Meaning Of Life, Morality, And Destiny Essay

1585 Words Dec 9th, 2014 7 Pages
Chondogyo
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,” says the Lord in ten commandments in Exodus. Of the four thousand two hundred religions in the world today, one of them is Chondogyo. Chondogyo, also known as Cheondoism, originates in 1860 in South Korea by a man named Ch’oe Chue. The religion known as Tonghak, which means ‘teachings of the heavenly way’ was changed to Chondogyo in 1905. Chondogyo, like many religions has gone through persecution from adversaries and the government. The religion is a relatively new belief in the Korea’s with only 1.13 million followers in South Korea and only two-hundred eighty churches. Chondogyo, like many religions has a unique explanation of its own and origin, meaning of life, morality, and destiny. The history of Chondogyo is nothing extraordinary, yet the history uniquely belongs to this religion. Chondogyo was originally called Tonghak and was originated in 1860 by a man of yangban (aristrocratic) background named Ch’oe Chue, called by his honorary name Suun (1824-1864). In 1860, Ch’oe Chue claimed to have had a mystical experience with God, called a Ch’ondo (Heavenly Way), who told Ch’oe to preach to the world. The religion continued to grow out of the Tonghak movement (Eastern Learning Movement). Chue used the religion to ease the suffering of…

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