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One lesson humankind surely has learned by now is never to underestimate the power that a cult with even a seemingly insane belief system can have over lonely people who feel they have no purpose, self worth or sense of belonging.
Heaven's Gate. The People's Temple. The "Koreshian" division of the Branch Davidians and even the Manson Gang are all examples of this phenomenon. Because of the flawed yet enduringly human traits described above, as some cult movements end, others always crop up in their place.
The article linked below cites nine examples of bizarre cults all over the globe. One is The Body of Christ. A quote from the article about this group follows:
"This is a group of people who turn to personal revelations, rather than the Bible. Followers of this cult have made news due to child deaths; one from lack of nutrition and another for lack of medical attention. You see, the people belonging to this cult believe that God will give them direct signs and instructions. They await these signs before taking any kind of action. The Body of Christ rejects the long-held systems in society: education, government, banking, religion, medicine, science, and entertainment. They refuse to work with civil and government entities, and turn a blind eye to assistance. They await doomsday, when the rest of the world will explode, but they will remain safe."
Read about other bizarre cults in existence today here.