Should Christians Believe In UFOs?

UFOs hovers over foggy field

There Are No UFOs In The Bible – Does That Mean They Aren’t Real?

As an impressionable baby boomer, it was Close Encounters of the Third Kind that convinced me that UFOs must be real. At that point in my life, a church was a building other people went to for…well, frankly I didn’t know why they went, or what went on there. Spielberg’s movie was so compelling to me, that I was just certain that UFOs had to be real. The movie made such an impression on me that 45 years later when I visited Devils Tower in person for the first time, I was moved to tears.

In those 45 years however, I had also become a believer in God’s word, and rapidly dismissed the idea of life outside of this planet. Recently, I heard some teaching that was a very compelling argument for the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and/or the reason they may or may not exist, or be perceived to exist.

Is The Bible Silent On UFOs?

To be clear, there is nothing in the bible that suggests that UFOs or aliens exist. Does that mean they don’t exist at all…probably. But what if we simply were not told about them? If they are not on this earth and they are not “man” (thus, not needing a savior), could it be that their existence has been left out of the narrative for our own good?

We know dinosaurs existed, but those were phased out for what seems like obvious reasons. Could aliens have been “phased out” or withheld from our purview for similar reasons? It’s important that we remember to discard anything that contradicts the bible. For things the bible does not speak on, we need to take an intelligent and thoughtful approach.

A ufo and a dinosaur in a prehistoric world

Bible Verses That May Support UFOs

A couple of bible verses here don’t specifically reference UFOs, but they speak of something broader that Earth itself.

And the kingdom and the dominion
    and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven
    shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High;
his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,
    and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Daniel 7:27 ESV

In Daniel 7:27 the portion of text “kingdoms under the whole heaven” is interesting. This verse seems to speak of something larger than our standard issue 3rd rock from the sun. If it does, where might that life exist? Still, this verse does not imply UFOs exist.

If we look at Psalm 8:3, it’s clear the psalmist agrees with Genesis 1:1 in that God created the heavens. Those heavens include the moon and stars, which we now know to be stars and planets as well.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

Psalm 8:3

Here again, what might exist in all of those stars, planets, and galaxies is mostly unknown to us. We must rely on faith that if God wants us to know exactly what’s out there, He will either imbibe us with sufficient knowledge and resources to figure it out. Or…he will simply reveal it in His time, whether that be while we are still on this planet, or already in Glory.

Could UFOs Be Angels or Demons

Could the unknown lights and shapes that have been reported be angels? Sure. We know angels exist, but we don’t really know how they might manifest themselves. We know that angels revealed themselves to man in times past. How they might choose to reveal themselves now is known only to them and God.

In Luke 10:18, the Word reveals that Jesus spoke to the 72 disciples saying; “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” While this could have been something only Jesus saw in the Spirit, it could also have been what we now call a shooting star or meteorite…or perhaps a UFO. The point is that like the angels, we don’t know what forms the demons might manifest in.

In a world that is suddenly bereft of millions of believers via the Rapture, UFOs might be the accepted explanation.

The Rapture “Excuse”

One of the most interesting teachings I have heard was that while believers might not ever know whether life on other planets exist while we are on this side of heaven, UFOs might be the scapegoat for missing Christians after the Rapture.

With the Pentagon forming a new group to investigate UFOs, alien space travel is moving from the Sci-Fi realm into reality, or perceived reality. Increased support for extraterrestrial life amongst mainstream media could mean that in a world that is suddenly bereft of millions of believers via the Rapture, UFOs might be the accepted explanation.

Conclusion

With regard to numbers and averages, it seems impossible that in all of the universe there might not be life elsewhere. If the God of the universe can create life and substance at the sub-atomic level, the idea of life in another galaxy is not hard to imagine. As a believer that trusts God, I know that whether there is or not…if it’s important for me to know, He’ll let me know, somehow. Christians should not alter their lives in anyway preparing or assuming that extra terrestrial life or UFOs exist. Rather, they should prepare for His imminent 2nd coming.

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