Just when the people all over China are sparing no efforts to fight the spread of the novel Coronavirus epidemic, some lawbreakers, however, are exploiting this opportunity to commit sabotage by different means. Recently, a woman in Zhangjiakou city, Hebei province, was detained for preaching the Doomsday rumors in the event of the epidemic.
The Doomsday theory was also employed by many cult organizations as a lure to deceive and control people, to collect money and expand followers so as to achieve their covert purposes.
It was as early as in the end of 2012 that the Almighty God cult organization had spread Doomsday theory to disrupt the social order. Many Almighty God believers were so devoted to the so-called “preaching Gospel“ that they abandoned their families and children, gave up their jobs to seek and cultivate new followers, resulting in hatred between husbands and wives and breaking of families, even at a blood price. Some believers gathered publicly in city blocks, holding great banners and shouting their Doomsday slogans. They even blocked government buildings and openly disrupted normal social order, causing great inconvenience to the work and life of citizens.
Fig.1.The Almighty God followers took to the streets illegally, shouting Doomsday slogans
For example, Li Lin from Jinjiang district, Chengdu city, contributed all his house rent and savings of years to the Almighty God without consulting his family, but only regretted after the lie of Doomsday was broken. Wang Ming, a carpenter from Chongqing, lost his hope of life to easy rumors, planned to spend up all his savings to enjoy life before the Day came, his wife and daughter could not help but leave him. A merchant Yang Zongfu from Yiwu, Zhejiang province and a peasant Liu Qiyuan from Xianghe, Hebei province, spend a lot of money to build a Noah’s Ark for use in the event of the disaster. Min Yongjun, a man from Guangshan, Henan province, knifed 22 pupils because of the influence by the Doomsday theory of the Almighty God.
Li Hongzhi, the leader of Falun Gong, had fabricated a series of fallacies such as Doomsday and “Earth explosion” theories to create horror and panic in the society. Obsessed followers were frightened by Master Li’s story and some even committed suicide or were driven to mental disorder, while others even cruelly killed their relatives and other innocent people.
The leader of the Disciple Society, Li Sanbao, had claimed that “the Doomsday is coming”, “a calamity is about to happen on the earth” and that “those who believe in the church will go to the heaven, while those who don’t believe in will go to the hell”. The believers were threatened to pray every day, sing “Holy Songs” devoutly, and eat only 100 grams of “life food” per day. Some believers were even prosecuted.
The Lingling Sect claimed that “Doomsday is coming, and there will be plagues, famines, floods and locust disasters. Only by joining the Sect earlier, can one escape from these disasters. Otherwise, death is inevitable”. In August 2013, the Shandong police destroyed a branch of the Lingling Sect, the head of which had preserved more than 250 tons of food and a great amount of gold, waiting for the Doomsday to come.
Fig.2.Cults such as the Guanyin Method, the Full Scope Church, the Anointed King and the Shouters, are all advocators of the Doomsday fallacy
This is true of the domestic cults, and the cults abroad are no exception.
The Aum Shinrikyo Cult in Japan had been preaching the “Doomsday War”, saying that a “world Doomsday war” that would destroy all mankind would occur in 1997. Only by joining the cult could one be saved, and those who refused to join in would all die. As a result, the Tokyo Metro poison gas incident killed a total of 13 people and injured more than 5,510.
Jim Jones, the leader of the American cult "The People’s Temple", had predicted that there would be a social collapse and a nuclear war in 1965. The entire world would be completely destroyed in this war. Only those who joined his organization could be protected and survive. It had deceived more than 900 believers to commit collective suicide by taking poison.
Fig.3.The People’s Temple followers in USA committed collective suicide
Alp White, the leader of another American cult "Heaven's Gate," had predicted that the 26th day of March1997 was the end of humankind. On that day, a UFO behind the Comet Haier-Bopp would land on the Earth. The only solution for the believers was to surrender all their properties to the church leader and commit suicide, so that their souls would be separated from their bodies, and they could flee the earth in an alien spacecraft. This had resulted in 39 people committing suicide.
The leader of the South Korean cult “The Unification Church”, Moon Sun Myung, had predicted the coming of the “Doomsday” many times. A 7-member Netherland family had lived in a cellar for 9 years waiting for the “Doomsday” due to obsession with the Unification Church teachings.
Fig.4.The cottage where a 7-member family had lived in to escape the “Doomsday”
The cults abroad such as the "Davidian Seventh-day Adventists"(D-SDA), "The Order of the Solar Temple", and "Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God" were all trumpeters of "Doomsday" in different forms, while the cult leaders played the role of the "Savior”, claiming that only by joining their organizations could people be saved.
It can be seen that all the cults, home or abroad, have deceived the people and the world by spreading such lies as “Doomsday”, “the disasters are coming immediately” and “only by joining their organizations can people be saved”, to create an atmosphere of tension and terror and deceive people to join them, so as to achieve their insidious purposes.
Presently, our country is at the critical time of epidemic prevention and control. We must determinedly check the spread of the epidemic and resolutely win the fight against the epidemic! Let us to be one mind and act together! We need to unite our efforts to form a formidable strength! Faced with various rumors and noisy opinions home and abroad, we must trust the authoritative information released by the Chinese government and our mainstream media. If you find any individual or organization spreading the “Doomsday”, please report it to the public security and relevant government authorities immediately. And the law enforcement authorities should promptly investigate and deal with the ill-intentioned rumormongers according to law.
There is no Doomsday at all in the world. If there is indeed a “Doomsday”, that must be the Doomsday of those selfish, cold-blooded, harmful rumor spreaders!
Fig.5.The above poster reads: “With one mind and the strength of entire country, we will resolutely win the battle of epidemic prevention and control”
This is a nationwide campaign without onlookers or bystanders. This is a people’s war with unity and concerted efforts! We must unite our will and work together! We are sure to win this tough battle for epidemic prevention and control.