Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I find it interesting that anyone can subscribe to one religion or philosophy. None appear to be universally good. Although many make a positive contribution to society, there is a considerable amount of suffering and ill-feelings that have been created in the name of religion. Seems like there's too many to choose from. I find it hard to believe that someone could jump into a belief system and accept every tenet of that system, to include al the kooky stuff. Take the Raelian group for example. How does one choose to follow a strange man such as this? Although he doesn't seem to be any stranger than Joseph Smith, Mormonism has grown to be an accepted religion while Raelians are a strange cult...even less accepted than Scientology. How do we deem one to be a bunch of kooks while we accept others? Does time play a factor? Will The Raelian Movement be a mainstream organization in 200 years?
I'm not sure why anyone would want to follow Rael. He does appear to be an accomplished man--French race car driver, singer/songwriter, messenger of Elohim. Take a look as his website, you can read about The Raelian Movement in 37 languages. I'm not sure what kind of contribution they make to society, but at least in Hawaii, they keep a patch of highway clean.
Here's an excerpt from Rael's bio...I sure wish he could introduce me to this scientist, just like I wish Joseph Smith put those famous plates in a museum for the rest of us to see.
"On December 13, 1973, his life dramatically changed when he met one of the scientists who created us and was forced to abandon that passion. However, in 1994, some 20 years after his famous encounter, at the request of many Raelians who wanted to see him racing, Rael accepted to take the wheel of a professional sports car once again and participate in internationally renowned competitions. Sponsored in part by the first interpretation center of the UFO phenomena in the world, UFOland, Rael followed his passion while still promoting the messages given to him by our creators."