REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF
CAIN AND ABEL
November 1, 1976
Belvedere, New York
Translator -- Mrs. Won Pok Choi
People today do not know that they have to travel the road of
indemnity. In every human community a person who has committed a
mistake or crime must compensate for it in some manner, including
imprisonment. Even among friends, if you mistakenly say something that
will harm another person, you must compensate. This also applies in
the case of a married couple, and in the everyday world even some small
thing may be incentive for them to get divorced.
You cannot just ignore some mistake without apologizing to the other
person. Before you start seeking divorce you must clarify what the error
was; when one party can apologize to the other then forgiveness can be
offered. This must be done before the situation can be forgotten. Even
after a war among nations the victor judges the other and seeks
compensation for the damages of war.
If you just bury some anger in your heart without apologizing or speaking
out to resolve it then it will multiply as resentment and remain within
you forever. In every area of human relationships you must not try to
cover everything over and persevere with resentment still growing in
your heart. You must take it out and analyze it and one of the two must
apologize to the other or make some compensation.
The same applies to the human fall. In the beginning man rebelled against
God and ever since then people have been committing crimes or causing
suffering to others. In order to solve the problem we must analyze what
the root of the sin was because if it is just covered up the situation
will never improve. Certainly for man to restore himself back to God's
standard the root of sin must be revealed and we must find out whether
Adam, Eve or the archangel caused the crime. Otherwise the problem of
sin cannot be solved.
Man committed a mistake in the beginning and he cannot continue
indefinitely without apologizing or compensating. Mankind must be able
to analyze it and say who committed the mistake and then undo every
wrong that has been committed. We know that man caused the crime and
that down through human history mankind committed many other mistakes,
all of which can be traced back to the human ancestors who sinned in the
beginning. Only by compensating for all those mistakes can we return to
the original position of life.
We can say that the first human ancestors committed their mistake on the
individual level, but down through history families, tribes and nations
have also committed crimes. What would God think of the person who
offered to compensate for all the mistakes committed on the individual,
family, tribal, national and worldwide levels, taking the responsibility
on his own shoulders? Would God deny that person or place His hope in
that person? God urgently wants man to be restored because His purpose
of creation must be realized. If God remains within the Principle He
cannot annihilate man and re-create him all over again. Instead He has
to restore man and in doing that He has to work through men alone.
What would you do if you took responsibility for all the mistakes and
crimes of history? Do you think that you are in that position now or
just trying to be in that position? There are many members assembled
here but as I see it no one here can confidently say that he is in the
position to take full responsibility even on the individual level. In
that case your attitude must be to please God, wanting Him to shift all
the responsibility to your shoulders, regardless of any difficulties. Are
you in that position?
In shouldering the cross you are not supposed to sleep. You can only
compensate for everything by staying awake night after night, working
hard. You must not even doze off. Even though you feel physically
exhausted you must keep your eyes wide open and be radiant inside. If
you at least try to keep your eyes wide open when you are desperately
sleepy, you can be forgiven.
The reason I am telling you this is that there are several people
here dozing off. Now one of those sisters has her eyes wide open
again! According to what I have said, those who dozed off with their
eyes wide open would not have guilty consciences. Whatever mistake you
have made must be resolved, but if you are iron-hearted and don't feel
conscience stricken then you will find no way to be forgiven.
If you propose to take this responsibility, would you rather cover the
individual, tribal or national levels? How can you take the responsibility
on the worldwide level? Are you really that confident? You must be
serious in answering; this is a serious question.
I will talk about the responsibility of Cain and Abel in light of what
I have said.
In our movement the newcomers are apt to feel that they are in the
position of Abel to others. Before going any further we must know the
definition of Abel. Are each of you in the position of Abel? Some of you
said yes but without confidence. Is Abel or Cain destined for heaven? You
are right in saying that both are, but Abel will play the role of guide
to the heavenly kingdom.
There must be one Abel who can take responsibility for the whole world
and then alone can he claim that position of Abel even on the family or
individual level. He must be recognized by all people as representing
them as their central figure. You are all in the prime of your life,
being in your twenties, but you cannot become this Abel simply by
claiming the position. Since there are many accumulated crimes all
through human history, who will decide who Abel is? First God will,
and then among men a person with a knowledge of the particulars.
Do good spirits know what crime the first human ancestors committed? The
central figure on earth must be recognized by good spirit men in the
other world and then the angelic world must recognize this person's
qualifications. Next even Satan must recognize that person. This must
be the first time you have heard that Satan plays a role in recognizing
If Satan accuses God's chosen man of not being qualified for the job,
that person cannot assume the role. Even Satan knows that this person must
have certain specific qualifications in order for him to be Abel. When
accusation is given by Satan God cannot insist upon that person having
the responsibility. God is in the position of judge of course, but if
the prosecutor keeps accusing the defendant of a certain crime, can the
judge be justified in acquitting that person? Satan is the prosecutor who
is always accusing. Who will be the lawyer to defend that person? Good
spirits and angels will do the job, so his defense is not entirely in
his own hands.
Are you confident to say before God, the good spirit world, the angels
and even Satan that you are qualified to be this Abel? You may be safely
able to say that you are on the side of Abel, being a little better than
an evil person, but you cannot quite claim the qualifications for being
Abel. In order to be selected as Abel you must first be summoned by God
and be able to say, "Here I am God. I'll do the job."
When God finally summons a person, wouldn't his ancestors and the rest
of the good spirits be happy? They would not oppose him because they
are anxious to see that position filled. They are all prepared to help
such a person when he comes along. Even after answering God's call that
person cannot assume his position all of a sudden but must go through
a certain amount of indemnity to qualify. It would be wonderful if he
could take that position without having to pay indemnity but that is
not possible because Satan is there to accuse.
You can claim to be a good person but once you commit some kind of
mistake you must beg forgiveness from the person you have wronged or
from those associated with him. Otherwise you will not be forgiven. In
order for you to remove the condition to be accused by Satan you must be
able to resemble God. God alone cannot be accused by Satan so you must
be able to resemble God and put yourself in His position. There is one
way to do that; if you are utterly obedient to God and become one with
Him, you can put yourself in the position of God to Satan. You know the
definition of indemnity conditions, but are you on the way to pay that
indemnity or haven't you started yet? When will you be finished with
it? Are you entitled to go to heaven while you are still involved with
paying indemnity? You know the answer well. You must look into yourself
and decide whether or not you have finished with indemnity.
Cain represents the side of Satan and Abel represents the side of God. I
said that Abel is put in that position when he is absolutely obedient
to God and one with Him so wouldn't it be simple for God to set that
person up as president of a certain nation? That person might be proud
of himself but what about Satan? Would Satan just approve or would he
accuse and tell God that He can't do that? Even God cannot ignore Satan
at that moment. If God were able to do that He could have done it 6,000
years ago. In the face of satanic accusation God cannot easily say that
a person is liberated from sin. There are conditions to go through if
you want to become president.
On every level the president who is designated by God must excel those
presidents on the side of Satan. Only then could he claim to be on the
side of God. He must excel those predecessors who have done good things
and loved their people as though they were their own children. There have
been many such persons in the past. To be qualified for the presidency
or for sonship on the side of God it is natural that he must excel those
on the satanic side. Could God ignore Satan's protests that God's chosen
person hasn't met the standard?
After picking a person God will leave him in Satan's hands to
be tested. Satan will try his best to find fault with this person,
torturing him and blocking his way. That person must be willing even
to die in the course of his struggle, never having resentment but only
praise for God. How long can Satan test a person? You know that everything
can be prolonged to a period of forty years, so if that person fails to
be recognized by Satan by that time he will lose his qualification. At
that point Satan will protest to God that this person still belongs to
him and not to God and God cannot deny it.
In brief, the person in the position of Abel must go through the road
of indemnity to the point where he can even die. We claim that we
are Abel to the outside world, but since the first Abel was killed,
what is the qualification of being Abel here in the Unification Church?
Is it only on the spiritual level? We need to talk about the providence
of Cain and Abel because Abel's being killed prolonged that dispensation.
While Abel was still alive he had not yet fulfilled the qualifications
for that position, but if he had not been killed he could have saved
his whole family and they could have reached the level of having nothing
to do with sin. Abel died with that part still left unaccomplished but
because he was killed for the sake of God the way was left open for an
Abel in the future to accomplish the mission he left undone.
Because he was invested in his mission and was killed along the way
Abel is qualified to come down spiritually and help qualified people to
come to that level. Individuals and families are needed in the position
of Abel. The first such person on the family level was Noah and his
family. Noah was told to build a boat on top of Mt. Ararat, a task far
from common sense. Why would God give such a crazy command? The most
important reason is that God wanted to remove accusation by Satan. How
many people could have done Noah's job? If you were in the position of
Noah wouldn't you have been skeptical? But Noah was utterly obedient to
God's command and began to build the boat on the mountain. Why would
God have to ask abnormal things of Noah? Simply because Satan would
have to surrender if Noah fulfilled God's exorbitant requirements.
God anticipated Satan saying, "You think Your servant is obedient and
loyal, but wait and see. He will not last more than several decades,
or at the longest he will endure 100 years." Knowing that, God decided
to have Noah spend 120 years building the ark. Satan was confident that
Noah could not endure that long, and naturally Noah's wife and children
and neighbors would all be scornful of him. They would have been unusual
people to not act like that.
Was God foolish to push Noah like that? With His wisdom God judged
that he had to go through the indemnity course and He gave orders to
Noah accordingly. Without knowing this principle we can't understand
why all the good men on earth have gone through so much difficulty and
persecution, even being martyred. Now you can clearly understand the
situation. Without the human fall the difficulties of indemnity would
not be necessary.
We can draw the conclusion that God Himself could not act normally because
the human fall threw everything into abnormality. We know that God could
not protect Abel from being killed and in Noah's case God would not give
encouragement but left him alone to spend many years building the ark. Was
it normal for God to require Abraham to offer his only son, Isaac, who
was born after Abraham was over 100? God blessed Abraham, saying that
his descendants would be numbered like the stars of the heavens, but did
it seem He would keep His promise? Would you call this God a normal God?
Look at the case of Moses. Moses was a murderer who killed an Egyptian
who was torturing some Israelites. Why would God choose such a person
when there might have been many other righteous people? We must clearly
understand what is righteous and unrighteous in God's sight.
The Jewish people are dispersed to every comer of the earth and are still
going through difficulties. At the time of Moses they were persecuted
by the Egyptians but Moses was raised by the royal family and saved
from slavery. A normal person would have been content with his life
in the palace, but Moses ventured to protect his people by killing an
Egyptian. For 400 long years the Israelites had suffered in Egypt and
in Moses' sight the time had come that they could be liberated. He knew
that his people needed a great leader who could fight the Pharaoh and
he thought he was the only one who could do the job.
Moses had seen many instances of Israelites being killed or tortured
without reason and he thought that it was righteous for him to protect
his people, even by killing the Egyptians. He chose the responsibility
of leading this persecuted people. Common sense told him that he could
lead a gorgeous life in the palace but he chose to be with the Israelites
and go through the difficulties of guiding these people into the land
of Canaan, even in the face of rebellion. He lived completely in the
awareness of this mission.
After his forty years of luxurious life in the palace he spent forty
years in the wilderness. During those forty years of traveling with
the Israelites in the wilderness Moses was never once resentful against
God. In the face of tremendous difficulties he would praise God and try
his best to lead his people. It was because God saw the possibility of
such character in Moses that He called him from the palace. Only after
fighting against the royal power with his own hands could Moses liberate
John the Baptist also lived for many years out in the wilderness,
subsisting on locusts and wild honey. His life was completely contrary
to a normal existence. Jesus Christ also lived a totally different life
from most people in that age. If Jesus had lived to be forty, things
could have been different.
God originally chose the Israelites as the center of His providence but
because they did not fulfill their position Jews have been dispersed all
over the world. Christians also had to go through a course of difficulties
and persecution, beginning with the Roman Empire. After persecuting
the early Christians the Roman Empire surrendered and Christianity
won a spiritual victory. People have come to think that God is cruel,
if indeed there is any God at all. People wonder how a real God could
leave His people alone to struggle against an evil power and go through
so much misery, but without some knowledge of the indemnity course they
could not understand.
In order to win the world back to God's side a person must appear who can
go through the indemnity course from the individual level through -the
family, tribal, national and worldwide levels. Who has been victorious in
the history of indemnity, God's side or the other side? When would God's
side be victorious over all those things? God has been anxious to send
a sinless leader whenever the foundation for the Messiah was finally laid.
The Messiah must undo all the mistakes of history, from the individual
level to the worldwide level. Jesus Christ was killed before he could do
that on the physical level. Although he initially carne to the Israelites
his mission embraced the worldwide level; in his lifetime he should have
advanced to win the Roman Empire and then open the way to reach out to
every comer of the earth. Because his mission was not fulfilled on both
the spiritual and physical levels Christians are waiting for the Lord
of the Second Advent to come.
The Christian world is the foundation on which the Lord will come, but
until now Christians have been teaching he will come on the clouds. In
the Unification Church we claim that the Lord of the Second Advent will
come in the flesh, but it is difficult for people to accept this; we are
saying things entirely opposite to what they have believed. Naturally we
are opposed for saying such things. The most bitter opposition to endure
is not from atheists or ordinary people but from these Christians who
severely persecute us.
God is anxious to have His prophets come to earth and reveal His secrets
in the latter days. Everyone who came to foretell the future lived an
abnormal life; people in the Old Testament hardly ever believed the
prophets God sent and persecuted them without exception. God expects
Christians to lay the foundation for the Lord of the Second Advent to
come, but if they do not accept the Lord or his ideology then God will not
continue to work through Christianity and Christians also will be fated
to go through the worldwide level of persecution. A new group must emerge
from Christianity like new buds on a tree and go through persecution by
way of indemnity on every level. When this group confronts the worldwide
level of indemnity you can know that the final goal is close at hand. Now
is that time.
In our movement we have to link together each level of all things,
restoring what was previously a failure. If Christianity had cooperated
with our movement, we could have reached the goal in seven years' time
but instead it was prolonged to 21 years. My real mission finally started
at the age of forty.
Before the age of forty I had to endure persecution and fulfill indemnity
conditions up to a certain level. You must clearly understand that the
history of the Unification movement has been one of persecution for the
purpose of indemnity. In Korea and Japan our Church was persecuted by
the government and now we are going through the same thing in America.
Now that we have been victorious spiritually on the world level we must
indemnity all those levels horizontally, never being frustrated and
never vacillating but always acting on God's plan until we are recognized.
I have carried out my mission without any example from history to
follow. You have clearly seen what took place during the Washington
Monument campaign. That kind of thing could have easily been done
with the cooperation of America, but even in the face of persecution
from almost the whole nation we won a victory because God was on our
side. How do you view me compared to the presidents of the United States,
for instance? Could they do what I have done?
America and most other democratic nations are retreating before the
threat of communism but I am proclaiming that we will have a big rally
in Moscow and I am unshakably confident that I will annihilate the evil
ideology of communism. Have you ever seen such a person? The communists
are deriding me but I am more than confident.
I have no weapons to fight with but the Korean government is scared of
me; they think that if I ever wanted to be the President of Korea that
I would be able to do it. In the United States the State Department is
fearful of me and the communists oppose what I am doing. Am I such a
fearful person? I have nothing but my own two hands to work with yet
people are fearful nonetheless; they sense that God is working through
me. I am talking about uniting the whole world with my bare hands. Can
anyone believe that? You are crazy because you believe that.
To repeat, you must start by placing yourselves in the central point and
going through indemnity on the horizontal level of individual, family,
nation and world. In the providence of God Korea and America correspond
to Israel and the Roman Empire. The United States is giving aid to Korea
but Korea is reciprocating by giving aid on the spiritual level. Koreans
envy the material wealth of the Western world, especially America, but
America is now inclined to be influenced by the spiritual life of the
East. If Christianity alone were to unite with us then the cooperation
of East and West would bring the final victory on God's side.
Korea is the only nation which is completely divided in two. Germany is
divided into democratic and communist states, but there is already some
communication between them. Korea is truly the front line in the battle
between Satan and God, with South and North completely divided and not
even communicating with each other.
All the communist powers are keenly aware of the battle in Korea. On
the spiritual level we have almost reached the worldwide goal but the
confrontation of good and evil is now taking place on both the spiritual
and physical levels in Korea.
In general the American media is not sympathetic to the government of
President Park. Americans think of President Park as a dictator but
he has never murdered or killed anyone, while Mao Tse Tung killed 150
million, Kim 11 Sung killed three million and Stalin killed seventy
million people. The Americans who criticize President Park even
believe that Mao is the hero of this age, having organized a great
revolution. These people never think about the situation South Korea is
facing. With an invasion from North Korea being an imminent possibility,
how could President Park be expected to leave the situation alone,
not keeping his nation prepared and alert? Communists the world over
know that if President Park could be removed from office that the North
Koreans could easily invade the South and take over. Recently Americans
have accused me of being connected with the KCIA but nothing is farther
from the truth. I may be a running dog for God, but not for the KCIA or
Now that the day of heavenly victory has been set up on the 4th of October
we will never be in a defensive position. We will take the offensive from
now on. We are going to create our own newspaper and later I'm going to
establish our own university. We are going to create more performing arts
groups on a very high level. The world of art has influenced the media and
subsequently influenced public opinion in a negative way so I'm going to
educate our people and restore the world of media and art to God's side.
We are now at the transition point, crossing over from abnormality
to normalcy. The misery and difficulty we have gone through has been
abnormal but from now on our way will be smoother. Just wait until the
end of our third seven-year course and from then on we will be materially
blessed and can enjoy our life in a heavenly way.
We are restoring the 2,000 years of Christian history within 21 years;
if I had failed it could have been prolonged to 210 years. Even the
idea of that is horrible. I had to go through this condensed indemnity
course in 21 years, winning a certain standard in Korea, Japan and now
in the Western world. All this culminated in the success at Washington
Monument after Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden. Wait a little
while longer and you will see how the second generation here in America
will be inspired by our movement.
There have been tremendous barriers of resentment and hate between the
races but now that we have laid the foundation this far God can forgive
all of that. What I am doing is always in the name of God. I can tear
down the racial barriers because I have made the condition of winning
victory in the face of opposition from people of all races.
The whole world may be against me now but after overcoming that level I
can send missionaries even to the communist world. You can now see that
the whole world has spoken out in protest against our movement, but in a
little while you will see worldwide victory. The day will come when the
Washington Post and the New York Times will understand the mistakes they
have made. According to the law of indemnity they must compensate by
apologizing. When that happens the whole population of the world will
pay attention. Now the State Department is investigating what I have
done but let them go ahead. They will find no incriminating evidence
because there isn't any.
Have I done anything wrong to you? Would you call me evil for having
you come here at 4:00 a.m.? You people are used to living in luxury
and relaxation but now you go out selling flowers and witnessing to the
people. America has been a selfishly individualistic country up to the
present, but I am teaching you to be sacrificial people who work for the
sake of the whole world. Is that a bad thing or a good thing? You are
accustomed to sitting on soft chairs and enjoying comfort but here you
sit on a hard floor and your legs get numb. In the established churches
the congregations listen to their preachers for 15 to 20 minutes at the
longest, but I have you sit three or four hours or more.
White people usually want to marry among themselves, but I am mixing
blacks, whites and Orientals in marriage. Despite the fact that
Americans don't like me, I am always sure that God likes me. Even when
people persecute me and call me names I don't feel resentful but pity
them instead. What I want to do is to make them understand because I
know that by winning any Cain to Abel's side we can find the Heavenly
Kingdom. Only after having fulfilled the history of Cain and Abel can
we open the door to heaven.
Our purpose is to save each Cain at the earliest time. When I say we
are going to take the offensive, don't get excited and be ready to crush
anyone. Now that I have laid the foundation on each level and have paved
the way, you can just follow my way to reach the goal,
Once public opinion is turned around and people come to think that I
am a good person things will suddenly change and the people who still
oppose us will be converted by our friends. The day will come before
long; be confident. This opportunity will never always be here so why
don't you concentrate your efforts on laying your own foundation on the
individual, family, tribal and worldwide levels, for your own sake and
for your descendants?
Until now Abel has been in the vanguard of the whole group, but from
now on it must be Cain who leads the way and faces the difficulties. Are
you ready for that? With the month of October gone you must be prepared
to take up my responsibility. In that case I can leave everything I have
won to you; you will inherit all the work that I have done without having
to go through the same indemnity and without accusation from Satan.
I will leave all I have to you but in order for you to be qualified
to inherit that spiritual wealth you must be desperate to sustain
any level of your mission. Until now we have paid indemnity for the
past and most of the time I have done that. From now on whatever you
do is going to be for the sake of yourself and for the sake of your
descendants. Because of God's love you can lay the foundation for yourself
and your offspring. Whatever you win by struggling will be yours.
Until the end of the third seven-year course I want you to work with all
your effort, investing every ounce of your energy. In doing that you must
realize that you are laying your own foundation and taking responsibility
so that I will not have to worry about you. Remind yourself that we have
only 3½ years left. Why don't you concentrate all your energy on what
you are going to do to accomplish your mission?
Ultimately the providence of Cain and Abel will be accomplished and
that kind of thing will be finished. Satan's work will be no more. It
sounds like a dream but we will make it true. For the coming 3½ years
you must realize that you are going through the Cain-type indemnity.
Why don't you invest your whole self during that time? I will trust you
and see if you can do it.
Once the work of Cain and Abel is finished we will see the communist world
crumble and the power of evil diminish. Young people will abandon the
life of drugs and immorality and be attracted to this way of life. The
spirit world will be united with the physical plane and more and more
spiritually attuned people will testify to our movement and ideology
without our having to witness. You will not always have this chance so
why don't you concentrate on your witnessing now?
Up to the present it has been the Abel figure or chosen people who have
gone through the indemnity course, but the coming three or four years are
the period of time when Cain figures can pay their own indemnity. This is
the best chance of your whole life. You represent the whole population of
the world in doing the job when other people do not know. You must feel
privileged to do your very best in that period of time. Can I trust you?
May God bless you.