I‘ve poked around a bit and, other than those things mentioned below (fear of money, TV, and bar codes), I’ve yet to discover what these folks believe. Sure, we’ve heard they’re all holed up and waiting on Doomsday in May, but why? Are there any news stories that inform us as to how they came up with this forecast?
No, I don’t wish to join … I just get a little weirded out anytime a Government starts calling a religious group a bunch of kooks. And get a load of that pic that accompanies the story (below). Why, gee … isn’t that the image that some outsiders have of Orthodoxy any way? Why on earth would they use that graphic?
I know, I know. It’s All. About. The Children. But you can’t tell me that there’s not other children living in equal squalor (and oddness) somewhere in the USSWere. Something just seems a bit left of kilter here.
Members of the so-called ‘True Russian Orthodox Church’ have shut themselves in Russia’s Penza region for about two weeks now.
Others are now living in a house in nearby Nikolskoye, built by cult leader, Pyotr Kuznetsov
“Pyotr Kuznetsov is a very wise man. He interprets the Bible so well that we believe he’s a prophet,” Nikolay Ponedelnik, a cult member says.
The cult members have rather unusual beliefs: they don’t like to handle money, they refuse to watch television, and they say bar codes and tax codes are a sign of the anti-Christ.
Still, the line between traditional religion and cult organisations is thin. Many define it by the affects had on the people within the organisation rather than by details of belief or conduct.
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