REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE AGE OF JUDGMENT
November 21, 1976
Belvedere, New York
Translator-Bo Hi Pak
When someone speaks about judgment we normally think of court
proceedings. In a court one always finds a judge, attorneys, a defendant
and a plaintiff, plus the people who attend on the side of the defendant
as well as the accuser. How does judgment come about? Law is prerequisite
for judgment and anyone who violates the law is liable to be accused and
tried. Every nation has a constitution and legal system that is intended to
preserve order and peace within that nation. Any citizen who violates that
particular law is judged accordingly.
The spirit of the law is to unite the people of a nation centering around
the sovereignty or government, so that together they can bring about the
betterment of the nation. This same thing applies to organizations on all
different levels. Certainly a sovereign nation, society, or organization like
our Unification Church must have regulations or laws that bring harmony for
the purpose of accomplishing some recognized goal.
In a family, for example, there is generally some law, even though it
is unwritten. Obedience to the law will bring harmony between the parents as
the center of the family and their children. That unity brings the family into
greater happiness. According to their own virtues or particular morality, the
parents establish certain principles by which they want to mold that particular
family. If the children are obedient then those principles are actualized.
The same standard can be applied to a corporation. The president or chairman
of the board has a certain vision and goal for that corporation. Through
obedience to his standards, the people of that corporation can establish a
harmonious relationship and fulfill the corporate goal. The same thing is
also true of the Unification Church.
The Unification Church was founded by Reverend Moon, who has an ideal
for guiding the church toward a certain goal. That goal is clear in my mind
and the standards that are maintained have the purpose of bringing all the
members of the Unification Church into harmony for the fulfillment of the
founding ideal. Each one of you in the church is striving to unite around
that standard and ideal and become one with me in harmony. Such obedience
to the standard unites the founder and followers. They become one as they
march toward their goal.
By obeying the true law you can become one
with the cause of the universe
What should the true way of life be? First of all, you must become true men
and women by following the true word or true law. If that law is true then it
should not be applicable on only a small level, but universally applicable,
penetrating the levels of the family, society, nation and world. If there
is an eternal universe, that law must be true on all levels of existence.
The logical conclusion is that if there is a God then that law which
eventually creates true men and women is also true for the heart of God. To
find that kind of law, that kind of true word, we must find the true cause
behind that law. Through obedience to that law we can certainly become one
with the creator or cause of the universe.
Where shall we members of the Unification Church go? Suppose the founder
said that your ultimate destination is to go to Korea and we all went. We
could not discover the ultimate cause of the universe merely by arriving
there. Without further direction after our arrival everyone would be confused
and eventually drift back. With such an outcome it would be far better to
not even begin that trip. It would be a wasted effort.
Here in America certain officials, particularly in the State Department,
are suspicious of our activities. Three and a half years ago I came to this
country barehanded. In 3½ years the Unification Church has become a
formidable movement, not only here in America but all over the world. The
officials are worried about what will happen if I keep going this way, at
this speed. We are very excited with each day's advancement but each day
our adversaries feel more threatened.
The completion of the Washington Monument Rally brought our movement to
a pinnacle of success, demonstrating our strength and power. People are now
asking, "What is next? What is Reverend Moon up to now?" If Washington
Monument was our ultimate goal then from that point on the Unification
Church would decline. However, my goal is certainly far greater and is
not circumscribed by politics or business. My goal is to educate and give
spiritual guidance to those in political positions. Historically, the role
of the prophet is always to give advice to those in governing positions. If
that is my ambition then you must become a leader in that way as well.
We are working very hard, even doing peculiar-looking things. You had prayer
service at 5 a.m. and then remained for worship at 6 a.m. You work hard at
fund raising and in all your various missions. Why? We have to experience every
level of human life. This is really training for many great things to come.
Have you experienced a 7-day fast? When you had that experience did
you realize how precious a piece of bread is? Did you really learn? Bread
crusts are generally thrown away, but when you are fasting that first slice
becomes absolutely precious. Normally when you go into a room and there are
masterpieces of art and beautiful furniture you study them all, but when you
are fasting you are no longer interested in such things. You are fascinated
by a piece of bread and even if flies may be on it you are more interested in
that piece of bread than those flies are! You laugh and enjoy this kind of
conversation because you have experienced such a thing. Through such common
experience there is harmony among our family members.
Life in prison can be the bottom of human misery. If a person hasn't
experienced the situation he cannot really understand how a prisoner feels who
is counting the days until the end of his sentence. A prisoner's longing for
freedom is even more intense than the longing of lovers for each other. You
do not laugh at this because you have not experienced it. When I speak on
this subject it is foreign to you and you are silent.
Life experience is what counts. No matter how much knowledge a person
claims to have, if he has not lived through a particular part of life his
knowledge is worth nothing. For thirty years I have been living under
constant criticism. Society has come against me, nations have come against
me and the entire world is worried about me. You will never understand the
loneliness of persecution until you are standing in that position.
In a small way we have a harmony of understanding. Practically every day the
New York Times and Washington Post are saying distorted things about us. We are
going through this together. Just being a Moonie has become almost criminal,
as though society is trying to torment and segregate us to an unreasonable
degree. Not only me, but all my followers are becoming victims of persecution.
In your heart you believe in the Unification Church, don't you? You know
you are following the truth to which you can dedicate your life, even though
your own parents don't understand. They can't understand why you follow
someone from the obscure nation of Korea who doesn't seem to have any good
ideas. You have everything you need right here in America. The newspapers
echo this sentiment as well as the fabricated stories about my life, and a
vicious circle is created, snowballing into greater persecution. Certainly
the Unification Church as a whole has become the target of world criticism.
We are now sailing through a hurricane of persecution.
If I am the captain of our ship, who are you sailors? There can be two
kinds of sailor: One can help the captain to accomplish the mission but the
other may become incapacitated by seasickness and be a burden instead. It is
obvious that we don't prefer having heavy winds and storms. Sailors really
hate to see the wind rise because it threatens their lives.
Some Unification Church members comment that I never wince in the face
of all this criticism and persecution. They sometimes say, "Maybe he likes
criticism." No one likes persecution, including me. I only know through
experience that I can continue on and overcome it. But you are not experienced
sailors. You are still very green, right? Therefore, when a breeze comes along
you worry, "Oh, maybe it's a hurricane! Maybe our boat will turn upside down!"
Because persecution has come not only to me but to you, you can begin
to experience the feeling of my position deep in your heart. We are being
persecuted for following the truth, but if you continually rise above the
persecution and become able to speak the truth under any circumstances,
then you will become a sailor that God can count on.
In its way persecution is a blessing. Only those who rise above
persecution can be trusted by their fellow man and by God. The one who
can be successful even under persecution is indeed a capable person. When
human beings face utmost difficulty they develop tremendous capability to
conquer any situation. In an emergency they experience a flash of courage
and wisdom that gives them some direction for handling the situation. This
is the tremendous potential of human nature.
When surrounded by enemies you may see no route to safety, yet under
those circumstances you find some miraculous opening. There is always a
way. Nothing is that final. When you muster all your energy you can follow
your inspiration and break out.
On their way back to Japan I took some Japanese brothers and sisters to
Las Vegas to show them a certain aspect of American life. In watching a show,
I felt that I have lived all my life like an actor on the stage. The showmen
in Las Vegas have a contract with the hotel, but I felt, "I am a showman
contracted by God and the United States of America is my stage." Right now
the entire United States is suspicious, of me. Surrounded on four sides,
I am pondering' how to break through this barrier.
In Las Vegas the audience watches every move the actors make. Here in
America my audience is 220 million American people, including the President,
Senators and Congressmen, even high school and elementary students. The
Washington Post is always telling everybody what is happening on the
stage. Thus far the spectators have been told that I am a villain.
You may idolize a certain actor, but when he happens to be in the role
of villain you don't have much sympathy for him, do you? On the Las Vegas
stage, however, the villain turned out to be a hero. Instantly the audience
had their hearts moved toward that particular actor. In the same way, the
time will come when I will be revealed to this nation and to the world,
not as a villain but as a hero, a true champion of God. Right now it seems
there is nobody on my side. First there was persecution in Korea, then in
Japan and now in America. Because American news spreads all over the world
no one seems to be siding with me anywhere else either. At least one thing
has been accomplished, however. I am known by everyone.
What are your particular roles then? The media is certainly centered on
me-what I do, where I travel, just about everything. What would happen if
I suddenly died? Will the show we are in be stopped by the mere fact of my
death? Will you be the show-men then? You say, "Yes, Father, I will be the
showman," but nobody will trust you because you have not demonstrated your
qualification through your actions. A promise is cheap, but a deed holds
great value. If you can go ahead while everyone else is collapsing then
you can certainly be trusted. Isn't that true? I am asking a very serious
question. Suppose I had to die, would you go on? If that is your determination
then the battle is actually won.
The truth is most important,
not the person proclaiming it
I went through incredible suffering in Korea. Three governments tried to
obliterate our church and the existing churches brought us untold hardship. Yet
not only did we survive but we rose above those circumstances and established
the international foundation. In Japan also we went through incredible
hardship. At one time the leading political party tried to eliminate our
movement, yet now they see that Japan's only hope to overcome the aggression
of communism is Reverend Moon's ideology. America too, will follow the
pattern. Please wait just a few more years. America's opinion will change.
Did I come to America to be defeated? Do you think my victory represents
only the victory of the yellow race over the white race? Maybe white people
wouldn't like that. My victory does not represent one race or one particular
nationality, but will transcend race and nationality, creed and language.
What is important is the truth, not who proclaims it. If a white man creates
a machine gun and a yellow man creates a machine gun the important question is
not who made which weapon but which machine gun is the best. What we need in
battle is the most effective weapon. Those who disregard this criterion and
stick to certain prejudices will be defeated in battle. is it right to say,
"I don't want to eat that grain because a black farmer grew it"? That is
absolutely wrong. We have to move the world beyond these attitudes.
Now that we have seen victory at the Washington Rally, what is our next
goal? The word "Moscow" is actually a shortened form of "must go." That
means we must go, right? I'm sure the diplomats from communist nations will
just collapse in laughter when they hear this. "Reverend Moon, you're out of
your mind! You're crazy!" But I am utterly serious. There is an historical
foundation and an unseen cause which compels me to speak.
When I came to America in 1972 I first spoke publicly at Lincoln
Center. However, up until the moment that I signed the contract even the
Unification Church members couldn't believe that I was serious about my plan,
saying among themselves, "That's ridiculous. People won't come. How can he
do such a thing?" People outside our church were even more scornful. On the
second Day of Hope tour I spoke at Carnegie Hall and again we were spoken
of as crazy people.
When we moved up to the next stage, Madison Square Garden, people said,
"He is really nuts." On September 17, the night before the speech, I had a
banquet at the Waldorf Astoria. When we announced that we would like to have
prominent Americans come to hear me speak on the following night, people said,
''Reverend Moon, please don't do it. No one will come."
That evening a prominent CBS reporter brought a camera to the waiting room
to interview me and said, "Reverend Moon, personally I don't think people
will come, but do you think you will be successful tomorrow night?" I said,
"Just wait 24 hours more and see with your own eyes. More people than you ever
imagined will show up to listen." He said, "Reverend Moon, I don't think that
is true. I have experience and my calculations say that only a few people
will come." But September 18 proved the CBS computer wrong. I think God has
a different kind of computer. He wants to have a decent success and have us
move on without further problems. If there had been no rain at Yankee Stadium,
we would have had an overwhelming success June 1.
The Washington Monument Rally was originally scheduled for 1977. Having a
gigantic international-scale rally in Washington, D.C. only 2½ months
after the big event at Yankee Stadium would normally be unthinkable. Any good
organizer would say that this was truly a crazy idea, but it is the beauty
of the Unification Church that we can conceive a crazy idea that everyone
projects as a disaster and then produce a great victory.
Our campaign in Washington wasn't even in gear for the first
2½ months after Yankee Stadium. The campaign itself was only forty
days. Twenty-one days after the countdown started a report came to me that the
most people we could possibly bring was 8,000. When that report was given all
the assembled leaders turned pale and felt completely panicky. Then I smiled
and stood up, announcing, "After hearing your report I announce to you that
the Washington Monument Rally will be an overwhelming success." Everybody
was shocked! They didn't know how to respond.
The Washington Monument Rally was a very crucial showdown. My rise or fall
depended on that one rally. That is why your leaders were very panicky at
that point in the campaign. But I know and see invisible things. Regardless
of the reports I knew that it would be an overwhelming success. How did I
know? I know another world besides our world of reality. Even though you
Unification Church members are but a handful of people, I know there are
millions of people working with us in spirit world.
My strategy is not shaped by this world alone
My strategy is not an ordinary one. Man's strategy usually considers only
the reality of this world, but my strategy depends upon the realities of two
worlds. This is why I do not plan my tactics in an office but out on the high
sea. There I am dealing with the unseen world. The present power of humans
is truly limited. If you depend only on what you see, you are exceedingly
limited in what you can do. Knowing that principle has kept me alive this
far. By all normal calculations I would have been dead a long time ago.
The Washington Monument victory was won under countless adverse
conditions. Yet even under those circumstances we could win a victory. Suppose
the free world had supported me. I could move on to Moscow in three years
with such support. That is not an unrealistic goal. Do you guess that is
possible or do you know it as fact?
Our tradition has been established and we can measure the future by
the scale of the past. I'm not trying to be boastful but I have ability
and power. The most important thing though is where my ability and power
come from. I have experienced everything. I have tasted every human misery,
including the life of a beggar. When I was a laborer I was the best laborer. I
was a factory worker and I have also created factories. I created every
aspect of the Unification Church today with my own hands.
I love logic and I have studied science, but more than anything else I am a
searcher for spiritual truth and I have acquired spiritual wisdom. Throughout
my entire life I have slept one fourth of what people usually do. I ate half
of what normal people ate. In my entire life in Korea there was no moment
wasted, no recreation and no relaxation. Before taking the departing Japanese
members to see a show in Las Vegas I had never experienced such entertainment.
I have experienced the despair of gamblers. I have convinced prostitutes
to live a pure life again. I can relate to farmers and blue-collar workers
and factory workers because I know how they live and think and feel. I can
also relate to businessmen because I have started businesses. The work the
Unification Church is doing in America is not happening by whim. There has
been meticulous planning in all my work and now I am reaping the results
here in America.
I know the thinking of theologians and scholars. When I first announced
the plan to have a Science Conference every year, many members said, "Why
waste your energy and money? Scholars are individualists who rarely change
their opinions." But the Science Conference has been a success each year
and is still expanding.
As a member of the Unification Church aren't you learning a great deal
about life? Many members are on the MFT, which is the very kind of life I
lived some years ago. You have chosen this path as your way of life. It was
no one else's decision. Since you have chosen to follow my philosophy and
my way of life you must go the same route by facing the same difficulties
and experiences. Those who accuse people working in the name of God will be
gathered together in one group and those who serve God will form another
group. Either group could collapse or be destroyed or go marching on.
Which is our way? Will we be dissolved?
Even if we die we will die in battle, trying to accomplish God's goal. I
have no time to pay attention to persecution and I am not bothered by it. I
pay as much attention to it as I would to a neighbor's fly coming into my
house to visit. Eternal righteousness is on our side. Do you have that kind
Why should we work as hard as we do? Because of God. God is almighty, but
He has been persecuted and cursed by people who insist that He is dead. Many
champions of God have been murdered throughout history yet God has been
silent, almost as though He were ineffective and weak. God must almost close
His eyes to the reality of this world. Do you know why God cannot show His
wrath? If He were ever angry and decided to judge the entire world, not one
human soul would remain on earth. No one is now entitled to live above His
judgment. If God were to be lenient about that then Satan could justifiably
accuse each person. Not one could remain above Satan's accusation.
Can you rise above the judgment of God?
The historical ambition of God is to raise up one perfect man of God
who can take care of the world. God is waiting for that one man to appear,
the man the Bible promises will be the second Messiah. This one man that
God is looking for will be able to completely rise above the accusation of
Satan and be victorious over all human struggle. He is the person who will
inherit all of history through taking responsibility for all of mankind.
We must prepare ourselves to become the coworkers of this man. The
Unification Church is indeed the movement that will directly take this role.
The path and direction of the Unification Church is parallel with the
direction of God and we are living a God-centered way of life. If there is
a group of people ready to advance God's timetable, God and the Messiah will
indeed come to those people. We must educate ourselves about God's providence
and in the direction of God's will. We must also educate ourselves about
the Messiah's mission so that we can be ready when he comes.
It is not God's way to have the individual going in one direction, the
family going another way, and the nation and world going yet another. In
this conviction we are different because our way of life and our point of
view start with the individual but then continue through to the universal
level. We have to go through seven stages, including the spirit world. In
following one vertical line of growth we can truly meet God. Unless you
are victorious in the sight of God as an individual, you cannot build your
family. The world does not understand this principle.
There is always a test to pass at each level before you can advance
further. Who is testing you? It is not God but Satan and the satanic world who
test you. Satan is in the position of prosecutor while God is in the position
of judge and you are the defendant. Jesus Christ is your lawyer. There is a
court of judgment on every level of your advancement and finally God, the
universal sovereign, has His own court. No one can escape from defending
One of the most important truths we are learning in the Unification Church
is the law of indemnity. We now know that the amount of indemnity we must
pay depends upon the seriousness of a crime. We also know what crime is
most evil in the sight of God and what indemnity is needed for each level
of commitment to God.
What is the mission of the Messiah? He is the one who bears your burden and
your indemnity. That is why he is the savior. If you take over the burdens of
someone else's life then you are that person's savior. If you save a family
from disaster then you are a savior as far as that family is concerned. That
family is absolutely indebted to you and you stand above their law.
The person who lifts off the entire burden of the Unification Church
is above the law of the Unification Church. That person is praised by the
Unification Church wherever he goes because the church as a whole is deeply
indebted to him. If he came to my suite at the New Yorker I would stand
aside and say, "This apartment is your home."
If there is a person who can be responsible for all the burdens of America
and liquidate all the sins of this nation, then American law cannot touch
him. If there is a person who feels he is able to be responsible for all
the past, present and future sins of humanity, then that person is indeed
the savior of mankind and stands above the laws and regulations made by
mankind. Isn't that true? The Messiah is that person. He has the power and
authority to liberate even hell.
That is not all: The Messiah can even liberate God. Can God judge a person
to whom He is personally indebted? If He were liberated, God would not even
go to the courtroom or make one pronouncement against that person. If God
can be liberated He doesn't have to judge. Under those circumstances no
courtroom or judge or prosecutor is needed.
In the city of Jerusalem, Jesus was sometimes angered at the immoral
behavior of the people. He even overturned the moneychangers' tables in a
moment of violence. By normal standards he should have been arrested and no
civil court would have vindicated him. But under the law of God Jesus had
not committed any sin. Civil law is not heavenly law.
Do you want to become a person who will be judged in God's court or become
a person who can even rise above the court of God? What kind of person must
you become to rise above God's judgment? Become a savior by adopting the
savior's way of life as your way of life. You can be a person who can give
salvation to the world and who can say, "I will be responsible for the world
and all of humanity. I will give my entire life and soul and energy for that
purpose." Then you are indeed walking side by side with the Messiah.
We can depend on no one else
to defend God's world
Unification Church members from all different races and countries are
gathered together here in Belvedere. What kind of movement are we? What
kind of people will be created right here? I am going to create the kind
of person who can rise above the judgment of God and give his life and
soul to the salvation of humanity. That was Jesus' way of life. It is my
conviction and philosophy, and it shall become your way of life also. Can you
do this? In this respect I am a very precious guest in America, bringing a
most significant commodity to this country. The American people might think,
"We gave so much to Korea that Korea is indebted to America materially and
spiritually." But I see that this has now been paid back many times over by
the spreading of this philosophy.
America did give tremendous aid to Korea, but money and sacrifice can
always be paid back. Yet what is presently happening here in America? The
young people of America are dying. I came to lift up the young people and
give them new life. This is indeed the most precious, priceless gift that
anyone could receive or give. Can you put a price tag on such a gift?
Why am I doings this? America is not the goal, the world is the
goal! America is indispensable for world restoration, however. I chose
America as the base for this movement but my eventual goal is the salvation
of the world. I have not violated heavenly law nor have I violated any civil
law. My conscience is clear in the sight of God. I can stride boldly forward
to meet God without shame. When I go to spirit world I am indeed an attorney
for the defense of suffering humanity. I have the power to truly prosecute
the prosecutor, Satan. The day will come when we can all prosecute Satan,
revealing his crimes and commanding that he not bother mankind anymore. That
will be your day of victory.
Our goal now is Moscow, the symbol of communism. Even just the name
"Moscow" sounds formidable, doesn't it? Look at the past, though-did you
ever think about mankind or the world or about becoming a savior? In the
past all you thought about were your own desires, perhaps getting a good
education, making a good salary and eating good food. Without knowing the
truth our goals are shallow and limited and self-centered. Mankind has been
like little ants in the universe.
What kind of husbands do you women want? Men who have conviction and a
philosophy like mine, or men with the philosophy of an ant? If you want to
meet husbands with my philosophy, then you must make yourselves worthy to
receive them. When you are on the MFT working hard you may not even have
a chance to clean your underwear, but you think, "The day will come when I
can get married and then I will wear beautiful clothes and have all kinds of
beautiful things." If you want to become that kind of bride and get dressed
up and parade around then you shouldn't ask for a man like me. A man like me
will never give you such things. On the very day of the wedding he will take
you fund raising and witnessing, all in dusty clothes. Do you still want a
husband like me? A husband like me will also bring you out to the battlefield
and will want to fight the battle together with you. Do you still want that?
If the communists come to destroy the Unification Church with guns then
we will have to fight with guns too. We can't be their helpless victims and
be defeated by their bullets. Do you think God will win such a battle for
you? If the time comes to fight the satanic force, I will never hesitate to
become the commander in chief and lead the heavenly army into battle.
Do you think the Defense Department can safeguard God's world? Don't trust
it too much. You can only trust the heavenly forces that are dedicated to
God's purpose. Our young people should be trained in every way physically. In
a final war against the satanic force it will be a life or death battle. In
order to safeguard the heavenly side we may need to become soldiers. It is
Satan's nature that once he feels he is in a superior position he will attack.
Is it a crime to defend yourself and the heavenly nation? You should
not have some naive concept of Christian love. That does not apply in a
confrontation with Satan's forces, which are determined to destroy God's
world and God's people. If God has no power to defeat a satanic attack then
He is no longer God. As God's force, we shall be able to defend ourselves
and to defend the godly world. We are a different kind of religious leadership.
I am confident and peaceful
at this moment of showdown
This morning's message is how to rise above judgment. If you become a
person who can rise above judgment then wherever you go and whatever the
world will to say you, you will rise above it and God will recognize you as
being righteous. You will never be destroyed.
We know that our battle is not going to be easy. Even your own parents
oppose you but that is simply because they do not know the truth. Once they
understand the truth they will apologize to you. Americans have been vicious
and slanderous, but I want you to know that the time will come when heavenly
law will prevail and even this nation will bow down to the truth. If that
is not true than I am a poor man, no different from any other villain. This
is the secret of the Unification Church and with this knowledge we can go
on and be victorious. We will step, upon the accuser's shoulder and finally
even rise above the law.
The person who will rise above the judgment of God will have the power
of judgment delegated to him. Are you going to be subject to the judgment
of God's court or be a person whom even God will praise? In doing this you
will rise above death itself. You know what kind of men and women you are and
whether you are righteous children in the sight of God. If you are equipped
and trained and committed to this way of life, becoming leaders and going
all over the world, America cannot decline.
I come from a foreign country, not even speaking the native language
of America. I use an interpreter, yet still I can communicate and inspire
people as I do you. How much more can you lift the people up, coming from
their own culture and speaking their own language?
We are the only people under the sun who think about living this crazy
way of life. There are no other men and women who are following such
a philosophy. We are a peculiar, lonely group, yet this is God's way of
life. Therefore, God has to be on our side. He has to be our champion.
You are very small and unassuming and you may look miserable and pale. In
many cases Unification Church members look very shabby and people think the
Unification Church will disappear tomorrow. But as long as God is on our side
we will never be destroyed. Furthermore, we will win and be victorious. I
have lived that way much longer than you have and I have not only survived
but prospered and been victorious all of my life. That is our future. You
must have faith in it.
Do you really want to become that kind of champion? If you have that
conviction then even though you appear small and unassuming you are truly
princes and princesses of God. In the sight of God you are very, very precious
individuals. Who is your tester? Not God but Satan. Satan has set up the
barriers almost like an obstacle race. There is the family race, the society
race, the national race, world race and so forth. When we break down the
barriers we can create a highway so everyone can run immediately to the goal.
We have already broken down the barriers on the individual, family,
society and national levels. Now we have come to the final worldwide
barrier. Once the final obstacle course is won even the communists cannot
stop us. America is now posing a big obstacle here, saying, "No, you cannot
go any further." But I am insisting, "No! Open the way. Don't block the way
to the world!" I am deeply confident, calm and peaceful, no matter what the
accusers say to us. Please be patient and see.
Don't look at me as a Korean for my background is of God. If I were only
Korean then I would not have left Korea, and furthermore, there would have
been no reason for the Korean government to accuse me. I am not just an
Asian because even Asians have come against me. I am a mysterious, unknown
person. One person will say, "I thought Reverend Moon was a religious
leader." Then I turn out to be a big businessman. When I meet politicians
they admire my awareness of political situations, even though my ambition is
not political. Some people say, "Reverend Moon is a gangster, a dictator,"
but then all of a sudden I turn up among eminent scholars and those scholars
are listening to me. If I became an actor I would be an excellent actor.
When I taught Sunday school many years ago I had wonderfully deep
communication with the children. Sometimes I would make them burst into
laughter and sometimes make them cry. I could change their mood in moments. I
am a sportsman also. There is no sport I cannot win at. When I go to sea I am a
record-setting fisherman. When I go to the mountains I am a number one hunter.
Look at Mother. Is she a happy woman or not? No, not quite. I am leading a
most difficult life. It is impossible to keep up with my pace. When she takes
time to rest at night I am always walking around and working in our room. I
have no concept of the time, even at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning. Mother
has a hard time keeping up with me. Do you want that type of husband? If
you really want that type of husband then wait a little bit. I will go after
the brothers and make them into such husbands to give to you.
Right now we are facing a showdown. The newspapers keep saying there
is some investigation going on and legal battles coming up. Let them do
that. Eventually this final roadblock will be pushed away. Using their power,
government officials accuse individuals of fabricated crimes if they want
to. Did you ever hear me say, "We need money. Get a pistol and rob a bank and
bring money"? Actually there are robbers and murderers of innocent women and
children walking around in broad daylight. Why then is the American legal
system being used to interfere with our religious work?
I don't mind serving time in American prisons if necessary. American
prisons are heaven compared to the prisons where I suffered under communism.
Nothing can make me feel fearful. Nothing can stop this movement. I was
jailed under the imperialistic Japanese government because we were organizing
work for Korean independence. That prison experience was a difficult life
but my most severe prison experience was in North Korea, where the prisoners
were purposely worked to death. But I survived even under that system.
Are you afraid of prison? You have no reason to go there. You have violated
no law, neither heavenly law nor civil law, because that has never been my
instruction. But if anyone ever has you imprisoned for some imaginary crime,
don't be fearful. Imprisonment is the way the heroes of history have walked.
Let me ask you, if I ever ended up in jail in America under some fabricated
sentence, would you run away? Communists know that I would never resort
to violence, that our movement would never go beyond the boundary of God's
truth. Therefore, they take advantage of our situation.
My philosophy is this: I have no enemy. People come against me now because
they don't know me, so I will be patient. It will take a longer time, but
through educating people I will turn them around. That is my method. That
is our way of life and our work. Even the worst kind of enemy shall be made
our best friend. We fear nothing. Our goal is to rise above judgment so what
should cause us worry?
Those who can pledge their loyalty and obedience to heavenly instruction,
who can liberate the communist world and even hell, raise your hands and
pledge yourselves to God. Let us pray.