UFOs Chapter One

CONTACT, COMMUNION AND CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER 1

Copyright © 2015 by Arthur Perkins Wordcount: approx. 61,045
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CONTACT, COMMUNION AND CHRISTIANITY

What’s the End Game?

CONTENTS

Chapter 1: A Change of Heart

Chapter 2: The Secular Perception of UFOs

Chapter 3: The Historical Alien Presence – Or Was It Something Else?

Chapter 4: The Christian Assessment of UFOs Part One – The Negative Take

Chapter 5: The Christian Assessment of UFOs Part Two – the Positive Take

Chapter 6: Extra-Biblical Christian-Related Accounts of UFOs

Chapter 7: Biblical Accounts of UFOs

Chapter 8: Commonalities Associated With Modern UFO sightings

Chapter 9: Fraudulent Debunking – Methodology and Famous Episodes

Chapter 10: An Integration of UFO Lore Into a Coherent Christian
Understanding

Appendix 1: The Inerrancy of Scripture

Appendix 2: A Commentary on the Incompatibility of Macroevolution with Both Judeo-Christian Scripture and Physical Reality.

Chapter 1: A Change of Heart

When Dr. J. Allen Hynek agreed to work for the Air Force, he had no concept of the ride he had signed up for. Hired on in the ‘50s as a scientific consultant for Project Bluebook, the government-run clearing house for UFO incidents, he began delving into sighting reports with the materialistic no-nonsense mindset so common among scientists.

At first Dr. Hynek fit in perfectly with the prevailing skepticism of the project leaders, enthusiastically furnishing a number of highly creative quasi-scientific rational explanations for UFO sightings, all of which were meant to quell any notion that the phenomenon had a basis in the reality perceived by those who were making otherworld claims. Indeed, his ‘swamp gas’ explanation of some sightings became famous for arousing angry responses from UFO buffs and, for its basic unbelievability, implanting in their minds the first tangible indication of the possibility of a government cover-up.

Dr. Hynek didn’t deserve their wrath. He was basically an honest and forthright man who understood the enormous potential impact of the UFO phenomenon on the prevailing naturalistic paradigm of the universe. He addressed his work with the utmost integrity; at the time he simply refused to believe in the supernatural which, to him, was an essential feature of the sightings he had investigated. He had to furnish answers that made sense to him, and ‘swamp gas’ and the like were the best explanations he could come up with.

As he continued to pursue his investigations, however, his mind underwent a process of change. The witnesses were too credible to discount, their information too consistent, and their stories possessed a richness of new and unique information that smacked of truth. As Dr. Hynek began to understand the total inadequacy of his earlier explanations he listened with new ears to witness accounts. As time went on, he became a convert to the cause.

His intellect and scientific training led him to approach the UFO issue at a deeper level than many investigators. After he left Project Bluebook, he continued to pursue the UFO topic with great interest and wrote books on the subject. In his studies of UFO dynamics and behavior, he eventually reached a remarkable conclusion: in essence, the phenomena could not be understood or explained in terms of conventional physics: whatever was behind it must be spiritual in nature.

Of one thing Dr. Hynek was absolutely certain: whatever they might be, UFOs were real.

A large number of books have been written over the past several decades from the late 1940s up to the present on the topic of extraterrestrial visitations. Through these years of our modern exposure to this phenomenon, public acceptance has often been enthusiastic but fleeting, being strongly influenced by media bias. Interest has waxed and waned periodically just like the UFO flaps which the books describe. But even during the quiet times the public never entirely forgot the fact that something did happen in the skies, and that the mundane explanations just didn’t account for what took place. By the turn of the century polls discovered that a significant percentage of the public believed in the existence of UFOs. The belief itself, however, has been weak and fuzzy until recently for two primary reasons: first, because it didn’t fit well with the system of thought with which we perceived the world about us; and second, because the notion itself had been trivialized, falsely- and under-reported, and otherwise discouraged by what we consider to be ‘official’ sources of information. Given that disconnect, we had tended to compartmentalize whatever knowledge we might have possessed regarding the phenomenon away from our bases of everyday reality. Reality existed over here. The UFO issue was over there. With few exceptions, even those who have had first-hand experience with the objects or their occupants had performed this mental process of separation in the past.

The barriers which historically have served to impose this separation not only remain in place, but are more firmly entrenched than ever. The issue is not with the UFO phenomenon itself. Despite the media trivialization and official denials, interactions between people and UFOs continue unabated, often involving mass sightings which are difficult to deny.

The real separation issue resides in the power of the media over the public mind, supported by the increasing regression of our ability to think and act for ourselves. We the public expect the media to do the thinking for us, and the media have been all too happy to oblige, to the extent that social engineering is now an integral part of the media agenda. As for the UFO situation, at infrequent intervals the public is treated to a particularly spectacular or undeniable sighting event, but the coverage rarely continues beyond a day. With no subsequent media follow-up, the event rather rapidly departs from the public awareness, with much of the public assessment of it being consigned to the hoax category despite the existing cynical attitude toward both the media and government spokespersons. If the media do not constantly remind us of them, UFOs gravitate quickly back to the dusty, lonely and rarely-visited recesses of the public mind.

Regardless of what point of view, if any, we might choose to take regarding the existence of UFOs or their intent regarding the human race, a very large number of people already have been impacted by them, and the number grows larger every year. They avoid categorization; for every trait a sighting might possess, there seems to be an exception. Some are perceived as good, but more are viewed as evil. Yet others are seen as pursuing a specific mission, and there are alien counterparts that are branded as irrational. Most are rather shy- sightings of them are rare enough that the majority of us are lucky to see one in a lifetime. But there are exceptions to that, too, a famous example being the Gulf Breeze Sightings that took place on the southern Florida panhandle near the Alabama border over a period of several years beginning November 11, 1987.

Ed Walters, a local building contractor, was a respected member of that residential community of about 6,000, which is situated on the western tip of a spit of land south of Pensacola. On that day in 1987 he happened to not only see the UFO but received esoteric information. He took Polaroid pictures of the device. The pictures were subsequently published in the Gulf Breeze Sentinel, which gave the event heavy local coverage. The sighting event included his getting zapped by a light beam from the craft that temporarily paralyzed him and lifted him off the ground, accompanied by a voice that said “don’t worry, we won’t harm you.”

It would have been a fairly normal kind of UFO encounter if that had been all there was to it. But the sightings refused to stop. He had another one a week later. Then another. In fact, the number of sightings between November 1990 and July 1992 grew to over 150. The UFO occupants wouldn’t let him alone, but continued to hound him until he became sick of the sightings and the attention he was getting and moved away.

That didn’t end his involvement in the sightings. A model of a UFO was found in the attic of his old home. The “discovery” caused him to suddenly fall into disrepute. Subsequent findings led investigators away from seeing him in terms of culprithood. Instead, they began to sense his victimhood, perceiving him to be the subject of a well-planned attempt to discredit him, as discrepancies were found between the model and the photographs. In addition, he was investigated by Budd Hopkins and MUFON, respected UFO researchers who concluded that his sightings were not hoaxes. The investigation included two polygraph tests, the use of a tamper-proof camera, and investigation of corroborating witnesses, one of whom was an investigative psychologist and another of whom was an independent source of more pictures of the UFO.

Regardless of whether or not UFOs are accepted without doubt as real, the public attitude toward them is almost uniformly negative. But that is not always the case. What is certain is that the secular and Christian communities perceive UFOs in very different ways. And well they should, because some UFO sightings possess a religious element, particularly in the after-effects.

[to be continued]

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