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Speculative theology delves into the space between the known and unknown. The Bible is rich in content and mystery, which stokes the fires of imaginations. Where did Cain get his wife? Why does God park a starship in orbit around Earth? Why do all of these questions take us back to the Garden of Eden?

In theological speculation, care must be taken to maintain orthodoxy--not deviating from the Bible message, otherwise the tendency for error grows which often results in heresy.

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ALIENS, DRAGONS & BIGFOOT IN THE BIBLE
Magazine Review by Eric Grissom - 22 September 2017
 

Aliens, God and the Bible – A Theological Speculative Study of the Bible’s Alien Mysteries, The Rev. Dr. Joel Curtis Graves, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, PA, 2017, 192pp, $17.99.

     My initial thought when I received this book for review was, “Oh, great! Aliens in the Bible.”

     On the one hand, that was correct. On another level, however, it was not what I had expected. I should perhaps have paid more attention to “A Theological Speculative Study.”

     Be that as it may, I did find the book fascinating. Yes, there were times I felt that Rev. Graves was pushing his religious beliefs on me, but for the most part, I thoroughly enjoyed the discussions of “a great cube” coming to Earth in the End Times. If you consider that pre-airflight scribes would have no idea what a UFO or airplane or any other flying object might be, it’s easy to accept that the cube could be described as “a great city” or “a temple” or even “the New Jerusalem” come to collect the faithful.

I’ve grown up with many unanswered questions about religion and the Bible, and it was refreshing to have Rev. Graves answer a lot of them, such as where Cain found a wife, if Adam and Eve only had three sons. I found answers to long-held human beliefs in aliens, dragons and beings such as Bigfoot, Yeti or Abominable Snowman or Sasquatch depending on the culture.

     Aliens, God and the Bible also generated more unanswered questions. Several theologians have chastised me for my [questions], and I’m sure many who follow Rev. Graves’ faith have found their answers.

     Rev. Graves gives an approximate date of the arrival of the New Jerusalem, though every generation since Jesus’ time has insisted “the end is near”. Most recently, there are prophecies that we’ll start seeing signs of the End Times this Saturday, September 23, 2017. One side note here regarding Revelation 8:11, which mentions a star named Wormwood. Interestingly, Russian and Ukrainian dictionaries prior to 1986 translated “wormwood” as “Chernobyl”. Associated with the “third trumpet”?

     Stepping outside the religious aspects of the book for a moment, difficult though that may be, there are some very good points on aliens, zombies, shape changers, dragons and other creatures known around the world by different names. The idea of “hive mind” was interesting, as was the explanation of the “four living creatures” of Revelation 4:6-8 and Ezekiel 1:10. With Rev. Graves’ references to Star Wars and Star Trek, I wondered if the cherubim guarding the Tree of Life with a flaming sword might be a robot or other mechanical creature with a light saber. I smiled when I read about an alien prime directive (think Star Trek) where Rev. Graves said that aliens living on Earth [today] have “strict instructions to not overtly interfere with our civilization.”

     It was interesting to note the alignments of the Egyptian pyramids, the Mayan pyramids and stars in Orion’s belt as well as the theory that the Sphinx (which faces the constellation of Leo the Lion) originally had the head of a lion. What messages do these have for humans?

     Aliens, God and the Bible is an interesting book, and I recommend it whether you are a religious person or not. Many of your questions will be answered, I’m sure, and you may find yourself with a whole list of new questions. If you’re thinking of the book as “food for thought”, this is a feast.