Religion And The Paranormal

While some people in the world believe in paranormal events such as UFOs, ghosts and the Loch Ness Monster, others remain skeptic about the existence of the paranormal due to current lack of evidence. Often, those who hold conservative religious beliefs regard paranormal activity to be the work of some type of evil, while, on the flipside, those who subscribe to paranormal beliefs think that religious types are closed-minded.

Although some may believe that religion and the paranormal have nothing in common, they do share a number of interestingly similar characteristics. In this section we’ll take a look at the Christian’s take on the paranormal and the religious implications of extraterrestrial life.

Two Similar Opinions

The Christians take on the paranormal is surprisingly similar to those who believe in the paranormal. They both believe in a world that is controlled by cause and effect. They both presume the presence of non-material forces that control or add to our lives.

Both sides hope to provide meaning to the chaos of our lives. For example, while Christians want to believe that there is life after the one we experience here on Earth and look forward to Heaven, the paranormal believers hope that loved ones stick around during the after-life in order to watch over and take care of us.

Is it possible that even people with traditional religious beliefs may actually see psychic happenings as miracles from God?

The Religious Implications of Extraterrestrial Life

Several years ago, the well-known evangelist, Pat Robertson said, “Anyone who believes in UFOs or extraterrestrials should be stoned.” Not only is this very closed-minded, it’s incredibly un-Christian. However, this quote highlights the fact that there are those who think that people who believe in God cannot possibly believe in aliens or UFOs and vice versa.

Interestingly, the Vatican, the highest order of Catholicism, has other ideas about extraterrestrial life. Since 1981, the Vatican has owned and operated a 1.8 meter telescope that is located on Mt. Graham in Arizona.

The Vatican has two observatories and five telescopes in all. Castel Gandolfo is the home of the Vatican meteorites. The cavernous library at Castel Gandolfo boasts more than 22,000 of antique books including some by Corpernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Newton.

At this point, it appears that there are few religious implications when it comes to extraterrestrial life. However, the Vatican’s observatories and libraries do reveal some signs that the progressive church is hoping to show that it does not fear science, thereby proving that is entirely possible to simultaneously hold unproven scientific (or Science Fiction-related) beliefs and maintain religious faith.