Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Aliens??

The Aliens have landed!

Do you recognize these four strange looking guys?  I'm guessing that Lou Ann will know where these bad boys come from -- and it's not some faraway planet!

Believe it or not, they are merely chimneys on top of a vast townhouse in downtown Barcelona, Spain.  I say merely, when I should say they are actually works-of-art chimneys sitting atop an amazing apartment building designed by Antonio Gaudi for the Mila family in 1910.  Called, La Pedrera, the massive building is full of incredibly creative elements.  We very much enjoyed a tour of parts of the interior as well as a fascinating walk around the rooftop and these cool chimneys.

We hear and read a lot about aliens today.  They seem to have steadily gained in popularity ever since those infamous words, "They have landed!" spoken by Orson Welles in 1938 during the airing of War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.  Two of my favorite alien movies are the intense, frightening type with really big alien ships and takeover the world creatures - War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise and Independence Day with Will Smith.  Then there is the more thoughtful, but suspenseful Signs with Mel Gibson where the aliens are still evil.  A more recent movie, I Am Number Four, offers a mixture of really nice aliens with evil aliens following to destroy them and anyone who gets in their way.

What is your belief about the possibility of life on other planets?  While we are all intrigued by the thought of such possibilities and fascinated by the many arguments and "proofs" of their existence, what is the most likely truth to all these suppositions?

Before I offer my opinion, here are a few things to consider:  (1)  God created the earth before He created any of the other planetary objects, which would point to those objects, such as stars, moon, sun and other planets, as being subsequent and of lesser importance than the earth.  (2)  As pointed out in Psalm 19:1-4, the vast array of stars and planetary objects were all created to showcase the power and glory of God and to help us (earthlings) worship Him more fully.  (3)  Earthly humans were created in the image of God, a God who sent His only Son to die on a cross for our sins.  Would Jesus be required to die over and over for other peoples on other planets if they existed?

I believe that there is alien activity, but those aliens are not from other planets.  They are from right here on earth and are actually demons disguised to appear as some planetary visitor specifically to confuse and frighten men and women in these last days.  I Peter 5:8 says, "...your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour."  I'd say he's devoured a lot of people with the belief that there are powerful aliens and frightening creatures ready to take over our planet -- or even that there are benevolent terrestrial beings who wish to help us.

The truth is - our only help comes from the Lord and as always Satan and his minions try every way possible to offer a counterfeit option to unbelievers and even believers.  They offer the hope that there is a greater power from another planet that might help bring peace and plenty to our own planet earth.  While other times, his plan is distraction by way of spreading fear of the unknown.  In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul writes, "The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing."

Our enemy Satan knows how to play the game -- and he knows how to play it well -- "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.

Lest such reality frighten you, always remember that "Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world" and as Paul goes on to say in Ephesians, "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground."  As believers, we don't need to fear Satan nor his minions masquerading as some powerful aliens.  We only need to be aware of their game and know that God has already made the winning move for us.

I have fun watching Alien movies and I sure enjoy seeing these alien-looking chimneys, but in all these situations, I know what is real and what is fiction, and what is real and true is this:  "My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth...the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore" Psalm 121.



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