Alien Cult Members Experience Clarity and Confusion
Since the crash in Roswell in 1942, the world has been fascinated, terrified and excited by the prospect of contact with life from other planets. While fear has played a large role in the emotion governing the human response to alien contact, there has been another reaction which bears mentioning. Hope. The idea that the aliens are here to save us, that they bring peace, technology and a better life, is also a common theory when discussing alien-human interaction. Some people have taken this response to a whole new level, building entire religions that center around alien space dramas. Some of these alien religions are harmless while others have taken a much darker path.
The Tragedy of the Heaven’s Gate Alien Cult
This is by far one of the most disturbing alien cult stories. Heaven’s Gate was founded by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles in the late 1970’s after Applewhite had a near death experience where he came to the realization that he was an “Evolutionary Kingdom Level Above Human.” His followers, who all lived in a mansion in a gated community in San Diego, California, believed that they were alien souls in transit. Applewhite was devote to his beliefs and even managed to convince himself and six other males within the group to castrate themselves. They all became convinced that the earth was about to be recycled or cleansed and that an alien spaceship was waiting right behind the comet, Hale-Bopp. In order to board the space craft they would need to shed their bodies because only their souls would be able to enter. On March 20, 1997, the entire group committed mass suicide, drinking a cyanide arsenic concoction, placing a plastic bag over their heads and a purple cloth on top. They all wore Nike Decades sneakers. One member stayed back to film the entire thing. The video was not discovered until 2002.
The Bioengineering Beliefs of the Raëlians
This alien cult is a little less grim than the last one, yet no less bizarre. The Raëlian Movement was founded in 1974 by Claude Vorilhon, or Raël. The group believe that a group of aliens called the Elohim created humans in a science experiment. They claim that Jesus, Buddha and other historical figures were Raëlian prophets. They also allege that they’ve cloned the first human baby who they called ‘Eve’ although this was never substantiated. They are very pro biotechnology and are even big supporters of GMO crops. They practice sensual meditation and are very pro sexuality. In fact, they once handed out 10,000 condoms to schoolchildren in a protest against Catholicism.
Scientology: An Organized Juggernaut
This is such a huge phenomenon that many forget that it is still an alien cult. Founded in 1954 by L. Ron Hubbard, this group has a complex belief system that plays out like an epic sci-fi fantasy. Many aspects of the “truth” are kept hidden from followers as pieces of information are revealed as members rise up in the ranks. This is a group that is commonly accused of blackmail, brain washing, mind control, torture and even murder. The recent documentary Going Clear details accounts from various ex-members who at some point were privy to the inside scoop. The scariest aspect of Scientology is the religion’s organization and ability to continuously spread. It has become a huge, powerful, wealthy force with people like Tom Cruise and John Travolta proudly backing it.
These are just a few of the bigger alien cults out there but the list is nowhere near complete. People have had a connection to intergalactic life for many decades and it is likely to continue until the aliens step up and reveal themselves to us all. Religion often finds us looking to the sky for answers and, in this way, the members of Heaven’s Gate, the Raëlians, Scientologists, and countless other alien cults are no different.