Alien Life, Extrasolar Planets and Universal Atonement Part 8
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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
July 14, 2007

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009


What If We Truly Are Alone?, Uniqueness Of Human Life, Count
Your Blessings And Thank God, What If We Discover Alien Life?
Alien Life & Human Desire For Companionship, Believe By Faith
Do Extrasolar Planets Prove The Existence Of Alien Life?, Are
UFOs Real Proof That Extrasolar Planets & Alien Life Exist?
Belief In UFOs Is Shared By Many Smart People In High Places
Assumption That Aliens Desire To Be Found, A Prime Directive?
Invisible Alien Observers & Angels Unawares, Mary's Encounter
Shapeshifters?, Following Science & Logic, A Final Challenge




Before concluding this series, let us swing to the opposite
end of the spectrum for a moment. What if, after a number of
years, and in spite of all of our searching, such as through
the SETI Project, radio telescopy, the Hubble Space Telescope
and other avenues of discovery, we eventually come to realize
that we truly are alone in this vast Universe? How would it
affect you? Would it sadden you or disappoint you?

From my perspective as a Christian, while I am sure that I'd
feel some sadness and disappointment, I also think that such
a realization would help me to further appreciate how unique
we humans really are. Not only that, but it would emphasize
God's Love for us as well. To realize that God created this
special jewel of a planet, which He has carefully designed to
perfectly meet our biological needs, in the midst of so many
uninhabitable planets, is a profound thought to consider; and
I would hope that it would turn some people's hearts towards
faith in God as well. It seems that we are always so quick to
complain about things; but perhaps we need to stop, count our
blessings, and give Him thanks for this wonderful planet He
has given us. As it is written:

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18, KJV

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in
whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Philippians 4:11, KJV

With this series, I have really just touched the tip of the
ice berg. I have tried to answer some of the basic questions
from a Christian perspective; and more specifically, from my
current understanding of the Scriptures. What I have stated
here is in large part personal speculation, and it shouldn't
be viewed as anything other than that. In other words, it is
not "Thus saith the Lord". Be that as it may, the possibility
of someday discovering intelligent extraterrestrial life, is
a much deeper issue than some people may realize. If such a
discovery were to indeed occur some day, I have no doubt that
it would have a profound effect on human society; from our
politics, to our global economy, to our belief systems, and
to our perception of ourselves. Basically, it would affect
our entire way of life.

While I obviously don't know the future, based on the amount
of time, money, energy, hardware, software, and manpower and
computer power that has thus far been invested in the search
for extrasolar planets, and signs of intelligent alien life,
as well as the huge amounts of data which have already been
analyzed, and which thus far have failed to provide evidence
which even remotely suggests the existence of alien life of
any kind, I suspect that when all is said and done, mankind
may eventually arrive at the startling conclusion that, for
whatever His reasons, God may have designed us to be alone
in this great Universe.

While in my heart, I hope that this is not the final outcome
of our long quest, at the same time, I wonder if this longing
for companionship and fellowship with something greater than
ourselves, might possibly be a special mechanism that God has
built into each and every one of us, in order to draw us much
closer to Him. In reaching out to the stars, is it possible
that some people are in fact subconsciously reaching out to
God, and seeking some tangible proof of His existence, while
His Word demands that we believe in Him by faith alone? As I
shared with you earlier, the Bible states:

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he
that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Hebrews 11:6, KJV

Faith is believing that He is, regardless of whether or not
we ever have any physical proof of His existence.

In this series, we have based our determination of whether or
not intelligent alien life exists, upon the reality, or lack
thereof, of the existence of extrasolar planets. In short, we
have adopted the position that until the existence of these
planets can be conclusively proven by visual observation and
photographic images; the search for intelligent alien life is
really an exercise in futility. As we have already seen, even
if we do obtain solid visual confirmation of some extrasolar
planets in the years ahead, this still isn't sufficient proof
that intelligent alien life exists; because according to the
data which has been analyzed thus far, most of these alleged
extrasolar planets are not capable of supporting any form of
life whatsoever.

So does this lack of clear evidence regarding the existence
of extrasolar planets mean that alien life, in whatever its
form, does not exist? Perhaps, but not necessarily so. This
is because for some people, the controversy surrounding the
existence of extrasolar planets is really a moot point when
it comes to proving the existence of intelligent alien life.
Why? Because many people already possess the proof that they
need to convince them that alien civilizations are real, and
it hasn't required visually observing extrasolar planets. As
I amply explain in the in-depth series "Nature Of The Alien:
ET's, Demons Or Gov't Plot?", according to these people, this
proof is found in the many UFO sightings, and other alleged
alien-related phenomena, which have occurred during the past
sixty plus years.

If you read the series, you will discover through some rather
solid testimonies, that the belief in flying saucers visiting
the Earth, in the past, as well as in our present time, isn't
something which is just embraced by superstitious people. It
is in fact believed, and promoted, by quite a few people who
occupy important positions in the world of politics, science,
the military, and religion, all over the globe. These people
are convinced that some UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin.
In other words, for many of these people, the fact that UFOs
have visited the Earth for so many years, is clear proof that
not only do extrasolar planets exist, but also, that at least
some of them obviously support intelligent alien life forms.
But do these beings truly originate from extrasolar planets?
I encourage you to read the series in order to form your own
conclusions.

There is one important aspect concerning the search for alien
life that we've neglected to mention until now. In our search
for intelligent alien life, such as through the SETI Project,
we have proceeded under the assumption that this life, (if it
really exists), desires to be found; but how do we know with
any degree of certainty that this is actually the case? While
after many years of searching, the SETI Project has apparently
come up empty-handed, at least as far as we've been told, is
this really a conclusive confirmation that intelligent alien
life doesn't exist? Not necessarily so.

It may be that we simply haven't invested enough time in the
project yet. It may also be that we are looking in the wrong
places, or examining the wrong frequencies. There also exists
the possibility that alien language and communication systems
are so different from our own, that we have simply failed to
recognize their signals as a sign of intelligence. But there
is also the possibility that these civilizations simply don't
want to be found. If, as many people have speculated, these
alien cultures are technologically superior to ourselves, it
is possible that they possess techniques to both shield their
own transmissions from foreign detection, (meaning from other
planetary systems), and to block incoming signals which may
originate from areas of the galaxy, or Universe, which are
beyond their sphere of influence.

Why might an alien civilization adopt this position? While we
may not be aware of their existence, they may already be more
than aware of our presence in this galaxy; and as I mentioned
earlier in this series, one look at the sad tragedy which we
call human history would be enough to convince any advanced,
peace-loving alien civilization to steer clear of the Planet
Earth; at least until such time when we've reached a level of
spiritual and social maturity, where we would be a positive
addition to the Galactic Society. In the mean time, perhaps
they embrace a philosophy that is similar to what we find in
the very popular "Star Trek" television series; that is, the
"Prime Directive", whereby they may silently observe us from
near, or afar, but they will not directly involve themselves
in our human affairs or interact with us.

As a Christian, this idea doesn't seem that strange to me. I
am reminded of something the Apostle Paul wrote in his letter
to the Hebrew brethren. He said:

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some
have entertained angels unawares."
Hebrews 13:2, KJV

How could an Angel walk among us and yet remain unnoticed, or
"unawares", as Paul writes? It may be that they simply remain
invisible, but I am not so sure that this is really the case,
because the above verse, and other verses that we find in the
Bible, do seem to suggest otherwise. In the verse that I just
shared with you, the Angels obviously were not invisible, as
otherwise, how could humans possibly "entertain" them? So it
seems that Paul is describing Spiritual Beings who can easily
pose as other human beings. They can look like us, act like
us, and talk like us, and we obviously wouldn't even know the
difference. In the twentieth chapter of the Gospel of John,
we find the following events which occurred shortly after the
Lord had risen from the dead:

"Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But
Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept,
she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth
two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the
other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they
say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them,
Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where
they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned
herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it
was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?
whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener,
saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me
where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus
saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him,
Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch
me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my
brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and
your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came
and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that
he had spoken these things unto her."
John 20:10-18, KJV

Personally, I don't think that Mary immediately realized that
the two beings in the sepulchre were Angels. Her reaction to
them seems very natural, and not the least bit alarmed, as if
she supposed that she was talking to two people who worked at
the tomb site. While they wore white clothing, this was, and
still is, a common way to dress in many regions of the world.
White apparel, as you may know, better reflects sunlight and
heat, than darker colors.

Furthermore, even though Mary was quite familiar with Jesus,
when she saw Him at the tomb site after He had risen from the
dead, nevertheless, she was unable to recognize Him. Mary in
fact assumed that Jesus was the gardener. How could this be?
Was Jesus simply too far away for her to be able to recognize
Him? Did she initially have her back turned away from Him, or
He from her?

These are all plausible possibilities, but based upon similar
stories we find in other areas of the Bible, which I discuss
elsewhere, I propose that these beings possess the ability to
alter their appearance in some way so that they look just as
human as you and I. Call it shapeshifting, or whatever you
will, but when it becomes necessary, they can disguise their
appearance, and pass for any other human being walking on the
street. I don't know if this unique ability actually involves
physically changing their bodies as we see in a lot of sci-fi
movies, or if perhaps they can simply alter our perception of
reality, so that we are unable to see them as they truly are.
I lean towards the latter possibility.

From the previous Biblical account, we can draw a conclusion
which agrees with something that I mentioned earlier in this
series. Following His Resurrection from the dead, Jesus looked
just as human as He ever did. The two Angels likewise appeared
very human in form. Logic also dictates that the Fallen Angels
which are mentioned in Genesis chapter six must have likewise
possessed human forms. Otherwise, how could they possibly have
engaged in intercourse with human women? The Angelic Messenger
who appeared to the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation was
also quite human in form. In my mind, these few examples, and
others, add weight to my belief that God seems to prefer the
humanoid form when it comes to creating intelligent beings. If
we are made in His image, does this indicate that the Divine
Form is also humanoid? What do you think?

Continuing with this line of thought, and assuming that God
has created intelligent beings on other worlds, doesn't this
suggest that they too may very well possess humanoid form? If
this is indeed the case, stop and think how easy it would be
for an alien culture to walk among us, observing us, studying
us, and perhaps even interacting with us, without our ever
realizing who they really are. A bit unsettling, isn't it?

Let me leave you with a final comment concerning exoplanets.
For the skeptics among us, following the path of science and
logic is obviously the route to take. This demands that real,
verifiable evidence be provided, that conclusively proves the
existence of extrasolar planets. Such proof should begin with
visual observations and photographic imagery, and not merely
rely upon secondary evidence and guesswork, which claims that
these bodies exist. Once we've obtained some images of a few
extrasolar planets, the next step would obviously be to find
those bodies which actually support some form of life. Due to
the vast distances which separate us, this would require many
years of patience, waiting and research, and would involve
sending probes to the targeted planets. Lastly, we would have
to find an inhabitable extrasolar planet which is populated
by intelligent life forms. Do that, and I have no doubt that
you will capture the attention of the entire world!

With those remarks, I'll bring this series to a close. I pray
that it has been informative, challenging and a blessing to
many.


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