Celebrity Demi Lovato is urging people to stop using the term “aliens,” claiming it could be offensive to those who may live in other worlds.
“I think that we have to stop calling them aliens, because aliens is a derogatory term for anything,” she said during an interview with Pedestrian. “That’s why I like to call them ETs. So yeah, that’s a little tidbit. A little information that I learned.”
Lovato is promoting her Peacock special “Unidentified with Demi Lovato.”
The new series, hosted by the 29-year-old singer, explores inexplicable UFO phenomena.
During the interview, Pedestrian asked Lovato if there are “any common misconceptions about UFOs that [bother] them.” In response, the celebrity said it’s “that they’re harmful or that they’ll come and take over the planet.”
“I really think that, if there was anything out there that would want to do that to us, it would have happened by now,” she said.
The term “alien” is rooted in French and comes from the Latin “alienus,” which means “strange,” “foreign,” or “residing in a country not of one’s birth.” Its use in reference to extraterrestrial life didn’t occur until 1920, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary.
As for Lovato, she told E! News she had an encounter with what she believed to be an extraterrestrial being, calling the incident “beautiful and incredible.”
“We went out into the desert in Joshua Tree and I basically saw this blue orb that was about 50 feet away, maybe less, and it was kind of like floating above the ground, just like 10 or 15 feet, and it was kind of keeping its distance from me,” she recalled. “It definitely changed the way that you see the world. You have an inkling and then, all of the sudden, that inkling is confirmed. It changes your reality, for sure.”
She told Pedestrian, too, that she has been “a believer” in extraterrestrial life for as long as she can remember and said she is now “in a position in my career … where I’m dipping my toes into a lot of different waters.”
“This was just kind of a natural next step,” Lovato said. “I wanted to film everything that goes down when I go and search for these UFOs so that my fans can come along for the ride.”
The possibility of life outside earth shouldn’t concern Christians, according to Deborah Haarsma, president of the BioLogos Foundation, a nonprofit advocating an evolutionary view of God’s creation. In 2019, she asserted the message of Scripture — and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross — is robust enough to account for intelligent, redeemable life anywhere in the universe, on earth or otherwise.
While the Gospel clearly centers exclusively on the earthly human race, Haarsma believes the claims of the Bible “are cosmic,” referencing Colossians 1, where it “says that ‘in Him, all things were created: things on heaven, things on earth, visible, invisible, thrones, powers, rulers, authorities.’ All those things were created through Him and for Him.”
She went on to suggest there are three possibilities for extraterrestrial life: Jesus’ sacrifice redeemed the entire universe, life forms on other plants made different moral choices when it came to sin and the fall, or God may have been incarnated differently on other planets to provide redemption to the life forms in those worlds.
It’s worth noting the late Rev. Billy Graham was unfazed by the possibility of life on other planets. In his 1988 book, “Answers to Life’s Problems,” the famed evangelist said he can “find noting that would change our essential faith in the Gospel if we did discover life on other planets.”
“Our Bible is clearly designed for this particular planet with its particular problem of man’s sin,” he wrote. “When we observe this fact, we are on safe ground. It is not a part of the Bible’s message to inform us of what God has done elsewhere. Its message is concerned with earth dwellers, their origin, the reason for their existence, the cause of their misery, and the plan of redemption for a fallen race.”
He went on to argue that the “God of the universe is the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,” who is “entirely able to support all of creation and is able to govern it in righteousness.”
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