Unification Church Rev. Moon Dies, Netizens Discuss his Legacy

Rev. Moon Sun-myung

From Daum:

Unification Church leader Reverend Moon Sun-myung (92) died today. Rev. Moon was hospitalized on the 31st of August in an intensive care due to pneumonia

Rev. Moon founded ‘The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity’ in May of 1954. While the mission exists in 194 countries, in South Korea there are approximately 20,000 believers and over 3 million worldwide.

Having an influence world over, the Unification Church has reaches in manufacturing, construction and automobile, in addition to education, culture, social welfare, and media. Rev. Moon has been able to amass enormous wealth but has been accused of heresy due to his self-proclaimed Returned Messiah status.

Born on the 6th of January, 1920, he was the second of 13 siblings from North Pyongan Province [in what is now North Korea]. He returned from Japan in 1945 after the Korea’s liberation. The following year he initiated the Spiritual Mystery movement and was imprisoned by the Communist Party in 1948.

In 1954 he moved his Church to Seoul and started the World Christian Spiritual Unification Association. By the late 1950s he sent out missionaries to Japan and the United States, visiting over 40 countries in person in 1965. His missionary work in the United States started in earnest in the early 1970s and started the Unification Theological School.

In 1976 before the Washington Monument Rev. Moon organized a mass rally with over 300,000 people in attendance, which earned him the Man of the Year title by Newsweek. The following year he founded News World Communications and the Washington Times. In 1989 in Seoul he started the Segye Ilbo. In 1990 he met Gorbachev in Moscow and in 1991 Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang.

Rev. Moon Sun-myung meets Kim Il Sung

This July he attended the opening of this year’s Peace Cup in Suwon and every month he travelled between South Korea and the United States. In March, he held a wedding sermon for 2,500 international marriages at the Cheongshim World Peace Center.

In 2009, he celebrated his 90th birthday, and was greeted with a big ceremony. North Korea’s Kim Jong Il sent some wild ginseng roots, while (ex) Prime Minister Han Seung-soo sent a congratulatory message and the likes of President Barack Obama, (ex) President George Bush and Japan’s (ex) Prime Minister Nakasone Yasuhiro sent a congratulatory cable. And in June of that year he published the autobiography ‘Peace World Love.’

In recognition of his role in helping tie knots of over 36 million couples between 1960 and 1997, he received the Ig Nobel Economics prize in 2000. In recognition of his role in helping tie knots of over 36 million couples between 1960 and 1997, he received the Ig Nobel Economics prize in 2000. The Ig Nobel Prize is awarded as a satire of the Nobel Prize, and is awarded every year in October before the announcement of the Nobel Prize, for original research or achievements ‘that cannot, or should not, be reproduced.’

Comments from Daum:

순신:

The cult leader who has a spot in the most painful part of hell~~~Hey folks~your guest has died~~~~

salina:

Cults should disappear

고향설:

Called himself a Messiah and asked his members to donate, so that makes him a swindler. With that money he did his business world over.

푸잉:

Who knows if the Unification Church will rule the world in 2000 years and if Rev. Moon will rise from the dead in 3 days?

Amen:

It’s true that anyone can acknowledge he was the leader of a cult.. but compared to other gae-dok pastors he actually did many admirable things..He was better than those gae-dok ministers who love money..

일지매:

Still better than 2MB

후니아이:

Although Moon Sun-myung has been the subject of hurls of abuse, he is still a much better person than those gae-doks in the Christian Council of Korea, because charitable work the Unification Church has been providing far outperforms that of the gae-doks. Do you guys know why the Unification Church is internationally respected? But Koreans should always keep in mind that the Unification Church is still part of fucking Christianity.

글럽만 에이스:

A Messiah? What ji-ral. You resurrected? In that case I’ll convert

물끓여닭잡자:

Is he regarded as a heresy because he impersonated the Messiah? What if heaven actually exists? What if you guys simply didn’t realize that Moon was actually a Messiah? Do you guys think Korean churches doing business by selling god’s name is legitimate? Fuck you. Just as you guys are brainwashed idiots, the Unification Church is just about the same.

시포아빠:

The pot calls the kettle back. I’m an atheist, but the Unification Church did not harm to anyone. But you gae-doks come to people’s home and say bullshit and cause noise pollution in public places like in the subway or subway stations. You guys do not deserve it so just shut the fuck up. Buddhists and Catholics criticize those gae-doks.

이영희:

40 years ago when people of the world asked what ‘Korea’ was, you are the one who said that the world will revolve around Korea, and that Korean Hangul will become a common alphabet. You are the best and most meritorious vassal who made Korea known to the world. And no matter what you may say… You were the slander of Christianity. What a great person you were.

mikekye:

Self-proclaimed Jesus, even God dies!

이성적인인간:

I’m Christian but I’ve seen so many corrupt pastors. Wherever you go, good and evil are always around. My father, who used to work for a school as a headmaster said Moon treated senior citizens so nicely by hiring more than 20 automobiles and send them on nice trips. He never preached to anyone and he never talked about the church.

도토리:

Rest in peace. He was a human being after all, so don’t swear at the guy. To an average person, there is no difference between the Unification or the regular Christian Church.

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  • Ruaraidh

    In the land of the religious, the mad man is king…

    • Brett Sanbon

      I didn’t know that lil’ Kim up north and the guy were buddies.

  • Brett Sanbon

    Brilliant businessman.

  • Stories of butts

    He has a cool name, Rev. Moon.

    • Stories of butts

      had.

  • wacky

    he is going to rise again in 3 year.

  • wacky

    looks like what he sold was more expensive than judas’

  • 참을 수 없는 존재의 가벼움

    Diffrent from critical commentators, I do not want to make a negative comment because no one can deny his religious activities as long as religious freedom is guaranteed and his religious mission does not cause apparent social evils.

    You might think his eccentric religious claim would be much better than bloody sectarian conflict between extremists that take place almost every day.

    His outstanding clout for a religious man need to be found in his vast success in the corporate world. Without such an accomplishment, his ostensibly groundless argument that he was visited by Jesus Christ and conferred the mission that the latter left incomplete would evaporate without popluar attention.

    In this sense, he has more of a flair for enterpreneurship, than the ability for religious inspiration, though his religious organization may be the buttress for his commercial success.

    • wacky

      well the marriage and affair between religion, business and politic have been going on for centuries.
      i think christian churches are one of the most ironic example, as we know that jesus was sold by judas for a very small amount of money but this people sell jesus for hundreds of million times more than that

      • wacky

        and a christian who claim that he is a messiah, just what kind of bible did he read???

        • mr. wiener

          “He’s not the messiah. He’s a very naughty boy”.

          • 참을 수 없는 존재의 가벼움

            who cares about that? He was in spotlight from many people, including high-profile figures not because of his absurd claim of himself as messiah but because of his corporate success, and ensuing enormous influences.

            There are millions of nerds believing themselves to be something unimaginable.

          • wacky

            then how much of his wealth could be attributed to his claim?
            because we know that many of the famous evangelists are actually taking money from the people they fooled to build their own business yet the people stupidly keep supporting them.
            one example was the recent case in singapore where a pastor took money from the church to fund his wife singing carrier.

          • 참을 수 없는 존재의 가벼움

            You are right to a degree. But my contention is that defrauding some money from credulous or innocent believers make a bogus religious organization flourish to some extent but in order for a religious organization to move into a bigger one with wide-ranging influences, frauds could be a self-destoying tool because disenchanted believers could report their frauded cases to the police.

            Anyway, I do not think the Unification Church can attribute its prosperity mainly to its religious theory with little persuasion.

        • vetomon

          Only christian messiah is Obama, you will know.

  • http://I-nomad.com I-nomad

    May God bless his Seoul

  • Cleo

    That picture looks like bumping bears – so cute! Hahaha!

  • Sae Yoon

    I can assure you Rev. moon didn’t grow up Christian.

  • Yohan

    The Unification Church has broken up many families by brainwashing people in to believing that bullshit of religion. It is a cult and it’s shameful to make money through religion no matter what good they may have done.

  • Bubbabuoie

    No one is going to mention the millions of dollars he stole while leaving his followers naked on a hillside waiting for the end of world?

  • lonetrey

    Self-proclaimed messiah? Not sure what Christianity’s stance is on this situation… Lead a life where you help people, help many people find Christianity, and etc, but commit (heresy?) something like this.

    I won’t pretend to understand Christianity perfectly, but all I know is what many Christians have told me; it’s not about how much good you do, but about your faith…?

    It’s hard to understand sometimes.

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