REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
GOD AND THE BUILDING
OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
April 17, 1977
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
We all know that if there had been no fall of man the Kingdom of
Heaven would have come to earth, and all men would naturally have been
born as direct heirs of God. Individually speaking, each man would
have lived in perfection, with complete unity of mind and body. The
Kingdom of God, therefore, was to be built by perfected men who were
perfectly united in mind and body. And God would have been dwelling in
the hearts of men.
As you already know through the teaching of the Divine Principle, when
subject and object form one perfect unity, the dwelling of God is
always there. Therefore, when subject and object unite, they not only
form unity on their own level but bring themselves up to God's level,
and in addition their environment and anything involved with them
automatically become involved with God.
In that setting there would be inner relationships between all parties
concerned. Some joyful event for Adam would automatically be joyful
for Eve and God as well. At another time the joy of Eve would be the
joy of Adam, as well as the joy of God. In God's ideal everything
would work together on a common base, with a common harmony and unity.
Then God and man would always react in perfect harmony in different
situations. Had that been the case, where and when would God have been
most joyful? Would the greatest moment for God have come with the
completion of the restoration of man after the fall, or would God have
wanted to see Adam and Eve grow to maturity and perfection without the
fall? Which would have given God the most joy?
A child completes his parents' vertical anchor to God
I am sure that those among you who have children realize why the
correct answer is the second one. When a husband and wife hold their
first-born child, they truly feel the heart of parents, and they pour
out their heart to their child. Unless you have held your own child in
your own arms, there is no way to truly describe the feeling of the
mother. A mother's heart is filled with pride, joy and satisfaction.
What do you think should be the most perfect, precious and treasured
thing in this universe? The most precious thing for Adam and Eve or
any parents for that matter, including God as the parent of all
mankind, is not money, knowledge, or power, but their child.
The relationship between God and man is a vertical one, and that
between Adam and Eve horizontal. From them we can draw one triangle.
God is on the vertical line, above man, and Adam and Eve are on the
horizontal level. However, in order to establish perfection, you can
see that one whole area is missing. In order to have the whole
relationship between God, Adam and Eve become perfect, this one area
must be filled by a child.
This is why the Divine Principle teaches us about the heavenly four
positions. When there is no child then the real vertical anchor from
God down to mankind is not complete, and with that one area missing,
man's position cannot be stable. The child's position is the point of
hope for Adam and Eve, as well as for God. Everyone's hope is
concentrated on this one point. Adam and Eve are always one-sided;
they cannot be in a position to receive God's entire love or become
the entire central point by themselves. In other words, the balance
point in the universe is the point of the child, not Adam and not Eve.
The vertical love is God's love, and the horizontal love is that of
Adam and Eve. These loves will be consummated by the couple having a
child in the fourth position. We can say that we have two parental
loves; one is vertical and the other horizontal. The parental love of
God is the vertical love of God, and the parent's love is the
horizontal love of God. There is a channel of God's love flowing from
God to Adam and Eve and their children. This creates three levels: the
position of God, the position of Adam and Eve, and the position of
Horizontally speaking there is parental love, conjugal love and filial
love. When we see this basic structure or principle in the work of
God, then where is the beginning point of the Kingdom of God? We know
that the perfection of Adam would have been the beginning point of the
Kingdom of God on earth; a more perfect description of the Kingdom of
God, however, is that it begins at the moment that Adam and Eve bear
their child on earth. Suppose the fall was unknown to this earth. When
you were born, your parents would have already been perfect. Then the
moment of your birth would have marked the beginning of a new heaven
for your parents, and would have marked the beginning point of another
dimension of the heavenly kingdom.
Let us imagine the Adam and Eve whom God created. If God were giving
love to Adam and lingering especially with him, then what would have
been Eve's reaction? Or if God were loving Eve, then what would Adam's
reaction have been? In such situations, the Kingdom of God might have
seemed unbalanced when Adam was loved by God and Eve was left aside,
or if God moved to Eve and Adam seemed to be forgotten. Actually the
Kingdom of God begins when God loves one person because that love
would automatically become his partner's also. In that case, when God
loved Adam, Eve would have rejoiced as much as if she herself were
being loved. Adam would have rejoiced when God went to Eve because
that experience would have been as real as God loving him directly. It
would all be one and the same thing. It just wouldn't have made any
difference whether God loved Adam or Eve because it would all be the
same. This feeling would have become real when Adam and Eve became
true husband and wife. In a loving relationship blessed by God the two
are no longer separate but perfectly one.
Perfection comes when there is unity through love; in other words,
love is central to perfection. If Adam and Eve had realized this
perfect unity and harmony in love, then there could have been no such
thing as feeling forgotten or jealous. God freely goes anywhere and
everywhere, and wherever God moves automatically becomes the point of
joy for both Adam and Eve.
Then where can we find one central, visible point of love between all
three? The children of Adam and Eve would be the one visible point
where the three elements of God, Adam and Eve could be harmonized
together. God's supreme hope in creation was to see the children of
Adam and Eve. Those children were to form the point around which God
Himself and all things in the universe could be united.
Our hope hinges upon our children
Why do you love your children? A husband and wife may confront each
other in heated battle, with neither side budging an inch, but the one
point of unity always remaining between them is their children. Thus
there is never complete separation. Why is that? Why don't they hate
their children when they fight with each other? If they were to
disregard their children, then they would have nothing left because
their children are their hope. They must have something to hang onto,
and their children are that something. The hope of the father, the
mother, and also of God all hinges upon the children, and they cannot
disregard their hope.
Even though they may not consciously realize this, they can feel that
their children are the beginning point of hope for the Kingdom of God
here on earth and in heaven. History begins right there. Therefore,
God, parents and children, all find common ground in the position of
Parents can always forget themselves when they center on their
children and their sacrificial spirit will extend even to the point of
giving up their own lives. If a husband and wife are a happy couple
and very much united in love but they have no children, can they say
they are perfectly happy as a family? Even though a husband and wife
may be perfectly in harmony, as long as there are no children some
area of their lives will always remain imperfect. That is because they
will not have the hope that will create their Kingdom of God on earth
and hereafter in heaven. They will not have planted the seed of the
If a husband and wife go to spirit world without the experience of
having children, then when they see God loving all His children here
on earth they cannot share His feeling. Without having children they
are lacking in one area and their feelings cannot parallel God's in
His own experience of having children. For eternity they will be
completely lacking in that one vertical area, and they will have no
way to gain that experience.
Then what is your conclusion? Do you need to be married and have
children? There are many very egoistic, secular, and selfish feelings
prevailing in our world nowadays. People are thinking that marriage is
a burden, and that they do not want to be bothered with children. Even
many Americans who did marry are making a conscientious effort to not
have children. Why? They are afraid that they will be imprisoned by
having the responsibility of a child. America is a women's kingdom;
here the women are always masters of the house, and in many cases the
men obey the women. Many times a couple does not have children because
the wife just does not want that pain and burden.
I frequently go to New York, and there I have seen that most of the
well-dressed people are women, while the American men look miserable.
The women not only wear beautiful clothes but their ten fingers are
not enough to hold all their ornaments. The amazing thing is, however,
that those women do not look happy, even though they have everything
and are kicking their husbands around. Many of those women push their
husbands to get them bigger diamonds and more gold. Do you agree? Only
the men are saying yes! Can you women say, "I don't need earrings or
diamond rings. What I need is perfect harmony with my husband and a
sacrificial spirit towards him so that together we can serve the
purpose of God." That is beautiful, isn't it? Would you still say,
"Amen," if you had only bad shoes and rags to wear?
Your external looks and ornaments have no value in a spiritual sense;
rather the kind of love that is dwelling in your heart is the key. A
child is love made visible and the quality of your love can be seen in
your child. When there is common fruit between a husband and wife then
there can be no permanent separation between them. Their children are
their most precious things, and for an innocent child his mother and
father are most precious. In order to make a child happy, you must
provide him or her with the love of a father and mother. Even more
than that, the parents must give their children the love of God; they
must represent God, and His love must be made visible through them.
God cannot forgive anyone who acts to destroy such a beautiful bond of
love. The most pitiful situation, and one we can often see in American
society, is that of a husband and wife getting divorced and fighting
over their children. No matter how much that couple may try to invite
God to come, there is no room for the love of God in that kind of
situation. In divorce the parents are not only separating from each
other but from their children and from God. Their vertical line of
love is destroyed. The mother may say to her child, "Your daddy is
absolutely no good. Please hate him." That does not make sense because
a child cannot hate his father; it is also virtually impossible for a
child to hate his mother. Those of you whose own parents have
separated, raise your hands. You know from experience that the most
agonizing pain for a child is witnessing conflict between his father
and mother, because then you do not know which way to turn. Can you
love only one parent and disregard the other?
Actually a child becomes more sympathetic toward his father when his
mother says he must hate his father. It is natural to oppose
separation, and so it is natural for a child to protest the separation
of his parents. In the most fundamental meaning, love is not for
yourself but for others. That is the basic element of love, and anyone
who would live this principle will always oppose the action of
Can you imagine God coming down to a child and saying, "You must not
love your parents. You obey Me; I am your God. You must hate your
parents." Could that child obey such a mandate? Even to God that child
will say, "What kind of God are You?" If God ever asked a child to
hate his own parents then it would have to be for a selfish reason,
such as trying to win the child's love for Himself by having him
reject his own parents. But the entire universe revolts against any
How would the child feel if God said, "Your parents may not treat you
right. I know your heart, but after all they are your parents. You
must respect them; as much as I still love them, you must love them
too. You must stay with Me." If that child has really clear logic, he
will say, "God is really God, a God of mercy, unselfishness, and
A child is the visible fruit of love and that child will serve as the
common ground of unity between husband and wife; because of that
child, then, there is no way that they could remain eternally
separated. We are to live our lives here on earth and pass into spirit
world. There the perfect kingdom of heart has four parts, where the
love of God, the love of father, mother, and child all together create
a warm, harmonious feeling. The person who lives his physical life
being separated from people and acting destructively will also be
elevated to the spirit world. Do you think such a person can feel
comfortable in a heavenly atmosphere? Is there any place for that kind
of person to sit down in the spiritual kingdom if he has been living
for the destruction of love here on earth?
Can you honor a vow of eternal marriage?
When you really understand the spiritual principle of the Kingdom of
God in heaven, you will see what a crime it is for a husband and wife
to separate and put their children in jeopardy here on earth. There is
no defense in all of heaven and earth from . the accusation of a child
toward his own parents ' grieving, "You didn't do me justice. You
didn't do God justice. You didn't do yourselves justice." God has
provided no law that will give mercy in that case. This is such a
When you understand this, you can see that marriage is not a light
matter, but should be taken very seriously. Marriage is more serious
than your own life, than heaven and earth, than your entire hope and
ideal. When you find happiness in this serious area, you will find
As a couple can you exercise the responsibility of marriage toward
your children and toward God? Can you pledge such responsibility? Your
first responsibility is to become a true child of God yourself, under
the True Parents. Are you exercising that responsibility? This is also
a serious matter. Thinking about living the Divine Principle is the
pinnacle of seriousness and there is no joke in it. Are you becoming a
member of the Unification Church with that seriousness? Particularly
in our day marriage is not considered a serious matter. Husbands and
wives are not looking at their mates as permanent and eternal. They
feel that if their love does not work out they can go try someone
When you blessed couples took the marriage vow in front of the True
Parents, were you thinking that the pledge to your mate was eternal?
How deep was your pledge? Can you say, "Yes, Father, my marriage will
be an eternal one, not only here on earth, but hereafter in heaven."
How about those of you who are going to make that pledge, can you take
it lightly? No, absolutely not.
God is eternal. God is permanent, and He will never shift His
position. Even after the fall of man God did not chastise mankind
permanently. God did not say, "Because you have become such a dirty,
fallen sinner you and I have nothing to do with each other. Don't come
to me; I am no longer your Father." God will never say this. God still
recognizes mankind as His own sons and daughters.
When a child is born, he or she is permanently the child of his
particular parents. Nothing under the sun-no rule, no power, no
principle can alter or change the position of that child. That child
cannot go away from his position, nor can his parents abandon their
position. God is permanent and eternal, and that child is born to an
eternal position. What about the mother and father? Can an impermanent
and temporal relationship create something that is permanent?
The husband and wife must also be anchored in an eternal relationship.
God is perfect and eternal and the position of a child is also
permanent and eternal, but nowadays the unstable factor is the
position of husband and wife. The positions of men and women are
unstable because of the fall of man.
Men and women lack maturity and seriousness about marriage, believing
that if one person does not work out they can go and find another.
That feeling is the product of the fall of man; without the fall, man
would not be capable of even thinking in such a way. As long as men
even consider the possibility of an unstable relationship between
husband and wife, thinking that there are other alternatives, then a
permanent Kingdom of Heaven is not possible. From this standpoint, how
many people here in America are entitled to the Kingdom of God in
heaven? How about You? The concept of marriage so far in the fallen
world has become a tool of Satan, allowing him to bind mankind for his
own benefit. God's most precious gift of marriage is being used by
Until we build this stable foundation, will it be possible to build
the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth? The problem does not lie in
heaven or with the people of the world. The problem lies right here
with you and me. We are the key; if we can resolve this problem we
will bring about the Kingdom of Heaven quickly.
The Kingdom of God has been ready from the beginning of time
Jesus Christ came down to build the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
Could he possibly accomplish that all by himself? Did he have his
bride? Did he have his own children? Was Jesus a man or a woman, or
something else? You said he was a man; was he a real man or an
artificial man? If he was a real man, then physically speaking did he
have the perfect features and functions of a man? He was a real man
and had every function of a man.
Then was he capable of being a husband, or would he have told all the
women of the world not to come near him because God was watching? Was
that the reason he never married? Jesus had pride, and he had a
mission on earth as the only begotten son of God. God's mandate to him
was to build a heavenly family and to bring heaven here on earth.
Jesus would have liked to see his bride-to-be as the most perfect
woman under the sun, not for himself, but for the fulfillment of God's
Today you are thinking that for the sake of God's purpose you want to
become a perfect man and marry the perfect woman in order to bring
perfect children into the world. That was exactly Jesus' own desire.
Jesus knew that God wanted to see His own living children here on
earth, and he wanted to give birth to the perfect heirs of God.
Suppose Jesus had been blessed with a perfect bride. Do you think that
because he was a holy man, Jesus should have kept five feet away from
her all the time? Was Jesus capable of kissing too? Would he have
kissed his bride only for the sake of some condition, or because he
really wanted to show his love to her? As a holy man would he have
looked at his bride just from time to time and then gone away, or
would he have had fervent love in his heart to pour out upon his
bride? Would he have been a sinner if he had done that?
God intended man to live in perfect love and perfect eternity, without
even a little bit of separation. God Himself is perfect and eternal,
and the position of children is always perfect and eternal, which is
why God wanted the positions of husband and wife to be perfect and
eternal. Is the action of intensive love divine or sinful? After the
fall, man's love became dirty and stained. Has mankind ever seen
perfect love under God, manifesting the purpose of God?
No one has really known the purpose of religion and salvation. Many
religious people have felt that the world is filled with filthiness
and have tried to separate themselves from it and live an isolated
life. It is often thought that a religious, divine life is a life of
isolation, but we must realize that the Kingdom of God in heaven and
on earth has been ready for a long, long time, from the very beginning
of creation, and is just waiting to be occupied. The problem has been
that of finding occupants for that kingdom. Men and women qualified
for the Kingdom of God here on earth and in heaven have not existed.
They were the missing key. Ultimately, this is not the Messiah's
problem. It is the problem of you men and women. This is often
misunderstood by many religious people.
Jesus knew this truth. Did he want to build the Kingdom of God from
his nation and the world, or did he want to start his kingdom by
himself with men and women? He knew that he was the beginning point of
the kingdom, along with other men and women. The subject of the
Kingdom of God is not an issue of national sovereignty or government,
but of individual men and women.
Man is the key; man is the subject. Therefore, when Jesus ascended
into heaven, do you think he had to leave his key to the Kingdom of
God here on earth, or did he take it with him? The key to unlock the
kingdom belongs here on earth, not up in the air. Then where should
Jesus have left that key-in a copper box in the Vatican in Rome, or in
the hearts of individuals? Actually that key is right here. I want you
to understand that the Kingdom of God has been ready from the
beginning of time. If you men and women were in this perfect position
under God, in perfect harmony, perfect unity, and perfect love for
eternity, you would be so happy.
When we bring back this atmosphere of living under God then in
thinking of your wife or husband or about serving your children, you
would automatically be entitled to the Kingdom of God in heaven. In
that atmosphere you would not have to make any special effort. Even in
the fallen world everyone is thinking about his parents and children
as his immediate interest. They occupy most of man's attention. There
is nothing wrong with that fact in itself, but somehow the content of
that thinking changed because of the fall of man. We want to reverse
those contents and make them heavenly.
Since the fall of man, our thoughts still center around ourselves, our
parents, our husband or wife, and our children. However, the family is
surrounded by many satanic layers: the society, nation, world and
cosmos. The first step, therefore, is to liberate ourselves. We must
get out of the satanic influence in order to liberate ourselves from
sin and get rid of all these bindings, and after we free ourselves we
can bring back the heavenly contents of the original world.
Actually the pattern is the same in both the satanic world and the
heavenly kingdom. The problem is that the satanic kingdom is built on
selfishness, and it has multiplied into selfish societies, nations,
and into a selfish world. We have become prisoners of sin and been
wrapped within all these satanic bindings. Therefore we must get rid
of those bindings and re-build ourselves according to a new unselfish
pattern that will be superior to the satanic world. This
re-organization of men is the work of religion, transcending the level
of race and nationality.
Then what is the Unification Church of which you are a member? Are we
looking forward to unification within the framework of the satanic
world, or do we want to build our unification starting here? Another
important consideration is this: will we build a new, God-centered,
unselfish pattern here, and then put up a big wall between the two
worlds, saying, "Don't come to me and I won't come to you." Shall we
take that attitude, or once we are ready do we want to transform the
entire satanic world into the heavenly world? This means we have a
dual mission, a round trip to make. This is an important idea; on the
way out we must liberate ourselves from the satanic world, and then we
must go back to the satanic world to liberate it.
On both trips we are going to have a headwind. When you are trying to
go out of the fallen world everybody will pull you, saying, "Don't go!
You stay right here!" And then when you try to come back everybody
will try to keep you out. When I was first trying to come into America
the State Department hesitated to give approval, and once I entered
and became active they have been continually trying to push me out.
America is a free country, and people from all over the world can
enter with relative freedom. But when I came, all of a sudden the
government wanted to resist. Since I have a following like you young
people all over the world I have become someone to be recognized. If I
am not just an ordinary person, then why don't they want me to enter?
This does not happen because of any personal vendetta against me but
because this is the way that the satanic world reacts. Therefore,
throughout history the course of any messenger sent by God has
followed this pattern. When God's men came down to establish a
beachhead in the satanic world, they have always been resisted. There
is no way that God's world can be built without resistance.
Do you think God is sending the Messiah to live a quiet life and then
go away, or is he coming to shake the entire world? He is coming in
the name of religion, not as a politician running for Congress or to
be head of state. In the name of God he is coming to shake the whole
foundation of the earth. Otherwise he is not a Messiah at all!
In that respect the Unification Church is setting records, isn't it?
As far as shaking the world is concerned, our record will be set
between 1976 and June of this year. We are really approaching a
pinnacle now. We have become controversial in this country, haven't
we? Many people imagine me as some kind of inhuman monster, with ten
horns, six arms and nine legs. They can't imagine what I must be like,
and some people are really, really scared of my image. The other day I
went to a shop in White Plains; I was dressed in simple sports
clothes, but people immediately recognized me and stared at me with
wide eyes, "Are you really Reverend Moon?" They did not quite expect
me to look like a normal human being.
God's men are destined to face opposition. When men face opposition
one of three things can happen: one, they will be destroyed; two they
will destroy their opposition, or three, they will unite all men, both
good and evil, and come up with a new world. Opposition is not
necessarily bad, and in any case we are destined to confront this
headwind. The Unification Church is destined to go one of these three
courses, and so is our opposition. Let us consider which side is going
to win. You said that God', side will win, but our opposition claims
to be on God's side too. They have m- people, and they come against us
in the name of the church and in the n-e of God, so how do you know if
you are on God's side?
Will you be a builder or just an occupant of heaven?
I am sure you would like our Unification Church to win completely, but
particularly in some of the more conventional churches, they think,
"We must win in the name of God." What will determine who wins and how
do you envision that we can win? The spiritual power in the heart of
each individual member will decide. The outcome will be affected by
our personal qualities-how unselfish we are, how determined,
committed, wise and persevering. Of course the external environment is
important-how much economic power we can mobilize and whether Our
organizational structure is sound-but from the external point of view
the existing churches and conventional religious organizations have
much greater influence and power than we do. President Carter is a
professed Christian. Suppose even the President of the United States
opposed us. Would you be very afraid? Would you surrender as soon as
this entire nation of 220 million people came against us?
What power and conviction do you have to make you say you will never
give up? Are you a Pfc follower of Reverend Moon, or a Pfc of God? Are
you -y servant or are you children of God? We are invincible and
strong, and we cannot be defeated because God is in us. We are the
champions and soldiers of God, and we are here to truly give ourselves
to liberate the world, mankind, and God Himself. There could be no
nobler cause than this one. We are following this most unselfish,
noble, and dedicated cause for God.
Suppose the Christian churches stood up and decided, "We are the
champions of God and we will liberate all mankind and God." Do you
have a guarantee that God would favor a minority group like the
Unification Church instead of supporting the Christian majority? Maybe
God does not want to go through all this persecution. What guarantee
do you have that God is not going to Pope Paul? With Pope Paul He
doesn't have to defend anything because for every situation there is
protocol and honor guards and fanfare, but wherever I go there is
persecution and shouting and outcry. God would not want to side with
the losers and lonely people, would He? Wouldn't God want to be proud
Himself and relax, receiving great honors and hearing trumpets? If He
goes with Pope Paul He might have all that.
There may be dozens of Pope Pauls and millions and billions of
Christians, but most of them are working to attain heaven for
themselves. We are working to build God's Kingdom itself. Who has a
better cause, those who are trying to get themselves admitted to e
Kingdom of Heaven, those who are trying to get themselves admitted to
the Kingdom of Heaven, or those who are trying to actually create
heaven so that all can enter it? The builders or the occupants?
The answer is very simple. The Kingdom of God does not exist yet, and
God needs builders of His Kingdom here on earth. This world is
occupied by Satan, and so far Christians have had a tendency to try to
get away from him by isolating themselves. They are expecting to find
their own heaven in the air. Does God need those who are preparing to
rise up in the air, or does He need those who will liquidate the
satanic world, and build His Kingdom right here on earth?
We can reach another conclusion. Those who are working toward their
own heaven can use everyone, old and young. But in building the
Kingdom of Heaven right here on earth what we need is young people.
God knows this requirement, and so God is bringing us young people.
God gave the old people to those groups who are just trying to enter
heaven. Age has become one distinction between us and many other
If God is looking down on this morning service, it would not be quite
appropriate to see all senior citizens sitting here saying, "Yes,
Reverend Moon, we are going to build the Kingdom of Heaven! " It just
would not look right! But instead God is seeing you young people who
are not even married, who have shining eyes and brilliant faces,
bearing you declare, "Father, let us build that Kingdom together! "
You are burning with zeal, and you can do that right now, here in
Which group would give God hope-young people or just any kind of
people? Is this teaching you are hearing about the ideal family and
ideal kingdom more suited for older people or younger people? Married
people or single people? You are God's hope. Our vision is clear and
our future is clear, As long as the churches who have inherited 2,000
years of tradition are interested only in finding their own heaven
then their destiny is to diminish.
We are rising like the sun. Could winds and hurricanes and blizzards
stop the rising of the sun? American young people are wandering
aimlessly with nowhere to turn. There is no one to receive the young
people of America because they are difficult people, almost like
outcasts and untouchables. They are so explosive that even the
President of the United States and great religious leaders cannot
touch them. Only one man has come who can not only touch them but tame
them. I am the one to whom God has given the power to influence their
children, but ironically, I am hated by many parents in America.
My road is a rugged one. Can you follow me even to jail? I will wait
and see when we come to that point. Simon Peter swore that Jesus was
the son of God, and that he would die for Jesus at any time. And yet
how many times did Peter deny knowing Jesus before the crucifixion? Do
you have confidence that your faith and strength are superior to those
of Peter? Do you say yes because you are young? What makes you
superior? Again, the answer is simple. You will be superior if you can
give up your lives at any time. That is the ultimate criterion. Your
answer is getting weaker now. Can you do it? I must wait and see. I
gave up my life a long time ago, at the very beginning of my ministry.
I have the confidence that I will win over all my opponents because
none of them are dedicating their lives to their purpose.
There are varying degrees of conviction in the lives of those who are
saying things about us, but none of them are serious to the degree
that they would give up their lives for what they are saying. My neck
is always out, however. God is color blind and the fact that I came
from the Orient does not make any difference in His sight. The
important thing to God is finding which person will fight for His
cause to the end. In this I am sure that I am first. With that
conviction, our cause will not dwindle; we will be invincible.
Our goal is not limited to taking care of America. Far more than that,
we are dedicating ourselves to liberate the communists and to
liquidate that evil ideology. Can we accomplish such a gigantic goal
if we are half-hearted? We will never accomplish it unless we give our
lives to it. Have you ever thought about that? God knows that
throughout my whole life I have kept my covenant with Him. I will
stand up for my God to the end; God does not see in me any betrayal
like Peter's. Can you be that way? Don't answer me, but look at your
own heart and answer yourself. Do you have deep confidence?
The true Easter
The world has not known, but today, April 17, is the true Easter. The
spirit world knows this and Jesus knows. What is the resurrection of
Jesus? It is not merely the issue of whether his body rose out of the
tomb. That is but a small part. The most significant aspect is the
resurrection of Jesus' heavenly principle and His God-centered love.
That particular aspect was a hidden secret until I came and declared
it to the world. My declaration today of the meaning of Easter is a
moment of great joy for Jesus in heaven.
There have been many great Christians of deep religious conviction,
but for 2,000 years they have blindly believed in Jesus, leaving many
fundamental questions unanswered. When I asked our seminary professors
these fundamental questions they had no answers. They did not know
where the Kingdom of Heaven is, for instance, or what true love is.
You cannot expect to reach perfection by following unclear truth. You
must clearly know the truth, not in a mirror dimly, but face to face.
Where is the Kingdom of Heaven? The Kingdom of Heaven begins when you
become a man and a woman of perfection, and the man finds the perfect
woman, and the woman finds the perfect man. That is why Jesus so often
referred to the bridegroom and bride when speaking of the Kingdom of
Heaven. To become the bridegroom is the qualification for each -an,
and to become the bride is the qualification for each woman.
For 2,000 years Christianity had no way to clearly understand the
meaning of this so they have interpreted it by saying that the
bridegroom is the symbol of the Lord and the bride represents
Christians and mankind. How could that be? Jesus is definitely
returning to fulfill this prophecy which he could not fulfill either
among the Jews or among the Christians. The Christians believe that
the Lord will come on the clouds of heaven in a very supernatural
manner, and the Christians will be lifted up into heaven to find the
millennium in the air. But this is not at all the way God works.
God is a God of principle, and nothing the Christian majority believes
will change the way that heaven works. God works according to His
principle and not in some phantom fashion. Suppose Jesus was meant to
be single; after he was elevated into heaven and sitting by the throne
of God, he would have had one question to ask God: "God, why did You
make man and then not use me as a man?" Will God answer, "Well, I
created man just for an experiment," or will He answer, "Man is for
woman, and woman is for man. I have a perfect vision and purpose in
mind." God made you as men and women for a reason.
Jesus came as the king of all kings, but not to be a bachelor king. In
God's mind there is the concept of king and also the concept of queen
and for this reason Jesus' capability and purpose was to come on the
earth and create such a queen; he came as the father of all mankind.
People do not understand that Jesus was also to be the first among all
husbands of the world, as well as first among all the grandfathers of
the world. Would he have preferred to say to all women, "Don't come
near me; I am the king of kings. You are not worthy of me. For all
eternity I will remain single."
What would Jesus have answered if he had been asked, "Do you want to
become king of kings and remain holy and divine all by yourself, with
the people bowing down 1,000 feet away?" I am sure Jesus would have
answered, "Do not even ask me such a foolish question!" Man is a small
creature but a giant in greediness, wanting ten crowns instead of only
one, and a conglomerate instead of just one company. All men are this
greedy. When you are so greedy, whom do you resemble? We are intended
to resemble Jesus as well as God. Was Jesus a man with greediness and
ambition or not? Is he the ideal man? Why?
If Jesus were to dance, would he be more joyful dancing solo or with a
partner? When Jesus returns and fulfills his mission, taking his crown
and his place in God's palace, would he want to occupy his throne all
by himself, or would he want to have his own queen, as well as princes
and princesses together as subject of all the children of the world?
As a follower of Jesus would you recommend that he stay on his throne
all by himself, or would you say, "Jesus, don't you want to marry and
have your children and grandchildren?" Would Jesus say, "How absurd! I
am a holy man, the son of God! What are you talking about? "
People have such misconceptions of holiness and divinity. I would like
to bless the many dedicated priests and nuns in heavenly matrimony.
All those thousands, even tens of thousands of priests and nuns who
have already passed their lives and are in the spirit world are on my
side and agree with me!
If there had been no fall of man, Adam and Eve would have brought
their heaven here on earth up to heaven, and their family life would
have extended through eternity in the heavenly world. The family is
the building block of heaven for eternity and those who do not
experience family life here on earth cannot fully understand heaven in
the spirit world. Without loving your own children how can you
understand the love of the parent for eternity in the spirit world?
Even Jesus Christ cannot fully echo the words of God when He is
talking about the love of the husband and wife and the love of parents
and children. Without his own experiences in that area even Jesus
cannot fully share the feelings of God. Isn't that true? Is it enough
to be moved by the Holy Spirit? If that were enough then Jesus would
not even have had to come to the earth. This teaching is the most
orthodox, central teaching of God.
Are you already orthodox or are you going to become orthodox? The
Unification Church is not a fly-by-night organization. It is built on
principle and has logic and theory behind it that is 100% approved by
God. We are now living that principle in all faith. We have not only
logic and principle, but also experiences in our religion. That is why
we are strong.
Even if someone beheads me or chops off my arms and legs, I still
cannot deny the truth, so I have no choice but to continue. Some
people think that when I die the Unification Church will collapse, but
that is nonsense. Communism did not collapse after the death of Marx.
Which ideology is superior, Marxism or Moonism? Our ideology is
superior because it is the truth, and Marxism is a lie.
No Sabbath for God
There is no end to this topic and I could go on and on, but you have
to sell newspapers so I want to conclude quickly. You are leading busy
lives but what are you actually gaining? Christian tradition says that
Sunday is the Sabbath, the holy day on which you rest in a holy way,
eat in a holy way, and walk in a holy way. But I say that this world
is dying; even at this moment it is desperately crying out for help.
What kind of holy day is this? Is there a holy day in the communist
world? Do they say, "This is Sunday; there is a truce so we won't
invade you"? That is not a communist tactic.
The real holy day is a fighting day; we must stop the world from
crumbling and stop the spread of communism and win one soul after
another back to God. That is a true holy day. There can be no such
thing as a holy day without victory for God. Do not even talk about a
holy day without the fulfillment of the work of God. If God is being
defeated and retreating can you still claim that this is a holy day?
How does God feel?'
Therefore this is my principle: every moment of the day is an
emergency, and Sunday is the day to really go out and show victory for
God. Once God declares victory then we can truly declare the Sabbath,
not just for one day but for the entire week. Until then we must just
persevere and go on.
Why did you join the Unification Church? Your life would be so much
easier if you went to other churches. What kind of church is this,
asking you to have 5 o'clock service and to be here by 6 o'clock to
listen to a 2½ hour sermon that still has not ended? It is a lot
better when ushers ask you to come in and be seated, and you can walk
on plush carpets as organ music resounds in your ears. But when you
Westerners with long legs come here and sit on the floor it is even
painful. It is outrageous for the Western culture. They why do you
still come here?
Why don't you go ahead and find some more comfortable places? If you
do not come then I do not have to talk, and then no parents will come
against me. Would you still come even if I drive you and push you in
the most unprecedented manner in history? Throughout my entire life
there is not one day that I have not had to face criticism and
persecution as my daily diet. Does anybody welcome opposition and
criticism? Because you are Moonies you will be treated just like me
and wherever you go people will look at you scornfully. What did you
do wrong? Did you rob the bank or rape a woman or what? Are you
half-way Moonies or 100%? When you deeply feel good about being a
Moonie, then no matter what anyone does against you it will not bother
you any further.
In Radio City Music Hail they have a feature attraction, "The Littlest
Horse Thieves." Ponies were used to haul coal out of the mines before
machines were developed to do that. After the mines were mechanized
the ponies were not needed, but the outside world was so strange to
them that they could not adjust to it. The ponies in the movie were
finally returned to the mines, where they were destined to live and
die. Are you like the ponies? Do you know how people live in the
everyday world? Before becoming Moonies some of you were drug addicts
and hippies, and you experienced the corruption in the world. Then are
you Moonies because you do not know anything about the outside world
or because you know the outside world and found salvation in the
Can you continue in this way of life until your death? What would you
do if not just your own parents but I chased you out? What would you
do if your three meals became two meals a day, and then those two
meals were reduced to one meal? Then what would you do if that one
meal were given every other day, or every three days? You would say,
"Well, if I receive one meal every three days then I am entitled to
rest more." But what if all of a sudden I said, "Go out fund raising
and witnessing!" Would You complain?
Why do you have to go to such extremes? You have only one life to
live, and only one youth to enjoy. Why do you have to suffer so much?
Did you see God? Where is he? I see nothing, just the vast blue sky.
How do you know that I am not a real swindler, as so many people
outside our church think? Particularly you women and older men, why do
you have to struggle three years or more before you can receive the
blessing? If you leave the church you can have complete freedom to
date and get married and do anything you want at any time. Things
would be so easy; why do you prefer this way?
God's strategy to release His blessing
You know that even before desiring God we are searching after the true
love. You have tried out everything and found that nothing worked. The
highest hope for all men is to have true love, invincible, eternal
love, upon which you can relate as husband and wife, have children and
build a family, and then build a society, nation, world and cosmos.
When true love is the foundation then you will find the true husband
and wife, true parents, true children, true nation and world. Through
history there has never been such a thing available.
If no such true love exists then God must be a lie, and we cannot talk
about God, Christianity or religion. However, if there is God, if
there is religion, then there is true love and we can secure it and
fulfill it. You can only meet God on the foundation of pure love. But
we must search for this, and that is the mission of the Unification
Church. We are here to secure, enjoy, and fulfill the true love of
God. We have a destiny ordained by God, not just for ourselves but for
all men, and at one time or another all men will have to go this
If the Unification Church does not lead you to discover true love then
you must go somewhere else to find it. When you come to the
Unification Church you can see the possibility and gain the confidence
that you can secure such love. Being here and working to practice the
Principle you can experience God, and feel the emergence of truelove.
That is the power of our church. My entire life has never been easy. I
have not even had one night of sleep when I was completely relaxed or
completely happy because I felt like a sinner, as if somebody was
always watching me, always oppressing me.
If God truly loves me, then why does He not do something drastic? Why
did God permit this nation to come against me with so much negativity?
Why did He not bring down brimstone and fire and judge the world, and
let me become invincible, raising me up before the world? But God has
reserved greater love, and He deeply wants us to deserve that greater
love. He is so anxious to give it as soon as the moment comes when we
can deserve it. The entire spirit world is working for such a blessing
from God; even after a lifetime of devotion they still have not
received it. Could God offer His entire blessing to me without my
doing anything? God wanted to have me go through such a difficult path
that no one in spirit world could accuse or be jealous of me. I must
work harder and suffer more than anyone and only then could everyone
in the spirit world bow down to me, saying, "Indeed, Reverend Moon,
you deserve such blessing from God."
God wants all the saints of the spirit world, including Jesus Christ,
to come and petition Him, saying, "God, please give your entire
blessing to Reverend Moon. He is indeed entitled to it and deserves
everything." God wants to hear that testimony from all the saints and
holy men of the spirit world. Even though that prayer has already been
given in support of me, God has still not released His blessing yet
but is testing me even further. Soon all spirit world will mobilize
and demonstrate against God, saying, "God, we will take up the
responsibility of Reverend Moon. We protest that You are demanding too
much. The time has come for you to release Your blessing I Such a
thing never happened before in the entire history of man.
Actually God is wiser; by resisting their demands He is pushing the
entire population of the spirit world down to the earth and mobilizing
them. Then all those in spirit world will say, "Well, God is not
directly intervening in Reverend Moon's cause. Let us go down," and
they will all come down to the physical world. In this way many
spirits will come to assist us in our cause on earth; then the
blessing will go not only to you but to them. This is God's strategy
to liberate the spirit world; in this way the entire spirit world will
be given blessing equal to that which you will receive here on earth.
My goal is to receive more suffering and take more beatings than any
other man of God has ever taken in history. I can take the pain; I
will take greater pain than any individual or group in the entire
universe, in heaven or on earth. I am going to go beyond their
I am setting records
Look at you, transcending color and nationality, language and culture
you are willing to die for this cause. You are beautiful and you are
great. At this moment behind the Iron Curtain, many believers from the
underground churches are in prison, but they are secretly moving. They
are determined to suffer or die at any moment. When God calls for a
martyr they are ready to become martyrs. If I were willing to use the
strategy of the communists there is nothing I could not do; I have the
power, the people, and the organization to fulfill any kind of mission
if I resorted to the communists' type of activity and strategy.
If I said right now, "Let's go to the front of the State Department
and demonstrate," would you follow me or not? But revenge and violence
is not God's way. God trusts me, and my way is God's way. Even though
I receive the utmost loyalty from those who follow me, more than any
person has received in history, I will never exploit it.
In all of history have you ever heard that people from all the races
got together where matchmaking was done by one father and where they
were then married by the thousands? This is certainly an unprecedented
record, What I have done is unprecedented and unique, and no one even
dreamed before that such a thing could ever be done. You are married
almost like the summer thunderstorm that quickly bursts in the
afternoon. However, will your marriage also separate suddenly one day?
After the blessing there is fidelity and obedience in those families,
even when husband and wife are separated on different missions for
seven years. Such faith deeply moves the heart of God and the True
Parents. Have you ever heard of any young people going such a
sacrificial course for any religion or state? Did Hitler do that? Did
Stalin do that? I am very unusual and peculiar in that respect. When I
matched you men and women, were you almost crying and forced into the
marriage, or did you most willingly and happily accept it? The moment
that I gave you your husband or wife, you felt joyful and were smiling
from ear to ear. I saw it myself.
In the name of God I am setting records as an industrialist and
businessman, although I am a religious leader. My basic mission is
that of messenger of God, yet even in the field of industry and
education I am setting new records. Has any man in history come from a
small Oriental country like Korea, and even needing an interpreter,
shaken the nation within four years? Even in such a city as New York I
am not free to even go shopping because I am so well-known and
recognized. People are afraid, knowing my capability and seeing the
foundation that I have already laid. Some say that I am even worse
than the Mafia. But I have done everything in the name of God, and
always for His cause. When God looks at His son working so hard and
accomplishing so much, will He smile upon him? Do you have pride in
Now when the service is over you should just run to New York, dash in
and get the newspapers and go out, without even going to your centers.
Do you feel such life and excitement? How long can you continue? Can
you compete with me? Korea has come against me for more than 30 years,
for practically my entire life since I initiated my
ministry-opposition, slander, accusation, character assassination-one
thing after another. But people are smart and through it all they are
recognizing who I am. Even now, after being in America for four years,
I have become famous and many are really showing reverence and respect
for me, even calling me "Moon hero." They say that I am really a hero
among the Koreans.
Very soon America will follow this pattern. After four years the
negativity and persecution have built up momentum in America, but that
persecution will die out because there is nothing for it to feed on.
The State Department, Justice Department and IRS are investigating our
church, and now the Fraser committee is coming. However, they will
soon run out of things to say. Then what will people say after that?
Under such heavy beatings I not only survive but prosper. I keep going
and finally reach the point where people cannot find anything more to
accuse me of. The American people are a good-hearted people, and the
time when they realize that they must give me credit is not too far
On all levels of the American government there are Cain-Abel struggles
concerning us, with one group for me and the other group against. I do
not have anything to do with them, yet on their own they have
separated into two groups and are debating about me. Let the negative
side do its utmost. This is the way that God's strategy works: He
allows the negative people to exhaust all their resources until
ultimately they have to surrender.
The time will come when the nation can transcend politics between the
Democratic and Republican parties, and in seeking national salvation
in the midst of urgent emergency, the first person they will think
about is me. This will come because our ideology alone has the
solution for the problems of this country. Whether I live another 100
years or another 10 years or die tomorrow does not make any
difference. My death would not change the destiny of this nation
because I have already made my impact on the culture of America. I
have established my footprint and from now on all the words,
prophecies, and revelations that I have spoken will be fulfilled.
One thing is absolutely clear; you are not going to be digested by
today's American culture; you are going to digest America, digest the
world, and create a new culture. You are a new breed of people, aren't
you? People think that if they can eliminate me that would be the end
of it, but that would only be a new beginning. Each one of you will
become Reverend Moon yourselves! Those who want to become another
Reverend Moon, raise your hand.
Sacrificial love and the fortune of your family
I planned to speak for two hours but it is already three hours now!
Let's return now to the original topic of this talk, "God and the
Building of the Kingdom of God." That title will begin to be fulfilled
when you love other people, when you love your neighbor, your brothers
and sisters, your surroundings, and the people of the world. Why?
Without the action of love, without self-giving, there is no way that
you will find true love as a husband or wife, or the true love between
parents and children. Your suffering in the process will never by in
vain. That is the most beautiful principle. The greater your
suffering, the more precious and valuable is the realization of your
love. When your suffering is greater, then your love as husband or
wife will become more precious. When your suffering is greater, your
love for your children will become more precious and valuable.
The family is the building block of the Kingdom of God. God created in
such a way that the family is the basic unit where all love can be
fulfilled and consummated. God has been working for that family, Jesus
Christ came for that family, and today I too, am working towards the
establishment of that family. Your accomplishment is greater when your
sacrificial giving is greater. Therefore your precious sacrificial way
of life shall truly bring salvation to the world.
To make a tong story short, when you have no capability to love your
spiritual brothers and sisters and your spiritual children, do not
even talk about a perfect marriage or perfect children because you
cannot yet be given those things. You must steadily build yourself by
sacrificially giving your love to spiritual sons and daughters, and
brothers and sisters. Only then will you find perfect love in your
home between husband, wife, and children.
In the process of loving your neighbors and gaining your spiritual
sons and daughters you will give totally of yourself, and through that
God can bless your home, your spouse and your children. Then you will
have a perfectly clear conscience and can enjoy love to an infinite
degree. This is such a precious position and yet so difficult to
achieve; God has worked for 6,000 years for it, and Jesus Christ has
worked for it for 2,000 years. Even at the present time Heavenly
Father and the True Parents are working toward the establishment of
that foundation, and still that position is far greater than anything
you have yet experienced in terms of suffering. That is why you must
hold on to this way of life and never release it.
I have lived my entire life with this philosophy, bringing in many
spiritual children and giving many people the blessing so that they
might become husband and wife. I am watching an experiment in a way,
to see what kind of children are born to those most loyal members of
our family. This whole truth cannot be valid unless superior children
come from such loyal blessed members. I am watching from this
A few days ago I met with three officials of the Japanese church. In
Japan there are many fortune tellers who read Sa-ju, which means "Four
Pillars." You are born on a particular year, month, day, and time, and
each becomes a pillar which marks tremendous personal destiny in
Oriental philosophy. Fortune-tellers are like the sages of the Orient.
They are very much interested in me because I have had such deep
impact in Japan, and they like to study the Japanese leadership with
their Sa-ju. When they studied the families whom I blessed several
years ago, they concluded that their matches were terrible according
to the Four Pillars, and predicted that those couples would have
However, the children who have been born are like real princes and
princesses! The fortune-tellers are completely flabbergasted; this
completely contradicted their predictions, and they are ashamed of
themselves. There is one very famous fortune-teller who publicly
recognized that I have a better way of reading Sa-ju. He humbly
accepts me as a far greater sage than he, and he has promised to give
whatever service he can to our church without taking any fee.
Everyone has his own Four Pillars. Even if your Four Pillars say that
your destiny is absolutely terrible, do not worry. I have another way
of reading it. When I match you with your spouse I want you to rest
assured that in the heavenly way you are perfectly matched. Can you
trust that? Since joining the Unification Church movement your
original destiny has been changed. This is an important point. Now you
live instead according to the fortune of the Unification Church, like
riding piggyback on God's own eternal destiny. Therefore your
individual destiny is no longer relevant. As long as you are loyal to
the heavenly destiny then your personal destiny will not affect you.
You have a pipeline into an unlimited reservoir. The only way you can
receive an unrestricted supply of the water of life is by having
loyalty, love and a deep heart. When you give your heart and loyalty
then God can give to you from the unlimited reservoir of the water of
life and He can give a heavenly child to you. When the loyal members
of the Unification Church get blessed they will have incredible
children who will be the future leaders of the world. The handsomeness
of the husbands and the beauty of the wives will not determine this,
nor will it be determined by white people marrying together, or yellow
people marrying together. The greatness of the children will be
determined by the intensity of the parents' heart toward God. So, do
you mind suffering now?
I know this deep secret. I am not trying to be boastful but even
looking at my own children I can see that the younger children are
superior, and that is the way it should be. After 17 days Kwon Jin,
the second youngest, was smiling and responding to emotion. Within
three months he responded to music, and would call for it, and when
the music began he would immediately stop crying. Then when the music
stopped he began to make music himself. Now, less than two years old,
he is singing songs in Korean and English. When I look at him I have
to be humble to God, saying, "God, thank you. You love me." Because
such blessing comes from God through these children I do not feel that
nine are enough. I think, "God, do you have more blessings to give me?
I will gladly accept them. 10? 11? 12?"
I know the channel for giving love to the world, and in that way I can
expand the territory of God's work and spread salvation quickly. I do
not want to impose a limit there. This is a most powerful and even
fearful philosophy. Through my direct family and through the family of
the Unification Church, God wants to expand the territory of salvation
to reach out to every corner of the earth. I know that is the will of
God, so that will be done.
Mother went to the doctor the other day, and the doctor advised her,
"Well, you have nine children now, isn't that good enough? Don't you
want to stop having children and enjoy your remaining life?" That is
one point of view, but God sees differently. I'm sure clever members
may have now caught a hint that Mother is going to have another child.
You are not wise enough! If you were really smart then when I
mentioned the doctor, you should have applauded at that point! Your
sense is one minute too slow.
Now I must set the tradition of God's home
Mother has never said to me, "You preach about true love and true men
and women on the platform at Belvedere, but why don't you practice it
at home in East Garden?" She would not be qualified to be Mother if
she felt like that. But Mother recognizes that I am living by deed,
not just word, and nobody else but Mother can bear true testimony to
that. Why don't you ask her? She said, "All I have to do is smile. My
husband is a perfect husband." That's a good answer for you. Also the
children have said, "My father is the number one father under the sun.
I don't want him to become President or king; that's too small." For
me that is the greatest compliment.
Whenever I can spare a little bit of time at home then I play with the
children, but unfortunately I do not have much time for that. God has
to understand that and also the children. I am sure they do. I have
had a dual mission all these years: one has been to build the
spiritual foundation of the Unification Church and get the message out
to the world, but my internal mission is to build my own home and the
central point of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth that is, to find
Mother and nurture our children to make a perfect family, as a model
of the Kingdom of God. I have only erected the tradition of the
Now I want to build the tradition of God's home. I have already
received persecution for the purpose of erecting the tradition of the
Unification Church, and now I am willing to do whatever work needs to
be done to build the tradition of the home and family. Adam and Eve
fell, and for that reason there is no guarantee that my own children
will not fall at this stage. Therefore, a period of setting the
tradition is needed. Our environment is worse than the garden of Eden,
where there was only the angel besides God and Adam and Eve. Nowadays
satanic environment and influence fill the earth, and setting the
tradition is difficult under those circumstances.
For this reason I need to spend more time at home. Do you agree? In
the future you will follow precisely the same path. I will have my
most busy time until June of this year, and after that I think God
wants me to concentrate more at home. But I am sure that you will feel
left alone. Then maybe I will delegate the mission of delivering a
sermon on Sunday morning to Bo Hi Pak or other church leaders. Then
will the people who come to Belvedere to listen to me become more or
less anxious to hear me, ' ?
Whenever I go on an inspection trip to other states I always want to
go with Mother. I just don't want to go anywhere without Mother. But
the children always have to go to school and since I do not stay at
home they always say, "Daddy, can't you stay home a little more and
spend time with us?" But as far as Mother is concerned, I hope she is
happy. Actually, I have such an intensive pace that Mother has a
difficult time keeping up with me. Sometimes she says, "I want to stay
home today. " That's inevitable, particularly when she is expecting a
When I look at Mother and the children I am looking at eternity; she
is my God-given wife for eternity, and they are my God-given children
for eternity. In human behavior we always have some physical
limitations and there are always personalities clashing at certain
points. If you quibble and complain about those items then you can
find dozens and hundreds of them every day, but when you look at
eternity and can see your solid position of service, then you can
blind yourself to those things. Then you only see beauty and grace and
God-given blessing, nothing else. When I hear the children complain
about my being away I take it as grace, as God telling them to tell me
that my service is not good enough. That is the way I interpret it.
Instead of reacting strongly, I only take it as God's grace.
Building a home is the cornerstone of the building of the Kingdom of
God on earth. I am doing it and you also must concretely lay the
cornerstone of the perfect family here on earth. It is not a dream or
concept. When you always look at everything from God's eternal point
of view then you will feel that God is with you.
Amazing things are happening in my family. The children's spiritual
senses are open so they sometimes see a spirit man or hear spiritual
sounds. They told me, "I was playing the piano and there was a very
noble man in a white gown standing just behind me and benevolently
watching over my shoulder." Hyo Jin is at a very active age. He loves
music and riding horses and so forth, but he also enjoys quiet
moments. He has a wild side but he also has a quiet and sentimental
side; at 2 o'clock in the morning he all of a sudden got up and was
playing the flute in his room one night. later he told me about
hearing heavenly music.
In our home there is complete mixture of the spiritual side of life
and the physical side of life, merging into one. The children are
receiving important things in dreams, particularly visions of each
member of the family in the future. They are telling each other, "I
saw you in a dream, and you appeared this way." Parents should put
these experiences together, organizing and analyzing them in a
I am committed to building a realistic Kingdom of God here on earth.
The supernatural beliefs of many Christians today about the Kingdom of
Heaven will not happen. God is scientific and logical, and He will not
fulfill His ideal in any other way. If you understand this then
whenever you walk, you will walk to build the Kingdom of God on earth.
When you talk, you will talk about the Kingdom of God; when you think,
you will think about Kingdom-building. When you walk, work, run, rest,
it will always be for Kingdom-building.
This year's slogan is "The Kingdom of God on Earth and the Ideal
Family." From this year on we will get into realistic
Kingdom-building. This is not just a slogan or concept; we must expand
the territory, atmosphere, and environment of Kingdom-building, and we
are creating our own families as the basic building block. Today is
the real Easter. On this day we declare that we are undertaking the
creation of perfect homes of love here on earth. When that is our
resolve then there is nothing more joyful for Jesus to rejoice about
on his Easter.
As a man you must feel yourself in the position of Jesus; as a woman
you must feel yourself in the position of Jesus' bride, with both
having the desire to build a home in the name of Jesus and his bride.
Nothing could be more joyful for heaven and earth; that will liberate
Jesus and the True Parents. By liberating Jesus and the True Parents
you are actually liberating God. God's liberation does not begin in
any grandiose setting; it will begin in your home, in yourself. You
are working to become a parent who can exemplify the love of God. You
are going to become a father; you are going to become a mother. When
you become like that then you are personifying the love of God, and
you can enjoy the love of God, the love of father and mother, husband
and wife, and children. All love shall be consummated in you. In that
case God's love is with you and will live together with you.
When you obtain this basic love, then the rest of our work becomes
easier, because all you have to do is expand that basic love. If a
wife has perfect unity and love with her husband then when she looks
at other men she will see them as others in her husband's world, and
can love them equally. A husband sees other women as an extension of
his wife's world, and other children as extensions of his own sons and
daughters. When you look at the entire world that way it realistically
becomes one family and you can relate to everybody with God-centered
love. Nobody is a stranger in that Kingdom. That is the Kingdom of God
Where do you begin? With you, yourself, and your home. That is your 5%
responsibility that the Divine Principle is speaking of. If you are
living this way of life, then you are guaranteed to end up in the same
place that I will go, and you are destined to arrive at the throne of
God. Those who pledge to go such a route, please raise your hand. God