Anonymous source reveals how the current regime in North Korea teaches children to hate Christianity.
This has been revealed by a Christian by the pseudonym of John Choi in an article for Open Doors USA titled; ‘North Korean Believer: Why the Country’s Children See the Cross as an Evil Image.’
The article was posted on Monday, March 19, 2018. In it, the believer exposes the ugly truth of how the dictatorship is affecting North Korean children’s idea of Christianity, God, and Jesus.
“When I grew up in North Korea, I also believed that Christianity was evil and that the cross was a symbol of the devil. Even in nursery school, we had to bow to the pictures of the first leaders of North Korea, Kim Il-Sung and his son, Kim Jong-Il.
“Today, North Korean children learn about and bow to current ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-Un, too,” the defector writes.
He also reveals how films, musicals, paintings, and cartoons are used to portray Christian missionaries in a bad light.
In his words, “Take this story from a North Korean textbook: “A boy lived with his mother in a village in Korea. One day, he was carrying firewood from a mountain. He was passing by a missionary man’s apple orchard. All of a sudden, a strong wind blew through the orchard and apples dropped on the ground. The boy picked up an apple, and the missionary man saw it. He yelled at the boy and called him a robber. As punishment, the man also tied the young boy up and used chemical acid on the boy’s forehead to burn in the word ‘robber.’ The boy died because of the acid.”
“Growing up, this story always scared me when I was younger. They used this children’s lesson to instill in us hatred of foreign missionaries. It stressed the state’s message: “Don’t trust the imperialists; assume these enemies always aim to conquer our country.”
According to Choi, the goal is for North Koreans to hate Christianity and love the ruling family.
Hence, children are told stories of the late leader, Kim Il-Sung being “able to catch a double rainbow with one hand because of his ‘majestic powers.’”
The defector adds, “Everything in North Korea revolves around the Kim family. North Korean children are brainwashed so that they will honor the leader of their day.
“In preschool, the teachers prayed to the leaders at lunchtime. We had to give thanks to the dictators for our ‘daily bread,’ Now, I realize they stole this from the Lord’s Prayer.”
Despite these scary conditions, Choi believes that there is a chance that these kids will learn the truth about Christianity and the world, in general.
He writes, “Today’s North Korean children are able to discover other beliefs and ways of life through escapees’ disseminated information, smuggled USB drives and foreign radio broadcasts in the Korean language. More parents are coming to faith and, when the children are old enough, they will hear about the Bible and the Gospel.
“I’m praying that God would open the eyes, ears, and hearts of North Koreans of all ages. I truly believe that if believers throughout the world continue to pray with North Korean believers, one day all North Korean children will learn the truth about God and Christianity. One day, they will turn to the cross.”
This is not the first time a defector has shared scary tales about what Christians are going through in this country.
In January, 2018, Pastor Lee Joo-Chan, narrated how Christian parents are forced to hide their faith from their children, resulting in the lack of Christian children in North Korea.
Speaking with the persecution watchdog group, he said, “I knew my parents were different. Everybody called them ‘Communist parents,’ because they took care of the sick, the poor and the needy. At night, they read from a secret book, which I wasn’t allowed to read from.”
Lee added: “But I heard them whisper the words, and I knew it was their source of wisdom. I also knew that if I ever talked about this to someone else, our family would be taken away.”
North Korea is currently the number one country on the Open Doors’ 2018 World Watch List (WWL).