Terrifying Religious Cults That May Still Be Active Today

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.

5. Builders Of The Adytum

If Freemasonry and symbology are more your style, then the Builders of the Adytum are perfect for you. The group is a nice mix of Masonic iconography, Kaballah, tarot, and esoteric teaching. There’s not much more than ancient spirituality and magic mixed with some mystic rituals. It’s pretty casual as far as cults go.

4. Congregation For The Light

No time to attend cult meetings while working in New York City? No problem! You do have to have a penchant doomsday prepping, the lost city of Atlantis, and an undying (pun intended) love for owls. For cultists who are into the more traditional religions, the group in #3 might interest you.

3. Raëlism

Those of the Jewish and Christian faith who love aliens can rally behind Frenchman Claude Vorilhon, also known as Rael. Vorilhon received the Old Testament from a group of alien visitors who told him to not be violent and be naked all of the time. The White House even investigated a claim they cloned the first human baby.

2. United Nuwaubian Nation Of Moors

A lot of cults tend to focus their attention up in the sky towards alien life. Not a lot of them claim to combine Christianity, ancient Egyptian mythology, and African rituals. Their leader was sentenced to life in prison, but the group still exists in small factions. Our #1 cult plays the numbers game when it comes to the end of the world.

1. House Of Yahweh

Founder Bill Hawkins decided to change his moniker from “Buffalo Bill” to “Yisrayl.” Naturally. His predictions of Y2K wiping out civilization or the nuclear war that was set to begin in 2001 did not come to pass. He’s bound to correctly guess the date of an apocalypse one of these days.

You made it to the end of the list! Which means you didn’t find a cult that you decided to dedicate your life to. It’s hard to believe there are thousands of people that looked at one of these and said, “This has to be true. They can have all of my money and possessions and I’ll do everything they say from now on.”

Be honest, have you ever thought about joining a cult? Which cult could you spend the rest of your life with? Share it with your family and friends, but ensure they don’t become indoctrinated!

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