Aliens are “demons” sent by evil powers, according to religious scholars.
As the US Government probes 144 reported sightings of UFOs by military pilots, theology experts are exploring the potential impact of the discovery of intelligent extra-terrestrial life on religion.
They are battling to explain to worshippers why there is no hint of the existence of alien life in religious texts such as The Bible.
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And they believe some UFO sightings are best explained by branding aliens “demons”.
They say accounts by people who claim to have been abducted by ETs “demonstrate clear parallels” with “demonic encounters”.
Leading Catholic theologian Dr Paul Thigpen said the probe into UFOs – or “unidentified aerospace-undersea phenomena” as they are now called – indicates the Government “know a lot more than they are telling”.
He told the National Catholic Register: “With UAP we may actually be dealing with extraordinary phenomena of various origins despite similar characteristics.
“Extra-terrestrial hypothesis – the notion that we are encountering non-human intelligences from locations in this universe beyond Earth – best accounts for many UAP.
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“The diabolical hypothesis – that they are demons – best accounts for some UAP reports, especially some of the so-called alien abductions’ that demonstrate clear parallels with what the Church knows as demonic encounters.”
Dr Thigpen, who has penned a book called Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Catholic Faith, said if aliens exist they were “created by God” and are “under the Lordship of Christ”.
“God loves those creatures – he loves everything he made,” he said.
The US-based Orthodox Christian Information Center agrees. According to a 2012 published paper by the late Archbishop Chrysostomos of Etna “ultimately one cannot escape the conclusion” that alien abductors are “demons or phantoms created by demonic power”.
“In the first place they look like demons. They appear to be material creatures and yet have a transparent character,” he wrote.
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“According to the teachings of the Church demons are spiritual beings – that is they are fallen Angels.
“But because they are corrupt and degenerate they thrive on the human passions – feed on them.
“This explains the almost universal sexual exploitation of their captives by alien abductors. In the second place, in the course of their physical examination of abductees, the aliens inflict pain on their victims and frequently scar them.”
He said “classical demonic possession” – which has been known to the Orthodox Church for centuries – “accounts for the alien abductions that we see in modern times”.
But due to a decline in religious beliefs modern men no longer have the “Christian framework with which to explain them”.
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