Ancient Aliens Or Demonic Deception? -- By: Gary R. Gromacki

Journal: Journal of Ministry and Theology
Volume: JMAT 016:2 (Fall 2012)
Article: Ancient Aliens Or Demonic Deception?
Author: Gary R. Gromacki


Ancient Aliens Or Demonic Deception?

Gary R. Gromacki

Associate Professor of Bible and Homiletics
Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

Introduction

Ancient Aliens On The History Channel

For the last three years the History Channel has televised a program called Ancient Aliens.1 The one-hour program features interviews with scientists, authors, and archaeologists. The ancient alien theory posits that extraterrestrials with superior knowledge of science and engineering landed on earth thousands of years ago, taught early man about technology, and influenced ancient religions. Erich von Daniken2 made the ancient alien theory popular in his best-selling book Chariots of the Gods3 published in 1968. Giorgio Tsoukalos is the consulting producer of History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and one of its featured commentators in all three seasons. He is head of the Center for Ancient Astronaut Research as well as the publisher of Legendary Times magazine.

Evidence For Ancient Aliens?

Ancient alien theorists believe that life exists on other planets and that humans and extraterrestrials have crossed paths before. They point to two types of evidence to support their ideas. First, they point to ancient religious texts in which humans witness and interact with gods or other heavenly beings who descend from the sky (sometimes in spaceships) and who possess spectacular powers. Second, they point to huge stone structures such as Stonehenge, the ruins at Puma Punku, and the pyramids of Giza in Egypt and argue that early Stone Age man did not have the technology or ability to build these wonders of the world.

The Mission Of Ancient Aliens

Why did the ancient aliens come to earth? The Ancient Aliens program gives the following reasons:

If ancient aliens visited earth, what was their mission, and is there evidence that points to when they will return? Ancient Sumerian tablets describe an alien race, known as the Anunnaki, who come to earth to mine for gold. Egyptian hieroglyphs depict hybrid creatures that were part man, part animal. Mysterious crop circles and unexplainable crystal skulls are thought to contain messages that man has yet to decipher. Strange evidence may exist in multiple cultures throughout history suggesting that aliens came here to explore, excavate raw materials, experiment on human beings and even for pure conquest.4

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