But when it comes to the word paranormal, the definition becomes much more concise. Paranormal is generally defined as “denoting events or phenomena that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.” Simple, right?
The question is, are religion and the paranormal related in any way? When you compare the two, the line between religion and the paranormal becomes blurred because almost every religion has beliefs and stories that can easily be categorized as paranormal. Take the story of Moses and the burning bush, for example. Moses is tending sheep one day when he sees a bush that’s burning but is not consumed, after which he hears a voice speaking to him from inside the flames. If someone had a similar mysterious encounter today, they would probably categorize it as a paranormal experience.
This month’s Haunted Happenings Podcast is my fascinating interview with Richard D. Lewis, author of The Paranormal Christian, and The Paranormal Christian II: The Quickening. Richard examines paranormal phenomena through the lens of the Bible, including out-of-body experiences, reincarnation, spirit communication, encounters with angels, ghosts, cryptids, UFOs, and extraterrestrial beings.
To hear the podcast, click HERE to listen on iTunes, or HERE to listen on Spotify – and please leave a comment!
Paranormal Tidbits: Stories of the Strange Found Online
With the US government finally releasing video evidence of UFOs spotted by military pilots, I thought it would be fitting to take a look at a few interesting UFO and alien abduction cases.
The Pascagoula Alien Abduction Case – In 1973, 42-year-old Charles Hickson and 19-year-old Calvin Parker reported to the Jackson County, Mississippi Sheriff's office that they had been abducted by aliens during a fishing trip. Parker and Hickson claimed they were "conscious but paralyzed" while three "creatures" with "robotic slit-mouths" and "crab-like pincers" took them aboard an alien spacecraft and subjected them to an examination. Click HERE to see a recent interview with Calvin Parker.
Siblings Story of Being Abducted by Aliens – In 1994, Randall Nickersson and his sister, Glynda, appeared on the "The Oprah Show" to claim they were visited by aliens during their childhood. The siblings recalled their terrifying encounters and explained why they genuinely believe they were abducted by extraterrestrials. Randall went on to make the 2022 documentary ‘Ariel Phenomenon’ (see below).
Click HERE to see the Oprah Winfrey show interview.
‘Ariel Phenomenon’ Film Trailer - The documentary film Ariel Phenomenon explores an extraterrestrial encounter witnessed by over sixty school children in Africa in 1994. As a Harvard professor, a BBC war reporter, and past students investigate, they struggle to answer the question: “What happens when you experience something so extraordinary that nobody believes you?”
Click HERE to see the trailer which includes short interview clips with some of the children. The film is available to rent/stream at https://arielphenomenon.com/