Early this week we learned about the Church of Bacon, and some of the nine sacred commandments set forth to their followers. It got us thinking about what other unusual religious beliefs and churches exist.
Click through the slideshow above to see the six weirdest religions that actually exist. Continue reading below to get the details about each one.
Church of Bacon
The United Church of Bacon has nine commandments to ensure a life filled with joy and bacon. With over 4,000 members, the organization welcomes all who love bacon to spread the word of “bacon God.”
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Known also as pastafarians, members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster claims to have thousands of worshipers around the world. Pastafarians believe that the world rose from the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Members of the church wear colanders on their heads as a sign of their devotion.
Yes, this was inspired by the Jedi from Star Wars. Some people took the idea of Jedi and The Force, and connected with it on a spiritual level. The Jedi Church believes in a powerful force that binds the universe together. In this religion that force is an innate part of humanity—guiding morality from within.
Apatheists center their practice on the belief that there probably isn’t a God, and if there is one they feel completely apathetic toward his existence. They organize a yearly event to snap bubble wrap as a symbol of their indifference.
Prince Philip Worship
There is an island in the South Pacific called Tanna, whose villagers believe that Prince Philip is literally a living god. His divinity is assumed based on an ancient tale about a mountain spirit who travelled away, but would return after he wedded a powerful woman. Since the Duke of Edinburgh is consort to the Queen, he does seem to fit the description.
Church of Euthanasia
The Church of Euthanasia was inspired by a dream of Reverend Chris Korda. In the dream, he confronted an alien intelligence—The Being—who spoke of Earth’s imminent destruction. Thus was coined the church’s disturbing slogan: Save the Planet – Kill Yourself.