Unidentified Flying Objects and Angels: A Biblical Perspective


By ArtisanTony

January 18, 2024


In recent times, the discussion around Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) has garnered significant attention. Among the myriad of theories and speculations, a peculiar notion has surfaced suggesting that these phenomena might be angels. As a Christian, this idea presents not only a curiosity but also a theological challenge. This paper aims to explore, from a Christian perspective rooted in the teachings of the King James Bible, why the equating of UFOs/UAP with angels does not align with traditional Christian doctrine. Additionally, it will consider various perspectives, including scientific analysis and alternative theories, to provide a comprehensive understanding of the nature of these unexplained phenomena.


Understanding Angels in the Bible 

Angels, as described in the King James Bible, are celestial beings created by God. They are often depicted as messengers or agents of God's will. The Book of Hebrews describes them as “ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14, KJV). In Psalms, their protective role is highlighted: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalm 91:11, KJV).


These descriptions underscore two fundamental aspects of angels: their divine origin and their purposeful existence in the fulfillment of God's plan. Unlike humans, angels are not subject to the limitations of mortal life and are often depicted as possessing extraordinary power and wisdom. However, their most defining characteristic is their role as God’s messengers and servants, a role that directly links them to the divine narrative.


Theological Argument Against UFOs/UAP as Angels 

The fascination with UFOs and UAP as potentially being of divine or extraterrestrial origin has captivated public imagination. However, from a Christian theological standpoint, equating these phenomena with angels is problematic for several reasons.


Firstly, the nature of UFOs/UAP as unidentified and unexplained does not align with the clear and purposeful depictions of angels in the Bible. Angels are not mysterious or unknown entities in biblical accounts; they have specific roles and are clearly identified as messengers or agents of God's will. For instance, in the Book of Daniel, angels explain visions and prophecies with clarity and purpose (Daniel 9:21-23). This direct and understandable communication is in stark contrast with the ambiguous and often inexplicable nature of UFO sightings.


Secondly, attributing a spiritual or divine nature to UFOs/UAP could lead to a form of idolatry, where the fascination with these phenomena shifts focus away from the worship of God and adherence to biblical teachings. The Bible warns against such diversions in several passages, such as in the First Commandment (Exodus 20:3) and in Romans 1:25, where it is stated, "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator."


Furthermore, the Bible provides a framework for discerning spiritual beings and experiences. In 1 John 4:1, it advises, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God." This scripture encourages discernment and testing against biblical truth, which UFOs/UAP, as unexplained phenomena with no clear alignment to biblical teachings, do not pass.


Scientific Perspective on UFOs/UAP

While the previous sections explored the theological viewpoint, it is also crucial to consider the scientific perspective on UFOs and UAP. Scientifically, these phenomena are objects or occurrences observed in the sky that are not immediately identifiable. The term 'Unidentified Flying Object' does not imply an extraterrestrial origin but merely indicates that the object cannot be readily explained with current knowledge and technology.


Scientists approach UFOs/UAP with a methodology grounded in empirical evidence and falsifiability. Investigations into these phenomena often reveal mundane explanations such as atmospheric conditions, optical illusions, or man-made objects. This rational approach contrasts with the faith-based understanding of angels in Christian theology, where belief is not predicated on empirical evidence but on spiritual conviction and scriptural authority.


Furthermore, the scientific community maintains a stance of skepticism towards extraordinary claims, adhering to the principle that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. This position aligns with Carl Sagan's famous statement, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." In the case of UFOs/UAP, despite extensive investigations, there has been no conclusive evidence to suggest a divine or extraterrestrial origin, much less a connection to biblical angels.


Alternate Theories on the Nature of UFOs/UAP 

In addition to the theological and scientific perspectives previously discussed, it is worth considering alternative theories regarding the nature of UFOs/UAP. One prevalent theory is that these phenomena might be advanced technology, developed either by the United States, other nations, or even an unknown advanced civilization.

Government or Military Technology: It is plausible that some UFO sightings could be attributed to highly classified or experimental military technology. Governments, particularly those with significant resources and technological capabilities, often conduct experiments with advanced aerospace technology, which might not be publicly disclosed. This theory is supported by the history of military technology, where numerous advanced technologies (like stealth aircraft) were once classified and unknown to the general public.


Foreign Advanced Technology: Similarly, the possibility that UFOs/UAP could be advanced technology from foreign nations should be considered. In the global landscape of rapidly advancing technology and geopolitical rivalries, it's conceivable that sightings of unexplained aerial phenomena could be linked to the testing of advanced foreign technology.


Unknown Advanced Civilization: Another intriguing, albeit more speculative, theory is the possibility that UFOs/UAP might originate from an advanced civilization, perhaps one not yet known or understood by modern science. While this idea ventures into the realm of speculation, it cannot be entirely dismissed in the absence of conclusive evidence about the nature of these phenomena.


In presenting these theories, it is essential to apply the same level of critical analysis and discernment used in the theological and scientific sections. Just as the identification of UFOs/UAP as angels requires careful scrutiny against theological and empirical standards, so too does the exploration of these alternative theories. It is crucial to approach these possibilities with an open mind while maintaining a commitment to evidence-based reasoning and a clear understanding of the limitations of our current knowledge.


Intelligence Agencies and the Creation of Myths 

The role of intelligence agencies and military organizations in creating or perpetuating myths, particularly in the context of advanced technology, is a facet of history that warrants closer examination. This practice, often part of broader strategies in disinformation or psychological operations (psyops), has been employed for various purposes, including concealing technological developments and diverting public attention.


World War II Deceptive Strategies: During World War II, the Allies employed an array of deceptive strategies, including the use of 'ghost armies' and counterfeit equipment. These tactics were designed to mislead Axis powers about the Allies' military capabilities and intentions. For instance, inflatable tanks were used to create the illusion of a formidable military presence in regions where the Allies were, in fact, not strongly positioned.


Cold War Era and Stealth Technology: The Cold War saw a significant ramp-up in disinformation campaigns. One notable example is the development and testing of stealth aircraft, such as the F-117 Nighthawk, by the United States. The highly classified nature of these projects led to numerous speculations and myths, some of which veered into the realm of UFO sightings. The unconventional design and secretive testing of these aircraft often coincided with reports of unidentified flying objects, which, in retrospect, could have been tests of these then-unknown aircraft.


Area 51 and UFO Conspiracies: Area 51, a top-secret U.S. Air Force facility, has become synonymous with UFO conspiracy theories. The intense secrecy surrounding the base, coupled with confirmed testing of advanced military aircraft, fueled public speculation about extraterrestrial technology and UFOs. It is widely believed that this aura of mystery was beneficial in diverting attention from the actual activities occurring at the site, such as the development of cutting-edge aerospace technology.


Modern Misinformation Tactics: In the modern era, misinformation and disinformation tactics continue to play a role in military and intelligence operations. This includes creating or allowing the perpetuation of myths surrounding unexplained phenomena, which can serve as a smokescreen for testing or developing advanced technology. While the exact extent and nature of such operations are often classified, the historical precedent underscores the possibility that some UFO sightings might be attributable to human-made, highly advanced technological projects.


Historical and Cultural Context of Unexplained Phenomena and Angels 

Throughout history, unexplained phenomena have often been interpreted through the lens of the cultural and scientific understanding of the time. In ancient and medieval times, for example, comets, eclipses, and other celestial events were frequently seen as omens or divine messages. However, as scientific knowledge expanded, many of these phenomena were explained in natural terms, shifting their interpretation from the divine to the empirical.


This historical perspective is crucial when considering the modern interpretation of UFOs/UAP. Much like the celestial events of the past, UFOs/UAP are often shrouded in mystery and subject to speculative interpretations. However, as our scientific understanding progresses, many UFO sightings have been attributed to natural or man-made causes, such as weather balloons, experimental aircraft, or atmospheric phenomena.


In contrast, the depiction of angels in the Bible is deeply rooted in the religious and cultural context of the times in which the biblical texts were written. Angels are portrayed as part of the divine order, serving specific roles within the narratives of Christian theology. Their appearances and actions are not presented as mysterious or unexplained; rather, they are integral to the unfolding of God's plan as described in the scriptures.


Addressing Specific Biblical Interpretations: The Case of Ezekiel's Wheel

One of the commonly cited examples in the argument equating UFOs/UAP with biblical phenomena is the vision of Ezekiel's wheel, as described in the Book of Ezekiel, chapters 1 and 10. Some interpret this vision as a description of a UFO. However, from a theological and scholarly standpoint, this interpretation can be problematic and overlooks the symbolic and prophetic nature of Ezekiel's vision.  Firstly, it's important to understand the genre and context of Ezekiel’s writing. The Book of Ezekiel is rich in symbolic and apocalyptic imagery, common in prophetic literature. These symbols were often used to convey complex divine messages and truths in a manner that was understandable to the contemporary audience, steeped in their cultural and religious context.


The vision of the wheel, with its complex and awe-inspiring imagery, is generally interpreted by biblical scholars as a symbolic representation of God's power and sovereignty. The wheels and accompanying creatures symbolize the omnipresence and omniscience of God, indicating that God's authority extends to all parts of the universe. This interpretation aligns with the broader themes of Ezekiel, which emphasize the majesty and supremacy of God, especially in times of exile and despair.


Furthermore, interpreting Ezekiel's vision as a literal description of a UFO imposes a modern scientific and cultural lens on an ancient religious text. Such anachronistic interpretations can distort the original message and intent of the biblical narrative. It is crucial to interpret these texts within their historical and cultural context, recognizing the symbolic language and metaphors used by the authors.



This paper has explored the claim that Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) might be equated with angels as described in the Christian Bible, specifically the King James Version. Through a comprehensive examination from theological, scientific, historical, and cultural perspectives, and considering alternative theories, we have established several key points:


1. Biblical Understanding of Angels: Angels in the Bible are depicted as purposeful, clear messengers and servants of God, a characterization that starkly contrasts with the ambiguous and unidentified nature of UFOs/UAP.


2. Theological Argument: Theologically, equating UFOs/UAP with angels is problematic due to the lack of clear divine purpose or message associated with these phenomena, a core characteristic of biblical angels.


3. Scientific Perspective: From a scientific standpoint, UFOs/UAP are approached with skepticism and a demand for empirical evidence. This rational methodology contrasts with the faith-based belief in angels, which does not rely on empirical evidence but on spiritual conviction and scriptural authority.


4. Alternate Theories: The possibility that UFOs/UAP could be advanced technology from human sources, such as government or foreign technology, or even an unknown advanced civilization, provides alternative explanations that warrant consideration and further investigation.


5. Intelligence Agencies and Myths: Historical precedents show that intelligence agencies and military organizations have sometimes used myths and misinformation to conceal technological advancements, suggesting that some UFO sightings might be explained by secret human-made technology.


6. Historical and Cultural Context: Historically, interpretations of unexplained phenomena have evolved with cultural and scientific advancements, unlike the consistent biblical portrayal of angels, which remains anchored in the teachings and traditions of Christianity.


7. Specific Biblical Interpretations: Addressing specific biblical passages like Ezekiel's wheel highlights the importance of understanding biblical texts within their historical and cultural context, recognizing the use of symbolic and metaphorical language.


While the mysteries surrounding UFOs/UAP can be intriguing, a comprehensive examination from multiple perspectives reveals that equating these phenomena with biblical angels oversimplifies and misrepresents the complex theological, historical, scientific, and alternative viewpoints. The biblical depiction of angels as messengers and servants of God, with clear purpose and roles, stands in sharp contrast to the unexplained and often speculative nature of UFOs/UAP. As Christians, it is crucial to approach such topics with discernment, grounded in scriptural knowledge and theological understanding, while respecting the realms of scientific inquiry, historical context, and the possibility of alternate explanations.


About the Author

Embracing Christianity at the age of seven within a conservative Baptist church, my journey of faith has significantly influenced every aspect of my life, from my personal values to my professional endeavors. A key inspiration for me was the story of Jesus as the son of a carpenter, which sparked my interest in carpentry and building, and ultimately guided my career path.

My active involvement in church, ranging from leading the youth choir to serving as an assistant scoutmaster, has been an integral part of my life. These roles have allowed me to blend my spiritual beliefs with community service, fostering personal growth and community engagement.

One of my early achievements, driven by my commitment to faith and community, was helping to establish a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Chattanooga, TN. This experience was a testament to my belief in the power of community service and the impact of collective effort in making meaningful change.

Later in my career, I founded Artisan Construction LLC, a company that embodies my values of craftsmanship and community development. Through Artisan Construction, we initiated "Toys for Tiny Artisans," a program dedicated to giving back to the community, giving construction and engineering toys and books to children for Christmas. This initiative reflects our company's ideals of integrating business with community well being.

Confronted with claims that equate UFOs with angels, I find these assertions to be a diminishment of the profound spirituality and sanctity of God and His angels, as I have come to understand them through my Christian faith and life experiences. This paper is an expression of my desire to address these claims critically, drawing from my deeply rooted faith and a commitment to rational, evidence-based analysis.


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