Brace yourselves, fellow Canucks, for the day of reckoning is nigh! The National Post covers how, on June 30, 2012, Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda and his followers will bodily transform into superhumans with X-Men-like powers, while the rest of us mere mortals will suffer from the worldwide collapse of currencies and governments and the rise of the “new government of the 666″.
[...] Mr. de Jesus also predicts that the “transformation” will endow him, and his loyal followers, with superpowers, such as the ability to fly and walk through walls, said Axel Cooley, the bishop’s daughter.
“[We can] run and not get tired. Go through fire and not get burned…. I could be talking to you right now, and then I could go through that wall. So, you’ll know there is a difference,” Cooley said.
This sounds pretty much like a supervillain origin story to me. I’d better get to work on my Iron Man suit post-haste. Of course, thanks to corner-cutting owing to a lack of funds, so far the best I’ve managed is a Cardboard Man suit. Offensive technologies include throwing toilet paper tubes, and for a mega-attack, a paper towel tube. Yeah, I know, it needs work. But someone’s gotta stand up to the New World Order of religious practitioners suddenly endowed with No Clipping reality-hacks.
The global economy will collapse as currency markets “fail” and governments around the world will be forced to resign. These predictions are based on biblical passages, she adds.
“The world’s not going to end. What is going to end is the system…. All the governments and the currencies will fall. The new government of the 666 will take over,” she said.
Oh, but don’t get him wrong. He and his cult members believe the number 666 is the number of wisdom. Never mind that this is, naturally, going to cause followers of Christianity to believe he is the Biblical Antichrist. No, he’s going to embrace that stigma wholeheartedly while his followers lavish him with expensive watches, cars, and monetary gifts. A previous
The group has come under fire and accused of being a cult.
YOU’RE KIDDING. Who would do THAT?!
I’ve said it before. Hell, greater folks than me have said it before. The difference between a religion and a cult is number of adherents. That’s ALL.
Regina Albarracin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., whose son Alvaro became estranged from his family after he joined Growing in Grace, said its members are “brainwashed.”
“They’re stupid people who believe in stupidities,” she told the Miami New Times in 2006. “They’re like those people in Waco, Texas. When you go there, you get brainwashed.”
Not that these accusations will faze its adherents.
Canadian member Ana Guevara, 20, brushes the cult claims off.
“All our lives have been enriched with this…. If we were a cult, then I guess we’re a pretty awesome cult. Because it’s teaching you how to live happy. How to live in a good mood,” says Ms. Guevara, whose family is also part of Growing in Grace.
If by “pretty awesome cult” you mean a great way to give all your money to a slick-haired charlatan preying on your need for false hope, by all means, keep it up. I just hope you realize when the transformation doesn’t occur on June 30th, or on some future to-be-determined date that “dad” comes up with in the future, the problem was not some lacking on your part, but rather the severe lack of grounding in reality of your faith.
Maybe that’s hoping too much. How many failed end-times predictions have come and gone in the past few years? And how many of the faithful have realized they’ve hitched their wagons to an imaginary horse and returned to reality thereafter?
At the very least, their website is throwing 403 Forbidden errors, suggesting that the webmaster might have repented of his anti-reality bias, or their webhost has shut them down to keep more people from giving over their life savings to this grifter. That might give me more time to get my Cardboard Man prototype armor up and running.