The Bible-UFO Connection; (Part I)
Byline: Nelly Favis-Villafuerte
IS there really life out there in other planets? Are there extraterrestrial visitors or aliens coming to earth now and then? These questions continue to excite many people even to this day. Because many people have always been attracted to search for the unknown. And the obsession of many to know more about the existence of UFOs is a good example.
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UFO is the acronym for unidentified flying objects referred to by many as extraterrestrials, extraterrestrial beings, space visitors or alien beings. Many believe that UFOs existed even during Biblical times. However, the first major report of UFO being spotted in our modern times started on June 24, 1947 when a pilot by the name of Kenneth Arnold spotted nine disk shape objects near Mt. Rainier, Washington, USA. Arnold described the disks this way - "these objects moved like rocks skipping over water." Hence the coined phrase "flying saucers." Since the sighting of Kenneth Arnold was announced, there have been many UFO sightings and encounters in USA and in other countries as well. In September, 1974, the National UFO Reporting Center was launched by a certain Bob Gribble. Hundreds of reports of UFO sightings and encounters were received each month by the National UFO Reporting Center from the US as well as from other countries around the world. Today there are also many movies, documentaries, television shows, and publications inspired by the UFO phenomenon.
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Remember the Steven Spielberg's movies titled E.T. (The Extraterrestrial)? This movie released in 1982 is probably one of the greatest movies related to UFOs. The movie earned billions of dollars in profit. Also, the first day this movie hit video stores six years after the initial release, eight (8) million copies were sold. Not to mention the billions of dollars raked by spin-off licenses of the movie to franchise the sale of video games, bicycles, calendars, toys, and other consumer goods that the public was obsessed to buy. Later in 1997, another UFO film titled Star Wars again titillated the public imagination about UFOs. Yes, over the past 26 years or so the big screen has glamorized the so-called space visitors including the following: Independence Day, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Encounters of the Third Kind.
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E.T. Spielberg's lovable alien is indeed one of the most effective promotional efforts to sell the idea of an alien life out there. Spielberg, by the way, believes that there is life in the other solar systems in the galaxy. While he claims that he has never seen a UFO, he would like to see one that "can't be explained by science or logic."
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Not only movies and television shows on UFOs are in the market to promote the UFO mystery. Extraterrestrial research too has been going on. Some six years ago, there were stories going around that then 86-year-old Lawrence Rockefeller and the moneyed grandson of John D. Rockefeller, founder of the world-famous Rockefeller dynasty, was very interested in UFOs and reportedly even financed plans to establish contact with UFOs. …