REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
Inside God's Stadium
I Corinthians 9:14-27
August 9, 1959
Former Church Headquarters,
Father, Your sons and daughters have gathered here today. Many
flocks of sheep have come to uphold the unfinished providential will and
receive Your words of command. We have come before You as some of these
people. Father, please have compassion on us as we stand or sit here.
If we have some individual concepts or ideas centered on our own
selves, please remove them all. Our fate is to be created again and we
have not yet alleviated the grief of the Fall. Hence, even if we possess
something which we can proudly present to Heaven, it has no value as an
ideal before the Father.
No matter how much we try to come up with excuses before Heaven and
assert our own difficulties, we know that none of that can compare with
the infinite goodness and toil of the Father.
We have learned that we did not become what we are based on our own
efforts alone. We are not just ourselves. Please allow this to be an hour
when we can long for our original selves and fathom our original hearts;
an hour when we can bow our heads before our original Lord.
We know deep in our hearts that there is an absolute master of the
entire universe. When we understand that this master is constraining
our every action, please let us feel that this relationship has a clear
purpose and that our fate is to live through an environment of being
constrained by this purpose.
We yearn for the glorious presence of the Father and have come before
the Father's knees. Yet those who gathered here do not know where their
heart is directed or where their heart is guiding them. Please guide them
to the direction where their original selves can rejoice with Heaven. Even
though we may be shameful and unworthy, please allow us to look upon You
in this hour with a longing heart and to bow our heads before You. If
we still feel embarrassed and extend our shameful hands out toward You
and call out to You, please promise us that You will hold those hands.
We want to bow while clinging to the Father's heart. We want to enter
into a relationship with You. There is nothing else we want. No matter
how glittering the treasures of Heaven may be, no matter what kind of
glory may be found there, we do not want it. All we want is the promise
that we can remain connected to the Father's heart and live together
with You. Hoping that such things can be the signs of glory which we
can take pride in for eternity, we have prostrated ourselves before
You. Even if we are unworthy in some ways, please forgive us. Father,
we sincerely wish that You will cultivate our hearts as You desire and
secure an inseparable parent-child relationship with us.
Although many people are calling for You, they do not understand the
Father's situation or heart. We do not want to become like them. Among us
there are those who are like Your sons, those who are like Your adopted
sons, and those who are Your true sons. We have no desire to be Your
sons or adopted sons. We want to be Your direct children, the children
who have inherited Your flesh and blood, who can live with the Father
for eternity and never fade away from Your heart. We want to possess an
undeniable eternal relationship of flesh and blood with You.
We know that to become these kinds of sons and daughters we must feel
that the anguish the Father has suffered is our own anguish; the sorrow
the Father feels is our own sorrow; the grief the Father feels is our
own grief; the responsibilities that the Father has to fulfill are our
own responsibilities. Please guide us to become this kind of children.
Father, I stand here, yet what words should I convey? Even though we
may want to become the Father's sons and daughters, if we cannot sense
that You are now trying to help us experience Your heart as our own
reality and that You desire to build a relationship with us, no matter
how profound the words I convey, our relationship with You can never be
completed. Hence, please let this be an hour when we can become connected
to the Father's heart; otherwise, we can never penetrate through the
Father's heart or have the experience of clinging to the Father's body.
Please let the speaker's heart be in harmony with the Father's heart.
Let the hearts of the listeners reflect the heart of the Father so that
our moments of give and take may be an hour of glory. We know that You
are driving us down this path for a certain purpose. This path is our
ultimate fate, which we cannot avoid. Please let our determinations
and actions become conditions of glory. Please allow us to be offered
to the Father as sacrifices. Please raise us up as sacrifices who can
be offered to the Father. Please do not let Satan find room to invade
during this hour. We prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.
It is written in I Corinthians 9:24: "Know ye not that they which
run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may
obtain." Centering on these words, I would like to speak to you briefly
upon the topic "Inside God's Stadium."
Human Beings Are Racers in
the Stadium of the Providence of Restoration
As it was for the many saints in history, the people in the present
era are dashing toward some unknown purpose in their lives. Although
that purpose may not be clearly defined, their way of life has unfolded
in various ways based upon it. The experience and form of the people and
history have unfolded in various forms. All of these outcomes are not
unrelated. We have to understand that there is some relationship which
underpins their experience in this world, and that they are moving toward
a certain purpose. If their actions and experiences are not rooted in
such a relationship and purpose, then there is no way to establish the
existence of God or any such being.
If God exists, He would surely try to forge a relationship with
fallen humanity. For this reason, it cannot be denied that we who are
moving toward a certain purpose are living inside the sphere of this
We know that we could not forge a relationship of goodness with
God due to the Fall. Rather, we entered into a relationship of evil
with Satan. Still, God does not want to abandon us, but is trying to
restore us. We know that God and humanity have been walking an incredibly
difficult course in order to restore humanity.
History is headed toward the one time when this purpose can be
fulfilled. For this reason, you should understand that you are racers who
are sprinting toward the purpose based on the standard of your conscience
and your daily lives. All those who ever lived have stood on the race
tracks of God's providence of restoration.
God has been leading His providence concerning fallen people in various
ways. God has been influencing them in various ways according to the
differences between the people, differences between their prevailing
ideologies and cultures. In the process, God has been fighting on
humanity's side to destroy evil until the moment His purpose is
accomplished, the moment the race comes to an end.
If we accept that every person stands in the position of a racer, we
are faced with the question of what we must do. If we understand how much
God has suffered to raise up each one of us, and that we are obliged to
stand inside the stadium and run with all our strength, how will Heaven
train us and guide us in our race? How will each of us persevere through
the tribulations of the race until we reach the destination? This is an
important question that every one of us must resolve.
Among the saints and sages of the past, there must have been people who
were in charge of one aspect of the whole and who set a certain standard
before they died. In other words, these saints and sages did not complete
the entire providence of Heaven or the entire race up to the end. Rather,
they must have been in charge of various parts of the race and brought
them to a conclusion. We should understand that this is how the race
is being carried on even now. God made this stadium of restoration. We
should understand that we have the inescapable responsibility to risk
our lives in the race throughout our entire lifetimes.
Today there are many thoughts and teachings. In the religious world,
there are many denominations and sects. Thoughts, philosophies and
religions have taken various forms depending upon the uniqueness of the
people they were established for. Such thoughts and religions should
have developed into an ideology and religion which contains the entire
content of God's providence. Yet they failed to achieve that. All merely
remained as thoughts and religions which were narrowly applicable to one
nation or one era. We have to understand clearly that they were no more
than parts of God's race; the religions and ideologies were responsible
for only partial missions.
The Structure of the Race and the Day the Awards
In a stadium, they may hold a one-hundred-meter race, a
five-thousand-meter race, a ten-thousand-meter race, or a marathon.
What kind of race would you be responsible for as racers who have entered
the race tracks of God, who is guiding the providence of restoration? How
can you find a place in the history of the universe? This is a crucial
question. Even if there are differences in your values and character,
God certainly wishes ardently that you will fulfill your responsibility
in the event that you are responsible for in the race, and that you will
establish the standard God wants. Since you have entered the race tracks,
you should give all your heart and soul to the race. We should understand
which event of the race we are to accomplish through our life and finally
stand before Heaven.
Although God has guided the providence for six thousand years, when you
look at the entire course, there are still some events in God's overall
race that have not been completed yet. The competition is still going
on. The race will go on today and tomorrow. When the entire race comes
to an end, God will give awards in each event to all humanity, all the
people who ran in the race in the past and all those who will have raced
by the day of the conclusion. When is the day the awards are given out? If
we use Christian terminology, it is the judgment day. The judgment day
is the day the awards will be given out. If we use the terminology used
frequently in our era, it may also be referred to as the Last Days.
The important question is whether or not you will have established the
victorious standard so that you can receive an award in an event. This is
an issue that you will have to deeply reflect upon. There are many ways
of racing. Although you are supposed to enter the stadium and race on the
marked course, there will be many who disregard the race course. There
may be those who run on the marked course but who collapse in the middle
of the race. There will be those who run until the finish line but will
not be able to receive awards. The number of people who will receive
awards is limited. We have to understand this.
Although God guided the providence for six thousand years. He could
not give an award even to one racer. For this reason, spirits in Heaven
and people on the earth all wish for the day God can appear before
humanity and give awards to the many racers who ran in each event of
the race. This is the Last Days. You should understand this.
The Attitude a Racer Should Have
We are to run this race. Since we have to go, how should we run? We
need to make certain preparations before we enter the stadium. What kind
of preparations? We need to make internal preparations and external
preparations. Internally, we should have some conviction that we are
running toward a certain purpose. We are to run the course according
to the commands we receive. If we run into a hurdle in our race course,
we should have the conviction to jump over it. We need to make internal
preparations so that we can run toward the right purpose based on our
In other words, by training our minds and bodies, we need to cultivate
the determination that we will not fall down before we reach the final
destination and that we will not lose to anyone but will stand as the
final victors. We need to have such a strong conviction that even if
our bodies were to run into some obstacles as we are racing toward
our destination, we should be able to push that aside and continue on
Many people are living on the earth today. Yet how many of them are
ready to stand firm as a racer and start running toward the certain
destination? If we cannot deny that we are under the control of this
trend in history, based on both our words and the reality we face,
we should then ask ourselves whether or not we have prepared ourselves
properly as racers who can run towards the destination with aspirations
to victory. You have not made the preparations yet.
Human beings are born to belong in a certain field or sphere. Those
who do not have a position and circumstance where they can dwell are
pitiful. Those who do not have the clear idea that they are on a certain
course running toward a certain purpose are pitiful. Most of us are
What we need here is the time to make the internal and external
preparations to train our minds and bodies with determination and
purposefulness that we may triumph in the battle against many enemies.
If there is anyone here who has not had such a moment, he should examine
What kind of internal preparation do we need to make? It must not be
preparation for your own individual sake. Isn't this so? Suppose there
is a marathon athlete who represents a nation. When he runs the race, if
he has the conviction that he should glorify his people and his nation
before the world rather than to obtain glory for himself, he will be
able to overcome all difficulties. However, if he is running only for
the sake of his own glory and personal ends, he will easily give up the
moment he runs into tribulations.
Our conviction must not be centered on ourselves. We should have
conviction for the sake of the people, for the sake of the world, and
for the sake of Heaven and earth. If the runner is certain that he will
determine the final victory of the universe, even if he were to collapse,
he would have the strength to get up and continue running. If he runs
for his own sake, the moment he encounters a difficulty that exceeds
any difficulty he has otherwise experienced, he will collapse. When the
difficulty exceeds the self-centered desire he has, he will be defeated.
This is the reason we need to train our minds and bodies to
the conviction that we are running for the purpose and mission of
Heaven and earth. People live for the sake of God and goodness, but
thoughtlessly. Goodness is transcending the restricted environment.
Goodness is not limited. Goodness exists beyond the boundaries of limits
and constraints. Therefore, people live for such purposes without clear
understanding or deep thought.
To Become a Winner in the Stadium
We cannot be haphazard. We should have a clear notion of being a
winner in a certain event in the race. You have to approach the starting
point with such a firm conviction and begin the race. The sages of the
past did not teach people about specific fields of work. They did not
teach us what we must do to become successful in a certain field. They
instructed us on the path we should walk in our life, the path for our
minds, our spirits, and for our life.
The path for our thoughts and life does not belong to any one of us
alone. It is the common path in any era and is designed according to
a certain formula. On it hangs the fate of many generations and human
history. We should long for the citizens of Heaven who can fight on this
path and bring victory.
If you do it unselfishly, the day you fulfill the purpose is the
day that Heaven and earth can rejoice. When a racer representing his
people wins in his event, it is tantamount to the victory of all his
people. Even if that event is a small one, its value and glory will have
an impact on everyone. For this reason, now you need the one day when you
can develop this kind of internal conviction, when you can strengthen
your conviction and value in order to attain a certain purpose under a
certain standard. However, until today you did not have these kinds of
thoughts or feelings.
Since we are already racing, we will either end up as winners or
losers. To become winners, we need to have a strategy. Internally,
we need to have the conviction that we will win, and an unswerving
heart fixed on a purpose. Externally, we need to make preparations to
facilitate the race. Those who are entering a race should be simple
and innocent. We have to prepare our bodies so that they will respond
quickly to the direction our minds give. This is why we need training.
The stadium, however, is not built to make it easy for us to run freely
toward our purpose. There are many obstacles on the race tracks. Each
of these obstacles represent the failures of our ancestors. No matter
how proud and determined a racer may be, he may fall down before those
obstacles. On our path lie the obstacles which our ancestors could
not overcome and fell over. Therefore, as much as possible, we should
maintain a simple attitude, so that when our hearts guide us, our bodies
can respond quickly and in full harmony. We should train our bodies in
Training cannot be done in a comfortable position. It is achieved
when you are being treated harshly. To continue this kind of internal
training, you need to harden your bodies so that even if you are attacked
internally, you can make a breakthrough and move beyond it. Your internal
determination must not change. Even if you run into tribulations which
afflict your body, you must not be defeated. Hence, Heaven instructed
those who seek the religious way to abandon everything they possess and
follow. When Jesus called upon Peter, who was mending his fishing nets,
he told him to abandon all and follow him.
There is a rationale behind meditating in the mountains in order to
seek enlightenment. We are to cultivate external determination based
on our internal determination, and the confidence that we will not
deviate from our course, no matter what kind of obstacles we run into.
Even if we fall to the bottom, we will support our minds and bodies.
Without these convictions, there is no way we can run the race or
even enter the stadium. Since each one of us is a racer who should be
responsible for an event in the race, we should train ourselves with
unchanging conviction in order to accomplish our purpose. Therefore,
you must have the attitude of a devout believer, the attitude of a racer
who is running the race, and the attitude of a person walking the path
of enlightenment. Whether you are awake or asleep, you should have a
burning desire to accomplish your purpose.
Among the people who have gathered here there must be those who
thoughtlessly believe that they can enter the Kingdom of Heaven just by
believing in Jesus. What is the Kingdom of Heaven like? It is composed
of various groups of people who have successfully qualified in some
event in the race. You should not blindly think that you can enter the
Kingdom of Heaven just by believing in Jesus. Of course, there are areas
that God will help you in, but there are also areas which require you
to fulfill your responsibilities. To prepare for the race, you should
make both internal and external preparations. Next, as a racer, you
should understand thoroughly about the course that you will be competing
on. You should know clearly where you will find what kind of obstacles,
and so on. What you then must understand is that although many people
have run on the course in the past, all of them failed. They did not
win in their races. They quit in the middle of the course.
What a Racer Should Understand
The same principles apply to the path of religion. Since the birth
of history, no one among all those who walked the path of religion and
those who went before God in the name of religion were able to receive
the award of God, proclaiming Him the ultimate victor. The race is
still going on. The purpose of our race is to connect to the universe,
which is the ultimate purpose of the race over which God presides. For
this reason, no matter how small our own race may be, we should persist
until the moment we can become connected to the universe. If there is
someone who won the hundred-meter event at one particular time, that
alone will not qualify him as a winner. He must maintain the value and
glory of his victory until the Last Days.
We who stand in the stadium should know the stories of the many people
who fell down on each obstacle of the course. We should know under what
circumstances they fell and how they fell and how they were defeated in
Until now, people have been racing toward an unclear destination,
but we in the present age should not run such an aimless race. Since
we are running the race, we should understand every detail of the race
We know that to run on the course of God's providence we must pass
through the course of restoration. What must we do? We have come forward
as racers seeking to find God. Where should we begin? We should begin
from Adam's family. Where is the starting point for human beings? It
is Adam's family. We have been running the race from that point. From
that point, God and humanity have run the race together for six thousand
years until today. Yet the race is not over. It is still going on.
What must you do? You should inherit the tradition and spirit of our
ancestors. We should understand where we belong. Isn't this true? You
should understand which race you are running, to which group you belong,
and what role you are to play. Only then can you be the winner of
the award. You should understand that all racers belong to certain
spheres based on the historical spiritual tradition they associate
with. You should understand which event you are participating in. You
should understand who in the past set the record and who in the past
failed. After knowing all these good and bad conditions, you should be
prepared to deal with all the bad effects of the conditions.
In the course of our life, many enemies have placed obstacles in
our path and are blocking our way. The obstacles they placed are not
visible; they are invisible. They are the very obstacles that many
saints of history could not overcome. You should have an understanding
of the past and knowledge of where the hurdles lie. We should understand
history for this reason. We must understand the past, the present and the
future. This is the essential knowledge that racers should have. In the
middle of your race, you cannot be sure that the sponsors of the race
will not change the courses designed under a certain purpose. Hence,
you should understand the historical course of the saints of the past,
the stories of their battles on the course, the present situation of our
battle, and the plans by which the future battles will be fought. Only
when you understand all this can you become the ultimate victor.
However, if we examine closely the lives of religious people today,
they do not know how God has been working in history. They do not know
God's program and plans, based upon which He is carrying out His work in
the present. How can we call these people racers? You should understand
clearly. In the six-thousand-year history, God guided the events of
the race toward a certain direction. There is a central thrust. This
is what we must understand. God has been working with a uniform program
and purpose from the time of the first human ancestors to the last days
Religions Which Can Act on Behalf of God's
If you sense that you are a racer running throughout the rest of
your life and desire to be a winner, you will have to find a historical
religion. You will have to find a religion of this period and a religion
of the future. These are the only religions which people can believe in
and never despair.
Although there have been many religious people in the past, their
life span could not surpass a century. Based on this, it is clear that
God has been working in the background without people's being aware
of it. God began His providence from the day human beings fell and
will continue even in the future. If there is a religion which can
represent God's providential work, what kind of religion would it be?
It is a religion which has made a contribution in history and which
has a relationship with the beginnings of human history. It must be
a religion which discusses the origins of good and evil and which can
embrace all aspects of history found in human life. It must have the
ability to decide the outcome of the battle in the final destination of
the future. From this perspective, Christianity today is problematic.
If we are to receive God's award, it cannot be just because we have
been recognized in this age. Many racers of the past dwell in the next
world. Countless people who raced on the race track of God's providence
now reside there. Some of them died on the race track, and they have
a myriad of stories to tell. If you are qualified to receive an award
on behalf of all those people of the past, then you have to have won
a victory that no ancestor of the past was able to achieve. You must
also have established some condition of victory which can be recognized
by the people of this age. The people of the future must also be able
to recognize your accomplishments. Only such a person can be awarded
by God. Isn't this true? This is the reason we believe in God. We are
racing on the course of our life. We are racing toward the ultimate
destination of the Last Days.
What kind of being is God whom we believe in? He is an historical God.
He is the God of this age as well as the God of the future. The purpose
that God set is also the historical purpose, the purpose of the present,
and the purpose of the future.
If this is the nature of the God we believe in and the hope that we
cherish in our hearts, we should understand and believe in God as the
God of the past, the present and the future. Only then would God be
happy when He gives us an award. You have to reach the point where you
understand the heart of God who is giving you the award.
Many religions survived for several hundred or several thousand years,
during which time they were slowly pushed aside by the trends of thought
of each age. Although Christianity has been around for several thousand
years, now they have to make another breakthrough for the one time in
the future. If there is some race course of God which originates from
the deepest part of God, that course must be of the past, the present
and the future. For this reason, we should have knowledge of it. If
there is a new truth emerging in this age, that truth cannot be limited
to this age. You young people should understand this clearly. The truth
cannot be limited to an age. Any teaching or idea will fade away if it
is limited to an era. What we need is a new truth, a new ideology which
is rooted in the entire range of history and which can transcend the
philosophical trends of this age.
A Racer Who Can Win the Victory and Rejoice with
This is because God desires that we rejoice with Him and win the
victory with Him. Since God is the God of the past, the present and the
future, we should also have the qualities of the past, present and the
future and be knowledgeable about them. Otherwise, we will be swept away
by trends of thought in the future.
We should understand them more deeply and even understand the heart
of the historical God. Members of a family are tied together in complex
relationships. Given God's heart of the past, present and future, we
should understand everything about the race that the Father is directing
based on this heart and be in tune with the realm of His heart. God's
desire is that we win the race after having done all this, so that we
can become those with whom He can be fully satisfied; so that we can
worship God and share eternal joy with Him.
Therefore, religion is not built on truth alone. A religious way of
life is more than just the truth itself. Teachings and ideologies are
built on truth, but religion contains both the truth and the heart.
This is the difference. Thoughts and ideologies do not contain the
heart. However, religion has a rich inner content similar to the silent
love that we find between a parent and a child. There is some content
which transcends logic and theories. That is how religion is. But this
is not true for doctrines. A doctrine is the fruit of an organization
or group. It is not a fruit of the heart.
We today must have knowledge about the course and the situation of this
age in order to be prepared properly as racers who are running toward
a certain purpose. In order to race forward, we should also understand
the future and have a plan. This is the basic knowledge that we racers
should have. If there is someone who goes this heavenly course at the
risk of his life, with God's heart of the past, present and future, who
understands how much God has suffered to establish and pave this course,
he will surely overcome any difficulty he will confront.
Next, we should not lose our fighting spirit as we are racing toward
our purpose. No matter how well prepared and knowledgeable our enemy
may be, we must have the determination to prevail. We must not lose.
The sphere of our actions is the battle field. You should be a brave
soldier who is determined to prevail over anything on earth and never
submit, even if God were to strike you. This is how I see it.
The Religious Path Is Fraught with Tests
When you walk the religious path, you will meet with many tests. When
you are running on the race track, besides the physical fatigue that
you suffer, you will confront many unexpected tests. Many evil spirits,
invisible to the naked eye, will test us. When that phase is over, the
angels will test us. After that phase, the religious people and the
founders of religions will test you. If you believe in Jesus, Jesus
will test you. At first he will try to guide you, but at the end he
will test you. God will also guide you in the beginning, but will test
you at the end when He is about to give you an award. This is how it
is. This is because human beings betrayed God. Although God created the
universe as an award to be given to human beings, because they betrayed
Him, we must pass through a test in order to restore the universe. God
wants to give it to us without a test, but because there is a condition
which requires that we be tested, we have to pass through it. God will
abandon you like He abandoned Jesus, which led Jesus to say on the cross,
"My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46)
While you are running the race as a brave soldier, you will experience
a battle between your mind and body. It is not enough to deal with this
merely with determination. When you are racing, the battle between your
mind and body will be manifested in a complex manner. You will experience
deep in your heart the internal anguish that God suffered in his fight
with Satan during the many difficult moments in the six-thousand-year
course. Such internal and external pains will be manifested in your life.
You are not just to run forward; you are to be engaged in the internal
and external battles and at the same time overcome God's tests. To be
victorious in your life, you must win this fight. That is what you have
to do for sure. Why? Although six thousand years of history have gone by,
no one has scored the goal. Although many were determined to reach the
end, no one reached the finish line.
The Reason Christ Returns
You may believe that Jesus resides in the Kingdom of Heaven,
but he actually resides in Paradise. Jesus said that he was going to
Paradise. Paradise is the waiting room before one enters the Kingdom
of Heaven. Jesus is returning to go past the gates of Paradise and open
up the gates to the Kingdom of Heaven. Since he could not complete this
work on the earth, he will run the race again and score the goal at the
Therefore, the race we are running is the final course. It has
the name of faith. It may be compared to a marathon. It is the most
glorious of all races. Religion is the event that deserves the throne
of the king of all races. How must we who have entered this race run?
It is not enough to run the race relying on our determination alone.
You have to understand that there are many battles which have piled up
here. The world is pulling our bodies. Isn't this so? In our religious
life, we sense that the world is pulling our bodies, while the teachings
are pulling our minds. Where is the goal? It is not clear. On the path
that we walk, many enemies are shooting arrows at us from all kinds
of hidden places. Moreover, Jesus and God in whom we believe will not
recognize you in the Last Days. This will take place one day.
As brave soldiers, what determination should we make? The moment we
decide that the goal of the path we are racing on is the right one, we
should make the determination to pursue it at the risk of our lives.
Only then can we win the course. If we are to fail, we should be
determined to fail most tragically. If we are to die, we should be
determined to die most miserably. If we are to suffer, we should be
determined to suffer most severely. We should be determined to suffer
more than God has suffered.
To Become Sons and Daughters of Whom God Can Be
Ladies and gentlemen, let us examine the reality we face today. We
the members of the Unification Church are running toward a certain goal
which has been described to us. Life in the race is a battle, and in a
battle we push and pull our bodies. The concept of faith that we have
held up until now is pulling us forward. This is where the enemies are
coming in. When this is over, God will break in. He will ask you, "Are
you My children? Are you confident?" Wouldn't this be true? If He were
to ask you, "What victory did you bring?" you should be able to say,
"I won in this and that field." If God then asks you, "Is that true?"
you should be able to present Him with some accomplishments. Teachers
test their students before they entrust them with a responsibility.
We should understand that we are the brave soldiers and racers who
are running throughout the course of our lives and who will remain until
the end. We should understand that we are the elite troop of Heaven and
make a determination as such. If someone strikes your body, you should
be able to say, "Strike me if you like. Strike me with any ideology or
thought. I welcome any persecution. I welcome it, even if the nation,
world and Heaven join forces and strike me." Even if God were to oppose
you, you should be able to say, "Oppose me if You want."
If someone wins the victory in spite of the opposition of the
entire universe, he will become a child of God whom God will be proud of
eternally. If there is someone about whom God can say, "I submit to you. I
have never met anyone like you since the beginning of the course of the
providence of restoration, when I began to search for people." Everyone
will surrender to that person. This is true for any fight, even a life
and death struggle. I say this based upon my own experience.
If there is a racer who is running on the ultimate path of religion
in the last days, a racer who is running with the hope of attaining
the ultimate victory, he will have to make a determination. The founder
of the religion he believes in is not the savior. He should understand
that eventually he needs to fight the battle based on his own ability.
Why? It is because the providence of restoration has not come to an
end. As long as there still remains an event in God's stadium which has
not been concluded, the battle will continue on until all the races have
come to an end and God has given His awards.
The Providential Representative God Desires to
Although Jesus worked to fulfill the mission of the Messiah who was
to win in this stadium and represent the four-thousand-year history,
Christians did not fulfill their responsibility. They were to receive the
Messiah's baton of victory and glorify the two-thousand-year history from
Jesus' time until now. Although Christianity established its form after
the death of Jesus, it failed to complete its victorious foundation in
the realm of the heart and in other areas. The standard of victory has
You should endure Jesus' and God's opposition and gain their
recognition so that they can raise their hands and bless you. To do so,
you should overcome any obstacle. Isn't that true? If it is, what kind of
providential representative does God want to raise up in His providence
of restoration? God will want to find victorious sons and daughters to
whom God and Satan will surrender. He will want to praise them before
the satanic world and in Heaven. If that is what human beings desire,
God's desire must also be similar.
We the members of the Unification Church who are walking the path
of truth today will face God's test in the end. He will say, "Do not
walk this path." Even then, there must be someone among you who says,
"I will go. I will die running the race." If there is no such person,
words of truth which surpass the Bible will not emerge. Words which
surpass what Jesus left behind when he died will not emerge. Words of
truth which surpass what God wanted to speak after the coming of Jesus
will not appear.
When we are running this course, we should have the conviction,
"Let there be a cross heavier than the one that Jesus bore; let there be
suffering, sorrow and pain like God suffered during the six-thousand-year
course of the providence. Let the 2.7 billion people of this world
be mobilized and shoot arrows at me all at once. Let the humanity of
the entire world be mobilized, since both God's providence and Satan's
opposition are carried out through human beings. I will go to the end
of hell and the highest place of the Kingdom of Heaven." If, after
opposing and affirming in your mind you decide that this is the right
path, you should begin to run. Once you run, no one should be able to
stop you. No matter what comes your way, you are to break through and
go forward. Only then can you safely cross over the hill which has been
blocked for six thousand years.
Members of the Unification Church, God is longing for brave people
who can come and say, "Let us give it a try." Only then can the
will be accomplished. If there are sons and daughters of God who are
knowledgeable, have firm determination and are determined to fight,
God will not ignore them. What will Heaven do? If you bring hope for
the future and say, "Father, isn't this so? Isn't this how Your heart
is? Isn't this how the Father's hope of the past, the present, and hope
of the future is? Since this should not be done at present, shouldn't
you ignore this and do this and that?" Then no matter who opposes you,
God will say in recognition, "Yes, you are right."
The Awards the Winners Are to Receive
Many sages of the past and the Savior we believe in were sent by
God to pioneer the world of that time and the world of the future. For
this reason, if anyone were to come before Jesus and protest about
the things that Jesus wanted to share about the future, Jesus would be
grateful. If someone were to highlight the providence of the future and
ignore the things of the present, saying, "God! Shouldn't you do this
quickly? Shouldn't you do this rather than doing that?" God would not
be able to strike him. In fact, he would commend him instead.
All that we have to do is to go forward with this determined fighting
spirit. If God were then to recognize you, what kind of award would you
receive? When you become a winner of some competition even in this world,
the sponsor will give you an appropriate award. What will God give as an
award to those who win the final victory in the six-thousand-year long
race? Ladies and gentlemen, when you win an award in a competition,
don't you feel good? But isn't that joy only temporary? After some
time passes, another person will win in the same race and win an award,
separate from your own competition. However, in God's races, there will
not be a second person who scores the goal at the final finish line. There
will be no one before and no one after. If it comes to an end, it comes
to an end for eternity.
The joy of receiving an award in the final race will last beyond just
today. It will be eternal. You may in fact see better things unfolding
before you, but you will never fall lower. What glory will Heaven give
to those winners? God will give them the glory of being God's sons and
daughters. He will bestow upon them all the authority of Heaven and
earth. If there is a palace in Heaven, He will allow them to live in it
as Heaven's royal family. He will give them eternal and unlimited awards.
If there are such victorious sons and daughters, God will mobilize
all of Heaven, which He has prepared for six thousand years, and hold
a welcoming celebration. This celebration will not come to an end in
one day. It will continue for eternity. That world is the Kingdom of
Heaven on earth. For this reason, you must become one of the racers,
racing with this idea in mind.
The Group Who Can Win
There are many religions today. There are many religious sects
today: Confucianism, Buddhism, Islam, etc. There are many tracks in
the stadium. However, Heaven decides the specific track. It has been
determined which event will be held on which track. It is an unfortunate
reality that human beings are directed by a certain religious sect or
denomination or some person. This is because human beings fell.
You must participate in God's race one way or another. You will have
to run in one event. Yet you belong to different nations. The races that
God wants are not to be divided among nations. They are international. In
other words, they are like the Olympic games. Into that stadium, all the
representatives of each nation will come. They all enter the stadium and
run. The same thing can be said of God's providence of restoration. For
this reason, Heaven has been working to find the winners of the marathon
race on the world level. Religion may be compared to marathons, which
occupy the most prestigious position among all the races.
Not all religions are good. Only when the tradition is properly set
will a good religion emerge. Then there must arise common knowledge
based upon that. If one lacks knowledge about that, no matter how much
one may have prepared, there is no way he can become the winner. It
cannot be taught. He will never win, because he does not have a clear
sense of purpose.
Therefore, you should prepare your minds and bodies and develop
knowledge, so that even if all of Heaven and earth were to be mobilized
in opposition against you on the battle field, you would not surrender
but overcome it. You should fight on with this kind of conviction. Only
then can you participate in the group who will win in the final course.
Our ancestors ran the race. Adam was responsible for one event in
God's race, but while he was running it, he collapsed because he upheld
himself. Ham, who should have attended Noah with the heart of attending
Heaven, failed. Because of this, Noah also fell down mid-course. Abraham
should have revered both small and large with an equally sincerely heart
and established their relative value, but because he could not accomplish
it, he also was broken.
When we examine the course of Moses, we find that the Israelites
and Moses both fell. Moses should not have shown anger before God
was angry. The Israelites should not have despaired before Heaven
despaired. Yet Moses struck the rock twice in rage before God showed
any anger, and the Israelites lost their faith in God. For these reasons
they all fell down in the wilderness.
When we examine Jesus' time, what about the betrayal of the three
disciples? Although they should have risked their lives and walked the
course, they did not want to go. They disappeared out of fear for their
lives. The miserable failure of the three disciples has become the tower
of humanity's grief.
We have learned today through the principle of restoration that the
path the saints of the past walked is none other than the path we should
walk. We know that what was begun in Adam's family passed through many
obstacles in history. Only in Jesus' time, when Jesus said, "Father,
do not as I will, but as Thou will," did a winner emerge who fought at
the risk of his life. Now we have come to understand that if we do not
follow his example, we cannot run the race in the stadium.
Father, we have come to understand the content of the restoration. We
have come to understand what our determination should be as we set
out to engage ourselves in restoration and how fierce the battle is.
Please protect us on these race tracks, that we will not fall as
losers. We have pledged before Heaven and earth. Even if we are to face
death, no matter what kind of difficulties and pain are to rush against
us, even if all of humanity were to oppose us like a thunderstorm, and
even if Heaven and earth were to change, please let our center remain
unchanged and let us overcome all difficulties. Let us cast away the
dark clouds and become victorious and glorious sons and daughters who
can look up to the joyful grace of Heaven in a bright Heaven and earth.
Please have compassion on those of us who have gathered here today.
Since we have already entered the race, even though some are running
and some are unable to run, please govern them so that they will not
escape from this fateful course they must run after repentance. Please
guide us to welcome the tribulations and afflictions that come our way
and to digest them so that we can establish conditions of pride and
glory before the Father. Let us become worthy people who can use them
as conditions of sacrifice.
We understand the great work which has been hidden deep inside the
heart of the Father, who has desired to give awards for six thousand
years. Based on this, Jesus said that he was the bridegroom and that we
are the brides; that he is our true father and we are his true children,
true family, true nation, and true world. However, today we do not have
a family, a people or a country. We do not have anything adequately
prepared. What hesitation and reluctance can we have before our parent,
who is trying to restore everything? What hesitation and reluctance can
we have before the heavenly family and the heavenly nation? We should
pour out all of our determination and unswerving zeal to run the race
without stopping and conquer the enemy camp. We should raise the flag of
God's victory and say, "Father, please be liberated from all Your grief."
We have learned that to accomplish this we have to overcome any
difficulty and win in the fight. Please protect us so that we will not
fail as racers in our life. Please guide us not to lose the original
ideal that the Father established and not to cause anguish to the
Please allow us to become children of Heaven who can risk our lives
each day and run the race bravely. Please do not let us lose the race.
Praying that You will allow us to become final victors in God's races
and become precious sons and daughters who can glorify the Father before
the entire universe and all things of creation, we prayed in the name
of the Lord. Amen.