Day 3: A New Religion and a New God

Communism, according to Marxist theory, is pure atheism.

According to Karl Marx, religion is the opium of the masses. However, in every single situation in history, government-backed atheism is never really atheism at all. It is merely the exchange of one religion for another. The personality cults that grow out of the dark empty abyss of atheistic systems are universal. It happened with Stalin in Russia, Mao in China, and Castro in Cuba. It is the dirty little secret of atheism.

Throughout the history of man, religion has been universal. It points to the great need in man to praise the God that created Him – it is the one thing that Satan has not been able to wipe clean from the DNA of mankind. He knows that if he takes the One true God away from the masses, he must replace it with something else. If God is absent, the people will create a new one.

Satan tried to use Kim Il Sung to destroy the revival among the Korean people. His goal was to take over the entire Korean peninsula, but he was unsuccessful. Once Kim Il Sung had power, he immediately went about killing Christians, destroying bibles and Christian books, and persecuting the church. Once the first stage was accomplished, Kim Il Sung went about building up his own religion – Juche.

Juche is what sets Kim Il Sung apart from all the other dictators in the world. No other dictator was able to develop such a sound and complete system to attach to their personality cult like Kim Il Sung. Juche is heavily sprinkled with elements stolen from the church; a characteristic no doubt from Kim Il Sung’s exposure to the true living God as a child. Juche allowed Kim Il Sung to rule over the people by harnessing the absolute soul-owning power of faith.

On the surface, Juche is idea that the people of North Korea can be independent. Man is the master of all things and the decisive element of everything in the world, but dig deeper and you will find that Juche is actually a replacement of the Gospel.

Here are a few examples:
* The year is not based on the birth of Jesus Christ (20–), but instead on the birth of Kim Il Sung.
* The people are forced to daily read from the writings of Kim Il Sung. It is required that the writings be daily read in unison together in schools, work places, and offices and a qualified teacher is then expected to expound on the nature of the teachings.
* Songs of praise are sung to Kim Il Sung using songs that are directly taken from old hymns.
* In Juche, there exists a holy trinity with a father (Kim Il Sung) a son (Kim Jong Il) and the Holy Spirit (the spirit of the people).
* People can pray to Kim Il Sung and ask for miracles
* North Koreans are required to pray and bow to Kim Il Sung
* When North Koreans die, they believe that as their eternal leader, they will go to be with Kim Il Sung forever

Prayer Points:

  • Kim Il Sung built up the false religion of Juche
  • Juche, in many ways, is based on Christianity, taking elements of truth and turning them into lies
  • The Korean people need to see the One true God that never sleeps or slumbers and has not forgotten them

 

Today’s Scripture Reading:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.