REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
February 20, 1977
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
The blessing in our church has a very special meaning. You know
through the Divine Principle that Adam and Eve, the forefathers of
mankind fell. The fall was their deviation from their original
position, and they fell down into an unprincipled realm, far from
their original state. Because of the fall of man human history started
from a position of sorrow and tears and could not reach a position of
happiness and blessing. Then where can the blessing start?
The history of the blessing must begin with Adam and Eve, and two
positions are needed to consummate the blessing: the giver of the
blessing and the receiver of the blessing. Since a blessing without
God has no meaning, it can only be received centered on Him. By giving
His blessing to all mankind God will receive it back again in glory.
In that way the blessing belongs to God as well as to men.
What is the content of this blessing? The blessing is a reward, the
most supreme form of giving between God and man. In our secular world,
the word blessing is used in many ways. If a person becomes rich, he
might call it a blessing. If parents have good sons and daughters then
someone might comment that they have a real blessing.
The blessing is life, love and the ideal
The blessing is given to both men and women. What is the most supreme
blessing that they could receive? The supreme blessing is life itself,
springing from the same origin as love. When we talk about life and
love we are not talking about them separately; there must be one life
and one love that originates from God. In other words, life and love
are united in oneness in God. On the foundation of such life and such
love the ideal can come about.
You men here are wonderful, proud people, yet your lives come from one
person, God. You know that you have life, but do you know that inside
that life you have love as well? In reality your love cannot be seen
or proven until you meet a woman. A woman is the one who will awaken
your love. You can insist that you have love and try to prove it, but
no one will see that love until the day it is sparked by a woman.
Love will not be ignited unless a circuit can be formed. Electricity
is similar in that it cannot be activated until a circuit is
completed. A positive charge is manifested only in conjunction with a
negative charge. You have that potential inside of you, yet it will
not blossom until such time as it is activated.
We also have an ideal, but that ideal will not be seen until it is
stimulated by something. If one person is dancing alone with no one
watching, he must be a little crazy. But if he has even a little puppy
to dance with, then his actions make sense because he has something
with which to have the give and take of joy. Unless that circuit is
formed between subject and object, however, then that individual is
really crazy. Even Almighty God, who has all power and dominion over
creation needs to find an object in order to form a circuit of
reciprocal give and take; otherwise no energy or activity can be
I am just the same. If I were talking here alone, without you
listening, I would be crazy. You are there stimulating me, and I am
here stimulating you. Let us think of God. God is omniscient,
omnipresent, and omnipotent; since He has everything and He can do
everything, do you think He needs love? Can He generate love all by
Himself? God does indeed possess the potential for love, the seed of
love; the origin and base for love are within God Himself, yet until
an object responds to His love, until a circuit is formed for that
love, it will not be activated.
Imagine God being all by Himself in this universe. If God is shouting
out, "Boy, it's a joyful day and I'm really excited," then in that
case God is crazy too. Now we are being taught the greatest part of
the Principle: Even God needs an object. Even God needs someone to
love and someone to be loved by. Without love, without the ideal the
world of existence would not make any sense; it would be an absolutely
pitch-dark, dead world.
Why do we sing? Is singing the expression of joy and hope or hatred?
Then how can joy be expressed? Songs can be divided into three
categories: those that express a longing for joy, those that actually
express joy and those that express sorrow over the lack of joy. In all
three categories there must be a subject and object; a song about
yourself alone would not be meaningful. When we talk about joy, we are
automatically talking about someone else besides ourselves. The
subject-object relationship is a prerequisite for joy. Before joy can
exist there must be two poles that can form a circuit.
Throughout history much art and literature have been created and all
of these express a yearning for joy, joy itself, or sorrow. Do we all
need someone besides ourselves? The birds sing; even insects sing, yet
no matter how trivial they may be, their singing and beautiful sounds
are not for themselves. They are for someone else, for a partner, for
In sports a circuit is always formed between partners or teammates.
Sports are primarily games which have two sides and one central
purpose for either competition or unity. It is a most logical and
important principle that this universe is made up of subjects and
objects in reciprocal relationships, and they automatically have give
and take which produces energy, the energy of life, the energy of joy,
and the energy of love.
What kind of subject or object do you need: something temporal and
changing or something lasting and eternal? Why do you pursue an
unchanging quality? It is because things that are unchanging are
connected to the truth. Then what is truth?
Truth is eternal, unchanging and unique
Truth has three qualifications: it is eternal, unchanging and unique.
Truth will never tarnish. Even in this secular world, the things
people nominally consider treasures are materials or precious stones
that will not change in color, tone or quality, and will not decay.
Treasures then have a certain unique and eternal quality. For instance
people consider diamonds to be precious; do diamonds change from
morning to night?
A diamond is harder than rock, and it has a unique shine which only a
diamond can radiate. We can conclude that a diamond has unique,
unchanging, and eternal qualities. Gold is also considered precious
because it will not rust or tarnish; its quality remains on and on. A
pearl also has a special kind of shine and uniqueness.
Are we true men and women, or are we fake and artificial? This is a
very serious question. You may think that you are true men and women,
but when you really know the Divine Principle you must ask yourself
again, "Am I really a true person, unchanging, unique and eternal?" Do
your minds change? When you have a changing mind, are you real; are
you a true man? Think about it-when a person's mind is changing from
morning to night, from one day to another, do you think his actions
will also change or not?
How about a person's speech? When his mind is changing will his way of
speaking change or not? That changing quality belongs in only one
place: the trashcan. A prison could be called the trashcan of human
society. There is also a big trashcan in spirit world which we call
What is hell all bout? Hell is where all the fake and untruthful
things are gathered together into one place. The people in hell are
fighting and struggling all the time; consequently there is no unity,
no beauty or harmony there. Then what is heaven? The unchanging world
where words and actions will not change is heaven. God's Principle
will not change, even after millions and billions of years.
Should we welcome a changing quality or an unchanging quality? Let me
ask a more serious question. You are men and women, but there are two
kinds of men and women: true and fake ones. In which category do you
belong? Men and women have their own individual pride and dignity and
think that they have everything necessary to be the royalty of this
universe. However, their quality will be decided upon looking deep
down into their hearts.
Your value as men and women will be decided by whether you are
eternal, unchanging and unique. There are a million different kinds of
people and levels of accomplishment. Neither men nor women are all the
same. Is it true that the ideal is always changing? Is the ideal
situation a temporary thing, remaining only a little while and then
vanishing? Is the ideal a common thing, to be found anywhere, with
nothing unique about it?
Communism is based on change, not truth
Today there are two worlds confronting each other: the democratic
world and the communist world, both of which are pursuing certain
ideals. Is the free world based on an unchanging truth or on one which
is still changing? How about the communist world? Relatively speaking,
which is closer to the ideal of God? Since you are living in the free
world you might say that the free world is closer to the ideal, but
perhaps the people behind the Iron Curtain will consider the communist
world closer to God. Then how can we decide between them?
There is a standard of judgment to determine which one is truer than
the other. The truer one is the same on the inside and outside, the
top and bottom, whereas the untruthful one always has different
qualities on the inside and outside, the right and left, and top and
The truth is always the same, whether on the right or left, top or
bottom, inside or outside. In communism, though, the theory itself is
based on change, on a theory which they call dialectical materialism.
Therefore, communism cannot be true. Already their theory, their
dogma, or " ism," is based upon the quality of change. In contrast,
the truth is unchanging.
In theory, communism strives to improve society by centering on
division and confrontation. There is no unchanging purpose in that
theory. It is not the eternal truth at all; it is based on a lie.
Communists say that society will always divide into two factions,
which must then clash in confrontation and create a new society
through the ensuing struggle. Can you believe that men and women
become united by fighting one another? In communist theory though, to
reach the ideal, to be a good husband or wife, you must fight!
The communist theory is destructive because it is based on a lie.
Instead of bringing harmony, it brings division. Look at the communist
system; because their own dogma, their own principle, is full of lies,
they must use some method to cover it up. They can only sustain their
power through using threats and clandestine operations, through
creating fear in the hearts of the people.
I recognize that the free world is imperfect and even corrupt, yet the
free world acknowledges the eternal, unchanging, and unique nature of
God. The free world is based on a God-accepting ideology and
consequently is still closer to God. Particularly in the democratic
system all men are recognized as equal, from the president down to the
The free world is at least making an effort to make its internal and
external standards the same. There is no boundary between the internal
and the external; the free world exposes to the outside everything
which is on the inside, even when it is dirty and ugly.
The communist leaders, however, regiment human society and separate
people so that they are afraid to communicate. Between the government
and the people there is no real communication. Even within families
there is no real honesty between husband and wife because the husband
is under the surveillance of his own wife, and the wife is under the
surveillance of her own husband. In the communist system there are
always secret agents everywhere; consequently, when people are given a
certain mission they know that there are always eyes watching them on
behalf of the government. The government is almost like a big eye
In order to get things done the government will threaten peoples'
lives. In order to hide the fundamental lie within their principle the
communists are trying to conquer love. They try to control the
peoples' love, ideals and ideology by regimenting their thoughts.
Under communist regimes you have no freedom to think.
All the propaganda about the glorious reality of communism today is
far from the truth. The communist system is a cruel system where there
are unending purges and friends can become enemies or disappear
overnight. The aim of communism is world domination; consequently the
government policies are aimed toward conquest of the free world. But
even if there were no free world to fight with, the communists would
not be at peace; they would fight among themselves about how to apply
their own principle.
Right now the communist goal is to destroy the free world. If they
achieved that goal they would inevitably destroy themselves because
their ideology inherently fosters destruction. In other words,
communism is now merging as a satanic ideology which aims to destroy
the world and annihilate mankind.
Russia and China are both communist, but they are mutually hostile and
even internally divided into factions. They profess that the world
will become one through fighting and struggle, but that is their
biggest lie. Currently America lacks conviction and the communist
ideology is not only influencing many Americans but is even accepted
by many of them. By an order of God I came to America to declare that
communism is the enemy of God and of humanity, and I came to liberate
mankind from that false ideology. Should I be the only person to have
Everyone who is sincerely pursuing the unchanging, eternal, unique
quality of truth must become a staunch adversary of the satanic
ideology of communism. It is a very dangerous sign that here in
America and elsewhere people cannot perceive why communism is so bad.
They ask, "Why are you so bitter about communism? It may bring some
good to the free world." Such people are not true men, but men of
Many people even advise me, saying, "After all, communism is a
formidable power. Why are you making such a fierce crusade against it?
You should be a little more diplomatic, a little more quiet about it."
Those people want me to just speak quietly about the other churches
and leave them alone too because the Unification Church is still
considered an insignificant movement. I cannot do that; the truth must
When God comes to the earth He will proclaim His truth. Therefore, a
messenger from God must take His position and speak out strongly about
the evils and corruption of society. If the government is doing
something wrong, then he must speak out. If churches are in error,
then he must speak out, and if the media is wrong, then he must speak
out, and not only speak out, but live up to his words and make an
earnest effort to correct the wrong. The situation is really a
confrontation between unchanging and changing qualities. Which one do
you think will inevitably fall?
In history there have been so many battles. The army which has the
most determined front-line soldiers will be the strongest one. Can a
soldier decide to take a vacation from a war and tell the enemy to
wait until he gets back? If you were commander-in-chief, which kind of
army would you want-an army which is changing day and night, or one
with unchanging conviction, which is always ready?
You must be unchanging
The same principle applies in our lives. Think of whether your own
actions from day to day are unchanging. If you stand upon the
Principle then your actions have quality and value. The teacher who
has unchanging conviction is respected, regardless of whether he is
criticized or not. Parental love toward children must be unchanging.
Could a parent say, "I loved you yesterday, but I don't love you
today; I don't want you." Is that the love of a parent?
Men have many kinds of occupations, including thieving and murder.
What kind of man or woman are you? In the evil world more crimes are
committed by men than by women. Do you admit that men are a little
more dangerous? If a man with a rifle has one direction, one goal,
then he is controlled and disciplined, but usually a man changes
direction twelve times a day and his gun is being pointed in many
directions. You must realize that your thoughts are like bullets and
you are actually firing them every day. Most people fire them in many
different directions, but the true person fires them in only one
The thoughts of an unprincipled, undisciplined person are erratic,
going one direction in the morning and another in the evening. If that
unprincipled man is smiling and beckoning you to come, you should
hesitate because he is not truthful inside; he would try to exploit
you or take advantage of you.
When you realize how wild your thoughts are, going in twelve different
directions, you can imagine what a dangerous person you can be! But
are such people true or false, valuable or valueless? Should such
people be encouraged or stopped? The important thing to consider is
whether you belong to the kind of people who need to be encouraged or
An unprincipled culture is coming out of America
Do you want to be treated as a true man? Do you deserve such
treatment? When God sees untruthful, unprincipled people whose lives
are based on lies, without truth, with no central point how do you
think God feels? Such men are not really men. In many cases men are
worse than animals; isn't that true? That kind of unprincipled culture
is coming out of what is called the hippie culture here in America. In
order to nurture our bodies we need food every day, not just once
every several weeks. Do we need a balanced diet when we eat? Or should
we go to extremes, eating only salt, or eating only sugar?
We also need a daily diet of love, but love, too, give aid to poor
nations. Do they receive that respect must be balanced, and not take
some extreme form. now? In many cases American young people do not
When you cat the wrong kind of food, a pound of salt know the value of
freedom, saying, "I don't need my or a pound of sugar, you have
stomach trouble. In the parents; I don't need my nation. I have my
freedom same way, the wrong kind of love will give you and I can do
anything, I want." Where does that trouble. You will get "love
Many people enjoy what they call "free sex." That kind of
unprincipled, carnal, dirty love is deadly. It is like eating a pound
of dirty salt or sugar in the form of love. The spirit of a person who
engages in free sex is so distorted that it even seems non-human. That
kind of spirit body is the most hideous, dirty human form in the
world. There is medicine to cure stomach problems, but there is no
cure for the damage that free sex does to your spirit. It will only
When you look at American society today, particularly at the lives of
the young people, many deadly trends are seen: drugs, free sex,
streaking. It is a form of judgment from God to expose human sins and
the corruption of human nature. An operation requires cutting the body
open; that is what is going on now in America. The dirtiness is being
exposed. The American culture today is extremely materialistic,
carnal, unprincipled, and immoral, and will bring the rest of the
world down to hell. It need not be respected or followed. The God of
morality and principle cannot forgive this or leave it alone. If
America as it is now were acceptable in the sight of God, we would
have to conclude that there is no God in this universe.
In the Unification Church we want to re-create ourselves as true men,
acceptable in the sight of God. Will a true man accept only white
people and not care about black people or yellow people? What is the
concept of the true man? Are white people the only ones who appreciate
precious things? What about blacks and Orientals? By the same token,
the truth shines out-in the past, present, and future-to women, men,
senior citizens, and young people everywhere. Even a criminal about to
be executed would want to hold on to some precious thing he may have.
The truth also has that value.
Today the young people of America are needed everywhere; in the past
the rest of the world has really respected the idealistic American
youth who tried to give aid to poor nations. Do the receive that
respect now? In many cases American young people do not know the value
of freedom, saying, "I don't need my parents; I don't need my nation.
I have my freedom and I can do anything I want." Where does that
person's value lie? Such a man is useless to the world and to God.
A new movement of truth must come
A new movement of the truth must come about which can bring man back
to his true, original quality, which can shine up his rusty spots, and
restore his original shine. That movement is none other than the
Unification Church. Once the truth touches a man, then no one can
stifle or remove it. When the truth comes into you it will clean you
by judging all the foreign elements in you, by moving them out, and by
preserving you in purity.
All men, even in the fallen world, have a dormant desire for
unchanging truth embedded deep in their innermost hearts. Even though
they lead very extreme and carnal lives, once the truth touches them
that sleeping desire will be awakened and immediately ignited. The
cleansing process will begin, and that person will start a new life of
internal discipline and good habits, and you will witness their new
life well up from inside and grow. This revolution of man is
completely possible with absolute truth and will happen quite
instantly. Even though you may not recognize it right away, once the
truth touches a man, this kind of revolution will automatically begin
in his heart.
Some of those people who are teaching Divine Principle in classes all
over the world have never even seen me, however, the outside world
still believes that I am a super hypnotist. In a way I am glad for
that title; if that were the truth, I could hypnotize the entire
communist world and the editors of the New York Times and the
Washington Post. But that is not the reality. The reality is that the
march of truth is going on, revolutionizing every human heart it
touches. It is a slow process, but no power under the sun can stop my
work because it is the march of truth.
Young people of the Unification Church, why are you here? Is this a
group for free sex? Drugs? Actually many people who were in despair
came here and saw the light of truth and had a revolution of truth
ignited in their hearts; now they are becoming genuinely decent,
God-centered young people in the Unification Church. For that do you
think I deserve a citation from the United States government or
Are there more fake and dishonest things on the market, or items of
genuine quality? In many cases the things of real value are hidden
away somewhere, unadvertised. If a person has a million dollar diamond
will he go all over the world and announce it, or will he just calmly
cherish owning such a precious diamond?
Will that person wrap it up in rags or in a beautiful cloth, hidden in
a beautiful box in the safest place in his home? Actually, diamond
owners who worry about thieves often wrap their treasures in very
humble cloths, and keep them in some humble place in order to not
God hid a diamond here
God operates on the same principle. God is giving us a true diamond-in
this case, truth. God is not exhibiting that truth in some glittering
palace but wrapping it in humble cloth and leaving it in a humble
place like Belvedere. Are you sitting in a very gorgeous palace or a
humble garage? I do not think you will ever find another church like
this. You are sitting in a garage on a hard cement floor, shivering
and aching because the wind is blowing in; downstairs they are
listening without even seeing my face. This is really a unique church!
Did you come with a willing heart this morning? Are you full of
complaints now? Why not? It is because you found a diamond here in
this humble setting, wrapped in humble cloth, and you can be the owner
of that diamond. Do you have that joy? Your legs are becoming numb and
aching, but your faces are shining and happy. People outside our
Church cannot even imagine such a joyful experience in this kind of
setting when they read about Reverend Moon and the Unification Church.
The negative publicity has made our wrapping appear even more ragged
and rough, and no one imagines that they might find some super-diamond
inside. This is the situation right now. The people outside who enjoy
luxury and power and fame do not even bother to look inside the
Unification Church. Only those who are really eager to find the truth
can end up in the Unification Church. This is God's whole strategy.
What we need in the Unification Church today are true men and women,
not wishy-washy people who make half-hearted commitments. In order to
find these people, God wrapped the Unification Church in humble rags.
Is this a good or evil group? Shouldn't I be unhappy, being
misrepresented to people by the media and accused of crimes by all
sides? In reality though, I am the happiest person in the universe. I
am aloof of what the world is saying about me because I am addressing
history. I know that history is my friend; the past, present and
future will be on my side. I am transcending national barriers,
cultural barriers, religious credal barriers, and language barriers,
bringing one solid concept of the unity of love.
Recently there has been a trend towards imitation, for instance,
imitation pearls and diamonds. I am sitting like a true diamond among
the imitations at the auction. My own diamond looks the same as the
others, even more unassuming, while the imitation diamonds are huge
and glittery. Now people are deciding what to buy at the auction; many
white people are saying, "I don't want that particular humble
diamond." Maybe yellow people will feel that way too, but who knows,
maybe the black people will say, "I will settle for that humble
Blacks have an important mission
I see that in sports more and more blacks are the prominent world
champions. Every year more blacks are emerging at the top, replacing
whites. Is that true? I hope that blacks in America and all over the
world will have the wisdom to recognize the true diamond of truth. If
blacks are equipped with God's ideology, then, coupled with their
sense of physical power, I think they have a glorious future that
white people could never compete with.
Who is opposing me the most here in America? Our adversaries are
primarily white; however, the more that the whites oppose us, the
greater is the chance for blacks to receive God's blessing. Heaven
will never lose. Our black brothers and sisters are going to be
important. A black man played an important role at the time of Jesus'
crucifixion. When Jesus stumbled while carrying his cross to Calvary,
a black person, Simon of Cyrene, took up Jesus' burden. That act was
very significant; when the Last Days come, black people will be
burdened with an important mission from God and will contribute
greatly to God's overall dispensation.
It is important, however, that blacks be equipped with the true
ideology. Corruption has come primarily from white society. Because of
this I feel that some dynamic black spiritual leaders will be the hope
of America in the future. Where would you go then? You must launch a
heavenly assault on the white people in order to liberate them.
The satanic way of doing things is to just attack. But in the
Unification Church we want to embrace and liberate the people. I never
tell you to attack the communists and kill them. I tell you to
liberate them, to save them. This is one major difference between God
What is true love?
Actually I have not talked much about blessing this morning. Let us go
back to that topic. We have reached one interesting conclusion: truth
is eternal, unchanging, and unique. What is the core, the central
point of truth? Everybody likes true love. What is true love then? Let
us look into that unchanging quality of love in this world.
The love between parents and children is closer to the qualification
of the truth-that is, unchanging and everlasting-than the love between
husband and wife. And in that love between the parents and children,
the love going from the parent to the child is much closer to that
quality of truth than the love going from the child to the parent. The
love going from the parent to child is the trunk line of love, the
central point which does not change from age to age. In order to
become a recipient of this unchanging love of the parent, the child
should also become a person who can give unchanging love. His love
will be manifested in the form of obedience to his parents. If the
child has a willing heart of voluntary obedience to his parents, then
the parents and child can be united.
Can true love be found through money or organization? No, but we can
find true love through obedience to and harmony with our parents.
Distrust and division are the opposite of harmony and unity, and make
it impossible to create a base of love. The most important truth in
this universe is that God is the parent of mankind, and that Adam and
Eve were the children of God. This most important relationship did not
come alive for humanity. What should happen in order to have that true
love come into being? God's children must become obedient and unite
There is only one way that children can become one with their parents:
in willing obedience to them. Did Adam and Eve obey God? By their
disobedience their relationship with God was destroyed. Before
anything else, we must restore mankind's obedience to our parent, God.
To restore all the destruction and the fallen actions of mankind a
movement of unprecedented obedience to God, one that can bring unity
between God and men, must come about. That is a prerequisite to
fulfilling the love of God and the love of man. Once you become one
with God by obedience, He becomes yours and you become His. God
becomes you and you become God through the explosive power of love.
This same principle applies between husband and wife; they should
always be saying yes to each other. If a suggestion comes from her
husband then the wife should answer yes. If a suggestion comes from
his wife, the husband should answer yes. Will that bring them into
unity or not? Through that harmony will their love disappear or be
intensified? Should men, women, or love be the central point? Love
must be the center. Nobody can deny this logic.
Communists will not succeed
in breaking down love
Communists are trying to break down love, even the eternal love of
parents for their children. The nature of parents is to love their
children, but communists have denied that and are trying to eliminate
that love. Do you think they will succeed? They will never, never
If the son or daughter of the top official in the Soviet government
committed some crime against the communist party and was sentenced to
death, would that communist boss look at his own child at the
execution site and say, "You are my child, but you deserve your death.
You committed crimes against the communist party and you should die; I
curse you"? Or at that moment would he forget about being the boss of
the communist party and plead, "Is there any way I can save my son? Is
there any way that there can be mercy for him?" As a parent, would he
have compassion on his child, or would he curse him?
How about the theoreticians or the philosophers who teach Marxism at
the universities? They teach that Marxism is the universal truth which
will liberate all mankind, but when their own children make a mistake
or deny that philosophy and are sentenced to some cruel punishment,
how will they feel? Can they completely liberate themselves from their
Laborers and factory workers and farmers all feel the same emotions
for their children. Are there varying degrees of human nature?
Parental love is a natural law. Even animals instinctively know their
offspring and try to protect their precious babies. When you see a hen
trying to protect her little chicks you know clearly that protection
of the young is an innate instinct. Is there power which can
revolutionize this animal instinct? With dialectical materialism can
they reorganize the animal world, saying to the chickens, "Chicken,
you must believe in Marxism!" Nothing can revolutionize this basic
nature because God created it that way. No one can overpower God's
Principle of Creation. Can you accept that logic?
God wants to be the Parent of mankind
Where does parental love originate? Are we born with it? Do we learn
it somehow, or is it automatic? It must have some universal origin.
Your parents came from their parents, and their parents came from your
grandparents. There must be a starting point somewhere. We know that
this beautiful human nature was created and given because we are
resultant beings; we ourselves are not the cause of the universe.
Since we have certain innate natures as resultant beings, we must have
some origin or cause; we are the mirror image of that cause.
It is scientific that there can be no result without a cause. There is
a universal first cause for every being, every instinct, and every
human nature, and we call that first cause God. God wants to be the
Parent of mankind. This is the reality that no one can deny or
revolutionize or destroy. That principle persists in this universe,
even in the fallen world. Parental love toward children is built-in,
and because of that particular instinct there is hope of restoration,
even after the fall
Therefore, any true religion always touches this basic principle. Any
religion which clearly teaches this principle will become a superior
religion. Such a religion recognizes God as the one common Parent of
mankind, and recognizes that we, as the children of God, are trying to
restore our innate, original relationship with our parent. Religion is
merely God's effort to restore man back to that relationship.
Philosophy can never unite the world; it is impossible. Neither can we
unite the world through money or power. Knowledge, money and power
will never bring oneness or create the ideal world.
In human history, saints who came to save mankind did not rely on
money, power, or knowledge; they always came to bring unity to the
world by centering upon the love of God. They attempted to crystallize
man's recognition of this one Supreme Being as his universal Parent,
and tried to unite mankind with the love of that Supreme Being. That
has been the effort of all the saints of history.
What kind of God is He? Without a doubt He would like to establish
Himself as the loving Parent of all men. Then what would He cherish
most? What kind of man would God call His son? Clearly the man who
could be just like God in trying to love the world and to love mankind
as his brothers and sisters would qualify as God's son. This is the
wish of parents the world over. Even more than having their children
bring many gifts and much love to them, parents want to see their
children loving their brothers and sisters in beautiful harmony.
Parents are grieved to see their children quarreling among each other
even though they may bring many gifts to their parents.
If a parent had several children who loved each other, gave gifts to
each other, embraced each other, and really helped each other, no
parent would look at that and complain, "Why do you children love each
other more than you love me?" God is the same: He wants us to really
love each other as brothers and sisters.
In order to restore the fallen world we must live up to God's
expectation; we must position ourselves as His sons and daughters and
try to live up to His expectation by loving our brothers and sisters
horizontally. Through this action we can be recognized by God as His
With parental heart, you have a messianic role
If you become men and women who feel precisely as God feels, then you
are not only loving your own brothers and sisters, you are elevating
yourself to the parental position of mankind; you want to take care of
them, and really give them the blessings of God. If you feel that way,
regardless of your nationality or race, you are in a messianic role.
That kind of man must emerge to show mankind how to be that kind of
There are many saints in history who came to this earth proclaiming
the truth of the love of God for humanity and loving humanity as their
brothers and sisters, but there is not yet one saint who has
proclaimed to the world, "I love you not only as your brother; I love
you as your parent, your living father." The only one in history who
came with this concept, this conviction, is Jesus Christ; Jesus came
as the father of mankind.
Think of Jesus at his crucifixion on the cross. The people were
rebellious children. The Israelites and Roman soldiers were laughing
and scornful of him, even piercing him with a spear; yet instead of
cursing them, Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not
what they do." Only the father of mankind could have embraced such
sinners with such a parental prayer. Parental love is capable of
forgiving the worst criminal, even when that criminal is on his way to
be executed. Parental love is capable of forgiving the enemy who
intends to kill the parent. Even as an enemy is aiming his weapon, a
person of parental love can still extend his hand in blessing and
forgiveness. Only parental love is capable of doing that, and that is
precisely how God feels and how God acts.
The person who can start a movement which can live up to the noble
standard of God's love will be the moving force to unite all the
races, religions and nations because that is the cause that God is
pursuing. That man will not be working alone; the power of God will be
acting through him.
Such a world would not be possible under communism. Neither can any
philosophy in the democratic world make it possible. Only a religious
crusade focusing upon the central parental love of God could bring
about the unity of mankind. Is it logical or not? in human history all
the cultural spheres centered upon religious movements. It was always
a new religious movement that brought a new culture; that is the
pattern of human history. Among the many religions, which one is the
Characteristics of the true religion
The true religion is the one that can bring God down as the Parent of
mankind and raise mankind up as the children of God, stimulating
brotherly love in human society. That religion will bring about one
world, one family of man, one family of God. That is the central
characteristic of the true religion. You can evaluate Buddhism, Islam
and Christianity from this one principle. They each have their own
light of truth, but you can see clearly that Christianity is the
The greatest declaration about Jesus was that he was the only begotten
son of God. What is a begotten son? He is the trunkline, the only
object or recipient of the full love of God. When we compare these
words to the qualification of this true religion, they are the same.
Jesus proclaimed, "I am in the Father and the Father in me." He said
that he could not do anything but the will of his Father in heaven.
When you read the Bible, it is obvious that Jesus is the trunkline of
God's truth and love.
Jesus proclaimed that he came in the position of bridegroom to all
humanity, but he also placed himself on the horizontal level, relating
to everyone as a neighbor, teacher, brother and friend. The Bible has
many points that are difficult to understand, but its message
definitely contains the basic qualifications of a true religion of
God. It is crystal clear that Jesus' purpose for coming was religious,
and that Christianity is indeed the religion to bring God's new
culture here on earth. Did Jesus come to preach the gospel in spirit
world, or did he want to see that gospel consummated here on earth?
Jesus came as the father of humanity. Was it the children's duty to
kill him, or to be obedient to him and become one with him? It is most
obvious that dying on the cross was not the purpose for which Jesus
came and it is not the way that complete salvation can be fulfilled.
This is clear, simple truth.
Jesus had to leave this earth 2,000 years ago with his mission
unfulfilled. His mission here on earth has not been completed, which
is why the Second Coming is an absolute necessity and why it cannot be
fulfilled on the clouds of heaven. As a man receiving the love of God,
do you think Jesus could completely fulfill the will of God here on
earth all by himself? Jesus is a man, isn't he, not a woman or a
He is a man. Then do you think that Jesus would be capable of loving a
most pure, God-centered woman? If Jesus looked upon a woman as his
bride and felt love moving within him, would God have said, "I didn't
send you down to feel that! Stop that! Turn around!"
How about earthly parents? Would they want their children to grow up
to be 25, 30, or even 40 and still know nothing about love, but just
earn money and give their parents gifts? Don't parents really want
their children to grow to maturity, to realize the depths of love, and
to form a family to consummate their love? Is this disgraceful in
their eyes, or welcome?
Did God have any different desires when Jesus was here on earth? What
was God's desire for Jesus? When He sent His son down here on earth
God wanted Jesus to reach perfection and to establish one heavenly
family here on earth. Then did Jesus understand the heart of God or
After fulfilling perfection himself, Jesus was just about ready to
take a bride here on earth and go to the next stage of fulfillment
when he was crucified. He was not given the opportunity to set up his
heavenly family. In that case should he come again to earth or not?
Was his crucifixion a time of joy for God, or did it deeply grieve
Jesus knew the heart of God, and when he was crucified he said, "Oh my
God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Did he come to die, or not?
The crucifixion brought tremendous grief to the heart of God; God had
sent him down as His only begotten son, and God deeply wanted to see
Jesus as the center of his only begotten family, only begotten
society, nation and world. That was God's hope. When that hope was
crushed by the rebellion and faithlessness of the people, leaving the
mission undone here on earth, it became God's desire to send another
Messiah, a second son here on earth to fulfill His will 100%. Once God
conceives His will, can He give it up simply because of the situation
At the heart of Christianity is the relationship between the
bridegroom and bride: the Christian churches are to prepare themselves
in the position of bride. When the Messiah does come in the end times,
he will be a living bridegroom, with all humanity as his true bride.
Even though Christians may have understood this concept, they are not
living up to their responsibility; Jesus' will and God's will have
been very much misrepresented for 2,000 years. The Christian churches
have been separated from the will of God. Therefore, in preparation
for the coming of the Messiah, a new Christianity must emerge, and the
present churches which have deviated from the will of God, will
inevitably decline. That true Christianity must come about. Then what
form must that new Christianity have?
As the new Christianity,
we must go beyond Adam and Eve
The new Christianity must be the highest form of religion, perfectly
fitting the criteria of God's true religion. Centering upon God in
absolute obedience, let us bring unity between God and men in reality
here on earth. As restored Adam and Eve, we must go beyond their level
of fulfillment; in order to restore their failure, we must make
ourselves superior in obedience, in trust, and in love. Therefore we
must go beyond the limit of our life.
In order to have a superior position to Adam we must deeply understand
Adam's failure. Self-centeredness became a very important part of his
life, and ultimately brought the fall. To reverse the fall we must
disregard ourselves and live only for God.
The world of self-centered families, societies and nations will
crumble eventually. This is certain because everything starts from God
and ends with God. In the Unification Church we proclaim that we are
all brothers and sisters with no racial or national boundaries between
us. Jesus wanted to bring all mankind into one brotherhood of man; now
we are going to live it. Furthermore, we will bring ourselves one step
higher, to the position of parents toward humanity.
We will take care of the world, meaning that we will save the world.
We are going to give the world spiritual as well as physical food, and
bring the people to salvation. Since we are fighting with our lives,
nothing can stop us. We have already conquered death. Death has no
meaning, no power over us, which makes us an invincible heavenly army.
In your mind the unchanging quality of God's love is growing. The
stronger the persecution you meet, the greater your conviction becomes
because you see clearly the confrontation between your changing nature
and your unchanging nature. Eventually that tendency to change will
crumble. That is the power of the Unification Church.
The outside world is trying hard to uncover that power, but it is not
some clandestine formula, or the power of some kind of brainwashing.
The power of God's love is real in your heart. Simply speaking, do you
want to follow me or not? Do you really mean it? If I cursed you,
pushed you out and kicked you, would you still follow? You know that
this is the central trunkline where the love of God is working.
With the love of God in your heart you have a universal passport to
any country, to anywhere in Father's heart; you do not have to show a
visa. Not only that, in the Kingdom of God you can go right into God's
heart. In this country a peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia, has
become President of the United States and his wife has become the
First Lady. Because of her relation to the President she does not need
a pass to go to the White House. Even if she had only one eye, she
would still be loved by the President and respected as First Lady.
External appearance and differences in education and background mean
nothing in front of true love. The power of love unites, transcending
everything. Even if I were the worst criminal on earth, if you become
the recipients of God's love, then nothing could keep you from being
the princes and princesses of God.
If I did not know this core truth then I would not have waited for
kidnappers like Ted Patrick; I would have surrendered long ago. No one
can subjugate the Unification Church. Am I just speaking out of some
capricious whim, or am I a man of deep thought and love? Even though I
am speaking entirely in spiritual terms, I am speaking to your level
If my goal were to become a respected scholar I have a good enough
brain that I could have won dozens of doctorates in different fields.
With such a good mind, why didn't I take some honored position and
become a great philosopher or historian? For thirty years I have been
a religious leader persecuted everywhere I go. Am I absolutely foolish
to have taken this route? Actually I have been absolutely wise.
I have a real treasure that I would not exchange for anything in the
world. People are very scornful of me only because they do not
understand the treasure that I have. Once they really understand, it
will be impossible to turn them away from Belvedere and you will have
no room here.
There are some workshop people here with long hair. I want to know if
you feel you have really found something here or if you have ended up
in the wrong place. Is it worth hearing me say that we must die for
the nation and the world, giving ourselves to humanity? In return for
your sacrificial service I can promise and deliver the most incredible
reward; not only here in this world, but hereafter in heaven you will
be prisoners of God's love for eternity.
If I wanted to make a cave somewhere and disappear, probably I would
take only Mother with me. Even then I am sure that hundreds of you
would be digging tunnels to reach me. No one would order you to do it,
but just the same you would try to reach me. You are really crazy.
Some of you have been here since 3 o'clock in the morning, shivering
and icy cold on the cement floor, and it is 9 o'clock now. I have
already spoken for 3 hours. Normally a church sermon will not last
more than 15 minutes. People outside have a saying that no soul is
saved after 15 minutes, but we have been going on for three hours.
You cannot forget what you learn in this church
You miss a good night's sleep and breakfast to be here. Still, after
three hours of listening you feel a spark of the love of God. You may
be wondering how in the world you can live such a dedicated life, but
try anyway to commit yourself. A brand new world is opening itself to
you and a new vision is coming alive; as your old world vanishes you
will see a new world emerging. In that sense the Unification Church is
a mysterious place; even if a person stays only a few months and then
runs away, in a few months or even a few years he will come back. You
simply cannot forget what you have learned in this church.
In Japan and Korea there are some people who really dedicated
themselves to our church for several years, but as they found
themselves getting older, their families started to pressure them to
get married instead. They eventually did leave to get married, and
some of them have limousines and live in elegant mansions. Yet they
are terribly unhappy. Some of them have come back, saying that they
would rather begin all over again in the Unification Church than
continue their life outside. Some of those people even fled Japan and
Korea and re-joined the Unification Church elsewhere. In Japan our
fund raisers have met some of these people. One lady answered the door
of a big mansion and gave a really generous donation to one of our
fund raisers. All of a sudden she started to cry, and said, "I envy
your position. Do well." Later we found out that she was once a
Unification Church member. Even though she had left, in her heart she
could not forget, could not get away.
Throughout your whole life you will never forget your first experience
of love with a man or woman. By the same token, how can you forget
your first love with God? In the Unification Church we have
experienced the deepest love between God and man. No one can forget
As we emerge as a formidable force on the worldwide level, it is
inevitable that people become fearful and persecute us. But I want you
to know that this is the strategy of God. We are being attacked and
hit again and again, yet we will never lose. If we do not receive
persecution then the Unification Church is not a real church at all.
We will never become princes of the new age without having overcome
Do you trainees know the reason why we have short hair and do not grow
beards in the Unification Church? We are running all the time, and
when you run you get hot. Furthermore, your long hair is heavy and
will interfere with your activity. It is far better to have short,
well-groomed hair and no beard. After you have been a member for a few
months then on your own you will cut off your beard and long hair.
Also we do not have much time in the morning to take care of long
hair, but short hair is always ready to go. Actually I never adopted a
policy that our brothers should have short hair and beards, but it has
automatically become our tradition. When our work is finished then you
can grow hair as long as you want and even decorate it with flowers.
This is not like other churches. I want you to think deeply before you
join because once you come in I want you to become a true, unchanging
person. Our way of life is not easy. You should anticipate hardship
and suffering, and you should willingly discipline yourself. As you
begin to run, do you want to gain momentum or lose power and relax? It
is a law of nature that running becomes easier and requires less
energy as you gain momentum. That is why I have been running quickly,
gaining momentum and speed all the time. Since coming to America I
have invested so much money and time that I cannot slow down.
Only love can create perfect unity
So far we have talked about vertical unity between God and man, but
that alone is not sufficient. We must have horizontal unity, man to
man and husband to wife, as well as the unity of life, love, and the
ideal. Where will that unity begin? Life alone cannot create perfect
unity, nor can an ideal alone create perfect unity; only love can
create perfect horizontal unity. Then which comes first? Did you come
from love or did you come from life?
We can see that the universal origin is either life or love. God's
creation of the universe was for one purpose: the fulfillment of the
love of God. Love is the key word. The meaning of the world that God
created will not be fulfilled only by life, or by His ideal. It will
be fulfilled by love.
When you truly love, you are happy to be completely consumed and
completely dominated by that love. The more that love dominates you,
the happier you are. Out of that fulfillment of love comes the ideal,
and when that ideal blossoms it will consume the rest of the world and
Love energizes and creates an abundance of life; it is active and
moving every moment of the day and night, penetrating everywhere. A
child is first conceived in the love of his parents, and participates
in their lives as a manifestation or blossom of their love. Love and
the ideal together brought you into this world. No two lives can be
united without love; husband and wife cannot become one without love.
Love is the only power that can bring two lives into one, and the
ideal emerges when this love is consummated. That is the place where
each one of you was born.
Because you are truly a manifestation of the love, life and ideal of
your parents, you are part of them. Can you separate yourself from
them? Anyone trying to separate children from their parents is an
enemy of God; His purpose is to light a spark of love and the ideal
between parents and children. A child is inseparable from his parents.
What about your own parents? Are you one with them? When men and women
who are inseparable from the love of their parents vertically unite
into that same kind of love as husband and wife, their relationship as
husband and wife should also be inseparable. This reality actually
shows that God's ideal is for the parents and children, and husband
and wife to live together in one home. This is what we call a family.
Everyone wants to be wherever the father or mother goes; they all want
to be together as a basic family unit.
Is unity and harmony the ideal or is the separation of the family the
ideal? If God and Adam become one, and Adam and Eve become one, then
automatically God, Adam, and Eve are all one in life, love and ideal.
That was the original intended purpose of creation.
American sisters, after you are blessed and have a family, would you
like to invite your in-laws and your own parents to be part of your
happiness? Only a few are saying yes. It is common in America that
wives do not want to bother with in-laws when they get married. The
Unification Church will bring a new tradition, regardless of what
America has been practicing. Will that be an easy task?
Americans are taking their own course and do not want to be bothered
by a Korean man. Americans have not given me a sign of appreciation,
only apprehension and mistreatment. However, I have no hard feelings
toward them, or desire for revenge. I came to show the unconditional
love of God. Do you love me more than your own parents? I am being
criticized by parents who accuse me of stealing their children.
That is an inevitable occurrence because they cannot deny this deep
sense of love toward me here in our church. Your loving me is not a
crime because here the true relationship between the eternal, living
God and the True Parents and yourselves is being created. Eventually
you will bring your own family to this relationship, after you become
part of the central family of God. At that time I will tell you to go
back and love your natural parents more than you love me, and to bring
them into God's family.
We are all products of the fallen world. That world is still lying out
there and we are destined to save it. You joined the Unification
Church as champions of God; let us establish a place where we can
bring our families. All I am asking of the parents is that they give
you a chance; they do not have to worry about their sons and daughters
because you will soon come back to them as strong, dedicated, obedient
Adam and Eve should have manifested
God's own love, life and ideal
Because Adam and Eve did not demonstrate their obedience and unite
with God, He could not bless them in heavenly matrimony. God's love
must be at the center of His blessing, but because there was no way
for His love to be consummated in them, God had no way to bless Adam
and Eve in heavenly matrimony.
Adam and Eve had no one to teach them in the garden of Eden the way I
am teaching you here. They were ignorant of God's Principle, but when
they were approaching maturity their sense of love came alive. As they
entered their teens they came to know love. Men and women alone cannot
realize the maturity of love, but together they can come to understand
the sensation of love.
As Adam and Eve were growing up their relationship with God was an
individual one, but in order to complete it as one circle, there must
also be a horizontal realization of love. That realization is what we
call the love of husband and wife. When the love of God, the life of
God and the ideal of God are individually perfected in Adam and Eve,
then the individually perfected love, life, and ideal of Adam and Eve
can be united horizontally in the love of husband and wife. Then one
circle is completed and together they manifest God's own love, life
and ideal on the horizontal level.
Should that love be changing from morning to night? As long as God
dwells in such love it will be eternal. The person who embodies that
love will feel responsible for his surroundings. The blessing of the
Unification Church is the manifestation of the life, love and ideal of
God on the physical, horizontal level. A husband and wife united
together become the perfect object of God, and a circuit of give and
take is created between God and that couple. That is where the true,
ecstatic joy of God can be consummated.
Love therefore is divine and sacred. Now however, love has become a
weapon of Satan. The love that Satan uses is dirty, impure, and
absolutely destructive. When you become a true man or woman,
unchanging, unique, and eternal in the sight of God, you become an
embodiment of the truth. Only then are you eligible to receive the
Unless you are unchanging,
you are not entitled to the blessing
People should not think of their forthcoming blessing in an earthly or
secular way. It is a holy, sacred matrimony and sacred responsibility
comes with it. Even if your head is chopped off, or your arm or leg,
you must be able to say to God, "God, I am a true child in your sight.
I will not change; I will be eternal; I will be unique." Unless you
can pledge this, then in the sight of God, you cannot come to the
ceremony of the matrimony of heaven. Only when you have that
conviction are you entitled to the blessing. You know the truth; then
the truth must make you free. You are going to liberate your
ignorance. You must stand firmly in the sight of God and say, "God, my
Father in heaven, look upon me as your son, as your daughter. You can
rest in me, and you can trust me; you can depend on me. I am
unchanging, eternal and unique; I represent you."
You might even go one step further. God will not hate you even if you
boast, "God, even though You may change, I will not. Even though You
may be temporal, I will outlast you." Instead, God will smile at you,
"How wonderful that I have some hard competition here." God would like
that kind of competition.
In the garden of Eden, God was anticipating the day that Adam and Eve
would come forward saying, "God, we are your son and daughter; we will
not change." That is the day God would have given them His blessing.
But God never saw that day. We want to show that scene to God now in
the Unification Church. When men and women with that conviction are
united into one, you will automatically see God coming down to dwell
with you. You need not go up; God will come down.
The power of love will bring God down
The power of love will bring God down, making Him a prisoner in your
own home. Love is stronger than life, uniting mind and body, uniting
men and women; through love God's dwelling will be with you. If God is
dwelling with you and you truly become a temple of God, when God says,
"I'm so happy!" then your mouth will automatically say, "I'm so
happy!" Your mouth will become God's mouth.
Do you know clearly why your mind and body are struggling all the
time? It is because love was removed through the fall of man. Since
your mind is subject, your body was supposed to be an object and unite
completely with your mind. However, your body has been acting as
another subject. Two pluses repel each other, and Satan has controlled
your body through that disunity. Your body was chained by Satan to
unhealthy, carnal and lustful desires. That is why religious teachings
have always emphasized subjugating your body. In that way your body,
instead of being plus, becomes a minus and completely harmonizes with
Throughout history the good religions have always had one thing in
common: They were never kind to the body. They sought to transform the
arrogant subjective body into an objective, humble, meek body. That
has been the basic teaching of all universal religions.
This is the meaning of the blessing. You do not need God first; you
need love. When you have this love then God will automatically become
your prisoner. This is the secret for catching God. Even without any
concept of God, if you become the owner of love and live up to that
love, then God will automatically become your prisoner. The focal
teaching of all good religions is love.
In all history God has had no one capable and qualified to be blessed.
The Unification Church has formed the foundation for the first time
upon which the revolution of man's love could take place, making each
individual qualified for God's blessing. When you become the
embodiment of that blessing and when you spread it out, the entire
world shall become the world of blessing. I am really laying an
eternal, unchanging foundation in America.
I am also laying a foundation in 120 nations. As we reach out more and
more, we will multiply and come closer and closer together, and
finally we will be able to join our hands around the world. Since the
power of love is the strength of the Unification Church, no other
power can shake our foundation. Governments will come against us, but
let them do that; it will be to no avail. Do you have that conviction?
Through the blessing you gain God and the universe
The most significant aspect of the blessing is not that you are going
to gain a husband or wife; you will gain God and the universe. The
hope of the husband and wife in this blessing should be that they
become the light of the universe, conquering the darkness. You should
think that you have become the source of God's joy as His sons and
daughters. In the same way God will reciprocate and give you sons and
daughters so that you can share His joy in having children.
The scene of a mother nursing her child is the most beautiful scene in
the universe. When you hold that child to your breast, you must feel
that you are feeding the universe, that you are breathing with the
universe. When you are smiling and feeding the baby you must feel that
you are communicating with the universe about your love, your ideal,
and your life. You can communicate with the rest of the universe
through your child, who is the visible form of God's love there in
In the garden of Eden if God had blessed Adam and Eve, they may not
have had beautiful clothes, or even a wedding gown to wear. They may
have been blessed naked without shame. Later Adam and Eve, as father
and mother, would have dwelled in a place of beauty, and holding their
child together, God would have been moving with them wherever they
Eve would have praised God and her husband, singing, "My husband is
the living, visible form of God. I can live with God." The baby in her
arms would have been the manifestation of the love, life, and ideal of
God, and would have linked their lives to eternity, from generation to
generation. Eve would have been completely content. Adam, too, would
have praised God and his wife, the manifestation of the love of God,
and his child as the promise of the future.
What about God? When a child is born, the grandfather's attention is
always focused on his grandchild. Likewise, when Adam and Eve held
their child, God's attention would not have been on them, but on their
child. As Adam and Eve looked at the child God would have been looking
over their shoulders, smiling from ear to car. Can you imagine that
scene? Can you become that Adam? Can you become that Eve?
Can you become shameless?
Can you become a person who is shameless before heaven and earth, who
can say to God, "Father, I have no shame in front of you; I can praise
you, God; I can praise my husband, my wife, and my child." This world
is a shameful world, where no men have the power or the clear
conscience to look up to heaven. No man can really look at his wife
sincerely because he feels shame; no wife can really look at her
husband because there is shame in her heart. No parents can look
directly at their children because of shame.
Think of yourself. America has been a most shameful nation, very
impure and dirty. In the hearts of Americans there are many stains.
Coming from this American background can you be proud and say, "God
and True Parents, you must bless me. I am ready." Are you able to say
No man can come before God with that kind of pride. We must realize
our shame; it is the only way we can be justified. None is worthy or
ready to be blessed. Do not ever think otherwise. What you need is
repentance for being unworthy; actually you should be crying out and
weeping before the entire world, in a flood of anguished tears.
Through repentance you must win the mercy and sympathy of God and True
Parents; that is the only way you can be eligible for the blessing.
Then God will say, "My child, I understand your heart." The True
Parents will say, "I understand you. Now wipe your tears and come
forward to receive the blessing." We have come out of a shameful,
satanic origin. With the shameful way of life of your past, how can
you appear in the sight of God, in the sight of True Parents, in the
sight of man?
There is only one way that we can be justified: total obedience.
"Father, I have no condition or word to say; please do as You will. I
have no complaint, only willing obedience." That act of obedience
alone can justify us in the sight of God, and that is what the
Unification Church is all about. The blessing is the most precious
thing and in order to be qualified for this blessing you must
understand the truth, and live the truth. You have no right to despise
any man or woman; any man or woman is too good for you. When you hear
the truth, do you think you are eligible for the blessing to come to
Only repentance can cleanse you in front of the nation, in front of
your parents, in front of yourself, and above all, in front of the
True Parents and God. You must repent. So far we have been like
bloodsuckers; we have not been adding to society but subtracting from
it. This is the naked truth without symbols or flowery words.
I am giving you naked truth because this is the final year to say
these things. We all need liberation from the bondage of sin, from our
shameful bodies, our shameful pasts, and our shameful consciences.
Unless you are liberated from this by repentance, you cannot feel real
freedom or the joy of liberation. That is the point where the blessing
comes. Once you taste that liberation, that joy of giving up your sin
and of cleansing yourself, then whether it is night or day you will
feel total, incredible joy,
The communists might conquer the free world by force, but as long as
they cannot conquer the love of God, they will never conquer humanity.
Those who want to say, "I certainly want to live that way; I want to
become a shameless person in the sight of God," raise your hand. It is
very difficult. If you want to be responsible for all the suffering of
the world, and all the sins of the world, raise your hand. Can you do
that? Then truly the blessing of God will come to you. God bless you.