Van Yandell

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

Recently the Pentagon released a statement verifying a video taken by the United States Navy was, indeed, a UFO. The object was not moving in a straight line and appeared to be a symmetrical shape resembling a triangle with bulging lines or a pyramid.

The military has also confirmed claims that several videos of UFOs have been recorded between 2004 and 2015. While many believe we are being visited by aliens from other worlds, and everyone has a right to form their own opinion, the evidence may not substantiate that belief.

UFO stands for Unidentified Flying Object. Unidentified means nothing more than the object is unidentified, or, no one knows (or claims to know) what it is. It simply has not been identified. UFO does not mean the object has come from another planet.

In determining what we believe about UFOs, we must consider the fact that the closest star (or solar system) to Earth is Alpha Centauri and it is 4.3 light years from our planet. Essentially that means if one could travel at the speed of light (186,282 miles per second) it would take 4.3 years to make a one-way trip. Of course, the aliens would have to explore Earth and return home making for a very long time away from home, unless they happen to have a life expectancy of 10,000 years.

Thousands of UFO enthusiasts flock to Roswell, New Mexico, every year hoping to see a UFO. I’m afraid they’ll be going home disappointed. Area 51 in Nevada is also a hot-spot for “little green men” watchers. The military conducted tests there in the 1950s on classified planes such as the U2 and the legend grew that a spaceship had been found and was being kept there.

This is not to say that an advanced intelligence could not travel at speeds beyond the speed of light but I find it very unlikely. Fantasy movies and TV shows such as “Star Trek” find the Starship Enterprise traveling at multiples the speed of light, but that indeed is fiction. The chance of there being life on a planet of the Alpha Centauri solar system is also highly unlikely, and other stars we can see on a clear night are over 200 light years away from Earth.

I must point out, many believe Ezekiel 1:4-9 gives an account of a visit to Earth by extraterrestrials and their spaceship. By that assessment, Judeo-Christians would likely regard that opinion as heresy. Read it and decide for yourself.

Consider also, many astronomers and other scientists, estimate the universe is over 10 billion years old. NASA claims the universe is around 13.7 billion years old based on “The Big Bang Theory” initiated by the findings of the Hubble space telescope. Humanoids or a form of a “walking upright” being has likely been on Earth less than 10,000 years meaning we live in a very thin slice of time. Biblically speaking, man was created about 6,000 years ago.

Is there a chance an advanced civilization living within traveling distance of Earth would exist in this same time period? I really doubt it and I also think in another 10,000 years, Earth will be much the same as Mars is now and mankind will be extinct.

Yet many believe we have been visited by little green men from outer space. Millions of dollars have been pilfered in searching for extraterrestrial life but as to yet, nothing verifiable has been found. I would never tell anyone what to believe concerning UFOs. However, we must consider the logistical facts and evidence.

We have learned that because some bit of information comes to us on a TV screen or in print, we do not have to believe it. This has become obvious lately! However, this condition has always existed. Eve believed the serpent, right? I have also learned working as a missionary, once someone adopts a belief it is extremely difficult if not impossible to sway that belief.

Not long ago, I saw a statement that conveyed this: “It is almost impossible to change someone’s mind using facts. This happens due to ‘motivated reasoning,’ a psychology term that refers to the way people believe whatever they want to believe and use the flimsiest piece of evidence to justify that belief, even when there is plenty of verified evidence to disprove it.” I must point out here, “the flimsiest piece of evidence,” is relative and in the mind of the beholder.

I came to believe several years ago, it is acceptable to have an opinion, but base that opinion on scripture. Regardless of the subject, right or wrong, acceptable or unacceptable, most areas of thought, discussion or debate, are included in our precious text, the Holy Bible.

We humans believe what we believe or don’t believe for many reasons. Mainly, we believe based on what we have been taught. That, of course, is not always true. For example, when I was a child I was taught (inadvertently, I think) the lie, that the white male is the supreme race and gender. After traveling and working in Africa, China, Australia and many other parts of the world, I can tell you, this is definitely NOT TRUE!

Working with indigenous peoples in several countries, I’ve found intellect is not based on race, ethnic origin or any cultural or environmental condition. This may open debate for the levels of intellect and varying conditions but the fact is, very intelligent people come from all races and nationalities.

Just because Grandma said it, doesn’t make it true. She was influenced too. What gives credibility to an informational source? Obviously, nothing earth bound! The only one true source of information is our Creator God. No human (in my opinion) that has ever lived can be taken as 100% credible and reliable.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU BELIEVE! We are not only influenced by the purveyors of information; we Christians all too often fall victim to the voice of Satan. I know because I’ve been his victim just like everyone else. Analyze and evaluate everything. Ask questions, verify, corroborate, substantiate and confirm everything. Above all, check to see what God says in the Bible.

This age in which we live is often called “The Information Age.” Perhaps it would best be called “The Misinformation Age.” Freedom of speech and the press are not freedoms to lie and mislead. Freedoms are precious, use them wisely! Freedoms are taken for granted until they’re gone.

If we human Earthlings cannot be trusted, who can? The answer is obvious, only God in His omniscience (infinite wisdom and knowledge) can be trusted. God cannot tell a lie. Whatever He says becomes fact, immediately. Why? HE IS GOD! He is a supernatural spiritual entity that we (as hard as we try) cannot relate to. We attempt to establish a human attribute or characteristic to God, but we cannot. He doesn’t have a long white beard or wear a long white robe. He is spirit. Stop trying to humanize God!

Only God can humanize Himself. That is exactly what He did when He became the man Jesus. John 1: 14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” He became flesh with skin and bones and nerves and all those physical parts and characteristics we possess (except sin of course). He voluntarily went to the cross and died for a sinful world. He is our only redemption.

2 Timothy 4: 3-4 “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” Be not deceived. Stop believing the liars, legends and fairy tales.

The only verifiable, sustainable truth is God’s word; the Bible. Be careful what you believe!