‘Jesus’ needs help

2013-06-08 00:00

A MEDICAL expert says an Eshowe man claiming to be Jesus Christ is delusional and should seek help.

But Moses Hlongwane (57) from the kwaKhoza area believes he is the Messiah. He also says he speaks to the devil and claims to be immortal.

Hlongwane’s assertions have garnered media attention this week and follow similar claims made by a man in Australia.

But their delusions, said principal psychiatrist at Town Hill Hospital, Dr Howard King, are fairly common and can be treated.

“It is a delusion. Quite a few people suffer from it. They either think they are Jesus or famous people such as Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe. In all cases, as long as a person does not try and enact the life of Jesus — for instance, walking on water where they might drown — he is no real threat.”

King said patients have been treated at Town Hill with similar delusions, which can be cured.

“However, the longer it is left, the more difficult it is to treat.”

Hlongwane has attracted a small following of 13 disciples who are eager to do his bidding.

“I am getting ready to battle the devil. The devil has told me that when it comes to the final battle, if he kills me, the final revelations will not occur, but that if I kill the devil, I will rule the Earth. God has told me that I will not die. I have known of my future since I was 10 years old, when God visited me. I am living out my own revelation,” said Hlongwane.

He further claims to have been confined to his house for 22 years, leaving only once in a while.

Councillor of the ward where Hlongwane lives, Museinkosi Qwabe, said the local community was afraid of what was happening at Hlongwane’s house.

“Hlongwane and his followers keep to themselves. They remain locked up in the house all day and people are scared to approach it. You are lucky if you see a follower leave the house and that is usually to head into town to buy food and supplies,” said Qwabe.

Hlongwane said that in time he will be able to predict the Lotto numbers, as well as perform great miracles.

“Nobody thought Jesus would arrive in such a manner. I am now just waiting for instructions from God and I will turn the world upside down,” said Hlongwane.

Since the 1800s, a string of men have claimed to be Jesus Christ. The most recent is Alan John Miller from Queensland, Australia.

A former IT specialist, Miller also believes his wife Mary Luck is in fact Mary Magdalene, and that both of them have been alive for over 2 000 years in various bodies and spiritual states.

His organisation is called Divine Truth and accepts donations via credit card from its website.

David Koresh, who led the Branch Davidian religious sect, believed he was the son of God. In 1993, the compound was raided by U.S. law enforcement. Koresh and over 70 other people, including 21 children, died in the subsequent stand-off.

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