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Old 04-26-2014, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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If aliens brought their religion to Earth, how many people do you think would convert?

Do you think they would convert because the existence of aliens challenged their belief/disbelief in Earth religions? What if the alien beliefs had something in common with an Earth faith?

Or do you think some would convert because the alien religion would be so very different from what we know on earth?

Or would some convert out of fear?

This is all assuming, of course, that we had a way to communicate with each other and they weren't here to eat us.
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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Have you ever seen that Mel Gibson directed movie Apocalypto? You know how all the primitive Indian tribes were brutally murdering people, sacrificing them to the Gods, ripping people's hearts out, and cutting their heads off? Then there was that one guy who escaped and was running through the jungle to get away from being one of the human sacrifices? Right at the end of the movie, with two bad guys on his tail, he's running as hard as he can and just before they kill him, they stop dead in their tracks. The camera pans out to the ocean and you see a ship full of conquistadors, one of them clearly a priest, coming ashore...

Then the movie ends and we all know what happened. The Indians were "converted" by brute force. Those that didn't convert were slaughtered by the thousands, and ultimately wiped out in ways far more brutal than anyone can imagine.

I conjecture that if an alien race has religion, it'll probably be kind of like that.
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:25 AM
 
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Have you ever seen that Mel Gibson directed movie Apocalypto? You know how all the primitive Indian tribes were brutally murdering people, sacrificing them to the Gods, ripping people's hearts out, and cutting their heads off? Then there was that one guy who escaped and was running through the jungle to get away from being one of the human sacrifices? Right at the end of the movie, with two bad guys on his tail, he's running as hard as he can and just before they kill him, they stop dead in their tracks. The camera pans out to the ocean and you see a ship full of conquistadors, one of them clearly a priest, coming ashore...

Then the movie ends and we all know what happened. The Indians were "converted" by brute force. Those that didn't convert were slaughtered by the thousands, and ultimately wiped out in ways far more brutal than anyone can imagine.

I conjecture that if an alien race has religion, it'll probably be kind of like that.
So you know by virtue of the fact you watch a fictional movie.

Was that movie before or after he had that psychological episode of hate?
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:32 AM
 
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This is all assuming, of course, that we had a way to communicate with each other and they weren't here to eat us.
Did anyone else feel a poke in their rib.

Anyway, it is written that man shall not live by bread alone....
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:18 AM
 
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Actually the fallen angels, who were kicked out of heaven , who are the aliens that deceive the people, who many believe, already brought strange religions to the earth......And millions believe them and waste their time believing deceptions ....
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:37 AM
 
Location: In a little house on the prairie - literally
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50,000

They are all scientologists.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:26 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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If space aliens have anything at all in common with humans, the earthlings will be converted by force.

I suspect that the odds are great that any race that has gone out into space exploring is going to be aggressive. Passive animals generally don't go out exploring. I wouldn't count on the aliens coming in peace.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:51 AM
 
Location: The backwoods of Pennsylvania ... unfortunately.
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History has shown that whenever a far more advanced culture makes contact with a more primitive culture, the more primitive culture is destroyed - or comes close to it. Note, I said the culture is destroyed, not the people.

No, the primitive people themselves usually "convert" to the advanced people's way of thinking. Even those primitive cultures that resisted the siren song of technology still often incorporated the newcomers' into their existing belief systems - such as with Cargo Cults.

What would be even more climactic is if the aliens had no religion at all and said that there were no gods of any kind.
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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How abut "If dolphins brought their religion out of the ocean". Would that be analogous?

If somehow you could understand the religion of dolphins, how would that affect you? You even refuse to accept the religion of other human beings.
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Old 04-27-2014, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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How abut "If dolphins brought their religion out of the ocean". Would that be analogous?

If somehow you could understand the religion of dolphins, how would that affect you? You even refuse to accept the religion of other human beings.
I think it would be very interesting to find out what dolphins and other whales believe! And it absolutely would affect me.

Re: the bolded above - are you referring to me specifically? Why? I certainly accept the religion of other human beings; they can believe whatever they want.
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