The author of this post wishes to be anonymous, but is a male Queenslander. Edited by Jenny Ekberg.
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A leader who is convinced that he is Jesus, that his partner is Mary Magdalene, that he died on the cross and performed “some, but not all” of the miracles described in the bible. An isolated, expanding compound in the Queensland bush. Followers who leave their families, separate from their partners, and donate their money to the “higher cause”. Suddenly, there are thousands of followers. To me, this screams cult, but some people think otherwise.At first, I thought it was all pretty harmless; the guy may be crazy but at least he preaches about love. The message seemed to centre on the fact that bad things that happen when you are a kid affect you when you get older. OK, this made sense. But then I watched this chilling documentary , and now I feel that maybe this guy is not an innocent silly hippie type. Wives are leaving their men. Children are involved. The messages, called the “Divine Truth”, can be dangerous. For example, diseases always have a psychological cause, even cancer. [Editor's comment: I am a senior lecturer in pathophysiology, so you can imagine what I think of this.]
I respect everyone regardless of religion; I am not religious but I have friends from pretty much every major faith on earth. I think religion is something personal, and “whatever floats your boat”. But this one feels wrong, scary, fanatical, consuming.
What do you think? Cult or not?
Images from the Courier Mail (local newspaper)