Christ before Cosmos
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Emphasis added, Colossians 2:8, KJV
From time immemorial, paranormal phenomena have manifested themselves in the cosmos. And as America has become more secular, there’s been a resurgence of it in our society and culture. Via the digital dimension of movies and video games, the paranormal has become quite “normal” in Western culture over the last generation. In fact, for many persons it’s become their new “reality.”  To hitchhike on the title of Peter Jones’ book, the Gnostic empire has struck back. 
The phenomenon has especially manifested itself in movies that highlight invading UFOs, aliens and powerful hybrid-transformer-like creatures which threaten to destroy or control civilization as we know it. Consider but several out of hundreds of movies that have been produced around this theme: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Invasion (1997), The Colony (1998), The Invasion (2007), Alien Siege (2007), Alien Species (2008), The Darkest Hour (2011), Lethal Target (2013), Battle Earth (2013), Alien Invasion (2013), etc. Literally, American culture is being mesmerized by digital imagery depicting how life “out there” threatens life “down here.” And in an attempt to keep the Christian faith in step with the paranormal culture of modernity, some Christians are now teaching and writing about “UFOs,” “watchers,” “aliens,” “invading Nephilim,” and so forth, employing a few biblical passages to construct contemporary and futuristic scenarios and then embellishing them with apocryphal, pseudepigraphal and ancient mythological sources.
All of this and more constitute the spiritual collage that makes up the neo-pagan worldview of our New Age, the Age of Aquarius.  In our post-Christian culture it’s not that masses of souls believe in nothing, but rather that they believe in anything, and everything! The Gnosis has returned and has become an influential part of western culture’s mindset. And to one degree or another, such Gnostic thinking about the cosmos influences how Christians understand the universe in which they live, which in turn affects what they believe. But the Gnostic influence upon Christianity is not new. In fact, the Apostle Paul warned about the spiritual danger posed by the Gnosticism that surrounded the Christians at Colossae.
Paul warned those believers about being taken captive by “the rudiments of the world” and “not after Christ” (Colossians 2:9). By employing the elements and entities of the cosmos, Satan ever attempts to lure people’s attention from off the Lord Jesus Christ and unto other beings that inhabit the universe, whether real or imagined. Whether by deception or coercion, this neo-Gnostic empire of the devil’s making ever seeks to captivate and intimidate people and turn the spotlight from off of Jesus Christ and unto paranormal phenomena. And if the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ gives any indication, and we know it does, things are only going to get worse before they get better as this age progresses and draws to a close.
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