Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church cult, died on September 3 at age 92. Moon claimed that Jesus appeared to him in 1935 and commissioned him to establish the kingdom of God on earth. He founded the Unification Church in Korea in 1954 and moved to the United States in 1971. According to the strange Unification doctrine (the “Divine Principle”), Moon and his wife, “the Heavenly Parents,” were chosen to produce the kingdom of God on earth. (This was Moon’s second wife; he left his first wife in 1960.) Moon claimed that God said to him, “You are the son I have been seeking, the one who can begin my eternal history.” Supposedly, Adam and Eve failed to produce the kingdom because of their sin, and Jesus likewise failed to produce the kingdom of God because he was crucified before he could marry the perfect bride. Thus Moon was chosen to carry on the work. Moon blasphemously claimed that Jesus was born of an immoral relationship between Mary and the father of John the Baptist. Moon conducted mass weddings of interracial and even inter-religious couples, claiming that this is the path to world peace. In Oakland, California, he said to the women in attendance: “If you don’t give birth, you are disqualified as a woman” (“Rev. Moon Stirs Up Fans,” Oakland Tribune, March 13, 2001). In Oklahoma City that year, Moon proclaimed: “I have been to the spirit world. I have met God.” Upon his death, one of his followers said, “I feel like the sky is falling and the whole world has collapsed,” while another said, “You are the eternal king of kings, the messiah of mankind. You will always live in my heart.” (“Church readies huge funeral for ‘messiah,’” Bangkok Post, Sept. 4, 2012). Since 2008 Moon’s youngest son has been in charge of the cult’s religious and business empire.
(Friday Church News Notes, September 7, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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