UFO’s or a narcolepsy oriented person’s dream of possibilities!
An issue that has been around for many years, but until recently has now made top news in Washington, DC.
It was around 1945 or close to that when a friend and I were just sitting around on an undeveloped street talking about the things young boys might discuss. It was still daylight but nearing dusk when in the distance over a hill about one or two miles away we noticed two strange looking types of aircraft. As we watched one was further ahead of the other and as it got closer you could see what we believed were windows. It almost resembled a bus flying in the sky without wings or visible motors. While this machine, as best as I can describe it, appeared to come to a stop then as quick as it came into view it was that quick it retreated but at a faster rate. Lynn and I were around 9 - 11 years of age and neither of us were make believers like with cowboy make-believes that boys of that age would indulge in. I went home and told my father what we saw. He called the air-force at Pittsburgh International airport wherein they said they would look into it. Did they? Who knows.
Let’s take a moment and look at the cosmos where there are countless galaxies containing multi-millions of star systems each with no doubt many planets rotating like our own planetary system. On a clear night without many outside lights from cities or vehicles one can lie outside and view the endless sight of the largest planetary system that cannot be counted. If you are familiar with the formation of different stars you may be able to identify by name the pre-named constellations. The big dipper, the little dipper, and the many forms they make.
But as we look into the vastness of space our imagination may take us far beyond our present position and see the farthest stars which may have already burned out because of the great distance we can’t even comprehend. We know how the distance of time is measured. LIght travels at a speed of 286,000 miles per second. Let’s quickly calculate one light year. In one year there are 31,536, 000 seconds. Almost all the heavenly bodies we see are measured in light years. To calculate this into an understandable number we would soon need a calculator with a deeper numerical capability than a single hand-held computer. All this can overwhelm the average person. Multiply 31,536,000 seconds by 186,000 to get the distance traveled in one year.
Before going too far into this examination of the unknown or even realistic existence of other life beyond our own world, we should put the questions of doubt into perspective. Many years before our past explorers discovered America or the West Indies it was common thought that mankind lived on a flat world. Sailing too far would cause anyone in ships to fall off the planet, although a planet would suggest an opaque body and therefore not flat.
It took men with a desire to know what lies beyond the tangible world they lived in to find for themselves something that existed beyond their clever imaginations. People like Magellen, Ponce De Leon, and of course Columbus who dared to look beyond the common beliefs of history and find, if possible, just what indeed lies ahead. Their searching for something unknown did not place God or the Church’s Theology into a question of disbelief.
The emphasis of all this is to get some idea of the universe, if there is only one, that God created. Are we to believe that all this fills the cosmos when we cannot even yet reach beyond the moon which our astronauts landed on? Was God’s intent in creating the marvels of the cosmos there for just a backdrop to fill the night sky? This being the case, do we think that there may not be other forms of life, different from us, if they do exist, that God also created in some fashion? This we cannot ascertain now, but remember the old adage, don’t place God in a box. God is beyond anything we can imagine.
What was it my friend and I viewed way back in 1945 or close to that date? Why is the government finally removing their sunglasses and willing to examine the tons of reports from many years of eye-witnesses who used to be covered up as secrecy?
Do we believe that our species is the only one that God created? Is heaven not large enough to hold many species of life, no matter what they might represent or be?
Whatever the final answer to the complexity of the unknown, we still believe that God created everything, including his chosen people, and sent his only Son to redeem them for eternity with him in heaven. What is beyond that we await!
Ralph B. Hathaway