Although we cannot see God, we believe in him through his word, the Bible. We believe in God and his word because God’s prophecies, which were given at various times over the last 6,000 years, have been and are being fulfilled. The fulfillment has become the evidence that allows us to believe in God.
There are people who truly believe in the words that God and Jesus promised in the New Testament, and there are others who claim to believe while persecuting the true believers (Matt 5:10-12).
In the time of the Old Testament, the Egyptians did not believe in God and persecuted the Physical Israelites, who were God’s chosen people (Exo 1-5). At the time of the first coming, instead of believing in Jesus, who came as spiritual Israel, the Physical Israelites persecuted him and his followers (Matt 5; Matt 7; Jn 8; Acts 7:51-52). Today, in the same way, the vast majority of Korean Christians have failed to believe in the fulfillment of the New Testament prophecies. Instead of believing, they are persecuting Shinchonji Church of Jesus, which has been created in fulfillment of the promises in the Bible.
Shouldn’t we see the faith of those who persecute and those who are persecuted from a biblical point of view? God and his son Jesus said in the scriptures that those who lie to, persecute, and curse others are false believers who belong to the devil (Matt 7:1-6; Jn 8:44). Just as the Jewish elders, priests, and people at the time of the first coming persecuted Jesus and his followers instead of believing, most Korean pastors and congregation members are persecuting Shinchonji by posting derogatory, libelous statements on their web pages and in Internet cafes.
Although many Shinchonji members have read those persecutory words, we will not waver. How can we stand firm? We know that those derogatory words did not come from God; we know God has nothing whatsoever to do with the persecution. All words of persecution and insults originate with the devil. Those who are persecuted are the people of heaven. They are the believers who will receive the blessings of heaven. If you look at people’s actions and deeds in the way Jn 15:18-20 and Matt 5:1-10 point out, you will learn to recognize a tree by its fruit (Matt 7:15-20; Lk 6:43-45).
The words of God are life (Jn 1:1-4), and the words of persecution are death. With which word must we side to receive blessings (Deut 30:19-20)? Did God not command us to forgive, love, and bless others (Matt 18; 1 Jn 4)?
True believers, therefore, do not allow themselves to become victims of the slanderous words even if they read them. Because the persecutors belong to the devil, they follow the will his when they oppress others. If the work of persecution is performed by the devil, not by God, should we abandon the word, faith, and righteousness just because of receiving persecution? The words of persecution are not the truth. They are nothing but the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They are given by the serpent to harm our faith, and this is why we must refuse them (Gen 2:17).
Who believes the lies and insulting words created by the devil? If the Bible and Jesus’ commandments were in their hearts, and if they were true believers, how could they post such disparaging comments on the Internet?
Shinchonji people, however, are keeping the words and commandments of God (Jn 14:23; Rev 1:1-3).