Lots of people hope that there are beings similar to humans on others planets. They also visualize close encounters with those visitors from outer space. According to “experts” interviewed on the History Channel, this has already happened and they were responsible for many of the hard to explain phenomena of this earth.
Bible believing Christians realize that we have had a close encounters with a being from outer space. He was and is God the Son. People of that time were able to see, converse with, and touch Jesus Christ ( 1 Jo 1:1). A great number of so-called realists claim that this is a myth and that Jesus, if he really existed, was a mere man.
Christians also believe that we continually experience close encounters every day with the Godhead. We communicate with them through prayer and by reading the thoughts of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit ( Rom 8: 10-16). We also encounter the providence and protection promised by them ( Rom 8:39) ( Heb 13: 5.)
God the Father frequently arranges circumstances to fulfill His divine will. He carefully waited until just the right time to send His Son into this world ( Gal 4: 4-5) and we know that, “…God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose.” ( Rom 8:28).
I recently saw this in a close encounter with a clerk at Home Depot. She was very curious when I started to leave and wished her a great eternity. She asked what that meant and that gave me a perfect opportunity to tell her of my faith and ask her about hers. She was genuinely touched that anyone would care about her soul. She is a small town lady from a small town in Iowa and I hope she will accept the invitation to worship God with the saints at Norwest. A very fruitful close encounter indeed!
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