Movie review: Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a deception
Jed Stuber · Dec 20, 2017
Alien Intrusion will be in theaters January 11. Get tickets.
Is the “UFO question” really a serious cultural issue we need to be informed about? Actually, yes. What does it have to do with health care and a Biblical worldview? More than you might realize.
Billions of dollars are spent every year on science fiction books, movies, and video games, often with “extraterrestial” themes. A 2013 book by an NPR radio host started a national conversation about the “rise of geek culture.” Computers, technology, and science have gone mainstream and sci-fi and aliens came along for the ride.
We’ve come a long way since 1938, when the War of the Worlds radio drama convinced millions that aliens were invading, causing the switchboard of the New York Times to light up and the National Guard to be called out. Ever more impressive special effects and ever more elaborate hoaxes have primed the public to speculate about aliens. For decades, polls have indicated that about half of Americans believe that aliens exist. Perhaps more striking, several million claim to have actually encountered alien beings.
But it gets even weirder. ET “research,” aka “UFOlogy,” is its own cottage industry. There are surely some crackpots involved, and conspiracy theorists love to speculate about government/intelligence agency involvement. But there are also some serious academics and very credentialed people involved. The search for ET has played a significant role in securing major funding for many organizations, most prominently NASA.
Controversies in the mental health and legal fields arise as well. Reports of being abducted, undergoing a “medical exam,” and experiencing sexual abuse by aliens is very common. Hypnosis therapy, another controversy of its own, is purportedly a way to verify experiences and help the victims.
There is also a strange mix of science and religion swirling around the issue, with every permutation of oddball belief you can imagine. People are searching for answers to universal questions about our origins and purpose. Some wield ETs as a weapon against traditional morality and religion, especially Christianity. For others, sci-fi and ETs are the gateway to the New Age or even a standalone religion, with aliens being touted as our creators. There was a famous mass suicide involving an ET cult during the 1990s.
What is a Christian to make of all this? Alien Intrusion sorts it out, carefully scrutinizing each issue.
Samaritan member Gary Bates, CEO of Creation Ministries International, wrote the book Alien Intrusion more than 10 years ago. He realized it might be perceived as a fringe topic for Christians to get into, but he knew it was a growing cultural issue that deserved a Biblical perspective. He knew he was onto something when the first edition of Alien Intrusion became the only creation-based book to crack the top 50 list on Amazon.com. Because interest has remained high, CMI is releasing a documentary film of the same name, which will be in theaters nationwide, one night only, on January 11. You can get tickets at AlienIntrusion.com.
Both the book and the movie begin by getting some basic worldview matters settled.
First, there’s nothing inherently wrong with science or science-fiction. Even though we live in a time when there are strong anti-Christian tendencies in both, they can be done in a way that honors God. Studying creation scientifically gives us greater appreciation for the Creator. Sci-fi can inspire good technological development. Johannes Kepler, a famous scientist credited with major breakthroughs in astronomy, was a Christian who wrote science fiction.
Second, UFOlogy is based entirely on the concept of evolution, making it just one more example of how evolution is bad science. The alleged evidence falls apart, theories run completely counter to known laws, and worldview assumptions drive ridiculous leaps in logic.
Evolution resorts to magical explanations. A “big bang” formed the perfectly ordered universe out of nothing, violating the scientific law of causality. Molecules miraculously become life in the primordial soup, even though this has never been observed and we can’t repeat it, even when we cheat by adding in our own intelligence. Fish turn into land animals and apes become men, even though this fantasy flies in the face of the science of genetics and no legitimate examples of transitional fossils can be found. Time and chance are invoked to explain away any difficulty that arises.
The idea of aliens traveling across the vast distances in space is a similar issue in UFOlogy. Since the laws of physics make it impossible, UFOlogists posit that aliens have “warp drives” or mysterious “interdimensional” technology. Many even believe super intelligent aliens are directing the evolution of man to the next leap of being. It is a striking contradiction to see some who recoil at the idea of the supernatural in Christianity end up embracing these wild notions.
The simultaneous debunking of UFOlogy and evolution make Alien Intrusion a unique resource. Furthermore, it is groundbreaking for getting to the bottom of what’s really going on with all the reported personal encounters with aliens.
It is important to understand that even within the UFO community some notions have been discredited. For example, it is widely recognized that most sightings of spacecraft can be easily explained by natural phenonema plus imagination run amuck. Planets, satellites, military aircraft, Northern lights, and oddly shaped clouds are just of the few of the things known to have been mistaken for alien aircraft. Plus, the more serious UFO enthusiasts will actually admit that not one shred of physical evidence for an alien spacecraft or being has ever been recovered, despite half a century of following up on the sightings looking for confirmation.
Here is where the plot thickens, however. There is a small percentage of incidents that defy explanation and remain tantalizing. What about individuals who were skeptical about aliens and known to be of sound mind, but then they become utterly convinced that a sighting of a being or even an eleborate abduction experience is completely real? What about lingering physical effects: dizziness, headaches, nausea, scatch marks on the skin? What if pets or farm animals show evidence of being spooked at the same time? How do we explain multiple individuals who have an experience together and independently recount very similar stories, right down to fine details? What are we to make of tens of thousands of documented accounts that are amazingly similar across the country, and even from different cultures all around the world? These are the questions that cause a significant number of serious, well-informed people to conclude that something very real must be happening.
These questions also gave Gary Bates pause. It was one thing to make a strong case for his basic premise: Those deceived by evolution are also likely to be deceived by nonsense about aliens. But was there more to it?
Gary noticed that in spite of a vast body of literature some simple spiritual angles hadn’t been pursued. Careful study revealed that there is research showing that most “abductees” were involved in occult or New Age beliefs and practices. This fact raises the obvious question of whether at least some of the the experiences with aliens could just be demonic activity. But why wasn’t anyone exploring this possibility?
Gary continued to ask around in the UFO research community, and more emerged. Bible believing, church-going Christians were notably absent from the abductee population. Plus, the experiences would stop for people who became Christians and started praying in Jesus’s name. Researchers had left these details out of the literature because of the obvious implications. If the Biblical worldview is true, the whole alien deception is unmasked.
In fact, one organization, CE-4 Research Group, did follow this line of reasoning, and found more and more evidence. Many people stated that they later realized their “alien encounters” were spiritual attacks, which stopped when they put their faith in Christ. The CE-4 leaders were subsequently converted to Christ themselves (see ce4research.com). Interviews with these individuals are a powerful part of the film.
Gary also learned that hypnosis “therapy” is a significant problem. It is well established that hypnosis can make people believe completely fabricated events actually happened to them. It was a huge problem in court cases involving (non-alien) abuse. Nobody knew what testimony could be trusted. Researchers from Johns Hopkins blew the whistle on the problem in the 1990s and created the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (fmsfonline.org).
Alien Intrusion concludes with a clear, powerful presentation of the Gospel. It shows that “the truth will set you free” goes for everybody. Those who think evolution rules out God and excuses them from responsibility to Him. Those who have been deceived by science-fiction, New Age spirituality, conspiracy theories, hypnosis, real demonic attacks, or any pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.