Thursday, January 18, 2007

Unabashedly Interested in the Unidentified

Stories about crazy things streaking across the sky like this one are pretty easily explainable and therefore usually don't elicit much excitement from me.

But stories such as the one in the link below, on the other hand, definitely garner my full attention. I gotta say, that's pretty freakin' fascinating!

Then there are the movies that are "based on a true story" like Communion (1989 - with Christopher Walken), The Mothman Prophesies (2002 - with Richard Gere), or Fire in the Sky (1993). I watched Communion when I was an older teen, at home, at night, by myself, and yes it freaked me out pretty good. The Mothman Prophesies was pretty freaky and scary too. I haven't seen Fire in the Sky yet, so the jury is still out on that one.

I don't have any problem with grasping the concept that there is or at least could possibly be other life forms besides us here on Earth. It's a darned big cosmos out there, with more planets, stars, and galaxies than we can count. So why is it so hard to believe there is another arrangement similar to ours where circumstances are good for life to be sustained?

It seems like there are many Christians though that have a big problem with the idea of life besides our own planet's. But I don't understand why that would be. The Bible doesn't say that we are the only creatures that God created, just that He created us. Why couldn't he have created another intergalactic species as well? Sure, we're special and made in God's image, but couldn't he make some other creatures that aren't?

Now I'm going to go to a whole nutha level and present the possibility that if there are other intelligent life forms besides humans, then could it be possible that they too could be made in God's image, spiritually speaking? This is all hypothetical of course. But God wasn't a physical person until he took on the form of us humans as Jesus Christ. But that was for our sake, not His, right? So since God isn't constrained to a physical form (unless he wants to present himself that way), then why not have other, different looking species that could be made in His image? It's just an odd thought to ponder, and maybe I'm wrong, but what do you think readers?


karin said...

I read the article and it is kinda freaky. I'm sure someone, somewhere can explain it scientifically, but that could just be my modern american mind wanting everything explained in logical, scientific terms. At any rate, I definitely don't think it's a sign of the end times. BUT, if it makes people contemplate the end of the world and a return of Christ, than it's a good thing.

As for life on other planets, I kind of take your approach. The Bible doesn't say there is not life on other planets but it doesn't say there is, either. I think we should do everything we can to explore the universe and discover for ourselves. God gave us intelligent, investigative, and creative minds and the command to rule and subdue the earth. Part of that ruling and subduing, in my book anyways, is exploring.

I Eat Dentists said...

It is funny how I keep finding things we have in common. I am kind-of a "unexplained phenomenon freak" so-to-speak. I've been that way since I was a little kid. I am a total sci-fi head, and watch the UFO shows regularly. I don't necessarily believe in aliens, but I haven't ruled it out either. I agree with your statement about it not conflicting with Christianity as well.

As far as this article goes, the lights witnessed by one man are pretty weak on being any sort of proof. The airline people seeing a saucer and a hole in the clouds is much better. There is a ton of "credible" unexplained phenomenon, and the sightings in Mexico where 10's of thousands saw saucers is a really good one. Obviously very credible. Some people write it off as natural, and it could be, but it is pretty odd. People in the middle ages wrote off illness as vampires and demons, so are we any different? Its hard to say.

Regardless, it is all very interesting.

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