Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ambassador College Academic Center Totally Demolished

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Standing where the Fine Arts Hall used to be


Douglas Becker said...

There are those who live off of the legacy of the lunacy of Herbert Armstrong.

This should give them a moment's pause.

DennisCDiehl said...

Buddhism makes more sense than the materialists of the COG. Jesus may be coming "soon" but they like their stuff. It all goes away. Remember this Dave

"The origin of suffering is attachment.

The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things and the ignorance thereof. Transient things do not only include the physical objects that surround us, but also ideas, and -in a greater sense- all objects of our perception. Ignorance is the lack of understanding of how our mind is attached to impermanent things. The reasons for suffering are desire, passion, ardour, pursuit of wealth and prestige, striving for fame and popularity, or in short: craving and clinging. Because the objects of our attachment are transient, their loss is inevitable, thus suffering will necessarily follow. Objects of attachment also include the idea of a "self" which is a delusion, because there is no abiding self. What we call "self" is just an imagined entity, and we are merely a part of the ceaseless becoming of the universe.'

Head Usher said...

It Won't Be Long Now

Words & music: Flotsam Jutsum

It won't be long now till the cam-pus we see
Is all his-to-ry, it won't be long.
It won't be long now till the COGs rest in peace
And troubles have ceased, it won't be long.

The sheep will no longer dwell with the liar,
The shepherd will not prey on the flock.
The wolf and the bear will no longer be hired,
Little child, it won't be long now.

It won't be long now till the COGs are all gone
With all of their wrong, it won't be long.
It won't be long now till the children will smile
And laugh all the while, it won't be long.


Secular-Humanist-Buddhist said...

A follow up to Dennis' comment: The PBS special on Buddha and Buddhism is available to view on the internet. Just type "Buddha and PBS" into Google to get it. It dispels some of the misunderstandings about Buddhism.

Byker Bob said...

A cleansing has taken place.


Anonymous said...

These pics set off unresolvable, save by just letting things be as they are, pain in me. Wrong decisions when younger , too soon old...too late smart stuff.

Corky said...

Meanwhile, the monuments to the Pharaohs and the Sun God, over in Egypt, still stand.

What was that about laying up treasures upon the earth? And that other thing about selling everything and giving it to the poor so that you have treasure in heaven?

Oh yeah, now I remember, that was that old silly Jesus talking...

Anonymous said...

The ironic thing is, it's easier for me to act like that silly old Jesus now that Armstrongism is out of the picture. Even though I am not christian anymore, I think there is something inherently valuable about some of those things that Jesus, as well as other great teachers, are recorded as having said, such as giving to the poor. I think it's valuable because, when done wisely, it's civilizing, not because of any "treasure in heaven" garbage. If humanity is going to survive in an increasingly technological society, it is imperative we move, as a species, in civilizing directions. However Armstrongism isn't alone among religions that encourage people to be less civilized. If we're not careful, far from any "treasure in heaven," stupid, violent, delusional religions will lead the extinction of us all.

Glenn said...

Will someone be coming in to spread salt all over the place?

Glenn Parker

Byker Bob said...

As a student, I was corrected for always wanting to take the more secular courses, and the correction involved being compelled to take both second and third year Bible during my sophomore year. This was highly irregular, since normally completing second would have been considered prerequisite to being admitted to third. This, happening to a more technically orientated individual than philosophical. I hated it.

Though, in my WCG home, no other college would have been permitted unless first being rejected by Ambassador, I really wish in retrospect that I had fought to go to a real university to study automotive engineering, since that was my first love. As things worked out, my career has been involved with some pretty awesome high tech equipment, so AC/WCG didn't end up being a total career ripoff. But, it's certainly something I had to fight for. Would have been nicer and easier had there been some positive encouragement and mentoring consistent with one's real aptitudes.

The biggest event in my memories surrounding the buildings just demolished is that one of them contained the auditorium where we were taught the three math
equations proving that Jesus would return in 1975.


Anonymous said...

I remember what WCG used to say about Buddhism. They said it was a way to control the masses of poor people so they would be content with their lowly positions, hoping for better things in the next life. There is an element of truth in this. Of course AC was an expert in discrediting all other religions.
As far as giving to the poor, remember when Jesus said "the poor will always be with us", think this was about preparing his last meal. This always sticks in my mind when I see some wasted drug addict begging. At least in Jesus day the poor were genuinely poor, like people in the third world today. The Bible does give a mixed message about working hard vs. not caring about possessions. It is pretty obvious which side WCG was on, and HWA was very driven towards prosperity and human wealth. Church members were encouraged to value success because the church needed more money.