UCG’s lack of self-awareness knows no bounds. While claiming to know pretty much everything and promoting their ministers as experts on virtually any subject, they reveal a painful lack of consistency, logic or internal analysis when blithering about how horrible “the world” is.
This time, UCG is once again attempting to muddle the term “cult” even further, which it’s attempted to do before.
Beyond Today‘s Roger Berendt has this wonderful little gem about how choice isn’t really for you, and that it pretty much leads to the holocaust:
Every Jewish person would be familiar with a saying in the Talmud (a compilation of teachings and opinions of rabbis) that is as follows: “Whoever saves a single life saves a whole world.” There has been a very strong attempt to preserve the lives of Jewish people ever since the terrible years of the Holocaust. Yet, over two million babies have been aborted in Israel alone – and the millions of Jewish people living in the USA, Canada and other nations have added huge numbers to that score. Abortion is a hot topic of debate. Those who favor it are labeled “pro-choice.” That choice is whether they want to have the baby or not – it is not a choice the baby makes.
Besides being a hugely WTF opening to an article, its equation of abortion of the holocaust seems to suggest that human freewill and choice pretty much inevitably ends in genocide.
After bashing abortion rights, he then lists off everything that’s wrong with the world, which ironically includes religious cults, which he helps to run:
Children resist the teaching and direction parents give and all of us seem to want to decide for ourselves the course we will travel. We want to be independent. We can amass a number of excellent reasons for the decisions we make and cloak our choices with what we call freedom. We want to continue to live as we please, but not have to pay the price.
Lifestyles that include the gay community, religious cults and premarital and extramarital sexual encounters are among the areas in which we seem to think we have the right to make choices.
Funny how he lists being gay or sexually active outside of marriage along with cultic behavior. The closeted gay and sexually-active teens and young adults of UCG must really be tripling down on all that sinful choice.
Man’s history is replete with choices that were driven by greed, vanity, emotions, financial gain, search for power and influence, self-gratification, jealousy and pleasure.
And Armstrongite ministers would know after decades of making those kinds of choices. But if you want to follow suit, you are vain and misguided:
Choosing wisely as directed by biblical standards is different than just following the “cult of choice” so acutely popular today. The cult of choice is something forced on us by a number of human conditions that society imposes, by our inner misguided reasoning and longings that may be fueled by incomplete and immature thought patterns and by the simple vain insistence on doing things our own way.
He then bashes scientists for attempting to cure the horrific AIDS epidemic instead of forcing behavioral changes — as if sexual intercourse were the only driver behind HIV infections (it’s not). Also, we’re super close to an HIV vaccine.
Recent cultural pressure shows a demand was made for billions of dollars to be spent in seeking a cure or preventative medicine for AIDS, but not to change the lifestyle that causes the disease.
Will UCG ever post an article that isn’t completely stupid? (spoiler: no)