Many quasi-religious groups exist worldwide, but the Shincheonji Church of Jesus has become a worldwide talk. The Christian new religious movement was found in 1984, i.e., over 30 years back. However, the religious group has just now received limelight and recognized not only in the national but international platform. The main reason behind a theological fascination group to a global pariah greatly reflects on the controversies it partners with.
Lee Man-hee based Shincheonji. Though there isn’t any evident proof but Lee Man-hee was formerly a member of the controversial group known as the Olive Tree which existed throughout post-war Korea. The group’s teachings declare Lee are the”promised pastor” who contains the spirit of the returned Jesus Christ. Lee continues to preach that the Bible, which comprises the Book of Revelation, is written in secret codes that only he can interpret. The quasi-Christian doomsday sect also declares that the way to salvation is through Shincheonji, and everyone outside the group will be destroyed during the Judgment day.
The outbreak of the Coronavirus in South Korea was situated in the city of Daegu. A 61-year-old person was infected with the virus and had spread the virus to the people around him. The individual infected was traced back to be a member of the Shincheonji, which later resulted in negative public and media attention against the church members. Eventually, most of its members conceal themselves from the world. There were also increasing cases of discrimination, abuse, and danger targeted against the Christian new religious movement members.
Lee Man-hee publicly apologized for the unintentional outbreak of this virus by its own church members. In addition, he continues to speak about the false accuse of the spread of this virus. It criticized the Government who failed to restrain the travelers from China to enter Korea. Regardless of the attempt to clear the title of Shincheonji associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, over 1.3 million taxpayers of Korea signed a petition to disband the spiritual group. For more information please visit here Nhne
Shincheonji religion has the structure of following a unique process of worshipping. The congregation members of Shincheonji have to kneel in tight rows. The members are prohibited from covering their mouth and face with sunglasses or masks. This method and practice of this Shincheonji Church of Jesus directly allow the virus spread among the members. Shincheonji followers and members believe that the virus was the work of the devil to prevent church work. They believe and consider that the virus was a kind of blockage to the improvement of the religion. And hence they continue to practice their faith. And this ultimately allow the rapid rise and spread of the virus in South Korea in enormous numbers.