This article originally appeared on June 8, 2021 at Baptist News Global.
As senior airman Derek Tarr was flying over the Adriatic Sea in 1999, he suddenly realized he was being followed by a bright light.
“We started into a turn and as I look back, it’s just a bright white orb. It was bouncing almost like a super ball — very short, very succinct, very sharp movements, but extremely rapid,” he recalled. “The jostling or oscillations that it was doing were certainly not minute adjustments, probably several hundred feet, up, down, side to side … . In the blink of an eye, it just … shot right up in the sky. Fastest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Since that episode, the buzz about aliens has skyrocketed.
Former President Obama weighed in saying, “What is true … is that there’s footage and records of objects in the skies that we don’t know exactly what they are. We can’t explain how they moved, their trajectory … . They did not have an easily explainable pattern.”
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said: “There is stuff flying in our airspace. We don’t know what it is. We need to find out. I am going off what our military men and their radars and their eyesight is telling them. We need really some hard evidence, extraordinary evidence, because this would be one of the most extraordinary claims ever if it was true.”
Of course, we do not know for sure whether these UFOs are coming from an alien world. And while the upcoming congressional report is most likely going to neither confirm nor deny the existence of aliens, the evidence that these unidentified objects exist and have capabilities that far exceed what the highest ranked U.S. officials claim to know about modern technology has become undeniable.
Thus, Christians are once again having conversations about what it would mean for Christian theology if we receive confirmation of alien life beyond earth. Obama even speculated this week that “new religions would pop up.”