Alan John Miller and Mary Luck presenting a Divine Truth seminar in 2013
|Founder||Alan John Miller (known as "Jesus")|
Wilkesdale, Queensland, Australia
Divine Truth is a spiritual or new religious movement based in Australia. It was started in 2007 by Alan John Miller, also known as A.J., who claims to be Jesus of Nazareth through reincarnation. Miller was formerly an elder in the Jehovah's Witnesses and ran a computer business.
In 2007, Miller purchased a 16 hectare property at Wilkesdale, Queensland, Australia. In 2009, Divine Truth followers purchased another 240ha property with plans to build a centre for international visitors. It is estimated that up to 40 more followers have since moved to Wilkesdale which is located near Kingaroy.
Miller's spiritualist teachings about Divine Love, Divine Truth, Spiritual Spheres, The Hells, and the Law of Attraction appear earlier from James E Padgett (1852-1923), and the prayer for divine love on Miller's website appeared in Padgett's writings in 1916. However, a comprehensive Padgett website has posted numerous objections in denial of Miller's claim to be Jesus, and some of his teachings.
Miller, the spiritual leader of Divine Truth, claims to have realised he was Jesus Christ over a one-week period. Miller claims to remember nearly everything that has happened over the past 2000 years, including his crucifixion. When questioned about whether he could speak Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus, he said, "It can be spoken. Not now I can't." Miller goes on to say that he has met Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Gandhi, Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the afterlife. In a seven-minute interview which aired on A Current Affair, Miller went on to claim Divine Truth as God's truth and as the "absolute truth of the universe".
Miller has stated that he does not know all truth and that no one but God knows all truth.
His partner, Mary Suzanne Luck, claims to know she is the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene, although she had no knowledge of her 1st-century self before meeting Miller.
Earth changes prediction
Miller has predicted that as early as 2012 a series of Earth changes could cause a world catastrophe resulting in Australia's east and west coasts being wiped out. He goes on to say:
- It will not be a tsunami, but water flowing over the land about 100 metres deep. There will be lots of earthquakes.
- There will be no Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Sunshine/Gold Coast ... Inland is where it will be happening.
Miller also stated in 2011:
- There's the movie 2012 right? Everyone I suggest you see it, everyone. A lot of the events portrayed in the movie are kind of similar to the events that will be occurring.
Accusations of cultism
The group has been referred to as a cult. Helen Pomery, spokeswoman for the Cult Awareness and Information Centre, said, "The moment someone becomes God or God's voice on Earth, it gives them another level of authority to enforce submission to them." Alan John Miller denies allegations of cult-like behavior on his website and YouTube FAQ channel, saying he does not desire worship, power or control over people, which is what cults do, according to his definitions. He is quoted as saying: "Just because I am saying I am Jesus, doesn't automatically make me a cult leader."
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- Divine Truth FAQ - "How would you define a cult?" http://divinetruth.com/PDF/FAQ/Cults/20121113%20Cults%20S01Q13.pdf Retrieved 28-7-2014
- Divine Truth FAQ - "Are you a cult leader?" http://divinetruth.com/PDF/FAQ/Cults/20121113%20Cults%20S01Q14.pdf Retrieved 28-7-2014