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"Fiat Lux" is Latin for "Let There Be Light."

Small cult lead by "Uriella," a Swiss former secretary (born Erika Bertschinger). Predicted the Third World War will break out before the end of 1998 (For those not paying attention: it didn't). The group is said to have about 750 members.

Fiat Lux is a small religious community in Germany's southern Blackforest ("Hotzenwald"), with centres in Ibach and Strittmatt (near Waldshut). The community perceives itself as a "religious order" which was founded in 1980 directly "by Jesus Christ through his speaking-tube URIELLA". Despite the rather small size with an 'inner circle' of 135 full-time members ("Ordensträger/-innen") and roughly 800 followers (and some 2000 sympathisers), Fiat Lux has become a relatively well-known NRM in Germany today -- mainly because of some media attention during previous years (esp. court trials concerning toll or tax avoidance and sale of spiritual medicaments and fluids with alleged healing powers). The charismatic leadership is in the hands of Erika Bertschinger Eike ("URIELLA" is her spiritual name), who is the primary "medium" for privileged information and revelation from heavenly reigns. In 1970, the former secretary and interpreter, born 1927 in Zürich/Switzerland, became involved with spiritual healing and natural cure. Claiming to be endowed with divine gifts like clairvoyance, remote hearing and similar paranormal faculties, she presents herself as God's sole "channel", "full trance medium" and "speaking-tube" for today, receiving her esoteric messages directly from Jesus (sometimes Mary).
Source: Fiat Luxoffsite Prof. Dr. Andreas Grünschloß
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In a chapter on "UFO Religions and “Ufological” Themes in New Religious Movements," in the The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, Andreas Grunschloss writes:

Some of the extraterrestrial messages and UFO-related teachings appear apocalyptic in tone and content, and many religious UFO groups await an imminent “Big Beam” unto the Star Brothers' ships before Earth is destroyed, cleansed, or finally restored to her paradisiacal integrity. This can already be observed in the famous (and first) sociopsychological study of an early ufological group formed around “Mrs. Keech” (the pseudonym for Dorothy Martin, later head of the Association of Sananda and Sanat Kumara) in When Prophecy Fails (1956): Because of a giant apocalyptic “flood” the chosen few would have to be “evacuated” to another planet (Clarion or Venus) by “flying saucers,” and “there they would be spiritually indoctrinated, preparatory to being sent back to earth, a cleansed and innocent earth, in order to repopulate it with good people who ‘walked in the Light.’ ” This millenarian strand of ufology has contributed much to the formation of new religious movements.
[...] Very similar ideas are expressed by other groups, including the German Fiat Lux community of Erika “Uriella” Bertschinger Eike, the U.S. Ground Crew or Planetary Activation Organization, and many more. The idea of spiritual ascension and the hope for higher stages of consciousness is mostly blended with the advent of superior Alien “Cargo”—with incredible new technologies and ecologically harmless energies (especially so-called “free energies”). With regard to this combined vision of perfect technology and spiritual (and cosmological) perfection, many millenarian versions of UFO faith can at least partially be perceived as Western parallels to the famous Pacific “CargoCults.” Ashort listing of the German Fiat Lux community's basic eschatological beliefs might serve as an illustration:
The faith of this community (with an inner circle of 135 fully initiated members and roughly 800 followers) around the “full-trance medium” Erika “Uriella” Bertschinger Eike in the southern Blackforest (near Waldshut) is syncretistic and apocalyptic in outlook, and it includes many assumptions which are typical for contemporary Western esoteric teachings (e.g., reincarnation, “ascension” of the soul, vegetarianism): Humanity is now living in the endtimes; parts of earth are going to be destroyed by huge tidal waves, asteroids, volcano eruptions, earth quakes, and a terrible third World War (including Nazi-UFOs currently hidden in the Antarctic). Only one third of humanity will survive this Great Tribulation during the “three dark days.” But benevolent interplanetary beings under the command of Jesus Christ will help to evacuate the chosen few in small spherical spaceships descending from giant spherical “motherships” (however, access will be denied for the spiritually unprepared). This evacuation will last for three weeks; a spiritual awakening and purification of earthly souls will take place on the motherships, and earth is going to be transformed into a new paradisiacal entity called “Amora” (with a return of the ancient sunken continents, mild climate, new fauna and flora, etc.). Amillennial era of peace, harmony and unity with all creation is going to follow on Amora: Christ will return, Maria will reign, Yin and Yang will be at balance, and there will be visible contact with angels and other spiritual beings. Creative powers will prevail, new energies and solely “green” technologies are going to be employed. [Footnotes: this description is "based on a special issue no. 76/77 of Aug./Sept. 1998 in the community's journal Der hei? e Draht [The Hot Wire] (recently renamed Offenbarungen [Revelations]), with the title “Die Umwandlung” [The Transformation]."
Source: Prof. Dr. Andreas Grunschloss, in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements. Contributors: James R. Lewis - editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of Publication: New York. Publication Year: 2004. Page Number: 425.offsite
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Several hundred people from across Europe have joined a sect in the Black Forest headed by a Swiss former secretary who predicted the recent stock market falls and now claims the third world war will break out before the end of the year.

"Uriella", 69 - born Erika Bertschinger - who has believed herself to be the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary since falling from a horse on to her head in 1973, has also warned her estimated 750 followers that a meteorite will soon hit the North Sea, destroying much of northern Europe.
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The 26 long-standing resident members of the sect, Fiat Lux - Latin for Let There be Light - have swollen to more than 200 people in the last few months. Another 144 - many of them pensioners - are expected to join them in the next few days as the predicted apocalypse nears. Fiat Lux owns at least half a dozen luxurious houses in the picturesque Lindau Valley.
Source: The end is nigh, says cult leader, Sunday Times (England), Sep 5, 1998
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The group does not operate a website and has no email address, (because "www" is supposed to equal "666" and Satan) [Source: Andreas Grünschloß], and because computers are believed to emit harmful rays [Source: Evangelische Informationstelle]


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Secular Fiat Luxoffsite General overview by Prof. Dr. Andreas Grünschloß
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Fiat Lux does not operate a website and has no email address, (because "www" is supposed to equal "666" and Satan) [Source: Andreas Grünschloß], and because computers are believed to emit harmful rays [Source: Evangelische Informationstelle]
Christian Uriella : Orden Fiat Luxoffsite (contra) Collection of articles and links (all in German), presented by Evangelische Informationstelle
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Orden Fiat Lux (Uriella)
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Last Updated: Apr. 1, 2003
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