Belief in Aliens

Belief in Aliens — The Polls

Belief in aliens is on the rise – I just picked up the latest CNN/Time Magazine poll[1] and I see that (i) 64% believe aliens have contacted humans, (ii) 50% believe that aliens have abducted humans, and (iii) 7% actually believe they've been abducted by aliens themselves. In fact, 80% believe that the nefarious government is hiding the existence of alien life forms somewhere here in the U.S.

Belief in Aliens – The Experiences

I spent months in a funky campground in the Pacific Northwest where the belief in aliens was pretty dogmatic. Actually, the stories of alien encounters and alien abductions were so prevalent that a "fundamentalist" belief in aliens was basically required to live in that community. It was like the "Bible belt" for UFOlogy. The belief in aliens really looked like an "organized religion" there at Pacific Ranch. They had their own "gurus" grounded in transformational "conversions" who cited "special revelations" from the aliens themselves.

Yes, Pacific Ranch catered to bohemian-hippie types that participated in a number of metaphysical "realities" outside the norm, but regardless, I saw and heard some pretty compelling things while immersed in their world. Were these actual alien encounters and alien abductions that they experienced? I really don't know. However, I do know that these people really believed that they participated in such encounters and abductions, and this was truly fascinating to me.

Belief in Aliens – The Explanations

As crazy as it sounds, the belief in aliens at the Pacific Ranch campground during the summer of 1996 was "really real" to that community. The consistent reports of creatures and crafts mesmerized me. I collected some notes and even a couple phone numbers, and I pursued a few lines of evidence even after I moved back to the mountains of Colorado in 1997. Upon reflection, I realize that these reports of extraterrestrial life forms and quantum crafts didn't have to fit the media stereotypes of ET-like space visitors cruising flying saucers from the vast reaches of the cosmos. Maybe these alien experiences were something different. Maybe they were "real," but on a different level of "reality." Maybe these were manifestations of other-worldly beings from extra-dimensional realms right here within our own space-time existence.

Wow, think about what these people might have tapped into! Based on what I saw (and I believe others experienced), could naturalistic depictions of aliens/UFOs actually be supernatural evidence for angelic/demonic reality? I now ask this question after dumping my crazy quest for a number of years. Only recently have I read the Jewish scriptures cover-to-cover. Only last month did I discover the Enuma Elish, the Book of Enoch, the Book of Giants, and other ancient texts that shocked my safe little world again.

Belief in Aliens – What's Reality?

Last week, I re-discovered my notes from 1996-97, and re-engaged with the stories of my friends at Pacific Ranch. If you think belief in aliens from other planets is slightly fringe, wait until you see what I've got coming! Stay tuned…!
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)

1. This poll was conducted in 1997, a few months after Zeke had left the community at Pacific Ranch. This journal entry was written sometime thereafter, but Zeke still references the 1997 piece. It seems polling data related to America's belief in aliens is similar today.

Image Credit: Steve Fernie; "DANGER: Alien Abduction Area"; Creative Commons