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Although this episode is intended purely for fun, many people spend their lives in fear of alien invasions. This observation is substantiated by the extreme reaction to Orson Welles’ reading of The War of the Worlds on the radio in 1938, the huge following of the TV series The X Files, and (in a different sense) the late Heaven’s Gate cult. While most people recognize Star Trek, Men In Black, and other similar TV shows and movies as being purely fictional, there are a large number of people who truly believe that aliens plan to take over the earth.

The issue at stake here is not whether or not we are alone in the universe, or even whether or not aliens truly intend to wipe us out. The issue is one of being controlled by fear. As Christians, we do not need to worry about such things. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind" (II Timothy 1:7 KJV; see also Matthew 6:25-34, Luke 12:22-31).

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