“My name is Jesus, and I’m serious,” Miller said in a video recording from one workshop.
Here’s the story from Adelaide now:
A couple who say they are Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene have set up base in Queensland’s Bible Belt.
The pair, real names Alan John Miller, who once lived in Loxton in South Australia’s Riverland, and Mary Suzanne Luck, operate from rural Wilkesdale near Kingaroy, where they have been joined by an increasing band of followers.
Miller bought a 16ha property at Wilkesdale in 2007 and his Divine Truth followers have since been buying nearby blocks to be close to the charismatic leader, 47, and alluring Luck, 32.
Locals and real estate agents confirmed the group had sparked an unlikely property boom, with estimates they have bought up to 30 blocks and with new properties in high demand.
Followers joined forces in 2009 to buy a $400,000, 240ha property where they hold weekly meetings and plan to build a centre catering for international visitors.
In a bizarre coincidence, land clearing has created a giant cross on neighbouring properties that can be seen from space using Google Maps. Local residents insisted it was not carved deliberately.
Here’s the “coincidence”:
Mr Miller was born in Loxton and has two children from a previous marriage, which he says ended after he “began to remember details” of his past life.
Tailoring his appearance to look like Jesus, he yesterday held a workshop in Albury, New South Wales, where he stood by his claims and said at least “30 or 40″ people had bought blocks around Wilkesdale.
“Mary and myself haven’t ever encouraged people to move out there. Some of the people we don’t even know,” he said.
In one recording he 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.”
Why does one of the delusional people “have to be” Jesus?