2013 Seoul Literature Award: Poet Jung Myung Seok

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Report No. 305-2014-0000036

2013 Seoul Literature Award Winner: Poet Jung Myung Seok

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Poet Jung Myung Seok has never given up his life of composition, even in his current most inadequate environment, but has sublimated his misfortunes into happiness by challenging himself endlessly with hope. That is why the board committee of The Most Beautiful People of 2013 from Seoul Education Broadcasting highly appraised his passionate creative writing activities and nominated poet 1178 Jung Myung Seok as The Most Beautiful Person of 2013. His heart for life beats and surges like a wave throughout his compositions and within the merit of his missionary works.

The Selection Committee of The Most Beautiful Person of 2013

How he was nominated: This year poet Jung Myung Seok published two volumes of the series, Poems of Inspiration– The Woman of Poetry and Speaking Through Poetry. Since he has a wide circle of readers, both of his books made records as weekly bestseller at Kyobo Book Centre. Despite being imprisoned currently in Daejeon prison, we found that his fervor for literary creative writing has transcended his confinement; he has been writing almost as many pages as one book every week.

There are many people who have different views towards Jung. However, from a literary point of view, the diction Jung uses in his poems is unique, and at this time when poetry is already being considered a dead literary genre, Jung has engrossed himself in only writing poetry instead of essays or novels and has written thousands of poems thus far. Among those poems, he selected some of his works and published them into two books. In the future, we hope that more budding poets will be born from many other places so that poetry will resurrect again from its current state of depression in Korean literature. With that anticipation, we have nominated poet Jung Myung Seok as The Most Beautiful Person in 2013.

Furthermore, Jung has established a very special theory on psychoanalysis. In contrast to Carl Jung’s theory of dream interpretation, he has proven the reality of dreams empirically. His theory is known as the soul entity theory, which uses psychoanalysis to interpret the way dreams reflect reality. Although dreams reflecting reality is already widespread, his theory of psychoanalysis is revolutionary. In his theory, dreams are the reality of the soul entity; just as we have a physical body in the physical plane, the soul entity of the brain surely exists.

Who is poet Jung Myung Seok?

Who is poet Jung Myung Seok? He was born in 1945, the year of the rooster. At that time, Korea was under Japanese colonial rule. Around the time when Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin were making an agreement on the 38th parallel at Yalta on the coast of the Black Sea in the Soviet Union on February 4, 1945, a boy was born in Wolmyeongdong (Dalbar-gol), Seokmak-ri, Jinsan-myeon, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea. At that time, the district was not called Chungcheong Province but Jeolla Province. Poet Jung Myung Seok was the third son of Jung Pal Seong.

What kind of hope was there during the colonial period? Even at birth, Jung faced death. Because of his lack of immunity as a baby, he stopped breathing due to a certain disease. His mother-in-law kept nagging his mother to bury him quickly because it was an ominous sign, but his mother felt sorry for him. When she looked at her baby’s face, thinking that would be the final time she would ever see him, at that moment, he suddenly opened his eyes.

“Since he is still alive, let me have him for one more night…”

During that time, he had become unresponsive. His mother thought he had died after suffering from his high fever, so she laid him down at the corner of the room and covered him with a cloth. His mother was waiting for night to come so that she could try burying him discreetly at the back mountain. She wanted to see her son for the last time, the one whom she had given birth to with labor pains after 10 months, so she peered through the blanket. At that moment, he suddenly opened his eyes again. He wasn’t even crying. Jung spent three days like that. This miracle happened as his swelling subsided. That’s why his mom named him Myung* Seok because he seemed to have many lives. This is the childhood story of poet Jung Myung Seok.

(Translator’s note: Myung(命) is a Chinese character and means a life. However, later he changed his name to Myung(明), which means bright.)

Could the reason all his poetry is directly connected to life perhaps be because of what had happened in his childhood? Since he had experienced death at such a young age, during his adolescence, he often pondered deeply in solitude about life. Later on, while serving in the Vietnam War, he realized the value of life, the futility of life, and the fundamental world of God through first-hand experiences. He was able to live because of his mother’s love, which had compelled her to peer through the blanket to see her son’s face one last time, and so his affinity towards lives also stems from love.

The reason Jung’s poems are so good lies within their earnestness. His unquenchable earnestness towards what he is yearning for is carved deep into his poems like markings. When you see a flower, you can know about it by its fragrance. In the same way, all his poems give off a certain fragrance. Vol. 3 of his Poems of Inspiration titled, The Woman of Poetry, contained truly beautiful pieces. In order to understand the poet Jung Myung Seok, just as a work of art tells something about its author, reading his poetry yourself is the fastest and the most genuine way to get to know him.

Within Korean literary circles, there is a history book of literature known as The Encyclopedia of Korean Poetry. Poet Jung is officially registered in the 2011 edition of The Encyclopedia of Korean Poetry. On page 2717, readers can learn about him in a more detailed and genuine way. The fact that he is on page 2717 goes to show that The Encyclopedia of Korean Poetry is a very thick history book of literature. It presents 100 years of Korean poetry history.

The Encyclopedia of Korean Poetry was published by EJP Books, and Jung is in the 2011 edition. This book includes poems written by 3,500 poets who represent the history of Korean poetry from 1908 to 2010. The encyclopedia showcases ten of Jung’s poems; some of which include The Terrain of the Heart, Life, Good and Evil, Our Love, Operation, A Never-changing Heart, and Hope.

When you read his poem called Happiness is on Its Way, you can see how he depicts a deep aspect of life with simple yet meaningful diction.

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In life’s winter, where blizzards blow, there Happiness goes,

Even in a bone-aching life of anguish and suffering,

Happiness still goes on that thorny road.

Not permitting itself to just anyone,

It heads toward the path of pain, of man’s struggle.

Hope, also, not wishing to live with just anyone;

Seeking the one who endures, it goes.

Happiness and hope are surely abstract nouns. We cannot touch them and they don’t have specific forms. However, poet Jung describes happiness and hope as entities that exist and that are living. Happiness and hope are not abstract to Jung. He personifies them as entities that have a specific form. We wonder, how earnestly did he want happiness and hope to the point that he would portray their looks with such diction? When we look at his style of speech, the way he connects the verb, seeking, to the abstract nouns, we catch a glimpse of his bold transcendence of the existing grammatical rules in poetry. Of course, modern poetry is also highly influenced by free verse, so it is not bound by grammatic structure either.

Once again, we’d like to ask, who is poet Jung Myung Seok? Hearing from Jung directly about who he is would be the most genuine approach. However, written words are an expression of one’s heart. An art piece reflects the thoughts of its author, and an author speaks through his work. Likewise, Jung speaks directly through his work, one being The Woman of Poetry. What more words are needed? Who knows? During the times of our deepest despair, perhaps you will also be able to draw hope like finding an oasis in a desert through the words of his poetry.

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A Milestone in the History of Christianity [Environ News]

On October 3, 2013 at 11am, I visited the Christian Gospel Mission located at 65-21 Wolmyeongdong, Seokmak-ri, Jinsan-myeon, Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, to cover a story. – 15 October 2013, EnvironNews Page 8 (Visit), Written by Kim Myeong-yeok

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A Milestone in the History of Christianity

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President Jung Myung Seok of the Christian Gospel Mission


On October 3, 2013 at 11am, I visited the Christian Gospel Mission located at 65-21 Wolmyeongdong, Seokmak-ri, Jinsan-myeon, Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, to cover a story. Upon entering the mountainous region, I was surprised by the well-organized facilities and buildings on this large area of land that was about 991,735m2 . Officials of the church were explaining their doctrines to members who were visiting from all regions. The listeners appeared sincere.

 The Christian Gospel Mission // http://www.cgm.or.kr

 

I unexpectedly met notable people there: Han Wha-Gab, the President of the Foundation for East and West Cooperation, the former member of the Peace and Democracy Party and the Democratic Party; So Won-Sook, the President of the head office of the International central association for law; Choi Young-Wook, the former Professor of Sungkyul Christian University, Oh Gyo-Han, Professor of Danguk University; Jung Myeong-Ho, the President of the institute of Deoknan Cultural Heritage Studies; Yi Young-In, the head of the Beijing Museum in China.

I accompanied these people and kept up thorough coverage of the CGM. I also learned something knew- something different from a well-known fact- from an elder of the CGM, Kim Young-Don.

This religious organization is called the Christian Gospel Mission. Its history is brief. The CGM was established by and centered on university students and young people. It spread the gospel of Christ by practicing God’s truth and love. Due to the founder, President Jung’s correct teachings about the Bible, the number of CGM members increased to around 200,000 with 34 branches nationwide and about 300 churches. The CGM has also spread to 50 countries (including the United States, Japan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil and the Republic of South Africa).

JMS is the acronym for Jesus Morning Star. The ‘Morning Star’ is from Revelations 22:16: ‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.’ J stands for Jesus. JMS does not refer to Jung Myung Seok.

A monument built by President Jung Myung-Seok
A monument built by President Jung Myung-Seok

The Inspirations behind the founding of the Christian Gospel Mission

Jesus Christ commissioned his disciples to spread the gospel throughout the Earth. This inspired the founding of the CGM. Another was to make this Earth into a world of true peace, which is a major talking point in the 21st century. The CGM members took initiative to spread the ideology of ‘if you love, there will be peace’ throughout the world and for all ages.

The history of the CGM

Despite its brief history, the CGM has around 200,000 members in around 300 churches nationwide. Internationally, it has spread to around 50 countries. This proves that the CGM is God’s history and a milestone to the history of modern Christianity.

 Wolmyeongdong, the CGM training center

The Wolmyeongdong training center is the Natural Temple built by President Jung Myung Seok along with CGM members. The Natural Temple was constructed over 10 years. It has become an international tourist attraction with hundreds of thousands of visitors from home and abroad vising every year. Summer retreats are held every year when young people come to train their minds and bodies. Also, annual flower festivals and rock festivals are held every spring and autumn, with its beautiful natural scenery.

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The main CGM building located in Wolymyeongdong Jinsan-myeon, Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

The Heavenly Holy Spirit Movement held in Jangchung Gymnasium

 

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The former leader of the Democratic Party, Han Wha-Gab and other visitors photographed together in front of the Holy Son Rock/ Elder Kim Young-Don pointing and explaining to Han Wha-Gabb about the main structures of the Natural Temple.

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[The source of the news] [The environment, fire and police newspaper] This organization has about 200,000 members from about 50 countries worldwide; a milestone in the history of Christianity /writer Meeting and Conversation.

15 October 2013, EnvironNews Page 8 (Visit), Written by Kim Myeong-yeok


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Jung Myung Seok [Sisa News] (Transcript)

“More than simply going to heaven after death, we must create heaven on earth while we are still alive.” The goal of the Christian Gospel Mission, led by President Jung Myung Seok, is to create the ideal world on the earth.

Jung Myung Seok

President of Christian Gospel Mission

Bringing love and peace in the world

through an open mind of religion and life

Among religious circles, especially in Christianity, the non-believing world is considered to be the “world” and the people that live in it as “worldly people.” In other words, the religious people call it the secular world and they are determined not to pursue the values of the secular world. Religions are charged with providing a deeper sense of value than the value system of the secular world. Despite that, a vast majority of religious people give off an air of being separate from the world they seek to save. In the mist of all these, the Christian Gospel Mission, led by President Jung Myung Seok, is gaining attention by walking in line with the people through a much more active method of ministry involving cultural exchange activities, community service, and a variety of other activities.

Proposing a new vision for the Christian gospel

What kind of an organization is the Christian Gospel Mission and what are its goals?

“More than simply going to heaven after death, we must create heaven on earth while we are still alive.” The goal of the Christian Gospel Mission is to create the ideal world on the earth.

Our goal is to bring to life the teachings of God that are written in the Bible through effort and hard work, in order to break free from the religious view which has become a prisoner to mythological interpretations. President Jung sees that the reason young people distance themselves from the church is because of the literal minded ministry methods of today’s Christianity. He points out that rather than teaching the words of God and Jesus, Christianity is much more focused on maintaining their organization. Our purpose is to break through these limitations and create churches in which the teachings of God and Jesus Christ are alive and well. Domestically, we have over 400 churches that have been established, and internationally, there are churches and 50 different nations with a total membership in the 200,000s. We are growing into a vibrant international organization.

Human beings are bundles of truth

What are the 30 principles that President Jung realized?

The 30 principles is a product of organizing the words he received from God through 30 years of extreme training and over 2,000 readings of the bible into 120 charts.

President Jung said that after realizing the truth, he realized that human beings were made in the image of God and that they were bundles of truth. However, as a result of the fall, they live ignorant lives having lost their sense of value.

When people hear the 30 principles, they not only find answers to their questions about the bible, all of their lives’ problems melt away like the melting snow. They will have satisfactory answers to the issues of fire, last days, rapture, purpose of creation and fall, and the secrets of the second coming.

The bible is a book written with parables and symbols

Then what would you say is the key point of the 30 principles?

During the 4,000 years of the Old Testament the Jews believed that in the Last Days God will come down on the clouds, judge the non-believers with fire, resurrect the Jews, and make the ideal world. Unfortunately, because of their faith in such things they rejected Jesus who came as the son of a carpenter and ultimately crucified him to death.

In the same way, today’s Christians believe in Jesus and believe that he will return in the Last Days. However, just as the Jews did, they believe that Jesus will return literally on the clouds, judge the people with fire, resurrect the physical bodies, and rapture people.

We can figure how the New Testament prophecies will be fulfilled by examining how the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in the New Testament.

Many Christians believe that the prophecies in the Old Testament will be fulfilled at the Second Coming because they did not happen at the first coming. Matthew 11:13 tells us that all the prophets and the law were fulfilled with John the Baptist. This means that the prophecies about the Messiah’s advent the Old Testament were fulfilled in Jesus’ time.

The bible is a book written with parables and symbols. Just as clouds become purified through the process of evaporation caused by sunlight, the Jewish people who believed in God and obeyed the New Testament word were the clouds. Although Jesus appeared on such clouds 2,000 years ago, the Jewish people failed to realize that. Instead, they kept their eyes in the sky. That is why they failed to receive him.

The judgment of fire also isn’t literally a judgment of fire. The fire is a parable for God’s words of truth. (Luke 12:49, 2 Pet 3:7). The judgment of fire refers to all the physical and spiritual problems being solved through the words of truth in the Last Days. The earth will not be destroyed by fire in the Last Days.

The Last Days refer to the point of intersection between the end of the former times and the beginning of the new times. The transition point of history is the Last Days. Resurrection also happens in the same way. (Isaiah 29:19, Eze 37:12~, Dan 12:2~, 1 Thes 4:16~) The resurrection does not refer to the revival of dead bodies but to the resurrection of the times, resurrection of the domain, the resurrection of action.

John 5:24 shows that the resurrection refers to the renewal of a person’s spirit that happens when he/she believes that follows the Messiah. The rapture also doesn’t refer to being caught up in the clouds. The earth is in the air. Therefore, it refers to all history being fulfilled on the earth. We can discover the present by examining the past and discover the future by examining the present. History always repeats.

Instructions for salvation, “Words of Salvation”

Please describe the “Words of Salvation” written by President Jung

There are tens of thousands of books in the world but not one is properly written about salvation. That is why he wrote the book on salvation. It took 6 years to write. It took him over 20 years of struggling to realize the complete truth and receive the salvation of these times.

Originally, President Jung wanted to write about hell. He wanted to write a book that told people, “Hell is a terrible place. Therefore, don’t go there.” To convey that message, he wanted to write a detailed description of hell and then conclude with the message, “Therefore, believe in God so you will be spared from hell. And also believe in the Messiah.” But then, he heard a voice that told him, “do you think people go to hell because they don’t know that hell is a terrible place? They go to hell even though they know what it is like.”

Then he wanted to write about heaven. However, he heard a same voice tell him, “do you think people don’t go to heaven because they don’t know that it is a great place? Why are there so many people who’ve failed to go there? Everybody knows that heaven is a great place. The reason people don’t go to heaven is not because they don’t know.”

As a result of these voices, he thought a long time about what to write. Then he concluded, “Salvation is the only thing I can write about. If people receive salvation, they will go to heaven and avoid hell.” The salvation book is the book that he wrote as a result of those realizations.

This book is not just a book about salvation as a theory; it is a book written based on the salvation history God is making in the present time. That is why this book is so realistic. Because a book about salvation cannot be written unless Jesus teaches it to him, he had to pray deeper than he had prayed before and he had to write it with all his heart, will, and life. The salvation book can be seen as the instruction for salvation that God brings to this time period in a way that fits.

Contributing to world peace through cultural exchange

Please tell us about the various cultural exchange activities of Global Association of Culture and Peace.

God is not just a god of religion, but a God of arts and culture as well. We believe that culture and arts are gifts God gave to those He loves. Therefore, we focus on culture and arts activities to express thanksgiving to God. President Jung’s Global Association of Culture and Peace involves the Global Village Arts Festival, Asian Youth International Exchange, as well as various other activities. Every year, we support cultural exchange programs ranging from arts to sports.

The Global Association of Culture and Peace, which is an international civilian exchange organization, works to provide a place for people to understand each other through sports, arts, and various types of cultural exchange, transcending the limits of nationality and making world peace come true.

Beginning with the International Peace Soccer Competition that was held in August 1999, there have been a total of six additional soccer competitions including the one held at the World Cup soccer stadium in Daejeon from August 11th to 17th in 2002. During the 2002 World Cup that was co-hosted by Korea and Japan, our organization received recognition for finding ways to bring members from 35 nations together transcending religions and ideologies.

Realizing the value of life amidst gunfire

There has to be some motivation for President Jung to create an international organization like this.

President Jung entered the military at a young age and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He tells us that it was during those times that he realized the terror of death and the meaninglessness of life. He felt it deep down in his bones. He also confesses that the reason he was able to survive so many harrowing, life threatening, experiences was because of God’s protection. That is what led him to decide to live only for God.

There, on the crossroads of death and life, he found the true meaning of life. resident Jung, who was determined to share the teachings of God with the world, saw the young people in the 70’s and 80’s lost and wandering as a result of losing their sense of value. He realized that he needed to save these people. In the midst of the gunfire in Vietnam, he heard a voice from God that told him to love lives and realised that in order for our society to live, we must save our young people. That has become the direction of his ministry.

President Jung, who is currently working on international ministry, has written a book about the things he has experienced of God with a desire to share God’s message.

A place one can feel the hand of God through nature, Wolmyeongdong

What kind of a place is Wolmyeongdong Conference Center?

Wolmyeongdong Conference Center, which is located in Jinsan-myon of Choong-nam Geumsan-kun, is a place that is like the umbilical cord for the Christian Gospel Mission. It is also President Jung’s hometown.

Wolmyeongdong means a place where the moon is bright and big. Our members worked with President Jung for over 10 years to develop, investing tremendous amount of sweat and tears to complete.

The reason this place was developed was because President Jung lived his life of prayer here. This is where he heard the voices from God and realised the word. That is why it holds a special meaning. It is also a place where people can feel the hand of God through nature that surrounds it.

Geographically, it is a convergence point between two mountain ranges. Noryang and Charyang mountain ranges converge in a dragon formation at Wolmyeongdong. The spot has long been the object of legends that tell of a great world-renown figure who will appear from the region. It doesn’t seem a mere coincidence that President Jung was born in that area.

Even as late as the early 1900’s the region was an abandoned remote mountain village that people rarely visited. Now, the numbers of members who visit every year are staggering. It has been transformed into a place visited by hundreds of thousands of people per year.

In the summertime the conference center hosts all types of performances. It also serves as a venue for sporting events as well as a place to improve one’s physical health. In the wintertime it is possible sled and ski along with many other types of winter activities. For that reason, the conference center is considered by members to be a natural resting place for all seasons.

After developing Wolmyeongdong, President Jung told us, “Just as Wolmyeongdong, which was a pitiful place before development, has become an invaluable place through development, I urge all of you to become precious beings that are developed and useful to God.” President Jung’s words suggest many things to us.

Practising the mind of Christ through public service

We know that a part of the Christian Gospel Mission’s activities involve public service.

The public service arm of the Christian Gospel Mission was established through the desire of President Jung to practice the teachings of Jesus who cared for the sick and the poor and healed them through giving the word. We pursue programs that practice the love of Christ with the understanding that love is more powerful than anything else in the world.

We focus our activities on helping to nurture young people. Providing proper guidance to our young people is the key to guaranteeing the future of our society. Another axis of the philosophy of “Peace in the family” that Christian Gospel Mission advocates is the philosophy that arming the young people with a healthy mentality will enable them to create healthy families in their future.

Our public service efforts of providing for the needs of our neighbors are important for fortifying the attitude of social responsibility and instilling a sense of belonging to the society.

These public service activities are grounded in faith. Therefore, they teach people the mind of Christ who served freely. We believed that serving others with great dedication is valuable in itself. Each of our member churches run at least one public service program. It is an expression of our desire to bring about world peace.

We are involved in more than 50 community service programs including the aforementioned movement for family peace, campaigns aimed at creating a healthy society, activities for cleaning up the environment, youth guidance and cultural activities, children’s charities, restoration of facilities and equipment, blood drives, relief for victims of natural disasters, cost-free medical clinics, assistance for farmers, charities for the poor, assistance for the elderly and disenfranchised, international charities, sponsoring marathons, choir performances, etc. Each month, more than a thousand people are involved in such public service activities throughout the nation as well as numerous activities throughout the 50 member nations.

God’s work is revealed in history

Christian Gospel Mission is considered by the established denominations as heretical. Is there a standard by which heresy is determined? 

When you examine the scriptures, you will find that in every time period the people of God were not welcomed. In fact, recounting that reminds us of a sad and painful history in which those sent by God were treated as heretics. This was the case for Jesus who came to this world as the Messiah. All of his disciples were also accused of heresy and were given no choice but to walk the path of martyrdom.

In the eyes of the Jewish people who were the establishment at Jesus’s time, Jesus and his disciples were undoubtedly heretics. However, as followers of Jesus’s teachings , we can’t help but blame the unfortunate outcome on the ignorance of the Jewish religious leaders. The concept of heresy is extremely relative and always dynamic. We believe it should be left up to history to label anyone a heretic or not.

Yesterday’s heresies became today’s orthodoxies. In light of this simple and plain truth, we must reject the black and white notion that tradition is always right and heresy is always wrong.

If you search the scriptures, you will find that in 1 John 2:22, it is explained that anyone who denies the father and the son is the antichrist. President Jung and we, the members, worship Jesus Christ as much as anyone else. In essence, the people who serve God according to His will and put His will to practice are the the true people of God. We believe that President Jung is a true man of God who does his best to fulfill God’s will. All of us faithfully follow his teachings to do the same.

Only God is the protector of nations

Could you tell us, as a religious person, your take on the current issue of North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons and the condition of peace in Northeast Asia?

It is true that the issue of nuclear arms in North Korea severely threatens peace not only for Northeast Asia but also for the entire world. Seeing the recent progress in the talks and their willingness to rejoin the six party talks is greatly reassuring. I believe that guaranteeing peace for the Korean peninsula would be difficult if the issue is not resolved soon. Since God’s words were sown on this land 200 years ago, Korea has steadily grown into a Christian nation that leads the world in spirituality. These facts show that God will not allow the escalation of North Korea’s nuclear crisis.

In 1994, when Korea’s military alert was escalated to an all-time high under the pressure of North Korea’s nuclear development, leaders and members from the entire nation gathered to pray all night. As a result of God’s answer to those prayers, the situation was quickly defused.

I think it is time for all of us to pray for Korea’s peace as well as the peace of the world, and ask God to be our nation’s guardian. I think it is time for all religious people to become one. On June 17th, the leaders from the nation gathered at Wolmyeongdong to ask for salvation of this nation and to pray for its safety.

The goal of creating 1,000 churches in Korea and preaching the gospel in 120 nations

Please tell us the future plans of the Christian Gospel Mission

Until now, President Jung has been focusing all his energy on raising people rather than building structures. Each quarter, we hold passing ceremonies for thousands of people. That is our vision and the goal of our ministry. Currently, there is also a leadership training program with roughly 4,500 participants training to be leaders. Those leaders will be used to fulfill God’s will by continuing our work with the ministry as well as our public service activities.

Towards that end, the construction of the World Mission Center is nearly completed. The World Mission Center will be used as the headquarters for international ministry with the purpose of sending out missionaries, hosting various meetings and seminars, as a center for research and development, as well as a hub for all administrative matters.

Our ministry efforts in Asia, Europe, and the Americas are growing more active each day because we are focusing our efforts and pursuing our goal of establishing a thousand churches domestically and to create branches in 120 nations throughout the world.

We will push to share the mind of God with the world through expanding our international cultural exchange programs that break down walls between people and religions. The missionaries who are sent out to the world will also play the role of cultural ambassadors who will teach the world about the true Korea.

Make yourself into a work of art

Finally, what would you like to say to the readers who are reading this article?

Human beings are immensely great beings who carry within them the value of God. God wants to fulfill His will through people. That is why the value of our being is incalculable.

Living in this world requires money, fame, and power. However, we know very well that a life lived without truth is a life that is empty. If we spend our precious youth lost and wandering in the much of alcohol, smoking, and sexual immorality, we will wake up one day having lost our true self.

Just as we envision beautiful objects when we draw up our plans for a work of art, it is a given that our creator God wants us to live beautiful lives. I wish that rather than pursuing worldly things that are meaningless at best, I hope that everyone will regain the value of their precious lives by the power of God.

At the wedding, the bride is at the height of her beauty as she takes the bridegroom’s hand. Jesus told us that we must become the brides of God and that we must remain awake in our most beautiful state to become the brides of God. President Jung leads us to make ourselves into masterpieces and to be used for the world. I urge everyone not to ruin themselves through their own actions but instead to continue making the effort to become perfect. That is the mission God gives us today and that is His message.


Poem “I”

A sculptor carves on a tile

the dreams of a 1000 years

Everyday I go brimming with hope

 

I am

“Action more than Words.”

 

Even though my body is small, I understand everything

Even though my eyes are small, they penetrate 

this world to the next

All that remain of my life

is to be used as his hands and feet.

1 Oct 1988 at Sangdo-dong, A poem that contain’s President Jung’s confession of his creed.

President Jung Myung Seok

Born in 1945, Chungnam Geumsan-gun Jinsan-Myun, graduated from Wesley Seminary. The founder and President of Christian Gospel Mission. Made his debut as a poet in 1995 in “Literary Fiction”, and wrote “Spiritual Poem 1,2,” “Book of Parables,” “Heaven’s Words, My Words 1,2,3,4,” “Words of Salvation,” and other works. Also, through various national and international organizations, he spreads all kinds of artistic activities. Now, through the Global Association of Culture and Peace, he organizes various arts, sports, and lively cultural activities for peace.


Original Article on Sisa News August 2005 edition, page 34 to 52. 

 

 

 

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When Art and Life becomes One

What would a world of art be like? A world where life becomes art and art becomes life, and a world that is created through our communion with the One Divine Being? As a religious leader (Jung Myung Seok), this artist accepted art and developed a style of art that is unrestricted by formality or genre and is free and unique.

Christian Gospel Mission holds an exhibition of paintings by President Jung Myung Seok

(Original News Article on News Kyong Nam | Archived) By O Ha Neul   Date: March 12, 2014. 1:17pm

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▲ Destiny (Top left): This piece was selected as Jung’s feature artwork at an international art fair, Arteclasica Art Fair, in 2011. It received plaudits from people around the world. Jung depicted the destiny of the weak before the strong. Looking at all the strokes in the painting, it seems as if the notes of Beethoven’s The Destiny Symphony are also precisely depicted. The top part of the painting was drawn with strong strokes, and the bottom part was drawn with soft strokes, expressing the element of sorrow. ▲ Palm Tree (Right): Jung has a desire to unite features that differ in nature; this desire led to the incorporation of calligraphy into his paintings as an artistic element. ▲ The photo on the bottom left: There are paintings of pine trees. He minimized the usage of combining various techniques as well as any additional extra details as much as possible. He also added a poem that portrayed his thoughts between the paintings.

What would a world of art be like? A world where life becomes art and art becomes life, and a world that is created through our communion with the One Divine Being? As a religious leader, this artist accepted art and developed a style of art that is unrestricted by formality or genre and is free and unique. Our exhibit displaying his world of art has opened.

The artist of these paintings is Jung Myung Seok, the president of Christian Gospel Mission. The exhibit of his art paintings has been premiering at the Gusang Art Museum in Wolmyeongdong, Geumsan-gun, Chungnam, since February 21. Displayed at the exhibit are the paintings of rocky cliffs and palm trees that he has drawn the most, as well as many other paintings besides the pine trees.

The artist’s view of art: Only when we know the Holy Son Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life, will we be able to comprehend and create art.

Jung clearly expresses his philosophy: “Only when we know the Holy Son Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life will we be able to comprehend and create art.” This philosophy is embodied in his artwork, and you can see how the freedom he gained by learning the truth through his life experiences is also alive and breathing throughout his artwork.

The painting that especially drew people’s attention at the exhibit is Destiny, which was nominated as Jung’s featured artwork at 2011 Arteclasica Art Fair held in Argentina. It won plaudits from people around the world. He portrayed the destiny of the weak before the strong through painting and said, “I received the design from the Holy Son Jesus and He showed me a vision through inspiration, so I drew it swiftly in an instant without being able to breathe.”

A snail standing on the cliff of death, like the one in Destiny, is a stork’s favorite prey. There would be no one who would say that the snail will survive. The stork thinks the same and says, “You are my prey. Once I peck at you, it is over.” However, the snail does not surrender to death but says, “I will live.” It is running with all of its might to avoid death. No matter how fast the snail may move, before the stork, that speed is like the speed of the hour hand before the second hand. Jung explained that he was depicting a person who leaves his destiny up to the Heavens.

This painting conveys the message, We cannot do anything we want with our life, but our destiny is left up to Heaven’s Will. This painting is filled and packed with the desire to convey that meaning. He illustrated the messages, If you give up, you will die and be defeated, and, Do not be conscious of others, but do it until the end. When you look at all the strokes of the painting, it seems as if the notes of Beethoven’s The Destiny Symphony have been precisely depicted. The top part of the painting was drawn with strong strokes, and the bottom part was drawn with soft strokes, expressing the element of sorrow.

The objects that appear in his drawings are mountains, seas, the sun, birds, trees, and rocks: things we can commonly see in nature. However, the way those objects are illustrated on his canvas is not ordinary at all. The reason is that Jung is not restricted by institutionalized education or by a sensory experience that is limited to the physical body and external stimuli, but he freely receives various ideas through communing with the Divine.

In addition, his artwork is understood as a product of his ceaseless challenge to capture an original image that is beyond the visible scope of human beings. In other words, his artwork represents a mentality that has reached the pinnacle, one that has reached the Divine Being.

Jung is an artist who goes beyond mimicking certain models. He has been freely creating his own world of new art. Yet, there is no disorder to be found within that freedom; the reason being, instead of portraying imperfect human beings or a distorted world caused by mankind’s ignorance and errors, he endeavors to shape his images using the freedom found within the truth and within the ideal world which our Creator governs.

Hegel (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich), a German philosopher, explored this idea saying, “Art that makes people aware of things related to the Divine Being, which is the greatest interest of finite human beings, as a general truth and makes them feel it with their senses is art that accomplishes art’s greatest task.”

Jung’s great masterpieces eliminate the distance between human beings and the Divine and establish the perfect beauty called harmony.

It is difficult to find the application of realism towards beings or objects in his artwork. He infuses dynamic vitality into each object so that even if an object may appear to indicate one thing, he secures it in independent features so that it will not be confined to only one referent. Even in his paintings of a face, you can catch a glimpse of the righteous figure of the Divine Being within a human image made with simple lines, the image of a benevolent Jesus or the image of a vigorous eagle, which all appear to overlap. Through this, we can discover the concept, the Aura of a work of art, that Walter Benjamin had once described.

In his paintings of pine trees as well, while minimizing the usage of combining various techniques as well as the addition of extra details as much as possible, Jung displays unique shapes, such as a pine tree coiling up like a dragon, a pine tree with a brawny appearance, a pine tree standing while firmly rooted to a rock, and a pine tree sitting on the top of a mountain.

In addition, his compositions of various images of palm trees boasting grand and charming appearances, of fruits after having survived the throes of the ocean and the winds of the sea, and of a weak snail defying a stork that is infinitely stronger suggest many significant meanings. In these artworks, Jung’s twists and turns that he went through in his life, his breath of struggle for the beauty of perfection, and his shouts of victory permeate throughout his artwork intact with his guidelines for life.

Also, there is a series of Chinese ink wash drawings that Jung has drawn. On these drawings, Jung paints rocky cliffs that are surrounded by the sea, an evergreen tree that is rooted on one of the rocky cliffs, seagulls flying over in the sky, the crimson sun rising, and people who are racing while riding on a boat on one canvas. Those drawings are his great masterpieces that eliminate the distance between mountains and seas, Heaven and Earth, and God and human beings, and literally actualizes the beauty of perfection called harmony.

In such works of art, the chronological flow of history and the endlessness of time that can change a human being’s life are inherent. Furthermore, the curves of each of his lines drawn with one brushstroke vivify the sense of rhythm found in nature, which increases the musicality of his artwork and amplifies its vitality.

In addition, Jung’s desire to harmonize items of different nature led him to adopt calligraphy as one of the elements of his paintings. This applies when he pictorializes his signature into an object or when he couples his drawings with poetry containing his ideologies. His experimental spirit, which boldly tears down the walls of genre and strives towards aesthetic unity, has given birth to artwork of superiority.

Jung has established God’s majestic world of creation as the target for his paintings and has expressed it wondrously and beautifully using his spiritually keen eyes to see the beauty in the world of the Divine. Above all things, his artwork has the power to move one’s soul. It allows us to face God and opens the pathway for us to search for the purpose of life so that we can gain eternal life. That’s why those who see his artwork respond to his teachings.

As a religious leader, Jung has adopted art. Drawing art that takes responsibility for life is a great task, and living his life in order to reach the pinnacle of art is a tremendously valuable and beautiful task.

His world of art is coherent with this Bible verse: “The truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) His artwork represents his communion with God and a mentality that has reached its peak, one that has reached God. At this exhibition, we expect to witness the greatest art that has been created through the true unification of religion and art.

This exhibition is interesting due to the fact that you can see the artist’s world of art and the process of its transformation. In the case of Jung’s paintings of a pine tree, Jung said that he completed them by overcoming difficulties even if the environment and the conditions were not favorable and by devoting himself intensely to painting with his soul for art. In addition, for his painting of a rocky cliff, we can see that he tried to change his approach as he studies how to continuously improve.

If you make a group reservation a day before, you can view the exhibit while listening to a detailed explanation of the paintings from one of the staff members of the art museum, who will also act as a guide. Admission is free and exhibition hours are between 10am and 5pm. However, it is closed on Wednesday.

President Jung Myung Seok has been active in his artistic activities by exhibiting his calligraphy and a number of his paintings in this nation as well as in England, France, Germany and Argentina. In 1995, he began his literary career with a publication in the monthly magazine, The Trend of Literature, and became a published poet. His books of poetry, The Woman of Poetry and Speaking through Poetry, which were both published last July, have also become best sellers. Ten of his poems have been registered in The Encyclopedia of Korean Poetry (2011), which covers 100 years of the history of Korean poetry. His biggest works of literature are The Word of Salvation, his sermon collections, The Word of Life, and his proverbs book, Heaven’s Word, My Word.

He has studied the Bible for 50 years, and while continuing to do so, he is serving as the president of Christian Gospel Mission and also the president of the International Cultural Art and Peace Association.

Article: O Ha Neul

Photograph: Kim You Sang, Park In Su

Heaven’s Words, My Words (Proverbs collection)

In the Old Testament, it is recorded that the wise King Solomon wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs. (1 King 4:32). These proverbs contained the wisdom of the heavens and conveys it to all who take heed.

Today, Pastor Jung Myung Seok also writes thousands of proverbs to tell the world about the deep heart of God, and how we should live our lives in the way that God has purposed. These proverbs have been published in a series called “Heaven’s Words, My Words” that consists of 9 books, and it has since grown into a new series called “Heaven’s Words, My Words: Proverbs with Pictures.”

Truly, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4) These words fill us up in ways that bread cannot.

 

Heaven’s Words, My Word’s 1 (Published in 2005 by Myung, ISBN 8991459080)

Heaven’s Words, My Words 2 (Published on 3 Feb 2004 by Myung, ISBN 8995266651)
Heaven’s Words, My Words 3 (Published on 7 July 2004 by Myung, ISBN 899526666X)
Heaven’s Words, My Words 4 (Published on 3 Dec 2004 by Myung, ISBN 899145903X)
Heaven’s Words, My Words 5 (Published on 7 Sep 2005 by Myung, ISBN 8991459048)
Heaven’s Words, My Words 6 (Published on 7 Sep 2005 by Myung, ISBN 8991459099)
Heaven’s Words, My Words 7 (Published on 30 Nov 2012 by Myung, ISBN 9788991459106)
Heaven’s Words, My Words 8 (Published on 30 Nov 2012 by Myung, ISBN 9788991459113)
Heaven’s Words, My Words 9 (Published on 30 Nov 2012 by Myung, ISBN 9788991459120)
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Heaven’s Words, My Words (Proverbs with Drawings) Series

“Heaven’s Words, My Words: Proverbs with Drawings” is a series of 4 books (and growing) on proverbs written by Pastor Jung Myung Seok. These proverbs are brought to life with drawings that capture the core of each proverb.

The proverbs capture many pearls of wisdom gained from the heavens, such as “A dead lion cannot be compared to a fly that is alive.” In the same way, no matter how great a person is, if his mentality or body is dead, then he/she cannot compared to someone with a living mentality and body, even if that person is small. Therefore, make your mentality, body and spirit alive!

 

“A dead lion cannot be compared to a fly that is alive.”

~Jung Myung Seok

“Heaven’s Words, My Words: Proverbs with Drawings 1” (Published 22 Jan 2014, translated by Kim Sun Keum, ISBN 9788991459151)

“Heaven’s Words, My Words: Proverbs with Drawings 2” (Published 22 Feb 2014, ISBN 8991459168)

“Heaven’s Words, My Words: Proverbs with Drawings 3” (Published 22 Mar 2014, ISBN 8991459182)

“Heaven’s Words, My Words: Proverbs with Drawings 4” (Published 2014, ISBN 9788991459199)

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Words of Salvation – Book Series

Pastor Jung Myung Seok experienced hell on several occasions in his spirit and had wanted to write a book about it to tell everyone not to ever end up there. However, after praying, he received the inspiration that there are already books about hell written by other authors.

The inspiration guided him to realize that it is not because people did not know about hell that they go there, but it is because people did not know about salvation that they end up there. Therefore, with all his heart, soul and mind, Pastor Jung Myung Seok wrote about 1000pages about salvation – in a series of books titled “Words of Salvation.”

“It is not because people did not know about hell that they go there, but it is because people did not know about salvation that they end up there.”

Words of Salvation 1 (Published 11 Jul 2005, ISBN 8991459056)
Words of Salvation 2 (Published 11 Jul 2005, ISBN 8991459064)
Words of Salvation 3 (Published 11 Jul 2005, ISBN 8991459072)
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“The Message of Life” – Book Series

Pastor Jung Myung Seok published a series of three books called “The Message of Life” which contains writings from his sermons from January 1997 to June 1998 (Book 1), July 1998 – March 1999 (Book 2) and April to September 1999 (Book 3).

The Message of Life 1 (Published 25 Dec 1998, ISBN 9788986813067), The Message of Life 2 (Published 10 July 2003, ISBN 8995266635), and The Message of Life 3 (Published 10 July 2003, ISBN 8995266643) contain the messages about the matchmaker for Christ, heaven’s wedding banquet, spiritual blindness, salvation, the beautiful people who look to God, not looking back after listening to the words, God’s history, repentance, God’s trumpet of the word, three basic faith tenets of providence members, and so on: 78 pieces of writings.

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Spiritual Poem 2 – That Person of Heaven

Published on 1st May 1996 (ISBN:9788986813012), “Spiritual Poem 2” is Pastor Jung Myung Seok’s second book on poetry.

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Spiritual Poem 2

We feature a poem titled “That Person of Heaven” that is contained in this book. The poem captures an intimate moment, a personal confession of Pastor Jung to the Holy Son Jesus, that no matter how difficult it was to serve and do God’s work, he will never leave the Lord’s side. Even today, Pastor Jung keeps his promise no matter how difficult the trials are, and teaches crowds of people to live in the same unwavering manner.

That Person of Heaven

How lacking I am

to live serving You.

Living serving You

is far more than I deserve.

You are so high and lofty

and out of my league.

In trying to get close to You

It feels so far, so very far.

Even then, with my body

gazing up to You,

who is thousands of miles away,

so high and lofty,

I will serve You with all my heart, will, and life

Never parting from You eternally.

하늘 그분

당신을 모시고 살기에는

너무나 부족하나이다.

당신을 모시고 사는 일은

너무나 과분하나이다.

당신은 높고 높아서

너무나 벅차나이다

당신을 가까이하기에는

너무 멀고도 먼 거리니이다.

그럴지라도 이몸은

천리나 떨어진 님을

높고도 높은 님을

우러러보며

마음과 뜻과 목숨을 다하여 섬기며

영원히 떠나지 않으리이다.

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