REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
ABEL'S RIGHT PATH
FROM THE PROVIDENTIAL
POINT OF VIEW
December 30, 1979
Translator - Sang Kil Han
For the Unification Church the 1970's were years of difficulties and
regrets because of all the problems we faced from the world. In one
more day it will be over. Let us hope that the 1980's will be clear of
all that and that this new year will be one of hope and prosperity.
The title of my sermon is Abels' Right Path from the Providential
Point of View, meaning the right way of conduct and of feeling
As soon as a person comes into the Unification Church, he
experiences the problem of Cain and Abel. We have all experienced this.
Generally people decide that the earliest members are the Abels, but
this is questionable. In fact, this is the wrong way of thinking. The
Principle teaches us that there are three steps in the dispensation: the
formation stage, the growth stage, and the perfection stage. For
instance, the Unification Church itself develops in orderly stages.
Abels must also go through these three different stages and be
consistently victorious. As Abels we really have to hold on to that
awareness, never forgetting it for even one moment, and each one of us
should be confident that we will win no matter what.
Why do we have to go through these three stages? Because of the
fall. If the fall had not taken place then we would naturally be
victorious and there would be no defeat, but because of the fall Abel
has the responsibility of going successfully through that path. If the
fall hadn't taken place then Adam would only have to wait until he was
21 years of age and then he would automatically be perfected. From this
point, in unity with the circumstances of God and heaven, he would
continue to grow.
As soon as Adam is successful and reaches perfection, the family era
begins. After the family base is formed, the tribal base is made and
then the national base. Tradition becomes necessary as soon as we find
ourselves on the family level, and the tradition of the tribal base is
built upon that. The tradition of the family base and the tribal base
develops along the same lines as eras of the grandfather, father and
grandson. After the family starts, the generations following become the
tribe, and then the tribe expands onto a larger scale: Thus, the nation
is nothing but an expansion of the family. Ultimately, when the family
expands even farther it will compose the world.
If this took place beginning with Adam then a God-centered
country would result. The realm of Adam culture or Adam civilization
would form the base of the tradition of Adam, starting the cultural and
historical age of Adam.
What is culture? Actually it is the collection of the customs of
daily life. Then what is history? The development of one tradition
after another will constitute history. The two basic ingredients here
which we must remember are daily life, which forms a culture, and then
tradition, which is history. This will be consistent, whether it is the
Age of Adam, or ten thousand years later. It is all one sphere.
Tradition must be built around a central thought. What is this
central thought which is the basis of tradition? The real essence of
tradition and history is the true heart based on God's love. When we
try to find some essence or central important point in tradition, it
becomes clear that heart based on God's love is the center of God's
tradition. Once we establish that on earth on the world level, it will
be carried on in the spirit world. At first it is an earthly matter,
and then as soon as we leave this world for the spirit world we repeat
the same stages in the eternal world. We have to accomplish it first
here on earth and then up in the spirit world.
If spiritual growth to the perfection stage had been accomplished
then of course the fall wouldn't have taken place. Adam and Eve in
perfect unity would have produced offspring who down through the years
would eventually form the world. In the path of fallen human history,
however, no one has gone anywhere above the growth stage, the point
where mankind is struggling now. Let us look closely at the result of
the fall: First, faithlessness on the part of Eve; secondly, the lack of
heart; thirdly, the lack of concern about heaven. These three things
have never been realized. To describe this a little more completely,
Eve came to have three undesirable traits. She tends to be faithless
and heartless much of the time, and she has nothing to do with heaven.
In relation to God, Eve lacked trust, failed to resemble the love of
God, and had no central thought. She had no precise idea of the path
she was going to take and no desire to follow it unswervingly. She
looked around for something that agreed with her. In other words, she
was not God-centered but self centered. She had a vague feeling
and inclination to think about herself before trusting and believing in
We have a definite goal of making heaven, but Eve didn't think that
way. Through the fall she developed the attitude, "Let us be happy
today and worry about heaven later." Not only did she become this
way herself, but she involved Adam as well, inducing him into the same
situation. Now, without exception, men have all become faithless people
who lack God's love and have nothing to do with heaven.
History began on that foundation, and those qualities were
multiplied through the family, tribe and nation, until today all over
the world we find the same characteristics. The world today has no
faith and no love of God, and the world today has nothing to do with
heaven. The world has inherited a culture and tradition of
self-centeredness. Instead of caring about God or even wanting to
know God, people want to think about themselves. In the English
language the pronoun "1" is like a big gate. All other words
use small letters, but "1" is a capital letter, emphasizing
As history nears its completion, the Western world seems to embody
this tendency to center around oneself and the representative nation of
this culture happens to be America. Americans today don't worry about
the future or about history. They are satisfied when everything goes
well today, and that seems to be all they are interested in. Am I
trying to belittle America, or is this a concrete description of the way
We know that history grew from the seed of illicit love. That seed
has grown to be a big tree, and now at the end of the world that
original sin is being repeated over and over. Boys and girls fall into
illicit love and do all kinds of things; today that tree is bearing its
fruit. Adam and Eve had the decency to cover themselves with fig
leaves, but today there is not even any sense of shame. People today
try to be neutral and helpful about such things, but when the fall took
place God did not permit Adam and Eve to stay in the garden but chased
them right out. In the same way, the fruit of that seed is worthy of
being chased out of the world. This country is facing disintegration.
The whole world is shaking, especially the democratic world.
We can see clearly what has been taking place and why. If we leave
the world alone, it will collapse into hell and misery. The only way it
can be helped is for us to let people know why it is happening so they
can correct the whole situation. This is where the concept of judgment
comes in. Someone has to say, "That is absolutely wrong, and this
is the way it ought to be instead." Who will do that? Abels have
to do that. Abel's culture is responsible for undertaking this task.
After the fall God launched His dispensation of salvation, following
a very simple path. Because Adam and Eve, and thus all mankind, lost
faith, God tried to set up a person of faith and heart better than any
others in history. Since mankind was satisfied to keep living in hell,
God had to send people who cared about heaven, such as the prophets.
The prophets had to have all three qualities of faith, heart and a sense
of heaven. The prophets were sent to confront all the thousands of
people who had formed families and tribes since the fall and tell them
they must turn around and live differently in order to find life before
it was too late.
When the prophets spoke out, thousands of people would say angrily,
"That man is not one of us. Who is he and where is he from?"
They would push the prophets aside with ridicule and persecution, and
usually cast them out from society. At first a prophet might speak out
strongly with God's voice to the leaders, but after many bitter
experiences with them he might be discouraged and turn away. As he was
rejected by the higher-level people he would turn to the less
prominent people, and finally to the lowest level of society, the
prostitutes and beggars. He would tell them of his mission as a prophet
and explain that because the rest of society rejected him he ended up
Because of his experience he could tell the people not to be
discouraged, that the people who live in castles are no better than the
beggars. He could tell them that this temporal world is an evil place,
but there is a good world ahead and they are eligible for it. The
beggars and poor people would naturally listen more closely than the
rich people, but because all their lives they had known only
discouragement, they would be slow to take action.
The average, "normal" person in today's world wants to enjoy this
earthly life and isn't worried about whether he will wind up in heaven's
wastebasket. The people whom society usually labels
"unhealthy" are slightly better, however, because they wonder
whether there isn't a better world somewhere than the one they live in
now. You can see this in today's society. Those young people who come
from wealthy homes or have nice parents are busy living their lives,
while the children of unhappy families feel they have no home and are
looking for religion. Religion is all-important, but it is the
people who are unhappy or deprived in some way who look for religion.
They listen when the prophet speaks and decide to follow.
When do you become an Abel?
All prophets are Abels. A prophet is an Abel in the midst of
millions of people living a wrong way of life, but can he proclaim,
"I am here as Abel and you have to respect me"? What does an
Abel living in the faithless world do? All of us as Abel have to gather
our faith and offer it to them. Since love is not to be found in this
hellish world, we as Abels have to gather what love we have and try to
give it to the people. Since the people don't care about heaven or the
future, we have to teach them the heavenly thought and by being good
examples help them gradually change their lives.
In your years in the Church have you become a person of complete
faith? Have you become a person of heart and someone who is filled with
heavenly thought and a sense of heaven? Have you gained the confidence
that you will change the world to a new direction, even if you are the
last one doing it? Or do you find yourself shamed by the standard of
When God's voice first reached the prophets, they were excited,
feeling they had been shown the way to live. Even when they were
persecuted they thought that soon the people would understand and
follow, but as years went by and that did not happen they got
discouraged and felt they couldn't even trust God and wondered where
they themselves were going. Should a prophet feel this way? What the
prophets thought the heavenly path would be and what it actually turned
out to be were completely different.
We have to serve the people even though we are persecuted. When you
spend your own money for them yet they call you names, you still have to
keep going. All prophets and all Abels will find themselves in that
situation if they are going to do Abel's job successfully. Abel finds
that he is not able to serve kings or wealthy people, but only the
servants of servants. When we compare who led the more miserable
life-the servant's servant or the Abel on the heavenly side-we see that
Abel can boast of living in more misery than even the servants of this
In spirit world one of those servants will say to Abel, "I
thought I had a lowly life in the world, but when you came to teach me I
was surprised to find that you had lived a worse life. Yet it was you
who came to give me hope!" Abel can reply, "I know we both had
bad situations, but when you were low you had no hope, whereas I at
least had hope. That is what I tried to give you as well." That
person cannot help but say, "Actually I don't own anything and I have
nothing to offer you, but since you have come down this low and tried to
love me, even sacrificing your own life, I cannot help but love you. I
will give up everything and follow you, no matter what."
When someone feels he wants to love you more than anyone else, you
become Abel at that moment. Abel can only be Abel when there is a Cain.
That Cain is your elder brother, not your younger brother. Abel may be
breaking his back trying to teach Cain for years and years, and then one
day Cain confesses, " You have already done your share. You sit
down and I will do the work in the way you showed me." When Cain
decides to go out on the front line to work, then Abel is truly an Abel.
After many years that person has been so moved through his experience
with Abel that he knows clearly it is the only way to live. Then he
approaches Abel and says, "It is not fair that you do everything.
Let me work for the world." When Cain volunteers like that, then
you find that you are Abel. This is exactly the reverse of what
happened in Adam's family.
God began the work of dispensation in Adam's family through Cain and
Abel. Being the eldest, Cain had responsibility for his younger
brother, but did Cain protect him? No, he killed him, and thus the work
of restoration was prolonged. Likewise, today Cain must protect Abel.
But does it make sense for Abel to say, "This is the boundary of
heaven, and since I was here first I ought to be Abel!" No. If a
person doesn't show a good example or work harder with more heart than
anyone else, especially younger people, then it does not stand to reason
that he can automatically be an Abel.
Originally the eldest should be first when everyone goes to stand
before God. But because of fallen history it is the Abels who should be
first. Cain will say, "Abel is better than me and therefore he
ought to go first. I will follow after him and then meet God." It
is Cain who will point out Abel. Abel cannot say, "This person is
my Cain." It is not Abel who decides the situation, but Cain.
Any staff members or people in so-called higher position who
are not working hard are swindlers and false leaders. How many people
in the Unification Church feel they are the Abel-in the truest sense?
Those who feel they are more Abel than Cain, raise your hands. If you
feel like Cain, who is your Abel? Is there a Cain who does not have an
Abel? If you are a brother then there must be someone else you are
If you say you feel like Cain but you don't have an Abel then you
are neither Cain nor Abel. You have to work out among yourselves who is
Cain and who is Abel. The relationship between Cain and Abel should be
so close that their faith and love are immovable. No matter what bad
things happen or what the world thinks, that relationship should be so
strong that it is unaffected.
Why is it necessary to have an Abel and Cain? Being Abel is
difficult and being Cain is also difficult, so why can't we all just
become the same? If all you want to do is go to heaven, why can't Cain
go by himself and Abel go by himself? Why can't things be simpler?
When you come to the Unification Church and start looking for an Abel,
you might say, "That Abel worked too hard and now he is old and
wrinkled. I want an easier Abel who looks better." But seriously,
think about the person who saves you, your messiah. Cain is saved by
Abel and Abel is also saved by Cain. We have to understand this
Why does mankind have to go through the history of restoration? If
the fall hadn't taken place, Cain and Abel would not be in conflict, and
no matter how many brothers there were they would all be in an equal
position. But the fall destined each brother to go in a different
direction. The second-born follows the path of the
first-born; in other words, the civilizations of the fallen world
are following the path begun by Cain, the eldest son. As the
first-born, Cain inherits whatever his father has worked for and
earned. Abel doesn't own anything, but is just allowed to share the
family shelter and sustain himself.
This is the pattern followed in the satanic world, i.e., the eldest
receives the inheritance, so it is not easy for Abel to get a better
position than Cain. In today's world the evil side owns everything, and
the Abel who is responsible for bringing it to the good side owns almost
nothing. Thus, Abel cannot subdue Cain by force, but must motivate him
in such a way that Cain will voluntarily give up whatever he has in
order to try following Abel's way.
The fall was multiplied when Cain did not love Abel but killed him.
To be restored this time, Cain must not kill Abel but be willing to die
for him. When Jesus came he had to fulfill this basic principle. Jesus
came to start the Abel tribe and nation. If the Jews, who formed the
Cain side, had protected Abel, would Jesus have been crucified on the
cross? Cain shouldn't have let Abel die, even if Cain himself had to be
killed. This explains logically how we can say that Jesus did not come
to die. Jesus had to live in order to do his mission successfully
because Cain could not be saved nor history restored if Abel was killed
again. Because the Jews, in the position of Cain, did not protect their
brother Jesus, they had to pay the most miserable indemnity for 2,000
years and millions of people were sacrificed.
Cain and Abel should naturally work together, and because Eve
initiated the fall she should help them to cooperate as restitution.
This is the basis for mother-son cooperation in the providence. In
the Bible, Jacob was in the position of inner characteristics and Esau
in the position of outer characteristics, or Abel and Cain. Rebecca,
their mother, was in Eve's position. Since Eve bore Cain and Abel as
the fruit of the fall, Rebecca was in a position to restore that by
assisting Jacob to restore his heavenly position.
Eve deceived two people in the fail-Adam, her husband, and God, her
Father-who were in the position of father and son. Therefore, in
Rebecca helped Jacob to restore the right of inheritance to the
Abel side by deceiving his father. The Bible records how Rebecca helped
Jacob deceive Isaac, his father, and Esau, his brother.
It has always seemed strange that a mother would deceive her
husband and eldest son and side with her younger son. Why would God
allow that? Jacob knew what he had to do and was serious enough
about God's work that he tried to win the inheritance, but Esau was so
casual about his birthright that he let Jacob have it for a bowl of
food. Esau worried about himself first. By assisting Jacob to do
something which Isaac wouldn't have agreed to, Rebecca clearly was
taking responsibility in the providence as well. The fact that Jacob
came to Rebecca and told her that Esau had agreed to sell him the
birthright was a reversal, with the son persuading the mother instead of
the mother dominating the son.
Isaac unknowingly gave his blessing to Jacob, who was pretending
to be Esau. When Esau came to Isaac to receive the blessing and
discovered what his brother had done, Esau was so angry that he tried to
kill Jacob. But Jacob escaped, and worked hard for 21 years in Haran.
Even though he had inherited his father's blessing he couldn't come
back home, and once he did return home he couldn't automatically claim
to be Abel because he didn't know how Esau would respond. If Esau had
rejected him then Jacob would have had no place to go. In
restoration, Esau had to accept the fact that Isaac had given his
blessing to Jacob and to add his own blessing as well. Cain has to
approve Abel becoming Abel.
When Jacob returned after 21 years in a foreign country, he had
prospered and was a wealthy man. Esau and Jacob weren't completely
isolated during those 21 years but were very conscious of each other.
The reason that Jacob worked hard to earn his wives and property was
so that he would have enough power to overcome Esau's power. Jacob
didn't work hard for his own sake but for the dispensation. Thus, he
sent all his servants and possessions to his brother, trying to win
his heart. Jacob asked only that Esau accept him and give his kiss of
approval. In this case material things served perfectly as a
sacrifice for Cain in the dispensation.
Esau had sent people to try to kill Jacob but as he received many
gifts from Jacob he came to feel that he was wrong to think light of
God's birthright and sell it so cheaply. He could understand that God
loved Jacob more, and since he didn't want to rebel against God he
came to love his brother.
This story has confused many people, but now it makes sense, and
we can see that it is most important for our own relationships. This
formula applies to every situation and every age.
Foundation for a nation
In the three orderly stages we have to have a family and tribe, a
nation and the world. Jacob was victorious at the tribal level, and
in order for the dispensation to move on to the next level his whole
race had to move into Egypt. Because Egyptian civilization had
started earlier and was bigger, it represented the Cain-side
civilization. When Jacob's tribe went to Egypt it was much smaller, and
again the smaller had to overcome the bigger.
In Egypt Jacob's tribe began the providence of forming a
foundation for the nation. Egypt did not have faith or heart and was
not centered around heaven. The Israelites should have taught the
Egyptians to have faith and care about heaven, even at the cost of
being persecuted and martyred. Only the lower-level Egyptians
embraced the faith brought by Jacob's tribe, however, while the
wealthy people mocked them, just as has always happened in history.
While they were working hard and being persecuted, however, the
tribe of Israelites grew and grew. As more and more Egyptians
responded to this heaven-sent culture, the Pharaohs naturally
were alarmed at the growing power of the Israelites, thinking that
they were there to plunder the birthright held by Egypt in the
position of elder brother. In the same way, when you go to the houses
in your area, people know deep down inside that you have come to win
Esau was Cain on the family level, whereas Egypt was Cain on the
national level. The mind of Cain is always the same, and Egypt tried
to wipe out the Israelites. It all started on the individual level
when Cain tried to kill Abel, and now even on the national level
Cain wanted to kill Abel. Many of the Israelites and their families
actually were killed, but for 400 years the Israelites persevered in
Egypt, having to show faith, heart and concern for heaven even while
they lived at the bottom of society.
Jesus said, "Love thy enemy," which derives from this
principle. But the time does come when we should conquer our enemy and
bring him victoriously to God's side. By loving the brother we are
actually loving the father; we cannot just love the father without
loving the son. Unless brothers are harmonious the father cannot
establish any order and the family is disrupted, and then loving the
father has no meaning. Without that love there is no order in the
This is seen clearly on the national level in the relationship
between Egypt and the Israelites. You can study this in more detail
later. But for now I will say that the Cain-Abel relationship was
carried out by Jacob and Esau on a small level, and then by Israel and
Egypt on a medium level. When the Jews returned to Canaan after 400
years did they find peace? No, they endured a turbulent history, and
eventually were confronted by the much greater Cain-type Roman
Empire. If the Israelites had been successful in winning Egypt's
approval then they would not have had to face the Roman Empire later.
As it was, they had to restore the same position but on a broader scale.
If people are raised with certain views and then others come along
saying that those views must be changed, people usually respond by
persecuting those who insist change is necessary. What purpose did the
Jews have in trying to promote the godly objective? They were waiting
for the Messiah and building the foundation for him to come. They
refused to accept the ruler of the Roman Empire as their ruler,
insisting that God was their king. They should have taught the Roman
Empire about love and faith, and grown and grown while waiting for the
messiah. They had waited for 2,000 years for the messiah since the days
in Egypt, and if they had united with him then all the people in the
area which now constitutes the Arab countries would have been united
into one under God.
The spread of Christianity
It would have been simple for the true faith to spread into the area
of India and the areas which Rome had conquered as far west as what is
now Holland. If the Jews had united with Jesus then they could have
spread the truth throughout the world, including China and all the
Orient. The Romans were hated by the many peoples they had conquered,
and the Jews and Jesus together could have easily competed with Rome for
the loyalty of the world. If the Jews had been loyal to Jesus yet Rome
overpowered them, then Jesus might have moved with his people toward the
Orient. China and lndia are religious by nature, whereas the Roman
Empire was very materialistic and uninterested in spiritual things, so
such a move would have been logical.
If Jesus had been accepted on earth, Christianity would have spread
toward the East instead of the West because Orientals would have been
more receptive. Then later the West could have been converted. It
happened, however, that Christianity initially moved to the West.
Christianity was not accepted by Rome so Christians were chased out
of their land of origin. But their numbers grew, and Christianity began
the dispensation on the world level. Because Jesus did not win over the
Roman Empire, that time of national confrontation was lost and the
providence continued on a bigger scale on the worldwide level.
Christianity has spread around the world, but still has not been
victorious on the global level, so the battle against Cain remains to be
finished. God promised Christians a glorious future, yet what they
received was life on the very bottom of society. They had to meet in
secret, often in caves. Nevertheless, they witnessed to faith and love
and heavenly heart. Christianity began from scratch, initially winning
people from the lower levels of society. Today it is not Roman thought
but Christian thought that rules the world.
Had Jesus succeeded while he was alive, the Roman Empire would have
disappeared and the whole world been saved. If the Roman Empire had
welcomed Jesus and his tribe and nation then the world would have come
into instant blessing. If Jesus could have conferred with and won the
Roman emperor then many millions of people could have been saved and
lifted from misery. Because this never occurred, Christians suffered
miserably under the Roman Empire for 400 years.
You must know clearly that if Jesus had lived. Christianity would
have moved first to the East, not the West. After Jesus' crucifixion,
however, Christianity moved to Europe and America first and then last of
all to the East. Christianity is a spiritual culture, not a material
one. Jesus taught spiritual things, not technology. Why then should
Christianity be introduced first into the materialistic West instead of
more spiritual countries like China and India? It was because Jesus and
his tribe were not accepted.
Materialistic peoples need to be guided by spiritual truth, of
course, but today the opposite is true; society is being led by the old
materialistic values. Why? Satan is trying to divert America from its
true way. The young people are using drugs and indulging in free sex,
which God does not encourage. The older generation accepted certain
moral standards, but the coming generation does not support any standard
except a self-centered one. People with a materialistic point of
view feel there is nothing more vague and pointless than religion, and
dismiss the value of the family by thinking that any lifestyle is all
right as long as they are happy. They have no sense of country or
patriotism, or any concern about the future.
People who think only of themselves are not concerned with what
happens after death or with God. Their thinking is that if their family
doesn't serve them, it can disintegrate. If the country doesn't take
care of them then they disregard the nation. These are today's
prevalent attitudes. The average American cannot understand God's ideal
of one husband and wife uniting for eternity because the influence of
Satan's thought is so strong today. Some young people even plan to have
relationships with Orientals, blacks and caucasians, thinking they will
find out about the world this way and planning to be involved with
twelve people altogether. It is unfashionable not to have a boyfriend
or girlfriend, like wearing the wrong kind of clothes. Women think
nothing of marrying several times and having children by several men.
They are proud of themselves, but this is satanic pride. People try to
be fashionable by wearing clothes that uncover as much of themselves as
Women are more of a problem in this area than men. Is it true that
women are more susceptible to evil? Women are enticed by wealth and
power, not so much by thought and love. Let me ask you American women a
question-isn't this reality today? If it is true then American women
are about to perish. If this tendency is not corrected then we can
predict that American women not be accepted to the future and they will
never find stable families. No one will want to marry an American girl.
If in a few years there are many more American women living singly, with
or without children, then the end of American women is in sight. Then
"Yankee Go Home" will be heard more and more around the world.
This is not what I as an individual say, but is what God's
dispensation shows us. It is the logical outcome if today's trends
continue. It all started with Eve, who spread it to Adam. This
Cain-Abel relationship is the key to the propagation of the satanic
America has had close ties to many nations, but one by one she has
abandoned responsibility for them. She has tried to disassociate from
Korea, but she cannot do so because some powerful force will not permit
it. The whole direction of history is set by God, not by man. Though
Christianity started in the less desirable direction, going West instead
of East, it is destined to reach the East eventually. This is why
America cannot abandon Korea.
No one is willing to do anything about America except one Korean who
came to this country to battle evil single-handedly. Millions of
Americans don't care about this nation's problems, but I do and I came
to heal the next generation of Americans. It is my responsibility to
help people restore their own Abelistic responsibility and go in the
right direction. All the problems of nations and the world started with
Cain and Abel. Since the pattern is the same on every level, one man
can shift the world's direction to the right or wrong side.
If the Cain-Abel problem is not solved on the individual level
then it will be prolonged onto the family level. If the problem is not
solved there then it will be manifested on bigger and bigger scales
until it is solved. Just as the Jews should have embraced and protected
Jesus or else faced severe consequences, so Christianity is in the same
Cain position to the Lord of the Second Advent. If the Jews had
accepted Jesus as their Abel, acknowledging that he was the fulfillment
of their faith, then the Cain-Abel problem would have been solved
on the national level, and Israel as Abel could have converted the Roman
Empire. Then it would have been easy to spread Christianity to the rest
of the Cain-side religions in the world. Then there would have
been peace on earth for the first time.
Later in the providence when England was the central country
representing Christianity, its influence extended to India and the Far
East. Geographically speaking, a peninsular country like India is in
the position of son to an island country like England. The main focus
of Christianity shifted from Rome to England, and finally to America. A
materialistic masculine-type nation like America is looking for a
spiritual Eve, which is Japan, and will eventually find its way to
Korea. In a reversal of the fall, in which a woman led man in the wrong
direction, a spiritual woman will entice the man and lead him to the
side of goodness. The man will not go wrong if he follows the spiritual
woman. America should follow Japan so it can be saved automatically.
Japan's Premier, in spite of himself, is telling Russia and China to
leave Korea alone. The original conflict in the dispensation has not
been solved and is encapsulated in Korea. One half of Korea is
dominated by the worst communist, Kim 11 Sung, who makes the people call
him "father". In the south is the Unification Church, where
the members call me Father. The two fathers are fighting each other.
If South Korean Christianity had followed the pattern of
Cain-Abel correctly and supported me then communism would have
ceased to exist. If Korean Christians had united with me then American
Christians would have united as well, since many Korean churches were
started by American missionaries. But the staggering fact is that
Christianity, which spread throughout the world inch by inch over the
last 2,000 years, has fallen in shambles in only twenty years. We no
longer find Christian spirit and zeal and sense of mission.
Why has Christianity declined so tar in only twenty years? Because
Christians did not receive Reverend Moon and the Unification Church. On
the other hand, in a mere twenty years the Unification Church has risen
as high as Christianity, bringing a greater spirituality yet also
constructing a heavenly material domain. What I have done in the
21-year course could have been done in seven years if I had been
accepted twenty years ago. Now within seven days, and sometimes within
seven hours a person's thought and life course can be completely
changed. It took thousands of years to come to this point, but now
within such a short time a person can be completely changed to God's
Even though everyone says I am bad, you come here and in seven hours
you change your direction. What could have happened if twenty years ago
Korean Christianity had at least said that I should not be persecuted?
If it takes you seven hours when there is terrible persecution, without
persecution it would take seven minutes. Then would I have been labeled
as good or bad when I came to America? Japan and America would have
petitioned me to go to those nations.
If I could have advised the American President about the Korean War,
it would have been won, not terminated in a stalemate. There would have
been many less problems today. The only reason I met with President
Nixon after that was to indemnify what Eisenhower failed to do and to
get America on the right course. But who failed? Christians failed. I
was going to solve that problem as valid indemnity to restore the
Cain-type realm on the world level.
There is no reason why all of this shouldn't have been done in seven
years in Jesus' time if everything had happened ideally, so we have to
learn the historical lesson. I came to America to solve exactly the
same problem that Jesus faced on the Cain side. I will have been
working in America seven years in 1981, and during that time I want to
restore America, representing the world. I have worked day and night,
especially teaching American leaders about the dispensation, the meaning
of Christianity and the Will of God. If America's leaders had listened
then they would have found that no problem would remain unsolved, but
they are still not acting on what they have been told.
It is incredible that members drop out of the Unification Church and
say they are leaving because their Abel is too tough to follow. We have
to remember this relationship in the Unification Church; when people are
wavering, wondering whether they should leave but realizing that they
have to hang on, then be assured that at the same moment America is
deciding whether or not it listens to me. As soon as America listens to
me it will find all its problems solved. If not then this nation will
have no way to survive. The time come when America demand to know why
people persecute me and the Unification Church. If America doesn't do
this then other nations will. Spanish people do it, black people will
do it, yellow people will do it. Whoever does so will take up the lead
in the dispensation. If America fails then it should be the target of
accusation from all over the world.
When South America invites me to come, saying I am exactly the kind
of leader they need, will you go with me? What will you do? You will
go through exactly the same pattern as in America. We will be
persecuted and called names, but we let them do as they like. When
America opposed me, the black and Spanish people could not understand
why. Little by little the word will spread that Moonies live an
incredible life of faith and love and concern for heaven. As the years
go by people will understand this more and more.
Unless America understands me by 1981, her next seven-year
course will be extended until the year 2,000, or twenty years more. If
America does not accept me then preparation be made in other countries.
If America does not turn around then the work in Moscow may have to
wait, but if America does turn then I can do it myself.
This is why I push myself and push you as well. Who receives the
most beatings? The staff members, older members and people with
responsibility get all the beatings. Eventually you get beatings too,
to pay indemnity for America and the democratic world. I am the
farthest out in front in fighting Satan and communism; you don't want to
do it so I do it instead. Don't you miss the old days when you had
sweethearts? You used to be able to do anything you wanted, like study
or date, but now it is different and I'm sure you look back on the past
Americans hate you because you are Moonies, don't they? Many
individuals hate me and wish I were dead. The State Department wants me
out of the country. I want to dominate the communist world, democratic
world and Christian world so everyone hates me! The democratic world
hates me. The Christian world hates me. The communist world hates me.
You cannot continue in your old ways
The Cain-Abel formula applies to everyone without exception.
Every Abel must go this path. This even applies to those people who
oppose me. The satanic world cannot accept the godly way of thinking
overnight. We have to spend much time working hard before they can
accept it. I never looked forward to being accepted but came forward to
challenge the individual Cain; then I prepared to overcome a bigger Cain
after that first level was finished. I knew that the family Cain,
tribal Cain, national Cain and world Cain would all come against me
trying to kill me. That is the dispensational formula. If that was my
course and is the course of every Abel, can you find some reason to be
exempt from it?
We are not going to sow a Korean culture here but Adam's culture.
It is not an Oriental culture but God's culture. This is not an
Oriental tradition but God's tradition. I am here to introduce this
culture and tradition in the Unification Church and throughout America.
Do you understand clearly? You American people, I cannot believe
you! I wanted very much to trust Americans, but I could not. Do you
You have to believe in me. When I came to America I expected to
receive opposition from the whole nation, and this took the form of
investigation by the American Congress. I prayed that their attack
would successfully pass and that Abel's path be kept intact. This was
successfully gone over. Now I expect the same situation to be repeated,
only on a bigger level, with communism.
Now I am heating you in the fire and pounding you again and again,
partly to train you to endure through that time when all of communism
comes against us. The persecution will not come as we know it now. If
I sent you to Russia today you wouldn't speak the language, or have any
money, or friends to give assistance, but still you would have to go on.
If you can be a successful fund raiser now then perhaps you could
survive in Russia. At no time in the dispensation has anyone helped us;
we have to take care of ourselves. Without speaking about it you have
to be preparing yourselves all the time, little by little. Should you
or shouldn't you go through this Abel's path?
The Cambodians and Vietnamese are fighting for their lives now
against the communists. We must be thinking deeply about how to solve
his situation, and even situations like the revolution in Iran. These
emergencies are not some fire tar in the distance, but are burning right
in front of us. If this country would listen to me today then these
problems could still be solved, but once the opportunity is past and it
is too late this country will be wiped out by communism.
I understand what kind of life Americans have lived for 200 years,
enjoying uncontested superiority. No one ever defeated America.
Americans had security and everything they wanted; they were even
considered to be fairly just, but if they keep going the way they are
now will this country be able to survive? If not, they should give up
this kind of life. In one hour they should forget the past and prepare
for the future.
If we commit ourselves totally then God will help us. If not, then
God won't help. If we give up everything to take responsibility for
this country then we are guaranteed that in the future God will advise
and assist us, but we can't go back and forth between this life and the
old culture. It won't work. If I have suffered and been persecuted
then will you suffer also? Will you follow what I have done, or will
you say that Cain should do all the work? Do you want to follow along
behind me, or go ahead and do the work instead of me? Do I have Cain in
front of me all the time or not? Should I?
Do you have your Abel? Do you feel that I took everything from you
when you came to the Unification Church, even degrading your dignity?
Do you feel that at least I should give you some recognition since you
gave up everything? Do you feel that I love the Koreans more and give
them higher positions, loving the Japanese next and the last of all the
Americans? The Principle teaches the other way. I gave up Korea to
love America, and give the Korean Church only minor things. If I liked
Japan more then I would spend more time there, but instead I have poured
everything I have into America. The Korean and Japanese members have
joined me in doing so. It is all for the sake of introducing the new
tradition and culture to this country. Logically then you can say that
I love America most of all.
I am only one person so I can only be in one place at a time and
can't meet with everyone. For that reason I brought over the Koreans
and Japanese, who understand and love the tradition better than
Americans and have more experience. Americans are like babies in the
wilderness, so I intended that Americans learn from them. As you
agreed, America has no tradition that is close to Adam's culture and
could be accepted by God.
Do you think the Americans would do better if the Koreans and
Japanese just left them alone? To reach maturity you will observe the
things that belong to the formation stage, the growth stage, and then
the perfection stage. Likewise, you Americans should be busy learning
everything that the Koreans and Japanese can teach, and then when you
add your own portion you can be perfect. Where else can you inherit the
necessary ingredients if they are not to be found in America.?
The Koreans have experienced more difficulty than the Americans. In
addition, the Orientals experience much difficulty in trying to fulfill
their mission here, with language and cultural differences, and so
forth. We all try to communicate in English, which is a limited
language. There is no particular reason why the Orientals should learn
English; why don't the Americans learn Korean and Japanese? You must
realize that the language problem is a limitation.
Just as I make an effort to learn English and I have learned
Japanese, so the Americans must meet the Oriental members half-way
and try to learn their language as well. Never think that they ought to
speak English. Korean will be more important in the future, so you
should make an effort to learn it, just as much as I am trying to learn
English. When I bring Japanese and American members to Korea they feel
isolated because they can't understand what is being said when I am
talking seriously or laughing with the Korean members. But I speak only
simple things in English because it is such a limited language and
inadequate for speaking more deeply. For expressing deep spiritual
concepts I naturally use Korean.
When I first came to America I could only understand Yes and No,
although I could understand more written English. Now I understand
spoken English better, and I can tell how often my words are translated
incorrectly. It is your responsibility to learn Korean so that no
translator will be needed at all.
We talk about the world of heart, but it is a long way off, so I
feel that my suffering with language may serve as indemnity to bring it
closer. You are younger and at least as intelligent as the average
American, so you should learn Korean. When I was younger, even in my
thirties, after I read a book I could even remember where specific words
were on the page. But today, especially when reading just before bed or
after getting up, I struggle to remember certain English words even
three hours later. Now that I speak English to a fair degree I feel
more pain in listening to my speeches being translated because I
understand how many errors are being made. This is just one example of
how difficult it is to live and work in a foreign country.
If you were Korean working here but you only had the patience of an
American, you would want to run away! I know you have difficulties, but
when you compare your difficulties with mine, should I sympathize with
you or you sympathize with me? You can justly say, "Father, if I were
in your position I would be dead." We have heaven right behind us
and this path of heart is the way we fight.
Do you have Abel now? Who is he? If you are Cain then are you Cain
on the satanic or heavenly side? According to Principle, should you let
the persecution reach me or should you make it stop with you? I know
you work your best, for many hours, so should l console you? Or should
you feel that no matter how hard you have worked it is still not enough
because so much more is needed? You have experienced persecution only
in the later stages of my course, but there is greater persecution yet
to come. Can you even think that it is too much for you? Now that you
know what is coming, it makes sense that you should prepare to take it
all before it reaches me.
Do you sincerely mean that I am your Abel? Are you Cain to me on
the individual level, family level, national level or universal level?
If you say you are Cain on the universal level it means that you must
bear all the problems of the cosmos on your shoulders. Are you willing
to bear them? Should you feel, "Well, I'm engaged but not blessed
so I'm not even on the family level yet," or, "Before I'm
married I'll get persecuted on every level and then start my family in a
peaceful way after I get the victory?" The problem is not solved
when you have your family.
If an Abel-type family has gone through much tribulation,
should a Cain-type family want to let that Abel family take even
more burden and responsibility? If my family is at home in East Garden,
should Cain's family feel that Abel's family has no business staying at
home while Cain's family is divided up by different missions? I have
gone through every stage and now I have gathered my family together and
live at East Garden. There are enough strong Cain families to protect
my family from accusation by people who don't know the real situation.
Even though you suffer on different levels of difficulty, you can still
anticipate receiving more difficulty at yet a higher level without
complaint, thinking ahead of time about the right way of doing things.
There is only one right way, which means going through every stage, and
that is what I have done. When I look at the blessed families I
understand their situation because I have been through it.
I started on the individual level and went clear to the universal
level, then came back and settled down and started the family. For
whom? For you. By the time we are ready to fight communism on the
bigger scale then America had better be ready; if America is indecisive
at that time it will be too late. We have to have a fence around us in
the wilderness so that we are protected. The reason that you can start
a family even though you have hardly done anything is because I have put
up a fence on the world level.
The beginning point, purpose and process is abstract thought. Yet
it is not abstract alone, but is carried out in daily life. There must
be a plan before a building can be erected, and in the same way we must
have an ideal before we can live daily life correctly. That thought
becomes the tradition that is manifested in daily life.
The fact that I am persecuted to the highest degree automatically
means that I am responsible for the way of the highest Abel of the
world. Do the black people persecute me significantly? They did in the
beginning because everyone did, but not as strongly and not as long. I
sent our missionaries around the world specificalIy to meet persecution.
An American, Japanese and German missionary were sent to each country,
representing Europe, Asia and America. These are the three strongest
nations economically, and they also were enemies in the past.
It is imperative that the missionaries make unity, but do you think
it is easy? Any person who walks into a country and states that he is
the Abel and everyone else should follow his pattern is the one to
blame. The three missionaries have to consciously look for one person
among them who has a better idea and deeper understanding, and decide
that he should be Abel. Until many new people join and they can decide,
that is how the three should work it out among themselves. If the three
are in conflict from the very beginning, their mission will never
Who is qualified to be Abel?
Does Abel sit down first to eat and take all he wants? The person
who wants others to eat and sleep before he does is certainly Abel. If
your Cain urges you to go to bed, saying that he will stay up a few more
hours to finish the work and then go to bed himself, then you can
retire, but not until. It is not reasonable to say that you are Abel
simply because you joined the Church first. According to that logic the
oldest member should be president. In the sight of God, the person who
is an example of more love and deeper thought is more qualified to be
Abel than anyone who joined before he did.
No matter how long you have been in the Church, if you have never
loved a Cain more than yourself then you have not been Abel. In the
position of Adam and Eve you have to give birth to children, but unless
you can make Cain and Abel harmonious, you are not qualified to get
blessed. God, Adam, and his offspring are three generations. According
to the Principle you have to establish three generations as well, in the
four position foundation. First you make the external four position
foundation, and then the internal four positions. When you have
children you will have to support them and later bless them. Now you
are experiencing fund raising so that some day when your spiritual sons
and daughters are blessed you can support them. Once you give your
spiritual children security, then you can provide for your own family.
I am no exception to this.
If this could have been done easily then why should I suffer so
much? Because the same principle applies to me. The American couples
ask me to solve all kinds of problems. Without thinking of the reasons
behind what I do, they see that I live in a comfortable home and ask why
they can't have a home as well. But no one helped me buy that house; I
lived there only after completing my life work. If you are just
beginning, how can you live the same way I do? If you work hard enough
then 21 years from now we will see if you still feel the same way.
According to my experience, no one will become your Cain unless you
take care of him as though you were his own physical parent. He leaves
his parents behind to come to the Church, and as his spiritual parent
you should take better care of him than his parents. You have to do
much more for him before he will decide you are his Abel. Only after
that can you have your own heavenly family. Then tell your spiritual
children that they must do the same for other people as you did for
them. That's the only way to educate them.
When you go to another place your spiritual children should feel so
close to you that they can't help but follow. If they don't care about
following, then you were mistaken to think you were their Abel. If you
ask why they come, they will reply, "Because we have to return what
you have done for us by giving to your own children. We will take care
of your children for you after they are married." Cain should want
to give more than you have given him. Only after doing this are you
eligible to love your own children.
Today the blessed couples know hardly anything about this. Often
the early blessed couples didn't know how they would feed their
children, but now if some couples lack something they think they will
come to get it from me. That is not right. This is not just my
thinking, but is derived from the Principle.
Abel is not looking for his own happiness, but only wants to
establish the Abel tradition. It cannot be established by Cain, or by
your parents or anyone else. This formula applies to everyone in the
Unification Church, without exception, and to anyone who comes to join.
First you are a servant of other servants in the satanic world, not
even in the godly world. That realm on the satanic side is the very
bottom, where there is not even any Principle. People somehow know that
you are there to get their blessing and they don't like you. Again,
this is why the Bible says that the Lord will come as a thief in the
night. Who is the king of the satanic world? Satan. Then God's person
is a thief. That is why people on Satan's side persecute you, even
though they have no justification.
will wonder why they persecuted you, and then they will be ashamed
because they can find nothing wrong in you. Then the servant will
surrender to Abel, and even his own family will be ashamed of him. The
family, tribe, nation and world will all come to Abel and obey. When
the people who persecuted you are ashamed of themselves then they will
surrender to you and you will be freed from the position of servant of
servants. Have you ever been in that position of lowest person? You
may have already heard about this, but you have to put this into
practice. If you seriously subjected yourself to the demands of
Principle then no American member would stay in the Church.
As a servant of a servants you are used by another servant for his
own purposes, not even for the master. He will work you to the maximum
and people will say he is a harsh man who profits out of the hard work
of his servant. The people will accuse him and he will feel shamed into
giving that servant part of his wealth. He is the one who will promote
that servant. Then as soon as you have won something from him to make
an offering with, you become eligible to be an adopted son. As soon as
the servant has earned property with which to make a pure offering to
God, he qualifies as adopted son.
What is this position of adopted son? He is not a servant because
he has already gone though that position. Even though the adopted son
may acquire property, however, it is never for his own sake or for his
family. He earns it in preparation for the one who is to come, to be
used as that person sees fit. Unless the adopted son feels that way, he
will not maintain his position nor go to heaven.
This is not just an idea, but is precisely the path you have to go.
After being serious and succeeding in this course, the son who is
adopted into the heavenly lineage becomes a servant of heaven. As
servant he is in the archangel position and the archangel person is in
Cain's position to Abel. How about you? It is important that you
understand this at the end of the 1970's so that you can begin the
Abel and the family
Are you in the position of heavenly servant or satanic servant? You
will win the reputation for being so persecuted that people will wonder
why this happens to you, since you are not a bad person. When you hear
people say that Reverend Moon is not bad and neither are you, then you
will be freed from the servant of servant position. We all have to go
through that stage, and if you don't have that experience then you are
still a servant of servants. What if you don't go through that position
yet have your own family? Then your family is your cross and your
children will be your burden instead of your joy. That is why the Bible
says, "Woe to those who are with child in the last days."
Until you meet the Lord and go through this course you have nothing
you can claim as your own, not even your family. This is why the higher
religions came to regard celibacy as the best way to be truly religious.
They knew that having a family would only be burdensome. In the sight
of God everyone is expected to stay single until they meet the
Bridegroom, who will adopt them. How painful it would be to have a wife
and children before you are elevated to the adopted son's position.
I knew that for the average person to go this course on his own
would be virtually impossible, so I wanted to provide a shortcut to the
adopted son's position for everyone. I did that and got approval from
both God and Satan. My path was not vague, but was carried out step by
step on every level, and each time both Satan and God acknowledged that
it was completed. Without Satan's recognition God's side could not be
established in a certain position.
After thousands of years of history leading up to this point, I
fulfilled all these levels in a mere 20 years, setting the path up so
that everyone could enter the gate. None of the billions of people who
lived on earth knew about these things. What a gigantic blessing it is
to know these facts. How staggering it is merely to know these things!
It is not enough just to think about these things, however; you must
each carry them out or else you won't amount to anything. I struggled
to find all of this.
From the very beginning I was determined never to appear faithless
to anyone, and in the lowest position or difficulty I demonstrated faith
and love. Even when the worst persecution came I had to sustain the
idea of heaven. In the worst positions I have been desperately doing
this, restoring the position of servant of servant, adopted son, son and
After I had done all this then I married Mother, and demanded
absolute obedience from her to restore the original position, telling
her, "Woman, you have nothing to say except to obey your
husband." When the time came I sent out the American blessed
couples to separate missions and their families were divided. in
America this is an intolerable thing to do, and though it is perhaps a
little more understood in the Orient, even there it was a shocking thing
to most people.
Since Eve wrongfully denied the son and the Father, she had to make
the condition of being obedient to them. Thus, Eve had to be ordered to
give up her family and go out. Eve has to go to the most difficult
place, and that is why the wives were sent onto the CARP mobile team.
Because of Eve, Jesus died, and millions of people suffered, and I
suffered my whole life. The older staff members especially should know
for sure the principle that everyone is in Eve's position in this
I am not responsible just for local events, but for the tradition
which is to last millions of years. If you were me, would you worry
about individual matters case by case, or be concerned with the eternal
tradition? I must adhere strictly to the matter of tradition and
principle. You may be worried about America and the world today, but I
also have responsibility for all the billions of people who lived in
chaos on earth without any hope of ever meeting the Messiah. I am
concerned not only with earthly unity but with unity of the whole spirit
world, which is much more complicated.
The fall is the origin of all these problems, so the matter of the
original fall has to be liquidated, starting with the spirit world.
Before God could give me His approval I had to receive the endorsement
of the spirit world. Only after that could I start my earthly mission.
Then all the barriers could begin to break down that separate people
from faith and love and the idea of heaven. All the regretful
entanglements which began on earth must be undone.
The whole problem started in the family with the fall. Thus,
disentanglement should be started in the family. A husband and wife
should have absolute trust in one another. After blessing, there should
be no doubt between them. Neither Satan nor even God should be able to
separate them, nor any national power. They should have love of that
strength centered on God and True Parents. The wife follows her
husband. No matter how good an idea she has, she should not dominate
her husband to make him follow. Instead, even with tears she should
say, "You should not follow me; I should follow you." If she
finds it difficult to do something when asked, then ask her husband to
bring her. The husband will bring the wife with him.
Who started to untangle the family problem? I started this process,
not just locally, but historically. No matter how complex this
situation is, it must be clarified because it is the origin of all
problems. The basic solution is not complicated at all, however. If
you love me more than your husband or wife, and want your mate to love
me more than yourself, then there is no problem. By doing that you can
inherit the complete love of God. Even if your husband does not give
you love, if you love God most of all then He will give you the love you
never received from your husband. If you do not complain to your
husband then God will add His own love, father's love and husband's love
and give them to you. Thus, you get everything. If you insist that
your husband love you, though, you won't get God's love or father's
love, so your husband's love will have less meaning.
In this tradition you can tell your mate that he can forsake you,
but you will never permit him to leave his parents or God. If each of
you has that determination then this course of life is not difficult.
Do you understand? In a business sense this is very profitable, for you
receive a great deal for a small investment.
When you are married do you want your husband to love you more than
God or me? Won't you feel left out and miserable? Do you understand
the logic I am teaching you? I have lived this life literally in every
way. I left my wife and child to follow God's will when it was
necessary. Whatever God's will required of me, I never gave it a second
thought but just went ahead. Thus, God could give me unlimited support,
and wherever I go, it is not only the older people who love me but the
children and grandchildren as well. This is unprecedented in the
satanic world. Never in history was anyone liked by all three
generations at the same time.
When you see the reason and logic in this concept then it is easy to
follow and remember. Then you know exactly what you are supposed to do
and the job is less difficult. My main task in this nation, whose
culture is so distant from the heavenly standard, is to teach the people
and mercilessly drive them out so that they can inherit many things
which I have not even told you about. Unless you are prepared to accept
this, there is no way God can have some connection with you.
The failure of Eve caused many, many walls to come between the three
generations of God, Adam and Eve, and their sons. Now for the first
time, that which was never united has become united. The tradition that
we are going to establish is that of having loved God better than anyone
else-more than our own children, more than our husband or wife. Once we
have done that, we can shoot upward like a rocket because no power, not
even Satan's, can hold us back any longer.
If people observe a Unification Church couple and say that the
husband loves his wife more than God or True Parents, then what they
actually mean is that he is still on Satan's side, not God's side.
There are sentries who will meet you when you go to spirit world and ask
whom you have loved most, and if you say that you loved your husband or
wife most, they will stop you right there. Jesus said that whoever
loved others more than Jesus was not worthy of him. Was that a true
Christians are familiar with that statement but don't know what it
means. Christians today have no idea what culture and tradition we
should follow, what purpose we have, and why they should love Jesus
above all else. When did this knowledge become known to the world?
Because of who? Because of Reverend Moon. The world certainly does not
know, but how about all of you? According to this standard have you
been high-level or low-level Unification Church members? Do
you still belong to the satanic world, or to God's world, or are you in
between. Do you understand, or aren't you clear?
As time passes, there are more important things I will talk about.
The position of the American President is worthless in comparison. You
can sleep at any other time of your life, but not at this moment. If
you do not heed what I am saying now, all your ancestry, which is
focused upon you, will be adversely affected the same way you are.
Certainly it is difficult to receive some new knowledge, but imagine how
hard I worked to gather this, universalize it and carry it out so you
could inherit it. I am the one who should doze off! Should I stop
here? l am hungry too, and my feet ache.
What do you know about me?
We are living for the sake of the coming sons and daughters of God.
The President is a different person every four or eight years, and the
odds are small of being the children of a President. But how much
smaller are the odds of meeting the son of God? It is the most
difficult thing in all of history. Is there any place where you can dig
up these ageless secrets on your own? Are there any encyclopedias or
dictionaries where you could look them up? You can never imagine
finding all of this, no matter how hard you try. Could you find this
out if you shot hundreds of atomic missiles at God's heart at one time?
How did I find all these facts? Did God just hand them to me?
Could any of today's fun-loving people find God's words? Perhaps
those people who are spiritually guided could understand what I am
saying, but today's pragmatic, materialistic Americans would have a very
difficult time. No one in spirit world, no matter how learned or
religious-not even Jesus-knew as much as I do about this. That's why
the entire spirit world has bowed down to me, but not only for my
knowledge; even Jesus said that his heart did not reach as far as mine.
What do you know about me? Even though you see me once a week, and
the blessed couples think they know me, you are far from knowing all of
what I am. You might think the farther I go, the more persecution you
will have to endure. Mother loves me more than anyone' but our
relationship is not that of ordinary man and wife. Our relationship is
a loving, yet most serious one because even a small mistake has great
significance; it is not a relaxed and casual marriage.
Certainly the son of God should be cherished and glorified, but he
had to go through staggering things that ordinary men and women never
experience. I wanted qualified Christians to do this work because I
felt they could do better, but no one was willing to come forward so I
did it myself. When I tell you about the position of servant of
servants, I am describing my own experience. When I tell you about
being a faithful servant I am telling you about myself, no one else. I
also told you about myself when I was telling about the adopted son.
Since I have been those things, I can go the way I am going now. The
only thing that matters is what God needs. I know God's heart of
struggling and struggling for thousands of years to save the world and
that is why I am doing these things.
I decided I would forget about my own life and would devote myself
to carrying this out, and if I was successful, then fine. I told God
that whether I became His son didn't make any difference; I wanted to do
His work, no matter how my life ended up. With that heart, even Satan
could not accuse me of dishonesty. Then I began my course as servant of
servants. No one instructed me to do it. It really didn't matter to me
whether I reached the position of God's son, and that's why Satan
couldn't say anything to me.
I told God that He could trust me, that I was different from Jesus.
I said I would never, never pray as Jesus did in Gethsemane,
"Father, let this cup pass from me." If I had to die in the
position of servant of servants still I would not complain or feel
sorry. I would be most happy to die on the path I was supposed to go.
Since I went that way, Unification Church members should not hang
back from suffering, but should feel that this work must be done no
matter how difficult things are. This is the tradition I am handing
down to you. You should not want to be concerned whether you are
miserable or happy, and should tell God not to be concerned. This is
the kind of member I want in the Unification Church. After God promised
me a glorious life I found myself in the worst dungeon of hell, in
prison. I was surprised, but I did not complain. I never even thought
about complaining, and nothing after that surprised me.
If I feel hungry, l just notice it in passing. In the past I felt
very tired many times, but just noticed it offhandedly. I knew that God
was watching, expecting that hungry, tired person who was exhausted to
do His work. Then how could I tell God I felt tired or weak? Without
me God's work would remain undone. If I lived that way but God didn't
care, then God doesn't exist, so it never bothered me. But in reality I
found that heaven was constantly preparing situations ahead of time for
me when I kept on going, even though I never mentioned those things in
my prayer. When the situation looked hopeless and I was tired and
hungry, then suddenly someone would appear to feed me and give
assistance, and then I felt doubly grateful because I knew this was
Then I bowed down to God, telling Him that I felt sorry that He was
caring for me even before I finished my responsibility. I told Him to
treat me any way He wanted and I would not rebel, that He should not
worry about me. I have been living this way all my life. You may have
to work incredibly hard, but how many years have you been doing that?
If the job is not done correctly, this course may last for thousands of
years. How can we even think of our difficulties?
This is the last Sunday in 1979. We are leaving behind a decade of
regret and sorrow, and are about to start a new decade full of hope, the
glorious 1980's. I want to get rid of every undesirable thing this
year, and I am expecting the 1980's to be good years. Everyone in the
free world has heard of Reverend Moon, and even in the communist
countries where communication is censored many people know of me. Those
people who don't care about the world and ignore the news haven't heard
about me, but that doesn't matter.
Since I am still going strong despite all the persecution, people
should be concerned to find out who I am. No one in the future will be
able to say they haven't heard about me. This is why, even though you
are tired and your feet are swollen, I drive you out to tell the people
where you are from and what you represent. When people complain that I
didn't give them a chance to hear about me and be an early participant
in heaven, they will be told it is their own fault because I have done
everything to let them know.
You will tell them that you were in their town and were persecuted
by the people and officials there. You will be the living evidence.
You go door-to-door fund raising and witnessing to let people
know what blessing this will bring to everyone. In heaven's sight, the
person who gives even a glass of water to a person who is rejected will
receive something more precious than gold. The person who insists on
justice being done and stands up for me in the midst of persecution will
never be forgotten by God. You who have been working on the grass roots
level know that it is not the rich people but the blacks and Spanish
people who can only live from day to day who support our activities.
Regardless of who supports us' we will keep growing.
I expect you to do the things I have done
When the time comes, everything we have gathered for this work will
be left to the world and we will return to God with gratitude. Many
people think I am a millionaire. Whatever money I have belongs to the
world and God, not to me. I own nothing. I am very frugal, even
stingy, in spending money for myself. Most of what I have has been
given to me. If someone gives me a necktie then I use it, even though I
may not like it, instead of buying one myself. I have only been to one
or two excellent restaurants in New York; when I eat out I usually go to
McDonald's. It is interesting to see people react when they see me
there, because they think I would never go to such a place. When I go
on trips to investigate certain places and businesses, people stare and
say I look very much like Reverend Moon, but then they think it couldn't
be me. At a show I saw in Las Vegas, most of the women dancers were
almost naked, and people in the audience who noticed me couldn't believe
I was really there.
I am concerned about how to save the people in places of corruption,
like the casinos in Las Vegas and the movie industry in Hollywood. I
don't care how people criticize me now because the damage is already
done. Whatever I do brings much criticism.
There should be no area of life that we are unconcerned about. If
we are going to do something about the world, we need to know about what
happens in real life.
When I was young I went to visit different prostitutes. I would
poke one of them in the side and demand, "Don't you remember
me?" The lady would be surprised and answer, "No." Then
very seriously I would say, "I am your brother's friend. Don't you
remember?" and slap her on the back. Then I would say, "How
did you wind up here? Tell me all about your history." Then even
at our first meeting the prostitute would tearfully tell me all about
herself. I learned much about the world by talking to these women.
I feel there is nothing I do not know about what goes on in the
world. I know about organized crime, how the Mafia works, how gambling
is organized, who participates and who benefits. All of these
significant evil phenomena must be understood. Even though my title is
Reverend and I have a certain position, there is nothing artificial
about me; I am completely natural. When I go to the mountains I am a
good mountaineer. When I go to a fishing village, no one there would
doubt I had spent a lifetime fishing. At each Science Conference I give
a speech such as the scientists have not heard before.
There is nothing I have not done. I have even lived among beggars.
When I slept in the beggars' hovel, I would sing to myself that God's
son is sleeping with beggars, and it sounded very poetic. I used to
write down my experiences, but when the communists were prosecuting me I
burned my diaries so they couldn't be used against me.
If you only want to hear about my experiences and don't want to have
such experiences yourself, then I would prefer not to tell you about
them. If I know that you can't do such things then should I talk about
them? This is why I won't tell you certain things, even if you beg me
to. When I go to meet with members in the underground church in
communist countries, I will share all my experiences from the early days
with them because they will be able to understand and appreciate them.
They will treasure the slightest bit of advice from my experience and
put it into action themselves. You must understand how much distance
there is between you and me.
I expect you to do the things I have done, but how can you do them?
The principle is rather simple: you have to be willing to give up your
life for God. Because I have already done everything that I talk about,
there is no comparison between your understanding which comes from your
own suffering and my level of understanding. How could anyone else
understand me if they have not had the same experience?
Much of the reason I push you so hard is to train you so that one
day I can share many things with you that you can't imagine now.
Certainly the American members don't have the same level of heart as the
Japanese members. There is some distance there. You Westerners should
close that gap in the shortest possible time. The Korean members might
tell you about some things I did in Korea, but until you go through
certain experiences I will not share certain things with you.
If I tell you to do something and you don't do it, then you are
burdened with indemnity for that. You might be excused if you had not
been told, but then you could never become perfect. First you become a
servant of servants on the satanic side, then servant, then adopted son,
who is a holy servant on the heavenly side, then true son and finally
parent, which is the most difficult. You can understand this when you
reach that level.
To be a heavenly son you have to know both heaven and earth inside
and out so you can be a link between them. The world did not listen to
me so I had to climb down to the lowest place to find out everything and
work on their behalf. I asked God, "Please give them more time
because I am sure they will start moving any moment; if they don't then
I will work ten times harder so that I can see the day when they start
to move." This is how I have been speaking to God.
I feel that if things become any more difficult then perhaps
everyone here will pack up and drop out. Even if everyone leaves and my
family abandons me, I will find a few good people and reach the final
goal. That is the view Abel must have of history. Thus, my topic is
about the right path Abel must take, in view of the dispensation. Will
you pledge to become victorious? Even when it is not a glorious or easy
way, but a difficult one? Even if it is so difficult that you cry? If
you can't help crying then at least don't utter one word. That has been
my experience also.
You can hardly call this a hard life when my job to lay the
foundation was hundreds of times harder. It is very difficult to meet
the standard at Harvard, but you are in the school to become God's sons
and daughters and that is much more difficult. You had better make good
marks, even if you can't take time to sleep or eat in order to do it.
You may yearn to have times of enjoyment, but my feeling is that if some
day of enjoyment comes that is fine, but I am only interested in
pursuing God's dispensational way.
If I had concentrated on anything else, such as becoming a president
of Korea. I would have accomplished it a long time ago. If I had been
born an American I would have become President a long time ago. But I
found my goal was to be a son of God, and it has brought me nothing but
a hard life. No one has imagined that the path of Abel could be like
Look at the well-known religious leaders of today; their
wishful thinking is that they only have to believe in Jesus and when
they go to spirit world, presto, they will be in heaven. Measured in
miles, there are millions of miles difference between their teaching and
mine, so they call me a heretic. There is nothing rosy in sight as long
as you follow me, but would you still go? Should we live a traditional
way of life, or a haphazard one?
Michael Warder had many responsibilities, but he did not understand
this as well as you do and wasn't so serious about going this way. He
flunked the course. If it was so difficult for him, what makes you
think it will be any easier for you? I loved Michael and had many plans
for training him and seeing him become famous. Would you drop out, even
though I don't show you as much love or have as many plans for you?
Do you think the courses get easier each succeeding year in college?
What about those members who want to do something easier after several
years, or to have a change of mission-are they successful graduates? If
you take the easy way maybe it will take ten years to finish only the
freshman and sophomore years. Would you rather graduate as quickly as
possible, or spend your entire life going the easy way? One way of
thinking is always to be looking for the most difficult thing; you could
even think, "When is Reverend Moon going to ask me to die?"
You can't ask any harder question than that.
Instead of thinking you have to be especially careful of your
health, it is better to entrust your life to God and just run day in and
day out. If you don't take it easy in witnessing or fund raising but go
all out and then drop dead, several hours later you will find yourself
alive and able to start again. This is why the Bible says those who are
willing to die will live.
When you die, the village people will notice this Moonie who worked
himself to death. The spirit world will send people to your assistance
and twelve people will surround you to pray desperately. Then you will
come back to life. Even if you don't recover, there will be dozens of
people who will take up your unfinished work and do much better than you
would do. Spiritually this makes sense. As it says in the Bible, those
who are willing to die for heaven will live, but those who would live
will die. It is only because you lack desire that you have been
Don't ever think home church is tough. You have to resolve to try
it out with confidence, no matter how hard it looks. Find out whether
the black or white people are more nasty and then go there. If the
people don't pay any attention to you, then ring a bell or play a
trumpet all around your area so people will come out and take notice.
Then the curious people will step forward to talk to you.
When you meet the children you can ask to meet their parents, and
they will tell their parents about the interesting person they met. If
the children insist, then the parents will meet you. If you sing well,
then you can sing a beautiful song about America, even with tears
rolling down your face, and the people will surely come to look. Their
hearts will be softened and they will pay attention to you. If there is
another garbage strike in New York then you can borrow a car or van and
pick up the garbage for your people. If you do it for free you will
have no competition. Certainly they will pay attention to you then.
They will invite you out to eat and ask all about you. You can tell
them that you have no set place to sleep, that you stay with whoever
invites you. Do you think this is impossible? You can do anything.
Then you can talk with them, and discuss something you know about, in
any area, even poetry and literature. There are unlimited things to do;
it is only because you lack desire and will that you have been
unsuccessful. There is no one right way, no requirement for preaching
like a minister with a Bible in your hand.
When you meet an elderly woman you can tell her you feel as close to
her as to your own grandmother. You can tell her that you used to drop
in on your grandmother for lunch without notice, and ask the lady for
lunch. Tell her it doesn't have to be a nice meal, just crackers or
bread, things which anyone has. Take cake or something nice to her next
time, telling her you thought about her after she received you so
warmly, and you might say, "When I prayed about you I felt you were
a good, spiritually enlightened lady, so I wanted to come speak further
with you." Then cut the cake up to share with her, and even feed it
to her. It is quite acceptable for a grandchild to do that. What kind
of scrooge would reject that kind of gesture? If you find that her
kitchen is a little dirty and unorganized, just walk right in and clean
it for her. Tell her that you do this all the time.
If you visit certain people who treat you badly and chase you away
again and again with a broomstick, people will ask what is the matter.
Next time, go early in the morning to the house of an especially nasty
man before he gets up. Bang on his door and tell him that you are back
again. When he comes to the door to get rid of you, grab him and demand
to know why he is an enemy of the Moonies. "What's wrong with them
anyway? You only live for yourself and do nothing for the community,
but we Moonies are giving everything for the sake of America. If we
don't do something soon, America will have even worse problems."
Before you go, plead with God that you need to get even with this
person and that he can't push you around in your area. Then God will
say, "Go ahead," and when you go He will support you. Don't
do this foolishly, but dramatically. Then the neighbors will agree with
you and wonder why that person is so antagonistic toward the nice
Moonie. At some point he will ask what you are up to anyway, and you
can say, "I was hoping you would ask that. Please come with me and
Don't worry about how you are treated. If someone mistreats you
seven times then he is probably a person who does the same to his own
family. His relatives will say you are courageous to be nice to him,
that you are the only one to stand up to him. When you get even with
him then everyone else will follow you instead of him. There is no way
you can lose.
Plan ahead and practice what you will say when you bang on the door:
"What's wrong with what I am doing? It's better than what your son
does, who is always getting arrested. I only try to guide him in the
right way. What's wrong with that? The Moonies are living for the
community and America." You can anticipate what he will say back again
and plan how you will reply. When everything follows your scenario then
you can have confidence and joy. Then when you dance for joy it will be
much more fun than disco dancing.
You can wear a Santa Claus suit to your area and draw a crowd of
children and announce what you have brought, and then when your Santa
Claus work is done take off your suit and talk to the people. The
spiritually guided people will readily recognize who you are and what
kind of high spirit world you are linked with. They will be able to
judge who is right and who is wrong, who is the prophet and who is the
wicked man. There is no limitation on how you can reach the people to
save them, so why not use every way to do so? When you can give a
speech and refer to the different people in your area, it will leave a
deep impression. Certainly they will remember you. If 360 homes have
recorded something about you, it will remain as your treasure.
If the parents in one house keep on persecuting you, their sons and
daughters will eventually come to your side. You don't have to worry if
the old people reject you because they won't live forever; by the time
you are in your thirties or forties they will be in spirit world. You
will become close to their sons and daughters and they will invite you
to come when they are head of the house.
Why should we shrink if people oppose us? So far you have been
scared if people spoke with a strong voice against you, but why should
you be? How can you be a prophet if you are scared when a dog barks?
Am I a strong enough prophet? 1 have spoken out about what Carter
should and shouldn't do, and said that I came here as a doctor to cure
America's ills. If I hadn't said these things then the government
wouldn't have hated me. Do you think I didn't know what their reaction
would be? I expected their response, but I had to speak
straightforwardly because of love.
If a man whom everyone knows is bad-tempered begins to oppose
you, people will think you must be a good person. Many people have come
to the Unification Church for that very reason. It gives the people an
opportunity to find out who is good and who is bad. The children of
parents who scoff at you will want to come see for themselves. Those
people who oppose you for no good reason will be revealed for what they
are. There will always be some benefit as long as you go and really
speak out, even if people don't listen to you at first. If they listen,
so much the better, and even if they are indifferent they still have to
listen eventually. If they persecute you then someone else will come to
take your side. You have nothing to lose when you honestly do your
It is a good thing if problems start happening right away because
people will start thinking that much sooner about who is right or wrong.
Your suffering will trigger that. If you continue over a long period of
time then your voice will definitely be heard. Even if you move far
away, after awhile people will remember and come looking for you. Then
you can talk with them and they will have the opportunity to repent.
History is made in that way.
One day on an airplane one of my East Garden staff met a person who
said he used to persecute the Unification Church very much because he
thought it was really bad, but later he found he was mistaken so he
repented. It could have been any one of you who helped him understand.
Do you have your Cain area? Are you Cain or Abel to your home
church area? The fact that I have entrusted you with home church means
I have approved you as an Abel. It's up to you to work hard and pray.
How nice it is when you can consult with one of your people when
something needs to be done and see it through to the finish. After one
or two years they will understand you much better and try to do this
work with you. You never know when the result will come; as long as you
work hard now then the result will definitely come. How beautiful it
will be when the result comes unexpectedly. A millionaire who watches
what you do over the years will conclude that you are far better than he
is. Don't you think he will feel that? Once he feels that way, he is
bound to express it to other people.
You are the kind of flexible people who can go to Alaska or Africa
at the drop of a hat. The major headache in business today is personnel
management. Everyone wants a good salary and short hours but no one
wants to do the company's work. When businessmen see how responsive all
of you are, they think that with such employees they could do a
billion-dollar business. They envy me. When they find out why you
are doing this, they feel it is something they always wanted to do, and
start seriously considering giving up their successful business to join.
I give orders, but not for myself-it is for the sake of the world
and God. When they understand this then smart people can understand
that even though I may have only one lifetime, all the ideals I have
introduced will continue eternally. When people oppose me they are
actually opposing the ideal, which will remain long after this
generation passes away. Actually such a person is staining history.
When he realizes that what he is doing will remain historically and
affect his sons and daughters, he will take heed and stop his unjust
actions. Persecution comes to all of us, but many good things are
starting now, the fruits of which won't be seen for a long time.
When you like the work you have to do then you are successful, but
if you don't like it then no matter whether you do it for ten or twenty
years you won't be successful. There is a certain correct way to be an
Abel, so you might as well enjoy doing it. If it includes being
spanked, then don't be satisfied being spanked ten times a day but try
to be spanked all day, all week and all month. Then all the spanking
coming to you will be finished. If there is work to be done then we
might as well do it day in and day out until we finish it and enjoy life
I have spoken to you many times about the three seven-year
courses. During this time part of my work was to receive persecution.
I wanted persecution to come so that restoration for the last 2,000
years could be finished quickly. I never avoided or tried to stop
persecution, but even sought it out within the 21 years. I never minded
the persecution or hard work.
Many people have criticized and called me names, but in the years to
come they will realize there was no reason for them to do so. What will
happen then? They will repent and bow down and ask what they can do.
That's the only thing they could feel. If all 2.5 billion people in the
world persecute me then they will all owe some debt to me and want to do
something in return. People will say, "Reverend Moon, I was wrong
and I apologize."
These 21 years have been preparation for the free world to launch a
more meaningful movement for the sake of goodness. The Christian world,
communist world and democratic world will all apologize to me. Later
people will repent for what they did to you.
I want to make you a person
whom God will greet
Being persecuted is the sure way for Abel to win over evil. Even if
this doesn't happen in our lifetime, still nothing is lost or wasted.
Certainly the result will come about in spirit world, and finally at
some time on the earthly world. Repentance on earth takes only a short
time, but it takes thousands of times longer in spirit world. Abel will
win if he exposes himself to persecution in the beginning. He never
thinks about next year or the decades ahead when he will be old, but
only in terms of eternity. As long as God is alive, everything the
Unification Church does which goes unrewarded will be returned
eventually. Nothing will be lost or wasted because goodness always
emerges, even if it happens unexpectedly in the future. This is what
Abel must be confident of. He cannot retreat or think that the job is
too hard. As Abel you have to enjoy your work, and on the day you think
you will surely drop dead you will find a member.
Worldly people look at you and think you must be miserable, but in
the future the spot where you die will have a monument recording your
deeds, and people will come to honor the person who gave his life doing
God's will. God will see that everything Abel does be recorded. When I
speak like this it is recorded for eternity. Millions of people in
thousands of years to come will read what I did on this day of December
30, 1979. This is true of everything Abel does for the sake of God and
the world; nothing will be lost but will prosper many times over. What
we do in the 1970's and 1980's will have to be remembered.
We are not looking for immediate glory or honor even in five or ten
years, but only want to do the historical mission successfully. The
problem is whether we are on the right path of Abel. The solution lies
in whether we take up the cross of the whole world; then we are on the
right course. This is what Jesus said: "Take up your cross and
follow me." He didn't say he would bear our crosses if we followed
Not just anyone can become Abel. God selects those who are willing
to bear the cross of the world. Those are the only ones who are
entitled to become Abel. Abel doesn't speculate about what better
position he will have in ten or fifteen years. He doesn't care what
will become of him but just does whatever needs doing and leaves the
rest up to God.
Regardless of whether you are faithful workers or not, eventually
you will go to spirit world and meet God. Will you be the kind of
person God will run out to meet with tears, even forgetting to put His
shoes on in expectation of meeting you? Or will you be the kind of Abel
whom God only casually notices, or the kind of person God will say,
" Oh, yes, I remember he is one of the Church members and he often
did good things." Which category do you want to be in? Naturally
you want to be the kind of person God greets with tears.
When God sheds tears, all the spirit world weep with Him in
gratitude for what we did here. When you work hard for America and die
here, you will be received in spirit world as a hero, and in years ahead
the same honor will be repeated on earth. Will you be the kind of
person no one notices when you go to spirit world, or will the spirit
world welcome you for what you did on earth? I am determined that you
will become the kind of people spirit world will be grateful to. When
you come to spirit world I want to see the people there welcome you with
tears. Do you think I have an easy job?
All the tears we shed here, plus the tears shed by God and spirit
world will make a big river and an ocean. When God feels tremendous
joy, He will immediately turn around and say that His joy is your joy,
sharing with us all as one family. This is what I am anxious to see you
become qualified for I want you to be ready for that when you go to
If you become qualified to be on the same level of heart as God,
then everything is possible. If there are millions of such people in
spirit world then when someone suggests that everyone wear the most
fashionable and beautiful uniform, it will happen instantly. When a
bigger, more beautiful banquet table and room are needed, with special
chairs, gold decorations, silver, diamonds and pearls and heavenly
music, it can happen. When people are drunk in the love of God then
these things can happen. People will be dancing for thousands of years
and never tire of it if they have God's level of heart. We have many
ideals we want to see on earth and all of them can be realized right
away in spirit world.
If you really knew about spirit world, you wouldn't desire a lot of
what you want to have today. By comparison with spirit world,
everything here is small and shabby. Don't you want to go there with
me? It is not easy. Because I know the reality of spirit world I am
more serious than you, who may believe in it but don't really know about
it. All the spirit men are my followers; there is no spirit man who is
dumb enough to oppose me because all of them know what I am doing. I
must teach you in truth and logic, not just spirit, because what you
understand in logic can become yours. Here on earth verbalizing your
thoughts is tedious because it requires thinking about vocabulary and
grammar and technique, but in spirit world you would understand what I
wanted to say before I actually said it.
If you want to become an opera singer there, you can become a most
wonderful opera singer. If you want to be a poet or writer, you can
express your thought in a most beautiful and moving way. As long as you
are in the same realm of heart as God, you can do anything. Nothing is
impossible. This is the world in which we are going to live eternally.
will you do in spirit world if you fail to reach that level of heart
on earth? It will be thousands of times more difficult if you have to
come back and nurture yourselves through people on earth to reach God's
level of heart. Everyone has to cultivate this Abel's path, regardless
of nationality, age or position, and everyone has an equal chance,
whether beggar or king. This is my greatest finding and I know it is
right, no matter what people think. I could give you millions of
examples about spirit world, but I just don't have time here. You might
even find many of them to be unbelievable, but the most important reason
I don't elaborate is that they won't really help you over the long run.
Whether you know it or not, that is real life and you will find out
soon enough. But the point is, how will you be prepared for spirit
world before you do find out? That's why I tell you time and again to
be faithful and proud of being a Moonie and not fear persecution. Even
though you don't know very much now, what you do know is reason enough
for you to plunge ahead 100 % I have explained the principles behind
everything I did and about the spirit world, and I did so in order to
bring you to the place I will go in spirit world. This is why you
witness and fund raise and confront persecution with righteousness. You
can be audacious because you aren't afraid of evil.
A person who lives this way intensely and dies young will go to a
better part of spirit world than someone who lived a long life on earth
but didn't give his whole heart. Your day-to-day life in
Unification Church isn't really that important; what matters is whether
you accomplish your Abel mission.
Heavenly heart is the center of spirit world
Here is a diagram of spirit world, and this dot is the center. The
individual, compared to the spirit world, is but one speck. That
individual's heart is but a minute dot within that speck, yet it is the
center. Because the heart is the center, it is an equal distance from
everything else. Satan will try to tell you that it is better for you
to move away from that central point because you can encompass a wider
area somewhere else. "It is even better if the center is a little
off because it gives you greater flexibility to enjoy more." Then
he will assure you, "I will make sure you have a greater sphere of
activity. What's the good of trying to stick with that one dot? If you
move around you will have more enjoyment and things to do in my
domain." He will do everything to discourage you from staying put;
"What can you accomplish? No one else is doing it and they all
But when Satan makes his overtures and everyone bothers you for
wanting to stay put at the center, you can say that you don't care if
you die, as long as you are still connected with heaven. "I don't
need any of what you are offering as long as I stay with the heart of
God. You cannot kill me, and even if you did I would go right to
Satan knows he has nothing to do with the heavenly heart, but if he
thinks you don't know that then he will try to trick you. If you know
you have a heavenly heart and keep it intact, then heaven will chop
Satan off when he tries to attack you. It is like this in daily life.
If you are not confident of having a heavenly heart then Satan will try
to lead you in his direction and discourage you. But if you are
confident then he won't be able to touch you. If the impossible should
happen and Satan could kill you, then you would go directly to the
highest realm; God could use the condition that Satan violated to raise
you up. God wants to bring everyone to that realm, and we are fighting
Satan because he is trying to prevent us from going.
The heavenly heart, the center of spirit world, is in a
subject-object relationship with all of us. If you can harmonize
on earth by experiencing many things, loving many people, and
sacrificing yourself, then there is no place in spirit world you cannot
According to the Bible, heaven has twelve pearl gates. If you
achieve heartistic harmony on earth then no passport is required to get
in, but if you don't have it then the gatekeepers there will keep you
out. The twelve major gates are further divided into twelve each,
making a total of 144. Because there are 144 directions from which you
can enter, there is no reason you cannot find some way in. If you are
in consonance with God's heart, there is no place you cannot go. When
you go to spirit world millions of spirit men will cheer you and shout
Welcome! Mansei! They will tag along wherever you go simply because
they want to be with you, just like you want to be with me.
Whatever you want to do will immediately happen in spirit world, as
long as you are in the same heart level with God-whether you want to
eat, sleep, have hundreds of servants, whatever. You cannot go there
now; you have to work hard to make the condition! The man with the
wildest dreams could never imagine anything that would be beyond the
realm of possibility of the spirit world. The most idealistic,
fantastic dreamer shares that quality with God.
Twenty years ago I told the members I wouldn't speak to them about
spirit world because they would want to go there. I never talked about
it with Mother either. The easiest thing for her to think would be that
I don't have to explain all those things because she is going anywhere I
go, regardless, whether to hell or heaven. If she thinks that way then
it isn't necessary to tell her all about it.
Do you think you will follow Mother and me wherever we go? If I am
in Florida, everyone wants to be there, and if I am in Korea, they want
to be there; you not only have the feeling you want to fly there, but to
shoot there. I am like the sun in the world of love, so when I don't
shine you feel suffocated, but when you are close by or thinking about
me you are happy. You have been sitting here for seven hours on the
concrete floor, but you have already given up counting hours and feel
that it doesn't matter as long as you can become close to me in heart.
These are precious hours.
Even your stomach will say, "I give up too. I'm OK as long as
you're OK and as long as I become one with the Parents." Here you
are contented and full, and want nothing else except to be close to the
True Parents so you can be on the same level of God's heart. If I
leave, however, then this place has an entirely different feeling.
At first you have to make effort to keep thinking about me, but over
the years it becomes second nature, like breathing. Then you naturally
wonder what I'm doing and if I'm having as difficult a time as you are.
If you become like that over the years then spiritually there is no
distance between us, even though we are far apart. Then you are close
to Mother and me every moment of the day and everything you want to do
is connected with True Parents.
When you want to go to a party you can think, "That means I
want to go to East Garden." Or if you want to meet your sweetheart
your mind says, "Actually I am missing my Parents." If you can
switch your thinking like this then you are blessed. Then you want to
experience what I am experiencing and even if I am suffering you want to
suffer with me. You want to do whatever I am doing because you love me.
That closeness matters most of all' and other things have less value.
If you have that invisible bond with True Parents, Satan is
absolutely powerless. This is the connection you must secure with
heaven. Compared to the value of this bond, the value of all the
diamonds in the world is minimal. Do you think this would be reward
enough for you?
We all have a native land and home town, but spirit world is our
real origin and we all want to go back there. If your father is wealthy
and has a country estate, you can pick up anything growing there because
it belongs to your father. The same is true in spirit world. Once you
go there everything automatically belongs to you because it belongs to
our Father. That's also what God promised me. I am making every effort
to make you qualified for that.
In the 1980's you are going to jump into that role. For seven years
you have to try and do that, and if you can't do it in seven it will be
extended another 21 years. Until 1987, all of you present here are
needed to go full speed ahead, holding nothing back. I am predicting
that in the next seven years America will experience incredible decline
and degradation, even more today. Today the churches are irresponsible;
the young people are going in the wrong direction but no one can do
anything about it; communism is rampant everywhere. Every taxpayer
knows that the government is unable to do anything about America's
When all these things happen people will begin to understand that
only the Moonies can do anything about this, and then they will think
they should have listened to me earlier. That day the real downfall of
communism will begin. Then we will have to go to Russia and Moscow to
help the Russian people free themselves, but even now we should be there
to start preparing the ground. That day will surely come. There is a
timetable. How do you know this is right? All of these events are only
seven years away, so my prediction will easily be verified. All my
predictions have come true so far. According to the Principle these
events are bound to happen.
When America realizes that this ideology is the only solution to
America's problems, what will happen? By then I will already be gone to
other countries and back to Korea, and you who stay here will get the
glory for what I have built now. Why will I be in Korea? Because the
dispensation requires unity between South and North Korea. Then the
true father will subjugate the false father in North Korea. Who will do
that? Naturally the Unification Church.
Home church is the line of defense against communism
China and Russia hate each other, but both of them are interested in
Korea and are always looking for a chance to conquer that territory, as
they tried in the Korean War. But America, South Korea and Japan
defended South Korea and pushed them back. At that time people from 16
nations representing the world came and died defending Korea, but today
those nations have forgotten why they fought there. It is my
responsibility to give those deaths meaning. No one cares about those
men who died in Korea so we have to give their sacrifice proper value.
Those in spirit world who struggled and died in suffering have a bad
feeling now because no one cares, so we have to liberate them. American
Unification Church members especially must do that for the many
Americans who died miserable deaths in the Korean War.
American youth should be in the forefront to understand the
situation of history and the world and God, and carry on to save the
Americans in spirit world as well as on earth. If we do that swiftly
then we won't have to give our lives. This is why I am pushing you so
hard. But if this is dragged out for five to ten years then some may
have to shed blood and be sacrificed. We don't want that.
What will happen if American young people don't do that? Then
numerous lives will be sacrificed in other parts of the world. Millions
of Americans will be massacred by communists. This is sure to come if
the mission isn't done here. Cuba and Mexico will make strong jabs at
America. Canada is also unstable now and the communists will work from
that base as well. American policymakers now think they can contain
communism by pulling out of commitments to other nations. Absolutely
not. America's pullout from Vietnam only increased world tension and
international ill-will toward America. The American people don't
understand how quickly and savagely the communists will move in.
We don't have many, many years to waste. His tory will not wait.
It's up to us to act swiftly. As soon as Americans see that there is no
good reason why they should not support Rev. Moon and they change their
attitude, the Koreans as well will change their view. America, Japan
and Korea together have the necessary power to push all the communists
out of North Korea. As long as North and South Korea remain divided,
there will never be reconciliation between the communist and free world,
but as soon as unification begins there then worldwide unification will
You know the historical timetable and you can explain about the
mission of Christianity, but Americans are ignorant. Your mission is to
inform the American people and warn them of what is coming. "God
is going in a certain direction and so is Rev. Moon. What makes you so
sure you are right? We should change immediately and realize the threat
of communism." If we hesitate to speak, millions will be killed.
We cannot afford to let America be destroyed just because we didn't do
our job right.
If America sinks, it is the same as the entire free world
collapsing. Communism will run rampant and at least half the population
will be killed. Race war will break out, not just war between nations.
Russia spends millions of dollars planning for that. This is their plan
for wiping out America. America thinks that events in Iran are just the
result of random historical forces, but absolutely not. Those events
reflect massive determined activity by communists. The religious fervor
of Islam is being manipulated by Russia to denounce Christianity as the
enemy, represented by America. Therefore, they focus their hatred on
America, and especially white people. When masses of people are
successfully agitated by communism in that way, who will counter it? Is
there any white leader capable enough?
I emphasize international marriage because it is called for by the
Principle, but it is also the best way to ease interracial tension. The
races will have no reason to fight if they have parents of different
color. Naturally the communists feel threatened by Unification Church
because they can't deal with religions, but America is a religious
country fundamentally. Americans have room to understand and act
quickly. We cannot just interpret events only according to the
perspective of our own lifetime; I know the timetable of all history and
we cannot dismiss these happenings lightly. We have to fight hard in
the next few years, or by 1987 the communists will have maneuvered
America into a hopeless position. I am spending all my effort and money
to warn the American people.
I have to worry about the heavenly family and heavenly tradition.
How are we to accommodate all the millions of people who will come to
the Unification Church? If the current tradition is established then
naturally people will go to the right direction. I am very serious
about the lives of the blessed couples and the course of fund raising,
witnessing and training that every member must go through. It may seem
difficult today, but if you do it correctly now then the many people who
will soon come won't have to wander aimlessly; they will just do what
Let's say America has 70 million families now. Divided by 360,
that's 200,000. If we have 200,000 active members then home church will
touch all 70 million American homes and teach them. Then communism can
You should know everything about your home area-who is a good
Christian, who has what job, what sympathies people have. Government
agencies cannot stop communism. It can be done only through
person-to-person contact. This way we can protect American
homes from satanic invasion and discourage young people from using drugs
and from bad practices of every kind. We can stop the collapse of the
Christian spirit. If you are successful in home church and the
neighborhood churches are empty because people find nothing there, you
can preach in those buildings to a jam-packed congregation.
Our objective is to teach Americans and to repent for not
understanding heaven before now. Don't you think that America and the
world should do that as well as Unification Church members? We are
doing home church to protect what is left of the family. We should not
let American families slide farther into chaos, but protect them and
bring them into harmony to rescue the young people from decadence so
that America can survive as a nation. We can expose the communists and
their activities and bring community disapproval down on them.
Nothing very complicated need happen. If Christians are willing to
realize that their doctrines are incomplete and will simply open their
minds to new knowledge then it may only take seven days or even seven
hours for them to change. Home church is the line of defense against
communism; once we are organized in this way, the communists will find
it difficult to move around secretly in America, which they do easily
now. Do you think the State or Defense Departments can physically stop
communist infiltration? Or could the President revive the sliding
Christian spirit? People still listen to evangelists like Billy Graham
and Oral Roberts, but every average Unification Church member knows much
more than they do. Why then are you silent? Why don't you speak out
with what you know? Perhaps it is because you think there is no
immediate danger, but if you knew for sure what was happening in America
today, you would certainly move faster than you are.
Certainly it is difficult to convince Christians that they need to
know more. But I have done it and set the example. Taking care of the
young people, reviving Christianity and solving the problem of communism
are the three main crises America faces as a nation, and it is difficult
even for God. No condition has been made to enable God to stop
communism; there must be someone in the position of offering to enable
Him to do that. These problems look separated from one another but they
are actually one. If the Christian spirit could be strengthened then
the young people would be revived. Abel must take responsibility for
this task of God's, and each of us is in that position.
Whether we are treated nicely or persecuted doesn't matter. Our
objective is to take care of these three problems on behalf of the
American government. Just as Jacob fought the angel at Jabbok, we will
probably have to fight the communists with more than just ideology.
What if they use force? Then we have to repel them by force. God's
dispensation must be protected.
The final all-out war will be fought
next seven years
You are in the position of Abel in your home church and your people
in the position of Cain, or archangel. They will not want to let you
in, but tell them, "No, you need me. I am good." If you win
in your area then you are safe and they are safe. But if you lose and
are chased away then they will perish as well. Since you are Abel, God
is right behind you and the possibility of victory is there for you. If
you are educated and really understand what they need to know, then you
will win each war you fight and the communists will never be able to
affect you; you will be superior in knowledge, spirit, thought and in
Your muscle power and ability to raise funds is your insurance and
you have no way to lose. Eventually you won't need to fight the
communists physically but will debate with the communist students and
argue with them. We have introduced the ideology of God so now they
have to come up with a better idea. That victory has already been set
in Japan; because our CARP movement there is so successful, the
communists have issued a directive telling their student members not to
try to argue with Unification Church members; the communists know those
students will only lose the argument and get discouraged. That
directive came straight from Communist Party headquarters in Japan. The
communists have never done anything like that before.
Next we will bring this topic of God and Christianity into the arena
of the Science Conferences, setting up open debate for scholars.
Your home church people are your Cains and you have to win them.
Home church will be like tanks when communism moves against us. The
government can't stop communism because no one is dedicated enough.
They think they should only sit tight. Do you think the government
could win public cooperation and enthusiasm by spending billions of
dollars for programs? I have been working on this problem all along,
and from any point of view our solution is what America needs. It is
likely that the FBI and CIA have sent people to find out what goes on in
the Unification Church, but could they find anything bad about what we
are doing? We are only trying to protect America; if we don't then the
communists will catch this nation. It's as simple as that. Don't you
think home church is necessary?
Once you complete home church successfully, God will recognize you
as having completed the necessary course of Abel. God wants to give you
credit, and once you qualify He can use you anywhere He wants to. You
have to win the hearts of 360 people; without going through home church
I fully you cannot go to heaven. Belief in the Messiah won't be
enough to bring you to heaven. You have to believe and then act before
you can be saved.
America is made of immigrants from every nation, so being persecuted
by America means we are being persecuted by the whole world. If you
persevere then it serves as a world-level condition. By doing your
mission with total commitment, you win the qualification of having
completed the individual, family, tribal, national and world levels of
God tried to raise Adam and Eve to perfection, but they fell
instead, so God tried to carry out the providence through Cain and Abel.
But it took 4,000 years of painstaking work to indemnify and reindemnify
the foundation of that providence. In the meantime the population grew
and grew and God had to expand His work onto higher and higher levels.
God worked for 4,000 years through Judaism to prepare a foundation for
Jesus, but it fell apart. For 2,000 extra years God struggled to
prepare for the Second Coming, working through a providence which had no
physical foundation. But because the Christians were of no help, I had
to do the work of 1,000 ordinary people to indemnify the 2,000 years of
Christian failure. Then I could give it to you to finish in seven
years. Now you can do it. I give it to you, but do you really
understand what it means?
If you really do your best then God give you the same credit that He
gave me for what I did in twenty years to indemnify the past 2,000
years. Those 2,000 were indemnity for the previous 4,000 years of
Judaism, and the tens of thousands of years of preparation before that.
All of that was done for this final stage of the dispensation, the
1970's and 1980's. You are intelligent people and you know these
things; can you say this life is too tough? You must have the
confidence that if I have done this much singlehandedly then
singlehandedly you can make the indemnity condition for America at
least. If America is too big for you, how about for your tribe?
"Father, you did it for the world, so I can at least do it for my
family, tribe and city."
Once you have an outer home church in your area, you will also have
an inner home church, which is your family. When you go back to your
home town after your home church victory, the people will automatically
come and listen to you. When I go back to Korea after being in America,
which is my Cain nation, I am received and welcomed by my Abel nation.
The Koreans don't have to study Principle to accept me; if I am welcomed
by Americans then Koreans will accept me also.
You must realize the world situation. Why should I leave Korea and
Asia, where language is no problem, to come to America, where people are
not as religiously inclined as they are in the East? Why should I do
things the hard way? Because there is no alternative in the
dispensation. America is not just one nation; it represents the entire
world. If America accepts me then it means the world has accepted me.
Christians in Europe are in the Cain position to American Christianity;
Christians here were originally expelled from their native land and had
to establish a new foundation in America. Therefore, in the sight of
God there was no way I could avoid coming to America, the Abel nation.
In turn, American Christians are in the Cain position to Unification
Church, which is the Abel part of Christianity. Unification Church is
the younger brother. Who will explain to Christians that we are
brothers? We have to serve them and let them approve the Unification
Church as their brother; Christians must say that Unification Church is
the true Abel. This situation can be compared to Jacob wrestling with
If the Unification Church wins then we will see the remaining
barriers begin to fall and the world's people can come much, much
closer. This is the last major battle. If Abel wins then the
historical war will be finished. In the seven years after 1980 we will
launch an all-out war, not just guerrilla fighting. It will be a
war of thought, not guns. If we win that war then we can stem the tide
of decline and turn America in the right direction, guaranteeing America
You don't have to wait until 1981 to start, however. If you decide
that you are ready now then this is the best time to start. Then you
will be ahead of schedule in 1981 and you can be the winner. Even
though seven years is allotted you, you don't have to take that long.
If Americans work efficiently then three years is enough. If a few
people like me got together to do it, I honestly think that three or
four months would fulfill the major dispensation.
I have been teaching you all along and pushing you to make your
decision, but because 1 have already given you a Cain area you should
get to the point where you are independent. Imagine how much the spirit
world will expect of you and support you once you make your decision to
go ahead. Imagine how happy and grateful to you Jesus will be to find
the real Christianity that he died for 2,000 years ago. The Unification
Church will revive the Christian spirit once more and bring hope. Is it
clear to you now what the Unification Church must do as Abel, and what
every Abel must do?
You must know to whom you are Abel and to whom you are Cain. Once
you can discern that then you are independent and you can go ahead and
act without waiting for instruction. Then I can approve and acknowledge
you even more.
If white people can succeed then it will be better for both white
and black people, but if they fail and black people become Abel, it will
be much more difficult for both sides due to lack of ability and reason
for each to respect the other. We can be grateful to the black people
because in large part they are the ones who physically built up this
country. White people used the blacks to do the actual work and their
contribution must be recognized. What are the odds that black people
will be more and more desperate and one day turn against white people?
This is a very real possibility in the world.
What about the Indians? They are the original owners of this
country. The Indians are said to have come originally from the Orient,
so I am their cousin. They have no reason to hate me. I am helping
Americans to value the Indians. I have come to explain to blacks,
whites and all races that because God's dispensation is going in a
particular direction they must harmonize with each other to do Abel's
work. Americans have difficulty going over the racial barrier. If I
were white then they would listen to me.
The Indians have deep resentment toward whites, and whites wouldn't
accept a black man as President, so it is easiest for an Oriental man to
come and work out the situation. If an Oriental man tells the Indians
that he has suffered under white people just as they have and yet still
says that we have to forgive the whites then the Indians can listen and
forgive. If I go to blacks and can tell them I know how much they have
suffered in white America because I suffered as well, then the black
people can listen to me and come to forgive the white people as well.
When people know that Abel suffers as a matter of course, they can
understand that when they are Abel their mission is to forgive Cain.
More and more blacks are coming into the limelight as athletic
champions. I am confident that I can educate a good black man more
easily then a top-grade white scholar. I want to send him to the
best school and the best teachers. I want to give black people
confidence that there is no reason for blacks to have any feelings of
inferiority; as long as God is on their side they can be superior. I am
What would happen if certain areas of the United States declared
their independence? The communists could agitate in an area like
Nevada, which has only 300,000 citizens, and start the people thinking
that they pay too much in taxes to the federal government and that they
would be better off being separate. If this happens in three or more
states is there any guarantee the United States would remain intact? If
6,000,000 people in Iran turn against America and cause chaos, America
can do nothing about it. If agitators supply money and weapons to
promote racial conflict in America, how could this country survive?
Guns are everywhere to be found if you have the money.
Today we know the outlook. We are making plans, knowing that the
different races must live harmoniously. If they start fighting then it
will be almost impossible to stop. We can indemnify the generations of
racial injustice in America by feeling the same toward all races
Abel must remember that he is a tradition-setter
No one can force anyone else to make an offering; the moment he
resists, it ceases to be a pure offering. If Isaac had resisted when
his father prepared to sacrifice him then the condition could not have
been fulfilled and blessing would not have come to him. Offering has to
be voluntary, not compulsory. Because we are voluntarily paying
indemnity for America, God can use it. This is the Cain-Abel
So far your thinking has been too narrow. You weren't concerned
about what happens in the spirit world when you get there but only about
immediate day-to-day things. How sorry you would be before
True Parents and heaven when you found this out. Do you understand now
about the position of America? Clearly America is in danger, and do you
know what we are going to do about it? The basic element is home
church, and when that is done in meaningful numbers then even if the
communists sweep this country they can be stopped. If they come before
that happens, however, it will be too late.
If there had been 30,000 core members in America by 1978 then even
if I were to leave, America would be secure. After being educated for
three years those members could be strong enough to take care of
America's problems. If they were educated well enough and could witness
to ten new members each over the next three years, then those 300,000
people would be enough to do home church throughout the entire United
States. This was my original plan. Don't you see that our schedule is
very tight? Can you say you have to rest and take care of other things
Up until 1977 I let American leaders take responsibility for CARP,
but they just weren't moving fast enough and weren't inspired enough.
So I appointed a Korean to do it and he is really moving the program
forward. I encouraged CARP to visit people in every area, to find the
communists and push them out. They were told to visit the ministers who
oppose the Unification Church and protest their activity, to go to the
newspapers who print unjust things about Unification Church and protest.
The American leaders haven't been doing that, however. Students are in
a better position to speak out in that way because people will more
freely excuse them; if an ordinary citizen did that then there would
only be confrontation. The primary work of the students is to speak out
for justice and truth, and to fight the communists through debating
Some of you are doing well in home church and I am now comparing
that with the CARP activity. Right now CARP is doing better, but some
day soon home church and CARP will compete.
That kind of battle is a typical path for Abels. As Abel, we don't
fight for ourselves but against evil. The only reason we fight is to
protect the Christian churches before they collapse entirely, not to
make Unification Church strong and privileged. The only privilege we
enjoy is suffering. Abel does his work for everyone, both Cain and
Abel. What would I gain by staying in America where I am persecuted?
People should think about that. Do I want big cars, or land, or some
glory? If that is what I wanted I could go to any small country and
have it without enduring persecution. But I am not here for that; I am
here to fulfill Abel's mission for the sake of the world. I founded the
Unification Church to indemnify all history, not for anything else.
Restoration through indemnity is Abel's course. Now you understand that
in God's sight this is the correct path of Abel.
You cannot do this with the idea that as a result you will be
qualified in three years to be blessed. A true Abel does it no matter
how long it takes. It doesn't matter to him whether blessing comes
sooner or later. Abel is only concerned with getting his work done.
The Abel who bears the burden of this responsibility cannot make any
demands or requests for himself. If he did, he would feel ashamed of
not having done more, regardless of how much he had done. When there is
difficulty, don't cry because it is hard. Cry only in repentance for
not having done enough. You cannot cry for your sake or because your
job is difficult. I want you to cry for America, and the world and God.
If you are angry at being treated unfairly, never express it to
other people but try instead to console God. "God, You must have
been treated even worse than I am, so what I am experiencing now doesn't
matter." If you have to cry, do so in that way. Never, never cry
because of yourself. Cry on behalf of God and mankind, telling God you
will cry for Him. That is the kind of tears we should shed. We have
absolutely no way to complain.
If you want to complain, then complain that people don't understand
what is just and true. Maybe in the name of humanity you can complain.
When I speak about what President Carter is doing wrong it is not
because I have anything personal against him; in the name of justice I
complain about some of the things Carter has done. That is permissible
in the sight of God. I understand that you have sad moments, but you
have to connect that to the sadness of God, saying "I know You have
gone through much
deeper sadness than I, so You must feel sadder than I do." No
matter what happens, don't cry over your problems. That is part of
Abel's right course.
When Jesus died oh the cross he pleaded with God, but not for his
own sake. He asked God not to punish the people, but told Him that they
didn't know what they were doing. Jesus died for their forgiveness.
Don't you think Jesus cried when he said that? He complained too, but
not for himself. He knew that if he died hundreds of thousands of
Christians would also have to die and be persecuted.
If you want to complain in the name of the world that very little
work is being done in this country then that's fine, but don't ever
complain for your own sake. If you can say, "If I were Father I
could do better than that" and carry it out then it's all right to
complain about me. If you fight someone, don't do it for your own sake
but only because you represent justice and this person is opposing you.
In the name of God and humanity you can fight him, but not just for
David didn't fight Goliath to show his capability. He felt that
although he was weak he had to fight for God and his country. It would
have been a sin for David to fight for himself and then God would not
have taken his side.
I don't live in East Garden while you are working hard just because
I have suffered in the past; the only reason I live in such a place and
have good cars is to enhance the dignity of the Unification Church.
People would belittle this movement if we didn't uphold its dignity. If
the President lived in a shabby apartment then it would reflect on the
whole nation. Diplomats and important guests would complain if that
were the kind of place the President received them in. The same is true
The Abel in the family is the one who fights for the sake of his
parents and brothers and sisters to protect them when necessary. That
person will be the center of the family. The same holds true in the
Unification Church. Abel is a tradition-setter and he must always
be aware of that. Do you understand that you have to be concerned with
this as Abel? If the world is ignited by the truth and you pack up and
go live in the mountains, people will come to bring you back, pleading,
"You started all this so you have to stay with us and show us
I have worked hard and spent much money, but it was never for my
sake. Everything was made in the name of the Church, not for one
individual. I don't own anything. I don't wear nice clothes to make
myself feel good; people expect me to wear good clothes when I appear in
public and meet distinguished people.
All the staff at East Garden should be thinking that it is the Abel
house. The security guards should not think they are there to protect
me, but to protect the place which is the center of the heavenly sacred
mission. Since it is impossible for all the millions of people who will
want to do so to come and do that, the guards are there on behalf of all
When anyone on the staff makes a mistake, I think that I am
responsible for that. I look at everything with that viewpoint. When I
go some place enjoyable, like the movies, I never go by myself or just
with Mother, but always take at least three people who are in the Cain
position. Because the security guards are always there, they often are
taken in that position. I always take at least five people with me
wherever I go. I know that is part of Abel's tradition.
I buy gifts for my children only after I have given an equivalent
thing to other people first. If I do that, how can you take any easier
way? Since I am doing all this for God and mankind, all Unification
Church members want to help me personally, and God as well. This is a
matter of Principle. So no one is justified in complaining against me.
I feel that I will never move around spirit world alone but will always
have people with me wherever I go. Is that a wrong expectation?
All by myself I can win followers who will want to be with me
everywhere, through life and death. If I didn't establish this
tradition then whatever result Abel gained would be scattered among
Cains and never noticed.
All the saints were ill-treated when they were alive, but now
they are honored and people cherish the memory of their lives. People
have questioned why evil doers always prosper while good people are
always sacrificing. It seems that there is no justice if that is always
the case; But now you understand for the first time that Abel's
tradition is preserved as a result, and guaranteed to be manifested
later. God will ensure that Abel is recognized later for his efforts.
I did not return to South Korea after escaping from prison just
because it was safer. I would gladly have stayed in North Korea, but
for the sake of the free world and the continuation of God's
dispensation I had to go to the south.
The last time I visited Korea I actually had made no plan to go, but
simply found that my mind was drawn more and more to that country.
Thus, it was not out of my personal desire but because of the demand of
God that I went. I just felt that I had to go there, and two days later
President Park was killed. I was very glad that President Carter acted
quickly to warn North Korea not to take any undue action during that
situation, saying that America would retaliate. I prayed very deeply
that Korea be protected because I knew that without Korea the
dispensation could not continue. I was there to take care of Korea, and
because of that condition God could give President Carter a push to make
the right decision. This kind of thing has not happened to me just once
or twice, but at every crucial point.
I knew that if I stayed very long in Korea Satan would try to
prevent me from returning to America, so I left on the day of President
Park's funeral. All the dignitaries and officials were at the funeral
so no one questioned me at the airport.
I begged God to protect Korea in this event. I prayed with tears
for the sake of humanity, and especially for Korea and America. I felt
deeply that if Kim II Sung was going to invade South Korea that he had
better have stronger love for South Korea than I do; only under those
circumstances would I retreat before him. Because America acted
correctly, South Korea was protected. On the airplane coming back I
felt very lighthearted and relieved, and knew why I felt I had to be in
Korea. All this happened in less than a week.
I told the Korean staff members that in a few months a crucial
period would begin and spiritually everyone would have to be on full
alert until April 1981. Two days later the assassination took place.
The Korean situation now is very delicate and we don't know when the
tide till turn or how.
I had no personal reason to meet President Nixon. It was only in
the name of God and America, for the dignity of the American presidency
and the entire world that I met him. What did I say to him? I asked to
pray with him and talked about America's role in the world. I badly
wanted to meet Nixon for the sake of God and the dignity of the
dispensation. I had nothing else to talk about with him. I warned the
American people not to persecute Nixon but to forgive and love him.
They didn't do that and we know now how this big nation has lost respect
in the world after being an international leader for so long.
America is not great for herself; this is a nation especially
founded by God. This must not be forgotten. When I speak harshly about
America it is not just my personal opinion, but is exactly what God
wants this nation to hear. You should be the first to know this. It is
the right attitude of Abel to be working for God's dispensation, not
your own gain. If you act rightly then it is up to God to give you
blessings. That is Abel's goal.
We can speak on behalf of the free world, but not the Unification
Church. When I command you to fight I have no intention of having the
Unification Church benefit by it. I only tell you to do it in the name
of God and the dispensation because I know that if you don't fight now
then the difficulties will be greatly compounded in the future. We do
nothing for my sake or for the Unification Church.
I have set the Abel tradition for the movie industry
The location-shooting for the movie we are making about
MacArthur is all done now. Only a few of you knew about this. $30
million has been spent, and that is more money than all the Unification
Church property in Korea, Japan and America is worth. It is not unusual
to borrow money to make a movie, but no one has ever financed a movie
with all the money coming straight out of their bank account. If we
were making this movie for the purpose of profit then we wouldn't be
spending that much money. All that money was spent in three months.
Where is there another such crazy person in the world? If I weren't
crazy, would I do that for my own sake?
Did I use a regular movie company with much expertise to make the
movie? America has much expertise in movie-making, but I had a
Japanese member who has no movie experience produce that movie. He
can't even spell movie in English, much less speak English. The only
English he knows is "thank you," and he pronounces it
He had to meet with a top director, the heads of the studio and
camera crew, the actors and actresses, the advertisers, doing it all by
himself with no deputy to stand in for him. In the beginning people
wondered who in the world he was and what this strange person was up to.
But he showed the right path of Abel in the movie field. He had a hard
time meeting the top people because he had no one to introduce him. He
not only struggled with them, but almost had to beg to justify every bit
of money he asked me for. He would tell me he hated to see the money
spent, but he was convinced that for the dispensation it was worth it.
In Korea the support crews and extra people like drivers and
assistants knew that a Japanese backed by money from America was making
the movie and figured they would make the most of it, since he probably
wouldn't know if he spent an extra million or two unnecessarily. All
those people tried to exploit him. On top of that, the performers all
were getting salaries of more than $1 million each, and the crews came
from eight countries. He had no experience yet he was coordinating all
of them. None of the crews spoke Japanese, the only language he knows,
but he was the boss and gave direction to everyone. You can imagine
what an impossible situation he faced. Even now he wonders how he did
it. Even after the movie is finished his problems aren't over. He has
to advertise and distribute it to the sixteen different nations which
participated in the Korean War.
If I were interested in making money would I ever have made that
movie? Would I have ever used such a person if money was the goal? I
encouraged him to persevere, telling him he was doing it for God and the
future of the free world, and that it would be a priceless production if
he was successful. I told him that I would never hesitate to spend any
money he needed for a movie that would be approved by the movie industry
as well done. This movie will be priceless for the future so that the
free world can rightly follow that path for the love of God. Do you
think the Cain-side tradition of movie-making, which didn't
cooperate with this production, was defeated by it?
Las Vegas is a place of interest for many people and I went there to
decide how I would treat it for the sake of the free world and God. If
ever you go to Las Vegas it had better be with the heart of Abel.
That's how I feel and God agrees.
No matter where I am, I am pursuing this work, sleeping only three
or four hours. In Las Vegas, at the beach, Disneyworld-wherever I go I
am the first to arrive and the last to leave. When people hear that I
live in a mansion and go to the beach and to Las Vegas they think I am
enjoying myself. But as a result of these travels I know the American
style of life inside and out-how the cities are run, how people enjoy
themselves and what they are interested in, how gambling is conducted,
who makes the decisions. I feel that once I know what is needed for
heaven I will somehow see that all the money is provided. Who else has
ever thought of creating money for God's work?
The New Yorker is located on 8th Avenue, which is famous for
prostitution, and when I go there I think that those people may prevail
now, but when the right time comes things will be different. We have to
open up Abel's path and tradition and clean up every part of life. It
is not enough just to hear about this; you have to think about it and
carry it out and it is extremely difficult.
With the money I have spent on the movie I could easily have bought
wonderful buildings to house our centers in each state, or bought great
businesses. Don't you think I thought deeply about this before spending
all that money? I am certainly spending much money but it is not for
myself; it is for the sake of God and the entire world that I decided to
make the MacArthur movie. I will never be accused by Unification Church
members for having spent all that money on the movie.
Everyone knows that movie-making is a gamble, but I have no
regrets, even if no money comes back from the movie. My first purpose
was to set the right standard and tradition in Hollywood, and even when
I am long gone that tradition of God-centered movies will remain
for the future. The movie industry is very influential in shaping young
people's lives and now it is totally immoral, so I am challenging it to
see if it can continue that way once the Abel purpose of
movie-making is established. but my conscience never bothers me
because I know it is the best way for you. I am making sure you follow
this tradition so that you have established it yourself. Is that wrong?
I have always insisted that the only language which will persuade
the communists is strength of arms. The free world should never fall
behind in the arms race because once they do the communists will attack.
America should not arm herself for her own sake but for the sake of the
free world and God; for that reason she must be much stronger than the
communist countries. I am sure this is the Abel direction in the
dispensation. America should be stronger, but she should never be the
first to use force. If America is attacked by Russia, however, then she
A child could foresee the Russian strategy when America initiated
arms limitation talks; the outcome is that America is falling alarmingly
behind the communist countries in military strength. President Carter
recently approved an increase in defense spending, even though it is
very late. Why wasn't this done a long time ago?
America should pay her debts to Asia and Africa
Many Indians were killed when they opposed the settlers who founded
America. Americans should recognize that the lives of those Indians
were an offering so that this nation could establish religion here for
the sake of the world and God's will. Because the Indians are of
Asiatic origin and were sacrificed for the founding of America, this
nation had to indemnify that by shedding blood for the sake of
Orientals. Long before the Korean War was fought I felt this had to be
true. Many American soldiers were killed in Korea, as well as soldiers
from around the free world.
When I was in prison it was the troops of the free world who
liberated me and saved South Korea. To repay that debt I came to
America, working for the free world and God even though I was
persecuted. I always feel that I have reason to be grateful to the free
world because I am still alive. Because I have given service to
America, American young people will go to Korea in gratitude to me for
freeing America from its road to ruin, and for reviving Christianity and
the young people. There they will help Korea to reestablish itself.
American soldiers fought in Korea on a physical level, but the spiritual
service you will give will be much more valuable. Whatever we do, we
pour our hearts into it without reserve. When we have money we give
that wholeheartedly too.
Today American men and women want to marry Orientals, especially
Koreans. Before now they never thought about it. This is a heavenly
trend, not individual choice. In that way America can indemnify the
fact that it has not gotten along with Orientals before. That only
makes sense, doesn't it?
Historians never viewed history the way I do, and thus they never
had any solutions or explanations. The fact that Africans came to this
country hundreds of years ago was preparation for this one day, even
though they were brought as slaves. Orientals sacrificed for this
country by shedding their blood, and black people came and gave their
bodies completely for this country. How then could black people deny
the whites and forsake America? Now America should look for ways to
help Africa. Since Africans gave their bodies completely for this
country, sending material assistance to Africa is token compensation.
Sending material to Africa is one way to start indemnifying the
sacrifice made by black people here.
If American young people go to the Orient to protect those
countries, it will indemnify the fact that many Indians were killed for
the sake of the entire free world dispensation. Then America will have
paid her debt, and the sacrifice made by those many people will be
The fact that Americans sent soldiers to fight in Asia can only be
explained by this understanding. It was an important part of
dispensational history that America pay her historical debt. It is only
logical that a country where thousands of Americans went to give their
lives must have importance in the dispensation. Where there is a result
there is always a cause; this cause-result relationship is the
basis of Oriental thought. Korea suffered as a nation of offering in
the name of God and the name of the entire free world. South Koreans
may still not understand why so many Koreans and Americans were
sacrificed, but it had to happen for the sake of the world and God.
Therefore, whenever any country of dispensational importance turns away
from Korea, God will give up that nation. Korea shed blood for the
world and for God; if
America gives Korea up it means America is no longer connected to
that nation and the indemnity it paid. Thus, America would have to pay
indemnity separately and more American young people would have to shed
If Americans ignore this reality, the communists will attack.
Americans may wonder what benefit there is in defending Korea; the
reward that returns to them by fighting to defend Korea comes in the
form of the tradition of fighting against communism which they will
inherit. American young men fought and died in Korea, preserving it for
the purpose of the world, but in Korea entire families died defending
that country for the world and God. Koreans sacrificed much more. By
supporting Korea, America inherits that tradition and will be preserved
from communist attack. God will see to it.
America is eligible to inherit the Abel tradition of fighting
communism which Korea established, but not if this nation is indifferent
to this inheritance. I came to America to teach Americans the reality
of communism and how the communists have worked historically, so that
Americans will take heed and act before it is too late. That tradition
is well-established in Korea and Japan and must be established
here. Americans still don't understand why they should be concerned, so
I am teaching you.
Americans must excel in muscle-power and military power as well
as in thought. Otherwise, evil will never surrender to goodness. There
is a reason why the Unification Church, a religious body, encourages
America to sustain its physical strength: it is to protect against
violence. Karate is a formidable technique of self-defense. I
encourage you to learn it because I know that when communists run out of
other strategies they will certainly attack us with force. We do not
prepare ourselves that way only for our individual defense, but in order
to act effectively as soldiers of heaven.
Now for the first time we can see consistency in history. When
Africa is in need, as when Russia sends troops there, Americans should
volunteer and not need anyone to tell them to go. If they will go there
to fight for the sake of the world and God then they will be a true
offering, which will enable God to multiply the benefits of their
actions. Would I discourage them from going and suffering, or approve
their going in the tradition of Abel?
The only meaningful way to turn the world aside from its present
course is to do these things voluntarily. If a policeman refuses to
interfere with a crime because he fears for his life, he should be
punished. But if he joins the police force primarily to protect America
in the name of God and not only for the salary, then heaven will
remember his intention if he is killed in the line of duty. When
Unification Church members are correctly educated and practice this
God-centered way of life, we will remain firm and volunteer for
dangerous missions even when the CIA or FBI run away. Am I too
political or violent in my thinking? In order to leave the Abel
tradition we will certainly be the first to volunteer so that hundreds
of millions of people will benefit.
When I met Senators and Congressmen in Washington D.C., my only
criterion in evaluating them was whether they ran for office for the
sake of the nation and world and God. No one passed this test. I
concluded that America's situation is hopeless because no one cares
about this nation. If the American people don't demand a stricter
standard in their public officials then I decided I would spend my own
money to educate Americans to this standard. That is not for myself or
for the Unification Church, and if people think it is bad then they can
come and investigate. In the future the heads of the FBI and CIA will
come to me and confess that they have looked into our work and are
ashamed that I am doing their job better then they are. It is
unthinkable that they try to get rid of me. I am not taking advantage
of America; it is America which needs me because I am setting the Abel
Is my reasoning incorrect? If anyone can find fault in this logic
then they should speak up. If you have any love whatever for your
family and country then you should stand up on your own before I tell
you to. You should act on your own initiative and not just look to me,
wondering what to do next. You should figure out on your own what to do
and get started.
Why am I talking all day like this to you about the dispensation?
Is it because I hate you, or because I want to see you suffer? You have
to earn your own assets; no one else can do anything for you in this
regard. You have to shed tears with me for the sake of God and the
world. Even though you often met me on
Sunday mornings and heard me speak, you never knew I was this dead
serious. No one dared to say what I say, even though they may have
thought it was right.
Ten hours a day television stations will broadcast my speech warning
that this time in history will determine whether America perishes or
prospers again some day. If my words this morning were broadcast to the
nation, this country would be ignited and its spirit would live once
more. That is the only way it can happen now. College presidents are
not warning the people, nor businessmen, nor even the President. Not
even the religious leaders are speaking out; only I am speaking out, and
for that I am being called a heretic. How ironic it is.
When you really know the meaning of this, how can you relax or slack
off? You have to be on the go every minute without any hesitation. If
America follows my advice but perishes regardless, then I will take
eternal responsibility for that in the spirit world. If you are chosen
to be Abel but you wobble from side to side, what value do you have? Do
you know what you are? Do you understand now what I have been doing and
what you will start to do?
So far everyone has been leading a life which has nothing to do with
God, but now through what I have said, you can understand. I went that
way, and if you do the same even when people don't understand and
ridicule you, then you never decline. I am a living example. I not
only thought this through, but lived through all of it myself. American
parents ought to encourage their children to come and learn as much as
they can from me and then return home to teach their parents. But
instead they try to force their children back home, and the parents sit
by when their children live a life of drugs and free sex. What kind of
parents are these people?
If the parents are not intelligent enough then their children ought
to be. The second generation usually responds better than their
parents. The people of your parents' generation were nationalistic and
didn't think much about the world. Their children, on the other hand,
don't have much patriotism yet they do think of the world. You are that
fortunate second generation, and thus you are in the Abel position to
your parents. We can say that while their pragmatism is too deep
seated, you young people are more flexible. When the young people use
their own minds to find the God-centered way of life on the world
scale, not just the national level, then they are on the Abel side.
The older generation may think in terms of Americanism, but you
don't have that limitation. You think in terms of worldism. This is
something new that has sprung up in history; no wonder it has never been
seen before! No one understands that Abel's tradition is being made
now, but once Abel is gone everyone will see it and repent over their
persecution, wishing he would stay longer. But time doesn't come and go
at will. Perhaps I will never return to America.
How can you not be serious? This is not your life alone, but your
ancestors' and descendants', and they all envy your position. We have
to establish and cherish Abel's tradition, even trading our lives for
it. By cultivating it we are beginning a new civilization, Adam's
civilization. Who is that culture for? Not for me or you, but for God
and all humanity. Then God will applaud, and all mankind and spirit
world as well. They actually are begging you to win the victory for
I am almost sixty, and throughout my youth and middle age there was
not one day I dedicated for my own sake. I want to bring out all my
past suffering and agony and displeasure and end it in 1979. In 1980 we
will welcome a new year and decade of hope. Everything I have predicted
will indeed happen. No one should have to remind you. When you wake up
you should know you are here for Abel's tradition. No one has to remind
me; I am constantly thinking about Abel's course and tradition. You
have to be like that.
When you wipe out all your doubts and uncertainty and think like
that then heaven will help you tremendously. Then you will erupt like a
volcano and this nation will catch on fire spiritually. Should we all
plunge into the new year 1980 with this new life and tradition?
I have been speaking for over ten hours, but what is ten hours
compared to eternity, or even your lifetime? You have heard some of the
most important things of your entire life this morning.
When I look at you I don't see whether your hair is black or red. I
only see how close you are to the Abel tradition. When you tell me how
many years you have been in the Unification Church, I compute how long
it will take you to go the Abel path based on how far you have already
come. That is the only standard I use when I look at you.
If I used any other criterion do you think it would have enough
power to bring unity out of this chaotic world? If you think this is
true, then how much more would God think so, who understands me much
more than you do? Think about how many years you have been in
Unification Church and what you have learned and how deeply you
understand me. Compared to the standard you have to meet, how long will
it take? You really should not be satisfied with yourselves. Now you
have a better idea of where you stand.
Now you know why home church is important to you, to God and all
humanity. You know this will be the last war which you or anyone will
have to fight. You need to have a renewed outlook and determination in
the 1980's. I feel I should establish the standard and tradition in
America, and with that prototype the whole world can benefit. I want
you to pay serious attention to this speech. This is no ordinary
speech. At this time next year I want you to be able to say that you
were benefited 100 hours' worth by this talk. If you can say that then
I will think nothing of having spent eleven hours speaking to you.
It is less than two days until 1980. In thirty hours or so it will
be the 80's, years which will be completely different from the 70's or
60's. My immediate responsibility for this nation will be over by that
time. You ought to be able to take care of yourself. Do you feel you
can manage yourself if I am gone? So far I have had no freedom to move
around, but now I do. I feel that perhaps after going over sixty years
of age my life can start anew. God will not tell me that I still have
some task left undone.
You may know that America is a very special country; it is very
capable, and if it finds itself on the right course then America can do
ten times as much as any Oriental nation. I feel that when I can
transplant my tradition and love to your pure minds then I won't have to
bother you any longer because you will know what has to be done and you
will do it.
Whether you are fund raising or in business, teaching or in
politics, because you are Abel you are not doing it centered on
yourself. You are doing it for God and the world. If you have that
thought then will
anyone even think of investigating whether I have done anything
wrong or not? This is the deepest, most practical thought, and the only
one that works.
I need never repeat this as long as you know who you are and who I
am. Everyone makes a new start at some time in his life and this is the
perfect time. Let us put away all the hesitations and indecisiveness of
1979 and in the next two days concentrate on preparation for a new
take-off on God's Day 1980. Those who will pledge to do that,
raise your hands. Thank you very much.