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Even the discovery of pond scum would up-end the belief systems of the major religions on this planet and would severely challenge the religious dogma.
Once a paradigm shift(in religion and science)has happened, it is difficult to go back and change it.
So the military industrial complex and institutions of religion such as the Vatican have probably entered into agreement to keep the status quo.
It is easy to think that the masses would understand, but religious doctrine is deeply rooted in some cultures and is used as a means to control people and to give certain people control.