I am quite surprised that a story like this is on 'Sky News'.
A man claiming to be Jesus is gaining followers and causing concern among cult experts in Australia.
Former IT specialist Alan John Miller, or AJ as he prefers to be known, runs a religious movement known as the Divine Truth from his home near
the small town of Kingaroy in the state of Queensland. Mr Miller claims that not only is he Christ, but his partner, Australian Mary Luck, is in fact
Mary Magdalene, who according to the Bible was present at the crucifixion. He told Sky News: "I have very clear memories of the crucifixion, but it
wasn't as harrowing for me as it was for others like Mary who was present.
Dozens of this guys followers have bought homes near him. A former neuro-scientist has given up her career to move near the couple. A guy also left
his wife and home in California to be near him.
Some, however, are concerned - like the Rev David Millikan, who has met AJ Miller and has studied cults for 30 years.
"The danger is you'll be drawn closer and closer into his web to a point that you lose access to your social life, you spend all your money, you'll
have the curses of all your family ringing in your ears and you may well lose your relationship."
Through DVDs, the internet and in person AJ Miller is spreading his word globally.
I find it hard to believe that so many people buy in to this. I mean leaving homes/careers/countries to move closer to this guy. It is turning
in to a cult, and we all know they dont end well sometimes.
ha.. i live in Australia and vaguely remember seeing something on one of the news shows a few years back, about this guy.. i don't think anyone here
would think he was Jesus.. he obviously has followers, but its a huge statement to make.. and to believe?
very odd, that people from over seas move here to be near him..
Not many cults here, that I know of. Apart from the odd staunchly religious catholic old lady that you come across. I suppose christianity could be
seen as a cult
The vatican had Ireland sewn up for years, it is only this generation you find many Irish people starting to break away from it all. Disillusioned.
Anyway, my former brother in-law's younger brother once had an episode on a plane back from Egypt. He thought he was Jesus reincarnated as well, and
started touching people because he thought they all had cancer and he needed to cure them.
It's my understanding that the is a pretty common mental illness.
Who is more whacked .... the guy claiming to be Jesus or those following him? I don't know. He obviously isn't Jesus. I wonder what his schtick
is ... sex or money or power or fame or just batcrap crazy?
Well,he claims he remembers being crucified and bringing Lazarus back from the dead...
But I think the real test would be if he could knock together a decent table or chair from wood,in the style of 2000 year old middle eastern
carpentry without help.
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