Black Spirituality Religion : Aliens and Christianity

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  1. karmashines

    karmashines Banned MEMBER

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    Can orthodox Christians, (those who believe that Christ is the only link to eternal salvation), accept the idea of the possible existence of alien beings with human-like intelligence?
     
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    that would be an apt description of Christ, right?
     
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    Isn't the Bible already full of those types of entities? Basically, beings foreign (alien) to terrestrial life and either have human-like ways and intelligence or even super-intelligence and powers.
     
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    Very true, though I think orthodox Christians view these as angelic beings rather than 'aliens.'
     
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    That's an interesting yet tricky question. Tricky because of the dichotomy between what orthodox christians believe and what the bible actually says. Orthodox christian belief is based on traditions formed at a time when it was illegal for a layman to read the bible. Even though christians are now encouraged to read the bible they are often still subtlely conditioned to believe that it can only be truly understood by a handful of specially anointed clergy. So there is a vast difference between what is believed to be in the bible and what IS in the bible.

    True, belief in aliens and UFOs in their popular definition would be frowned on as heresy by orthodox christians. However, Jesus said he has sheep in another fold and no one really knows what he meant. Also the bible says when he returns he will gather to himself all things on earth and in heaven suggesting again that his work on the cross was not just for terrestrials.

    Looking at the old testiment we see what could very well be space ships. We see flaming chariots carrying people up into heaven. It could be that they were calling space ships chariots just like people called locomotives horseless buggies.

    Sooooo an orthodox christian could believe in aliens if he/she broke away from tradition and looked at what the bible actually says. But then they would no longer be orthodox would they.
     
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    Now we all probably know what orthodox Christians think, what do you think about UFO’s, aliens and the Bible or Christianity?

    You need to watch what you ask orthodox Christians, for there are few “holy rollers” lurking around here who may turn your query into a “religious side show”…:lol:

    But seriously, when even using the orthodox understanding of an angel, an angel by definition is alien or foreign to this earthly reality or habitation. The word alien or the acronym UFO (unidentified flying object) are both very generic terms and can mean anything.
     
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    what would be the difference?
     
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    Secular and Sacred

    Most people when they think of aliens prescribe to the Hollywood notion of beings from another planet.

    It's more about science fiction than religion. An angel resides in heaven and uses wings rather than a space ship to fly. Also the existance of aliens is usually seen as a refutation of biblical doctrines while angels are a part of that doctrines.
     
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    Most christians I've known don't believe in the possibility that there are aliens (or another beings), and the ones that do believe that the aliens are demonic beings create by satan. I think it's kind of funny to believe in one unseen being and not the possibilty of another. Also, as someone already stated, people usually don't read the whole bible themselves and form their own opinion, they leave that up to the preacher, who gives his own interpretation of the bible. Maybe that's why so many people don't know how to think for themselves and use common sense.
     
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    A renowned pastor who had come to speak to our highschool felt that it was possible aliens existed, but they wouldn't be 'little green men.' (Okay, I guess I would agree with that too even as a non-Christian :) ).

    I was just curious as to the viewpoints of some of the orthodox Christians here, though I know it is not uncommon for many Christians to believe we are the only intelligent life out there. Why is the thought of another lifeform so threatening to some orthodox religions? If one believes Jesus died for humans (the only creatures on earth capable enough of understanding the importance of believing in him), why could the same rule not apply for extraterrestials?
     
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