REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
AND HEAVENLY LAW
March 1, 1979
Translator - Sang Kil Han
Today is March 1 and two months of this year are already gone. This
is the first day tor the remaining ten months. Today is a special day
in that sixty years ago Korea experienced a great independence movement
while under Japanese suppression and many people shed blood in a
symbolic demonstration for justice. This is a significant national day
in Korea, and everyone is reminded of that great spirit in national
commemoration. I gave a special talk to my children about this day, and
that's why I was late this morning.
Through Principle we have learned that religion is needed to learn
God's will and His teaching. God's will is one. Since there is one God
there should not be many churches and religions believing many different
ways, but only one church teaching the correct way. That church is
above any country and even the world, and not under any national
direction or domination. If there had already been a church on earth
teaching the ideal then mankind would have been educated, and God's will
would have been moving in a specific direction with substantial
achievement. But as we look back in history no such religion is to be
found; instead it has only appeared on earth today.
In looking around the world we see that each people has their own
way of believing in God, and that even those beliefs varied at different
times in history. When we compare the various religions to the branches
of a tree, it is not that they are completely in error, but that they
are all directed in different ways, each with some cultural development
surrounding it, whether small or large. In God's overall plan He must
be wanting to guide each religion in one specific direction, wanting to
teach the people through religion.
We see today that there is some general direction which each
religion is taking. In the same way that the greater religion will
absorb the lesser religion, a man of great character will surpass and
influence a man of lesser character. Civilizations are the same; the
higher civilization will eventually absorb the lesser culture.
America is one of the great nations of our time and people around
the world look to America and emulate that way of life. Why do less
advanced people follow greater people? By doing so they are benefited.
Also, it is convenient and helps ease their lives. When I refer to
American civilization I am not referring to the American people, but to
the achievements which have become a standard here and around which this
civilization was formed. It might be said, that knowledge is what makes
America great and what the people follow; it is not Americans themselves
who are great but what they know. Science is one aspect of that truth.
If the people don't live up to a standard then they have to catch up
with it. As long as the people are pursuing that ideal of those words,
always trying to improve themselves and close the gap, they will have a
great nation. When men are one with this standard, the most harmonious
situation is formed. Goodness should be the result of people's
interaction in unity with the standard.
What we are observing now in America is that people are attempting
to follow a high standard, but what is amiss is the quality of peoples'
interaction with each other. There are such fundamental problems as
racial conflict in which black and white people cannot even mix with
each other. When this quality of interaction is lost then people lose
what standard they have achieved. After that even the standard of truth
becomes shaky and people are not sure of its value. They are confused
and the truth becomes weak as a result.
At one time Christians in this country pursued a certain standard of
love, but now they are uncertain and even that standard is crumbling.
lt is not difficult to see that American civilization is no longer
strong and healthy but headed downward instead of upward. At first many
people followed that standard because it benefited them, but now people
feel it is inconvenient and that this way of thinking is a nuisance.
Once families were strong in America, but now people increasingly feel
there is nothing to be gained from family commitments and so when they
leave home they rarely return. Church offers an environment which
should help us better ourselves, but people are finding no benefit there
so they stop going.
God's religion is unchanging. What is the truth that men are
seeking and that God approves of? All major religions teach truth, yet
each believes that it alone has the true way; they do not think from the
position of God but from a point of view centering on themselves. God
cannot approve of that. On looking down to earth God would rate the
religions according to His standard. There can be only one which can
receive the top mark. This is not difficult to understand because it
is so reasonable.
Religions should not be concerned about how they would be rated,
but should be looking instead for the one religion which can be rated
100 per cent. This is the problem of' the present day. All followers
of a certain religion believe in its doctrine, but they are limited to
that one teaching; though within that sphere they may rate 100 per
cent, they cannot rate 100 per cent in the overall picture.
Who can teach without any error and be in a position to give that
100 per cent mark? Only God can do this. This is not in any book or
stated in any religious dogma, but it is in God himself It is only
logical that eventually man will have to come to God Himself to make
sure he got everything right; only when God assures him that he has met
that standard can he be fully confident. It is logical that through the
highest religion every person can come into contact with God and be
assured for themselves that they are approved by Him.
We have to be able to confirm whether a religious teaching is
completely consistent with Gods own word. Each religion teaches the
truth according to its own bible. Truth tells us what to do, how to do
it, revealing how to live and what objectives to strive tor.
Scientists as well have an objective and a means for reaching it; truth
is applied in the same way here.
If a religious truth teaches the individual but not the family then
it becomes very inharmonious. Truth should be consistent and in
accordance with both individual and family life being able to guide
people toward higher and higher value until they ultimately reach God.
Truth should be free of contradiction. A person's hands and face
belong to him and are part of him, meaning that every part of his body
is consistent and none of them contradict the other. They function as
one. A person does not pursue two different goals at the same time,
but follows one objective and purpose.
Likewise for man, what people 1,00() years ago and people today
strive for should be in the same general direction. Orientals and
Westerners should not live in a contradictory way; if they do it means
that only one is right and the other has yet to come into accord with
What is the truth then? What is the truth in a man? For man to
meet woman and for them to love each other is a truth. The fact that
man and woman can love each other in perfect harmony was true 1,000
years ago and today as well; this truth is consistent. Truth for the
ear is to listen well to the right way. The nose must smell correctly,
and if it fails to meet that standard then it is not a true or real
nose. Truth for a hungry man is to get food. For instance, some food
that makes him happy is a truthful thing; on the other hand, if some
smell offends him then his nose will try to avoid it. If music is very
pleasant then your ears are eager to listen and transmit that pleasure
to your whole body. The whole community will be directed to the truth
and benefit from it at the same time. Men must be happy before God can
become happy. God can rejoice when men are happy in the right
When you hear a word of truth you are really happy in response. If
you are hungry then you eat; you ate yesterday and the day before, but
are you happy every time you have food when you are hungry? When you
listen to truth are you always happy? How about those people who are
dozing-are they full and unwilling to partake any more?
An ultimate religion will eventually have to emerge in history, but
truth is only words, whereas the substantial entity is your character.
The Bible records that everything came into existence as God spoke,
having His body and character of development. Just as God spoke and
formed everything according to His words, religion is meant to give
some words and teach people so they can come into accord with what the
Word meant them to be. When everything became as God told it to be,
the Bible records that it was good to behold. That goodness results
from the unity which is formed when the word and entity become one.
This is what the whole idea is-unity.
Once this unity is achieved you can go in any direction you desire
and meet no resistance and never become unhappy. No matter how far or
near or often you go, you will be unrestricted, but you have to have
that element of unity to be welcomed. Love comes into being here.
When we come to cherish love we want it always to stay with us, and
God's will is to fulfill that desire. We want to be in love wherever
What is that one element that we never get tired of? No matter how
much and how often we are loved, we never tire of it. Food is
different; when you are hungry you want to eat, but when you are not
hungry then eating can even be painful. But there is no moment when you
feel you can do without love. Could love be real if it were cherished
only by white people? That would not be love because it could not be
true in those circumstances. If only blacks or only Orientals liked
love then it could not be true. As long as one is human, whether he is
old or young he will like love. Everyone has this in common.
God had an ideal which he desired, which is unity, and God's words
are called truth. Reality must come about according to God's desire,
and after that God wanted to wrap the whole thing up in love. After
this is complete you can circulate in any direction. This is the full
content of God's creation. As long as you have love, you can skip one
of the steps above; for instance, if you have love then you' don't need
If people are thinking according to the wrong standard then
eventually God will have to judge that, which is the judgment of words,
and point out whatever is wrong. Also He must give some character
judgment, or judgment of personality, according to how they have
developed. Finally there is judgment of heart, and here too God must
evaluate. All three must be given clearly. The fall was the result of
failing to become the true entity ot' the word; thus Adam did not come
to possess true heart. Now in returning to God we must restore the
words that Adam and Eve lost and check whether we have become as He
wanted us to become. When these become reality then true heart will
automatically emerge. We have to make sure that love is within us.
Human history has been following that pattern as well. At each
period in history man had a certain ideal, such as godism or humanism,
which guided people in a certain direction, and man developed
accordingly. Communists today are pursuing a goal based on words, for
instance. Earlier in history pagan deities, and later God, were related
in man's thinking to events in every area of human life. Later that
degenerated into humanism and people paid more attention to man than to
God. Now that has passed and the emphasis is not even humanism but
Originally man was supposed to possess material things, plus his
physical body plus his mind, and all three were supposed to be united
harmoniously.` Now little emphasis is placed either on man's character
or on God, so there is no way man could feel complete or satisfied.
Materialism is not wrong, but it deals with only one portion of man's
life. At the same time man must pay attention to the human element, but
most of all he needs God. He can never hope to be happy without God.
Religion must ultimately deal with all these areas of godism,
materialism and humanism and give a satisfactory explanation in all
these things. The channel or order flows from God to man to material
things; material cannot come above man nor man above God. In earlier
times man concentrated exclusively on explaining events in religious
terms and was not so concerned about man or individual human life later,
reaction against that elevated man's value but concentrated on him
exclusively. Eventually man completely eliminated God from the picture.
Certainly man should not concentrate on just one or the other, but
should follow an order or sequence. Now the attention that was paid to
man has swung to another extreme and men think that they need only
material things, diagnosing social problems in terms of lacking material
People definitely suffer if they lack enough material things and
then they become determined to make money, but even with money they
don't feel as content as they thought they would. After being
dissatisfied with material things they look into communism. Material
things are a necessary element, but not a crucial one. People are
discovering that material things alone will not make them happy, and
they are starting to look to other areas again. Pretty soon we will see
a swing back toward re-examining man, and eventually back to God.
Young people today are only scratching the surface in their search into
mysticism and Eastern religion, but the trend will broaden and continue.
We can understand that God, man, and material must be ordered in the
right way before man's matters can be solved, and this is what the
teaching of final authority must do. Religion must encompass all these
areas and teach about them correctly. Some religions emphasize
attention to spiritual matters to the exclusion of material matters, but
in the Unification Church we pay attention to material things in the
context that it belongs to all mankind and to God. In this context
material needs can be satisfied. The Unification Church is also
humanist in that it doesn't advance one race over another but embraces
all mankind equally and seeks to live for the entire world. We must
cultivate our character to live for the entire world.
We don't teach that God is necessary to only one area or country or
for one period of time; we teach that God is needed equally by everyone,
that there has always been only one God and He has been the most
important element. We teach that God is a humanist and also a
materialist, that He is a spiritual being but He loves material things.
A religion must embrace all these elements before man's life can become
consistent in every way. Our criterion is whether the Unification
Church lives up to that standard and manifests the heart of unity and
No religion which can live up to that standard has ever appeared on
earth. The Bible states that it is not possible to worship God and
material at the same time, but in the Unification Church we teach that
we can worship God even through material as long as it serves God and
the world. In this way I am different from any other religious teacher.
People try to describe me as an evangelist, industrialist or
businessman, or any number of things. I am a fisherman! All these
things are in harmony and proportion and there is no part which is not
understood by our members. If everyone can follow this teaching and be
happy then it will pass all tests.
By joining the Unification Church we become happier and gain some
benefit. Being benefited never brings unhappiness. Are you happy?
Then you like to do home church and fund raising? Until people
understand all these things they are like half people and their focus is
blurred, but as they understand they become increasingly happy. When
such people assemble in the thousands and millions in the future they
will be like a great river or ocean current.
In looking back in history the common element through the ages seems
to be war. Why do men tight? Because they have differences of opinion
in ideology and different desires for possessing something. People in
the free world are convinced that no one can conquer them and communists
have the idea that no one can oppose or defer communism.
In a similar vein we can ask why existing churches oppose the
Unification Church. Church leaders feel that their congregations belong
to them and they don't like to see their members come to the Unification
Church. Christians are making one great mistake in not thinking that
their churches must be owned by the world and live for the world. The
world must own the churches, not vice versa. Neither do they know that
they belong to God.
Americans feel that their nation belongs to them and no one else has
any claim on it. They feel that other people should take care of
themselves, but instead America should belong to the world. Neither
does America understand that America belongs to God. Individual
Americans think their country belongs to them; they do not know that
they belong to the world and to God.
War stems from a wrong concept of possession, and people fight when
they think things rightfully belong to them. What is needed now is to
eliminate wrong concepts of ownership. For instance, it is holy to
think that America belongs to the world and to God instead of to
Whose notebook is this? Before it belongs to you it belongs to
America; before America it belongs to the world. In that sense it is
even holy. If you have a notebook and see it is needed by the nation
and then give it for that, or the nation offers it for the world's use,
then even the notebook will be much happier. If God wants to use it the
notebook will be even happier. The entire world will dedicate it to God
if He wants to use it.
You may not realize it at this moment but you are going through a
great transition in your concept of ownership. Is it necessary that we
change in this way? When we offer something for the use of the whole
then not only we are happier but the whole is happier also and the value
of the object will also increase. By dedicating smaller things to the
whole we eventually come to possess the world and God Himself. It is
like using small bait to catch bigger and bigger fish. Even in a
business sense this is a good idea.
We have to revolutionize this sense of ownership and also change the
conventional concept of the ideal from an individual ideal to an
unlimited ideal that stretches ale the way to God. Wars have always
started over different opinions about these two things. When I earn
money I do not feel that it belongs to me, but to God and the world and
then to me, in that order. It is ironic that I am scratching money
together from poorer countries to aid this richest nation in the world.
I feel money from a small country should be dedicated to a larger
country and then to God and then it will eventually return.
When wealth belongs to the world, how can the world light itself?
When the master of the world appears, that money has to be returned to
Him, and as long as everyone understands who that wealth belongs to how
could they light over possessing things? Before things belong to God
they belong to the world, and before they belong to the world they
belong to us. The world is yours, then the world's, then God's.
There is no reason for communism and democracy to fight once we know
that everything belongs to God. Now that you know whom the Unification
Church belongs to, it is millions ot' times nicer than you originally
thought. A citizen must really love the country that he lives in
because it is God's before it is his. Therefore, I love America more
than any Americans do because I know to whom it belongs.
It makes little difference how much we are opposed as long as God
approves and recognizes us. Then this teaching will always remain on
earth. If the world needs our fancy clothing then we are only too happy
to take it off for others to use; we are happier when they use it than
If the world is asked to give something for God to use then the
world is happy to do so. If God asks where this coat came from He will
be told that it came from the world, but more specifically from America,
and most specifically of all from one individual. Then God can give His
blessing to the world, America and that individual.
It is easy to understand logically that we will be happier by living
this way, so it is our responsibility to teach this and actualize it.
Since we understand this we are capable of embracing all varieties ot'
cultures and religious ideals. They are not ambiguous religious
thinking to us but reality. Someone here now may misunderstand and
reject this, but someone who is smarter will understand its full value
Are you confident and proud enough as Unification Church members to
accept any indignity" Let's consider several things: does the
Unification Church have the truth? Has it actualized the truth to a
certain degree in reality, in character and personality? Is love in its
true sense to be found in the Unification Church? Will this be approved
by all races, over all historical time? Then God will approve it too.
Now that we understand Unification Church, we will proceed to
heavenly law. God has a way of sorting out or screening things of
greater and lesser value. What is the law which the Unification Church
must recognize as being of utmost importance? The law of love" Love is
actually an end product; to ensure love we have to observe some
procedure or goal very strictly; this goal is God's ideal of creation.
That ideal has a code we must live by. The ideal of God involves
forming the four position foundation, where love comes into existence.
In order to achieve the four position foundation we have to have words
which teach that ideal which is the Divine Principle.
Law is nothing but words. In a law book legal standards are
codified as well as sentencing and punishment for infraction of those
standards. By referring to the law it can be determined whether a man
has become what the law specifies he must be. As long as you stay
within the law no one will bother you, no matter where you go. Are you
living within the law? Certain specifications such as fasting for a
number of days and waiting a certain number of years after marriage are
mere words, yet you keep them strictly.
When worldly law is broken a person goes to jail, and when a person
violates God's words he is punished to prevent him from violating them
again. Home church is heavenly law. Are we free to follow it or not as
we please? If the president does something wrong could the country
possibly perish? If I, as the head of the Unification Church, do
something wrong could the Church potentially perish? What will
determine if it perishes or prospers? If heavenly law is met then
prosperity is ensured, but if the Church violates that law then it will
decline and die.
A president can be great if he keeps the law, but if he violates it
himself can he be a great president? If I sometimes keep the law myself
and other times don't can I be called a responsible Unification Church
member? If a member sincerely believes I am wrong then he has a
responsibility to speak out and tell me what he thinks. Once the law is
taught should you follow it, or would only keeping it up to a point be
Each individual has a certain law to observe and together as the
Unification Church we have certain laws to observe. When I speak of
important things and people doze off, would that be a violation of
heavenly law? Do those people who are dozing realize this? You must
have a clear idea ot' whet is true. Each person must meet rigid
standards in order to reach the goal, and the first is the judgment of
words. The Divine Principle will judge you if you go against it,
whether knowingly or unknowingly. By knowingly going through this
process ot' following God's words we can create our character and
personality in reality.
If someone loves the word but does not want to practice it then
later the person who did everything according to the word will be his
judge. Even people who have nothing to do with us will point out how
that person did not do what the others did. Satan will judge, and the
members and I will all blame that person, and then the angels and God
will judge that person for knowingly failing to carry out the word.
You are following the one way to reach God, which is very specific.
First you tree yourselves from the satanic world, then become a member
of the Unification Church, receive True Parents' recognition through the
blessing, go to spirit world and then to God. That is the direction of
our path. There is no other way to reach God. If there is some lack
in your character or personality can you tell a lie to cover up? If you
really didn't want to do this yet grudgingly did so, it would be as bad
as not doing it at all.
A chestnut has an outer husk with sharp burrs, but inside is a
smooth, tasty nut. If you always think about True Parents and God then
you are like this chestnut inside. You will grow to be like True
Parents and receive God's approval, and when you have gone through all
the steps to maturity then when someone breaks open your thorny husk
everyone will see how rich you have become. You live for the sake of
God and True Parents because all people in spirit world live centering
around God and True Parents. In order to live that way successfully
there you must live that way here. When you practice that way with all
your efforts here then you will be able to harmonize in spirit world.
This earth is only a temporary place.
Please understand you must pass through the rigid judgment of word
in reality and personality., Once these two steps are passed then the
third, the judgment of heart, will be passed automatically. Why do we
have to witness and fund raise under persecution? By going through that
troubled situation we learn to love others and our hearts will be formed
If we only think about the word without much practice then can we mature
in reality? No. Therefore when you hear words of truth you must live
them. You have to love better than any people in the world, for without
going beyond that standard you cannot know the Kingdom of Heaven.
You want to go to heaven after becoming people of love. Once you
reach spirit world God will be judging you as well as Jesus and True
Parents. If you pass the test of practice then they will test you for
heart. This is our day-to-day practical problem and it is
strictly ordered by God. How can a person act rightly if he does not
know what to do? First we must clearly understand the law of Divine
Principle. The standard course is two-day workshop, where people
come to know something about God for the first time; then seven-day
training to learn more substantially, and following that the 21-day
and 40-day courses. Everyone in Unification Church must go through
that within six months of joining. That is our standard course for the
whole Church. Then members will know what the word is and what the
criteria and standard are that the Unification Church is pursuing.
After forty days members can know the words clearly and set out to
practice them. Then they can grow to have the qualification of heart,
going through recreation in every stage. God first made material, then
man, and then wanted love to be created there. In God's place we are
going to recreate all those things. First we re-create material,
which is represented by fund raising. Next you take God's position (as
a parent) and make God's heart; that is all-creation course, the
course of heavenly law which everyone must follow
We don't do this because it is nice and we choose to do so; it is
imperative that nothing be overlooked. Every stage must be fulfilled.
By knowing the word completely, by carrying it out and then recreating
heart and love we will become like Jesus, True Parents, and God Himself.
Now you can understand how strictly this must be observed. In
everything we do we must have let's love behind us when we go to spirit
world. Every activity we do is a step toward that goal.
If the Unification Church somehow acquired a fund of billions of
dollars you would still have to do what you are doing now and people in
the future will do as well, even though we would have much more money.
If every person on earth joined the Unification Church you would still
have to serve them, teaching them how to go this course. We can never
say that our work will be less hard once we become successful. Until
everyone knows this way of life we must continue, and it is the law that
we cannot stop as long as it is unfinished.
Once you follow the principle of home church and are successful you
can leave it behind. Everyone goes to spirit world; when you go there
you have to belong somewhere so you need to be able to point out your
tribe and family. This is your identity. As it is written, whatever is
loosed on earth is loosed in heaven. As the tribes are organized
through home churches, the organization of spirit world will truly begin
for the first time. This its heavenly law. The responsibility of
faithfully observing the law is the responsibility of the citizens and
especially the leader of the country.
Can you choose which laws you will observe" No. Even a small
company has rules and regulations, and certainly there is no country
without any law. This is a higher law from which no one is exempt if he
wants to go to heaven. If this law didn't exist then why should I come
to America where I have to speak through an interpreter and have been
opposed by the people? I could have stayed in Korea and easily
accomplished the foundation there instead. I do so because I come under
the heavenly law like everyone else.
If you decide that you will not attempt to keep the law in every
detail but will just love True Parents and God, disregarding home church
and so forth, you will not be able to pass the three judgments. You
must know all the heavenly laws. Furthermore, you cannot promise to do
it and then renege. It is a very deep thing to achieve all this and not
at all easy. Since we are heavenly citizens we have to realize this
more deeply than any worldly citizen. In doing this you are going step
by step to heaven; there is no choice about going an easier way to
heaven because this standard way is the easiest.
Can the News World members think they are unable to do home
church? How can they not do so and still what they have to do? Such
people simply have to witness to someone better than they who can take
their newspaper position and free them to do home church. There are
many, many things I have to take care of, even things that are not
really my responsibility, and my schedule is so full that it doesn't
include much sleeping time. I have to manage to find time to do
God never scolds a person for doing more than he should. If you
cannot go personally to do home church then you can carry on through
phoning, and there are other ways besides going personally. If a person
has many complex responsibilities, doing many things at once, it is that
much more his blessing. I will take notice of such a person and use him
more and more.
I speak the heavenly law, but it has not come from me personally.
He who speaks the heavenly law must come under it himself. That law is
much stricter than earthly law.
Now two months of 1979 are gone. During the next ten months we will
always keep that heavenly law in mind and try our utmost. This is why I
speak today on heavenly law. By strictly living heavenly law and
setting a tradition we are in fact helping the other people who will
follow; they are in fact your own children and the rest of America.
Let us pray.