What is the Raelism?

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What is the Raelism?
Answer

Another UFO religion; claiming to be the largest. The Raelians (Raelism, the Raelian Movement) are the followers of a cult founded in 1974 by the French auto-racing journalist Claude Vorilhon. They have had two symbols to represent their cult: (1) a swastika embedded on the Star of David, which was later replaced by (2) a variant star and swirl symbol. They seek to use cloning as a way to achieve immortality. They founded Valiant Venture Ltd Corporation in 1997, to research human cloning. The company changed its name later to Clonaid. The government of France classifies the Raelian Movement as a "secte," meaning "cult."

Claude Vorilhon wrote, "The Message Given by Extra-Terrestrials: At Last Science Replaces Religion," (Raelian Movement, 1998) and some other books. Vorilhon, or Rael (meaning, "messenger of the elohim") as he is now known, was allegedly contacted by aliens and told many mysteries; such as life was originally established upon earth some 22,000 +/- years ago through genetic manipulation by extraterrestrials. These aliens desire to return to earth - at Jerusalem in the yet to be built Elohim Embassy - to establish a one world government, which is to have a single currency, language, et. al.

Raelians assert that the alien elohim civilization sent different prophets - such as Moses, Elijah, Ezekiel, Buddha, John the Baptist, Jesus, Muhammad, and Joseph Smith - who were to be guides for humanity and to prepare them for the future mentioned above. They have some rather unusual reinterpretations of the Bible that are alien / science centered:

  • Creation (Gen. 1:1-2:25): involved a number of alien scientific synthetic creations. [1]
  • The Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:8): an alien scientific laboratory. [2]
  • Lucifer (Gen. 3:1-24): led a group of scientists in a genetic engineering lab to study created man's behavior. The Fall was actually Lucifer telling creation the truth about their existence. [3]
  • Noah's Ark (Gen. 6:1-9:28): a spaceship that was lifted up above the earth which preserved the genetic material that was used to resurrect animals through cloning. [4]
  • The Flood (Gen. 6:1-9:28): the byproduct of a atomic missile explosion that the alien elohim sent. [5]
  • The Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9): scattered Israel [which biblically was not named Israel until Genesis 35:10] the most intellectual race, across the globe. [6]
  • Sodom & Gomorrah (Gen. 19:1-29): the two angels sent to Sodom and Gomorrah were spies from the alien elohim. The towns were destroyed by an atomic explosion. [7]

To formally join the Raelians requires the act of apostasy; they assert one must deny any previous religious beliefs. This is followed by an act of baptism; AKA the, "Transmission of the Cellular Plan." This baptismal ritual allegedly communicates the person's DNA makeup to an elohim extraterrestrial computer.

This is an extremely dangerous cult adding too and manipulating Scripture. They advocate: (1) that there is no God, only alien creators; (2) to have already cloned a human being; (3) sensual meditation with the elohim (pl.), including a hedonistic exercise in sexual stimulation; (4) free-love; (5) Go Topless Day; and (6) encourage adult homosexual and bisexual behavior. As of 2011 they claim that they have approximately 85,000 members.

As the Apostle Paul stated:

1 Timothy 1:3-4 ... charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.

References:

[1] Rael, Intelligent Design: Message from the Designers, (Nova Distribution, 2006), pp. 10-16. [http://www.tarrdaniel.com/documents/Ufology/raelism.html]. Last Accessed, 12 June 2018).
[2] ibid, p. 279.
[3] ibid, p. 278.
[4] ibid, pp. 20-22.
[5] ibid, p. 20.
[6] ibid, pp. 22-23.
[7] ibid, pp. 23-24.
Rael Website: (http://www.rael.org/home). Last Accessed 12 June 2018.

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Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (IIIM).