REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
RECORD-SETTER OF HISTORY
July 1, 1979
Belvedere, New York
Translator-Bo Hi Pak
Whenever a champion enters a contest or major competition, his
foremost desire is to set a new record. For example, in the Olympic
games all the contestants go hoping to set a new record. To do so they
have to follow all the rules and regulations set forth by the Olympic
committee. A new record cannot be set just by doing things at random,
but only within strictly disciplined limits. No matter how capable an
athlete you may be, the moment you violate any rules not only the
judging committee but all the other participants as well will rule
against you. The judges will disqualify you and you will lose your
chance. That is the most fundamental thing a champion must remember-he
must obey all the rules of any competition.
Sometimes the rules change and then you have to understand and obey
the new rules. All competition heads toward the matching of better and
When we talk about records, the first thing that comes to mind is
athletic games, but actually there are far greater competitions going on
at higher levels. Nations are competing with each other in world
affairs, and we can also consider each nation as one stadium where
competitions are being held. Do you think there are rules on all those
levels as well?
Certainly the people of each nation must follow the rules, and not
only that, but follow tradition as well. A nation can set a record
among other nations, but to do so it must clearly abide by the rules of
international competitions; it must be recognized and respected by a
multitude of other nations. In this game different nations are
champions while mankind are the spectators, with God acting as the judge
or referee. In our world today there are two ideologies in
competition-democracy and communism. It is an invisible, yet bitter
battle between the two.
We can see confrontation and competition in every area of our lives.
In America here we see on-going political competition between the
political parties trying to win power in government. Here again,
certain rules must be followed. In every arena of competition there is
a law, a kind of covenant which clearly sets forth the goal and is
derived from the tradition of the past. This phenomenon is
everywhere-in government, schools, families, every facet of our lives.
In order to become the greatest champion you begin as a small
competitor, starting in local competitions, then state, then regional,
before you enter national competition. That is the way champions are
selected. I can draw an important conclusion here, that our lives and
careers are always exposed to some kind of competition. That's life.
We eat and sleep and handle mundane things every day, but in addition we
are each engaged in some kind of competition. Your eating and sleeping
is for the purpose of maintaining your well-being so that you can
be a winner. Who is going to be a victorious person who sets the
The ultimate competition is that of life. If there is a way to win
that competition, it is the ultimate, and for that goal we should be
able to give all kinds of sacrifice. In that competition we want to be
victorious and set the record. Which direction should we go? What will
our strategy be?
Suppose there is a competition in track; the fastest man cannot win
if he runs anywhere else except the track because no one will
acknowledge his accomplishment. The way you want to do things is
unimportant because the rules are all-important. Each champion is
required to run around the track. Perhaps one contestant might think he
is clever and plan to run across the track instead of around it. Some
people in our world think about how to get around the rules and snatch
the victory and they ridicule those who follow the rules and do things
the hard but legitimate way.
How many in America are trying faithfully to abide by the rules?
Many people in America today lead lawless lives and they see no reason
to abide by the laws or put up with authority figures, like parents and
teachers. People have come by this wrong idea by thinking that they
have freedom from any restraints. They want to know why they aren't
recognized as the victors, but theirs isn't the logical way of doing
things is it?
Unless you abide by the rules of the school, you cannot pass your
courses and no one will give you credit. Competition in life is just
the same. In school you may complain about required reading or tough
homework; you feel the pressure of measuring up to regulations and
getting a good report card. You may feel as though you are being hung
by the system, imprisoned by it, but actually your liberation comes when
you fulfill triumphantly, not by avoiding it but by confronting it.
Then you are free and the school, the teachers and even the books will
In school the teachers, the dean, the other students are all
competitive, yet you can truly achieve the level where people can't help
but recognize you for your accomplishments. That is real liberation in
school. Without that accomplishment there is no freedom and you will
always be under pressure.
Where can we truly find human freedom? Freedom can only come after
the requirements are fulfilled. Freedom comes within discipline, within
the law. It is not abuse or license. There is law everywhere: If you
disregard nature's laws, you will die; this nation is governed by law;
the world is under law. Therefore, you will be triumphant in freedom
when you triumph within that law, not outside of it. The law is the
most common sense direction. For example, there is a certain way a
spoon is to be used. If you use it right side up it is useful, but if
you turn it upside down or on end it won't be any good. There is a
common sense way to use a spoon well.
The law is always seeking the optimum situation. In history that
optimum law continues and is universal, needed by everyone. There is no
law that prevents you from blinking your eyes. It is nature's
necessity. Yet there is an optimum way of blinking the eyes, perhaps a
certain number of times a minute. Then there is a way of blinking too
much that is detrimental. Even in such a small thing it is noticeable
when someone does something outside the law. In everything there is an
optimum way, even in breathing. There is an optimum way to listen; no
particular facial expression is required. How you sit can also be
evaluated, as well as how you dress. There are certain rules to follow.
The law is not there to harass you but to guide you to the ideal
Sometimes we resent the law, but in this perspective is law a
necessity? Liberation always comes through fulfillment of the law.
With the fulfillment of family law, for instance, you shall be liberated
centered upon the family. Some people might wonder why they need
parents or brothers or sisters, or why they have to sleep in a bed
instead of anywhere they choose. That attitude will eventually bring
that person to destruction. The man who tries to live like that would
never even think of setting a new record, and even if he did, no one
would recognize it or give him credit. Even a mechanical device moves
precisely as it is designed to do, following certain principles.
Here in America some people claim to be patriots and champions of
the nation. The patriot is a law-abiding person, not the one who
disregards the law as being too clumsy. Without even knowing the laws,
can you claim to be a good citizen? If you actually try to live up to
every article of the U.S. Legal code, you could spend your whole
lifetime just trying to understand it. What I mean here is the spirit
of the law, the attitude that by following certain principles everyone
can be benefited, not just individuals.
The law always follows certain patterns based on experiences of the
past, moving in the direction which benefits the most people. When we
look at the behavior of Americans today, we see that most of them are
ill with "excess freedom." They are freedom-crazy. Will
anyone say that is not true? No matter how prominent or exceptional you
try to make yourself, if you don't understand the true spirit of freedom
or the true meaning of tradition, whatever record of accomplishment you
make will have no purpose. For America to truly enjoy freedom, each
individual must be disciplined in the law of the nation. If a person is
triumphant in that way then he will truly set a new record.
Our life is already a competition, so we must learn how best to
engage in that art. First, we must acknowledge the past and its
tradition. Also, we must recognize the necessity of the present time
and recognize a certain vision that can be welcomed by the future.
These three conditions must be met. What is the central game or event
in the Olympic Games? What is the most spectacular game? There is no
question about it: The Olympic marathon is always the central game, in
the past, present and future. A marathon is the longest race, so is it
easy or tough to run? It would be easy to cover the distance in a
helicopter, but to win the race you have to cover every inch of ground
on foot. There is a common definition of why the marathon is
spectacular, why it is recognized as a great achievement. In it a
person has to give his own sweat and labor for a great distance. To run
that race is a great strain, and people have died attempting it.
What is our marathon in life? Again, it requires going the longest
distance against the toughest odds. In our arena of life competition
there must be some central event. Philosophy is one area, sport
another; the cultural and academic worlds and field of religion are also
areas. Each of them is a game in life. Which of these goes the longest
distance? Christianity has talked about the coming of Christ for 2,000
years and still it is not known how many more years it will take. Truly
the religious arena involves the longest distance.
Is the religious way of life an easy way? In religious competition
the regulations are stringent. For example, you have to fast, endure
suffering, be humble and avoid temptations. Religious competition seems
totally apart from common sense. For instance, Jesus said,
"Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his
life for my sake will find it." What kind of dilemma is that? Many
people just cannot put up with it. People may look like slaves under
God knows that He imposed the toughest of all rules in religious
competition, but He is doing so because He has to select one champion.
Will He pick one politician or academic? God must pick from the
toughest arena of all areas of human life, which is religion.
Does anyone like religion? You are crazy; that's why you like it!
You live only one life on earth so it is an acceptable desire to want to
go the toughest course and meet the toughest challenge of all. As
ambitious young men and women, what area would you prefer to set records
in? We recognize that religion is the arena that everyone must
ultimately participate in.
Suppose this circle is the globe. We are heading toward the highest
pinnacle, starting from all directions and going out. Some people may
come close, but miss by a few inches and then have to go all the way
around again to try. The person going this route doesn't see the
overall picture, just the same angle and height, so even if he reaches
the top he may not realize it. So far no explorer has gone over the
entire planet to make a map with clear directions to the pinnacle.
Without clearly defining their goal, many people just keep walking,
wasting their lives.
Human ambition is a great thing. For instance, many people deeply
desire to climb the tallest mountains. Recently two ambitious Korean
climbers wanted to climb Mt. McKinley; they made it to the top, but on
the way down they met with disaster and were killed. They came all the
way from Korea to die on Mt. McKinley!
Because religion has not given man a clear map or course, mankind
has suffered tremendous harm in seeking to fulfill religious ambitions.
Without knowing the goal clearly many people made attempts to reach the
pinnacle but died along the way. Do we have to give up religion because
of that? No, because religion is man's ultimate destiny. Can you
eliminate the marathon from the Olympics simply because it is so tough?
If so, the Olympics will no longer be exciting. There is no question
that the religious field is tough, and because of that the world's
people ultimately must be interested in religion.
What arena are you in? Did you come here to make money, or to be a
famous politician or to get married? You are actually champions in this
toughest of all arenas in life. We have clearly defined the goal so
that we shall not falter but go on to set the new record. New champions
always emerge to surpass the records of the past, and the same is true
in religion. What past saints and prophets have said is not the
ultimate statement of faith so we look forward to a new record being
set. Therefore, we are inheriting the record and tradition of the past,
as well as recognizing the present, and going forward to set the record
that will remain in the future.
There is no other church or religion that has inherited the past
more perfectly than this one. For example, the Bible records an account
of the fall, but many contemporary religions regard the fall as
nonsense. Yet we absolutely know that it did happen, and not only that,
but how it took place. We recognize everyone in the Bible-Adam, Noah,
Abraham-as well as internal things about the dispensation that are not
even explained in the Bible. We know precisely what happened. There is
no doubt that the Unification Church has absolutely inherited the
tradition of the past. History is on our back; we stand on the
foundation of the history of God.
We know many hidden secrets about what went wrong in the past, such
as the failures of the central figures which the Bible does not explain.
Therefore, we know precisely why certain faiths and religions failed in
the past. By knowing this we have a new set of tools which will not
fail us. There are many scholars and theologians who concentrated their
study on the Old Testament, but when we ask them certain questions they
have no answers; yet we know the answers, which are only common sense.
It is a natural conclusion that the Unification Church has a most
authentic historical inheritance. The New Testament is also a book of
mystery, but we have brought it into the sunlight, explaining the
mission of Jesus, how he came, and what he tried to do. We know in what
way the New Testament dispensation was not completed, that Jesus came to
marry, not to die as a single man. These things are so shocking to
conventional Christians that they practically have heart attacks hearing
us, but when you come to the bottom line, who has the most realistic
view of the situation? Our proclamation today is so drastic and
dramatic that millions of Christians around the world look at us as
heretics. Which view is more faithful to the Bible and to the will of
God? Our philosophy and belief is certainly the one.
The tenth anniversary of the moon walk is coming shortly, and people
are thinking all the time about it. There are many
philosophically-minded people in the world today, and they are all
caught in one universal disease, which we call moon-phobia.
Already people look at you as an extension of Reverend Moon. Are you?
We are not in politics or economics, but in the religious arena.
Are we in an exciting or dull game? Are we the winners in the
competition with contemporary Christianity? We are running in the
marathon with the Christians of the world. They are accustomed to
resting when they are tired and eating when they are hungry, but we take
the kitchen and water tank right along with us so we don't have to stop.
The conventional religious way of thinking is that the preacher preaches
and the congregation pays his salary, but the Unification Church doesn't
work that way. We create our own money and resources, and in the
process I have accumulated many titles by starting work in many areas.
We are talking about a new game with new in a new arena. The old
ways will not work in this new arena so we have custom-made our way
of doing things for the new. We are determined not to be defeated but
to be victorious in the religious Olympics. We have been called
heretics, but even those name-callers cannot disregard us. Even
while they are accusing us they are learning our methods. It is common
sense that all the runners in a race as well as the spectators focus on
who is in the lead because they want to beat him.
The Unification Church has definitely inherited the traditions of
the past and we have also devised a realistic way of doing things. We
are not in the clouds but on solid ground. We also have a realistic
future vision of how to bring down the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, and
we are not just talking about it but living it. What is it? Home
Many people in the religious arena are going in circles at random
but we are going in a straight line, like an arrow to the
bulls-eye. Did God say that one of the rules was that the champion
in the religious arena had to be a white man? Must he also be an
American citizen, or adhere to the democratic way of doing things? Or
did God leave the door wide open so anyone can participate in this most
difficult of marathons?
The Unification Church is a spiritual athlete in this toughest game.
What will the trophy be? The love of God is the ultimate reward. We
alone in the Unification Church are talking about the heart of God, the
love of God for the world, nation, family and individual. Suppose the
winner of the marathon was an American. When he entered heaven I am
sure he would go first to the treasure house where the jewels are
stored. Another champion might go first to the world of culture and the
arts. Another champion might go first to the dining room, while yet
another might look for the department store and wardrobe room to get all
the things he lacked on earth.
When the Unification Church runner enters that world, where will he
go? You said he would go to the heart of God, and you know the heart of
God is not in any of those places I mentioned. God has suffered so much
that He is down in some storage room in the basement of heaven. If you
found the heart of God in a corner covered with dirt and dust, what
would you do? When you find Him there would you give a shout of Mansei
in excitement, or cry out to find that the heart of God was burdened
with so much suffering?
Then you would say, "Heavenly Father, don't worry; now your
child is here. Let me escort you out so you can really sit on your
throne and receive joy from the world. I will make it happen. I didn't
come to receive glory from you, but to liberate you and ease your
sorrowful heart. Since your heart has been suffering, the entire world
has been suffering. I come to liberate your heart and in turn liberate
If you are a champion with that kind of goal and heart, do you feel
you are going toward the noblest of all? Can you think of any higher
goal than that? We are motivated and challenged for this purpose and
goal, and there is nothing we cannot do; we can give all our money, our
lives, any suffering necessary. We are a group of people gathered
together who are crazy for God. Indeed, if you enter heaven in any but
this way then there will be still more competition to go through. But
when you set the liberation of God's heart as your goal there is no
higher place to go. Ultimately that is the highest.
I am motivated to achieve this goal and my will is of iron. No
matter how people treat me, I am unswerving in this goal. I thought
this conclusion out on my own, but do you think I was smart or dull?
You came here to join, so are you smart or not? Are you better than me
or less so? God keeps telling me that I think of things even He does
not think of. God is asking me to be like that, and you as well. I am
determined to do something that God could not do, and I am asking you to
do things that I could not do. Would you smart men and women accept
If other people sleep two hours, would you sleep only one hour?
Normally people who try to drive after not sleeping at night will nod
off at the wheel, but we are challenged by this extraordinary task and
we will never sleep. We see the bulls-eye of God's love so clearly
that there is no moment we can be dull and sleepy. Since this is the
moment of competition, how can we let up? In a boxing match your
opponent could jab you at any moment so you must be alert to any
eventuality. The arrow flying toward the target doesn't care what
anyone is saying.
Now nearly all of you are matched, and I can see that most of you
still haven't come back to earth yet. If you got the perfect match then
do a perfect job to deserve it. You and your fiancee have to inspire
each other, competing with each other and with other engaged couples.
Life is a competition, after all. Will you accept the challenge? Are
you fortunate to be in the Unification Church?
How many years will it take for you to win the marathon? Three,
ten? Even for the unbeatable Reverend Moon it took sixty years to cover
the course and still I have not finished the race. Last night after
graduation at the seminary I took all the leaders fishing. It was in
the midst of a thunderstorm and we were cramped in a little boat. Even
though they didn't say this, inside they were probably thinking,
"What kind of Father are you? Can't you have even one day to
rest?" Even though I gave Col. Pak permission to be with his
family that day and Col. Han didn't go because he had only dress
clothes to wear, I told them that really those were not acceptable
What does it matter if it is night or day once you are going toward
this challenge? Would you prefer a leader with absolute determination,
regardless? It is normal to rest after a day's work, to have meals at
mealtime and to sleep at night. But here our standard is to keep going
for all 365 days. That is not acceptable to many people, but would you
do it? Do you like my type of leadership?
You never hear me praising or complimenting anyone. I only push
them harder. Do you like it? Why? Each time you are pushed by me you
are going farther toward the goal, even though it is painful. If I am
coming at night or at a difficult hour to see you, you may flee but
under any circumstances don't complain. The place to hide is home
What are we going to do? I want you to understand that the
Unification Church is here to set the record, and in order to set the
record you have to live in an abnormal way and go an incredible
distance. There are two worlds of East and West today, and the
Orientals want me to win big but the Western world is trying to push me
down. There is a competition between the two worlds centering on me.
Many governmental agencies are investigating us, which is a sign of how
the Western world feels about me, wanting me to decrease. Even you are
skeptical sometimes-you may cheer me, but then when you look around and
see that the rest of the country is not cheering, you feel doubtful.
Whether America recognizes it or not, historical events are happening
now. Why has this one individual become so controversial? Why are
people so apprehensive about me? This kind of phenomenon is new to
Where do we go? To our pinnacle. How far away are we? Soon
Americans will change and come to confess that they have evaluated all
the other possible ways but they didn't succeed, and the only way of
hope is Reverend Moon's way. Do you think that day will come soon? Do
we have the capability to present hope to America? 10% or 100%? If
America continues as it is will America decline or prosper? Would you
Leave it alone?
First you have to apply the brake. The 240 million people of
America must be stopped, then turned around and headed toward the goal.
Have you ever thought that sparks and heat will start flying when the
brake is applied? Do you want to go first and have the brake applied on
your back, or wait until next in line? Who will be the young people who
can apply the brake 24 hours a day?
In the religious arena I want to be the champion. Who of you in the
Unification Church wants to become the champion? Sometimes you are
exuberant and answer me enthusiastically, but many times your answer
turns out to be a lie. We need money and people to move America, but is
the government going to provide the budget? Some rich foundation? No,
they regard us as their enemies, so we will trade our blood for the
money. Some people may worry about the social courtesies and their
reputations, but who will worry about America's decline? America's
future is more valuable than any of those things.
If we are too late to save America then the Unification Church is
also part of America's defeat. I want you to understand that our
survival is directly linked to the survival of America; we must survive
for the sake of America. America's survival is vital because it means
the survival of the free world. In the free world Korea will remain as
well. If you think that the communists would not kill you if they had
the chance then you don't understand the reality of communism. That
kind of consequence is not far away.
The ultimate confrontation over the champion ship is being waged
now. In Japan we have won heated confrontations with the communists.
Here in America we are confronting the churches as well as communism,
and we will never avoid it. We are runners, and though we may feel
suffocated at the moment, we keep running for we are in the marathon
We are not spectators, but participate in the race as champions. I
am determined to be the champion in the arena of religion in history,
determined to be a champion in the arena of the Unification Church.
Ultimately the heart of God is our goal, and I want to liberate Him.
Once you set that kind of record, it is the alpha and omega, and when
God blesses such people, it brings consummation, completion.
When a person occupies love, he occupies all other authority and
dignity as well. The record-setter is the kind of person God and
history are looking at. God is expecting you to become one who sets the
record, so this is a one-in-a-million opportunity. I am
now investing much energy in the fishing industry and I am determined to
make it successful. When you see my desire, you should put your
shoulders to the job to be a champion in that arena. I would like to
see all the seminarians and church leaders go for sea duty for one and a
half years. At this time there is no master or host who is claiming or
leading the American fishing industry because this is one arena God
carved out and saved for the heavenly dispensation.
What if I supply sufficient fish and say that Unification Church
members will eat nothing else for six months, not even bread? We will
give all the good fish to the trade and eat the leftovers ourselves.
Will God say we shouldn't eat just the leftovers, or will He be touched?
Who do we suffer for? For God and humanity. By doing it we are
covering God with an invisible net, making Him our prisoner. All you
have to do then is pull that net and God will have to follow you.
Did anyone in history ever have this kind of thinking and ideology?
Look at me. All this time many people through the country have been
trying to destroy or discredit me-in Korea, Japan and America-but I have
survived and am still going strong. That in itself is a miracle. You
think you do the Unification Church work, but in reality it is the
spiritual world acting. All you have to do is set the condition. You
are here as a remnant, not out of your own goodness, but because of
spiritual pressure and guidance in dreams or visions. Does existing
Christianity have such things? There is an amazing power behind us
pulling us into oneness.
You have entered the competition in this arena now. Would you run
with your full might, or only half-heartedly? Our Unification
Church freedom is not just that of eating or sleeping and doing things
as we like. Your real freedom comes through our victorious achievement,
and then you will receive recognition that you are free. Before heaven
and earth you will present yourself as the victor who won the race
within the heavenly discipline and law. You strive to become a champion
in this situation so that you can set a better record than anyone else,
one which will command the respect of the people. Then you can be a
victorious person before heaven and earth.
You men who think you are pretty smart, strong and capable, raise
your hands. Now you confident women raise your hands. None? By
worldly standards we may not be attractive or ideal, but we are applying
to be champions of highest quality. Once you win this race, all the
good men and women of the world will come bow down to you, however
imperfect you may be. That is the kind of authority you will be given
once you finish the race. Many women in particular agonize over their
faces but that is useful thinking in the sense that they can turn that
energy into service, into giving an additional kick to themselves.
"My shortcomings will all be overcome when I set a record,"
they think. That's why God is sending ugly men and women to the
Since we are already lowly people here, we have nothing to lose.
The amazing thing is that with this kind of attitude once you hang on
until the end you shall be gloriously triumphant, a record-setter.
We have records in witnessing, in MFT, in many arenas. I want you to be
champions in your specific area. When we gather the
record-breakers together to work we can set American records. Our
combined effort will do that. I used to feel that Col. Pak was really
pushing you for home church and I liked that, but nowadays Col. Pak is
too gentle and not pushing enough. You can't complain because I am
commissioning him to push you, and the purpose is for you to become
The Unification Church is here to be a champion and God is depending
upon you. God wants you to set records on the universal scale, not just
in one nation or organization.
Today is July 1, which usually falls on a Sunday. Those who will
become record-setters, raise your hands. I want you to become
record-breakers in every way. You can even set a record in eating,
but at the same time you can fast more than anyone else. Even in
sleeping set the record, all month long, but then stay awake all month
and work. Set a record in putting on makeup-white people use black
makeup and black people use white makeup. In sleeping don't lie down in
an ordinary way but lift your leg up in the air. When you sleep plug up
your nose and don't breathe the way ordinary people do. In the bathroom
set the record for the shortest possible time, or sit down and stay all
Do you understand what I have been saying? When you become a
record-setter, then God will be a record-setter. Will you do
it? Let us pray.