by Bill Nugent
The “Ancient Aliens” series of TV shows on the History Channel unfortunately promotes the ancient astronaut teachings of Erich Von Daniken. The major tenets of the ancient astronaut theory is the claim that astronauts in space ships from planets in distant star systems visited earth in ancient times and profoundly influenced ancient history.
Much of the evidence discussed on the “Ancient Aliens” (AA) TV shows has to do with large stone structures built by ancient people including temples and tombs such as Puma Punku in Bolivia andThe Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt.
I have found that the AA TV shows contain distortions of historical facts, outright false statements and very extreme speculation . Ancient astronaut theorists tend to see all of ancient history through the lens of alleged visits by astronauts.
I’ve written several articles refuting ancient astronauts theory. My DTF articles 238, 239 and 240 all deal with UFOs and I warn against the cultish, new age type teachings often associated with them. Why do I spend so much time debunking bizarre UFO related theories? We must debunk the UFO cults because they are leading many young people astray. At least one of the AA TV show “experts” made the openly blasphemous claim that the God of the ancient Israelites was merely an ancient astronaut that the Israelites falsely deified!
Bad as that blasphemy was, it’s not the only danger posed by the UFO cults. Implicit in the UFO cults is the claim that there is more than one inhabited planet in the universe. Earth and human beings are diminished if earth is just one of many earths. Did Jesus visit each earth and die for the sins of each earth?
I will hasten to point out that even if there are many earths it doesn’t directly contradict the Bible. The Bible is silent on the claim of intelligent life on other planets. God could have created many humanities and redeemed them all. I just feel that the UFO cult claim of other worlds tends to dilute the overall Bible doctrines of mankind and redemption.
I see a parallel between UFO cults and Hinduism. The UFO cults say there are many worlds. Hinduism says there are many lives each person will live. The cults therefore draw people away after many worlds or many lives.
Hindus claim that humans live many lives according to their doctrine of reincarnation. The doctrine of reincarnation diminishes the value of your present life because, in their view, it’s just one life out of many lives that you will live. The Bible says each person lives one life (Hebrews 9:27) and in this one life we must repent from sin and turn to God through Christ to receive forgiveness of sins.
UFO researchers are divided into two different viewpoints in explaining UFOs. These viewpoints are the extraterrestrial hypothesis and the interdimensional hypothesis. The extraterrestrial hypothesis is the claim that UFOs are metal spaceships with astronauts from planets in star systems within our own physical universe. The AA TV shows promote this view.
The interdimensional hypothesis is the claim that UFOs are nonmaterial beings or spirits that travel from a different dimension and enter our universe from a parallel universe.
The interdimensional hypothesis is more consistent with the Bible and the Christian worldview because it can be inferred that at least some of the other dimensions of the parallel universe are the same as the realm of spirit. The Bible certainly acknowledges the existence of the spirit world. The spirit world is the realm of the supernatural.
Most, if not all, Christian researchers and some secular researchers, including Jacques Vallee, reject the extraterrestrial hypothesis and maintain the interdimensional view. In studying UFOs, I’ve come to believe that we’re dealing with intelligent life not from other planets but from other dimensions. It’s not astronauts from outer space but spirit beings from the realm of spirit.
I regard UFOs as generally of the same category as poltergeists, hauntings, occultism and other manifestations of the demonic realm. I hold this view because of the deceptive, antibiblical teachings that are transmitted from UFOs such as the doctrines of the UFO cults and the New Age teachings that UFO “abductees” claim to receive. Also the bizarre animal mutilations attributed to UFOs in which animals have their blood drained and have organs removed with surgical precision is further evidence of the demonic origin of UFOs. Can spirit beings cut animal flesh? I believe they can.
In this article we will take a look at one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is the only one of the seven wonders still standing. In accordance with their pagan faith, the Egyptians regarded their Pharaohs as gods. The living Pharaoh was considered to be an incarnation of the god Horus, god of the heavens and protector of the sun god. After death, the Pharaoh was believed to transition to become the god Osiris, king of the dead.
To facilitate this life to death transition, the Pharaohs ordered the construction of elaborate tombs and mortuary temples. Early tombs of the first and second dynasties were simple compared to the huge pyramids that were built later. The Great Pyramid of Giza was built to be the tomb of Khufu, the second ruler of the fourth dynasty.
The AA TV show presents the false claim that there is no evidence that the Great Pyramid was ever used as a tomb. This is in spite of the plain historical fact that a sarcophagus (coffin) was discovered in the King’s chamber near the center of the pyramid. The AA TV show also claims that there are no inscriptions on the walls indicating for whom the tomb was built. On the contrary, a reference to Pharaoh Khufu was found written on stone in a chamber above the King’s Chamber.
The AA TV show dismisses the fact that the pyramid was a tomb and advances a bizarre claim in keeping with ancient astronauts theory. The AA TV show then features an engineer who puts forth the claim that the Great Pyramid was a power plant that produced energy by the mixing of chemicals in three chambers inside the pyramid. The three chambers are the Queen’s chamber, the Grand Gallery and the King’s chamber. This professional engineer then seriously alleges that the chemical reaction somehow caused a microwave beam to shoot forth out of the pyramid into outer space to hit a satellite and the satellite directed the energy beam back to another part of earth to power some kind of machinery.
That theory is absurd when you consider that if the ancient astronauts theory were true, the spaceships from other star systems would surely have mastered cold fusion, antigravity and who knows what else as sophisticated energy sources. They wouldn’t have had to rely on producing energy from a stone furnace on earth! Ancient astronaut theory is false and the evidence clearly points to the fact that the pyramid was a tomb.
There are two other smaller pyramids in the necropolis at Giza. The Pyramid of Khafre (son of Khufu) is smaller because this pyramid features the giant sphinx, which is an idol depicting Khafre’s face on the body of a lion. The third pyramid is even smaller but its mortuary temple complex is larger than those of the other pyramids. It seems that the Pharaohs had limited resources and those that built smaller pyramids built other structures larger.
The AA TV show also claims that the precision and complexity and size of the Great Pyramid are such that the ancient Egyptians must have had help from ancient astronauts who supposedly provided technical training and tools. I’ve refuted this before in other articles but let me recap it here.
First of all, imagine intelligent beings on another planet saying to each other: “Let’s fly 20 light years over to planet earth and teach the earthlings how to move huge stone blocks and do precise masonry work.” Why would intelligent beings come here to help build temples, monuments and tombs? If they came, why didn’t they teach the ancient people about electricity, internal combustion motors, plastics, glass, hydraulics and any number of modern technologies?
The ancient pagan stone masons were immensely skilled but if they did have help from aliens it was from spirit aliens of the demonic realm. After all, they were building pagan temples and tombs that idolatrously glorified the pharaohs. Perhaps the ancients who built elaborate tombs had demonic anointings to accomplish their work. Demonic power and demonic anointings are consistent with the interdimensional alien view and not consistent with the extraterrestrial alien view.
In the Bible, in Exodus 31:1-3 we read that the Lord filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God in order to give him skill in craftsmanship to build the tabernacle in the wilderness. God gave help to Bezalel by spiritual means to help him build a holy tabernacle. It’s not hard to believe that demons could have aided craftsmen with demonic power to build pagan temples and tombs.
I’ve read that engineers have calculated that the Great Pyramid could have been built by natural, ordinary means in as little as ten years utilizing ancient building methods and a work force of not more than 40,000. The remains of a village that housed the workers has been discovered near the pyramid including the ruins of houses and even the remnants of bakeries that could have produced thousands of loaves of bread to feed the mason crews.
The ancient astronaut theory offers great appeal to young people in our present age of rocketry and space exploration. This ancient astronaut theory is just one more thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.
We must point people to Jesus who came in fulfillment of over 300 Old Testament Bible prophecies written hundreds of years before His birth. No other person in all of history can match this claim! Jesus worked miracles in front of eyewitnesses and this is recorded in the Gospels of the New Testament. Miracles continue to be worked today by Christians who rely on the power of Christ. I’ve met Ralph Anderson, a man dramatically and instantly healed of severe cerebral palsy at a service conducted by healing evangelist Kathryn Kuhlmann. Many other miraculous healings occur today in the name of Jesus in Christian meetings all over the world!
Jesus suffered and died to take upon Himself the penalty of our sins thus making atonement. He rose from the dead in victory and appeared to eyewitnesses. Call upon Jesus Christ today to receive forgiveness of sins.