I discussed this post with Fr. Dan Reehil on Radio Maria. Video here:
Well, dialogue is not all the Devil wants. Ultimately, he wants your soul damned to hell for all eternity. But for starters, he’s more than content with a little dialogue.
He knows from six thousand years of experience just how successful that approach is; hence, one of the most axiomatic and wise admonitions in spiritual combat is simple: “Never dialogue with the Devil.”
Indeed, The Fall never would have happened in the first place if only Eve refused to so much as dialogue with a speaking serpent.
Have you ever considered that we tend to overlook one of the most noteworthy and in-your-face facts about the Fall? Namely, that it was brought about by a human being talking with an animal.
Ponder how ridiculous it was for Eve to speak to a serpent. She knew full well that she and Adam alone were made in the Image of God – that she and he alone had reason, and that therefore she and he alone could engage in rational communication. Why, then, did she converse with an animal? Adam never did that. Eve should have known—and, doubtless, did know—that something was deeply wrong when an irrational creature started talking.* And she never should have spoken a word to it. She should have immediately left its presence; and if she said anything at all, it should have been just, “Begone Satan!”
Perhaps few will glean this clear lesson from Genesis simply because Christians have long been lied to by modernist “scholars” who insist that the first several Chapters of the Bible’s first book are mere myths. In fact, every page of the Bible—from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22—means what it says. The Serpent was not merely a symbol. It was, quite truly, a serpent—one possessed by the devil, but a serpent no less.
But the first sin; the very sin that caused Mankind’s Fall from Grace, is – in a symmetry which, though breathtaking, should not surprise us – the prototype for some types of sins that will precipitate the Apocalypse itself.
The devil is going to attempt dialogue with humanity as never before; not merely with one woman, but with billions of people across the planet. And if you do not have your feet placed firmly on the foundation of Faith and Reason, you will succumb to his tactics.
I know that some may wonder about my zeal for what might appear to be an eclectic batch of convictions. Not only the non-existence of aliens, but also, for example: the impossibility of time travel [Point XI], the impossibility of technology directly accessing the human mind itself, the impossibility of sentient “AI” [Point XVI], the impossibility of animal-personhood [Point XXII], the impossibility of multiple universes/ ”dimensions”/ creations/ incarnations [Point XIII]
(Henceforth, I will collectively refer to these items I encourage rejecting the possibility of as “Aliens Etc.”)
What do all of these apparently disparate exhortations have in common?
This, I wager: the likelihood that the devil (perhaps operating through the Antichrist) will soon use each item above as a means to dialogue directly with the world, as never before in history.
Aliens Etc. are fictions–fantasies that never have existed and never will exist. But modern man, now several generations deep into the Dictatorship of Relativism, bored by the promises of Christ, tired by the “shackles” of reason, and only capable of being roused by sci-fi delusions, has only grown so insane that, for the first time in history, almost everyone is now open to at least one of these fictions.
That means I’m facing an uphill battle with my argument here!
So, let’s consider a matter uncontroversial among the devout: the evil nature of “Ouija Boards.” Indeed, no one should ever engage in that occult practice of playing Ouija, and most devout souls realize this. Many people have become to some degree demonically possessed due to their use of Ouija boards (or, similarly, Tarot Cards, Seances, Psychic Mediums, Fortune Tellers, and other new age/occult practices.).
But consider the justification one might try to give for using Ouija:
“I don’t know how or why it works. I’m just being humble and open. I put my hands on this piece of plastic, I ask the question I need answered, and it leads me to answers that I need on the board. Why be closed minded here? Why be so dogmatic in opposition to this? It’s not as if there’s any Encyclicals that specifically condemn Ouija!”
Yes, it is possible to be so open minded that one’s brains fall out. Replace “Ouija” with any of the other Aliens Etc. delusions in this article and you open yourself up to similar risks.
So if indeed it is nonsense to assert that a silly piece of cardboard and plastic can give you meaningful answers to questions, then why such zeal in opposing it?
Why not allow this practice to continue unopposed, under the “humble” openness to the “possibility” that cardboard does have some hitherto undiscovered scientific capacity of reason, counsel, wisdom, and understanding? Am I being arrogant by claiming we can be certain that cardboard and plastic lack this capacity?
The answer is clear: although it is nonsense, it is nevertheless a type of nonsense that gives the devil a means of directly communicating with you. By doing Ouija, one has chosen to not only wander outside of the realms of spiritual safety afforded by abiding in Faith and Reason, but further, has chosen to open up a potential channel of communication with demons.
And this is the same type of nonsense that exists within belief in Aliens Etc.—each belief opens one up to the communications of demons.
My concerns are not theoretical. There is nothing strictly “academic” about the exhortations I present here.
Demonic oppression has already damaged the souls of many through each item above. For example, “Animal mediums” are becoming increasingly popular. People around the world are getting diabolical directives–orders straight from hell–when they visit these seemingly innocuous “mediums” in order to “learn what their cats are saying.”
But one who realizes that it is absolutely impossible for a cat to employ reason, and therefore impossible for it to have any rational guidance to give, would never be tempted to seek out an “animal medium.”
So-called “alien abductions” are also fairly common; those who relay such experiences sometimes share “insights” they learned from their time with the “aliens”; when, in fact, all they thereby do is give credence to the dictates of demons that they received during some diabolically orchestrated delusion.
My concern, therefore, is that what is already a means of demonic oppression in a relative few will, in the days ahead–once our overlords among the global elite issue a news release claiming that they have made contact with aliens, and soon thereafter proceed to share with us the teachings of these “aliens”–become a means of demonic oppression for the entire world.
They’ve been steadily working their way up to this for years now. It is beginning to reach a fever pitch, what with official US Congressional Hearings on “UFOs,” with even Congressmen using these hearings as an opportunity to subtly foment alien expectation. Over the coming times, the present subtlety will get less and less subtle (in accordance with the proverbial “boil the frog slowly” approach).
As The Hill reported today (August 22nd, 2022):
NASA is also preparing to go full-tilt UFO-centric; and I have no doubt they may be the ones to announce that “we’ve now made First Contact with Extraterrestrials.”
Imagine, if you will, a society wherein there is not merely the (who knows how many) thousands or millions suffering from some degree of Demonic possession/oppression/obsession – but billions.
This is precisely what is enabled when these means of Demonic communication become institutionalized; which is what will happen when (not, sadly, “if”) our elite tell us something along the lines of:
- That they’ve finally made “contact with an extraterrestrial intelligent life form,” and then proceed to share these “communications” with us.
- Or when they tell us they’ve “finally unlocked the key to the rational language of dolphins and bonobos and dogs,” and proceed to share these animals’ “great wisdom” with us.
- Or when they’ve “finally made an AI Robot that is truly sentient, free, and intelligent,” and present its software to us to share its “wisdom for our existential crises.”
- Or when they’ve “finally mastered the mystery of time and can now communicate with men from the future” or even “beings from another dimension/string that just intersected with our own”
Each one of these lies (and there will be others like them) will provide the perfect cover for the Devil to directly instruct billions of people on earth in a way that, in all ages past, he could only succeed in with those who most foolishly strayed into his domain through explicitly engaging in the occult.
And what the devil could not achieve through the New Age movement, due to too many of the Faithful being willing to see the evil in it and therefore avoid it, he will accomplish through “Science.”
Pride comes before the Fall, and too many modern believers– terrified above all else of being seen as insufficiently in line with “The Science”™– will at all costs avoid opposing what “The Scientists” say. If “The Scientists” say that there’s aliens, or sentient AI, or inter-temporal communication/travel, or another universe/dimension/reality, or some new technology that can directly access the mind itself, then too many will gobble these claims up readily. (And we’ll have plenty of bureaucrats in the Vatican’s various dicasteries instructing us to do just that.)
To all those Catholic journalists, authors, clergymen, scholars, and apologists out there now promoting belief in Aliens Etc., I admonish: you have no idea what you are getting into. You are playing with hellfire, and you are going to lead many souls to the source of that fire. Come to your senses, before it is too late.****
Of all the issues noted here, however, I focus most on Mankind’s uniqueness in the cosmos—i.e., the nonexistence of aliens/extraterrestrial incarnate intelligent life—because I think that, of all the deceptions I’ve listed in this post, the “alien” one is the most likely to be used most heavily by the Antichrist, the most potentially catastrophic, the most in line with expectations generated in the minds of the masses by decades of Sci-Fi movies, and the most heavily prepared for with a steadily increasing drumbeat of news stories to prime the people.
Moreover, I have long suspected that belief in aliens may be a “gateway drug” of sorts; one that compels its user to steadily succumb to graver and graver errors. Recently, my suspicions were confirmed, as I will explain below.
From being “agnostic” on the question of aliens (as most seem to be), it is easy to become open to aliens. From “openness” to aliens, it is easy to—particularly with increasing media hype about “UFOs”—next become excited about their “possibility” (particularly for those whose youth was saturated in Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel movies, etc.)****. From excitement about them it is easy to become a believer in aliens.
And once one becomes a “true believer” in aliens, the floodgates have opened.
Suddenly everything in the Faith—all those realities which deserve our most wholehearted, overwhelming, and exclusive fundamental-life-devotion—become just “one of many” superlatively, existentially demanding matters.
The alien-believer begins to wonder (at least interiorly, even if he is still – rightly – too ashamed to voice these questions in his Catholic podcast or website or whatever else):
- “What might these aliens know about God? Maybe there are far more than three persons in the God! Maybe God is thousands of persons! I can’t wait to learn about the 4th Person of the “Quadrinity”, much less the 4,000th!”
- “What might God’s incarnation look like in other planets, or galaxies, or other dimensions? Perhaps Jesus Christ is just the most minor of God’s many incarnations!”
- “What if I get all sorts of other chances at life in other parallel realities in other dimensions with all sorts of different fundamental laws, different Divine Revelations, etc.!?”
- “What if this universe is just one iteration of a whole series of universes? How minor that would make our salvation history!”
- “Imagine; entire planets full of unfallen rational beings! Perhaps the Virgin Mary isn’t unique after all—imagine trillions of other Immaculate Conceptions! Even if she is the “Queen of the Universe” (though that’s not one of the Marian Dogmas, so maybe she isn’t!), what if there are all sorts of other Universes with even greater Queens than she?!”
- “Sure, Jesus is the ‘only’ begotten Son of God. But ‘only’, by definition, restricts merely what is referred to in THIS universe. What about all the OTHER dimensions out there?! What about THEIR Divine Incarnations, Revelations, etc.?!”
These types of wild imaginings go on, and on, and on.
Suddenly, the entire Christian Faith – “things into which angels longed to look” (1 Peter 1:12), things which “prophets and kings longed to see but did not see” (Luke 10:24)—starts feeling, to these alien believers, like a boring day job he must deal with so that he can get to his weekend, where the “really interesting and fun things happen.”
God’s Creation, Christ’s Incarnation and Redemption, our journey of Sanctification, and our awaiting of His Second Coming and Eternity–become just “some of many” things of infinite magnitude–instead of the be-all-end-all of our lives, as they must be.
What a horrible tragedy for a believer to succumb to.
Even while it may seem to these people that they have not expressly rejected a single explicit Dogma (they’ll still nod, though with boredom, to each item in the Creed), it nevertheless remains so that their Supernatural Faith has been castrated, emasculated, withered, and decayed.
The form – the trappings — of the Christian Religion is maintained, but the power of it – the life-devouring-fire that Faith should and must be –has been extinguished, as St. Paul prophesied of the last days – these times (2 Timothy 3).
Does this slippery slope I have described appear far-fetched? Exaggerated?
Unfortunately, it is neither.
I present to you here what was just argued by an extremely popular Catholic Scholar (one who has long been regarded as totally “orthodox minded”). It was just published (June 2022) in a new book he wrote. This new book was published by one of the most popular “strictly orthodox” Catholic publishers. Below is a quote from that book. This quote was recently wholeheartedly and enthusiastically promoted by a certain Catholic journalist on his extremely popular Catholic news aggregator website:
“Ultraterrestrials…interdimensional beings… dimensions intersected with our own … time-traveling humans from the future” ??!!
Do you see how far we have fallen?
Now do you believe what I said last year?:
The scholar who wrote the words above will not be the last to succumb to–and promote–these delusions. Like dominoes, many others will fall; including plenty of individuals whom I myself have promoted in the past–not excepting some who have hitherto been regarded as shining lights, even among the Faithful Remnant.
Therefore, idolize no one. God alone is God. Fallible men will, in the days ahead, manifest their fallibility for all to see
“Put not your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save” Psalm 146
Make no mistake about it, these are the times of which Our Lord said,
“And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24:22
You will see Christians and Catholics–individuals you thought you could trust to figure it all out for you–nevertheless drop like flies in the coming times–falling for the imminent Diabolical Deceptions like moths to the flame–but you must not allow that sorry sight to shake your own Faith.
For these days are destined to be the “rise and fall of many in Israel,” (Luke 2:34); that is, in the Church.
Read your Bible, read your Catechism, submit to all the contents thereof – strive to become a saint, strive to Live in the Divine Will, and you will remain safe.
I would say “I give you my word,” but that would be silly, as you have something infinitely better: You have God’s Word. Several verses before the verse above, Our Lord taught:
The Abomination of Desolation is coming.
It will have much to do with the various tenets of the Diabolical Quantum Leap. Despite how tempting succumbing to its promises will be, I know—because Christ has promised—that he who endures to the end will be saved. To succumb to the Antichrist, you’ll have to consciously choose to do so.
“Aliens” were, previously, not a topic I ever wanted to have to focus much on addressing. But now I see it’s something I’m going to have to address much more moving forward.
I am working on a new piece, and if my post last year failed to convince you that there are no aliens, then this upcoming one will not fail.
In the meantime, I leave you with a simple presentation of Pascal’s Wager, modified for this matter:
Leaving aside the many reasons we have to conclude there are no aliens—what do you stand to gain, or lose, from this belief?
You already have everything you need for your salvation in Public Revelation.
You already have everything you need for your highest possible sanctification in 2,000 years of Sacred Tradition (particularly the crown of this tradition, Jesus’ approved revelations to the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta – which, by the way, are absolutely undoubtedly authentic, yet make it clear on many different occasions that man is the only rational incarnate creature that exists.)
Salvation and sanctification are all you need, and neither stands to gain anything by believing in aliens.
Moreover, you have no need for the scientific, technological, or other temporally oriented learning that “aliens” would have. Technology doesn’t solve problems; it creates new (and worse) ones.
And what do you have to lose by believing in aliens?
An utterly incalculable amount. What I’ve described here today. What I described here. What I described here. You gravely risk your salvation, your sanctification. You risk wandering into heresy. You risk your sanity. You risk a personal existential crisis. You risk succumbing to the Antichrist’s deceptions. You risk entertaining demons. You risk so much.
Under what strange argument are these risks worth it?
*There are of course a few examples from Scripture and Tradition of animals talking by a miracle. For example, Balaam had to be rebuked through an animal — “he received a rebuke for his own crime: a mute beast spoke with a human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.” 2 Peter 2:16. But these cases in no way imply rationality on the part of the animal. They were extraordinary examples of God Himself speaking to someone and deciding to use an animal as the instrument (just as He could equally well use a cloud, or a bush on fire, or anything else.) On the flip side, exorcists have plenty of true stories to tell of what animals have done under demonic influence. In neither case is it the animal’s own volition that causes these phenomena. There are also cases like St. Francis admonishing the wolf, or St. Anthony “preaching” to the birds and the fish. But none of those examples or others like them consisted in a human being actually engaging in attempted rational discourse with an animal. They were each extraordinary cases (which should not be considered paradigmatic of our own approach to things) of a brief one-way communication. Obviously, humans can command animals via voice (ever told a dog to “sit!”?). This does not imply rational discourse either, even if quite a few words are involved. A horse trainer may calm down an unruly horse with a lengthy speech; not because the horse does, or even possibly could, understand the reasoning in the talk, but only because it is easier for the human to speak according to the manner with which he is acquainted when undertaking consoling efforts; it is the tone, the body language, etc., that does the calming.
**Here’s a clue that some theological proposition is way-off: those who proffer it have to spend years of research, mining all of the writings and sayings (alleged or actual) of all the thousands upon thousands of saints to find so much as a few of these sayings that supposedly support their proposition. For what they are thereby revealing–even if the quotes they find are genuine and not merely apocryphal (usually they are not genuine)– is how Sacred Tradition is nearly unanimous in opposition to that very proposition. (Such it is with, for example, aliens. Every saint who has ever lived; minus, perhaps, three or four–took it as an absolutely certain given that man alone, in all physical creation, is rational.)
***Technology can only access the mind through the senses. The devil, on the other hand – although even he cannot directly access the mind itself (i.e., read it perfectly or completely control the mind) – he can suggest things to it without needing to use your senses the normal way, and he can of course subject us to temptations. I have no idea how exactly this works. But technology certainly cannot come remotely close to doing what even the devil struggles to accomplish. When they claim they’ve achieved “mind-accessing tech,” they haven’t done that at all, and any apparent operations of such technology is nothing but a ruse for the initiatives of demons.
**** I don’t wish to be a curmudgeon here – there’s nothing wrong with enjoying certain works of fiction, even if their content is counterfactual! I’m certainly not rebuking anyone merely for doing so. I myself number among those ranks: I loved reading C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, I enjoyed the movie “Signs,” (both of which include aliens), and there are plenty of other examples. The point is merely that we mustn’t allow counterfactual fictional themes to become the lens through which we entertain what is actually possible or plausible in reality. I will say, though, that I dislike all “time travel” fiction, since that theme is not only counterfactual, but logically meaningless. Asserting that objective acts of the past can change [which Aquinas rightly teaches not even God can do] is contrary to the First Principles of Reason, it entails the incoherent assertion that the effect of a cause can itself be the cause of that cause, and from this causality-rejecting-absurdity, no logically meaningful story can be written (yet any good story must at least be logically coherent).