Religion is precious to many people. It is the driving force that helps them deal with daily challenges and keeps them on their moral track. Religion has been the source of incredible strength to help overcome unimaginable hardship. As the list below shows, however, religion can also be a big ball of confusion and hatred. Here are the top ten bizarre religious beliefs that people actually follow.
10. Men Are Evil
While the sentiment makes for material for imagination-less comedians and meme fanatics, the concept that either sex are inherently evil is plain silly. Tell that to the followers of Nuwaubianism though, who also believe that men were genetically engineered after women who existed for generations first. Also according to Nuwaubianism afterbirth must be buried to keep Satan from cloning your kid, famed inventor Nikola Tesla was an alien who came from Venus and all homo sapiens were cloned from homo erectus… on Mars. Perhaps the most controversial claim however is that white people were created as a race of killers and are supposed to be slaves to blacks. As for the creator of Nuwaubianism, Dwight York is serving a prison sentence for money laundering and child molestation.
9. The Worst Religion Ever
Ed Wood was known as a director of cheap schlock films in the 40’s and for his rather erratic behavior while doing so. Known for cross-dressing and constant rewriting his films on set, Wood made one of the most iconic films in history in “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, known as the worst movie ever made by most critics. Followers of The Church of the Heavenly Wood believe that watching and following his films is the true path to happiness and positivity in life. They commonly cross-dress in honor of Ed Wood to celebrate his life and films.
8. The One Tom Cruise Believes In
Scientology is the hot button religion/cult at the moment and with good reason: everyone is talking about it. With litigation being threatened on anyone who dares speak ill of the religion, Scientology is gaining a reputation as a powerhouse in Hollywood as well as the courtroom. This is interesting considering the beliefs of the religion like humans were brought to earth 75 million years ago by alien space ruler Xenu in spacecrafts and they detonated hydrogen bombs in volcanoes. With some other extra oddities like believe in Thetan levels and the self-help system of Dianetics, Scientology is one of the strangest religions in the world.
7. Black Jews
That sounds horrifically offensive, but it is the root of this faith. The Nation of Yahweh is a religion that believes blacks are the ‘true Jews’ and belong in Israel. As for the ‘white Jews’ who live there, they are considered ‘white devils’ and are to be vanquished. An offshoot of Black Hebrew Israelites, the Nation of Yahweh believes that Yahweh ben Yahweh is the true Son of God and was sent on a mission of Messianic proportions. Classified by many as a racist black supremacist group, Nation of Yahweh is truly a strange religion. So, Sammy didn’t actually follow this faith, but it is a good visual aid.
6. The Book Was Better
Based partially on a fictional religion of the same name in the novel ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’, the Church of All Worlds refers to itself as a non-pagan religion that embraces Earth Mother Goddess and Father God as well as gods and goddesses from Ancient Greece. Openly accepting some science fiction elements, Church of All Worlds has established The Grey School of Wizardry inspired heavily by the Hogwarts schools in the ‘Harry Potter’ novels.