimate examples of a superhuman presence on our planet. But perhaps the most convincing reason to believe modern stories of alien encounters is that remarkably similar stories have been told since ancient times. Though most people don’t see this connection, it is logical to look at religion first when trying to find examples of the phenomenon in the distant past: after all, the ancients would most likely cloak any encounters with higher beings in a profoundly mystical shroud of dogma, and these “visits by the gods” would certainly appear in holy scripture. With the passage of time and the advancement of civilization, we have collectively cast aside our old belief in the pantheon of supernatural beings; but today’s knowledge strongly suggests that superhuman extraterrestrials really do exist and might somehow affect us. It is time to strip “God” of all his theological accoutrements, to lay bare the core nature of the various “lords,” “spirits,” “angels,” and such who have been said to populate the vast skies above.
Since the Bible is known by most people, we should ask if this widely believed history of the Hebrew people contains examples of superhuman beings coming down to Earth. Obviously it does – the angels and their leader Yahweh make prominent appearances in the text – but the real question is whether these higher beings are extraterrestrials, and if so, if they are the same aliens seen today. What is an “extraterrestrial,” an “alien”? Both terms basically refer to any nonhuman being who comes from somewhere other than planet Earth. What is a “superhuman”? Quite simply, it would be a being more advanced than us, possessing incredible technology and seeming supernatural in comparison to ourselves. Thus, it can be concluded that the Bible does indeed deal with the subject of extraterrestrials, for the superhumans described therein come from the heavens (space) and have virtually unlimited power over the affairs of Earth (due to their high level of development). Some people may be automatically repulsed by this idea, but this is only because of comical stereotypes about aliens: the popular culture has turned the whole subject into a joke, and this lack of seriousness leads to a total misunderstanding of the UFO phenomenon. We must realize that ultra-advanced real extraterrestrials would not act like those in the movies and comic books (which are merely a creation of the limited human mind), instead appearing to humanity as a race of gods.
Before people knew that other planets and solar systems sprinkle the depths of space, before they could conceive of “space aliens” in the misguided sense we do today, our ancient ancestors interpreted visits from the sky in a much less sophisticated way. They idealized relatively higher beings as absolute rulers of the Universe – but remember that their universe was nothing more than the land, sea, and sky of what we now know to be one tiny planetary speck. “Heaven” was outside the world they knew, but we can now see that it should be only as exotic as another earth circling another star. The gods of old are part of the physical Cosmos just like us, an idea that traditional religious institutions have blindly refused to accept. When Yahweh commanded the Israelites to “have no other gods before me,” when he said in the Torah “I am a jealous God”… his meaning was more literal than we wish to realize. Like a king who demands alleigance to the nation, so too was the Western God a lord who wanted to retain control of his angelic legions and his human slaves. The power struggle with Lucifer was much like a political campaign, each side producing propaganda to win over the simpletons who tilled the fields of Sumeria.
In any case, the important idea is that the early Hebrews believed in “Elohim,” a plural term which should be literally translated as “the gods.” The single being we today think of as God was the ruler of planet Earth during that time – a being called Yahweh by the people of Israel and Enlil by the people of Mesopotamia. 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. Consider that in the biblical creation story the Elohim say (Genesis 1:26), “let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” The plurality of God in this quote is no coincidence. As Dr. Zecharia Sitchin explains in his groundbreaking book, Genesis Revisited,
“… what went on was the editing and summarizing by compilers of the Book of Genesis of much earlier and considerably more detailed texts first written down in Sumer.”
The Sumerian gods were called Anunnaki, translated as “those who came down from the heavens.” They were said to have interbred with primitive humans to produce the intelligent variety that built civilization.
We thus begin our discussion of the Bible with a thought-provoking quote:
“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth… That the sons of God 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.)
The term “sons of God” has an equivalent meaning to “angels” – it is used in various instances to show superhuman racial lineage and membership in the society of the Elohim, much like one could be called “a son of the black man.” What this shocking biblical passage indicates is the belief that gods are physical beings so genetically similar to Homo sapiens as to make interbreeding possible. Great heroes in ancient societies were often called demigods – and the Hebrews evidently were inclined to do the same thing. Their early patriarchs were each said to have lived hundreds of years. Their Elohim were just like the Sumerian deities before them and the Greek ones afterward: powerful beings who looked and acted much like humans and were intimately involved with them.
It is important at this point that we clarify some physical traits associated with aliens. First of all, two distinct types have always been seen. There is a species of tall, strong, beautiful, intelligent beings who resemble ourselves and live much longer; they thus appear lord like and seem immortal. These are the gods who are said to have mixed with humanity, and their hybrid offspring were somewhat superior to average people and “of old” as stated in the passage from Genesis. Today, people who encounter them often give them the name “Nordics.” The second commonly observed kind of extraterrestrials are now called the “greys.” They look like small anthropoids with large heads and a frightening countenance, the most prominent feature being huge black eyes. The greys have no free will, and it is likely that their brains are preprogrammed or collectively controlled. One Sumerian story tells of their creation by the Anunnaki to watch over humans and planet Earth as loyal servants; but the only modern Western religion that differentiates between the two species is Islam, which recognizes the jinn (highly evolved, intelligent beings with free will) and the angels who automatically obey Allah. Lucifer was a jinn, for example, who rebelled against what we know today to be merely one of higher rank, starting a great war between rival factions.
Authors Details: Eric Stetson