The Rosicrucian Fellowship

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The Rosicrucian Fellowship was founded by Max Heindel in 1909 when he wrote and translated German teachings into a book called “The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception” (Heindel). After the new religion began to take off and official place of worship was found in 1911 and the temple was called “The Ecclesia” based on its location, Mount Ecclesia in Oceanside, California. The original purpose of “The Ecclesia” was for spiritual healing, but later turned into a place of worship too. Initially, the Rosicrucian Fellowship was based off the Order of the Rose Cross, which dates back to 1313, whose mission was to unite Christianity and prepare it for the future. Over time the Order of the Rose Cross slowly molded into the Rosicrucian Fellowship and while …show more content…
When considering the second element “They are in conflict with the society around them.” Once again this doesn’t hold true, if anything the goal of the Rosicrucian Fellowship is to unify Christianity not stand against it. When considering the third element, “They have an apocalyptic doctrine.” The Rosicrucian Fellowship believe in reincarnation where you are born twice ever 1000 years and each time your soul is a better version of what it was previously. All so that way in the end when the Second Coming happens your soul will be pure. Essentially there is no dooms day end for them. When considering the fourth element “They demand absolute devotion of the followers.” This doesn’t hold true either, the members can choose to leave or stay whenever they please with no repercussions. And you don’t really have to be a member to be included in the teachings. When considering the fifth element “They are premised on the mind of the leader.” The man who started the religion was basing it off of the Oder of the Rose Cross, none of this was his original idea. And it was one of the Elders of the Order of the Rose Cross they told him to do this and spread the wisdom. When considering the sixth element, “They …show more content…
It is just really in depth and has a plan for each stage of your life, but because of that aspect it answers questions that maybe regular Christian denominations couldn’t answer for the individual. The only way I could think as to why some people would consider it a cult would be because the man that created the “The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception” wasn’t divinely inspired therefore it could be taken as him writing a religion based on his own views and ideals, but that is not what happened in this case. The main reason this religion is appealing to many people is because it answers that question that many religions cannot answer, which is “Why am I here?” Most religions will say it was God’s plan and that only he knows, whereas in the Rosicrucian Fellowship you can find out more about yourself and why you are here through their study. Based on this fact I do not consider the Rosicrucian Fellowship to be a

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