|By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999|
|In May 1999, an ABC News poll revealed that 70 percent of Americans believe in extraterrestrial life; one percent believed they had personally contacted it.|
One MIT physicist, a fervent proponent in alien abductions and in the process of scientific inquiry, has confirmed that there is not one, single, independently confirmed piece of scientific evidence for an alien abduction. Not one. —NOVA Online, “Kidnapped by UFO’s” (March 1996)
The topic of UFO’s seems perennially fascinating, probably because it presents powerful implications globally. In May 1999, an ABC News poll revealed that 70 percent of Americans believe in extraterrestrial life; one percent believed they had personally contacted it.
The influence of the UFO phenomenon in world culture today is nothing short of phenomenal. (See our book, The Facts on UFOs and Other Supernatural Phenomena.) From the first modern UFO sighting (alleged) by Kenneth Arnold in 1947, hundreds of millions of people now believe in UFOs, and dramatic public and private efforts to address the phenomena have arisen.
Why is the extraterrestrial “myth” so powerful? Because among all areas of learning, few subjects have the potential to so captivate us. The very idea that there are billions or trillions of extremely advanced civilizations in outer space—alluring races that we might learn from—boggles the mind.
In many ways, ufology and its offshoots have become a new world religion, a universal “church of the stars” so to speak. True believers look yearningly to the heavens in hopes of some kind of alien contact that will bring permanent peace and prosperity to this unceasingly beleaguered planet. Popular culture has been so saturated with extraterrestrial and UFO themes (SETI, NASA, Star Trek, The ‘X’ Files, Close Encounters), that it would not take much in the way of credible evidence to convert the rest of the world’s hopes.
The phenomena of alleged personal contact with aliens (cited in the ABC News poll above) are described in three principal ways in UFO literature: 1) as a “close encounter,” where some form of contact with an alien is made, 2) being “abducted” on board a UFO, or 3) as becoming a “contactee,” where personal contact continues even for years.
Whatever the public may think they know about UFOs, what the public generally doesn’t know is that these cases have much in common with the world of the occult.
As far as the UFO phenomena that we are experiencing globally is concerned, the issue of the actual existence or nonexistence of extraterrestrial life is not that germane to the subject of UFO’s. Obviously, if life does exist in outer space, then God created it. But due to the occult connection, traveling from that fact to the conclusion that modern UFO’s result from such life, involves a leap of faith of Herculean proportions.
Despite the complete lack of legitimate evidence documenting extraterrestrial visitation, despite the profound parallels between UFOs and the occult, despite the many tragedies associated with involvement and investigations in this field, many people are rushing headlong into belief in UFOs, even with the hope of contact. Unfortunately what may “step out” and be contacted is not going to be what is hoped for. If anything is clear in this field, it is that the “aliens” do not have our best interests at heart.