In 1958, Krishna Venta (pictured above) was “suicide bombed by two disgruntled former followers who accused Venta of mishandling cult funds and having been intimate with their wives.” As we can see, money and sex appear to be the motivators for a significant number of these would-be messiahs, as is power, of course, which would be , as, according to Christianity, Jesus is the omnipotent or all-powerful God.
In the latter instances, these individuals are too often the source of considerable distress and danger, not only to themselves but also to their families, friends and followers.In this regard, two recent cases of men claiming to be Jesus Christ have ended in tragedy.1934) Yahweh ben Yahweh (1935–2007) Laszlo Toth (b. Other examples of violent outcomes include Jim Jones – who “claimed to be the reincarnation of Jesus, Akhenaten, Buddha, Vladimir Lenin and Father Divine” – and Marshall Applewhite of “Heaven’s Gate” notoriety, both of whose followers allegedly committed mass suicide.At Waco, Texas, David Koresh of Branch Davidian infamy holed up in a “compound,” which was burned to the ground, killing dozens of men, women and children trapped inside.A paper on “Jerusalem syndrome” in the (20-90) seeks to describe the condition as “a unique acute psychotic state.” The Society of Biblical Literature defines the syndrome as a “clinical psychiatric diagnosis first identified in the 1930s by Dr.
Heinz Herman, one of the founders of modern psychiatric research in Israel.” During holidays and other times of the year, along with milestones like the turn of the millennium in 2000, Israel’s hospitals and mental institutions experience a surge of such persons suffering a psychotic breakdown.
“He was able to convince them that they had to behave in certain ways to satisfy his economic and sexual needs,” Myrna Garcia, an activist with the Support Network for Cult Victims, told CNN.
The Spanish cult leader Gonzalez de Arriba thus claimed to be Jesus Christ, and his followers willingly provided him with money and sex slaves.
In 1984, Aum Shinrikyo cult leader Shoko Asahara (b.
1955) convinced his followers to release sarin gas in a Tokyo subway and was subsequently sentenced to death.
For centuries since the alleged advent of Jesus Christ, many people have believed that they are the “second coming” of the Jewish messiah, creating followings of devotees who likewise become convinced of these individuals’ claim to divinity.