Religious Insanity Archive

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This is our collection of religion-related news stories about some of the dumbest, silliest, or evil acts committed in the name of religion.

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Destruction forecast by doomsday cult leader doesn’t happen. Nor does the rapture.

Christmas Island and other locations near New Zealand, where self-styled scriptural scholar Harold Camping predicted that the apocalypse would strike by Friday night Los Angeles time, so far remain free of “super terrible” earthquakes.

So did the rest of the world. Of course.

The Los Angeles Times says Camping:

told his followers that destruction would begin on May 21, wherever it happens to be 6 p.m. New Zealand is 19 hours ahead of Pacific Daily Savings Time.

The blog entry quotes Times’ reporter Christopher Goffard reported Camping predicted:

The earthquakes will then roll on, time zone by time zone. The saved, perhaps 2% to 3% of the world population, will be whisked to God, while the rest will be obliterated in what he calls “a super horror story.”

Harold Camping earlier predicted the world would end in 1994.

The false prophet has turned his world-wide Family Radio network into theologically a cult of Christianity.

‘Jesus’ and ‘Mary’ cult draws followers to Queensland, Australia

A couple who claim they are Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene have set up base in Queensland’s Bible Belt and are drawing in disciples from across Australia, the Courier-Mail reports:

The pair, real names Alan John Miller and Mary Suzanne Luck, operate from rural Wilkesdale, near Kingaroy, where they claim to have been joined by 30-40 followers.

“My name is Jesus and I’m serious,” Mr Miller says in a video recording from a workshop. Cult watchers and the Anglican and Catholic churches are concerned the pair, who ask followers to donate to sustain them, could draw in the vulnerable. […]

Locals and real estate agents confirmed the group had sparked an unlikely property boom, with estimates they have bought up to 30 blocks and with new properties in high demand. […]

Police are said to have been called to investigate screams, only to discover members taking part in a healing exercise where they shout to help process “past soul damage”.

Concerned relatives and friends have contacted the Cult Awareness and Information Centre to warn of Divine Truth followers selling homes to move to Wilkesdale.

The centre’s spokeswoman, Helen Pomery, said: “The moment someone becomes God or God’s voice on Earth it gives them another level of authority to enforce submission to them.”

Anglican Archbishop Phillip Aspinall and the Catholic church urged people to be cautious when exploring new movements.

Theologically, Divine Truth is a cult of Christianity.

In a video posted on YouTube, AJ, as he likes to be called, explains how he discovered that he is the reincarnation of Jesus.

The publishers of Religion News Blog consider this a clear case of ‘religious insanity.’

Note: The Divine Truth website’s section of ‘interesting links’ includes links to the Lyndon Larouche cult.

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