Date: 97-08-20 12:34:37 EDT
Pat Robertson has gone around the bend on this one. According to the report to follow, we (UFO "enthusiasts") should all be taken out and stoned to death! I was raised as a Christian, and taught first, not to judge (that is, unless I was prepared to be judged), then I was taught that as a Christian, it was my duty to pray for those who may have strayed off the "straight and narrow", according to our best understanding of scripture.
The way I see it:
A) The devil doesn't need space ships any more than God does, to do his bidding.
B) Yes, physical aliens could be used by forces of darkness - but so can we.
C) All aliens do not have the same agenda - neither do all humans.
D) The Bible says that the rain falls on the "just" and the "unjust". In other words, "stuff" happens to everybody. This includes alien abductions. I know of many who are individuals of deep faith, and still their life's course was interrupted by apparent random selection on the part of aliens. It's not one's fault when the rain falls on him or her. Should he or she be stoned for getting wet? What about rape victims? Would Pat stone them as well?
E) If God is the Creator of the universe, and all therein (I believe he is, and he did), then he created the aliens, as well! Would God create anything without a purpose? No! Then I must conclude that God has a plan and a purpose for every one of his creatures, including us. We're just miffed because we haven't figured everything out yet!
F) I disagree with Pat's inference that folks like use who study the UFO phenomenon are doing the work of Satan. On the other hand, if that is the charge, then we're in some pretty good company. The same was said for all the great scientific minds, visionaries, and explorers of old - those who reeled against convention - those who dared to point out that the king does not, in fact, have any clothes on.
Pat is afraid that some will regard the aliens as deities, and begin to worship them. He's right. Some already have. Why? Ignorance. I won't. Why? Because I have taken the time to educate myself on the subject. I have seen alien ships firsthand, on many occasions. They are a real, physical presence in our reality. The fact of their existence can no longer be ignored. I would say, Pat Robertson's reaction to the subject suggests his belief in their existence, as well - but from an uninformed position of ignorance. We should all pray for Pat in our own way.
Lynn Taylor, Association for Aerial Anomaly Research and