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Aliens: Scientific or Spiritual? – Gary Bates

May 3, 2015 | Podcast | 0 comments

According to NOVA, 20 million Americans claim to have seen a UFO, and 4 million claim to have been abducted!  Are they all just liars (or insane)?  How can Bible-believing Christians make sense of these claims?  Kevin talks with Gary Bates, author of the Amazon best-seller Alien Intrusion…

According to NOVA, 20 million Americans claim to have seen a UFO, and 4 million claim to have been abducted!  Are they all just liars (or insane)?  How can Bible-believing Christians make sense of these claims?  Kevin talks with Gary Bates, author of the Amazon best-seller Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection.  Bates is also the CEO of Creation Ministries International, one of the world’s leading creationist organizations.

Kevin and Gary begin the discussion by talking about their own reasons for believing in creation over evolution, from the complex biological information in DNA, to the rapid formation of geologic strata through catastrophic events.  Gary explains how the modern belief in alien life forms owes its existence to evolutionary theory: if the universe is 14 billion years old, and unguided evolutionary processes produced intelligent life here on Earth, then surely intelligent life evolved in other parts of the universe as well.

But even if belief in aliens is based on faulty evolutionary assumptions, it is clear that the millions of people who claim to have encountered them are seeing and experiencing something.  And what’s more, throughout history there have been records of humans having interactions with otherworldly beings acknowledged by the culture of their day (such as faeries in the 1800s).  Could it be that these sorts of encounters are actually instances of spiritual warfare, and that spiritual forces are now using “aliens” to infiltrate today’s scientific culture?  Alien researchers provided further support for this perspective when they identified one particular group of people that seems to be immune to alien abduction: born-again Christians.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” —Ephesians 6:12

This episode first aired on May 3rd, 2015.

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