"If there really were any alien civilizations, then in our Holy Scriptures - in the Bible - there would certainly be at least something said. If nothing is said, then we proceed from the fact that they do not exist", - said the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion on the air of the Church and Peace program on the Russia-24 television channel, RIA Novosti reported.
To clarify the situation, the bishop suggested reading the book of the theologian of the Russian Church Abroad, Hieromonk Seraphim Rose, “Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future,” confirming his statements.
"In this book, Father Seraphim gives very interesting testimonies of people who allegedly saw unidentified flying objects and met aliens. He compares these stories with stories about the phenomena of demons - such stories exist in abundance in everyday literature. And he proves in his book that those people who allegedly saw aliens just saw those very demons, the existence of which many now refuse to believe, "said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Metropolitan Hilarion also spoke about a case he knew from his own life about a teacher practicing spiritualistic sessions in which she evoked "the spirit of various writers".
"One of these "writers" who appeared to her introduced himself as Chekhov. At first this "Chekhov" began to come at her invitation, but then already without any invitation. The woman came into the apartment, and it turned out that the so-called" Chekhov "had been there and tore her wallpaper , scattered all the furniture, broke the dishes and so on. All this ended after she came to church, confessed and took communion. Then I consecrated her apartment - this demon who impersonated Chekhov was blown away like by the wind", - said the bishop. In his opinion noting that the same thing happens with the so-called aliens.
Earlier the chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on Family, the Protection of Motherhood and Childhood, Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov advised the Russians, who lost their jobs in order to survive during the economic crisis due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, to ask for alms. “The horrors of the coronavirus pandemic are “the scary pictures that demons paint”, - the priest said, and the anxiety that many Russians are now experiencing is only the “dreams that they just seem to them". According to Smirnov, there is nothing wrong with the fact that the person has no any reserves for the crisis times.