REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE GREATEST OF ALL
March 20, 1977
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
Do you like love? What is love? Describe the shape of love; is it long
or very thin or round? It is a very difficult task, but if we ever
tried to describe love in one word, the nearest thing might be
"fullness." The ultimate question for man is this: Is life or love
more precious? You say love is more precious, but can you explain why
love is greater than life?
In history, poetry and literature we commonly hear that love is
greater than life, but no one has precisely described why. Which began
first, love or life? Indeed the beginning point of life is love, and
no matter how much life you have, it alone could not bring new life
into this world. Only love can do that. The love of your father and
mother together brought new life upon this earth. No matter how great
a life a single person may live, alone he does not have the power to
give life to another.
Let us look into the origin of the universe. What is the fundamental
cause which brought the universe into being, energy, life or love?
Have you ever thought about what motivation was involved? Some
scientists claim that the universe began with a huge explosion of
energy. While existence certainly begins with energy, what is the
origin of the energy? Is energy self-creating? Energy results from the
interaction of plus and minus; it can only exist in a circuit of
reciprocal give and take action between a subject and an object.
Here in this room there is also give and take action between you as
the audience and me as the speaker. If there were no one in this room
to listen as I gave an energetic and powerful sermon then I would look
very foolish. Without give and take there is no re-creation of energy,
and if I were speaking to an empty room, would I gain more energy or
lose power instead? But since you are here, very excited and
energetic, our mutual give and take becomes increasingly intense and
The most fundamental energy for the existence of this universe was
created by energetic give and take action. Universal truth can be
described as the substantial interaction between two entities in this
visible universe. The entire invisible world as well, functions
according to this same principle. We can conclude that nothing can
come into being or remain in existence unless it is in a
subject-object relationship with the action of give and take
maintained between them. This is true in the mineral and plant worlds.
Do insects sing for their own enjoyment or to get the attention of
another? Why do animals call each other? For their objects.
Without your object you are very poor
How much do you like your object? It is interesting to discover that
we have more intense feelings toward our objects than toward
ourselves. Do you sing or dance for your own satisfaction? Even though
you may sometimes dance alone, in your own mind you envision some
object watching you.
Would you like to live in laughter and joy, or in tears and sorrow?
When you are alone do you normally feel like laughing out loud? If you
went around smiling and laughing without an object, you would be
considered a crazy man. Laughter, singing and dancing are all human
expressions of joy and happiness, but when you do these without an
object or audience they make no sense. Clearly our way of life
requires a partner with whom we can interact. When two loving partners
share laughter, song and dance, their joy will become ever deeper
without limit. When love is inspiring you then your singing and
laughing and dancing becomes so wonderful.
In every field of art the greatest masterpieces are the works which
describe the most beautiful, limitless love of men. When you
experience those masterpieces you are stimulated in your feeling of
love and the joy of that masterpiece comes alive. If we removed
everything about love from the masterpieces then would any life
Which do you prefer, laughing or crying? In reality the muscles
involved in both are quite similar. When you look at the faces of
someone laughing and someone crying, both their mouths are open and
their eyes are squinting and tears are rolling down their cheeks. What
may cause you to cry? You may feel sorrowful after some great loss, or
when your expectations have not been fulfilled, but the deepest
sadness arises when you become separated from your object, your
partner. At the bottom of all sorrow is losing your connection to your
object so that you can neither give out nor receive.
The definition of great unhappiness is the loss of anyone to whom you
can give and from whom you can receive. You are most unhappy when you
have no one to love and be loved by. Isn't that true? If you lose a
great deal of money or valuable property you may be unhappy, or having
no one to teach or learn from you may feel sad, but is that the worst
kind of unhappiness? The most unhappy person is the one who has lost
the person he loved and who loved him, so that he has no one to share
his love with.
You would prefer to live your life in laughter and joy instead of
sorrow and tears, wouldn't you? In order to have that laughter and joy
you would have to get power and earn money, right? No? Did you know
that already? Maybe you vaguely knew, somehow, but after hearing this
you truly know that love is the most important and fundamental aspect
of life. Do you just think, "It sounds reasonable," or do you deeply
know that this is true?
Which is superior, man or woman? Even if you are a giant superman, a
tall man with big muscles and very handsome, without your object you
are a very poor man. Suppose you had a choice between being a superman
but remaining all by yourself, or being pint-sized but having an
object, someone with whom you could have give and take. Which would
YOU prefer? Are you sure you would want to be pint-sized? There are
some people who are not answering; however, their eyes say yes! That
is the simple truth.
If your love is only a joke, your life will be only a joke
How much do you need your mates? You absolutely need each other so
that you might discover and experience love. In saying that you
absolutely need your object, you could never mean, "Well, love is nice
to have but it's not essential." When you went on dates before you
came to this church, was your motivation to find absolute love? If you
answer no, that means you were not really serious about love and your
actions were closer to an animal's. Would an absolutely happy person
go after such love? That kind of carnal, unprincipled love should be
wiped out. Can you say, "Yes, I have experience of love, but with
deepest seriousness I am now searching to discover love that is even
greater than my own life."
Which world did you belong to in the past, heaven or hell? Without
exaggeration fallen man has been destined to death and hell. If you do
not know that your search for true love and life is not a joke, your
life will not be anything more than a joke. Love is greater than your
life, so love is not a joke. The most divine and holy world is the
world of love.
After acquiring that absolute love a person really knows the value of
that most mysterious and holy world. When you know that divine and
mysterious world your laughter will be divine and mysterious and the
expression of joy in your singing and dancing shall also be very
divine and mysterious. Anyone who dirties this most valuable love with
cheap, carnal things is the worst kind of criminal in the universe.
Regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, anyone who seeks to
contaminate your love in an impure way is your worst enemy. Because
love is greater than life, that person would be committing a crime
worse than that of taking your life.
The American way of life, including many of your lives before you
joined the Church, is just a quest for very shallow, instant,
animalistic love. If you were that way then you have never truly
experienced that divine and holy love of God. Your shallow fun could
only become progressively more shallow, soon becoming boring and
tiring. When you stamp on that most precious pure love you become just
a worthless person; you can kill such love.
Is American society advancing toward heavenly prosperity, or declining
into secular hell? Shall we leave America alone or shall we do
something about it? Will the President of the United States or
America's economic power be able to change it? How about almighty
science? Who will do it? If we truly know that Americans are going in
the wrong direction then we have a responsibility to inform and
In less than one hour I have explained the true meaning of love, and
now you are convinced that the way of life you had been pursuing was
the wrong one. You must search for the true way. If your father and
mother or teachers were encouraging you to pursue cheap love, should
you follow their instructions or not? Suppose the American government
followed a policy of encouraging Americans to enjoy their fun and
follow their animal instincts. If that were written into the
Constitution would you blindly obey or not? "I would be different,"
you say, but with everyone else going in the opposite direction how
could you change? Would you have the energy and drive to go all by
yourself? Whatever the circumstances, you are now determined to go
because you have hope for the rest of the world, even though the
entire world may come against you. That world is wrong because it does
not know the truth, but you have truth so you have hope. That is why
you should go on even all by yourself.
If someone came forward to proclaim such love would you follow him
regardless of whether he were black or yellow or white? Why do all you
white members come and give me a hard time? Because of you, the
American government, American families and churches are opposing me.
What makes you so sure you should follow me if I am teaching about
such a committed love for God? You trust the ideal and you have hope
in the future. We cut ourselves out of this world because the world is
in despair, and we choose to strive for the ideal, to gain true love,
hope, and a constructive future.
Today's topic is "The Greatest of All is Love." Do you want to know
why love is the greatest? How much of a fee would you pay for me to
give you a very important lecture today? The only reason I would ask
you to pay is that when things come free nobody takes them seriously.
But if you pay $10 million for this one hour lecture then your whole
body would strain to reap $10 million worth from it! If you paid $10
million for this one lecture would you waste that time dozing? If I
said, "Go ahead and sleep," it would just wake you up more!
If love is taken away, will anything remain?
I will explain why love is so precious. The answer is rather simple:
you are the product of love. The most logical and important principle
of the universe is also the product of love. God created this world
because He needed to have His own object for the give and take of
love. Love is God's fundamental motivation for creating the universe.
Man was supposed to be born in love, grow up in love and live in love
for eternity. That is man's destiny, Is there anything further you
could wish to receive? This is the ideal way of life. Where could that
love originate? That could only originate between a subject and object
who have become so completely one in harmony and unity that eternally
nothing could break them apart. The greatest love emerges from such as
Men and women marry to consummate love. At what point do Mother's life
and my life become one? When we eat a good meal together? When we
exchange money? Only when we become one united in love, right? Life
begins when love brings unity and harmony between the two of us, and
when life emerges then our ideal blossoms. When you are completely
satisfied in love then your ideal is already fulfilled because there
is no greater ideal than the fulfillment of love. This is the
sequence: love brings unification, life and ideal. When our love
brings harmony between us and new life emerges, then the fulfillment
of our ideal also comes.
When two lives are welded into one, love will become more powerful and
intense. When two lives become united into one, greater life, energy
and power come and a greater ideal can blossom. If love is taken away
will anything remain? Will there be any way to unite? Without love it
is impossible for people to come together and give their lives to each
other and say, "For you I could die." That kind of deep sacrificial
feeling cannot be demonstrated without love. Without love nothing can
bring you into fullness.
In contrast, the communist ideology centers on struggle; that is the
key word in communism. If one class is struggling with another, is
there any way to unite? Dialectical materialism analyzes progress as
one entity dividing into two contradictory entities, which then clash
with each other; out of that clash something greater will emerge. That
ideology is striving for unification but because it eliminates love it
can never bring true unification. Communists talk about a life that is
not true life, and about an ideal that is not the true ideal. The
ideal is impossible under communism.
The ideal is what can bring the highest and the lowest together into
harmonious joy. If we confront each other in struggle can we have the
ideal? That ideology of struggle is now creeping across the face of
the earth, affecting millions of lives every day. The evil ideology of
communism lures people into becoming ruthless and cold-blooded; murder
and extermination is the daily diet in communist countries. In his
lifetime Chairman Mao exterminated over 150 million people, and in
North Korea alone 3 million people were murdered. The New York Times
recently published the fact that over 600,000 people were exterminated
in South Vietnam immediately following the war there. Is this the
ideology in which we can find unification? Communism is truly the
enemy of humanity and enemy of the ideal; needless to say, it is the
enemy of God.
The fundamental problem of humanity is how to restore love
The key word nowadays in the Carter administration is human tights,
and that is good; however, there is something greater than human
rights which is life rights, life itself. Communism is not just
violating human rights, but violating the very life rights of millions
of people. In such an extreme situation talking about human rights
does not make any sense; if this administration were really serious
about human rights then it would speak out about the millions of
people who have been deprived of the right to live. America must stand
up to declare that communism is mankind's worst enemy.
We must preserve and safeguard the right to live. There are so many
millions who have been deprived of such rights already. They are
silent people, the prey of communism. When they stood in front of the
firing squad did they praise the name of Stalin, Mao Tse Tung or Kim
11 Sung? Or in their inmost hearts did they desperately call upon the
name of God, that somehow He could exercise His power so that the
communists could no longer continue with such cruelty?
Without including love, you cannot even speak about unification and
the ideal. The fundamental problem of humanity today is how to restore
love. If we cannot restore love, do you think we can establish true
peace or one world of brotherhood? Can we actualize the ideal without
You are actually the result of this wonderful principle, for you were
a part of the uniting force of love of your father and mother, and
your life came into being at that point. You participated in their
lives and the blossoming of their ideal was the beginning point of
your life. You participated in the love of your parents which had
created unification and brought life; you participated in the love of
parents which brought the ideal. If any one of these three are removed
then the entire ideal will become crippled. You cannot remove the
ideal; you cannot remove life and you cannot remove harmony and
Parents and children will become eternally one even if the mother is a
hunchback and the father the most ugly cripple under the sun; no one
can separate them from their destined relationship as parents and
children. Could you exchange your parents for someone more attractive?
You are a part of them and cannot separate yourself from them. You are
the result of their harmony, their life and their ideal. Don't you
feel some built-in human instinct to defend them from criticism? Why
do you feel so strongly about them? You are connected to them, and
when something is harmful to them it is automatically harmful to you.
Instinctively the loving relationship between parents and child
creates the impulse to protect because in this universe there is an
automatic protective force that preserves the entity of love. Now you
can understand logically what you may have only felt in the past.
Are you going to stay connected with your parents for eternity, or at
a certain moment should you separate yourself from them? Speaking
particularly to women, when you get married and have a home, would you
welcome your father and mother as well as your in-laws into your home?
Prior to joining our movement were you thinking the same way that you
do now? You might have preferred having a husband but no id-laws. Be
honest. They are a burden. Is that kind of thinking selfish or
unselfish? If you happen to marry someone who does not have his own
father or mother, then in order to accomplish this ideal you even have
to bring his godfather and godmother to live with you so that you have
someone to serve and be united with. If you can think this way now it
is only because you have come to understand the truth about how men
and women should live.
Whose natural parents are divorced? You probably did not say anything
at the time, but when your father and mother were separated, did you
approve deep in your hearts? Was your disapproval just temporary, or
will it stay with you forever?
Possessing love before you, your parents are greater than you
You have a built-in instinct that rejects being separated from this
loving unity because it should remain for eternity. There is no such
adjective as "temporal" when you talk about love; love is for
eternity. All of you want to be in a loving relationship with your
parents for eternity, and if this eternal circuit of love is broken
for some reason, in the depths of your heart you can never accept it.
That disapproval is not a crime or a sin, but the instinct of
self-preservation. Until we have the logic and principle that will
explain human behavior and human nature then we will never have a true
vision of the future but remain in darkness.
Who is greater, your parents or you? Parents are supreme because they
possessed love prior to your existence, and they will always be ahead
of you in the possession of love. You emerged out of their love, and
for that reason you will always be in a position to follow after them.
No matter how miserable your mother and father may be, as long as you
have a loving relationship you will never want to be separated from
them, even after the termination of your lives here on earth. Is that
This morning I have presented the clear principle of love, so I do not
need to say anything further, You can claim before your own father and
mother, "Without me you have no true love because I was there and I
participated. I was a very important element of your loving
relationship." As a child you can say to your own parents, "I cannot
be a part of you or one with you until there is unity and true love
between you two. Your unity, your true understanding, and your true
ideal is what will enable me to become one with you." A son or
daughter can force his parents together in a way.
With true love between your father and mother you will begin to see
true harmony and the ideal emerging in your home and you will
certainly want to stay there. So many American homes today are just
the opposite, which is why there is such a gap between parents and
children. As long as there is a warm and loving atmosphere in a home
the children would never want to leave. But even if the children may
go away to the hippie life, if there is a loving atmosphere in the
home they will feel pulled back and repentant.
I want to reorganize American homes under the principle of love. I
want to see a revolutionary change come about in the American home so
that the impersonal, functional unity there is transformed into true
loving unity. That is the job I am undertaking. Thank you for your
applause; do you mean it though? There are many people today who just
do not want to look at reality, and when they hear about something
like this they do not want to deal with it. They would rather point at
me and snap, "You go home and do not bother me. Live your own life;
why should you bother America?" When you read between the lines in the
New York Times and Washington Post you will see, "Why do you bother
If the networks all gave me two hours of time and 220 million American
people could hear about the true meaning of the family, the true
meaning of love and true relationships between parents and children,
then we could influence America. The great revival of America's
prosperity would hinge upon a couple of hours of listening. But there
is so much negativity about me that such a broadcast will never
Do you feel heavenly anger and wrath over this? Do you have
determination in your heart to crusade and break down the negativity,
that we might create the opportunity to change 220 million people?
This negativity toward me is not just harming you and our way of life,
but blocking the entire future of America and the world. It is a very
Communism and Satan will always take a position in opposition to me;
the free world, however, should seize its chance to hear the truth.
Day and night we are striving toward the fulfillment of that goal. We
must become substantial and respected in order to become influential
for God. Do we need to succeed in such ventures as the newspaper
company, the print shop and the university?
The emergency is upon us, and before the fuse runs out on this time
bomb we must achieve our goal. I am anxious to get this done right
away, and day in and day out we must push ourselves. This providence
to restore the true love of God is now in motion and the efforts of
all heaven and earth are focused on the restoration of this love in
humanity. Love alone can bring fulfillment and perfection. Love alone
can bring the true fullness of life.
True love will never be revolutionized
Can love speak to the past, the present and the future? We come to
another principle. The value of love never changes. The value and
principle of love for our ancestors a thousand years ago was just the
same. Their love was supposed to bring unity, life and the ideal; a
thousand years does not change that. A thousand years from now science
may have improved our way of life, but the content of love will not
have changed. Tens of thousands of years in the future this value of
love will not have changed. God built the entire universe according to
the reciprocal relationship between the two entities of subject and
object, and as long as the existence of subject and object continues,
the principle and the energy of love will not change.
According to dialectical materialism, matter is the origin of the
universe. Does that make sense to you or not? If love forms the
formal, central truth of the universe, how could anything else create
the same result? Unless people are talking about love they are not
really talking about unification.
Can you really believe that love is only sweet today because science
has advanced? Maybe a thousand years ago love was sweet while today it
has many artificial elements in it and has become sour and impure.
However, as far as true love is concerned there has been no revolution
or advancement; love has one origin and that one origin has never
changed. Therefore, the contents of love will always remain the same.
As long as there is harmony of love, life, and the ideal related to
the original source, they will not change.
That world of true love is the world of unification we are talking
about: the world of unity, true life and true ideal. If you have one
life to live, where would you like to live? Would you prefer living in
this artificial carnal world of love, or would you prefer to live in
the world of true love and a God-centered life? Your answer is proof
that there is hope for unity. If all of you think like that then there
is a chance for true unification to come about, and then the ideal can
be built upon His love.
Is God's original ambition and desire that the world and humanity
taste unity and true life and true ideal, or could He care less about
the way the world drifts? God's desire is the same as man's, and can
only be fulfilled by the response of men. In the same way, man's
desires can only be fulfilled when we receive response from God. Our
ideal lies in God and God's ideal lies in man.
If you want to possess God's universal love you must become a
personality of universal caliber. I want all of you to have universal
personalities, but where shall we begin? With the Unification Church,
or on the level of the country or the world? We cannot begin with just
the individual because as I have already explained this morning a
single person cannot impart love. There must be a circuit and the
basic unit of that circuit is your home, your family. That is the
You may conquer the world yet still not have harmony in your own home.
Then you are not the person who will accomplish the ideal. President
Carter may be a truly great statesman and have power to influence the
entire world, but if in his own family there is constant fighting, is
he a happy person? The ideal world begins in your home. Heaven begins
in your home.
When Jesus came to proclaim the truth did he say that only a single
people could be elevated into heaven? Jesus' blueprint of heaven
included bridegroom and bride. When you read the Scriptures you can
see that Jesus with his bride was to have been the foundation of the
Kingdom of God. Describing the return of Christ, the book of
Revelation clearly speaks of the marriage supper of the Lamb, where he
will appear in his victory as a groom with his bride. One model home
is needed to become the center of the universe, and the purpose of
Jesus' coming was to build that model family.
No matter how much you tear the whole universe apart looking for the
short-cut to unification, you will not find any better solution than
this one. If there is God then this has to be His royal way. Suppose
that up to now God has been dozing, truly unconcerned about having His
kingdom here on earth, and then all of a sudden He hears me preaching
this message here on earth; I am convinced that He would exclaim,
"Well, my son, you have something better than I have. Let me borrow
You have studied philosophy and science at universities and done
library research, but did you ever hear about this? Have you been
hearing a very expensive lecture or not? Are you newcomers here being
forced by regimentation to believe certain things, or are you just
joyfully responding to truth? You are experiencing the greatest of all
extraordinary revolutions, a change of heart.
Our greatest inheritance will be the tradition of love
Are heaven and our homes two entirely different things or are they one
and the same? Who is dwelling in our homes? Children. Who else? You
should be there, husband and wife. Who else? You are indeed notorious
Americans because you mention grandmother and grandfather last. Will
all these components of your home be united by rules and
regimentation? God's true love will unite them. The love of
grandparents, parents, husband and wife, and children will all melt
together into one unchanging love.
There is the action of life in that unchanging love, where they talk
about the ideal and their hopes for the future. Anyone who has deep
respect for the love between grandparents, husband and wife, and
between parents and children is qualified to be a citizen of the
Kingdom of God. The greatest inheritance grandparents give is the
tradition of love to our parents, who then leave it to us. You are
becoming husbands and wives, and your duty is to leave the inheritance
of love for your own children. The sequence of inheritance is the
same, and you cannot neglect any of those loves in a process of being
selective. The same principle applies to each relationship.
The application of the truth means that as much as you love each other
as husband and wife, with that same intensity you must be able to love
your parents and grandparents. That same love will bring one heart in
your home, which is the building block of the Kingdom of God on earth.
You and your family will become a nucleus or brick of the Kingdom of
God on earth, and when many families come together they will make up a
society, nation and kingdom on earth. Can you see that all those
relationships are equally precious?
In comparing American homes to this standard, do they live up to this
particular principle? Are grandparents in America generally happy
people? With whom do they want to live? It is a most logical
conclusion that grandparents want to live with their children because
that harmonizes with universal truth. God wants to live with His own
children, and grandparents inherit that tradition.
When you become old would you want to live in a senior citizen's home
and have only fellowship with nurses? Why not? Some day every one of
you will be a grandparent; it is your common destiny. Senior citizen's
homes may be more convenient, having medical facilities to handle
emergency situations, but even though they may suffer some
inconveniences, old people really want to have fellowship with their
own children, laughing with them and looking at their grandchildren.
When you become old will you not think the same way? Should we change
the American way of life in terms of family structure?
The entire universe will listen when you meet in love
When will the universe become one? You never thought about that
before. The center of the world is humanity, which means men and
women, Men and women are the center of the universe, to inhabit and
represent the entire universe. The unity of the entire universe
results when men and women become one in love. That is the point at
which the universe can become one.
If two men came together would the universe be joined together? Man
represents heaven and woman represents earth, and because a man is in
the subject or aggressive position he will take the initiative. Are
you that kind of man or not? You are stubborn and instead of listening
to anybody you want to be your own boss. You only listen when the
truth convinces you and then reluctantly you have to yield. A man goes
straight forward to where love is; nothing can conquer a man except
truth and love. Men are that stubborn.
How about women? Do women want to take the initiative or be the
recipients of love? Do you women want to receive a proposal from a man
or do you want to do the proposition? Women are built to receive and
men are built to initiate action. God has also given men and women
particular roles in loving, with men taking the initiative and women
the more passive role.
Heaven and earth become one when men and women become one, with man
representing heaven and woman representing earth. But husband and wife
are each greater than the universe: Your wife is not merely one woman
or your husband merely one man. Each represents the entire universe.
Because love is the moving force to conquer the universe, the entire
universe will listen when you face each other with love. What kind of
husband do you want? Do you want a husband who only drives you like a
slave, or do you want a husband who looks at you as being even greater
than the universe? Which kind of wife do you want? You each want to
have that kind of preciousness.
It is natural that young men and women in their teens become very
romantic, talking about the universe, losing themselves in music and
reading romantic poems. They come to realize they can communicate with
the universe, that the universe is a representative of themselves.
When older teenagers think Of becoming men or women they view their
lives with the highest ideals and most beautiful dreams in their
hearts, dreaming in terms of the universe, and equating their lover to
When you have the urge to unite with such love, will you want to live
in slow motion? This is the age of passion, and you want to be like a
fireball, blazing into oneness with your love, and concentrating your
entire self into your love. The Japanese expression "kamikaze" conveys
that spirit. You want to express your ideal in the most dramatic,
beautiful, extraordinary fashion, and you also love to exaggerate.
"Boy, the entire world is mine."
Men and women actually start out from different extremes, but when
they bring themselves together they feel the entire universe
resounding with each step they take, and all of nature responding.
That is young passion. When young men and women become serious, God
also becomes serious. When they are very dramatic and romantic, God
becomes romantic. When a young man and woman just engulf each other in
a heavenly collision of love, the explosion is greater than thunder.
When young passions collide even God will be shook up! When God is a
part of young passion, that love is an eternal one, not a cheap thrill
but something serious and precious.
Should the love between husband and wife be stabilized in one solid
central point, or should it be blown around by the wind? The love of
husband and wife should become a stabilizing force, like the bubble in
a horizontal level. Diamonds also have a certain stable structure that
will not change. When this universal force of passionate love brings
husband and wife together to be completely melted into one, then are
they poor, oppressed prisoners, or can they really feel freedom and
joy in their love? That is the kind of adults you must become, not
just foolhardy and superficial. You must concretely anchor yourselves
as a stabilizing force of the universe.
The breadth of your love determines your eternal value
When you get married you will eventually all get divorced, right? Why
not? Once you know this truth you must live the truth, and if you even
tried to separate you would be completely upset by the pain of it. You
could not survive. If your love does not change then will your joyous
singing and dancing change or not? As time goes by you may change your
format, but your motivation for singing and dancing would have no
reason to change because they are the expression of joy.
Men and women as husband and wife become the stabilizing central pole
of the universe, bringing together heaven and earth. In both the
physical world and the spirit world, the value of a couple is the
same, and the more territory they conquer and embrace with their love
here on earth, the more territory they can deal with in spirit world.
The scope of that area will determine their depth of understanding in
spiritual life and their value in spirit world. Ultimately how much
you practice this principle here one earth shall become a measure of
how much territory you deserve in heaven.
When you move your position away from the vertical line then you can
no longer even talk about territory or about the Principle. Only once
you have become stabilized in the central point and move along the
vertical line will you have territory. Without doing this, your
existence will be like dust or like the morning dew, which comes and
goes. Only that one vertical line of love will link you with the
If a circle represents the universe, the area below the central
horizontal line represents the physical world and above, the spirit
world. You can draw thousands of vertical lines within the circle, but
there is only one longest vertical line that passes directly through
the center. That is the line of love that I have been speaking about.
In this bisected circle, the right side represents man, and the left
side represents woman, each being equally distant from the center.
When this man and woman come together in perfect unity in the center,
a vertical line automatically comes into being.
It is a universal principle that where there is a perfect plus a
perfect minus automatically comes into being. When a perfect minus
exists then a perfect plus automatically comes into being; we can see
that in the principle of electricity. Thus, when the completed,
perfected husband and wife come together heaven and earth
automatically come together, and the parents can appear. In our human
relationships as individuals, when God and the individual become
completely one in vertical unity, horizontal brotherly unity is
automatically there. Before that could take place, however, the fall
of man destroyed the entire universal foundation.
The point where men and women join together is the very point where
God wants to dwell. This central line is the line of love. God is
dwelling in the center of love, this line of husband and wife. Once
there is true love uniting husband and wife their home becomes the
dwelling place of God Himself. The family is directly connected to the
eternal love of God, and God-centered unity, a God-centered life and a
God-centered ideal come into being. Once you grab hold of that love
you have hold of everything.
The maturing process of love
My subject today is, "The Greatest of All is Love." This has
been Part I. In Part II, I want to speak about how we should live and
apply the Principle here on earth. If I start on this it will take all
morning, but shall we do it now?
After you are born you grow intimately in the love of your parents,
but as you grow toward adulthood you gradually become more
independent. Toward what are you moving? You are looking for your own
mate, aren't you? Will your parents say, "You rascal! You loved us
this far and now you are giving us up!" Or will they say, "My son, my
daughter, this is your day; I understood you. Go ahead, look for your
Are parents despairing and despondent at such a time, or are they
joyful? Where men and women become one the atmosphere is enriched.
Children are born in the love of their parents, and grow in their
love. At that time their love is in the formation stage. When children
grow up they move gradually toward their own love, and in a marriage
their love enters the growth stage. Are husband and wife content to
just love each other or do they want to have something else? When they
have a loving relationship with their own children their love is
fulfilled on the perfection level.
God created man's life here on earth to encompass three full cycles of
love. In the formation stage we experience receiving the love of
parents. Love in the growth stage is the conjugal love of marriage.
Love in its perfection is love of parents toward their children. Will
your parents be jealous when they see how much you love their own
grandchild, or will they be happy to see that you and your own
children are so completely in love? The maturing of love is a natural
process, and everyone will welcome it. Parents and children have an
eternal relationship. That formation stage of love remains eternally;
conjugal love is an eternal love, and the love of parents toward their
children is also eternal. That is the common ground of love in which
there is no change.
The basic building block of the Kingdom of God is the home; however,
God's goal is not to have one home alone, but to expand into a
society, nation, world, and universe. God's goal also includes the
spirit world. You have to reach all the way out to the world and then
return all the way back to the beginning point, your home. Don't you
want to embrace the universe with your own arms? Do you want to grab
it so you can extract some benefit, or do you want to embrace it in
love? If the universe you embrace all of a sudden discovers you are
the worst kind of criminal or dictator, it will revolt against you.
However, if you love the universe it will want to remain in your
embrace. How much do you want to love the world? Your standard is to
love the world more than you love yourself and more than you love your
What criteria determines if someone is an American patriot? If someone
loves America more than his own wife and family, then he is a true
patriot. The universe hopes to be loved by someone who can give more
love to the universe than to his own life. Anyone who can be truly
sacrificial, loving the nation more than his own family and things, is
indeed the supreme patriot.
Great men and holy men
Going deeper, we could classify great people into two categories; one
category is great people and the other includes saints or holy men.
What is the difference? Every country can name its great people or
powerful figures like heroes and patriots. From that nation's point of
view a person may be great, but he may still not be a saint or holy
man. A holy man or saint is the one who loves the entire world more
than he loves himself, his own things, or even his own country. An
American who loves the world enough to sacrifice himself, his family
and his nation is indeed in the category of holy man or saint, for
that is precisely what God has done.
God is the cause, and the person who can perfectly reflect God in his
deeds is a saint. Let us examine God's pattern of work in restoration
history. In order to save the world God gave His only begotten son and
even allowed him to be killed. God has been sacrificing His own
faithful people time after time, allowing those closest to Him to
become martyrs in order to save the world. God does not punish His
enemies or destroy evil people; instead He continually sacrifices His
own people, His own sons and daughters, sustaining His hope for the
salvation of the world. Therefore, throughout history the holy people
are those who demonstrated the utmost quality of God's sacrificial
spirit. To which category do you want to belong, the great men, or the
When parents see their children mature and become adults beginning
their own families, will they be heartbroken? Do parents grieve to see
their sons and daughters becoming independent from the old family
ties? Of course if that meant eternal separation they would be sad,
but their children are actually just maturing into another stage of
life, and when children become parents themselves they can appreciate
their own parents much more.
When husband and wife experience conjugal love they feel, "This is the
very love our parents experienced before we came." And when they
become new parents and love their own child they deeply feel, "This is
the very love we received from our own parents. This is the joy they
felt." When you become mature you will be in a position to more deeply
appreciate your relationship with your parents. It may seem like the
birth of your own children could create more distance between you and
your parents, but in actuality, through your experience of loving your
own children you will certainly experience a new depth of the love of
God's law is such that you mature in love and advance from one stage
to another: from parental love to conjugal love to the love of parents
for children. That same development occurs in a horizontal way. Your
love for your family expands into your love for your society. That
expansion will not diminish your love for your family but will expand
it into deeper maturity Your love of society will grow into love of
the nation and the world, and each time your love will progress into a
deeper maturity. If President Carter were to demonstrate such
sacrificial spirit in the service of this country, literally
sacrificing everything including his family, then the people of
America would praise him, and make efforts to help his family. When a
sacrificial spirit is shown in that way then the bond between the
government and the people becomes deeper, and more sympathy can be
shown by both.
If you demonstrate extraordinary sacrificial spirit in order to
achieve some higher cause, then once you achieve that goal people will
praise not only you but also those whom you had to sacrifice along the
way. If a family was sacrificed for the purpose of the society then it
would become a heroic example for others, receiving recognition and
praise, and also serve in creating greater unity within the society.
Why am I telling you this? Suppose that instead of pursuing only its
own selfish benefit Americans were to demonstrate a sacrificial spirit
for the sake of the world. After achieving that goal of world
salvation, America would not be left destitute, but would be in a
position to receive glory and gratitude.
Were one saint to give up everything-his own life, his own family and
surroundings-in order to relieve mankind from sin and liberate God
from His sorrow, then everything that he used as an instrument of his
effort, everything he sacrificed for that purpose, would be
immortalized and praised in the end. Everything that he sacrificed
would join with him as part of his ultimate fulfillment.
Anyone living God's way of life can never be accused by Satan
The Unification Church is pursuing that goal of liberation, gathering
together such beautiful young people from all races and all the six
continents. We want to become a sacrifice for the sake of world
salvation and the fulfillment of God's will, and once we achieve that
goal we shall never be forgotten. Once the day of victory comes, not
only will you participate in that achievement, but your life shall
bring all mankind into glory.
Why will you never be forgotten? Those who participate in the
fulfillment of God's ideal will have lived God's own way of life,
which has been to sacrifice His own family for the salvation of His
tribe, His tribe for the society, and His society for the nation and
world. Because that is the way God lives, anyone who also follows this
principle shall never be destroyed of diminished. God is taking that
route because once the highest possible Kingdom of Heaven is built
here on earth, Satan will no longer have any way to accuse.
The true religion must go the road of persecution, and the religion
which can unite the world is going to receive unprecedented
persecution. We do not offer any excuses or complaints since we know
this as the truth and still choose this life. Instead we will just
humbly obey God's mandate and go through this way silently. The
Unification Church is destined to walk that path. For the sake of
God's providence, can you sacrifice you own family and nation, and
even sacrifice this world? How can you say yes? Deep in your heart you
know that you are not going to lose anything; none of your sacrifice
will ever be in vain, but shall reap the highest results. This is what
you know in your heart.
Considered solely in commercial terms, this guaranteed return is
really a fantastic deal. The Unification Church looks like a helpless
lamb being clobbered by nation after nation, yet never attacking
anyone in return. Don't we know how to fight? No, we know how to
fight, but we have a reason and God has a reason to be patient. God
has not yet allowed His anger to explode because His purpose is to
save even one more soul. God can judge mankind at any time, but He is
delaying judgment in order to save as many people as possible. That is
the way He works.
God's strategy of sacrifice will bring greatest harmony
If we achieve world unification through this process then no one in
the past, present, or future can criticize or discredit our
accomplishment. Those who are now trying to destroy us shall soon be
in a position to realize what kind of crime they are committing and
then be overwhelmed in their repentance. They are judging themselves;
they are not judging us.
If God is the king of wisdom then we must understand why God has taken
this route. He adopted this strategy as the means to win the greatest
of all victories. This strategy will readily expose those who have no
faith in God. In Satan's world such sacrifice ends a relationship, but
in God's way the sacrifice or separation will bring greater harmony;
the greater the degree of separation the greater the resulting
harmony. For a common purpose we all go in different directions, and
though there is physical separation there is no such thing as
spiritual loss because we are united in the same purpose. In God's
world physical separation will bring greater harmony and greater
The selfish way of life is the satanic way of life, and the unselfish
way of life is the God-centered way of life. But the unselfish way of
life is the short-cut to reach the ideal world of God and is a life
that will grow and expand. We must adopt this as our way of life. Will
you live that way of life only until you get blessed, or even
afterward? Will you further pursue it to the ultimate fulfillment of
the victory of God?
This is my way of life. Mother and my own children have become a
sacrifice, but I cannot give up the mission. Even if I were to die
before winning the final victory, the purpose and course of the
providence would not be ended. Once the dispensation for which I
sacrificed myself and my family was fulfilled then God would be
responsible to restore me and my family. God will be able to give me
anything I desire, and I will ask, "First I want the salvation of the
world; mankind must live. Next I want to see my family restored. "Then
God will fulfill it. Therefore, sacrifice does not mean losing. This
physical world is not our ultimate existence and sacrifice is the
divine right to participate in the fulfillment of God's ultimate goal.
Then beyond this world we have another, eternal home.
If I live and die solely for the sake of mankind, then where will
mankind go? Someday we will all meet in the eternal spirit world. The
pinnacle of our lives is not reached in the few short decades of our
time here on earth. The measure of how much heaven you deserve in the
eternal world is determined by how much you demonstrate a sacrificial
spirit for the sake of the world while you are here on earth. I want
you to remember that.
Your parents may not understand you at this time and your own nation
of America does not understand you, but I want you to understand that
this is temporary. You can tell them to wait a while and be patient,
and you also should be patient. This separation is not ultimate and
eternal at all, but instead you are going to reap blessing for them
and embrace them, and they shall be grateful to you. That is the way I
have lived. In Korea I gave up everything and underwent the most
intolerable persecution, always being chased and accused. I never
lived my life for myself or my own family, but solely for the
fulfillment of God's will. In America I am walking that same path.
Such a rich nation as America should be ashamed by its treatment of me
and this church, but let their accusations come regardless. No one in
the media wants to admit that I owe nothing to America, but that in
reality America is indebted to me, both spiritually and physically.
Other nations send their representatives to this nation to somehow
convince America to give them more money and more help, but I did
exactly the opposite. I came to give my own life and everything I have
for the sake of this nation's prosperity.
America has scornfully mistreated not only me but you so far. However,
once they know the truth and realize what kind of relationship we have
with God then they will surrender to us. We have that goal and that
hope, and even though we are being hit we still move forward. Nothing
can deter us. All of our sacrifice shall bear fruit so our everyday
way of life is the sacrificial way of life. Every bit of it shall be
reaped, even if I myself become a sacrifice because of America's
misunderstanding. If that is not the case then what I am teaching is
How is this nation going to pay its debt? I must leave some
opportunity for America to pay back its debt, even if it is done by
the descendants of those who misunderstood me during my lifetime. One
way I can do that is through continuous, unconditional forgiveness of
this nation. That has been God's way of life. God's heart embraces
even His own enemy, and will never denounce or cut him off. This law
is the force governing and uniting you people.
What kind of power can break us and separate us from that love? The
power of love alone can conquer everything. Love will bring eternal
victory and eternal heaven. When you possess that particular love of
God then you can climb as high as you desire and do anything you want!
That love alone can give you complete liberation. That is my
destination, what about you? God bless you. Let us pray.