Author: Marshall Vian Summers
Publisher: New Knowledge Library; 1st edition edition (June 15, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1884238491
ISBN-13: 978-1884238499

Get out the salt shaker.

If you believe that UFOs are truly out there in the night sky, Marshall Vian Summers has a book to offer you that purports to be “window into the living story of our universe” and an “open doorway to a great human experience.” You might need to have more than a grain of salt handy, because Summers not only believes that “they” are out there, he also seems to be convinced that “they” are going to visit us soon, and apparently he is quite sure that “they” will require everyone to either worship them or worship with them. Summers has spent more than thirty years whipping up a new religion that he feels certain should please the ETs.

Marshall Vian Summers is the founder and messenger of a sect known as The New Message from God, which his bio describes as a “spiritual tradition practiced in over 35 countries.” He claims that every word of Life in the Universe was delivered to him in a “lightning flash of communication” that hit him during a three-day period, apparently through a method much like demonic possession. He asserts that someone—but he fails to say who—dictated this book to him, and that he merely recorded, transcribed, and published the long-winded directive without any editing or alteration. I wish an editor had given this book a once over, because the speaker/author/dictator/whatever missed the final comma in every serial sentence throughout the book, and there are hundreds of these typing errors throughout the 173 pages of this revelation.

The book separates its dictated pages into two sections: Part One: The Reality of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and Part Two: The Spirituality of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Both sections are confusing, which the text readily admits on pages 153-154, “While you and others have sought refuge in separation to experience yourself as creators, God has given you another purpose for being in manifest life. You seek separation, but God has given you another purpose and has embedded this purpose within you. For while you attempt to be separate from God, you cannot really be separate from God because the core of your reality and identity is Knowledge itself, which God has created, which could never be separate from its Source. Perhaps this will be confusing at first . . . .”
It is.

People from any established religion will probably be shocked by what Summers feels these ETs are going to require from us. According to this book, they will boldly negate, refute, challenge, twist, or reverse everything you now believe. Here are three examples:

In The Bible in Matthew 12:36, we are told, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak. Yet, on page 160, Summer’s Guide
to ET Spirituality states, “God will not force redemption upon you That is why there is no Judgment Day in the universe.” (In case you fail to comprehend this, Summers’ Holy Verbalist/writer mocks the Bible and repeats the remark a second time on page 173.) 

In The Book of Genesis in the Rabbinic Torah, we are taught “In the beginning of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was astonishingly empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Yet, Summers’ Sacred Seer/Statesman derides The Book of Genesis on page 174 with, “There is no creation story.”

In the Holy Qur'an, Muslims read nearly 500 verses from 87 Suras about Hell, such as Qur'an 40:71-72, “When the fetters and the chains shall be on their necks; they shall be dragged Into boiling water, then in the fire shall they be burned.” Yet, the pious lingo of Summers’ Oralist/Oracle ridicules the Holy Qur’an on page 175 with, “Hell is not a terrible place. Hell is a beautiful place . . . .”

The book is riddled with many other such nearly blasphemous statements that blatantly contradict all established religious beliefs. The unseen Informer/Elucidator seemingly uttered to Summer that the world is ripe for a visitation by ETs, and he claims that all humans are “vulnerable to persuasion and manipulation.” This belief forms the unsteady basis for the book, which assumes that the reader is gullible enough to believe that humanity will soon link arms in an alliance with outer space beings, dispense with all known religions, and “function within a Greater Community context” (page 187). The book also claims that we will reduce our population and give up wealth (page 56), forget traveling anywhere you wish (page 63), renounce social power (page 103), and other poppycock. If you want to buy into this idea of the future, then this book is for you.   

The book states that most people currently practicing this form of spirituality do so “in a clandestine manner, in secrecy” (page 139), which sounds a lot like those who practice witchcraft, but they do encourage you to be public enough to login with your Internet provider and record your IP address as you login to your favorite online bookstore and spend $17.95 for the paperback edition of Life in the Universe. If you desire to join this religious cult, do so at your own risk, but beware of what this book says on page 191: “It will be utterly confusing to you.” 

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