Juche Ideology Summary
First, allowing religious freedom to North Korean would mean challenging the authority of the deified Kim Il Sung. Given the mystification of Korean history, the rituals, and the centrality of the Smiling Sun as an infallible hero to be emulated, Juche, or Kimilsungism, can be considered a political religion. Hence, whenever the DPRK government would allow North Korean to embrace Christianity, the latter might divert from the veneration of the Leaders.
Furthermore, the Party itself is well aware that the principal cause of people’s admiration toward the regime is the scare of persecution, rather than an innate love for the Leaders. Indeed, given the history of Christianity in North Korea, the spread of this religion could be detrimental to the regime authority. Christian mission could show North Korean how the world outside their country is, and so make them acknowledge that what they are told by the propaganda is constituted by