REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE 11TH WORLD
April 10, 1990
Members of the Board of Chairman, Distinguished Statesmen, Esteemed
Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great honor and pleasure to convene with you this historic
Eleventh World Media Conference in the city of Moscow, the capital of
the Soviet Union. The theme of this conference is "The Advancement
of Global Communication and Cooperation," and I feel there is no
place more appropriate to gather for these discussions than right here
in the Soviet Union.
Furthermore, it is an added pleasure for me to open these
proceedings because we are simultaneously conducting the Third
Conference of the Summit Council for World Peace, and a gathering of
the Association for the Unity of Latin America. Both of these excellent
organizations are also committed to the quest for world peace.
For me to come to Moscow is an emotional experience. I would like to
express my appreciation to the Soviet government, especially the
officials of Novosti Press Agency. You have welcomed us to your great
capital in a most hospitable manner. My wife and I, and our entire
family, are moved by your kindness. I am sure that all of the guests in
this room who have come from every corner of the world, including
former heads of state and government, will join with me in expressing
our deep gratitude to our hosts in this country. Would you join with me
in giving them a round of applause?
I was recently asked by members of the Soviet media regarding my
views on the importance of a spiritual renaissance as a precondition to
social, economic and political progress. I would like to take this
opportunity to elaborate on some of those views. I believe that such a
spiritual renaissance is vitally important. To achieve it, a deeper
understanding of the human situation is necessary. This calls for some
reflection on philosophical and religious topics. It may not directly
concern either communications or media, but for me it is the
fundamental understanding necessary to secure true peace in our world.
Furthermore,, it is the essence of my lifelong search, discovery
God's Original Ideal
When we observe our universe, we recognize that every being exists
through the union of paired elements. This is, true on all levels,
beginning even with the mineral realm. Molecules are made from the
union of a positive ion and a negative ion. On the level of plants,
existence and reproduction requires the union of stamen and pistil,
representing the male and female aspects.
The pair system is even more obvious on the level of animals. Fish,
birds, mammals and all animals exist as male and female. Finally, the
supreme creations of God, human beings, are either men or women. The
first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve, were the original ancestors
of mankind. What is the purpose of the pair system? Why did God create
in this way?
The Creator divided all things in male and female so that they might
unite through their give and take of love. Through the action of love,
each species multiplies and extends its lineage.
Human ambition is limitless and infinite. Then, what is the true
goal of this infinite desire of man? For man, it is woman. For woman,
it is man. Man and woman can find true love only through each other.
In history, differing views of life, the universe and God have
presented unresolved problems. The solution to these problems is to be
found when true man and true woman unite with God in true love,
creating absolute oneness. This is the source of absolute value.
Man exists for the sake of woman. Woman exists for the sake of man.
Each is to be the object of love of the other.
God is a being of absolute love. He wanted to create objects of
love, human beings, upon which He can pour out His love. In doing so,
He would naturally look forward to the return of that love from men and
women. In this way, God would feel infinite joy. Adam and Eve must be
united in love themselves first, in order to become perfect objects of
the love of God. Therefore, a period of growth and maturity was
necessary before Adam and Eve could stand as the mature human couple
resembling God and receiving and returning His love.
The pattern of true love is not that of being served; it is to serve
others. When God Himself initially created His object of love, He
invested every ounce of His energy-100 percent of His being. This
established the pattern of true love. In other words, the tradition of
true love as total investment was established by God. At that point,
true love became the corner of the universe. And even almighty God
chooses to be obedient to it.
When God created, He totally spent Himself. He made a vacuum of
Himself. In the atmosphere, when a low pressure area comes into being,
high pressure air is automatically attracted. Whenever someone serves
others to the absolute degree, energy rushes in to fill that person up.
Therefore, all the love that God has given to create His perfect object
must ultimately be returned to Him by men and women.
Only love transcends all barriers. When you are united with God in
true love, you have dominion over all of God's creation, both physical
and spiritual. When you live completely for others, you are reaching
the very essence of God's own being. God's vibrations become your
vibrations. God's feelings are naturally transmitted to you. Living
this way, you become a resonant body of God's heart and love. As much
as two turning forks resonate together, you and God always resonate
That is the ultimate, original state of the human being. When you
achieve that state, the love of God becomes your love, the life of God
becomes your life, and the blood lineage of God becomes your blood
lineage. The world which God created becomes your world. We are to
share the love of God with all things in heaven and earth. We are to be
citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven with the heart of parents.
Man's Separation From God
The law of cause and effect is clearly evident in history. Whatever
you have sown, you will surely reap. Adam and Eve, the first human
ancestors, engaged in sexual immorality and the abuse of love while
they were still growing. This was the fall of man. God wanted them to
grow in purity until He blessed them in heavenly matrimony, becoming
the foundation of God's true love, true life and true blood lineage.
Humanity, descending from this perfected and blessed Adam and Eve would
naturally become the sons and daughters of God, enjoying the love of
the Creator and living in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and in the
However, before Adam and Eve matured and received the blessing from
God, while they were still teenagers, the archangel tempted Eve and
engaged in fornication with her. In this way, the archangel became
Satan. By engaging in relations with fallen Eve, Adam also fell. This
is how the beginning of human history was sown. Today, we are reaping
the consequences: Immorality is rampant. Teenagers in particular, are
the victims of widespread sexual degradation. Modem society in the
advanced nations is little different from Sodom and Gomorra of biblical
times. God abhors this immoral behavior. We must fear the wrath of God.
His punishment is imminent.
The Struggle of Good and Evil
God is the center of goodness. Satan is the center of evil. The
history of humanity has been the history of struggle between good and
evil-between God and Satan- working through men and women. But the
respective strategies used by God and Satan have been exactly opposite.
Satan, being arrogant and greedy always attacks the side of goodness.
God's camp is always hit and suffers, but this gives God the
opportunity to bring justice. The side of good is vindicated and
occupies new territory. Satan's side must withdraw and decline.
For example, in World War I, the belligerent nations were ultimately
defeated. The same was true in World War II, where the Axis powers,
after initially attacking, were finally defeated by the Allies. Every
exploiting power will ultimately decline, while whoever suffers
persecution for the sake of good will ultimately be raised up by God.
My own life is representative of this. I have been struggling for
the sake of good and the cause of God, but the opposition has been
relentless. Years ago, I was tortured and beaten, and I have been
imprisoned numerous times. One would think that my movement would die
out and be forgotten, but the opposite has occurred. I have built a
worldwide foundation and have continuously advanced and prospered.
Conscience: Teacher and Parent
Every human being, throughout his life, has a most precious teacher
within himself. Nevertheless that teacher has been mistreated, trampled
upon, and abused. That teacher is the human conscience. Your
conscience always speaks out for your own benefit, trying to connect
you to true love. Like a parent, your conscience urges you to be a
good, unselfish individual, and guides you to do the will of God. But
within each person there is also a rebel who always goes against the
conscience. That rebel is the. physical body.
The body has trampled and abused the conscience miserably. When one
becomes aware of this, can he take the side of the body which has been
the enemy of his own conscience, and which has greatly damaged his own
life and personality?
Your conscience should be your constant internal teacher and parent,
leading you to complete unity with the ultimate parents of mankind,
God. The conscience, then, is the agent of God within you, and may even
be called a "second God." Do you think you should be
sympathetic and protective of your body, the enemy of the conscience?
Or do you think you should control and confine your body and vindicate
your conscience? Your body only goes after carnal desire. When it is
hungry, it steals and satisfies itself. It always seeks for comfort,
and wants to take advantage of others. The body has its own realm. To
conquer the realm of the body is an awesome responsibility which every
person must undertake. When this is achieved, the mind as the vertical
self and the body as the horizontal self are completely harmonized into
oneness, and a person reaches perfection, united in love with God for
The Role of Religion
God is the source of true love, true life, and true blood lineage.
Since we human beings originate from this source, we must also have
true love, true life and true blood lineage. However, because of the
fall of man, tragically man never achieved the position of being the
child of God. Instead, men and women have received love, life and
lineage from Satan.
Due to the fall of man, love today is basically selfcentered. That
selfcentered love does not originate from the mind, but is
centered upon the body. The body is where Satan's activities are
conducted. The body is Satan's dancing place, the mooring post of
Satan. The mind represents God's position-the plus position. But the
body, which should assume the object or minus position, tries to make
itself another plus, and continuously teases or fools the mind. In
human life, it is crucial to correct this relationship.
Therefore, God established religion to rehabilitate fallen man.
Through religion, God is teaching people how to strengthen their
Godcentered mind and reverse the body's dominion of their life and
personality. That is why religion oftentimes demands fasting,
sacrificial service and a meek and humble attitude. These are methods
for reducing the power of the body and causing the body to submit to
the mind. Normally, in religious life, it takes about three to five
years to change from the habit of a bodycentered life and create a
new spiritcentered way of life.
Furthermore, the Bible says, you must pray without ceasing. This is
vitally important because Satan controls the environment of the fallen
world. Satan tempts and distracts fallen man from all directions twenty
four hours a day, while God is only able to work from one direction,
the vertical direction of the mind.
The Restoration of God's Ideal
In the eyes of God, the fallen world is the world of spiritual
death. His will is the restoration of that world of death into the
world of life. Restoration is another way of saying salvation. When
the original ideal state has been lost, it must be restored. When a
healthy man becomes sick, a physician must come and bring him back to
his original health. By the same token, the Godintended original
ideal way lost. Therefore, the work of God is to restore this fallen
world to the original sinless state.
In order to accomplish this task, God sends the Messiah. But before
the Messiah comes, God prepares a certain chosen group of people to be
ready for the Messiah. This is what the Bible calls the orchard of wild
The orchard of wild olive trees represents a certain sphere in the
fallen realm which God can still direct and control. After this has
been prepared. the Messiah comes
The Messiah then cuts all the wild olive trees in the orchard of
God, and grafts into them the true branch of life. In this way, the
wild olive trees all become true olive trees. They are returned to the
original state of man.
The religious people of today are these wild olive trees in God's
orchard, but even the most devout religious person must still seek the
Messiah because he has not yet received the true lineage of God. The
Messiah comes as the True Parents of mankind, restoring the position of
Adam and Eve. Therefore, in order to be connected to the true lineage
of God, each person must unite with the True Parents, and become a
recipient of true love. By doing so, each person can become a true son
or daughter of God. In this way, the Messiah brings salvation to human
The Messiah, in the position of True Parents, must root out the
trees which have grown from false seeds, subjugate Satan and connect
mankind into oneness with God in true love, making all people true sons
and daughters of God. In this way, the Kingdom of Heaven on earth can
be created, where men and women will finally be able to enjoy true
What is the way of unification? Let us consider the first human
family. First of all, there is God. Secondly there is Adam and Eve.
Adam is masculine and Eve is feminine. They compete with one another to
secure the love of God first. If they are selfishly motivated there
will be no unity. However, if they are unselfishly motivated, Adam will
say, "I want to reach God first solely for you, Eve." The
woman will be overjoyed. She, in turn, will say, "I only want to
reach God for your sake, Adam." Then the husband will be fully
satisfied. There is no struggle; there is unity even in their
This is not only the way husband and wife can be happily united; it
is more than that. It is the very key to the unification of all
Throughout history, God has been working through the human
conscience. In spite of God's efforts, however, every attempt made thus
far to restore man into the original starting point-the heart of
God-has failed. It still remains for someone to liberate humankind from
this satanic environment and lead a successful search for truth and
true love. That is the mission of the Unification movement.
Godism is a Godcentered worldview, whose essence is the ideal
of true love. Godism has two distinct missions: Bring unity between
God and man. And bring unity between mind and body.
Since I have discovered the solution to these two fundamental
problems-the unity of mind and body and the unity of man and God-I must
proclaim this truth as clearly and effectively as possible without any
When you follow this teaching, I assure you that you can definitely
conquer the carnal desires of your body. Your body can become 100
percent united with your mind Then you are eligible to become the true
object of God and establish a true love partnership with God.
Whenever two people are bound together by true love, they are
entitled to three important rights: First the right of inheritance.
Second, the right of dwelling together. Third, the right of
Take for example, the relationship of husband and wife The husband
might be the president of a great nation, while his wife might be a
woman of very humble origin and very little education. If they truly
love each other however, they are equals. They own all things in
common, live together, and participate on an equal level.
In the same way, when man and woman are connected to God through
true love, they will also enjoy the rights of inheritance,
participation and living together eternally with God. When you reach
this depth of heart, you will constantly experience the presence of
God, and God will truly dwell among men.
True love always travels the shortest distance with the fastest
speed. Therefore, true love coming from God to the earth travels the
shortest distance-a vertical line. The love between man and woman also
travels the shortest distance, forming a horizontal line. When the
vertical true love meets with the horizontal true love, the crossing
point must absolutely be ninety degrees. There is no other way these
lines can intersect.
Who is God? God is the vertical True Parents centered on true love.
He is intimately close to each of us because He is our vertical
parents. When we welcome the perfected human ancestors-perfected Adam
and Eve-as True Parents, we create a ninety degree crossing point
between the vertical true love of God and the horizontal true love of
True Parents. We have two sets of True Parents. From them we receive
true love, true life and true blood lineage. This creates one world
totally resonating with true love.
The Soviet Union
Ladies and gentlemen, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to
share with you these reflections on the nature of God and humanity. I
am also very happy to be here in the Soviet Union. My heart truly goes
out to the people of the Soviet Union. Many of you have gone through
unbearable suffering and that saddens me. I love your country and your
people very much. I clearly envision a moral and economic renaissance
for the Soviet Union that will dramatically affect the entire world. I
will do all I can to encourage and support that renaissance.
You are undertaking a new Soviet revolution, but this should be a
revolution without blood or bullets-a revolution of the heart and
I have been speaking about the importance of the family. But I want
to tell you that in the depths of my heart, I feel that the Soviet
people are a part of my family. I assure you that my wife and children
feel the same. Also, I assure you that members of the Unification
movement worldwide will do their utmost to work together with you for
the future prosperity and wellbeing of all humanity.
I believe the Soviet Union will play a key role in God's plan to
build a world of lasting true peace. This vast union of nations, which
stretches from the Far East, with its border on my country of Korea, to
the very heart of Europe-the birthplace of Western Civilization-has a
natural destiny to be a bridge between Europe and Asia. We must regard
ourselves as being all members of one global family living in one
May God bless the Soviet Union and all its people.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming and participating in this
Thank you very much.