S Korea pastor fasts to death in hope of resurrection

By AFP
Published: May 10, 2012

The pastor stopped eating on April 9 and died on April 18. PHOTO: FILE

SEOUL: A South Korean Christian pastor has starved himself to death in the belief that he would be resurrected, police said Thursday.

They said the 48-year-old female partner of the pastor was arrested Saturday for negligence in the death.

The pastor identified only as Jung died after fasting and praying for his church and its members in the Dongjak district of southwest Seoul.

Jung stopped eating on April 9 and died on April 18. He told his partner not to take him to hospital if he appeared near death, saying he would come back to life three and a half days later.

The woman waited for three days before taking the body to hospital.

She is accused of neglect by letting the pastor die and by leaving his body for three days afterwards in the belief he would come back to life, a police spokesman in Dongjak told AFP.

Among those who profess a religion, a majority of South Koreans are Christians. Some devout believers practice fasts for a limited period.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Atheist, India
    May 10, 2012 - 7:41PM

    “She is accused of neglect by letting the pastor die and by leaving his body for three days afterwards in the belief he would come back to life”
     
    This delusional man thinks an imaginary space daddy is going to resurrect him after his death. On what ground can you hold the lady for his deed? He willingly committed suicide.

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  • Iron hand
    May 10, 2012 - 10:41PM

    Why would you die after going only 9 days without food? People can go weeks and even months without food.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    May 11, 2012 - 1:03AM

    @Iron hand:
    True, if one drinks enough, one could go weeks without food!

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  • American Desi
    May 11, 2012 - 6:57AM

    “Religion is the most malevolent of all mind viruses.” – Arthur C. Clarke

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  • Arijit Sharma
    May 11, 2012 - 8:22AM

    ” … Among those who profess a religion, a majority of South Koreans are Christians. … “

    White man’s new opium.

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