They call it a story of greed, deceit and herd madness. Over the last couple of months there has been a series of BBC podcasts with the title: The Missing Cryptoqueen.
It has to do with the sudden disappearance of Dr Ruja Ignatova, founder of the amazing cryptocurrency scheme OneCoin, who persuaded investors all around the world to part with somewhere in the region of £4bn.
In 2016 Dr Ruja went on a worldwide tour which included a dazzling appearance at Wembley. What the podcast team uncovered was the remarkable success that Dr Ruja had achieved in spreading her message around the world in a very short space of time attracting major investors from 175 countries. At the end of the day the Department of Justice called OneCoin: “an old-fashioned pyramid scheme.”
I confess I couldn’t help seeing something of an analogy over against what you might term a “ChristoCurrency”. What exactly do I mean? Well, the operative currency of Christianity, at the end of the day, is that of faith. And this currency of Christian faith was also one that spread extremely quickly across multiple continents and numerous countries.
Jesus is the one man at the top of the pyramid, if you like, and He might be called: The Missing CryptoKing. Missing because Jesus Christ, the founder, has gone for now where we cannot follow and Crypto because, with Christianity, there is a level of hiddenness which necessarily requires one to seek in order to find and only then after that invest oneself in the currency of faith.
I suppose, as ever, the proof of the pudding is always going to be in the eating and whilst the jury has now given its verdict on the OneCoin pyramid we know that the pyramid of Christianity has successfully stood the test of thousands of years and millions of investors.