Thanks again^ Nice puzzle
Any idea if it was expensive?
Getting back to the organic food thing and general health drive:
The man was a super health nut 65% of his sermon revolved around health. This guy would talk all day about organic food in the year 2000 before the craze started ... He did a sermon on the whole book of matthew it took like 3 years. It was a lot of boring stuff but it all had to correlate with health and chewing food and the word of god was mental food.
He did own organic farms at the time, right? That sounds like a business man trying to sell a product. Organic food is a subject you don't often hear coming from the pulpit of a church. You did mention he spent three years trying to link it all to Mathew's Gospel. It sounds to me like he wanted to make sales and then went over parts of the Bible looking for bits that could help him.
And another AHAE-related comment. Given he gave all these sermons and presented himself as a Bible scholar etc, I find it pretty strange that his biography on http://ahae.com/introduction
which by all accounts was written by members of the church, makes no mention of religion or of his church. Of course, it doesn't mention his 4 years in jail either.
And sorry, I know we agreed AHAE wasn't really relevant to your involvement and experience, but having been in that room where those 2.7 million photos were taken, was the view out that one window anything special? There are lots of views of animals and a small lake in those photos. You can see some in the above link. Do you think it likely those photos were taken from the one window in that room? I haven't been there myself, and I've heard reporters who were given access to the compound were not allowed in that room, which strikes me as a little strange and quite suspicious. Do you recall seeing beautiful water views and perhaps lots of animals from any of the windows in that room?
I'm also curious about the teachings of the church. There's this idea that once salvation has been given, it cannot be taken away no matter what sins are committed. The topic is covered in a couple of the English versions of Kwon's speeches posted on the EBC site. All these other groups considered Korean cults, and it's a defining characteristic of all cults, have exclusive doctrine or ideas that shows that the particular group possesses the only path to god/salvation/happiness etc. Looking back, were there sermons that suggested salvation could only be found within the church?
And were there pushes to encourage large donations from members? One former member told me one day at the compound, members were suddenly all called upon to donate $3,000 each. Do you recall or did you hear about similiar demands/requests?
Thanks again... Sorry, that was quite a lot of questions!