Did Shincheonji Brainwash Me?

My name is Esmeralda and I’ve been a member of Shincheonji Church of Jesus for eight years.

Teachings to Understand God and the World

Despite all the false accusations that are out there about this church, the reason why I choose to be in Shincheonji is because the teachings have clearly been able to help me to understand who God truly is through the Bible. It has also helped me to gain a greater perspective in the world and the teachings have been able to answer all the questions that so many people have failed to answer.

Questions like why is there evil in this world if God is good? Who goes to heaven? Who goes to hell? How can you prove the existence of God?

No longer do I have any of these doubts about God about my faith and about the validity of the Bible. But instead, I know that God is true and His word is true because God, He is an entity that has the ability to plan something and then complete it. One cannot say that God exists if this God cannot do anything right?

Does Shincheonji Brainwash?

Many people claim that the people of Shincheonji brainwash people. However, never have I experienced the teachings being forced upon me but instead it has helped me to see the Bible in God’s perspective.

Before coming into Shincheonji, I would try to read the Bible many times.

And with the same passages, I would read it over and over again, trying to figure out — what exactly were God and Jesus trying to say?

What did I learn from Shincheonji?

Being in Shincheonji has taught me a lot of things. A lot of valuable things. I learned the importance of what it means to value the word, to value God, to value Jesus. What it means to be a believer like those recorded in the Bible. What it means to value my brothers and sisters and most importantly, what it means to value life.


Before, I felt that since all men were destined for death, I didn’t feel that I needed to take my life seriously nor did I really care about the people around me. I was actually very bitter towards the world and I hated how corrupt it was. I hated how corrupt we were and I always think to myself maybe I should just die and quickly go to heaven and leave everything here. But looking, back I realized how naive, how ignorant I was and I’m glad that I no longer have that kind of mentality anymore but now a more hopeful outlook in life.

Shincheonji: Heaven on Earth

What is also amazing about being in Shincheonji is the people.

Although I may not know everyone in the church, there is this connection that connects us and that is the experience that we all went through when learning this word and the experience of even being able to experience God. I came to realize that regardless of race or culture, God, Jesus and the word transcends all of that. And this is when I came to realize that this is truly like heaven, that this is a place in where people are more understanding towards one another, have a greater heart for one another and I’m able to see that this is like heaven here on earth.

There’s still so many things I wish to share about why I’m still here in Shincheonji.

But I know that more than hearing it from me it’s always best to experience it yourself. And I would ask for you to try to experience it with an unbiased perspective and I hope that you too will be able to experience the same joy that I have while being here in Shincheonji.

For me, I am truly thankful to God and to Jesus for allowing me to understand His word and I’m thankful that I’m able to draw closer to them and I’m truly thankful to be part of Shincheonji.

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