Couple claim to be Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene reincarnated

An Australian couple are in the public spotlight, and drawing followers across the country, after making claims that they are the second coming of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.

Have Jesus and Mary returned to Earth as the Divine Truth website claims?

Alan John Miller, 47, who goes by the name A.J., and Mary Suzanne Luck, 32, say "Yes they have" and they are sharing their story with the world, through their website and YouTube videos, and have successfully convinced a few dozen people that they are, in fact, the reincarnation of the famous biblical figures.

"Just a little over 2000 years ago, we arrived on the earth for the first time. My name then was Yeshua ben Yosef, or the Jesus of the Bible, the son of Joseph and Mary. Mary's name then was Mary of Magdala, the woman identified in the Bible as Mary Magdalene. Mary was my wife then, and the first person I appeared to after I was crucified," according to Miller.

"Because of my personal desire and passion for God, as I grew, I recognized not only that I was the Messiah that was foretold by ancient prophets, but also that I was in a process designed by God that all humans could follow, if they so desired. I called this process becoming Born Again," said Miller.

Miller who said: "I certainly don't want to be Jesus, it's just who I am. Who wants to be Jesus?" he tells his followers. Miller said as Jesus he can create a body at will on Earth. At church workshops, filmed and uploaded to YouTube, he says "He wants to teach people he is not any different them, that he is exactly the same as they are."

The Courier Mail reports, Australia's Cult Awareness and Information Library and the Anglican and Catholic churches are concerned that the couple, who rely on donations to sustain themselves and their religious movement, appeals to the most vulnerable segment of the population." And it's from which this group that they are steadily gathering their followers, who are 'seeking meaning in their lives.'

"The moment someone becomes God or God's voice on Earth, it gives them another level of authority to enforce submission to them," Cult Awareness and Information Centre (CAIC) spokeswoman Helen Pomery told the Courier.

"Even cults vary in their degree of destructiveness," says the CAIC website. "A goldfish living in a bowl that is painted black on the outside will never know it lives in a bowl unless someone takes it out and shows it the rest of the world. Mindsets can be like that — locked into a `thinking box', unable to see outside because the web of beliefs is so all-encompassing."
The Courier has confirmed through local real estate agents that "the group had sparked an unlikely property boom, with estimates they have bought up to 30 blocks and with new properties in high demand. In 2009, followers pooled together $400,000 to purchase roughly one square mile of land, where they currently hold weekly meetings and plan to build an international visitors center."

The sudden spike in real estate sales have relatives and friends of followers of Mary and Jesus (Mary and A.J.) concerned about their intentions. "Mary and myself haven't ever encouraged people to move out there. Some of the people we don't even know," Miller said according to a quote in Adelaide Now.

Miller, who can be seen in photo's here, is being accused of tailoring his 'look' to appear more like Jesus and creating an illusion around his spiritual work, identity and relationship with the Lord.

Miller's response: "If you ever get the opportunity to talk to my parents, Joseph & Mary from my 1st century life, and Maxine & Alan from this life, you will find out that I have always been passionate about having a relationship with God."

When speaking about his claim of being Jesus Christ reincarnated, Miller said: "There's probably a million people who say they're Jesus and most of them are in asylums. But one of us has to be. How do I know I am? Because I remember everything about my life."

Digital Journal, MAY 17, 2011 by Kim I. Hartman