REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE COSMOS IS OUR HOMETOWN
AND OUR FATHERLAND
The Washington Times Foundation
American Century Awards
Cannon House Office Building Caucus Room
February 2, 2000
Founder's Commemorative Address
Respected members of the United States Senate and House of
Representatives, members of the diplomatic corps, recipients of the
American Century Award - whose contributions have helped make this the
country most blessed by God - ladies and gentlemen:
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude that so many leaders
from a wide variety of fields in American society have gathered here
today to celebrate faith, freedom and family. As founder of The
Washington Times Foundation, I commend all of the award winners. All
of you are champions who through your service have made significant
contributions to improving the quality of life for all Americans.
I also want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for recognizing
my life achievements and congratulating me on my 80th birthday. I am
particularly grateful to God, who has been my constant companion and
protector. To Him, I offer all glory and honor given to me.
I have lived my entire life with the earnest desire to solve the many
problems related to manifesting God's ideal of creation. When I came
to America in 1972, I saw that this country was facing a severe crisis
that affected the world. On my first evangelical tour of all 50
states, I declared that God had three major headaches: the threat of
communism, the lack of cooperation among religious people against
evil, and the moral crisis afflicting youth.
Your responsibility as human beings requires that we meet God halfway
and fulfill what God has asked us to do in the areas of freedom,
faith, and family.
America saved my country
Because God loves America, I initiated many organizations, including
The Washington Times, to respond to these challenges. I am grateful
that God gave me the opportunity to serve America, because
American-led U.N. forces, in the process of saving my country during
the Korean War, liberated me from a communist concentration camp where
I had been imprisoned for preaching the word of God.
Since receiving God's calling as a boy of 16, I have delved into the
meaning of God's Will and fought against tremendous odds to fulfill
the history of His restoration providence for the sake of human
I have come to realize that God does not sit on a throne of glory and
grandeur. Instead, He is a God of deep sorrow and profound suffering,
who has endeavored to save His children who fell into hell. As a
result of the fall, human beings fell into spiritual ignorance. This
meant humanity was fundamentally ignorant regarding God's existence,
the meaning of human life, and the entire universe. People did not
understand how they should live their lives while during their time in
this world with their physical bodies. They didn't understand that
there is a spiritual world after death. They didn't understand that
life in this world should be lived so that it would properly prepare
them for the spiritual world.
Because I have known God's Will and His heart, I have worked with
single-minded determination to devote my entire heart and energy for
the accomplishment of His Will, without regard to the time of day,
changes in the seasons, or the environment around me. As I look back
on the 80 years of my life and all the difficulties and persecution I
have received, I realize I would not be here with you today were it
not for the help that God has given me over the years.
I have spoken publicly on some 10,000 occasions in many places around
the world. These speeches have been published in a series of more than
300 volumes. On this very significant occasion today when I am meeting
some of the most distinguished leaders in the United States, I would
like to share with you the essence of the guiding principles in my
life and work under the theme, "The Cosmos Is Our Hometown and Our
We exist in the context of relationships
The cosmos was created as an enormous house where human beings would
live as the masters. Human beings, who are at the center of the
universe, live in the context of a series of relationships, that is,
the parent-child, husband-wife, and sibling relationships. The
parent-child relationship can be described in terms of a vertical axis
between "above" and "below." Since a husband and wife are on an equal
level, their relationship can be described in terms of a horizontal
axis between "left" and "right." We can say that the sibling
relationship is on a third axis between "front" and "back." Every
individual exists within the sphere created by these three axes. If
the ultimate points on these axes are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6,
then God exists in the seventh position at the center of the sphere.
This is how God can guide us in our daily lives, even while existing
in a central position that cannot be seen.
Since the fall, human beings have existed in the satanic realm of
bondage and suffering. With God's help, people can be set free. They
can mature as true sons and daughters, meet their mates, and become
true husbands and wives. They can go on to have children and become
true parents. This is the normal course of human life. Thus, we cannot
reject the concept of true children, of true husbands and wives, or of
true parents. To do so would be to violate a fundamental principle of
the universe, thus destroying our own existence. Each of us must
participate in building a true family consisting of true parents, a
true husband and wife, and true children. In fact, the family made up
of true parents, true husband and wife, and true children is the model
for the ideal existence.
In the context of the family, people need to fully receive the love of
true parents and of a true spouse. Then, they need to fully receive
the love of true children. Money, knowledge, power, or physical force
cannot bring such human relationships to their completed form. Only
the true love of God, which brings balance to the world, can do this.
True love is a force that invests. It is a giving force, not a force
that only receives. True love gives completely. It is total giving, to
the degree that we ultimately reach a point where there is nothing
left to give. After we reach that "zero point," we will have the
capacity to receive much more than we gave. This process of giving and
receiving will achieve a balance that continues forever. This is the
reason that relationships of giving and receiving will produce a world
where people live for the sake of others centering on true love.
Likewise, all beings in Heaven and Earth exist in mutual relationship
with other beings so as to form a world of true love through giving
and receiving relationships. In mutual relationships every giving
force causes a returning force, and this is what gives eternal
stability to the center point. God exists in the central position of
true love - a position of the "lucky" number seven - giving balance to
the entire universe. Heavenly fortune develops in the process of
receiving this and returning it. Within such relationships, the flow
of love, air, water, and light takes place in circular motion. And
after going round and round, the flow returns to the original form.
Ladies and gentlemen: What makes someone a good person? We can answer
this in many ways. We could say that a bad person is someone who takes
whatever he is given and keeps it for himself or herself. A good
person, then, is someone who adds to whatever he or she is given and
passes it on to others. This is why no parent wants his or her child
to grow up to be something less than the parent. We all want our
children to be better than ourselves. Also, a husband would like for
his wife to be better than himself, and a wife wants her husband to be
better than herself. Further, an elder brother and younger brother
would each want the other to become better than themselves.
We all want to give back something more than what we receive. This is
our fervent wish as parents, as husbands and wives, and as children.
It is also the fervent wish of all things in nature. Ultimately, it is
the fervent wish of the entire universe.
Moreover, only those whose hearts are so wide that they can say, "The
cosmos is my hometown and my fatherland," will be welcomed by the
cosmos. We can conclude, then, that in order to become God's true sons
and daughters we must be welcomed by individuals, by families, by
nations, by the world, and finally by the cosmos. That being the case,
where would you most like to go and live? I think you would like to
live in the original homeland where you were born.
Our "fatherland" is wherever God is
Broadly speaking, "original homeland" can refer to the planet Earth
within the cosmos, and our fatherland is wherever God can be found.
God is the founding father of our fatherland. Our homeland is the
Earth as God originally intended it to be - a place where parents,
siblings, and children who did not commit the fall would live
together. This was to be a place where black people, yellow people,
and white people could live together in harmony. Who is the parent of
all these different races? There is only one parent. The God who is
with us wherever we go in the universe is the father of humankind.
Thus, it would be a mistake for anyone to think that white people,
black people, or yellow people are the masters of America. God is the
master of America.
Differences in skin color are nothing more than the result of our
ancestors having had to adapt to different climates and environments
in different parts of the globe. In areas with large amounts of
snowfall, we find mainly white people living. In places such as Africa
where the rays of the sun are particularly bright, we find mainly
black people. Fundamentally, though, people are the same. The color of
our blood is the same. Our flesh and bones look the same. We all have
the capacity to love. Thus, there should be no discrimination based on
This is why the Unification Church has been working through the
International Blessed Wedding Ceremonies to create unity and harmony
among the races. In accordance with the natural principles of
universal love and equality for all people, we have performed many
interracial marriages. When a black person and a white person marry,
it is like the North Pole and the South Pole coming together in unity.
When a yellow person and a black person marry and have children, both
parents contribute their good attributes and their descendants are
better as a result.
Where there is love, there can be no strife. Each of us comes from a
different hometown and fatherland. Yet we can all agree that the world
of God's true love is the homeland of faith, peace, and unity.
Nothing is more important in the human world than true love, true
life, and true lineage. True love leads to true life and true lineage.
True love cannot be fulfilled unless it results in a true lineage.
Further, love without true life is false love. True life is conceived
within the context of true love and true lineage.
God's ideal for creation
Thus, true love, true life, and true lineage open the way to eternal
life. God's ideal for creation is for each to become true individuals
and pass on true love, true life, and true lineage to our descendants.
God is the ideal being and the master of eternal true love, eternal
true lineage, and eternal true life. Those who resemble God become His
true sons and daughters living in the Kingdom of Heaven. Why do men
and women get married? They do so to link together the past, present,
and future in the tradition of true lineage that I have described.
Before the fall, Adam and Eve could relate to God freely and directly,
but this was no longer possible after the fall. Likewise, because of
the fall, Cain and Abel, the children of Adam and Eve, could not
inherit God's blood lineage. They inherited Satan's lineage instead.
This is why Jesus said in John 3:3, "... unless one is born anew, he
cannot see the Kingdom of God."
People need to know that they have inherited a false life through a
false lineage, which originated in a false love relationship. God
feels pain and sorrow when He sees the promiscuous sex and
homosexuality that are so prevalent in our world today. When people
realize that they have inherited the position of the enemy of love,
enemy of life, and enemy of lineage, they will be filled with shame.
God's nature, though, is to love the sons and daughters of His enemy
even more than His own children. He has invested himself completely
without expecting any return, and He will continue this process until
He has restored all the children who were taken from Him. This is
God's providence of salvation.
For God to bring a fallen human being back to life, He must provide a
life force even more powerful than false life. How pitiful God must
be, tormented by the misery of each baby brought into this world
through the false seed resulting from the fall! Such children have
multiplied to the point that now there are six billion fallen human
beings in the world.
Humans are created to pass through three stages of life: in the
mother's womb, on Earth, and in the spirit world after death.
The planet Earth, where the physical body lives, is similar to the
mother's womb. In the same way that a fetus grows by receiving
nutrition through its mother's womb, we grow on Earth, by eating food
taken from the creation. That is why we should love the Earth as our
In the spirit world, light as bright as the sun shines continuously.
If a person were in space somewhere in the solar system, the sun would
shine on him continuously. That is the way it is in the spirit world.
The light of love in the spirit world is constant and unchanging. Love
does not change, whether it is day or night, at the North Pole or
South Pole. The spirit world is the world of love filled with the true
love of God. The spirit world is also like a storehouse in which the
fruits of our hard work on Earth are stored. Our life in the spirit
world will reflect our accomplishments on Earth.
Jesus was directly connected to God's lineage
During the course of God's providence of restoration, Jesus was the
only one born with true life directly connected to God's true lineage.
Accordingly, no one among fallen humanity has ever entered God's realm
of direct dominion, either on Earth or in the spirit world. That is
why God has been alone, leading a lonely and sorrowful existence.
Hence, the world has become a place where people and all of nature are
God has been searching for one person whom He could trust - one man
who could purify the fallen lineage of humanity and transform it into
true life. That man is the Messiah who inherits God's true love and
brings liberation to all humankind. The Old Testament age after Adam's
fall is the history of the people chosen to receive the Messiah. God's
will was for Jesus to come as the Messiah through the chosen people of
Israel, for all people to be grafted on to Jesus' family, and for this
to be expanded to encompass the world. However, due to the unbelief of
his contemporaries, Jesus died on the cross, leaving this process as
an ideal to be accomplished at the time of the Second Advent.
Thus the returning Lord must stand in the position of the True Parents
of humankind and recover the position of embodying God's true love. He
must fulfill the position of the parents of Heaven and Earth and bring
God's providence of salvation for all humankind to completion. The
Messiah must begin by forming a family that attends God more
gloriously and with greater filial piety than the family that Adam and
Eve would have formed had they not fallen. The Messiah is the head of
the family that represents the core of the ideal for a new humanity
that must begin by linking to the lineage of true love through the
life of true love. He must connect blessed families to the Kingdom of
Heaven on Earth and in Heaven so as to expand and complete the Kingdom
on Earth and in Heaven.
Therefore as the True Parents of all humankind, the coming Messiah
should renounce the love of the fallen satanic world and fallen human
ways. He must establish the path and tradition of a perfected man and
woman, perfected family, clan, people, nation, world, and cosmos
linked to God's true love. All humankind must receive the new Blessing
through the love of the true parents, and inherit the new family
lineage. Humanity must understand that there is no way to do this
except through true love. This is how the hellish world of Satan's
dominion can be supplanted and overcome.
Thus, all humankind must go through the following eight-stage process
of restoration and recover their positions as God's sons and
daughters. Everyone must restore the eight stages of womb period,
infant period, sibling period, engagement period, husband-wife period,
parental period, grandparent period, and finally reach the period of
king and queen. We should understand that we were born with the
ultimate purpose to become princes and princesses who inherit
everything in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Marriage is God's blessing
Ladies and gentlemen, it was originally intended that each man would
meet a woman as his wife to become a king, and that each woman would
meet a man to become a queen. As a prince and princess of Heaven, they
would inherit everything in Heaven. To restore the Kingdom of Heaven,
every person must start at the bottom of hell, and work his or her way
up through the eight-stage indemnity process until unity is
established at every stage. This is possible only through the Blessing
of the True Parents, who come as the Messiah.
Therefore, "blessed couples" should become "plus couples" who
contribute for the sake of others in the world. To become completely
reborn, we should practice absolute faith, absolute love, and absolute
obedience centering on God. I have personally practiced this
throughout my life.
When God created the universe, He acted with absolute faith. God
created us to be His absolute partners of love. Absolute obedience
means that we invest ourselves completely to the extent that we give
up all self-centeredness. Furthermore, one totally forgets about the
investment that one makes and invests all over again. Such a process
continues until one reaches a zero point without any concept of one's
own self. Since God poured out all of His faith, what is left is zero;
since He poured out all of His love, what is left is zero; since He
poured out all of His obedience, what is left is zero. Nevertheless,
Heaven's true love is such that the more it is invested the more it
grows. We must come to resemble God in this way.
Even if our love is rejected, we should continue to love even more;
even if we invested everything that we have, we should continue to
invest until we can make our enemy voluntarily surrender. Our Heavenly
Father walked such a path, and the Parents of Heaven and Earth walked
such a path.
The person who invests love continuously without expecting a direct
return becomes a central being, the one who inherits everything, and
the person of greatest filial piety. In a family of ten people,
including a grandmother and grandfather, the one who lives most for
the sake of others will be the central person. The same principle
applies with respect to patriots in the nation or to saints in the
world. The more one invests without expecting a direct return, the
higher one can rise as a patriot, a saint, and a divine son or
daughter of God.
Since the beginning of human history, God has lived more for the sake
of others and invested more of Himself than any being. He has
continuously invested Himself without expecting direct return. And
because He will continue to do so for eternity, He can be the king and
ancestor of all those who live for the sake of others.
The reason the Unification Church that I lead could become a worldwide
religious group in such a short time is that its members have worked
hard according to this principle. When I reflect upon my life totally
committed for the sake of humankind, I can testify that it truly has
been the focus of opposition from billions of evil satanic forces in
both the invisible and visible worlds, as well as from numerous
religious leaders and many governments. Yet because I lived for their
sake, I eventually came to stand in their center.
As I lived for those who opposed me because of their inability to
understand the truth, and as I invested myself for their children, and
lived for the sake of governments that persecuted me, they eventually
came to respect me. From this, we can learn God's strategy in contrast
to that of Satan. God's strategy is to take the blow and initial loss,
then regain everything in the end. Satan often is the first to strike,
but he loses in the end.
Why I conduct international weddings
Under this principle, I blessed many millions of young couples from
all continents in International Holy Blessing Ceremonies as a means to
save all humankind and establish one world under the one God. When the
West and the East come together as one, the greatest cultural conflict
in the world will be overcome. When an American and a German marry
each other and become husband and wife, then perfect harmony will be
created between these two nations, even though they were once enemies.
Furthermore, I gave the blessing even to those now living in the
spirit world. In order for the Kingdom of Heaven to be realized on
Earth, the cosmic realms of the spirit world must also be liberated,
and only True Parents on the Earth can do that. As false parents, the
first human ancestors, Adam and Eve, sowed sinful seeds. The Messiah
should liberate humankind both on Earth and in the spirit world, by
coming as the True Parents.
Even God, although omniscient and all-powerful, cannot by Himself
untangle the problems brought about by the wrongful blood lineage of
humankind. If God could accomplish this alone, He would have saved His
children a long time ago. In fact, He would not have allowed the fall
to occur in the first place. However, God is a God of Principle. This
means He cannot interfere in the responsibility given to human beings.
Accordingly, the returning Messiah who comes as True Parents should
give rebirth through true love to humankind, whose blood lineage was
defiled by the original sin. When viewed from this perspective, the
International Blessing Ceremonies are not conducted simply to bring
young men and women together as husbands and wives.
In fact, they are holy ceremonies in which people are reborn as God's
true children through the original seed of life from God. The
principle is that restoration requires indemnity, and we have passed
through the stages of individual indemnity, family indemnity, tribal
indemnity, people's indemnity, national indemnity, worldwide
indemnity, and universal indemnity. Now, finally, we have arrived at
the time of liberation for both the spirit world and the physical
The world is divided into tens of thousands of ethnic groups.
Relationships between parents and children, husbands and wives, and
brothers and sisters have been divided. Even the religious world has
been divided into the four great cultural spheres of Christianity,
Buddhism, Islam, and Confucianism. However, we have now entered the
age of cosmic unification by entering the Age of the Realm of the
Fourth Adam, passing the Old Testament Age, the New Testament Age, and
even the Completed Testament Age, which is the era of completion.
In other words, we no longer live in an age dominated by nationalism,
or even in an age of globalism. These have already passed. National
purpose and global concerns still exist, of course, but we now live in
an age when the universe is to be united with one God. Moreover, by
becoming the hometown of blessed families, the planet Earth will
become one with the spirit world. Then, the Kingdom of Heaven will
come about on Earth and in the realm of eternal life.
Ladies and gentlemen, with the arrival of a new millennium, at
midnight on New Year's Eve, I proclaimed a message for the new year
titled, "The Cosmic Expansion of True Love is the Completion of the
new Millennium Kingdom." By "cosmic expansion of true love," I mean
that Heaven and Earth should become a "house" of true love. The new
millennium must be a time in which we complete the building of God's
Kingdom throughout the world.
The cosmos originated from God, so families, tribes, peoples, nations,
and the world must work to complete a house of love that stands in a
position of reciprocal relationship with God. They can do this by each
establishing their own house of love according to the principle
formula and by becoming one with each other. The nation must be a
house of love where all families can enter, and the cosmos must be a
house of love that embraces the world. Here, the family of true love
is particularly important, because it becomes the core of the cosmos,
which is our enormous house in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The house of love
Within the family, the husband must be the house of love for his wife,
and the wife must be the house of love for her husband. The parents
must be the house of love for their children, and the children must be
the house of love for their parents. God's Kingdom is the place where
the ideal of true freedom blossoms, and where humanity's hopes are
fulfilled. It is a place inhabited by true families that are the
products of true love, true life, and true lineage. It marks the
beginning of the Millennial Kingdom overflowing with eternal true love
and true happiness.
I have promoted true family values, because the family formed by a
union between a true man and true woman where God can dwell is the
center of the cosmic realm where Heaven and Earth can rest. This is
the reason the Garden of Eden mentioned in the Bible must be realized
The new millennium is the time to complete the 6,000-year history of
the providence for the salvation of humanity and build the original
Heavenly Kingdom centered on the ideal of creation. It is the
Completed Testament Age, when the promises of the Old and the New
Testaments are to be fulfilled. This means a new Heaven and new Earth,
where "he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall
be no more, and neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain
any more." (Rev. 21:4) It means a time of unconditional true love,
when all people will be able to drink the water of life that is as
clear as crystal.
It will be a time when the spiritual world and physical world will be
open to each other, and God's Kingdom is established. The direct
dominion of the living God is to begin through restored elder-sonship,
parenthood, and kingship, opening a new era of God's transcendence,
imminence, abundance, and sovereignty.
As I have already mentioned, the planet Earth is the hometown of all
humankind, and the spirit world is the eternal fatherland where all
humanity will eventually arrive. Finally, the time has come for the
global family ideal to be realized on the planet Earth centered on the
Heavenly Parent, moving us beyond "One Nation under God" to "One
Cosmos under God."
Therefore, I request first that you understand that the fundamental
relationship between God and humanity is that of parent and child. On
that foundation, I ask you to take an active role to transform the
"cosmos," that is, the spirit world and the physical world, into "our
hometown and fatherland."
Once again, I thank all of you distinguished American leaders for your
presence here. I would like to conclude by expressing God's desire
that people of the world of all colors and races will come to live as
true brothers and sisters and build a new millennial kingdom of love,
peace, freedom, and righteousness. I believe that God prepared America
for this very time to help lead the world into this new era.
May God's blessing be with you and your nation. Thank you.