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Summary: How to know what is truth and error, real or not real based on Simon the sourcerer.

Real or Not Real?

12.07.09 JCC am

(From the game show, deal or no deal?)

What is truth and what is error?

You will have a son and you will name him Jesus.

There is a tall man who will enter your life

You will win a fortune within the next year

You will cast out demons in my name

It’s not easy to spot the real thing some times

We have to make a choice which to choose

Throughout the centuries, people have made claims to the future and to having the truth; here are a few:

Joseph Smith founder of the Mormon cult

Joseph Smith-as prophet, teacher, and beloved leader of the “Saints” (as members of the Church are called)-was the prophet of the “Restoration.” That is, he did not establish a new religion, but restored the ancient Church of Christ. He was able to do this, because he was called of God, given authority directly from God, and he taught truths which he received directly from God. Through his ministry, what was a handful of believers in 1830, has become a worldwide Church.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses trace their origins to the nineteenth century Adventist movement in America. That movement began with William Miller, a Baptist lay preacher who, in the year 1816, began proclaiming that Christ would return in 1843. His predictions of the Second Coming or Second Advent captured the imagination of thousands in Baptist and other mainline churches. Perhaps as many as 50,000 followers put their trust in Miller’s chronological calculations and prepared to welcome the Lord, while, as the appointed time approached, others watched nervously from a distance. Recalculations moved the promised second advent from March, 1843 to March, 1844, and then to October of that year. But, that date too passed uneventfully.

Charles Taze Russell then took control

In the decades following the death of founder Charles Taze Russell, his successor J. F. Rutherford found himself forced to re-write many of the sect’s major doctrines.

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"Heaven’s Gate" was the latest of three organizations founded by Marshall Herff Applewhite and Bonnie which they organized in 1975.

Heaven’s Gate is a destructive, doomsday cult centered in California. 21 women and 18 men voluntarily committed suicide in three groups on three successive days starting on 1997-MAR-23. Most were in their 40’s; the rest covered an age range of 26 to 72.

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Wicca: a Neopagan, Earth-centered religion

"We are not evil. We don’t harm or seduce people. We are not dangerous. We are ordinary people like you. We have families, jobs, hopes, and dreams. We are not a cult. This religion is not a joke. We are not what you think we are from looking at T.V. We are real. We laugh, we cry. We are serious. We have a sense of humor. You don’t have to be afraid of us. We don’t want to convert you. And please don’t try to convert us. Just give us the same right we give you--to live in peace. We are much more similar to you than you think." Margot Adler


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