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  • #16
    I think Islam and Christianity would suffer a big ego blow. It would be hard to explain how these creatures could not know about Jesus aand Muhammad. Or arguements about whether aliens have souls or need the religion.

    Me I think that they'd probably just be another creation of Anu in a large universe. It really doesn't change things for me.

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    • #17
      The majority of the people on Earth would probably see them as Gods, or messengers thereof, and welcome them in Peace.

      While the adherents of the "big 3" would see them as an enemy to the power that they hold over the people that pay them and therefore call for a war with them, as they could destroy their hold over the masses.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by C. Iulia Regilia View Post
        I think Islam and Christianity would suffer a big ego blow. It would be hard to explain how these creatures could not know about Jesus aand Muhammad.
        Considering that exclusivist Christians and Muslims (i.e., the ones who believe that the only "true" religion is theirs and all others are "false"...) already believe that the other 2/3 of Humanity is going to "Hell" for not believing as they do...I don't see how it would change much.

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        • #19
          As far as I'm aware the bible doesn't mention anything in regards to extraterrestial life forms which is what christians always reference when looking for answers and depending on their interpretation is how they percieve it.

          Sine nothing is written about this, it would be a free for all to explain it from there already determined point of view.

          Its not just christians but we all do this. Once we have a deep seated life viewpoint we take any new information and anaylze it then explain it in a way to fit our own bias.

          Ultimately especially if they were intelligent life forms and were able to help teach us how to live in more productive societies it would have a negative effect on religion as far as converts and members because in poorer societies religion tends to thrive more than in wealthy ones because it helps to replace that organized structure and security that wealthier nations provide through the government.

          Also it would allow more free flow of information which also has a negative effect especially on the larger religions simply because people are exposed to more information and aren't as relient on their rearing to determine what they truly believe. Also we tend to have strength in numbers so it makes it more acceptable in your own mind once you realize your not the only one that may view something a certain way. Which I credit the internet with some of the decline of christianity and increase of pagans, atheists and agnostics in the states.

          So initially it won't have that large of an impact because they will simply explain it in a way to fit their bias, in fact it may even increase their numbers because people may feel threatened and religion gives us comfort and hope.

          However over a period of time it would have a negative effect as far as numbers of converts and members.
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          • #20
            When I was younger, a school teacher told us that if aliens or extraterrestrials existed, "God would have told us so!" I remember telling my mother (a devout Catholic) what my teacher said, and she said that the teacher was B'sing

            In short, it may have an effect on certain people that practice certain faiths, but not on the faiths themselves.
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            • #21
              There is inteligent life out there. The religions was brought to earth thousands of years ago by these star people. The people that worship bulls, cows & calves got there Pagan beliefs from Taurus, Islam & Christianaty came from the twins,those that worship snake & serpents got theres from the Serpent Constilation. I read that the Serpent is supose to start growing what looks like feathers this year. For those who know where to look? Pagan beliefs from other planets.

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              • #22
                It really wouldn't do much of anything, I think. *shrug*
                "If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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