Life in North Korea under Kim

North Korean


Today, Juche is no longer just an ideology, but a full-fledged religion that worships Kim Il Sung as god, and his son, Kim Jong Il as the son of god. In 2005, David Hawke, the respected human rights investigator, interviewed40 North Korean escapees about religion in North Korea. Here are some of their responses about North Korea’s religion:

“Juche is the only religion North Korean people can have.”

“We learned that there were two lives: one is the physical life and the other is the political life. We were taught that political life was forever along with the leaders and the Party. Therefore, I believed that my political life was more important than my physical life.”

“According to party covenant, Article 1, section 1, all North Koreans are required to worship Kim Il Sung with all our heart and might, even after his death. We have to venerate the pictures and status of Kim Il Sung.”

“We must hang [Kim Il Sung’s] pictures. The pictures indicate that Kim Il Sung is god, as we hang the pictures for the purpose of reminding ourselves that we depend on him.”

“Hanging portraits of Kim’s family is compulsory for every household. The portraits must be hung on the best wall of every home, and nothing else can be hung under the portraits. Families with high loyalty to the Party bow down under the portraits even when nobody is watching.”

“Religious freedom is not allowed in North Korea because it will ruin the deification of Kim Il Sung.”

“Having faith in God is an act of espionage. Only Kim Il Sung is a god in North Korea.”

“Juche itself is a religion, therefore they worry that people may forsake Juche for another religion.”

How is that worry expressed against underground Christians when they are discovered? 

Below are Hawke’s summation of the replies from two of the interviewees:

“A young woman, in her twenties, was washing clothes in a tributary to the Tumen River (the border between China and North Korea). When packing up the clothes, she dropped what was believed to be a small Bible. The actual words used by the North Korean authorities were “Christianity book” (kiddokyo chaek). Another washer woman reported the girl to the police. According to Interviewee 4, the informer may not have known that the book was a Bible, but all suspicious activity had to be reported to the police. The young woman and her father, looking to be roughly sixty years old, were arrested and held by the local Gukgabowibu police for some three months. During that time, the woman and her father were presumably investigated and interrogated. Apparently, they were deemed guilty of a capital offense. On a summer morning in 1997, the two were taken to a market area near where the Seong Cheon River runs into the Tumen River. The two were accused of trafficking and condemned as traitors to the nation and Kim Jong Il. Interviewee 4 was unaware of any other judicial procedures prior to the announcement of the crime, verdict, and sentence in an extremely brief public “show trial,” which consisted of no more than announcements of the charges and verdict immediately prior to the execution. Teachers and students from elementary (4th grade and up), middle, and high school were assembled, along with persons who had been sent over from the nearby market. Seven police fired three shots each into the two victims, who had been tied to stakes a few meters from the “trial” area. The force of the rifle shots, fired from fifteen meters away, caused blood and brain matter to be blown out of their heads. Interviewee 4 was in the fifth row. She sketched from memory a schematic drawing of the execution scene.”

“While Interviewee 17 was in the North Korean Army, his unit was dispatched to widen the highway between Pyongyang and the nearby port city of Nampo. They were demolishing a vacated house in Yongkang county, Yongkang district town, when in a basement between two bricks they found a Bible and a small notebook that contained 25 names, one identified as pastor, two as chon-do-sa (assistant pastors), two as elders, and 20 other names, apparently parishioners, identified by their occupations. The soldiers turned the Bible and notebook over to the local branch of Department 15 of the Korean Workers Party (KWP), but the Party officials said it was up to the military police unit, Bowisaryungbu gigwanwon, to investigate. Tracked down at their place of work through the listing of occupation in the notebook, the 25 persons were picked up without formal arrest by the military bowibu. The interviewee was not aware of any judicial procedures for those seized. In November 1996, the 25 were brought to the road construction site. Four concentric rectangular rows of spectators were assembled to watch the execution. Interviewee 17 was in the first row. The five leaders to be executed – the pastor, two assistant pastors, and two elders – were bound hand and foot and made to lie down in front of a steamroller. This steamroller was a large construction vehicle imported from Japan with a heavy, huge, and wide steel roller mounted on the front to crush and level the roadway prior to pouring concrete. The other twenty persons were held just to the side. The condemned were accused of being Kiddokyo (Protestant Christian) spies and conspiring to engage in subversive activities. Nevertheless, they were told, “If you abandon religion and serve only Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, you will not be killed.” None of the five said a word. Some of the fellow parishioners assembled to watch the execution cried, screamed out, or fainted when the skulls made a popping sound as they were crushed beneath the steamroller. Interviewee 17 thought, at the time, that these church people were crazy. He thought then that religion was an “opiate,” and it was stupid for them to give up their lives for religion. He heard from the soldiers who took away the other twenty prisoners that they were being sent to a prison camp. He sketched from memory a diagram of the execution scene.”

If you can stomach it, read more HERE.


This type of tribulation is coming to a country near you. Christians in countries like this will laugh at you when you tell them that there will be a rapture to spare them from persecution. What makes the western Church more special to escape all these things? Wake up Church!


5 thoughts on “Life in North Korea under Kim

  1. The good thing about those story’s is at least those people are in a better place now 🙂
    My thoughts are this: Get ready here we go again hehe..

    The AC in my opinion wont be like a Kim Il Sung and unlike North Korea which is run by direct Tyranny we will be crushed economically then all forced to get a mark which as I said if your not a christian getting the mark or not makes no difference. Sure people will need to eat and live but there will be groups of people who choose not to get technology implanted in them and that includes a heap of people who aren’t Christians. Will the non Christians who refuse the mark still cop the 7 bowl judgements?

    On a religious note i cant see them banning all religions that is just silly and will cause too many wars and will be too hard to stop also the main reason SATAN.. If those people aren’t worshiping Jesus then they are already worshiping Satan indirectly according to the Bible in many places so whats the point of taking away a religion that really worships Satan just to replace one that worships Satan?
    If people read what the Alliance of civilizations are then they will understand this: (All religions are basically in 1 basket and all worship 1 common God).
    The other thing is the UN has that religious intolerance thing happening where if for example a Muslim says Allah is the only way to heaven then that’s intolerance to other religions and same with a christian saying Jesus is the only way to heaven is intolerance to other religions. So they want all religions kept the same but apparently we all have the same God (from a multiple religious point of view).

    So now you see what is really going on, The pattern of how all 3: Religion , Global Governance and Economic power are all getting set up the same way.
    And right in front of everyone…
    We are getting crushed economically and in the mean time all the religions on earth are basically getting combined into 1 big religion but still all religions keep their status.
    Its like the world currency coming, All currency’s will be in 1 basket and that will be the world reserve currency instead of the US dollar but like religion all currency’s will still keep their individual status.
    Same goes with the countries like the EU they all join as a union but still keep their individual status. With NATO the UN and IMF we pretty much have a world government, world currency just about, and a kind of world religion but a hidden one.

    Israel is where we need to be watching, That is the place where the major events happen that start the Great Tribulation. Sure there will be probably a massive market crash and hyperinflation and so many people wont even care what happens in Israel and that’s when things will happen while everyone else is distracted.



  2. Me too, I agree with Lafreak too. If people are looking for a one world religion of the AC – they are going to be disappointed. It’s already here, it’s as Lafreak has pointed out – the lie of post-modernism that truth is in the eye of the beholder and the lie that all paths lead to God.

    There is one Way – Jesus, One Truth, Jesus, and One Life, Jesus. All others are headed for destruction.


  3. another very good post. i have to agree. as long as people play the global game they will be tricked into thinking they have their individual right to believing as they have determined as “their” truth. that is where the true believer in Christ will stick out like a “blight upon humanity” being hated for knowing otherwise–that Jesus Christ is God Alone and all should and one day must bow and confess Him as Lord. but we know this is nothing new….it has always been so-throughout time but now in these last days intensified-that every believer has had to draw that line in the sand and the cost of that discipleship is that “beautiful hall of the unashamed” (as in hebrews 11) that Testimony of Christ in His Own that the world cannot kill out or absorb and obscure. God has always had a people and they are few. the rubber will meet the road in the whole question of where our trust lies—in the schemes of men (bowing to the god of the belly) or in Holy God Whose Holy Word is our Living Bread-our very Life. dear Jesus grant us Your people the courage of undying Faith though the world may kill us as they also put You to death—the King of Glory—but could not kill Everlasting Life in Your Name. i love the Lord and i love my brothers and sisters who belong to Him. God make us shine Jesus-use us for Your Glory. amen.


  4. Praying for all of those throughout our world now who are suffering for the name of Jesus, as well as suffering in many other ways too. This world is not an easy place for anyone, it seems. At least not for many, and the ones that think it is, are in a deluded state already even before God sends the delusion to those who love not the truth.

    2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
    2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
    2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
    2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
    2Th 2:14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.


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