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The Unification Church and its founder, Dr. Sun Myung Moon, have been in the center of controversy because of their recruiting practices, their financial holdings, and their authoritarian style—including arranged, mass marriages. Most controversial in terms of its teachings in Dr. Moon's claim to be a new Messiah who will finish what Jesus left "undone." Is he the Messiah, and is his Diving Principle the third testament of the Bible? Why this series? This is an age when countless groups and movements, old and ...
The Unification Church and its founder, Dr. Sun Myung Moon, have been in the center of controversy because of their recruiting practices, their financial holdings, and their authoritarian style—including arranged, mass marriages. Most controversial in terms of its teachings in Dr. Moon's claim to be a new Messiah who will finish what Jesus left "undone." Is he the Messiah, and is his Diving Principle the third testament of the Bible? Why this series? This is an age when countless groups and movements, old and new, mark the religious landscape in our culture, leaving many people confused or uncertain in their search for spiritual truth and meaning. Because few people have the time or opportunity to research these movements fully, these books provide essential information and insights for their spiritual journeys. All books but the summary volume, Truth and Error, contain five sections: -A concise introduction to the group being surveyed -An overview of the group’s theology — in its own words -Tips for witnessing effectively to members of the group -A bibliography with sources for further study -A comparison chart that shows the essential differences between biblical Christianity and the group -Truth and Error, the last book in the series, consists of parallel doctrinal charts compiled from all the other volumes. -Three distinctives make this series especially useful to readers: -Information is carefully distilled to bring out truly essential points, rather than requiring readers to sift their way through a sea of secondary details. -Information is presented in a clear, easy-to-follow outline form with “menu bar” running heads. This format greatly assists the reader in quickly locating topics and details of interest. -Each book meets the needs and skill levels of both nontechnical and technical readers, providing an elementary level of refutation and progressing to a more advanced level using arguments based on the biblical text. The writers of these volumes are well qualified to present clear and reliable information and help readers to discern truth from falsehood.
How to Use This Book 6
I. Introduction 7
II. Theology 21
III. Witnessing Tips 63
IV. Selected Bibliography 75
V. Parallel Comparison Chart 79
A. Sun Myung Moon: Youth Through Early Adulthood
1. Sun Myung Moon was born on January 6, 1920, in the village of
Kwangju Sangsa Ri in northwestern Korea.
2. According to Moon, as a young 'Christian' he had a dramatic spiritual experience while he was deep in prayer on a Korean mountainside.
a. This vision occurred on Easter morning in 1936 when he was sixteen.
b. He says that Jesus appeared to him and asked him to complete the mission he had begun 2000 years ago.
c. When he realized that he was the only one who could save the world, he accepted the call to deliver all humanity from Satan's domain.
3. Moon claims that he spent the following nine years in spiritual warfare with Satan, in which Satan tried to get Moon to either sin (and thus be unworthy to be the Messiah) or be convinced that he could not accomplish all that the Messiah must do to redeem humanity.
Finally, he defeated Satan, thus fulfilling the initial demands of being the Messiah.
4. In 1946, Moon studied under Paik Moon Kim. Much of what he learned in Kim's pseudo-Christian monastery became the framework for his own theological teachings.
5. In that same year, the North Korean police arrested Moon.
a. Moon insists that they tortured him because of his faith.
b. He likened his suffering at the hands of the communists to the sufferings of Christ.
B. Moon's Activities as Church Founder
1. Moon settled in Pusan, South Korea.
a. There he formed a small following during the early 1950s.
b. These people were devoted both to Moon and to his religious ideas.
c. They called him 'Reverend' because they viewed him as their pastor and because of his religious training at Kim's monastery.
2. In 1954, he officially established his new church.
a. It is called Tong-il-Kyo in Korean.
b. Its English name is the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity.
c. It is better known in the West as the Unification Church (it is also known as the Unified Family).
3. In that same year, Moon's first wife left him.
a. According to leaders in the Unification Church, she later realized that she was wrong to have divorced him.
b. She has since become a devoted member of his church.
4. In 1957, he published the first edition of the Divine Principle, which details the basic theology of his teachings and of the Unification
Church (see III.B.3. below).
5. In 1960, he married Hak Ja Han.
a. In the Unification Church their wedding is known as 'the Marriage of the Lamb,' taken from Revelation 21:9.
b. She has since bore him thirteen children.