UFO Fact Or Fiction

Unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, as they\'re fondly called, are
one of the century\'s most intriguing and controversial mysteries. Since
ancient times, UFOs of all types have been accounted for. More today than
ever, hundreds of thinkers, theologians, and scientists have tried to
answer why there are or whether there aren\'t UFOs. According to some, the
speculation that UFOs are alien spacecrafts from another world is an
absurd and foolish proposal. Others vehemently disagree and assert that
extraterrestrial life is not only possible, but such life forms may be
superior, technologically advanced beings who visit our Earth regularly.

Are these "flying saucers" a figment of our imagination? Or, are they
a genuine reality we prefer to dismiss because we fear the scary truth
that we are not the only master race? Are we hesitant because society
dubs such "immature" psycho tantamount to subscribing to belief in ghosts?

These are a few of the many pertinent UFO questions the mature individual
must address.

One of the most popular theories that support and explains the
existence of alien beings is the ancient astronaut theory. This theory
contains three main schools of thought. The first states that aliens bred
with our primitive forebears thereby creating modern man. The second is
quite similar. Aliens performed genetic engineering on apes thereby
creating the Homo Sapiens and man\'s intelligence. The third, and least
accepted, is that colonists from another galaxy came to Earth, mated with
the primitives and established a high level of culture, before being
destroyed by some natural catastrophe. And upon this catastrophe and
destruction, we build and grow (Fitzgerald 1). Berossus, a Babylonian
scholar, may have been the first astronaut historian. He said that "
animals endowed with reason" bestowed the Sumerian culture before 3000

BCE. The Sumerians, along with their cultural inheritors, the

Babylonians, never referred to such beings as gods. Rather they were
depicted as "disgusting abominations," a description only deserved by
uninvited alien visitors (2).

One step further takes the astronaut theory and surmises that with
it, we can understand the later religious cultures, such as the Hebrews
who are thought to have borrowed much of Sumerian practice. Such
religions and secret societies, with their elaborate and complicated
rituals may actually be "preserving from a previous epoch fragments of an
esoteric and little understood knowledge, just as the Egyptian, Hebrew,
and Mayan priests guarded in their temples the inspired word of their
self-possessed creators (3)." Alien originators may have set down certain
rites which became confused over the years, resulting in the various
ancient religions; aliens being the source of our notion of God. This
also may explain how miles long designs, only viewable from the air, were
created in ancient times. The only rationalization for the possibility of
such designs is that the ancients had assistance from the sky, namely
extraterrestrial assistance. Many UFO theorists, astronomer Morris Jessup
being the forerunner, go even further: not only were pre-Biblical and

Biblical times full of Alien intervention, but he contends that the UFO
phenomenon is the missing link between Biblical supernatural accounts of
miracles and established, contradicting science. Jessup explains that
"nothing is supernatural and nothing is outside nature (12)." He
continues that the Bible is full of UFO accounts, depicted by various
descriptions: angels, the revelation on Mt. Sinai, the burning bush, and

Elijah\'s levitation to heaven. Jessup says the Bible is a physical
record, not a collection of divine revelation "although the miracles of
this and all religions invite rational and physical explanation, if we
grant the \'existence of spatial intelligence (13).\'" Another thinker,

Brinsley Trent, follows the theme of extraterrestrial interpretations of
the Bible and claims that the Garden of Eden was, as many ancient texts
point out, not the underground, but in the Underworld - i.e. outside the
orbit of earth, meaning Mars. When the Great Flood occurred, Noah built a
great "boat," a spaceship, and landed on Earth (Life 16). However,

Cornell astronomer Carl Sagan warns that this ancient astronaut theory and
the "saucer myths" represent a compromise "between the need to believe in
a traditional God and the contemporary pressures to accept the
pronouncement of science (Fitzgerald 5);" therefore, according to Sagan,
the proposition that aliens exist and the astronaut theory should be

Many theorists assume the Bible is a totally separate entity and
don\'t associate or contradict the UFO phenomenon with the well established
theological belief system in the supernatural. Wilhelm Reich, for one, a
noted Austrian psychoanalyst, claimed to have witnessed various UFO crafts
and believed that these aliens are hostile. Such aliens wish to rob Earth
of orgone, a "cosmic life energy allegedly present in air, water, and all
organic matter (Life 52)."

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