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PostSubject: Effects of extra terrestrial proof.    Tue Oct 28, 2014 8:22 pm

I don't know about anyone else, but I firmly believe that extra terrestrial life exists. I also believe in some elements of the ancient aliens theory which says that aliens have been visiting and influencing our planet for possibly thousands of years.

Having said that, I've been struggling with a thought. I also believe that the world governments are withholding information from us about this topic with the belief that we can't handle the truth. What if they are right? What if the majority of us couldn't handle it?

So here is my question: If the existence extraterrestial life was proven true, how would it effect the religious masses of the world, or religion itself? Why?

I look forward to seeing your answers.
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PostSubject: Re: Effects of extra terrestrial proof.    Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:58 pm

I think it would all depend on what the proof would reveal of our nature, or how deeply the extra terrestrial life had influenced us as a planet or species. An example is the theory that we were engineered by combining alien DNA with monkeys or apes. If that theory was proven to be 100% true... damn. Religions wouldn't have a chance of keeping faith or order, and people with strong religious convictions would probably actually turn those convictions against the churches. Another group of people, the more meek who have put all of their faith in God(s), a good portion would just breakdown. Without the help or fear of Heaven and Hell, good and bad would become blurred by the religious masses falling apart. Governments would try to intervene to stop the chaos, but if it became widely known that governments were helping keep this secret, nobody would trust them either. Hmmm... maybe in regards to that particular theory, the majority is NOT ready to find out... but that's all my theory.

If, on the other hand, the proof was simply that there is life out there and the governments knew... that the extra terrestrial life had nothing to do with us besides just stopping in to fix a flat, it's possible the religions could organize and make it all okay. I've already had conversations with hardcore Christians about aliens and dinosaurs and how they might fit in the bible in a way that makes sense, and I've gotten the speech about "God made man in his image, but that doesn't mean he didn't make other beings on other worlds in other images." So it probably wouldn't be much of a stretch to do a little PR campaign, even going so far as to say yes we've been visited, but these visitors are also God's children. If that happened, aliens not being mentioned in the bible could be passed off by saying that the bible was meant to be a history of God's association with mankind, not a history of the universe and all its peoples.

Yep, I think the depth of involvement is the key, and depending on how deep it goes, the reaction between religions, people, and governments could be mild bickering for a few months... or it could be the end of society as we know it.

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PostSubject: Re: Effects of extra terrestrial proof.    Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:59 am

The Vatican has already, in their own way, established that extra-terrestrial life does exist, and that it is our duty to convert them . Likewise, a lot of beliefs or religions tie in with alien gods, so for those paths I don't think there would be too much shock (other than finding out that their myths / stories were true).

I guess that would have to beg the question, when alien contact is made (or rather, intelligent alien contact), would they be just another sentient species, or would they be proclaiming that they are our creators? If they're just aliens, I think a majority of people will be shocked or humbled, with a good portion of those people donning silly costumes and writing signs that read Take me to Vega or something similar. If the aliens are our gods / creators, that's when you'd have a mess of things, with rioting, religious fervor, or suppression from the governments.

As to why this would happen, if the truth were revealed, there would be no control, no restraints. Religion is about control, or else why have all these rituals and very specific guidelines that one shouldn't stray from. Should people find out there are no control measures in place anymore, their entire existence is then questioned. People without restraints are a dangerous lot.

When it comes to alien life, or the knowledge that there are aliens, I think it is best summed up in the movie Men in Black: "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it." On an individual basis, people can handle the truth, but add in a mob mentality, and for some reason, all sense of reason goes right out the window. For real life examples, one only has to turn on the news to find the latest in political upheaval or racial tension, all because of one insignificant event or misunderstanding. Even when corrected or explained, the riots continue because it's just lies placed on top of lies. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near a large population center should something major and life changing take place.
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