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Raelians – What Went Wrong with Religion

November 24, 2010

Recently religious followers of a sect called the Raelians have quietly starved themselves to death in order to please supernatural beings that the sect calls “the Elohim.” I wish something could have been done to make them change their minds. There are only two religions on the world; one, bright and hopeful, by which our heavenly Father has revealed His everlasting love to us through Jesus Christ, and the other, invented by people or the devil, whose deity apparently requires its subjects to perform self-destructive acts in a vain, tiresome attempt to please this unlovable deity.

Leader, Claude Vorilhon, and his Raelian cult are the latest example of how mankind often rejects the free sacrifice of Jesus in order to draw close to God through self-chosen works.

 

Everybody realizes that a deity that is amused when its adherents try to jerk its chain by “doing good” or “bowing down” or, in this case, “starving to death,” is not a deity that could love or be loved. Hence the unexpected joy in discovering the God of the Bible, who said to sinners, “Your sins are forgiven.” Our the only hope is that God will love us and forgive us and want us back again because this is who He is. Truly “no eye has seen nor ear heard of a God like this” who loves us with an everlasting love and who is glad to freely forgive our sins.

Click here[1] to read more about the Raelians who gave up their lives to please supernatural beings that they called Elohim. You know this word, but obviously in using the word, we do not all mean the same thing. “Elohim” (םאֱלהִי) is a plural, and in the Bible it means:

 1) The God who appeared to Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3:4);

2) The deities that other nations worshipped (“I will bring judgment on all the elohim of Egypt; I am the Lord” (Exodus 12:12).

3) The spirit (elohim) of the dead prophet Samuel (1 Samuel 28:13).

 The rabbi Maimonides was right when he said, “Every Hebrew knows that the term “Elohim” denotes God, angels, judges, and the rulers of countries.” But most of the time, “elohim” in the Bible means the one and only God. Thus, “In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the word “Elohim” occurs 2750 times in the Bible.

If the word “Elohim” can be used in different ways in the Bible, then a teacher who wants to be clear that he or she is describing God, that is, the One True God of the Hebrews, it is helpful to describe Him as “the God who appeared to Moses in the burning bush,” and “the God who created the world out of nothing.”

A teacher who wants to use the name “Allah” must also take the time to describe who he or she is talking about. As I have said in an earlier blog,[2] millions of Christian Arabs call upon the name of Allah, and have since Pentecost. But these Arab Christians reject, in a costly discipleship, the Allah described by Mohammad. Mohammad said that Allah is unknowable; Muslims ask, “Does Allah love us? Their teachers reply, “We don’t know.” But the Arab Christians, who study the Bible, teach that Jesus Christ has made known God through Himself and through His relationship to His heavenly Father. I wish the Raelians in Florida had known the Elohim of the Bible, who “so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”


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