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UFO's: The Shattering Assault
nicenetruth.com ^ | Oct 18th, 2007 | Father Alexey Young

Posted on 09/28/2009 8:10:30 AM PDT by Nikas777

UFO’s: The Shattering Assault

Oct 18th, 2007

By Father Alexey Young

LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU BY ANY MEANS… II THESS. 2:3

It is no coincidence that the ancient pagan mystery religions as well as numerous mystical fraternities (such as the Theosophists and Rosicrucians) speak of an "elite" — sometimes called "the Great White Brotherhood" the "Ascended Masters," or the "Mahatmas" of Madame Blavatsky — a group of beings seeking to guide and control the destiny of mortal man. Sometimes this "elite" is seen as non-human, at other times as "highly evolved" or perfected humans.

The ancestor of this "elite" is the daimon of the ancient pagan Greeks — from which, in fact, we get the word demon and which prompted the Holy Fathers to say that "the gods of the pagans are demons". Thus, from the Christian point of view, there can be no doubt that such an "elite" exists, and is known to the followers of Christ as the army of fallen angels, the demonic host. This host enters into our fallen world through sin and heresy, as well as by occult practices of all kinds (from apparently "innocent" things such as ouija boards to the New Age practice of "channeling"). Now however, fallen angels have found a new and particularly dazzling way to enter the world of men.

Whereas a generation ago only "cranks" and the mentally emotionally distressed believed in UFOs, today more than half the population of the US, according to surveys, accepts the reality of alien visitors. In particular, "many New Agers believe in unidentified flying objects," according to Time, "crewed by oddly shaped extraterrestrials who have long visited the earth from more advanced planets, spreading the wisdom that they created, among other things, Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt."

Although UFO literature is proliferous, the most respected and listened-to UFO "convert" is Whitley Streiber, who has written two recent books on his own experiences, Communion: A True Story (1987) and its sequel, Transformation: A Breakthrough (1988). Both books have been on the best seller list and the author has appeared in numerous television interviews, partly because he writes well and has consulted many members of the scientific community.

Although Streiber says that he was never before interested in UFOs and had read practically nothing on the subject, "this is the story," he writes in the first book, "of one man’s attempt to deal with a shattering assault from the unknown. It is a true story, as true as I know how to describe it. To all appearances I have had an elaborate personal encounter with intelligent non human beings. But who could they be, and where have they come from? Are unidentified flying objects real? Are they goblins or demons … or visitors?"

Beginning in December 1985 Streiber and his family experienced a series of dream-like lights, voices, touchings and "night visitors" with bug-like heads. "At first," he said, "I thought I was losing my mind. But I was interviewed by three psychologists and three psychiatrists and giving a battery of psychological tests and a neurological examination and found to fall within the normal range in all respects. I was giving a polygraph… and I passed without qualification….The visitors marched right into middle of the life of an indifferent skeptic without a moment’s hesitation."

The fact that Streiber’s first book Communion also contains official medical statements as to his normalcy and sanity, as well as transcripts of hypnotic sessions (used to focus details of his experiences) and that he acknowledges by name the help of prominent scientists in many fields, adds to the veracious tone of his frightening story.

Streiber speculates that his "visitors" could be:


1) "from another planet or planets;
2) "from earth, but so different from us that we have not hitherto
3) understood that they were even real;
4) "from another aspect of space-time — another dimension;
5) "from this dimension in space but not in time" — in other words,
6) time-travel by our own descendants into their own past (our present);
7) "from within us;
8) "a certain hallucinatory wire in the mind, or
9) "an aspect of the human species" — perhaps ghosts or, better yet,
10) "maybe you and I are larvae, and the visitors are human beings in the mature form."

What makes Streiber’s account so compelling is his apparent objectivity: he projects himself as an innocent bystander, in no way responsible for this bizarre encounter. Beyond the pages of these books, however, one discovers that Streiber is also the author of several horror stories, which contain similarities to his real life experience. As one critic pointed out: "Communion seems like the end of a logical progression leading from fiction on the bestseller list to the non-fiction side" (Thomas Dirch in The Nation, March 14, 1987). What is even more revealing, Streiber studied for 15 years with the Gurdjieff Foundation, a cultish group whose teaching stresses "the development of powers latent in the human psyche," and whose spiritual eclecticism is popular among today’s New Agers. Obviously, Streiber’s role was not as passive as he would lead his readers to believe, he had — unknowingly, no doubt — predisposed himself to cooperate with such an experience. And one can more readily understand why the ‘aliens’ told him: "you are our chosen one."

Although he brings a diverse array of theories from world religion and philosophy to bear on his subject — everything from Hindu mythology to the warfare of St. Anthony the Great with demons — religion and God in the traditional sense are conspicuously absent from his thinking and he comes down in favor of the popular modern idea that SCIENCE is the only "key" — if still primitive — to understanding the experiences. But, as Hiermonk Seraphim (Rose) wrote in his study of UFOs (in Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future): "Science fiction has giving the images, evolution has produced the philosophy, and the technology of the ’space age’ has supplied the plausibility for such encounters".

Rather than a boundless thirst for God, we have instead a "great thirst for contact with superior minds that will provide guidance for our poor, harassed, hectic, planet" (Jacques Vallee, quoted in ORF, p.138). Indeed Streiber is himself a fervent environmentalist with an apocalyptic sense of destruction man is bringing upon his little earth-home.

What is in Streiber’s books is that mind or thought control is being exercised on the human race by these "visitors" in a way that can only be described in the classic sense as occult. The Orthodox reader is chilled when, at one point, the author discovers that he can "call up" these "visitors" at will and experience a kind of "communion" with them (thus, the title of his first book) in a manner that is already mediumistic.

No Orthodox Christian even slightly versed in the lives of the saints and the writings of the Holy Fathers can fail to understand what is happening here. The similarities between Streiber’s experiences (and those of other UFO "contactees") and the demonic warfare of the saints is compelling. The author himself even describes peculiar smells associated with his "visitors" — among them, a "sulphur-like" odor which he compares to the head of a matchstick. His "visitors" have frightening, insect-like heads with enormous eyes that he associates with statues of the pagan goddess Ishtar. In Transformation he writes:

"I felt an absolutely indescribable sense of menace. It was hell on earth to be there and yet I couldn’t move, couldn’t cry out, and couldn’t get away. I lay as still as death, suffering inner agonies. Whatever was there seemed so monstrously ugly, so filthy and dark and sinister … I still remember that thing crouching there, so terribly ugly, its arms and legs like limbs of a great insect, its eyes glaring at me."

In his second book Streiber concludes that many of the "close encounters" he has had (and is still having) are for the purpose of "shattering my belief in the accepted paradigm of reality. And it succeeded very well … I suspect that experiences such as these are the outcome of a fundamental shift of mind. They are what happens when people begin to abandon the old, *false* beliefs…" Truer words were never spoken.

Although Streiber now believes that his "visitors" are extraterrestrials and have a physical reality, he also calls them "goblins" and "soul eaters," who have the "ability to enter the mind and affect thought," and much, much worse. He writes:

"Increasingly I felt as if I were entering a struggle that might be a struggle for my soul, my essence, or whatever part of me might have reference to the eternal… It was clear that the soul was very much at issue. People [have] experienced feeling as if their souls were being dragged from their bodies. More than one person had seen the visitors in the context of near-death experience."

In spite of all this, Streiber’s delusion is so great that he can enthusiastically say that "it is up to each one of us to seek our own contact [with the "visitors], develop it if it occurs, and challenge ourselves to use it for… spiritual growth…"

By contrast, Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov wrote a century ago: "The perception of spirits with eyes of the sense always brings harm, sometimes greater sometimes less, to men who do not have spiritual perception… He will unfailingly be deceived, he will unfailingly be attracted, he will unfailingly be sealed with the seal of deception…the seal of a frightful injury to his spirit; and further, the possibility of correction and salvation is often lost. This has happened with many, very many. It has happened not only with pagans, whose priests were for the most part in open "communion" with demons; it has happened not only with many Christians who do not know the mysteries of Christianity… it has [also] happened with many strugglers and monks…" (quoted in The Soul After Death, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p.68)

When he wasn’t "seeing" them, Streiber nonetheless frequently "heard" their voices, "as if a small speaker just to the right of my head." Without any difficulty at all he saw that this was similar to pagan oracles of old: "the oracles at Delphi and many other places in the ancient world were channels answering questions in trance… With the rise of Christianity the voice died…So the voice I was hearing, as also the voices heard by modern channels, was possessed by an ancient and lofty human heritage…I was still well within the tradition of human experience."

Streiber also speaks of psychic gifts that also appear, unbidden, in people who have UFO experiences: "precognition, apparent telepathy, out-of-body perceptions, and even physical levitation. Such people often find street lights mysteriously shutting down as they walk down the street." (One wonders if he had ever seen the 1950’s film about modern-day witchraft, Bell, Book, and Candle, in which a novice warlock is able to turn out the street lights as he passes by.)

Streiber concludes benignly: "I do not think that we have even begun to comprehend the visitors. I suspect that we are a lot farther from understanding them than we are of understanding, say, the songs of whales…"

But Fr. Seraphim wrote: "Such stories of demonic activity were commonplace in earlier centuries. It is a sign of the spiritual crisis of today that modern men, for all their proud enlightenment and wisdom are becoming once more aware of such experiences — but no longer have the Christian framework with which to explain them… A true evaluation of UFO experiences may be made only on the basis of Christian revelation and experience, and it is accessible only to the humble Christian believer who trusts these sources" (Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future, pp. 137-138)

Ever since the phenomenally successful movies, Close Encounters and E.T., we have seen a resurgence of interest in UFO phenomena. It will doubtless continue to grow as Christianity wanes in the West and people instead tune their ears to ancient "voices", once stilled by the Son of God.

The Orthodox Christian, however must hold on to the redemption offered by Christ, for as Fr. Seraphim wrote, "he knows that man is not to ‘evolve’ into ’something higher’, nor has he any reason to believe that there are ‘highly evolved’ beings on other planets; but he knows well that there are indeed ‘advanced intelligences’ in the universe besides himself: there are two kinds, and he strives to live so as to dwell with those who serve God (the angels) and avoid contact with the others who have rejected God (the demons)… he distrusts his own ability to see through the deceptions of the demons, and therefore clings all the more firmly to the Scriptural and Patristic guidelines which the Church of Christ provides for his life…"(Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future, pp. 144-145).

O Archangel of God, leave us not
defenseless against the spirits of
evil in the upper air!


TOPICS: Religion; UFO's; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: orthodoxy

1 posted on 09/28/2009 8:10:31 AM PDT by Nikas777
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To: Quix

Ping on what we chatted about earlier.


2 posted on 09/28/2009 8:13:58 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777
Rather than a boundless thirst for God, we have instead a "great thirst for contact with superior minds that will provide guidance for our poor, harassed, hectic, planet"

Sounds like Mohammad in his cave.

3 posted on 09/28/2009 8:15:49 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Nikas777

I believe I have that book by Fr. Seraphim Rose. Now all the mystery sects: Blavatsky etc etc can be called Gnostic. Pagans generally are those who have more of a nature worship; Wicca, for example-—which is not Gnostic in its orientation. I see where both are kind of rolled up into one by many people. As far as UFO’s are concerned, I believe that there is life on other planets, but I am not going to get all hot and bothered about it until I see more proof.


4 posted on 09/28/2009 8:15:59 AM PDT by brooklyn dave (Where's the birth cert?)
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To: Nikas777

5 posted on 09/28/2009 8:16:00 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Nikas777
No Orthodox Christian even slightly versed in the lives of the saints and the writings of the Holy Fathers can fail to understand what is happening here. The similarities between Streiber’s experiences (and those of other UFO "contactees") and the demonic warfare of the saints is compelling. The author himself even describes peculiar smells associated with his "visitors" — among them, a "sulphur-like" odor which he compares to the head of a matchstick. His "visitors" have frightening, insect-like heads with enormous eyes that he associates with statues of the pagan goddess Ishtar.

Ping for later

6 posted on 09/28/2009 8:19:21 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (...We never faced anything like this...we only fought humans.)
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To: Nikas777

Thanks.

Probably won’t get to it until after classes this evening.


7 posted on 09/28/2009 8:28:51 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Nikas777

Thre are remarkable similarities between being “abducted by saucer men” and the mythic folklore of being “taken away by fairies” as is recorded in stories from our great grandfathers’ time. Wether this is a factural, physical abduction or some psychological event going on only in the minds of those involved, something has been going on for a long time.


8 posted on 09/28/2009 8:35:02 AM PDT by 50sDad (The Left cannot understand life is not in a test tube. Raise taxes, & jobs go away.)
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To: Nikas777

Very well written topic. I would like to make reference to L.A Marzulli. He has a wonderful and intriguing view from a Christian perscective on this topic. Here is his blog: http://lamarzulli.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/ufos-the-great-deception/

Time is at hand and if you really don’t want to be deceived you need to become dogmatic about keeping and open mind and making a stand on one side or the other.


9 posted on 09/28/2009 8:38:15 AM PDT by MiamiHerald
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To: MiamiHerald; Quix; DManA; brooklyn dave; JoeProBono; 50sDad

See my two earlier posts that complement this subject:

Flying Saucers From Hell @ http://209.157.64.200/focus/f-chat/2320636/posts

GENETICS, UFOS AND THE BIRTH OF THE ANTICHRIST @ http://209.157.64.200/focus/f-religion/2334853/posts


10 posted on 09/28/2009 8:49:49 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777

bttt


11 posted on 09/28/2009 8:50:24 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Nikas777

UFO’s? BWHAHAHAHA!


12 posted on 09/28/2009 8:52:06 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Nikas777

Thanks.


13 posted on 09/28/2009 8:53:36 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

While I do not generally believe in the following subjects, for fun (and to maintain an open mind) I love reading about alternate/revisionist history (subjects like pre-Columbian transatlantic voyages, etc), crypto-zoology, UFOs and other Fortean happenings.


14 posted on 09/28/2009 8:55:17 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777
hypnotic sessions (used to focus details of his experiences)

riiiiight...

15 posted on 09/28/2009 8:57:55 AM PDT by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: Nikas777

Cool! Glad you enjoy that.


16 posted on 09/28/2009 8:58:04 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Nikas777

UFO’s the stoners must be up late and have no clus to the fact we are alone,you can’t get here from there.


17 posted on 09/28/2009 9:22:04 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz

This article agrees that no life is reaching us from other planets.


18 posted on 09/28/2009 9:23:50 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777
Interesting post - I had read both Strieber books in the 80's - I have since gained a different world-view on this topic.
The Bible is pretty clear on issues like this.
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." (Ephesians 6:12)
19 posted on 09/28/2009 9:29:54 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Vaduz
UFO’s the stoners must be up late and have no clus to the fact we are alone,you can’t get here from there.

One of the first signs that you've been abducted by aliens is that you have no memory of the event. So, if you don't remember ever being abducted, you probably have been.

20 posted on 09/28/2009 9:33:41 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: Psalm 73
Emphasis on: against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."

And then this article's invocation:

O Archangel of God, leave us not defenseless against the spirits of evil in the upper air!

21 posted on 09/28/2009 9:43:22 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777

bump


22 posted on 09/28/2009 9:47:32 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: Psalm 73

>The Bible is pretty clear on issues like this.
>”For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against
>the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Eph 6:12

Correct you are; this doesn’t exclude the possibility of more life in the universe than on Earth and even seems to imply that should we meet aliens it isn’t our job to “wrestle” with them... evil (wickedness) is more than enough of a challenge right here and right now.


23 posted on 09/28/2009 10:12:26 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Nikas777

ping for later


24 posted on 09/28/2009 10:19:39 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Nikas777

Have you seen the movie “the devil’s advocate”? It is one of the best depictions of evil that works in today’s mainstream society. Amazing! Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino are excellent! Here are some quotes: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118971/quotes

It is really worth watching for everyone - Christians and non-Christian.


25 posted on 09/28/2009 11:52:01 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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