this morning I returned to your site, because I remembered that yes, there was a rare mention of the end of the world during the weekly sermon from the head master. The reason it did not register in my head was because I could not take it seriously. In fact, I laughed openly - and now it explains why the head master did not particularly like me.
My take on this was that the head master, who was a colorful figure, was a born spiritual seeker, and before Chun Do he was a devout christian. In fact, initially he came to the US to study at a christian university somewhere in Texas, but then came across Chun Do - maybe in TX or maybe during his trip home - and became an ardent devotee. And so, when he gave his weekly sermon at the center, to me it had an obvious christian slant (like he would urge us, the upper-middle class Americans, not to kill and not to steal, which I found hilariously funny) - I interpreted it as his own personal addition to the Daoist philosophy of Chun Do, while his sermons I also took as an out of place expression of his old dream to be a preacher. I took his mentioning of the end of the world in the same grain. But then he never stressed it, probably because it did not go well with us.
Regarding the fraud, the word implies intentional deception, but you have to take into the account that they absolutely believed in what they were saying and their goal was to fulfill the "command from heaven", which superseded all other considerations. They believe - and I too agree - that the world is a better place now, because they built that center, and this may be interpreted as "the ki of the world became stronger" or better. They believed that by donating to the construction of the center, the people would be rewarded from heaven. But of course, it does not work this way. In my experience on the spiritual path, after you have achieved a certain level, the more you expect a reward, the more likely it is to turn into a punishment, as if to tell that doing good deeds should be a natural act comming from the inner need and not a means of getting something yummy in return. And so, from the secular point of view I understand why it was seen as fraud (even though I do not agree just from the definition of the word), but from their point of view, they wanted to make good to those who donated and to the world at large. I am not condoning nor condemning either side, only understanding both.
Isn't it possible that "everyway they could" involved scaring members into thinking the world would end and promising them they would be saved if they paid enough money?
See, this is too hard a take on a soft situation. None of us was scared about the end of the world, this I can assure you. You too have to consider that painting something in such harsh tones makes you very much like the worst of "them", meaning fanatic fundamentalists of any denomination, just what you are fighting on your site - also in order to make a world a better place, from your point of view. See what I mean?
And please note that Kihealth is a registered charity in the UK. Charity's do not raise money any way they can and spend that money on themselves.
I'm sure they must be also registered as a charity in the US, just like the catholic church, who have collected and amassed far more $ than Chun Do. They believe that they built their center for the world, not for themselves, just like the churches are built for the people.
No disagreement there, I'm sure he did like large numbers, especially with dollar signs in from of them.
Your overly stress on the $ is not appropriate. There is more to life than $. Ancestor training did not do much for me - I wanted to experience it out of curiosity more than anything else. But for my acquaintance, it blue his mind away, because on the first day of the training, his son, with whom he had not spoken, despite his many attempts, in over 10 years, called on his own accord and spoke amicably. From your point of view, it was "just a coincidence", but from his point of view it was nothing short of a miracle and worth far more than what he had paid. See, it is worth to become "a member of a cult" just to experience certain amazing things about the world, which do not yield to explanation easily, and a life lived without even one such experience, IMO, is seriously lacking.
I don't recall branding anyone an idiot.
I was referring to the first video on the page, about the poor idiots.
You said you were an ex-devotee, if you don't mind what made you leave the group?
The master with the amazing skill of ki left to Korea just as my relationship with the head master was getting more tense.