There are so many cults out there it is hard to determine which one has the direct line to the big guy in the sky. Statistically, there has to be one or two that have it right, right?
All joking aside, every religious group has a tendency to cross the line from doctrine into paranoia and ultimately, abuse. That is why we have compiled a list of some of the most enigmatic cults that are, in all likelihood, still active today.
Take some time to browse through the top 10 cults across the world and you might find one that is meant for you.
(Note: We do not recommend joining any cults. Please, think for yourself.)
10. The Brethren
Any cult list has to start with a group called The Brethren. They are basically hobos who live on nothing in order to prepare for the end of days. They go by the names of “Body of Christ” and “Garbage Eaters,” respectfully. If you don’t like eating garbage, the cult in #9 might be more your style.
9. Church Of God With Signs Following
Sounds safe, right? Wrong! You may have seen some videos of these lunatics, who believe snakes are demons incarnate. They let poisonous reptiles slither all over their bodies and believe God will magically douse them with antivenom if they are bitten. We cannot stress this enough: DO NOT HANDLE POISONOUS SNAKES.
8. Aleph Or Hikari No Wa
A lot of cults purport to help usher in the impending Doomsday. The two groups spawning from the Japanese groups Aum Shinrikyo give you two options, depending on your mood. Aleph, the direct ancestor of Aum Shinrikyo, still has many militant members from the old days. Hikari no Wa, or Circle of Light, is way more peaceful. More religious followers should move on to #7.
7. The Science Of Happiness
Sounds pretty good, right? The Science of Happiness was founded in 1986 by former Japanese salaryman Ryuho Okawa. Okawa thinks he’s the El Cantare, who is sort of like Jesus meets Buddha meets Muhammad with a dose of every other deity who is at the head of the table in a ninth-dimensional heaven.
6. Apostles Of Infinite Love
The Apostles of Infinite Love have won the award for most appealingly-named cult. Founder Michel Collin has directly received messages from the Virgin Mary. The group has mainly disbanded after a 34-year investigation that led to a raid in 1999. You’ll be happy to know any charges against them were dropped.