Feeling a little underwhelmed after that headline? Me too. It seems Jesus Christ hasn’t returned and that sadly there’s no “water into wine” free-for-all here……….but hey, just try telling these two Australian’s that.
“My name is Alan John Miller, and many of my friends call me AJ. The beautiful woman you see with me is Mary Suzanne Luck. Just a little over 2000 years ago, we arrived on the earth for the first time. My name then was Yeshua ben Yosef, or the Jesus of the Bible, the son of Joseph and Mary. Mary’s name then was Mary of Magdala, the woman identified in the Bible as Mary Magdalene. Mary was my wife then, and the first person I appeared to after I was crucified.”
At first I thought this actually had to be a joke. And then I started to think, surely people aren’t silly enough to blindly accept this declaration of having any foundation in reality.
From the sandy streets of Nazareth to the tropical paradise of Queensland in a mere 2,000 years. Sounds totally plausible doesn’t it.
But then I slowly slumped back in my chair with quiet despair, having remembered the countless number of individuals that decided to hand over their life savings & assets on the eve of preacher Harold’s Camping declaration of the impending apocalypse (or as he termed it) The Rapture. Thousands believed Camping when he said it was going to be the end of the world on May 21, 2011 - yet here we are. (By the way, he now says it’s October, so don’t forget to keep donating!)
And what happened to all that cash? Camping stated his company would not return money donated by followers to publicize the failed May 21 prediction, saying: “We’re not at the end. Why would we return it?” – how much did they give him?
Oh just a cool $72 Million Dollars.
Which brings me to the conclusion that if people are willing to believe such stupidity, maybe they too will believe that our friendly guy Alan John Miller who lives on a farm in Queensland with his Jesus-esque stylings really IS Jesus.
Be interesting to see if he can top Camping’s $72 million “donation” packet though.