Spiritual group adopts ordinary man as Messiah
Sun, 21 Mar 2010 5:27p.m.
By Jono Hutchison
A London-born author has found himself in the peculiar situation of having to deny that he is the Messiah.
A recent TV interview with Raj Patel convinced members of a spiritual organisation that he will save the world – but he is not convinced.
Scottish artist and self-styled mystic Benjamin Crème, says a Messiah called “Maitreya” recently gave an interview on American TV.
Crème’s followers reckon that Patel’s appearance on Comedy Central show The Colbert Report and the interview Crème makes reference to, are the very same.
Patel was discussing his latest financial book, The Value Of Nothing, but some viewers took more than that from it.
“Can you imagine what it means, for the first time in human history, the World Teacher, not only can come himself, but can speak to the world through the link television channels of the world and address all humanity,” Crème said.
But it’s not Patel’s first television appearance, Campbell Live spoke to the alleged “saviour of the world” three years ago.
Adherents say Patel fulfils prophecies of a messiah with dark skin, born in 1972, and who speaks with a stutter.
Patel denies his deity, but it’s somewhat futile – because denial is another trait of the Messiah, according the Crème.
When asked by Colbert Report host, James Colbert if he was the Messiah, Patel answered simply that he wasn’t.
“Hurrah! He’s the Messiah,” Colbert said.
After getting emails asking if he is the Maitreya, Patel posted a rebuttal from Monty Python’s Life of Brian on his website.
“He is not the Messiah, he is just a very naughty boy,” the clip says.
But Crème is undeterred and continues to make prophecies.
“The Year of the Tiger, according to Maitreya, is the year in which great things take place,” he says.
“Great big things.”
Which could be a shame – because they would definitely squeeze stories like this one out of the news.
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28/03/2010 3:41:49 p.m.
Maitreya said commercialisation and market forces would ruin the world - it obviously didn't do much for journalistic accuracy!
23/03/2010 11:46:26 a.m.
Oh Please ! Jesus was a Jew he never started the christian religion it was started 300 years later by a man who murdered his own mother Roman Emporer Constantine He started the holy Roman Catholic Church the off shoots of so called christian religions started from there you have been fed bull for hundreds of years and the sad thing is you believe it if Jesus Christ came back today you would be the first ones to have him put to death you are so sure you are right you already have RAJ PATEL blacklisted without even hearing what he has to say Shame on you spouting scriptures like you know remember the CHIEF PRIESTS charged with keeping to the written law they thought they were right too.They were the ones who gave Jesus up to the Romans .You all may be in for the surprise of your lives .It's about time .
22/03/2010 11:15:34 p.m.
Maybe we should all stop worrying about who's the messiah, who's the antichrist and who's going to save us. Perhaps WE need to take some responsibility for the poor state of our planet and save ourselves. Maybe we should just listen to Dr Patel because he might just be a man with some good ideas. If you want to see the antichrist, look in the mirror. I don't think he could mess up the planet any more than we already have. Time to wake up people - it's not a crime to use your brain!
22/03/2010 2:26:20 p.m.
Well that'll be pretty hard to deny if a trait i of a messiah is denial hahahahaha. Crazy man says: You are the MessiahStranger says: No I'm notCrazy man says: You said no, and no means yes no yes no yes so your are the Messiah, HOORAY we found the world teacher.Stranger says: Huh? !@#$%^&*())(*&^%$#@!
21/03/2010 10:22:39 p.m.
I'm from the Share International group in NZ, and just wanted to put a few facts right. Firstly, Benjamin Creme hasn't confirmed Raj Patel to be the World Teacher, nor has he predicted that Maitreya would speak with a stutter, have dark skin and was born in 1972! No info about Maitreya’s interviews has been given – and for good reason – it’s important that everyone has the opportunity to respond to Maitreya because of what He is advocating – sharing, justice and peace – rather than because they think He may be the World Teacher. There’ll be many more interviews in Japan, Europe and elsewhere over the coming months.
If you want the correct info, I recommend checking out the website: www.share-international.org.
21/03/2010 9:34:27 p.m.
Raj Patel could be the false Messiah (Antichrist).To all Christians read the 2nd Thessalonians Chapter 2.The rapture of Jesus Christ is coming soon.Here are the links:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjxpjd88PcMhttp://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/267526/march-15-2010/i-can-t-believe-it-s-not-buddha---raj-patelhttp://www.share-international.org/
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