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The Fresh Prince of Uranus?

What do you call a group of whales?

A pod.

What do you call a group of geese?

A gaggle.

What do you call a group of cats?

A clowder.

So what do you call a bunch of  UFO sightings?

Believe it or not, the answer used by those who study the subject is a “flap”.

And certainly the subject of UFO’s does have a way of creating a flap of controversy whenever it comes up.

Consider this latest fuel on the fire article on flying saucer phenomena that ran earlier this week.

UFO sightings: the Will Smith effect examined

New Unidentified Flying Objects statistics show the numbers of sightings each year – plus the official explanations for them. So, what is the effect of science fiction in the movies and on TV?

Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in Men in Black

Independence Day came out and the figures went up – as they did when Tom Baker’s doctor battled Davros in Doctor Who and Mulder and Scully investigated the X-files. Are UFO sightings really linked to Hollywood and TV?

There’s certainly a UFO peak in years with a big Will Smith sci fi movie out – particularly 1996 with Independence Day and 1997 with the first Men in Black movie.

There is no end of debate as to the true nature of UFO phenomena.

Some write it off as a product of wishful thinking and special effect primed imagination.

Others see it as an encounter with advanced military technology.

But the majority still hold to the notion that we are being visited by beings from other planets.

What does the Bible have to say on this subject?

Here are a few touch points of truth to keep in mind when the subject comes up.

First, the Bible indicates this earth is a very special place.

The creation account in Genesis 1 indicates that our planet is central in God’s plan. There is absolutlely no mention of God creating life (intelligent or otherwise) anywhere else.

Some would object that this is an argument from silence.

But the Bible also states  that  events that take place here on earth will determine the fate of the entire universe.

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:29-31)

In fact, once God wraps up His dealings with humanity the entire universe will be completely renovated – and in a radical way.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (II Peter 3:10-13)

If there were other intelligent beings on other planets, why would their fate be determined by events that are confined to earth?

When we stop to consider that the fall of man (right here on earth) effected the entire creation, it becomes doubtful that we are merely one of many different civilizations strewn throughout the universe.

So if humanity was uniquely place  in the creation, who are these entities that people meet in so called close encounters?

The Bible tells us there is another form of intelligent life in our universe.

They are called angels.

The Bible describes their nature in interesting terms:

And of the angels He says:
“ Who makes His angels spirits
And His ministers a flame of fire.” (Hebrews 1:7)

Angels are highly intellligent and powerful spiritual servants of God.

Significantly, these spiritual beings have the ability to interact with this physical world that we live in.

The Bible tells us that there are two kinds of angels – holy and fallen.

The number one task of God’s angels is to help us find a personal relationship with the Lord.

Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14)

In contrast,  the fallen angels who followed Satan in his rebellion against God dearly desire to lead us away from His love and truth.

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons (I Timothy 4:1)

When we stop and consider that UFO’s consistently seem to defy physical laws – traveling at immense speeds, appearing and vanishing at different places instantaneously, appearing visually but not on radar and vice versa – it appears we are dealing with something spiritual, not physical.

It is interesting how much of the modern UFO phenomenon has a decidely unsubtle spiritual message behind it.

In movies like Men In Black we get the message that the world is as helplessly alone and vulnerable as a bug drifting into the fast lane of a freeway.

In Close Encounters of the Third Kind and ET-the Extra Terrestrial we saw a hope that UFO beings could be our saviors.

Even some reputable scientists like Richard Dawkins are suggesting that life on earth was planted here, not by God, but by  an advanced, more highly evolved civilization.

Sounds kind of spiritual, doesn’t it?

The biggest question posed by the modern UFO phenomenon isn’t scientific, but spiritual.

Where will we go for answers to life’s ultimate questions – where have we come from? What is the purpose of life? Is there hope for humanity?

Will we look to the scriptures? Or some computer generated special effect?

Will we be influenced by Hollywood or the Holy Spirit?

The choice is ours.

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