UFO International Project’s Plagiarized Claim That Aliens Invented Religion

The anonymous authors of UFO International Project (who nonetheless are advocates of Disclosure, just not for themselves, obviously) claim in a November 19, 2015 article that “Aliens Are Coming Back To Retrieve ‘Their’ Religion.” In fact, they claim the following under the heading, ‘Religion was not designed for terrorism’:

The aliens quite knew that man is so destructive in nature, that’s the more reason why Religion was bestowed to us, to serve with faith and fear of the unknown, but man has completely failed the experiment.

So religion was an experiment meant to tame savage mankind? How does UIP know this? How did the aliens know this would work?

The article cites no sources and no evidence. We aren’t even given the authors’ names, so we can’t determine whether they are trustworthy sources.

Meanwhile, the UIP website seems to be a clearinghouse of credulous UFO-related claims. For example, their UFO Topics category currently includes headlines like ‘ HUGE armada of UFOs emerging out of a giant “spiral” near the sun?’, ‘BREAKING CLAIM: Aliens collect stars to stay ALIVE in space’, ‘Sky Turns BLACK In Remote Russian Towns – Locals Blame secret weapons test, aliens or the DEVIL?’, ‘Human Contact with Reptilians’, and ‘The Creepy ALIEN Codes Being Messaged Around The Globe – Links To Aliens And End Of The World?’ In other words, in the tradition of Gray Barker, UIP doesn’t seem to make a distinction between the credible and the incredible.

UIP’s Article is Uninformed

The article continues:

“Though all children are born with no state of mind, more like blind to ways of mankind, but they end up being religious and follow its commandments. They get brainwashed by their extremist leaders and find themselves in the middle of a battle with the opposite side.”

That’s not even a little bit true. As I pointed out in my book, Defending Genesis: How We got Here & Why it Matters, a growing body of evidence suggests that children are “intuitive theists,” meaning that we are hardwired for a belief in a Creator God.

“Subsequently ISIS alone had killed over ten thousand people, and more and more religious groups are underground and ready to blow this planet up if possible.”

And UIP knows these religious groups are willing to blow up the very rock they live on how? This is clearly hyperbole.

The next heading is (the laughably cliche) ‘Religion – The Cause of Most Wars.’ The article claims here that:

“Someday soon all religions will be erased for being a weapon of mass destruction. To be sure, many conflicts throughout history have been ostensibly for religious reasons, with many different religions involved.”

After naming several wars involving religion, UIP concludes:

“Someday soon all religions will be erased for being a weapon of mass destruction. To be sure, many conflicts throughout history have been ostensibly for religious reasons, with many different religions involved.”

So is religion a “weapon of mass destruction”?

In their 2004 book Encyclopedia of Wars, authors Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod found that only 123 of their list of the 1763 wars recorded throughout history involved a religious cause. So religion accounts for less than 7 percent of all wars and less than 2 percent of all people killed in warfare. Which means religion is NOT the cause of most wars.

Whoever wrote this seems to realize this because the article contradicts itself by saying:

“However, does this prove the point made by the critics of religion that religion itself is the cause of war? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ ‘Yes’ in the sense that as a secondary cause, religion, on the surface at least, has been the impetus behind much conflict. However, the answer is “no” in the sense that religion is never the primary cause of war.”

UIP’s Article is (Twice) Plagiarized

UIP then goes into an aside of characteristics of religious extremists (exceptions which do not represent the general state of religions), based on “his” research.

Unless he’s Neil J. Kressel, the UIP author lifted these bullet points from somebody else’s research. I hate plagiarism.

Unless the UIP author is Hans Grasholm (who died in 2005), UIP plagiarised the entirety of the next section from a 2003 article called ‘Did Aliens Bring Religion to Earth?‘ Everything from “I have studied all religions for the past xx years…” to “…especially if we don’t master our emotions” was lifted verbatim for the most part. The only real difference is that UIP stated that he studied all religions for 20 years while Grasholm cites 30.

The basic gist is that man was not smart enough to write any of the religions. Grasholm admits that inspiration was required to bring anout the Bible, but he appealed to aliens as Gods rather than God Himself as the source of that inspiration. There is literally no evidence to suggest that atheist aliens gave us religion. Grasholm is honest enough to admit as much:

“I have no proof that my ideas are right. These are not facts, it is not fiction either, it is an OPINION based on all the UFO reports and MY interpretation of all the religions.”

His assumption is that aliens “could have experimented with apes and changed their genes some million years back and produced the Human Race,” were later responsible for the gods and miracles of all religions, and inspired their Scriptures, yet were later shocked at “all the different temples and all the killing and wars going on” as they checked up on their experiment from a UFO. My question becomes, Why were they shocked at all of the different temples if they inspired all these different religions? For that matter, if they had anything to do with inspiring the Quran, why are they surpised as how much killing and wars are going on? The Encyclopedia of Wars notes that Islam is involved in more than 50% of all religious warfare. Ibn Warraq noted that this is because the Quran teaches the very extremism UIP and Grasholm condemn:

“The Qur’an tells us: “not to make friendship with Jews and Christians” (5:51), “kill the disbelievers wherever we find them” (2:191), “murder them and treat them harshly” (9:123), “fight and slay the Pagans, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem.”

Meanwhile the Bible teaches a much different life and relationship with unbelievers.

Hans Grasholm’s False Presumption

Grasholm’s error was that he assumed there was no correct religion on earth. He also believed that if there is a God, there should be “just ONE book, ONE religion, and ONE clear answer to all human questions;” however, this negates the idea of free will.

As I noted in my book, Defending Genesis: How We Got Here & Why It Matters:

“The Origins Argument isn’t about facts or science; it’s about authority. Who gets to make the rules: God or men?

I have to point out that There IS a universal Moral sense that pervades humanity. Most people call it a conscience.The Bible calls it God’s Law written on our hearts. We know what we ought to do, even if we do otherwise. The presence of a universal Moral Law implies a Law Giver & strongly suggests accountability to that Lawgiver. The ability to ignore or act contrary to our conscience confirms that we have free will. That the Lawgivers will is revealed but not imposed upon us suggests that He values free will, That He wants our willing compliance, That He cares what decision we make.

If so, as the Lawgiver, He would also want to reaffirm His will and make it plain, since our moral sense can be corrupted willfully or passively, through social conditioning for example. God would reveal Himself somehow but in a way that would not impose upon the free will he bestowed upon Man, when he made man in His own image. He’d give us too little evidence to be sure, but too much to deny. The Bible claims to be just such a revelation from the Creator of the cosmos.The Bible has been demonstrated to be historically, archaeologically and – if fulfilled prophecy and the evidence or Christ’s resurrection are taken into account – even supernaturally true.

The Bible also accurately describes the world. The picture given of man is that He has a sin nature, he’s depraved by the Fall of Adam, but he’s also made in God’s image and has a conscious, God’s law written on his heart, so that Man is capable of great evil but also great nobility. The Bible does not deny evil or suffering or promise its adherents unrealistic reprieve from calamity. I could go on. Suffice it to say that the Bible resonates with the human experience.

The Bible identifies Christ Jesus as the Creator who even stepped into history to reconcile His creation to himself. The veracity of His Word, including His claims to deity, is validated by the resurrection and by fulfilled Messianic prophecy.”

In other words, there is plenty of evidence to indicate which religion is true if we earnestly seek Him.

Would Disclosure End All Wars?

At last, the article returns to, um, original material and it concerns how how aliens will take back “their” Religion:

“Be prepared for disclosure, you’ve heard most people sometimes exclaim the world is going to end, no! the world is not really going to end but disclosure is around the corner even closer than we can imagine. Sooner than we thought all sources of war will be gone forever when the truth is unleashed, and the truth is DISCLOSURE

UIP summary – Truly the only thing that can put a stop to the wars on earth both religious and others which have killed thousands of innocent people including children and animals, is only one thing – DISCLOSURE!

Wait, what? How would Disclosure stop war? Much less Armageddon? Is UIP unaware that some Christian theologians think that fallen angels will pose as aliens in an effort to explain away the Rapture, and that this will lead to a series of events that culminate in Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ? Haven’t we been warned by countless movies and TV series that when aliens show up, even promising peace, it probably ends badly? Haven’t scientists like Stephen Hawking warned us that “Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus” which he notes “didn’t turn out so well”?

Why would all of our paranoia and suspicion suddenly lead to peace? It really seems like the only way aliens could eliminate war is by placing Gort on our front lawn, so to speak, with a dread ultimatum.

When President Ronald Reagan addressed the the 42nd United Nations General Assembly in 1987, he said:

“In our obsession with antagonisms of the moment, we often forget how much unites all the members of humanity. Perhaps we need some outside, universal threat to make us recognize this common bond. I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.”

This wasn’t the only time Reagan voiced such sentiments.

I think the idea that the world would unite against such a threat is idealistic. I think Arrival (2016) paints a truer picture of how we’d react. Yet note that what Reagan supposed would end war with each other was an alien THREAT. If aliens are responsible for abduction experiences, they are anything but benevolent and people would realize that pretty quickly. Disclosure would not end war. It would expose the threat and give people another front to fight on.

As to UIP’s titular claim that aliens would somehow retrieve their religion via Disclosure that they inspired them, I think they’re living in a UFO dream. A study by Ted Peters of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary found that this claim is likely unfounded. According to Space.com:

“Peters and his colleagues surveyed more than 1,300 individuals worldwide from multiple religious traditions, — including Roman Catholics, evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants, Orthodox Christians, Mormons, Jews, Buddhists and non-religious groups.

They found the vast majority of religious believers — regardless of religion — were overwhelmingly confident that they wouldn’t suffer a collapse in faith in the face of evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. In addition, roughly one-third of religious people thought that the faith of other religions would be threatened, while two-thirds of nonreligious people thought that aliens would sway the faith of the religious as a whole.”

Conclusion: UIP is Not A Trustworthy Source

In the end, we see that UIP’s plagiarized claim that aliens gave us religion is logically inconsistent and is by the true author’s admission merely a subjective opinion. Furthermore, we see no reason why Disclosure would lead to an end to either war or religion.

If this article is any indication, UFO International Project’s lack of transparency regarding its authors, failure regarding attribution of its sources and apparent lack of investigative rigor before publishing its articles reveals that it should not be cited as an authority in any matter.

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