Comments on: Interview with North Korea border crosser Robert Park Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: eichbang Wed, 27 Oct 2010 18:35:40 +0000 Honestly, I do not understand why certain people are outraged by what Mr Park has done. I mean come on, we live doing things we want to do and I’m sure none of us would want to be ridiculed by it. He has done things which he wanted and desired to do not just for his OWN benefits but others as well, in his own way. Of course he cannot make great changes since he isn’t the PRESIDENT nor a politician but at least he has done something within his own power to do something that’s worth living for him. Then tell me, what’s so wrong about that?

By: Khadirbek Wed, 09 Jun 2010 04:54:01 +0000 Robert Park wasn’t helping anyone but himself. There are already scores of Christians who go into the North covertly to retrieve people or bring in supplies. Personally I think they’re the only ones with enough guts (or reckless enough) to endanger themselves on a regular basis and, because of their strong personal convictions, are the only ones who should be doing it.

They don’t get nabbed and they don’t bring the spotlight. The authorities would have fiercely interrogated and punished anyone suspected of coming into contact with him or aiding him.

Now he can go write a book and be a ‘specialist’. A risky, but great career move. We already are aware of the dire situation in North Korea. The Authorities have a strangle hold on their own people and are holding them hostage. It’s not an easy situation, but Parks efforts will only risk more lives. He is a far cry from bringing down the regime peacefully without collateral damage.

By: Neau12 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 01:28:10 +0000 Since I am not a citizen of Korea, and do not have a right to vote there, I do not have an opinion that would make any difference.
Robert Park felt he needed to do something about it and so he did. The question is, did he do it from faith in God’s word, or did he use Christianity to hide behind to give his actions some sort of credibility?
I can applaud his convictions, but as I’ve always taught my sons, there is a fine line between no fear and foolishness.
It is written; Do not tempt the Lord thy God. I would not run all the red lights in town as a Christian, neither would I sneak into a military zone just to make a point. Jesus commanded us to go out and baptize with the Holy Spirit and keep the faith even unto to death, not lay our lives on the line to make a political statement.
I can understand why Christianity has become so misunderstood.

By: NoFearNLove Sun, 07 Feb 2010 17:50:39 +0000 First off, I respectfully disagree with what you have to say, but I agree with your right to say it. I do not have all the answers. Like you, I am a humble human, but I will explain these issues to you to the best of my ability.

Let’s take it one step at a time:
1. “It should also be considered that most followers only love a supreme being through love of reward and/or fear of punishment (or potentially indoctrination). Would such love also be considered forced or under duress?”

Addressing the generalization in the first sentence: As far as I know, you are not a mind-reader, and neither can you look into the intentions of the heart. This would make your generalization without grounds.

Actually…as opposed to what the MSM would have you believe, followers choose “the way” as the logical response to the only God who abandoned paradise to offer himself as the payment for our mistakes. We love him because he first loved us. Fear is not the reason, because there is no fear in love.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors {and} expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].

4:19 We love {Him,} because He first loved us.

2. Moving on to your second point:
The reason we have free choice is because, just like parents, a mindless robot would not be pleasing to interact with and love. Case in point: children. If you were a father/mother, would it make you more proud if your children were born perfect, void of struggles with right and wrong, or if they had to struggle to find what these are, and grew and matured in the process?

By: nojokingreally Wed, 13 Jan 2010 00:51:59 +0000 Dec. 25, 2009 a young man tries to blow up a plane in a murder/suicide attempt for his beliefs; same day, another young man enters NK for his beliefs. Each is considered a criminal/terrorist or a hero or a fool altogether. The issue isn’t so much about each of these men as it is what am I going to do about these events….

By: Anon86 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 14:39:08 +0000 Thanks for the offer, but I politely decline.

I prefer debates to remain on public forum, where others can also contribute.

Most of my points have been made anyway. It is unlikely that I could contribute anything of further interest.

By: zs1027 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:14:32 +0000 @Anon86 – I’ve enjoyed the dialogue back and forth. Would you be up for continuing this discussion over email? If so, shoot me a note to

By: zs1027 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:07:41 +0000 This is an excerpt of an encouraging article on reuters today regarding the DPRK’s desire to have a formal peace treaty in place the the Korean War ceasefire, and an attempt to build trust with the US. Of particular importance is what President Obama’s point man for human rights in NK says about what it would take to have a relationship with the US. Hopefully this momentum will continue in calling the leaders of the DPRK into account!


Human rights have been a flash point in already tense ties between rivals North Korea and the United States, but the issue has often been overshadowed by Washington’s attempts to prod Pyongyang back to the nuclear talks.

“It is one of the worst places in terms of the lack of human rights. The situation is appalling,” U.S. special envoy Robert King told reporters in Seoul on his first trip overseas since taking up the post about six weeks ago.

“A relationship with the United States and North Korea will have to involve human rights,” King said.

The United States says North Korea maintains a network of political prisons where anyone thought to be associated with anything critical of Kim’s rule can be jailed along with their families, who are deemed guilty by association.

By: genesis Mon, 11 Jan 2010 05:29:11 +0000 Here we go again, the discussion becomes , for most, entirely divorced from the subject confronting us.

We are now aware of a man that is so appauled at the actions of a particular regime, that unlike most of us arm chair commentators, he has decided to do something about it.

I am humbled and ashamed of my inactivity, not only toward NK but in so many countries arouind the world where we regularly see injustice, starvation, lives being lost through the corruption of governments,where we send a cheque for a fiver then settle back into our comfortable lives, and devalue the extraordinary actions of people like Mr Park.

Has Mr parks actions made any difference, certainly to one persons determination to become a “doer” not just a talker.

Thank you Mr Parks

By: preta Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:23:24 +0000 Anon86, It’s easy to blame the God you don’t believe in for what this man decided to do, but what does that have to do with helping to liberate people who are being oppressed and held against their will (and others murdered because they won’t bow to this evil man)?

Also, if ‘you’ and others who think like you really believe doing away with Christianity would ‘benefit’ mankind in the long run, you’re about to be tested on that ‘theory’ in ways you could possibly never imagine in your wildest dreams, but don’t say ‘you’ (and they) weren’t warned.

It’s amazing how ‘we’ want to blame God for ‘our own’ mistakes and failures, but lay it ‘ALL’ at His feet, when He gives us the ways to stop these things from coming about. Also, He never said we wouldn’t have good and bad days, nor that we wouldn’t be persecuted for following Him “while we lived on this earth”, but that the end “will” most certainly justify the means when we follow Him to the end (then again, of course you and others don’t believe this).

Getting back to the original subject, my prayers go out to Mr. Park, as although he did what he thought was right, perhaps there might have been a better way to carry this out (but only God knows this for sure). He and those who are inprisoned are in my prayers that God will deliver them soon.