Belief in the Kim family is reinforced by the requirement that every North Korean citizen think about them, bow to them and speak of them every day. There are about 50,000 monuments to honor the Kim family across the country to facilitate this “worship”.
Morning to evening, every North Korean is subject to indoctrination through television, radio, newspapers and even loudspeakers. There is no escape from the message that North Korea is ruled by a god from the Kim family.
North Korean children are taken from their parents at age 2 and put into state nurseries. Their earliest memories are hearing that Kim Il-Sung is the eternal god, and the entire Kim family are also deities. The first words they are taught to say are, “Thank you, Father Kim Il-Sung.”
In contrast, artwork and propaganda depicting Christians is universally violent, showing Westerners and Christians violently killing Koreans. Children are taught from an early age that Christians are evil spies who will kidnap, torture and kill them. One defector who converted to Christianity said he was terrified of the first Christians he met because he was taught they would harvest his organs.
Fear is a way of life in North Korea. Fear of not showing enough reverence for their gods. Fear of Christians and people of other faiths. Even fear of one’s own family members and neighbors.