UFO Research and Christian Faith
Dennis Balthaser's editorial for June 2004
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Searching for the Truth
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UFO Research and Christian Faith
By Dennis G. Balthaser
This editorial will touch on a topic that not everyone will agree with and that's OK, but I felt it was a subject that I could personally talk about based on my own experience as both a UFO researcher and a Christian. Over the years at symposiums and in conversations, I've been questioned several times about whether I was a Christian or not, and my answer is always, "Yes I am." Many people seem to have a problem or "hang up" about that, whereas I never have. One's Christian belief to me is a personal decision, and I normally don't emphasize it in my research unless asked about it. I was a Christian long before I became a UFO researcher, so I saw no need to change anything because I chose to do this type research.
I have also for many years been interested in reading comments made by the Catholic church (particularly the Vatican), about their views on the subject of extraterrestrials and the possibility of life in the universe, other than just on our little glob of mud and water known as earth, and their views appear to be leaning more and more toward the possibility that other life probably does exist out there somewhere. The Vatican has a tremendous interest in "what is out there," from meteorites and asteroids to extraterrestrials, as I'll briefly review later.
In recent years, a few scientists have also finally admitted that the universe probably has life other than just us, so it appears to me that we are all slowly coming together with the same conclusion, from totally different points of view.
One profound exception that I know of was made by Evangelist Pat Robertson several years ago, when he was quoted as saying, "Anyone who believes in UFOs or Extraterrestrials, should be stoned." That certainly wasn't very comforting to those of us that have chosen to research this subject.
Several researchers have studied the Bible and many scriptures have been found that seem to indicate a relationship with UFOs, the best example for me being the book of Ezekiel, Chapter 1, (King James Version), which discusses living creatures coming out of the north in a cloud and wheels within wheels. Perhaps I shouldn't make that comparison, but it does appear similar to many UFO reports, which also refer to creatures, wheel shaped craft such as discs or saucer's coming from the sky, etc.
I was raised in the Lutheran faith for the first 30 years of my life and have been associated with the Southern Baptists since then. Today I am active at First Baptist church here in Roswell, in the choir, playing drums in the Praise band, Sunday school, Men's Bible study and other activities at church. Recently at a symposium while talking to some attendees I was asked, "You mean they let you in First Baptist church," as if I had some disease that would prevent me from being active in church because I research UFO's. My method of doing this research has always been to do the research and share that information with the public, allowing them to decide what they want to believe or not believe.
A few weeks ago I took that one step further. I was asked to do a lecture at our church for the monthly senior's luncheon. Instead of the normal 20-25 people showing up, there were between 70 and 80 at my presentation. They were extremely attentive and interested, with excellent questions after the presentation. Other than a few humorous comments from time to time by fellow church members, I've never been ridiculed for what I do, which indicates an open-mindedness we could all learn from.
I was brought up believing that God created everything, and my interpretation of everything means everything, so why couldn't there be life elsewhere? Just because we don't yet know if life exists somewhere else in the universe, certainly doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
Earlier I mentioned the Vatican in Rome, and from time to time articles are released by them on the subject of life elsewhere in the universe and what they are doing in space exploration. I have heard that the Vatican has one of the largest UFO related libraries in the world.
According to Vatican astronomer Dr. Guy Consolmagno, since 1981 the Vatican has operated a 1.8-meter telescope on Mt. Graham in Arizona. Including the Mt Graham telescope, the Vatican has two observatories and five telescopes. Castel Gandolfo, Italy is home of the Vatican meteorites. The library at Castel Gandolfo contains more than 22,000 volumes and rare antique books including the works of Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Kepler and others. It's believed that the "church" wants to show the world that it is not afraid of science. It's my belief that one does not have to choose between science and religion, but rather that it's entirely possible that they can work together. Science should not be done for money, our own prestige or glory, but because we want to find out what's the truth.
On October 8, 1995 Vatican Priest Monsignor Corrada Balducci went on Italian National Television and said "Extraterrestrials do exist." He stated that of the entire phenomenon that exists, if 99 out of 100 were false and that one was true, it's that one that says some phenomenon exist.
To me Christian religion and the study of UFOs are based on human testimony, and we as individuals have the choice of what we believe or do not believe. My personal choice is to believe in both, one of which I pursue by faith, and the other not by faith, but by trying to determine which human testimony is accurate and truthful pertaining to Ufology.
French scientist Charles Richet (1850-1935), wrote in his "Traite de Metapsychique", in 1922, "Do we have any right to claim, just because of our limited senses and our mistaken intelligence, that man is the only intelligent being in this immense cosmos?…That other intellectual forces, different from us, exist is not only possible but extremely probable. It is even certain…It is absurd to claim that we are the only intelligence in nature. The existence of these beings has not yet been proven, but the probability of their existence is evident." And to quote nuclear physicist and UFO researcher Stanton Friedman, "We humans, intelligence-wise, are trying to get into the pre-school of the universe."
Cardinal Nicolo Cusano (1401-1464), philosopher and scientist said, "We are not authorized to exclude that on another star beings do exist, even if they are completely different from us."
Jesuit George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory, said, "The more we study the stars, the more aware we become of our own ignorance, and it is madness to think we humans are alone in the universe."
So after I discontinue my UFO research, I will still be a Christian, and during the interim period I will comfortably be both.
Dennis G. Balthaser
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