Just a few days ago Shincheonji Church of Jesus (SCJ) in the republic of South Korea held its one of the biggest theological graduation ceremonies in the world, in the South Korean province of Gyeonggi-do. Around 100,000 students graduated. 50,000 of these students were in the audience and the rest from Korea and other countries which participated in the graduate ceremony through a live-stream broadcast. This ceremony marked the completion of a six- month bible study programme offered by SCJ. This graduation claims to be the largest graduation from a single denomination worldwide.
Speaking to the Daily mirror, Dencil Joy, a Sri Lankan music composer, who completed the online Bible study programme, said that he was fortunate to receive a free online programme regarding the Bible. He had got this opportunity at a time he had been urging to make an in-depth study of the bible.
A phenomenal graduate ceremony of a Bible study programme in Shincheonji Church of Jesus in South Korea
“This programme is more knowledge-based and it can broaden one’s faith. The programme teaches from the book of genesis to book of revelation” Joy further added. As Joy stated that the Shincheonji’s Bible study programme is open to anyone who wishes to study the Bible. He added that the programme throws much emphasis on prophecies found in the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible.
“In order to become a registered member of SCJ one needs to complete a free six-month Bible study programme offered by SCJ. But it is not mandatory for one to become a member. The institute never encourages anyone to become a member of SCJ even after completing the programme.” Dinith Gunawardene, a software engineering undergraduate at Sri SLIIT said.
Shincheonji Church of Jesus (SCJ) in South Korea held its one of the biggest theological graduation ceremonies in the world
Shincheonji’s Bible study programme is open to anyone
According to Religious News Service (RNS), a survey conducted on current graduates affirms that 95% of the graduates had chosen Shincheonji due to the excellent teaching of the Bible. This six- month bible study programme has three levels consisted of beginning, intermediate and advanced. It is necessary to sit for an exam to graduate.
A tremendous change in the Christian world is said to be expected with this giant attempt of imparting biblical knowledge.