REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
LIVE IN THE
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
December 20, 1981
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
If someone asked you where is the Kingdom of Heaven, what would you
say? There is a simple way to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a
nice place, a happy place where a person can have everything he wants.
It is the place where the ideal dwells.
Who needs the Kingdom of Heaven? First of all, God does, then all
beings in spirit world, including the angels. Most religions have
taught that only after death can people experience Heaven; they have
had no hope for the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
If you want to solve a math problem, you need the correct formula
and then you can experience the joy of finding the solution. This is
true in daily life as well. You have many problems and struggles which
must be solved. After a great deal of hard work, once you find the
solutions you feel joyful.
Everything in life requires a process. The process of education
begins with kindergarten, then elementary school, then middle school,
high school, university and finally out into the world which is the
goal of the learning process. Can you ever say along the way that your
time in elementary school was worthless? Of course not. You needed
elementary school to learn how to read and write, the most basic
understanding which you still use even at the top of the learning
process. Many times people forget the importance of each step in the
process of education but it is a cumulative effort by which one goes
step by step to the pinnacle.
The same thing is true about the Kingdom of Heaven, which is the
highest goal of human life. Can you reach that point by just jumping
into it? No, the Kingdom of Heaven must be reached by a certain
process. There must be a kindergarten for the Kingdom of Heaven, an
elementary school, high school and all the steps up to the PhD level.
After going through the PhD training you can truly enter into the
Kingdom of Heaven.
Many people think, "I want to live for myself on earth but
when I die I want to go to Heaven." They think they are very
clever and try to devise the best way to live a secular, self-centered
life on earth and then get to Heaven, too.
When you drive down a bumpy dirt road, your seat becomes very sore
from all the bumps. If you suddenly come to a smoother graveled road it
feels like heaven in comparison. The next level of improvement would be
a paved road, then a two-lane highway and finally a divided super
highway, which is truly heaven. However, the aspiration of people has
no end. If you had been driving an old jeep on that super highway and
you were given a sleek new Cadillac, you would really feel you had
raised your level. There are many levels to everything. Even though you
may be able to drive 80 mph in that Cadillac, your aspiration never
ends and you might feel like you want to go 200 miles per hour.
To elevate yourself from one level to another, you must follow a
certain formula or process. You can't omit your middle school education
and go on to high school. Even if a boy is very mature, handsome and
intelligent, he can't be admitted to high school without completing the
proper levels leading up to high school. Or suppose a young woman has a
huge diamond ring. Does that qualify her to skip middle school and jump
to high school, even if her diamond ring is worth more than the high
school building? Of course not. There is no way to avoid the particular
process of getting an education.
In this sense there are no people more greedy than some religious
people. who say, "I want to get to Heaven; I have faith and I want
to jump right in, so let me in!" In a way, that's like trying to
swindle one's way into Heaven. It's trying to obtain the highest
level-Heaven-by just a small amount of effort. It's almost like someone
saying, "I want to become a doctor by meditating. I don't want to
do anything else. If I just sit here and have faith, I will
automatically deserve an MD" That certainly won't happen.
Receiving a passport to Heaven is much more difficult and requires more
effort than getting an MD degree.
Why did you come to this meeting today, knowing that you would have
to sit on the hard floor? Everybody in the secular world expects to be
sleeping at this time of the morning, but you came here. We are all
here because we want to live in the Kingdom of Heaven. This is why you
became a Moonie and why you go through difficult experiences such as
fund raising witnessing and home church. Other people don't even want
to think about the things that you do every day.
If someone wants to be a good student he can never completely
forget his studies no matter what he is doing. Whether he is eating or
playing sports he is still thinking, "I'll enjoy this for now but
soon I have to go back to my studies." If someone thinks, "I
hate to study and go to classes," there is no chance for him to do
well in school. Such a poor student may be aware that there are tests
coming soon, but if he doesn't care about it he will certainly do
poorly. It is imperative that the good student be mindful of every step
along the way, every test and assignment.
The Unification Church is a training process like a school through
which you must gain a certain certification or recognition. Do you want
to experience only nice, pleasant activities in a church or do you need
to go through hard work, difficulties and tribulations? You need both
the good and the undesirable experiences in life, and you need to pass
both examinations, not only the joyful one but also the painful one.
A good student always makes a plan and studies the harder subjects
first. If math is his hardest course, he will tackle his math
assignments first and then move on to the other subjects which are all
Are you a good student or a bad student? You can evaluate your own
position. In the Unification Church way of life there are two different
kinds of students. There are some people who are always looking to
receive more and more joy from God and only want to look on the sunny
side of life. Those of you who are sitting on the front row must have
made a lot of effort to get here early. You are a different kind of
student from those who are outside listening to the loudspeaker and
half dozing. Those of you who woke up at 1:00 in the morning to get
here early used a lot of time and effort. Sometimes a good student
seems to be wasting time because he uses it in such ways, but sacrifice
of time is necessary in order to achieve the good results. The bad
student normally looks for a shortcut, thinking "How can I get the
easiest way out?" But in order to achieve something good one must
make determined effort.
Some of the elder members of the Unification Church say, "I've
been a UC member for 10 years. I'm a holy man now, so don't touch
me. Don't even ask me to go to a workshop and don't try to push
me out to do menial things like fund raising!" There is another
type of member who thinks, "I've been in the movement for 10 years
but I still don't understand enough about the True Parents. I want to
know Divine Principle better and become a better teacher. I need more
effort." Ten years ago a person might have gone fund raising
without understanding the significance of it. After ten years in the
movement he can fund raise with a different heart, knowing how valuable
I sent some of the elder members and national leaders from Europe
out to the front line to do fund raising and witnessing. They were
shocked and said, "Father, do we have to start all over
again?" but later they came to me and thanked me for making them
true Unification Church members. They felt that until they were put in
the position of front line soldiers, they had been only external
Unification Church members.
As Unification Church members grow, they learn how to deal with all
kinds of people including those at the top levels of society. You gain
a certain polish and prestige on the external level. But while this
external level is going up the internal level of a person should go
down, becoming meeker and more humble, loving and sacrificial. By going
up externally and down internally, you can achieve a beautiful
harmony. In this way a person becomes a truly exemplary member of the
If there is a huge object it will cast a big shadow behind it. The
bigger the side to the sun, the bigger the shadow that will fall
behind. Reverend Moon also has a side that faces the sun and a side
that casts a shadow. Unification Church members are saying,
"Reverend Moon is a great spiritual leader. He is like my
spiritual father." They are seeing the sunny side of Reverend
Moon. On the other hand the people in the world who are standing in the
shadow think that Reverend Moon is a "monster." I am not
disturbed by those people because I will embrace both those on the
sunny side and those who are standing in the shadow. I never say,
"I only like Unification Church members because they praise and
appreciate me. I don't like the people who criticize me." It is
not my way of life to receive only the good things and reject the bad.
Therefore I am teaching you to go out to the world and witness to
the people who oppose you. With such an attitude, will we digest the
world or will the world digest us? Some people say, "I don't want
to receive any persecution, only joy and glory," but this is
almost like saying, "I don't want to have a shadow, I only want to
have a sunny side." It won't work.
Knowing these points, we must look at ourselves. Who is the wise
person? Who will ultimately get to the Kingdom of Heaven? Where do the
Unification Church members find their Heaven? Do you only search for
joyful, pleasant experiences to find Heaven? Or do you embrace the
missions and the chores that are unpleasant in order to find your way
to the Kingdom?
If I am a true teacher to the worldwide members of the Unification
Church should I tell you to take it easy, be comfortable and have fun?
Or shouldn't the good, true teacher push you out so that your body and
all your five senses have to be focused upon your work? You should not
have many idle moments, but you need to learn how to be activated and
disciplined to do your most determined effort. Should I say, "You
only need to work during the day, not at night time"? There isn't
enough time to spend on lots of makeup. Even washing your face takes a
lot of time, so you can just wash your eyes every morning to wake up
and then jump out for the mission. Do you think God will say you are
naughty for not washing your face? Instead He will be proud of you for
your determination and effort. At night when you are so tired that you
are sleeping like a log, God will come in with a handkerchief and wash
your face and sprinkle a little perfume on you. He will think, "I
know this boy will go out tomorrow morning without even washing his
face, so I'd better do it for him." Also, God knows how sore and
tired your legs are and he will say, "I know those two legs won't
last very long at this rate, so I want to massage them." God
cannot afford to lose those two legs that are doing so much for His
The person who lives such a way of life is truly a good student in
the Unification Church. I made one mistake and that was to buy the New
Yorker Hotel. Each of you has too much room, with too much space. God
is more attentive to you when you are all close together the way you
are here in this room. Some people complain saying, "Why doesn't
Father buy some chairs for Belvedere after all these years? My legs and
hips get too tired every Sunday!" But others think, "I am so
privileged to be here, sitting on the floor another Sunday morning at
Belvedere!" When your hips or your legs complain you should tell
them, "Be silent! I am honored to be here." I observe all
kinds of motions you go through, twisting and turning trying to get
Some of you find your head falling forward even though you want to
listen to the sermon so you say to yourself, "Don't be weak! Wake
up!" Such people are making a determined effort.
Many of you who are engaged are thinking, "Father, why can't
you bless us so that we can live together as a family?" You have
that immediate desire, but five years from now when you have 3, 4 or 5
children will you be able to take care of them? Will you be coming to
me saying, "I can't take care of my family. Can you pay for their
school tuition?" If you did that would you be a good student or a
For everyone there are problems and contradictions in life which he
must overcome. Both the bad student and the good student must face the
sunny side of life and the dark side. Nothing stands still in the
universe and everything has its turn. The sunny side is bound to become
the dark side eventually and the dark side is bound to turn sunny
sooner or later. Therefore once you are ready for the dark side,
trained and conditioned to endure cold weather and difficulties, when
you experience the sunny side it is totally heaven for you. But the
person who can deal only with the sunny side of life and does not know
how to cope with the difficult times will feel he is in total hell when
the dark side comes around, which it inevitably will. It is a law of
nature that without a low place there cannot be a high place; and
without a narrow place there can be no wide place. A person cannot even
understand what is wide unless he knows what is narrow. Everybody seeks
for high, wide and deep places but in order to appreciate them you must
know their opposites.
All great and large things can be measured by a small measurement.
The yardstick contains within it the foot and the inch measurements.
Can someone say, "I prefer to measure things by the biggest
measurement, the yardstick.
not by the inch? The yard is a multiplication of the inch so
without knowing the inch, one cannot understand the yard. That basic
standard of measurement for the inch must be clear-cut and absolute in
order for the larger measurement to be clear. The wise person seeks to
go inch-by-inch, perfecting the standard of that fundamental
measurement, and then moving forward into the larger domains. The
person who foolishly grasps the yard first can have no knowledge of the
inch and foot measurements, but he who masters the inch measurement
first simply multiplies it until it becomes a foot and a yard.
I have seen many people in the Unification Church who have sought
only to make themselves a "yard" rather than a little inch.
However, I am urging each of you to become an inch first and perfect
your basic standard of the inch. People protest saying, "No,
Father, I only want to be a big yardstick," but if you master only
the yard, you will have no way to bring yourself down to the foot and
the inch measurements. If you start out with the inch you can go all
the way to the top by simply multiplying. Many of you are listening to
this "inch-message" and you feel repelled because you think
you are already on the level of the yardstick.
The Bible says, "Know the truth and the truth shall make you
free." Therefore when you live by the truth, becoming a true
"inch-stick" you can go anywhere freely, whether it is on the
inch level, the foot level or the yard level and beyond. But if you try
to live according to a lie, trying to become a yardstick prematurely,
everything will be blocked for you. It is much better to become a true
inch-stick than a false yardstick. You have been wanderers, neither
inch sticks nor yardsticks, but someplace in-between. Now if you bring
yourself down to the lowly position of the inch, will you welcome it or
regret it? Do you feel good about my pushing you to make yourselves
small and humble? Whether you like it or not, I must speak the truth to
you. There is no exception to the laws of the universe. Not even God
himself is exempt.
God should be the center and the first being in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Then true men and women and finally the true things of
creation. Certainly God feels himself to be the center of the universe
and the Kingdom of Heaven, but is this an easy job that is lots of
fun? Or does He have a huge responsibility? As the central figure for
the entire cosmos, His responsibility is absolutely giant. If God were
to forget His responsibilities for just one second it would be a
disaster. Can God think, "I want to close up shop and take off
one day?" Not at all. People think, "I have been working too
hard so I need a week off for a vacation." If God took a vacation,
the cosmos would not survive. Therefore God cannot doze for one second;
in fact, He cannot even take a rest. In the spirit world there is no
night time, no resting time. In order for God to be able to work
non-stop, He couldn't afford to have a physical body. God exists beyond
time and space fulfilling His responsibilities for the cosmos. If we
are His children, can we think of abandoning our responsibilities and
taking a week or a month off? Certainly that would be an affront to
This is the Yuletide season and everyone is excited about the
approach of Christmas Day. It's the time of parties and holiday
festivities for most people, but what about God? Instead of being happy
and ready to take a vacation, He is beset with more problems than
ever. During holidays, there are more traffic deaths, more crime and
more suffering than normal. When God has to observe His children dying
from these things, He can't sing joyfully, "Merry Christmas to
As Moonies we live a different kind of life from people in the
secular world. Most people go off on trips and vacations during the
summertime, deserting the cities to go to the beaches and the
mountains. Last summer I went to Germany where I spent three months in
a hot, sweaty environment. Instead of a vacation I set up special
conditions for witnessing and it was a busy season. You may not like
such things but you have to admit that activities like that are good
ones. They are good because they reflect the activities of God. If I
want to be an object to God then I must do what God does, responding to
We must know how we are related to our ultimate central figure,
which is God New York City is a place of hell. Multitudes of people
have become like human trash; their lives are ruined and they are only
waiting to be tossed into the dungeons of hell. We are people who have
the power to stop this tragedy, to reverse this process. This is why we
must live differently. We are striving to be objects to God and God is
different from this hellish world. If you respond to God's efforts you
are bound to be different from the rest of the world. We must bring
about the restoration of New York City and make it a place that brings
joy and glory to God. Once that happens we can take a vacation
Why doesn't Reverend Moon seek an easier way of life? I could
separate myself from the secular world and live as a "holy
man." Why do I work against the spread of communism; why do I
fight against organized persecution; why am I bothering with these
things? After all, because I bother with these things many people have
come against me. The reason I bother and worry about all those
different "secular" things is that God is worrying about
them. If I want to respond to God and be His object, I cannot ignore
the world. I feel that as object to God I will never fail to respond to
God's desires. When God stops, I will stop. I know that by pursuing
this route to the end I will change this world and bring it back to
Of those who know me, none denies that I have worked harder than
anyone else in the Unification Church. Why have I been so foolish as to
take the cup of suffering? No one enjoys being persecuted throughout
his life, having fingers pointed at him and being spit at; I don't like
it, either. Why do I take this position, then? Because that is exactly
the position God has been put in. The world spits at God, they proudly
pronounce that God is dead, they curse God. How can I avoid being
persecuted and mistreated? If I am truly a representative of God then I
will receive the same treatment that God receives. But the man of God
must continue to do God's will, embracing the world and loving it with
a pure heart. There is no other way to become a child of God. As you
live together with God, sharing in His life, you shall become men and
women of God.
There are many ministers preaching their Sunday sermons today but
where is there a minister who cares about God's suffering, God's
mistreatment at the hands of the sinful world? Reverend Moon is the one
man who is crying in the wilderness, speaking out on behalf of God. We
must forget our own salvation, which is secondary, and we must
concentrate upon the salvation of God. There are so many situations in
this world which God absolutely abhors. I want to volunteer to clean up
those things in order to allow God to take joy from this world.
All the ancestors of the human race are watching this world from
spirit world and are observing the actions of Rev. Moon. They are not
calling me a fool for going this difficult path; instead, they consider
me a champion and they are urging me on. The spirit world is shouting,
"Don't get tired, Reverend Moon, even though you are getting old.
Don't stop!" Mohammed Ali, at the age of 36, has been defeated as
the heavyweight champion but even though I am 62, I refuse to be
defeated. I'm going to be a winner in this championship.
If you understand how God suffers in agony over this world and you
know that Rev. Moon is one man who is trying to follow God's will no
matter what comes against him, would you want to become a disciple of
Reverend Moon? Do you want to follow Reverend Moon even though people
curse you and call you names? If you want to be a Moonie in spite of
all this suffering, it is because you understand a simple fact. You
know that no matter what the world says about Reverend Moon, God loves
him and God loves Moonies. If you love God, you want to take a parallel
position with Him and not contradict Him. Our value is not determined
by how the world sees us but whether or not we can become loving
objects to God.
Unification Church members are of all ages. Some of you probably
wished that you had joined the Church at a younger age, but since you
cannot go back and start over, at least you are fortunate enough to be
here now. You can bring your children into the world, teaching them to
live their lives parallel to God from the beginning. All of you can
think, "I am going to make my future family a God centered
family." No matter how high is heaven and how low is earth, as
long as you are harboring the same thoughts and desires as God, you and
He are one. You will be one with the Most High, and within you will be
the Kingdom of Heaven.
Each of you should think, "I not only want to live my life
with God, but I want to transform New York into a Godly city and serve
America until it becomes a Godly nation, and the whole world, as
well." With such an attitude, even hell will eventually be
transformed into Heaven. This is the will of God so we must be the
champions to undertake and complete this task. When you are thinking
and living in such a way, you and God will be inseparable. Therefore,
anything God possesses will be yours. Any power or spirit that God
manifests is yours as well.
We must be champions representing all the religions and people of
the world, marching forward toward God. How wonderful that life is!
Would people who live like that be shaken by the communists or by
persecution? Never! I always think in this way, "If God needs
someone to die for His cause, I am the first volunteer." This is
the way I live my life and this is the spirit upon which the
Unification Church was created. Although our church has been persecuted
and has suffered, it never stopped me in any way or changed my mind
even one iota.
We must think about our lives and how we have been living. How far
are you from the absolute standard of which I have been speaking? If
you are not close to that standard, you should repent and begin to
unite your life with it. Why do you need to unite with me? If you
follow this way, you will be able to find unity with God; God will be
yours, and you will be God's in an inseparable relationship. I am
striving to bring all of you to that level of relationship with God. I
look at my own family from this viewpoint, expecting my children to
live up to that standard. Sometimes I see that it is not happening 100%
and I make effort to see that it does. Sometimes my ideas and Mother's
are not 100% the same but I must continue to go this way.
I have completed my mission here in America. December 18, two days
ago, was the tenth anniversary of my arrival in this country. These
past ten years have been tough and in many ways a very suffering time.
However, I never denied this course or rejected the suffering that came
my way. Now after ten years my attitude is "Go ahead and put upon
my shoulders whatever persecution you must. I shall not retreat."
I am going to continue to the end standing up for what is right. I know
justice will prevail. So far I have not had any freedom because of the
job I had to do in this country, but from now on I have the freedom to
move on to the rest of the world. I did not come here to live in this
country permanently. The time will come when I leave the United States
and you will assume my position, taking on my responsibility and
marching forward to victory.
Right here and now we must make up our minds to achieve victory and
to become responsible men and women. With the end of 1981, all
conditions for my 21-year course have been completed. No matter by what
calendar, my 21-course is finished.
A baby grows inside the mother's womb for nine months as a separate
individual from the mother. The Unification Church is like a womb and
you are like the baby inside that womb. Many times, you forget that you
are inside of that womb. You think, "This is my life!" but
it's not just your life. In your blood stream flows the blood of your
father and your mother. You are truly a branch or an extension of the
life of your parents. You enjoy a certain familiarity with your
environment. It is not a strange place.
Life within the Kingdom of Heaven is the same. You have an
environment with God at the center. God is the essence and center of
love. He is also the originator and the master of life. Within the
Kingdom of Heaven, each person has his own heavenly position and
property. Thus the content of the Kingdom of Heaven revolves around
love, life and property.
A baby within the womb is the result of the love of the parents,
the lives of the parents and is the property of the parents. One's
existence does not come about all of a sudden but must arise out of an
environment. Most people want to belong to a good, honorable family
because such a family provides the best environment. When someone
belongs to a good family he also belongs to the prestige and good
tradition of that family.
God is in the most honorable position in the universe. He is the
center of love, the master of life and He owns everything. What is His
purpose in owning everything? God's purpose is to expand, to multiply
Himself to an infinite amount. Within God there is the quality of a
man's love and the quality of a women's love. By having sons and
daughters, God can expand himself in both directions; and by their
coming together, they can become whole.
Whose property are you? Your parents can claim you as their
property, but the American way of thinking is, "I am 1. 1 own
myself and no one else has any claim on me." You can only say,
"I am 1," once you recognize that you are the extension and
the property of the parents. When you can inherit that property, then
you can say, "I am 1." Each person is the property of his
parents but at the same time his parents are his property. How can this
be? Because through the unity of love between the child and the
parents, each can say he owns the other. The love and the life of the
parents came together to bring about your existence and you are an
extension of their love and life. You own them and they own you; you
are theirs and they are yours.
The same formula can be extended all the way to the level of God.
Everything living in this universe is an extension of the love of God
and the life of God. Therefore, we are all together God's property.
What is the purpose and goal of fallen man? We want to be restored
into the position of object to God. What does "object of God"
mean? We will come to the position where we can claim that we are the
extension of the love and life of God. Do you have the power of the
life of God within you? What about the love of God? That is the
ultimate question to ask yourself. Whether you live or die you cannot
avoid this destiny. You must be restored into the position of object to
God, where you can claim, "God's love and life are dwelling within
Who is God? God is the common parent toward every person in
mankind. He looks at everyone as His child. The same relationship
between parents and children can be applied to God and yourself. You
can say, "I am the extension of the life and love of God,
therefore, I am the property of God. At the same time, God is my
property." You can also say, "I am the object of the love of
God; I am the object of the life of God. Therefore, I am dwelling
within the happiness of God and I am a part of His happiness."
That is the position which we must fulfill, that object position to God
where the dwelling of God's love and life can be found.
Therefore our life, our energy and power is given by God. When the
source of our energy is the love of God, whatever we do is the
representation of God; your action will be God's action. With this
source of energy we can face the world and digest all of its evils.
Some people might say, "It sounds attractive to live a life
for God but I don't like having to go out and represent God to the
world and trying to digest the world's evils." Historically,
religions have always taught people to serve the world with
sacrificial, humble meekness but most people don't like that. Living a
meek and humble life is not easy. I am always pushing you, "Go out
to the world and be humble, be meek, be sacrificial and serve the
people." Many times you answer me, "Yes, I will do it,"
but you actually step back and try to retreat from my direction. You
must understand why we have to live in such a way.
Parents don't pretend in front of their children. Even a royal king
is like a child before his children. No one says, "I am a king.
Bow down to me, my child." The king laughs and smiles with his
baby, kissing him on the cheek. When a little baby dirties his diaper,
does he feel shame and guilt? No, he smiles and enjoys himself. He
doesn't care if the parents have a hard time changing his diaper. Such
things are natural to the baby and the parent can accept it because of
love. In love there is nothing ugly.
When you visit the room of a very old grandparent, you might notice
a funny smell. An elderly husband and wife who have lived together for
many years may live in a house that smells bad to other people, but
they are accustomed to each other's smells so they don't notice
anything unusual. That is a beautiful thing.
The world of love is connected to the world of spirit. When an old
grandfather holds a little baby the baby will not care if he smells
bad. The baby can touch the old grandfather's beard and enjoy it very
much. However when the baby grows older and becomes a teenager, he may
be offended if his grandfather smells bad. The naive, pure world of the
little child is one in which the closeness of love can be felt purely.
Once you lose your purity, you fall away from that world of love.
Particularly in the American way of life, a kind of unnatural standard
has been created which corrupts people without their even realizing
it. It is easy to lose your purity and your naive, genuine feeling;
that is bad. We in the Unification Church must restore that purity and
Very old people sometimes revert to a "second childhood."
Sometimes they even have to use diapers because they cannot control
their bodily functions. When a person is young he is cared for by his
parents, but when the parents become very old, their children take care
of them. In this way the grandfather and grandmother become like babies
and the son and daughter become like their parents. This is a beautiful
give and take, the turning of the cycle.
Sons and daughters should respect their elders and their own
parents to the point of taking care of them when they are no longer
able to care for their own bodily functions. Such children are truly
sons and daughters of filial piety.
Let me depict a situation for you. Suppose you are a married couple
and you live in a home with your parents and your own children. You
have a very young baby who is not yet toilet trained, but your parents
are in the same situation and cannot, control their body functions. You
have two different "bathroom situations," so where should you
put your priority? The American way is to think, "I must take care
of my child. I can send my parents to a nursing home and let someone
else take care of them." The Oriental philosophy is different-they
take care of the parents first, then they care for the child. This is
the more heavenly way.
Why should a person care for his parents first before his child?
It is because the parents are above you in your lineage and they are
therefore closer to God. Caring for the elderly is a beautiful thing.
When you are out on the street and you see an old grandmother walking
on a cane with difficulty, you ought to take her arm and help her. When
anyone looks at such a sight, they smile and are moved by the beauty of
it. Not just people in this world, but everyone in spirit world and
even God himself is moved by such beauty.
When you enter into spirit world your entire ancestral lineage,
from the very beginning thousands of years ago, will all come to
welcome you. You are many thousands of generations down the line.
Everybody else there is older than you so you cannot say, "All of
you must kneel down before me. I am the boss." Also you wouldn't
say, "Don't bother me, I don't want to have anything to do with
You enter the Kingdom of Heaven by stepping across the bridge of
your ancestors. You must walk on the shoulders of those who came before
you. You cannot do this by any power, knowledge, or accomplishment but
only by love. You ancestors will feel joy to have you step across their
shoulders if you are united with them in love. If you establish the
tradition of serving your parents and grandparents as you serve your
own child, once you enter into the spirit world you can be instantly
united with your entire ancestral tree, including God who is at the top
of your ancestral tree. You can go anywhere freely and be united with
everyone in spirit world. Every barrier will be broken down because you
set the tradition here on earth of serving your own child and your own
parents with love.
I have asked older persons from time to time if they would like to
go to senior citizens homes. They always said "No." Would God
agree with such a desire on the part of those old people or would He
think that they ought to go to senior citizens homes? God would
certainly agree with them. What if your parents were so feeble that
they couldn't control their bodily functions? Would you still want to
be around them? Should I agree with the American system of sending old
people off to institutions, or should I continue to say that it is not
right? What I am saying is the Principle. It is truth of a universal,
The parent/child relationship is the basic building block of the
Kingdom of Heaven and it must be expanded to the society, nation, world
and cosmos. If you don't have the good fortune to have your parents
still living on the earth, then you should serve other parents like
they were your own. If you don't have any children or your children are
all grown up, then love other children as you would love your own
child. This is even nobler than loving your own child. If you go to
Africa you should serve in the same spirit. The African grandmother
will be like your own grandmother; the African child is your own son.
Likewise if you go to South America, the North Pole, the South Pole,
Asia, or the Middle East, it doesn't make any difference. You should
practice this principle of love and wherever you go in the world you
can create the Kingdom of Heaven there.
This ideal can be fulfilled within one family. In one family you
can find the three basic skin colors of the human race. Suppose there
is a black mother breast feeding her white baby; the mother and child
will gaze at each other in love. This is a dramatic fulfillment of the
will of God. Only through genuine parental love can such unity appear.
There can be no color or racial barriers. The "white
supremacist" who says that black people are not on the level of
whites will find a rude awakening when he goes to spirit world. God
will assign a black supervisor to such a person with the assignment to
treat him cruelly, kicking and hitting him. Would that white
supremacist still be glad that he lived the way he did on the earth?
No, he would have much regret. That is the law of cause and effect and
no one can avoid the consequences of that law. No matter what, you
cannot bend or go beyond the Principle.
Where is the Kingdom of Heaven? It is the place where the life and
the love of God are found. It is the dwelling of God. In order to live
in that kind of Kingdom, you must be willing and eager to take care of
your own baby and also your old, feeble parents.
You can evaluate yourself and whom you love the most. Do you love
yourself the most? Do you love your spouse the most or your own
children? Do you know how to love others, including your parents? The
person who serves himself last, putting others before him, shall be in
the highest position in the Kingdom of Heaven.
What kind of God do we have? Does God say, "I am the almighty
God. I created you, my children, so you must glorify me and serve me!
Do everything for me because I want to live for myself." God is
not that kind of God. In fact, God is the opposite of that. God is the
one who has set the tradition of humbly serving and loving the world.
God's tradition is that of changing diapers, enduring bad smells and
caring for the bodily functions of people. God has done nothing but
serve and sacrifice and He is asking us to follow His tradition.
When you become a married couple living a happy life, suppose
Mother and I came knocking on your door one day. Suppose we were very
elderly, barely able to walk and we said, "Son, can we come in and
stay in your house?" What would you say? Would you say,
"Father and Mother, please stand out there and wait while I think
about it." What if, instead of Mother and myself we sent some
other old couple as our representative? If that other old couple came
knocking at your door, what would you do then? Would you treat them the
same as you would treat Mother and me?
What you do becomes what your children do. What your children do
becomes what your grandchildren do. This is tradition. We know in our
minds what the Kingdom of Heaven is all about, but the important
question is whether or not we are living it. In our homes we should
have a separate guest room always ready for people passing by, even
helpless, sick people and beggars. Think of it. If everybody in the
society, nation and world lived in such a way, no one would have to
wonder about the Kingdom of Heaven. It would be there already in
substance. You wouldn't have to pray or train yourself to think
according to God's way of thinking. We are living our lives the way we
do now, like coming to Belvedere early on a Sunday morning, because we
still have to reach out for that goal of the Kingdom of Heaven. We are
still wanting to live in the Kingdom of Heaven. If you can
create that Kingdom here on the earth, you don't have to worry about
the spirit world; it will be wide open to you.
An honor student at a good university will be sought out by
prospective employers, even if he tries to hide from them. If you as a
Moonie are giving yourself totally to the principled way of life even
if you try to hide yourself saying that you don't deserve to go to the
Kingdom of Heaven, God will say, "What do you mean, my son? Come
here, come into the Kingdom of Heaven!" In other words, you will
have no alternative but to live in the Kingdom of Heaven if you are
living according to the Principle.
When I go into New York City I don't concentrate on the
skyscrapers. Instead I notice the dirty, dark alleys; the places where
the Mafia and the drug addicts are working; I see where the prostitutes
and thieves work. My thinking is, "How can I clean up those
things?" Isn't it true that somebody has to clean up those
things? Should I just leave them alone, or should I do something about
them? That's why you are asked to go and do home church. If there are
1,000 evil-doers in your home church area when you first get there, one
year later by your example and service you can reduce that number to
800. The second year you can reduce them to 500; the third year, 200.
Finally, by the fifth year, there will be no one in your area who is
doing evil. You can serve the elderly people in your area. Do their
laundry, cook for them, clean their houses for them. I have done such
Wherever you go, walk with a loving mind and a loving heart. Love
is a contradiction. It is good, beautiful and sweet, but the practice
of love is often painful, sacrificial, and even smelly!
People tend to conceptualize God as sitting on a throne, wearing a
crown and ordering the universe around, but that kind of false concept
has to be changed. We must come to know the reality of God's
situation. God has told me that my understanding is correct so no
matter what people may say about me, I will continue to live this way
and go this route. I could have had a much easier life if I had chosen
to become the minister of some wealthy, established church, but I asked
God to direct my life. Either Reverend Moon is very foolish or very
What about you? Are you wise people or foolish people? You want to
live in the Kingdom of Heaven, isn't that correct? You are working
hard, serving, witnessing, fundraising, in order to take the shortest
path to the Kingdom of Heaven. You are learning to digest both this
world and spirit world all at once. Within yourself you are creating
the Kingdom of Heaven.
Can you complain because of persecution and hard work, then? You
may be living in a sacrificial way now, but the reward is infinitely
great. When you serve the world with a parental heart, the world will
reward you. When you live for the sake of the entire cosmos, the cosmos
will reward you for all eternity. Whenever a child is living in a
sacrificial way to serve his parents, those parents appreciate that
child and will never forget his efforts. This same principle applies to
So far people have known about the Kingdom of Heaven but they
haven't known how to get there. The way to the Kingdom of Heaven is not
an easy way; it is not a rosy and glorious way. A person must live his
life with service, meekness and sacrifice in order to get there.
However, most people don't even want to hear about such things and that
is what is wrong with this world. The barrier will never be removed
between mankind and God without going through that process. Only when
mankind is united in love can the dwelling of God be with man.
What will unite mankind? Only the meek, humble, serving way of
life. God himself is the epitome of such a way of life. Who can be more
patient than God or more forgiving, more unconditionally sacrificial?
Think about the way people curse God. Certainly God has the power, if
He wanted to use it, to destroy those who are saying "God is
dead." People often feel the urge for revenge against those who
mistreat them, but God does not use his power for revenge. God is
patient, waiting for you to be awakened. He is giving you time and
forgiveness, over and over again. This is why God is truly the King of
the entire cosmos. Those men who used the power of the world to do
evil, such as Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin, haven't even got the power
to lift their heads in spirit world.
There have been many people who have left the Unification Church
after having said, "Father, I want to be an exemplary member and
help you in your work for the rest of my life." Do you think I
pray, "God, please bring down the legions of hell to destroy those
ex-Moonies?" Never. I pray to God for their forgiveness. It's an
amazing thing that, even though established Christianity has opposed me
so strongly, I have spent much money and effort to help them to
understand our message. The purpose of God is not to destroy, but to
save. This includes the communists, as well.
If there were a world senate, what kind of president do you think
they would elect? A president who would want to give himself tirelessly
for the sake of the world's citizens or a president who would sacrifice
the world for his own benefit? Certainly the world would want the first
kind. With sacrificial service you can go deeply into this world and
cleanse it. When you go down deeper and deeper you will have to go all
the way down to the bottom of hell. After Jesus was crucified he went
down into the dungeons of hell first for three days to preach the
gospel. The power of unselfish love can cleanse everything, even hell.
With that power we can literally build the Kingdom of Heaven on the
earth. We come to the ultimate conclusion that God is truly the King of
You have the aspiration to live in the Kingdom of Heaven; every one
of you is wanting to live in that Kingdom. Some people have complained,
"My fiancé is not the perfect match for me. We have so
many problems; I want to break my engagement." But think about the
Kingdom of Heaven and how to get there. The way to Heaven is the way of
patience and endurance; you must be able to love unconditionally and
sacrificially. God is trying to teach each person through his
fiancé a realm that he could never learn in any other way. You
should think, "My fiancé is a gift from God to teach me
how to go to Heaven." God is trying to bring every sinner back
into the position of His own true child. This is a seemingly impossible
job, if you think of it. Can you say, "My fiancé is not
handsome enough for me. And he's too short; he's Japanese." Please
raise your hand if you are a perfect person. Then how can you complain
against your fiancé?
Suppose you are a handsome man and you happen to be engaged to an
ugly woman. If you serve and love that woman unconditionally, uniting
and making a harmonious family with her, you have already claimed
Heaven for yourself. That wife will be able to do more good for her
husband than any other woman because she will be able to make him a
When you adopt this way of life nothing can trouble you any more.
Furthermore you can become a troubleshooter for the world. As someone
who can conquer the problems of the world, you will be able to live a
wonderful way of life. When you are living that way of life, you will
be eligible to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. God will be more than
willing to accept you with open arms. Those of you who are determined
to become eligible to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, please raise your
hands. God bless you!