Jul 20 2016
Ever since I discovered a field mouse squatting in our mailbox (approximately a year after I grasped for the mail and was stung by a carpenter bee)…
I began to look before reaching.
That’s why I noticed the book in the mailbox.
I assumed it was a loaner on return, and I tossed it onto Pigpen’s passenger seat — a receptacle for mail and the kids’ discarded clothing. (Rarely do I subject a human passenger to that unairconditioned rattletrap.)
Anyway, a week passed before I removed the dirty clothes and unearthed the stack of mail.
The book cover was forgettable, but the lump inside gave me pause. I assumed it was a note from the borrower; but it was actually a DVD entitled: Exo-Vaticana — The Alien Deception.
Now that stopped me and I scrutinized the book… which wasn’t your typical Jehovah’s Witness lit.
As for the accompanying disc… I wasn’t brave enough to stick something called The Alien Deception into my DVD player. So I turned to Google.
Exo-Vaticana is a book authored by two writers who claim that the Catholic Church has begun a global dialogue with extraterrestrial life, and that Pope Francis will ultimately disclose ET’s existence to the world. Specifically, they claim that the Pope is preparing to lead the Catholic Church to embrace the returning/visiting aliens as “space brothers of Christ.”
In contrast, the book, Knowing God, was banal. Apparently, it’s a must-read for Evangelicals.
“It brings together two important facets of the Christian faith― knowing God and [sic] God’s close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ,” wrote one reviewer.
A quote from the author J.I. Packer stated: “Christians have become enchanted by modern skepticism and have joined the ‘gigantic conspiracy of misdirection’ by failing to put first things first.
Another reviewer said that Knowing God, “puts the hay where the sheep can reach it — showing ordinary folks what it means to know God.”
None of those comments wowed me.
The relationship between God and Jesus Christ? Not exactly a novel concept.
And the sheep metaphor was offensive. During our last snowstorm, I’d put hay where the sheep could reach it, and those stupid sheep were too dense to eat it. Please, select another domesticated species to represent me.
As for the “gigantic conspiracy of misdirection?” Sounds like the current presidential race.
So, what do to with this mailbox liturgy?
I found that Amazon sells Knowing God for $11.96. If our neighbors have also been blessed with this bounty, we could pool our paperback stash and make some money.
As for the homemade, pirated version of the Exo-Vaticana DVD? It’s hard to put a price on that.
So far, The Alien Deception makes a handy drink coaster.