In Which Tom DeLonge (formerly of Blink-182) Wages a UFO War Against Religion

The former frontman for Blink-182 has written a new book I’m currently reading through on the UFO phenomenon called Sekret Machines: Volume 1: Gods, Man and War (co-written  with occult historian Peter Levenda). It’s part of a major project from his To The Stars start up that includes fiction and non-fiction books, films and music dealing his interpretation of the UFO phenomenon and his worldview as a result. In short, Tom DeLonge is a man on a mission.

He’s also a misguided missile.

It’s important to note that his book doesn’t provide any sort of disclosure. He’s not even promising that it’s completely truthful (!):

Sekret Machines intends to demonstrate that by merging fictional and nonfictional approaches, including mass media and social media in a variety of strategies, something analogous to ‘truth’ may be discovered…” [emphasis mine]

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. While DeLonge was named “UFO Researcher of the Year” at the International UFO Congress, he also posted a picture of an alleged “Sekret Machine” that turned out to be a still from Steven Spielberg ‘s Taken. Given the dearth of UFO research DeLonge had produced at that point, it seems pretty clear that OpenMinds.tv (who founded the International UFO Congress in 1991) were simply kissing his celebrity ring on the off-chance that his claims if secret government meetings and disclosure actually panned out.

I’m not holding my breath.

This is very much Ufology in a postmodern paradigm, a mixing of fact and fiction woven into a fantastic web of conspiracy and conjecture parading as truth. Gray Barker would be proud.

Much ado has been made over the fact that he likens religion to a cargo cult trying to understand something alien. For the record, he doesn’t mean aliens from outer space:

“Everyone wants to pin it down to aliens and flying saucers from other planets. And that’s not the truth. That’s almost like taking someone’s quote out of context… So Gods, the first book, is setting up a foundation for people to understand that the human race is akin to what is known as a ‘cargo cult,’ [which] started in World War II with indigenous tribes. Planes would come in and drop cargo for the troops. [The tribes] had never seen anything like that before. They never even had contact with the outside world. But they saw these planes and created a religion based on them. They worshipped it, hoping that these gods would drop off cargo to them. In the book Gods, we’re trying to set up a foundation so people can understand that all the religions of the world are a form of a cargo cult. And it all relates to seeing things in the sky and supernatural contact.” [Brackets in original]

This is very consistent with his postmodern worldview. He thinks that none of us have a lock on the truth and all of us have swallowed the well-meaning misunderstandings of the people who tried to understand the Phenomenon before us. He thinks that we saw things we didn’t understand – he cites the Star of Bethlehem as an example – and formed belief systems around them.

What’s important to understand is that he doesn’t lead with that idea in his book, Sekret Machines: Gods. Instead, he attacks Christianity, and does so with an attack on Genesis.

Essentially, he brings in the Gnostic retelling of the Creation and Fall, where Satan is the good guy and God is the villain:

For instance, a key element of much Gnostic thought is the doctrine of the Demiurge. In this retelling of Genesis, the creation of the world is said not to be that of God but of a subordinate creature known as the Demiurge, a term that comes from Platonism and which refers to the Creator but considered to be responsible only for the material universe. To the Gnostics, the Demiurge is opposed to spirituality. In the Garden of Eden, according to this idea, the Serpent who tempted Eve was the Supreme Being; the Demiurge was the one who warned Adam and Eve against eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Famously, the Serpent advised Eve that if she and Adam ate of the forbidden fruit they would become “as gods”(Genesis 3: 4). Thus we have the roots of a very different kind of creation story, one in which human beings are striving for godhood against the wishes of a jealous Creator.

And elsewhere:

There were even those, like the Gnostics, who considered the Serpent in the Garden of Eden to be the real god, the Alien God. According to Gnostic sources, it would be Adam who would make common cause with the Alien God. If we are seeking some kind of moral equivalency in these narratives, we will not be satisfied. This is less a question of good versus evil than it is “Alien vs. Predator,”with human beings occupying the middle ground between them. The Serpent in the Garden was an interloper, a stranger, who nonetheless knew that the Demiurge who created the world was passing himself off as the “One True God”when in reality he was a subservient figure who desired to keep humanity weak and in the throes of pure materialism. “Ignorance is bliss,”so the saying goes, and the Demiurge wanted to keep humans in a state of ignorance. The Serpent wanted to awaken humans from their sleep, their lack of awareness and their state of spiritual oblivion. Thus according to the Gnostics, Adam did not “fall”from grace; that is, he did not fall asleep but instead fell awake.

Alien vs. Predator? Really?? 

Anyway, he literally suggests that Gnosticism is the first conspiracy theory (as suppressed truth) railing against the misinformation of the mainstream media:

Thus you had those for whom the Serpent—including Leviathan, the sea monster of the Bible—represented pure evil, the Devil and Satan: these are the followers of the orthodox forms of the Abrahamic religions. Then there were those, like the Gnostics, who saw this demonization of the Serpent as the creation of what we would call today the “mainstream media.”The Gnostics claimed to know the real story, and in a sense their version of Genesis could be called an early form of conspiracy theory. Reflexively, contemporary conspiracy theory—a phenomenon known worldwide today—could be considered a modern form of Gnosticism.

The trouble is that most conspiracy theories are simply unfounded speculation at best. They are the square pegs that someone has hammered partway into a round hole. They “fit” but only in a forced or contrived way.

In trying to drive his own square peg through, DeLonge realizes that the worlds’ cultures and religions have common elements that point to a single source. For example, regarding the creation of Adam:

“The Bible specifically identifies the creation of Adam as an act of God who mixed mud with his own breath (a retelling of the Marduk story) to create a being in his own “image and likeness.”That breath has a divine origin itself is attested not only in the Bible and in the Kabbalistic works of the Jews but also in the Indian Tantras and in the yogic practice of pranayama, as well as in the books of the European alchemists. This commonality of themes should be unexpected if not impossible. After all, human beings roamed the Earth and lived in different climates, different ecological environments, developed tools at different points in their evolution, spoke different languages, and were racially and ethnically distinct. From a postmodern perspective it would be foolish to insist that there is any kind of common or “ur-mythos”that humans from entirely different backgrounds would share. Yet it is obvious that human beings from entirely different cultures, of different races and ethnicities, share some ideas in common”

Post hoc ergo propter hoc (Latin: “after this, therefore because of this”) is a logical fallacy that states “Since event Y followed event X, event Y must have been caused by event X.” A lot of evolutionists commit this fallacy when they assume that just because Genesis was penned after the Sumerian myths that it must be derivative. The Biblical view of history is that the other creation accounts are myths corrupted from a common oral tradition which was later written down as Genesis. Much of his rejection of the Bible seems to stem from this misunderstanding.

Despite noting such commonalities (and we could add Flood legends and myths that allude to the Fall or the confusion of a universal tongue at Babel among these), Tom DeLonge rejects the Bible’s truth. It’s fair to ask why. According to a March 31, 2017 Washington Post interview, part of it has to do with his upbringing:

DeLonge’s perspective turned to the heavens in early adolescence, he told The Washington Post in a recent phone interview, after witnessing the conflict between his mother, a devout Christian, and his father, who was “not religious at all.” He began to wonder if something sinister was at work.

“I realized early on there was something odd with the human life experience,” DeLonge said. “There’s all these wars. I had a really difficult, broken family. I got kicked out of high school.”

He decided this religious disagreement between his mom and dad stemmed from their belief systems. In fact, he supposes that most if not all conflict results from our belief systems. 

“I feel that lot of the fighting taking place across the world, when we drop bombs — that’s spraying on the flames. The fuel of all these wars are our belief systems. And the sooner we attack that, that we’ve been duped about our belief systems, maybe we’ll start to realize we’re much more connected.”

Since he believes that our belief systems are the graspings of a cargo cult, he thinks that the truth must lie outside established religions. This is one of the reasons why it’s easy for DeLonge to erroneously presume that the UFO phenomenon is “bigger than Jesus.” In a February 17, 2015 interview with Michael Tedder, entitled “ON UFOS, GOVERNMENT COVERUPS AND WHY ALIENS ARE BIGGER THAN JESUS,” DeLonge was asked this question:

Why do you think this topic [Ufology] means so much to you? Why do you think it’s resonated throughout your life? [Brackets mine]

Tom DeLonge answered:

I think it’s the biggest story of mankind. You take Christianity: a guy named Jesus came and died on the cross for everybody’s sins. That’s not as big of a story as what types of intelligences are living across the universe. I mean, the deep space project by Hubble, which is taking our most exotic telescope that we’ve ever made at the time, and focusing on the blackest part of space for 11 days straight. Literally a grain of sand, if you held it out at arm’s length, is where the focus of this orbiting telescope is at. For 11 days. And it came back with a one-inch by one-inch colored slide with ten thousand galaxies in it. It’s like we have trillions of galaxies and in each galaxy there’s trillions of planets. It’s just unreal

So basically Tom DeLonge thinks that the sheer size of the universe makes the acts of any one man insignificant by comparison. 

And this is where he makes his most critical mistake.  A cart before the horse kind of mistake actually. You see, if Jesus was the God-man, the Creator incarnate, the fact that His birth, death and resurrection happened on this planet is the biggest story of mankind. If the Bible is true, the cause of conflict in this world is not our belief systems; it’s our sin nature. If anything, the struggles we experience in this world involve belief systems that are at war with the truth of God’s Word.

So how would we determine if the Bible is true rather than the graspings of men trying to understand the Phenomenon by way of Tom DeLonge’s cargo cult accusation?

We would first point out that the Bible denies this accusation (and then backs up its claim with proof):

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy;

[2 Peter 1:16-19a]

Note that Peter cites an event known as the Transfiguration [Matthew 17:1-8] as proof of his religious claims. This is where Jesus and some of His disciples went up to pray on a high mountain. While there, Jesus is transfigured, “His face shining as the sun, and his garments became white as the light” (as Moses was when he descended from the mountain of God) and is joined by Moses and Elijah in the presence of three of His disciples: Peter, James and John. In the latter event, Jesus is again identified as the Son of God [Matthe 17:5], just as there was a voice from heaven at Jesus’ baptism identifying Him as the Son of God [Matthew 3:17].

After citing these this supernatural affirmation of Christ’s deity,  Peter says that “we have a more sure word of prophecy.” This is an important point. The Bible’s authority is supernaturally authenticated by fulfilled prophecy and the Resurrection of Christ. Jesus prophesied his own crucifixion and resurrection[Mark 9:31] and fulfilled Messianic Bible prophecy as well. Other than the Bible, no other authority can make these claims of supernatural authentication. In fact, God Himself boasts that no one else can call forth events which have not yet come to pass but Him [Isaiah 46:9-10]. In other words, true prophecy belongs to God alone. 

Having a more sure word of prophecy, we are confident that we do not follow cleverly devised fables. Rather myths are corrupted versions of the true events in the Bible.  This turns Tom DeLonge’s theory on its head, for it turns out that Biblical history is the conspiracy theory  (as suppressed truth) that is being obscured by the mainstream media. Which means that DeLonge’s cargo cult graspings (a product of mixed fact and fiction, by his own admission) are part of the problem rather than the solution… and his UFO War on religion is in vain where Christianity is concerned.

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