Friday, November 20, 2009

Beyond the Normal Seek Out New Life

Psalm 8


Unidentified means we don't know

What does the Bible have to do with flying saucers, little green men, and aliens?

Unidentified flying object is a technical term that has been parodied

Are there U.F.O.'s in the Bible? Yes

2 Kings 2:11 – Elijah's final ride

Ezekiel 1:15-21 – Ezekiel's wheels

Exodus 13:21-22 – pillars

There are also creatures that cannot be explained

Ezekiel 1:5-10 – creatures of four faces

Revelation 4:6-8 – four creatures around the throne

Isaiah 6:1-6 – Seraphim

Genesis 6:4 – Nephilim (Numbers 13:33; 1 Samuel 17:4)

Job 40:15-18 – Behemoth

Job 41:1ff – Leviathan

Does this mean that UFO's and aliens are real?


Faith and God

This sermon series has never tried to divide along real or not

It has been the issue of responding to the subject

For believers in UFO's it is real for them and they have to be dealt with as with any religious believer

Some people see no inconsistency between believing in God and UFOs

It isn't completely inconsistent to believe in both

God's universe is immense

There are realms that we may not see

God's ways are higher than our ways and knowledge greater than ours

The inconsistency happens when God is replaced

There is a line between believing that life outside of our own is possible and denying the God is God over all

This series has been about asking one question

It was not are ghosts, angels, or UFOs real

The question I have been answering is: Is God real?

Angels are worshipped because of their amazing qualities

Ghosts are sought to provide answers

UFOs are credited with humanity's evolution and advancement

But God is behind angels and they are bound to God's authority

Ghosts are persons without bodies but we have those spirits by God's breath

UFOs and aliens may exist, but it is God who created the universe and placed them in it

God is majestic above all and we have been created by God, for God's glory and worship, and ultimately to be God's chosen people

Beyond the Normal What’s That You Hear

Deuteronomy 18:9-14


No way, no how

Lately there is a revival of an artform that was very popular from the late 1800's to mid 1900's

Spiritualists and mediums flourished in the Victorian period

Many people believed in the spirit world and sought to make contact

The rise of spiritualists and mediums eventually turned in the age of science

Science began to "prove" many of these individuals as fakes and con-artists

The increased interest in this artform now is due to the willingness of many to believe in the paranormal

But this practice of communicating with the dead goes all the way back to pre-biblical times

Shaman and magi would claim ability to communicate with spirit world

That is where the OT picks up the story

The Hebrew children/Israelites were surrounded by cultures that practiced this

Egyptians had a very strong belief in the spirit world

The Chaldeans were known for their spirit world beliefs

The Hebrew children were exposed to this on a daily basis

Deuteronomy becomes a defining law in the life of Israel

God prohibits allowing those who cast spells, mediums, spiritists, or anyone who calls up the dead

Chobar cheber - Spell casting to charm someone, or to take away free will

Shoeel owb – a consulter of familiar spirits

Yidde oniy – a knowing one

Doreesh hameetiym – seeker of death/ the dead

Saul breaks the law when he consults a shoeel owb in 1 Samuel 28

Samuel, the prophet, was dead and buried

The Philistines had invaded the land

Saul sought God's wisdom through approved channels – God did not answer

Saul found a consulter of familiar spirits to bring Samuel forth

Samuel comes forth and condemns Saul in death as he did in life


Why turn to the dead

Saul is a great example of anyone who goes to a medium – they want reassurance or comfort or wisdom from someone they know has the answers

In life we turn to parents or aunts/uncles we admire for wisdom; we look to our children as hope

In death, when those we have turned to are gone, it seems that our source of wisdom, hope, reassurance is gone

Mediums and spiritists play on the longing of people to find answers or words of comfort regarding someone they have lost

But Saul forgot the word of the Lord – 1 Chronicles 10:13-14

The issue of mediums, spirit talkers, séances, Ouija boards isn't in the act of doing but in the act of not doing

By turning to the dead through these individuals people are forgetting the living – God

Isaiah 8:19 – to consult the dead is to turn on the living God

God has established himself as the ultimate source of wisdom, comfort, assurance, hope

Exodus 34:14 – God is Jealous, demands singular devotion

1 Corinthians 15:22-28 – death is defeated in Christ and under his authority

Romans 5:1-5 – hope that God offers does not disappoint

Beyond the Normal Not Afraid of Ghosts

Ezekiel 37:1-6


How does the Bible deal with ghosts

OT – no use of the word "ghost" as rendered in Hebrew

1 Samuel 28:3,11-19 – Saul has Samuel conjured from the dead and has a conversation (eloihim)

NT – 2 separate occasions "ghost" is mentioned

Jesus walking on the water is considered a ghost (phantasm) (Mt14:26; Mk 6:49)

Luke 24:37,39 – Jesus appears and refers to a pneuma not having flesh and blood

What are ghosts?

Most people define ghosts as the spirit or soul or essence of a person how most times is dead

Mark 12:30 – love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, strength

Matt 10:30 – the body that can be destroyed but not the soul

Gen 35:18 – soul departs at death

There is an understanding from OT and NT that soul is the breath of life

Gen 2:7 – the breath given to man

Life is not just physical being

Thought and feeling are experienced separate of physical

Spirit and soul are not "felt" but it is part of us

When physical life ends we believe that only the physical ends

Mentally, emotionally, and spiritually we continue

2 Corinthians 4:16

As a definition of ghost

A demon/angel is not a ghost – demon/angels are a creation of their own

A ghost may be a demon/angel due to the nature of tempt/message

If a ghost is a soul released by death we have to ask why it isn't at rest


Dealing with ghosts

Death is a time of rest for the soul

Final judgment is to happen at God's chosen time

Until then death is a time of rest/waiting until then

What is behind ghostly encounters

Explained by natural/environmental explanations

Emotional connection