REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
LET US MARCH FORWARD
TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
November 13, 1977
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Mr. David Kim
Even though fallen mankind lives in darkness all men are destined
to go to God. Depending upon his or her degree of spiritual growth,
each one will march forward to the Father sooner or later. The world's
present situation can be compared to the deep darkness of the night
with the only light to be seen showing far above you, like the twinkling
stars. If you can grasp this situation you know that your only hope is
to direct yourself toward the starry sky, yet even though you can see
the light twinkling above you cannot fly up to it. The situation is
desperate because you are unable to reach that small light. However,
if you find any little light on a lower plane then you have hope.
Suppose that there weren't even twinkling stars in the sky and total
darkness surrounded you m Even though you may be standing you can't really
tell whether you are in the air or on the earth. How discouraging it is to
find yourself in that situation! This is the position all mankind is in,
surrounded by total darkness with nowhere to go and without any sense of
direction. As a human being you cannot just stand still in the darkness,
however; you are destined to move somewhere.
What good will it do even if you have eyes? In the darkness you cannot
see and you have no hope of getting anywhere. Though you have five senses
they cannot function in that utter darkness so what use are they? Even
though you are the center of the cosmos, in this situation you cannot
declare that you are center. Have you ever thought of yourself being in
darkness as deep as I have described? You have no hope in that situation
and you grasp for something you cannot hold. You want to see something
but you cannot see anything; you try to hear something but you cannot
hear. As a human being in that situation you would feel hungry but you
can't see any food in the darkness.
If in that miserable state you find a little twinkling light then you
have hope. Your five senses will focus intently on that light, even if
it is as weak as a firefly's. As that little bug jumps you will follow
him. If it flies away you will run after it. Once you find that light
you cannot bear to see it leave. You could never be content to see it go
while you stay. You will want to pursue that fluttering firefly in the
night. You have to realize that you are in this position and your hope
lies in that light. Even if it comes only once a month or once a year,
you have to appreciate that light because it can guide you out of this
If that light appears, all mankind will pursue it wherever it goes. If
someone knows that the small firefly light will appear once a year
then that person will eagerly wait in the darkness for the one year to
elapse. He will wait one month, three months, eight months for the time
to go by and his longing and the joy and delight he feels at its coming
cannot be described. If there were a way for him to grasp the light,
how desperately would he try to catch it? Maybe the girls would say,
"Why do we need that light? We cannot catch it."
Would you ignore the light or try to catch it? If another person were
to see you desperately grabbing for that light as your hope, he might
think you were crazy. Once you find the light you cannot take slow steps;
you will do your best and run as fast as possible to catch the light,
right? Whether you are white, black or yellow doesn't matter, or whether
you are from an advanced or underdeveloped country. If a country or
individual finds the light they will try their best to catch it.
Have you thought about how this fallen world needs that kind of
light? You need that light because of the human fall, but you have to
be alert. If you close your eyes, you will never recognize that moving
light. You have to have wide-open eyes. If it did not come, would you
wait with wide-open eyes for six months or even one year on the chance
that you could catch the light?
Some other people who do not believe that the light exists will
ridicule you and say you are stupid. One type of person will not care
whether the light comes or not but another type of person will remain
vigilant, regardless of how long he must wait. Which kind of person are
you? Many people will say, "We don't need the light and we don't need
direction. We don't need to know a purpose of being," but there are also
God-oriented, conscientious people who have hope even after waiting many
years for the light.
Only those people who believe that the Messiah will come keep their
eyes wide open because they believe the light will appear and crush the
darkness of this world m They are the religious people of the world and
they are very, very sincere about watching for the light. Even though
other people have eyes they cannot see and even though they have minds
they cannot reason properly to expect a light to come. Religion teaches
that you have to go the watchful way and that over the mountain there
is light. This is the teaching of religion in the past. Isn't this
why you come to Belvedere so early in the morning to listen to me,
for instance? Are you only here to sit on the cold cement?
The communists claim that there is no direction. They are materially
oriented and are convinced they don't need that light. What is the
Unification movement doing with respect to this issue? The democratic
system which fosters religion and the Unification movement will both be
losers if they do not give mankind clear direction to find that light.
There are many foolish groups which give wrong directions but there
is only one true light. The 400 denominations within Christianity are
all divided among themselves about what the proper direction is and most
of the rest of mankind has become numb and senseless. Even though they
have eyes they cannot see and even though they have ears they cannot
hear. Man's five senses are not as sharp as God originally made them.
Where is the light? Toward what can your five senses direct
themselves? Your perception cannot be limited to the individual level,
but should go all the way to the world level. Unification of the world is
possible if that true light appears because it is not limited by class,
culture, color or race.
The road we are on leads to the light that all mankind is longing form
What kind of light is it? The light is truth but what is the meaning of
truth? To the hungry person truth will be food m The thirsty person's
truth is water to drink. The dying person's truth is life. Truth is
the pen with which a person who wants to write can communicate. What
is truth to your ears? The wonderful sounds that come to your ears are
truth and the beautiful smells that come to your nose are also truth m
The definition of truth is ambiguous.
What is truth? That question raises all kinds of philosophical
problems. You might say truth is God but if I am separated from God,
why do I need Him?
What is my connection to Him? Should I struggle or fight with God or
what? Is God an idiot, or can you argue with God about what kind of God
He is? If God
I had an invisible hand, would you like to hold it? This is
philosophy's problem. If God can satisfy all your senses then maybe you
need God and then you might say that God is truth.
What is the essence of God? Lover. What is the content of love? When
you hear the word "love," before you can even think about it your five
senses feel joy and you are satisfied. We need that love. You enjoy dove,
right? Have you seen love? You can see or experience the result of love
but you have never seen love. Is love latent within you or not? Why
can't you find it?
Love is everywhere in you, even within your clothing. Since love is
everywhere, when you have a handkerchief from your beloved you can feel
his love. Love cannot exist by itself can it? Where does love start? If
there is no position of subject or object then dove will not exist. If
I say that without an object I am happy and I have love then everyone
will say that I am mentally ill. But if I am by myself and pull out
a handkerchief with sentimental memories from Korea, then when I talk
to myself I am not crazy because there is a normal subject and object
relationship there. An object is very valuable, isn't it?
What is most valuable in the whole world for women? Husbands. There
are different kinds of men -handsome, average and ugly-and sometimes they
can be crippled too. Which man would you like to have as your husband? A
handsome one? You flunked the test! If you are alone and the only man
left is a cripple, you cannot be picky and refuse to marry him. Would
you refuse him as your object or would you try to love him? The most
important point is not which kind of husband you have but how you can
obtain a genuine love in your subject-object relationship. That is the
issue, not whether he is ugly or handsome.
Someone might ask what a true woman is. Is she the most beautiful
woman? Who knows, a true woman might have big eyes and gigantic hands
and arms and look like a lumberjack. Maybe she will be so ugly she
can't even look at herself in the mirror. Can she be categorized as a
woman who smiles and jokes, one who is active and sings well and is very
versatile? Should she be an Olympic champion? The woman who possesses
true love is a true woman.
Let's narrow down what true love is. Some women say, "I have true love
and a beautiful face and a beautiful figure, so I have a right to have a
true man as my husband." Would the true woman say that or would she say,
"I am a beautiful woman and I have true love, but I will love a crippled,
ugly husband with all my devotion; I will sacrifice myself as a woman
to love him."
Would you like to be a true woman or an ugly woman? If a true woman
should marry a crippled man we have a real problem because there are
not so many cripples in the Unification Church m How will we solve
this theological question?! We can conclude after all this discussion
that the final definition of the true woman is that she not only loves
someone who is close to the ideal, but she is ready to love the ugliest
and meanest man.
The definition of true love includes loving someone who is on the
lowest level. Why is it possible? Love is the power flowing between
two to unite them. If you always look for the ideal person then you are
already limited so you have to expand your scope. If you could learn to
love anyone then the power of love will multiply with give and take. The
circular motion of such love will make it perpetual.
What is God? How does God exist? Could this idealistic, higher
level God say, "I'm on the highest level, so I don't worry about the
worst people." Such a God could never qualify to be God because God
is all-inclusive, able to embrace even the people in the dungeons of
hell. God includes both extreme and He even loves those in the dungeons
of hell more than those in the higher level of love. We don't need the
kind of God who only functions on the ideal level. God must be able to
embrace everything because God is eternal.
What is a true man? The true man is able to love his own enemy
because love is an eternally circling motion. At Harvard there are lots
of well-dressed young men who are handsome and intelligent but are they
true men? Whom are such people centered on?
Usually they are centered on themselves and because their point of view
is too limited they all flunk the test. The intellectual guy criticizes
and judges everything according to his knowledge, but such a person is not
the true man. Would you women like that kind of small-scale husband? It
is good for you not to have that kind of intellectual type but a man
with a homely face. If you can find true love for him then that's the
best husband for you. Where is the light I described? That light shines
in the place where this kind of true man and true woman have true love
between them and that is where all mankind is destined to go.
Why do you come to Sunday service at Belvedere in the early dawn? You
are sitting on the floor, which is an unusual custom in the Western
world. You are here because you would like to have true love and you
believe you have found the truth, right? Is it good or bad that you
men want to be the President of the United States and you women want
to be the First Lady? You must really manifest your true love in that
position. If you can love people in the dungeon of hell then you are
all set. If as the First Lady you pray for them and shed tears for them
and care for them then you merit your position. If the First Lady has
diamonds and is a fashion plate but she is arrogant and selfish then
she flunks the test. The First Lady should have sensitivity toward the
happiness of mankind; that's what will qualify her to be First Lady.
Let's look at the Unification movement. I am a controversial figure
right now; how do you know whether or not I'm a cheater or swindler?
Nearly 200 million other people believe the worst about me. Only one
thing is sure. If I love mankind more than anyone else, if I worry about
mankind and God more than myself and my family then one thing is certain:
I stand for truth. If that is not true then I am false and there is no
need for the Divine Principle. Do you love me? I am not satisfied with
only hearing your answer. You have to put this into practice exactly
as I have done. You have to carry God's love and any love you have for
me and give it to the people through your deeds. Otherwise I cannot
believe what you say.
If you love me then you have to go out and love other people. Go
even to the end of the world and carry your love to the most difficult
places. Will you go complaining all the way, or with appreciation
and willingness? How much will you love mankind? You have to love the
people more than you love me and more than you love anybody you are
close to. That's the standard. I ask no more than that.
The person who will practice this kind of love will have a free pass to
Heavenly Father's home. T have seen that such people will own the Kingdom
of Heaven. These people are copying what God has done and they will freely
go everywhere in the spirit world. Their love is their qualification.
If God has eyes, will He just gaze at the blue sky and endless space?
Where will He look? God will focus first on the dungeon of hell because
that is His sorrow. The God who looks only at the beautiful world is
not the true God. God is the one who looks down at the bottom of hell,
thinking, "How will I lift up this person's soul to be just like me?" Even
though that person is in hell he belongs to God, and even in hell he
The souls in hell result from man's fallen history but even in that
shameful condition they are looking at God. Some Christians believe a
very strange thing, that at the time of the final judgment God will cast
wicked people into eternal fire and only Christians will be lifted up in
the air. Heavenly Father does not necessarily believe what the established
churches believe. According to the Principle God is going to liberate the
people who have been living in hell, and those people who work hard to
liberate them will find themselves in a world correspondingly higher. If
you work hard in hell, you will be rewarded in heaven. Regardless of how
much Divine Principle you know, simply believing that you are going to
liberate those souls and trying hard to help is all you need to obtain
citizenship in the kingdom. You may not think much of what I have said,
but when you go to spirit world it will be proven true. Do you believe it?
What kind of children are pious sons and daughters? Are they the ones
who say, "I love you Daddy and Mommy," and bring their parents presents,
but who fight with each other? No. The true mother and father will say
that the child who is a good son or daughter loves his brothers and
sisters more than his parents. This principle applies to all mankind
and if it is applied, the Kingdom of Heaven will quickly come.
Who is a loyal subject to his king? He who loves the king's subjects
as much as he loves the king and queen is a loyal subject. This principle
also applies to those we call saints. A saint lives for God. All the
past saints lived for God and to the degree they loved God they loved
all mankind. After they loved mankind to the same degree they loved God
they could come back to be embraced by God. Does it make sense? When
Jesus Christ was dying he prayed for his enemies; he practiced God's
love even on the cross. Because God is that kind of God Jesus also had
to live that truth as the Messiah. That is why he can be termed the
highest saint of all.
Modern Christianity has failed to practice this love which should
have been inherited from Jesus Christ. Christians on earth were to love
all mankind more than they loved Jesus. That is the responsibility of
Christians at this time but they have gone a totally different way.
Even though they criticize me the leading theologians and church leaders
are destined to go in this direction eventually, regardless of their
own doctrine. There is no way to revive modern Christianity except by
following this principle of loving all mankind more than Jesus loved God.
With this truth it is possible to erect the Kingdom of God on earth.
Do you really understand the truth I am telling you this morning? When
you are hungry you long for food, but you must know this truth and
practice it with more urgency than you look for food. You should know
this more clearly than you know when to sleep and when to get up. Who
does not know how to practice this? I want you to practice it, to love
God and all mankind. That's the way you will prepare for your role in
the Kingdom of Heaven, by loving suffering mankind.
You work for God and for mankind m Do not say you work for me or the
Unification Church. I do not work hard for the Unification Church but for
mankind and Heavenly Father. The people who left the Church to do other
things will never be judged by the Unification Church but by mankind and
the world; we have nothing to say in that situation. People who oppose
us often quote our former members when they criticize us to defend their
position but in reality those people dropped out because they could not
cope with difficulties like you do.
I know that God's nature and His concept of the ideal world and
spirit world is entirely different from existing Christian doctrine. Is
it difficult or easy to build the Kingdom of God on earth according to
our concept? You know where the light is in the darkness and how you
are going to obtain that goal in the future and you also know where
mankind is destined to go. When you follow that light your despair and
disappointment will go away and the farther you go the more light you
will see and the more joy you will find with God.
If you apply this Principle, God will dwell with you even if you
are in prison. In the lonely place where you are persecuted God will
visit you. Where ever you go God will follow you. Why in the world are
you Americans, who are privileged to have academic freedom, following a
controversial man from Korea instead of your own theologians, scholars
or politicians? You are my main trouble. Why don't you leave me alone?
I know that if I kick you out you would come back again anyway because
you have felt joy and satisfaction here m This is a big issue with those
who dislike us.
As for me personally, I have no privacy at all. Not only do you follow
me but even in the remote countryside of Alabama people recognize me!
There is nowhere I can go quietly or privately. In Japan and Korea
tremendous commotion surrounds my visits. Why is this phenomenon
happening? lt is all a result of the power of love. Only love of a high
dimension could inspire even Westerners to be attracted to me. You feel
so good that even the different between the Orient and Occident doesn't
matter. You know the whole truth. When you go to spirit world you will
be tested on how much you lived this and you cannot say that I did not
teach you. This is the key to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Based on this principle I can predict that the Unification movement
will spread all over the world, regardless of persecution. Why? There
is no other theory or doctrine through which we can unite the whole
world except this one. Even though there are many brilliant scholars
and politicians who talk about idealistic concepts, they are all divided
among themselves. I am the only one with the principle which can unite all
mankind. When you are eating, figure out if this is possible or not. When
you are walking somewhere or when you are asleep, analyze whether this
is true. If you ask Heavenly Father whether it is true He will say,
"It is true. You are right."
Heaven and hell will be connected to each other by love and the
circling movement of love shall everlastingly continue. The liberation of
hell and the liberation of God are based on this principle. Ever since
human history began only one ideology has emerged which can liberate
both mankind and Heavenly Father. When people call you a Moonie, think
of this precious truth and don't attack them. When you practice love
you will find yourself in heaven.
If your opponent listens to you he will become a member quicker than
anyone because he will see the road from hell to heaven. That is heavenly
strategy. When you came the first time you doubted everything but now
you are Sunnies, right? You have to remember your situation before you
become a member. When people argue about something you have to embrace
them with this power of love. You have to face your opponents and forgive
them so that your own repentance will be actualized and you can bring
these people to God.
You know that true love will save mankind and liberate God. Some people
may like me while some may not, but regardless of their complaints or
doubt, one thing is sure-that you have sensed this love here even without
understanding the reason.
If you really long for me and are anxious to do better than I am doing
then suddenly the spirit world will open to attend and guide you. Even
with your physical eyes you will see this. This is our spiritually
dynamic aspect, which is found nowhere else. You cannot purchase this
kind of thing. You can only find it here, where you try to live God's
love. No atomic power can destroy this, not even political power or
financial power. Even God cannot destroy the Unification Church now
because He has no other choice. No one else will believe it unless
they have this kind of spiritual experience. We can say there are three
stages of development in this movement: First, Moonies, then Sunnies,
the Kingies. You can be kings and queens because you aim to love God
and have God love you directly. You never wanted such a thing in the past.
You have confidence that you are going to be citizens in the Kingdom
of Heaven, right? When you witness, you are writing out your own ID
card as well as IDs for your family, nation and the whole world to
enter heaven. From the very beginning I received constant persecution,
but I always thought of it as accumulating a heavenly bank account-the
more persecution I get, the more receipts come in. If I am right then
I will be a spiritual billionaire.
Decades ago I planned the dispensational timetable and events have
paralleled my plans. The climactic scene was fulfilled in the year 1976,
when everything was finished by the True Parents. Ever since the victory
at Washington Monument I am on the creditor's side instead of the debtor's
side and now many other people will help and all spirit world is set in
motion. The "Reverend Moon in America" program is being shown to the
public and a distinguished scholar has had a book published about us;
the deprogrammers were defeated by a lawsuit that was decided in our
favor in San Francisco-all of these things are just the beginning.
It was communists who first started using terminology like
"brainwashing', to attack me, but I have kept quiet, even though the
New York Times and Washington Post both printed those allegations.
One journalist analyzed the amount of media coverage our movement has
received and he calculated that in the United States alone at least
$300,000,000 worth of time, writing and space has been used to cover
us. News from America goes throughout the world, which means that billions
of dollars have been spent to attack me. The media did a thorough job!
This is all God's strategy. Without that kind of trouble it would
have taken a hundred years for the world to know about me, but now every
nation is aware of me. Two years ago I sent three missionaries to each
of 124 nations and the nations which respond to those three people will
completely turn to God's side when the time comes. Truly this work is
one of the greatest adventures ever seen in human history.
In the long run Satan's evil forces did a great favor for our
movement by opposing us. In that sense we have a very strange doctrine:
persecution is welcome! If an enemy attacks us for no reason then we
will receive an equal amount of blessing. This is the law of indemnity
and restoration. Any true religion must receive rejection first and then
receive benefit. All the saints and sages in the past were attacked and
then in turn God's forces could operate. Truth is the shining light in the
darkness of persecution. All of God's plans will go forward ace cording
to its formula. I am the first religious person in history to receive
so much persecution in his lifetime, not just nationally but worldwide,
with even the communist countries speaking against me.
Objectively speaking we can conclude very easily that the Unification
Church is completely on God's side or Satan's side but not in between.
When you listen to my application of God's principle you know we are
absolutely on the side of good. Before you came here you did not belong
to God's world, so how can I believe that you are convinced? How can
you show me? The Bible says truth will liberate you from ignorance,
and now that you have knowledge you must practice it and then darkness
will fade away. You must have confidence in it.
How are we going to approach our Heavenly Father? You cannot go
directly to Him or to the True Parents with no condition. You have to
go the opposite way, winning the heart of God by liberating mankind and
God. If you go out to the world carrying God's heart then when you come
back after finishing the mission you will automatically be heading toward
God. You cannot go directly to Him. Jesus Christ went the same way,
going the opposite direction first by loving his enemies. The saints
God raised up in troubled times all practiced this truth and then went
to be embraced in the bosom of God. When I explored the spirit world I
never met famous ministers in the Kingdom of Heaven; those people did
much talking but never put their words into practice while on earth.
I want you to be the people who can actually save mankind and
liberate God. You are front line soldiers. If you are near to God then
you will go out and suffer and love all of mankind which is under Satan's
control. Then even though you look miserable you will automatically be a
citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven when you die. You don't have to worry
about anything; with that spirit you are going to make this hell into
God's earthly kingdom.
Why are you here in New York? We are going to erect the Kingdom of
Heaven on earth starting in the dungeon of hell. New York is an earthly
hell and that is why I decided to set up our headquarters to save this
country in New York City. Our World Mission Center is on 8th Avenue,
a street famous for prostitution. Without putting this teaching into
practice in the worst place we will be unable to go to heaven.
Some of you may think you lost everything because you joined the
Unification Church. You are walking a painful road instead of living easy
lives, even though you may be college graduates. Are you miserable in your
hearts? When you graduated from college you never thought that you would
go fund raising with peanuts! You are experiencing the opposite direction
I talked about, the difficult way, so you must uplift your feelings and
realize that this is a blessed situation. You are going this way to save
mankind and you have to go with appreciation. Then you are overcoming.
Some people protest that I am talking this way to you to hide the
fact that I'm making you work hard for myself. They don't realize that
there is no other way but working hard; you are in a marathon race to
the Kingdom of Heaven and you have to run fast. When you go forward in
your work you are approaching Heavenly Father and then you will have
true love. When you have a struggle and you face total rejection then
God's love will come down.
Don't be disappointed when you have struggles or when you are troubled:
don't cheat yourself. Think of how you are going to run toward Heavenly
Father to get more joy and more true love. That's the power with which
you can overcome. When Jesus Christ chose three disciples at the Sea
of Galilee they joined him because they found the light. Without any
suspicion or doubt they accepted Jesus and became his disciples. That's
the leap forward you have to make if you have difficulty. Do you know
now how you are going toward God?
I want to speak frankly now. When you know I am coming to speak
on Sunday morning you come with enthusiasm, but you do not come with
the same mood when I am not here. You must be more diligent and more
enthusiastic when I am not here. The pious son and daughter still love
one another even if their parents are absent. The loyal subject loves
his nation more when his king is absent. The same thing must be true for
you. When I talk to you directly you listen, but when your leaders say
something you hesitate. That's not right. Even though they may give you
some wrong direction, if you unite and work even harder, thinking about
the True Parents, then you are far better off than before. Now you have
the secret of how to work with your leaders.
If I went to spirit world tomorrow would you work harder or would you
relax? Even though I may go to spirit world early I have established
that the Kingdom of Heaven shall be erected on earth because of this
principle. Who is going to do it? You should answer, "I am." Since
coming to America I invested all my heart and mind, all my property,
all my energy and love in this country every day. I pour out everything
I have, spiritual and physical, and I push you people out to sacrifice
yourselves for the American people. This is the sphere of God's love. If
you believe it and practice it then I will appear to you in spirit. Other
people do not understand how all this can happen! Even though you are
pushed into earthly hell, God's love will descend on you. This is the
power of the love you possess.
The longer the period of suffering for mankind that you endure,
the bigger the amount of love you will receive from God. Do you feel
that this is fact? How much we push ourselves since knowing the light
is the key point. Your thinking must move faster than your body since
your body must follow the decisions of your mind, but you have to push
your body faster. In the long run all that we gain will benefit you the
most, even more than God and mankind. You have no room for complaint
because all that you are doing and suffering is for you. That is how
I feel too You have to be qualified as God's worker in order to save
mankind. You have to qualify yourself and work harder; that's why you
have to push yourself. You have to be a winner in the marathon race. Do
you clearly understand?
Shall we put this into practice or not? I want you to know exactly
what to do. Please raise your hands before Heavenly Father if you want
to put into practice all that I have said. Thank you. Let us pray.