posted on Mar, 25 2004 @ 12:11 AM
The world is a lot weirder than even we on this board may take it to be.
Naturally, many on ATS and in the "mainstream" find their faith in Christ to somehow be in conflict with the possible existences of the boogeymen,
mothmen, shadowmen, and little green men that we seem so inexplicably fascinated by. I freely admit that my relationship to God and faith in the
Bible is often a sort of knee-jerk censor or BS-meter to what I read on sites like this. This isn't a bad thing, so long as things are seriously
considered in spite of any knee-jerk reaction.
A wise dead greek guy said something to the effect of "Read never to contradict, but to understand and comprehend." That's how I personally try to
swallow some of the bizarre claims that pop up all over the world. I am wholly convinced that many of them are true -- they HAVE to be true. I have
seen them and sensed them and know too many honest people who have also seen or sensed them.
But there are so many obscurities which seem to confict with my faith. At first glance, anyway. I without a doubt consider many of these animals and
entities discussed on this board and others to be demonic (I am thinking primarily of ghosts, shadowmen, greys, reptilians, mothman, etc. Dinos and
such I consider real.)
I am completely aware that such a posit is FAR from original. Most Christians and believers of other faiths have come to or at least considered such
a conclusion well before I was even born (1984).
What I am really wanting to point out is that the existence of such entities and occurences are NOT NECESSARILY BAD THINGS for the Christian. The
typical fundamentalist response is "Oh they're all demonic -- the Enemy doing whatever he can to distract us from the Lord." And they may well be
on to something with that logic; in fact, I totally agree. If such entities are demonic, that's their only purpose -- to distract us from our
Creator and Savior.
Yet while not all things are good, all things can be used for good. That is, the existence of the paranormal and unexplained has caused many people
otherwise unconcerned with or in denial of the very spiritual world which interweaves this one now believe in it. People I know which philosophically
loathe the idea of God are by their own reasonableness convinced that a god exists.
For this reason I actually enjoy taking friends whom I have trouble witnessing to, to a ghostly apparition in a graveyard in Portland, Oregon. It has
been an extraordinary opportunity to shatter preconcieved notions of naturalism and antispiritual materialism in many.
So, I'm not sure how to wind this post up except with a couple items of advice.
1) To Christian readers, do not become too deeply interested in such matters as mothmen, shadowmen, ghosts, etc., for they may only serve one purpose:
to demonstrate the very real existence of the spiritual to skeptics and strict naturalists.
2) To those who believe in anomalous entities but deny God, I urge you to consider the possibility of a personal God. I urge you to do so with the
fairness, rationality, reasonableness, and open mind which brought you to realize that ghosts and other spooks really do exist. Furthermore, seek
inwardly to realize what your true motivation is in researching something like chupacabra or mothman. While I'll agree they are GREATLY fascinating
and exciting topics, what usable end does it serve? Think of this as the "So what" clause of my post -- what would it really matter if moth man or
ghosts exist? From my experience, only that the spiritual world is real.
OK, thought I'd rant a bit -- hopefully someone enjoyed it.