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An Australian man is gaining worldwide attention and followers from America as he claims he’s actually Jesus Christ of Nazareth and his girlfriend is Mary Magdalene from the Bible.
“My name is Alan John Miller, and many of my friends call me A.J. The beautiful woman you see with me is Mary Suzanne Luck,” he declares on his Divine Truth website. “Just a little over 2,000 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.”
Miller, 50, is a former information-technology specialist who is also a divorced father of two children.
He says his first marriage fell apart when he began to remember details of his incarnation.
But irrespective of Miller’s ex-wife in Australia, he refers to Luck as “my soulmate, and who was actually married to me in the first century, and was pregnant with our daughter when I died.”
He explains that shortly after his crucifixion, most of the truths he taught became extremely distorted: "By the time of the third century, large amounts of error had been introduced into my teachings from all forms of religious studies that occurred over the time period, with power being the main object for the distortions."
In recorded audio, Miller notes, "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."
He says those who have problems believing he's Jesus are often filled with preconceived notions about who Jesus really is.
"They don't believe Jesus to be a man," Miller said. "They believe Jesus to be some kind of God-man. Well that's not true. That's what they believe, and so if I continue to be a man, those particular people will never accept that I'm Jesus.
"Other people believe that I walked on water and I did all [these] other things in the first century that I did not actually do. These were things that were fanciful things that were written about me after the fact. And if those same people would expect me to walk on water now – and while walking on water might be a possibility, I don't really know – I never certainly never did it in the first century and that certainly wouldn't have provided any evidence that I was Jesus anyway even if I had."
The Gospel of Matthew records that two people actually walked on water, specifically Jesus and His apostle Peter who both sauntered atop Israel's Lake Galilee during a storm.
Miller claims that after he was slain and resurrected, he entered the spirit world where he met Plato, Socrates, as well as popes and presidents.
"I did resurrect quite a number of people," he told Britain's Sky News, "including a friend of mine Lazarus, who most people know is mentioned in the Bible."
At present, Miller who lives near the small town of Kingaroy in the state of Queensland, has a regular following of some 150 people, and strongly rejects any suggestion he's a cult leader forcing people to do what they don't wish.
"All we do is present seminars and answer people's questions. I still for the life of me can't quite understand where the cult thing has come from," he told Sky.
"There were lots of people in the first century who didn't believe I was the Messiah and were offended by what I said – and in fact I died at the hands of some of them. Unfortunately they didn't learn love either and my suggestion is, even if you don't believe I am Jesus, at least learn how to love."
Rev. David Millikan has studied cults for three decades, and after having met Miller in person, he told Sky News: "The danger is you'll be drawn closer and closer into his web to a point that you lose access to your social life, you spend all your money, you'll have the curses of all your family ringing in your ears and you may well lose your relationship."
Mary Luck admits her own family is not thrilled with her relationship with Miller.
"My parents became very afraid simply because A.J. was saying he was Jesus publicly and by their own admission they feared for what my life would be like. They also had some fundamental issues with looking at emotions which is core to these teachings."
One of Miller's followers is George Hamel of California, who left his wife and business in the U.S. to be closer to the man he sincerely thinks is Jesus Christ.
"It's natural that people form fears when they don't know about something," Hamel said. "Anyone who has a chance to look into it aren't going to find anything too upsetting."
(Watch a news report by Sky News about A.J. Miller by clicking below:)