Aliens and Modern Society

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Metz Cathedral, Lorraine, France. Circa 1552.

Aliens are a hot topic in popular culture. Even the History Channel has a number of shows dedicated to the idea of advanced life forms. What does this really say about our society? Are we eager to “learn” from higher life forms? Or is it a substitute for God? Are aliens, like the modern school of evolution, simply replacement religions that require no lifestyle change, personal sacrifice, and can simply alter with our whims?

The concept of what we call “aliens” allows the delicate, secular mind to embrace the very real presence of the unexplained in both science and history. It’s a form of rationalization geared to simply accommodate and is usually manipulated to suit current trends and opinions. Christians should be careful in how they embrace this popular myth.
Does the bible explicitly state there aren’t any inhabitable worlds in the universe beyond our own? No, it doesn’t, and there is nothing negative about speculating on such existences. The topic becomes dubious when we begin labeling miracles of God, as miracles from “higher life forms from outer space.” The issues become apparent when we, like science, ignore the fact that the universe is filled with countless forms of higher intelligence, it just happens to be spiritual.

If the historic “Space Race” taught us anything, it is that space does not accommodate or support flesh-and-blood beings. It is not conducive to life, in any way. Our nation alone has wasted billions trying to force a variety of species to adjust to the barren, frigid environment. Our astronauts endure a tremendous amount of physical and mental training just to exist in such an environment for a few days.

One of the ulterior priorities behind the alien surge seems to be the elimination of attention on works normally attributed to Christ and the work of Holy God, and redirect that focus onto beings from another time, place, or dimension. Scripture is filled with references to spirits, from God to Christ, to spirits of the earth, and the Devil.

To start this series, here are a few considerations that will be discussed later on:

  1. Advanced life forms would have no interest in a primitive world. Benevolent aliens would not create mass panic. If they wanted to help us, they would. Malevolent aliens have no reason to hide. If they wanted something on the planet, they would simply take it.
  1. Despite an infinite number of historical accounts featuring mysterious lights in the sky, or strange lights in the heavens, there was never any ship or craft attached to those lights until humans created airships.
  1. “Alien abductions,” didn’t happen until the Twentieth Century, and only then after it emerged into popular culture. The description is eerily similar to the experience of being born.
  1. All ancient peoples had similar cultures and religions because they were “scattered,” as recorded in the bible [Genesis 11:8-9, Deuteronomy 28:64, Deuteronomy 4:27, Leviticus 26:33, Ezekiel 30:23]. The beliefs originate in the same place. Those early beliefs lost similarity in translation due to the formation of languages [Genesis 11:7-9, Genesis 10:5].
  1. The symptoms of those who are “abducted by aliens” and those suffered by persons under demonic attack are nearly identical.
  1. Animal mutilations, normally accredited to aliens, only seem to happen to animals that are edible.
  1. Angels can easily assume the human form. They do it many times throughout scripture, and many people believe they still do so today [Genesis 19:1, Daniel 9:21, John 20:12, Hebrews 13:2, Acts 5:19, Matthew 4:11, Judges 13:6, Matthew 1:20]. If angels can do it, so can demonic forces, which often appear as children. Would it be difficult for either spirit to assume the shape of “grays” or “greens?”

This series is not to doubt or discredit people who claim to have had unexplainable experiences. The world is filled with mysteries we are not privy to. Most often, they happen to non-religious individuals as proof. This series is simply to emphasize we look in the right direction for answers.

Homosexuality and the Bible

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland. Circa 1191.

It remains unclear as to why this is such a volatile subject today. Scripture is clearly against homosexuality. It has not changed since its writing a millennium ago, and it will be the same centuries from now. There is no gray area. It is specific and it is clear. It’s discussed in both Old [Leviticus 20:13, Genesis 19:5, Leviticus 18:22], and New Testaments [Romans 1:26-27, 1 Timothy 1:10]. If someone doesn’t believe or follow scriptural teachings, they can simply elect to ignore it [Revelation 22:11].

Yet, this very subject sends many in the Western world into a frenzy of unbridled and unhinged hatred, bordering insanity, and far too many Christians into apology. The only thing Christians should apologize for is allowing the modern world to dictate what their belief should be.

For a movement, such as the pro-gay movement, which is supposed to be all about liberation and empowerment, it is apparently peopled by those so fragile and delicate as to be offended by others simply stating they don’t understand it, or they support “traditional marriage.” It is ridiculous that so much of society is so dependent upon permission from others for their own lifestyles. It is likewise absurd that so many adults are really so easily offended (by anyone perceived as remotely anti-gay), when we sexualize our children as soon as they enter school. The bizarrely disproportioned priorities are just one symptom of a highly secularized society.

It’s apparently permissible for scripture to take a firm stance against heterosexual fornication and adultery [Leviticus 18:20, Deuteronomy 22:22, 1 Corinthians 5:1, Proverbs 6:32, Exodus 20:14, 1 Corinthians 7:1-40], but if you happen to engage in such behavior with someone of the same gender, it’s somehow supposed to be different. Modern society is a fine display of the wavering, the lukewarm, and often the foolish.

Homosexuality during biblical times was not widely practiced, which is why it doesn’t have a great deal of attention. It’s often just included with most other behavior forms considered “sexual deviancy.” While practiced since ancient times, it was always rare until modern times. The Native Americans of the Southeastern United States had no word for or concept of sodomy until Europeans came. Despite laws against homosexuality in America from its early days, no notable events happened until around 1903 when a bathhouse raid was conducted in New York City.

Popular culture wants to mainstream the practice for a number of reasons. The most obvious being that “pro-gay” is a boon for both businesses and politicians. Businesses see a number of financial and PR benefits for making such declarations. A variety of sources has reported on the blatant commercialization of homosexuality for some time. This article from NBC business in 2012, Insight Business, and this doesn’t count the tremendous number of “pro-gay” and “anti-gay” content out there featuring businesses that do or don’t support gay marriage.

It harkens back to the 1960s when so many stores ran “now serving colored,” signs. Companies that come out as “pro-gay” It should be a shame for our society to return to such exploitative tactics. Politicians know voters are divided on the issue and it’s a common ruse to distract from much more pressing matters.

As with many aspects of life, and certainly most of what scripture cautions us against, homosexuality is a high-risk lifestyle [http://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/]. Scripture certainly doesn’t stop with homosexuality, it also speaks against incest [Leviticus 20:12, 1 Corinthians 5:1, Deuteronomy 27:20-23 ], polygamy [Leviticus 20:14, Deuteronomy 17:17, 1 Corinthians 7:2, 1 Kings 11:3, Matthew 19:4-6, Leviticus 18:18], prostitution [Deuteronomy 23:17-18, Leviticus 19:29, 1 Corinthians 6:15, Proverbs 23:27-28], and child abuse [Luke 17:2, Mark 9:42, Ephesians 6:4].

Heterosexual failings are no better or worse than homosexual failings, which is often lost today. Adultery and fornication both go against laws God made and both are unnatural institutions. Is homosexuality an abomination according to scripture? Yes, it is.

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” -Leviticus 20:13

It should also be stressed that is not the only abomination in the bible:

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” -Proverbs 6:16-19