We’re Ready Now

Every photo taken from the Hubble telescope includes over a trillion stars, and countless others are too deep to register. If the angle is changed, a trillion more come into view. That’s a million million, and it looks like this: 1,000,000,000,000. It is a statistical inevitability that other living civilizations exist – people… every bit as vital and sentient as we are. 

The statistics are so compelling that the odds far exceed any possible challenge to that conclusion. There is a better chance you’ll grow tentacles by tomorrow than there is that we are “alone.” We couldn’t have known that fifty years ago, so it’s easy to understand why the certainty of alien life doesn’t seem likely, but armed with what we know now, it’s misguided not to accept and embrace this as fact. Statistical evidence is infinitely reliable – it’s a mistake not to believe.

We have become quite proficient at discovering what was previously unthinkable – we’re good at it, so I think we can handle the notion of alien life. We’re ready to accept that now. As a society, we need to embrace this and decide what we’re going to do next. Stop all the fence sitting and outright denial and make some serious plans for the day we are formally contacted. We’re ready.

Other disciplines within the paranormal are ripe for acceptance as well. EVP, for example. We’ve known about EVP since the early 1900s, and we’ve accumulated hundreds of thousands of spirit voices world-wide – probably millions. We can’t prove very much beyond the actual existence of EVP, but we really should just get on with the business of believing – the statistical evidence demands it. I think we’re ready for that as well, don’t you?

Forget the religious implications! You can’t use science to prove God any more than you can use God to prove science. It doesn’t work that way – faith and belief are not the same. We believe what science tells us; we have faith in God. There’s room for both concepts, but we’ll have to expand and adjust the religion as we go; science can’t bend. I know it violates some of our core beliefs to think that God created other beings on other planets, but did He actually say otherwise? And it’s not demon worship to talk to spirits – it’s science. The time has come to begin enlarging our faith to suit the God who’s behind it. We’ve been heading in that direction anyway, so it won’t be long – we’re ready now.

But there are many other treasures to be found in the paranormal grab bag for which there is no proof; no statistical evidence. Concepts like finding the human soul and defining alternate universes, just to name two, will probably open up the paranormal in amazingly meaningful ways. Not quite yet, but it won’t be long before new breakthroughs create all sorts of new realities. Discovery comes fast in the 21st century, and sorting it all out can alter one’s perceptions.

We have to be prepared to react quickly to this newest world – we have to be agile. We won’t be able to dismiss knowledge just because it makes us uncomfortable, or ignore truths that take exception to our non-civilized nature. We won’t be able to argue factuality simply because it complicates our lazy nature. We have to be ready for anything – there’s no time to be otherwise, but I think we are. I think we’re ready for all sorts of things, don’t you? And it’s about time.

It Just Happened

Religion – one of those taboo subjects. Don’t bring it up, whatever you do – religion divides us faster than any other topic of conversation. That’s a shame, because it can make for some fascinating discussions! But in the final analysis, we can’t help what we believe, and I believe in God. Sorry, but I’m no more ashamed of that than I am of my belief in ghosts or UFOs and God knows what else.

I’m a Christian. “Oh no! Not one of those!” Well, no – I’m not one of those, if by “one of those” you are referring to the standard-issue Christian. I could care less what you believe in. No offense meant by that, but it just doesn’t matter to me. I embrace all people because I was raised believing that was my Christian duty. Muslims, Budhists, Catholics – even Atheists – it’s all good with me. I just don’t see my personal views as important beyond my self. I don’t feel the urge to judge people, or pre-stamp their thickets “heaven” or “hell.” I don’t define sin for the world, I hope everyone has a fantastic sex life, I’m against capital punishment, war, letting the poor starve, withholding health care from sick people, and I frankly don’t understand all this pro-life stuff. Just being honest! I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I’ve never seen it as my duty to convert the masses, and I would hope you would return the favor.

But I keep hearing from paranormal enthusiasts that all the latest science is proving religion to be dead, and that mystifies me. They tell me that the idea of alternative universes, dark matter theories, evolution in general, brain research, sub-atomic dimensions, and the extreme vastness of the universe have all made the idea of God quite obsolete. They tell me the very concept of a God is too small to encompass all of this; that if I accept the truth of science, and all its ramifications, then I can’t possibly believe in any God.

Well, of course, I accept science! But to me, God is science, pure and simple. He is the inclusion and embodiment of such a deeply creative genius that you’d have to call it Holy. The scripture of every major religion on earth suggests that God is everything – all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-wise. What does it matter that the scriptures have been edited and rearranged, or that people misinterpret the passages. The truth of this universe is God’s truth to me, and I just don’t understand why we have so much trouble accepting the possibility that a creator by any name would have no difficulty accomplishing the creation.

“Yes, but there’s no proof.” That’s true. There is no proof, so I’ll just believe – that works. I am reminded of a story I once heard about Benjamin Franklin, who was not known to be especially religious. In fact, by today’s standards, he might have earned the titles of heathen, hedonist, and Agnostic. And while Franklin was ambassador to France, he found himself in a discussion of the solar system with a young aristocrat of the opinion that the latest discoveries regarding space had ruled out the existence of God. Franklin was amazed, and he wondered how the young man could explain the solar system’s origin, and what we refer to today as the singularity – the beginning of everything?

“Who knows of such things. It just happened,” the young man proclaimed. Franklin quizzed him further, but ended the evening by inviting the young man to his apartment the next night for dinner.

Late into the night and most of the next day, Franklin proceeded to create an incredibly elaborate replica of the known solar system. Being a rather inventive individual, it didn’t take him long to fashion planets that would rotate, as they revolved around the sun. He was even able to include the known moons of the day, and applied the appropriate coloring. It was a marvelous achievement and the model was reportedly displayed for a time in the Louvre. Apparently, Franklin’s reputation for excellence and attention to detail was well founded.

That evening, the young Parisian arrived on time for what he was certain would be an elegant dinner with stimulating conversation. As he entered the apartment, he could not help but notice the elaborate solar system in all its glory and he began to make over it. Franklin seemingly ignored the comments and busied himself with the chores of dinner until finally, the young man cornered him. “Pray tell, sir. This is stunning,” he is reported to have said.

“You are referring to our solar system?” Franklin asked, feigning much interest in the topic.

“Why yes!” And assuming the workmanship was too involved for a man of Franklin’s age, he asked, “Where did it come from, sir?”

Franklin replied, “Who knows of such things. It just happened.” Well, the young man was well educated and reportedly went on to become Prime Minister or something. But it is reported that he learned the intended lesson that night and was never again heard to disparage God or His abilities.

I suppose that argument wouldn’t work in the science rich atmosphere of the 21st century, but I think the core premise of religion is exposed nonetheless. The heart of all religion is that nothing just happens, I think. There is intent behind the muse, and perhaps the singularity has a name. And that makes a whole lot more sense than hellfire and damnation any day of the week.