A Question I Was Asked:



What is the 'Order of the Solar Temple'?







The Question:

What is the 'Order of the Solar Temple'? I am told this is a forbidden organization in several countries. Can you explain?


UK Apologetics Reply:

This is a cult and a very extreme and dangerous one.

'The Order of the Solar Temple' (so-called) is a cultish secret society based upon the modern myth of the continuing existence of the Knights Templar. The group, sometimes known by slightly differing names, was started by Joseph Di Mambro and Luc Jouret in 1984 in Geneva under its original name of l'Ordre International Chevaleresque de Tradition Solaire, later being renamed Ordre du Temple Solaire. However, some historians allege that the Solar Temple originates with French author Jacques Breyer who established a Sovereign Order of the Solar Temple in 1952. In 1968, a schismatic order was renamed the Renewed Order of the Solar Temple (ROTS) under the leadership of French right-wing political activist Julien Origas.

According to "Peronnik" (a pseudonym of temple member Robert Chabrier) in his book, "Pourquoi la Resurgence de l'Ordre du Temple? Tome Premier: Le Corps" ("Why a Revival of the Order of the Solar Temple? Vol. One: The Body") 1975, pp. 147-149,[1] the aims of the Order of the Solar Temple included: establishing "correct notions of authority and power in the world"; an affirmation of the primacy of the spiritual over the temporal; assisting humanity through a great "transition"; preparing for the Second Coming of Jesus as a solar god-king; and furthering a unification of all Christian churches and Islam. The group has also reportedly drawn some inspiration from the teachings of British occultist Aleister Crowley, who headed the Order of Eastern Temple from 1923 until his death in 1947, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

It is said that in 1994 a three month old baby was killed at the group's centre in Morin Heights, Quebec. The baby had been stabbed repeatedly with a wooden stake. It is believed that Joseph Di Mambro ordered the murder, because he identified the baby as the Anti-Christ described in the Bible. He believed that the Anti-Christ was born into the order to prevent Di Mambro from succeeding in his spiritual aim.

A few days later, Di Mambro and twelve followers performed a ritual Last Supper. A few days after that, apparent mass suicides and murders were conducted at Cheiry and Salvan, two villages in Western Switzerland, and at Morin Heights 15 inner circle members committed suicide with poison, 30 were killed by bullets or smothering, and 8 others were killed by other causes. In Switzerland, many of the victims were found in a secret underground chapel lined with mirrors and other items of Templar symbolism. The bodies were dressed in the order's ceremonial robes and were in a circle, feet together, heads outward, most with plastic bags tied over their heads; they had each been shot in the head. It is believed that the plastic bags were a symbol of the ecological disaster that would befall the human race after the OTS members moved on to Sirius. It is also believed that these bags were used as part of the OTS rituals, and that members would have voluntarily worn them without being placed under duress. There was also evidence that many of the victims in Switzerland were drugged before they were shot. Other victims were found in three ski chalets; several dead children were lying together. The tragedy was discovered when officers rushed to the sites to fight the fires which had been ignited by remote-control devices. Farewell letters left by the believers stated that they believed they were leaving to escape the "hypocrisies and oppression of this world."

Not surprisingly, the Order of the Solar Temple is now an illegal organisation in several countries, although the group can be difficult to spot because of the continuous variations in its name. All sensible and right-minded people should refuse all connections with this especially unpleasant group.

Robin A. Brace. January 5th, 2012.



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