Alan John Miller, 47, met Mary Luck, 32, in the lounge room of her parent’s home. The only thing unusual is that Alan makes straight-faced claims to be Jesus Christ and says Mary Luck is really Mary Magdalene who just happened to be living nearby. The Apostle John, a first century disciple of the historical Christ, is also living in Australia, according to Alan Miller.
Miller says that there are probably a million people who say they are Jesus Christ and ‘most of them are in asylums. But one of us has to be. How do I know I am? Because I remember everything about my life.’
Interviewed tonight (May 16, 2011) on A Current Affair, Miller came across as reasonable, calm and gentle (oh, there was that small thing about meeting Elvis) and several of his followers were interviewed and clearly have a strong belief in his messianic claims.
Up to 40 people have moved to the tiny town of Wilkesdale near Bundaberg and hold meetings on a 16 ha property, where they plan to build an international visitors centre. This is despite claiming Alan does not desire a following.
Of course where there is a Jesus claim, there are also miracle claims as well. News outlets are reporting that a giant cross has been inadvertently created by land clearing near the cult’s property.
‘In a bizarre coincidence, land clearing has created a giant cross on neighbouring properties that can be seen from space using Google Maps. Local residents insisted it was not carved deliberately,’ News Ltd reports.
And while Miller says that all he wants to do is communicate Divine Truth that people can choose to accept if they want, he seems to be ignoring the truth of the first century Jesus who warned his followers about false Christs.
‘At that time if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Christ!” or, “There he is!” do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect — if that were possible. See, I have told
you ahead of time.
‘So if anyone tells you, “There he is, out in the desert,” do not go out; or, “Here he is, in the inner rooms,” do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.’ Matthew 24:23-27
In other words, when Jesus returns to the earth, according to hismown testimony, it will be a major event that no one will miss. He will not come back as an Alan Miller, but in indisputable power and glory and for all to see… like a lightning strike visible across the heavens.
Also, the Gospels do not indicate a romantic relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene but one of a thankful follower serving the one who healed her. In any case, reincarnation, or Mary living for the past 2000 years, are so far outside the kind of revelation Jesus gave that it provides further proof (if you need it) of the irrationality of Alan Miller’s claims.
Finally, Jesus told his small group of followers, after the resurrection, to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit so that they would be empowered to share the love, truth and reality of Jesus’s mission. If our only hope is to find a physical Jesus in the Queensland bush, a lot of people are going to miss out. But if the Spirit of God is to come and reach into every corner of space and time, then we all have the opportunity to find our way to God – through Jesus.
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PS. Alan Miller ended a previous marriage leaving behind two children because he began to ‘remember’ his previous life as Jesus. I wonder if he ‘remembered’ saying, as Jesus did, ‘Haven’t you read… that at the beginning the Creator “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the
two will become one flesh”? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not
separate.’ Matthew 19:4-6