visited. They’re just not being visited by
Darth Mauls or any of a myriad of Star
Trek creations or menacing Men in Black-
type sliming monsters.
They are being visited by the supernatural,
though. This is what Bates will reveal using
the firsthand testimonies of experiencers.
To take a step back: early last decade,
Bates determined to take on this topic and
wrote the Amazon.com Top 50 bestseller
The Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection. There’s no question about
it: people are fascinated with the supernatural—they believe it is out there. The question is: of what kind?
“The evidence shows there is a spiritual
dimension to our universe,” Bates says.
“Both good angels and bad angels are mani-
fest. But the ultimate source of truth is Jesus
People aren’t reached (for Christ, or on
any level), however, by simply dismissing
out of hand what they are certain they’ve
experienced. And there is the cultural ob-
session with sci-fi to deal with. Addition-
ally, NASA has funded SETI (Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence) and spent
massive amounts of money to try and con-
tact other worlds—all founded on the be-
lief that evolution has occurred through-
out the universe.
First released in 2005, and later revised and expanded in 2010, Bates’s book
still holds high Amazon category ranks.
So how did we get to a movie? Bates
chuckles. Just a couple of years ago, at
the annual meeting of the CMI board of
directors, members were discussing how
successful their documentary,
Evolution’s Achilles’ Heel (Bates was producer
and director), had been and decided
they wanted another. “I was very, very
reluctant, but they kind of ganged up on
me,” Bates jokingly says.
There’s—ahem—a bit of work involved
in making a movie/documentary. “They
take over your life,” Bates said. In an April
interview he said that, since last fall, when
principle filming began—including much
international travel to interview “
UFOlogists” and “experiencers” (those who
are certain they’ve had visitations from
aliens)—he had only been home three
times. “And one of those was Christmas.
Making movies is just hard work—and
very expensive.” He jokes that Frances, his
wife, was tempted to wonder whether he
had been abducted because he was away
The documentary’s trailer can be seen
on the first page of alienintrusion.com or a
button from CMI’s website, Creation.com.
The documentary will contain interviews
with sixteen to eighteen experts and “
experiencers.” At the trailer, one sees a snippet
of one of them, a weeping Joyce Ahrens,
who is certain aliens came into her house
and even briefly lifted her infant daughter
from its crib.
Some researchers claim up to 20 million
Americans have seen a UFO and 4 million
have even been visited by aliens. Bates
interviews UFOlogists like Nick Redfern,
the History Channel’s go-to guy on the
What are we to make of all the activity in
people’s homes, backyards, or, presumably,
cornfields? “I don’t come from a wildly
fantastic demons-under-the-bed background,” Bates says. “No serious researcher could ever dismiss these experiences
as ‘psychological’ or ‘delusional,’ however,
because [these] people all have similar patterns of experience.” Here’s where things,
then, get really scary. Bates points his interviewer to 2 Corinthians 11:14: “And no
wonder, for even Satan disguises himself
as an angel of light (ESV1).” What Bates
has found is that when people—Christian
or not—call out to Jesus during such experiences, the tormenting stops—every time.
One interviewee told him, “I heard this
sound as if they were squealing in pain.”
Even secular researchers know this, Bates
says, but willingly ignore it because it does
not conform to their preexisting worldview that aliens are visiting from a galaxy
far, far away.
Here’s where Bates the researcher ties the
science fiction back into reality. “If you’ve
got this imposing being who is over you
and it has traveled thousands of light-years
to reach your planet, why is it going to be
frightened by the name of Jesus Christ?”
So maybe there is a real experience, but
it’s not really an alien. This is what the
movie will unpack. Bates and his Creation
.com team adds lots of science: The Star
Ship Enterprise, for instance, was said to
travel at multiple factors of light speed.
Only one small problem: space is literally
filled with dust and tiny particles—hun-
dreds of thousands per cubic kilometer—
and a star vessel hitting a dust particle at
such speeds would instantly explode while
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