This essay will focus on the Raelian Movement. This movement was founded by Claude Vorilhon now called Rael. He is the prophet or spoke person for an Elohim, named Yahweh, the alien spoke person. He was asked to spread the truth and build an Embassy. The Elohim would only come back to Earth once this was done. It is our sign to them that we are ready to accept them and learn their scientific expertise. We will look at Raelian’s beliefs, their holidays, their rites and the structure of the Raelian church and the initiation of new members. I will show how the Bible stories are interwoven with the extraterrestrial stories, starting with the creation of life on this planet. This movement is worldwide and has many followers.
The followers can be found in numerous countries on all the continents. As of 2007, it is estimated that there is 65 000 members. The Raelian church is a hierarchy and has levels numbering from 0 to 6. The Level 0 is that of trainee going all the way to Level 6 which is the Guide of guides and the Planetary guide. It is estimated that the Raelian church structure has about 2,300 members, 170 Raelian guides and 41 bishops. Rael or Vorilhon has the highest position and he has held it for three seven year terms. (Wikipedia) To become a member or formally join the Raelian Movement, you must go through the rite of baptism or the Transmission of the Cellular Plan. This rite can only be performed by an upper-level member known in the Raëlian clergy as guides. The first part of the baptism is to deny any previous connections and break all ties with other religions. This is known as the Act of Apostasy. This is followed by the Transmission of the Cellular Plan. This ritual is believed to send the new member’s DNA makeup to an Elohim extraterrestrial computer. (Beyer) This DNA makeup “would become recognized during the final hour when they will be judged by the extraterrestrial Elohim”. (Wikipedia) The Raelians do not believe in evolution. They believe that DNA rejects mutations and that the Elohim planted life on the planet Earth some 25,000 years ago. (We will see how this is possible in the Creation Story.) They used science to accomplish this, as one day we will use science to do the same in the name of humanity.
They believe in a form of immortality that can only be accomplished by the pursuit of science in the field of cloning, therefore making the Transmission of the Cellular Plan very important part of the new member’s ritual. The belief is that the soul dies with the body. During the ceremony of the Transmission of the Cellular Plan, the Elohim record the memories and DNA of those being initiated. All human beings memories and DNA are being stored in a supercomputer. This information would be released for the resurrection (cloned) of the people. Once resurrected these people would be judged for past life actions. Those evil doers would get appropriate punishment. The Raelians also have ideas on how the world would and could achieve world peace. One government lead by the geniuses of the world. Only the more intelligent of our species could vote and run for government positions. The world government would have 12 regions. Each of the 12 regions would be divided up in 12 areas. Rael speaks of this new world government in his book “Geniocracy”.
The Raelians celebrate four holidays and it is only during these holidays that new members are baptised. * 1st Sunday in April, when Elohim created Adam and Eve. * August 6, the date of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945. They believed this event to be the beginning of the Age of Apocalypse/Revelation. * October 7, when Rael met with past prophets(Jesus, Buddha, others) on board an Elohim craft * December 13, first contact between Rael and the Elohim named Yahweh ( Beyer) The Raelian theology is a combination of Bible passages from Genesis with a extraterrestrial spin. The Raelians believe that the Elohim are the creators of life on this planet. Yahweh, the Elohim, explained to Rael the creation story by using the Bible has traces of proof from the past and mostly citing from Genesis. In the book, “Intelligent Design, a Message from the Designers”, Rael goes into details of the six encounters he had with Yahweh. Yahweh tells the story of creation and quotes from the Bible and explains what the citations mean.
The story goes like this. On Yahweh’s world, the scientist were working on cloning and they cloned many little creatures. The Elohim did not like this and where scared of the results of cloning. One such clone had been a monster and killed many people before they could take care of the problem. The Elohims banned cloning. The scientist wanted to pursue their project so they left their planet to seek out another place to continue their work. They found Earth. In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 At this point, Yahweh made sure to explain that Elohim in Hebrew means “those who came from space”, and that it is the plural form. The Elohim is the group of scientists, that found Earth and it had the necessary elements for the creation of artificial life. The Elohim placed satellites around the Earth to study its atmosphere and constitution. And the Spirit of Elohim moved upon the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2 The Elohim checked if the sun was dangerous or not, that its rays were not harmful and they weren’t. And Elohim saw the light, that is was good. Genesis 1:4
He continues in this fashion to explain Genesis 1: 5, 1: 7. At this point in the story, the planet was covered with water. So they pushed up the earth from the bottom of the shallow seas and created land. Traces of proof is in Genesis 1:9, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear. The Elohim had a big laboratory where they created vegetable cells from chemicals and were able to produce various types of plants. These plants had to be able to reproduce themselves. The scientists plant them around the planet and would meet to compare the research. The Elohim’s progress and experiments were watched from their planet. Other from their home world came to join them in the experiment adding beautiful colors and scents.
Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth. Genesis 1:11
The story continues to the creation of the animals, the scientists still at work and with success. The animals reproduce and populated the earth. Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and the beast of the earth, each according to its kind. Genesis 1:24
Still the scientist continues the experiment. They decided to create an artificial human being like themselves. They split up in groups and went to work. The Elohims from their home world were outraged at this because they did not want the human to become powerful and one day destroys them. So a compromise was made, the humans would have to live in a primitive way with no science. He goes on to saying that it is easy to know how many groups worked on this project because you need only to see how many races there is on the planet.
Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and the cattle, over all the earth and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. Genesis 1:26
Yahweh retells the whole story of creation using the Bible and Genesis passages as proof. He speaks of the Great Flood and that the Elohim from the home world sent nuclear missiles to destroy life on Earth. The Elohims of Earth had made a vessel and had placed the DNA of all the creation on it. When the nuclear missiles arrived this vessel was already in the air above Earth. The ark…. Was lift up above the earth. Genesis 7:17
The Elohim, Yahweh, tells the story of the Tower of Babel, which was in reality a rocket so that the Jewish people the most intelligent race could go to the creators planet and show that they were peaceful and grateful. The Elohim on the home world were frightened and decided to take the Jewish scientists and place them in other village across the planet in places that no one would understand them. And now nothing will be restrained from them, which they imagined to do. Genesis 11:6 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So Yahweh scattered them abroad from hence upon the face of all the earth. Genesis 11:7-8
Yahweh retells the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and the sacrifice of Abraham in this way always referring to passages from Genesis. He then continues to tell how they looked out for the chosen people. They spoke to Moses and urged him to follow the right path and guide the chosen, And the angel of Yahweh appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. Exodus 3:2
He said that the Elohim have sent many prophets to guide the chosen people like Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammed. Rael continues to recount his encounter with The Elohim. Throughout the book and the ideas put forward by Rael, there is a mixing, manipulating, mingling of the biblical passages, some history, references to other religious prophets and all with the extraterrestrial flare. The Rael goes on to explain that he spent time on another planet and had dinner with member of The Council of the Eternals of which Jesus, Moses and Elijah and other prophets were part of. He explains that this entire planet is dedicated to eternal life and this is all possible because of science and that many human from Earth are already there as well as some 700 Elohim. (Rael p.161-162) He describes and explains how one can go to this paradise like place. Yahweh tell Rael what a follower must do to be able to come to the planet of Paradise. Rael is giving the commandments that had to be followed and handed down to the people. (Rael p. 175) Yahweh speaks of the Jewish people, how they are the direct descendants of the Elohim. He has a strong message for them and encourages them to help Rael to build the Embassy on their land before another country does and it. (Rael p. 176)
The Raelian Movement is all about extra-terrestrials, science and manipulating the different Bible passages to fit Rael ideas and views on creation, government, cloning, life in outer space, afterlife and paradise. Some of the beliefs tend to make life on earth easier such as sensual meditation that has gotten a bad reputation because of step 10, which is to indulge in sensual pleasure no matter what form or where. I truly have difficulty in believing in a religion or cult that takes from other religions to build upon and or change it to their own ideas or views. Also science is going forward with or without alien help. Yet in building this religion, he uses and mentions the Ancient testament, the Koran and other sacred books. He also includes the most important prophets of the different religions. His religion or cult incorporates many different theologies and the extraterrestrial mythologies. Many people believe in UFO’s and aliens visiting us on Earth. The mixing of the two in the way he has done it tends to make Raelian Movement plausible to a lot a different people who have different basic beliefs.
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