Those good folks at Worldview Weekend have given me yet another gift in the form of this column by Ralph Barker, the first in a two part series entitled UFOs and the Gospel of Christ. Barker claims to have seen his first UFO when he was 10 and that it “flew at very high altitudes and performed almost instant, high speed, ninety-degree turns. Nothing flying, then or now, with the exception of Superman, can do this.” So he believes in them, apparently. Then he launches into a tirade about new agers and anti-Christian conspiracies:
There exists throughout the world various “gifted” people who supposedly can contact aliens and channel their messages to us earthlings. This certainly is interesting to consider but here is the really intriguing point. These messages routinely attack, ridicule, or undermine Christianity. The aliens don’t seem to be threatened by Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other ism. They focus their attacks on Christianity. Could this be because Christianity is the only true religion? This would be my bet.
Of course, he later contradicts this claim that they ignore other religions and focus on Christianity when he gives an example that he again claims targets Jews and Christians, but that does nothing of the sort:
What is particularly interesting about this invitation is who is not welcome to join them. The unwelcome are the practicing Jews and Christians. Listen to this quote that subtly applies to them. This message comes from space being OX-HO who speaks to those associated with a British Columbian UFO contact group. OX-HO says: People of earth, you are becoming fourth dimensional (meaning that humanity is evolving into a new species) whether you are ready or not. Leave the old to those who cling to the old. Don’t let the New Age leave you behind.
The more you read the book the clearer it becomes that “the old” referred to by OX-HO is outdated religious beliefs like Christianity and all that right/wrong stuff.
But of course, that quote says nothing about Christianity. Or Jews. And just as obviously, all the other great religious traditions of the world would also be “outdated religious beliefs” dealing with “right/wrong stuff.” He ends it with this:
Now the question is who inhabits the UFOs. Are they aliens? Are they extra terrestrials? Are they from our future? Who or what are they? Enquiring minds want to know.
Oh, they do indeed. I for one cannot wait for the next installment. In fact, I’m gonna make a prediction: Barker is going to claim that UFOs are real but are “demonic”. He might even do what Kent Hovind used to do in his seminar and endorse the notion that UFOs are “satanically owned and operated” and are used to transport Satan from place to place because, unlike God, he can’t be in all places at all times. I can’t wait for the second installment.