It’s been 10 years since the group suicide of the Heaven’s Gate cult.
Thirty-eight cult members, plus Applewhite, the cult’s leader, were found dead in a rented mansion in the upscale San Diego community of Rancho Santa Fe, California, on March 26, 1997. The mass death of the Heaven’s Gate group is one of the most widely-known examples of cult suicide.
In preparing to kill themselves, members of the cult drank citrus juices to ritually cleanse their bodies of impurities. Their suicide, conducted in shifts, was accomplished by ingestion of phenobarbital mixed with vodka, along with plastic bags secured around their heads to induce asphyxiation. Each member carried five dollars in quarters, reportedly for use on the spaceship (which was to have vending machines and an arcade) to which they would be transported upon their death. All 39 were dressed in identical black shirts and sweat pants, along with brand new black-and-white Nike tennis shoes and armband patches reading “Heaven’s gate away team”.
I just finished watching a video clip on a news site and there’s a man that still continues the mission, which is so sad to me. When the Bible is there and easily accessible (by Americans atleast), why is there a need to make up something else ? A ‘religion’ where you kill yourself in order to hop on a comet with Christ ? And what’s even more alarming is the fact that those who weren’t in that mass suicide killed themselves shortly afterward because they didn’t want to ‘miss it’.
The Truth is so easily accessible, but man has a natural aversion to it… and by the Grace of God, it’s the only thing that can save them. The Truth is Christ. Repent, believe, put your trust in the Savior Jesus Christ. That’s the only way to the Father and to eternal security. All other ‘ways’ are dead ends.