God's Fatherland and the One World
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
Ambassadors for Peace Conference in Kona, Hawaii
December 9, 2002 - Kona, Hawaii
Respected leaders of religion, politics, and academia from around the
world, renowned diplomats and ambassadors of peace!
We gathered here together with our hearts yearning for world peace. On
this profoundly significant occasion, as the Founder of the Interreligious
and International Federation for World Peace, I would like to convey a
message regarding God's original ideal. The title is, "God's Fatherland
and the One World."
Why We Must Establish His Kingdom
God has spoken of "His Kingdom and His righteousness," but people living
on the Earth today have not been able to find it. It is important to
know that humanity today, as for the past thousands of years of human
history, has fervently desired the establishment of God's Kingdom and
How is it, then, that the Kingdom and the Righteousness that we have
fervently desired remain unfulfilled goals? The reason is that human
beings committed the fall. As a result of the human fall, God and
humanity, who originally could have formed the center of His Kingdom and
His righteousness, found themselves in circumstances that prevented their
forming a relationship with each other. Human beings did not know much
about our Father, the center of His Kingdom or His righteousness. Hence,
God has labored throughout the course of history to illuminate these
ignorant people and teach us about Himself. In this context, establishing
His Kingdom and His righteousness remains our fervent desire and goal.
There exist many nations in today's world. Yet, not even one can truly
receive love from God. For this reason, God wants to negate this fallen
world and recreate His new Kingdom. God has conducted His providence to
establish a nation. God cannot accomplish His will for human restoration
without cooperation from a nation. There must be a true state that is
centered on true religion. Hence, in the fullness of time, God established
a particular nation and religion, the chosen people of Israel and Judaism.
What is the character of the nation that fulfills our fervent desire
for the Kingdom of God? It is not like the nations in which you now
are living. Someday, we will have to leave these nations. We do not yet
have God's Kingdom. A person without a nation does not have a permanent
domicile, a nationality, or the possibility to register as a citizen. For
this reason, we must accomplish the establishment of God's Kingdom in the
present world. We must construct the heavenly kingdom on the earth. We
must live on the earth as citizens of this nation. In that nation we
lead our own families and kin, and inherit the lineage of the true and
good parents who love their country and their nation as victorious sons
and daughters. In that way only will we enter the Kingdom of Heaven in
the heavenly world. This is God's Principle.
Only when there is a nation will we be able to bequeath a tradition that
remains with our descendents into eternity. Only when there is a nation
will the blood and sweat we shed live on. Only when there is a nation
will men and women build a monument praising Heaven for God's work on
this earth, and will every trace of glory remain. If there is no nation,
it all will have been for nothing. This is why we must understand that
the establishment of God's Kingdom is our most important task.
We must live with the constant conviction that "Our family is protecting
the nation that is qualified to receive the love of the True Parents. So
I must be a filial child of the True Parents and fulfill the way of
the patriot for the nation." It means that we must receive the love
of God and True Parents. We cannot receive God's love unless we have a
nation. This is because only after we have been victorious over Satan's
rule over the nation can God's Kingdom be established.
God's Kingdom is the Cherished Desire of All People
We cherish God's Kingdom. Why is this? It is because it is the place
where there is true love. It is the place where we can find a love that
is not transitory but lives eternally, transcending time. Also, it is the
place where we can be lifted up, and where our value is recognized to the
fullest extent. It is the place where we can be happy eternally. These are
the reasons that people yearn for the Heavenly Kingdom and long to see it.
We must travel the path that we truly want to travel, and we must build
the nation in which we want to live for all eternity. If we possess
riches, they must be only those that are guaranteed to belong to the
cosmos at the same time that they belong to us, and to belong to the
past and future at the same time that they belong to the present. We
must also possess the authority and knowledge such that when we weep,
heaven and earth will weep with us, and when we are joyful, heaven and
earth can share our joy. This is the highest desire and cherished hope
that fallen humanity must establish in the present age.
True man and woman should be able to live in his or her own nation. This
is an absolute right and requirement bestowed on human beings. Everyone
without exception must live a life filled with a cherished desire for
God's Kingdom and His righteousness. This means that we must paint a
picture of the ideal world with our thoughts, and follow the path of
living for the sake of His Kingdom and His righteousness with our lives.
Do you have such a nation? Because you do not, you must now establish
such a nation. What kind of nation did I say this would be? It will be a
nation of ideals, a nation of unity. It will be a nation that all people
can enter. In the task of all people to establish this nation; no one is
excluded. The family, clan, nation, and world all will cooperate. This
is how each individual can become unified internally, and establish
unity within families, clans, societies, nations, and the world.
God must accomplish the purpose of His providence on the earth without
fail. What, then, will be the result? It is that God saves all people
as His children and exercise His dominion over the world. The purpose
of the providence cannot be anything other than the hope for this to
come to pass.
If you are unable to complete the task of restoring a nation on the earth,
then in the spirit world you will not possess the value of a true person
of the Kingdom of Heaven. You must take with you to the next life the
achievement and qualification of having been ruled under God's dominion
on earth. This is the original standard of God's creation.
I envy nothing of this world. I have no interest in the things of this
world. My lifelong cherished desire has been this: "Shouldn't I be able
to die in a nation where God can protect me? If I do not bring this about
during my lifetime, then will not mine have been a miserable life? I
must establish this nation before I die and live there, even if only
for a single day."
For the sake of that single day, I am willing to invest the sacrifices
made over thousands of days. You might rest, because you do not understand
these things, but I keep going. Even if you cannot do it, I still must
do it, even if it requires mobilizing people from other countries. If
one nation cannot do it, I must work through other countries to carry
out an indirect strategy.
What is the purpose of our faith? It is that we become citizens of God's
Kingdom. If we are not citizens of His Kingdom, we are not free to relate
with pride to all people and the creation, and receive their love. A
person without a nation is always vulnerable. He stands in a pitiful
position. He may suffer unjustly for any number of reasons. This is
why we need to know where to find the nation of God's desire, that is,
the nation that will serve as God's foothold in the world. This is the
Ultimately, we should be able to shed blood and sweat for the sake of
the people of this nation, for the sake of building the eternal heavenly
kingdom, and for the sake of building a prosperous society for which
our descendents will sing praise through all eternity.
Without a doubt, the children of God's direct lineage will exercise
kingly authority in this nation, based on their mandate from Heaven,
commands that carry God's full authority. This Kingdom will recognize
democracy and Communism as failed attempts. Once formed, this Kingdom
will endure forever.
When you consider this, aren't you distressed about not being citizens of
this Kingdom? I believe we should be lamenting the fact that we are not
able to live in such a nation. We must repent that we have not acquired
this unique and unchanging kingship.
In order to establish such a kingship, nation, and territory, God has
established numerous kingdoms throughout human history. We know that
during this process, many people died, many common people were sacrificed,
many countries were destroyed, and royal authority changed hands many
times. Among the people who were sacrificed, there can be no doubt that
those on Heaven's side, the sorrowful souls who were sacrificed for
this purpose, still long for the establishment of such a Kingdom and
such a world.
God's Providence to Establish His Kingdom
We have come to know that after the human fall, Satan, not God, exercised
dominion over history. God, however, was originally supposed to be
the master of this world. If clans and states formed by families of
God's direct children had built the world, and if they had maintained
the relationship of love with God, then God would have been able to
exercise His dominion over the world, over every nation, over every
family, and over every individual. Because of the human fall, however,
all individuals, families, clans, societies, nations, and the world now
stand in opposition to God. This is the history and world brought about
by the fall.
If we leave the world as it is, the world of eternal true love expressing
God's ideal of creation will not come about. But because God, as
the Absolute Being, cannot establish His original authority unless He
accomplishes His original Will, He has used His position as the standard
to bring the world of evil under control and lead it to become the true
world of His original ideal. This has been God's providence with respect
to the fallen world.
There are many nations on the earth today that belong to the fallen
sovereignty, but there is not even one that is aligned with God's fervent
desire. In order to establish a nation through which He can accomplish
His will, God worked through history to guide people without their
awareness. God created Adam and raised him toward perfection with the
desire to have one being through whom He could exercise dominion over
all families, societies, and the world. As a result of Adam's fall,
however, the history that began in oneness was broken into innumerable
pieces. The history of salvation has been a process of arranging and
connecting all the pieces.
Since Adam was the ancestor of all human beings, losing Adam as a single
individual was the same as losing the entire whole. So God needs to
call and establish Adam again. The person who is established must be a
true man who is able to forsake and forget his clan and nation of this
satanic world, and live exclusively for God's Will.
Ladies and gentlemen, ultimately, all religions share a common purpose
to accomplish the Will of God. To take an example that you are familiar
with, we can see this in the history of Judeo-Christianity.
Although Noah was situated in a national environment, he did not desire
to be associated with that. He was associated with a country, but he
was not limited by the confines of his country. He reached out beyond
his country to establish the country of his fervent desire.
For him to establish the country of his fervent desire, it was necessary
to pass through all manner of ordeals and adversity. Noah had his
relatives, and he had his people, but he put a higher value on seeking
the nation of God's Will.
God's hope for Noah was that he would seek His kingdom and His
righteousness, and that he would overcome his own individual
environment. Can you imagine the suffering and sorrow that Noah must
have experienced as he passed through his 120-year ordeal, day after day
through spring, summer, autumn, and winter? Even his family abandoned him,
but Noah accepted all the arrows thrust at him, and endured for 120 years.
Noah knew well the principle that if he ate and drank before seeking
His kingdom and His righteousness, then he would later have to indemnify
God established Abraham and Sarah and brought them out of Ur of the
Chalde'ans. They did not know that Haran was the place where they were
to live, but they trusted God unconditionally and set out for this place
with a heart of obedience.
Even when Pharaoh took Sarah, she never condemned Abraham. In this way,
the heart of these two people as they traveled toward the nation of their
desire was such that even the most severe persecution did not cause them
to waver from their purpose.
Jacob had the conviction that the nation and people of his desire were
promised to him by the blessing given to him, and no one could break
that conviction. In this way, the prophets have had a desire that began
with the individual and, over time, has grown to the family, clan, and
finally worldwide levels. Because of Israel's unbelief and persecution,
Jesus was forced to become a wanderer, and he was not able to accomplish
his fervent desire in both spirit and flesh.
But the Messiah comes with the mission to break down all barriers
in Heaven and earth, and to establish a single unified nation. God
wills absolutely that we establish the principled state required by
heavenly law, and that states structured by principles of the fallen
world pass away. God's fervent hope in Adam was not confined to Adam
as an individual, but extended to bring about a family, clan, society,
nation and world from Adam.
When the Messiah's efforts to build a true nation shattered, Israel
suffered enormously. So the Lord who comes again is responsible to perfect
Adam and fulfill the mission of the Messiah. This person is responsible
to perfect the family, clan, society, nation and world rooted in Adam.
God sent His beloved sons and daughters to the earth to push history
forward, toward establishing the nation that is absolutely one. But at the
present moment there is no prepared foundation on which the one nation
can be restored. Because of the repeated failures of fallen humanity,
God has sent heavenly persons to the earth to carry out, push forward,
and accomplish this task throughout history. This has been the history
of the providence of restoration.
We must be grateful, even if God sacrifices us as individuals. Even
if He sacrifices our families, clans, societies and nations, we must
be grateful. Only when such a true individual and a true nation are
created can order be brought to the new world. If God's Kingdom cannot
be built on the foundation of sacrifices made by an individual, then
the sacrifice must extend again past the individual to the family, clan,
people, nation and the world.
As He carried out the providence to establish His Kingdom, even God
has been governed by this principle. Thus His strategy is that if an
individual were to appear who could live for the sake of the Kingdom,
then the family that inherited this person's individual tradition would
make the next sacrifice for the sake of the Kingdom, and then a clan,
people and nation would inherit the tradition of this family and sacrifice
themselves for the sake of the Kingdom. This is how God has carried out
the providence to establish His Kingdom.
For what purpose were we born on this earth? We were born to love God's
Kingdom. Also, God's love for that Kingdom has motivated Him in carrying
out His providence.
Jesus and God's Kingdom
Citizens of a nation that has no sovereignty are in a pitiful
situation. This concerned Jesus, and so he told us: "Therefore do not
be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or
'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek all these things; and
your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first His
kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as
well." (Matthew 6: 31-33) Did he say we should seek after having a son
first? Or was it God's Kingdom? Jesus told us to seek after the Kingdom
that God seeks. God's fervent desire to establish His Kingdom and His
righteousness cannot be accomplished apart from human beings and the
creation. In fact, it is only through human beings and the creation that
it can be accomplished. God desires to be harmonized with the creation
through true human beings. That is why God sent Jesus to this earth as
a substantial being who could represent the Lord before fallen humanity
and bring forth Heaven's lineage. Jesus was the first person who had
the purpose of accomplishing God's fervent historical desire on earth.
Jesus was God's son, the first established in this position after 4,000
years of preparation. He was the son of God living on the earth in the
midst of a nation centering on Judaism with the seed of the family
of Joseph. The satanic side already had established nations and was
attacking the side of Heaven, so Heaven's side also needed a national
standard on a complete foundation. That is why God labored for 4,000
years to form that single nation out of the evil world. The fruit of
God's labor was to have come by the people of Israel accepting Jesus and
forming a worldwide foundation. This was to have led to the establishment
of a world centered completely on God and Jesus on earth. Because Jesus
died prematurely, however, this world was established only spiritually.
Centering on his three-year public life, Jesus attempted to indemnify
everything that had been lost centering on Judaism. Jesus was crucified,
however, and Israel, which had been established as a substantial body
on the earth, as God's national foundation in both spirit and flesh,
also perished. Because Jesus was killed, Christianity could achieve only
the spiritual foundation of a nation, and the Israelites became a people
without a nation, forced to wander the world as an object of derision
from the satanic world. This is why we cannot find a nation that is truly
Christian in spirit and flesh. So the Lord who comes again must restore
the 4,000-year providence by which God created the nation of Israel,
and restore all that was lost through the disbelief of the Israelites
that resulted from their ignorance.
Jesus came to establish a nation, one nation. He was not able to
establish this nation both in spirit and flesh; he established it only
in spirit. That is why Christianity today does not have a substantial
nation on the earth. This means that God cannot turn to any nation or any
people on earth and say, "My beloved nation, my beloved people." This
tells us that the foundation for God's Kingdom has not yet been built
on this earth. If at the time of Jesus, the nation of Israel had become
one centering on Jesus, then that nation would have been God's Kingdom
centering on His son, Jesus, and God would have restored the world
centering on that nation. As a result of Jesus' death, that is, as a
result of the loss of the substantial body, the foundation to connect
spirit and flesh on the earth could bear fruit only spiritually.
Until now Christians have been like a people without a country,
so they have suffered death everywhere they have gone. Christianity
grew through the blood of martyrs. Because of the manner in which
Christianity was planted in the world, it could not grow except by
the blood of martyrs. Now the time of shedding blood and receiving
persecution is over. Instead of dying away and disappearing, however,
there has appeared a thought that yearns for God's Kingdom and eagerly
awaits the coming Lord in order to establish the lost substantial nation
on the basis of Christianity's spiritual foundation. This is the thought
of the Second Coming.
Even Jesus is waiting in Paradise. We need to know that he has not
yet gone before Heaven's throne. Jesus needed to establish national
sovereignty before God, rule over a nation, and build a nation that would
possess the authority to go directly from earth to Heaven. Because he
was not able to build such a nation, Jesus cannot stand before God. So
Paradise became the "waiting room" on the way to Heaven. Heaven is a
place where no one can enter alone. If the fall had not occurred, we
would have gone to Heaven as blessed families, centering on Adam and
Eve. We must go there along with our sons and daughters.
In order to restore this through indemnity, God has fought for 2,000
years to build a foundation that can connect to the world. Where there
is no national standard, though, who will inherit the foundation of the
nation? To find such spiritual people and make the necessary preparations,
God has worked through a new religious movement centering on Christianity.
Respected religious leaders: As humanity enters the third millennium, it
is receiving heavenly fortune anew. I hope that all religious people will
join their hearts together and follow through on my proposal to establish
an assembly within the United Nations composed of representatives
from various religions, parallel with the General Assembly. If there
is one lofty task that the United Nations can perform for the sake of
humankind, it would be to contribute to humanity's spiritual recovery
on the foundation of God's true love.
For this purpose, I have chosen leaders of good conscience from not
only the religious field but also from government, philosophy, business,
culture and other fields, and provided true love education that teaches
"to live for the sake of others." On this foundation, I have already
appointed tens of thousands of Ambassadors for Peace. All around the
world, they carry the banner of the Interreligious and International
Federation for World Peace that I founded. They are devoting their full
efforts to bringing about the world of peace that is the fervent desire
of God and humankind. It will not be long before the will of the almighty,
omniscient and absolute God is accomplished.
I would like to conclude my remarks by asking that the leaders assembled
here also become active participants in recreating your families, nations
and the God-desired original world in true love and in bringing about
an everlasting world of peace where there are no national boundaries.
I pray that Heaven's blessing may overflow in abundance upon you and
your families. Thank you.