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« on: April 23, 2008, 02:04:28 AM »

I watch the news online and on regular TV from time to time.  Bad news is everywhere. Nothing new!  I was still in the U. S. Air Force when 9 11 happened.  I was shocked and upset but life went on.  In the past, I have watched horror movies and laughed at them(I don't like horrors now).  Very little can get to me.  With Jesus in my life day by day, I am covered in his spirit. 

This as many of you who are 30 years or older may know, is the 30th year anniversary of the Jonestown tragedy.  I have known about the people taking their lives back when it happened.  I was in grade school.  Until now I have never looked and learned about the whole story.  With this being its 30 year anniversary, there are a lot of documentaries online about what happened.  After watching interview videos with survivors and seeing real video footage I now have the complete story.  I have never been so distraught in my life!  I couldn't sleep for about two nights after learning all about what happened.  They showed the photos of the real people who died in that tragedy and you can actually hear real audio of their last moments. Some drank the poison after being told they would go to the next level.  Others who refused to drink it were shot.    It was seeing the real photos of all those children that really got to me.  I was in church and still thinking about it.  I watched as our churches children were in front of the church saying their weekly learned prayers.  I canít imagine those beautiful children having poison put into their months like those in Jonestown.   I had people say to me that after 9 11, they were very distraught and had trouble sleeping.  I have never had that kind of feeling from a horrific story.  I do have this numb feeling in me though about what happened. 

Maybe it's because of the reality of what happened.  These were normal Christian people who thought they were following a man of God.  They allowed their own children to be poisoned?  Entire families drank that punch and died with each other?  I pray to Jesus nothing like that happens again as we go on toward the future.  Learning the full story of what happened really gave me chills about these cults.   The Devil truely is never at rest but niether is OUR LORD JESUS - AMEN!  As I'm pray thoughout times of the day, I ask Jesus to keep me covered you his spirit so I can shake off this distraught feeling about what happened.  They were just people who were simple looking for a place to live and be with God loving people. 

I have prayed more, have done more ministry studying and attending more bible study meetings since learning Jonestowns full story.  I have really been jump started to the fact that we cannot take our lives for granted day by day.   Everyday Jesus gives us and our loved ones is a showing of his grace and mercy.   Amen!
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2008, 09:07:57 AM »

It is utterly saddening to see what happens in some of these cults.  Just as tragic is the more recent Mormon cult down in Texas.  No there were no lives lost...but there are hundreds of lives destroyed there.

One thing to note is that even in Jonestown they were not "normal Christians".  They were cult followers.  A normal Christian would not put ANY man above Christ.  And ANY Christian who does not hold up what a man says or what they say to what the Bible says is asking for problems.  And that is where these cults slide in, the leaders make it all sound so Bi Biblical...and even pull some verses to help the story...but what they preach goes against everything the Bible teaches.
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2008, 12:13:53 PM »

One thing to note is that even in Jonestown they were not "normal Christians".  They were cult followers.  A normal Christian would not put ANY man above Christ.  And ANY Christian who does not hold up what a man says or what they say to what the Bible says is asking for problems.  And that is where these cults slide in, the leaders make it all sound so Bi Biblical...and even pull some verses to help the story...but what they preach goes against everything the Bible teaches.

They weren't normal Christians.  That clears things up a bit.  They were cultist right from the start! Thanks for letting me know that.  Thats what had me confused.  How normal Christians could have done the things they did. Even before their last day. 
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2008, 01:39:13 PM »

That is a fact and we are seeing more and more cults entering this world every day. Just turn on the TV and we can see loads of them and that is including the so-called Christian channels.

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