REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
OUR NEWBORN SELVES
November 1, 1977
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
The central thought and principle of Christianity is resurrection,
which means rebirth. Jesus said, ''Unless one is born anew he cannot
enter the Kingdom of Heaven.,' Rebirth was the central thought of Jesus'
teaching and, of course, the central principle of God. If that is the
case then it should be the central thought of all mankind. That means
that the entire universe and every human being is destined to go through
this process of being born again, and in the Unification Church we have
many conditions, such as the separation or purification period, which
are all part of that process.
Parents are prerequisite for being born again; you cannot give
yourself rebirth. Rebirth is needed because of the fall of man, but
what was the fall? It was a false birth or a false beginning. Each
person must clearly understand that everyone has been born of fallen,
sinful parents before they can understand resurrection. Today there
are billions of people here on earth, but how many really have realized
that they are children of false parents? Even in the Unification Church,
how many members feel they are born of fallen parents?
When looking in the mirror it is the simple human tendency to not worry
about the past; you just want to be proud of your handsome features. How
many of you look at your image in the mirror and think that you are
the result of sinful parents, that every feature is the product of the
fall? If women see a little scar or blemish when they look in the mirror
then they may wish it was not there, but how many are concerned about
the sin of their ancestors?
From God's point of view each person is seeing a dead body when he
looks in the mirror. There can be no life in that person because of the
fall . The image you see in the mirror is an ugly one in the sight of
God because all mankind is the product of sinful ancestors. If you would
be a faithful and religious person then you must first recognize this
fact. Without resurrection no one has life, and each person is born as
an object that cannot be forgiven. If there is judgment in this world
then you must feel that you are the one who deserves it first.
What kind of sin did man commit? In order to explain more
realistically, it can be said that man's sin was a betrayal of God;
man also betrayed the
world for his own benefit. God had an ideal for man and the world
but all of mankind has sold it out. Finally love, the most precious item
that God gave us, has been betrayed. That is the real truth about each
person. How can any fallen man even think about governing the world or
being recognized and honored by the world? What a shallow, ridiculous
idea that is when you really think about it. Furthermore, Adam betrayed
Eve and Eve betrayed Adam. Because the first ancestors were unfaithful
to God and each other, each of their descendants has committed the same
crime. The original value has all been lost-God's value, man's value'
universal value and the value of the ideals and beauty that God prepared
originally for mankind. We must restore them one by one.
The fall submerged each person
in the realm of death
To whom were these things sold? To Satan' the culprit who masterminded
the crime of the fall in order to gain for himself everything that God
created. By what method did Satan achieve that goal? He worked through
the self and through love' the two most vulnerable areas. After everyone
sold themselves to Satan they became dead. In the sight of God no one has
value, being like mere clods of dirt. Everything was swallowed up by the
sinful world and the universe was totally submerged in the realm of death,
which has Satan as its master. To reach the realm of life everyone must
break through this realm of death and come out; otherwise no life can
Each individual is down at the bottom of the realm of death, surrounded
by the family, nation, world and cosmos, all of which are submerged
under the sinful world. Your desire is for new birth and new life, but
where shall you be born again? At the very bottom? No matter how much
you struggle at that point, there is no resurrection and no new birth
there. You must first come out of the realm of death and darkness. That
situation is made even more difficult because each individual is being
pressed down by many different layers of weight; the family system,
social system, national system and world system are all combined to keep
him down on the bottom. Did you know before now that there was so much
to break through?
There are only two ways in which you can come out of that situation.
Either all the weight must be lifted up so you can freely maneuver,
which is unlikely, or you must break through each layer and emerge as a
winner. If you have enough powerful thrust to break through the layers,
then it is exciting to be pressed down because when the pressure is
greater, the drama of breaking through is much greater. With that power
you can turn this entire fallen world upside down and push the realm of
death away, leaving you on the pinnacle from which you can easily launch
yourself upward. Once you conquer the world you will have a final showdown
with Satan. The ultimate act of a man of God is to knock Satan out.
The moment you confront Satan and subjugate him, God will appear. You
haven't seen God yet because He will not come into action until you are
victorious; at that point He can intervene in your personal affairs and
then you can be concerned with finding the parents who can give you new
birth. This is really common sense, isn't it?
Once you are victorious over the world,
resurrection is your reward
What is the role of religion then? Religion starts at the level of
the individual and expands to the family, tribe, nation and world, but
no matter how much worldwide impact religion may have, the individual is
ultimately the decisive factor. Each of you should become a person who
can govern religion, not be controlled by it. Does man need religion, or
does religion need man? Religion needs man, as it requires a true man to
fulfill its purpose. Once the purpose of religion is fulfilled by finding
true men, it is no longer necessary. Only because of the fall of man has
mankind descended into a world of death and religion become necessary to
raise him up. Once we achieve the original concept of creation, however,
there will be no more religion because none will be needed.
The Unification Church is none other than a religion, so where
does that mean we are today? Are you pulling the Unification Church
or is it pulling you? Does the man who is already resurrected need
further religion? If his resurrection is complete then he doesn't need
religion. Once you break through the realm of death you have fulfilled
the purpose of religion, and as you come out of that realm for good you
will find God and parents.
The purpose of the Unification Church is to find God, the one common
Parent. This is only the medium or system in which we can truly find
God. Even though a person may discover God, however, for a long time he
will simply not understand who He is. For instance, a child knows that
he has parents who gave him birth, but as an infant he has no concept
of who they are. A baby goes through nine months in his mother's womb,
but after he is born could he tell about what it was like in there? A
baby doesn't know anything about what kind of world he is born into,
and after he is born he just worries about how to survive, crying out
when he needs help. Each person seeking rebirth is like a baby and in
his new environment he must accept milk. Have you ever cried like a baby
when you were spiritually hungry? At first you come to church just like
a baby wanting milk, but as you grow you have a certain consciousness
of your surroundings, and then later you recognize for the first time
who is feeding you.
The important thing is that the parent's role is not just that of
feeding milk to the baby. Parents have to give milk first' of course,
but later also give discipline and guidance for molding their child's
character. Parents have a vision and concept of what their child will
be like in the future. If he is to be a world citizen then he must be
able to uphold certain standards, for which his parents must give all
the necessary training. The good parent shapes his child's character to
fulfill certain roles.
The parent must have a concept of how his child needs to be educated
to eventually become a world leader who can uplift the world instead
of being dominated by it. True parents will let you grow as a baby
initially, but when your awakening is sufficient they will teach you
that this world has lost God's concept, that this is a deviated world
and that, therefore, we must restore the original value and goal of
life. Everyone needs parents to lead them out of the realm of death,
giving them the full realization and sufficient energy to break out of
this muddy realm into a new world of life and resurrection. This is how
God visualizes resurrection taking place in the fallen world.
God sees that in order to achieve the religious goal of breaking
through the realm of death there is always a certain amount of pain and
pressure to overcome. God deliberately adds His pressure to the pressure
already on a man who is seeking new life, as part of the process of
disciplining and toughening him. Already the family is pressing down,
as well as the society, nation and world, and eventually God Himself
will lean on you' but out of all that He wants you to be a winner who
can come out above it.
The qualification to be victorious and to be resurrected' therefore,
is to become victorious over the world. Once you meet that criterion
you are victorious, and resurrection is your reward. Everyone lives in
a world of temptation, particularly at your age, but no matter what kind
of temptation comes, the good person will not be stained or affected by
it. Once someone is victorious in the sight of God, He will trust that
person. After you achieve the realm of resurrection you can be given
everything you need -a family and physical necessities, as well as glory
and honor-but until then all those things are obstacles. The more you
possess, the more burdens you have in your climb toward resurrection.
The religious way of life initially demands sacrifice, requiring that
you deny all your surroundings and ultimately deny yourself. This is not
to destroy you but to save you and let you emerge later as a victorious
person. You must become invincible so that nothing can deter you from
moving forward to the ultimate goal of meeting God and becoming totally
perfected. In that commitment you will have the will power to deny
everything and to continue moving forward to become a victor.
You can only meet God's
standard by overcoming persecution
If you demonstrate the power to deny your surroundings then ultimately
another, more difficult kind of temptation will come spiritually. Have
you gone through such testing in the Unification Church? How can a man
prove himself victorious? By knocking out several other men? The worst
temptations for men always come through women. A most beautiful, charming
woman can make a man feel totally intoxicated, but if you annihilate
that temptation then you will prove yourself a victorious man. The worst
temptation for a woman usually comes in the form of a most handsome man,
and when you sisters see a handsome man approaching you might be almost
totally melted without knowing it. If God asked you to show Him how
victorious you are you couldn't answer, ''In the boxing ring I knocked out
several men." That isn't a real accomplishment in the sight of God. But
you can say, ''I felt the worst kind of temptation from this man and I
won. I went straight forward to You and I didn't even hesitate.''
None of us are physically very beautiful or handsome because we work
very hard. When you are out fund raising on the streets your faces are
covered with lots of dust instead of makeup, for instance. When you
were fund raising or witnessing were you momentarily intoxicated with
a handsome man or beautiful woman, or did you think, ''Father, trust
me. I will be victorious,,? While you were carrying out your daily
responsibility and you met an outstanding man or woman, did you ever
wish you could have such a person as your spouse? Your laughter is a
very clear answer, ''Yes, Father, I admit that."
This is the real test. This is God's standard for recognizing anyone
as a true man or woman. When you use this criterion to evaluate the many
different religions, do you conclude that they merely oscillate back and
forth within the realm of death, or are they really taking themselves out
of that realm into resurrection? What about the Unification Church? Are
we just the same? We are different. We are heading toward new life and
This is the reason the teachings of the most prominent religions in
history have always been similar. They emphasize an individual's denial of
his circumstances and his leading a celibate life in most cases, trying
to conquer sexual temptation and stand on the side of God. Christianity
in particular emphasizes this in the West, while in the Orient Buddhists
isolate themselves from the secular world to make themselves divine'
trying to follow spiritual instead of carnal desires. A man of religion
is always going to the mountain to isolate himself. Jesus, for example,
went to many lonely places, fasting and taking time for prayer and
secluded meditation. That is the kind of effort needed to pass God's
test and be recognized as a man of perfection.
Initially' religion teaches you how to pass God's test, and once
you pass you go out to confront the satanic world and widen your own
territory. When you become a victorious individual, persecution doesn't
matter because you are like a locomotive, having generating power within
yourself. Clearly you can only meet God's criterion through persecution
because without it you would have no way to prove yourself. Good religions
are destined to be persecuted because of this principle. A new religion
has always begun in the life of an individual and then expanded at what
we might call the grass roots level, ultimately confronting persecution
from hostile governments which try to suppress it. Jesus was nailed to
the cross by the Roman government' for instance. Because religion does
not ultimately recognize national boundaries and customs' it poses a
Even if Jesus had overcome the persecution of the Roman Empire he still
would have had to go to the world. The ultimate victory must be won on
the worldwide level. Whoever would be victorious on the universal level
can be hardened by the nation, the world, spirit world, Satan and God
Himself, all together trying to defeat him. One religious leader must
break through that supreme pressure because only by winning that kind
of universal victory can man be restored into God's original universal
concept. God can only be God of a true universe without sin. Otherwise'
everything will always fall short of the level of perfection.
Throughout history God has been dealing with the fallen world' but we
must liberate Him to deal with the true world' the pure world of original
men. We have to elevate God to a new height. That is the ultimate duty of
a religious leader' and by doing it' the satanic world will be isolated
and a new world created where God and true men can live together.
Until a religious leader emerges who can set a standard high enough,
it will not take place, however. Without total victory by one man,
that will not take place.
God loves you and is
allowing you the chance to be victorious
Obviously we are talking about the Messiah, or the Lord of the Second
Advent. All kinds of mysterious predictions have been made about this man,
but who is he and why does he need to come? The Messiah is the man here on
earth who is victorious over every temptation in the universe, including
persecution from the world, God, Satan and the spirit world. He will
naturally draw their attention because that man is to be the universal
champion, because the world's destiny depends upon him. The religion which
will welcome the Messiah will also draw the attention of the world and
receive utmost persecution. It has to go through a most painful process,
and we volunteer to take that position because without it this world
has no hope.
Many of you here are Americans, but you are being persecuted by your
fellow Americans. That is actually God's scheme; God wants you to lose
your attachment to America as it is now by having other Americans attack
you. In other words' God is asking you to give up the selfish America
and to love this nation, not on the national level, but from the point of
view of the world and God. God is asking you to discover a new America,
to give up the things that are corrupted and to search after the things
that can be resurrected and remain permanently.
You are Americans, but you are a different kind of American who lives
for the America of tomorrow, not today. You want to become Americans who
can be welcomed by God, the creation, spirit world and every man here
on earth. Therefore, receiving persecution is actually good. Would you
like subtle persecution which slides in sideways, or persecution which
hits you head-on? We don't want to go a sneaky way but to confront a
head-on collision, starting with the whole United States government. I
am doing precisely that.
The amazing thing is that the government can be ruined by its own
power. It can mobilize all its resources for a confrontation with the
Unification Church, but when all of a sudden the Unification Church
jumps over it, the government will collapse in a heap from its own
weight! That is precisely what is happening in the newspaper world
too. Many publishers think it is just a matter of time until The News
World collapses, but actually we will jump over them.
Do not be afraid of persecution; worry instead about being victorious
over it. Without persecution you have no way to prove yourself. Today
the Unification Church is going precisely that course, with not only
governments but religions attacking us. There is no friendly quarter
anywhere in sight. I am all by myself in the center of the upheaval and
at least in this respect I am unique. Let the world decide whether I am
the most handsome man; the main thing is that I have become controversial
to such a degree that I am singled out for attack by the entire world. No
other individual in history has caused more controversy.
One brother who is working underground in Eastern Europe wrote a letter
some time ago and said, ''Even here everyone knows your name and over
the radio I hear the government trying to slander you. I felt so good
hearing about you over the radio." I admire one thing about communist
leaders: They know how formidable a person I am. They are watching my
every move and at every opportunity they try to slander me in hopes of
making me ineffective against them. On the other hand, the free world
leaders are asleep, ignoring what I am doing. The only ones in the free
world who know our true potential are other religious people. Eventually,
however, the whole free world has to know.
This is a battle, no question about it. Generally you would think that
if God loves me He shouldn't be sitting idly by and permitting all the
persecution; He should come down and knock some people around! The same
kind of question was asked in the Bible when Jesus was crucified, but
this question was not answered until now. If God had intervened to kill
all the Roman soldiers and bring Jesus down from the cross, He would not
have been acting out of love because that would have blocked Jesus' way to
become victorious over the world. Do you understand why God cannot
intervene in that way?
God loves me and is allowing me the chance to become victorious. I
want to walk through the valley of death for my entire lifetime and
become victorious. That's the victory God is waiting for. If we become
victorious with our own strength and commitment then the entire world
has no condition to accuse and they will have to bow down once they
are defeated. At that time will we try to retaliate for all the trouble
they have caused? No, when we are victorious we will let them see who we
really are and what the work of God is all about, and then we will even
give them more blessing than the members who have gone through all kinds
of suffering will receive. It might sound peculiar, but receiving that
love will really be the worst kind of treatment they could expect. Their
consciences will hurt and they will try to pay some indemnity by working
a hundred times harder than Unification Church members.
Should we destroy the rest of the world just to send this little
group here to heaven? The traditional Christians think that God loves
only Christians, and that when the day of judgment comes they will be
lifted up in the air to meet the Lord while the people remaining behind
are destroyed in unquenchable fire. That belief is the worst treachery
toward God. If God is really working to build the kingdom in that fashion
then we donut need that kind of God.
Everything I have done was to save you
Our Unification Church way of life is God's way of life, and in our
ideology we parallel God's thinking. I want you to understand how close
we are to zeroing in on that moment of fulfillment. This year saw a wave
of harsh attacks coming from every corner of America, but 1977 is the
year for us to jump way over all of that. There is nothing wrong with
what I did here in America; everything was done to save you. Many of you
have backgrounds of all kinds of suffering. Some of you were drug addicts
and many led promiscuous lives but you were pulled out of that. Many of
you might have committed suicide but I pulled you out of it. Most of you
have experienced the hippie life, but now you are experiencing rebirth
and you see a different purpose in life. Your eyes are shining and you
are clean-cut. What's wrong with that? Did I teach you to rob banks or
kill people? I am always repeating one simple sentence every Sunday:
Go out and give yourself for the sake of God and the sake of the world.
I am exposed to great danger here in America. I have heard how
anyone can hire an assassin who will kill anybody for just $170' and in
a literal sense anyone who joins this movement has to be ready to give
up his life just to begin with. Not only my own life' but also Mother's
and all our children's lives are committed to this spiritual revolution
in full knowledge of the tremendous danger which accompanies it. No one
has yet thanked me for coming under tremendous persecution to save this
nation. No one' that is' except you.
I want to be at the forefront always, working harder than any of you,
preaching and sweating more than any of you. In the last three years
I have spent more money for the sake of America than at any other time
in my entire ministry' even in my own country' but there have been no
welcoming signs from the government or the White House and no national
leaders have said one kind thing about me. The United States government
has even given sanctuary to a group like the PLO' who are the worst
terrorists in the world' trying to give them a voice in the Middle East
negotiations and in the United Nations . That is ridiculous . On the
other hand' I came to this country trying to give it everything I have'
yet the government has never said one kind thing about me.
You know who I am and where we are' so you must become tough and
courageous. Your power far surpasses the evil and iniquity outside.
Don't be embarrassed to go anywhere' and whatever your chore is' do
not be ashamed of it. You are doing the most noble task of all. Fund
raising is not meant to feed ourselves but to keep this nation and world
alive. Maybe Americans are the only kind of people who do not understand;
the earth and sky know' but the American people are blinded.
As persecution becomes more intense each day, should we hide out
somewhere? Now that I have been talking to you, you say no, but weren't
soldiers one hour ago? I'm sure that many of you thought about how
coming to Belvedere would take up hours you would rather spend sleeping,
right? On the other hand, maybe you thought, ''Well, since I have to go to
Belvedere I don't have to get up to deliver newspapers.'' Your laughter is
giving you away! God is allowing you the opportunity to become supremely
victorious, not just mediocre. That chance is reserved for you.
Once I break through all the way to the realm of resurrection and
the world can see what I have done, then overnight the world will see
the truth and become repentant. God is waiting to give me that kind of
dramatic victory. God wants to expedite the work of salvation, and making
me fight a one-man battle against the world is one of His strategies. By
being victorious, I can shorten the time of restoration. The Unification
Church cannot be in a half-way position. If it is bad then we are the
worst kinds of gangsters, but if it is good then we are right next to God.
We have to decide whether we represent the worst evil or represent
God Himself. The Mafia is one of the most feared groups in the fallen
world, but we are at the top of the religious world. The entire religious
world despises us as much as it hates the Mafia because we have brought
ourselves to the pinnacle of the religious world. If our Church has
that stature, can you as individuals just wander around in the middle
ground? At the outset of 1977 I declared that New York is the front
line. You are becoming front-line soldiers, going to every street corner
and knocking on every door in New York. This is our battleground. You
are using your head almost like a battering ram trying to penetrate the
minds of the people.
Marine industries and the Unification Church
Two weeks ago I was in Alabama, which is known as the ship-building
capital of the United States, looking around to buy a shipyard so we
can build our own vessels. Would you want our factory to be mediocre or
number one? That is easy to say but not to fulfill. We have to work harder
than anyone in order to be number one. It is going to be a tough job but
I will push you. There were no women working the Alabama shipyards and
I thought that this is one way we can make history. We will have women
shipyard workers! If you women become welders then your fingers and faces
will get marked up, but is that all right? Now at 7:42 a.m. on November 1,
1977, the women have pledged that they want to be welders at the shipyard
in Alabama. All you men are out of jobs today! If the women are willing
to do that much then you men have to work harder, even into the night.
I knew years ago that unless I intervened in the shipbuilding and
fishing industries with my own resolve and determination, this nation
could have no hope for those two industries to survive. I met two
wonderful individuals in Alabama, a father and son who have spent their
lifetimes in the business. They said that the boat-building business
is in a boom period, with many people going out to sea. I answered,
''That may be true, but what about a few years in the future?" They
replied thoughtfully, "Reverend Moon, we didn't think about that but you
are absolutely right. The men have no deep motivation and American women
just cannot wait patiently for their husbands to come home from the sea.''
Usually the wives of fishermen have betrayed their husbands in the
past. What shall we do in order to reverse the trend? I will make you
welders and fishing captains, and our fishermen won't have to worry about
their wives running off! If the Moonies and Sunnies are doing that,
the rest of America will not want to face being defeated and having
to give everything up to us. Once they decide to compete with us, the
marine industries will be revived. I am determined to give vision and
hope to the American young people so they will be motivated to go out
to sea. The oceans are a vast, untapped area waiting to be utilized
by courageous men and women and we want to initiate that. There is a
chance for America to become great by conquering the sea, but if your
countrymen ignore the sea and only want to lead complacent lives then
America has no hope to lead the world. America is blind to this.
I am leading the way in this field and the Unification Church will
follow through. I would really like to see you beautiful sisters become
fishing captains and go out to sea, being so knowledgeable and dedicated
that men won't mind taking orders from you. Then people will recognize
Sunnie power and Moonie power. I want to make our women the presidents of
many companies so that the employees who just graduated from Harvard and
Yale will all have to listen to you. You may look tiny and weak but when
the men on the ship are scared to death, you women will take command and
give orders to rectify the situation. You might even take your own babies
with you! I am very excited about this idea. I was planning to travel
around and look at businesses in Alabama, for instance, but Mother was
somewhat hesitant and said, ''Father, you know that's a man's job, so you
go and I will stay home.,, But I told her she should come along anyway.
We are not seeking millions of dollars for ourselves by starting
businesses; we are looking at the world and this nation and preparing
to spearhead change. Imagine the time when we have thousands of vessels
and I can say to the American government, ''[here are so many farmers
sitting idle and receiving government subsidies for doing nothing. What
kind of ridiculous system is that? You pay them for not growing crops,
but in the meantime millions of people are starving in other parts of
the world. Let the farmers grow their crops and let us transport that
food all over the world to feed the poor. We have the boats to do it."
Fishing has seasons and doesn't last twelve months a year, so why
shouldn't we transport things all over the world in between seasons?
How would you feel being the captain of a boat loaded with grain and
headed for a nation where many people are starving? I would select the
tiniest of all women to be the captain of such a boat and have her wear a
special hat with official decorations. We must all have a dream to live
for. I have more dreams than anyone else, but the difference is that my
dreams become reality.
I will establish a system in which you women will be the captains and
your husbands the first mates. You men will have to say, ''Yes, ma'am,"
when the captain gives orders, even though she may be your wife. Do
you men feel good or bad about that? If you are a seasoned captain then
whether you are man or woman doesn't make any difference; the crew has to
obey. Will you men say. ''Father, we will never get behind the women in
leadership and experience,,? Up until the blessing there are many things
that the tiny women do better than men, but after marriage comes I don't
want to see you men falling behind the women because I am a man too!
We are citizens of two worlds
Why do I keep stirring up so much controversy? I could be comfortable
at home with Mother and our children and no one would criticize me.
After knowing this truth, sitting still is impossible because I know that
the ultimate victory is within reach. I want to guarantee the realm of
resurrection on the worldwide level. Initially, I was all by myself in
this realm of darkness, pioneering a one-man battle, but I will multiply
and become two, ten, a hundred, then millions, and this pioneering work
will become wider and eventually cover the entire world. I planted stakes
in 120 nations by sending a group of Reverend Moons into those countries,
knowing ahead of time that they would receive persecution initially.
I am centrally located here in America as an axis around which to
raise all 120 nations up, step by step. In each nation our members are
starting a highway, making it wider and wider, just like the central
one I am making here in America. Eventually, each country will be turned
around and each sovereignty will find new direction. Even America will
eventually welcome me and know who I am. Once America starts to say,
''We need you, Reverend Moon," the rest of the world will do the same
because American citizens are the children of the world.
The Abel members of the world's races came here to America, primarily
for religious freedom. America is the Abel country in the sight of God,
and Abel's duty is always to save Cain, in this case the rest of the
world. There is only one country under the sun where descendants of
the world's races are gathered, but you didn't make this country, nor
the American people; God raised this country up for the purpose of the
world. Once we move America we can move the world, and I am thinking
day and night about how we can have impact upon America. Are
you also thinking day and night about America? Day and night you need
to make conscientious effort to become one with me; that's the way of
life in the Unification Church.
Do you really like me? Your being so devoted is how you bring me a lot
of persecution! You love your Unification Church brothers and sisters
more than your own natural brothers and sisters, which means that you
white members think more of your black brothers and sisters than of your
own family. I can't understand that mentality because I have never been
in a white man's position. If what you are saying is true then you are
doing something better than me.
Why do you love your brothers and sisters in this Church so much? You
love them because God loves them. What is your justification for loving
Reverend Moon? You know that God loves him.
I have an ideal nation in my mind, but in actuality I have nothing
else. I have nothing to give you, therefore, but still you are trying
to follow my ideology and way of life. Americans are always proud of
being first-class citizens of the world, but by following me you have
become tenth-class citizens! You are risking your American reputations,
but do you still want to follow? That could only be possible because
God loves my imaginary world more than God loves this physical world,
and you want to belong to that world, not this one.
Actually, it doesn't matter if this world comes against you because
we are not of this world. We belong to the other, ideal world, God's
world. We are not only citizens of that world, however; we are trying
to forge a link and bring the two worlds into one. We do things for the
true world, and for that reason we are in a position to be loved more
by God than ordinary people.
When you go to spirit world you will be higher than any saint or holy
person who ever lived in history because you are being loved by God in
two worlds. No one in spirit world has had that experience, even though
God originally wanted to love man both on earth and in spirit world. All
the saints, including Jesus, should respect you because even Jesus could
not duplicate the work you are doing now. Today your dream is as great
as Jesus, dream 2,000 years ago, but it is possible for you to make it
reality while you are in this world. This commands Jesus' respect and
admiration. Once you deeply realize this, you will be front-line soldiers
without any hesitation. We are at the front line of the historical battle'
not just in one nation but in the universe. You can definitely see our
ideal and all you have to do is take one big step to reach it.
The Japanese in America
Why were you Japanese so foolish as to come to America? America is
the country that dropped the atomic bomb on your country and killed
millions of your people. Did you come to make millions of dollars in
America or to beg for food? Even the American Immigration Department
is trying to kick you out but still you are hanging onto America. You
Japanese are still here in America in order to hasten the day that God
can bless America with both hands, and you want to be with Americans to
see that day. You Japanese represent the Asian countries. You are from
a nation which was once an enemy but you are here to forgive and bless
America. You are giving your blessing along with God's to hasten the day
this former enemy country can be blessed more than anyone. By doing it,
your own nation's blessing is guaranteed.
You are setting a new tradition because your actions are loving
actions. That is the supreme love, to love your enemy. You came here
for one other reason' however; you came because I am here on the front
line and you want to be with me' thinking' ''I want to be your shield
and protector and do your work.'' You volunteered to become front-line
soldiers for the cosmic battle. All we know is the role of the front-line
soldier, and day and night nothing else comes to mind except winning
Would you Japanese members ask me for a little relaxation after
working here for so many years? I will see to it that all the Japanese
members will be pushed to an extreme, impossible degree. I want American
people everywhere to see the Japanese members and say, ''I don't want
to be near them because I just cannot compete with them.,, I want you
Japanese to set the toughest example to follow.
Don't you Americans sometimes think that the Japanese members
are foolish to come and work so hard when they don't even speak the
language? Don't you think, '' That makes me uncomfortable. I want to
rest, so why don't you relax too?,, I know there are at least some who
think that way. Americans do everything super king-size compared to
the Japanese. You are tall and have long arms and even your eyes are
bigger. You walk like cranes but the Japanese walk like sparrows. How
can you let yourselves be defeated by the Japanese?
I don't want you Americans to get behind the Japanese; if you are
defeated by them then there is no way you can win the real blessing,
because even if they decline in the future God still has to give them the
blessing. Actually, I am on America's side because God has been on the
side of America. God wanted to prepare this nation so perfectly that it
could fulfill its extraordinary task in the final day, and because God
worked so hard I want to see America become superior in every way. In
order to do that you Americans must suffer more for this country and
the world. The person who takes more of a beating is the one who shall
be rewarded with more blessing and love. If that is not the case then
God is wrong. If I do not think in that fashion then somewhere along
the line I am also wrong.
Japan was defeated in World War II but now that is all past and we are
engaged in the most historically important battle. I am Korean and they
are Japanese; have you Americans been defeated by us Orientals? If not'
then you shall be prosperous and I shall be prosperous because you and
I are not enemies; we are one family, even though we are separated by
nationality. My victory becomes yours and yours becomes mine.
Because I have already opened the way,
you don't have to go the entire distance by yourself
Even in the secular world parents want their children to be superior
to themselves, so how much more true is this with heavenly parents.? They
really want to see heavenly children become better than themselves. Do you
welcome suffering more than your own parents? Would you do it for my sake
or the sake of the world? Within several decades I will no longer be here
on earth, but God and the world shall remain. You love God and the world,
and therefore, your love shall be permanent. I want you to take over the
duty that is more difficult than my own, and if you suffer more than me
then you shall receive more of God's love, which is the source of life.
The fall of man resulted from self-centeredness, but now in the
opposite way we give ourselves for the sake of God and humanity; this
ideology will totally annihilate the satanic way of life and bring this
world into the realm of resurrection. Your struggle is actually a very
short one because you are engaged in the final battle. By demonstrating
your fortitude and loyalty and winning in that final battle, you
will inherit all of my accumulated victory because it serves as your
Under normal circumstances you would have to go through every step,
beginning with the individual level. I have already gone through the
whole sequence, but by participating in this one universal battle you
are actually indemnifying my every accomplishment on the horizontal
level. You are acquiring the entire foundation of my victory and all of
it will become your asset. I am standing at the top of the ladder after
winning every level of victory, but if you start out from this point
and follow me farther and farther through every step on the horizontal
level , you will receive my entire foundation.
You can measure yourself by how I have lived. When you come to a
difficult moment you should think, ''Father suffered more than I did and
I want to surpass him.,' If you always set your sights on me then you can
overcome anything. Because I have already opened the entire way for you ,
you don't have to worry about going the entire distance by yourself. By
aiming to achieve my standard you can inherit my entire foundation. That
is a demonstration of your love. By following this one man in the center
and wanting to sacrifice yourself for him, even more than for your own
family or country, you are giving your total love to him. In that way
you are actually shortening your own dispensation.
With every step you are becoming victorious because you have this
absolute standard to follow. When you look at me you cannot say you are
tired, or that following me is too much to be expected.
There is no way you can exceed me but that is why you constantly make
effort, and while you are doing it you are really becoming one with
me. A vivid example is the Japanese members here. They have their own
nation and their parents across the Pacific, but they gave everything
up to come follow me in this country.
The Americans in spirit world can see and compare the Americans
and the Japanese with me. Who is demonstrating more serious unity and
commitment? Many of you Americans have probably experienced thinking
that you cannot go on any further and that you want to leave this
movement because you cannot keep up, but then your ancestors appear
in a dream and chastise you, saying, ''My son, that's not the way you
should be. You must persevere.,' Some people have told me that kind of
story. Practically every one of you should have that kind of experience
of being counseled and given direction spiritually.
Why should that phenomenon happen? That is the proof that spirit
world is watching over you and taking care of you. They want to be
proud of you, not ashamed. This country is at least a Christian nation
while Japan is not, and if the Japanese are already working hard, how
could you not do more? People outside have no concept of this kind of
spiritual guidance, but in the Unification Church we are fully aware
of this reality in our lives. Without knowing this vertical principle,
the world and the United States government think they can remedy the
situation simply by throwing me out of the country. But I tell you, if
that ever happened then the activity of the entire spirit world would
become so intense that you would be exhausted. Such a commotion would
result that no one could restore order.
If white people never become fully awakened then the spirit world will
mobilize the black people as soldiers to preserve America's blessing.
Better that black people should take over than to upset the providence;
black people are American citizens too. If I lead the way then this
will happen. From being on the street corners you realize that those
who support us the most are minority groups; they have given me a warmer
reception than anyone else. The spirit world is behind you because they
cannot stand in the forefront' and they are trying to use these minorities
to steer America in case the white people fail.
The impact of one man is not limited just to him or his family;
the whole nation and world will be affected. I am here to reconcile
the differences and bring unity to America and all races. I am a welder
of the human races, here to heal the rift between them. God knows very
well that the blacks and whites cannot totally unite unless there is a
mediator, and He is using me as that mediator. God has seen the future
and is concerned about how to create one human race.
White people have to be humble and meek because otherwise they will
be deprived of all blessing. Look at how black people are coming into
prominence, particularly in sports. Most of the American champions
in sports are black people. There's a great potential among blacks,
and once their future is opened up by the Unification Church ideology
they will become even more motivated. Historically, blacks have been
oppressed and they felt that suffering to the bone, seeking a way to
make their race outstanding in the sight of God. Once they have the
proper motivation they will do it.
The history of the world reveals that oppressed people always conquer
their oppressors once they have a superior ideology. It is always the
case in the history of God that the oppressed people have become the
masters in the next generation. That is the inevitable consequence of
Principle in this fallen world. We are following the same pattern.
Because of this principle God appears to be weak and powerless,
even to the point of allowing the birth of an ideology like communism,
which is an outright declaration against God. Today the worst kind of
living hell on earth is New York, and when the blackout hit, New York
became a literal hell overnight. The Unification Church must come to
conquer living hell and revolutionize it. Are you going to influence
New York or be influenced by New York?
New York has become gentler and is not persecuting you too much,
so you should go out looking for persecution. You go once, twice, three
times to visit your assigned homes, and no matter whether people point
their fingers at you each time, their consciences will not allow them
to keep it up. The first time you knock on the door they may be almost
like lions trying to bite you, and the second time be almost the same.
The third time they will stare at you, but the fourth time they will
shake their heads, ''Boy, I just don't understand these mysterious
people. I'm sorry. I didn't treat you right before."
Their apology will be as deep as their wrongdoing and the more they
persecute you, the deeper shall become their repentance. This is the
strategy of God. Because I know heavenly strategy I never get tired
or become hopeless. It is impossible. I proclaimed that we will have a
rally in Moscow, and that is not an empty dream. Already your brothers
and sisters are giving up their lives right now to prepare for that
day. If they are working under such adverse conditions, how can you
say that it is difficult to do the work of God in New York? You can't
say that. Whenever I receive a report from the underground movement in
communist countries it makes me tremble. I see that you are too idle
come pared to our members there who are risking their lives every day.
Your rebirth can set the world right again
What is our ultimate goal? That is the topic of my message this
morning. In one stroke we want to transform this entire world of death
into a realm of light. It has absolutely become a possibility that we
can erect the physical Kingdom of God on earth. If you didn't have my
victory to look at and you had to start out from scratch, you could
try for millions of years and still not come out into the realm of
rebirth. There are many people in history who tried to take every step
but they always faltered after they achieved even a little goal. Never
in all history has anyone reached the top.
I want you to feel to the bone that because you are serving as an axis,
the entire world is turning upside down and right side up. Our work is
progressing, with the spirit world as one hand and all of us here is the
physical world as the other. Together we are turning and transforming
the world. You must feel that God is using you as an axis and realize
that if you make a mistake then the worst consequences will come about'
even worse than the fall of Adam and Eve. That is precisely the position
of each one of you.
In order to be born again as a brand new baby of God, both Mother
and Father and God will give you strength, but only if you become
strong like a dynamo; otherwise you cannot have rebirth. When a child
is born the head comes out first, and that indicates that we have to
push ahead. The astonishing thing is that when you are born again your
ancestors are born again, as well as your generations in the future.
By knowing such a formidable truth I am not bothered by anything.
Your own birth is accompanied by the birth of the angelic world,
spirit world and physical world; your own birth sets all this existence
right again. Your ancestors represent the angelic world and your
future generations represent spirit world, placing you in Adam's
position. Adam is the seed, and as a result of Adam being born in the
right way, the future world and spirit world are all brought together.
Adam is in a position to say, ''Because of me and because of my love you
shall be blessed and your children shall be blessed." Can you fulfill
What qualification will enable you to be resurrected? As a son of God
who receives His love you can be born again. Then shall you be better
than or inferior to Jesus? Jesus is in the parent's position and everyone
else in the children's position, and as I said before, it is the parents,
utmost desire to have their children become better than themselves. In
his own lifetime Jesus could not consummate his mission nor love his
world or the angelic world. He could not love the entire universe and
God in his own lifetime, but as a son and daughter of God, you would
give him great joy by doing everything that he wanted to do but could not.
This kind of statement is the reason why conventional Christians
sometimes call me a heretic. Because we want to work harder than God,
will God say, ''How could you ever think of such an impossible thing?,,
Will we be God's adversaries for wanting to liberate Him? When God
hears His children talking just like that, do you think He would be mad
or happy? Any parent wants to hear that.
The time has come for the opportunity to liberate God and Jesus and
the spirit world by your own hands and sweat. Is that wrong thinking?
Jesus swatted blood in agony at the meaning of his own death, but we
are sweating for our own rebirth and the rebirth of humanity. That is
my ideology, the ideology of resurrection. Could you complain?
The mouth is supposed to eat food, not speak words to destroy
you. Just like a baby drinks milk to live, you must grow under any
circumstances, overcoming everything and continuing on. Are you growing
at night when you are asleep? Wherever you are and whatever time of day
it is doesn't matter because every moment of the day you are growing. God
is holding you in His arms like a baby, but you are growing so fast that
God will tell you, ''You are growing bigger than I am! You go out now
and be independent.'' That's resurrection.
Rebirth begins in your struggle in a humble place
Initially in the Unification Church we embrace people and give them
food and shelter and love, but when you become a real man of God He
will say, ''Get out of here and go be independent. Be like me and make
miracles happen in other countries.'' Just like any country expects an
adult to work and pay taxes, you will go out and become a productive,
independent man' and without doubt your productivity will become so great
that the kingdom will flourish. Before the world even knows it, the world
will become our territory; already we are embracing the universe, even
without other people knowing it. Columbus came to America and claimed
the continent, and in the same way we will soon discover a new continent
within our arms.
Do you want to open your arms wider than God, or do you only want to
embrace the world a little bit? You may say' ''God, I want to embrace
the world more than You. My arms are longer than Yours and I will do more
than You do.'' Then God will say, ''All right, you take over. I want to
take a little nap.,' God will gladly leave the mission to you. God is
looking for men and women with arms longer than His and I am looking for
that in our Church. If everyone comes to the Unification Church and only
does less than I do' then this house will fall to the ground.
When I was in Alabama going from town to town, we stopped at McDonald's
after a long afternoon. We were sitting outside in the open air, and
a little black sister with a box in her lap was sitting nearby, just
smiling and smiling at Mother and myself. We didn't know her but Mother
soon discovered that she was our MFT member. This girl just couldn't
believe that we were real! We asked her why she didn't come over and say,
''Hello, Father and Mother. Welcome to Alabama." She said, ''I just
couldn't imagine that Father and Mother were out in the country here,
and I thought I was seeing some kind of vision. But now I see you are
the real ones!" She was a little black sister, all shiny with sweat, but
at that place there was such a beautiful meeting of father and daughter,
and mother and daughter.
God works in mysterious ways. Sometimes you are the only one who
knows that you are working in the back country where hardly any other
Unification Church members come, but all of a sudden God sends the True
Parents right there to embrace you. There the intense joy of meeting is
more ecstatic than here where you expect to see me week after week. Always
Mother and I express more unreserved love in such a situation. That's the
way God works, and even in a remote corner God's love is more intense. You
will not receive God's love at the comfortable headquarters. God is way
out on the front line, and there His love is manifested in a dramatic way.
Where can we have this rebirth and resurrection? In a very glamorous
area, or sweating and struggling in a remote area? You are searching
after God's love and it is going to come to you after very hard but very
dramatic experiences. You might think that IBM has the best computers,
but no, the best computer is in spirit world, where your entire life
is already mapped out on your own computer card. You are traveling
in the fallen world and you go up and down and have struggles along
the way. You sometimes go up very high, but sometimes you dump down
low. Would you like to go up and down in this realm of death, or in the
realm of resurrection? It's not easy! You have to hang on and persevere
through the fiercest suffering.
A big grandfather clock has rhythm. I like to hear that because it
is like the rhythm of your life, in which you push yourself up with
each stroke. You will never get into the realm of resurrection as a
solitary individual. First you must cross the boundary and go to the
world. Because he did not have the world with him, even Jesus could not
go to the Kingdom of God in heaven. I am very intent in the midst of
this emergency. Today there is a state leader's conference, but tomorrow
I might take off for somewhere else. There is a busy heavenly schedule
and I am making my own computer card and mapping out my own life.
In the realm of resurrection you are going to see the day of new
birth. Once you see that day then everything becomes yours-the spirit
world, God and the physical world-and you can claim it. No matter
what the cost or sacrifice, while we have this flesh on earth we must
reach that realm of victory. I want you to know that as members of the
Unification Church you are living in a golden time because you still have
persecution coming to you. It is almost like the birth pains of a mother
who is pushing her baby out to be born. The entire universe is focused
upon you, and to the limit of your strength you can push yourself into
the new world.
There are many babies who die during delivery. Do you want to be
born dead, or be a victorious child? Here in New York you must look at
the Empire State Building and think that if you throw yourself against
it that even that huge building will fall. Yesterday in Alabama we made
many plans, talking about buying 200 acres with waterfront, even though
I had no money ready. I told the real estate broker, ''We have as much
money as we need and we have an even more precious thing; we have as
many dedicated people as we need." I was thinking about you when I said
that and this morning I wanted to make sure that you are here! Can you
give me that confidence that we have as many good people as we need?
I came barehanded to this country and have been able to do this much.
Therefore, I have no doubt that by following my example you can be
equally successful, even if you have only bare hands. Do you just feel
good or can you do it? Does that mean that when I buy a shipyard and send
either men or women down to work that you can fulfill the mission? That
means you can become either captains or welders or fishermen, whatever I
assign you to do? I set the tradition already at Barrytown by teaching
members for two nights straight how to make nets. I went fishing many
nights with no sleep, and went out to sea at 3:30 in the morning every
day. That's the way I set the tradition. Can you match that record,
not for my sake, but for the sake of your own country and humanity?
Do you think that I am so miserable that I need your help? Not at all.
God and the world are more miserable than I am. They need help, so we
must go. Will you pledge to conquer the realm of resurrection and plunge
into the world with it?
Thank you very much. God bless you.