The Heaven's Gate Cult Essay

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The Heaven’s Gate Cult was founded in the early 1970’s by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles. Applewhite was recovering, under the care of his nurse Ms. Nettles, when he claimed to have has a near death experience. Applewhite claimed that he and Nettles were the two witnesses spoken of in the Book of Revelation. And they were to prepare the worlds inhabitants for recycling.
In order to gain supporters/followers Applewhite and Nettles began by opening a specialty bookstore. The bookstore was greatly unsuccessful therefore they took to the road. Together they traveled to throughout the United States giving talks about their belief system. They combined the Christian doctrine (salvation and apocalypses) with evolutionary scientific concepts in which proposed travel to other worlds and dimensions, via unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
As I have previously mentioned, the Heaven’s Gate Cult’s purpose was to prepare those on earth for recycling, In order to further elaborate on this concept, Applewhite believed that Earth existed on a continuum. And it was his duty to carry on the last task, as promised by the Book of Revelation; to provide vessels in which souls returned to heaven. This process according to Book of Revelation, offered a way for cult members to gain access or membership into the evolutionary level above human.
According to Applewhite the evolutionary level above human is synonymous with the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven. The only way to enter was to join Applewhite and Nettles and learn to release themselves of their “humanness” and their material possessions. The group was very close knit; they shared all that they had communally. Some of the men even went as far as undergoing voluntary castration. They made their money via the internet. Members professionally set up websites for paying businesses under the name Higher Source. Some theorists refer to this group as a cyber-sect.
The cult’s doctrine states that there are three types of individuals that will survive. They are: those who overcome their humanness enough to become a match to a “body” in the Evolutionary Kingdom, those who don’t quite reach the level of the first peoples but still believe in leaving their flesh body. Except they return to the newly “recycled” earth to finish the “issue (dehumanization) process”, and lastly those who hear their voice at the end and feel as though they must break away but must stay to complete the dehumanization process. Therefore, they will be able to join the others in the higher kingdom the next recycle period.
Ideally, this cult was against suicide Even though they believed that the “Flesh seed of flesh is the seed of negative opposition.”(Initiation video 5) And therefore must be rid of. Once the students were rid of their humanness, including their materialistic...

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