Quote from Hanifa: Dear ReadersFrom a purely human standpoint, devoid of any depth of understanding and based upon mere ocular evidence, one can comprehend how it is that those of you who have had such a problem with the S*E*X aspect of Strong City might have grown imaginations regarding those events that have gone "hog-wild", as Anaiah so aptly put it.
My thought-processes function quite well I think, but try as I might, I am unable to "see" things the way you all seem to. I do not understand why (if this is not about sex and sexual attraction)the only ones Wayne Bent was called to consummate with are either beautiful and/or young women. This disparity is quite obvious to even a casual observer. Why weren't any men, homely women, or old women in need and worthy of at the very least a healing? I also wonder how all of you will feel 5, 10 or 20 years from now if the promised journey has not yet come to fruition? To be honest, I think there has been more focus within your group on the "messenger" Wayne Bent than on God. Your group is in no way unique in this...I see it quite a lot where the charasmatic pastor of a church seems to become more of a deity than God himself.
I think the purpose of the name calling is to sort of "dehumanize" everyone else, so their perspective holds less weight. The multiple uses of the word swine also reminds me of a saying my mom used to use "thou protesteth too much", which to her meant she had struck a nerve. I think what has been said on this blog has struck a nerve and for that reason has put them all on the defensive.
Bethabara said: As in the Bible and other times in history, now and then God calls people to physically act out a spiritual truth, as a strong "visual aid" in order to help people "get it." Why is this spiritual truth, then, not acted out on anyone but attractive and/or young girls and women. Why not men, why not older/less attractive woman? I think this act is not spiritual, but of the flesh.