A ‘Church of the Meteorite’ has been set up in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Its members worship the space rock which streaked across the sky and rocked the region in February, injuring over 1,600 people, and causing damage and furor on the ground.
While scientists have long confirmed that the space rock that hit Russia’s Urals Mountains on February 15 is “an ordinary chondrite” (the most common type of meteorite that falls to Earth), the founder of the Church of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite believes it contains “a set of moral and legal norms that will help people live at a new stage of spiritual knowledge development.”
There are currently about 50 believers in the Church of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite. These days they are busy holding rites on the shores of the lake, trying to protect the meteorite by building “protective barriers” around it, LifeNews.ru reported.
"I think it won’t hurt Chelyabinsk to become a truly holy city, home to a great temple that will be the object of pilgrimage for millions of people from across the world," Breyvichko stated.
I highly doubt this "church" will get a million followers. I thought I would share this with you all and see what you think about it.
-SAP-edit on 17-9-2013 by SloAnPainful because: (no reason given)
The Black Stone (Arabic: الحجر الأسود al-Ḥajar al-Aswad) is the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba, the ancient stone building toward which Muslims pray, in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is revered by Muslims as an Islamic relic which, according to Muslim tradition, dates back to the time of Adam and Eve.
The stone was venerated at the Kaaba in pre-Islamic pagan times. It was set intact into the Kaaba's wall by the Islamic prophet Muhammad in the year 605 A.D., five years before his first revelation. Since then it has been broken into a number of fragments and is now cemented into a silver frame in the side of the Kaaba. Its physical appearance is that of a fragmented dark rock, polished smooth by the hands of millions of pilgrims. Islamic tradition holds that it fell from Heaven to show Adam and Eve where to build an altar. Although it has often been described as a meteorite, this hypothesis is now uncertain.
Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as part of the Tawaf ritual of the Hajj. Many of them try, if possible, to stop and kiss the Black Stone, emulating the kiss that Islamic tradition records that it received from Muhammad. If they cannot reach it, they point to it on each of their seven circuits around the Kaaba.
they already seem to be worshiping a similar structure to the Kaaba (Al-Masjid al-Haram, the most sacred mosque in Islam, is built around the Kaaba).
Different directions... same concept.
It is not even the same thing and not a religious preset at all for Christianity.
Islam believes that Abraham and Ishmael built the original structure thousands of years ago. It fell into pagan hands down the years and became a center of idolatry and polytheism. When Mohammad defeated the pagans, he established Islam as THE only religion in the land. He hated paganism and had zero reason to spare any of it, or incorporate it into the religion he established.
was referring to the continuation of the "pagan" rite after Islam took root and even more strange that it was kept until today.
When Mohammad defeated the pagans, he established Islam as THE only religion in the land. He hated paganism and had zero reason to spare any of it, or incorporate it into the religion he established.