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Will You Lose Your Religion?

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Source: Raiders News Network - Sisters, Oregon, USA

http://www.raidersnewsnetwork.com/full.php?news=3D4787

Apr 20th, 2007


If Ruins Of An Ancient Civilization Are Discovered On Mars, Will
You Lose Your Religion?

According to polls, a majority of people could accept a genuine
ET reality without losing their faith in God.

by Thomas Horn

Portland, April 20, 2007 / RaidersNewsNetwork.com /  -  NASA's
recently released ultra high resolution pictures of the "face on
Mars" reveal details as small as a few inches across including
what some believe to be girders, windows and walls from ancient
structures. Richard Hoagland and his Enterprise Team believe
this is the smoking gun. "The debate is over," he says. "I no
longer need to prove that these are ruins, my critics need to
prove that they are not."

A few years ago the movie Mission To Mars sent NASA Commander
Luke Graham (Don Cheadle) with a crew of four astronauts to the
red planet. While exploring strange geological formations on the
Martian landscape, the truth about the Face on Mars and the
origin of mankind was discovered.

At the time, director Brian De Palma admitted, "Mission to Mars
is set in 2020 because that=92s the date the experts predict we
should have a manned landing on Mars."

The film insinuated that, when we do set foot on Mars, the
discovery of past alien presence could be made near the Sphinx-
like "face" and pyramidal shapes photographed by the Viking Mars
probe.

Benevolent Creator Astronauts Theory (ET=3DGod)

A staple doctrine among many ufologists is that such a discovery
would lead to the conclusion that the origin of myth as well as
the creation of man was the direct result of intelligent
extraterrestrial activity, or benevolent creator astronauts.

In the introduction to his bestselling book, CHARIOTS OF THE
GODS?, Erich von Daniken, who, it might be argued, is one of the
fathers of modern ufology, said:

"I claim that our forefathers received visits from the universe
in the remote past, even though I do not yet know who these
extra-terrestrial intelligences were or from which planet they
came. I nevertheless proclaim that these "strangers" annihilated
part of mankind existing at the time and produced a new, perhaps
the first, homo sapiens."

As was illustrated in the Hollywood films Contact and Close
Encounters Of The Third Kind, Erich von Daniken's hypothesis
took America by storm in the 1960's with the proposition that
mankind was possibly the offspring of an ancient, even ongoing,
extraterrestrial experiment.

Ufologists like Daniken assert that the Sphinx, the Pyramids and
myths of ancient cultures are potential evidence of an encounter
with these other-worldly beings. They claim ancient men would
have considered space travelers as gods and would have recorded
their arrival, their experiments, and their departure, in
hieroglyphs, megaliths, and stone tablets as a "supernatural"
encounter between gods and men.

Mr. Daniken continues:

"While [the] spaceship disappears again into the mists of the
universe our friends will talk about the miracle=97"The gods were
here!"... they will make a record of what happened: uncanny,
weird, miraculous. Then their texts will relate=97and drawings
will show=97that gods in golden clothes were there in a flying
boat that landed with a tremendous din. They will write about
chariots which the gods drove over land and sea, and of
terrifying weapons that were like lightning, and they will
recount that the gods promised to return. They will hammer and
chisel in the rock pictures of what they had seen:"

Von Daniken also claims that the odd appearance of some of the
gods as depicted in various hieroglyphs (human-like creatures
with falcon heads; lions with heads of bulls, etc) could be
viewed as evidence that "aliens" conducted experiments of
cloning and cross-mutating ancient people and animals.

Daniken's hypothesis is accepted by some as an alternative to
the traditional account of creation. It's uncertain how many
people believe the Daniken (and Sitchen) theory, but
approximately 70% of Americans believe in the possibility of
extraterrestrial life. Some, like the 39 members of the Heaven's
Gate cult that committed suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California
and believed they were being summoned by a UFO trailing the
Hale-Bopp Comet, take it a step further. They merge ufology and
religious cosmology to produce hybrids of conventional religion
and/or esoteric mysticism. Of course the remaining 30% minority
reject the entire notion as ridiculous.

Malevolent Non-Creator-Astronauts Theory (ET=3DSatan)

One of the more troubling aspects of the benevolent creator-
astronaut view is the related "abduction" scenario associated
with certain types of aliens - the taking of a person against
their will, often followed by intrusive probes, genetic
tinkering, embryo farming and other experimental processes. The
abduction by shadowy forces for reasons unknown is viewed by
most experiencers and researchers as impersonal, malevolent,
demonic.

Associate professor of psychology Elizabeth L. Hillstrom points
out in her book, Testing the Spirits, that a growing number of
academics also associate UFOnauts - whoever, or whatever, they
are - with historical "demons".

She writes:

"From a Christian perspective, Vallee=92s explanation of UFOs is
the most striking because of its parallels with demonic
activity. UFO investigators have noticed these similarities.
Vallee himself, drawing from extrabiblical literature on demonic
activities, establishes a number of parallels between UFOnauts
and demons... Pierre Guerin, a UFO researcher and a scientist
associated with the French National Council for Scientific
Research, is not so cautious: "The modern UFOnauts and the
demons of past days are probably identical." Veteran researcher
John Keel, who wrote UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse and other
books on the subject, comes to the same conclusion: "The UFO
manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations
of the age-old demonological phenomenon."

Yet if a portion of "flying saucer" activity is in the biblical
sense demonic, what nefarious purpose would be served by the
stealthy nature of UFO phenomena?

According to some, the answer is diabolical. UFO-ism, they say,
is aimed at preparing the earth for an extraterrestrial "return
of the creator gods." To put it bluntly, some believe we are
being prepared for the collapse of man's dominant religions.
This will happen in two ways:

First, alien religion - as reported in hundreds of abduction
cases - is one of evolutionary humans "on the verge of
extraordinary telepathic and technological emergence" in which
transhumanism will pave the way for harmonic and spiritual
convergence to the community of space brothers.

Second, from a technological standpoint, UFO sightings challenge
the claim of human superiority and dispute our unique role in
the universe. We are made to feel shallow, undeveloped,
unenlightened if we consider rejecting the new universal
religion.

ETs bearing this message often point out that "they" will be
reappearing at any moment to assist us in this - our next big
evolutionary, spiritual, and technological step forward.

Supported By Historical and Religious Texts

Claims of extraterrestrials visiting the earth in ancient times
and interacting with men is referenced throughout ancient
history, including sacred texts. As illustrated in the two views
above, ufologists differ in the definition of who these
creatures were and what they were doing. For instance, both
Daniken and Sitchen refer to the figures in the Bible here
(Interlinear Hebrew):

"The benei Elohim saw the daughters of Adam, that they were fit
extensions. And they took wives for themselves from all those
that they chose...The Nephelim were in the earth in those days,
and even afterwards when the benei Elohim came in to the
daughters of Adam, and they bore to them=97they were Powerful Ones
which existed from ancient times, the men of name. (Gen. 6:2,4)"

We are told these benei Elohim were "extraterrestrial" creatures
known elsewhere as "watchers," "sons of God," and "rephiam."
These visited the earth during antiquity and used the daughters
of Adam as "fit extensions" or instruments through which they
extended themselves into the physical world. They represented
themselves as "gods," and their offspring, the Nephilim ("fallen
ones"), made war with the Hebrews.

Yet some think these beings could be planning something now, an
"alien invasion" or discovery designed to deceive the human
race. We are entering the 'end times', the theory goes, where
"...fearful sights and great signs...from heaven" (Lk 21:11)
will be seen.

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 is often added to this theory:

"And then shall that Wicked [one] be revealed... whose coming is
after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying
wonders... And for this cause God shall send them strong
delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be
damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in
unrighteousness."

The message is: Beware if world authorities begin "disclosure"
by pointing to ancient mysteries, megaliths, pyramids, the Face
on Mars, UFOs or anything else as proof of an ancient visitation
of planet earth by creator ETs. Deception, we are told, will
follow. We will be instructed to believe that ancient
astronauts - not God - created the human race, and a great
"falling away" of the earth's major religions will follow.

ET=3DNeither God Or Satan

Others argue that to depict ET as either godly or satanic is to
trivialize the debate; that in a sense ET is neither... and
both! Just as "good" and "bad" angels exist or "good" and "bad"
people exist, ET comes in all personality types, races, and
temperaments. The Grays, who are most usually associated with
abduction, might be perceived as evil (or at a minimum
impersonal), while other aliens are good guys.

"Don't buy that for a second," we hear the conservative
ufologist shout. "Satan comes as an angel of light!"

Yet I digress.

If evidence of ancient "civilizations" or UFOs are discovered
elsewhere in the galaxy, will YOU lose YOUR religion?


[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]



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