Spiritual Warfare & The Paranormal: The Biblical Worldview & "The Phenomenon", Do They Integrate?
So lets be open minded and objective for a few moments...
Let us consider that now there is a lightbulb moment in which many have concluded that this diverse and confusing "Phenomenon" which includes everything from possum people to Flying Saucers of every shape imaginable and Aliens etc. is something that has been involved with mankind from the beginning.
From the beginning is a good place to start and if we begin with God we might have a clue as to some of this.
Called The Super Spectrum (John A. Keel) or "The Phenomenon" by others the evidence, however anecdoal, is massive and long standing. Much has not been reported by people and there still remains a stigma that discourages reporting.
And Human Consciousness seems to be connected or "The Phenomenon" can easily access aspects of our consciousness based on genetic traits or other unknown variables. Many people never see UAPs or experience the paranormal while many do!
Christ and the Super Spectrum
The is no doubt in my mind as a person who has a personal relationship with Christ that "That all things were created through him and for him" (Colossians 1:16) and that includes all the many things that can possibly be found in alternate dimensions.
The Bible tells us explicitly in Job 38: 7 that entities existed (before the dimension of creation we occupy was created) and they sang and shouted for joy as God laid the foundations of the cosmos in which we live. The image below from the James Webb telescope gives us but a glimpse of the complexity of God's creation.
Other dimensions no doubt exist and are part of the background in which the spiritual world is but vaguely referenced in scripture.
Obviously there are many things about creation we don't really need to know much about. But as God's image bearers we want to know and our investigations into these mysteries actually points to God.
No Demons But Maybe Aliens!?
I find it laughable that so many people that promote the reality of many species of Aliens (with no concrete or objective proof) dismiss the possibility that Demons actually exist as an entity. There is of course the human tendency to dismiss anything some view as religion.
Yet there could be many other life forms that God created that he did not tell us about. Think about it, all of the unknown life insects etc., that are discovered every year not to mention the life forms found in the deepest oceans we know nothing about.
We take for granted that on the Mega scale there is nothing new yet that is also a narrow view and not objective.
Consider The Book "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies" by Robert Kirk (link).
This book was written by Scottish Minister Robert Kirk in 1691. So common were his congregants descriptions of Elves, Fauns and Fairies that he put together a very detailed recounting of what they saw and believed. Kirk considered these creatures to be part of nature and within the dimensional space that was also occupied by Angels and Demons.
We might do well to consider his observations. Here is a PDF link to the book.
Demons as the only cause of UAP's and other creatures is a narrow view also. We must remain skeptical and open minded as to what all of "The Phenomenon" may include.
No Harm No Foul? The Abduction / Contactee Problem
"The Phenomenon" has many branches including the UFO abduction branch.
This as well as many other physical, yet anecdotal aspects includes every form of physical and mental harm you can come up with. From severe burns, to incisions, and many other things including possible deaths, yet again much of this is not well documented.
A More Sophisticated Understanding
As humanity has progressed in time and continued to repeat the cycle of sin and self destruction we begin to see, if we are open minded that to use a scientific term "Entrophy" is more than apparent. And even God makes this clear in the Bible that the world and the cosmos is winding down to destruction and recreation into a New Heaven and a New Earth.
We can feel it in our bodies and we know it in our souls.
Having the benefit of looking backward we can now see that God has created a complex, a VERY complex universe which includes more things that we cannot see than things we can see.
Smart people, keen observers have started to piece together the reality that in addition to what we are seeing in front of us there is many things that are happening constantly in an invisible realms or realm around us.
In the recent past people like Jacques Vallee and John A. Keel have concluded:
“The UFO manifestations seem to be, by and large, merely minor variations of the age-old demonological phenomena.” - John Keel
"An impressive parallel can be made between UFO occupants and the popular conceptions of demons." - Jacques Vallee
Other respected researchers have stated:
"A large part of the available UFO literature is closely linked with mysticism and the metaphysical. It deals with subjects like mental telepathy, automatic writing and invisible entities as well as phenomena like poltergeist [ghost] manifestations and 'possession.' Many of the UFO reports now being published in the popular press recount alleged incidents that are strikingly similar to demonic possession and psychic phenomena...' - Lynn Catoe
Of course these are opinions and not the final word. They offer us a glimpse of what might be.
A Diversity of Otherness: Exploring the Range and Scope of Entity Interactions
Video from ExoAcademian
"2017 was the year that saw a sudden uptick of mainstream interest in the notion of UFOs following revelations arising from a groundbreaking article in the New York Times. This article described so-called “unidentified aerial phenomena” - modern nomenclature for what had traditionally been referred to as “unidentified flying objects” - UFOs. These revelations suggested these objects and/or phenomena had been documented and studied as part of an official Department of Defense program. This tacit acknowledgment of an official UFO program marked a sharp right turn when compared with the historical trend, where the government had traditionally sought to suppress, dismiss and even ridicule the notion of UFOs, as a part of official policy. Ever since that trailblazing article was first published the interest in this topic has grown by leaps and bounds in the mainstream - even if it still feels painfully slow and incremental to those more familiar with the wealth of data suggesting there really is a there there, and that there has been for a long time. But nevertheless, the presence of these apparent vehicles, that appear to be under intelligence control, has led to inevitable questions around who might be behind them - either at the wheel - so to speak, or piloting them remotely from somewhere else. Industry insiders attest to the beyond next-gen capabilities of these craft, suggesting - startlingly - that they couldn’t possibly belong to any contemporary nation-state player. And of course, in people’s minds that leaves open one enticing possibility: the notion that these may be the property of an extraterrestrial intelligence; a biological exo-planetary species who’ve come here to study us for reasons thus far largely unclear. For some people in our civilization this notion is most welcome, because the thinking is that these more sophisticated others may be able to help us address some of our most intractable problems. For others, it prompts feelings of fear, forcing a reckoning around the notion that we may not be the apex species on the block after all. Of course, for those of us much more intimately familiar with the breadth and depth of the historical literature on this topic, these questions - while certainly profound - are just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. And that’s because a deep dive into the actual data gathered over the decades suggests the presence of one or more extraterrestrial species in our midst may not be sufficient to explain the bizarreness of what has been observed and encountered by human beings around the world and across time. In the 1970s trailblazing figures like Jacques Vallee and John Keel emerged, provocatively suggesting that the traditional nuts and bolts ET hypothesis was not the best fit for the events described in the literature. Vallee surprised many by drawing parallels between modern UFO encounters with supposed space aliens and encounters with the so-called faerie folk of deep human lore. By comparing and contrasting the nature of these various entities, Vallee forced a 20th century populace to wrestle with the notion that what we might be seeing is just a modern-day manifestation of a presence that had been with us since the very beginning. While Vallee’s postulation is certainly a compelling one - after all, these striking parallels do exist - it’s also important not to prematurely leap to that conclusion based solely on fairly superficial similarities. And of course, this begs the question: how much overlap really exists between ancient faerie and even religious tradition, and the modern-day UFO Phenomenon? And how might we distinguish between a single intelligence with multiple manifestations, and the presence of multiple intelligences perhaps arising from very different source points? These are the very matters we’ll seek to engage with in this, the 63rd episode of the Point of Convergence podcast." from video introduction.
We Can't Deny The Fundamental Nature of Consciousness
The Hard problem of Consciousness remains hard and mainstream science is incapable of being open minded enough to actually get anywhere near an understanding of it. As scripture says The Natural Man has no understanding of God. Science is blind to many things and many scientists and researchers are also biased and antagonistic towards anything they don't like.
We keep dancing around the obvious that Consciousness plays a fundamental role in the world around us and in all of creation.
Consciousness and the Observer Effect: Dean Radin Ph.D
Video from Institute of Noetic Sciences
"Dean Radin Ph.D discusses the observer effects and the possible role for mind in quantum mechanics." from video introduction.
Christ and The Super Spectrum
If we assume as many now do that what we collectively refer to as "The Phenomenon" for lack of a better term has been part of our world from its creation. If that is so, and I agree that it is likely then we must conclude that God created entities to occupy other dimensions as well, dimensions that overlap and often enter ours.
Timothy Alberino in his excellent book "Birthright" refers to the entities we call Angels as The Elder Race. Angels is actually a job description for a messenger.
Are there other creatures in the realm that The Elder Race occupies? It only seems logical considering God's love for creation and diversity.
Are there creatures and entities within other dimensions that open portals into our visible realm? Why not and now this seems a mute point with all that we are seeing.
When Christ walked the earth as a Man he interacted with the realm of the entities we call Demons who had entered our realm and possessed the mind and bodies of people. He commanded them and expelled them many times.
Were there other things seen like orbs and bizarre creatures all around the world at that time? Yes if we hold with our premise and that means Christ would not only have had full knowledge of it all but command of it as well.
And we need only look at the records of cultures around the world in that time to see that they were seeing and experiencing strange things they struggled to explain and understand.
The living Christ who resides beside God the Father then is in full control of the phenomenon we are so obsessed with.
Just as God reveals to us in The Book of Job, there are certain entities that have access to us and our lives.
We do not really know the rules of engagement in a clear sense, But we have been warned not to do certain things that would attract them.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
1 Corinthians 10:21
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.
Jesus speaks to and commands Demons. Today Exorcists and demonologists battle with these evil creatures.
The Phenomenon is Self- Negating
The reality is we may never know the truth of this reality which seems to intersect ours. As Jacques Vallee observed it is self-negating. The entities or whatever force this is always seems to make itself vague and just out of reach of objective reality and concrete proof. Which indicates they or it is smarter than we are.
This of course leads to the conclusion that these entities etc., is listening to people plan, watching us and reacting accordingly.
So IT makes sure we fail or don't get the information and data we want.
Which makes TV shows like "The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch" seem very silly. It seems obvious that whatever the intelligence is it listens to their plans and reacts to frustrate them.
Propaganda, Psyops and Government Projects
Recent public disclosures by The Navy and others have only made the subject more muddled. It is clear that the U.S Government and other nations have been closely watching and studying all of this for a very long time.
Of the few reports I have seen the most reveling has been the The Condign Report
Britain's Secret U.F.O Study that came out in 2001(link)
UK UFO Report - What Britain really knows about UAP - Prof Simon
Video from Professor Simon Holland
UFO Report. The Ministry of Defence 'Condign' report was the definitive history of UFO activity in Britain. This recently declassified document reveals Winston Churchill's memo to investigate Foo Fighter, military experiments with Plasma and the real effects of UAP on RAF pilots. Prof Simon investigates. THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.
'Mislead the Public' Ep. 3 Official Clip: UFO - SHOWTIME Documentary Series
Video from Showtime
"After Paul Bennewitz, an Engineer in the U.S. Coast Guard, tapped into a highly classified operation at Kirtland Airforce Base, Richard Doty was tasked with convincing Bennewitz that what he saw was a UFO. Doty, a former Air Force Intelligence Officer, and John Greenwald Jr. of The Black Vault discuss misinformation being spread by the US Government to protect classified operations. All episodes now streaming.' from video introduction.
The Psyops side of this deeply complex phenomenon is well documented. A good book to read is: Mirage Men by Mark Pilkington (link)
Defining The Alien Phenomenon - Timothy Alberino & Josh Peck
Video from Houseform Apologetics
"What does society at large REALLY think aliens are? What does the Bible infer? Josh Peck and Timothy Alberino go over some nuances associated with the term "alien" and what these mysterious beings may truly be." from video introduction
Keeping Your Perspective as a Christian
"The Phenomenon" can quickly become an obsession for Christian's and Non-Christian's. the only thing that really matters in your life is Christ and him crucified. Your spiritual formation and how you relate to your family and those around you is more important than UFOs or Aliens.