Thursday, February 08, 2007

Knock Knock Knockin On Heaven's Door

Heaven's Gate Home Page Announced The Coming of a New Age - After Earth's Destruction
In 1997 a UFO cult, now referred to as Heaven's Gate, came to the desperate conclusion that only by committing mass suicide could it take a giant step toward a new and higher level of existence. The cult came to believe in a link between extra terrestrials, and the attainment of a higher form of existence, and spirituality.

They believed that the coming of the comet Hale Bopp was not only a signal for when they should commit suicide, but that the comet was being followed by a UFO. They also believed that the world would come to an end in the year 2000.

Member of Kingdom of Heaven?
The Ride Home

They had faith that extra terrestrial super beings would in some manner collect their just released souls, and that they would be carried back by the aliens to some higher physical form of existence.

Sounds a little strange, yet very familiar. While it may be sad that they went ahead and killed themselves we who survive this cult's self destruction only know for certain that the world did not end in the year 2000. Maybe, just maybe they were right, and they're on their journey to some distant alien utopia. We'll never know for sure.

In the end the Heaven's Gate UFO cult stands as an example for all those who would follow. Let it stand as a warning on how not to let your own personal fears be used against you. The biggest danger of feeling bad about yourself as a human being is that your perceived deficit only feeds into your desire to worship someone, or something.

The Heaven's Gate cult sounds new to us, because it employed ideas like advanced technology which would allow for interstellar, and possibly interdimensional transportation, but in fact the Heaven's Gate story is an old and familiar story.

Comet Hale Bopp in 1997
Cult Rule Number One - Don't Commit Suicide

The first rule that any budding UFO cult, or any cult for that matter should adopt is not to commit suicide. If you kill yourselves then that is the end of the cult.

Heaven's Gate claimed it had such a rule

"The true meaning of "suicide" is to turn against the Next Level when it is being offered. In these last days, we are focused on two primary tasks: one - of making a last attempt at telling the truth about how the Next Level may be entered (our last effort at offering to individuals of this civilization the way to avoid "suicide"); and two - taking advantage of the rare opportunity we have each day - to work individually on our personal overcoming and change, in preparation for entering the Kingdom of Heaven".

And This

"We fully desire, expect, and look forward to boarding a spacecraft from the Next Level very soon (in our physical bodies). There is no doubt in our mind that our being "picked up" is inevitable in the very near future".

Yet it was the cult's fear of being attacked, and persecuted which allowed it to rationalize, and prepare for a mass suicide which it eventually carried out.
Alternative To Suicide - Baby Making

It is far better for a cult to use the Judeo-Christian-Muslim approach and preach that every sperm is sacred. Follow that up by preaching that contraception is bad, and that making children is somehow creating souls for God.

This method has worked quite well for followers of Jesus, Yahweh, and Allah. Also preach that suicide is bad. The more the merrier. These rules were adopted long ago by successful religions, which is why they've been so successful.

Comet McNaught (2007) Is It Connected to the Wave of UFO Sightings?
If you're a fledgling UFO cultist you don't want to forget to take advantage of the occurrence of yet another comet. People tend to get somewhat nervous when there's something glowing in the sky which isn't ordinarily there. When any significantly visible comet like Hale-Bopp, or McNaught comes hither it's time to start with end times preparations, speeches, brochures, pamphlets, booklets, books, web sites, audio recordings, and videos, and lectures - you get the drift.

There has been an intense international UFO sightings wave recently, and I'm not really sure why it's taking place just now, but maybe the comet McNaught can be tied into all of this.
Start The Big Rumor

Perhaps comet McNaught brought with it a package of UFOs which are now invading (gently visiting) Earth? Picking up souls perhaps? Maybe that's how it works? The UFOs will return to the comet after making observations, picking up some souls, and generally making all kinds of fools of themselves by getting spotted - unless of course they mean to be spotted.
Conclusion - Real Believers Choose Life
We all feel alienated, sort of like aliens do I guess, in this modern world. We all wish there was some greater good, or big brother aliens to lean a shoulder on. It would be great to find out that everything we do as ape like animals is seen for what it is, and that one day just in the nick of time we'll be saved from this utopia we call the human race. People have been praying for that for millennium.

In the mean time however as we modify our beliefs to suit this modern technology based society it's important to remember that no one actually has the answers to any of this. So if you ever get the urge to follow someone, or join some group - hold off on joining if suicide, and or homicide are ever a prerequisite to stardom. Don't strap on any bombs, and don't drink any Kool Aid for Jesus, Allah, Yahweh, or even Lord Zeebert the Alien Overlord.

Heaven's Gate

Hale Bopp


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