|Feature Article - June 2021|
|by Do-While Jones|
An American government report about UFOs, and a cancelled American TV show are relevant to the theory of evolution.
An anticipated government report on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and a TV show about a wrecked alien spacecraft have captured the attention of many Americans recently. They are being addressed by this newsletter because of the relevance of UFOs to the theory of evolution.
The premise of the show was that an extraterrestrial spacecraft entered our solar system and suffered some sort of catastrophe. Debris from the wreckage rained down on Earth. Since the lifeform which created the vehicle was capable of interstellar travel, and we aren’t, that alien lifeform must certainly be more technically advanced than we are. Something could be learned by studying the debris. The military term for this is, “foreign material exploitation.” When it is done by civilians, it is called, “industrial espionage.”
As conveyed by the TV program logo, some of the wreckage might be missing, but there is enough of the “debris” that we can fill in the missing pieces of the letters and make sense of it; and “Every piece holds the power to change our world.” The TV series described the competition to get that power and take advantage of it.
It was an excellent premise—but the show was poorly written. The program was justifiably cancelled after the first season without any resolution. Despite that, we can use the shambles of the program to make some points about how the search for alien life is relevant to the theory of evolution.
Intelligent viewers might have recognized that the debris was not really a collection of inanimate pieces of a spacecraft built by aliens—the debris was actually an invading army of aliens which had intentionally disguised itself as wreckage. Like the Greeks in the Trojan Horse, the aliens came to Earth in a form we would not recognize so we would welcome them into our laboratories, where they could do whatever (good or evil) they had come to Earth to do.
In real life, some people have suggested that the search for extraterrestrial life could fail because alien lifeforms might be so different that we don’t even recognize them. Intentionally or not, this point was made by the TV program. None of the characters on the show gave the slightest indication that they thought the debris was alive. They all treated the debris as inanimate material.
The debris had power to move things and control people. The individual pieces of debris were working together to achieve a goal. The TV program didn’t last long enough for us to figure out what that goal was; but that was part of the charm of the program. It was hard to tell which of the competing forces (The United States CIA, the British MIA, the Russian Orbital project, the independent Influx group, and the debris itself) were the good guys, and which were the bad guys. Which ones thought the world would be better off under their control, and which ones thought they personally would benefit if they ruled the world? Since the show was cancelled, we will never know.
What we do know is that willful purpose is a reliable sign of life. Dead things do not exhibit volition. That is, they don’t want to do anything on their own. Even self-driving cars are controlled by algorithms created on purpose by people. Inanimate things can be used for a purpose by living things—but dead things don’t act on their own to achieve a goal. There is purpose in life.
Earthly space programs seem to have missed this point. Nations have sent out probes looking for organic molecules which could have been the precursor of life on the Moon, Venus, Mars, and asteroids; but to my knowledge no space probe has ever looked for purpose (signs of design).
If visitors from another planet found traces of water on the Moon, that would not prove to them that there was once life on the Moon—but if they found one of the rovers we left there, they would know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there had been life on the Moon. The detection of phosphine gas (PH3) on Venus 1 doesn’t prove there has ever been any life there. The discovery of a vehicle would.
The theory of evolution is based on a purpose-free assumption. Evolutionists believe life just evolved by accident, for no good reason. It just happened. They think there is no meaning to life.
In fact, meaning is the distinguishing characteristic of life. All living things do something on purpose to reach a goal. The goal of an apple tree is to grow apples which will produce more trees. An apple tree has purpose, meaning, or whatever you want to call the motivation to grow roots, a trunk, leaves, and fruit because an apple tree is alive.
Unless, of course, the apple tree doesn’t do these things because it is dead! That’s how you can tell a dead apple tree from a living one.
Some evolutionists wonder, “If intelligent life is ‘out there,’ why hasn’t it come to Earth already?”
Christians believe that it has. In addition to the obvious example 2,000 years ago, many people have had a personal experience in which a stranger miraculously appeared to help them when they needed it, and then mysteriously disappeared. As some scientists have suggested, extraterrestrial life might exist, but be so different from what we expect that it might not be recognized. Whether or not “angels” are really unrecognized extraterrestrial beings is a discussion for another venue.
A government report was scheduled to be released a few days before the deadline for this newsletter—but it was delayed past our publication deadline. We can only guess what it will say.
Since actual objects would have to violate the laws of physics to do what they appear to do, the term “Unidentified Flying Objects” (UFOs) has been replaced by Unidentified Arial Phenomena” (UAPs). This broadens the category by including things such as mirages, measurement errors, technical glitches, hoaxes, delusions, and mass hysteria as well as actual objects.
If UAPs are top secret military aircraft (ours or theirs) we don’t expect the government to admit it. Are UAPs just weather balloons? Are they meteors? Are they optical illusions? Are they hoaxes? Maybe. If these phenomena can’t be explained by natural laws, could they be supernatural? Will the government report consider that possibility? We will have to wait to find out.
What if at least one UAP is a spacecraft designed by extraterrestrial lifeforms? Putting aside the obvious importance to global security, what implications does that have for the theory of evolution?
Since the aliens have technology earthlings don’t have, one can logically conclude the builders of the UFOs must be more technically advanced than we are. If biased by a poor science education, one might say the builders of the UFOs must be more HIGHLY EVOLVED than we are. Believing advancement is the result of evolution, they would mistakenly think extraterrestrial UFOs with advanced technology proves that the theory of evolution is true. (That logical fallacy is called, “circular logic.”)
We humans are more technically advanced than apes. That does not prove we are more highly evolved than apes. The mere existence of advanced technology does not prove evolution. If there are more technically advanced beings elsewhere, it doesn’t prove they evolved there. They could have been created there.
Discovery of the existence of bacteria on Mars would not prove that bacteria evolved on Mars, just as the existence of bacteria on Earth doesn’t prove they evolved on Earth. Creationists could argue that since God created bacteria on Earth, He could have created bacteria on Mars. The existence of bacteria here, or on Mars, proves neither evolution nor creation.
There is general consensus that the world needs a savior. The disagreement is whether that savior should be Jesus, Dr. Fauci, Greta Thunberg, Donald Trump, someone else, or ourselves. Some UFO enthusiasts hope that a more a highly evolved form of life will come to Earth to save us by ending war and hunger with their advanced technology and benevolence. That advanced civilization could be our savior. (Of course, that advanced civilization might want to enslave us “for our own good” and their personal benefit; but let’s not think about that.)
Some people want to make contact with extraterrestrial life to communicate with it—but not to learn ways to cure diseases and eliminate hunger. Some of them want to ask, “What do you think about Jesus of Nazareth?” to disprove the Bible. They are hoping the aliens will say, “Jesus who?” But the aliens might answer, “He is the Son of God.”
Since many evolutionists don’t know what they don’t believe in, they think that discovery of extraterrestrial life will prove the Bible wrong. They don’t know the Bible describes some extraterrestrial creatures.
In appearance their form was human, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.
Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces. They each had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body. Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.
As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.
When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 2
That seems to be a pretty good description of extraterrestrial beings in flying saucers (flying wheels) given the limitations of the Hebrew language!
Because it can’t be taught in public schools, most evolutionists don’t know what the Bible says. Therefore, they think Christians and Jews don’t believe intelligent life exists anywhere other than on Earth, and mistakenly think the discovery of alien life would disprove the Bible; but it would actually confirm what the Bible teaches.
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