REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
April 7, 1985
World Mission Center
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
You make me feel very good today. Everybody looks young and
bright. Today is the celebration of the twenty fifth anniversary of
Parents' Day and the twenty-sixth return of this holiday. Actually,
Parents' Day falls on April 20 this year, but because of various
circumstances we are gathered here today to celebrate it.
There are many organizations and churches in the world, but there
is only one Unification Church. The teachings we follow are deep and
profound and the things that we do are also quite deep and profound.
The Unification Church has an aspect of mystery to it. For that
reason, unless one actually joins the Church, he cannot fully
understand it. We have our own unique celebrations and holidays based
on the different aspects of our understanding of the universe and of
God; an example is Parents' Day.
Most ordinary people do not seek or require a great deal of depth
or universal significance in their beliefs. They do not usually worry
about the salvation of the world, but rather they are more concerned
about their own salvation, their own little "cubbyhole"
upstairs. That is the self-centered attitude toward salvation. Another
common belief is that salvation can come only by following one's own
particular creed or doctrines.
Different religions seek salvation in different ways; Christianity,
Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam are trying to give the world a certain
manner or way of salvation. They each look at God from their own point
of view. What about the Unification Church? The Unification Church
believes in a God who is the God of the universe, the God of all
people. We are trying to bring together all religions into one common
understanding of that universal God, into one universal faith.
Let's say there is a mountain, like the one I have drawn on the
blackboard. There are many different people climbing that mountain and
many different ways to get to the pinnacle. While they are climbing,
the people do not see any other ways to get to the top. But once
everyone arrives at the top, they say, "Oh, these other people are
here, too. They were seeking the same goal as we were." When
everybody reaches the top goal, centering on God, all humanity will
arrive at the same destination. Therefore while we are striving for the
pinnacle, we must try to embrace and unite with each other.
Everybody wants to claim that his religion is the closest one to
God. For instance, established Christianity or Islam or Buddhism try to
claim the closest position to God. However the time will definitely
come when we all arrive at the pinnacle and meet each other.
Human beings fell from their original position; from that point the
journey of humanity began and it has continued to this day. That
journey is destined to arrive at its ultimate terminal. When humanity
arrives at that terminal, everyone will realize that all people have a
common destiny. Then the question arises: are there several different
kinds of salvation, or only one? If anybody thinks there is more than
one kind of salvation, he is denying the unique and absolute nature of
almighty God. If God indeed exists as the Creator of all, then He must
have one ideal, one purpose of creation, not two or three. Thus He has
absolutely one, and only one, plan of salvation and one purpose, one
If you ask most religious people, "How many purposes of
salvation does God have?" they will not be able to answer. Not
only that, they will not expect to hear such a question. Most people
have never thought about such a thing. However, there is one God, one
purpose and one salvation. God has His own purpose, His own ideals, and
therefore God has His own destination or goal to achieve. That is what
we call His dispensation.
As far as God is concerned, there is only one purpose and one will
to achieve but people can look at that will from many different levels.
People can say there is the individual purpose, the family level
purpose, the national level purpose and the purpose on the level of the
world. Also different religions interpret God's one will according to
their own viewpoints: the Christian way; the Islamic way; the Buddhist
way, for example.
If there is one God, one will, and one salvation, would the
individual path be different from the family path or the national path?
Would they all go in different directions or should they all go in one
direction? When we come to the final destination, the mountain top,
then we can see whether the dispensation level is based on the
individual, the family, tribe, nation, or world, centered upon the same
axis. The circle gets bigger and bigger, but the center is always the
We might draw a diagram representing this. You can see that
different sizes of circles can be drawn, but they always share the same
central point so many different circles can surround the same center.
If God exists, then He must be at the center point. We can draw a line
representing the vertical line from God down to the earth. Everything
shares the same vertical line, the same axis. The individual is
represented by a small circle while the world is a large circle, but
they have the same axis coming down from God to the earth.
Since God is in the center coming down in spirit to the earth, that
line is a straight vertical line. God is at the top position and man is
in the lower position. But then you can draw a horizontal line
intersecting that vertical line at a 90 degree angle. On a graph, you
would have four 90 degree angles, making a total of 360 degrees. In
that case, God would be on the right and man on the left. There is
always a complementary, subject/object relationship-either vertically
With that one vertical line and one horizontal line, you can draw
circles. The individual level is represented by a small circle; the
family level is a larger circle; then the tribe, nation, and world are
larger and larger circles. Within the dispensation of God are contained
the salvation of the individual, family, nation, and world. That is
reflected in the actual happenings here on earth. The same thing on the
vertical level is true on the horizontal level.
When we have lots of different and complicated kinds of circles all
over the place, where should their center be? Should it be way up in
the sky, or what? And what do you think, should the overall form be
like a square, or a perfect circle, or what? The circle is always an
ideal shape. All the actions of the different size circles should come
together and create a larger circle. When the horizontal line comes to
its limit, it has to turn around in a circular motion; it cannot just
In the movement of the heavenly bodies, for example the solar
system, there is a certain pulling and pushing force that creates a
harmonious circular motion. Scientifically speaking, the ideal motion
is circular because that is a permanent, perpetual motion. Therefore,
everything that moves in the universe is trying to achieve that
God created many kinds of motion and dispenses many types of
energy. What is the most powerful form of energy that God dispenses,
besides the power of love? There is the power of life, or the
maintenance of existence. What else is a form of God's energy? There is
a certain energy to pursue the ideal; that is another form of power.
People continually aspire to find something better; we always pursue
goodness, moving toward absolute goodness. Even when we reach absolute
goodness, we don't want to come down from it; we want to continue in
that absolute state forever.
Thus God has these types of power: the power of ideal, the power of
existence, and the power of love. Among all these powers, which do you
think is the central power, the core of God's energy? It is the power
of love. What is the difference between true love and not-so-true love?
Basically everybody is pursuing love. A young person will say, "I
am in love. I would give up my life in order to achieve the fulfillment
of that love." But the question is, is that person pursuing true
love or another kind, a not-so-true love? We have to ask that question.
What is the quality of love that a person is pursuing?
What is the definition of true love? First of all, in order to be
truly loved, you need someone else with whom to have give and take. You
cannot be in love all by yourself. This principle applies even to God.
God cannot derive joy from love when He is all by Himself. God doesn't
sit on His throne and say, "I am almighty and I am enjoying
absolute love." No matter how hard He might try to be happy all by
Himself, He couldn't find happiness. If God didn't need an object,
would He be a normal or an abnormal God? He would be abnormal, even a
crazy God. The normal way is to need an object; if God did not feel the
need for an object, He could not succeed. He would be a crazy God. Do
you want the love of a crazy God? No, you want the normal, absolute and
true love. Why is that?
In order for God to be the absolute God of true love, where should
you be in relation to Him? You should be object to God, as your
subject. Because God as a subject needs an object and without that
object cannot fulfill His love, you are in the position to be the
object of God's love.
As we have said, God has different kinds of power, the power of
existence, the power of ideal, and the power of love. Are these three
powers going in different directions, or shouldn't they be harmonized
and pursuing one common direction? Who determines their purpose? I want
you to understand that in order for God's power of existence to have
meaning, it must have a center, a common purpose, a goal. That should
be the ideal. Where can we can we find that ideal state, in terms of
existence and this ideal power? It can be found in true love.
Therefore, love determines the goal, the purpose; love is the center.
When you are sincerely pursuing the goal of true love, even though
you may be living all by yourself, all things will come and fulfill
you. For example, if a husband and wife must live separately but they
have a common purpose and ideal in fulfilling their love in their
relationship, they can always feel that someone loves them. They can
feel an exhilaration because of that.
Even the energy of existence is always saying, "I want to
exist for some purpose." The energy of existence must have some
motivation and that motivation must come from love. Furthermore, the
energy to seek the ideal must also have a certain motivation, a certain
desire to perpetuate itself for eternity. What will ignite or provide
such a motivation? What will give you such a central purpose? It is
only true love that can give such incredible power of motivation.
Happiness cannot come until one's existence and ideal meets with
the permanent ideal of true love. Then you are in a position of object
so that you can have permanent give and take with the permanent
subject, in terms of true love. That alone can engender happiness for
every man and woman. You recognize the absolute Being as the subject
who has an absolute purpose for existence. The purpose for the ideal,
and then when you make yourself the object to that entity, you can
truly talk about happiness.
Even the ideal, absolute God needs an object in order to fulfill
His ideal purpose. He cannot fulfill His joy without an object. Thus
He had to either go out and find His object or create one. Do you
think God has a shopping center in which He could buy an object for His
love? What about this-suppose there were two Gods, one to play the role
of object and the other the role of subject. How about that? If that
were the case, there would be two Pluses in the universe. Plus repels
plus, so there could not be harmony and unity unless one God were the
minus God, or the object God. Thus, what God needs is a minus God and
since He has no shopping center to buy such a thing, He decided that
since He was almighty, He would create His own. That is what almighty
God determined to do. The creation is none other than God's effort to
create for Himself a minus God with whom to have a relationship.
Which is plus in the terrain: the tall mountain or the valley? It
is the mountain. Harmony is the key word. Harmony cannot be created
with just flat terrain. You need both the valley and the mountain.
Likewise, when a person dances, one arm moves in one direction while
the other arm moves in a complementary direction. Rhythm gives
harmony; one is up and the other is down, one is front and the other is
rear. Harmony creates joy.
What about you women? You are created to be in the position of
minus. Why is that? Do you have some philosophical reason for it? I
have already given you the answer: it is for the sake of harmony and
oneness. If everybody and everything were identical, men and women, God
and human beings, and so forth, there would be no harmony and no joy.
There must be up and down, there must be differences between plus and
minus in order to create harmony.
What about two extremely beautiful women having a loving
relationship with each other, touching each other's hands and so forth?
Is it natural for two women to say, "We have so much in common.
Your hands are soft and so are mine. Your skin is like silk and so is
mine. Your voice is high and soprano and so is mine. That is why we are
in harmony and we should love each other." Is that true? No, it
Harmony in the human body comes with the combination of flesh and
bone. Flesh is soft and bone is hard. Absolute harmony engenders
absolute oneness. In order to create harmony you must bring together
contrasting components and unite them. That is why God created male and
female with their own special characteristics. Men are supposed to be
masculine and women are supposed to be feminine. When two hard objects
come together and clash, what happens? Both objects can be shattered
into pieces. However, when one soft and one hard entity come together,
they wrap around each other. The part that wraps around on the outside
is the soft minus part, while the part that goes inside, like the
bones, is the hard masculine part. That is the universal formula. We
cannot change that. Everything has to follow that law, even if you may
not like it.
Now we shall get back to our main theme. God, in an effort to
fulfill His position as plus, needed to create what we might call His
minus God, which is men and women. Once He created that minus God, they
turned out to be very greedy! They wanted to completely possess their
plus God. What about you, do you have that greediness? All together,
men and women are in the position of minus God. That is the way God
created us. Therefore we are in the position of soft ground, like a
soft field of love, where the hard center of love can impact. We are
supposed to wrap around God.
Within God there is an internal character; He has both male and
female character within Him. Basically, within the essentiality of God
there is the subject portion and the object portion, the plus portion
and the minus portion- internal character and external form, as you all
know. These all harmonize and create one giant Plus character. By the
same token, within the human world, there must be a subject character
and an object character, a plus character and a minus character, an
internal character and an external form. When these come together,
they create a great minus for that great Plus.
Human beings have the duty to reflect God's image in perfection.
So within mankind, there is the plus aspect- men-and the minus
aspect-women. Therefore, men are in the subject position and women are
in the object position. That is the natural order. In order to imitate
God. we must relate in that way and create harmony. Women are destined
to be the object. No matter how beautiful a woman you might be, you
must search after your subject of love. Even if that man is ugly, the
object needs its subject, according to God's concept. Thus a contrast
might exist-one might be absolutely beautiful and the other absolutely
ugly. What do you American women say to that?
The perverted love between people of the same sex is never a true
love; such relationships were never supposed to exist, according to
God's thinking. We must create an ideal formula that will live up to
God's expectations. That is the duty and responsibility of human
beings. The ultimate destiny of man is to receive the love of God. our
ultimate subject. In order to reach the love of God, we must come
together as plus and minus. This is why men need women and women need
men: so that together we can create the harmony with which we can
reach the love of God. That is the entire purpose of creation.
The horizontal line exists only because of the vertical line; it
provides a place for the vertical line to come down and intersect. The
man's position and the woman's position are far apart and they want to
meet each other. Therefore, they have to meet in the center. There may
be a lot of squabbles and fights but then when they meet at the center,
true love unites them and melts them together. The desire for true love
brings men and women together; no other power can bring them together.
You get excited when you are ignited by true love.
God is like a guiding system for men and women, who are like
missiles. He has to push them and guide them, "Your direction
needs to change 50 degrees this way. You woman, you must move 10
degrees this way. Now come closer." Finally they meet and they
create a tremendous explosion, but it is not a destructive explosion;
it is an explosion of love. That impact is the greatest of all. When
the plus and minus come together, they need certain protection;
otherwise they will be shattered into pieces. That is when God comes
down. When men and women impact, they would be shattered if they didn't
have God as their cushion. God gets squeezed in between the two. Not
only that, God Himself is ignited with true love. Once God is ignited
in that way, there is no limit to the action that can take place.
When God is squeezed by the true love of men and women, does He
cry, "Ouch! I must run away!"'? Or wouldn't He feel
intoxicated with joy'? When God is wrapped around by the true love of
men and women, everybody in that embrace is permanently welded together
-God, man, and woman. They never want to leave each other. God feels,
"How wonderful are man and woman!"
Actually, in this sense, man can educate God because with that
experience, God can know the impact of true love for the first time.
Even though God is almighty, you can say to Him, "You cannot be
fulfilled without us." And God will say, "I have learned a
lesson from you! I have seen that true love is even mightier than I am!
True love can do something that I could not do." But that will not
cause any unhappiness for God; it will make Him totally joyful. God
will have found the state of joy that He has always been seeking. Once
He finds the reality of His true love He can say, "Now I have
become truly almighty, having fulfilled perfection and the purpose of
creation. I feel my accomplishment fully."
Such a fulfillment of God's true love never happened before in the
entire history of creation. Why is that'? Men and women were supposed
to return that true love to God but they fell. Since the fall of Adam
and Eve, men and women have not been restored. That is the reason God
never before came close to fulfilling His true love in the manner we
have described it. Therefore, God has never fulfilled His true love
through His creation. The world became satanic, completely filled with
untrue, self centered love. Thus, God's purpose has been to restore
the original state of joy.
There is an incredible amount of dirtiness in mankind. We might say
there is a lot of laundry to do. For that reason, God has been washing
and washing the dirty linen of mankind throughout human history. The
stains are so severe that a simple washing cannot suffice. God has had
to unthread the fabric and reweave it with new threads. Thus God needs
a factory in which He can do this remaking work. Making mankind whole
has been the work of religion throughout history. We could call
religion the tool of God, almost like a laundry factory. However, so
tar no factory has been complete.
Each religion has been working on a different part of man.
Symbolically, one religion might be redoing the right leg portion;
another religion might be redoing the left leg; another religion might
be doing the arms; another doing the ears; another doing the eyes,
nose, and so forth. This is how the whole process of remaking was
divided into different religions. All this time each religion has been
working independently, without any interrelationship. Thus the left leg
religion or the right leg religion thought they were the complete
religion. But now the final days have come, and it is time for the
complete religion to emerge.
So far in history, there has been great separation between the
black and white people of the world. The white people have been in a
position like the top of the mountain while the black people have been
like the valley. God wanted that distinction between white and black
until the time when the Messiah should come, so He allowed the two
groups of people to go their individual ways in order to perfect their
particular characteristics. But once the Messiah comes, he can bring
them together into one beautiful, harmonious relationship. When there
is a division between white and black, where would God place the axis
or the center line? Of course, the center line is a horizontal line,
in between. When the time comes, everybody will move toward that
central horizontal line, which is the line of harmony. They will seek
that line of harmony.
The world of God is a world of rhythm, so the white people should
be able to come down and cross that central line and experience the
valley. Then they should be able to recross the central line and go up
again to the mountain. Therefore, the white people have to be prepared
to come down; the black people have to be prepared to go up. This is
the only way the ideal of harmony can be achieved. Oneness between
black and white occurs at the point of that horizontal line. That is
the meeting ground; the place for unity. This principle refers not just
to the black and white relationship, but it can be expanded to all
other relationships, such as Oriental and Western.
When this meeting takes place, the vertical line comes down from
heaven and the center point is created. The Bible says that a person
should be like a child in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven because
this is when a childlike mind is necessary. A white person goes down, a
black person goes up and they see each other as brothers and sisters,
members of the same family, loving partners. They can weep and laugh
together; they can eat together and share everything. The best way to
achieve harmony between black and white would be to have a black and a
white baby sucking at the breasts of the same mother.
In order to create such a total, beautiful love atmosphere, True
Parents are needed. Only through the infusion of parental love can the
ideal be realized. Thus the Messiah must come in the position of a True
Parent. This is most crucial. Without this basic, fundamental structure
of love coming down from heaven, there is no way to create harmony
between such groups as black and white.
Looking at religions like factories for the recreation of true
human beings, how can they transform people into truly loving human
beings? It is only if people are fed by the milk of love from True
Parents. That love has the power to transform the most beastly person
into a true man or woman.
In a way, the Unification Church can be described as the final
remaking factory for human beings. Thus when people first come here,
they will be given rough treatment, like raw material, because you have
to be divided into pieces; you have to give up your former self. Then
you are fed by the milk of True Parents' love for the first time in
your life. Ultimately, a new person will emerge. This is almost like a
beast being transformed into a new human being. This is what the
Unification Church is all about.
The restoration of love is the central task for the Unification
Church because that is where mankind went wrong. God gave Adam and Eve
the commandment: "You can eat of all the trees, but do not eat of
the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." Today's established
Christian churches do not understand that that fruit represents love.
God asked Adam and Eve to maintain their purity until such time as He
gave them the Blessing. When they broke that commandment, the fallen
Men and women were originally intended to be the princes and
princesses of God, His own sons and daughters. But what happened? Man
joined with Satan; ultimately mankind became a part of the satanic
lineage. This is the reason Jesus said, "You brood of vipers. You
want satanic love instead of heavenly love." That is why people
have had to shed their blood in order to cleanse it, and that is why
the history of Christianity has been a history of suffering and
We need the final phase of the process of remaking people into
whole people. The stained blood lineage of Satan must be cleaned up by
that process. You have to know clearly what is the responsibility of
the Unification Church: we must liberate mankind and God with true
Therefore, the greatest of all revolutions has been ignited by
Reverend Moon. He is teaching the way to eliminate man's satanic
lineage and restore the heavenly lineage. But of course Satan does not
want Reverend Moon to succeed; the satanic world hates Reverend Moon
and thus they put him into jail in Danbury. It is quite an irony that I
had to come out of prison in order to speak to you on Parents' Day.
They thought that by putting Reverend Moon into Danbury they would
finish him and the Unification movement. But on the contrary, I have
been using Danbury as my heavenly weapon to facilitate our progress. A
great victory has already been won through Danbury. Danbury has been a
powerful weapon for God. Now God is directing mankind to the new way of
salvation. This new way of salvation requires the unity of Cain and
Where should we go? In the original concept, God and the archangel,
Cain and Abel, and Adam and Eve were all supposed to be united. But
instead they became divided against each other and enemies, because of
the fall. The Cain and Abel struggle has grown now to the worldwide
level, with the free world representing the Abel camp and the communist
world representing the Cain camp. The central nation in the free world
is the United States of America; within the United States, Christianity
is in the Abel position and the government is in the Cain position,
virtually trying to exterminate Christianity. This is happening because
these are the Last Days.
Unless Cain and Abel arc united, there is no way for humanity to
return to the True Parents' ideal. Therefore, what is happening in our
world today'? All the barriers on every level-religious barriers,
national barriers, racial and cultural barriers-are being torn down.
Thus people can more easily communicate and become one. Satan knows
that we are approaching the final stages of restoration and therefore
he is administering his final blows through the destruction of love.
Love has become extremely degraded and perverted. Free sex is
completely opposed to God's morality and that is one way Satan is
trying to block God's dispensation. Knowing that this is the time of
total destruction of the love tradition of the world, the Messiah is
pursuing this most crucial aspect of recreation. The Unification Church
and Reverend Moon have been trying to accomplish the restoration of
true love within this society.
There is a certain order and discipline which God is trying to
restore. For example the relationship between men and women, especially
here in America, has been confused. But in God's world there is no
confusion. Man is in the position of subject and woman is in the
position of object. This is a universal truth.
Both men and women are necessary in God's creation; it is like a
cosmic miracle. If there were no women or no men, humanity could not
continue. Marriage within the Unification Church has an extraordinary
meaning. A man represents the plus part of the universe; a woman
represents the minus part of the universe. When God brings them
together into harmony, the fulfillment of His joy can come about. The
mass weddings of the Unification Church are guided by this particular
philosophy and purpose.
When a man and woman come together in love, a tremendous universal
spark is created but that spark requires the input of God. Human love
alone is like the horizontal light, the simple light. When man's love
combines with woman's love, it creates a base for the vertical love to
come down and hit that horizontal love. Then it is like a rainbow of
light and spreads all over the world. Everything in creation will open
its mouth and joyfully welcome that light, crying, "Oh! Come into
me, beautiful light!" Only that perfect light can fill up
Love is precious but no one has truly known how precious until
Reverend Moon came. Love is something we cannot buy even with the whole
universe. People never knew that the proper cosmic beginning could not
be made. That proper beginning had to be centered upon the love of the
ideal man and woman. Through Reverend Moon, this secret was revealed in
detail and Moonies came to be convinced of its validity. That's why the
Moonies can be so strong and brave.
Wherever true love goes, it causes recreation and transformation.
No matter which continent it touches- Africa, South America, Asia-it
does the same thing. Therefore, the Unification Church is bringing
rebirth and regeneration to humanity. Without experiencing true love
here on earth, no one is allowed to enter the Kingdom of Heaven in
spirit world. For that reason, the Kingdom of Heaven has been empty
until now. The keys to that Kingdom were given to Peter while here on
The entire teaching of the Bible is centered upon one key point:
the fulfillment of true love. Jesus came to expound on true love. True
love can never be possible here on earth unless True Parents are here.
This is a key truth. The fulfillment of true love means the fulfillment
of the ideal of the True Parents here on earth.
The Bible teaches that in the Last Days the bridegroom and bride
must come. That means the basic contents of the Bible require the
restoration of the original love place. The Bible teaches that in the
Garden of Eden, there were two trees, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good
and Evil and the Tree of Life. Established Christianity has not
understood clearly what these two trees symbolize, but we know that
they symbolize ideal men and women and father and mother-the parents.
At the time of the Exodus, when Moses was leading his people
through the wilderness, they were guided during the day by a pillar of
smoke and by night by a pillar of fire. These pillars symbolized the
True Parents, the father and mother who would come to lead humanity to
the promised land. Furthermore, when Moses went up to the top of Mount
Sinai and received the Ten Commandments, they were inscribed on two
tablets of stone. Why were there two tablets? They symbolized the
father and mother, the True Parents, the full embodiment of the word of
The dispensation for that time, the time of Moses and the Exodus,
was parallel to and symbolic of this time of the True Parents. For
example, they had a tabernacle and they carried the tablets of the Ten
Commandments inside of it. That tabernacle represents the temple of God
and within that temple were the symbols of the True Parents. There was
also the manna that came down from heaven, by which God fed the people.
Moses used his staff to guide them along their way. That is symbolic of
heaven and earth coming together-man and the things of nature coming
The Exodus of Moses was symbolic of the course of the True
Parents. God knows that the only way to fulfill His dispensation is
through the True Parents. Thus Moses' course was like a symbolic
teaching for humanity, so that they could be prepared for the coming of
the Messiah. Of course, the Messiah they were looking for at that time
was to be Jesus. God educated the Israelites in that fashion so that
they would be ready for the advent of the Messiah, Jesus, who was
supposed to fulfill the ideal of True Parents.
As God taught during the time of Moses, absolute faith and
obedience were necessary ingredients for the fulfillment of the
Messiah's goal. But that faith and obedience were not exhibited at the
time of Jesus and thus everything was destroyed. The ideal of True
Parents was not fulfilled and only spiritual salvation was possible.
Since physical salvation could not happen, the Messiah had to come
again; that is the Second Advent. It was the tragedy of humanity that
we had to wait for the Second Coming.
Who is Satan? He is the criminal who stole love away from God; he
became the enemy of God's love. Therefore, for that crime there can be
no compassion, no forgiveness. The fundamental point of the battle
within our society is the struggle for love. Satan is trying to pervert
love and make it his, while God is trying to restore love into its
heavenly and pure state.
If anybody is proud of himself, then I want to ask him to ask God
about himself. God will say, "You cannot be proud of yourself. You
were born of satanic lineage." Reverend Moon is not a mediocre and
compromising man. God needs people like Reverend Moon because I am
absolutely committed to His work. Many people might say that I am too
harsh or too strong, but that is the prescription this world needs.
People come into the Unification Church with spiritual stains on them
and Reverend Moon takes them and pounds and pounds on them until they
turn into pure, clean seed.
Reverend Moon has tested this formula and it works. We can use
ginseng extract as an example. The roots of ginseng are white, while
its extract is black and has mysterious power. That is like black
people, who have spiritual power. Black and white combine into one and
what results? Together they restore the white color.
There are many holidays which people celebrate, but there has never
been a day with universal value, representing the central theme of the
universe, until Parents' Day was proclaimed. There are many different
days that people can commemorate, such as their anniversaries or
special days of happiness; also, there are memorable days for a nation.
But until this time, God has not had His own special days to remember.
You have to think about that. God doesn't have happy days to remember.
Until now, God has agonized throughout history.
Originally God created man but the result was fallen people. From
that point on, there were no more real men; that is why God started His
recreation, His history of restoration. God wants to meet that kind of
real man; He is looking to celebrate such days as Real Man Day. Real
Woman Day, Real Couples Day. He is looking for the people who can
combine human love and God's love and then multiply to the family,
tribe, nation, world and universe. Where can we meet this kind of
person? God has been working on this throughout history. No one has
understood God's situation. There have been many philosophers on earth
but they have never been able to understand the meaning of history;
they have made up a lot of complicated theories.
I have not received this understanding by my own power or by the
power of armaments' but only with true love power. I have been finding
disciples one by one. You have to know how much agony and how many
tears are behind this Divine Principle. I have gone to jail six times;
it will be almost five years all together. I am not a bad person. I
know very well the pain and difficulties up to this point but you don't
know them. Now people can understand the Divine Principle doctrine
given to them from God. This is a priceless gift.
You must come to realize what a precious gift you have, in terms of
the Principle, the truth you have found through the teaching of
Reverend Moon. It is so precious that once you realize its value, you
cannot simply stand still. You should be virtually knocked over by it,
thrown into a faint. That is the kind of gift you have received. Also
you must know how much the True Father suffered to dig out that truth
for the sake of humanity. You are the first recipients of that truth.
You have to come to the realization that you are not living a normal
kind of life, compared with other men and women. You are in an
extraordinary, blessed position.
Through the word of God, you met the person in whom that truth is
embodied. In this case, it is Reverend Moon. Through the
personification of that truth, where would you go next? Your next goal
is God, your ultimate destination. You must find and grab onto God.
Also, every person is destined to one day become a personification of
true love. But how do you really experience true love? The woman will
find it through a true man, her husband; but first she has to help her
husband become a true man. Then husband and wife can share true love
and together become true parents.
But which level of true parents do you want to reach: the
individual level, the family, tribal, national, worldwide or cosmic
level? The level of cosmic true parents is the best. Have you loved
humanity and the universe with the cosmic level of true love? The
smaller levels of love are absorbed by the larger levels: the
individual love will be integrated into the family level; the family
into the tribe; the tribe into the nation. True love for the country
can be fused into true love for the world; true love for the world will
be absorbed by true love for the universe.
You might declare to Satan, "You cannot compete with the
quality of true love that we practice:' but Satan will laugh and say,
"Are you so proud of your true love?" Further, he will say
"People in the secular world celebrate their birthdays; they have
parties for that purpose. What about you who regard yourselves as godly
people? What is the day of your birth?" You will say, "My
birthday is such and such a day." Then Satan can say, "On
that day, your parents gave you birth, didn't they? Those parents are
fallen people, so that birthday is mine, not yours, because you come
out of my own lineage."
Also, Satan will ask you, "Do you have a day on which you can
celebrate your dominion over all the things of creation? Is there a
day on which you were given stewardship over all things?" Even
though you may consider yourself godly, you cannot say yes to that. But
Satan can say, "Look, all this is mine. I can claim them and I can
use everything. It is all under my domain."
The established Christian churches cannot say, "The world is
ours. Yes, we have a true birthday and we have true parents." But
Satan will say, "I claim all the nations around the world. That
is my sovereignty. Where is yours?" Satan will even go to God with
the question, "Do those people have their own nation?" The
Christian world cannot give an answer to that. Satan will say, "I
have Hell under my domain; I can put people into Hell. But what about
you'? Where is your domain and your people?"
You godly people can be further confronted by Satan, who will say,
"What have you accomplished? How have you succeeded'? Show me
what you have done in this society." He will say further,
"Everything is in my power and under my domain. I have great
loyalty from people. There are many people who have died because of
their loyalty to my power. Where are the people who are giving their
lives in loyalty to God? Where are those who receive decorations for
America is supposed to be one nation under God; that is the noble
concept under which it was begun. But where is today's America'? This
country is centered upon material values and that is Satan's domain.
Virtually all of society is being influenced by moral degradation;
drugs are rampant; free sex and homosexuality are commonplace. This is
the basic reason why one Christian nation after another has fallen into
the hands of communism. Where is the power of Christianity today? Satan
laughs at God, "All right, God, show me where is Your country,
where are Your people'? I know You created this world to the
realization of the Kingdom of God on earth; and You said You were going
to restore it and bring it to that ideal. But where is it being
What is the day of judgment? It is the final showdown between Satan
and God. It is the time when Satan will show all his cards and God will
do the same. God must prepare so that when Satan shows his joker or his
ace, God can pull out His card-true men and women. Then Satan will be
stunned and say, "Oh, I didn't expect that!" He will begin to
retreat at that point.
Satan can show how he has destroyed family after family through his
power, then he will challenge God, "Where are the families under
your power?" Satan has completely divided the world-all the races,
everyone and created chaos and contusion. He is triumphantly saying,
"God, where is Your world'!" Don't you think God needs a
winning card to challenge Satan's trump? Don't you think God wants to
have that kind of super trump card?
As soon as Satan sees God's super trump cards, he will say,
"Oh, no, those aren't the right kinds of cards. You are trying to
play a different game!" But God will say, "Yes, they are two
different cards. My cards are the cards that will save the world. But
your cards are selfish cards; you only worry about your well-being at
the sacrifice of others." And for the first time, Satan will come
to realize that there is no match between him and God because their
cards are entirely different. Satan has to admit that he is one of the
created beings of God, and he is the one who has fallen. God will say
to him, "Who are you, after all?"
Those who are working only for their own well-being, whether
individuals, families, or nations, will become Satan's trump cards.
They will never become God's super trump cards. When God displays His
unselfish cards, Satan's cards will be blown away, completely
scattered. In the beginning of this card game between God and Satan,
Satan had ownership of all the chips-the whole world of creation and
humanity were in Satan's camp.
Satan will show his cards first and then demand to see God's. God
will say, "Let me see your cards. Well, that card is self-centered
and only worried about himself, trying to sacrifice everyone else for
his own benefit. I see now very clearly that your cards are evil and
fallen. In fact, they are not real cards; they are imitation. My cards
are true cards. Isn't that correct?" Even Satan will have to admit
it and say, "Yes, you are right, God."
What about the United States? is it God's nation or Satan's
nation? It is under Satan's domination. This whole world is under
Satan's domination. Thus people are born under Satan's yoke; that is a
fact. God lost everything to Satan; for that reason, there is no God's
day in the satanic world. There is no True Parents' Day; there have
never been any true children walking on the earth and therefore they
have no Children's Day. There has been nothing that God could claim as
His own. This is the great tragedy of God: He created everything, but
then He lost everything. Where is God's nation today in the Christian
domain? Is God's Day the day on which His beloved son was killed on the
Blind faith will not work. People cannot just believe, without any
scientific evidence or verification. Today everybody tries to be
scientific, except when it comes to the truth about God. As twentieth
century men and women, how can we abandon science when we speak about
God? Many people have respect for me simply because of the logic of my
teachings. I have met many theologians who lack a fundamental
understanding about God. Many philosophers totally change their
concepts after one meeting with me. There is no way for scholars to go
except toward the Divine Principle. Many times I have asked them
questions and they could not answer.
What is the Unification Church? It is a new entity. It is the new
trump card that God can use against Satan. Whatever cards Satan
presents, this new card of God can wipe them out. What kind of cards
are you? Do you have a number? Are you an ace, a king, jack, or what?
You may have a special number, let's say an MFT card. In order to move
to another department, you can receive another Unification card. But I
don't want you to turn in your card for a satanic card. Our cards have
a different backing; they are coated with true love. Satan doesn't
worry about the number so much; the most important thing is the true
love coating because that is what will completely defeat him.
For the first time, we can celebrate God and His day. God's Day
alone would not be sufficient because God needs to have True Parents
here on earth. Therefore, we must also have Parents' Day because that
represents the victory of God here on earth. Without True Parents,
there is no true love. Satan will say to you, "Do you have that
kind of day? Show me your cards, then." When you show your cards,
at first they will not appear different from Satan's cards; there are
diamonds, hearts, and so forth. But when you turn them over, you will
be able to show that they are coated with true love. Perhaps they
aren't completely covered, but if even one corner is coated, that will
be good. Satan cannot digest that true love coating so he will draw
back and retreat.
We have many unique celebrations in the Unification Church. Besides
God's Day and Parents' Day, we have Children's Day, Day of All Things,
Foundation Day, and others. Basically, the Unification Church is
centered upon two things: God and His true love. God and His true love
were never fulfilled here on earth until the True Parents were
established. For that reason, the Parents' Day celebration is special.
Based upon the true love of God, Parents' Day has been installed.
Upon the victory of the True Parents and Parents' Day, true
children came into being and therefore Children's Day came into being.
Now the ownership of all things can be transferred to God and therefore
the Day of All Things came into being. On that foundation, the Day of
Family, the Day of the True Nation and the Day of the True World will
come, even the Day of the True Cosmos. Satan says, "I have Evil
Parents' Day, Evil Everything Day." But God can say, "Look at
Reverend Moon. How wonderful he is!"
Are you excited and inspired by what I am saying? What are you
stimulated by? True love? Do you have true love? Show me. Have you been
educated by Reverend Moon? What is true love? You say it is
God-centered, True Parents centered and so forth, but in plain
language, what is true love? I will give you the answer: True love has
no end; it never gets boring. You want it to continue forever; you
always want more. After a hundred years, you will still want to be with
your beloved. There is no way you can lose interest in one another.
That is true love.
There is no hell with such love; hell becomes heaven. There are no
boundaries of time, either. In the love of God, there are no dirty or
ugly places in the beloved. The love of God doesn't change, even in the
bathroom. Do you think that is true'? Today's Christianity does not
really understand true love. Every individual has his or her own most
holy place. The man has his most holy place and the woman has her most
holy place within their own temples, their physical bodies. That holy
place is the sexual organs. That is why it is so important not to
misuse that area and why the punishment is so incredibly severe when
you misuse it.
Individuals have to worship that holy place. Satan is attacking
sexual morality so strongly and encouraging illicit love because he is
trying to destroy humanity in this way. Therefore, God must restore the
holy places of men and women and make them truly holy. The Blessing of
God blossoms through these holy places. The key to your holy place
belongs to your spouse. The holy relationship between husband and wife
is completely sacred and beautiful; it must be pure and it must be
My own life has been full of suffering, particularly since I
learned the overwhelming truth. I have been trying to live that truth
and to do that, I have gone to the lowest, most miserable places in
human society. Sometimes I have felt as if I were a prisoner of God,
but God has always comforted me. While I was giving all my effort to
set the tradition of true love, my youth passed away; now I am in my
Today I am celebrating Parents' Day as an inmate of a U.S. prison.
America may be my enemy, the free world may be my enemy and the
communist world may be my enemy, but I will not hate them. I must love
America and love and forgive the American government. I will liberate
the entire satanic world. This is the way of Reverend Moon, the way of
Who has ever understood the heart of Jesus? Nobody has known the
real purpose of Jesus the Messiah, who came to earth after long
preparation. Followers of Jesus went to Rome and they inherited his
sacrificial tradition. They have been expanding their realm around the
world for 2,000 years. Directly after World War 11, Christianity became
the dominant influence in the world. However, at that particular time
the established Christian leaders of Korea and the Korean government
failed to listen to Reverend Moon. For that reason, I embarked on a
sojourn in the wilderness, starting in 1945. This year, 1985, is my
fortieth year of life in the wilderness.
I knew I could not go back to my homeland without having a superior
foundation. Therefore, when I was crossing the 38th parallel I pledged
that I would return on the worldwide level. No matter what race you
belong to, you should keep in mind that we are working to create our
fatherland during these final three years by giving our very best. Now
is the time of the final showdown. The final persecution has come by my
being thrown into Danbury Prison.
This time is comparable to the time when the Israeli spies went
into Canaan to analyze the situation there. When they came back, Joshua
and Caleb were appointed the leaders into Canaan. Today I find myself
in a land that has treated me like an enemy, and I am trying to restore
my position here; at the same time, I am reconnoitering. At the time of
Jesus' crucifixion, the goal of world physical salvation was impossible
so only spiritual salvation was achieved through his great sacrifice on
the Mount of Calvary. But today, at the "Mount of Danbury" I
am regaining my own family, my own disciples, my own nation and people.
The chosen nation of America and the free world will eventually turn to
Danbury as the mount of resurrection, both physically and spiritually.
Since I have gone to Danbury prison, many significant historical
events have taken place. Forty days after I entered prison, they had an
open house there for the first time. Outsiders could come in and mingle
with the prisoners and see what it was like. At that time, crowds of
people came to visit. Most were not interested in the prison itself,
but were trying to get a glimpse of Reverend Moon. After seventy days
of my prison term, a dialogue was begun between North and South Korea.
Some time later, Red China started to criticize Marxism and began to
adopt free market economic policies. Furthermore, hundreds of
ministers have been attending the seminars which our church is
sponsoring and they have praised Reverend Moon as the "twentieth
century prophet of America."
Of course, the United States government has taken the position of
enemy to me as well as to God, but I have no animosity toward the
government. I made a clear statement of forgiveness to the U.S.
government. At the same time, I have been loving the American people
more than ever, knowing that God loves and needs this country.
The one great power that tears me the most is the Soviet Union.
They thought that once Reverend Moon went to jail, it would be the end
of him and his church, but on the contrary, Reverend Moon is becoming
much stronger. When I entered the prison, I was considered by the
government as an enemy of America, or a controversial leader at best.
But the Soviet leaders can clearly see that on the day when I come out
of the prison, it will be as a hero and a champion fighting against
communism. For that reason, who is the most threatened by me? It is the
Soviet Union and international communism. Everyone else is joining with
me more and more every day. Do you understand?
It was Satan's plan to send me to jail but it was God's plan to use
that jail as a tool to win the greater victory. Prison is the worst
possible internal hell on earth and I am winning the internal victory
there. You are in the external hell, which is the fallen world.
Therefore, you must win the external victory in order to be parallel
with me and make oneness with me. I want you to understand the clear
goal, as expressed in our motto for this year, "Creation and
Building of the Fatherland"-God's homeland here on earth. That is
my goal and I am achieving the victory even in the worst possible hell
on earth, the prison. You must win the same victory.
No matter what, I cannot feel any personal animosity toward America
or the United States government. We cannot be defeated by Satan or by
communism. For that reason, I must forgive the United States government
and work with them, striving to embrace them. There are brothers and
sisters who are now fighting and even dying in the Soviet Union and
other satellite countries. They are becoming martyrs for the
Unification movement. Therefore, we must be serious; not only that, we
must have no complaint. The one who decides to give up his life for God
and the True Parents' sake will find it.
This is eternal truth. God's people should be willing to die for
God's sake; if they are willing to do that, God will find His Kingdom
here on earth. When people are giving their lives, transcendent of
culture or skin color for the sake of God's Kingdom on earth, we shall
find that Kingdom. Today, at the culmination of our celebration on
Parents' Day, we must pledge to march forward toward the ultimate
battleground for the final victory. That is the true meaning of this
celebration. This is not just a day to be happy and merry. We have to
recommit ourselves to that final goal.
In one hand, we must grasp the United States of America. In the
other hand, we must grasp the Soviet Union and international
communism. We must make a showdown and we shall be victorious.
Remember, God is playing His extraordinary and final "card
game" with Satan. God is holding onto one trump card: that is
Reverend Moon and you. Let's say that Reverend Moon is God's ace card;
you all represent the rest of the cards. Together, we will create God's
trump and win every round for God.
Therefore, there is no choice but to become united and totally
committed. There are fifty two cards in a deck; we have all the cards
we need for every eventuality, for every different direction. Can you
say that you are a card in God's hands? I want you to be the best
cards; if not an ace then at least a seven, eight, nine or ten.
Therefore, you have to be different from other people. Your eyes
should have a different shine; your focus should be different. You
should not focus on earthly, material things but on spiritual things
instead. We have no time to just walk; we have to run. We can't sit
down and eat, we have to eat on the run. Every form of behavior should
be different when you are a child of God. Tell yourself, "I am
different because I am a child of God and I have True Parents."
Do you know how old I am? Am I 25? I feel like it; that is because
of my purpose. I am constantly busy. I always yell at my own legs,
"How can you be relaxed? There is no time!" If my body tries
to lie down and rest, I say, "What are you doing? This is an
emergency! How can you rest now?" I always battle with my own
body, my arms, legs, eyes, and so forth.
Do you think Satan likes to see people trying to imitate Reverend
Moon? Satan hates to see that. I voluntarily went to prison although I
could have avoided it. There were many different things I could have
done, besides returning to the United States. But I chose to go to
prison for one purpose: for the sake of saving America, shaking up
America and turning it toward goodness. Patriotism and the love of God
have been lacking in this country and I want to revive those attitudes.
There was only one way to do that: I went to prison to show myself as
a person who loves America and to show how to love God. That is the
only way to awaken America and now it is happening. Even though I am
not a citizen of this country, I love it so much, Americans will become
ashamed and will begin to love their own country more and also to love
What about you, are you a true American or a false American? Are
there more of God's Americans or Satan's Americans in this country
today? There has been very little patriotism in this country and the
love of family, clan and society are severely lacking. Furthermore,
drug abuse is almost out of control. Virtually ninety percent of young
people are affected by the drug situation, even students in elementary
school. Thousands of those young people lose their minds due to drugs.
That is certainly not the effect of patriotism or the love of God. We
are physicians with our own spiritual medicine. We have to give a
special injection into the American body that will dissolve the
poisonous effects of these drugs. We have to inject this nation with
the love of country and the love of God.
I went to jail and some people thought, "Reverend Moon, you
cannot influence those inmates." But what happened? Reverend Moon
went to the most hellish society of prison and the inmates there began
to be transformed. Even though I cannot openly preach the Principle,
the inmates are being transformed by their direct experiences with
Reverend Moon and his way of life. I want you to understand that there
is a special destiny for me to go at this time at Danbury and I will
fulfill it. People have said it is impossible to restore America but I
will bring a great awakening to this country. We will return great
patriotism to America and great love of God, so that this nation will
truly become God's instrument to save the world.
Today for this Parents' Day celebration, I ask you to make a
commitment to win your external battle as I have won my internal
battle, and become extraordinary men and women. You will bring this
nation to patriotism and the love of God and by doing so, you will
bring salvation to the world. Those who pledge that to me on this
Parents' Day, raise your hands and say, "I am like Joshua and
Caleb, going into the land of Canaan. I will bring the Kingdom of
Heaven on earth and march forward to great victory." Amen! Amen!
Amen! God bless you!