I Hung Out with Followers of Indonesia’s Self-Proclaimed Doomsday Prophet

By Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja

The biblical Garden of Eden was probably somewhere in modern-day Iraq. But what a lot of people don’t know is that there’s another Eden—a secretive place where people are preparing for the end of the world, right in the middle of the Indonesian capital.

Two weeks ago, I found myself standing at the gates of Eden. I was too afraid to ring the bell. I grew up hearing tales of Jakarta’s Eden, a mysterious cult run by a woman named Lia Eden who claims to have a direct line to God. According to her, God is angry at humanity for allowing religion to ruin the Earth. It’s gotten so bad that the only way forward is for the “purified” few to board a UFO piloted by the Archangel Gabriel and ride to a different Earth, in another galaxy, where we can start civilization over again without the negative effects of religion.

It’s a pretty bold statement to make in a country where blasphemy is illegal, and Lia Eden—her real name is Lia Aminuddin—has actually been jailed twice for insulting religion. It was back in 2005 during her first arrest that I started to hear about Lia Eden and her cult. People were calling her a “misguided,” person who claimed to be a prophet or angel. Others just said she was downright delusional.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. @OP – It’s gotten so bad that the only way forward is for the “purified” few to board a UFO piloted by the Archangel Gabriel and ride to a different Earth, in another galaxy, where we can start civilization over again without the negative effects of religion.

    This would suggest that the members of this cult have heard the word “galaxy”, but have no idea what a galaxy is, or the sort of scale of galactic clusters!

    UFO piloted by the Archangel Gabriel

    Perhaps they are thinking about another solar-system, but with an angel for a biblical UFO pilot, they sound pretty clueless about those as well!

    ride to a different Earth

    Still the “Bible educated” have understood that humans live on a planet called “Earth”, and it also seems that the population media have provided them with the notion of UFO space craft!

    Mind you! I did spot one in that Biblical “documentary film” THE LIFE of BRIAN!

  2. After my time in Australia, I can think of a few Asian airlines which could do with a few pilot-licensed Archangels to improve the standards of their flight crews.

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