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Friar

That's another give-away: Money!

When these "messiahs" end up with millions, steer clear!

posted by David1Spirit on January 21, 2005 at 1:17 PM | link to this | reply

Talion
I totally concur with your comment!

posted by David1Spirit on January 21, 2005 at 1:15 PM | link to this | reply

I saw Tom Wolfe on C-Span 2. He was telling people, at his
book signings, that a religion is called a cult when it has no political power.  This was Wolfe's way of getting out the Religious Right voters for Bush.... 

posted by WindTapper on January 21, 2005 at 1:13 PM | link to this | reply

Talion
we have a lot of those charismatic leaders who have a cult built around them. There is even one who is in prison and yet his fellowers continue to wait for him and even visit him. Quiboloy has become a multi-millionaire: he is a cult leader with a lot of wealth apart from charisma. We don't know where he gets his funding (from tithes, perhaps? I don't know). He says he is the Son of God now come in a Gentile body. Anyway...

posted by Friar__Tuck on January 20, 2005 at 10:46 PM | link to this | reply

Friar__Tuck

Once a congregation strays too far from a traditional religious, it becomes a cult. A sure sign of it is a charismatic leader that somehow switches the emphasis from "god" to himself. See Jim Jones and more recently David Koresh in Waco, Texas. Isolation is another sign. If this Quiboloy guy is based in the middle of nowhere...

To answer the question raised in the title of this post, I'd say no. People would not believe anyone to be the son of God if he didn't come floating from the sky, bathed in a holy glow, long-haired and bearded like every picture we've ever seen of Jesus. If he was the least bit different, he'd be labeled a fraud, insane, or a potential cult leader and disregarded. Heaven help him if he wasn't "white."  

posted by Talion on January 20, 2005 at 7:17 AM | link to this | reply

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