REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE ROAD OF RELIGION
AND THE WILL OF GOD
April 24, 1977
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
We are members of the religious community; there are many religions in
our world, and the Unification Church is one of them. Historically all
religions have flourished and declined, along with the cultures which
embraced them. To begin with let us consider why religion is
necessary. Man is the only creature in God's creation for whom
religion is necessary; in addition, there is a subjective role in
religion which man himself cannot fulfill. Whatever definition we may
give religion, it concerns the relationship between God and men.
Who initiated religion, God or man? Some people are convinced that man
initiated religion, while others feel that God was responsible. What
is your answer? We must establish the fact that religion would not
have been necessary if there had been no fall. It was man who brought
the fall to the earth and therefore man who made religion necessary;
however, God initiated religion because fallen man needs to be
restored in order to recover his original relationship with Him.
Religion is a tool to help fulfill that purpose. Thus man necessitated
religion but God certainly is the cause of religion; He is the reason
that religion exists. The ultimate goal or destination of religion is
to create God-centered people. Religion is merely a temporary tool
which God is using to recreate man.
Is there anyone who is really fond of religion and who wants to go
through the ordeal of religious life? I can imagine what went through
your minds this morning. You had to get up one hour earlier than usual
because summertime has started, and you probably thought, "Why should
I go and listen to Father?" You had to make such an effort just to
wake up, and that is an ordeal.
Look at me as an example. I am the founder and leader of the
Unification Church, but you and I are in different categories; when
people ask you which church you belong to, your answer is, "i belong
to the Unification Church." But when they ask me the same question I
cannot give the same answer. I am the founder of the most important
movement on the earth. Leadership is not a passive position at all,
but the most strenuous calling within religion. My position is on a
spiritually elite and distinguished level, but if people ask whether I
like my religious life, what do you think I will answer? Are you
anxious to know my true answer? It is the same as yours: "Definitely
no." Even after these long years of experience in leading the
Unification Church, going day and night, still my answer is no. Why?
Secular discipline and religious discipline
The religious way of life is not a normal way of life; it is a very
peculiar life and it is not fun. It involves tribulation and hardship,
suffering and continuous self-discipline. You are not free to do
anything randomly or at your whim, but instead you must follow by
putting yourself in the passive position. You certainly cannot be the
subject in the Unification Church; instead the truth is always leading
you. I am sure you remember how you felt free to do many things before
you teamed the Principle, particularly the chapter on the fall of man.
Nobody is checking on you now, but your own conscience is watching out
for you and disciplining you.
You lead such a disciplined life here in the Unification Church. Think
of it, even your coming here early in the morning like this is a
discipline. Normal Americans sleep late in the morning after staying
out on Saturday night, maybe dancing until 3 o'clock in the morning.
You live such a different kind of life. Your actions are not careless
or random, but trained and guided. Even your thoughts and speech are
being shaped by discipline. You select songs to sing according to a
standard. Where you will go and your direction to get there are also
Is this an easy and fun life? What about living impulsively, going
anywhere and doing anything you want, is that really the good life?
Before you knew the Divine Principle the pleasurable things of a
carnal life seemed natural because it was all you knew. This is the
current trend in America, and on the university campuses and in the
cities there are all kinds of things going on, with no mental
discipline or discipline of the conscience. If no one wanted to date
you then you were consumed with agony, and your parents were too. That
was the direction of your life before you joined the Unification
In the Unification Church, however, we have a new tradition. Here you
are so convinced against dating that you are afraid someone might ask
you for a date while you are witnessing to them! When others see that
you are so changed it is easy to see why they say the Unification
Church brainwashed you. Was that free life really fun or is being a
slave to a certain principle more of a free life? If you are a student
at a university can you say, "I am a free man so don't anybody bother
me. All you professors don't need to bother coming before 12 o'clock
because I don't want any classes before noon, and besides that you
can't make me take any required subjects." Can life work out that way?
What about your social life and your job? When you are working for
some corporation, can you say, "I am a free man and I'm going to come
to work any time I want"? Could the nation of America decide not to
bother with laws and government? Religion is not the only disciplined
way of life; all social life and human behavior has to be disciplined
in order for people to survive and create harmony in society.
All these disciplines may seem to be binding forces in human life, but
everyone must come under a set of rules and regulations. This has been
true throughout history. However, religion is different. Social laws
and decrees are inescapable, but religious discipline falls upon you
only by your personal choice. No one can force you into a religious
way of life. The religious life is such an extraordinary life that
while you are yet here on this earth you are actually relating to two
Like anybody else you are living as an individual within society, but
even so you are dealing with another world. One standard is set by
secular society in the earthly world and commands you to behave in a
certain way, while the other springs from the spiritual world of
Which of these is more important and valuable? We are together here
because we value the religious way of life and the religious mandate
as being most important. But there is not tangible proof that the
religious life is more important; physically your face looks the same
prior to joining the Church and after. So what is the difference? You
cannot completely display your new spirit, and even a crazy person
laughs harder than you do. What are you really gaining then? Where is
a tangible sign that we have gained some valuable truth or light? What
can we be proud of as religious people and as members of the
Unification Church? Actually, your religious faith or religious order
should never become your source of pride.
The guiding light within a religion should be the dispensation or will
of God. There is a difference between God's will and man's will, and
the reason for your believing in religion lies within God's will.
Without experiencing a religious way of life you cannot speak about
the will of God and the will of man.
Human history is like running water, continually flowing into the
indefinite future. There are no straight lines in history but always
patterns of change like waves. There appears to be no direction in
history, but actually there is one central thread connecting
everything. Human beings are the ones who weave up and down and circle
around that line. You may think that mankind is just living at random,
but God is leading history toward a certain purpose and destination.
Do you think that God's will and destination are eternal or changing?
God is eternal, unchanging, and absolute; therefore His direction also
remains unchanging and eternal. However, man is temporal. Do you think
it is easy for that temporal and changing man to parallel his life
with the eternal way of God? Usually mankind just cannot hit the
bullseye. Religions vary according to their different cultural
settings; however, they are generally shooting in the same direction
as God even though they never manage to exactly parallel His
direction. As we shoot up, cross the line and shoot down, we create
the up and down waves of history. Generally we are moving in somewhat
the right direction.
God must have a universal religion in mind
History is moving forward in waves with the central direction of
history being the will of God. Whenever a superior religion comes into
being, it creates a superior cultural sphere which absorbs the
existing cultural spheres. The backbone of a culture is its
philosophy, which is derived from a religious conviction. This
explains why a more enlightened religious way of life has the power to
absorb the lesser cultural spheres.
Religious people have to live within the secular world, while at the
same time being led into - ever deepening spiritual life. Clearly they
must necessarily live within a dual discipline. The imbalance between
the spiritual way of life and physical, external world is very
amazing. The external world is developing at a fast pace, creating a
technological society and a quickly changing way of life. In
comparison, mankind's spiritual understanding is still dwelling in an
In the past, a newly emerging religious philosophy usually created the
environment or atmosphere for a new cultural sphere to develop in a
particular territory. In the present world, however, scientific
advancement requires that men live as one unit. However, while the
world seems to be getting smaller and smaller every day, the spiritual
capacity of men still remains in a primitive era, with no means for
exercising dominion over the quickly changing world of modern science.
In the ancient days religious ideology did have an influencing effect
on the overall affairs of men, and that is the way it should be. But
the contemporary world does not respect religious influence within its
world affairs. The world desperately needs a way of life which can
embrace all men, but in actuality people's life styles are largely
dictated by selfishness. This contradiction is particularly felt by
the young, who are yet very idealistic.
Even religious life is becoming increasingly external, remaining
enslaved by certain formalities, and following thousand-year-old
traditions. Tradition has become a shackle, and religions have no way
to advance; their former disciplines or traditions are too small to
embrace the world. This is why young people are so rebellious in their
search for a more open atmosphere to replace rigid tradition. Because
of this situation God is becoming more and more hazy in people's
lives. In contrast with the past, many people today are simply not
convinced that God even exists. Since science has not yet proven God's
existence, modern people are becoming more and more confused about
Him. Religion is failing in this modem day.
There are extreme contradictions between the religious world and the
secular world. If God were developing and approving only the secular
world then the religious impulse would perish because it would not be
needed by God. However, if God were to value and guide man's religious
life instead, then this secular world would be doomed. Which one is
God's choice? Which life should we choose?
When you think about it, has the world gotten where it is by its own
choice, or has it become like this as a result of outside influence?
Indirectly, it seems as if God has permitted the world to freely run
its own course. God is almighty, and He has allowed this world
situation to come about; indirectly God is responsible. On the other
hand, the realm of religion is also God's responsibility, but God has
not yet revealed to the world a religion which is universal enough to
enable us to cope effectively with world problems. Then who can be
responsible for all this disharmony?
When we see the imbalance and contradiction between the secular world
and religious world, we can only conclude that if God is going to take
responsibility for the world that the time has come for Him to
undertake some extraordinary, revolutionary action to completely
change the format of religion. He must have a plan to reveal a more
comprehensive ideology which can influence the present world and
change it into the ideal that He has been hoping to see established.
God must have some universal religion in His mind. Because the world
is ready, this is about the time that God will release such a religion
to mankind. Without this religion the imbalance between the spiritual
and physical worlds cannot continue much longer. Either the conflict
must be resolved or they will both cease to exist. God must have a
solution for both the religious and secular worlds together since He
is responsible for them both. Which course shall we take? We have to
change either the world or religion. Certainly religions today must
change through the emergence of a new, universal religion which can
take a subjective role in the secular world.
The first problem facing this religious revolution is the resolution
of denominationalism. Would God have wanted all religious people to be
united by one religion? The dynamic, magnetic force of a new religious
ideology would have the power to engross the attention of young people
everywhere, particularly those who could not fulfill their vision and
hope in the established religions. Why would that religion have such
an impact? Young people are very sensitive to the future, having a
vision that makes them more receptive to new and higher ideals; when
they sense that there is some group pursuing these ideals then they
want to join. The future of the world belongs to the young, while the
present world belongs to their parents and the past to their
How can we recognize the new universal religion?
The three generations of the past, present, and future-grandparents,
parents, and children-must become united. If the grandparents are
moving east while the parents are moving west and the children south,
can we say that they are in harmony? Since history is always moving
into the future, who should pioneer the new history and stand at the
forefront of the march? If a new religious movement emerges which has
young people striving toward a vision of the unity of mankind and
global harmony, then it can be recognized as being in the center of
God's will. At the same time, however, the older generations may be
trying to dissuade their young people from participating, simply
because they themselves cannot move as fast. The older people will
insist, "No, no, let's stay here; don't move forward. This life is
good enough and we should be content." Should you obey them?
The universal goal of mankind is world brotherhood. A new religious
movement with that kind of vision should come into being to mobilize
the idealistic passions of young people and to begin a universal march
toward that vision. No one can restrain such religious people because
they march in step with the forces of history and the vision of God.
Each day that march will gather strength and momentum because it is
the revolution that God Himself is inciting. Who in the world can stop
Until they find that revolution, the young people-American young
people are a good example-will be restless in their search for that
vision. But without having any principles to anchor themselves to God,
they will just sporadically revolt against their society, trying to
find their happiness in some random way that they call "freedom."
American young people will experiment with anything in their attempts
to find some resolution of their desires. Today they have come to a
dead end in their search. Now they are in miserable shape, like a
weary bird with drooping wings. Although they are searching for world
brotherhood they have attempted to establish it outside of any
religious standard, often believing that carnal pleasure is part of
However, a new movement of young people working for world brotherhood
must come into being, but this time following a path laid out by
religion and the way of God's will. This movement of young people will
be entirely different from the secular, fun-seeking movements that are
all around, yet still working toward the same ideal for the world.
That very movement has now come into being and it is you, the
Unification Church. In seeking solutions in a secular way, the young
have hit a stone wall; they completely gave up and had to retreat. But
in following a spiritual or religious way we can penetrate any number
of stone walls. Do you have that kind of spiritual force? We have
many, many stone walls that we must spiritually penetrate. The first
is often what we call the parents stone wail and even the grandparents
stone wall. After going through those we will encounter the super
stone walls of nations and governments. Can you even penetrate those?
Is it easier to overcome an obstacle by penetrating it or by flying
over it? God knows that secret; this is the time of flying. Any
religious movement that will give young people the energy, conviction,
and power to fly over any secular difficulty must be the universal
religion that will eventually save the world. Is there such a
religion? Are you saying yes because you are Unification Church
members? Who do you expect to recognize you? Of course God is the
first to recognize you, but who is next? Certainly as members of the
Unification Church you, too, should recognize the value of what you
have. God is hoping to have this religious movement take off and leap
over all the difficulties of the secular world that surround us. We
must also think in the same way. Instead of digging down into
foxholes, we must want to jump up and leap forward. Our thinking
should parallel the thinking of God.
In trying to leap forward, do you feel some thrill or even some fear
of danger? As you are jumping you may suddenly look down to see the
deep valley far below you, and worry, "If I should fall into that
valley I will be smashed! " That creates such a thrill of adventure!
Imagine that a rescue plane is flying over the top of the mountain
where you are stranded in order to drop a rope for you to grab onto
and be pulled to safety. The opportunity for rescue is passing over
you, and at a precise moment you must jump and seize the rope. If you
jump at the right time but you miss the rope then you will plunge to
your death in the valley! That precise moment becomes a life-and death
opportunity. Only the person who has courage, guts and an adventurous
mind can jump and reach out; other people may be too timid to even
make an attempt. Are you that courageous?
Suppose each of you were a Minute Man guided missile. When the
commander-in-chief pushes the right button you will be launched; can
you fly fearlessly all the way to Moscow? If you truly have that
spirit then this is going to be a formidable organization. Already we
are formidable; however, you will see in the future that this is going
to be an absolutely impossible organization to deal with.
How is the Unification Church different? We know the will of God and
we know God's providence clearly. Compared to any other religion in
history and throughout the world today we know the will of God and God
Himself more precisely than anyone. That is the special value of the
Unification Church. As individuals you may not know God's specific
plan, but at least you clearly know one thing: God is determined to
save the world.
What is the desire of mankind? Are the goals of a secular man and a
religious man different or the same? The secular world follows goals
that lead in many different directions. Let such people go in any
direction they like; eventually they will hit a wall and stagger
around to start looking for a religious cause to follow. They will
have no other choice.
By now young people have tried everything, including streaking, but I
have heard that increasingly they are searching for spiritual values.
There is absolutely no other way that they can find what they want.
Furthermore, the growing interest in religion is reflected in the
rising enrollment in church-run schools. This is one indication that
the people who could not find secular solutions are coming all the way
back to seek out a religious life. Long ago I predicted that this
would happen, and that the year 1976 would be the fuming point in
American history. From now on the search for spiritual rather than
material solutions for this nation's problems will intensity.
Our church is beginning its take-off
You sometimes enjoy watching the full moon rise at night. Is it more
moving to see the moon rise over the open plains or over a mountain?
Which is more artistic? We in the Unification Church are like the moon
rising from way down in the valley. We climb up and up and finally go
over the mountain. Even though we are now in the valley do you still
believe that we are going to make it over the mountain? Often we are
so busy doing some little thing that we do not even see the mountain
or the sky. Does your foot or your hip go up first when you jump over
the hill? God is almighty; there is nothing He cannot do. When you
take off in the normal position your head is up and legs are down, but
why not have your head down and your legs up? It does not matter much
because we can still jump over the hill.
The Unification Church itself is going to make the jump, not just
individuals within the church. Take the San Francisco court case as an
example. We are well aware of the hardships and difficulties, but in
the meantime our whole church is beginning its take-off, even while
you are unaware. Do you feel that the whole church is beginning to
rise over the mountain? Do you think I am just trying to tell you
something nice because you came so early, or am I simply telling you
what is really going on in the world at large? I have a clear
sensitivity by which to evaluate events in the world.
One indicator of public opinion is the mail that is sent to me; it is
like the pulse of the nation. You have no idea of the interest and
attention that was given to the Unification Church after the San
Francisco court case. Suddenly many people became sympathetic to our
cause and decided, "I'm not a member of Reverend Moon's group, but I
can't find anything wrong with him." Perhaps they have also come to a
decisive conclusion that there is no one else in the world who can
really tame the young people of America and discipline them in a
moral, God-centered way. Americans have witnessed the futile efforts
of the government and religious leaders to guide young people, and
they are beginning to recognize that all these court cases are largely
motivated by sheer jealousy. Righteous America is now beginning to
stand up for me.
Furthermore, the time is coming when people will begin to admire my
courage. Everybody thinks that by this time I must be completely tired
and shriveled-looking like a shrimp. But on the contrary I am more
courageous and looking forward to even greater accomplishments. Every
day I am marching forward more passionately, becoming busier and more
respected. People say, "Well, we must give this man credit." They
might have thought that I would look bent-over like a shrimp, but this
shrimp has wings, and instead of sagging down I am flying upward.
If God is alive and concerned with religion, He must either be giving
His concentrated attention to the Unification Church or else He does
not really exist. Nowadays the religions of the world are becoming
powerless. We are in the minority, no question about it, but even
though we are such a small group we are a fearless group, and
furthermore, we are intensely anticipating the greatest of all
accomplishments: that of liberating even the communists who have
already taken over two thirds of the world's population.
This is the age of confrontations and the faster you go, the greater a
winner you should be. If you slow down and lose momentum then you will
be shattered, but when you move like a bullet you will smash through
your opponents. In a head-on collision the fastest car will receive
less damage, while the slower-moving car is more vulnerable to being
smashed. A bullet is made out of lead, but because of its speed it can
even penetrate metal.
We are the church with the greatest speed; when you move faster and
faster, all you have to do is stretch out your two arms and you will
begin to fly. Everyone wants to fly, and here on earth man has studied
all the creatures that fly and created many devices to carry himself
through the air. Wouldn't God want to have a religion that could
enable people to fly? Among the many religions of the world, which
religion would God choose as the one that should fly? Can you fly?
When your mobilization order is issued you must prepare to take off,
running faster and faster and spreading out your arms, heading toward
the goal. But why don't you lift up? If you were airborne right now
and in the process of flying over the mountain, would you be dozing or
would you be 100% alert to see what is happening on the ground? Do you
want to fly over the mountain without even realizing it, or do you
want to fully enjoy the excitement? You are actually more susceptible
to letting go of the rope when your eyes are wide open with
excitement; then you might crash down into the valley.
When you become serious you will just focus your energy like a fist;
since you know what is going on down there you don't even have to
worry about making a mistake in your excitement because you are very
serious. At first you will be serious because you are aware of what is
going on, but after you are over the mountain you can release your
anxiety and rejoice. When have you had that kind of serious moment?
Saying that you are serious at this moment means that you have not
been serious in the past; you have just revealed yourselves! You are
just listening and trying to feel serious. But have you ever really
been serious, with your heart and mind and deeds all synchronized?
Our religion is the only one which has both extremes, being
ultra-conservative in moral discipline, for example, but at the same
time so liberated in idealism that we can embrace the rest of the
world and reach out to the stars and the sun. In both extremes, the
goal we are striving for is absolutely clear. We are like machine
gunners who clearly know where the bullseye is and can always aim in
the right direction. This is evidenced by your prayers and also by
your actions; for the sake of the world you are trying to go beyond
yourself and by following that concept you are shaping your new way of
life. In that way you can embrace the rest of the world.
Everything naturally comes in pairs
Two Chinese characters are used to write "God's will." One character
is a combination of the character meaning "the beam in a house," and a
character meaning "word"; it is literally translated, "fundamental
teaching." The top portion of the other character means
"manifestation," or "building," while the other section means "heart"
or "mind." Altogether the letters translate "the fundamental teaching
for the construction or manifestation of the mind and heart."
The word meaning "Bible" is also written in two Chinese characters.
The first means "divine," or "holy." When you analyze this one
character, it depicts "ear," "mouth," and "king." Holiness is the king
of ear and mouth. The other character means "writing"; altogether they
mean "holy writing." "Heaven" also combines two Chinese characters;
one character means "two," and the other means "person." Two persons
make up heaven.
"Grace" or "mercy" are important words in the Bible, indicating a
reciprocal relationship between two identical sides. In other words,
two are involved in mercy, not just one. Here, one character means
"righteousness," while the other is "sheep" and ,'self." In other
words, when you put yourself in the position of a sheep you will
create righteousness. This is comparable to Jesus' teaching of the
selfless giving of oneself as a sacrifice; that is righteousness. Two
persons create virtue, with one virtue originating on earth and the
other in heaven. In the heavenly way of speaking, two people make
heaven, while on earth virtue is manifested by putting oneself in the
position of a sheep. All these are very symbolically written, and very
removed from the Western way of thinking about these concepts. This
may be difficult for you to understand, but there is very profound
meaning behind them.
Everything naturally comes in pairs, in order to create action and
result. Can you laugh without moving one side of your mouth? Suppose
you keep your lower lip still; can you laugh with just your upper lip?
You need to keep both eyes open in order to capture one image. This
unified action by a pair creates holy action because that is God's
Therefore, everything that God initiated can be holy and good. When I
prayed at holy ground on my way here I heard the beautiful birds
singing. Do the birds sing early in the morning because they have 5
o'clock pledge service too? Are they singing because they are hungry
and miserable? They sing because they are looking for their mate.
Suppose only Mother was sitting here all by herself, would it be the
same without me? What if Mother stayed home and I came alone? If one
of us does not come then you feel that some area is missing.
God chooses those who live their conviction
Today's topic concerns the road or way of religion. What is our road?
Our way is one of leaping and jumping over any kind of hardship or
persecution. Do you have the kind of attitude that allows you to
think, "This is another hurdle to challenge and I welcome it." God
will lose interest in any religion that does not have the capacity to
leap over obstacles.
Noah, for example, was a man of conviction who could be adventurous,
and God was with him because Noah's conviction made impossible things
possible. Being with Noah, God felt a tremendous elation because his
conviction was stronger than any of those negative forces that
persecuted and ridiculed him. Nobody could stop Noah. His wife and his
children tried to nag him, but he just answered, "All right, if you
feel that way then stay behind and let me go." Are you like Noah?
Suppose Mother tried to oppose my work and keep me home. Should I say,
"You are my loving wife and I must be 100% obedient to you"?
God's promise and vision of tomorrow is greater than anything you can
think of, including your own family. The central persons or future
hosts of the world will be the men of conviction who can leap and be
adventurous. Because they are the ones who can become God's champions,
God is going to work with them, and when God is with them they will
automatically be the masters of tomorrow's world. Whatever persecution
and ridicule we may encounter, we will be like Noah; when we have a
vision of tomorrow then nobody can stop us. If we are not affected by
those headwinds then God will indeed work with us and the future will
indeed be delivered into our hands.
Suppose only black people are gathered together to do this; who will
the future belong to in that case? If only black people come to follow
me then indeed the future would rest in their hands. If black people
were given God's blessing and power and authority, should they then
say, "You white people persecuted us so much in the past that this is
the time for us to take revenge by dominating you." If that is their
attitude then those people have no way of deserving God's blessing in
the first place. If the black people are the ones who qualify to
receive the blessing of God they must go to share that blessing with
the white people, persisting even if they are rejected and
misunderstood. If any black members are following our way of life
because some day they want to have the power to take revenge on white
people then they are the enemies of mankind, and are not worthy to
In America the most famous champions in sports are primarily black
people. Why is that? Blacks have definitely been oppressed, feeling
deep down inside that they want some way to excel over whites. In that
sense white people have given some stimulation to black people because
after receiving so much oppression black people want to receive
respect. Great champions could not be born among black people without
that kind of stimulus.
That same psychology works in the Unification Church. All my life I
have been the underdog, and always I felt, "Some day I want to show
the world how fight I am, and how powerful and how needed we are."
With this zeal deep in my heart, I always have a hidden anger and
wrath that spurs me on to higher excellence. The important thing to
know is that when you utilize this stimulant constructively you can be
a winner. God does not particularly oppose that kind of psychological
behavior, but rather uses it. However, God watches very carefully for
any feeling of revenge because He hates that attitude. But if you use
this negative influence in a constructive way to stimulate yourself,
then you can not only excel yourself, but in trying to reach out and
embrace your opponents you will show them that the greatest victory
comes by love. That is God's way.
Why do you think God feels that way? Imagine that we jump over the
hill; are we going to land in a desert or a populated area? Among
secular people or heavenly people? Your reason for landing on the
other side of the hill is to save those people and influence them to
come into heaven. You must work with them, but if you have a hardened
feeling of revenge then God cannot bless you because you will only
misuse His blessing. Only those who can embrace others and give
unselfish love will receive the blessing because they will benefit so
many other people. Black people in particular must be careful and
overcome any feelings of revenge. Unification Church members in
general should be careful. We can become stimulated by negativity, but
we must not become hateful. We do the work of God, and we must do as
God does. If ever we resist God's way then we are striking God instead
Abraham was a man of conviction who plunged into adventures. When
Abraham became a wanderer, he was in miserable shape, traveling
aimlessly with his family in the wilderness. Yet under those
circumstances God gave him this blessing: "Number the stars, if you
are able to number them. So shall your descendants be." Only a crazy
person or a man of adventure could accept that blessing and uphold his
faith. Abraham suffered much, almost losing his wife and all his
possessions and relatives to the Pharaoh in Egypt, yet he never, never
gave up his faith in the blessings of God. Nothing could change his
conviction and he fully lived that conviction, ultimately receiving
his promised blessing from God. Anyone who just sits and waits for God
to take care of everything will never encounter the blessing of God.
There are three types of religious people in this world. One type are
the men of faith who are sitting idle. The second are the men of faith
who feel that they should at least set some condition by doing
something to help God. The third type are the men of faith who want to
translate their conviction 1000/c into action by giving up their
lives. Which ones do you think God will side with? Do you just want to
set some condition of indemnity to jump over the mountain, or do you
really want to pay the full amount and release yourself completely? If
you say, "I want to pay the full indemnity," then your attitude
becomes absolute; that is most bold.
In using a balance scale you have an object to be weighed plus the
weights to measure with. Which one would you prefer to be? These
weights are needed to determine the value of the object, but once that
is done the weights have no intrinsic value. Only God is dealing
directly with Satan, and strictly speaking you actually have to pay
only a relatively small condition to Satan. God only uses your
indemnity on a conditional basis, like the weights, in dealing with
Satan. However, in actuality would you want to be proud of yourself
and pay your indemnity in full, or would you want to be forgiven by
making just a small condition of indemnity? If you have the
capability, which one would you prefer?
Why does God only require conditional indemnity? You might decide,
"Those poor people are so weak and vulnerable that they cannot pay
their full amount. They are the reason God only requires a small
condition, but that is not for me. I'm going to pay 100%." Do you have
that kind of willingness? Not too many I see. Without courage you will
not accomplish such a thing.
Do you think I am a man of courage and adventure? If someone else is
sitting in a chair yet claims he has greater conviction than 1, will
God bless him? God is looking not only for conviction but for actual
deeds. Creation can never happen when a man is just sitting idle. We
can know that God is a God of action by observing those historical
persons like Noah, Abraham and Jacob.
Did Jacob show God a small condition and then demand his blessing, or
did he work to cam every inch of his blessing? Conviction must be
followed by action and deed. Jacob went to the wilderness of Haran to
his uncle Laban and there he suffered 21 years, not forgetting his
mission for even one second of the day. Moses also upheld his faith,
and translated that conviction into action, even revolting against the
Pharaoh. Why did God choose Moses? He had many deficiencies, but God
saw Moses' true qualifications: he was a man of conviction, a man of
boldness and a man of action. The 40 years of wandering in the
wilderness could not shake Moses, even though an his people rebelled
against him. This was the quality God was looking for when He picked
Moses as a leader.
In contrast, John the Baptist was a man of failure in dispensational
history. He had faith and conviction that he should prepare the people
for the imminent coming of the Messiah, and for thirty years in the
wilderness he lived an ascetic life, eating locusts and wild honey.
Yet after making that sacrificial condition he failed in action. Even
though he testified to Jesus as the son of God he failed to follow
him; he felt that his fame and reputation were at stake, and that he
just could not follow a carpenter from Nazareth.
I know that way of life, and I know that no matter how much faith you
profess or how much conviction you might have, nothing will happen
unless faith and conviction are translated into action. I am thinking
big, preaching world salvation and the liberation of mankind and God.
My words and deeds must match, and unless I am capable of adventure
and risking my life I have not lived my faith. I know that saving the
nation and the world is not an easy task, and I have been training and
disciplining not only myself but all my followers, mobilizing them
toward such a goal in the way that people will see that our words and
Living your conviction means getting burned and bruised
What can stop a car which is speeding 100 miles per hour down a
superhighway? What about lions and tigers, or an Executive Order from
the President? Only an internal mechanism can stop the car, the
contact of brake with wheel. This world is crumbling and there is
actually no mountain which can stop this car, but I am like a small
brake lining, the special piece which can squeeze the wheel and stop
this tumbling world.
If America is that car rushing down the incline, then when you apply
the brake do you think sparks will fly and the wheels will heat up,
even becoming red hot? You are like the small piece of metal that
slows a wheel, so do you expect to get some scars and bruises and
burns? Is that natural or unnatural? Those who want to become such a
contact piece, even though they may get burned and bruised, raise your
hands. Your answer is absolutely great, and means that you want to be
tested in actual battle.
The Unification Church indeed follows a religious way of life. God
will welcome your strong conviction. If I am only feeling my
conviction but sitting idle and waiting for God to move, then God will
say, "My son, I need somebody else." But in reality I am moving. In
less than a few years I have stirred up all of America; I have visited
every corner of this land, and have become the center of controversy
and attention in a good way. All these are signs that I am a man of
action and not a man sitting idle. In order to reach the moon do you
have to leap forward or do you have to dig into the ground? If I am
the moon then you are the astronauts on Apollo 11, and you must strive
harder than Neil Armstrong. "Armstrong" means arm-strong, not
word-strong. That is the kind of man who will reach the moon.
Maybe some of you men have that kind of appetite and ambition, but how
about you women; are you equally courageous? Are you going to be
passive followers behind the men? You say no, but I cannot believe it
because all the pioneers and revolutionaries who really changed the
shape of history were men. In history men have inherited the position
of power and authority to lead the world, having the character of
courage and boldness. Women are very good spectators, but usually
women are nagging and trying to restrain the men instead of
encouraging them to go forward. Are you different?
Actually, in the Unification Church there is convincing evidence that
the women are ahead of you men. Are you listening very carefully? The
record shows that in our two major activities of fund raising and
witnessing the women have consistently been the winners. Why are you
brothers so silent? You are defeated in statistics and actual results,
but I will take your word for it if you say, "Father, we admit that we
have been defeated by the women, but from today on it will be
different. You wait and see."
So far I have been explaining the way of religion. There are different
kinds of faith. Most Christians have a faith in God and Jesus, and
they want to go to heaven, but they are each thinking, "I want to go
to heaven, and have God give me my secure little cubbyhole upstairs."
But in contrast, our faith in God shapes our way of life and we
pledge, "We will be Your representatives, and we want to build Your
Kingdom of Heaven so that all mankind can live there." I have thought
about this and after testing out this kind of faith I know that it is
100% correct. I am absolutely sure that if this conviction is wrong
and God cannot cooperate with us then God can never in eternity
achieve His will.
I have spent the last couple of days at Barrytown with the
seminarians. To symbolically show them how they can become victorious
I taught them to knit a huge fishing net to catch thousands of carp at
one time. I worked all through Friday until 6 a.m., then all day
yesterday, only coming back here at 1 a.m. The seminarians might have
thought that I am only an excellent teacher and lecturer, but all of a
sudden they realized that I am also a fisherman who knows
everything-how to make a net and how to catch fish by the hundreds.
With my two hands I have created factories and farms. I know how to
fish and mine and do every kind of labor there is, as well as leading
spiritual work. I can translate that same spirit into action in every
phase of human life, and I am never a stranger anywhere; when I go to
a farming community I can immediately tune into it.
What kind of leader do you want? One who sits on a chair and only
speaks to you to make you work hard, or someone who can act as well as
speak? One record-breaking miracle that I have achieved is that these
fragile women are working harder than men and bringing more results. A
woman's nature is not oriented toward work, actually. So far in
history a woman's role has been to make herself into a beautiful
ornament, who only participates at times of relaxation or enjoyment.
I have analyzed why women wear such awkward high heels. Men are
confident enough without high heels, but women are always lagging
behind; high heels were invented to tilt you forward so you could
catch up. Finally the purpose of high heels has been achieved in the
Unification Church, meaning that you women have caught up with the
men. America is truly a women's kingdom, and by wearing high heels
they have caught up with men. There is a very principled meaning in
high heels; most women wear high heels but only wander and do nothing.
However, when you sisters wear high heels then you really move fast.
We are a group with a high heel spirit, and we run faster and push
You men have been failing at doing men's jobs, which is why the women
have outshone you. However, if we did not wear any shoes but just went
barefoot then I know for sure that men would win. Men are rugged and
ready to go barefoot, but women have been trained to wear sensitive
nylons and they are not prepared to go without shoes. In that area men
Then how can you women combat that? In one thing you women have an
absolute privilege-in bearing children. Some women complain about how
painful God made childbirth, but do you realize what a privilege God
has given you? Because of that unique capability you can be treated
with respect by men and listened to. If you had no ability to bear
children then you would be no good to your husband, but because you
can give a son or daughter to him then he will listen to your every
desire. You have not thought of it in that way. You thought God was
punishing women by giving them such pain, but instead that establishes
your right to be protected. Have you heard of any war in which women
went out to fight and die by the tens of thousands? Women have always
stayed behind and just waited for the men to come home again.
We have come to the conclusion that unless you have conviction
accompanied by courage and boldness you will not fulfill the will of
God. The man without those qualities cannot be part of God's
dispensation, but if for God's purpose men can become bold and
courageous then they shall play the central role in God's history, not
only for the present, but all throughout the ages. Because God is
eternal there is no exception to this in either the past, present, or
There is now a revolutionary religious teaching which is inspiring
young people to unprecedented boldness and courage, mobilizing them
toward the highest ideal of world brotherhood. If such a religion is
working in this world, then indeed it must become the hope for the
future and God must be working with that group.
We will see how brave you are. The bolder, more courageous, and more
adventurous you are, the greater will be the blessing which you can
receive from God. The blessing will not come to you; you must go to
win it. Can you make a pledge, "I may not have been perfect yesterday,
but from this moment on, Father, I will be a different person. I will
be bolder, braver, and more courageous than ever and I will risk my
life for my conviction." Those who can pledge that, raise your hands
Will you welcome rain and hurricanes when you go out to sell
newspapers? That bad weather can challenge you to sell more papers
than in good weather. Do you welcome it? Your voices are dying! Some
people look like they are thinking, "Father, you spoke three hours and
you inspired me but I cannot trust how long my actions will last. I
cannot promise you that." Shall we make our newspaper surpass the New
York Times? Shall we be oppressed by the existing churches, or shall
we transcend their prosperity?
Have you heard about the great campaign we are waging through the
Unification Seminary? I feel ecstatic joy because certain things which
I have planned are happening precisely according to my idea; the
things that nobody could imagine are now literally unfolding. You do
not know what is going on in the rest of the world. You are only aware
of selling newspapers every day, but while you are doing that in New
York City there are many spiritual atomic bombs exploding here and
there. Do not be discouraged.
All the people who came out of Egypt were destroyed because they fell
into faithlessness, yet God raised up Joshua and Caleb because they
were men of boldness and courage. Unless you become bold and
courageous and strong you cannot surpass them. God knows that better
than anyone else.
Today the new summer is beginning, and I am now giving you one most
clear-cut instruction: be bold and strong, because that is the way you
can receive God's blessing. Can you do it? Raise your hands and pledge
to God that you will be bold and strong! Thank you. Let us pray.