Emotional preparation for the unification of Korea: Through the embracement, forgiveness and love shown in the Gospel of Matthew

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Title Emotional preparation for the unification of Korea: Through the embracement, forgiveness and love shown in the Gospel of Matthew
 
Creator Shin, In-Cheol
 
Subject — Korean War; emotional preparation; unification of Korea; embracement; forgiveness; love; Gospel of Matthew
Description The greatest wish of the Baeda l people, or South Koreans, living in the Korean Peninsula is the unification of Korea. However, even when it has been 70 years since the outbreak of the Korean War, the two Koreas that used to be one nation are still in conflict. There have been many discourses on unification over the past 70 years, but these discourses still fail to create clear rules and a framework for unification. Discourses from the perspective of biblical theology offer insight regarding the problems at stake as well as alternatives, but they do not offer perspectives on a definite solution. This article, in line with its statement on biblical theology, does not pretend to contribute to a clear-cut solution to meet the challenge of Korea’s unification. Rather, this article intends to contribute to the formation of an emotional consensus that can contribute to the unification of Korea by looking at the teachings about peace in the Gospel of Matthew. The article explores whether the notion of embracement, forgiveness and love written during the conflict between the Matthean community and Formative Judaism can be applied to help create an emotional bond between the two Koreas. The terms embracement, forgiveness and love found in the Gospel of Matthew are upheld as symbolising peace derived from opposition and conflict. Jesus taught us to overcome situations of opposition and conflict through embracement, forgiveness and love.Contribution: The purpose and contribution of this article was to discuss if the notions of embracement, forgiveness and love found in the Gospel of Matthew can be helpful for the emotional preparation of the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula by comparing the situations reflected in the Gospel of Matthew and that of the Korean Peninsula.
 
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Date 2020-12-07
 
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Identifier 10.4102/hts.v76i3.6217
 
Source HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 76, No 3 (2020); 10 pages 2072-8050 0259-9422
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6217/16696 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6217/16695 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6217/16697 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/6217/16694
 
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