“On Dec. 17, 2011, Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader’ and son of self-proclaimed god Kim Il Sung, passed on to eternity. … For more than half a century, North Koreans have been brainwashed to pour all their faith into the words and actions of the two Kims.
“At the 2011 funeral for Kim Jong Il, mourners could be heard asking, ‘How could you leave us? What are we supposed to do without you?’”
– from the Voice of the Martyrs May 2012 newsletter (article)
Their god died. Can you imagine how discombobulating that would be for the one that you put all your hope and faith in to leave, never to return again?
This reminded me of what the disciples must have felt like — and what Scripture documents they felt like — after Jesus’ death. The difference, though, is the resurrection. Jesus came back three days later and stayed on Earth 40 days after that. Then he ascended to heaven and told his followers exactly what to do while he is gone and that he’d be back again. The Holy Spirit filled them and we have never been without God again after that.
I just can’t imagine how it would feel if the god you worship died. Can you? That’s one of the things that’s so amazing about the One True God is He’s omni-everything; always has been, always is and always will be. What kind of god would God be if he was mortal?