It appears that I have egg on my face. After years of insisting that Jesus was a fictional character, he has magically resurfaced in the flesh on the great continent of Australia. Alan John Miller fronts a cult called Divine Truth, and not only does he claim to be the second coming of Jesus Christ, but he says his girlfriend, Mary Luck, is Mary Magdalene reincarnated. Miller claims to have very clear memories of performing miracles, and he vividly recalls his own crucifixion. After his death, Miller states that entered the spirit world where he encountered Plato, Socrates, popes and presidents. A story like that’s gotta be true.
Dozens of Miller’s followers have purchased property in the area to be closer to him, and his seminars attract large crowds of 150 or more. These cult members are clearly of sound mind, and in no way are they incredibly gullible fools who are so painfully desperate for an identity and acceptance that they will believe practically anything. That Miller has attracted so many followers only demonstrates that he is in fact the real Messiah; such a fraud could never be taken seriously by so many people.
Many men over the course of the past few centuries have claimed to be the second coming of Christ; however, none of them have been taken seriously by anyone other than a few batshit, delusional followers. Not only are these disturbed men not taken seriously, those claiming to be Christ reincarnated are handily ridiculed by the faithful and non-religious alike. This is with good reason as they were all total loons who were also completely full of shit, but it’s curious how in modern times the idea of someone claiming to be a prophet of God is implausible even to the religious. This is because even the faithful can sense deep-down that the notion of an ordinary mortal man claiming to be of divine origin is ludicrous.
The only reason Christians accept that Jesus was the son of God is because he lived in what some people perceive to be a mystical time long before camera phones existed. Had the events of that time been documented in videos and photographs, I have no doubt that Jesus’ claims would be taken about as seriously as those of Chris Angel. Were Jesus to actually return in the flesh today, I’m not sure what it would take to convince the masses that the son of God was walking among us, but other than the sky literally splitting and his descension to earth being broadcast live on CNN, he would likely wind up in a looney bin.
I’m going to profile a few of these false prophets here in subsequent posts, but I want to start with one of the most recent and notorious men who made the claim that he was the second coming of Christ: David Koresh. Just in case you were hit in the head with a brick and now suffer from amnesia, Koresh was the leader of the infamous Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas whose compound burned to the ground with all of his followers inside during an FBI raid. Some say the fire was a mass suicide, and some say that the fire was started by the government and the Branch Davidians were unable to escape. Either way, I’m merely making the point that Koresh was a compelling religious figure who claimed he was the “final prophet” and “the son of God, the lamb.” Yet, despite his claims of divine authority, he was never taken seriously by anyone in the religious community, and he was subsequently shot at by government agents as his compound burned to the ground while the nation watched.
If Jesus were to really return today hardly anyone would believe he was who he said he was, and those who did would be mocked and scorned just as they were when Christianity was brand new. The notion of a man claiming to be the anointed spokesperson for the creator of the universe is utterly insane and entirely unbelievable. The only real difference of plausibility between charlatans making such a claim lies in the fact that a man like Koresh lived in modern times, and Jesus lived long before he could update his twitter from his iphone.