God's Will and the World
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Let Us Know Ourselves
September 30, 1979
Tarrytown, New York
ourselves is probably one of the most important things in our lives. When
you say "us" or "I" you have a certain identity in mind. For instance,
there are around 240 million people in America who would say, "I am an
American." However, one could be either the lowest possible American, a very
noble American, or in between. How do you think of yourselves?
Apart from being American citizens, what else are you? You are children of
your parents. In this country your parents might be descended from many
combinations of nationalities, and when you investigate your family tree
there may be many variations. Your lineage may be a proud one or a humble
one and your ancestors honorable or dishonorable. Your parents' lineages
might even have conflicted with each other at some time. As members of the
Unification movement we can ask, "Who are we?"
Again, there are basically two types. One person might be part of the backbone
of the movement, while in the case of another person, it might not make much
difference whether he is here or not. You may have come to some realization
about whether or not you are a person of importance here.
It is always true that each person has the viewpoint that he is the center
of each situation because each person thinks that he has some value or
importance. Everyone also has some ambition or aspiration, and there is no
limit to what man can desire. Do you feel that you are important? Do you have
some aspiration in life? In this regard are there differences between races,
or between people of the past, present, and future? No, each person is the same
here. You can conclude that you want to be important and be recognized, and
that you want to better yourself every day. This is a common human aspiration.
Let us determine whether we are good people or bad people. In the category of
good people there are many different classifications or levels. It is important
to know who determines whether one is a good or bad person; will you do it,
or will someone else? Is that the individual right of a person, or will the
majority opinion decide good or evil? Goodness must be determined from the
public point of view, and whether a person is good will be decided by his
contribution to the overall well being. Someone may pride himself on his good
looks, but if he is missing one finger can we say his appearance is perfect?
From the overall point of view, a part is missing Value is derived from the
entire point of view, or point of view of wholeness or perfection.
A good person is one whom the whole can recognize as being good. Suppose I
think I am the best in my family. My parents might think I am good, but if my
little sister thinks I am terrible then something is lacking. Who determines
whether you are the best in your family? It is the consensus of family opinion
that decides. How can you be admired by all your family? When you serve them
unselfishly and make them important to you, then they will respect you.
What is the basic formula for being recognized by public opinion? Two key
elements must be there: sacrifice and service. Will you become a good person
if you expect others to serve and sacrifice for you? No, you have to be the
center of sacrifice and service. Will some of you protest this?
This is an important congregation because it is a miniature of the world, with
all nationalities and races represented here. If this representative group can
agree that this is the principle for determining who are good men and women,
then this must be the principle that will work for the entire world. One
category of people will agree that service and sacrifice are good and they
will try it; others will mull over the issue, while yet others will agree
that this has always been their way of life. Which group do you belong in?
If you feel you have been practicing this way of life, are you in a position
to be recognized as a person of goodness by the entire world? Do you practice
service and sacrifice by expecting service from 240 million Americans, or by
thinking that you must serve 240 million Americans? Obviously, you must do
it. Now that we have agreed on the definition of a good person, would you
want to become the best person within the limited scope of America, or on
the worldwide level? America is a microcosm of prejudiced man be described
as a good man? If he dislikes black people, then would only blacks think
he was guilty of prejudice, or would people of his own race also criticize
his attitude? Is this a racial judgment or a universal one?
The universal principle is a judge
recognize that there is a universal principle involved, regardless of what
race you are. You can see that the universe has certain fundamental laws, and
anyone who violates them will be judged accordingly, regardless of his race
or stature. What is the spirit of that constitution of the universe? It aims
to preserve or uphold the men and women who try to live for others. It would
also try to eliminate people who take advantage of others and seek to benefit
only themselves. This is why we can say that good people are those who exist
for the sake of others, and good deeds are those actions which benefit others.
If a person is brought to trial and convicted of violating the constitutional
law, would he feel good? Often a convicted defendant reacts strongly to the
judgment of the court, demanding to know what is wrong with him when there is
so much wrong with society. Normally a court will not reverse its decision
just because the defendant objects. If even a human court won't do that,
would the universal court be likely to reverse its decisions?
There is always room for mercy in a righteous legal system, but in order to be
entitled to receive it, a person must show his sincere repentance. Repentance
is the key word. This is why Jesus' pronouncement was, "Repent, for the
Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." What should we repent for? Very simply, we
must repent for all those actions which violated the rule that says we should
live in sacrifice and service for others. This was Jesus' first teaching.
The essence of Christianity is to seek repentance for the sin of greediness and
selfishness. Sin can be defined as violation of the universal law of service to
others. Stealing a dress from even a big department store chain is wrong. That
dress has value which comes from the person who prepared it. If it is stolen,
its public value is nullified by the thief. That is the sin. Another person
might realize that he tells lies all the time, but his conscience doesn't
hurt him. The motivation for lying always involves hiding something to take
advantage of others; otherwise, there would be no reason to lie.
Everything is embraced by this universal principle and every deed can be
judged accordingly. Imagine a person who sees an ugly woman on the street
and kills her, thinking that he can't stand to see her and that he is also
doing a service to other Americans who wouldn't like to see her. If that is
his motivation, then is his deed a sin? That individual might try to justify
his deed but the universal law will not. Universal law would decree that no
matter how ugly that woman might be, she is just as valuable as everyone else
because she was made by the Creator. Therefore, no one has a right to kill her.
Everything about this principle is epitomized in two key words: sacrifice
and service. In our human courts today, is there any judge who would uphold
a conviction that a person did not live his life in service and sacrifice
to others? What law judges deeds of sacrificial service? Such deeds are not
governed by the law of the nation but are upheld by public recognition. If a
person gives sacrificial service to his nation, then his country will honor
him with a medal and national acclaim.
Perhaps someone will complain that this universal law about service doesn't
fit him and want to know why he can't be given a citation and still enjoy
his self-serving life. Would the society which honored selfish. greedy people
endure very long? If that way of life prevailed, then no unity and harmony
would be possible. If the Creator enforced selfishness as the universal law,
that law would apply not only to all humans but also to the whole material
world. Then each tiny cell could claim that everything in the universe
exists solely for him and that no other cell has any rights. That kind of
attitude would bring nothing but division and destruction.
Universal law doesn't work like that, however. No one denies that the cells
of the eye are important, but those cells exist for the benefit of the
entire body. The purpose of the whole precedes the existence of the eye,
so the eye must obey the universal law of the entire body. That eye should
obey simply because the universe upholds this point of view and that is the
way of life which will flourish.
You eat breakfast every morning, don't you? Where do the animals and plants
come from that comprise your meals? In order to have food, you have to
ruthlessly cut down different plants, then chew them up with your teeth
and swallow them. The vegetables in your salad bowl won't protest, however,
because they know the universal law and think that they are there to serve
a greater purpose. With that attitude they can thank you for eating them so
that you can serve the public purpose.
There is a harmony of purpose here. The food on your plate has a certain
appreciation of what you live for and is willing to serve your body. That's the
only way there can be harmony between you and your food. Otherwise, your food
would hate you for eating it and resent hearing you laugh. The key point is
that your food accepts you only because it knows you are living for the public
purpose. Food will resent the laughter of a greedy person who wants to eat it.
Defining good and evil
are not living for a public purpose, then sometimes your food will stage
a demonstration against you in your stomach. Then you get sick or even
die in some cases. Under the universal law, goodness should flourish and
evil should decline. Now you know precisely that the direction of goodness
includes service and sacrifice, but until now that definition has been hazy
in history, lacking a focal point.
Let us examine whether that definition is right or wrong. Everything in this
world exists in one of two classifications, and even the tears trickling
from your eyes can be either good or evil. Your ears and eyes could serve in
two ways. If your eyes want to look at the world to find a person in need so
that you can go and serve him, then your eyes are serving a good function. On
the other hand, if your eyes are trying to spot someone's weakness so you
can exploit him, they are serving an evil function.
There are all kinds of music in America, but who is it played for? Disco and
rock music in themselves are not good or evil, so what purpose they serve
becomes the main consideration. If they serve the public purpose, then they
are good. If music and dance are used only for personal physical pleasure or
for getting money from others, then they are serving an evil purpose. Is
it likely that disco music is played for an unselfish, public purpose
today? That's the reason I would not favor going to discos. If dancing and
listening to that music will help resurrect people from darkness to light,
then go right ahead, all 365 days a year. Do you have that confidence? Would
it be correct to think that this. is just my idea, and that once I disappear
it will no longer apply because it is not universal?
There are two great examples of how this universal law is unchanging through
the past, present, and future. Jesus Christ lived a most miserable life on
earth, but on the cross he could forgive his own enemies. When he died,
he looked like a defeated person, in the secular sense. But his ideology
has practically conquered the world in the last 2,000 years, and history
is counted from the year of his birth. On the other hand, the Hitlers and
Napoleons who thought they could conquer the world with military might have
appeared successful temporarily, but have their accomplishments remained? No,
because they, too, are under the dominion of the universal constitution,
and that activity was unacceptable.
The saints in history are those who lived up to this principle and completely
practiced this way of life of goodness. Saints are those who belong to God and
at the same time to mankind — people who live on the universal level. People
are proud of any connection they may have with a saint, whether they are
relatives or come from the same nation, and so forth. Why do they want to be
proud? Because the saints exemplify the most basic principle of the universe.
The topic today is "Let Us Know Ourselves." What kind of people are you? You
have some guidelines for evaluating your own deeds now. Per- haps you have a
part of your body, a hand, for instance, that wants other people to work for
you. Perhaps your body doesn't want to work at all for others but wants the
rest of the world to work for it. Normally you have a rebellious attitude
if someone gives you commands, but in the heavenly world you would think
instead that you are linked to the universe through that person.
In that respect, do you like me? [Yes!] Why? Because you know I am a mediator
through whom you can leap forward to greater well being. What kind of man am
I? Some people describe me in the worst terms, saying that evil people like
Hitler and Stalin paid their own people to work, but Reverend Moon is the worst
because he doesn't pay anyone and yet he still makes them work hard. They
say I am the worst because instead of giving you money, I send you out fund
raising! If I am as evil as they say, why don't you leave? Am I evil or not?
The purpose of pushing
accept the charge that I am ready to push you harder than any other leader
in history, but the issue centers around what my purpose is. My purpose is
to let you work for something greater than yourself and even greater than
your nation: it is for the world and for God. Mine is a totally unselfish
motivation. While you work hard to raise funds, I am working harder than
you to raise even more funds; then, when they are pooled together, it is
spent for the public purpose. Each of my actions is within this principle
of living in sacrifice and service for others.
I am not only doing this myself, but am pushing others to live for the public
purpose as well. Does that make me an evil man or good man?
Parents sometimes seem very cruel when they push their children to study,
but their motive is not to benefit themselves but to strengthen their
children. These parents want their children to be future leaders and have a
good impact on the world. Are those parents good or evil? Another kind of
parent lets his child do whatever he wants. Though that may sound wonderful
to the child, it is better for a parent to be firm and push his child in
order to mold his character in a God- centered way. The leniency that seems
wonderful on the surface actually reflects the fact that the parent doesn't
care about the public purpose.
Teachers can also be classified in two ways. Students as a rule don't like
to study and want the teachers to just leave them alone. There are two kinds
of wives, as well. One kind nags her husband about where he has been and how
much money he spent and why he doesn't spend more time with his children. The
other kind decides she will just have fun on her own while her husband is
away. In this case the nagging wife is serving the public purpose.
Some husbands are strict with their wives about not going out without first
getting permission, and about caring for the children and the house. Another
kind is lenient and feels that each of them should do as they please. Should
the first kind of husband be criticized in this case?
Which person is more likely to be on the side of good, the person who has ten
supervisors or the person who has none? Supervision can seem like a burden,
but its discipline and demands can push you to accomplish more. My policy is
that members of the Unification movement can't afford to do only one thing at
a time. Sometimes I give so many instructions at one time that the American
members are immobilized and don't know where to move. But even the smallest
Oriental members will run like ants, jumping from mission to mission, and
somehow bring the result.
You know how to evaluate good and evil now. What kind of person is God? God
is the master and center of the public law of the universe. One thing
can be said: God exists solely for the sake of others. He is the supreme
public person in the universe. God is the creator and the originator of the
two basic principles of service and sacrifice. Let us call these distinct
characteristics A-type blood. If both your parents have A-type blood, most
likely you will, too. In the same way, if we are created by God, then His
principles must become ours as well.
Since God is proclaiming that way of life, everything should come under that
way of life as well. That's the way God designed the universe and anything that
goes against that principle will receive pain. When we establish give and take
with God by living that way, it brings harmony and energy to life. Whoever
is linked to that kind of give and take shall enjoy eternal life because
there is no end to it. Why do we have to live the life of sacrifice and
service? Ultimately, it is in order to have give and take with God and plug
into His energy.
Why should we become one with God? By doing so you will enjoy eternal life. God
is the source of power; He is the highest, so by uniting with Him you become
highest as well. God is absolute. By uniting with Him you also become absolute,
and in that unity you will be protected because no one else will have the
power to harm you. In unity with God, His power and energy become your power
and energy and you become a child in His image. There are all kinds of love,
but none better than the love of God, which shines like the sun. You then
become the recipient of that love.
The sun radiates warmth and light, and when you are part of the sun of
God's love, you also become a life giving element which can bring harmony
and life wherever you go. Such a person always brings life and energy and
melts ungodly things. Many of you first came to the Unification Church to
discredit the doctrine. You were like a cold chunk of ice, but when you
heard the Principle you began to melt into water. Is that true or not? If
this is true, then this is an historical event.
Leading the way
technique do I use to inspire you this way? Am I a hypnotist or magician? There
is no magic here, only universal law at work. All I have to do is teach this
law. Sometimes I seem very cruel when I ask you to go out and work for the
universal cause, but is it for the sake of good or evil? It is for goodness
so big that it is the size of God.
I don't have any assets of my own except this universal law. Further- more,
I aspire to work harder and suffer more than anyone else for this cause. God
knows very well what principle I am living under. If Satan complains to God
that I have been permitted to acquire too much success and prosperity and he
wants me to demonstrate what I have done to deserve it, would God hesitate
to let Satan test me? It is because Satan is trying to deter me that I have
faced incredible persecution and torture in communist prison camps. But did
I change even when I had to go through all that?
Is it true that the entire world has persecuted me? Has America welcomed me
with the red carpet treatment? Do many heads of state want to welcome me to
their countries? Christians and Jews are supposed to be our friends, but are
they? Do the communists call me their friend? I think that in all of history
there has never been one individual who was persecuted by the whole world
or who has suffered more opposition than I have. Have I crumbled into many
pieces because of this opposition, or am I getting stronger than ever? Even
people outside the Unification movement must come to the conclusion that I
am not lukewarm or mediocre. Either I am really evil or really good.
I am Oriental, but even white people are telling me I am good. It is a
puzzle to the world and they can't figure it out. Do you really believe I am
good? That is why people think I have brainwashed you — it is too incredible
for them to believe. Is that what I did? All you have done is link yourself
up to the universal principle, but even you yourselves don't realize when
you changed. You used to be just like the people in the secular world, but
as you followed this way of life you covered a great distance and changed
a great deal.
These days each faith has its pride. The Pope is visiting many nations,
and millions of people gather to see him. Are their cheers for the Catholic
Church, or for the salvation of the world? If that sound is for the sake
of the Catholic Church, it is not good enough. But if that gathering is
intended to help God and man together to save mankind, then it is good. If
they gather to strengthen their resolve to sacrifice themselves more for
the public good, then such gatherings are good.
Is the Unification movement a good group of people? What is good about
us? We don't gather for the sake of the Unification movement, but for the
liberation of God and mankind. What we do is for the supreme good. If we
only gather to receive God's blessing and privilege, then we are not good
people. We gather to give ourselves for the liberation of mankind and God,
so we are a God-centered movement. In that case, the leader who founded it
must be good as well. The more ardently we pursue the goal, the more success
and prosperity is bound to come. My philosophy and ideal is to live for the
liberation of God, in addition to that of mankind and spirit world. No one
ever spoke of that goal before.
Are these empty words or am I really doing it? There is no night or day for
me because I am always working for that goal. Were you lucky or unfortunate
to meet me? Indeed, I am resolute, ambitious for God and greedy to do His
will, but I am applying all these characteristics for making each of you a
God-centered leader. That means I will push you into hardship and difficulty
with an iron will to push you to be a winner and not be defeated. Even if
someone threatens to poke your eyes out unless you renounce this movement,
you can reply, "Even if you destroy my eyes, I will not change. They are
being sacrificial for the sake of goodness." After you feel this way, then
you can say ouch. Then God will receive that pain as well. When you are
ridiculed and mistreated, you naturally feel pain.
But if you are serving the absolute goal of the liberation of God, then
everything that you bear shall be borne by God as well. Your own death
will be felt by God and He will acknowledge that you died for Him and for
mankind. Then God and mankind will bow down to you because you made your
sacrifice on the most divine altar.
Responsibility in God's behalf
hose who are here for the first time, raise your hands. Do you think I am
speaking the truth or not? Did you come just to watch, or do you want to
be a part of it? This universal principle must be taught to American youth
who are in darkness and confusion today. Is the light we bring necessary for
America? Night or day, the answer is still yes. If I don't fulfill this duty,
then God must find someone else who will. This is the only course left to
America and someone must do it. Otherwise, there is no hope.
The person who tries to fulfill the will of God every day is not going
to be glorified by Congress but will be persecuted and ridiculed by the
people instead. His duty must be fulfilled in that position. Sacrifice and
service must be the credo of our life. Would a beautiful woman be willing
to give up her attractiveness for the law of God? Imagine the most handsome
white man and the most ugly black woman being blessed together in marriage,
giving themselves to God at the altar. That is the most dramatic thing you
can imagine. They will probably be the happiest and most attractive couple
under the sun. They will open the door to historical heaven and God will be
liberated by their marriage. God is truly life and love, and He is looking
for this kind of dramatic marriage.
When I look at your eyes, I feel a certain vibration and it is not yet 100
percent pure. If the best looking man has the confidence that he can accept
the worst possible wife and still be the happiest man, then this gap will be
closed. When the two extremes can unite and be happy, everything in between
will be overcome, and all people encompassed by those extremes can become
happy couples. When a couple representing two extremes reaches heaven,
they will enjoy total freedom to go anywhere and meet anyone they want.
That is the spirit of the Unification movement, the spirit of the founding
nation for the Kingdom of God on earth. . Before the entire world comes against
you, I will train you myself by asking you to pursue a very rigorous way of
life. Will you accept it? Not only that, but God will be harder on you than I
am. Why can you accept that? It is because you know that by passing the worst
test, you can inherit the deepest love of God. To receive that unique love,
you feel you can bear any burden.
Will the people of this conviction look gloomy and unhappy, or will they be
the most exuberant, rain or shine? Why do we have to take up this duty and go
through the narrow gate of this life I am describing? God created all things
and made them with His dual characteristics. Not only are they connected
to Him vertically, but to each other horizontally. God is invisible and the
created world is substantial. The substantial world is horizontal while God
is vertical. God's invisible dual essentialities were manifested in visible
form, so everything is made in the image of God. Where do you belong here?
Each man is a microcosm of the universe. Your body is made of all the elements
of the world. Nature supplied all the ingredients that make your body, which
means that the universe made you by donating itself. If nature demanded
that you refund everything that nature loaned you, would there be anything
left of you? You can feel that the universe gave you birth and made you,
so nature is your first parent. Do you feel good that you are a microcosm of
the universe? All the universal formats or formulas can be found in you. You
could accurately say that you are a small walking universe that can move,
whereas the cosmic universe is stationary. Because you can move and act,
you can govern the universe. The universe would want you to exercise dominion
over it, so your first duty would be to love nature. Then, wherever you are,
you can love the creation and appreciate t.
Since you feel such an urge to love the grass, trees, and flowers, the birds
and running water, how can you not love your fellow man? When you lie on the
beach, you can feel that you are lying in the bosom of your parent, or that
when leaning against a tree you are leaning against your own brother. Would
nature protest, or feel that you truly love and know it? All things exist
for you, so you can appreciate them for that reason. As a man, you are the
only begotten son of the universe, and as a woman you are the only begotten
daughter of the universe. Then how much love would be possible between the two?
Have you ever had a conversation with the sun, saying that you love it and
singing a song of love for it? Many of the people who think of themselves
as poets don't even appreciate the depth of this truth, and their poetry is
superficial and shallow. Am I telling the truth, or only seeming to?
Parents, and other family members
parents are your own father and mother. They represent the universe and labored
to bring your life into being. Men and women can feel that they are the center
of the universe because their parents, representatives of the universe,
brought their life to this earth. Your parents represent not only father
and mother but all mankind — teachers, neighbors, and relatives. When you
serve your parents, you are actually serving mankind, not just two particular
people. By doing so, you will be loved by all mankind. This is the historical
background out of which we can say that our virtue as sons and daughters is
to serve our parents with filial piety. Your immediate family and neighbors
represent a microcosm of mankind; your sisters represent all women and your
brothers represent all men. Therefore, your family is a microcosm of mankind.
The true people are those who look at all people as one family of man.
If you are a true man or woman, when you see a senior citizen, you look at
him as your own parent or grandparent. Other young men and women are your
own brothers and sisters. If you are a true man, then you love not only your
own family but also all mankind. It is against the Principle to care only
for your family and not the rest of the world. If you happen to be white,
then it is a most exciting adventure to find your black family, and to find
senior citizens and young men and women whom you love as much as your own
grandparents and brothers and sisters.
If you see someone in dire need, then you want to fill their need because they
are not just your fellow man, but your brother or sister. Here in America,
when parents become old and can't take care of themselves, do they go to
their children's homes or to senior citizens' homes? Would a grandmother
be happier to live with her grandchildren or be visited by them in a senior
Are you willing to accept your grandmother into your home? Would you do it
in reality, or are you only saying yes because you are here? As a new wife,
would you rather go to live with your husband's family of many in-laws,
or to live only with him? If you want to live up to the public law of the
universe, then you want to go live with his family.
You have your own physical parents, but ultimately you have one most important
parent who created you — God. Your parents were the tools God used to
create you. The journey in search of the True Parents begins by loving
nature, which is the first parent, then loving your physical parents, and
then to the ultimate parent, God, who is our creator. God is the ultimate
destination, our eternal Parent. The moment of death, which everyone now
fears, is actually the moment of fulfillment. If you live your life in the
right way here on earth, then your life leads ultimately to the one common
Parent. Then the moment of death actually liberates you to live with that
parent for eternity. He is the True Parent to us all, who has true love with
no end. Life with Him is what we call the Kingdom of Heaven in heaven.
The principal atmosphere of that world is supreme love. That love is not
selfish, but is based on sacrifice and service. Because it is based on that
universal law, that supreme love flourishes. The Kingdom of Heaven in spirit
world is our ultimate destination, and our physical life here on earth is
only a workshop. No matter how long you live, it all nurtures you to enter
eternal life in heaven. When I discovered the core truth of the universe,
this is what I found. Earthly life is merely preparation for eternal life,
and it is here that we pass or fail. With that realization, I then prayed to
know the basic principle of the universe, and the answer came — the parent-
child relationship is the backbone of the universe. That is the relationship
you have with the creation, with your parents, and with God. The central
theme of that relationship is love.
While we are here on earth, we are attending the most important workshop of
all, learning this principle so that we can ultimately reach our destination
in heaven and enjoy our parent-child relationship with God for eternity. This
is why the Unification movement exists and — why I am leading you. Life
on a mobile fund raising team is training to make a relationship. with
God for eternity. Any money we raise comes out of nature and we value it
accordingly. You can tell the money that after it has longed to be used
for God's purpose it has finally come to the right place because you will
connect it to the True Parents and God.
Wherever you go in the world, you face certain difficulties and persecution,
out of which you gain greater value for your work. If everything came easily,
then it would have little value. Your desire is to apply whatever money you
have, whether large or small, to heavenly causes so that it will have true
value. All things have been fervently waiting for this relationship and you
are the mediator who will make it happen. No matter how old and distinguished
and socially accomplished you are, you still need to make this link with
nature and restore material for the sake of God.
Another important part of our mission is restoration of people. When you see
other people, you can think that they have been waiting a long time to be
restored to God. Now you can go to them because you know the way and purpose
of life. You can be the mediator to bring them to God. By reaching out to
people, you are actually serving your parents as well, and by having you as
their children, they shall be glorified and saved. By finding the lost sons
and daughters of America, you are serving your own parents in addition to
loving them, and together you can come to the True Parents.
When you truly live this noble life, there are no parents who will not welcome
you. As much as you practice loving the people of the world, you can certainly
love your own parents and brothers and sisters to that degree. You love them
as representatives of the True Parents and as someone who was commissioned by
God. They have that value. No family would reject such a child, but instead
would bow down before him.
There is one more training course left — the training of the spirit
world. You have to know how to deal with and serve the spirit world and
liberate it. You should be in a position to love the spirit world, and no
one can make you realize this except the Messiah. That is the most important
training remaining before you can love God.
The Messiah comes as director of training, setting the example of how to
love people, the world, and spirit world. Then you can pass the ultimate
test. Before the coming of the Messiah, the spirit world was divided, with
no harmony or cooperation anywhere in the midst of all that complexity. When
the Messiah comes, he will create unity, and barriers will go down. It is
one of his qualifications that he must fulfill this while he is on earth. He
is the one man on earth who has the power to control the spirit world.
The True Parents are those who represent not only this physical world but also
the spirit world and God, under whom you practice love. If you go to spirit
world without knowing the Messiah, it might take several million years to
learn to love people there. But when you accept the Messiah while on earth,
you can accomplish many millions of years of work in a short time. By obeying
the True Parents here on earth, you are entitled to receive recognition for
loving all spirit world and obeying its rules. The True Parents represent not
only this physical world but also spirit world and God, and by obeying God's
representative you demonstrate your obedience to God. By loving them, you can
pass every level. Now you know why unity with True Parents is necessary. They
represent the heart of God, so that by loving them you have already loved
God and the spirit world. That is the culmination of loving all parents —
nature, your physical parents, and God.
Until True Parenthood was installed, all love was divided and there was
no harmony. Now, by loving the True Parents you are in a position to love
them all. If you fail on other levels but in the end you accept the True
Parents, you have demonstrated your loyalty and love to indemnify all the
past. Everything culminates in that supreme accomplishment. If you are given
a paper signed by the President of the United States, it has power everywhere
in the land. In the same way, if you pass this final level of loving True
Parents, you pass every other level as well. That is why it is an absolute
necessity to have True Parents.
By fund raising, you inherit the material wealth of the universe. By witnessing
to the people of the world, you inherit the condition of loving your own
physical parents. When you love True Parents, you are inheriting the world of
God and his love. We can conclude that by practicing loving the True Parents,
God's representatives on earth, you can practice loving everything you need
to love on earth. Here you can finish all the qualifications you need to be
entitled to the Kingdom of Heaven in heaven. You have that center here in
the Unification Church.
The people of the world just scoff or ridicule you, but in spite of them
we are proud of being Moonies. Your voice of pride shall be stronger than
the voice of negativity, both here and all over the world. If anyone is
reluctant to speak up as a Moonie, I will not speak up for him in front of
heaven. Tomorrow is the first of October. These nine months of 1979 have
been months of indemnity for everything so far, and it is culminated with
the birth of the new baby, Hyung Jin.
We know ourselves — we are Moonies and proud of it. We rejoice over what we
are, so when we deal with the world we shall be strong and bold. Don't be
intimidated by the world, but be proud and quietly say, "You just wait and
see. In a few years you will find the truth. The time will come when you
will understand, and in the meantime we are proud." As long as the people
misunderstand us, we will just tighten our belts and work harder to bring
the victory. If you move forward and I am pushing behind you, there is no
way you can fail.
Spirit world is pushing behind us. You know that the intervention of spirit
world is becoming stronger. Is there anything to be afraid of? How proud
we are to have found the truth and be children of the True Parents. In
the morning when you stand in front of the mirror, greet yourself and say,
"You haven't been too proud of yourself. Now you are proud of being a Moonie."
Those who pledge today as a new beginning to walk proudly on the streets of
New York and be central people to bring this city back to God, raise your
hands. Thank you very much. Let us pray.