1. I love this article.

    I can’t remember right off hand which creation ministry is doing a documentary on this very subject — Hovind’s group I think — but they also show how these ‘encounters’ with the alien visitors are often frightening, terrifying, and downright humiliating. The people who have had these phenomenon start bawling and crying — these aren’t our friendly, communicative tentacle aliens from Arrival asking for help in a few thousand years.

    Although I do not agree with ALL of Heisner’s(?) book “The Unseen Realm”, there is the distinct impression of the spiritual realm that constantly interacts with our world. The Lord protects us from the unseen battles going on that we cannot see. I believe if we were to see it, we’d be more than shocked at what we find out.

    Another tidbit I heard some years ago, again from a book (I can’t remember the name right now) where the author states, until the movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” came out, alien claims were not as numerous as they are now. If you look at the sci-fi of the Twilight Zone, From Beyond, and Outer Limits, these aliens resembled humans for the most part. Even if you look at the older sci-fi books, the aliens that were truly alien were more animalistic (reptilian, bird-like creatures, globs, etc.) than completely bizarre.

    A paranormal research by the name of Doug Woodward (doomsdaydoug.com for those interested) has written several books on the subject. He postulates that these are spiritual beings (fallen angels). If we take Heisner’s thought of the spiritual realm and beings “made from spiritual substance of God.” (that’s MY paraphrase, not his), and biblical accounts as you mentioned above, there’s a lot of stuff going on right here on Earth where we don’t need aliens from another planet coming to say hello.

    I kind of rambled again but there’s so much to this topic.

  2. notleia says:

    I’m actually with Carl Sagan on this one. People who believe in weird/nonsensical stuff like detailed alien abductions generally also believe in a lot of other weird/nonsensical conspiracy theories.

    • Travis Perry says:

      Carl Sagan would have put all connections to the supernatural in the same category as seeing UFOs, including people saying they have seen or talked with God. While I do not think Sagan was totally wrong, I do think he was missing an important fact about the spiritual world–it is not imaginary.

      But you are right that people who believe in alien abduction stories tend to believe in other conspiracy theories. It is also true from what I have read that a connection between dabbling in the occult and reporting “being abducted” also exists. So again, while I think some of this sort of thing may be in people’s heads, I’m reluctant to say it all is.

  3. HG Ferguson says:

    Another winner, Travis. There are more than a few parallels between encounters with demons and the occult and some aspects of alien abductions and UFOlogy, so you’re right, it ought to give a Bible-believing Christian pause. And yes, some of the reactions to God in scripture do remind one of some of the reactions of people with alleged aliens. I’m looking forward to seeing your next one in this series, because you’ve nailed it.

  4. Tony Breeden says:



    Frankly, I grew tired of folks who haven’t studied the history of exotheology and ufology writing these sorts of posts.

    The Demonic Hypothesis of UFO (and more specifically the Demonic Eschatological Hypothesis) have been around since the church first reacted to Truman Bethurum’s contactee tale and his invitation to sample the other contactee tales at George Van Tassel’s first Giant Rock Spacecraft Convention. It experienced a resurgence during the Satanic Panic in the 70s and early 80s, and most recently from those associated with the CE4 Research Group and the First Christian Symposiumon Aliens.

    Gary Bates, CEO of Creation Ministries International and director/producer/writer/star of the Alien Intrusion documentary based on his book of the same name, is a part of that group. They categorically ignore the fact that the Psychosocial Hypothesis of UFO likewise accounts for the UFO phenomenon from a Biblical perspective, that contactee/abductee messages are hostile to Christianity because most of contactees come from a Theosophical background (in other words, they fail to consider the idea that those messages are of wholly human origin) and most of the abductees are familiar enough with scifi to know the standard abductee narrative (messages included), and omit the fact that willpower and resistance are just as effective in stopping so-called alien abductions which makes them more likely to be the sort of visions that accompany sleep paralysis).

    My nonfiction book, Strangers and Aliens, covers some of this material. I have a new book in the works that specifically addresses the flaws of the Demonic Hypothesis. In the meantime, there’s a lot of information on these subjects on my website, http://Exotheology.org

What do you think?