The Moonies, Church or a Cult
The Unification Church Overview
The founder of the Unification Church is Sun Myung Moon (born 1920). Founded "Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity" in 1954 in South Korea. The current headquarters is in New York City.
The church writings are Divine Principle by Sun Myung Moon, considered to be the "Completed Testament", Outline of the Principle, Level 4, and the Bible. (The Bible is "not the truth itself, but a textbook teaching the truth.")
Their views on God are both positive and negative. God created the universe out of himself; the universe is God's "body." God does not know the future, is suffering, and needs man to make Him happy. They say there is no Trinity.
As to Jesus they believe he was a perfect man, not God. He is the son of Zechariah, not born of a virgin. His mission was to unite the Jews behind him, find a perfect bride, and begin a perfect family. The mission failed. Jesus did not resurrect physically. The second coming of Christ is fulfilled in Sun Myung MOon, who is superior to Jesus and will finish Jesus' mission.
They believe the Holy Spirit is a feminine spirit who works with Jesus in the spirit world to lead people to Sun Myung Moon.
They believe salvation comes from obedience to and acceptance of the True Parents (Moon and his wife), and eliminating sin and achieving perfection. Those married by Moon and his wife drink a special holy wine containing 21 ingredients, including the True Parents' blood.
They believe that after death one goes to the spirit world. There is no resurrection. Members advance by convincing others to follow Sun Myung Moon. Eventually everyone will be saved, even Satan.
Their beliefs include mass marriages (once 30,000 couples), based on different racial backgrounds, and that are arranged and performed by Moon. Members believe that Jesus bows down to Sun Myung Moon and that Moon is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the Lamb of God. Contact with spirits of the dead is accepted.
Notes: Has over 300 financial institutions all over the world including publishers, jewelers, and clothing stores. Moon has spent time in a US prison for tax evasion. Moon claims to receive revelations from God. The church has spread internationally and is active in over 150 countries. It has approximately five thousand members in the United States but counts members in the hundreds of thousands worldwide. Address: HSA-UWC, 4 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036. Website: http://www.unification.org/.
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