1. Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.
  2. A personal or institutionalized system grounded in such belief and worship.
  3. The life or condition of a person in a religious order.
  4. A set of beliefs, values, and practices based on the teachings of a spiritual leader.
  5. A cause, a principle, or an activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion.

I deeply respect all religions on this planet, as long as they don't push it onto me. Even though I respect them, I don't really understand what all the hype is about. Jehovas' Witnesses is a brilliant example of this. Why do they try to bring more people into their religion when there is only room for 144.000 when the world comes to an end? There's got to be more than 144.000 members already? And what's with the prediction of the end of the world? Do we really need to know the exact date and come to their religion, when we don't even get to heaven? And they're always wrong! They have tried to predict the date indefinitely and have yet to come up with the date.

Then there are the Christians. Why do they absolutely celebrate the birthday of Jesus on December 24th/25th? In the new testament, Luke 2.8, "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." The shepherds did NOT abide the fields in December. They do that around Easter. And he wasn't even born in the year 0. He was probably born in 4-6 B.C. or even further back. I don't really care why we celebrate his birth, but as long as we get time off work and gets to spend time with my family, eat good food and, of course, getting presents, I'm happy. But why do Christians always see him, Jesus. He lived for almost 2000 years ago and cannot be physically seen. Then you might say that they mentally see him. Well it would certainly be the day when I started believing in what I dream about at night!

This takes us gently over to my belief. Do I believe in Jesus? Yes I do. Do I believe that he was Gods son? No I don't. But I have no doubt that there once was a carpenter named Jesus who walked around in Judea and spoke wise words. Hell, even the Muslims believe in Jesus. They state that he was a great prophet, although not as great as Mohammed. I don't believe that he performed all that he is said to have done. Remember that this was written at least 40 years after the man died, and had only been passed on by word of mouth. As we know, a feather can quickly become five chickens.

So what kind of personal belief do I really have? After reading this you might think that I've seen a bit too much of the X-Files or other TV-shows, but I only believe in this because of what I've read in both the bible, books and other magazines. I also believe that all religions are based around the same "story".

I believe that what most religions perceive as God, are actually aliens from outer space. This might sound a little far fetched, but keep on reading to get at least some proof. Let's start from the beginning of mankind. Archaeologists have yet to find the missing link. Mankind suddenly appeared without any evolutionary traces. The bible states "So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis, 1.27). This might say that the visitors either placed clones of them selves on Earth, or genetically modified other species on Earth to become man (and woman). This story repeats itself in all religions with minor changes with mostly cosmetic changes to fit each religion.

Older Indian scripts state that the gods came and left the heavens with a "terrible noise". Mostly gods and angels have wings and a sort of divine power that makes them go silent. This might be some kind of spaceship taking off. Even the prophet Ezekiel in the Old Testament saw something that might be interpreted as a spaceship. He saw "wheels in the sky", weird manlike creatures, he spoke of wings, and when both the wheels and the creatures were lifted into the sky he heard "the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty..." (Ezekiel, 1.24). The craft also had a metallic look which also points to the fact that this may have been something else then the God we know.

And then we come back to Jesus. He probably wasn't Gods son, but he might have been a kind of a son of the aliens. And he walked around talking about these aliens, but people looked upon them as Gods, since they had all that power. To fly, to change things, to make lightning appear, and so on.

But I don't believe in all sightings of U.F.O.s and all the videos of such sightings. I don't believe in all the stories about abductions either. If you look at the people who claim this happened to them, they don't exactly look believable. Most of them look like they do this for the publicity and so on. I believe that 99.9 percent of these people and sightings are a hoax. But what about the remaining 0.1 percent? This might be real. I think it's ridiculous to think that we are the only inhabited planet in the universe. In the universe there are millions of galaxies, in a galaxy there are billions of stars, and there may be planets orbiting most of these stars. There is a great possibility that at least one more planet is inhabited. And the possibility that this planet has more advanced technology than we have is also present. That can make them travel in ways we didn't think as possible. Even in the early days of mankind's flying machines, we didn't think we could break the sound barrier. But we did. Now we think we cannot break the light barrier. Who says we can't do that some time in the future?

Glenn Thomas Hvidsten