THE UNIFICATION CHURCH
A misinterpretation of the Bible can lead one far away from the revealed truth. Moon is one of misinterpreters of the Bible. Being a member of Presbyterian Church does not make him interpret the Bible correctly. The main purpose of this presentation is not just for the sake of requirement rather to make the hearers alert for the need of faithful interpretation of the Bible to build their firm foundation of Christian faith. The paper does not deal with the detail since the textbook gives them sufficient understanding of the movement. Mainly it deals with a brief history of the founder, the basic teachings of the movement along with presenters' evaluation. Finally, study questions are presented in order to make the hearers examine their position in the Christian faith and learn from the false teachings of Moonies.
1. Brief Lines about the Founder
The Unification Church also known as the Moonies, which named after the founder Sun Myung Moon who was born in North Korea 1920. He was raised in a Presbyterian family and exhibited clairvoyant tendencies during his formative years. Sun Myung Moon means "someone who has clarified the Truth," or "Shining Sun and Moon." He was an electrical engineer. In 1944, Moon married the first of several wives. At this time, his name was Yong. He interacted with spiritualist groups who were awaiting a Korean Messiah. It led him to the official birth of this movement; the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity.
In 1936, at age sixteen, Moon claimed to have received a vision in which Jesus Christ appeared to him, instructing him to complete the task that Jesus had left undone. That is to say, Jesus had "spiritually" redeemed humankind, but his work was cut short when he was arrested and crucified. The task of "physical" redemption remained unfulfilled. Moon began his ministry in Korea from humble origins and claimed a spiritual encounter with Jesus Christ. He gathered followers and public criticism and controversy with accusations of sexual relations with his female members of his church. He has been imprisoned numerous times in his life for varying offences particularly for tax evasion and forgery in the United States in the late 80's. He established the Unification Theological Seminary and maintained churches throughout the world with followers estimated to be over three million worldwide. The followers of this religious group are commonly called "Moonies." Moon believed himself to be the Messiah.
2. Divine Principle
The sacred book of the Unification Church is called The Divine Principle. It is widely accepted in the Unification Church that the author was Hyon Won Eu who was the First President of the Unification Church in Korea. For the members of the Unification Church, the Divine Principle is the ultimate authoritative work. The Divine Principle is known as the completed testament because it supposedly contains the present truth for this age, which heretofore had never been revealed. It is said to be revealed directly to Moon by Jesus Christ, along with the Bible. It is considered to be the "third testament" and superior to the Bible. Even the Divine Principle is not the complete. It is said, "What is revealed in this book is only part of the new truth and as times goes on, deeper parts of the truth will be continually revealed." This group practices allegorical interpretation.
3. Teachings of the Movement
Moonies divide history into three theological dispensations: the Old Testament age, the New Testament age, and the Completed age. The fundamental theology of the Unification Church centers on the doctrine of physical redemption. They claimed that Jesus...
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