The spokespeople for "CLONAID" have been in the news lately. You know, the ones who claim they've cloned a human baby. We've seen them on TV, and they look like throw backs out of some old "Star Trek" or "Lost in Space" episode. I've laughed at them and commented how they "look like some kook pots." I'm sure you have too.
This group is without question a cult. Their founder, Claude Vorilon, who claims to be a prophet, and now calls himself "Rael", says that on December 13, 1973, he was out in the countryside of France when a spaceship landed in front of him. A little alien man, about four feet tall got out and told him that we humans are an experiment from outer space. That we were cloned and placed here by aliens.
Rael says that the alien man who approached him was named "Yahweh" and that he, Rael, had been chosen to be the one through whom the truth about mankind was to be restored. Rael had several messages delivered to him for mankind. "The messages dictated to Rael explain how life on Earth is not the result of random evolution, nor the work of a supernatural 'God'. It is a deliberate creation, using DNA, by a scientifically advanced people who made beings "literally in their image" what one can call "scientific creationism". References to these scientists and their work, as well as to their symbol of infinity can be found in the ancient texts of many cultures. For example, in Genesis, the biblical account of creation, the word "Elohim" has been mistranslated as "God" in the singular, but it is a plural, which means "those who came from the sky".1
This cult calls itself the "Raelian Movement" and, according to their website, has a following of some 55,000 people in 84 countries. We sit back and say "How could people follow such a kook pot saying such crazy things?"
There are some major parallels between the Raelians and Mormonism:
(1) They both claim their founder was to be the 'chosen vessel' through whom the truth was to be restored.
(2) They both claim that the Bible is mistranslated with reference to the use of the word "Elohim" in the Hebrew, and both claim to set the record straight as to the identity of Elohim.
(3) They both claim that life on earth was through an explainable event, and not through ex nihilo (from nothing) creation.
(4) They both claim to have knowledge of extra-terrestrials
I'll tackle the first three parallels rather quickly and then expound on the extra-terrestrial quotes more in-depth.
(1) As noted above Rael claims he was contacted by an alien named Yahweh and told he was chosen to be the spokesman for the Elohim. Joseph Smith claims that he was praying in the woods near his home in Western New York as to which church to join when he was visited by Elohim and Jesus. During this vision he claims he was told "that I must join none of them [all churches], for they [all churches] were all wrong; and the Personage [Jesus] who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt..."2 [brackets mine]
(2) As noted above the Raelians claim that Elohim is mistranslated in the Bible and the Elohim are the aliens who cloned us. The Mormons claim that Elohim is mistranslated in the Bible and that "Elohim is the plural of the Canaanite El or the Hebrew Eloah; consequently, its literal meaning is Gods. Accordingly, as the Prophet [Joseph Smith] pointed out, such Old Testament passages as, "In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1), should more properly be translated, "In the beginning the head of the Gods brought forth the Gods," and they created the heavens and the earth. (Teachings, pp.370-371.)3 [brackets mine]
But Mormonism doesn't make any sense by wanting to translate Elohim in a plural fashion yet assigning the name to God the Father who is supposed to be a single glorified man. No wonder Mormons are confused on this issue.
Folks, always remember: scripture interprets scripture. The historical, fundamental Christian teaching of whom God [Elohim] is follows:
One of the names of God in the Old Testament is Elohim. It designates God as God. Deuteronomy
Does this mean there is more than one God? No! "The LORD [Jehovah] is our God [Elohim], the LORD is one" (Deuteronomy 6:4). God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit—the blessed Trinity—created the heavens and the earth. One in essence, in character, yet three persons united as one. As you read various scriptures, you can see references to the different persons of the Godhead participating in the work of creation. In Genesis 1:2-3 we read, "The Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light." "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God..." (Hebrews 11:3). God spoke, the Spirit moved, and Colossians
(3) As noted above the Raelians believe life came through the Elohim's cloning experiment. Mormonism teaches that God could not create, but merely organized the heavens and the earth: "That matter or element is self-existent and eternal in nature, creation being merely the organization and reorganization of that substance which "was not created or made, neither indeed can be."5
The words create and made in Genesis 1:1 and Exodus 20:11 are quite clear that the world was created not organized out of existing matter. Absolutely sealing the fate of the organizing matter teaching is Hebrews 11:3 which emphatically states ""Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."
(4) The Raelians claim that Rael was visited by an alien from outer space. The Founders of Mormonism (Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith and Brigham Young) made some outlandish extraterrestrial claims as well. Why do we care? Actually it is quite simple: Mormonism rests upon the credibility of the Founders and successors of the religion. The sixth Mormon Prophet, Joseph Fielding Smith said:
"Mormonism, as it is called, must stand or fall on the story of Joseph Smith. He was either a prophet of God, divinely called, properly appointed and commissioned, or he was one of the biggest frauds this world has ever seen. There is no middle ground."6
MEN ON THE MOON
As the above states Mormonism has its anchor in Joseph Smith. Would you trust your eternity, your salvation to someone who made the following statements:
"Astronomers and philosophers have, from time almost immemorial until very recently, asserted that the moon was uninhabited, that it had no atmosphere, etc. But recent discoveries through the means of powerful telescopes, have given scientists a doubt or two upon the old theory.
"Nearly all the great discoveries of men in the last half century have, in one way or another, either directly or indirectly, contributed to prove Joseph Smith to be a Prophet.
"As far back as 1837, I know that he said the MOON WAS INHABITED by men and women the same as this earth, and that they lived to a greater age then we do, that they live generally to near the age of 1,000 years.
"He described the men as averaging near six feet in height, and dressing quite informally in something near the Quaker style.
"In my Patriarchal blessing, given by the father of Joseph the Prophet, in Kirkland, 1837, I was told that I should preach the gospel before I was 21 years of age; that I should preach the gospel to the inhabitants upon the islands of the sea, and to the INHABITANTS OF THE MOON, even the planet you can now behold with your eyes."7 [EMPHASIS MINE]
"The INHABITANTS OF THE MOON are more of a uniform size than the inhabitants of earth, being about 6 feet in height.
"They dress very much like the Quaker style and are quite general in style, or fashion of dress.
"They live to be very old; coming generally, near a thousand years.
"This is the description of them as GIVEN BY JOSEPH THE SEER, and he could 'See' whatever he asked the father in the name of Jesus to see."8
MEN ON THE MOON AND SUN
Brigham Young the second
Prophet of the Mormon Church, and the successor to Joseph Smith, said on
"Who can tell us of the INHABITANTS of this little planet that shines of an evening called the MOON?...when you inquire about the INHABITANTS of that sphere you find that the most learned are as ignorant in regard to them as the ignorant of their fellows. So it is in regard to the INHABITANTS OF THE SUN. Do you think it is inhabited? I rather think it is. Do you think there is any life there? NO QUESTION OF IT; IT WAS NOT MADE IN VAIN."9 [EMPHASIS MINE]
"...if there are meny (sic) worlds then there must be meny (sic) gods, for every Star that we see is a world and is inhabited the same as this world is peopled. The Sun and the Moon is inhabited..."10
Folks, Christianity rests solely upon Jesus Christ and Him alone. Mormonism rests solely upon Joseph Smith and the succeeding Prophets of the Mormon Church. As the above quotes, all from Mormon publications, clearly show, the credibility of Mormonism's foundation is set on quicksand!
1 www.rael.org "Quick Summary of the Messages" pg 1
2 Pearl of Great Price, JS 1:18
3 Mormon Doctrine, p. 224
4 Lord, I Want To Know You, pp. 19-20
5 Mormon Doctrine, p. 589
6 Doctrines of Salvation, Vol 1, p. 188
7 The Young Woman's Journal, 1892, Vol 3, pp. 263-264
8 Journal of Oliver B. Huntington, Vol.3, page 166 of typed copy at Utah State Historical Society
9 Journal of Discourses, Vol 13, p. 271
10 Brigham Young University Studies, Winter 1978, Vol 18, No. 2, p. 177