Friday, February 25, 2011

UFOs: Science Fiction or Reality?

by  Leslie Valentin

Unidentified flying objects otherwise known as U.F.O.’s have captured the world with wonder and curiosity for over two thousand years.  Stories of alien abductions, crash sites, and sightings have been reported over time while folks are left to sort in their minds whether the incidents are true or not.  What they are, who they are, and where they are from leaves the imagination to wander and speculate.  However, the biggest question perhaps is why do they come here?
The possibility of life somewhere other than here on Earth is mind blowing.  On a Biblical side, the Bible says that God created the Heavens and the Earth.  With that statement alone, who is to say that we Earthlings are the only living creatures in this universe?  Why would God choose only to create one planet out of such a vast openness of space and time that has life? On the scientific side, as space exploration continues its quest into places that “no man has gone before”, we’ve been shown evidence of life that once existed on planets such as Mars.  Teams have set up satellites and other various forms of equipment to listen for that transmission from Outer Space.  The infamous Roswell, New Mexico created an Alien Mecca after the reported crash of a U.F.O.  on July 8, 1897.
One might be interested to note that the first highly publicized recording of alien sightings was in Aurora, Texas in April of 1897. This particular account is heightened even more since the Wright Brothers did not invent their first airplane until six years later in 1903.  The sighting was described as what appeared to be a “flying cigar”.  When the object crashed however, its navigator from space did not survive the impact.  The citizens of Aurora, Texas gave the alien a traditional Christian burial and interred the alien body in a cemetery near the crash site.  Speculation as to whether or not this incident was a hoax brought about by persons with a grand imagination cannot be debunked as evidence to make a statement that the account did not occur.
Reports around the same time frame also stem to Russia in 1908 to Nepal and China in 1926.  Alien life form has been the foundation to comic books such as Superman, otherwise known as Kal-El from the Planet Krypton.  There also was the adventures of Flash Gordon, and even  a battle between good and evil in Star Wars featuring Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Hans Solo and Obi Wan Kenobi aka Ben Kenobi.  Children as well as adults have looked to the stars for thousands of years watching, gazing, and wondering.
Quite conceivably, one of the earliest possible recordings of alien activity can be found in the Bible in Ezekiel 1:1-28 with the account of Ezekiel and the Wheels.  It is important to understand that even back in the early days when Ezekiel lived, Ezekiel and the other prophets did not misconstrue these “aliens” or “rebel angels” with God’s angelic ambassadors.
Alien abductions though bring an area of fear and awe at the same time.  Wikipedia defines an alien abduction as subjectively taking real memories secretly against one’s will by apparently non-human entities and subjected to complex and psychological procedures.   Many scientists and doctors as well as the population in general have placed a stigma of mental illness, attention seeking and other various descriptions to these claims.  Are the stories and reports of abductions true? It’s difficult to say since there seems to be a lack of physical evidence to prove otherwise.  However, for these individuals who have staked their claims, it is very real to them.
Do aliens exist? Have we or are we being visited by beings from another place?  It is feasible to wonder why we would be the only living creatures in such a vastness of existence with galaxies and other universes that have not even been discovered by our learned and esteemed scientists and explorers.  The essence of life outside our tiny blue planet is conceivable simply by allowing ones minds to wonder and explore as eyes gaze across the skies.

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