Category Archives: Paranormal

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.

When Exorcisms Don’t Work

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The Cologne Cathedral in Rhine, Germany. Construction began in 1248.

The paranormal is a woefully neglected realm in modern Christianity. Despite so many attempts to mainstream the faith, or to manipulate it so it’s more palatable to non-believers, providing information on the unseen world is an afterthought. This is perhaps more detrimental than we might think. In the mad rush to conform the faith to what the world dictates, perhaps we have overlooked even the most basic element. Our world contains an unseen world that is just as real and just as influential as the seen world.

We can turn on the television and see paranormal documentaries, investigations, and victim accounts by the tens every week. While it does bring about awareness to a subject that needs it, one secondary product isn’t so positive. We have an entire generation of armchair spiritualists.

 

Armchair Spirituality

In the world of armchair spirituality, the paranormal is essentially a toy. It’s something that exists for entertainment. It is a titillating aspect of the universe that surly conforms to our whims, just as faith is supposed to, according to society. If you have a problem, you gather a group of friends or social peers, burn some sage or hold a séance, and the issue is solved. In this imaginary world, the beings that exist in the supernatural world are rational, kind, and often just misunderstood. In reality, this kind of disregard and naiveté can make the problem far worse.

Fortunately, there are still paranormal experts who hold a healthy respect and emphasize the need for qualified advice when dealing with the paranormal. It is important to keep in mind that even when you ask a proper spiritual councilor for advice, it isn’t a guarantee of relief.

The most common ritual practiced in Christianity to eliminate dangerous or highly negative spirits, or demons, is that of exorcism. An exorcism is a last resort because it requires such resources, not only from the church, but also from everyone involved.

Here are several reasons and considerations that should be understood about exorcisms:

 

An Exorcism must be conducted by a Qualified Individual.

Exorcisms will not work if they aren’t performed correctly. There were some situations (as noted below) where even Christ’s disciples could not exorcise the demon.

 

Do Not Burn Sage

If you are facing a situation serious enough to warrant considering an exorcism, a little sage will not help. If that were all that was needed, most people would cleanse their home every time they cooked breakfast sausage or Thanksgiving stuffing.

Do not invite paranormal investigators into your home unless you know them. Far too many paranormal groups today are only minimally invested  and see it as more for entertainment. They don’t know what they’re doing and can make any issues in the home much worse.

 

Exorcisms Can’t Be Performed out of Hate or Fear

Hate and fear are both tools used by the adversary. An exorcism is performed out of love for the victim and the family. The primary goal is to bring peace and relief to the household affected. You can’t fight that kind of battle using the same tools as the adversary, without empowering the adversary even more.

 

Not all Exorcisms are the Same

Lastly, Christ noted that not all spirits could be dealt with in the same manner. Just as no situation involving a demonic spirit will be exactly like any other, any exorcism should likewise be tailored. The perfect example is mentioned in Matthew 17:14-21.

 

And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.