BENITEZ Was The Christian God Extraterrestrial? The Christian God. If it is difficult for us to admit the possibility that extraterrestrial beings had a notable presence and influence thousands of years ago in a culture and place as far away as those of the ancient Mayan civilization, how much more difficult must it be for us to overcome all our preconceived ideas, instilled within us by our education and culture.
Perhaps we can admit that the Mayans were visited by extraterrestrial beings whom they worshiped as gods and from whom they received knowledge and wisdom for centuries. But what if it’s our own beliefs, or those of our culture, that are measured by the same standard?
As we already anticipated in the introduction to this series of articles, admitting the extraterrestrial nature of God, defining him as a bodily being of flesh and blood, need not affect his character, virtues or nature. He would continue to be a superior being, possessor of knowledge and techniques that are still supernatural today and, most importantly, possessor of the message and purposes that permeated his actions in the past.
One who is a true believer should not be concerned about the ultimate nature of God, be it a cloud of vapor, a mythological concept derived from observing nature, an alien or a drug dealer hiding behind a rock and speaking through a statue. . The important thing about a belief is the message, the purpose, the objective it leads to, which in the case of Christianity is love and peace among men. And this message is not incompatible with a possible extraterrestrial nature of God.
The prestigious Spanish author JJ Benítez presents in several of his books the theory that the Christian god also has an extraterrestrial origin. In his studies, the researcher suggests the possibility of one or more extraterrestrial “races” with an intellectual and technological level much higher than ours, which for thousands of years have visited our planet and influenced, in the most discreet way possible, our intellectual and spiritual.
These beings, infinitely closer than us to absolute Perfection, would be worrying about us since before the world existed and would come to protect us to help us advance on the path of that Perfection, while always respecting freedom and individual need, essential in any learning, err to find the truth.
The author seeks his sources both in the texts of the Bible and in the so-called Apocryphal Gospels, recognized by the Church as written by a sacred author, although not invested with divine inspiration.
It is clear that the qualification of a text as endowed or not with this inspiration depends solely on human criteria, those responsible at all times for its qualification. In fact, after being hidden and then persecuted, the Catholic Church itself today recognizes these texts as of great value, especially with regard to the development of some specific points that the Canonical Gospels do not sufficiently develop.
JJ Benítez pursues the same purpose, especially with regard to extending the information that official books present about the conception and birth of Jesus of Nazareth. For this, he uses the apocryphal Gospels of Santiago, Matthew, the Book of the Nativity of Mary, the Gospel of Peter and the Armenian and Arabic Gospels of the Infancy of Jesus, all of which are recognized by the Catholic Church as part of the Tradition.
When these extraterrestrial beings took over, some 4,000 years ago, the task of preparing the arrival of a bearer of their message, they began by looking for an area and a city suitable for the task that awaited them. They settled into a new race dwelling between the Nile and the Tiger. This area was the most important cultural focus on the planet, populated by the most advanced civilizations at the time: Egypt, Babylon, Nineveh and Ur. In the face of all peoples and religions, it was necessary to create a new nation. Yahweh said to Abraham: Get out of your country, and from your country, and from your father’s house, a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation and I will bless you.” (Genesis 12, 1-3).
Several centuries later, the Jewish nation comprised six hundred thousand people. All of them, and their flocks, were moved through the wilderness in what was called the Exodus. “And Yahweh went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to guide the way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light…” (Exodus 13 21-22). The Egyptians did not let the Jews go easily. They were excellent slaves, and it took several plagues and even a slaughter of the firstborn Egyptian to free the people. Even so, after their departure, it didn’t take long for them to repent and chase after them, catching up to the shores of the Suf Sea.
“The angel of Yahweh, who was going ahead of the army of Israel, got up and stood behind them. The pillar of cloud also rose in front of them and stayed behind them, thus inserting itself between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of the Israelites. It was cloud and darkness (on the one hand), and (on the other) it lit up the night, so that they could not approach them all night long.” (Exodus 13, 19-20). What happened next is well known.
There are approximately two hundred appearances of angels in the Old and New Testaments. They are always young women of great beauty and bright clothes. Their appearance, however, is so human that they sometimes go unnoticed. “The angel of God appeared to Joachim surrounded by immense splendor…” (Book on the Nativity of Mary). “And it came to pass, when Jehoiachin had offered his sacrifice, together with his perfume, and, as it were, with the smoke, that the angel ascended into heaven” (Apocryphon of St. Matthew).
About Mary’s childhood, raised in the Temple of Jerusalem, some fragments of the Book of Mary’s Childhood (chapter VII) are revealing: “Daily she interacted with the angels. In the same way, she enjoyed the divine vision every day, which immunized her against all kinds of evils and flooded her with innumerable goods.” “(…) And Mary remained in the temple like a dove, receiving food from the hands of an angel.” (Proto Gospel of James, VI).
“The angel Gabriel was sent by God to announce the Lord’s conception and to inform her of the manner and order in which this event would unfold. And so there was even her, she flooded the room where she was with an extraordinary glow (…) The angel, by divine inspiration, came to meet such thoughts…” (Book on the Nativity of Mary).
After the end of the Exodus, nearly 500 years passed with almost no appearance of angels, clouds, and the glory of Yahweh. What was so everyday for these people disappeared until about fifteen years before the birth of Christ.
First during the Exodus, and later in Jerusalem, the priests consulted the will of Yahweh in the places he himself had designated for it. The Tent of Meeting first and then the Holy of Holies in the Temple, was the place where the cloud descended. “And when Moses entered the Tabernacle, he lowered the pillar of cloud and stood at the door of the Tabernacle, while the Lord spoke with Moses.” (Exodus 33, 9-10). “In all their marches the children of Israel broke camp when the cloud came up from above the Dwelling . . .
For during the day the cloud of the Lord was over the dwelling, in which there was fire by night, and all the house of Israel saw it in all their ways” (Exodus 40:36-38). The mythical Temple in Jerusalem was also built according to Yahweh’s orders: “And it came to pass, when the priests had left the Sanctuary, that the cloud filled the House of Yahweh; and the priests could not remain there to exercise their ministry, because of the cloud; for the glory of Yahweh has filled the House of Yahweh” (Third Book of Kings 8, 10-11) Moses climbed Mount Sinai, by divine order, where he remained for forty days.
“Then Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of Yahweh rested on Mount Sinai and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day he called Moses out of the midst of the cloud. And the glory of the Lord appeared before the eyes of the children of Israel like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain. Moses entered the cloud and climbed the mountain. And Moses remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights” (Exodus 24, 15-18) There, he was well instructed on how to build the Dwelling and Tent of Meeting, even showing him plans or models.
He was also instructed about the Sabbath rest, and as he left, he gave him the Ten Commandments “After God had spoken to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony; tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.” (Exodus 31, 18). There are countless traces that the Holy Scriptures, even in their canonical versions, have left us. It is enough to leaf through the books of the Old Testament, especially the first ones, with a sufficiently receptive mentality to find clues that, although they do not prove anything, nor do we intend to, can serve to leave the doors open to other possible conceptions or interpretations.
The complete code of conduct that are the ten commandments, sufficient for a perfect coexistence; the treatise on the healthiness of foods of the time and geography that can be consulted in Leviticus; the sexual hygiene that the rite of circumcision implied; and, above all, the evidence that at that time the presence of Yahweh and his envoys was something totally everyday.
The apocryphal gospels show important information about how the Virgin Mary herself was conceived by what we would now call in vitro conception or perhaps artificial insemination. Of how she was raised in the Temple of Jerusalem receiving daily visits from the angels who fed her. And, ultimately, because Jesus Christ belonged to a genetically chosen and protected family, he was conceived in the same way as his mother and watched over and controlled throughout his childhood. In any case, it may be enough to start considering reasonable alternatives.
“… And at that moment that star, which they had seen in the East, returned to guide them again until they came to the cave, and alighted in its mouth. Then the Magi saw the Child with His Mother…” (Proto Gospel of James XXI, 3). Well known is the story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. At least, in the official version handed down both by the Church and by the pious tradition of believers.
However, it is interesting to review some details provided primarily by various apocryphal gospels, and while significant aspects of this story do not change, they may be revealing as to the nature of its creators. On the way to Belém, the urgency of the birth forces them to take refuge in a cave “into which the sun had never entered”.
“Furthermore, at the exact moment María entered, the room was flooded with brightness and everything glowed, as if the sun was inside. That divine light came out of the cave like it was noon. And while Maria was there, the glow did not lack day or night. (Apocrypha of Saint Matthew). “And I, José, began to walk, but I could not advance; and looking up into space, he seemed to see as if the air were shaken with astonishment; and when I fixed my eyes on the firmament, I found it static and the birds of the sky motionless; and looking back, I saw a container on the floor and some workers lying in an attitude of eating with their hands inside the container.
But those who pretended to chew did not actually chew; and those who seemed to be in the attitude of taking the food, did not take it off the plate either; and, finally, those who seemed to put the delicacies in their mouths, did not, but all stood with their faces turned upwards.” (Proto Gospel of Santiago, XVIII).
There were also some sheep that were being herded, but they did not take a step, but stood still, and the shepherd raised his right hand to beat them with his staff, but his hand remained outstretched in the air. And directing my eyes to the current of the river, I saw how some little children put their snouts in it, but did not drink. In a word, all things at once were diverted from their normal course.” (Proto Gospel of Santiago, XVIII).
“When they reached the place of the cave, they stopped, and behold, it was overshadowed by a bright cloud. (…) Suddenly, the cloud began to withdraw from the cave and a light so great that our eyes could not resist shone inside.” (Proto Gospel of Santiago, XIX). “Finally, she gave birth to a child, who was surrounded by angels at the moment of birth…” (Apocryphon of St. Matthew).
“In that moment all was still, silent and frightened (…) And as soon as the light went out, the maiden worshiped Him whom she recognized as having given birth to herself. The child shed light of itself, just like the sun. It was very clean and very pleasing to the eye, because he alone appeared as peace that appeases everything… That light multiplied and darkened the brightness of the sun with its brightness, while this cave was flooded with intense clarity.. I, for my part, I was filled with amazement and admiration and fear took hold of me, because I had my eyes fixed on the intense glow that the light that had been born emitted.
And this light gradually condensed and took the form of a child, until a child appeared, as men are wont to be at birth. (…) I saw that her body was clean, without the stains that men are usually born with, and I thought to myself that perhaps other fetuses had remained in the maiden’s womb (…) I touched it and found that it was not stained with blood”. (Liber de infantia Salvatoris) JJ Benites Page 7 25/06/2008