relights the fire and reconstitutes the deity!
While many religions offer
immortality in one form or the other, the Coherent Church is unique in
promising immortality in body as well as spirit.
There is no question that
the donation of an individual's assets to the Church is a small price to
pay for the unique benefit offered. The few instances of failure by a
Church member to achieve immortality have been clearly attributed to the
breach of one or more Church commandments. Satisfaction among followers is
high, and none of those who failed have made
While some find the
prohibition of sex to be demanding, desire fades after a few years of
abstinence and disciples soon begin to enjoy the Coherent diet of insects
and vegetables. Some are uncomfortable at the thought of living forever in
imperfect bodies. However, the Coherent lifestyle, which includes a strict
diet, no sex and regular manual labor, will in time make the body perfect.
Coherents experience neither death nor sickness. Illness, which rarely
occurs, is treated by spiritual consultation or, if that fails, by
With its roots in Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, Coherence is
the spiritual movement of the new millennium, the concept that combines
the non-theistic teachings of the East with the theistic moralities of the
West. Coherence explains the elusiveness of God by the example
of a shattered crystal pitcher, each fractured shard being like an
individual self seeking the whole of which it once was part. The
Universe of space and time is decaying from a state of incorruptible
wholeness. Yet, according to the teaching of the Immortal Father,
the Bishop of our Church who was formerly known as Cass Revere, the process is reversible. The ultimate
destiny of the human race is to stop entropy by achieving corporeal
immortality, a step that will commence the Raveling of the Universe, or,
in other words, reverse the arrow of time. The advent of human
consciousness was the first step. The second step was the
founding of the Coherent Church. The final step will be when a sufficient
number of humans have achieved immortality. To abolish death means
also to abolish birth. From this premise it will be obvious that the total
prohibition of sex and thus procreation becomes an essential and
The head of the Church, the Immortal Father, rules by consensus with a
council of seven. Recognizing the differences of the sexes, the
leadership of the Church utilizes the talents of both to best advantage.
Men graduate to become Masters, destined for active service to the Church
wherever in the world their calling may take them. Women, graduating
as Sisters, usually serve within the home community, but they alone
are eligible to become future leaders as High Mothers of the Church.
While the Immortal Father is
the sole head, serving to guide and inspire the members and to define the
sacred laws, the seven High Mothers of the High Council comprise the
executive authority, entrusted with the interpretation of his teaching and
in ensuring the just and efficient enactment of his laws.
Those who progress through the
levels of Novitiate and Apprenticeship to join the Coherent priesthood
learn to reverse the cycle of death, decay and rebirth by choosing
immortality through total celibacy and a Coherent lifestyle.
Becoming Coherent means the
abandonment of incoherence and the opening of the human consciousness to a purposeful new
focus and understanding. Through the process of "congruance" (the unique
psycho-spiritual therapy program patented by the Church), Coherents learn to
change their consciousness by an advanced visualization technique combined
with meditation, diet and discipline.
At the secular level, the
Church teaches a revolutionary code of social justice. Sickness that
cannot be cured by the healing power of the Church is treated as a crime,
punishable by public humiliation, imprisonment or, occasionally, beating.
Since diet becomes part of an immortal body, strict rules apply.
The consumption of the flesh of fish,
fowl or animal, or any produce thereof, is forbidden. Instead, Church members
obtain protein needs from the consumption of
insects, which are key ingredients of many popular Coherent recipes.
At the spiritual level,
members of the church open their inner selves to the source of infinite
power through the mental and physical exercises prescribed by the Immortal Father.
While the Immortal Father's present condition is
a mystery, Coherent theologians teach us that a full
understanding is attainable only at the higher levels of