REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
Let Us Possess the Everlasting Love of the Father
Former Headquarters Church
October 5, 1958
Today I will speak briefly upon the topic of "Let Us Possess the
Everlasting Love of the Father." No person or created thing can
maintain existence separated from this world in which they exist through
relationships. Thus, you should know that in this world of relationships,
nothing can exist apart from motivation and purpose.
Several Attempts to Explain the World of Relationships
Since we cannot exist apart from the world of relationships, we should
clearly know that in our maintenance of life and our struggle in our life
courses, everything moves within the world of relationships. We know that
science has been trying to explain this world of relationships through
experiments. Philosophy has tried to explain it through logic. History
has tried to explain it through facts.
How has religion been trying to elucidate this world? Until now,
religion has sought to discover the motivation and purpose of the Absolute
Being. Thus, it cannot be denied that though your individual selves are
extremely small, you are seeking an ideal of enormous value. Also, you
can never deny that your original mind desires a greater course of life,
a greater ideal and greater love and affection. This tells us that we
have the common standard of relationship.
We should then re-examine ourselves, searching for a greater life
although we already have a life, for a greater ideal, although we already
have an ideal, and for a realm of greater affection than we feel daily
through our shimjung. How did it come about that we demand a greater life,
greater hope and a realm of greater affection?
It is undeniable that the earth, on which this higher demand occurs,
is itself engrossed in relationships. It is also undeniable that there is
a certain greater being of life that is the source of our life. There is
a certain greater being of ideal that is the source of our ideal. There
is a certain being of affection greater than our own affection. When
will I see the day when my energy of life extends forth and pierces
all things of the universe? The desire of my ideal is to dominate all
things according to heavenly law, but when can I be a being of hope who
can do this? When can I regain the power of shimjung that can melt even
God? You should reflect upon these issues again today.
The force of my being will exist tomorrow; that is, it will exist
eternally. It is the same with the force of my ideal and shimjung.
There is surely a being who makes that possible. Someone determined the
motivation and purpose centering on relationships. We should be beings
of eternal value who fulfill this motivation and purpose centering on
relationships. If you are aware of becoming such, your force of life,
your ideal and shimjung should make an inseparable relationship with
the ideal, shimjung and life of the Absolute Being. If there is someone
who has no such relationship, although he may appear to have the value
of life, he has no value in this world of relationships. Humankind does
not understand this.
The Common Problem of God and Man
What must finally be explained to everyone through science, philosophy,
history and religion? It is the common problem of history, the current
age and the future. This is also a problem for God. You should know that
the cosmic value of your life and whether you can be proud of it depends
upon whether you can establish the standard in your life of an inseparable
relationship with God in which you move with God and halt with God.
What is the common problem of history, the current age and the future?
Since all of humankind, past, present and future, commonly possesses the
desires for life, the ideal and love (shimjung) a truth or ideology or
person must appear who will enable us to feel all these simultaneously in
the daily process of our lives. History and religion are all thoroughly
mobilized to address this problem.
Do you have the force of life by which you can live and the automatic
force by which you can move toward the whole world of existence? There
should be a source that brings connection and the stimulation of hope
to the world of relationships. Do you have such a source? You should
also ask yourself whether the power of life springs forth from within
the relationships you have with such a source.
You should bring the ideal of the entire universe to your shimjung and
the whole ideal of creation to your hearts. You should have the shimjung,
feeling and intuition which say that since Heaven is moving in such and
such a way, no existing being or thing can be neglected. If you do not
have this, you should rethink the hopes you are pursuing today.
You long for the love that deeply touches your heart. It is not
humanistic love, pursued by man. It is heavenly love, desired by the
original mind. You are longing for the kind of love that can sing
for eternity and penetrate and move the eternal ideal and life. Thus,
the whole of your thinking and movements should express the shimjung
of love. You will, thus, be the greatest victor of life if you can make
the connection with such a realm of love, which embraces the environment
and universe in which you live and can even embrace God.
As for theistic believers, though they acknowledge that God is the
absolute and omnipotent Creator, why has their love for God and for
absolute goodness become weaker than the love of secular people? This is
why God sighs today. God's sorrow is that while God's love is greater than
human parental love for a child, He cannot love humanity this much. How
does God relate to humankind? Through love. We want to receive God's
love within the realm of our life and forget everything through the
shock of His love. If we connect with the power of love that can melt
all the grief in our heart, we can never betray Heaven. We would have
no need to teach goodness then.
The Reason Man Has Not Made a Relationship with
Absolute Love and Goodness and the Result Thereof
Why could God not make man have a relationship with absolute love and
goodness? I have struggled a lot with this question myself. Was God like
this from the beginning? No. God is a being such that, without the fall,
we could feel Him even before we thought about His existence. We could
feel His existence inside us as the substance of hope even before we had
wishes. He would appear even before we longed for Him. However, the fall
means that humankind has not reached such an emotional, ideological and
living standard. Everything was lost through the fall. You should know
that this is the sorrow of humankind.
Now we are wandering about, searching for truth, life, the ideal and
God's love. With our ultimate power of life, the ideal and the standard
of shimjung, we cannot help loving God and cannot help thinking that
God is the center of the whole ideal and the cosmos. If you carry such
feelings and make the connection within your life with the source of
such a stimulus, God's eternal life will become your eternal life. You
will move and halt as God moves and halts. You should know that this is
the hope of the Creator of humanity.
Throughout history, humankind tried to control the world through the
powers within their possession. There once was an age in which they tried
to move everything through the power of life, but this age has passed
now. What kind of age is today? Now we are coming into an age in which
the philosophy which inherits the ideal of Jesus controls the world. What
kind of age will then come after this? It will be the age in which the
unifying central person appears before humankind, the one who can connect
to the love of the Absolute Being beyond the power of life and ideology.
History so far has been limited to merely introducing hopes and
ideals. Thus, it has not been able to find the heavenly kingdom of love
in which new creations, resurrection, hope and the power of love can
arise through the individual shimjung of human beings. What is the final
standard of hope to which humankind aspires? It is the loving view of
history, life and the cosmos. That is why Christianity expresses this in
one word and says that the center of the scriptures is Jesus. The center
of Jesus is love, and the center of love is the bride and groom. You
should know that this is the most valuable good news for suffering
humankind. When this shimjung fills the world to the full, and the
root of the hereditary sin is revealed through your blood and flesh,
then humankind can truly and fundamentally hope for peace.
You have forgotten that the love of the parents for the children, the
love of the husband for the wife, and the love of children for the parents
are connected through the ideal and motivation of those relationships,
though they are not yet ideal. Moreover, you did not know that the
greater principles of the love of parents, the couple and children are
originally connected to humankind. Thus, Christianity called the unity
of God and humanity a marriage. The kind of love religious people seek
is not simply the ordinary love of parents for children. It is the love
that can move a greater and higher life and harmonize with a greater
ideal. Thus, the day should soon come on the earth in which we can see
the power of life, hope and love that can transcend time and embrace
everything. You should know that, at that time, we will see the world
where evil is absorbed into goodness and follows goodness.
Jesus Is the Substance of God's Life, Hope and Ideal
When we ponder God, who exists as an Absolute Being in the world of
relationship, and cannot deny the reality of His existence, we should
feel that God has the same movements of life, ideals and affection as
ours. This is because we have all of His attributes, since we were born
of Him. Thus, we should know that our form reflects God's.
Though God should appear to us as the subject of life, hope and
love, He does not. This is the cause of humanity s sighing and sorrow
today. To remove this, God maintains an inseparable relationship
with humanity. To resolve human suffering, God has sent a substantial
incarnation as the master of ideals, justice and life. This is Jesus.
Though God is invisible, there must be an intuitive cosmology and
world of principle that can be felt directly. Through what can God's
absolute realm of life be felt? It cannot be felt through science nor
philosophy. This is not something that can be felt through any field of
human knowledge. Since God has the responsibility to clarify this with
man, however, He has been explaining the motivation and purpose of the
Absolute Being by establishing religions and cultivating the foundation
of the human mind centering on relationships. Yet this motivation and
purpose cannot be explained by logic. You cannot explain power through
logic. One can only partially explain an ideal through logic. Love cannot
be completely explained in this way. One cannot establish a view about
life. One tries to form a view on life, history and religion in vain
through logic alone. Nor can logic provide a view on love.
Since we cannot have a view, we cannot have a relational stance
from which to explain everything nor can we establish the condition
of explanation that can provide the relational stance. Thus, a certain
viewpoint is required that precedes every view and explains everything. We
talk about intuition today. Intuition cannot be understood by the world
of the five senses. Through what does intuition move and come to be
felt? It does not come through perceptions and feelings that come through
our five senses, from outside ourselves. It comes through perceptions
and feelings that come through the mind. That intuitive perception can
instantly elucidate the motivation and purpose, transcending time, and
feel the presence of a certain substantial being. God's presence can be
explained in this way. Thus, today we can solve those problems centering
on our minds. That is, we can grasp them only through supernatural and
lawful intuition or feeling.
The problem is the tie and relationship between God and humankind.
This tie and relationship are in the process of pursuing a certain
purpose with a certain motivation. This process is concerned with history,
the current age and the future. You should know this. We experience and
learn all such feelings through religion. However, the religion which
is worthy of our faith should be able to arouse in us a stimulation of
power that is like the attributes of God's life, ideal and love. We should
find such a religion today. With regard to the tendency of relationship,
such a religion surely exists. Another problem is how we can experience
it and learn.
The Greatest and Foremost Commandment
Today you exert enormous efforts through religion, seeking the
infinite world of being. Why do you fail to find it? Why are you
unable to recognize the world? From the standpoint of relationship,
it is because the motivation and purpose deviate and you cannot make a
relationship with the resulting value. All entities, individual, family,
national, country and world, have their own wishes and purposes in their
own situations. When the purpose of an entity differs from the heavenly
purpose, it can hardly feel the eternal world of being. Heaven helps
humankind feel this world through religion, not through intellectual
conditions. This world is felt through ultimate emotional issues by
holding up the standard of love.
Thus, God comes to us only with love, and we can meet God only with
love. You must first know that God has been trying infinitely to reach
out to us, giving hope to those without hope, giving life to those
without life, and giving love to those who cannot be loved. You should
know that God thinks of us before we think of Him. He existed before we
existed and moves for us before we move. You should feel in your hearts
that a Being exists who is greater than the value of our existence,
ideal and affection, and He moves before we do.
How does God find humankind with the condition of love? As
in the passage we read, God allowed us a commandment: "You shall
love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment." (Matthew
22:37-38) You should remember that God kept this commandment before
humankind did. Thus, you should clearly know that this is the first commandment
a fallen person must keep.
When listening to the word, if you think that the word originates
from you, it is a serious misunderstanding. You should feel that to
bring this word to humankind, God, who is the subject of human life,
ideals and love, has gone through a historical course of exerting all
His mind and will for the sake of humankind. In other words, before
humankind kept the commandment, God loved humankind with all His heart
and character. God could establish it as a commandment because God kept it
Himself. Thus, in our search for God's ideal of life, before we love God,
He approaches us with great love, ideals and life to find us, to love
us, to save our lives, and to establish us as beings of the ideal. You
should remember that God has been reaching out to us, upholding the first
commandment. God toiled for 4,000 years trying to present His will to
humankind, but it was not fulfilled because of human ignorance. Thus,
Jesus was the one who appeared to substantially perfect the word and
establish the way of the commandment.
Jesus Exerted All His Heart and Will for God
Before Jesus told others to invest their hearts, he first invested
his heart for God. Before he told them to exert their wills, he did
it first. Before he told them to love God with their utmost effort, he
practiced it first. Thus, he became the substantial incarnation of the
commandment. Jesus, who appeared on the earth with God's mission for
humankind, witnessed to God's great power of life through words. When
they went unheeded, he used miracles to witness. He introduced the
ideal of the world and the cosmos to a nation who wished for their
own happiness. The Israelite nation understood God's ideal as being
individually and nation-centered. Jesus showed God's love to them through
examples. He demonstrated a love which embraced the gentiles beyond the
limits of the nation so that they could actually see and hear it.
Who received the stimulation of life from Jesus? Those who overcame
death received it. Who felt the great power of hope? The same ones.
Who felt the great power of love? Again, it was those who overcame
death. They should have believed in Jesus when he was alive. They should
have received the power of life to overcome death and attained the
power of love. Only after they let Jesus die and saw his resurrection
did they realize that he was their substantial ideal of life, ideals
and love. Thus, they boldly went over the hill of death without fear.
What then is your position now, you who believe in Jesus as an object
of hope? We should not be like the disciples, who did not recognize Jesus
even when he appeared as the original incarnation of the ideal, love and
life. If you become like them, you will commit the historical crime again
and become the object of God's sorrow. God has worked for 2,000 years
since Jesus. Thus, in place of Jesus, who comes as the hope of believers,
you should be able to dedicate your power of life for the sake of the
past, present and future and to sacrifice your life for God. Where are
the people who have such determination? This is the big question. You
say you have faith, but the question is what standard of faith you have.
After meeting the returning Jesus, receiving the infinite stimulation
of life, seeing the ideal world of creation, and feeling the infinite
power of love, we have realized that the footsteps of Jesus were not for
his own sake. Rather than complaining against his enemies, he produced the
fire of love to melt them. When he received persecution from his enemies
because of their excessive desires, he embraced them with greater love
and exploded with the shimjung of a greater ideal and life. The whole
world then came whirling into his bosom. If there is life, an ideal
and love in God, what should we do centering on them? We should become
original substances of love and life who can unify all the people of
the world, whether on the brink of death or in the realm of life. You
should know this.
Thus, the fact that Jesus came and we can follow him is a word of
blessing or gospel for humanity. Knowing this, you should not think
centered on yourself. You should, first, feel the fact that God totally
invested His heart, will and character for us. You should also feel the
fact that there has been a substantial person who thoroughly exerted his
heart, will and character for us. That was Jesus. The footsteps Jesus
left were loving humankind with all his heart, will and character. The
question is if you have the shimjung which can experience this directly
without explanation. You should know clearly that the existence or
absence of such a shimjung determines God's decision whether He can make
a relationship with you.
The Day of the Messiah and the Age of God's Love
The world of shimjung transcends time. Thus far, no one has been able
to revolutionize the parents' loving heart for their children. Its essence
has remained unchanged throughout the vicissitudes of the ages. This
happens in the world of love. When a beloved child is leaving the parents,
no one, not even a powerful authority, can block the movement of the world
of love. The movement of the world of love can transcend the hurdles of
a giant mountain and the entire cosmos. Thus, to have an experience of
shimjung, we should connect with the standard of the heart. Only in the
world of shimjung can we establish the condition by which we can receive
Jesus, who came to save us 2,000 years ago. Thus, in calling upon God,
we should go beyond the situation and see the shimjung behind it. A
parent's love for a child transcends life. Love itself is the complete
answer and complete motivation.
The day when we receive the Messiah as the subject of life, the ideal,
love and the center of humanity is the day when God, the universe and
humankind will all rejoice. It is the day when humankind finds the lost
God, God finds the lost human and the earth. On the day of the Messiah,
three conditions will be simultaneously restored. The real world will
be created in which everything moves and halts through one heart. It is
the day of hope for God, humankind and all things. What, then, is the
standard of hope? It is the love that represents all.
Now the time is approaching in which I, standing at the end of the
6,000 years, must establish myself and possess God's love, life and
ideal. When is God's age of life, beyond the age of the life of Jesus
and the Holy Spirit? When is God's age of the ideal, beyond the age
of the ideal of Jesus and the Holy Spirit? When is God's age of love,
beyond the age of the love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit? This is the
question. Thus Paul says, "For I am sure that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our
Lord." (Romans 8:38-39) Jesus, too, came for the love of God.
Believers today think that love in Jesus is the ultimate, but it is
not. God's love is linked based on the love of Jesus. One can know the
love of True Parents only when one comes through that process of love.
You should know this clearly. The fallen parents on earth, namely,
our physical parents, are not True Parents. We all have parents of the
fallen lineage. No matter how polished one's appearance is, he belongs to
the tribe of the fallen lineage. Therefore, people do not know that the
original love of True Parents before the fall is the last fruit of love
God has prepared for fallen humankind. Jesus departed without introducing
this love. After feeling this love, one needs a certain principle. The
principle is that children come after the parents. They grow up, become
husband and wife, and become parents in turn.
What is the ideal of Christianity today? What is the ideal of husband
and wife? It is to find and establish the love of True Parents. Only
when we grow up in a blood relationship with the love of True Parents
can we become true husband and wife and have true children.
God's Course to Restore the Children of the Direct Lineage
If God has a grudge about the earth, it is that there are no true
parents, true couples or true children. This is why Heaven is sighing.
Thus, Paul said that fallen people would be saved as adopted sons. No
matter how excellent one is, he is only an adopted son. What then
is God's sorrow? It is the fact that His real children became adopted
children. Thus, history has been a bitter process of restoring the direct
children. Only one who knows God's woeful shimjung of history can serve
God closely. The parents who produce and raise children can feel God's
shimjung through loving their children. Thus, the ones who feel the
true love of husband and wife must be able to feel God's original love
through this. It is the same with the children's love for the parents.
When such a standard appears on the earth, we need an ideal of
goodness. Though we are original bodies of goodness, we only have
a relative view of life around that center. Only within the loving
shimjung of the True Parents can we become the center of value, life,
the ideal and love. We can then stand as the subject of all. You should
know this clearly.
God tries to create this with fallen humans, but they all have
different situations. These situations are not simple. They are historical
situations. You know that with these situations, history has been filled
with bloody strife and tragedy. What is this situation? In order for God
to take you back, He gets hit by Satan as hard as your value. God takes
back the world after being struck as much as the value of the world. He
pays for what He regains. This has been God's strategy and situation.
To stand a person in the place of life, God made him first go through
death. If there was a dying person, God went through valleys of death to
save him. With hope amid infinite frustration, He went over innumerable
hills of sorrow and suffering. We should be able to feel that God came
through 6,000 years of tearful history to introduce the ideal of love
I desire. He fully invests His heart, will and character today to make
a tie with my individual being. When you can feel such a heart, you can
resonate with the situation and shimjung of historical saints like Noah.
Though we are a distance from the life of Abraham, the world
of shimjung transcends distance. I can make connections through my
shimjung. It is the same with the ages of Moses and Jesus. Therefore,
you should make a connection with the shimjung of God today through
Jesus and the Holy Spirit, who worked for 2,000 years. Thus, when one
establishes the returning point of shimjung, Jesus can install him as
his bride. You should remember the fact that Jesus said to such people,
"You are not servants but my brothers and sisters." When you know this,
you will feel that when you are sad, God has experienced sadness before
you. When I was angry and oppressed, the Father was angry and oppressed
first. When I was frustrated, the Father was frustrated before me.
To Stand as God's Direct Children
From this standpoint, we should be true sons and daughters and
say to the sorrowful Father with the proper attitude of children,
"Father, please be happy and not sad with me." When I get mistreated,
it should be for the sake of the Father. We should have the shimjung
of true children, which seeks to console the Father, who is saddened on
behalf of our mind and body. If you have such a shimjung, even when you
are on the path of the cross, you cannot dare to say, "Father! The pain
of death is severe. Please help me avoid this path of grief."
Although it looks as if Jesus prayed to avoid the pain of death or
was surrounded by fear, this was not true. When Jesus experienced God's
shimjung, who had suffered for 4,000 years to find Jesus, his own death
was not a problem. Jesus prayed, "My Father, if it be possible, let
this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt,"
26:39) for God's and humanity's sake, not for his own. You should know
that God's will can be realized with such a shimjung.
Members of the Unification Church, do not cry over your own situation!
Despite our various situations, we should be able to cry only with the
Father's shimjung. Be filial sons and daughters who can console the Father
with tears, since He cried for us first. Just as Jesus received the grace
of resurrection by saying, "Not what I want but what You want," we should
go over this hill too. You should go over the realm of resurrection with
a living body. Only when you can love all people in the substantial world
for the True Father, and they serve you for the Father will we see the
conclusion of the ideal with which God created the world, a conclusion
of the providence for humankind. We will then see the conclusion of our
hope and of the providence for my love and life. Only when such a world
is realized can we understand God's shimjung, He who suffered and went
through mistreatment, anger and sorrow, all to find "me." We can also
understand the Father's love, which cried for us in our distress. We
can know His joyful, loving shimjung.
However, the love with which God sought to complete His ideal on
earth with Jesus and rejoice in has not appeared yet. Though countless
people in history came forward holding onto the hand of love to appease
God's sorrow, the scene has not appeared in the human world in which
the Father and the children can hold hands, sing, dance and share love
together having established the original garden of flowers. How can
we understand the sorrowful shimjung of the Father? We have to be in a
similar place. You should clearly keep in mind that only those who feel
God's joyful and sorrowful shimjung can occupy the everlasting love of God
and stand as the direct children of God rather than as adopted children.