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7th-Jan-2006 03:47 pm
The "UBF=God" equation is really at the heart of the whole UBF calamity.

It stands short for the following beliefs:

UBF is "God's ministry"
UBF leaders are "servants of God"
UBF leaders convey the will of God to you
UBF leaders' commands to you are God's commands to you
UBF leaders' orientation is God's orientation for your life
You need to obey UBF leaders as you would obey God
Training by UBF leaders is training by God

What is "faith" in UBF? Actually it is faith in "UBF=God."

I think this problem deserves its own thread.
In the comment section I will explain more.
8th-Jan-2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
Taken other real life exaples to show the absurdity of such reasoning:

2) ...Some had even just thought "if only God would interfere into my life" or things like that, when the missionaries knocked on their door. ...
Call it selective inattention or whatnot,but when one of a hundred wishes comes true, it doesn't mean you have a lucky streak or you're a lucker overall. Maybe those someone (as we read from their life testimonies) had also wished for success, a partner, better finances or wahtnot - all of it didn't happen. You just need to wish for enough things, chances are, ne of them will come to pass.
This is also called "selective inattention", to forget all the things which didn't come to pass and focus only on the one that did.

Real life example: I need bread for dinner, gas for the car, a new TV programme. So I go to the gas station, grab all these things and say "They got everything there at the gas station!". Forget about the fact that they don't sell electronics there, forget about the fact that gas stations are overpriced, forget about the low quality of the products. They got everything, period.
This is like finding God in UBF.

Therefore, they believe this invitation was a supernatural, miraculous sign that God has chosen UBF as the instrument to save them, and in the following only UBF is the path to God as well.

Ôn Tuesday, I'll get a lottery ticket in my mail again. Should I believe that this is God's way of dealing with my financial situation to make me a millionaire? Of course, this is folly, since everyone will be receiving that ticket and God hasn't ordained everyone to be a millionaire. While SOMEONE will say "This is my success story... I found this lottery ticket and filled it in...", the purpose of sending people those lottery tickets is not to allow them to be millionaires, but to get them to play lotto. Likewise, the UBF invitation is not to bring you to God, but to make you a member of the UBF system (which is why UBF isn't sufficiently happy to "get you saved", but they must make you a UBF "shepherd" to complete their mission).

Sarah Hong once frankly explained to me that to get one Bible study candidate, you simply have to invite 100 students

I heard a nice story one time. Assume you want to make a living as a horse race fortune teller.
You take out the LA phone book, choose a horse race of your choice with 10 horses. Now, you send to everyone in LA a tip, evenly distributed, with the name of one of the ten horses.
In 10% of cases, you WILL BE right, LA is 2 million people, so that's 200,000 for whom you gave the right tip.
Now you take ONLY those whom you sent the right tip the first time, and send them another tip for another horse race.
Again, 10% of the time, you will be right. 20,000 people will have received the right tip.
Now, you do this three times more, and you have 20 people who will swear by their lives that you're a miracle man, a fortune teller, 100% right tips, in five races in a row. That's beyond probability!
Conveniently forget the 1,999,980 people whom you "sorted out" because your tips were wrong, you have 20 testimonies to back you up as "THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE" fortune teller. Take those 20 testimonies and start up your enterprise!
This is exactly what we see in UBF, more often than not, UBF makes a "wrong guess", they offend a person, they're making false assumptions, they get shown the door or whatnot. But a few times, they're right, and taking the testimonies of those select few, they claim that they're doing "God's work" and that their mission turns people out for the better and whatnot.
It's the same thing as the horse racer: let only those of favorable testimony speak, and you get the impression that "there must be something to it".
This is also why UBF doesn't like people reading negative testimonies, because when you all of a sudden start seeing that UBF only shows you a select, limited part of the world, you might get the impression that not really everything is like what they tell you...
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