According to 2005 statistics compiled by the South Korean government, approximately 46.5% of the South Korean population expresses no religious preference. Of the population, 29.3% are Christian (of which 18.3% profess to be Protestants and 10.9% to be Catholics), 22.8% are Buddhist, and the rest belong to various other religions.
The Protestant Church demands a great deal of the Christians. The common understanding would be: no alcoholic beverages, no smoking, no work on Sunday,not to participate in the Korean Confucian Rites and to tithe, besides taking all the teachings of Jesus seriously. The
It is difficult to make general statement about the Protestant Churches since they do differ much among themselves. The
Faith in the Cross on
Faith in the Fullness of the Holy Spirit
Faith in the Spreading of the Gospel to All the World
Faith in the Good God
Faith in Christ Who Carries Our Diseases
Faith in Christ Who Will Return
Faith in Sharing (blessing through tithing)
We as Catholics would have little difficulty with most of this but the emphasis on the Gospel of Prosperity would have to be qualified a great deal.
The following report below was taken from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea.
2008 Annual Report on Religious Freedom in
“This report is based on a survey of 2047 North Korean defectors who entered in
According to the report, 99.7 percent of respondents said they cannot freely practice their religious belief in
Mr. John Yun Yeo-sang, who as an expert member of the CRKP took a charge of the survey and prepared the report, gave suggestions for solution to relieve and prevent the North Koreans from the religious persecutions: a regular monitoring of the reality of religious freedom and persecution in North Korea; working on a method to prevent North Koreans from the religious persecution and help its victims; inter-Korean religious exchanges and examination of a connection between humanitarian aid of the religious world to North Korea and the extension of religious freedom; strengthening official and unofficial religious approaches to North Koreans; organizing an interreligious federation to extend the religious freedom in North Korea; strengthening assistance to North Korean defectors in South Korea in practicing their religious belief; developing a long-term strategy for evangelizing North Korea.”