interstellar (non-fictional) finalism
The Problem facing world leaders who have to acclimatise the global populations to new extra terrestrial thinking is that mankind has a terrible habit of quoting things out of context whilst using the most unspiritual reasons for doing so.
In fact what passes for human science manages to create cul de sacs and brick walls to progress by the same innate process of decontextualisation. E.g. the quantum paradox, turings recursion paradox, godels numbers paradox, heisenbergs uncertainty paradox etc etc
Similarly other belief systems can be variously used to justify what people seem to feel like.
Isaiah 61:5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
Lamentations 5:2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Hebrews 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
There are major belief systems on this planets surface that cater for the hopes aspirations and fears of Billions of souls.
The question is therefore can they be made to direct mankind towards interstellar ideologies.
That is not to say however that belief systems from the general and ecumenical world are not relevant to aiding the human race get a handle on how to accept and reconcile themselves to extra terrestrial thinking.
Most of us just need the appropriate psychological apparatus in place to forward think and then adapt our own cultural education and beliefs to the extra terrestrial milieu.
For example the psychologist Alfred Adler discovered a process people use to get themselves over difficult times .. he called it 'Fictional Finalism'.
We behave AS IF the best outcome can manifest for ourselves at all times.
I cannot suggest how Buddhists, Hindus and other religions could or should adapt and forward project for best human social outcomes, but can look at my own belief system as a Catholic and see how it can provide me with a stairway to interstellar concourse.
Here is an example of a Catholic 'fictional finalism' in the tradition of Alfred Adler in the hope that Exopsychologists can see that other human belief systems can be enabled to produce interstellar hope for the masses of mankind.
The following is an exercise in exo-Catholicism – similar examples are needed from other religious and scientific realities so that mankind can truly visualise a way forward and acquire hope.
Catholic theology on Extra Terrestrial life and its issues is outlined by Jesuit scholar Brother Consolmagno.
If new forms of life were to be discovered or highly advanced beings from outer space were to touch down on planet Earth, it would not mean, "everything we believe in is wrong," rather, "we're going to find out that everything is truer in ways we couldn't even yet have imagined,"
Moreover, "There is nothing in Holy Scripture that could confirm or contradict the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe,"
The limitless universe, therefore, "might even include other planets with other beings created by that same loving God," he added. "The idea of there being other races and other intelligences is not contrary to traditional Christian thought.
Brother Consolmagno, Jesuit astronomer
In the Old Testament and other Jewish religious texts there is mention of not only Angels or Malakheem, but also of other categories of celestial beings - such as Cherubim and Seraphim.
Within established Christianity the general idea of life elsewhere in the Cosmos exists is accepted. e.g. The saintly Italian priest Padre Pio, who was famous for his stigmata and for his miraculous healing of the sick, and who died only a few years ago, had always taken the existence of extraterrestrials for granted.
Long before him, there had been such clerics as Cardinal Niccolo Cusano (1401-1464) who accepted the 'alien' and 'E.T.' concepts and wrote about them. Also, the early Jesuit astronomer Father Angelo Secchi (1818-1899) who wrote: "It is absurd to think that the other worlds around us are uninhabited deserts".
There had also been Giordano Bruno who had died at the stake for harbouring such beliefs.
St. Paul's hymns in Colossians 1 and Ephesians 1 make it clear that the resurrection of Christ applies to all creation. 'Everything in the heavens and everything on earth'. It is the definitive salvation event for the cosmos. The opening of John's Gospel, tells us that The Word, which is to say, the Incarnation of God was present from the beginning; it is part and parcel of the woof and weave of the universe.
Even though the life of Jesus occurred at a specific space-time point, on a particular world line (to put it in general relativity terms), it also was an event that John's Gospel describes as occurring in the beginning. It is therefore one point that is simultaneous in all world lines, and so present in all time and in all space. Thus, there can only be one Incarnation of Christ, though various ET civilizations may or may not have experienced that Incarnation in the same way that Earth did.
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Stepping outside the boundaries of 'the world' for a moment to look beyond our planet, a Jesuit Catholic astronomer, Brother Consolmagno, has recently suggested that there could be aliens on other planets, and that these aliens would be subject to Christ's saving grace. This affirmation is based on John 10:14-16: "I am the Good Shepherd . . . I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to My voice. So there will be one flock, one Shepherd."
In any event, good extraterrestrials (ETs), just like good humans, do not need to know about Christ for salvation; that's the tradition of "baptism by desire."
Mark 3:33-35, He replied, 'Who are my mother and my brothers ?', And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers, Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother'
The ministry of the Good Shepherd is not merely confined to the sheepfold of the House of David.
ACTS 15:14-18, 'Simeon has described how God first arranged to enlist a people for his name out of the pagans. This is entirely in harmony with the words of the prophets, since the scriptures say; After that I shall return and rebuild the fallen House of David; I shall rebuild it from the ruins and restore it. Then the rest of mankind, all the pagans who are consecrated to my name, will look for the Lord, says the Lord who made this known so long ago.'
Mark 9:38-40, John said to him, 'Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name: and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him' But Jesus said, 'You must not stop him: no-one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.'
The mission and ministry of Christ, sent here from a place of glory to our world is to bring salvation to those who do the will of God.
John 8:42, 'If God were your father, you would love me, since I have come here from God; yes I have come from him: not that I came because I chose, no, I was sent, and by him.' Christ, first born in a place of bliss was sent to this world. Christ came from a very High place to work in our spiritual depths.
Mark 12:25 'the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. Then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven.'
To the ends of heaven and in the many mansions that abound there are those latecomers to the Wedding that will need to be facilitated. The Universe naturally produced the first fruits of the spirit.
Romans 8:19 'The whole creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal his sons. It was not for any fault on the part of creation that it was made unable to attain its purpose, it was made so by God.
Matthew 19:30 'many who are first will be last and the last, first.'
It may be therefore that there are a whole army of Angels who will stay awhile to administer to these latecomers.
Romans 8:22 'From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not only creation, but all of us who possess the first fruits of spirit ..'
In the exopolitics of the super clusters and mega populations there will be some who awaken to the idea of a new life with trepidation.
A history of being biology and clone based within constraints of organic reference points may have offered some sort of habitual security and shelter that facilitated spiritual growth to the point of the Extra Terrestrial soul needing to evolve.
Romans 8:11-17 'and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.
So then, my brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives. If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.
Many Extra Terrestrial societies will have collections of beings, some hostile, who can operate at various frequencies and in various configurations of time space, but the Holy Spirit enables those of the spirit to step beyond and above the knowledge of and predictions made by such antagonists.
John 3:6-8, 'What is born of the flesh is flesh, what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be surprised when I say: you must be born from above. The wind blows wherever it pleases: you hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. That is how it is with all who are born of the Spirit.
For many beings in the larger Cosmic bubble though there is the possibility that organised darkness will drag them down with duplicity.
John 8:43 'Do you know why you cannot understand my language. The devil is your father, and you prefer to do what your father wants. He was a murderer from the start: he was never grounded in the truth: there is no truth in him at all: when he lies he is drawing on his own store, because he is a liar, and the father of lies.'
For those massive populations dependent on technology and biology and no Spirit, there is an endless desert of loveless recycling and metabolic chemistry.
Mark 10:48, 'where their worm does not die nor their fire go out.'
The promise for all who Love God and Love their brothers and sisters as they do themselves is an eternity of joy and a Kingdom that is secure.
Mark12:29-31, 'Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength .. You must love your neighbour as yourself'
Extra Terrestrial populations therefore will have many many candidates for ascending beyond mundane biology and into a world of Love.
Romans 8:14-17, 'Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.'