Heaven's Gate

Marshal Applewhite, the founder of the heaven's gate ufo cult, was into the occult and even believed he was an alien. Similar things are growing more common with the new are revolution. Groups of people now believe they are various things other than human - they believe they are animals, faeries, werewolves, vampires, angels, demons, dragons, and many other things - all 'incarnated' in human form of course. People like Applewhite paved the way for this new phenomena, which is referred to as 'otherkin', meaning other than human.
The cult became quite popular, and was featured regularly in the media, including a book and a TV show, as well as interviews. He called himself a shepherd of the people, which identifies him as a false Christ or as having a spirit of the anti-Christ. At the time people thought they were odd but harmless. That all changed on March 26, 1997. 39 members of the cult committed mass suicide that day, including their leader Applewhite. They believed they would be picked up on a spaceship hiding in the wake of the Hale-Bopp comet if they "shed their earthly containers" at a specific time and in a specific fashion. Two of the three survivors killed themselves shortly after. The last survivor finally agreed to an interview in 2002. That man still believes that Applewhite was an alien, and says that he "taught him to be a better person".
What drives people to such extremes? Everyone is searching for something that is missing in this life on earth. We have a void that each chooses to search and fill in different ways. The only way to truly fill that void is by being redeemed through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. The potential for sin to ruin lives is great when we stray from His desires to our own selfish desires.
VincentValentine VincentValentine
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May 24, 2012