REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
LIFESTYLE OF PRAYER
January 18, 1987
Translator - Sang Kil Han
Our title can be loosely translated as Prayer that we Develop
Daily, or Living Prayer.
In school, who are the best students? They are those who think about
studying all the time. Always their studies are foremost in their minds,
with no room for extraneous thinking. If you compare their attitude to a
color, we might say it is white. It is not red or black or a mixture of
colors, but rather clear and white. Such a student is always focused,
consciously or unconsciously, on his goal. If that student is majoring
in a foreign language, then he relates everything he thinks and does to
the equivalent words in the foreign language. He is very involved in it.
All his thinking is occupied with his subject.
The same is true with business people. A good businessman always thinks
in terms of the business he is engaged in. Everything he sees and hears, he
immediately relates to his business. When he reads something about business,
he feels it is connected to him. He always appreciates new ideas that can
help his company.
The same goes with a researcher. If a person is entrusted with the
mission of scientific research, everything he thinks and does is centered on
finding the solution to the problem. In other words, it blends with his life.
His life is a continuation of his research.
If we say, “He's a good friend of mine,” how do we define
that? A friend is defined by how much he thinks of you or how deeply he
cares about you. To that degree you say he is a good friend. Good citizens
or patriots are those who care and think about their country to a great extent.
If you think a lot about something, your actions will be influenced.
What you do depends on what you think and how deeply you think. If you are a
good influence on your environment or school or country, then people will call
you a good citizen, a good family man, a good member of society, and so forth.
We can think about the cosmos in a similar way. The cosmos will look at a
person and evaluate him according to this criterion. If a person really thinks
about and loves the universe, then the universe will say that he is good. If
he cares about the universe all his life and assimilates that concern into
everything he does, the universe will say, “That person is a universally
good person” The same is true for a good wife and a good husband.
We can draw the same conclusion about God. We can ask, “What is
God's personality?” God is the center of the universe and there is only
one God. He is somebody who is not replaceable. He is an absolute being
with absolute love. What is God's wish? Since He is an eternal being with
eternal, absolute love, He would want someone who can be with Him in love
for all of eternity, not temporarily, but eternally and without change.
There are many different world religions, including Christianity,
Confucianism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Among all these religions, which one
is the best, according to God? If a religion stresses love as most important
and teaches and practices eternal love, then that is the best, most superb
religion for God.
What about the Unification Church? What kind of religion is it? God most
loves the religion that respects and loves Him and teaches people how to
practice that love forever and ever. Are those of us in the Unification
Church like that? Are we truly unified and thinking in one direction?
What is a son of filial piety? He is the one who discovers what his parents
love the most and always tries to care for them, doing what they like the
most. The parents and others can call him a child of filial piety. The one
who centers his deeds and thoughts on his parents, focusing on the love he
can give to them is a son or daughter of filial piety.
Then what is a patriot? The patriot is a person who has a loving mind
towards his country. Wherever there is a problem, he thinks about it most
seriously and wonders how to solve it and contribute to the good of the
country. He does not create problems for the country but works to solve them
instead. There are patriots on the world level, as well, whom we might call
saints. Their love is not confined to a country but extends all the way to the
world. Such a person thinks all the time about how to make the world better.
The thing that pious sons and daughters, patriots, and saints have in
common is their concern for others, the world, and the earth. Then let us
turn our eyes to God, the center of all the universe, earth and heaven. Is
there any person who loves and thinks about God, centering on a positive and
loving relationship with Him? Such a person does not confine his thoughts
to earth but also thinks of eternity and invisible things like the spirit
world. This person would love God and care about the betterment of the entire
spirit world, as well as the earth. His thoughts and everything he does would
be aimed toward that goal. This would be an ideal person before God.
If members of the Unification Church are asked, “Do you want to
be a patriot, or a saint, or a holy child of God?” We unanimously say
“holy child.” No matter what color of skin we have or whether we
are tall or short, there is nothing else that we want to be. It is easy
to say you want to be a holy child, but do you think it is easy to become
one? Everyone would want to be one initially, but in time, like in a school
course, many would drop out. Not everybody will make it to the end.
What do you predict? On the average, how many people would get less
than a fifty percent mark? What percentage of people would make more than
fifty percent? Put your imagination to work and, in view of the difficulty
involved, what percentage would make it? We are reminded of Abraham in the
Bible who prayed to God to save Sodom and Gomorrah if He could find two or
three righteous persons, not holy sons but just righteous persons who were
standing on the right side. Of course, we know that God destroyed those cities.
What would be the exchange value for one holy son or daughter? If you had
one holy son, would you exchange him for ten thousand righteous people? You're
right. He is priceless and there is no exchange. To God, one holy son cannot
be exchanged even for millions of righteous people who might be living on
the face of the earth.
Then we realize that Jesus Christ had this value, equivalent to the rest
of the world. You know that this is a down to earth concept and not just
a theory about Jesus' value. Would the holy son look different from other
people, from righteous or not-so-righteous people? He would have two eyes,
one nose and one mouth in the proper positions. He would not really look
externally different from others.
Do you think you could distinguish Jesus in a large crowd? He ate food,
didn't he? Then Jesus probably ate often with his hands, since he didn't
always have eating utensils. Can you imagine a holy son eating with his hands?
How could Jesus be a holy son? He had no manners! Maybe he appeared to be
a barbarian! Do you think in Jesus' time there were bathrooms and indoor
toilets? Were there sinks for people to wash their hands after they went to
the bathroom? Well, if there were no such things, where would Jesus go to
the bathroom? Most likely he just went outside, don't you think?
Jesus was a carpenter. Do you think he had nice clothing like some of us
are wearing now? No, he probably had a ragged appearance and his clothing
was unwashed. You can imagine how coarse his mode of life was. If you had
lived closely with Jesus, would he have smelled pleasant? Perhaps not,
but can you still call him a holy son? Indeed, he was a holy son of God in
spite of all these really undesirable external things.
Let's compare ourselves to the situation of Jesus. Don't you think we are
much better off externally than Jesus was? What is the difference between us,
then? It is what Jesus had inside. There is a world of difference between a
holy son and someone who is trying to become a holy son. What he had inside
was totally different from what he looked like on the outside.
Anyone who has a valuable possession will try to hide it in a secret place,
the place most difficult for other people to find. Isn't that true? Can
you look into other people's minds? Minds are invisible, aren't they? There
are five billion people on earth, but no one can steal something stored deep
inside of your mind. Why? First, because it is not visible. If you cannot see
it, how can you steal it? So where would you want to hide the most precious
thing that you own? You would like to store it where no one could steal it,
where no one has access.
God is an invisible being and so is His mind. Can God see His own mind?
What is your guess? God is a mystical being in the sense that there are some
areas that you cannot know or see so quickly. Even God, who is almighty,
would like something to be mystical. If you know everything, it is not fun,
is it? It would not be exciting or stimulating. In reality, I have experienced
that even in the spirit world, I could not see God. I could hear Him and feel
His presence, but I couldn't see Him. So all people living in the spirit
world are searching to understand God more and by doing so, come to love
Him more and more. Everyone is trying to better themselves and get nearer
to God. This is true. I know it as a reality.
Where do you find the most precious thing? If God has something most
precious, don't you think He would hide it in a place that would be most
difficult to find? If you were God, you would probably do that, wouldn't
you? God would hide it away so well that even He sometimes would have to
think, “Where did I put it?”
What God would value the most is not money. He can produce any wealth He
wants. Likewise, He has all the knowledge and power in the world. What He
cannot have without us is love. We know that. Can we see love? No, love
is not visible. We are talking about true love. The more you experience it,
the more mysterious and precious it seems. The more you find out about it,
the less you seem to know about it.
Where can God's love be found, in Himself alone or through other things?
Yes, it is true, we need someone to respond to, someone to have interaction
with, and so does God. Love cannot be experienced alone. There must be
a circuit. Who is the object of love to God? It is man and woman.
Reverend Moon is the biggest “heretic” in today's religious
world, especially Christianity, because what he teaches is that God and man
can unite into one. Many ministers jump up at that and say, “No! Where
did you get that idea? God is holy and men are not!” They just fiercely
oppose that idea. But this interrelationship of love between subject and
object is so simple and undeniable. The simple truth is that you cannot
have love without an object. You simply cannot form a love relationship.
That means we human beings are no exception. We must stand in the position
of an object of love for God and His love as the subject. Is that true? Do
you really feel that you stand in that position?
Who do you think feels more mystified, man or God? People feel that God is
a mysterious being. But in looking at you, does God feel that you are also a
mysterious being? What do you think, is our side or God's side more mysterious?
This is a subtle question, but it is an important and serious question for man.
Imagine that God could be so fascinated by human beings that He would
completely forget we were His own creation. Looking at a woman, for
instance, the way her eyes move and how crystal clear they are, He would be
fascinated. He wouldn't get tired of looking at her all day, the way she
talks, the way she smiles. Since He is fascinated, don't you think that God
would like to touch that person with His own hands? Then He would feel so
fascinated with her nose and eyes that He would not only want to touch her
but to kiss that nose and those eyes.
If something is fascinating and mystifying, there is no limit to exploring
it. You want to look at it from the outside, from the under side, and in the
darkness at night. It is just unlimited. God would really like to possess
such a mysterious person. Don't you think so? He has an overwhelming urge
to make someone His.
If God wants to possess you but you say no, what would God do? He is so
strong, could He force you to be His? No. God would probably try to win your
interest by showing you something you would also be fascinated and mystified
by. He could bring money, or maybe power or knowledge. But we know that
one gets tired of money after a while. It is not something we want to die
with. It is not a mysterious thing.
We need something that we can own, but then we want to own it further.
We want to touch it and then feel satisfied, but soon we want to touch it
again and again, going deeper and deeper. You see it in the morning and you
want to see it again at noon. Then you want to see it again in the evening,
when it is even more beautiful. You want to have it today and you want to
have it tomorrow.
That which induces this kind of attraction is nothing other than love.
Can you name anything more fascinating than love? It is truly priceless.
Can a man alone have that love? Where can we find that kind of love? Yes,
you said it, with your spouse. For a man, it is his wife and for a woman,
it is her husband.
Are men that important to American women? Maybe you just need him in order
to have him run errands. You want to keep him around like a servant? If a
man really brings you the priceless gift of love, then he is priceless too,
isn't he? Love is priceless but that man is equally priceless. Yet how many
American women think that a man is not very valuable?
Imagine if there were only one man and 2.5 billion women. Then how valuable
would that man be? Have you really stopped to consider that your husband is a
priceless being who brings you that best mystifying gift of love forever and
ever, not just for a few years? Have you ever thought about the value of that
person? More than half of all American marriages end in divorce now. Think
about the cause of divorce. Only the women can answer this question: Who is
more likely responsible, women or men, for this high divorce rate and breakup
of the family? It is women. So, now you know how to behave. You have to think,
“Oh, since I am a woman, I must be careful.”
You are American women. Do you think the average American woman would be
like you, so docile, sitting on the cold floor early in the morning listening
to Father's words? When I scold you or pound on your head, you sit so nicely
and obediently. Can we find even one American woman like that out in the
Let me continue the line of questioning: Do more women or more men go
to Heaven? We have to be candid and frank about this. After all, the first
condition before we can go into the Kingdom of Heaven is to be frank. Absolute
love needs to be stored in an absolute vessel. Women are more changeable,
so they often cannot contain unchanging love as well. Therefore, it is
likely that there will be more men than women in Heaven because men can
better contain absolute love. There are some who are not satisfied with this!
Each and every one of us, no matter how humble or ugly we may be, is
absolutely essential to God. If someone wanted to erect a human museum
of typical people, do you think there would be a beautiful woman in the
showcase or a homely woman? What is your guess? If there were a beautiful
woman, then certainly there should be a homely one as well because there
should be some contrast. Contrast gives beauty to all things.
Did you know that it is a common rule that beautiful women have less
blessing - very thin blessing - while homely ones have greater blessings? A
beautiful woman might be compared to shallow water and an unattractive woman
to deeper water. The beautiful woman shows off everything that she has,
but a not-so-beautiful woman's expression is more subtle. A beautiful woman
adorns herself with earrings and jewelry and all of that, but a less attractive
woman doesn't pay so much attention to what she wears. She thinks, “Well,
if people pay attention to me, fine. If they don't, that is also fine.”
God has this invaluable, priceless love which is much more precious than
any treasure. If He wanted to store it in a woman's mind, which would be the
more appropriate place, a beautiful woman or a not-so-beautiful woman? You see,
a beautiful woman usually shows everything off all at once. Father will look at
her and know about her instantly and that is the end of it. She might have no
mystery. But what about a less attractive woman? Everything is hidden inside
of her. The longer you associate with her, the more her good qualities come
out. So wouldn't God like to store His treasure in a not-so-beautiful woman?
This is not a man's imagination, this is such a clear and obvious thing.
The offspring of beautiful people are often on the decline. They can even
become beggars. But a plain woman will have offspring who achieve great
heights. So women, what do you want to be from now on? Do you want to be
beautiful or not-so-beautiful? Father asked a clear question, so you have
to answer it in a clear way.
I am always thinking and I am always very busy, so I do not speak
nonsense. I am talking about an important point. If you American women look in
a mirror and your heart sinks because you feel you are not beautiful enough,
raise your hands. One day I would like to find, by what criteria I don't know,
the ugliest woman on earth and put her picture in the human museum. When you
look at things the way I explained them, you can see that God is really fair.
For Western women especially, which is more interesting: one flying
butterfly or butterflies in pairs who are sitting quietly on a bush?
Which butterfly is more representative of the Orient and which is more
Western? Westerners who see an Oriental person for the first time may wonder
what's going on in his mind. You can't tell if he is happy or unhappy. Which
does God choose: the way of showing off or the quiet way? When you let
others know you quickly and immediately, is this really desirable? The one who
advertises himself can never be chosen as a master of things. A master does
not show off or make himself visible so much, but he is the center and the master.
This morning I want to make the point that no woman should worry
excessively about her appearance. Never think that you are ugly. Remember
that God will one day look for the most homely woman and show her off in a
museum. Some woman might have a big nose which is a source of misery for
her. But I see her and think, “That is a beautiful nose. A person
with that kind of nose has a certain blessing guaranteed.” In fact,
this is true. I am immediately attracted to someone with a big nose. While
I am talking, my eyes go there again and again. Don't ever be disappointed
about the way you look.
Today's topic is prayer. I'm not talking about setting aside a little
bit of time each day to pray, but the type of continuous prayer which you do
while conducting your daily affairs. I'm talking about one consistent prayer,
a lifestyle of prayer. In such case, your mind is focused on your prayer even
while you are eating, while you are walking or talking with other people,
your ultimate desire is your prayer.
We all have to experience this kind of prayer. The first step is to
rearrange our mind, our thoughts. Since our thoughts are subject, they have
to be stable because our body responds as the object to our mind. So first
we have to have a firm goal. What is our goal? Because God is our subject,
we want to carry out everything according to what God wishes, not what we
ourselves prefer. Our purpose is to do whatever God wants to achieve. This
is very important.
When we pray, for whom do we pray? What would be more appealing to God:
to pray for the sake of oneself or for the sake of God? If we pray for
the sake of God, “I come on the scene only secondarily. First it is
God, then me as God wishes me to be. My preference is always to be on the
side that God is on. If God is on the east side, that's the side I want
to be on. But if I pray and find out that God wants me on the west side,
I must say, “Yes, I want to go to the west side” If we think,
“No, I want to be on the east side no matter what You think,”
then our prayer cannot succeed.
God has a purpose for us and God is the main theme of prayer. You should
never forget this. You don't have to pray too much about yourself. Those
who pray for themselves will decline, and those who pray for God and the
rest of the world will rise.
Most Unification Church members know that the restoration of the world
is the ultimate objective of prayer. All day long you think about the world
and maybe for a few minutes you verbalize it and pray, “Heavenly Father,
please help me work today for the sake of the whole world and for You!”
That prayer is more powerful than a prayer for small things. Small prayers
are like leaves and twigs on a tree, whereas the other kind of prayer is
like the trunk.
Many times while Father was in Danbury, Mother and many church members
thought, “We miss Father so desperately. We cannot replace him.”
But I thought of it a different way: “Think of how the world is going
to be after I come back from Danbury. That's what matters, not my going
into Danbury and suffering for the time being.” Now every one of us
can see the result so clearly.
It has been only one year since I was released from Danbury, yet
during this time more things have changed in our favor, or in God's favor,
than during our previous ten years of intense suffering. Even after that
ten years, the people persecuted us and misunderstood us more, but after
Father came back from Danbury, that misunderstanding has dissipated and the
persecution has quieted down. People are trying to understand us with an open
mind. Imagine. Ten million Americans signed in the CAUSA signature campaign,
which shows their desire to support what is righteous. How much of a change
this is compared to ten years ago!
God's ultimate goal is world salvation. Contrary to the belief of most
Christians, their denomination is far less important than the world, and
the individual is even less important. The salvation of Christianity is
important, yes, but God would sacrifice even this for the salvation of the
whole world. This is not rhetoric.
After the Americans won the war in 1945, a period of confusion began.
By the 1960s, when President Kennedy was assassinated and Dag Hammerskj÷ld
was killed, America was clearly declining. The country really started to
plummet when it began to drastically cut its foreign aid because that was
against God's will. Until then, the world had looked up to America with
hope, love and respect but after that, people around the world were saying,
“Yankee, go home!”
When America and established Christianity both failed in carrying out God's
dispensation, the Unification Church took over and became the sacrifice in
their place, totally taking responsibility for God's will. Do you thoroughly
understand the root of the Unification Church? It is Reverend Moon of
course. Actually, to describe me is not that difficult. Simply speaking,
I am a person who thinks like God. I'm on God's side.
The main theme of the Unification Church is not Reverend Moon or the
church itself. The ultimate theme is God. Whatever God wants, I will do. God
has to restore the entire world, and to do that He needs a central person
and a central group. Through Reverend Moon and his work, God is trying to
restore the whole world.
Therefore, I have an unmistakably clear view of what the world will be
like in the future. What I predict comes true because I clearly understand
God's formula through which He works His dispensation. God is the center of
our prayer. Therefore, we have to understand His formula so we can pray in
accordance with His desire.
First, we need to establish a firm understanding of the relationship
between God and man. In all other religions except the Unification Church,
this idea is unclear and ambiguous. However, we know that the relationship
between God and man takes place on eight levels: God and the individual,
family, clan, race, nation, world, and cosmos. God has an image of what the
races will be like in the future, what the nations will be like, and what
the cosmos will be like. From the very beginning you were taught that you
have to go through each level. You are clearly going through that path in
the wake of my pioneering.
The primary thing you have to understand is the relationship between God
and yourself. You can pray for your own sake, but it must go through the
proper sequence. You can pray, “Heavenly Father, I know what You desire
of me, but I find it so very difficult. Please help me and my family to
do what You ask of us.” Don't just throw words away and hope they will
be listened to. Not at all. Rather, you have to be consistent and go along
with the order of all things.
You should say, “Our Father, my goal is even beyond my family.
My goal is saving this country, but before that can happen, my family has
to be unified. We are having a problem of unity in our family. Please, God,
I will do whatever You want me to do, but please help us establish our family
in Your way.” You have to see yourself not through your own eyes but
according to the order and sequence that God looks at you.
Secondly, we have to understand responsibility and indemnity. If the fall
hadn't happened, there would be no purpose for religion. Everyone would
already be living joyously with God. But that is not the case. Because
mankind fell, we must be restored and fulfill our five-percent portion of
responsibility. The individual has a certain responsibility to God, the
family has a certain responsibility to God, and so on. Step by step, we have
to come all the way up to the place where God originally created mankind to be.
Because of the fall, Satan came into being and he does not want to let
mankind go. In order to shake loose from Satan, we must do something he
cannot do, that is, pay indemnity. Without paying indemnity, we cannot fulfill
our portion of responsibility and it is only by fulfilling our responsibility
that we can reach the world of love. Thus we have to pay indemnity, separate
from Satan, and fulfill our portion of responsibility, in that order.
Anyone in the indirect dominion must fulfill his responsibility before
he can go up to the direct dominion of God. If we are accompanied by Satan,
God certainly cannot accept us. We have to know this clearly or else we
cannot go the path.
In the original ideal of creation, we wouldn't have had to restore
anything. We would have just lived as we were designed to live. But because
of the fall there is a tremendous gap, an insurmountable wall between us
and the ideal. We have to go over that wall. When we pray, we shouldn't
pray vaguely or ambiguously. We must pray, “Heavenly Father, I know
the original ideal of creation, but I am not that way, nor is the rest of
mankind. I need to be restored to the original place and be an object to
You. You have to help me.” We can have a really powerful prayer this way.
God cannot deny it because this is the Principle.
Of course it is painful to pay indemnity. It can never be really
enjoyable. Joy is not a word associated with indemnity. We may enjoy
ourselves and be happy in the presence of Satan, but that happiness is
part of the satanic world. That is not our goal. Most American members
still seem to have an ambiguous idea of happiness. They complain, “Why
can't I be happy in the world while treading along God's way?” However,
while paying indemnity we cannot feel happy. If we are always happy, there
must be something wrong. Only after paying indemnity can we be truly
joyful for the accomplishment.
Why is the Messiah necessary? Why can't you reach perfection by yourself'
Well, it wasn't you who fell in the beginning, it was your ancestors. The
Messiah makes up for what your ancestors did. After he does that, you can
fulfill your portion of responsibility, which is far less than what the
Messiah has to do. Only a true family can go to the highest level. Fallen
individuals and families have no qualification to go there. To gain this
qualification, you have to go through the Messiah.
Looking back at history, we can see a clear pattern. Only after Jesus
came could God's dispensation of salvation and restoration actually begin. The
first attempt at recreating a true Adam and a true father-son relationship was
made at that time. We know in great detail to what extent Jesus accomplished
his mission and why Jesus has to come again. He must come in both spirit
and flesh. In the same way, we need to be restored in both mind and body by
fulfilling our portion of responsibility.
The third thing we have to consider is the Cain-Abel relationship.
Cain is still working in the world today and still occupying the elder
son's position. Today the democratic world is on the Abel side and the
communist world is on the Cain side, but neither side understands God or
His dispensation. Therefore, somebody has to teach the democratic world
about this relationship and help it in its task of digesting the communist
world. Digesting means clarifying the problems and solving them. The
Cain-Abel relationship is restored on eight levels: the individual Cain-Abel
relationship, the family Cain-Abel relationship, and so on. In restoring
this relationship, we have to go through a similar process of indemnity.
The fourth main point is the transfer of lineage from the false to the
true. We have to transfer our lineage on the individual level, the family
level, and all the way up. The world should be of the proper lineage, not
the satanic lineage. Accomplishing this is the Messiah's chief role. For
any individual to change his lineage, he must have the right ancestry. The
Messiah must become the new root and establish this ancestry.
Each fallen individual is destined to go through restoration and
become the true object of God. He needs to do that, but he is helpless by
himself. He doesn't have the right ancestry; thus the Messiah must come and
help him. The Messiah restores the individual's true lineage, helps him to
resolve the Cain-Abel relationship, and teaches him to fulfill his portion
of responsibility. After that, there can finally be a normal relationship
between God and man.
During these many years, I have been working so hard to make a foundation
for people following me. Now, the dispensation has advanced to the point
where the spiritual fog is lifting. Now the doctrine of Godism, the real,
true philosophy, is visible to everyone. A few years ago no one understood
it, but now many people do. You see, the dispensation went exactly according
to this formula. These are the most essential points in man's restoration
history, yet until now there was no human being on earth or in the spirit
world who knew about this.
If Christianity had followed God's will in 1945, God's plan would have been
accomplished within seven years. But that didn't happen so I had to reindemnify
in a span of 40 years the entire 4,000 years of history since the time of
Abraham. This is what the Unification Church is all about. The seven years
from 1985 is the time allowed to reshuffle and reorganize everything and to
reach the world level. The roles of the free world and the communist world,
what position they should be in and how they should conduct themselves,
will become more and more apparent. Everyone on both sides will come to
know this within these seven years.
Now we are in a period of transition into a completely new world; it
is not merely an extension of the old. First we must know what is going
on in God's timetable, and then we have to pray according to God's plan.
Otherwise our prayer will be insignificant.
You have just listened to the real crux of the Principle. You must clearly
have this chart, this formula, in mind when you pray to God. You should get
rid of all other thoughts, and replace them with this chart. If you think
about this every day and live it, then you don't have to pray formally so
much. Your life should be a prayer.
Your role as the children is vastly less burdensome than the role of
the parents. I did what I did amid fierce opposition and indescribable
persecution, and all you have to do is believe my instructions and carry
them out. What I am giving you is priceless, yet free of charge. You are
going to accomplish this without persecution, in a free environment. Don't
ever think it was this way from the beginning, never. This is the first time
we have seen an environment with so little persecution.
Every prayer I have ever dedicated to Heavenly Father has been according
to His plan, that I might do what He wants me to do and be what He wants me
to be. I have never prayed for anything else. When God told me, "This is
the way I want it," I always carried it out. You must do exactly the same
thing. You know the standard of my lifestyle, so you must pray to follow me.
You are historical individuals. Therefore, you have to think as God
thinks. What are God's thoughts centered on? Nothing else but people.
And what is God's real desire? He wishes that His own spirit could be
manifested into everything. You will be having your own children and very
soon you will stand in the True Parents' position. You have to understand
the value of the four position foundation. This is one inseparable unit.
Today men and women love each other on some level, but the average American
couple never thinks about God and many cannot trust their own children. The
divorce rate is sky-high. You can see how cruel Satan has been yet how
successful. Everybody has become individualistic. It's easy for some people
to think they have achieved their life's purpose. They think, “Yes, I'm
happy. I did what I wanted to do in life” Then a person on God's side just
smashes their concept and says, “No! This is God's ideal.”
|8. God ||8. God|
|7. Cosmos ||7. Cosmos|
|6. Physical World ||6. Physical
|5. Nation ||5. Nation|
|4. Race ||4. Race|
|3. Clan ||3. Clan|
|2. Family ||2. Family|
|1. Individual ||1. Individual |
I have just explained the historical task of the Messiah, which is
being carried out here in the most advanced country in the world. This is
not centered in Africa but in 20th-century America, where people's minds
are full of trash. God has introduced the truth right here, and He wants to
teach it to the American people. That is our goal and we are at the final
stage of that goal.
You must pray to know what God's ideal and dispensation are. Pray to
God that all this, centering on the True Parents, will be accomplished
correctly. You can't pray about this just once or twice a day. You have to
pray this from early morning until you go to sleep at night-even while you
sleep, 24 hours a day. This is a lifestyle of prayer.
We are going to repair all the precious relationships of the four position
foundation. Then we will go out to the satanic world to teach the people
and urge them to follow. Everyone of us must go all over America, telling
people, “This is it, this is what we have to do!” If you do this,
you don't have to go off and pray by yourself because you are enacting your
prayer, living your prayer. Then God must give us His help.
Father paid indemnity with a real physical body. In the same way, you have
to pay indemnity by making the proper condition. There is no way you can do
what I did, but if you devote everything you have to the task, it will be
equivalent as a condition to what I did. Your condition is home church. By
your accomplishing home church, God will consider it as world restoration.
Do you understand?
| Cain / Abel|
|8. God ||8. God|
|7. Cosmos ||7. Cosmos|
|6. Physical World ||6. Physical World |
|5. Nation ||5. Nation|
|4. Race ||4. Race|
|3. Clan ||3. Clan|
|2. Family ||2. Family|
|1. Individual ||1. Individual
This chart may be too complicated for some people, but what you should
not forget in your daily life is that you are part of the True Parents'
family. You are part of the four position foundation with me at the top. You,
as the offspring, should clearly establish that father/son relationship;
then go out and set the condition of doing home church. What will happen
if you do? You will have the privilege of following me wherever I go. This
is not abstract at all, but a clear formula and rule.
All the elements are there in home church: the transference of the true
lineage, restoration of the Cain-Abel relationship-everything. All will be
accomplished when you do home church, and you will become a true extension
of me. In other words, as the director of your home church area, you can
even give the Blessing to the people of your 360 homes. You can direct the
matchings and the Blessings because that is what the True Parents do. How
can I go out and perform all these ceremonies physically? It is impossible.
This is the time. Evil is still strong, so you must always pray while
you work, keeping all these things in your mind. Hold onto me tightly every
minute of the day. Think of nothing else except uniting with me and doing
home church. This is the work for America.
How is the Cain-Abel relationship restored? I am in the Abel position and
you are in the Cain position. When you completely surrender and become one
with Abel, then you have accomplished restoration of that relationship. This
is the real core of salvation. If you forfeit this Cain-Abel relationship
with me, then you are in great personal trouble, aren't you? There is no
other way. Indemnity and one's own portion of responsibility have everything
to do with the Cain-Abel relationship. If you fulfill your portion of
responsibility, then the Cain-Abel relationship is already fulfilled.
Thus the Cain-Abel relationship is absolutely essential. Restoring this is
almost synonymous with the solution of human history.
In the American government, the Democrats and the Republicans are locked
in a Cain-Abel relationship. The relationship between the communist world and
the free world is the same. They are divided because of the fall; division
was not original man's desire. Unless the Cain-Abel relationship is brought
into the right order, we cannot say that man's portion of responsibility
has been fulfilled. Your portion of responsibility can only be fulfilled
as a result of the other three conditions.
You may have felt that I always speak randomly, jumping from one topic
to another like a spiritual being moving all around the cosmos. But I am
actually very consistent because I am the master of these principles. I am
never lost. My greatest historical achievements are described right here
in the four columns of this chart. This formula portrays the essence of
theology. If you understand this, you are a number-one theologian.
All mankind has searched for these things. Until now, no person has ever
established clearly what the relationship between man and God is. If someone
asks you, “Who is God?” you can answer, “God is our Father,
and we are His sons and daughters” That's it. It is so simple, yet
A son can inherit everything from his father, no matter how mighty or noble
the father is. That is a son's right for he is the heir. No matter how humble
your position, I can bequeath everything to you. Since I have completely
fulfilled my portion of responsibility, I am in Adam's position. When the
fall is totally indemnified, Satan, who has been persecuting and slandering
Adam, will be shaken loose. He will have to leave Adam instead of clinging
on. Only by solving the Cain-Abel relationship can we inherit the world from
The world is in the second son's position, not the first son's position
anymore. When the proper position of the first son is established, the transfer
of the blood lineage will be almost automatic. Once people get married with
the right lineage, they will automatically be on the True Family's side.
Who has done these things for you? True Parents. You can only inherit
all this if the father/son relationship has been established. Where can
we inherit this? In home church. No matter what you do in your daily life,
always have this in your mind so that your daily life becomes a prayer. If
you live this kind of life in your home church area, all will be accomplished.
Then what will happen? You can live with True Parents forever and
ever, not only here but in the hereafter, and eventually you can also live
with God. You won't be in the indirect dominion as now but in the direct
dominion. Isn't that what the Principle says? By doing home church, you will
experience this. Your experience will affirm that what you are doing is right.
All I am concerned about is doing God's will. I want to liberate mankind
from ignorance and hell to the original lineage. You too must join with me
completely. When you witness to a person, you shouldn't think about anything
else except: “I am going to save him by this formula”
I am thinking about how to educate mankind now and how to reach the
American people. How can we help the American people to elect the President
according to God's will, someone who will guide America to fulfill her role
in the world? Many are running for the Presidency at this time with a very
serious attitude, but Father is far more serious than any of the presidential
candidates. There is no personal profit for me in this endeavor. The only
thing I am working for is the fulfillment of God's will-to liberate mankind
from ignorance and restore the original lineage. Do you understand?
You must join completely in this endeavor. When you witness to other people,
remember these points. Nobody can ever replace you as an individual. Whether
you are great or humble, still you are the children, the sons and daughters. If
you are crippled or ill, still you are the sons and daughters.
I have been working so hard lately that I caught a cold, which is unusual
for me. My voice was hoarse last night and Reverend Kwak said, “Let me
report to the congregation, Father” Also this morning, Mother said,
“Father, why don't you rest today and speak next Sunday?” But I
couldn't do that. This is the third Sunday of the 1987 and my determination
was, “For the first three Sundays, no matter how difficult it might be,
I must give the sermon” Satan attacked my body with a cold but I just
pushed myself forward. I am doing this for the sake of America and mankind
and for God. I have absolutely no doubt about my mission, therefore I never
want to rest from it. We must keep going. How can we rest in the midst of
this historical time of the conclusion of human history? That is my feeling.
Do you agree with me?
So we must have a lifestyle of prayer. Judged by what you know
from listening to me today, your life in the past was outside of the
Principle. Sometimes you went here and sometimes you went there-total
inconsistency. Even though you were taught the Principle, you just let
it remain a concept. Sometimes you felt it and sometimes you didn't feel
it. Sometimes the Principle didn't occupy your mind at all. This is really
a tragedy. You thought fulfilling the Cain-Abel relationship just required
listening to your Church leaders, but now you must know clearly that I am