I went walking for aluminum cans today and ended up going briefly into one of my favorite stores; people who sell all kinds of kitchen gadgets down at the Silverlake Mall Square. So, I started to discuss my book that I am writing, and mentioned bringing biblical scripture into the main theme of the book, that is: who is the “us” who went down to create man in our image. Let alone, why they might choose to do so. Well, a science fiction book, that is why people write what they do. Because it is all about exploring different possibilities and alternative theories. Sometimes, what is written, becomes materially factual. And even further, what gets written in a science fiction book is nothing more than conjecture, an opinion. Factually, that is true of a good many books, even historical novels. So? When you read anything, that is precisely what you will read, what the author thought, the opinions or conjectures that he or she places in writing. Which means, that this being true, I’m not likely to get upset by what the customer in the store said. However, when he went on to discuss a book which he had read and expressed that the authors of this book applied scripture to “alien abductions,” etc.; apparently, he was prepared to take everything they said as factual and practically gospel. Never mind, that he was probably reading a perversion of scripture.
First of all, he was prepared to ascribe certain powers of creation to Satan. —Which the bible never granted. Second, he was prepared to discuss inter-dimensional entities. —Which God never discussed with His chosen people. Finally, third; he wanted to demonize or Satanize alien visits to this planet. —Given Ezekiel’s space ship of Chap. 1, 1 through 28, then I guess that this must also apply to that “Presence of the Lord” in that extraordinary craft. Be careful how you spread out this labeling of how “Satanic” it all is, because it offers a direct challenge to that “inspired word of God.” Nor did he stop there, the “anti-Christ” was Satan himself. If he bothered reading the Book of Revelations, the Anti-Christ” is an individual who can be seen as a highly influential individual. A person, undoubtedly possessing a great deal of power. Only, what he pronounces is a false doctrine, one that actually runs counter to the teachings of Christ. Well, which meant that people of influence or positions of power, who are a little too willing to lead trusting and gullible people down the primrose path, could indeed be such an Anti-Christ given the dire consequences of their actions. The people who wrote the bible-based book on alien visitations could even be anti-Christs.
Then the fellow let his bigotry show for all the world. Biblical scripture never informs us that God might have created more than one Earth when he created the heavens. Well, the bible never said anything about the solar system of nine(?) planets that became part of the heavens along with the sun and the moon. Nor did the Hebrew people, the children of Israel, know that there were other worlds in the heavens besides the Earth they lived on. The technology simply did not exist, then, for that people to have such a knowledge. Given the fact that they were a highly primitive people, they would only know what they saw of the world as it was. You could also apply opinion and conjecture to the pages of the bible. But you could not have told this rigid ideologue that. How would the bible’s writers know for a fact that God created the heavens and the Earth in seven days? The bible wasn’t written until probably some thousands of years after the fact. And that is to give it an entirely generous estimate.However, creating the heavens and the Earth in “seven days” would unquestionably justify the formation of the Jewish religion. If, on the other hand, God created the heavens and a good many Earths over many billions of years, and isn’t done yet; that would definitely shatter what is nothing more than a religious opinion or conjecture. When I expressed to this fellow that in the Qur’ an “all the men of all the worlds,” he abruptly dismissed Mohammed as a guy who had nothing holy about him. He was “just some guy.” Well now, I happen to be an Earth Priest, for all I care, Jesus is just some guy. A teacher, a Rabbi, who threatened the established order because of his liberal, even radical tendencies, and was hung on the cross for that. The people of Israel were just some guys too. And the God they wanted to worship instructed them to lay waste to anyone who didn’t think like them. Somehow, I highly doubt that “Christ” fits into this picture of holocausts, unending war, etc. Not when, by the time of the New Testament (Luke), Christ is telling people to love even their enemies. Blessed are the peacemakers. Says a lot about the guy who wants to read a bunch of baloney from people who probably don’t know anything more about the way things are than do the rest of us, but doesn’t want to read through what the bible actually says himself. Agreed, the bible has to be taken as a whole. It is however doubtful, that the book this fellow was touting, the bible was ever taken as a whole. I chuckled after the dude left the store, this is one fellow who will never read my book. Then again, I may never read the fictional crap that he wants to think is the “truth.” He has a right to believe what he wishes. That is what makes this country a wonderful thing and a place to call home. Regrettably, I highly doubt he appreciates it.