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5 Craziest Cults Of All Time
5 of the craziest cults of all time The Children of God Founded in 1968 by Christian minister DavidBerg, the Children of God were a religious group which blended free love attitudes withpreparing for the second coming of Jesus. Berg, was also reffered to as Moses Davidand king David by his followers and he proclaimed to be the last and most anointed prophet ofthe end times. In 1974, the cult had over 4000 members in 70 counties. The group wasmost known for its Law of Love, which contained controversial attitudes towards sex and sexuality,including those that encouraged promiscuity,
incest, and even the sexual abuse of children.Berg's own stepson was sexually abused by adult women as a toddler, and the psychologicaldamage led him to murder his former nanny and commit suicide when he grew older. Members of the Children of God were encouragedto have sex with nonmembers to recruit them. This activity was known as 'flirty fishing'and was eventually halted due to an increasing number of sexually transmitted diseases withinthe group. Members were encouraged to take part in 'loving Jesus' by imagining themselvesjoined by Jesus while they masturbated or took part in sexual intercourse. To avoidmale homosexuality, the one practice the group
forbade, male members were told to imaginethemselves as women during these activities. As time passed, the Children of God went througha few name changes. It is now known as The Family International. Although Berg passedaway decades ago, the group, now run by Bergs widow Karen Zerby, is still extremely activeand has its own website, social media pages, and an estimated 3000 members around the world. The Order of the Solar Temple Formed in 1984 by Joseph Di Mambro and LucJouret, this secret society saw itself to be based on the same foundations and idealsof the Knights Templar. Jouret claimed to
be both a reincarnation of one of the membersof the original order and of Christ himself. The Order was a doomsday cult that believedthe end of the world was to arrive in the mid1990s. It believed that upon their earthlyde aths, members of the order were to be taken to a planet that orbited around the star Sirius.The cult had lodges in several countries where freemason rituals took place, and had a sizablefollowing. However, the group lost many of their followers after one member exposed theleaders and explained how he was hired to fit electrical devices inside the inner sanctuaries,that Jouret used to project images, which tricked members into thinking he could conjurup spirits. Shortly after this reveal, Di
Mambro ordered the mans threemonthold babyto be killed due to his resemblance to the antichrist. He was stabbed multiple timeswith a wooden stake. Both parents were also murdered. In 1994, in preparation for what Di Mambroand Jouret believed was to be the end of days, 53 members of the Order were either killedor committed suicide, including both of the groups founders. In Switzerland, many of thevictims were discovered dressed in ceremonial robes and had plastic bags over their heads.A large number died from a gunshot to the head or asphixiation, and some had been drugged.Following these incidents, in 1995, sixteen more members of the cult were also murderedor committed suicide, and their bodies were
found in a star formation in the Vercors mountainsof France. Finally, a year and a half later, 5 more members died in a house fire in Quebec. Heavens Gate Heavens Gate was a religious doomsday cult based in San Diago, founded by Marshall Applewhiteand Bonnie Nettles in the 1970's. The pair firmly belived they were the 2 witnesses describedin the Book of Revelation, and had been given higherlevel minds than other people. Applewhitealso believed that he was a decendant of Jesus Christ, and believed in Extra terrestrialsand UFO's. It is also said that he had a history
Cult Leader Thinks Hes Jesus Documentary Exclusive
CHORAL MUSIC PLAYING ROCCO CASTORO: There is a placein Russia where people have discovered the secret ofliving in perfect harmony. A place where the children runfree, where the Earth provides everything you need, and wheremoney is meaningless. Welcome to the Church ofthe Last Testament. This is Petropavlovka, a smallsettlement located deep within
the Taiga Forest of Siberia,over 100 miles away from the nearest town. It looks like an elf village at,like, a puttputt course. About 20 years ago a handfulof disciples came here to worship and live with Vissarion,or quot;the teacher,quot; as he is commonly known. Today, Vissarion's Church ofthe Last Testament has over 5,000 followers from allaround the world.
About 2,000 live here and inthe surrounding areas. SINGING IN RUSSIAN ROCCO CASTORO: I came here inhopes of meeting the man himself, who hasn't granted aninterview to the media in at least three years. VISSARION: SPEAKING RUSSIAN
ROCCO CASTORO: Two decades ago,that man was known as Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop, a29yearold patrol officer who suddenly had a revelation thathis was the word of God. VISSARION: SPEAKING RUSSIAN ROCCO CASTORO: Conveniently,this realization happened right around the timethe Soviet Union, a selfproclaimed nation ofatheists, began to crumble,
and religion became anacceptable topic of discussion in Russia. He soon began writing the LastTestament, a 12volume followup of sorts to the NewTestament, which details the religion's major tenets andprovides answers to some of life's most mundane questions,such as which brand of detergent you should use. Labeled a dangerous cult bysome, it has been reported
that Vissarion and his followersbelieve in aliens, think suicide is AOK, andbelieve that the end of the world is imminent. There are rules here thatI was warned about no cussing, no tobacco,no alcohol, no meat. I believe it's all vegan. I've got to watch my mouthbecause I have a dirty mouth. And I like meat, I likedrugs, sometimes.