ICC Note: There are very few things that almost everyone agrees with, but this is one of them: North Korea ranks as one of the worst, if not the worst, offender of human rights and persecutor of Christians in the world. Those who are lucky enough to escape from the country have similarly horrific testimonies of what their lives were like in North Korea.
By Monica Cantilero
08/12/2015 North Korea (Christian Today)
Christians in North Korea are forced to worship God in secret as authorities tell people there is no God and order them to praise the state leader instead, a woman who managed to escape the Communist country revealed to CBN News last week.
Kim Eun Jin, 31, who fled North Korea in 2005 and is now residing in Seoul, South Korea, described the persecution of Christians in North Korea, a country described as “the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian.”
Kim said she was born in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, into a Christian family who had to keep their religious activities under wraps as freedom of religion, although guaranteed under North Korea’s constitution, is never encouraged.
“Growing up I was told by the authorities that there was no God in this world,” Kim said. “We were ordered instead to worship Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, the leaders of the country.”
“North Korea is the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. The state has an iron grip on its citizens; any who deviate from the two ideologies of ‘Juche,’ which points to man’s self-sufficiency, and ‘Kimilsungism,’ the god-like worship of the nation’s leading dynasty, are considered enemies of the state,” said Open Doors.
“Thousands of Christians are incarcerated in prison camps in North Korea, and while there are many secret believers, they face arrest, disappearance, torture, or public execution if discovered. Yet the church there is not only surviving, but growing.”