The Controversial Messiah

n.c.radomes By n.c.radomes, 20th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a unique story of a self-made man, who amassed fortune, fame and power through a church he founded. Maybe, we can pick a lesson or two from his philosophies for our benefit.

Rev. Sun Myung Moon is gone

Rev. Sun Myung Moon who said he was approached by Jesus Christ himself to continue his work is dead. He died Monday, Aug. 27. 2012 of pneumonia in a hospital in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul, said Unification Church spokesman Ahn Ho-yeul through the Associated Press. He was 92. His family members were at his side.

Officiated in lots of his followers mass marriages

Born in 1920 in North Korea, he is the same Moon who presided over the marrying of thousands of followers from different countries in mass ceremonies in his desire to build a multi-cultural religious world. He married 45,000 people in 2009, said the church, He married another 7,000 couples in South Korea in February 2010. He conducted his first mass wedding in the 1960s in Seoul. In 1982, he likewise solemnized a wedding at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Moon’s Unification Church, which is Bible-based and founded in Seoul in 1954, gained both famed and notoriety through his mass weddings.

Rev. Moon's relationship with North Korea's top leaders

Moon began preaching the gospel in North Korea, but was imprisoned on charge of spying for the South in the late 40s. He disputed the accusation. He was not a revengeful man. Instead, he befriended the top officials of North Korea.
Moon had a chance of meeting South Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung in person in North Korea’s port city of Hamhung. Moon’s autobiography told that he advised Kim to give up his nuclear dream and that Kim had responded by saying that his Atomic Program is for peaceful purposes and not to kill his own people.
Moon dispatched a condolence delegation to North Korea when Kim died in 1994. Kim’s successor Kim Jong Il used to send gifts such as roses, prized ginseng, rolex watches, etc. to Moon during his birthdays. And when Kim Jong Il himself passed away that December, Moon’s church didn’t fail to send a delegation to pay its respect.

Rise and Fall in the U.S.

Moon was successful in establishing a good rapport with traditional US leaders such as former Presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H.W. Bush. According to his church, Moon lived in the U.S. for more than 30 years.
However, despite the friendship from American bigwigs, he couldn’t escape misfortunes. In the mid 1980s, Moon was incarcerated at a US Federal Prison in New York for 1 year and 1 month for allegedly submitting a fake income tax papers.
Unification Church reasons Moon became the object of US government’s ire because of his winsome ability to attract and hold influence among the American youths.

Rev. Moon's Unification Church realized fortune

The church stayed away from the spotlight in the US after his imprisonment to focus on the strengthening of its business ventures. The church did attend its objectives. It acquires a global business empire which runs from the two Koreas to the United States. His critics who accused Moon of indoctrinating converts and extracting money from followers did not prevent him from spreading his religious dream into a universal church and a multi-billion dollar industry.
Through the years the church via Rev. Moon’s stewardship, acquired a newspaper publishing house, a university, hotels, an art deco landmark, a seafood firm, an ski resort, a football team and an automaker. It’s alleged the church owns the Alaskan Tunnel which is worth $400 M, besides owning over 100,000 acres in Paragua

Rev. Sun Myung Moon had the UC Properties and Responsibilities shared among his heirs

Moon divorced his first wife, then he married Hak Ja Han Moon in 1960. They are survived by 10 sons and daughters, according to the church.
Moon realized inevitable events. He realized that his earth’s life was nothing but temporal. He didn’t want that the fruits of his toil would come to naught. So in April 2008, he assigned his US-born son, the Rev. Hyung-jin Moon, head religious director. He gave other children equally important positions in the smooth and effective running of the church’s religious and business goals in the 2 Koreas and abroad. During his lifetime, he was always available and ready to troubleshoot problems pertaining to the church’s operation. So before his demise, he was consoled in the thought that his flock will not go astray and his wealth will be in good hands.
Rev. Moon laid the first foundation of his Unification Church in 1954, and up to the day he died, the church remains to wallow in a quagmire of controversy and misunderstanding.


  • / Rev. Moon's funeral / Hyung-Jin Moon (front second right), International President of ...
  • / Moonies hold mass wedding in South Korea / Couples from more than 50 countries exchanged wedding vows at a mass wedding. The couples were members of South Korea's controversial Unification Church, ...
  • / Reverend Moon with North Korean leader Kim Il Sung
  • Nixon- Moon.gif - Wikimedia Commons
  • / Alaskan Tunnel project is alleged to be owned by the UC
  • / Rev Moon assigned his US-born and youngest son, the Rev. Hyung-jin Moon, head religious director.

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author avatar M G Singh
21st Apr 2015 (#)

very revealing information about a man we can try and emulate

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Apr 2015 (#)

It is the intention that matters and the work that follows.He seems to have inspired many across countries. Good share, thanks Radomes - siva

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author avatar WOGIAM
21st Apr 2015 (#)

I do not know what kind of values the man would have inspired Siva. Surely only clear intentions add real value to lives.

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author avatar Carol Roach
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

the moonies were considered a cult up here in Quebec

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author avatar spirited
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

He was certainly a good self promoter and businessman though it seems, I guess those are good qualities, but not when they are being used to "moon" it over others.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Moons are just baseless without gravity of life, although diplomatic relations are great on face and fire behind the scenes.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
25th Apr 2015 (#)

Very interesting article ~ n.c. Thanks for posting.

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