Random thoughts on a variety of subjects
What no one has really done anywhere that I have seen… is to take an analytical look at the total wackiness of the Wayne Bent religion. It isn’t really based on anything where any sort of consistent logic could be applied. While I am not a follower of some of those somewhat strange (to a Lutheran or Presbyterian) Christian variations (like the Assembly of God and those holy-rolling Pentecostals)… they do have some semblance of a logical structure to their interpretations. They take a set of writings, say that’s their authority and read it and get their beliefs out of it following some sequential steps and fairly reasonable conclusions (based on their own theological precepts which they establish and which are able to be taught to others).
But, Bent’s religion is the craziest hodgepodge that I think anyone has ever seen (no one seems to call any attention to this particular strangeness about what he has done to those people). His prophesies come (only partly) from the Bible. But, while it’s the same Bible others use, he comes up with his “way out” predictions and pronouncements just by taking lines completely out of context from wherever it suits his fancy (and then explaining them with his own unique brand of distorted reasoning).
The most glaring example is his use of a verse in the old testament book of Daniel, where it says, ” in that day, seven women will take ahold of one man” which goes on telling about what those women will do in that ancient time. That was an accounting about the citizens of a country, back in those Biblical days, where, after a protracted war, there would be a shortage of men and how the women who were left could then have a respectable life according to their customs, enabling them to not have the stigma of being “single.” But, Bent corrupted that, saying that the Bible, in that obscure mention, was talking about seven women who were coincidentally seven young ladies living right there on his New Mexico land ( he understood it to be saying those local women were meant to “take ahold” of Bent). It is sort of reminisent of Charles Manson, thinking the Beatles song, Helter Skelter, had a message for him. And then Bent mixed that seven women verse with excerpts from the book of Solomon, which, although full of metaphors, is really just simply a picture of idealized married love. But, Bent twisted it to be a guide for those seven young women from his group how to have illicit sex with him, turning a section from that simple Bible book into own his definition of a bizarre physical marriage with “God” (he said that was him). He then took lines out of the new testament book of Revelation (unrelated to anything else he used with it) and combined that with the other other verses, coming up with whatever meaning he wished (but, all somehow relating to women getting naked with him and having repeated sexual intercourse sessions) . And in another annoying (to a writer) example of weirdness, he called the sex, “consummations.” Now that word is actually dictionary defined as only the very first sex in a marriage, but for Bent, he appropriated it to mean having sex many times (seemingly trying to make it not sound quite so prurient) .
Plus, he blended all of those silly mix-and-matched verses with astrology. And here was his logic on that… because there were some astrologists mentioned in the Bible, although there was no advice there to follow them, but concerning other people using them. But, Wayne used that as a justification for him to become an astrologist. And then he combined that with Jesus saying that signs would be in the heavens. He took that offhand Jesus remark (which was not talking about astrology) to be a concrete teaching that we should follow astrology (to the point of tracking it with charts and making predictions, just like those avid new-age followers of the signs of the Zodiac). He kept track of daily astrological charts and related it to him and his own sign (Taurus) and blended that with all his “predictions.”
Then he mixed all of that with snippets from the dead sea scrolls and then threw in his conclusions that everything in the Bible centered around his little group in New Mexico (they even enacted the Bible story about some symbolic angels pouring out the plagues) and wrote that all the strange predictions from Revelation somehow related to people he knew (like a former follower, who saw the demented evil in all this and blew the whistle, becoming someone who was actually mentioned in Revelation). But, then when the predictions actually described in Revelation (from the pouring out of the plagues) didn’t come true (like the total destruction of the monetary system or two “witnesses” dying), he came up with strange explanations, just based on some current events like inflation (or wait now, it’s the recession) or the BBC documentarian, Ben Anthony, causing his girlfriends’ “reputations” to die.
What is even more confounding to any reasonable person is that, while there were many, who did see right through of this, that were were 50 or more who bought it all and who still act like he is in fact, God incarnate.