REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE PRESENT TIME
February 4, 1979
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
No man can predict the course of history. Neither can he predict
sickness or disease, or his own death. Nevertheless, all these things
are continuously occurring in human history. A man who is heading
toward success cannot know at what particular moment failure will set
in. Therefore, all people can do is harbor hope and wish for good
What might we term the greatest success in one lifetime? There
could be many kinds of success. Each nation has a different set of
goals in life, and they consider many varied things to be desirable. As
Americans, what would be the day you feel truly joyful and successful?
There may be a success which brings joy to the individual, or to the
nation, or to both, but there are also things which may bring joy to the
nation, but not necessarily to the world. If there is an event which
brings joy to the individual, to the nation and to the world then it is
more valuable than something that brings joy only to the individual or
Suppose there is an event which brings joy to the individual, nation
and world, but not to God. How would He feel? lt might be meaningful
to the human world, but have no relation to or meaning for God. Can we
look forward to the day which brings joy to the individual, nation,
world and also God? Would the day on which World War 11 ended be that
kind of universal day? The true day of joy should include not only God
but also the angelic world and all spirit world. Otherwise, it would
not be complete.
How would it be if that time of joy for the cosmos lasted not just
for one moment or day, but for eternity? lt would be great. If God has
a goal or will in history, then God and mankind must be looking forward
to the day or moment which will be the culmination of all human history.
What day would that be? Let us search to understand. Once it occurs it
will be the first and last; that moment could never come twice because
once God attained that joy it would last forever. What day would that
be? Imagine that somehow you are standing on the moment of cosmic
joy-how would you feel? Would you dance and sing?
What would have the most value in our life? Indeed, love. Then
when and where would that love begin? Of course, it begins between two;
you know from Principle that there must be give and take between a
subject and object for love to exist, so love begins between God and
man. In what kind of setting can love begin? At the moment of
perfection of Adam. Can Adam perfect himself alone? What does he need?
He cannot reach perfection alone; the perfection of Eve must accompany
it. The moment love begins is the moment Adam and Eve become perfected
and united with God. Imagine you are present at that very moment; how
would you feel? Would it be a happy moment?
What is the point of origin of each individual? He is born in the
love of his natural parents. Was your life the beginning point, or was
a love which came before your life the beginning point? Love is the
beginning point. Every individual's life began in the love of his
natural parents. That's a happy moment, but because of the fall of man
we are not happy. That love was not truly lawful love. We know that
illicit love marked the beginning of history.
Because of the fall, human history did not begin with the love of
God. Instead, illicit love marked the beginning of human life.
Therefore, the perfection of Adam and Eve could not be found, and of
course their union with God could not be found. Therefore, the joyful
moment of love never took place because it never found a base here on
earth. When the generations of mankind were born it was not out of a
joyful love, but rather a sorrowful and stained love.
We should have been born in a joyful outburst of the love of God,
but that never happened. From the very beginning human history was
marked by tragedy and sorrow instead of joy. Therefore, our lives have
no value from God's point of view because they have no connection to
Him. From the point of view of God's love, the enemy's generation is
prospering. We were supposed to have been born and raised in the love
of God, and consummated our life in the love of God. This sequence
should have been enjoyed by all mankind, but instead it was broken down.
Mankind has been born in sorrow, grown in the fallen world, and had a
If we had begun our lives in the love of God, it would have been an
exciting and joyful life, a life of fulfillment and richness. The love
of God was supposed to be a limitless powerhouse. Not only joy but also
fulfillment and glory would blossom when life originated in the love of
God. The energy of that love would push you all the way through life
and more. When Adam and Eve were born of the love of God, a burst of
joy must have begun at that moment, but as soon as they separated
themselves from the love of God, death, tragedy and misfortune set in,
and have permeated human history.
Since the two human ancestors began their life in a tragic way,
what could we expect from their children? When those children became a
tribe and nation, nothing but the same tragedy and sorrow would be
multiplied. The fall was not only a tragic moment for man, but for God.
There His life of sorrow and heartbreak began. History became destined
to follow a pattern of sorrow, since the true love of God could find no
foundation here on earth.
Since that base was not found at the beginning of human history,
could fallen man find that base themselves, no matter how they
endeavored? Even if all mankind joined to sacrifice themselves at one
time on the altar, it would still not be enough to set the foundation
of true love. No human endeavor could ever bring the base of true
love here on earth; the only possibility would be for God to initiate
that base on earth. We cannot be vague in talking about the love of
God. It is necessary to specify what the true base of that love is.
In order to find that base you have to reverse history and climb up
again from the very point where that base of true love was lost.
For whom was true love prepared-the ancestors of mankind, or the
descendants of those ancestors? The ancestors must be able to receive
that true love and hand it down. Then how far back in history must we
climb? We have to go back beyond the moment of man's fall, and reach
Adam and Eve before they were stained. We have to break through the
barrier of the fall and go beyond. When we reverse history and get
back to the time before the human ancestors tell, then the true
ancestors of mankind can be found.
The problem is one of origin. No matter how many people are alive
today, the fallen parents are still the root of history, so in order to
start the history of goodness we must have true parents of goodness.
In order to establish the base for true love, it is our destiny to
reverse all of history and go further back than the point of the fall.
Since God is trying to remake history from a good and righteous
beginning, could the true parents be born in the midst of all mankind,
or should everyone be gotten rid of so that those two could be born by
themselves? Which way will God work? If the True Parents are coming in
the midst of mankind,` are they arriving in hell or heaven? Will God
come down to hell and establish His base of love? Would that be
fortunate love or unfortunate love? Principled or unprincipled? When
Adam and Eve were born the angelic world existed, but no human life
other than themselves. They arrived in a brand new house. Did Satan
exist when Adam and Eve were born? Does Satan exist in our world today?
How could True Parents come into this unprincipled world? In order
to remake history from the beginning, God disregards the rest of
mankind and even Satan. By not recognizing Satan and the rest of
mankind, He can begin with one man and one woman in the True Parents'
position. As far as God is concerned, this is a world of dead people.
If God acts as if there is no Satan then Adam and Eve must also realize
that they are making history from the very beginning. Though Satan's
children fill the world, it is better than not having anyone at all
because those people provide material for restoration. Even if satanic
people persecute the True Parents, it is still better than being in an
empty world. That's the way God and True Parents think.
God gives no recognition to Satan and the satanic world, and when
the True Parents come into the world they also think that they are
starting a brand new world from scratch. Thus, if persecution comes,
it is not significant and cannot disturb them. The True Parents know
that each day they are coming closer to God and that they cannot do
that if they are filled with resentment, frustration and anger. They
are drawing closer and closer to the base of true love, and doing so in
peace, serenity and tranquility. They are not perturbed by satanic
Honeybees store honey in their hive so that they can survive the
winter. When they stick their heads into the honey comb to drink the
honey they are so intoxicated by its sweet taste that they forget
everything else. If you pull on a bee which is drinking honey and its
body snaps in two at its thin waist, the bee doesn't even realize what
has happened to it. When you are busy drinking in the love of God you
are so intoxicated that even if your body is cut in two at the waist
you don't realize it. In the same way, when the True Parents are moving
toward their goal, nothing in the world can disturb them. No event can
sidetrack them from going forward.
If you know completely that such love of God is available and
attainable, that the moment has come, would you have absolute courage to
surge ahead in spite of any obstacles? One difference between you and
the honeybee is this-once the bee's body is cut in two, it dies, but if
you are drinking the love of God when your body is cut in two, you don't
have to worry because God will put it back. if someone removes your
body again, God will replace it again! You will never die or be
diminished. Satan is trying to tear you in half in order to pull you
away from the love of God, but will have to give up because he can't do
With that formula God is going forward with restoration. When True
Parents encounter the activity against them from the satanic world, they
feel it makes their work more exciting instead of being disturbed by it.
There is no other way the base of true love could be established. If
you were in God's position and heard someone say there was no God, you
would immediately stand up and shout, "What are you talking
about!" But God can be patient because He doesn't recognize anyone
that is out there. God can be patient because He is not derailed by
what fallen mankind may do.
Any person who would become true Adam or Eve must totally understand
God and breathe together with Him, and then no amount of persecution
could disturb him. Adam and Eve are forging ahead, building their union
with God, and their satanic counterparts are busy trying to disrupt
their work. Would God try and drive those people away? No, He would
stand back and let it bring more fun and color to Adam and Eve's life.
The entire world will be wild at Adam and Eve, cursing and screaming,
but they can remain calm and peaceful and appreciate the interesting
diversion. That is the most practical, logical way of restoration.
In the Divine Principle you learn three reasons why God could not
intervene to stop the fall of man. For the same reasons God will not
disturb anyone in the path of restoration. Anyone trying to find the
base of true love must go through a process of persecution, but he
should not be disturbed by it.
According to the Principle of Creation, Adam comes first and then he
restores Eve to perfection. Did Adam in Eden have many candidates among
whom to choose his bride? Who created Eve for Adam? If God hadn't
created Eve then Adam would not have had any bride at all. What if God
somehow made a mistake and made Eve with only half a face-would Adam say
she was unacceptable and ask for another bride? Or perhaps he would
decide to give her only half his love. Since God exists in perfection,
would He decide to give this incomplete daughter only half-hearted
love? Adam had no choice whatsoever, so whether Eve was pretty or ugly,
half or two-thirds, wouldn't matter. lt would be out of the
question for Adam not to unite with her.
What if Eve was created very short? Then Adam would have more fun
because he would pick her up to kiss her. Would Adam only give her
small love because she was so small? Shouldn't Adam love her
wholeheartedly? If God had extra material and made Eve like a giant,
would Adam protest to God? Even if Adam wanted to protest, there were
no other alternatives available. God would sternly say, "If you
want love, there is your bride. With her you can find your true
Adam was in a situation where true love was unaffected by what kind
of bride he had. The important point here is that true love was not
determined by the external appearance of Adam's bride. Once true love
was experienced through that channel, external appearance was
unimportant. Beauty and ugliness never mattered. True love can make up
for any disfigurement or deficiency and even add extra appreciation.
Do you imagine that Adam and Eve were attractive or ugly? A man's
sexual organ fulfills the holy purpose of love, but also the most menial
task of eliminating body waste. Two extremely different purposes are
fulfilled by one organ. Love is not only expressed through external
beauty. Maybe you thought Adam was very handsome and Eve very
beautiful, but it could have been totally opposite. Adam might have
been funny-looking, with a lump on his forehead, or been
fierce-looking. My point is that whether a man is handsome or a
woman beautiful doesn't make any difference because true love will make
up for it. Love will supplement any deficiencies.
A woman needs a man to be married, and a man needs a woman. I know
there are some women who look in the mirror and are discouraged because
they think no man could ever like them. I am telling you not to worry.
There will be some man who sees beauty in that particular ugliness. It
is difficult for men and women in the fallen world to find the ideal
mate, but the Unification Church has no problem because we have mass
weddings. The average person doesn't have hundreds of candidates to
select his mate from, but I can tell who would be perfect for you.
Looking at you now I can see who would be good with whom. Maybe you
envision an ideal mate in your mind, but then when you look at the woman
you were matched with you wonder if this could really be her; positive
and negative charges collide in the atmosphere and lightning is created.
Does a lightning bolt have a choice about where on earth it will strike?
It strikes wherever the right conditions exist. There is no hesitation
When men and women meet it is like a positive and negative charge
colliding, and there is no looking left or right. Doves always live as
pairs, and when they are exchanging feelings of love they always sing
their love. If even birds do that, Adam and Eve would also express
their love somehow-maybe not with gentle cooing, but shouting and
bellowing whaa whaa whaa!
When lightning is created, thunder booms through the air. When Adam
and Eve's love collide, not only lightning would spark but thunder would
resound throughout the universe. With this kind of love, do you think
negative articles in the media would matter to them? Would persecution
perturb the lightning of their love? No, their love would penetrate all
that and ignite it. First love is the most intense; that is the true
love. First love has the power of dynamite.
In recent years it has become acceptable in America for engaged
couples to try out living together before they get married. If a
salesman is selling something, he offers a free trial to the customer.
Now even men and women try a trial run to see whether they like living
together. Do you think Adam and Eve would have had a trial run to see
if the true love of God would make them happy? When they meet, that's
alpha and omega and there is no more. Adam was meant for Eve and Eve
tor Adam for eternity. Period.
The strongest, most heartfelt love of total dedication has the power
to overcome any unrighteousness and penetrate any persecution. Once you
finally meet true love, everything else is solve. Rejection and
opposition have no more power over you. All the storms of history
happen below the line of the but once you penetrate above that line and
go up above the storm clouds there is tranquility and peace and nothing
will disturb you.
Suppose we have True Parents on earth who represent such absolute
love. How much joy would that give to God? The normal process God
expected was for Adam and Eve to grow in the garden of Eden, reach
perfection and be united in love. But the fall took place and God
struggled for thousands of years to restore man instead. When the True
Parents are victorious and conquer the fallen world and reach the
ultimate goal, do you think it would bring Him more joy than if He had
seen the original Adam and Eve united in love for the first time?
You enjoy action movies with lots of thrills, narrow escapes and
romance more than you like dull movies about everyday life. That is why
I saw that for Adam and Eve and God the fallen world is better than
having nothing except themselves, even though it is a world God does not
recognize. That world lends more excitement. How proud and joyful
would Adam and Eve be to emerge victorious from the fallen world? The
first Adam and Eve would have been very proud parents, and how much more
proud would the True Parents be at winning victory?
When God can meet victorious Adam and Eve, would they come together
casually and with no special interest, or would they rush together like
speeding bullets? The love they have inside would fly ahead of them to
meet God, and with the speed of light they would come together into one.
What would God say to them? "The fallen drama of mankind was
stimulating and challenging, and now I can even be glad about it. There
was an exciting drama in overcoming it."
Even if God could have come down and made a new Adam and Eve after
the fall, there would be no joy for Him in doing so. The religions
which have been God's instruments of restoration have endured tremendous
suffering and persecution, but looking back in the end, those events
make our history more colorful. When restoration is finalized, the
trials of the past lend color.
Where would God meet the 'True Parents here on earth? On the street
corner or in the subway'! Suppose they met God on a beautiful lawn The
very grass would be ecstatic at being the setting for such a summit
meeting. Even the things of creation would feel honored at providing
the decorations for the meeting of God and the True Parents. Suppose
they met in the autumn, amidst the colorful leaves. Even though those
leaves had come down from the trees, they would feel they had the
greatest honor in all creation.
Suppose the True Parents met God while standing on top of an
ugly-looking rock. No matter how ugly it looked, the rock would
feel it was the greatest of all because it provided the throne t'or
their first meeting. That meeting place would remain forever as holy
ground for all mankind, the holy ground of love. Even if it was an
ugly, cold-looking rock, it would be cherished. What if they met
on some ice; could even ice become holy ground. What if it melted and
then vaporized into clouds? It still wouldn't matter. The very ground
where the ice was located would be holy ground.
Imagine that Adam was wearing rather ragged clothes at that meeting.
Even those smelly, worn-out clothes would feel they were more
precious than jewel-encrusted robes and be proud that they adorned
Adam and Eve on the day of their summit meeting with God.
The moment when the True Parents meet God is the greatest moment.
If there were many people around to see this first meeting take place,
would they be excited and proud that they witnessed that great moment in
God's history? How would you feel if you were children of the True
Parents, having your origin in their love? Would you be proud of the
special origin of your life? You could say that of all the people who
have come and gone from the earth there was none like you. Could that
be compared to acquiring some piece of property or ground? Could it be
compared in value to the entire territory of the United States!
The heirs of the True Parents would feel they could sacrifice
anything necessary to preserve that great honor. How much the people in
the present and the future would be envious of that position. When they
are not only born in the True Parents' love, heirs also raised in that
love, what could their happiness be compared to? Every day they would
be elated in the realization that they are children of the True Parents.
For them it would not matter if people ridiculed and scorned them when
they went out witnessing and fund raising. They would have too much to
be jubilant about to be affected by that.
Why do you go to home church? Because you want to bring this
ecstatic joy and privilege and share it with someone. The people will
be envious of what you have and want to be part of the True Parents'
love through you. That's home church. Wherever you go, people will
want to follow, whether you go east or west, or even to the bathroom.
If you don't sleep for 24 hours, they won't want to sleep either. That
kind of person is surely entitled to share your joy, and part of your
joy will become his. Whether you live or die physically won't matter.
I know you share that desire to be with me wherever I go. If you
really feel that then we are connected and can become one. Home church
is the means to make that connection. Home church people will envy you.
Will the True Parents be here on earth for millions of years, or for a
limited time? The odds against a certain person meeting the True
Parents are overwhelming. Human history has been continuing for
millions of years, through ups and downs, wars and tragedies and
corruption, and now is the moment when the True Parents have emerged.
But through some fortune you have come to the very point where the True
Parents are. That such a meeting should take place is simply
incredible. As soon as you realize the meaning of this great
opportunity, would you jump into it? When you realize it, all your five
senses will melt into it.
Suppose some ungodly power tried to scare you away. Would you be
driven away, or would you be so intoxicated, like the honeybee, that
even if your body was torn away you wouldn't let go? This kind of
historical encounter is a super miracle. The odds against it are so
great that they are inconceivable. The very grass that provided the
setting for the True Parents' meeting with God would feel it was the
greatest of all creation; how much more elated would you feel when you
know that you are living and working together with True Parents? Would
you take it easy and allow yourself to be led away? If every moment of
the day you have this realization that you can live and breathe with the
True Parents, speak and laugh with them, then when you come back from
working in the day you want to go back to the True Parents' home.
This is the time that True Parents and God and all creation feel joy
together, and you happened to bump into it. You can become inseparable
from the True Parents and an extension of them. When you are welded to
them it doesn't matter if people curse you as being Moonies, and you can
even ask tor more. Their persecution will sound like a sweet song in
your ears because you are so intoxicated with the joy of meeting True
Parents. isn't this logical"
What is the real meaning of the Unification Church? When you meet
the True Parents you become true children and then true husband and
wife. What else do you need? When you become an integral part of the
True Parents' family, they won't want to travel by themselves, but will
bring you along. Will that be hell or heaven? That is the highest
heaven of the Kingdom of God and you are part of the royal family of
God. How great you are then! Can you insignificant Moonies become the
royal family of God?
With this realization would you live with joy and with dancing, or
be sad and gloomy? Your joy would be so great that tears would run down
your face because your elation could not be contained. Other people
might think we cry out of misery, but we know it is out of joy.
When you find the True Parents you find not only parents but your
family, nation and world, plus your God and eternal life in heaven.
There is so much meaning and substance in this that the entire spirit
world has to be mobilized also. If one beautiful woman happened to
stumble on this moment of time but she was so captivated by her own
beauty that she decided that she wouldn't gain anything here, her
ancestors would wish that she were ugly so that she could stay instead
of being concerned with herself.
That opportunity is not just for you. It is for all your ancestors
as well, and what you do affects them. If you are so ugly that you
can't stand to see yourself in the mirror but you can become welded into
one with the True Parents, your ancestors will be jubilant and brag
about how beautiful you are to those other people whose descendants
rejected this moment
With all the shouting and dancing going on, there will be a great
commotion in spirit world. God would walk out to see what is happening,
and then He could not resist joining in too.
Even if you were thirty or forty years old and still are not
married, it wouldn't matter as long as you had the opportunity to be one
with True Parents. Whether you have beautiful clothes is insignificant
because they are not the clothes you will wear for eternity. God will
give you a garment so dazzling that you cannot even imagine it. Now you
want to make yourself beautiful with makeup but you can't do it. But
don't worry. Once you get to spirit world God will give you makeup for
your whole body, not just your face.
You won't just kiss mouth to mouth but all over, to the soles of
your feet. If that is your opportunity then you won't care about
anything else except hanging on to it. If Ted Patrick tries to
deprogram you, you will decide to deprogram him instead. To express the
joy of meeting True Parents ordinary laughter would not be enough; you
would shake with gales and bellows of laughter. In average dancing you
move your arms up and down, but in heavenly dancing there is no way you
could bring your arms down again. This sounds like joking, but it is
not. Every word is meant literally.
God is like a marksman who has been trying for millions of years to
hit the bulls-eye but has always missed. If all of a sudden He hits it,
that's quite a moment tor God. If trying after all these years God
decides to try just once more and then suddenly He hits the bulls-eye,
would He just fall asleep? Wouldn't He be very tired after all that
effort? At that moment He would forget His position as God, forget His
dignity and become delirious with joy.
The morale of the angels in spirit world has been very low because
Lucifer disgraced them, but they have been waiting and hoping, cheering
for God to hit the bulls-eye. They have been waiting millions of years
also, so the moment He hits the bully the entire angelic world would
erupt in cheers.
Would the tickets be expensive to see God shooting at the bulls-eye?
Would people like to witness the fulfillment of history? Suppose
thousands of tickets were sold over the years to see God aim at the
bulls-eye, but each time He missed. People would get bored and not come
any more. Then one day when there aren't any other spectators perhaps
one beggar might decide he has nothing better to do than to watch God's
marksmanship. He will be the only spectator, but if he is there when
God hits the bulls-eye then would he be jubilant at seeing the highest
moment of human history?
God would look tor a partner in His elation, but if He saw there was
only a ragged beggar would He refuse to dance with Him? Or would He
just pull Him down from the stands and dance with Him'! Would they be
miserable with each other, or striding along in happiness? If they were
walking down Fifth Avenue would they just stay to one side of the
sidewalk, or would they stride down the street, calling out to the
street, "Why are you so narrow ?"
Is this convincing and logical.' Here in the Unification Church we
are talking about True Parents and true brothers and sisters, true
husband and wife, and true love. Why are you here? No one else ever
talked about True Parents. All my life I have been suffering because of
the idea of True Parents and true brothers and sisters. Why would an
intelligent man commit himself to a concept and suffer for it ? No
matter what, I cannot give up the word True Parents because it is so
precious. Even if the entire world comes upon me trying to tear me
apart, would I look like a desperate, worn-out person? You don't
like to hear the word Moonie, do you? Are you tired out? You say you
like it because this is a gathering of Moonies, right? But when people
slam their doors in your face you don't like the word Moonie.
In Korean the word "moonie" means "pattern", or
design. As Moonies we are the design of the True Parents' clothes.
Also "moonie" can mean consulting together, or discussing with
each other. We are always in fellowship, discussing True Parents, true
ideals, true family, true nation and true world.
White and black used to avoid each other, but no more. Here we talk
about true love among each other as brothers and sisters and we are all
one. There is a Korean woman here who is a doctor, and when I asked how
she would like an American husband, she replied, "Fantastic."
This kind of heart and spirit is the proud dignity of the Moonies.
I can tell clearly what will happen when I go to spirit world. Do
you think I will be welcome? Would all the religious leaders come to
welcome me? As each year passes, spirit world thinks that the time for
my arrival is getting closer and they have committees organized for
setting up welcoming procedures. A presidential inauguration requires
months of preparation, so how much more will they do in spirit world?
They are anxiously waiting for the greatest moment.
Do you feel that old men are dull and don't you like them? Do you
wish that I would leave you alone instead of pushing you without any
vacation? We are talking about True Parents, true sons and daughters,
true family, but even though you think it's real you don't really feel
the true impact of it. If you felt the reality of this to the bone, you
could not sit still like this-you would be dancing around and unable to
contain yourself. Your enthusiasm would be ready to spill over and you
would jump at the chance to be given an order. But now you moan and
groan and say that I push you too much.
Is our life with True Parents real? Are God and the heavenly
kingdom real? Have you been living up to that reality? If you work
yourself to death it is not enough. If you talk yourself to death, it
is still not enough. Have you talked about the Divine Principle so much
that your tongue won't function any more? If your tongue falls out
because you talked about the True Parents so much then God will give you
a stronger tongue; He has lots of spare tongues! God cannot afford to
Maybe you are wondering why I haven't talked about blessing or
matching. Here is a Korean sister who is 36 years old and a doctor, but
she never worried about getting married. Now she has a happy family.
This sister here is also getting older. If the True Parents are real to
you and true love is real to you then you just don't worry about
marriage. There is so much to rejoice over and celebrate that you even
forget when your birthday is.
Even if you forget yourself in praising this great moment, the name
of the True Parents, the name of true love and God, still you have not
done justice to the moment. When you compare your one body to the value
of this time, it is very insignificant. Those of you who have thought
even once that Unification Church life was just too much and you were at
the end of your rope, raise your hands please. Actually that will mean
forgiveness and I will never condemn you. Those who raised their hands
are the honest men and women! Those who did not are not honest,
particularly those leaders who did not.
I am a pitiful person in a way because I must trust these weak
soldiers in trying to build the kingdom of God's dispensation. The
events and blessings you have bumped into are so extraordinary that as
soon as you hear the news you should be electrified. But when you heard
the news you stopped and wanted to evaluate it first. You take two
steps forward and one backward, and in the meantime you get upset if you
think I don't recognize your hard work. "I have been in the
Unification Church all these years and gave the best part of my life,
but the Church never recognized me." I am asking you to jump over
all that to the other side. We have to go beyond the level of the fall,
but you are fooling around in the middle ground.
A child should finish elementary school while he is still a child,
but you are like a forty-year-old who keeps flunking every day
and complains to his teacher about not getting his diploma. You have to
finish the course in order to get a diploma. Do you know how precious
the present time is, how crucial it is ? Are you spiritually awakened
Do you think I realize the true value of the moment? That's why I
am the only one who is truly crazy about God. I am desperately trying
to convey this to you, and you simply have no right to complain. By
worldly standards I am a very superior person who has many talents in
many fields. I tackle hundreds of things at the same time. I speak
well at the same time, don't 1? That's why men and women of all colors
come here to follow me. If you determine to follow me then do it 100%,
Time is not in your favor. Before the third seven-year course
is over, you must finish your course. After the third seven-year
course is over I won't ask you to gather at 6 a.m. or to go out and do
home church. This is a precious moment. To come and hear me on Sunday
morning is a precious, extraordinary blessing.
If I were you, sitting out there listening to Reverend Moon, I would
not act like you. I would have done something so great and thunderous
that all New York would have been shaken. I wouldn't allow myself any
time to rest. Once this present moment passes, it will never return
even after millions of years. Once this opportunity passes there will
be no more opportunity. The greater the persecution, the greater your
opportunity to write a chapter of history. The persecution you receive
should spur you on with greater energy. Don't pay any attention to it
but be totally concentrated on fulfilling the goal.
Put your hand on your chest and think a moment, "Is there
really such value here that I can give my life to it? Is my present
life in the Unification Church measuring up to that value?" You
should repent over not realizing the preciousness of this moment. The
present time should be made into a glorious, victorious moment. Turn it
around into a proud moment. When you appear before the throne of God
you should be able to say proudly to Him, "I have done my absolute
best. I have no shame or regret." You must become a person who can
say to posterity, "Look at me and follow my example." You
should be able to say that with pride.
There are many different levels of accomplishment here. When you
waste time sitting down and doing nothing other people will be running
many steps ahead of you. Each day is a competition.
Those who can pledge they will make the present moment a proud and
victorious moment, raise your hands. Thank you. God bless you.