The Religion Of Shoko Asahara

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At first, the religion of Shoko Asahara, Aum Shinrikyo, now the cult Aleph was not the dangerous and threatening organization its image is associated to be now. In fact, there was a time where Asahara and Aum Shinrikyo members had taken up an attitude similar to that of a humble missionary. However, the Aum Shinrikyo faith, as well as Asahara, had been obsessed with some of the philosophies of the Bible, the Book of Revelation in particular, and had an unfortunate turnaround, which resulted in the religion’s currently bad reputation. This cult is a perfect example to show what Paul meant when he said that false christs pretend to be holy servants of God. Originally named Chizuo Matsumoto, Shoko Asahara was one of seven children and…show more content…
The religion also holds the claim that Asahara is the only person to have attained the highest level of consciousness and that he is in the state of Nirvana; Asahara even claimed to be Christ. Tibetan beliefs of extrasensory experiences are also included in the Aum Shinrikyo faith, with clairvoyance, levitation, and the ability to see through walls being some of these extrasensory abilities that Asahara promoted and claimed to have (news.bbc.co.uk; fas.org). According to John Pike, the Aum Shinrikyo faith strongly promoted Shiva, the god of destruction, and thus put a particular emphasis on Armageddon, or the end of the world. Asahara claimed salvation from this destruction for those who reached higher levels of consciousness by going through him, the “Supreme Master”; their reincarnated states would hold a special status amongst others. Apparently, this Armageddon was going to involve a third world war in 1997 that would be initiated between Japan and the United States; one supposed goal of Aum Shinrikyo was their involved their salvation activities during this time and the revival of the Japanese nation after the collapse of their country. Members of Aum Shinrikyo were also very anti-Semitic, and put part of the blame for this onto the Jews (fas.org). Putting the skeptical claims of extrasensory experiences aside for now, the beliefs of Aum Shinrikyo concerning the Bible,

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