REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
January 21, 1979
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
I'm sure all of you realize by now that the cultural barrier between
East and West is very difficult to cross. Spoken language, writing and
customs must be understood in order to communicate. To those without
some reason to be interested, the East seems far away and unreachable.
When seen in God's providence East and West are like twins, but the
roots of Oriental culture developed and a spiritual heritage emerged
sooner than in the West. What we call Hellenic culture is part of the
heritage of the eastern part of the world, and the origins of all other
ancient cultures as well are to be found in the eastern part of the
world. If Jesus had not been crucified, then Christian culture would
have started in Asia Minor and spread toward the Orient, but because of
the crucifixion Christianity spread in the other direction, toward Rome
God intended Christianity to stand on the foundation of Buddhism
and Confucianism as the religion of perfection in the Orient.
Christianity was intended to be a great unifying force embracing
Hebrew, Egyptian and Hellenic cultures, unifying them into one world
culture. But because of the crucifixion Jesus' disciples traveled
toward Rome and Britain, and later to the United States. Since coming
to America, Christianity has spread across the Pacific and come full
circle to unite with Eastern culture.
At the present time there is much friction between East and West,
but actually it is to be welcomed; that friction indicates they are
confronting each other, and only through confrontation will certain
differences be worked out or eliminated. Eventually the two will
emerge as one harmonious unit, and in that sense friction is not
The Korean peninsula is divided in half by the 38th parallel, and
the United States is linked to the southern half as an ally. President
Carter wanted to withdraw America's military support, but some power is
preventing him from doing so. Carter is not the first president who
wanted to withdraw militarily from Korea; President Nixon was the
first. The American political mood is such that America wants to
abandon Korea, but instead of allowing that to happen, God is sending
Reverend Moon to. America; the Korean arm is holding America very
Present trends are leading America to give up different traditions
and systems in its culture, such as the family unit. A dangerous
situation is developing here in which people find no value in family
life or in the church, and finally no value even in themselves. Young
people feel they don't need their parents or education or culture, and
say they are going back to nature, which really means they are living
like animals. Some influence is pushing them to deny their old
surroundings, preparing them to welcome the new culture. If they hold
on to the old ways then there is no room for the new when it comes.
When you are hungry you don't care what kind of food you eat; you
just grab anything and eat it. Right now God is allowing the American
people to feel very hungry culturally, so as soon as something good
comes they will grab it. Young people are interested in the mysticism
of the Orient and many are moving to California, the place closest to
We can see that there is a will in history which is not moving
randomly. This age is being prepared for the new age to come in the
future. Learning new ways and adopting a new culture is not easy and
cannot be achieved by ordinary means. It is not easy for Americans to
come sit on a concrete floor to worship God because you are accustomed
to having nice carpets and chairs. Usually people go to church at 11
a.m. after eating a leisurely breakfast and reading the newspaper, but
in the new culture we get up at 3:00 to come to Belvedere at 6 a.m.
Have you heard the rooster crow in the morning? Why does he shout out
so early like that? He is in the role of alarm clock, and those who are
alerted spiritually know it is time to awaken.
There is a saying that history is made at night, but actually it
begins in the early dawn; important things always start early in the
morning before the sun rises. The persecution we receive from people is
like the dark midnight in a deep valley, but we are climbing up out of
that valley. We have come quite far, and historically speaking we are
in the hour just before the dawn. Until now people have seen me in the
worst possible light, even believing evil things about me that are
completely untrue. But now the dawn is coming, and when they see the
sunlight they will realize that what they thought was evil is actually
the most precious and important of all. When the dawn comes they will
see the true colors.
My topic this morning is Restored Family. It is not an easy topic
because restoration of the family is not easy. It is not easy to read
what I have written here on the board because it is very high-level
writing. Handwriting is an important aspect of a culture, and without
knowing the meaning and beauty of' this writing you cannot understand
There are four Chinese characters in this title and one Korean
letter. Each Chinese character has meaning. The first means "two
persons." This one refers to another person. This one means
"day," and this one means "repeat." Each component
here has a meaning. The East and West have different ways of' observing
the same object.
This Chinese character means " heaven." Literally it means
"two persons," in the sense that you cannot see heaven without
at least two persons together. This next character means `'virtue:'
which in its literal translation is very philosophical: Again, goodness
cannot be achieved by one person alone; there must be subject and object
in reciprocal relationship for goodness to emerge.
Future historians must record that one of my accomplishments was to
bring the culture of East and West together in unity, not just on the
level of' older people or scholars, but in particular among young
people. That contribution alone is really an extraordinary one. Also,
I am the one who created the movement in which Western and Oriental
young people longed to have husbands and wives from other parts of the
world. That in itself is a revolutionary movement. I never forced you
to go that way, but somehow you feel that you would find joy in doing
A sense of mystery always derives from unknown factors. Why does
man yearn after woman? Because she is a mystery; once she is known
completely, however, there is no more mystery and attraction. Why is
woman longing for man? Because of this mystic element. American women
today are making a great mistake by exposing themselves too much, and
because men know all about them their attraction is very much decreased.
Oriental women are very secretive, which is a great weapon.
American women are all open and straightforward like machine guns, but
if you make everything known then you lose your attractiveness. You
know about Western culture and its limitations so it is losing interest
for you. Now the Oriental culture is intriguing because there is much
there you don't understand. This is why you want to study and taste
some portion of it. You want to conquer your ignorance about it and
really see what is there.
God is a mystery because no one really knows Him entirely. If you
could see God from all angles then you would lose all interest in Him.
The same is true of the Unification Church; the world is saying many
things about us, but they certainly don't yet know all there is to know.
Because of this mystery the interest of' people outside our Church is
mounting. They want to find out what 1 am all about so they come to
investigate, and in the meantime they are convinced by the truth and
It is an extraordinary thing that in this day and age all five
colors of skins have gathered together with one common goal and truth,
with a tremendous hope to move the world. Joining the Unification
Church is just the beginning, and then all kinds of things happen after
that. Unification members are a new breed; you are American citizens
but there is something different about you. The Korean and Japanese
members are not quite 100 percent Korean and Japanese, but have some
special element which makes them Moonies.
The Unification Church can be compared to a magnet made out of five
different components, which are the five races. Together they have
tremendous pulling power. The black component of the magnet pulls black
people, the white component pulls white people, and so forth. Everyone
is pulled by that one magnet. The important thing is how big this
magnet will grow. We are gathered together to become the heavenly
magnet, growing even under adverse conditions, with the rest of the
world accusing. If we can grow under adverse conditions, what will
happen when the entire world wants to welcome us? The communist
movements have grown quickly, but it will seem very slow compared to the
changes that come when the atmosphere is set to receive the Unification
Church. This atmosphere will be created all over the world, and
exciting days are coming with the approaching dawn.
If you lose a few hours of sleep, it is a small sacrifice to give.
Driving today with the cold rain and slippery roads, didn't you feel
excitement? Usually I drive over here in one of the bigger cars, but
today the roads were so slippery that 1 came in a jeep with a snowplow.
I was in the front seat instead of the back, and with the jeep jumping
along it was a much more exciting ride. I thought for sure that there
would be one-third as many of you here today because of the bad
weather, but today attendance looks greater than usual.
Let's go back to the original topic. The Korean words for
"great universe" mean literally "great home." This
great world has been under Satan's domain instead of God's, and history
began in conflict, with tears and suffering as the trademark. History
has been full of disappointment, with people being born and searching
for the meaning of life, suffering and wandering without direction.
They all died without being able to find the answers, and no one has
been able to conquer death.
Much evil has been done in war, but it also brought a fringe benefit
because through war people have become advanced in knowledge and
cultures have been spread quite quickly. People of advanced nations
have to be physically present in order to conquer another land and in
the meantime their cultures mingle. Defeated monarchs and armies have
fled to remote areas and there continued their culture, trying to make
a new life There are many stories in movies of criminals who had to
flee their old life and start over in a new country, working on the
most lowly level to regain some reputation. War has often been Satan's
tool, but God has not lost because of war. Criminals and sinners have
made an historical contribution by fleeing to primitive territory and
beginning a new culture. God never loses in history, but even pushes
evil elements to make some contribution to human history.
Why are there many languages in the world today? Because people
have been pushed away from their countries and started over. In anger
and resentment peoples have determined not to speak the old language
and made a new one instead. Criminals often use their own code to
communicate and sometimes it becomes so sophisticated that it is
another language altogether. Here in America there are many different
uses of' English, with special slang used by young people as well as
different words in different regions.
The fallen world has become very confused and chaotic, and in that
circumstance the work of restoration was begun. From God's standpoint
there is not even one man in this desert-like world He can call
In searching for His representatives on earth God is not looking at
famous people or men with great power because such people are only
interested in their own power and in enjoying life. He has always
looked to the people who suffered under oppression to find those who
can understand Him . God always finds His champions in the lower level.
Another reason is that Satan is interested mostly in power and prestige
so he pays most attention to upper-level people.
It is the communist strategy to infiltrate on all different levels
and gradually gain control, and in the same way God seeks to infiltrate
one by one and establish his beachhead. God may be telling different
groups that they are important in His work, nurturing them in their
role. As a result of this spiritual reinforcement and belief that they
are unique, these people don't listen to anyone else. They do not know
the overall point of view themselves, but all these groups are linked
in a certain heavenly plan. They may not leave behind much physical
achievement before they go to spirit world, but spiritually speaking
they have a certain accomplishment. God is training and nurturing
these champions, moving them up from the lowliest position to assume
higher and higher positions.
There were many mystic or superstitious religions in ancient times
and the idea of worship was very simple: people worshipped their many
gods simply for their own benefit. In such religions the individual
himself is the center, seeking simply to have good crops or to regain
health. What blessing is that person receiving by worshipping God?
God is guiding him out of this fallen world, leading him to become
How do we know these people are receiving blessing? By the fact
that they are being persecuted; persecution is always a sign of
blessing being given somehow. Those who try to live up to some higher
spiritual will or direction always receive persecution. There are many
degrees of faith among all these people summoned by God. One would
want to receive blessing himself; another would want his family to
benefit, while yet another would pray for benefit for his society or
nation. People have different spiritual aspirations. The person who
seeks the well-being of his family will be master of that family,
and the person seeking the well-being of his tribe will be a
tribal leader, and so forth.
Ultimately the person who seeks to bring God's blessing to the
world would be an international man, a leader who can see beyond race
and nationality. Each religious leader's sphere of influence is
determined by his own desire. If he seeks universal well-being
then he can be installed as a leader in the largest possible sphere,
while the others will be led and influenced by him. What would be the
highest possible religious aspiration is God's sight? God has been
waiting for the man who wants to liberate God, to bring Him rest and
heal His heart of sadness. There is no higher religion than that.
What was Jesus philosophy? He said, "Not my will but Thy will
be done." Jesus wanted to bring glory to God and felt that he
himself was nothing, that he could sacrifice everything for God. What
is a Messiah? He come as a heavenly mediator between God and mankind's
desires, trying to reconcile them and bring harmony. Christians have
faith in Jesus, but Jesus has faith in God. Therefore, if Christians
truly want to advance they must not only believe in Jesus as a savior
but believe in God and yearn to be His liberator.
Christians must fulfill both the wishes of the Messiah and the
wishes of God. In order to do so they must elevate themselves to the
position of messiahs and literally save the world. Their attitude must
be: "For the sake of the world I must be a sacrifice. For the
sake of God I can sacrifice my Christian church." Because they did
not do this, such a church is still needed.
There are many nations in the fallen world. God will raise up the
people who truly want to live up to His and the Messiah's wishes and
pull them out of their countries. When all those champions are
gathered will you find that they are all white? They must be of all
five colors of skin because otherwise they could not be worldwide in
Satan always knew that God was working to pull champions out of
this world and create His own group or power, so naturally every time
God tries to pull someone Satan tries to block his way. Satan doesn't
want to let even one person escape from behind his wall so he creates
strong bonds of family and society to prevent the person from moving
freely. But God is wiser than Satan-he pulls them one by one to a
single destination and unites them into a group. This is done in the
form of a religious movement which undertakes exactly this operation;
some such movement must be born to do it on earth. The first.
champions shall be chosen in one nation of this fallen world, so God
will choose one territory to assemble His champions.
Israel was that territory initially, the staging area for God's
operation. After the crucifixion, Christianity had to have one place to
assemble, and that nation was America. America was born for the sake
of Christianity in the will of God, so people gathered in America from
all around the world. Slavery is evil, but God worked even through
slavery to bring some of His champions to America. God knew that in
the end He would raise up representatives in the name of all people to
be His champions, so He needed people from all continents, even though
initially they didn't want to come.
All colors of skin are gathered in the United States, as well as
people of all different areas of knowledge and material power, but the
basic reason this nation prospers is because of Christianity. America
has drawn the great minds from all over the world, bringing a wealth
of knowledge to this country, but the foundation to do this was
Christianity, which is worldwide. There is a common goal among
Christians, so drawing all that talent was easy because Christianity has
a worldwide foundation.
This country is a microcosm of today's world so the United States is
the stage for the final messianic endeavor. No wonder God called me to
come to America to begin the worldwide dispensation; it was most
logical from God's standpoint. America has a link with all different
races and nations, so once we have an impact on this nation we will be
linked to all countries. God prepared for many years in order to make
this nation possible and to utilize it for this one critical time in
history. If America fails to respond to this messianic movement then
America's mission is failed and thereafter America will be devastated.
Think of how God is working. Christianity flourished for many
years in America, and then the Unification Church was born. Do you
think the Unification Church would easily prosper? Until I came to
America Christianity here was prosperous and rich, sending missionaries
around the world. But once our activities became worldwide, American
Christianity gradually began to decline. Young people knew that this
was happening, and, being clever, they left first. But older people
who move more slowly still remain. The interesting thing is that even
as Christian leaders are telling the people to stay, they themselves
This has been going on for ten years, and now churches are often
empty, so that this is the perfect stage for Reverend Moon to emerge
upon. While other churches have been crumbling I have been pushing
through opposition and persecution. I won the battle in Asia and came
to America to secure a beachhead. Here I proclaimed one movement for
the liberation of God, of mankind and of Jesus. Furthermore, Reverend
Moon and the Unification Church must be liberated. I issued a
recruiting order for whoever was interested in kingdom-building,
calling for champions from all races to step forward.
Each of you represents your nation and its leadership. This room
represents the world, with all nationalities represented here, and even
the nations that were enemies in the past now have their
representatives sitting here together. Since God assembled the essence
of the world in this place, the world here can be called the Abel
world, and the everyday world can be called the Cain world. The Cain
world is far bigger, but do you think the Abel world will be pulled or
do the pulling? In the morning do you have confidence that you can
pull the world? At lunchtime? At suppertime? Even in your dreams?
That is true. We are going to pull this Cain world. The mark of my
work is not only that I pulled the champions out of the Cain world, but
that primarily they are bright young people. In twenty years you will
be the key leaders of this nation. The time will come when America
will welcome the Moon movement because there is no other workable
solution for the world. What will your position be then? Right now
the government and its agencies are chasing after the Unification
Church, but we are fighting back and proving that we are innocent. We
have 120 lawsuits underway right now, and one by one we are winning
each of them as we are proven innocent.
We are not sitting idle while people try to destroy us, but are
creating all kinds of weapons with truth and proof of innocence,
documenting that our work is righteous. The record shows that the media
and communist-influenced opposition have been trying to smear my
reputation, but ultimately they will find that they have only helped by
making me famous.
This is analogous to two wrestlers in a ring, one the world and the
other the Unification Church. Even though the fighter for the world is
being defeated and knocked down, he is discovering the strengths and
weaknesses of the Unification Church fighter, realizing that he is not
evil but righteous. After this loser comes out of the ring he begins
to study the winner to see how he won and what his philosophy is. The
popular trend now is to research Reverend Moon. Americans think they
have the best national slogan-One Nation Under God-but I have come to
proclaim a bigger slogan-One World Under God. America has found that
next to my thinking and concept America's own thinking is small.
Christians feel superior and think that other people will not come
as near to God as they. There are over 400 denominations bickering
among themselves, but I have come saying that all religions must unite
under one God; you can see how entirely different these concepts are.
Our members come from all kinds of religious backgrounds, including
non-Christian. The Unification Seminary is unique among
seminaries because the faculty comes from all denominations- Creek
Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic, and soon a Buddhist.
Hundreds of professors have come to visit Barrytown, and they can't
imagine how a seminary can survive if it employs scholars from
different backgrounds. A Methodist seminary has only Methodist
scholars, and Catholics have only Catholics, and so forth. But the
Unification Seminary has teachers of all religions. Many observers
feel I must be either completely stupid or else a genius.
I am not only pulling champions from different nations but from all
religions of the world. You are those representatives. If you are
American, you represent America, and if you are Christian you represent
Christianity as well. The time will come when the leaders of, say,
Presbyterianism will come to the Unification Church, and then they will
proudly point out how many Presbyterian champions have already been in
the Unification Church for a long time. Where can Jews go today? They
are destined to join the Unification Church if they want to survive.
Even though they are extremely negative now, the time will come when
Jewish rabbis will come and be proud of how many Jewish pioneers
already came to Unification Church.
Blacks will exclaim at how many early members were black and be
proud, and you black members will be known as champions of their cause
in days to come. We need representatives from all fields, all walks of
life, all academic persuasions, so that later on everyone will have a
channel into Unification Church. We are gathered into one circle, but
we are not sitting idle there. We are engaged in many activities,
rounding off all the sharp corners to become the rounded shape that can
harmonize with everything.
You Westerners have eyes that are basically round, while the
Orientals' eyes are more angular, particularly mine. God made the
human body round and smooth, and now your mind must be round and big as
well. Is your mind like a penny, flat and small, or like a big round
ball? If you are like a ball, you can roll any time in any direction,
going everywhere possible. The Unification Church is round enough to
roll in any direction, so it means you are ready for any mission.
Today you fund raise with peanuts, next with ginseng, next with
industrial machines-anything is possible for you. Today you can
witness, tomorrow fund raise. We are flexible, not rigid.
I am truly round because there is no experience I have not tasted.
I go to the sea, to the mountains, work in the factories, on the docks,
in the mines. In school I can teach, or discuss deeply with
philosophers, or come to Belvedere and be a father.
I have been extracting the essence of America into our movement.
When people look at Moonies they see you are different-that you are
capable, intelligent, charming and attractive. When eminent scholars
come to the Science Conference and meet the Moonies, many remark that
they wish their son or daughter could marry such a person. Many parents
oppose the Unification Church because they envy my position; they see
you becoming new young people, putting aside your old bad habits and
drug life. Now they want to keep you to themselves, but you tell them
you have to work for the mission because God needs you more than they
do. They don't like that; they would rather have you all cleaned up
and sent back to them.
What would you do then? Are you working hard in desperation to keep
food on the table? No, we are concentrating our efforts to liberate
God and the, world. We are pulling the world each day, and since we are
getting stronger, Satan is getting desperate and our opponents are
working harder to defame our movement. Our opponents are astounded that
even in the face of all this we are still getting stronger.
Have I already done great work? Compare the two individuals that
you have been-one before and one after joining. Have you become a
different person? A small peanut or a giant? You have grown and
changed so much that your own parents must make an effort to recognize
you. With this philosophy we can discipline ourselves, so if you have
grown this much in just a few years, what kind of person will you be
twenty years from now?
In the years before I started the 21-year course in 1960,
hardly anyone welcomed me In later years even the members said they
didn't envy my position and found it hard to go on. I was talking
about working on the worldwide level at that time, but none of our
members could dream that the things I talked about would happen; I
pushed through that doubt and hesitation and now what I am doing shines
before the whole world. In 1960 I was older than you are now. In
twenty years I have created much accomplishment, but you can do much
more in twenty years because you are starting on an entirely different
foundation. Eventually there will be no more opposition, and when you
are welcomed by the people what kind of giant will you become?
Do we have hope or despair? Does the Unification Church belong to
me or God? What kind of God is He? The universe is limitless, with
many other solar systems and galaxies besides this one. God controls
all these heavenly bodies. People think Neil Armstrong's
moon-walk was an impressive accomplishment, but in God's point of
view one man traveling from the earth to the moon is a minuscule
accomplishment. Of all the many planets, don't you think that perhaps
there is one made of only gold? Or one that is a huge diamond? God's
jewel box is the universe, with planets of ruby and emerald. Wouldn't
you want to go there?
What would you do with a diamond planet? You would be shocked,
wouldn't you? What I want to say is that Almighty God long ago
prepared everything for His children and nothing is lacking. The
planet earth is a very small accomplishment in God's sight. The movie
about Superman shows him taking time to fly around New York and taking
several minutes for him to fly to California. But to God that is very
slow-He couldn't run the universe is He moved that slowly. Don't you
think God is capable of moving faster than light?
God has children here on earth, and as a parent He has ideas for who
will receive the planets in His jewel box when His children are
restored. Already He has plans for giving all these to you. In all
the galaxies that God created do you think there are more stars than
humans on earth, or fewer? There are 4 billion people on earth now,
and the number of people in spirit world must total many more than
that, but there are more stars than all those people put together.
If God gave you one planet, how could you manage it? Your clumsy
physical body is too inconvenient to move around, so God gave you a
spirit man; your spirit man can move faster than electricity or light.
Your spirit man can really move like Superman and even electric waves
cannot keep up with it. Don't you think God would create His own son
and daughter to be faster than anything in creation" I look forward to
entering into that vast space; I will be a grandfather by then so I
look forward to visiting one son at one planet and a daughter at
another. Don't you suppose God thinks in that fashion?
God's children are the princes and princesses of the creation, so
don't you think He imagined the nicest possible place for them to
live? The Versailles in France is supposed to be the most glittering
and elegant palace ever made by man, but it is pale in comparison to a
bathroom in the Kingdom of Heaven. Here on earth we have to wear
clumsy clothes, but in spirit world your clothes are always sparkling
and dazzling. This is not a fantasy. God is capable of anything.
The communists teach that this world came about by accident or by
chance. Do you think so? Even the smallest gadget requires man's
sweat and effort to conceive and repair, but man's spiritual body
continues living for millions of years and never needs fixing. God's
creations function as precisely as clockwork. Compared to the whole of
the universe which God created, our existence here on earth is like a
piece of dust, but in God's mind He cannot trade the value of His son
and daughter for the whole universe. Are you these precious children
There is nothing impossible for our Almighty Father in heaven, and
you are His sons and daughters. There is a whole incredible realm
waiting for you which you have not seen but where you will live
eternally. In that world you will travel faster than light and visit
all these different planets made of precious stones. You won't have
to go shopping because everything you need will be ready. How much
higher spiritually must you become to be entitled to that world? Is
your body 100 percent conductive of God's spiritual electricity, or is
it a non-conductor like wood and soil?
Does wood or metal conduct electricity better? God has the best
conductability. Are you 100 percent conductive of God's energy, just
like gold conducts electricity? Am I greedy for that or not? I
picked you up when you were like driftwood on the side of the road,
and I am trying to turn you into genuine gold. In order to do that I
have to put you in the furnace and turn the heat up to melt out the
impurities. How could you be pure otherwise? Do you complain at the
discomfort of it?
Why does God seem to be helpless and subjected to ridicule by so
many people? When people say there is no God it is the worst
humiliation for Him, yet He submits to it because He wants to fulfill
love. Those of you who were in love with several different people
before you became members, which experience was the most memorable,
the first love or your later loves? If your first love was an ugly
man, but your next love was a Hollywood star, which impression would
be the strongest for you? The first one. Love has such power that
even an ugly person's features become beautiful.
What about God, then? God wanted to give His first love to man
and receive man's first love, but was that love given? Ever since
Adam and Eve became fallen, has anyone better than they were come
forward to give God their love? The moment God lost man's love He
was deeply wounded. How do you think we can heal His heart? Man was
the one who failed, so do you think God can heal His heart by Himself?
No? Who should be able to do it then? Can you do it simply by
saying that you love God? Our loving Heavenly Father has been deceived
by man millions of times in history.
What shall man do to prove worthy of God's trust? We have to be put
in a position to receive hardship from God, to be chased out by God and
yet still receive it humbly. God has one standard by which man can
prove himself worthy-if fallen man can receive so much rejection that
even unfallen Adam and Eve would have complained, and yet still love
God and be willing to receive still more rejection, then he can be
vindicated and heal God's broken heart.
In order to prove ourselves worthy we must be pushed into suffering
by God. God wants to be able to declare to Satan that His children are
better than the original Adam and Eve. If they demonstrate utmost
loyalty under intense suffering then God can tell Satan that he can
never accuse these children of whom God is proud. History has never
seen that kind of man, and for this reason God's heart has not been
liberated. But now God is seeing His first day of vindication through
the Unification Church.
After knowing this secret, the man who volunteers to liberate God's
heart must be able to say that God can allow all the satanic forces to
attack him and still he will remain as His son. Even if God Himself
rejects such a person, he will still remain. That is why I asked God
to let the entire satanic world come against me, and I am receiving
that opposition now. Is it unfortunate to be persecuted, or does it
need to be done? It is the secret method to bring the true love of God
to man's dwelling on earth.
Now the entire world is coming against you because you have united
with me. At the same time I push you hard as well, but will you
complain? What I am teaching you this morning is completely logical.
If someone you dearly love betrays you, that person must show his love
over and over under difficult circumstances for your heart to be healed.
God has emotion of far greater depth than you do, so God has felt that
hurt much more than you do. The man who could completely comfort God
has never appeared on earth, and history has brought only continual
grief and pain to God. But finally that man has come on earth; do you
think God will take interest enough to visit him? Even if that man
tells God to wait and watch for heaven, God cannot bring Himself to
remain there but is anxious to come down and help. His throne would be
a dull place while this man is busy on earth. Whenever I went through
overwhelming suffering, even to the point of death, God always provided
people or money to help, or an open door to a new start. In every
difficulty God was always ahead of me, preparing. This is the only way
God's will could be fulfilled.
Do you think the barriers and persecution we face now are necessary
or not? When you are blessed would you women prefer to have a good or
bad husband? You can tell God you want the worst possible husband so
that you prove your love for Him. If you have a good husband then you
have no chance like that to prove your love. This is absolutely true!
If you are truly a daughter of God, you can ask God for the worst man
as your husband and tell Him that you will make that man the most
outstanding and heroic husband of all.
The husband of such a wife could spend the rest of his life talking
about her devotion and commitment and sacrificial love. A wife should
be the one who testifies about the greatness of her husband and a
husband about the greatness of his wife. I always testify to Mother's
beauty and charm and love, and she testifies to me.
As a loving Father, God will always use His best son in the worst
possible circumstances, knowing that he will win. Isn't that true?
Since I have proved to be so tough, God trusts me enough to send me
anywhere, even to the dungeons of hell, knowing that I will be
successful. That is the kind of men and women God wants to represent
Him. I am looking forward to see who shall become that kind of son and
daughter among my own children, so I am always looking at you.
In the end it can be said that my life looked tragic and miserable,
but I made up my mind a long time ago that I wanted to live through the
worst suffering and indignation at the hands of man and God, and still
I would love God and never change. That's the way I volunteered. 1
never asked God for blessing or assistance, but He heaped blessing upon
me nevertheless. I never prayed to God for things I needed, but
always felt that I had not done enough. Apparently God likes that
attitude better. for He always blesses the person who feels he should
be doing more. In that position alone you can liberate God of His
sorrow and mankind of their suffering.
God's handpicked champions will be those who follow this way of
life. God will have all the great prophets and saints of history come
before those people to hear what they have done, and those saints will
all say that those people have exceeded their standard and will pay
their respects. That is the kind of men and women I am asking you to
become. There is no day and night for God, and He will be with you 100
percent of the time. If there is a difficult task, you should be the
one to ask God for it. Each day you will go one step further and break
the record of the day before. There is always room to improve and you
can never reach your maximum.
We are climbing up and crossing over every hill, but I want you to
know that there is an end to all the obstacles. Once you reach the top
of Mt. Everest then everything is spread out beneath you. You have a
golden road ahead of you. At the pinnacle of that mountain you can
feel that finally you can see why God pushed you so hard and in that
realization you will be grateful to Him. That kind of man is essential
if God is to be liberated.
So far God has always done everything He could do and it was always
man who failed. Do you want to volunteer to be a champion in this
world? Don't you feel tired if you have already been in the
Unification Church 3 years? How long can you go on? Forever? Your
suffering on earth is limited. This opportunity will never come again,
so grab it. Eternity will not contain this kind of suffering, so you
must seize the time now.
The problem is that man stained his first love. God is seeking for
a man who can restore more than the first love and who can truly
liberate His heart. Until God installs such a man here on earth as
master of the universe, His dignity will never be truly restored.
When God looks down He sees two churches, one trying its utmost to
vindicate His heart, and another whose members believe in Jesus so they
can have their safe little niche in heaven. God pays no attention to
them; He has met countless people like that over 2,000 years and they
were never concerned about God's heart. Instead of giving them
blessing, God is watching them decline. In the meantime He has drawn
you away to become new champions with a new concept of faith to set a
new tradition for the fulfillment of Christianity. Who will reject you
in the end if you live that way of life? .,
Why do you follow me? You like me because God loves me. If God
didn't like me then you would never stay here. Are you ready for
rejection and persecution? You might have had some lover from the
"good old days," but the value of what you are pursuing now
is immeasurable compared to what you had before.
We are trying desperately hard to fill our cups now. A great vacuum
and emptiness has been created throughout history and each of us is
trying now to fill it up. No one can say they deserve the blessing; if
it comes suddenly to you then that is a surprise blessing. Are you a
patriotic person in this small, compact Abel world? Are there
candidates for historical sainthood among you? Is it easy to achieve
There are examinations to be passed on the family, society, nation
and world levels. How many levels have you passed? Unless you pass on
each level how can you restore the family? When you restore the family
it means you have achieved the original ideal of creation, and if you
reach that level then no matter what persecution and opposition come,
you will not be affected Your family should be like Adam's in the
garden of Eden. There was no opposition or rejection in Eden because
there were no other people, and as long as Adam and Eve obeyed God they
could have had the easiest way of fulfilling home church. Today you
should fulfill that role of Adam's family. Even though you may falter,
you can regain strength because your Father and Mother have done
it-they are strong and have met God's standard and you are their
children. You can think that even though you have your weaknesses, you
will pick yourself up and go on ultimately to be like the True Parents.
You will need witnesses to testify about you, and God and the True
Parents will be your witnesses. The True Parents will say, "This
is my son. This is my daughter. We can send them anywhere in the
satanic world and they will not be defeated." You must be children
whom the True Parents can testify to like this. You can realize that
you are superior to anyone in history because you are children of True
Parents and God. You must become exemplary for everyone in the Old
Testament, New Testament and Completed Testament eras. Among the three
generations of Roman Catholicism, Protestantism and Unificationism you
should be superior. Each of you is passing through the formation,
growth and perfection levels. Therefore, the number three is important
in the Unification Church. When a husband and wife come together they
form six, plus the True Parents makes eight, the family unit. Even if
the other seven oppose you, nothing can make you recant your faith that
you are a child of the True Parents.
There are three brothers as sons of God: the elder son is the yellow
race, the second son is the black race, and the third son is the white
race. The Unification Church is the movement in which these three sons
can become one. In the future we will have a trinity system in the
Unification Church, with one black, one yellow, and one white family
living in one house so you can fulfill that expectation of God. Then
you can go on to a higher level.
If there is a disabled person among the eight, would he receive
less love" On the contrary, that would bring him added love, for the
person who has a handicap receives greater love. Historically black
people have been in a more desolate position of suffering so God will
push white brothers more to help them. Would you welcome it? A few
days ago President Carter made a statement which received a great deal
of criticism-he said today's Christianity is becoming a roadblock to
racial unity, that American Christians are not living up to what the
Bible says. At least he had done one thing right!
In order to win the title of restored family you have to set the
record of loving all societies and nations. When you go beyond that
level you can come back to declare that your family is a restored one.
The center of the restored family is God. If you suffer for your own
people then your record does not have as much meaning. If Americans
suffer for America it means less. But if white people go to Africa to
suffer for black people, it has great meaning. If black people suffer
for white people that has great meaning, for that is the only way we
can unite the wood into one.
There is no way we can become one until we realize that God, the
master of all humanity and the universe, has been suffering. Until it
is realized that God is suffering, mankind can never really become one.
Further, man must realize that God is a miserable, suffering parent
because He loves man and refrains from cursing man for his sin. God
put Himself in such, a position of misery because he had hope for man.
Why is it you cannot complain to me? Because you know that I have
suffered more than you for the sake of' the world, nation, and family,
and there is no one who has suffered more. No matter how hard 1 push
you in fundraising and witnessing, you still feel you want to do more
instead of thinking you are entitled to complain.
Only if man can love God with a love exceeding the love of unfallen
man, which God never received, can the world become one. No other
power can make people come. We in the Unification Church must be
united around this concept and ideology. There is no way you can prove
yourself worthy until you come under much pressure. Once you are
ignited in that love you will be like yeast to make good bread. Then a
revolution will take place.
If you have five members living in your center, who will be the host
or master? Not the person who gives directions and then sleeps, or the
one who tells someone else to cook and then only eats. If a person is
always looking for a way out of work then he is the most foolish of
all, losing the battle and defeating his own purpose. We are here to
serve more than anyone, and we should compete with each other to serve
Those in the everyday world who try to advance themselves and show
off seem to go farther, but in God's world it is different. Here we
try to lower ourselves in humility and meekness, realizing that this is
the way to be raised up. The Unification Church has a practical way of
life. Instead of putting on makeup, our sisters would rather do the
cleaning or cooking. Even if their faces are pale God sees them as
more beautiful. Those who serve only themselves, no matter how well
they talk, will go in only one direction-powerlessness and smallness.
I am sure I have set the all-time record of receiving more
beatings and persecution than anyone. When the Watergate publicity
began, Nixon was berated every day by the media, and within 1½ years
he gave up and resigned. Those Americans who attacked me predicted
that I would collapse in six months, but now after six years I am going
stronger than ever! The New York Times and Washington Post made
such predictions, but they realize now that they can't compete with me.
Even the U.S. Congress was defeated. Who made you winners'! Was it
me? America God brought that victory. How great God is!
Twenty-four hours a day the earth makes one revolution, without
variation. If it lost even one second every day, what do you think
would happen? After millions of' years, one second each day would mean
a loss of many hours, but God made the universe in such a way that
even after millions of' years the earth does not lose one second. God
is that precise and meticulous. When God promises that He will be with
you, He will do so without even one second's variation. That is the
Unification Church God. If that is the God you believe in then your
faith can be precise and continuous, just as the earth never loses even
one second. Even if the task is a million years long, the Unification
Church faith shall never deviate from it.
Are you always vacillating in your faith, or always firm and
consistent? If you are always faithful then you shall be serving God
and restoring your family. You can become a husband or wife in that
restored family, and raise great children there. Is that difficult or
easy to do? I want you to make your mind very straight right now. For
the fulfillment of God you are going to marry and have a home, not for
your sake, but for the fulfillment of God's will. Therefore if God
gives you the worst possible mate, that person is the one you deserve,
and anything better is a fringe benefit. Whatever God wills, you
will. It you lower your expectation to the lowest possible level, how
can you be disappointed?
It is as though each person wears a mask, and the person you thought
was incredibly ugly turns out to be the most handsome in the heavenly
way. But the person who expects to get a wonderful person will not
have that kind of fortune. It is not to be worried about. Just be
ready for God's will and ready to rejoice over anything. If you are
like that then there is no way Satan can dominate you.
Do you really love God? In order to test you, that God whom you say
you love will show Himself as a deformed baby who can do nothing for
himself, and who needs care his whole life long. If God is testing
you, He will be saying through that child, "Why is my laundry
always so smelly and my supper so late?" Will you still love that
God? Then love your fellow man as you say you love this God; that is
how you express your love for God.
Many American young people want nothing to do with their old
parents and put them away in institutions. Is that the heavenly way?
Is it the heavenly way to have to wait on them every day for all their
needs, even taking them to the bathroom? If a charming young lady
takes care of parents in such a loving sacrificial way, will the
townspeople complain that she is taking business away from the senior
citizens' homes" Even in America today would that deed by praised as
virtuous? Will we in the Unification Church put our parents in senior
When I am very old and need someone to take care of me, if I come
to your home will you say you don't have the resources to take me in
and ask why my own children don't take me in? 1 wanted to do that for
my own parents, but they passed away before 1 had completed my
responsibility for the world dispensation. You can be better than me in
that respect because your parents are still living. The highest virtue
is a burning family love and desire to help each other in a sacrificial
way. Centered upon such love you can create the warmth of a true home.
The tradition we are going to create is the restored family.
Today American families are going in the opposite direction, so
inevitably American homes will crumble. The age-old family system
is no longer honored because individuals are looking out for their own
welfare instead. Is a new family system needed here in America? At one
time you were like today's young people, concerned solely with your own
well-being, but since coming here and being taught and
disciplined, you have become different men and women. This new
ideology has been implanted in your heart and no one can take it
away-even if you are dragged away from the Church. You will be
comforting God for eternity, without end. That is our determination.
Today you may look like a miserable person, but I want you to have
pride in it because the time of suffering will soon be coming to a
close, and even if you go out seeking suffering in the future it will
be hard to come by. My own life is a good example of this. There was
a very lonely time when I longed for people to come, even just one
person, but now there are too many people and I cannot see everyone.
What a change! There is no question that by any standard I have
succeeded on he worldwide scale-by American, Korean or any nation's
standard. The same God guarantees that if you pursue this way of life
you will have the same success.
The final destination is the restored family, and in order to
accomplish it you have to struggle in two worlds and overcome many
barriers. The Cain and Abel struggle within the free world and within
the nation and church, even in the Unification Church. The barriers
are always there, even in the Unification Church, and you must overcome
Our goal is to do home church-first Cain home church, then Abel
home church. Only then will you enter this restored family. In your
home church put into practice what you have been taught this morning.
Don't worry whether other people love you or not. If no one loves
you, don't complain, but realize it is because your own love has not
been sufficient. You must love more and give more service. God gave
love first, He never asked to be loved first. No, God's way is to love
You will become a victorious person who can enter the restored
family by overcoming the barriers and living the principle you have
been taught. That shall be your secret to succeed. Once you enter the
restored family and look back at the road you have come, you will
marvel at the incredible path you walked. Then you will feel much,
much happier that you have already arrived at the destination, and
exclaim, "It was all worth struggling through in order to meet my
heavenly family, and I want to fill my family with the song of love.
Just as God loves, I will love. I love my family and the world as God
loves them and see them from His viewpoint." You will reach the
position where restoration is finally consummated.
You can put up a barrier of love which will be greater than that
built by unfallen Adam and Even, and there is no way Satan will be able
to overcome that fortress once you do so. In this sense home church is
really wall-building for your own protection. I struggled in the
satanic world to win this weapon, and now I am passing the secret to
you so you can do just the same on a limited scale, which is home
church. It is your world, and when you use this method to win there,
God will acknowledge that your victory equals that over the whole
You might wonder why God can't freely give, you His blessing without
home church, but without it you have not erected that barrier against
Satan. There is no guarantee of eternal stability without it. Home
church work is like building your castle which Satan has no power to
destroy. The more difficult home church is to create, the greater your
wall of love will be. Actually, difficulty is all to your benefit. It
is a great revolution that Unification Church can do home church, at
the same time transcending national barriers, racial or cultural
barriers. We can do home church as one unit on the worldwide scale.
You and I pass away from earth, but we will not have to finish the
unfinished task later by coming back to earth. Once you finish the
task here victoriously, you will go to the Kingdom of Heaven in heaven,
where you can enjoy life eternally with God.
Later on when we gather in spirit world won't you come to see me?
Then when I invite everyone to go visit the planets, wouldn't you like
to come? It will be a traveling banquet for eternity. God created
beautiful homes out of each planet but there have been no masters
living there yet, so when we are traveling I will give them to you. If
you worry about being left behind on one planet I want to reassure you.
There is no time or distance in the spirit world, so wherever you are
you are always with me. This is no dream or fantasy, but reality.
I am not dumb. I am smart enough to succeed spectacularly in any
other field, even politics or business, but I gave it all up to stick
to this job because I wanted to reserve this world for you. You are
smart too, because otherwise you would not follow me. You know that I
am keeping the best in reserve, and since you have tasted a sample you
have decided to stay.
We have to be victorious, and our goal is the restored family
because the Kingdom of Heaven shall be built in units of families.
When you pass the test on that level then the entire universe will be
yours for the asking. If I ask you what kind of husband or wife you
would like to enter into heaven with, what would you answer? The
worst? You know how you should live here on earth and you will
accumulate your assets. By knowing this secret and working hard to
reach the goal you will never lose.
The greater the love and sacrifice you demonstrate, the lighter you
will be and the higher you will go. The amount of universe you can
conquer is determined by the level of your love, and the spirit world
computer is so accurate that there is no miscalculation or deviation.
Sometimes you should be longing for God so much that you close your
eyes and ears and nose, concentrating your senses to see God.
"God, I want to see your face before I sleep, but I didn't see you
today," and if you cry out, day after day, then suddenly God will
appear face to face. That is why God is precious.
Are you confident to be a champion to build a restored home? What
kind of barrier will you build? Where will that love be? Home church
on the worldwide level. America is a wonderful place for that reason
because here you can find all races and peoples. When you white members
knock on the door of other white people they will reject you simply
because you are Moonies. Sometimes black people will welcome you,
though, just because you are Moonies.
Instead of visiting homes of other white people, whites would rather
go to Spanish homes, black homes, Oriental homes. That's restoration.
How much history has been moving upward! It is difficult to keep
visiting 360 homes every day, but in the meantime keep knocking and
being rejected. While you are doing that the dawn is breaking. You
are home church messiahs. You are going to be a messiah to 360 homes,
but then will be elevated to be tribal messiahs, then national
messiahs. That's where you will find the restored family, and finally
return to your home town.
Do you always have to live in the New Yorker? What is the goal? Do
you live in home church now? Go to your home church and serve them
spiritually and physically and be the contractor for re-creation
in every way. How much you sweat and cry for your home church and how
much persecution you receive there is the important thing. If you
still come back to serve the people after three angry rejections, the
people will say you Moonies are impossible and there is no one else like
you anywhere in America.
There is no barrier you cannot break through in order to be a host
and hostess in home church. Have the barriers of opposition started to
crumble here in America? It is an exciting task, and they will
inevitably break down. No matter how gigantic they are, our opponents
will crumble eventually, so just go forward fearlessly. Initially Col.
Pak felt he could hardly overcome the fierce opposition from the U.S.
Congress, but that barrier broke also. What I have been saying sounds
like a dream now, but it will happen.
The barriers in spirit world have been broken already, and all the
barriers in the physical world will crumble also, even though many
people are opposing us now. The communists have great power, but
already their power is being eroded within communist nations. The
communists' worst enemies will be their own children, who will revolt
and denounce their own parents' ideology. This is the power of spirit
world moving in every direction.
It takes time for this to become known, but the dam has already
broken. To average people living far away it seems impossible until
the water reaches them and then it is too late. Ten years ago I was
saying that the dam had broken. You are accepting me at face value
and believing in something that seems impossible-that is faith. Twenty
years ago I spoke to a small group of members in Korea and said that in
time people from England and America and the whole world would join
with them to fight for world restoration. They were not only
astonished but doubtful, and said among themselves that I was only
trying to make them feel better. But what has happened now? Today I
am saying extraordinary things and do you think I am only trying to
make you feel better? No? Then you are better than the Koreans!
Home church is our destiny, so pack up to leave the New Yorker.
Would you accept my challenge to be victorious champions in home church
so we can all rejoice over restored families? All right. Thank you.
Let us pray.