REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
World Unification and
Will Be Accomplished by True Love
February 10, 2000
Distinguished guests whose fervent desire is for North-South unification,
ladies and gentlemen.
The new millennium that just began is a time to clean away the divisions
and conflicts of the past century and to manifest the ideal of a one
world family of harmony and unification. I would like to begin by
thanking you for congratulating me on my eightieth birthday. Most of
all, I would like to return to God all the honor and glory given to me,
because it is He who has watched over me until this day.
As I look back, I am reminded that my life has never been easy. My life
has been intertwined with the suffering history of our people and the
numerous difficulties that our people have undergone in the midst of
the great powers.
As a boy of 16, I came into contact with the will of Heaven through
prayer, and throughout my life after that I have devoted all my spirit
and energy to accomplishing God's Will. I came to understand that the
fundamental cause of human unhappiness is that the relationship with God
was severed by the fall. As a result of the fall, human beings fell into
a state of spiritual ignorance. In an effort to resolve the fundamental
problems this has caused among humans and in the universe, I have spoken
publicly on more than 10,000 occasions in many places around the world
and set forth a true view of humanity, a true view of the world, and a
true view of history based on Godism.
These speeches have been translated into twelve languages and published
in three hundred volumes. The contents of these speeches are not the
result of a comprehensive study of historical documents. My conclusions
are not the result of scholarly research. Instead, I arrived at these
answers to basic and fundamental questions through my communications
with both the visible and invisible worlds.
The issue of unifying the Korean Peninsula is the solemn desire
of our people and the final act of bringing the global Cold War to a
conclusion. So today, as I express my gratitude for your having prepared
this meaningful forum, I would like to share with you on the topic,
"North-South Unification and World Unification Will Be Accomplished
by True Love," and lay out the basic answer for how to bring about
The unification of our country involves more than the mere unification of
national territory. It begins with the unification of the human mind and
body that were divided against one another as a result of the fall, and
it is the model for the unification of the world that has been divided
in two. Thus, this issue must be understood from the perspective of
God's salvation providence. It must be resolved on a providential level.
What is Satan's ultimate target behind the history of struggle between
good and evil every since this conflict was brought into being as a
result of the fall of the first human ancestors? Satan has his sights
set precisely on God Himself. God is eternal, unchanging, absolute and
unique, and the standard of the ideal that He held at the beginning of
creation must also have these qualities.
If you were to ask God directly, I think He will confirm what I am
saying. How can God reply when Satan says to God, "God, when you made
me an archangel in the beginning, were you acting out of a love for me
that was temporary or eternal"?
I think God will say that He made him the archangel out of a love that
was eternal. If he were to say that His love was temporary, that would
make Him an ephemeral God. Unless He maintains a standard of loving
Satan eternally, there will eventually come a time when He will no
longer be able to exercise His authority as God with respect to Satan.
Thus, no matter how much Satan may oppose Him, God has no choice other
than to establish the condition of loving Satan.
Satan says to God, "I became an evil scoundrel as a result of the fall,
but you and good people can't use methods that are similar to mine, can
you? I may like to fight, but you're not supposed to enjoy fighting. Even
when you take a blow, you have to endure, don't you?" Thus, God's
philosophy is one of non-resistance. Why is that? It is because, until
the world of the heavenly ideal is manifested on this Earth, God must
love the archangel who has become Satan, regardless of the circumstances.
No matter how much trouble Satan may cause, God cannot punish him or
cut him off. He must establish the condition of having loved Satan
regardless of where he found Satan. God can only have complete victory
when Satan confesses to Him, saying, "Oh, God really is God. I surrender
to You." This is the problem.
Because of this, God is in the position of being tied up by Satan. Since
the principle path of the providence of restoration is for God to bring
about Satan's surrender by loving him, we who are His children must walk
this same path.
It doesn't matter if a person is persecuted around the world and is
considered a worldwide enemy. This person must establish the condition
of having loved those who oppose him. From this aspect, there is amazing
truth in God's words to "love your enemies." In fact, this is one of
God's battle strategies.
These words sound simple. No one realized, though, that they have marked
the boundary line between victory and defeat in the battle between God
If God were to adopt a philosophy of looking on Satan as His enemy
and seek revenge against him, then God would never be able to stand
on the pinnacle of victory. Thus, God has said, "love your enemy,"
and has carried out a strategy of love. The words "love your enemy"
also represent the culmination of Jesus' teaching.
It is remarkable that Jesus, the only begotten son of God, stood before
Satan and prayed for him despite the fact that Satan was trying to kill
him. If Jesus, as he hung dying on the cross, had held any feelings
of malice toward his enemy, God's Providence would have been turned
completely around. It is because Jesus overcame death with a heart of
praying that his enemies might be blessed and of loving his enemies that
Satan surrendered in that instance.
This is where the qualification to be God's eternal child comes
about. Even Satan recognizes this qualification, and gives his
signature. You, too, will be able to stand before God and say, "Hey
Satan, am I not unmistakably the son of God?" and Satan will reply,
"Yes, that is correct." We must conduct ourselves in such a way that if
we say to Satan, "You have no problem, then, if people who live like me
expand God's reciprocal realm, starting from the individual and moving
to the family, clan, people, nation, and world," Satan's answer will be,
"That is the Principle, so I can't do anything about it."
It is under these conditions that God has pursued the providence, with
the Christian cultural sphere at the center. Whether we find ourselves
on the path of sacrifice, in the position of martyrdom, or in the midst
of bloody battle, we must carry out a movement of loving God and loving
even our enemies. We must carry out this movement in our families,
in our societies, and in our nations.
The Roman Empire severely persecuted Christianity, but it was forced
to surrender in the face of the love by which Christianity loved even
the country that was its enemy. This is how Christianity came to be
a worldwide religion. The starting point for the path to heaven was
within the country that was Christianity's enemy. Until now Christians
have only thought about loving their own personal enemies, but this is
not correct. We must love the country that is our enemy, and even the
world that is our enemy.
The starting point on the path to Heaven is within the country that is
our enemy. Unless we create the foundation of the tradition of true love
and set out on the basis of this foundation, we cannot bring about the
Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. When the tradition is established in this way,
there can never be a philosophy or ideology greater than this.
When Korea was under Japanese imperial rule, the four providential
countries -- Korea, Japan, Germany, and the United States -- were enemies
with one another. Given the circumstances of that time, Japanese and
Koreans were enemies. Japanese and Americans were enemies. Americans
and Germans were enemies. Yet, I practiced the way of true love of
Heaven by taking Japanese and Germans to America, their enemy country,
and telling them that America was falling into ruin and their help was
needed to revive it.
I emphasized to the Japanese and Germans that they could not establish
a new thinking capable of leading humanity into a new world that Heaven
desires unless they set the condition of having loved their past enemy,
America, even more than their own fatherland. I set forth this tradition
of true love, and created a new beginning.
Unless people erect a base and tradition by which they are able to love
the countries that are enemies of their own, the Kingdom of Heaven cannot
be realized on Earth. It is only within the true love of God that such
a historic tradition can be constructed.
When I was humiliated by the U.S. federal government and unjustly brought
before a court of law, my response was actually to work harder to give
life to America by founding the conservative newspaper The Washington
Times and a broadcasting station.
Recently, I am pursuing an effort to gather prominent strategic planners
from around the world in order to assist China. This is one example
of how all the organizations that I have founded are ready to involve
themselves in any effort of Heaven that requires love. In the future,
even those with superior ability will find themselves ruled by others
if they have not accumulated accomplishments in true love.
Everyone here needs to bear this in mind. I was involved in the
anti-Japanese resistance movement under the Japanese imperial rule,
and from that perspective the Japanese people were my enemy. This was
true for the Korean people as a whole and for me individually. Yet,
after Japan's defeat in World War II, I gave love to Japan.
After the war, I could have reported the police who had taken me into
custody for my activities in the underground independence movement
and tortured me severely. Had I done this, they would all have been
executed. When I came across a Japanese policeman who was running for
his life, however, I packed some things for him and helped him escape
to safety under the cover of darkness.
Do you know why so many young people in Japan place their eternal lives
at stake and pledge their loyalty to me? This is because there is a
principle of cause and effect which dictates that they must return what
has been given them.
It is because I planted the seeds of true love in the world, transcending
national boundaries and in accordance with God's heart. It is because I
planted the heartistic foundation that leads people to a life of loving
the countries that were the enemies of their own country. Thus, Japan
today is my prisoner. Without even realizing it, Japan is fulfilling
its heavenly calling.
Under Japanese rule, I had reason to harbor resentment even toward the
Emperor of Japan. But he has already been defeated. Heaven does not
strike a person who is defeated. In fact, Heaven shows mercy toward those
who understand their sin and apologize. Because this is Heaven's way,
a person who raises a sword and strikes a defeated person will find his
own descendants driven to ruin.
The United States is also a country that considered me their
enemy. However, I left my family behind and diverted my attention from
my Korean fatherland to bring salvation to that country. I threw away
everything that belonged to me in order to bring salvation to the world
Think, too, of how much hatred the established Christian denominations
have directed toward the Unification Church. It might be said that we are
enemies. We must not fight each other as enemies, however. We must come
together in love. What happens when we come together in love? The two
come together in love and lead the Republic of Korea into fulfilling
the will of Heaven so as to digest North Korea. If the established
denominations and the Unification Church had become one immediately
after Korea's liberation from Japan, everything would have been solved.
Because that did not happen, we have had to make extraordinary sacrifices
to fight enemies of the individual, enemies of the family, enemies of
the clan, and enemies of the people in order to attain the position that
we would have reached in the first place had there been no conflict. We
have worked to overcome the path of suffering where we were not able to
strike at enemies.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, all the people in North Korea have
armed themselves with Juche Thought. We must arm ourselves with the
philosophy of true love that is capable of digesting them. North Korea is
a part of the Northern Culture that has been influenced by the cold winds
of the Soviet Culture. We must work to naturally melt them with our warm
region civilization. Otherwise, both countries will go to ruin. Thus,
we must thoroughly arm ourselves philosophically.
This philosophy must not be one that seeks the fulfillment of individual
desires. Rather, it must seek the salvation of all humanity. It must
not be centered on the self. Communists have the idea that everyone
should work for the sake of a few top Party leaders.
This is why they eliminate any person who stands out as a potential
rival. We are not that way. Our idea is to unite with the reciprocal
environment in order to establish a reciprocal standard of a higher
level. That is, for Cain and Abel to become one so as to receive their
parents on a higher level.
I do not believe South Korea should attempt to overcome North Korea
militarily. Instead, we must love our nation more than they love
theirs. We must have the philosophical strength to love Heaven even
more than they love communism. We must become capable men and women of
character who can bring about their natural surrender. There is no other
way for us to absorb North Korea.
In other words, we must become able to impress them with how we live. We
must be able to amaze those people armed with communist ideology in
terms of our outlook on life and our standard of character.
We cannot restore the Cain-type nation unless we maintain an environment
by which we are able to exert influence over them. If we cannot
restore the Cain-type nation, we cannot establish the restored country
capable of entering into a worldwide nation centered on the Kingdom of
Heaven. Although North and South Korea are divided against one another,
we must liberate North Korea without fighting them.
The Korean people in both North and South Korea fervently desire to see
the country unified, but how can this be accomplished? Unification can
only be accomplished when a sophisticated method for unification is put
forward that will allow both sides to live together. When the South goes
to the North, or the North to the South, and says, "Let's do it our way,"
unification will not succeed. Thus, we must find a love that will benefit
Ladies and gentlemen, at the moment North and South are going in different
directions. One is trying to go south and the other trying to go north,
and they are on two divergent paths. Their purposes are at odds with
each other. If both sides insist on their own position, it is certain
that the situation will again result in breakdown.
The question is what is to be done about this. There must be a South
Korean person who loves North Korea with a greater love than any South
Korean person has for his own country.
Also, there must be a North Korean person who loves South Korea with a
greater love than any North Korean has for his own country. There is no
option or solution other than this.
If there is one person whose patriotism is greater than any South
Korean's and greater than any North Korean's, then this is where the
path to unification can come about. Can there be another way? No matter
how hard you may think, there is no other way.
What are the Korean people to do, then? Our country straddles the boundary
line between left and right centering on the 38th Parallel. We are the
ones who have been placed on that line, so what are we to do? This is
The issue is how to resolve this problem. The answer is that we must
suffer even more than North Koreans, and even more than South Koreans.
How are we to uphold such a standard of patriotism, established through
suffering and transcending nationality? This is the way to give this
country life and to solve its problems.
The same principle applies to uniting the world of goodness and the
world of evil. Someone must appear in the world of goodness that is a
greater patriot to the world of evil than anyone in that world. A person
must appear that can set a higher standard of loyalty to his nation than
anyone among our ancestors who pursued goodness. This is the only way
for a divided history to be resolved.
Jesus was particularly remarkable in this regard. He realized it would
do no good for both sides to fight. The only way for him to live for the
sake of God and for the sake of the people of Israel was for him to die
for God and for his people. This was the reasoning behind the crucifixion.
Jesus' love for humanity was greater than anyone else's since the
beginning of history, and his love for God was greater than anyone
else's in history. Because of this, his death caused a history destined
for destruction to take a new direction toward a world of purpose. This
was the Christian cultural sphere. This is historical fact.
Thus, the only way to unite North and South is to become a people who
can die for the North and the South. There is no other path to achieve
unification. There has to be a heart of truly wanting to live together
in harmony with the other side.
When a person considers how to lead his life, the most basic fundamentals
can be expressed as: the path of a filial child, the path of a loyal
patriot, the path of a saint, and the path of a son or daughter of God.
Isn't it the heart of wanting to live in harmony with others eternally and
of wanting to be with others without regard to whether they are higher
or lower, and transcending front and back and left and right? This is
the logical conclusion.
What is the common denominator among those who say, "I want to live
in harmony with others?" It is not power. Power cannot transcend
history. Power is limited to a specific period in time.
The same is true with knowledge. The world of knowledge has an innate
tendency to develop. Does knowledge give us the heart to say, "I want
to live with this particular piece of knowledge forever?"
Clearly, we cannot keep either knowledge or wealth with us forever.
What then is the common denominator that transcends above and below, front
and back, left and right, and the time differences between past, present
and future? This cannot be anything other than true love centering on God.
Thus, a filial child is one who lives in his family giving profound
love to his or her parents. Also, a patriot is one who lives a life of
profound love for his or her country. A saint is one who lives a life
of profound love for the people of the world. A son or daughter of God
is one who lives a life of profound love for all humanity and God.
Thus, the problem is to develop a true foundation of heart by which a
person can want to have the heart of a patriot. Such a person would want
his or her life to be in concert with the fortunes of the people. Such
a person would look upon any difficulties faced by the people as his
or her own personal difficulties. This person would look upon any joys
experienced by his people as more than temporary joys but eternal joys
to be shared with everyone.
The person who possesses relationships of true love and true heart is
given special authority to participate in the realm of unification.
Ladies and gentlemen, even if a woman lacks any formal education she
can marry a man with a doctoral degree and suddenly become the wife of
a scholar. Isn't that true? Anyone who possesses a great deal of the
relationships of heart desiring to live with others in harmony has the
right to participate today in the realm of unification.
God himself is such a being. So if a person attains the life content
enabling him to form a unity, this person is automatically given the
qualification to participate.
Where should we begin the process of unification? Where should we start
in order to achieve North-South unification? What is the first step? Do
we begin by using our fists or physical force? If we subjugate the other
side with force, then eventually they will develop a force stronger
than ours and the conflict will begin all over again. We cannot achieve
unification by this method. The way to unification will open when each
of us has the heart to say, "Even though I live in the South, I truly
want to live in harmony with those people in the North. I truly want to
become one with them."
Suppose people in the South were to look upon our compatriots in the North
and shed tears to see the miserable conditions in which they live. Suppose
we were to tell them, "I am living my life in a way that I can share
in your difficulties." Suppose we were to promise them, "Someday soon,
I will appear before you having completed the preparations for your day
of liberation." Suppose, then, we were to carry out a practical movement
for unification based on such a heart. If we did these things, I believe
the day of unification would not be far off.
Ladies and gentlemen, we must think how we can live in harmony with
No one can be a patriot if they do not want to live with their parents
or with their compatriots. Any claim such a person might make to being
patriotic would be a lie.
A person must first be able to live in harmony with his own country
before he or she can live in harmony with the world. Further, a person
must first live in harmony with the world before he or she can live in
harmony with God. Thus, a person cannot be a patriot unless he first
loves his compatriots and gives love to that particular regional society.
How much do our political leaders love their country?
Any politician who lacks a heart of truly wanting to share in the life
of common citizens will soon disappear. It doesn't matter how well bred
or educated this person may be. He will disappear like an air bubble
formed on a surface of water.
Any leader who does not love the citizens will not be able to escape
judgment by the citizens of his country and by history.
Healing the division between North and South is not a simple
process. As fellow patriots struggle to bring this about, they will
need a determination of heart to work through many sleepless nights,
transcending time, and overcoming all manner of difficulties.
"I truly want to live with them. I don't want to die unless I can die with
them. I don't want to live unless I can live with them." The movement
for North-South unification begins when both sides have such a heart
toward the other.
When North-South unification is accomplished, this will be the
beginning point in the effort to unite the democratic and communist
worlds. Each of us must consider the future of our people and of the
world as a representative of the world, a representative of the six
billion humankind, a representative of the three billion people of Asia,
a representative of your school, and a representative of all the students
you have ever taught. We must determine ourselves to carry out a movement
that will truly enable us to share in the lives of our compatriots.
When such an effort connects you to the way of the saint, then you will
come to resemble a saint. If you practice this with respect to God with
the loyalty of a son or daughter of God, then you will become "God's
heir," and "successor to God's will." I tell you these things today,
because I have already confirmed their truth in my own life.
Once North-South unification is accomplished in Korea, the unification of
the world will follow automatically. Do you think that political power,
military force, or economic wealth can bring about unification? There
isn't even the slightest chance of this. That is the reason I am speaking
to you in this way.
Can weapons, wealth, or knowledge do away with rotten philosophies? No,
they cannot. Only true love can do this. This love is love that comes
When a person enters into a relationship of true love with God, he or
she is absolutely given special authority to have dominion, ownership,
and the right of inheritance. In the world of mechanics, the energy
produced is less than the energy put into a system. However, in the
world of true love, greater energy is produced than is put in.
What is true love? It is love that lives for the sake of others. It is
love of unlimited giving and forgetting. No memory is kept of how much
was given. It is a love that never tires of giving. A 90-year-old mother
can turn to her 70-year-old son and say, "Be careful when you cross the
street," and there is nothing strange about that. Even if the mother
has repeated those same words countless times over several decades,
she will always say them one more time.
If this is true with parents in the fallen world, how can we ever grow
tired of giving and receiving God's love in the essential world? When
we establish God's true reciprocal realm in our own lives, we will
understand the unchanging glory of true love for the first time. Then
we will be able to justify the ethics of eternal life centering on the
true love of human beings. Who in the world is aware of such things?
In 1984, I was lying in bed in an American prison where I had been
unjustly incarcerated, when God came to me. He said, "You are the only
person I can trust. I want you to resolve the situation in Nicaragua." Am
I really the only person God can come to with such a command?
America is said to be a great country standing at the forefront of all
developed countries. It has a population of 240 million people and a
large number of religious leaders. How helpless God must be that he
could not go to any of those people but had to come to me. At least it
is fortunate that God knows how to find a person by his love.
If I had not worked for the sake of the world at that time, South America
would have been completely ravaged by war by now.
North-South unification is the fervent desire of the Korean people,
but it is also the earnest desire of God in this age. It is Heaven's
desire that North Korea and South Korea can be united and that God's
resting place will be established in your homes, in our churches, and
in our worldwide church centered on God.
How, then, are we to attend God? How can we wipe everything clean? What
can we use to wipe everything off so that God will say it is completely
clean? This is the problem.
The answer is simple. We must clean the surroundings centering on a true
love that is greater than our love for our parents, greater than our love
for our spouses, and greater than our love for our children. It is only
when our offerings our placed on the altar centering on such love that the
ideal North-South unification will be manifested. This is where the ideal
blending of Eastern and Western cultures can occur. This is where the
ideal unification of the divided physical and heavenly realms can occur.
This is where the realm of liberation of Hell and Heaven will come
about. We cannot unlock this without true love. We need the key of
Unification brought about by the love between a person's mind and body
can always be manifested as the unification of love in the family. A
loving husband and wife with a harmonious family will always see their
love manifested within their clan.
If a loving husband and wife unite as one, who will dare try to tear
them apart and defile their relationship? A world made of the harmonious
family, harmonious people, harmonious government, harmonious world,
harmonious Heaven and Earth, harmonious true human love and God united
as one -- isn't this world the utopia of true love? In such a world,
there will be no possibility of discord. Love will be the life element
for all people, in the same way that plants receive life elements by
absorbing the rays of the sun. Our fervent desire is to build a Kingdom
of Heaven on Earth and in Heaven, where we can resonate with true love
eternally. How many people are there in this world, though, who are
the subject partners or object partners of true love, who can stand as
people of character qualified to the be master of all things, and who
possess both the value of a remarkable life and the special authority
that comes with such a life?
I sincerely hope that each person participating today will remember what
I have said, and will work to unite your mind and body. I hope that you
will start by becoming a person who lives for the sake of your spouse,
and go on to become a true person who lives for the sake of your family,
people, nation, and world.
If you do that, then North-South unification will be as good as done. Even
communist ideology is easily absorbed and disappears when it is placed
in the midst of God's love. The problem until now was that we did not
know this. Once we develop our hearts of love, North-South unification
will be no problem at all.
That is not all. Problems between East and West and the worldwide
North-South problem involving differences among rich and poor nations
can also be completely resolved through the true love of God.
We must digest the ideal for the world centering on God's ideal that I
have described, and go on to digest the ideal of the nation. Then we must
move on to the boundless realm of peace of the ideal world that links the
ideal of the nation to the ideals of clan, family, and individual. This
is, without a doubt, the way that the utopia of true love that God has
desired can be built on this Earth.
Distinguished guests: We cannot fight the communist world with guns and
swords or any other means of physical force. We must fight them with
love. Communists seek to destroy the democratic world in order to build a
communist world. By contrast, we must build a structure that will bring
salvation not only to the democratic world but to the communist world
The 38th Parallel is the deepest point in final resting place where
North and South can be united by means of God's true love. When it comes
to doing away with this demarcation line between North and South, the
North says, "There's nothing we can do about it." Russia says the same
thing. China, too, says the same thing. The government and opposition
parties in Seoul say, "There's nothing we can do about it." Even the
United States and Japan say there is nothing they can do about this. If
this is the case, then it will be the end of everything. If that happens,
will we prosper or will we be ruined? It will be the end of everything
evil and a new beginning for everything good. This is the reason we must
unite the citizens of our country.
Millions of people in Korea, Japan, and the United States have worked
through the International Federation for Victory Over Communism and
CAUSA to lay non-governmental foundations in each of these countries.
I declared the fundamental principle for unification more than 40 years
ago. Since then, I have carried out a movement of ideas, centered on
Godism, both domestically and around the world. I have worked in the four
major countries surrounding the Korean Peninsula to lay the international
groundwork for unification.
Over the years, leaders of many countries and the philosophical world have
recognized Godism as the only philosophy capable not only of uniting
with materialism and atheism, which are its diametrical opposites,
but also as the only philosophy capable of liberating secular humanism.
My patriotic compatriots filled with passionate hope for North-South
unification: let us together establish our value systems on the basis of
Godism, and join forces in arming the people of this country with this
new philosophy. Let us make North-South unification a matter of faith
for the sake of ourselves, for the sake of the Korean people and for sake
of world peace. Let us stand and answer the calling of historic age and
of Heaven. Let us be leaders and people of righteousness standing at
the forefront of the movement for North-South unification.
In particular, history took a mistaken course as a result of Eve's error
at the beginning, so in the Last Days women need to take the lead in
overcoming conflict and strife in the age of division with their motherly
love and create a new history of reconciliation and unity. The mission
of women is to educate and restore young men and women, who are in the
position of being their children, and even their husbands in order to
realize the ideal of the Kingdom of Heaven.
I pray God's blessing may be with your families.