Recently there has been an accelerated ‘wave’ of UFO hysteria sweeping the globe, and many supporters have contacted us asking for comments. Later in this article, the recent claims are highlighted and addressed. Because we have written much in recent years about the growing popularity of what is commonly called the UFO phenomenon, this article will only briefly touch on what underpins this cultural phenomenon. Many of our original arguments and explanations are still relevant to these new speculative claims that appear in the media. This article provides many links to relevant articles already on creation.com, and we recommend spending time reading and researching these links and articles before commenting on this one (particularly before writing in, per the feedback rules of this site). It is impossible to cover every question raised by this phenomenon in one article, so for a comprehensive and up-to-date treatise we recommend the latest edition of the best-seller Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection (AI) which has new first-hand research, or visit the aliens/UFOs section of our site.
Belief in extraterrestrial life has effectively become a new religion for many, replacing traditional belief. For example, the sociologist Gerald Eberlein stated:
A close examination of the phenomenon shows that it also provides a perfect substitute ‘replacement theology’ for the big picture Creation > Fall > Redemption > Restoration aspects of Christianity. Much of the UFO literature seeks to:
Note that many of the UFO stories have been received and channelled by contactees who claim to be receiving special revelation from our ‘space brothers’. This is an occult activity that masquerades as an enlightened practice. (We recommend the DVD Alien Abductions and UFOs Exposed! or the AI bookfor more on this.
Not that long ago the idea that older (on the evolutionary scale), more technologically advanced (than humans), wiser and benevolent extraterrestrials have visited or are currently visiting the Earth would have seen you carted off to the local psych ward. But not anymore. Popular polls have even suggested that up to 20 million Americans have seen a UFO and that 4 million claim to have been abducted by aliens (see The Fourth Kind our review of the infamous alien abduction movie of the same name). Such ideas have become very mainstream and children in particular are very susceptible and are openly targeted. Many seemingly credible scientists now believe that life on Earth originated from outer space via either directed or undirected panspermia (‘seeds from space’—from the Greek words pas/pan [all] and sperma [seed]). Some very famous scientists have even suggested that our DNA may contain revelation from our alien creators once we are smart enough (like them) to decipher it. Ironically, this makes many of them ‘creationists’ (sort of). It appears that they just don’t want the God of the Bible to be responsible.
The strength of such ideas also presents a challenge to the traditional Christian worldview, because they are in stark contrast to the idea that mankind is the central focus of God’s creation. A straightforward understanding of Scripture leaves no place for similarly sentient and intelligent morally aware beings elsewhere in the universe. The primary role of the creation was to bring forward a bride for Christ (see Did God create life on other planets? for a biblically-based perspective on this). Such a seemingly ‘dogmatic’ stance has led to shouts of ‘arrogance’ aimed at Christians. However, these are strange accusations, coming from those who believe that the universe is widely inhabited by ETs, because to date we do not have a shred of indisputable evidence that ET has visited us or is living out there somewhere.
We have often been challenged by Christians who have no problem with the concept of alien life. In our experience, this ‘Christian’ view is driven by an anthropomorphic (or human-like) view of the abilities and purposes of God. In short, many conclude that God would not have made the universe so big just for mankind, otherwise it would seem an awful waste of space. First, God is God and there in none like Him. A quick search of the Scriptures reinforces this at least a dozen times using terminology like:
In Isaiah 55:9, note that He specifically uses the universe as an example of His awesome power, God tells us not to attribute fallible human reasoning to Him:
In Evolution and the science of fiction we highlighted that the most popular entertainment genre today is science fiction and how popular cultural ideas are shaping our worldviews. It involves the majority by far of the highest grossing movies of all time. See our Avatar movie review and Avatar Aspirations Sci fi helps create an alternate belief system. The Bible is notably silent about any extraterrestrials, yet if an ET visit in their technologically advanced hyperdrive spaceships was imminent, it would be reasonable to presume that our sovereign and prescient Creator would let us know about such things. This is not an ‘argument from silence’, but rather from ‘conspicuous absence’. After all, a commissioned report by NASA as far back as 1960 concluded:
There is no need to invoke a size argument to explain why God made the universe so big—we need to remember that it is only big to us as mortal finite beings. The Bible indicates that He made all things in heaven and on Earth in six days—for a Creator capable of this in the first place, it is not hard for Him to make it whatever size He chooses.
Again in Evolution and the science of fiction we wrote:
Isaiah 45:18 tells us specifically that the Earth was made for a special purpose:
And lastly, Psalm 19:1 reminds us that:
In short, instead of looking at the awesomeness of the universe and thinking “I wonder what else is out there”, we should be reminded of the awesomeness of the One who made it all (Romans 1:20) for surely the universe provides us with some indication of how incredible the Creator really is. Also see Is the Bible falsifiable? And would a real live ET do it? (round 1) and round 2.
It should also be noted that many people do see seemingly inexplicable things in the sky and some even have experiences with alleged alien beings. We do not and have never denied that such experiences can occur. However, we do dispute the source (cause) of many experiences, particularly when people think that just because they have seen a light in the sky, it must automatically be extraterrestrial in origin. Christians, too, have fallen into this trap because of the integration of popular culture into their worldview. We recommend reading Christians shaped by experiences—a danger in accepting ‘the physical reality’ of UFOs. God warns us many times in Scripture to have nothing to do with mediums, diviners, those who tell the future or the spirits of the dead. Please note that because the Bible, in these cases, mentions such things, it does not mean that they are true. The warnings are due to the source behind such manifestations. Secular UFO researcher John Keel noted:
The main advocates of extraterrestrial life, however, are evolutionists. In The UFO phenomenon—growing and not going away! Is it the next great challenge for the church? we wrote:
“The interest in the search for extraterrestrial life is huge—mainly fuelled by the enormous popularity of science fiction and its depiction of advanced alien life on other planets. Many evolutionists are acutely aware of this. In fact, in the minds of many young people, the idea of alien life ‘proves’ the theory of evolution itself. It has almost become a circular self-serving hypothesis!
Also see ET needed evolution. UFO commentator and author Ronald Story also notes:
In a big picture sense, the whole realm of UFO beliefs is truly a religious idea built upon yet another religious idea (evolution). As I wrote in AI:
Many ‘true believers’ in UFOs become very frustrated and impatient at the lack of information emanating from official sources about UFOs. Because there are so many sightings, and indeed, because of their own experiences, they feel that the government must be complicit in hiding the truth. This was particularly the case for The Roswell Incident. The truth behind the speculations that something otherworldly crash-landed on a ranch in Roswell, New Mexico, was not aided by the UFO true believers. An overlay of deliberate misinformation helped this event become a defining moment in UFO lore. See Reaching out at Roswell to see just how much hype in this town is dedicated to embellishing the UFO story.
In late 2009 the Vatican held a conference to discuss how Catholic theology is affected by the existence of extraterrestrials. It should be worthy of note that no one ever really questioned whether ET exists or not. That ‘fact’ seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Note that I was actually interviewed by the Washington Post for my opinion on the conference. Then international news broadcaster CNN repeated my summation from that interview. Now the Pope’s astronomer Dr Guy Consolmagno, on whom we have reported before, said he would even be happy to baptize an alien, but “Only if they asked”.6 It was reported that “A self-confessed science fiction fan, he said he was ‘comfortable’ with the idea of alien life.”
He is also an avowed fan of evolutionism and is quick to dismiss the creationist viewpoint and intelligent design. He seems to be ignorant of both, and it would appear than he has simply never heard a good creationist presentation (like so many who openly ridicule). His comment that “Intelligent aliens may be living among the stars and are likely to have souls” also displays a warped view of Scripture, unfortunately. Although professing to be Christian, his views, like those of many theistic evolutionists, can hardly be held up as a bastion of biblical truth.
In September, 2007 ex-US Air Force officers and one enlisted man gave a lengthy presentation at the US National Press Club.7 As such, it was widely reported on in the media.
Some of these men are certainly specialists in their respective fields, and one would think that they are not all prone to flights of fancy or delusional behaviour, nor do they have some collective agenda to fabricate stories. Some of the reports are very powerful, such as strange lights hovering over nuclear missile silos which are seen descending into the silos. On some such occasions the actual missiles were deactivated. The behaviours of the strange objects certainly would give the impression that there was some intelligent force guiding them. They also testified that on many occasions CIA agents came out and took over the investigations and hushed up the events without further explanation being offered to the officers.
These events are nothing new and have been known amongst UFO researchers for many years. Robert Muller, a high-ranking nuclear physicist who served as one of the US government’s top advisors on nuclear secrets, was asked if there was a cover-up about alien visitations. He said (laughingly) and denying any conspiracy:
He said that the officers have simply seen things that they don’t understand. And that:
He offered no explanation though as to what they were, but we concur with his assessment that it is the cultural overlay that drives the interpretation of the evidence (just like evolution theory). This was reinforced when some of the officers attributed motive to the actions of the UFOs. How can they know such things when a UFO by definition is merely an ‘unidentified flying object’, and in these cases they still remain unidentified? The Air Force officers did say that on some occasions they were told that because these were matters of national security (after all it did involve the nation’s nuclear arsenal), the public would panic and that’s why it was being hushed up (this fits with the NASA quote earlier in this article).
As I concluded in AI, the UFO phenomenon is the age-old spiritual deception in a modern and very believable guise. It is being performed by fallen angels with the intent of deceiving mankind as to our place in the universe as per the Bible. The Bible records the activities of angels. They appear in a myriad of forms, sometimes appear physically and can most certainly affect our world, even killing people on occasions.
However, governments along with their scientific advisors and researchers do not officially recognize the supernatural realm, and much less that such phenomena could be malevolent angels. Their aim is to explain everything naturalistically. In AI I wrote:
Thus, seeming silence on UFO events only adds to the conspiracy idea, that the government must know something and is covering it up—particularly when former NASA Apollo astronauts like Edgar Mitchell have made similar claims that the aliens are with us.
The internet was ‘on fire’ as news that the United Nations was set to appoint an ambassador to greet the aliens when they ‘eventually do land’ spread virally across the globe.10 However, this was a hoax.11 The reports were so specific that they even named Malaysian astrophysicist Dr Mazlan Othman as the appointee to allegedly head the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), a department that really exists. Many of the major news services were taken in by the claim without properly checking the facts. This aptly demonstrates how credible such a move would be regarded as, due to the public perception that aliens are a ‘fact’. Such calls for an appointee are nothing new. We have previously written about the request from former Canadian Defence Minister Paul Hellyer for governments to create exopolitics departments. His fear was that ‘primitive earthlings’ are likely to shoot first and ask questions later, which could result in a galactic confrontation when they are ‘only here to help us’. His belief in the reality of alien visitations to the earth is so strong that he is:
His belief that aliens possess the technology to save mankind from the effects of alleged global warming is nothing new. The religion of UFOlogy has many looking to the stars for our ‘saviours from outer space’ as mentioned previously. In AI, I wrote that in July 1978, UFO enthusiast and then prime minister of Grenada, Sir Eric Gairy, was petitioning the U.N. to create a special group for the purpose of investigating UFOs. He believed that America was keeping quiet despite knowing the ‘truth’ about them. Famous NASA Mercury/Gemini Astronaut Gordon Cooper supported his idea, and during a lengthy speech, he was quoted as saying:
At the time of writing an internet search still reveals hundreds of web pages still claiming that the UN appointment is accurate. However, Ms Othman has apparently personally denied the claim although she apparently recently stated in a speech to fellow scientists about what to do when we make contact with the ETs:
Such elaborate hoaxes are common in UFOlogy. So strong is the UFO believers’ preexisting belief that alien visitations have occurred on the earth, that for them the end justifies the means in order to reveal the truth widely. See our report on the Alien Autopsy movie, for example.
As one can see, UFO beliefs are strongly held in all quarters of the populace. We would not be surprised if in the future such an appointment could be made by the UN or various governments, which would only further embellish the idea of ET being with us.
This is something we have been asked about on several occasions. A worldwide movement known as The Disclosure Project has been operating since 1993 to help ‘reveal the truth’ about alien contacts. It was commenced by UFOlogist Steven Greer, who claims governments have been covering up ET’s calling cards. His movement tapped into the public consciousness when he also stated that governments have been concealing advanced energy technologies that could ultimately benefit mankind. Such ideas are usually called ‘Top Secret Black Projects’ that are not revealed because they could upset the socioeconomic or politically stability of the world.
Greer is a former ‘5th Kind’ contactee (mutual contact with aliens), which would go a long way to explaining his passion about the subject. After all he believes he knows and has experienced the ‘truth’ by virtue of his ET conferences. He dropped out of college to study as a teacher at the Maharishi International University. This is a ‘college’ started by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—the famous guru for the pop group the Beatles back in the 1970s. Yogi is also known as a pioneer of new age transcendental meditation. It is no surprise how people’s exposure to UFOs leads them into the occult as was shown in AI time and again, and has also been demonstrated by psychologists and other professionals.
Greer has since qualified to become a medical doctor, but also uses his talents to help people make contact with ETs using meditation, remote viewing and channeling. He is one of the most well-known UFOlogists in the world and has appeared regularly on the media (including CNN’s Larry King show) to express his views. The media loves nothing more than a good conspiracy after all. In recent months there has been much speculation that he has even met with government officials to discuss Project Disclosure. Greer’s star is rising and he is being regarded as somewhat of an expert in this area. However, it is quite easy for most Christians to see the occult factor in his thinking. This is quite worrying as one could almost expect official sources to state that there has been alien contact in an effort to explain simply something they don’t understand and misinterpret—the same way as the former US Air Force officers mentioned earlier.
Another report reached us that a ‘credible’ nuclear physicist who has worked for major American companies claimed to have proof of cover-ups like the aforementioned Greer. However, the scientist in question is well-known to us. He is Stanton Friedman, a ‘true believer’ who has been investigating UFOs for over 50 years. Back in 1978, Friedman was introduced to Captain Jesse Marcel, the Air Force officer who claimed to have found a wrecked alien craft on a ranch in Roswell back in 1947. It was Friedman’s initial enquiries that led authors Berlitz and Moore to pen the massively popular book The Roswell Incident.
Friedman is no innocent bystander. He is one of the most outspoken proponents of the extraterrestrial hypothesis and has even accused the SETI project of being complicit in the cover-ups. As mentioned, everybody loves a good conspiracy theory. A 2002 Roper poll, commissioned by the Sci-Fi Channel, noted that 72 percent of Americans believed the U.S. government isn’t telling all it knows about UFOs, and 68 percent thought the government knows more about extraterrestrial life than it cares to disclose.
As to the reason governments cover up, Friedman says:
Again, his religious zeal for aliens to exist was demonstrated when he added:
However, as we have often suggested, besides the desire for such things to be real, there are often more mundane agendas at work. UFOs are big business (just ask Hollywood), and this latest claim by Friedman coincided with the release of his latest book Science was Wrong. Claims of government cover-ups are usually a sure-fire way of getting media attention.
Perhaps one of the more comical claims, yet sadly also very disturbing, was that 8–10 year-old schoolchildren in the UK have been conducting UFO crash drills.15 On further investigation these appear to be isolated incidents in just a few schools and not education department curriculum (not yet anyway). The scenario is that children are told that a UFO (common vernacular for alien spaceship/flying saucer etc.) has crashed in the school grounds. They are then told to secure the scene and collect wreckage until the authorities arrive. The local police are also complicit in the stunt as they eventually turn up and take over the ‘investigation’. The children are then asked to write about their experiences. A teacher at the Sandford Primary School stated:
One wonders how most ordinary people can accept the brainwashing of their children in the school stunt just mentioned. It creates a disassociation between reality and fantasy for them so that it will make it increasingly difficult for them to discern the truth in the future. Particularly when the authority figures in their lives deceive them so openly.
The many media claims dealt with above are just a few from the constant stream of such items that come to our attention on a regular basis. If there is a conspiracy or a plot afoot, then it is emanating from spiritual forces that are seeking to undermine God’s rightful place as Creator, and the veracity of His Word—undermining the Gospel in the process.
Every day, people see strange things in the sky that they can’t explain. It does not automatically follow that such sightings are alien spaceships. We have even had many Christians approach or contact us to claim that what they have seen must have been extraterrestrial in nature. This is due to a kind of cultural conditioning that people are exposed to via their education and popular media (movies and claims like the ones we’ve just discussed). The Apostle Paul said:
We realize that taking a stand against the idea of ET life will polarize Christians in this modern culture. But do not be deceived by powerful manifestations emanating from the spiritual realm. The Lord Jesus warned:
As we have often stated, we should make a stand on the truth and not be concerned that the Bible might somehow be falsified (e.g. by a ‘real ET’) when it comes to big picture issues like God being the Creator. Our strong view is that there is simply no room in His Word to squeeze in a benevolent alien or two. As sightings and alleged contacts increase, and governments take official positions to seemingly endorse the notion, it is worth remembering that mankind’s inclination is towards rebellion and rejection of God, seemingly looking to anything else rather than accept Him as Creator. Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us:
Many Christians have already been led astray by accepting another manmade philosophy (evolution) that had its origin with the lies of the evil one when he asked the very first humans:
And told them:
The entirety of the UFO phenomenon has its genesis in the origins issue, via the promotion of evolution on other planets. A belief in biblical creation, and using the Bible as our worldview filter, helps us to critically think about all of reality, including the supernatural. In a play of words using science fiction parlance we say “Resistance is fertile.”
“The existance of aliens presents a problem”, he went on to explain … “What would the aliens say?”A seemingly benign question at first, but one that quickly snowballs into some serious implications… just consider some possibilities:
“There is a creator God, and the bible is true” “The cosmos is all there is” “We seeded humanity on earth and created your religions as a form of control”Would evolutionary scientists so quickly relinquish their beliefs? Would we christians simply give up our beliefs? Are they capable of lying? If they are lying, they obviously have sin. If they sin, they are in presumably in need of redemption. Christ would have had to die for them … on and on. I for one found it to be a thought provoking hypothetical question. What would we believe about what aliens say? Its sad to see professing christians being led away into such fantasy as alien life. Thank you for another great article!!