Public opinion polling indicates that over 36% of Americans believe that extraterrestrials exist. That’s almost as many who voted in the 2012 Presidential election! In order to appeal to a larger voting block, maybe presidential hopefuls should start making campaign promises to reveal the classified information on aliens and UFO research. Can you imagine the TV ratings? Live debates would be wildly anticipated, especially if Spock was behind one of the podiums!
Governments and aliens are old news. However, “church and aliens” is making recent news these days. You probably never thought of putting the two words together, have you? Though atheists make up the largest group of E.T. believers (55%), people of faith are not far behind. Here’s the breakdown:
- 44% of Muslims
- 37% of Jews
- 36% of Hindus
- 32% of Christians
Of the Christians, more than one third of the Eastern Orthodox faithful (41%), Roman Catholics (37%), Methodists (37%), and Lutherans (35%) profess belief in extraterrestrial life. Only the Baptists (29%) fall below the one-third threshold, however, just barely. Are you surprised by the numbers? That’s an average of almost 36%; the same percentage of E.T. believers in the general American population!
Belief in aliens is not so “fringe” after all, is it? And… it’s on the rise.
Pope Francis + Billy Graham + E.T. = ???
In the summer of ’08, the Vatican issued a statement saying that belief in aliens doesn’t negate faith in God. Father Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible that there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.
“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’ and ‘sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”
Adding to the growing controversy, Pope Francis (whom I like and respect greatly) recently said that he would welcome martians being baptized (May 2014).
“If—for example—tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here… Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them… And one says, ‘But I want to be baptized!’ What would happen? When the Lord shows us the way, who are we to say, ‘No, Lord, it is not prudent! No, let’s do it this way…’” (source)
If you think Pope Francis is off his rocker, you might just have to think the same about the famed Protestant evangelist Billy Graham:
“I firmly believe there are intelligent beings like us far away in space who worship God… we would have nothing to fear from these people. Like us, they are God’s creation.” (source)