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The Apostolic Cult of Jesus ben Joseph

In the modern world, the choosing of the Disciples by Jesus would be considered the beginnings of a cult, which is exactly what the Pharisees and Sadducees of antiquity believed the young Jesus’ movement actually was. Jesus’ teachings have all the hallmarks of a cult (as developed by Janja Lalich, Ph.D. and Michael D. Langone, Ph.D.):

  • The group displays excessively zealous and unquestioning commitment to its leader and- whether he is alive or dead- regards his belief system, ideology, and practices as the Truth, as law. (The entirety of the New Testament!) [References added]
  • Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished. (Jn. 6:60-71)
  • Mind-altering practices- such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, and debilitating work routines- are used in excess and serve to suppress doubts about the group and its leader(s). (Acts 2:1-4)
  • The leadership dictates, sometimes in great detail, how members should think, act, and feel- for example, members must get permission to date, change jobs, marry—or leaders prescribe what types of clothes to wear, where to live, whether or not to have children, how to discipline children, and so forth. (Every epistle St. Paul the Apostle ever wrote!)
  • The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s) and members- for example, the leader is considered the Messiah, a special being, an avatar—or the group and/or the leader is on a special mission to save humanity. (The entirety of the New Testament!)
  • The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which may cause conflict with the wider society. (Mt. 7:21-23, Acts 2:14-47, 2 Cor. 6:14, 1 Tim. 2:5, 2 Jn. 9-11, Rev. 21:8)
  • The leader is not accountable to any authorities- unlike, for example, teachers, military commanders or ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream religious denominations. (Luke 14:1-6, Rom. 13:1-7)
  • The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members’ participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group. (Rom. 3:28, Gal 2:16)
  • The leadership induces feelings of shame and/or guilt in order to influence and/or control members. Often, this is done through peer pressure and subtle forms of persuasion. (Luke 12:42-46)
  • Subservience to the leader or group requires members to cut ties with family and friends, and radically alter the personal goals and activities they had before joining the group. (Mt. 4:18-22, Jn. 1:35-51)
  • The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members. (Mt. 18-20, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:37-39)
  • The group is preoccupied with making money. (2 Cor. 9:7, Lk. 18:22)
  • Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities. (Col. 3:17)
  • Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members. (Mt. 10:5-6)
  • The most loyal members (the “true believers”) feel there can be no life outside the context of the group. They believe there is no other way to be, and often fear reprisals to themselves or others if they leave- or even consider leaving- the group. (Jn. 14:6)

We, the editors and contributors to Satan’s Study Bible, fully acknowledge these scriptural references are gross misinterpretations used solely to “prove” our assertion that Jesus’ founded a very cult-like discipleship. Our actions are no more egregious than Christian ministers manipulating the Word of God to fit their own bigotries and biases. We are in revered company here.

A wise man may have once said, “In a cult, the top two or three people know it’s bullshit. In a religion, those people are dead!”

About Fridthjof Dyr Jorden

“I hear the voice of the Devil!” These words could have only ever been spoken by the Messiah Himself (cf. Mt. 4:1-11) and madmen. I was reared a devout Roman Catholic. I was an altar-boy. I took Communion every Sunday. I studied the Bible. I prayed the rosary. I intended to enter the seminary and become a Priest. My faith in God was unflappable and my fear of the Devil was inescapable. After years of self-professed Atheism, I have returned to my faith in Jesus Christ, albeit different. I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, but I also recognized the role Satan has in my life. Praise Jesus, hail Satan.

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