Rev. Sun Myung Moon
God's Will and the Ocean
March, 1987--- New York
Reverend Moon is a man with a vision. That vision, far reaching in
its goals and comprehensive in its content, stems from the conviction
that this world and especially the human beings who occupy it were
created in order to share in a relationship with God. However, human
history and current events show that we have fallen far short of
becoming this kind of people. Rather than returning joy and glory to
God and living with respect and love for one another, we have inherited
and now participate in a history filled with selfish strife and
It has not only been humankind who has suffered throughout human
history. God, who created all things from the perspective and heart of
a parent, has surely cried out in pain over each careless act that
brought further misery into the lives of His children. How does one
respond when he perceives this, the suffering of God and the plight of
humankind? How does one face this endangered world and take up the task
left by great prophets and religious leaders before him? How does one
who hears the call, "Take up the cross and follow me," truly answer
that call, and to the fullest extent, live out what that means?
From early on in his life, Reverend Moon has been patiently and
painfully giving his full attention to these questions. Through years
of scriptural study, ardent prayers and a daily life that rigorously
tested every detail of his search, he discovered the answers. He
realized that he could not just give words to bring solutions, but had
to exemplify those words in his daily life. The arduous task which he
began, of bringing a new and vitally needed message to this world, has
been somewhat documented, but not fully as of yet.
The thirteen speeches and numerous excerpts contained in this volume
are part of this man's vision. Indeed, they are a special part because
they reveal the high hopes and practical plans of a man truly desiring
to bring God back into the lives of men and women, and the world back
into the bosom of God. Whenever Reverend Moon puts his hand and heart
towards any project, large or small, he is always motivated by this
singular desire. So it is with his vision of the ocean.
Reverend Moon recognizes that mankind has been greatly wounded by
prolonged poverty and extensive violence. Our earthly environment has
also suffered tremendous abuse through the centuries of unchecked and
unwise use. Humankind has largely failed to develop an internal
sensitivity, a spirituality, to guide its external technical
advancements. Thus, we face a dilemma which threatens worldwide
Reverend Moon perceives the task of healing this situation on both
universal and individual scales. To have a good world, there must be
good men and women within it. To have good men and women, there must
first be good children, raised in good, God-centered families. From
such families, good communities, societies and nations can grow and
expand. In this way a good world can unfold, imbued with the spirit of
God and built by the hands of mankind.
Tragically, we are often unaware of our precious value in front of
God and fail to act accordingly. In other words, we are ignorant of
and fail to manifest the full dignity of our human responsibilities.
Young people today especially find it difficult to experience the
presence of a loving God in a chaotic world that appears bent upon its
own demise. Consequently, they give up and live out their despair in
destructive acts such as drug abuse, immature and immoral love, and
cynical lifestyles that pursue only self-fulfillment.
One of the cornerstones of Reverend Moon's message is that we are
given life for a purpose; to experience and manifest God's very
essence, which is love. This purpose can be realized as each of us
becomes attentive to and fulfills the fundamental responsibilities of
human life. The first book of the Bible, Genesis, expresses this
purpose as the three Great Blessings. These three blessings are the
core of Reverend Moon's message, and his clear explanation of how they
can be accomplished is providing inspiration and direction for people
throughout the world.
The First Blessing calls us to the full realization of each
individual as a true child and person in the image of God: "Be
fruitful, . . ." The Second Blessing calls us to expand upon this
through the attainment of mature and lasting love between a man and a
woman expressed through marriage and family centered upon God: ". . .
multiply, . . ." Therefore, children can be raised in a loving and
secure environment which produces an ever-widening spiral linking God
to people and people to God. Building upon the first two blessings, the
Third Blessing exhorts humankind to take its proper position in the
universe: " . . . and replenish the earth and subdue it and have
dominion over the fish of the sea, and of the fowl of the air, and over
every living thing that moves upon the earth." Thus humankind indeed
becomes the God-centered caretaker of the world, empowered by the
benevolent love of God rather than greed and selfishness. In essence,
these are the responsibilities of humankind, and when respectively
fulfilled, they become the wonderful blessings of life.
Reverend Moon came to America with this and much more in his mind
and heart. He came with a special concern about the youth of this
nation and the depth of this care is reflected in many of his speeches.
Although he has begun an incredible array of projects, the central
focus of his efforts has been to raise up the youth of this nation so
that America's future and the future of the world can move in the
direction of God's will -- towards the establishment of a heavenly
kingdom on earth.
Ocean Church is one such project, for as Reverend Moon has often
said, "Whoever is concerned about the future must look towards the
ocean." Although he officially inaugurated Ocean Church in 1980,
Reverend Moon had already spent more than a decade of active and
intensive fishing upon the ocean. But it was not just for fish that he
went to the ocean; he went there to pray and meditate. From those
seasons of hard work in all kinds of severe conditions, he was able to
lay the concrete plans which are now unfolding in the Ocean Church
providence. The speeches herein outline the development of those
The ocean is the world's most vast resource. It is also the world's
most delicate resource. To properly use the ocean, men and women must
receive training so that they can become people of the highest caliber.
If the ocean is utilized with anything less, it too will go the way of
many other aspects of the Creation which have been, and still are,
plundered and polluted to the point of no return.
One of Reverend Moon's desires is that ocean-going individuals and
related communities and enterprises can be duly inspired to wisely
integrate their approaches to the ocean. If we understand our position
to be that of good stewards, we will want to use the ocean for the
benefit of all. We will also be concerned to balance development of the
ocean's resources with proper conservation and management. Many of
Reverend Moon's speeches contain references to the potential of the
ocean as well as the need to protect and take care of it. It is truly
one of his greatest hopes that the resources of the ocean can be
utilized in their full measure in order to better feed the world's
The solution of these and other related problems begins with
dedicated individuals. In the following speeches, one will find that
Reverend Moon regards every aspect of the ocean as a tool for teaching.
No small detail lacks importance to this end. In training young men and
women to take care of their boats, he asks them to do so with the
spirit of taking care of the entire world. In discussing the minute
procedures of catching a tuna, he asks them to accomplish what is often
difficult and sometimes dangerous with the spirit of taking on bigger
and bolder projects that yet lay ahead.
For Reverend Moon, the ocean is not only a classroom; it is also a
cathedral. It is not only a place to learn daily realities; it is also
a place where little exists that can close the mind and corrupt the
heart. Out on the ocean, without the pressures and pretensions of
modern life, a young person's heart can unfold naturally. At sea, the
elements are much larger than the person. When the sun rises on the
ocean, an entire horizon opens up and the mind can aspire to great
thoughts. When wave upon wave rocks the boat, the rhythm of life itself
begins to beat within the heart. One cannot help but feel part of a
grand panorama that has pattern and power, beauty and abundance.
There, the presence of God can be keenly felt and clearly known. Awe is
a common experience, almost a daily event.
In the following speeches, one can see that Reverend Moon has
experienced these things to the core of his being. Without hesitation,
he has shared his experience in every possible way with those who have
been with him and for those who will come after him. The ocean-going
tradition is the tradition of the poetic heart that bears practical
responsibility. It is in the spirit of that tradition that we commend
this volume to you.