REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE DESIRE OF ALL THINGS
June 17, 1977
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the Day of All Things, or World
Day. All of creation, including man, was made by God for a specific
purpose. He did not create all things just to look at; His specific
purpose was the fulfillment of His love. Even though God exists,
without His love His very existence is meaningless. In order to be a
true God He must be a God of love, and for this reason God wants to
fulfill His love in His creation.
What is a true man? He is a man who is able to receive God's true
love. The desire of all things surrounding mankind is to see the day
when they can receive true love from the true men who are recipients
of God's true love. All things of creation exist to receive true love
from man, while man exists to receive true love from God.
Due to man's fall this perfection never came about, and since fallen
man was never able to fully receive God's love, God could never fully
give His love and thus fulfill perfection Himself. Man was never
perfected, and as a result all nature has been unable to receive
perfect love from man. God wanted to have a reciprocal relationship
between Himself and all things and man, yet even though His creation
was completed, no relationship of true love ever emerged. In that
respect, neither God nor man has ever been perfected.
People talk about love today, but is that a true God-centered love?
No, the love in existence now is far distant from the true love of
God. Today many parents love their children, but because God has no
part in it that love cannot be acknowledged by Him. The same is true
of relationships between brothers and between nations. All are still
on the level of imperfection, as is man's love for all things.
Through the work of religion God has been striving to restore man; He
began on the individual level and expanded to the worldwide level as
man spread all over the world. The Divine Principle tells us that
restoration starts with one man and God has been looking for one man
of perfection through whom He can restore one woman of perfection.
This is the concept of the Messiah and his mission.
Why is the Messiah needed? The Messiah is needed in order to elevate
man's imperfect love to perfection. Since love was stolen by Satan,
the Messiah comes to restore and sanctify that lost love into the holy
love of God. Since man became the prisoner of Satan, the Messiah comes
to give mankind the true love of God. To be eligible to stand in the
sight of God, restored man must establish a standard of love higher
than the highest standard of the satanic world. The mission of
restored man is to demonstrate a higher quality of love than ever
existed in the satanic world.
Restoration requires the highest standard of love
In the truest meaning of love, the Messiah cannot embrace the people
of the satanic world as they are. God cannot say to the Messiah, "Let
them stay where they are. We can love them as they are and they can
easily be restored." If that were the case, restoration could have
been done instantly and such a long period for man's restoration would
not have been needed.
The role of religion is to teach people to set their standard of love
higher than the satanic world's standard. The religious man is one who
demonstrates higher love than anyone in the world claimed by Satan.
For the sake of God he can then deny the value of anything in the
satanic world and thus recreate the value of everything in relation to
God. As religious people, we must be triumphant in this way of love.
God's love will begin after we demonstrate our love, which is the very
reason that Jesus said, "He who loves father or mother more than me is
not worthy of me, and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not
worthy of me." This is the true heart of God's Principle. We must
become people who can demonstrate a greater love toward God and toward
the Messiah than toward anybody else in the world, because at that
point God's love will begin. By loving the Messiah, men and women can
surpass the point at which man fell and reach the level of perfection.
For this reason, we in the Unification Church must fulfill a
seven-year course of totally giving up everything to the love of God
and the Messiah. Because I have already laid the foundation, however,
you are eligible to be blessed only 3½ years after joining the
church. The other 3½ years that were supposed to precede the
blessing I freely give to you as a gift; after the blessing you and
your mate will freely work 3½ years more to complete the seven year
course. You and your spouse will walk the remaining 3½ years
together as a couple.
The fall of man came through Adam and Eve at the growth level, and
thus you must finish the remainder of the path to perfection as a
couple. The 36 couples, the 72 and 120 couples have all gone through
this formula precisely, and because of the foundation they have laid
shorter periods of purification can be granted to later couples. For
example, the 74 couples have been given the right to have children
after only seven months' separation.
Your hard work now will benefit your family later
In the Unification Church our goal is simple and clear: To become a
member of the church, to meet the Messiah, and then to go forward to
fulfill and perfect the love of God. When you came here this morning
your minds were already filled with your missions for the day. Why do
your minds work that way? You think that way because your mission is
for the unselfish work of God, and you feel that going out to sell the
newspaper has the additional purpose of accumulating spiritual assets
of your own.
In looking forward to the day of your blessing, you want to make
yourself eligible to meet your future husband or wife. You men must
think that through your experience of selling you are actually
seasoning yourselves to be independent husbands who can go out and do
things for the sake of your wives. You women are also paving the way
to really help support your husbands, so that one day you will be
ready to become independent couples in the sight of God.
How can we interpret this according to the Divine Principle? It is
possible for one person to fulfill his role so well that his mate can
freely receive his benefit and not have to strive as hard to reach the
same level. When you men work hard you are actually paving the way to
bring spiritual benefit to your own future wife and children. If you
women work hard now, your accumulated achievement will go to your
husband and children later on. What matters is whether your hard work
is God-centered. Adam and Eve fell because they disregarded God.
Fallen mankind has always worked hard, but due to their disregard for
God their hard work has not gone to God's side.
As you strive to stand above Satan and advance in the direction of God
you will have to confront Satan's realm on all the different levels:
the family, tribal, national and worldwide levels. On every level
Satan will always attack and try to stop you. This confrontation with
Satan cannot be avoided. This is the reason that religious work has
always been persecuted, and why religious people must have the
unshakable determination to overcome any difficulties and go on
further and further toward God.
We can conclude that if there is a totally unselfish group of people,
its goal will be nothing but the service of God and humanity. The
entire world will not understand or accept them, and that will be the
sign that God and the Messiah can be met through that group.
Furthermore, it is obvious that such a movement is already working on
the worldwide level if it has aroused worldwide opposition.
The Unification Church is in that position today. There have been many
religions throughout history, but no religion ever rose to the
worldwide level as quickly as this one. As leader of the Unification
Church, I have the special distinction of having received worldwide
persecution in my own lifetime. History has never seen such a thing.
If our members are solidly united together in heart and can go beyond
the level of persecution, then Satan can never defeat this group, and
in the sight of God we can prove ourselves invincible to Satan's power
on the worldwide level.
Why do we strive to become that kind of invincible group? We are
seeking the love of God. To be eligible to receive the love of God we
must go through the process of indemnity in which Cain and Abel must
become one. Cain and Abel have been enemies, but they should be united
in love instead. We must take the course opposite Satan's way; if Cain
and Abel had come to God's side then they would have made true unity.
Abel should teach Cain how to be obedient to and united with him.
Unification Church members must clearly understand what that means.
Often you mistakenly think that Cain was supposed to be subjugated by
Abel from the very beginning, but that is wrong. Cain is a rebellious
figure to begin with, and Abel must teach Cain how to be obedient by
demonstrating Cain's role himself. Abel must show Cain the way by
example. Love is the central element and Abel is supposed to love Cain
more than anyone else. When Cain recognizes that Abel truly loves him
more than anyone else does, then Cain will give up his false ambitions
and arrogance and become obedient to Abel. Abel can pull Cain to his
side by the magnetic force of love.
Answer me if I am wrong, but I feel that every one of you loves me. Is
it true or not? It may not be 100% true of everyone here, but if the
Principle is true then it must be largely true at least. If our
Principle is God's Principle then that kind of relationship must be
here. Yesterday I met the Japanese sisters who are in the Korean Folk
Ballet. When I asked whether they wanted to go back to Japan, their
home country, everyone answered, "No, Father, because you are here. We
want to stay here with you." I wondered how sincere their answer was
because Japanese people are very good at saying what people like to
hear. What about you? Do you want me to believe that your love is
genuine or false? If your love is not genuine then the Principle is
My legacy to you
Sometimes Mother tries to get me to stay home and pay more attention
to our family. She tells me, "As soon as you open your eyes you talk
about going out to meet the members somewhere. Can't you spend a
little more time at home?" Why should I overwork myself by going out
here and there to meet all of you? I could stay at home and relax with
the children, but I am always looking at you instead of staying home.
If I give my total attention to you and to the church then I am making
your job instantly easier. Furthermore, in that way I can bring the
spirit world and physical world together faster.
How can that work in the Principle? I am in the parent's position
while you are in the position of children. Children inherit the
foundation and tradition of their parents, and by working harder than
anyone else I am leaving you even greater assets to inherit.
Most of you are single men and women working toward the blessing, and
when I was single I was in precisely the same position you are. When I
was suffering in North Korea in the worst kind of prison, I still had
hope because I knew that the wife God would give me for eternity could
come on the foundation that I was laying. My hardship would make her
way easier. By thinking this way I always had hope in the midst of any
kind of suffering and hardship. "In being tortured by the satanic
world I am paying indemnity for my future wife, and at the same time I
am paying indemnity for the nation in which we will dwell as husband
Restoration of the individual and family levels is the most difficult
part of the restoration. Your family will be the basic building block
of the Kingdom of God, and once you can restore this foundation you
will always have a shield around you. These two levels are most
difficult to restore because after they are formed nothing can destroy
you, no matter what the satanic world will do. You are still exposed
and vulnerable before you create that nucleus, but after that your
situation will not be as vulnerable or dangerous and you will be able
to form the tribal and national levels.
Have you felt that you alone
would finish the restoration?
Why has God been sending mostly young people to our church? God wants
individuals to come who can really suffer to lay their foundation of
indemnity at a young age. While you are working as an individual for
yourself and your future family, your family and society will come
against you. God wants you to be strengthened under that kind of
Whenever you are working hard and suffering you must feel deeply that
in all of heaven and earth you alone are going to finish the
restoration. "God, I am Your only remnant. There is no one else but me
to accomplish Your will." Sometimes God deliberately wants you to
experience the feeling, "God, no one understands my way of life but
You. Even Father and the church members are not sympathetic with me. I
seem to be completely cut off from everyone." Even in that situation
you may feel comforted that at least God is on your side, but the day
and moment will come when even God seems to be saying, "I don't know
you." At that time you will feel that you are utterly alone in all the
If under those conditions you still do not give up, but insist, "No
matter what God thinks or what True Parents say to me, no matter how
unsympathetic the church members are, this is the right way, and I
will go on anyway," then at that moment you are elevating yourself to
the highest level of faith. Once you reach that level you can be
trusted unconditionally by God and by me, and eventually by the whole
world. You will achieve that qualification by yourself, when
everything seems to be denying you. If in that situation you still
fight to uphold your faith, it will become your greatest asset, which
neither God nor man can ever repudiate.
I know that many times you feel very lonely. It is a lonely hour when
no one seems to understand you, but at that moment do not think back
to your natural parents or to the joys and romances of your past life.
In that lonely moment think of God. "God, whatever the situation, I
will never give You up. The world may deny me and even bury me, but I
would rather die than turn away from You."
If you denied everything and were given up by your own family and
nation because you lived for the sake of God, then when you die
everything will be restored to you. This is the law of indemnity
working. If you give up everything because of God, then God will lift
you up and you will have everything again.
That is the path I have walked. Strictly speaking you will never have
to go the way I went because you will have me on your side under any
circumstances. All you have to do is follow my course. You have
someone to follow but I had no one to follow. If you want to go an
easy way then you will never reach the goal. Ultimately you will have
to come back and follow the path I have already gone. Many people are
trying to go their own way, but that will not work.
Now the entire world is saying, "Why are you Moonies so foolish as to
follow that crazy man? Why do you have to follow him when he is so
opposed everywhere?" Perhaps you cannot explain why, but something
tells you that this is the best thing to be doing. Because I am not in
your position I cannot be 100% sure, but I think that must be the
case. I understand your experiences because I have lived the same
pattern and way of life. The only difference between us is that I
follow the invisible God, while you follow not only God, but myself, a
Why should we live this life? The only explanation is that we are
searching after this ultimate love of God. When we are going in the
right direction we feel good and something inside tells us to keep
The love desired by men and women
Today's message is, "The Desire of All Things." Let's start with
women; what is their desire? The desire of a woman is to have a
husband who loves her with true love. A man's love is true when his
love represents the love of God, so a woman is actually looking for a
man who represents God and gives her God's love. Because God is
eternal, unchanging and absolute, He created man only once, intending
him to share in those same attributes. Therefore, God cannot destroy
man even though he has fallen, but instead is working to restore him.
True love must represent God's characteristics, meaning that true love
must be eternal, unique, and absolute. A woman wants a husband who
will respect her as being his wife for eternity and who will love her
with an absolute and unchanging love. All of you sisters want a
husband who represents God and who can give you that kind of respect.
I am not a woman, so I don't know precisely how you feel, but knowing
the Principle it should be the case that women are not looking for
freedom, but actually want to become prisoners of love. When you and
your husband have true love, you are helpless before that love and
want to go anywhere your husband leads you. When your husband truly
loves you as absolute, unique and eternal, the more you look at him
the more he looks like God and acts like God. The time may even come
when you say, "All I need is this one man because he is my God."
What is the desire of a man? A man wants the same love from a woman.
Such love between men and women is really God's desire, and once you
are united in that fashion God will automatically dwell with you, and
His love will be manifested in you and in your object. When you look
at your mate you can be proud that he or she has the qualities of
being absolute, eternal, unchanging and unique. You are going to equip
yourselves to become men and women of God and of love. You are the
ones who will lead the way toward that ultimate goal, which is God.
The parents' role is to educate the children and give them guidance.
If the parents fight with each other, then they cannot teach their
children by example. My own children sometimes fight, but Mother and I
should be able to say, "You children should stop fighting. Look at
your own father and mother." The first step for parents to become one
with their children and for children to have unity among themselves is
for the father and mother to become one with each other. Then children
grow to realize that fighting cannot bring any goodness. Sometimes I
see my children fighting very severely, and one of them either gets
knocked down or his nose starts bleeding. Then they automatically come
to Mother and me, crying, "Daddy, Mommy, look what happened to me. I'm
sorry we fought. We'll never fight again."
It is a wise child who will say, "Father, my brother didn't behave too
well. Will you give me permission to fight?" If they want to get
permission from me then I say, "My son, my daughter, let me tell you
about something better than fighting. Go and love them instead." I see
in that child a greater capacity for love, and the future of that
particular child is much more solid.
The relationship between God and man is the same as this relationship
between parents and children. The desire of all things is to receive
the love of men who have that kind of ideal relationship with God. All
things of creation are looking forward to the fulfillment of the three
loves: the love of God, the parental love of Adam and Eve, and also
the love of the children who are the recipients of this perfected love
of God and their parents. Children are in the most ideal position to
receive more of God's love because everything is consummated in them.
The children of Adam and Eve are in a greater position than Adam and
Eve themselves because the children are in a position to receive the
love of God and also the love of their parents.
The vertical line of love
The love of parents and children follows a vertical line, while the
love of a husband and wife is horizontal. We can know that this is
true by seeing that even though there are many divorces here in
America, the separated parents still want to hold onto their children;
even though they have separated horizontally, they want to hold onto
the vertical line of love. Why is that? Children are the parents' link
to God's parental love. Even in the fallen world, parents see that the
only hope for their love to remain is their children. Thus a husband
and wife may dissolve their relationship, but they continue to hold
onto their relationship with their children.
According to spiritual law, the worst kind of crime is that of parents
who neglect their children and leave them or actually push them into
the dungeons of hell. There is no forgiveness for such acts. There are
certain things God can do, and if you repeat the same act there is
still room for forgiveness; but there are things that even God cannot
do, and if you commit that kind of crime then there is no forgiveness.
The mistreatment of children is the most unforgivable thing in spirit
world. On the other hand, God's heart will be moved by parents who are
willing and ready to die for their own children, saying, "You are like
me. I have been living in that position." God has been a living
sacrifice for the sake of His children.
When you Unification Church members get married and have children,
will you just throw them away and seek your own happiness? Many people
look at children as obstacles to enjoying their own lives and such
people really deserve hell. You must be people who embrace your
children even if they interrupt your most intimate moments. Even the
basic instinct of animals is to love their children. Sometimes men
behave even worse than animals, which means they are the lowest
creatures under the sun. God's criteria of beauty is heart and love,
not how tall and masculine or how beautiful you are. That does not
The desire of all things is to receive the love of God, the love of
Adam and Eve, and the love of the children who receive Adam and Eve's
love and God's love. Our greatest achievement and the greatest
inheritance we can leave our children is the love of God and our
perfected love as parents. That love is the greatest inheritance that
children can ever receive.
We have to introduce God's love to our children. In their immaturity
children do not automatically know God, so how will you teach them?
You must demonstrate love of God yourself. If you commit some kind of
sin toward your own children, you must consider it the worst kind of
crime. Instead of apologizing or repenting to God, you must mend your
relationship with your children. That is much more important. If the
children can forgive their parents then God can automatically forgive
you. On the other hand, when children commit some sin, the parents
should take the position of their children and apologize or repent
before God. Because of the parents God will then forgive the children.
The one thing that God can never forgive is the destruction of His
love. If anyone abandons God and pushes His love aside, that person
cannot be forgiven. If God could just freely forgive that then He
would never have needed to work for restoration these many thousands
of years. If God could allow man to do anything at all then there
would be nothing unique, absolute or eternal remaining. God has
forgiven man much, but He cannot compromise on this point. God wants
to create the eternal, absolute and unique love between Himself and
man at any cost.
In this world, particularly in America, there are many people who
purposely break up loving relationships and healthy families. Anyone
who hurts true love that way cannot be forgiven. We must establish the
tradition that the beauty of a married couple living happily together
and sacrificing for each other is applauded as the most precious jewel
of all. Instead of feeling envy and jealousy or trying to deprive them
of anything, everyone should praise them as museum pieces of the
God will have a family museum of treasures from everywhere, but the
beautiful God-centered love of a husband and wife will be the most
shining museum piece of all. When God has festivities like World Day
He will want to visit His museum, and there is one display that God
will never miss, the beautiful love between husband and wife. God is
looking for that kind of home.
Through love creation has a most
glorified and honored position
The desire of God is to see His love going down to Adam and Eve and
their children and to all things of creation. Adam and Eve want to see
the love of God poured out upon their children, to give their own love
to their children, and to see their children loving all the things of
creation. The children want to feel the love of God and of Adam and
Eve, and then give it away to all things.
In receiving all this love, the creation will exclaim, "We thought we
were the lowest and most trivial things in God's sight, but now we see
that all the love of God is ultimately given to us!" Being in the
position to receive the love of God, love of Adam and Eve, and love of
children, all things are in a most glorified and honored position.
In gratitude for the blessing of receiving all kinds of love, the
creation will want to return glory to God by giving the very best in
the universe to man. That is why all things provide you with food,
themselves becoming your flesh and blood. The service of all things is
to become the physical form of God's love, and by becoming your flesh,
blood and bone, letting you grow and develop a noble character so you
can live in heaven for eternity. Everything in nature will take great
pride in becoming the flesh and blood of men who are children of God.
Through man's spiritual quality, all things can influence the center
of God's love. That is the pride of all things.
This is a most beautiful and holy world of creation. Can you men and
women fulfill the kind of position as representatives of God and truly
love all things? Many people in this world never try to appreciate
creation but always complain instead about their food, clothes and
Have you ever had the experience of apologizing to the earth for
having to step on it? If you have such a loving heart to want to step
softly on the ground, the ground will eagerly respond to you and even
push your feet up. When you go to the bathroom, you are just giving
dirty things to nature, but if you feel sorry then nature will say,
"Don't worry. l will receive it and use it as fertilizer to grow many
Great literary works have come from a mind of appreciation for nature.
Man is not to be a robot, but to see all things with a loving heart
and to express that love in a descriptive way. Do not ever have the
attitude that we men are the lords of all things; it is God who has
given man that supreme position.
Man should live in joy and happiness
for the sake of the universe
The structure of all things is condensed in our own bodies. For
example, our bodies resemble trees: the heart corresponds to the trunk
in its role of circulating the blood, while the stomach corresponds to
roots and the lungs to leaves. All the earthly elements are contained
within the human body, and in the same way we also possess all the
elements of the spirit world. Thus, when one man moves a small
universe moves, and this is why man's actions are precious and
Because you are a microcosm of the universe, when you are genuinely
happy it is not just you who are happy, but the entire universe and
spirit world as well. Therefore, man should live in joy and happiness
for the sake of the universe. We have only one truly worthwhile way to
live, acting for the sake of others and always feeling grateful. If
you have that basic attitude then you are living in heaven here on
earth. A farmer is dealing with nature for the sake of others, for
instance. If you can praise nature as the masterpiece of God's work,
you can find many ways to show your gratitude. When you always feel
grateful, you are truly living in heaven here on earth.
You cannot avoid going the way of indemnity. You must willingly take
the worst kind of indemnity while you are single men and women, and
after you get married take the second worst. After you have your own
children you can live much better. This is how you must go through the
three levels of indemnity. God, too, has been suffering all these
years for one single purpose, to find one true Adam here on earth.
I want you to go through the worst kind VS experiences and receive all
kinds of persecution before you are blessed. I want you to be willing
to embrace all of that because when two individuals are married after
going through these experiences, they will truly understand each other
and be able to deeply share in love. You can be truly intoxicated in
When you become this kind of husband and wife, you can certainly
devote your entire energy to loving your own children. There is a
possibility that God's ideal family can be created )y such parents.
When you are truly practicing God's way of life by giving yourself for
the sake of others and when you are willing to go through suffering,
then God will never forget you. He will not only give you the greatest
of all blessings, but through you will definitely come the greatest of
all blessings in the form of children.
You must make up your mind while you are single to leave behind some
achievement for the benefit of your mate and children. Do not become
indebted to Satan, who will be trying to block you from receiving the
blessing. Do not be the kind of men and women who have Satan waiting
to collect more indemnity from them on their wedding day.
If you become a wife who has great merit in heaven then you can come
out and say, "Satan, here are my credentials. Don't ever touch my
husband! I have paid indemnity for both of us." You and your mate can
work together and finally say before God, "We are free of the
accusation of Satan in all of heaven and earth." When you are
completely united in love and have paid all the necessary indemnity,
no one can claim you. Together the two of you will be an invincible
force, and wherever you go nothing will be able to stop you.
You are not actually working for the benefit of the church at all, and
you are not here to help me. At the same time I want you to know that
you are the recipients of the foundation which I have laid, and by
standing upon that foundation you are freely given an easier path to
go. There is no doubt that you are indebted to me. But since you are
here striving to build your own heaven, to whom would you complain
when you get tired? In this church you are your own employer. The
person who complains or tries to make excuses will never go over the
mountain into heaven. After the fall, Adam and Eve each blamed each
other in explaining to God what happened, and in this world everyone
tries to escape taking responsibility for their mistakes. But that is
not the tradition of heaven.
You should not become persons of excuse or complaint, even though you
are in a position to justifiably complain. God pushes you into
positions where you want to complain and you could gripe about a
thousand things a day, but it is your greatness to go over the
difficulty with gratitude and not complain like everyone else in the
world. There are innumerable things I could complain about to God. I
could exclaim, "What kind of God are You? You're the one who asked me
to go to America, but all I get here is persecution, and Americans are
even trying to kill me. God, do You really love me?" However, I have
never complained to God, but have only accepted my situation in humble
I always pray, "God, wait. I want to do this myself. Just give me a
little more time." In the same way, your prayer should be, "God, just
wait a little bit and I will deliver the result by myself. I don't
really need the help of the church. I want to prove how worthy I am in
What would you gain through obedience? Simply this, your perfection in
the love of God. In that perfection you can become a wife or a husband
who is centered upon the love of God. As liberated men and women you
will be given the power to liberate all things. That is the power God
wants to give you and that is the reason we are going this way.
Our ideology is to each become a central figure who with love can
influence his mate, influence all things of creation, influence the
Kingdom of God, and even influence God Himself. Shall we really go and
live that way of life? Raise your hand and stand up if you really make
that pledge. Thank you very much. Let us pray.