The product of a man's imagination is tied to his own experience, his
own time. A wonderful tale of the supernatural may sound very
imaginative to the contemporary of the teller, but it will date itself
to a later generation. The lives of the Greek gods are related to the
lives of the early Greeks. An imaginative science-fiction writer such
as Jules Verne is limited in the same way. As good as he was,
experience has set an outer limit to his imagination. Ezekiel's tale
is not in this class. To his contemporaries, it was out of step with
reality. To us it is real enough, but out of step with time. The most
credible explanation is that it really happened.
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Perhaps there are some points of my interpretation that you do not
agree with, but as a whole the story does hang together rather well.
If you have the feeling that it would be easy to fit the words around
an entirely different set of circumstances, I suggest that you try.
It is interesting to know that some years ago a verbal battle raged in
theological circles as to whether Ezekiel wrote the Book of Ezekiel.
One school of thought held that he did, while the other school held
that the first chapter was a "forgery," written in the third century
before Christ, and tacked on as a sort of "leader" to Ezekiel's book.
For our purposes it cannot be a forgery. It makes little difference
how long ago it was written, so long as it was not since World War II!
Suppose Ezekiel or some ancient man actually saw what I have proposed.
What are the possible explanations? Is it possible that some ancient
race, unknown to us, could have developed such equipment? It is not
likely. During the last one hundred years we have been prodding about
in the earth and finding so many ancient records that someone else
besides Ezekiel would certainly have left us a report on them.
The things that were science fiction twenty years ago are solid fact
now. We know that a landing on the Moon is only a question of time, a
few years at the most. The planets of our Solar System will follow, at
least some before the turn of the century, probably. As for the
planets of neighboring stars we cannot say. We have no way of
exploring them at present, but that is not the same as saying that we
never will. If the past performance of the human race is any measure,
they will likely fall to exploration within two hundred years.
If you concede that it is possible that we can visit other star
systems in a future not too distant, why then could we not have been
visited some time in the past? It may tend to deflate our ego to think
that there may be intelligent beings not too different from us who are
advanced beyond us. It need not. One of the most striking features of
Ezekiel's story, if it has been decoded correctly, is that these
beings are very much like we are, right at the present time. That putsDownload<<BackPagesMainNext>>