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The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:14:38 AM »
The following material posted by Shinchonji to promote its Olympiad was promptly removed when the connection to Mannam's big event became clear.

Original link: http://www.alisolagunanews.com/community/2012/08/21/event-will-involve-its-150

And check out Zachary's blog where he examined this circus.

Here is the text that was posted on the above (now dead link)

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On September 16, 2012, at the Seoul Olympic Stadium in the Republic of Korea, over 150,000 attendees, peace advocates and leaders from over 80 nations will participate in The Shinchonji National Olympiad: Heaven’s Culture and the Arts, the largest international festival that showcases heaven on earth.  The Olympiad, now in its 6th year is held every four years and is known for its immaculate display of heaven’s culture.

Heaven’s culture is the work of the Bible becoming a reality through performance, arts and etiquette. A highlight of the Olympiad Heaven’s Culture events will feature a spectacular 100,000-member card performance that will stretch across the stadium seats, painting a story of God’s 6,000 years of work. In addition, to celebrate International Day of Peace on September 15th, the event will involve its 150,000 attendees to break a new world peace record.

The Shinchonji National Olympiad will showcase the purpose and will of God in the New Testament—to create God’s kingdom, the 12 Tribes. Believers from all nations who hear, believe and accept the testimony regarding the fulfillment of the New Testament are proud members of the 12 Tribes of Shinchonji. The twelve tribes of New Spiritual Israel created by God did not exist prior to today, and it is a new work of creation.

Attendees will be astounded to witness the love, peace and unity of God’s word becoming a reality before their eyes. The glory of God’s fulfillment, never before seen will shine at the Shinchonji National Olympiad.

Background
Shinchonji Church of Jesus Tabernacle of Testimony (SCJ) was founded in 1984 by Instructor Man Hee Lee, 82. It is the place where Instructor Lee’s testimony explaining the fulfillment of the New Testament and the promises of Jesus are made known. This is the highest Truth of humanity that has never happened before and will never happen again.

Every month, more than 3,000 people are coming to seminars held by Shinchonji church every month to hear Instructor Lee’s testimony and the number is increasing rapidly.

The instructor recently toured central and Southern California during his Open Bible Seminar world tour, speaking at locations such as the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA which gathered over 1,000 attendees.  His California appearance garnered media interviews from NBC and Azteca America as well as many local newspapers and television stations.


"....painting a story of God’s 6,000 years of work."
6,000 years? Oh joy, creationists! It's the Creationist Cult Olympics.. I can't believe I'll be out of the country that weekend.

Screenshot of the headline:


Mannam's promotion of the same event:






An explanation for the same events taking place at the same location on the same day at the same time:
 

The World Peace Initiative Again the same location on the same day at the same time. (See the tiny Mannam logo?)


Inside that site (sans Mannam logo):


A World Peace Initiative video:

World Peace Festival on Vimeo


Sept. 3, 2012 Facebook post shows they're getting rather desperate. I hope they haven't been threatened with anything too nasty:


And this screenshot from a Shinchonji video about the last Olympiad goes a long way towards explaining all of the above:


Shinchonji Olympiad 2008 Highlights! 新天地 Sincheonji [신천지]


No comment necessary, although I can relate to the desire to name a day after yourself:


September 06, 2012, 04:10:14 PM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2012, 04:10:14 PM »
An account of the last Schinchonji Creationist Cult Games from the perspective of a true believer

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The Fifth Shinchonji National Olympiad
~From the Eyes of a Non-Korean Speaker~

This is written by a non-Korean speaker member of Shinchonji Church of Jesus who attended the fifth Shinchonji National Olympiad. 
 
             I would like to share my thoughts and opinions on the recent sports event held by Shinchonji, what it felt like to be a foreigner sitting in the stands and what it is like to be a foreigner in this church. The first issue everyone thinks about is language. I happen to speak English. Although I am studying Korean, I require English translation during services. I have been studying the Bible for most of my life. I have been studying the Truth of the Bible for over two years now. However, worldwide in this church, we have people who have studied the Truth in German, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, and more. The list seems to grow every few months. With every bilingual person that studies the word and graduates, the doors open up to bring the Truth to another country and people group. I have been a full member of SCJ since September 2007. I have never learned so much about God and His word than I have in this short time. How can we spread the news of the fulfilment of prophecy beyond the borders of country, language, and culture? This event was a method of proclaiming to as many people as possible that the spirit of God is moving.
 
I sat there in the stands. I watched the performers come out onto the field. I strained to hear the voice of the English announcer through the squealing speakers and the din of the crowd.  But it didn’t matter. What I was hearing wasn’t important, its what I was seeing that was captivating me. Looking around, I was not the only foreigner present. There were others sitting near me.  So much had changed since last year, when I was almost alone. Today, there were several rows of foreigners. It was so exciting to see how far the truth of God had spread in just one year. More importantly, the other foreigners were not all English, there were German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese speakers as well. The truth of the bible was beginning to spread worldwide. Just as Jesus’ first coming began in a small place (Jn 1:46, Mic 5:2) and grew, so His second coming is occurring.
 
Language is not important. I do not speak Korean. I had to rely on the English announcer to tell me the score of the games and the names of the players.  Even at a regular Sunday service, I need translation. However, language, like the sports and the people playing them, is a physical thing. The opened scroll, however, transcends language, culture, and man made things. It is this scroll that was opened by Jesus in Revelation 5, passed to the figure of Apostle John who ate and proclaimed it (see the Mass Games video clips) that unites us with something deeper than language and culture. This is the fulfilment that unites all believers. A place where versions and translations of the Bible are not important because the original Word from God is being given to us daily (Mt 6:11, 24:45-47)!!
 
It was wonderful to look around at the colours, the uniforms, the decorations, but they are not the reason the event was held. This event was a testimony to the fulfilment of Revelation. This is proof that the twelve tribes have been established and that New Spiritual Israel actually exists(Rev 7). We, Shinchonji, the Church of Jesus, know the truth. We are witnesses to the fulfilment of the prophecies of Revelation. We know the identities of those who betrayed, those who destroyed, and those who saved and are right now saving. We have a charge, a call to accomplish. We have to unite together as the 7th and final trumpet, the trumpet that sounds the New Song and proclaims the Eternal Gospel, and that is what this event was all about.
 
What is it like to be a foreigner here? In the words of 선생님 (Teacher) himself, “They are not foreigners. Foreigners are Gentiles. They are Non-Korean speaking citizens of Shinchonji”. Gazing up at the enormous crowd on the top row of the stadium, watching as each member of the card section, a mere dot from my perspective, holding up their seemingly meaningless coloured square, and trembling as the words 우린 하나 (We are one) magically appeared. I couldn’t agree more.
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September 09, 2012, 08:14:51 PM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2012, 08:14:51 PM »
Something I picked up at last week's boring boring boring fun fun fun disco disco disco in Seoul.
Interesting that after the WPI at the the top, it's all Mannam, Mannam, Mannam after that. And "causes supported by Mannan" - I wonder if their honorary chairman's "church" falls under that category?


And this just in from one of my top informants. Interesting that Shinchonji is finally mentioned, albeit the once:

This September in Seoul, be part of a joint event that aims at inspiring and sharing a combined vision for peace and love across the globe.
A unique display of precious cultures, sporting events, international peace parades, and artistic performances from the co-hosts alongside the exotic cultural food booths and peace activity booths mark this as a definite highlight in Korea's international calendar.

MANNAM, as the main supporters and the proud co-hosts of the World Peace Initiative invite you to join us, on Sunday, September 16th for an all day festival that will mark the official launch of this project world wide. The World Peace Initiative, has already taken flight in the form of awareness campaigns in over 15 major cities internationally.

Come along and receive your World Peace Festival T-shirt at the doors as well as a free lunchbox, kindly provided by one of the World Peace Initiative sponsors.

We are a group of individuals and organizations working together to show the world that peace is possible and we aim to promote a worldview that holds life as its highest value. Why will we succeed? ... because we will not stop.

See you there!

HIGHLIGHTS of Main Arena Schedule:

- Welcoming from the Chairman of Shinchonji and the Chairwoman of MANNAM
- National Anthem of the Republic of Korea
- Moment of silence for fallen soldiers
- Athletes' Parade
- Card section performance by Shinchonji
- Introduction of the VIPs
- Unveiling of the World Peace Initiative Peace Monument
- Mass Performance
- Chasaan farmer’s folk band (100 performers)
- Skydiving performance

<Afternoon Performances>

- Special performance of world traditional cultures
- Guards and military music performance
- Cheer team performance
- MANNAM Korea: mass-game
- World Peace Initiative parade
- Various cultural performances throughout difference locations on the field representing various cultures and nations.

<Sports Competitions>

- Final match of men and women’s soccer
- Final match of basketball
- Final match of foot-volleyball
- Tug of war (8 players/50 players) match
- Marathon
- Finals of track and field events

<Award Ceremony>
<Evening Performance>
- Lantern Performance
- Laser Show

September 10, 2012, 06:42:01 AM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2012, 06:42:01 AM »
I wonder if Mannam told these guys about the Shinchonji cult connection?

Mannam: Various Languages

September 26, 2012, 12:37:33 PM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2012, 12:37:33 PM »
From the big day!

Shinchonji National Olympiad/Mannam World Peace Festival


From the big night! - Fireworks that look more like artillery. I'd love to know what all that cost:

Mannam Peace Festival - Fireworks


And courtesy of DonJunbar over at the James Randi forums, this collection of quotes from attendees:

Mannam and the Strange Case of the not at all Subtle Cult:
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We were shuttled to the stadium where you could see lines of foreigners being herded by Korean people and directed on where to stand and where to go. They didn't want anyone to venture out of their group/line, even when I went to talk to someone who lived in my area from another group, they promptly tried to direct me back into "my" group. I felt all they were missing were cattle prods and a few sheep dogs.
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As we entered we could see thousands of people dressed in strange apparel and it was easy to see they were part of the Shinchonji group. A look around the stadium revealed some more Shinchonii and Mannam signs and also a huge balloon flying in the sky with both of the names in Korean. Also religious names all around the stadium, kinda strange in an event that was supposed to have no religious connotations.
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As we sat down, other members slowly started to disappear as their knowledge of the event that was transpiring was brought to light.
...
I think if they were more upfront with their apparent connections and "true goals", people wouldn't be as disturbed as I've heard many foreigners have already dropped out of the group.


World Peace Festival & Massive Cult Gathering:
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While I was waiting, two Korean girls came up and offered to give me a free ticket to the World Peace Festival at Olympic Stadium on Sunday. ... Lunch would be provided, a free shuttle bus would take us there and we would get a free shirt. The purpose of the festival would be to promote peace in conjunction with the United Nations' International Day of Peace.
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The stadium was packed. The stadium was color coordinated. In each section, every person wore the same thing as the others in that section. Everything was colorful. In front of each color-coordinated section and at intervals up in the sections, were people directing when everyone should yell, cheer and clap. They were not like cheerleaders. It was a staged show of support for things. The sections obeyed almost completely (save for the random person who coughed from time to time or whatever).
...
Then there was a big countdown to the lighting of the Olympic torch. It meant peace and light and defeating darkness. Everything was about light and darkness and defeating the darkness. There was not so much talk about peace as there was about how much light is going to be victorious over darkness. That is not generally how people speak about peace, you know, as a war.
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By this time, listening to the hosts talk about religious themes and reading the overtly religious words plastered across the tv screens, we knew this was not some UN-related peace event; it was a religious celebration that had tricked us into attending.
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Neither of us wanted to be there any longer. However, we felt trapped on all sides. It was such an ugly feeling. There were so many people that there was no room to walk. We had been told to give our badges back when we wanted to leave, so we had to actually check in with these people first. It is hard to be rude, especially when they had given us so many things. Plus, the whole scene was intimidating. When 100,000 are chanting and you aren't in agreement or included, you start to feel isolated and small.


http://www.iforeigner.name/2012/09/mannam-and-strange-case-of-not-at-all.html
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It was immediately apparent that huge amounts of money was poured into this. Renting a whole stadium, providing food and drinks for 100,000 people and subsidising the food that was available for purchase. About 70,000 people in some sort of uniform or costume, media coverage and hours or practice and organisation do not come cheap.
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In true Eastern Asia style they performed amazing choreographed group routines, but again, all saturated with the imagery of the cult. Basically, in the eyes of these people World Peace means, or an[sic] only be reached when everyone united under their form of Christianity. Yes, because no one in history has every tried to combine everyone under one religion.
...
Other than that the whole festival was a spectacle to behold and worth attending, but people who go should be aware that they idea of “World Peace Initiative” will in fact be a not so subtle religious movement. Also, you will be camera fodder, fodder which I suspect will be used to promote the organisation to other Koreans and other countries. Nothing says “Credible” like foreigners agreeing with you when you are trying to maintain an image.


I May Have Attended A Cult Function:
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Well after getting seated in the stadium, some nice Koreans gave us their seats and moved to where they couldn't see, we sat down and proceeded to listen to about two hours of speeches. It was a pretty auspicious start to a world peace festival (but not out of the ordinary for stuff in Korea). After that the show started with about a 30 minute mass games (think north Korea mass games). As soon as they announced the show was going to be about the 6000 year history of the bible I knew something was up. Throughout the whole show I thought it was pretty funny that at a multicultural world peace event where you have bused in foreign people from all different countries (Thailand, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc) you start with a strict creationist show stating that the world is 6000 years old and only through the bible can evil be defeated.
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Following the show our guides (babysitters) gave us a coupon for 4,000 won at the food court area (international foods) and asked if they would mind if they (the babysitters) went and got us food. Well, I needed to get up and stretch my legs because I'd been seated for about three hours and was cramping. So I told them it's ok I'll go get my own food. To which they basically said, no we have to go together. After walking down to the food court area a couple of the girls I was with had to go to the bathroom, and the guides had to escort them to and from the bathroom. It was at this point that I decided that I was going to leave after lunch. I can handle the religious message, but being escorted around like this made me feel like I was being watched and had to be accounted for at all times.


And Don's pictures from the big day.

One of my favorites:


September 26, 2012, 10:10:35 PM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2012, 10:10:35 PM »
A few more accounts from the big day. And the more I read the more I regret I was unable to attend - I was in another country. Drats. I'll just have to experience the event vicariously...

Culture Or Cult
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The opening ceremony was extremely elaborate with multiple marching bands, an orchestra, traditional korean dancers and drummers, fireworks. The only thing that was a little off at this point was the twelve “tribes” all wearing different color poke-trainer costumes who marched like nazi soldiers into the stadium BUT I accepted this because things are done a little differently in Korea. The majority of the crowd was also wearing these uniforms and segregated by color. Each tribe was labeled by names: John, Peter, Simon, Andrew etc. That is when I first realized the event was not quite as secular as we were informed.

Things got REALLY weird though when they had a group of 1,000+ children wearing white robes come onto the field to give an interpretation of the bible.



All of the foreigners looked confused as we had all been tricked into attending the largest most elaborate church ceremony of all times.

The service was quite entertaining and I was fine with it all until I began to notice that their interpretation of the bible was a bit off. What I got from the show was that their leader “Lee-Man He” was the chosen one that was the only person in the world who had the power to lead the 12 tribes to salvation and anyone who did not follow would be lost in darkness. Sounded a bit cultish to me. I asked my students about Shinchonji and they confirmed my suspicions that the group was indeed viewed nationwide as a group of radical and “bad” Christians.

Although this experience was a bit creepy, I dont’ in any way regret attending. I meet and saw people from countries I’d never even heard of before...I really think that is and hope it will continue to be the strangest day of my life. I really don’t think I want to know what is weirder than running a 5K with a bunch of foreigners while 1,000 cult members lined the track to cheer you on.


And columnist and author Donald Kirk did what I could only dream of doing: Rev. Moon's funeral on the Saturday followed by Man Hee Lee's Creationist Cult Olympics. A cult watcher's dream double header. Click on the article to read about Moon's unsurprisingly lavish funeral:

Religious Fervor on Display
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I was treated the next day to an even bigger display in the form of a ``world peace festival” in the Olympic Stadium at Jamsil. I’d come prepared for a few hours preaching and singing. No way did I envision 100,000 people filling every seat in the stadium, plus thousands more on the playing field, marching in elaborate formations, dancing, enacting biblical scenes.

The program, a “culture and sports celebration of restoring light,” wound up with men and women’s soccer games, a track meet, basketball, judo, tugs of war. Oh, and on stage in front of the reviewing area, magicians and ballroom dancers and jazz musicians and a host of other entertainers were carrying on as well.

This “world peace festival” evoked memories. Was it a modified version of the annual Arirang Mass Games that opened this week in May Day stadium in Pyongyang? On visits to North Korea, I’ve never seen any performance quite so amazing as the prancing and dancing of tens of thousands of performers against a backdrop of tens of thousands in the stands flipping flash cards of scenes and messages of whatever the North Koreans were selling from happy school kids to verdant fields to humming factories to warplanes.

Not quite so many people were on the field at the “world peace festival” as at the Arirang Games, but young people filled 60 percent of the seats, flipping cards on cue, forming slogans and scenes. This whole performance lasted ten or eleven hours, from morning to after dark when the rain was already falling and pinpoints of lights replaced the cards.

Much of the inspiration seems to have come from Lee Man-hee, the elderly pastor of a fringe grouping called the Shinchonji Church, viewed as “heretical” by mainstream Korean Christians. He sat in a Super VIP seat beside Kim Nam-hee, leader of the Mannam Volunteer Association, collaborating with the church on the ostensible mission of putting on “an unprecedented event where people from all over the world will gather.”

Korean contacts tell me that the Shincheonji church and the Mannam organization are about as controversial as the Moonies. Pastor Lee, they say, may not call himself “the messiah” but preaches an extremist view of Christianity that many Christians find distastefully overdone if not absurd.


Mannam World Peace Festival Check out the link for some more pics from the big day.
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The bus arrived at the Olympic Stadium, we hopped out, and were greeted by hundreds of volunteers lining the walkways clapping and cheering at our arrival as we walked up to the stadium. It was very strange, but I couldn’t help feeling a little important… or appreciated in some way. ...

Once the clock struck 10am, the event began. Although, I say it began very hesitantly because the opening ceremony lasted a whopping 4 hours. We sat. And sat. And sat in our tiny little uncomfortable plastic chairs. They even shipped in our free meals and delivered it to our seats so we didn’t have to get up and miss anything. Oh, and if we did want to get up, like to use the bathroom, we had to let Alex, our guide, know that we were leaving and deny his attempts to show us the way. ...

We listened to speech after speech about how we need to achieve world peace. But of course, these speeches never touched on the fact that world peace is virtually impossible and were devoid of any achievable steps towards such a lofty goal (unification of Korea, maybe?). But when the speeches ended, it only got weirder. We learned the true nature of Mannam’s co-sponsor of the event, Shinchonji.

While sitting in my plastic chair, I learned that the World Peace Festival was co-sponsored and co-hosted (and whose members were lining 3/4ths of the stadium seating) by DUN DUNNA DUH: “Shinchonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony”. This was promoted as a peace festival where all cultures, nationalities, AND RELIGIONS were welcome. But because Shinchonji “has a lot more money than Mannam”, our friend of a friend explained, they were able to put much more into their welcoming ceremony. And boy did they. My friends and I watched in horrific awe as thousands of Koreans performed the past 6,000 years of biblical history starting with Adam and Eve. Honestly, the performance was pretty amazing; it reminded me of the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics. Thousands of performers marching in perfect unison. On cue, they would hold up different colored cards (or fabric or umbrellas) that, from afar, created very detailed images; each performer being a single pixel of the overall picture. It was pretty cool. But I couldn’t see past the message.

We were imported from all over Korea to be indoctrinated by a christian church group.

September 30, 2012, 07:14:38 PM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2012, 07:14:38 PM »
And another fascinating account:

Mannam & Shinchonji
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...Anyways, that was all just whatever to me but as we were walking I saw it! The first piece of direct evidence of Shinchonji and Mannam being connected, it was a banner that displayed both their names. I was shocked. It was so blatant and in your face. I really couldn't believe it.

They proceeded to move us into the Stadium. As we entered we could see thousands of people dressed in strange apparel and it was easy to see they were part of the Shinchonji group. A look around the stadium revealed some more Shinchonii and Mannam signs and also a huge balloon flying in the sky with both of the names in Korean. Also religious names all around the stadium, kinda strange in an event that was supposed to have no religious connotations. I was just taking it in stride and pondering what to do, first we should get to the seats.

As we were walking up the stairs past the bleacher seats, we were suddenly told to stop and sit down. we all looked around. "Sit? Where? Here? On the steps?" were the looks on our faces. I refused to sit down on the dirty concrete stairs like some sort of animal. I'm thinking 'What the fuck is this? They reserved seats for their church people but the foreigners have to sit on the floor like dogs?'. I was then told that there were more foreigners than what was previously thought that had showed up. I thought 'Boulderdash!!! If anything there were less.' Then my friend pointed me out to sections of empty seats that seemed to be reserved for "other people". We wouldn't sit and they finally found some seats in the back for us. As we sat down, other members slowly started to disappear as their knowledge of the event that was transpiring was brought to light.

I decided to stick around a bit but not be directed like a dog and went on to do my own thing. Upon walking around I was able to question a Mannam member that was a veteran of mannam of four years, much longer than anyone else I knew or had talked to. I asked him about what was going on. He said that it's not really connected and that the chairman just happens to also be the leader of the church. I said " The guy funds all of the Mannam events (which has to be millions), he is basically a leader of both organizations, the events coincide with each other or are even held together as one, his name is even in the Title of ManNam ( Lee MAN hee, the other person is Kim NAM hee hence MAN-NAM). If it's not connected it's super, super close." I said this while holding my fingers just a millimeter apart. He said " Yeah it's related." That's all I needed to know.

A quite revealing day for some organization that was supposed to have no religious affiliations and almost disowned any relationship with Shinchonji prior to the event. It seems that all suspicions are confirmed. I think if they were more upfront with their apparent connections and "true goals", people wouldn't be as disturbed as I've heard many foreigners have already dropped out of the group. People like volunteering and doing good things, people don't like being duped and manipulated.

October 03, 2012, 11:40:31 PM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2012, 11:40:31 PM »
A couple of videos from Shinchonji from the big day. Wow, those who said it was spectacular weren't kidding:

[신천지 방송] 신천지 카드섹션 천년성 퍼포먼스


[신천지 방송] 신천지 마스게임, 성경 역사 전체를 보여주는 마스게임 1


A couple of comments representative of other comments made by SCJ members:

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Wow... Wonderful!!
I didn't know why christians prefer Shinchonji and Shinchonji's bible. But, now I think the REAL GOD is in Shinchonji. Because of that Olympic, If there's no REAL GOD, they can't do that.
Very wonderful!! I can't believe that the mass game was play by people. I want to learn their REAL BIBLE. I want to learn about their REAL GOD.


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Soooooo beautiful!! These are impossible if God doesn't work. It's definite that God is with Shinchonji.

October 18, 2012, 07:16:58 AM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2012, 07:16:58 AM »
Ministry of Unification pulled out of sponsoring the Creationist Cult Olympics (Korean Article)

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The Ministry of Unification announced that it will pull its sponsorship from an event planned by the SCJ, a cult church.

The Ministry of Unification originally was a sponsor for the World Peace (and insert rest of the event name) planned by the Mannam Volunteer Group, a group related to the SCJ.

The ministry originally sponsored the event because it was under the impression that the event was meant to promote reunification of the Korean Peninsula and was by Mannam. However, it found out later that the event was actually planned by SCJ and decided to rescind its sponsorship.

The ministry reported that it let Mannam know of its decision on September 14 at 5PM via official documentation.

Meanwhile, the SCJ and Mannam will hold the event at the Jamsil Stadium. Mannam, run by its honorary chairman LMH, is known to be an organization related to SCJ.

The Christian community is asking all believers to be aware and avoid the event, as the date of the event coincides with LMH's birthday.

October 22, 2012, 12:56:33 PM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2012, 12:56:33 PM »
Another mention of the Olympics in an opinion piece in the Korea Times by the guys from KoreaBang.

Crouching Tigers, Hidden Christian Message

Here's an excerpt:

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Unsuspecting expats were recruited to participate too, from university students to teachers and office assistants. During the spectacle, that included a giant human LCD board of uncomfortable similarity to what goes on in Pyongyang, Mannam’s very own “Dear Leader” Lee Man-hee literally emerged from a cloud of smoke, to the sound of trumpets and a dazzling display of pyrotechnics. Well, this is the man who claims to have met Jesus, so maybe he called in a favor.

Koreans and expats alike were taken aback ― unaware of the Mannan cult’s bizarre and religious overtones, and the fact they were participating in the “Shinchonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony’s” very own mass games.

“By this time, listening to the hosts talk about religious themes and reading the overtly religious words plastered across the TV screens, we knew this was not some U.N.-related peace event; it was a religious celebration that had tricked us into attending,” said J. D. Benavidez, a blogger who was “Mannamnapped” for the event.

October 23, 2012, 06:15:58 AM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2012, 06:15:58 AM »
In contrast to the above, here is the cult's spin on the event:

World Peace festival Attended by 100,000 in South Korea

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The Celebration of the World Peace Festival

Seoul, South Korea, September 17, 2012 — For the first time since 1988, the Olympic torch at the Seoul Olympic Stadium was lit on the 16th of September for The World Peace Festival: Culture and Sports Celebration of Restoring Light, the largest festival of its kind. This historical event brought the Chief of Staff, Special Advisor to the President, Commissioners, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of many nations, 23 diplomatic personnel, leading NGO representatives from around the world and over 100,000 people together to celebrate the launch of the World Peace Initiative. Over 20 international broadcasting systems, amounting to 50 media personnel, attended to document this notable event.

Mr. Assefa Kessito Dasho, the Chief Staff and Special Advisor to the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ehtiopia, Mr. Joycie Dorado Alegre, the Commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and Arts of the Republic of the Philippines, and Mr. Constancio da Conceicao Pinto, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, gave their congratulatory speeches on stage, emphasizing the need and urgency for world peace.

The international festival included arts and cultural programs of 20 different groups to promote cultural diversity, an essential piece in the path to understand and appreciate each culture. The hosts of the World Peace Festival, Shinchonji Church of Jesus and MANNAM Volunteer Association, also prepared special performances. Shinchonji demonstrated a mass game performance by 2,000 Korean citizens, expressing the wish for the unification of Korea and furthermore, the world. Using multi-colored flags, the group depicted the Korean peninsula as one. There was also a display of the 6,000 years of history according to the Christian Bible and how it has been fulfilled. Crowds were impressed by the card-section involving 12,000 people that took place in the stands. One of the most impressive moments was the constant waves that rolled through the stadium stands as thousands actively took part in the show. The unison and preciseness of the performance moved all who were watching. There was also a mass game performance by MANNAM to show the unity of all cultures and people to create peace. MANNAM’s performance of traditional cultural dances represented nations such as Jordan, China, India, and those of Latin America.

International members of MANNAM Volunteer Association, who have been actively promoting the World Peace Initiative around the globe, gathered over 6,000 photos in the photo campaign that took place on nearly every continent of the world. The campaign’s purpose was to raise awareness for peace that is achieved through understanding and appreciation of diversity. The monument of the “Peace is” Photo Project was revealed at the opening ceremony—a globe of thousands of pieces with 3,913 photos of individuals and their sentiments on peace. It is a representation of individuals joining together for the peace and restoration of the world.

In the tradition of Olympics, the 12 ‘tribes’ of Shinchonji Church of Jesus and the team of International MANNAM members engaged in a friendly competition of sports such as track and field, football, basketball and tug-of-war. After the awards and closing ceremony, the evening closed in the pouring rain with the lighting of a hundred thousand hanji (Korean traditional paper) lanterns during the live performance of the ’88 Olympic song “Hand in Hand” accompanied by fireworks. The World Peace Festival was not a gathering of nations but of people from all different ethnicities, religions and ideologies that strive towards an achievable peace. Media around the world have stated that the World Peace Festival certainly brought unity among those who wish for world peace and moved everyone’s hearts throughout the event.

October 28, 2012, 06:55:55 AM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2012, 06:55:55 AM »
Another take on the big day, this one from Shinchonji. Posted well after the event, an interesting inclusion is mention of the Ministry of Unification's sponsorship of the event. Sponsorship that was withdrawn just prior to the event when the Ministry learnt that Shinchonji was behind the event (see above).











October 28, 2012, 07:08:08 AM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2012, 07:08:08 AM »
And from Mannam this rather astounding video which makes no secret of the religious association they deny on their website. And that lounge room scene? Wow.

It's amazing how the people who produced that have no idea how cultic it makes them look^^

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November 21, 2012, 12:49:21 PM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2012, 12:49:21 PM »
Another dissatisfied customer:


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We had invited many foreign people to join Mannam to learn Korean language and culture. Over the past months we have had many sports events on Sundays in accordance with the objectives of Mannam – sharing our cultures, enabling us to become one. These sporting activities were conducted with strictly no religious influence as Mannam accepts all religions but does not allow the promotion of any particular religious belief. One day we heard about The World Peace Festival, it was to be the largest of all the festivals held this year and was to include a Mini Olympics along with a world peace parade. So many foreigners who have been actively involved in Mannan assisted Korean Mannam members to aggressively promote the festival to other foreign friends so they too could participate.

But in the Jamsil Olympic Stadium on September 16 many foreigners were shocked to find they were actually attending a religious festival far different from anything Mannam had taken them to before. As mentioned. As mentioned previously the sporting events held by Mannam were ourely for the purpose of sharing our cultures in order to become one. The festival on September 16 was completely different containing constant references to God, Heaven and Shinchonji’s teachings which clearly was against the rules of Mannam which strictly forbids the promotion of any religion.
We had always been told that Mannam was not a religious group and was not influenced by any such groups but we feel this turned out to be a lie. From this point many people feel quite unhappy or even enraged.

The day of the World Peace Parade I saw a group of people walk a couple of hundred meters down a track for a few minutes. These people did not march behind their respective flags in order to represent their countries, as we had been led to believe, and as such was a huge disappointment to many members. The Mini Olympics, which many of our members worked very hard to prepare for had constant references to Shinchonji’s Bible teachings. They even stopped the Olympic events in order to allow their main religious events to take place. For example they stopped the preliminary round - which our team won - because of their main events. We were ready and eagerly awaiting the final round but they said the extra final round would be held after the festival and medals awarded at that time. Those medals are meaningless after an event if there is no one around to see who won. They claimed the reason they stopped was due time so it seemed their own religious events were deemed far more important that promoting world peace which was supposed to be the main goal of the festival.

I was very upset and expressed my thought strongly to the cameras that were present. They even lied to me about some wages being paid to operators. We were there only to participate for the pure objective of sharing our cultures through the parade and sporting events in order to bring everyone together as on one in peace. We did not attend on the day to witness a clearly religious festival and to learn about Shinchonji and their religious beliefs.

After the festival Mannam representatives who previously contacted me regularly cannot be contacted and have said nothing to me since the festival. We strongly insist that Mannam apologize to us for the lies and deceiving behavior they engaged in prior to the event.

November 26, 2012, 06:53:03 AM
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Re: The Shinchonji National Olympiad/Day of Mannam: Sept 16, 2012
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2012, 06:53:03 AM »
And again in contrast, here is how SCJ views the event:

Posted Nov. 20: http://scjpeter.blogspot.kr/2012/11/their-unified-cheering-showing-dignity.html

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Their unified cheering showing dignity of Shinchonji 12 Tribes, and the Closing Ceremony together with awarding ceremony
 
6,000 years awaited drama trailer dealing with the accomplishments of Revelation
The footage of unprecedented accomplishments drama of Revelation showing that it has taken place in South Korea.
The only one who knows the secret of Revelation.
I was sent to announce what I have seen and heard.
So looking forward to see the Accomplished Revelation movie.


I'm looking forward to that movie too.

Posted Nov. 14: http://scjpeter.blogspot.kr/2012/11/opening-of-sealed-book-and-outcome-of.html

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Opening of the sealed book and outcome of reality(Rev6)

Through Mass game, it is demonstrated how the bible is accomplished in Shinchonji, how the sealed book is opened and the appearance of the promised covenant and by betraying, how the Temple was destroyed by the destroyer,
and the victory of the one who fights and wins with the word that is like a sword.
 
Take a look at the traditional dances of each country of Mannam international members, the Mass game which is performed by Mannam who does volunteer work breaking all the boundaries of religion, countries and culture


Click on the above links for some more video footage of big day.