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The French cult leader, Claude Rael, claims to have received messages from extra-terrestrials called the Elohim, which he says denotes ďthose who came from the skyĒ, who purport to have scientifically made the human race. He founded the Raelian Movement which apparently has 40,000 members in 80 countries (page 11 and 197, The Final Message, Tagman Press, London, 1998). While his Raelian Movementís opposition to the concept of a supernatural God is uplifting we rationalists cannot accept the revelations of his aliens as authentic. The errors in them that tell us not to can be read in Raelís fascinating book, The Message Given to Me by Extra-Terrestrials. Let us look at the errors. The sect declared toward the end of 2002 that it had succeeded in making the first human clone which it called Eve. The fact that such a thing would be announced alone proves that the Elohim evilly approve of cloning despite the dangers for the child born this way.


It is interesting that the Elohim couldnít find anybody more worthy of credence than a journalist. Their scanners must have broken down. One witness is not good enough for there are plenty of groups that claim to have a message from aliens and to have gone riding in a spaceship. We know we should be ready to believe two people more than one. Despite their allegedly vast intelligence the Elohim have not grasped this! Yet they formed the Jewish religion which teaches that at least two independent and good witnesses are needed before a report can be trusted (Deuteronomy 17:6).


The alien messenger told Rael to tell the world about the Elohim so that the aliens could see from its reaction if it was time to descend openly on earth and meet everybody (page 10, 68, The Message Given to Me by Extra-Terrestrials). Clearly, the Elohim think the whole world could be nice to them which is mad. Why didnít they make people intelligent enough to believe that they made us all and love us so that thing would run smoothly? The Elohim donít know that it is one thing for Rael to make the world happy at the thought of aliens landing but another for them to come. Faith is comforting as long as it remains faith. People might panic when they see it is not just a consoling belief anymore but a fact that could result in invasion or planetary catastrophe.

The aliens say we already know how to see how people will take things through psychology (page 110). Why donít they use one of their super-computers to test us all instead of relying on Rael? Why donít they cure us of the evil that could make us turn on them and revile them if they return? Why donít they give us the instant education through injecting brain matter which they do to one another (page 132) so that we can have the intelligence to be positive towards them? Raelians would say we could be too dangerous if we knew too much about science but they donít have to tell us all. They can still use their miracle science to make sure we donít abuse the wisdom.

The Elohim stupidly express their fear that earth-people will scientifically progress until they are able to conquer the Elohim! Beings with better machines than ours can do plenty to hinder or slow the pace of this progress so they couldn't possibly have said that they were afraid. Rael made up this message and he and all the eggheads who believe in him show that they are not so smart after all. Page 11 of The Message Given to Me by Extra-Terrestrials even says that the alien told Rael that he would tell him nothing about his home planet for fear of earth people. The aliens take two months to reach us on their space-ships (page 99). They could make force-fields to protect their planet and act to prevent us getting through them or knowing how to. They could let us progress all we want as long as they are safe. But they say they wonít. Why are they so scared of us when they are 25, 000 years ahead of us in scientific knowledge? The reason is that Rael had to come up with a reason for why we never see them.

The alien also told Rael not to bring anything metallic with him and to tell nobody so that they could meet the next day (page 14). The alien does not know that there is metal in the human body. And they were standing in a volcanic crater which should have had plentiful traces of metal. The messenger said that he would never meet with Rael against if he told anybody. But did it really matter if he told one or two people as long as he visited the messenger alone?

Page 118 says the aliens will never help Rael openly for that would prove their existence to the sceptics which they do not want for scepticism is often aggressive. This follows the old stereotype that sceptics are bent on sticking by their rejection of certain beliefs at any cost. The Raelians are guilty of this aggression themselves for if they thought more and were open-minded they would not be Raelians. They plan to appear some day and there will always be sceptics on the earth. Rael and his Elohim seem to think that nearly everybody on earth is going to become Raelian.

The Elohim say that they can cure violent and jealous urges which ensures the absence of crime on their planet (page 127) and this ought to be done (page 259). The Raelian suggestion that the Elohim canít cure bad people on earth because they donít want to be healed is farcical. When they need curing and donít want it their refusal is invalid for it is a symptom of mental sickness too. And if the treatment works why not give it when it will put them in their right mind and they will be glad you did it. Why put their little opposition before all the long-term consent they will give later? What about the people they will hurt? Donít they count? Most criminals hanker after liberation from their faults but nobody comes down in a flying saucer to offer any help. Suggestion can be used to get a person to agree to what they wouldn't agree to without it of their own free will.

If the Elohim are too busy they could send those biological robots of theirs that they brag about to do it for them. These robots could feed the starving in the Third World and especially if the Elohim are as concerned about free will as they pretend to be for only a few are letting this happen and most of us and none more so than the victims want it stopped.

The Elohim are evil for idly looking on as Hitler went about his wicked work. Remember, the objections to the goodness of God work against the idea of any kind of being that has powers we can only wish for.

The Elohim enjoy barbaric sports. Participants must abide by the curious rule prohibiting their being restored to life if they are killed (page 130). The excuse that violence is necessary to evade mental breakdowns is unacceptable if they can cure evil. Only a few might need to bash up people and our reason and laws all say that nobody needs to. But anyway, if the Elohim have the technology to cure bad tendencies they can make all the same way.

Rael allows very violent sports for those who need them (page 261). But violent people can change through practicing love and indulging in meditation and getting a reason not to be violent that makes them glad not to be.

The Elohim reveal that every atom is full of little planets and is a universe or solar system or whatever. There is life on many of them. See page 190 and see The Final Message page 14 of Anthony Greyís introduction. So, burning your paper or exploding nuclear bombs must be mass murder. How the Elohim can expect us to be moral with a doctrine like that proves that Rael either imagined or made up his revelations.

The Elohim ascribe vice and badness to disorders of the mind Ė across the board to justify love of enemies (The Message Given to Me by Extra-Terrestrials, page 258). They must have caught the bug when they threatened evildoers with severe and eternal punishment.

The Elohim say that they live a long time but only let some live forever if they are geniuses (page 125). This limit is made to prevent overpopulation. But they have the science to turn any planet into a paradise and there is no shortage of planets.

The Elohim advocated the wearing of a medal like a Star of David with a swastika in it (page 192). This symbol had to be replaced without a swastika because of the Nazi connotations. One would think that the Elohim should have realised that the symbol would not be taken too well in the first place!

Against realism the Elohim forbid going to war against unjust aggressors (page 195). They are living at the tops of ivory towers that are tall enough to stretch from here to the moon. Then hypocritically, Raelians are instructed to get involved in helping in war in ways that donít involve killing, perhaps by doing office work or something (page 246). It cannot be wrong to kill and then to help others to kill by helping war.

Teaching children about sex and how to enjoy it and about masturbating is encouraged on (pages 233, 234). I find that disturbing.

Babies conceived by accident must be aborted for the child will never reach its full potential when it was not wanted at the time of conception (page 237). This is nonsense and the mother can adjust and welcome the baby. No cut-off point when abortion would be wrong and murderous is given implying it can be done anytime. What business have the Elohim giving a command like this when they refuse to prove that they spoke to Rael? It could be the unlawful killing of a human life.

Rael permits killing animals for food but they must not suffer (page 248). But death is painful. He says that plants suffer the same way as we do (page 249). Science disproves this which shows how little respect he has for it. It makes cruelty of cutting a tree so why does he judge people who do that? Meat eating is allowed (page 249). A real message from benevolent beings would tell us to eat meat if we have to and then to eat chickens and fish and other lower animals. To eat the higher animals is bad because they are more likely to be conscious beings.

The stupidity of the book is apparent when it says in the discussion of sensual meditation which involves sexual activity and romantic love and indulgence that you should be happy if the person you love loves somebody else and then there is the sinister idea that rejecting somebody who wants to make you happy is wrong even if they do not appeal to you. This seems to suggest that you should let them have sex with you (page 256-7). Jealousy is inevitable with falling in love. Rael is right however that the jealously is about the fear that some other person will make your partner happier than you can. This shows the hypocrisy and satanic nature of the Christian Church which hallows love. But Rael's aliens should be able to draw the inevitable conclusion that falling in love is immoral. Yet their promotion of love attacks this idea.

Page 248 wants science to start on making the biological robot do all our work leaving us to have a good time. But if the Elohim are so anxious that this be done why donít they tell us how to make one? To make one would bring us a lot closer to the Elohim for super-science. Thought they didnít want that!

Page 252 prescribes a prayer to the Elohim which says among other things that I love all people Elohim for they are made in your image. That is unintelligible when the Elohim are just ordinary beings who happen to have developed a super-science. They might have made us but they are not that special. Our own parents are better for at least we know them and know they exist.

Page 273 says that the Elohim do not intervene in our affairs unless somebody lies saying he has met them and/or got a message from them and they will make his life unbearable. Why donít they stop such a person before he does any damage or at least send light into those who are thinking about his teaching? Priests all claim to have got a message from God that Romanism is true and most of them live like royalty.

The book says that telepathy with the aliens is possible and desirable. Yet it ridicules magic. If hidden forces exist to make telepathy possible then why canít ones exist to make magic work? Magicians donít all believe that magic is supernatural or from God but some say that it is the activity of natural forces that have not been discovered yet. The Raelians should be able to refute all magical claims before they cast aspersions on magic but they are not.

The writings of Rael are filled with very numerous absurdities that indicate where the messages really came from. Rael did not encounter any otherworldly beings for they would not have made such inexcusable blunders. His stories of encounters with aliens and getting messages and being taken to their planet is a pack of lies. No sufficient reason is given why we should heed his often dangerous doctrines. The system is evil.

The alien told Rael to buy a Bible and bring it to him to explain it. No worse interpretation could anybody imagine. One would not expect anything else of anybody who rejects evolution like Raelianism does (page 103).

The messenger gives a totally unjustified interpretation of the first few chapters of Genesis to make them seem to be talking about the Elohim. The serpent who tempts is said to be a small group of rebel Elohim who wanted to train Adam and Eve in science (page 23). Fanciful! There is no hint in the story that it is non-literal. Interpretations like that can make the serpent be anything.

There is no need to understand the burning bush as a rocket behind a bush (page 33) or to attribute the parting of the waters as a repulsion beam (page 34). The text says that the bush was burning but not being consumed unlike Raelís interpretation. The serpent of brass the snake-bitten Israelites had to look at to survive is interpreted as a syringe (page 38). But then why does the Bible stress looking at it? All that is just speculation. Yet Rael says it is what the Elohim say.

I had to laugh at page 35 which says the Elohim had to come down on Mount Sinai and cause smoke and fire because they were afraid of being attacked by the Israelites! Primitive tribes would have posed no threat to them when they were able to cause the fire and smoke. There is no hint in the story that Israel was willing to attack. The contrary is what is hinted at for if the aliens appearing to Moses were frightened then they could have appeared to him quietly without the people knowing of the meeting. Also when they were able to land on top of the mountain why could they not use a force-field or flee if the people came too close? Had Rael really been in contact with aliens they would have been able to correct his error for they could not risk their work and message being made to look stupid.

There is no evidence that Psalm 8 ever said that man is equal to the Elohim before it was changed to say less than them. Yet Rael says it was. The Bible would not refer to the Elohim as he and one person if it meant a plurality of space-beings. Elohim is plural but it is only a name for God. Even Genesis uses the name to refer to a single being just like Joan Rivers is one person despite the plural name. Elohim denotes one being with a plural of majesty. Supreme majesty of majesty perhaps.

The Elohim bragged that they destroyed all life on earth apart from Noah and some of his friends at the time of the Flood because their scientific progress jeopardised the security of the Elohim. What a laugh! Murderers is what I would call them when they had no need to kill.

It was thoughtful of the Elohim to confess that they lied to the bible prophets (page 47) and even asked mega-dope Abraham to commit filicide to try his devotion. Following their revelations, Raelians understand the apparitions of Mary as visits from an extra-terrestrial and not the real Mary. Anyone who flicks through Maryís messages with their pleas for more faith in God and in magic can see that if this is true then nothing that comes from the mouths of the Elohim can be called believable when they are such deceivers.

The Elohim say that the miracles of religion were just tricks done by their advanced science. They are evil beings if they exist for they command blind faith for if miracles are deceptive then how do we know that the message given to Rael was not deceptive?

Rael says that Moses and Elijah came out of a spaceship to talk to Jesus during the transfiguration. There is no mention of a spaceship in the gospel.

It takes quite a huge flight of fancy to interpret the parable of the sower in Matthew 13 as referring to the attempts made by the Elohim to create life on other worlds (page 77). Jesus interpreted it differently but here is Rael coming centuries after the people who would have known better had died to tell us that this parable does not mean what the records say. He just plucks out of the Bible whatever suits his argument regardless of the context and has no reason for this but his own peculiar prejudices.

The messenger told Rael that Jesus had to die so that the truth about the Elohim would be known on earth and that the biblical writings would give clues so that we could recognise them as benevolent creators when they come back (page 83). All of this is ridiculous for Jesus is two thousand years dead and nobody in the early Church believed in aliens as a result of his work and only comparatively few Raelians walk the earth. And the clues could back up anything for they are simply not there and just imagined.

I donít like the references to the Ages of Pisces and Aquarius and to their main characteristics being predicted centuries ago (page 91-94). That is approving of the unscientific and anti-scriptural practice of astrology. The Elohim say they are not infallible and have made mistakes and do not know the future so the fulfilment of the predictions must have been engineered by some other kind of force, the stars.


The Elohim just dropped the concept of God in the chapter Neither God or Soul composing the book, The Extra-Terrestrials took me to their Planet. The Elohim denied the existence of God but when God is immaterial how could they possibly know? They ignore philosophy which alone can settle the question. They are oblivious to the arguments of St Thomas Aquinas for the existence of God. Nobody has the right to say that there is no God without looking at the arguments first. The same chapter says that there was no beginning meaning that time always existed. But just like you canít get to the end of time if it does not end you will not get to the beginning of time if you go back in time for there is no beginning. Then how did you get to the present moment if there is an infinity of moments before that? The idea of time makes no sense without time having an origin.
The Raelians cannot use the problem of evil to refute God because that would do away with the Elohim as well. The Elohim want to come first and to be obeyed for their own sake and because they are our creators but the fact as that each individual person comes first in his or her own life for that person is not as sure of the existence of anything outside himself or herself as he or she is of his or her own existence.


The foundational doctrine of Raelianism is that an Embassy must be created in Israel where the spacemen can meet with us in peace.

Rael got a new message on December 13, 1997 which is in the book, The Final Message. In it the Elohim say they love all people but the Raelians are dearest to them. They complained about the authorities in Jerusalem not given them a site for the Embassy and granting the site extra-territorial status. They said they chose Jerusalem for the Embassy because they appeared there before and it was of sentimental value for them. This contradicts their claim that they were the gods reported by the pagan religions and they did not appear as much there as they do in other places. They say they appeared to Joseph Smith the founder of the Mormons so why donít they have their Embassy in Palmyra in Upper State New York for Smith had more visions than took place in Jerusalem. Why did the Elohim tell Smith that Independence, Missouri was to be the New Jerusalem next the old one? The Elohim canít make up their minds about anything. The Elohim then stated that Israel was getting its last chance and that if nothing was done the Embassy will be constructed in another place (page 203). One would think that with their power and the fact that political status is dependent on luck and pulling strings that the Elohim could have pulled a couple so as to have the right people running Israel who would let the cult build.

The Elohim said, ďThe hour of our Great Return is near and we will support and protect the most devoted ones among you. Your enemies will increasingly see our all-powerful arm strike them, particularly the usurper of Rome, his bishops and all those who act in our name without our mandateĒ (page 203).

Why then canít they do anything about the Israeli authorities who wonít let Rael build the Embassy near Jerusalem?

Rael is described as the Way, the Truth and the Life (page 203). It should be that the Elohim are the Way, the Truth and the Life for Rael is only a messenger. The Bible stresses that revelation should not glorify the prophet but the one who uses the prophet to speak through.

And the Elohim state that Buddhism is closest to Raelianism and even that Buddhism stripped to the essentials is Raelianism and that therefore Raelianism will be most popular among Buddhists (page 203). This is totally wrong for original Buddhism repressed the desires of the flesh and never spoke of aliens and spaceships and its Nirvana is a mystical state beyond all our comprehension and full of paradoxes or contradictions while Raelianism boasts that it offers no mystical and religious paradoxes.

The more Raelians love Rael the more they love the Elohim and that nobody can turn against Rael without being unloving towards the Elohim (page 204). They even present Rael as a mediator who persuades them to forgive what they find unforgivable. Rael then is taking religious devotion to himself and trumpeting his own importance. I know this because if he were humble and the Elohim were sensible they would say that Rael should be loved as all people should be loved for the Elohim love all and are hurt if we do not do this. They should stress that Raelís teaching is more important than Rael. The Elohim irrationally value Rael more than anybody else when he can persuade them to forgive even though the Elohim say that anybody who sincerely prays to God prays to them and though the world prays for mercy.

The Final Message, Claude Rael, Tagman Press, London, 1998
The Message Given to Me by Extra-Terrestrials, Rael, AOM,1986