Meet 66-year-old Brazilian man Inri Cristo who believes he is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Inri dresses like Jesus, says his mission is to prepare the elect for the formation of the new earthly society, which will strive to fulfill the Creator’s will.
He has spent 35 years preaching and has ‘hundreds of followers’ from around the world, including the UK, Britain and France, some of whom live with him at his ‘church’ compound outside Brasilia.
As ‘Jesus reborn’, he gave himself the name Inri which means – Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews’ and Christo which means – Christ.
‘It is a day when the little sons of the rich can show the gifts they received while the poor children only get a crumb,’ he said. ‘So it is a very sad day for anyone who sees things with the eyes that I see.’
Inri says he first experienced the ‘revelation’ that he was Christ during a religious fast in Santiago, Chile, in 1979.
Since childhood he had been following a powerful voice that ‘speaks in his head’ but it was only on this occasion that it told him:
‘I am your Father. The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob.’
He now runs his own church, the ‘Soust’ (Suprema Ordem Universal da Santmssima Trindade), located on a lush farmland outside of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, which he calls the ‘New Jerusalem’.
He and his followers survive on homegrown fruit like bananas, avocados and mangos as well as a vegetable garden.
There’s also a chapel where Ingra speaks to his followers every Saturday morning and a kennel for the dogs that guard the complex.
Critics believe he is mentally ill – an accusation he firmly denies.
I can be crazy but not dumb. Madness is different from dementia. It is the mother of philosophers, prophets and inventors.