REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
OUR FAMILY IN LIGHT
OF THE DISPENSATION - PART II
March 6, 1977
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
My message this morning is on "Our Family in Light of the
Dispensation," the continuation of my March 1 message. I am sure you
remember from that talk that in order to build ideal families we must
become men and women of genuine gold. Adam and Eve were supposed to be
the first ancestors, and mankind was to have extended out from them
like many, many branches. A diagram of this looks like an upside down
tree, with the single trunk on top, spreading out into many branches.
What would be the root of this human tree? God would be, and just as
healthy roots are hidden deep in the ground God is also hidden from
It is awesome to see what the earth can do. The earth is the source of
thousands of different miracles-trees, flowers, fruits and all manner
of infinite beauty. A seed may have the hidden potential for making
red flowers, but a seed alone means nothing; it must be supported by
the earth. Even people like our giant Gerhardt was born small and the
ingredients of the earth helped him grow. Of course his parents gave
him genes, but something in the earth made his blue eyes possible. The
earth is the source of wonder and beauty, but the spectacular things
which spring from this earth must have some source of infinite energy
where all the wonders and beauty of life originate. That source is
Is it true that the ideas of men control this world? The men who have
deep vision and insight are the ones who actually control the world,
not those who just have power or money or knowledge. An idea has the
ability to organize and effectively put power and money and knowledge
to use. However, even the men with ideas have deviated from their
In striving to become prosperous
men have actually been losing
Where did the separation occur-between the trunk and a branch, or
between the root and the tree? A broken branch is no problem because
the trunk can always reproduce branches and leaves without difficulty.
Man's problem is the more fundamental one of separation between the
root and the tree. There is absolutely no way that such a tree can
We fallen men now stem from a different root: the root of evil. Then
who are our ancestors? All Of our human ancestors have come from that
evil root. Do you really know, not just in your mind, but all the way
down to your bones, that your ancestor is Satan? Since Satan became
the ancestor of mankind, men have been like his branches, and he has
maintained control over men's actions. Like him, people pull things to
themselves, trying to be prosperous, and for this reason people have
been fighting among themselves ever since the fall of man.
Right now that same fallen human history is still continuing. Even
though people are desperately trying to accumulate external things for
their own benefit, internally they are all losing. For example, though
America has been a powerful nation, it has often been trying to
control the rest of the world for its own purposes. Even though
America has become the central nation in the world, and is desperately
trying to survive, make friends and gain influence, America keeps
America's way of life has become extremely individualistic. How could
a nation become selfish if it is truly centered upon the ideals of
Christianity? When individualism becomes people's major interest then
ultimately the people will lose everything. If God is lost, then the
nation will be lost. In America today, how many youth are seriously
thinking about the well-being of the nation? Not too many. By
centering upon "self" a person can only lose parents, family and
friends. The "self" may be trying to survive, but it can never endure
Ultimately human value is being lost through individualism and love
itself is becoming stained. Human life in America often resembles the
life of animals. It has become very trivial, with little mutual
respect. Are you the product of a society that has degenerated to that
All through human history man has been foolishly striving to enrich
himself, but in that process people are actually losing everything.
That is a cold, historical reality. How is it possible that all
mankind has been making such tremendous efforts to survive, yet losing
everything in the process? No man in history who made the effort to
acquire things for himself ever seriously thought, "Of course I will
lose all these things some day." Yet in striving to become prosperous,
men have actually been losing instead. If this were just a local
phenomenon, in Tarrytown or New York, then we could dismiss it as a
very trivial matter. But this is not just a local matter; it is a
historical phenomenon, a universal situation, and we must take it very
Does any person or any nation actually desire to be in such an
impossible situation? No, all people would prefer to be happy,
prosperous, honored, and respected. Yet at the same time they are
going in exactly the opposite direction. Why is that?
Is this a random process, or is there some reason that world history
has always been persisting in this direction? It is a scientific
principle that in our world no result can occur without some cause.
There must be a decisive cause behind every world situation. We can
see that contrary to the will of men, the world is heading further and
further into despair and decline. There must be some invisible,
opposing force exercising control beyond us that causes this. Do you
think the American people wanted to create this present world
situation? Do you think that American philosophers and men of thought
got together and decided to take the world in this direction? Do you
think that a majority vote would have ever placed the world on its
There must be some cause beyond human reach or control, one that no
philosopher on earth could influence or even slightly change. There
must be a first cause; you could call it God or anything you like. The
name does not matter, but there must be a first cause that is separate
from human thought.
We all feel very anxious to perceive the future of the world. Let us
use our wisdom and think about it. So far in human history many
thousands of people have been trying to improve their own situation,
but still losing in the meantime. What would happen if we were to live
in exactly the opposite way? Instead of taking, what would happen if
we exerted ourselves to give things away and to respect others? What
do you think would happen? The change would be a fundamental one. So
far a history of grasping has brought mankind to decline and despair.
Then what about a philosophy of giving? That must produce completely
The God that we know has a giant personality; He has feelings of joy
and sorrow, just like human beings. Consequently, His ideal must
include eternal happiness. This idea about God is contrary to human
assumptions so far. We must consider how God would describe happiness.
It must be entirely different from man's present thinking. The fallen
world, which separated itself from God, has a history of greediness
and exploitation; those characteristics brought the fall and the
destruction of the world and mankind and we are still living on the
edge of a cliff. We could fall anytime. What would have happened if we
had been living under God from the very beginning? The world would
have been 180 degrees different from the one we live in now.
Generally speaking, everybody assumes that if there is a God, then He
must be a good God. Satan is the king of evil, the center of evil.
Then what is the definition of good and evil? Why is God good and
Satan evil, and who will decide? Everyone, but particularly
individualistic American youth, must know this very clearly.
What is evil? The answer is simple. Evil is self-centeredness. The
person who makes himself the center of everything is an evil person.
What is good then? A good person exists solely for the sake of others.
A good man is always trying to give of himself to make others happy,
trying to benefit them.
The environment for true life
You have only one absolute life. In that one life can you possess more
than one absolute love? You cannot even use the word love in
describing the present situation in America. Do you know what diarrhea
is? Love in America is suffering from diarrhea in a hundred different
directions. What American young people call love is just trash. Would
you like to have one life and ten loves and a hundred ideals, or one
life, one love and one ideal? The fundamental problem then, is finding
where that one absolute true life can be born, and finding the
environment where it can survive and prosper. This true life can
emerge when there is an environment of absolute giving, absolute
service, and absolute love for others. When parents have an absolute
sacrificial, giving love, the beauty of an ideal child can be
I want you to know that there is a universal law and principle created
by God which declares that anyone who builds his life on absolute love
and the absolute ideal of service to others will have the rest of
creation respond to him as his object. This is a universal law which
no one can bend. It is true simply because God is such a person. God
exists in that ideology and it is God's own way of life. God controls
this world through that philosophy of giving Himself up for the sake
Anyone who lives that philosophy must certainly receive the same
power, beauty, and honor as God does. Isn't that wonderful! Is
becoming a billionaire the most precious thing in this world? Many
people are convinced that I am trying to become a billionaire, but I
just laugh at them. Becoming wealthy is such a trivial matter and so
far from being the central value of human life.
Anyone who really knows me knows that my ideal goes far, far beyond
that. I know that anyone who becomes an embodiment of absolute life,
absolute love and the absolute ideal will have the entire universe
respond to him. That is the way God has been dominating and
controlling this universe, and I can do the same things God can do by
becoming the embodiment of His truth. You do not respond to me because
I am successful or have a Ph.D. from Harvard, but because I am the
embodiment of God's truth.
For example, you do not have to come here on Sunday morning. You could
go to a comfortable place and listen to a sermon in beautiful English
instead of Korean. Then why did you come here? You do not hear kind
things here; I am always pushing you and giving you a hard time. But
in all honesty I am glad you came since you are drawn to this one
internal, fundamental truth of the universe, to that one call of the
true love and true ideal. That is why you came.
If anything other than the truth is moving you, then my teaching is
not true. There is no power in this universe which can overthrow a
true love, life and ideal. The power to create the beauty of true
life, true love and the true ideal is the greatest power of the
universe and it can only come from God. Even God could not obstruct
someone who lives that kind of life because God Himself has to live
that principle. Is God very, very strong in love, or weak in love?
Would God ever say that because He is Lord of the universe He does not
need love or care about love?
Once there is even a little bit of love, God will forget about being
God and stand helpless before that love. Can you imagine this? When
even a small whisper of love reaches His ears, God completely melts.
True love is God's vulnerable point. Am I also a vulnerable man in
this sense? Could I say, "I have an iron will and I do not care about
your love"? I too, am like a helpless child before pure love.
I know the secret of God's vulnerability, so if I carry a big bag of
love when I go to God's mansion I can do anything. I can ride anywhere
piggyback on God and God would let me. God is far greater than I am in
ideology, in knowledge and in life, so I cannot approach Him except
through love. The kind of love that I am speaking of is not a greedy
love but a sacrificial love for others.
That love is the essence of God. Therefore, once we know that truth
about God and understand His personality, we come to a clear vision of
how we can live with God and make Him and ourselves happy. Even God
could not stop a man who followed this way of life, and certainly
Satan would have no power. Such a man would not even have to give a
thought to Satan. If God, you and I are the group pursuing that
philosophy and that way of life, can anything block us? For example,
right now the world is trying to stop the progress of the Unification
Church. Do they have power to stop us? Personally I choose to live
this difficult way of life only because I know the love of God, and I
know His vulnerability. Because we are talking about that love
everyone here is wide awake this morning.
A life-style of greediness will only bring this world into despair and
destruction. If right at this moment all the four billion people of
the world would do an about-face and turn from selfishness to
unselfishness, what do you think the world would be like? If four
billion people could have that realization then would God just doze
and sit idle, or would His eyes pop open with excitement? If such a
thing ever happened, God would shout, dance, sing, and act crazy for
sure. Do you think there would be hope for an ideal world here on
earth? Is the ideal world going to be eternal or just temporary? Is it
far from reality or within reach?
All that is necessary is for the four billion people of the earth to
do an about-face, then all the work would be done. Could that possibly
take only a moment, or would it have to take several decades, or even
several centuries? It could happen instantly; you do not have to
travel 9,000 miles to find true love. How can we change the minds of
four billion people? Actually we do not even have to instruct them to
do so; all we have to do is show them clearly what they would gain by
doing it, and they would change on their own. For us the Kingdom of
God is so close and so obtainable. Jesus Christ began his mission by
saying that the Kingdom of God is at hand, that it is in the midst of
us. He did not say that we had to die and go up to heaven.
How do you know that the Kingdom of God is in the midst of you? Simply
speaking, the answer is that you are becoming a heavenly person, a
person of God. That is the kind of person who goes out to give his
life by truly serving and loving the world in order to unite it
centered upon God. That is a godly personality. This is a religious
ideology because it is concerned with human souls. It is the ideology
of Jesus and of God and the root of it comes from God. This is why
Jesus said that he had come to serve and not to be served, even though
he was the King of Kings and the son of God. God will surrender to you
when you stand on this fundamental, basic truth.
Did Jesus want God to curse the Roman soldiers who were crucifying
him? No. Instead Jesus asked God's forgiveness for his enemies. He
knew that God's way of life would eventually blossom and bring down
the blessing of the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. That ideology of
unselfish love can fulfill God's ideal and Jesus had the power to live
Christians today are still a minority in the world. Are they respected
by the rest of the population? Christians have become arrogant,
feeling that they are especially privileged people of God and the rest
of the world is doomed to die. Many Christians believe that when Jesus
comes again they will be lifted up to meet the Lord in the air while
the rest of the world is consumed in the fire of judgment. How can the
rest of the world admire people like that?
There is a subtle infiltration of individualism in contemporary
Christian thinking. Right now a peculiar situation exists; many
Christians have power and great social prominence, but when people
meet them they find that they are not very impressive personally.
Moonies, on the other hand, are ridiculed by the media and many people
are strongly opposed to our Church. But once people meet our members,
they experience a sense of new hope. They are surprised to find that
we are wonderful people after all. Why is there such an amazing
Why do you want to go this way?
The answer is that our way of life is entirely different from
conventional living. We are living a revolutionary way of life and
trying, however imperfectly, to practice a life of service and love.
Now that the heavenly secret of service has been unlocked, will you
say that you simply cannot live that way, even though it sounds very
sweet to your ears, or do you want to live it and experience it, going
all the way to perfection? The first way is the selfish way of life
and the second is unselfish.
Do you want to go the heavenly way only because I told you to, and
because you want me to say good things about you? Have you decided to
work hard for three years just so you can get married in the
Unification Church, even though you do not care about the philosophy
too much? Is that the right attitude to take? While the couples walk
in to be blessed perhaps some of them are thinking, "I'll graduate
from peanut selling any moment now!" However, others might be thinking
that after receiving the blessing they will sell ten times more. What
kind of spouse will you be?
How do you envision an ideal man? Does he have a great mustache and a
custom-made suit? How about a pate, humble-looking man who is
desperately trying to serve others and help people to re-build the
world? That ideal man might not even have time to sleep at night, and
during the day he might look like a sleep walker going down the
streets. If you want an ideal man or woman as a wife or husband, then
you are going to get such a person.
Sometimes l press Mother to keep an impossible schedule and she
wonders, "Why do you have to go so hard all the time? Why can't you
slow down a little bit?" Should Mother be like that? Your mouth is
laughing, but your eyes are serious. You are responding with two
God's search for one true man and one true family
What has God been doing these years? Why did He not just tell people
plainly what I am telling you this morning? I want you to know that
God is not free to do that Himself. Instead He needs a representative
who can embody His spirit. Until He could discipline, nurture, and
train such a man, God could not say these things. God is now bringing
human history to its conclusion. Before His philosophy could prevail
throughout the world, God needed to find one man of perfection to live
His ideal and then expand it to the family level. God wanted to remake
history from the very beginning, so He has been searching for one man
and one woman to make that new beginning. God has had to take a slow
and gradual route, rather than instantly turning the entire world
What kind of men and women does God need? God has been searching for
men and women who are trying to give their lives to the fullest
degree, to truly become the embodiment of His own way of life by
giving totally for the sake of the spirit world and the earthly world.
Until you give to the absolute degree you will not receive in the
absolute degree. Absolute giving brings absolute receiving.
The history of the chosen nation of Israel can be seen as one
dispensation: the search for one true man and one true family. God
will push that one chosen man out into a head-on collision with the
world. In Adam's family Abel gave his life in order to return his
family to God. If Abel could have given the blessing to his elder
brother instead of just being killed, then the will of God would have
been fulfilled far sooner. When God asked Noah to build an ark, Noah
made his shipyard on the top of a mountain instead of on the shore. Do
you think even one person thought Noah was sane? Not even one. That is
why Noah is unique. God was using Noah in a face-to-face confrontation
with the world.
When Abraham was called by God he was living decently and doing well
in his own home town. But one night a vision came from God and he was
told to drop everything and take off for some unknown land.
Furthermore, God said to this man with a barren wife, "Your
descendants shall be numbered as the stars in the sky and the sand in
the sea." Who could believe such a promise?
All of a sudden Abraham was a gypsy with no direction or destination.
Since he was not welcome anywhere he even went to Egypt. Do you think
he went there willingly or helplessly, without any choice? And once in
Egypt bad fortune was waiting for him; his nephew was taken away and
the Pharaoh even stole his wife! Under those circumstances Abraham
could either curse God, or deep in his heart he could maintain his
faith in the blessing of God. Abraham was a man of iron will, the one
obedient man that God was seeking. God was not seeking a group of
people, but one man of faith, and Abraham met the criteria to become
When God looks at this world He sees basically two personalities: one
like Abraham and the other like Pharaoh. Pharaoh would change even 100
times during the course of the day to gain his own advantage, but
Abraham would never change, regardless of his situation. Ultimately
God fulfilled His blessing through Abraham, and Satan could not accuse
him because there was not even one other man like Abraham.
Moses was similar in that he was a man of strong will. His love for
his own people and his faith in God never wavered. John the Baptist,
on the other hand, was also chosen to be God's champion but he became
a traitor to his own people. He brought tremendous misery, not only to
himself, but to the world. John the Baptist is greatly responsible for
the form of today's Christianity. In contrast, Jesus Christ never
changed at all. At the end he prayed to God, "My God, my God, why hast
thou forsaken me?" It is not recorded but he must have also said,
"Even though you may abandon me, I will never abandon you. I am your
What about you? Are you changing or unchanging? Your answer comes very
easily but your actions do not come as easily. Because Jesus was
unchanging, God was able to raise him up and give him the power to
conquer the world even after he had died on the cross.
What about me? How do you know I am not the world's number one
swindler? The rest of the world thinks so. If God gives me
responsibility here on earth then Satan will accuse, "How do you know
he is your son? How do you know he is not a person who changes?" God
will answer, "I know who he is but you go ahead and test him, and then
report back to me." God should be able to say that with confidence.
Indeed, Satan is testing me by mobilizing the American nation and the
entire world to oppose me. Some people think that I will continue on
in the name of God only as long as I have money. They are sure that
once I become poverty-stricken, that my life is endangered, or that
all of you leave, I will curse God and die. I know that this is
Satan's test and that God is waiting for Satan's report so how could I
become weak? I am striving to become the one unique man under the sun
who can qualify as God's one man of faith. I know that the criteria
are not easy, and for that reason I welcome whatever difficulties
come. In my own lifetime I have become the center of worldwide
controversy and have received persecution everywhere.
Even though some people are trying to destroy us, we are surviving and
prospering. In this one room there are representatives of every human
race and in becoming one with me, you are all treated alike. This one
phenomenon says a lot about us. If the entire world is opposing me,
then do I represent God's way of life or the fallen world's way of
life? The mere fact that the entire world is set against me is good
proof that I represent God. If I lived Satan's way of life then the
world would have no reason to oppose me. Further proof lies in the
fact that I am not teaching you to take everything for yourselves.
Instead I am asking you to give for the sake of the world by
sacrificing your families, society, nation, and even the Unification
Church for the sake of the world. This is my fundamental teaching and
because of this doctrine I am being opposed.
Do I represent good or evil? I am absolutely good, and therefore
God-like on this point. Then am I a heretic? From God's point of view
I am completely orthodox. Those who do not agree are mistaken. In the
Last Days the false will appear to be true and the good will appear to
Why be like genuine gold?
Are you like imitation or genuine gold? Genuine gold is the best
conductor of electricity because it offers no resistance to a current.
It has 100% conductivity. Gold is ready to conduct any amount of
electricity. You should be like that, ready for any eventuality,
willing to accept any mission. Then when God gives you energy you will
have no resistance but instead will absorb it 100% like a sponge. Then
it will not lie dormant in you but be amplified and used for the
prosperity and salvation of the world.
Both iron wire and gold wire can conduct electricity, but where will
the electricity travel first? Electricity will travel first along the
gold wire, switching to the iron wire only when the gold wire is
carrying its full capacity. You do not have to wonder whether God or
the True Parents recognize that you are working hard, because if you
become a wire of genuine gold then the power of God will automatically
flow through you to your fullest capacity. Without being genuine gold,
even if you beg God to show you many secrets and visions, He cannot
accommodate you. How God responds to you is up to you. Are you
becoming that kind of man and woman? In that case you are genuine
Imagine that a powerful king orders you to be brought before him and
he orders you to melt yourself on the spot. Would genuine gold obey
such an order? The king might become enraged and order you to be
beaten. The amazing thing is that when you hammer genuine gold, it
only becomes more brilliant. Suppose God said to you, "I am the
creator of the universe and you are only a chunk of gold so you must
listen to me. I command you to turn into black dust." Would you turn
into black dust?
My point is that when you become a true person you need not worry
about hell, heaven, the world, or God. As long as you are genuine gold
you will continue being genuine in whatever circumstances you may find
yourself. Once you become genuine gold then God Himself cannot change
you, and all hell cannot threaten you. Do not worry about who
recognizes you. Even if you remain completely hidden, do not be
concerned. Suppose the entire world acclaimed you as a hero but you
turn out to be a fraud. What good would that be to you? But as long as
you remain genuine gold, you will have no anxiety because you shall
remain genuine wherever you may be, whether before the throne of God
or at the bottom of hell.
Why are we teaching that you must serve others? The serving person
becomes the central person and the master of life. Those who live for
others become the subjects because they are like God, and God is
indeed the subject of the universe. Those who do not serve others are
lonely people because there is nothing connected to them. It is the
same in the Unification Church. Does anyone like someone who exploits
others, speaking harshly and parading himself around as though he were
the boss? Such a person would soon lose whatever position he had
because he is not following God's way of life.
Searching after your horizontal line
No matter how straight and true you may be as a gold wire, if you are
suspended all by yourself from heaven to hell them you are unstable.
You must be supported by others. A single lonely wire will never be
ideal. The vertical line must be supported by a horizontal line. A
vertical line and a horizontal line have the power to support each
other, thus becoming solid and stable. Then power can move in one
circular flow of energy. Why does that make the ideal? If you touch a
person on top of his head, not only his head but his whole body senses
your touch. If you pull just one hair, his entire body knows. Your
whole body is completely alive; it has no dead parts. Because there is
give and take between the parts of your body then whatever is
happening in one area is communicated throughout.
This is also true in God's ideal. When something wonderful happens in
one place then it becomes the source of happiness throughout the
entire universe. When we achieve that goal what will happen? The
universe will be in constant motion from give and take for eternity.
Have you ever thought about the automobile wheel? What if it were
square instead of round? When round wheels turn they can go anywhere
without limitation. If you are a person with a vertical line then
searching after your horizontal line means searching after your
perfection and your mate. It is our responsibility and our destiny to
become united with others. First your own mind and body must be
united. Then you can expand your capacity for love and broaden your
sphere of influence.
We must be able to expand the scope of our unity. First mind and body
must be united; then as we individually expand onto a larger scale men
and women must become one by forming families, then a society, and
nation, ultimately encompassing the entire universe. We are developing
our horizontal lines of perfection, starting as individuals and then
expanding to the family, society, nation and world, Individualism is
very narrow and leaves no room to maneuver. As you develop an
unselfish way of life your sphere of maneuverability and influence
becomes larger and larger, and eventually the entire universe becomes
your sphere of influence. Then the entire universe belongs to you. You
must always be ready to become absorbed in a higher goal. By doing so,
you are horizontally expanding yourself and expanding your sphere of
Everyone has the innate desire to expand his territory and position.
To do this you need a reciprocal relationship between subject and
object. Your goal is to eventually possess the most precious thing in
the universe. This goal is reached through the process of giving; do
not be satisfied with second best or relax until you reach that goal.
This is a very wise way of life, because if you delay establishing
your position until you possess God then the rest of creation will
automatically become yours. When you reach perfection you will possess
the highest position and there is nothing that will not come under
you. Striving to reach that goal of perfection must become our daily
way of life.
God is brilliant, shining like the sun. You can stand directly in His
celestial light, or you can stand to the left of that light, in a
shadier area. Both areas are within the sphere of God's influence, but
the sunny area has a subjective role while the shady area has an
When a subject in the sunny area is connected to heaven then the
object is drawn from the shady to the sunny area. You have
relationships both horizontally between men and women, and vertically
between heaven and earth. Therefore, you must become a central,
harmonizing person within these two kinds of relationships. You need
both experiences. When you are together in the expression of love
between man and woman and are united in love with God, then you are
already united with the universe.
Customarily we stand with the man on the right and the woman on the
left because in this way the man protects the woman. The right side
receives direct sunlight. In this relationship the man more directly
receives the rays from heaven and his nature is to embrace, support
and lead. Being in a more objective role, the woman has an innate
tendency to rely or depend on the man.
How about American women? When riding with her husband an American
woman does not move after the car stops. She just sits until her
husband gets out and opens her door like a servant. What if the man
refuses, thinking, "I am the subject after all, and I will just sit."
Who will outlast the other if the man is determined to sit there and
not open the door? The woman would have to give up.
However, there is a dispensational reason why women occupy a more
subjective position here in America. America is an archangel nation
and for 70 years women should move forward and take the initiative.
When restoration history is over, however, then American women must
resume their original, feminine position. Today the woman's voice is
too loud in the American home. I will bring about a revolution in the
American home by softening the women's voices.
Men and women have distinctly different body features. Men have broad
chests and women have broad hips. Are you built thus for your own
benefit, or are you made to fulfill a higher purpose? What if a woman
had all the feminine as well as all the masculine features? Then she
would be useless as a woman. She would be a monster instead, and men
would not need her.
Do you want to stay as you are or do you want to be a monster? That
means you are existing for whom? You women exist for the purpose of
serving men, but this formula does not only apply to you women. A man
has strong, masculine features to serve a woman. God tailor-made women
and men to serve each other. From the beginning of existence man was
made for woman and woman was created for man. This is a fundamental
principle of God's creation. God did not create you for your own sake.
He created you to serve each other and to become men and women united
in perfection. We must live up to that ideal.
A selfish person has no way to elevate himself
Why are your eyes the way they are? Are these eyes existing solely for
themselves? How about your ears? God made the eyes, ears, nose, mouth,
and hands to function perfectly for the needs of the others. When the
subject takes the initiative and the object responds, then the subject
can turn the object. This is the principle of action and reaction.
When you push another person he will lose his balance, but if you
quickly redirect your energy that person can right himself again. Once
it is controlled, subjective energy stimulates the object to respond.
This action and reaction creates universal beauty.
The person who is trying to live for himself with the attitude that he
is all-important is a destructive person who understands nothing about
the universal law. Eventually he will become a victim of his own
selfishness. What is the fall of man revealed in the Divine Principle?
It is really the destruction of heavenly law and the redirecting of
energy into a self-centered way of life. Because the archangel's
motivation was self-centered, he could initiate the fallen act. Then
how could Eve have been tempted by Satan? Eve was vulnerable to
temptation only because she was also motivated by selfishness.
A selfish person has no way to elevate himself out of the unprincipled
level. He needs to progress to the level of a servant, then the
adopted son, true son and finally to the level of parents, but his
selfishness will always prevent him from laying the necessary
foundations. Only a sacrificial spirit of service can lay those
The person of sacrificial service becomes a foundation. He brings
himself down so that somebody can step on him and then he lifts that
person higher and higher. On that foundation a new structure can be
built. The restoration of the heavenly family becomes the building
block of the Kingdom of God. That is the ideal of God and the point
where God's providence will be consummated.
In the circle I have drawn the top half represents the Orient, and the
bottom half the Occident. The Orient and the Occident are in a
subject-object relationship. The materialistic culture of the West is
now crumbling and Westerners are fuming toward the East in their
search for spiritual inspiration. Only God's ideology will govern the
world in the future. If our way of life is the fruit of God's own
ideology then it will prosper, regardless of opposition. It is God's
mandate that the center of the dispensation is the ideal family.
You have a messianic role
A heavenly revolution is turning the satanic family into the
God-centered family. The ideal family must be born as the building
block of the Kingdom of God. The Unification Church has the
terminology of "True Parents." You are now true children and you will
become true parents when you marry. What is the difference between the
True Parents and you? You are only a step lower because you did not
pioneer this mission, but your role as the true parents of your
ancestors and descendants is the same messianic role.
Why do you believe in Jesus? Why do you believe in the True Parents?
The mission of the Unification Church is to become one with the
Messiah who brings liberation to the satanic world. Then you are in
the Abel position to the rest of the satanic world in Cain's position.
That means your role is a messianic one.
The Unification Church is like a tree; God in heaven is the root, the
True Parents are the trunk and you are the branches. What is the
difference between the trunk and the branches of a tree? They are
essentially the same. We are all inter-connected as in one tree. What
if something terrible were to happen and Mother and I passed away as
well as the rest of the Unification Church? If only one couple among
you remained then your duty would be to fulfill the role of the True
Parents! An entirely new world would spring from you. You must realize
that even at this time you are in that central role.
You must learn to think that the Unification Church is not my church,
nor even God's church; it is your church. Our success and foundation
is your success and your foundation. You can say, "Actually Reverend
Moon is employed by me and God is also working for me. All my brothers
and sisters throughout the whole world are working for me, for my
church, my movement and my perfection." Whether there are hundreds or
tens of thousands or even a million members in the Unification Church
does not make any difference; each one of you possesses everything.
I want you to go out to that wide world waiting for you with the
conviction that you are the messiah. I want you to proudly present
yourselves with that conviction and that commitment. Will God say,
"No, no, no, you are not the messiah!" Will God be angry at you?
You can think, "No one is trying to save the satanic world. I am the
only one who is working to reverse the tide so I am truly doing the
work of God. God needs more people like me." Regardless of whether you
are a man or woman you are a messiah. Such men and women will create
true families in the ideal of God. Do you really feel, "Heaven and
earth belong to me and I am responsible for everything. I am
definitely committed to bringing this world to the throne of God, and
even if I die I will return in spirit to fulfill that responsibility.
I will not give up."
Eventually we are all going to spirit world, but when we go we cannot
freely return to work and help this world unless we are deeply
motivated. Would you rather be dead and work from spirit world or
would you rather work to consummate your duty on earth while you yet
have this life in the flesh? In this flesh you can bring a total
revolution with one great leap, but once you die you will no longer
have that freedom. This is the age of miracles and here on earth you
can perform such a miracle.
When God lifts up His one ideal family then the whole universe will be
lifted up, the same way that potatoes are unearthed when the plant is
uprooted. Where that family moves the entire universe will move. That
one family is the cornerstone of the Kingdom of God on earth. In
searching for that family, God has felt such tremendous sorrow at the
suffering of the Jews, the martyrdom of Christians and now the
sacrifices in this age of the Unification Church.
We are creating a dramatic unity
Let us imagine that somehow every man on earth was killed, leaving two
billion women alive. What would you do in that case? You would be
willing to swap even two-thirds of the women for just one crippled,
hunchback man. Even such a man would be priceless in that situation.
Would it be worth giving up nine-tenths of the women in order to have
that one man? What if all but one woman had to be given in exchange
for that one, ugly man? Why should you do it? The women alone could
survive no more than 100 years and then the whole earth would be left
destitute, but with that one man, posterity would be ensured. The same
thing would apply if only men had survived. You would even sacrifice
all but one man in order to get only one woman. There would be no
other way. Imagine being blessed under the dramatic circumstance of
your spouse being the sole survivor of two billion men or women. You
must feel that your spouse is that precious. Then how can you
Suppose God asked you to separate, promising that He would be your
mate instead. You would probably answer, "Then You are no God! I don't
care about You." Do you think that God would prefer to see Adam and
Eve sharing in perfected love, or would He rather separate them that
they might always love only Him? Would our God of true love want to
see separation or unity? Would the genuine love of men and women be
sacred or dirty before God?
What about love in a world without God? Love can be as sacred and high
as heaven or as dirty and low as hell. My responsibility is to
discipline men and women in order to re-make them into the genuine
gold of the original Adam and Eve, and bring them together in heavenly
matrimony. That is my responsibility. Are you going that course now?
Is it good for blacks and whites to marry each other? There are two
types of unity. One spans a short distance, in which there is not too
much difference between spouses in culture and language. The second,
more dramatic unity embraces two extremes. We are creating the
dramatic kind of unity. Who would make the perfect mate for a white
person with blue eyes and blond hair? Shouldn't we look for the
darkest possible spouse? With that spirit will America prosper or
decline? Then who can bring that spirit to America? Only I can do it.
Even if the government spent two-thirds of its budget to do that it
would never be able to create this spirit. To bring this nation into
God's ideal and prosperity the whites should marry blacks. As God
watches the whites and blacks running towards each other, willing to
unite and build one family, would God say, "Stop, your lineage will be
stained," or would He say, "At last, here are genuine men and women of
When we look at families from God's point of view, what pleases Him
the most? Black sisters and brothers, you might have developed very
narrow attitudes in the past but God cannot allow that to continue.
You must not even be conscious that you are black. Merely walk with
pride as sons and daughters of God. You are the most beautiful people
in the sight of God as long as your spirits are beautiful. This black
brother here moves my heart very much. Every Sunday he comes early to
sit right in front of me, always with a burning spirit. When I come to
the platform, I always look for him thinking, "Where is my little
All of you women, would you look at men with scorn? You rascal
brothers, would you scornfully look at your wife and drive her like a
slave? If you both answer no, then there is a possibility that you can
create ideal families. The family is the building block of the
society, the nation and the world. We must concentrate our efforts on
the perfection of the family. Once perfect families begin to flower,
we will see the beginning of the perfected society, nation and world.
The joy and laughter of God will burst forth as God's hope blossoms.
One ideal family is like one small stone dropped in a calm lake. That
one stone makes a small ripple that spreads out, expanding into
ever-widening waves. Eventually the whole lake will feet the effect of
that one small stone. Would you like to pioneer that kind of family?
When you look at Mother and 1, do we appear to be a happy couple?
Actually I do not care whether you say yes or no; I only care about
whether Mother says yes or no. I should also be in a position to say
yes to Mother. Can you say, "Father, we will be like that; we want to
pioneer that ideal family." If you volunteer to become the number one
family under the sun, then God bless you!