1. A Korean perspective on Moon and his ‘Fall of Man’ teaching
2. Bibliography of the book, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, by Chong-sun Kim
A Korean perspective on Moon and his ‘Fall of Man’ teaching
by Chong-sun Kim (this is an extract from his book, Rev. Sun Myung Moon)
The Divine Principle interprets the story of eating forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge as an allegory representing Adam and Eve’s immoral and unlawful sexual relations. According to Moon, the fallen Archangel in the body of the serpent tempted Eve to adultery, and she in turn, tempted Adam. From this union of Adam and Eve, Moon pronounces their descendants (mankind) the children of Satan and the bearers of bad serpent blood.
The next step in this clever syllogism is the notion that all people have been subjected to Satan’s dominion and have become Satan-centered and Satan-centered parents of Satan-centered children. Since that era of 6000 years ago, God has been working to restore innocence. His will, however, has been delayed and is not yet fulfilled because of man’s rebellion against him. To save mankind and restore innocence, the Lord of the Second Advent will come in the status of the True Parent of man. In the Divine Principle, Moon states that “Man fell both spiritually and physically; so he must liquidate even the original sin through ‘physical rebirth.‘ Therefore, Christ must come again to accomplish man’s physical salvation by being born on earth.” Moon elaborates this point by stating as follows:
“… however devout a Christian may be, since he has not been able to liquidate original sin coming down through the flesh, no difference is found between him and the saints of the Old Testament Age in light of their both not having been able to remove themselves from the lineage of Satan. … Therefore, the Lord of the Second Advent must come to restore the whole of mankind to be children of God’s direct lineage. Consequently, he must be born on earth, in flesh, as Jesus was.” (Divine Principle)
The Second Advent, therefore, will be of “pure blood” and able to overcome Satan and will thereby establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Sun Myung Moon testifies to having received a revelation from God at the age of 16, and that with his “pure blood” he will now save the world as the True Father of man. Moon practiced “blood-sharing,” defining himself as the pure Messiah figure who can rescue people from their false parents. The concept of passing on qualities through the blood would have meaning in Korea, where the caste system was based on the notion of “royal blood.” It is not too difficult to see how a man who wished to be a divine power might emulate the actual tradition of the ancient Korean kings and aristocrats. Most of the Korean “blood-sharer” messiahs came from humble origins and suffered considerable personal hardships in early life. The notion of being a sinless man who can pass his purity on to others and thereby save the world must surely have appealed to Sun Myung Moon in his twenties.
Apart from providing themselves with a religious alibi for illicit fornication, Moon and his associates, as mentioned earlier, had actually resurrected an old fertility ritual in the guise of a Christian ceremony. The popularity of “blood sharing” among Moon’s cult in the late nineteen-forties suggests that traditional patterns do persist, though deeply imbedded in the minds of people, especially when a new religion that does not provide outlets for old customs is adopted. Korea’s Protestant churches were originally formed in the 19th century by missionaries from the western evangelical Protestant tradition, who are world-famous for their intense puritanism and rigidity concerning sexual affairs, and they surely disapproved of the traditional fertility rites that accompanied shamanistic beliefs. Although Catholicism does offer fertility figures, such as St. Priapus, that can provide a symbol to link believers with their pagan past, Protestant services are notably lacking in modes of expression for the sensual aspect of experience. In an agrarian culture like Korea, sex would normally be associated with fertility, and Christian puritanism would be a unyielding strait-jacket for robust followers with hardy sexual appetites.
Publicly, however, Moon asserts that “adultery was the cause of the downfall of numerous nations, national heroes and patriots.” Only Moon the Messiah can prevent mankind from committing adultery. What Moon is actually saying is that only Moon, masked as the Second Advent is able to practice adultery and call it something else. Although Korean males are in no way averse to using giseng (equivalent to Japanese geisha) girls as sex partners, sex acts with respectable women or married women are frowned upon. As a non-conformist shaman type, Moon appears not to have been able to control his promiscuity. When he became a Messiah figure, he made a religion out of his own impulses and incurred the disapproval of the community. Moon’s blood-sharing ceremonies were performed with well-to-do married women and college girls.
Sun Myung Moon: speech given on October 13th 1970 in Seoul, Korea
“Change of Blood Lineage: The Real Experience of Salvation by the Messiah”
“The realm of total perfection cannot be achieved without a condition for restoring fallen Eve. The Holy Spirit and Jesus must give rebirth centering upon original love. In order for Jesus to be born, God in His providence prepared a certain historical foundation of heart. That providence must involve the womb of a woman.”
Sun Myung Moon: speech given on January 3, 2000 in New York, USA
True God’s Day 2000 Leaders Conference
“All women of the world belong to the True Adam. Where is your wife? They are willing to be faithful to me; that’s why I gave them to you men. They are originally loyal to me, not to you. Adam did not take responsibility for fallen Eve, so I took care of them. That is indemnity.”
from: Rev. Sun Myung Moon by Chong-sun Kim (1978)
Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, Inc.
LINK to Chong-sun Kim’s book
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Kuk-ju Hwang (Hwang Gook-Joo) was famous for his ‘orgies’. Researchers into Korean pikareum generally come to the conclusion that he was the man who started this pseudo-Christian sexual intercourse rite in Korea. There is information about Kuk-ju Hwang here:
There is also this reference in Rev Joseph Chang Hyung Yoo’s A Reformed Doctrine of Sanctification for the Korean Context (Ph.D. thesis submitted to the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa.) February 2007. Page 423: “Cf. Dong-Ju Lee, “Why do we call the Unification a Heresy?,” Ministry and Theology no. 70 (April, 1995), p.209. In 1957 Dr Sa-Hun Shin disclosed the lineage of a circle of Pigarm [pikareum]. Moon’s Pigarm was traced to Deuk-Eun Jung [Chong], who was a disciple of Kuk-Ju Hwang. Ibid, p. 208.”
Shamanism: The Spirit World of Korea
Any understanding of the so-called New Religions of Korea would be difficult without some knowledge of shamanistic influences upon them.