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The 12th Planet, Zecharia Sitchin, the Raelian Religion, God, and the Bible

Zecharia Sitchin died on October 9, 2010 (around a month ago).  Many people mourned his passing and many celebrated his life and achievements.  If you do not know who Zecharia Sitchin was, he was the author of a book called The 12th Planet.  He believed that there is a 12th planet which visits the solar system every 3,600 years.  He believed that the beings in this planet are the ones who created the human race.  From Wikipedia:

Sitchin attributes the creation of the ancient Sumerian culture to the Anunnaki, which he states was a race of extra-terrestrials from a planet beyond Neptune called Nibiru.  He believed this hypothetical planet of Nibiru to be in an elongated, elliptical orbit in the Earth's own Solar System, asserting that Sumerian mythology reflects this view.  Sitchin's books have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 25 languages.

Sitchin's theories are not accepted by scientists and academics who dismiss his work as pseudohistory and pseudoscience.  Sitchin's work has been criticized for flawed methodology and mistranslations of ancient texts as well as for incorrect astronomical and scientific claims.

Similarly to earlier authors such as Immanuel Velikovsky and Erich von Däniken, Sitchin advocated theories in which extraterrestrial events supposedly played a significant role in ancient human history.

According to Sitchin's interpretation of Mesopotamian iconography and symbology, outlined in his 1976 book The 12th Planet and its sequels, there is an undiscovered planet beyond Neptune which follows a long, elliptical orbit, reaching the inner solar system roughly every 3,600 years.  This planet is called Nibiru (although Jupiter was the planet associated with the god Marduk in Babylonian cosmology).  According to Sitchin, Nibiru (whose name was replaced with MARDUK in original legends by the Babylonian ruler of the same name in an attempt to co-opt the creation for himself, leading to some confusion among readers) collided catastrophically with Tiamat (a goddess in the Babylonian creation myth the Enûma Eliš), which he considers to be another planet once located between Mars and Jupiter.  This collision supposedly formed the planet Earth, the asteroid belt, and the comets.  Sitchin states that when struck by one of planet Nibiru's moons, Tiamat split in two, and then on a second pass Nibiru itself struck the broken fragments and one half of Tiamat became the asteroid belt.  The second half, struck again by one of Nibiru's moons, was pushed into a new orbit and became today's planet Earth.

According to Sitchin, Nibiru (called "the twelfth planet" because, Sitchin claimed, the Sumerians' gods-given conception of the Solar System counted all eight planets, plus Pluto, the Sun and the Moon) was the home of a technologically advanced human-like extraterrestrial race called the Anunnaki in Sumerian myth, who Sitchin states are called the Nephilim in Genesis.  He wrote that they evolved after Nibiru entered the solar system and first arrived on Earth probably 450,000 years ago, looking for minerals, especially gold, which they found and mined in Africa.  Sitchin states that these "gods" were the rank-and-file workers of the colonial expedition to Earth from planet Nibiru.

Sitchin wrote that Enki suggested that to relieve the Anunnaki, who had mutinied over their dissatisfaction with their working conditions, that primitive workers (Homo sapiens) be created by genetic engineering as slaves to replace them in the gold mines by crossing extraterrestrial genes with those of Homo erectus.  According to Sitchin, ancient inscriptions report that the human civilization in Sumer, Mesopotamia, was set up under the guidance of these "gods", and human kingship was inaugurated to provide intermediaries between mankind and the Anunnaki (creating the "divine right of kings" doctrine).  Sitchin believes that fallout from nuclear weapons, used during a war between factions of the extraterrestrials, is the "evil wind" described in the Lament for Ur that destroyed Ur around 2000 BC.  Sitchin states the exact year is 2024 BC.  Sitchin says that his research coincides with many biblical texts, and that biblical texts come originally from Sumerian writings.

These theories and explanations have become very accepted and popular among many people (although they also have many critics).  In fact, there is speculation that the Raelian religion was greatly influenced by Sitchin’s writings.  Again, directly from Wikipedia:

Raëlism is a UFO religion that was founded in 1974 by Claude Vorilhon, now known as Raël.  Raëlism has been described as "the largest UFO religion in the world".  In academic circles, the religion is also known as the Raëlian Church.

The Raelian Movement teaches that life on Earth was scientifically created by a species of extraterrestrials, which they call the Elohim.  Members of this species appeared human and when having personal contacts with the descendants of the humans they made, they were mistaken for angels, cherubim or gods.  Raëlians believe messengers, or prophets, of the Elohim include Buddha, Jesus, and many others who informed humans of each era.  The founder of Raëlism, members claim, received the final message of the Elohim and that its purpose is to pacify and inform the world about Elohim and that if humans become peaceful enough, they wish to be welcome by them.

Within the Raëlian Church, there is a quasi-clerical structure with a height of seven levels (Vorilhon is at the highest level).  Joining the movement involves a transmission ceremony as well as an official apostasy from other religions in recognition of Elohim, as the creators of life from the heavens.

According to Giancarlo Genta and Jason Colavito, writers who have influenced Raëlian beliefs include Zechariah Sitchin and Erich von Däniken.

The purpose of this article is not to teach you about Sitchin and/or the Raelian religion.  However, there is a common thread in both of these ideas and movements that should be contemplated on and the errors in it exposed.  The idea that extraterrestrials created us seems to indicate that they are our creators and once more bypasses the existence of One God.  They (extraterrestrials) become our gods and we are again cut from a direct connection to the One God.  The idea is: We are not worthy to approach the Highest by ourselves.  We need intermediaries to guide us and be our gods.

This clearly goes against the Words of God that say: Do not take any other gods besides Me.  Anything that separates you from a direct connection to God (through the Messiah) is false and is in your way.  Anyone who teaches anything besides this is a false prophet -- be wary of them.

Besides, who promised Abram (Abraham) all the promises that are revealed in our teachings?  Who fulfilled them to this point?  Who is guiding humanity to the Last Days?  Have all these been done by the extraterrestrials?

The fact is, it seems that there is a concerted effort to put the Ultimate God (Formless, Invisible, Nameless, and Eternal – FINE) out of everything in human life.  I am here to inform you all not to fall for these false teachings, as they are all against the Words of God and only those who are not Called will fall for them.  Those who are Called will indeed only accept the Most High (FINE) and will forego any other falsities and wrong understandings.

Indeed, there might be some truth in some of these theories, such as the existence of a planet with an elongated orbit which visits the solar system every so often.  However, that does not mean that, if there are some beings on this planet (or on any moons that orbit it), they are gods!

As we have said many times before, false prophets are usually not wrong in all the things they say.  In fact, false teachers might say many things that are true.  However, they also include some falsity in their teachings and that is enough to make people go astray and away from the One God (FINE).

If there are beings on other planets, the question can be asked: Who created them?  I am sure there are superior beings that have realized there is ultimately One God that has created all things.  Let us be one of these superior beings and go beyond all the traps that prevent us from going to the Ultimate.  Let us become Divines.


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