God's Will and the World
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
The Holy Spirit Association for
the Unification of World Christianity
May 1, 1981
ear loving Father, please forgive us that we could not end Your
suffering. Mankind is still ignorant of Your great will, and no
country on earth has ever been able to follow or understand You. I am
very grateful from the bottom of my heart that this small Unification
group, which has nothing to display externally, could become the ones
who could understand and feel Your holy will, which is to establish
Your victory in this universe by ushering in the day of victory for
I know we need to transcend any individual or national position and
represent all people of the earth. At the same time, we have to
realize that we shoulder Your great providential will to establish the
realm of perfection as representatives of the whole earth.
Heavenly Father, today May 1, 1981. Today the Unification Church
welcomes the 27th anniversary of its founding on earth. We want to
offer all our gratitude for the privilege of welcoming this day as a
new anniversary day. When we reflect on our past, a panorama of events
passes through our minds.
As we reflect upon what has happened, we want this to become a time of
historical import, a time to make a determination for tomorrow's
victory as well as a time to celebrate our joy. Also, please guide us
so we can become deeply aware of our calling to be truly great and
dutiful sons and daughters who can return eternal joy to You. Heavenly
Father, please be with us during this time.
We are so grateful that You have been guiding this church with Your
deep, precious love and protection. This church was nearly wiped out,
but was not destroyed. This church swayed, but did not collapse. This
church could never have been born without the chance You gave us. We
really ask that You continue to guide our future path.
Father, we thank You for everything. Please bless us with Your joy to
represent the future victory. We ask that Your abundant blessing be
given at this time.
All members of the Unification Church in the world are celebrating
this day and are longing for the True Parents who are here in Korea at
this moment. We pray that Your deep love and life energy will be given
to each of Your children throughout the world. Bless all of them that
they will not feel depressed in the face of tomorrow's battle but will
confront the enemy as heavenly soldiers. Let them embody Your love and
resurrection of life. And bless them so they can practice Your will in
Let all Your blessing and love be upon Your children.
I pray these things in the name of True Parents. Amen.
Today we welcomed the 27th anniversary of the Unification Church. I
could speak so much about the situations of the past years. Needless
to say, our organization was founded not to accomplish certain
personal goals, but to fulfill! God's will.
Then, what is the whole content of God's will? First, to restore Adam
through the process of the history of recreation. Next, to restore Eve
on the victorious foundation of Adam. Then, to create a perfect family
and perfect children on the foundation of the perfected Adam and Eve.
To help children to attain perfection, a people or tribe should be
Numerous saints and sages have worked as representatives of God. What
have they accomplished? They gave rise to various religions.
Chronologically, there are four types: religion of servant, adopted
son, son, and parents. Geographically, religions have moved in
different directions: North, South, East and West. Furthermore, the
various stages of religion have geographic variations: there are East,
West, North, and South types of religions of son, for instance. To
accommodate local needs, religions of servant, adopted-son, and son
appeared in various regions. Also, the essence of even a religion of
servant corresponds to the content of religions of adopted son, son
and parents. Whatever the religion may be, its goal is to fulfill
God's will, and it follows a path toward the perfection of God's ideal
of creation. That is the case even with a religion of servant. The
religion of adopted son appears on the foundation of the religion of
servant, but in a higher dimension. The same applies to the religions
of son and parents.
This development is the center of the providence of salvation, and the
main current of history flowing toward the completion of the
providence of salvation.
What is an adopted son? He is not in the direct lineage of God, but he
can substitute for the true son. A true son can inherit and understand
all of God's situations and His heart; an adopted son can become a
successor in the case of the parents' absence. The adopted son is
higher than a servant and prepares for the true son.
A true-son religion enables people to know their parents clearly. "To
know" means not only recognizing the title, but also creating the
realm of heartistic unity. Neither the servant period nor the adopted
son period could set the standard of heart of the true son.
A qualified son who can represent the parent (God) stands in the
parental position for mankind. As a son, he can also represent the
whole of mankind before God. The appearance of the true son
establishes for the first time God's center on earth. There can be
only one center. The delivery of His son is the great moment of
fulfillment for God. What a joy to embrace him for the first time!
That was God's ideal and longing from the start of the creation.
There have been numerous historical courses. The Jewish religion and
then Christianity have been the mainstream of religion. The period
through Jacob's family established the moral responsibility of
servant. Then the Old Testament period built the foundation for the
adopted-son position. Jesus came as the Messiah, the son who can
receive God's love. The Bible says that Jesus is the only son of God,
meaning that he is the first son to be born centered on God's love.
With such a background, Christianity became the central thread of
world history, eventually forming the democratic world which is
preeminent in the civilization of the 20th century.
Now people say these are the "Last Days." Jesus was to go on to the
mission of parents after fulfilling that of messianic son.
Christianity promises the bridegroom and bride as the fulfillment of
the Last Days. Bridegroom and bride symbolize the religion of parents.
Then what are the Last Days? The end of the period of sons and
daughters and the dawn of a new era of parents. What is the desire of
sons and daughters? To see the parents whom they had never met and to
receive parental love from them. In the Last Days their deepest desire
The Last Days is not the time for almighty God literally to set the
world on fire and to condemn people to destruction, as today's
Christians believe. It is the time to fulfill the purpose of children,
that is to complete salvation on the earth through the appearance of
the True Parents. It is the time to build the society, nation and
world centered on God's heart, God's family and heavenly moral virtue.
It is the time to be completely educated in all these points by the
parents and to manifest the ideal horizontally, so the world can be
united around God's love and parents' love. With such an education,
society can progress toward that goal. The. Last Days is the cosmic
Uniting world Christianity
hat is the Unification Church? The Unification Church emphasizes True
Father and Mother, and True Children. This is the most distinctive
aspect of our church. Religions have had one person as a central core
of faith. The Unification Church promotes the religion of both father
and mother. The significant aspect of religious history today is that
parents became the central core of religion for the first time.
What kind of parents are they? They stand in the position of
historical ancestors who embody the fundamental parental tradition of
God-centered people. These parents represent not only today's
generation; they recreate this world by transforming impure children
into God's true children. They teach unqualified children and guide
them to become true. children by engrafting them upon True Parents,
persevering in this task until the fallen world completely passes
away. This is the teaching of the Unification Church.
What will happen to other religions? The religions of servant, adopted
son and son will link up with the religion of parents to create a new
world: the unified world of providence.
The Unification religion is the religion of son, in a sense. It has
the responsibility to march forward, united with all traditional
Christianity, to a new world level, the new realm which human history
has longed for. Therefore, the ideology of the Unification Church must
unite world Christianity.
So why the term, "Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World
Christianity"? Someone once asked me, "Reverend Moon, why. did you use
the term 'Unification of World Christianity?' Because of so much
persecution, why don't you remove that term?" If I removed that term,
who would be opposed to the Unification Church? Christian ministers
and elders have said, "The Unification of World Christianity? I don't
believe it." It might be acceptable if Reverend Moon were like the
pope, who has a foundation in many nations of the world. But when a
marginal man such as Reverend Moon is attempting to unite world
Christianity, everybody always feels uncomfortable. They cannot even
Christianity has been fragmented into hundreds of denominations in the
process of its 2,000 years of struggle and development. Then I attempt
to unite them! People wonder what means I will use to unite them.
Bayonets? Force? Dictatorial methods? All kinds of rumors have spread.
By what means can I unite Christianity throughout the world? By the
Holy Spirit. Hence the name Holy Spirit Association. Do you
understand? Not by fists or bayonets, but by the Holy Spirit. We
cannot unite by human power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, by
the mobilization of the spirit world. It is more difficult to mobilize
the spirit world than to mobilize human beings.
You can unite Christianity if you set aside the elements that cause
disunity and preserve the core around which all Christians can unite.
It sounds simple, doesn't it? Thus, we need to form a new system of
truth, namely, a new view of the central truth of the Bible as it
developed through the Old and New Testaments and points to the future.
Such a view should be God's view and the view of the spirit world.
Christianity has not been able to discover this central core. Before
the spirit world can cooperate with man, God must give a hand and
offer His cooperation, for God is the king of the spirit world. If the
king rejects something, no matter how anxious His soldiers in the
spirit world may be to cooperate with it, they may not. Only when God
the king becomes excited and approves something may His soldiers, the
people in the spirit world, help us out. Therefore, when the
Unification Church selects the central points from the Old and New
Testaments, they must impress God enough for Him to say, "That is
true! The Unification Church is quite good."
In order to move the spirit world, our teaching must not only be
endorsed by God but also accord with the desires and hopes of the many
saints and religious leaders who lived and worked on earth. It must
explain the core of what Gautama Buddha wanted to propose, what
Confucius wanted to carry out, what Jesus wanted to preach — and even
the content of things yet unknown. All these people must give their
seal of approval.
The problem is how to connect the religions of servant and adopted son
to the religion of son, which is their center and vehicle for reaching
the religion of parents. Only then can a system endorsed by the
heavenly spirit world and God emerge.
So, do you think we can naturally unite Christianity throughout the
world? [Yes!] You may still prefer the name "Unification Association,"
but it remains the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of
World Christianity. We are confident that we can make it a reality.
Unification Church members are funny, crazy people, but not crazy in a
bad way. They are crazy for the attainment of a purpose. What is the
purpose? To fulfill the contents of the Old and New Testaments and,
with all the spirit men in the spirit world, to build a world.
centered upon God's purpose. The goal of our movement is to attain the
will of God. In the Unification Church, therefore, we are continuing
the work of the Holy Spirit. Not that Jesus appears from the spirit
world, and teaches, but that the True Parents do the teaching.
True Parents mean not only the Lord, the bridegroom, but the bride-
groom and bride together, in a horizontal, reciprocal relationship.
The father-son relationship is a vertical realm of heart, different
from the horizontal, reciprocal relationship. Therefore, someone in
the position of parent, with a substantial, physical body on earth,
can teach you through spiritual phenomena, just as Jesus did. Do you
I can channel into the physical world the work of people in the spirit
world. Many Unification Church members have gone abroad as
missionaries. Some were imprisoned; others were expelled from their
countries, but returned again and again, undaunted. They did so
because I appeared to them spiritually and directed them. They
returned eagerly because I asked them to.
In Japan and the United States, members work more than 18 hours a day,
not because they are forced to, but because they see spiritually True
Parents working on the forefront, leading them. That is possible in
the Unification Church.
Saints and sages of the past had to spend more than 40 years working
with the utmost sincerity, in order to connect with the spirit world.
In the Unification Church, members can attain that through working
just 40 days with utmost sincerity.
Go to the Lord
oday is the age of the space shuttle. A marathon race is about 26
miles, but if a satellite were to run a marathon race, how long would
the course have to be? It would need the whole cosmos. In today's
space age, religion should have the capacity to measure the cosmos!
Since nothing special seems to have happened today, Christians are
still praying, "Lord, please come." But wouldn't it be more wonderful
to go and visit the Lord yourself? How about making something like a
space shuttle and flying it to the Lord?
So instead of asking him to come, go to his gate and wait for him.
Shine his shoes, get everything ready for him. Prepare his bed when he
is ready to sleep, prepare his meal when he is ready to eat. Do
everything to make him comfortable. Then he will think you are a
useful person and may even place you in charge of his house. Become a
better manager than he is, then when he goes out, he will naturally
tell you, "Please take care of my house while I am away."
Then when he is ready to eat, do you think he will keep you standing
in attendance? No, he will welcome you to his table. At first you sit
at the corner of the table saying, "This place is good enough for me;
I don't have to eat." When you see your Lord eating delicious food,
your mouth will move unconsciously, as if you were eating also.
When he sees your mouth moving, do you think he will be able to eat
alone? No, he will invite you to eat with him.
"No, I don't need to," you will reply. But you might taste a bit and
discover that the food is very delicious.
When the Lord sees you eating the delicious food with joy, would he
feel uncomfortable? No, he will feel better than if he were eating
Then he will tell you, "Eat more," and maybe even pick up some food
and offer it to you.
The next time, even before the Lord offers you food, you can ask him,
"May I eat this?"
"Yes, Yes," he will reply.
Then you can even eat up everything before he starts!
This is not just an idea. You could really do this kind of thing.
A man feels lonely if he lives all alone. Therefore, God created
woman. So it is not surprising that women like men. What aspect of men
do they like? Their handsome features, their rough skin and beard.
Women's faces are smooth and beardless. Women blink their eyes. It's
not good if men blink their eyes all the time, but women who do often
have a deep heart.
Who was Jesus? He was the bridegroom prepared to love his bride. And
his intended bride was ready to love him. Ministers of the established
churches will be surprised to hear this, but I am talking in
accordance with the principle of heaven and earth.
Jesus came as the Lord, and everywhere people pray to him with
respect. But if we listen carefully, we often hear men praying to
possess the world, and women praying for good husbands. Men pray like
thieves: "God, make me the president of this country; God, make me the
president of this world; God, give me Your position." Women without
courage to pray like that ask God to give them a beloved husband.
Which of these prayers interests Jesus most? Men pray to fulfill their
own purposes, but women pray for a bridegroom to serve with the
greatest devotion. The answer is obvious.
Men should pray, "Lord, after I make You the president of heaven and
earth, please let me become the president of the world. After You have
become the president of the world, please let me become the president
of one nation. As Jesus' younger brother, I will serve him. I will
respect and serve Jesus as my great teacher, esteeming him above
everyone else." If you pray that way, then Jesus will respond to you.
The principle of love
he name of our movement is the Holy Spirit Association for the
Unification of World Christianity. Therefore, by what means shall we
unite? By the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the love which can
harmonize the spirit world and the physical world. The Holy Spirit
could open the eyes of the blind and make the deaf hear, but that is
not important. These days, Christianity seems to think that since
nothing is impossible for the omniscient and omnipotent God, the best
thing for God to do is to make the lame walk. But this is wrong. The
Holy Spirit is love. To unite by means of the Holy Spirit means to
unite by the Holy Spirit of love.
The Bible says that we must worship God in spirit and in truth. But
what is the truth? It is not the Pythagorean theorem or the Newtonian
principle. It is the truth of love. What is the greatest aspect of the
principle of love? It is the love between parent and child. What God
wants is not money or power or knowledge. He wants love. Why? Because
He wants to rejoice, having an object of love. We were created to be
an object of love, giving God joy. Therefore, our value, even though
we are a created being, is equal to the value of God when our
relationship is centered upon love. Christian theologians would object
that creatures can never be equal to their creator. But why else did
God create all things?
The Holy Spirit, which we see in the name The Holy Spirit Association,
produces harmony centering upon the love between parent and child. If
we establish harmony on this earth, no matter how small its base may
be, it can spread to the entire cosmos. When a broadcasting station
sends electromagnetic waves to the cosmos, it doesn't matter how small
they may be; they are still heading for the cosmos. In the same way,
regardless of how small the realm of harmonious love may be, it can
connect to the mighty cosmos. As the base of harmonizing love spreads,
it becomes infinite, and nothing will escape its touch. Everything in
the world will resound to its frequency of love. Therefore, God, who
is the center of the cosmos, cannot help tingling with its vibration.
When we are in harmony God will say, "I love you." Then what do you
think He would do? He would kiss you. Does He know how to kiss? His
kiss is not like a worldly smack. Does God have hands? If He does,
they must be more wonderful than hands filled with gold or diamonds.
If you love someone, don't you want to touch him or her? When you make
contact, harmony and unity are established. When two people rotate,
the cosmos also revolves, heaven and earth and all things above and
below become one. Everything becomes part of that oneness; the head
can become a leg and the leg a head; the stomach can become a back and
the back a stomach. God would find such a harmony interesting,
Men and women laugh in different ways. Laughter has a rhythm of its
own that can become singing. When you sing, you move your body, so
singing leads to dancing. Embracing His beloved sons and daughters,
God would laugh and sing and dance. Those who love God love laughing,
singing and dancing.
If God is a real father and you cut His hair, will He sue you? Since
you are His beloved child, even though He might say, "You rascal! How
could you cut your father's hair?" He will not get angry at you but
rather embrace you. I am saying these things to you because you need
to develop this heartfelt relationship with God. I want you to have an
unforgettable image of it in your mind.
Twenty-seven years ago, an unknown man tacked up a sign which read,
"The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World
Christianity." My name has become big recently, but at that time it
was unknown. When I started I did not realize how big the name Holy
Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity really
was. But once I displayed that sign, I had to fulfill it as a matter
of principle. Can I quit because of the opposition? Wherever I have
gone, that sign was disliked, and even kicked and destroyed. So many
Jesus' miserable life
t the beginning of today's speech, I said that God's will was the
perfection of Adam, Eve, children and clan. The perfect clan should be
established in one nation. Jesus sought to build his clan on the
foundation of Judaism and the Jewish people, on the foundation of the
clans of Joseph and Zechariah, including John the Baptist. God had
prepared these two clans to be related and to be Jesus' extended
family. If the high priest and other Jewish leaders had united,
centered upon these clans, Jesus would not have had to do anything
more. Witnessing would have been unnecessary. People could have lived
with Jesus in their daily life, and heaven would have automatically
cooperated. The Jewish people would have been united and could have
won the Roman Empire over peacefully. Everything could have been
restored, and Jesus could have become the king of kings. This was
God's original plan for the Messiah.
However, Jesus lost the country, which was supposed to. have protected
him. He lost the clans of Joseph and Zechariah and, as a result,
Judaism as well. Then he had to leave his home and seek new followers.
Those who joined him were uneducated people, beggars and lowly
fishermen. I saw the place where Peter lived. It was a miserable cave.
Could such people comprehend God's will and think of all humanity? No.
Eventually, all they could do was desert their teacher, Jesus. He was
betrayed and killed.
Jesus' life was such a miserable one. Christians affirm that Jesus
gave his life for the sake of our sin. But if God is such a capable
God, why couldn't He find another way to save man? Ask that question
to theologians and Christian ministers and leaders. Since God is
omniscient and omnipotent, why couldn't He find another way of
salvation than to let His son's blood be shed? They cannot answer that
By reading our Principle, all these questions are solved. When you
read it your eyes change, your ears change, your mind and body change.
All problems are solved. But because they do not want to be defeated
by Reverend Moon, religious leaders oppose me. If I were a Westerner,
there would be no problem. But I am an Oriental and they think they
In the case of Jesus as well, his parents and brothers and sister did
not work with him. The Bible tells how his younger brothers ridiculed
him. Therefore, Jesus had no foundation of nation, religion, clan,
brothers and parents. He had no choice but to start his three years of
I am telling stories that traditional Christians never heard before.
That is why they call me a heretic. But whether I am a heretic or not
cannot be determined until the end of my course — whether I end up in
heaven or hell. Our church's ladder reaches up to heaven. Christians
are trying to visit the home of God's servant, but we are seeking the
home of God's son. In this sense, we may be heretical.
After the unification of Christianity, how can God's will be
perfected? Abel-like people have to take responsibility to complete
God's will. There are many people in the spirit world who were saints
and sages, but they could not meet the standard of ideal character
which God desires. They are still classed as servants or adopted
children of God. Even Jesus, who is in the realm of sonship, did not
complete the entire mission. The mission of sonship includes governing
your nation, church, clan and family and offering yourself to God on
the basis of a nation. Since Jesus did not do all this, he must come
We have gone beyond the national level to the world level. Therefore,
when the Lord returns, his responsibility includes dedicating the
entire world to God. Christianity has the responsibility to unify the
democratic world and prepare it for the Second Coming, connecting the
entire world to God and dedicating it to Him. But Christianity has not
yet fulfilled its critical responsibility as a mediator. When it does,
its mission will be consummated. If Christianity is united, communism
will no longer be much of a problem. Therefore, I cannot abandon those
Christians who oppose me. Rather, I must stand firmly for Christian
unity. This is the purpose of our movement. The Holy Spirit
Association for the Unification of World Christianity means an
association, not a church. You must understand this clearly. Without
the unity of Christianity, it is impossible to create one world.
Patriot, saint and son
o far, I have taught Unification Church members to be exemplary
patriots. This is the first article of education in the Unification
Church. The next article is to become a true believer, more faithful
than the best Buddhist, Christian, Confucianist, Jew, Hindu or Muslim.
However, to become such a patriot and believer is not sufficient. You
must become qualified as a servant of God. When somebody calls for a
servant, you should be the first to respond. Therefore, when you begin
your life of faith in the Unification Church, you do so from the
servant's position. The Unification Church teaches, "Take
responsibility for the most difficult problem in your nation. Take
responsibility for the most difficult problem of the Unification
Church, and take responsibility for the most difficult problem of the
world." If you don't go this way willingly, you remain as a servant
and cannot reach the realm of adopted sonship.
You have to be willing to digest all the problems of the world today
with joy. Then you can rise from the position of servant to adopted
son. When you stand in the position of adopted son, you should be
better than any adopted son in the world, taking responsibility for
the problems other adopted sons cannot solve. Such a path will lead
you to the realm of true son. As a true son of direct lineage, if you
do what no other person can or will do, you will become the central
successor among all the other sons. Everything is systematic.
As you become older, can you urge all patriots to follow your example?
Can you ask all believers in other religions to follow your example?
Can you say it with confidence? Even if the Unification Church members
are unable to go this difficult course, I must do it.
Recently I have heard Koreans say Reverend Moon is a patriot. I re-
ceived tremendous persecution in the past, but I persevered. Do you
know why? To go the path of a servant. If you become the best servant,
you can become an adopted son. When Christian ministers say they are
God's servants in their prayers, do they really want to become a
servant? They call God Heavenly Father, but if you are a servant, you
cannot call someone Heavenly Father. Only a son may do so.
You must know that you become a servant among servants in order to
inherit the position of adopted son. After you go through the path of
obedience, you should love the Lord your God with all your heart, and
with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first
commandment. Therefore, you must devote not only your mind but all
your love. As a member of the Unification Church, there is nothing
more fearful than not to be able to do God's work. It has been my path
ever since I came to know God's will to take responsibility for
restoration. Therefore, members of the Unification Church should not
avoid hard work and sacrifice. A person who does not like this path
cannot fulfill it.
Those who suffer most for their nation become patriots. One patriot
may be killed by a single bullet and another may be tortured, with his
eyes gouged out and ears and nose cut off. Which of the two is at the
head of the line of patriots?
Become a servant of servants first. That will qualify you to be an
adopted son. If you become the best adopted son, when there is no
other son, you will be chosen as the son. Through this process you
will be restored to God's side and receive God as your parent. Unless
you go this path you cannot restore the position of God's ideal son or
daughter. This has been my course ever since I was born. This is the
path every human being must go. I have pioneered this path and
established the tradition for all humanity to follow.
Some of you may think this path is suitable for me but not for you.
Does what I say apply to you? You may think that I can suffer for you
and you can just follow. That cannot be so. Prominent scholars will
join the Unification Church. They may complain, "I am such an eminent
scholar, but the members of the Unification Church do not understand
who I am. They talk badly about me." That person must understand that
everyone must follow the path of restoration. If a president joins the
Unification Church, even he cannot claim he is special. He must go the
course of restoration. When a scholar visits me, I will not see him as
a scholar until he has gone the path of hardship and sacrifice. Those
who do not want to suffer cannot open their mouths.
The adopted sons who suffer the most can inherit the responsibility as
true sons. If you get blessed without going through hardship, your
Blessing is not a true one. In a way, I am the most foolish person on
earth, taking a foolish path. Whether people speak bad of me or not, I
go my own way.
The challenge of Korea
am working now to revive our nation. North and South Korea are
confronting each other. Satan is trying to agitate the masses and
bring about a confrontation. Who is taking responsibility for that?
The established churches are finding all possible faults with me,
accusing me of trying to turn the nation upside down. They can say
whatever they want. I am working for the survival of the nation. No
matter how much evil they may say about me, what I want is for this to
become a nation which can survive and receive God's love. Such a
nation can shelter our families. Our church needs such a nation in
order to live in peace, centering upon God's will.
I could cross the Pacific Ocean and live quietly in the United States.
Why do I come back to Korea and try to cope with its problems? So the
nation can survive. I have to do things no one else has done in all
4,300 years of Korea's history. How can we find a way to subjugate
communism without confronting it? It would be so wonderful if we could
do it. God's greatest headaches are the problem of communism, which —
denies His existence, the decline of religion, and the immorality of
the young people. I have declared that I will take responsibility for
these. As the son of God, I will solve communism, God's most difficult
problem. By my own hands I will revive the Christian churches and
raise up fallen youth.
Without going the path of hardship as an adopted son, you cannot
inherit the position of true son. You must understand this clearly.
The role of True Parents includes governing heaven and earth. True
Parents have to prepare the worldwide foundation on the basis of the
church and tribal foundations. True Parents have to prepare the
environment on a higher dimension. If they do not do it, their
descendants will perish.
Therefore, in order for the Unification Church to survive, it needs a
national environment. The nation needs the proper world environment in
order to survive, and the world needs the spiritual environment.
Therefore, I am influencing even the spirit world. I have the
cooperation of the spirit world, so no one on earth can compete with
me. Those who believe in this are in the Holy Spirit Association. If
people do not believe in the Unification Church, they cannot
understand these things.
The Korean Unification Church members have to go the way; of hard-
ships, at the risk of their lives. When many of the 36 Couples go to
America and speak to the brothers and sisters there, what are you
going to talk about? If the members there are working hard, you have
to be able to tell them stories about doing much harder work. In order
for Korea to lead the world, you must work harder than anyone else.
Representing the nation, you have to live for the sake of all people,
the whole world and God. This formula applies anywhere. It must always
be centered on love. It is not a mere method. The one in the position
of elder brother has to sacrifice himself, as a representative of the
parents, and care for his younger brothers and sisters centering upon
the love of True Parents. This is the tradition and order of love. Do
you understand what I am saying?
Parents should represent the children and suffer more than the
children, centering on love for the children. Then even if the family
is in a tearful situation, they will not feel like leaving each other.
Even though they weep, they continue on the path. When you have
children, you should educate them in this tradition.
As a true son, you must become the one who suffers more than anyone
else. For what? For the whole, for the family, for the nation, for the
church. If you sacrifice yourself for everything, you can become the
center, inheriting the tradition of the True Parents.
So far, I have done everything for the nation and the world. Is there
anyone who has not spoken ill of me? But because I have been following
the heavenly principle, I have been able to advance steadily. God has
been using religion to untangle problems throughout history. He has to
develop one mainstream of thought so one primary ideology could
Always a servant
n celebrating today's anniversary, you must remember your position.
In the position of a servant I walked the path of a servant of
servants. Even as an adopted son and later a real son, I worked as a
servant of servants. As a True Parent, I have suffered more than any
parent in the world. But heaven gathered all kinds of love — the love
of servant, adopted son, real son, and True Parents, and connected
them with the love of heaven. Heavenly love has always existed and
tries to connect all the other loves. Love is what makes the spirit
world and the human world rejoice. Therefore, the Holy Spirit
Association was founded centered upon love.
To see things with the mind of love means to deny yourself and go the
way of sacrifice. You must become a perfect minus in front of a
perfect plus. When a perfect minus appears in front of a perfect plus,
another plus is attracted to it. For example, if I am a perfect minus
before a nation, the ultimate plus, God, will be attracted. This is
the principle of heaven. Therefore, the tradition of patriots is one
of blood, sweat and tears. The tradition of filial piety is one of
blood, sweat and tears. The tradition of saints is one of blood, sweat
There is one axis in history: the axis that links the hearts of the
heavenly child, the saint, the patriot, and the filial child. This
axis is the standard of sacrifice for the whole, set on all levels —
filial child, patriot, saint and heavenly child. No matter how
ambitious you are, you cannot reach the goal unless you go through
I am a man of strong desire. My eyes are small, like the aperture of a
camera stopped down to focus on the distant scene. People with small
eyes have more wisdom and understanding of the truth. People with
large eyes tend to be fragile and unstable. (But don't feel bad if
your eyes are big!)
I pray to God: "If Your will includes the worlds of servant, adopted
son, real son, and parent, then I will go the path to obtain these
worlds. Along that path I will take more responsibility and be more
sacrificial. I am here because I chose this way. If You let me be a
servant, no one will be more sacrificial than I; I will work 24 hours
Without eating, without sleeping, without playing, we must go such a
path. We are different from ministers and elders in the established
churches. Our prayer, witnessing and study is different. The
Unification Church began from the position of a beggar. A beggar has
no clothes, a beggar sleeps under a bridge. There is no job which I
have not done: laborer, fisherman, farmer, dock worker. I know more
about the world than anyone else. I can do God's will anywhere. If the
predestined people do not follow, I will continue the path by
educating laborers and farmers. I have the capacity to do all that.
That is why I can be the teacher of the Unification Church. If an
ordinary person were to try it, he would leave the church within less
than a week. You cannot become the teachers of the Unification Church
without knowing anything about this suffering path.
The teacher must guide all the work and take care of organizational
details. That is why the people of the Unification Church like me.
Men, women, grandfathers, grandmothers and children all like me. The
day before yesterday, an 80 year old grandmother came up and grasped
my hand, rejoicing like a child. Why do people like me that way? Not
because I have money, but because I have love. Love, however, does not
refer to secular love. How wonderful love is! If you could express it
in art work, what a masterpiece it would be!
Now you can definitely understand the tradition. The servants who go
through the most miserable hardships become the primary force and
center of the mainstream. The adopted son whose course was the most
difficult becomes the center of the tradition. The son who works
hardest for the parents becomes the center of the tradition of love.
The most sacrificial and uncomplaining parents can set the main
tradition and go to the Kingdom of Heaven first.
When did you cry in the position of a servant? Representing the most
miserable laborers and farmers, you should tremble in sympathy for
their suffering lives.
Have you suffered as an adopted son? Handicapped people often lead
miserable lives without anyone to whom they can appeal when they are
humiliated. They may feel like failures before their parents or
nation. Standing in front of them, you should be able to cry.
Next is the position of son or daughter. Today families in the
democratic world are being destroyed; their young people are becoming
immoral. If you can cry with them, you can become the greatest among
For whom do you do this? For God and mankind, for your nation, clan
and family. All are connected. Finally, you do this for yourselves.
But Western people do all things first for themselves. If that is the
way you want to live, go ahead. But you will be lonely and die in
Nations have opposed me. North Korea, Japan, the United States, the
whole world has opposed me. Everyone opposed the Unification Church
and Reverend Moon. Judaism, established Christianity and especially
communism have opposed me. Most people would want revenge. But I do
not. I have no thought of revenge. I am willing to forget everything,
as soon as possible. I am willing to forget even though I have been
kicked and maligned. When people oppose me I take the attitude that
they do so because I could not carry out what I wanted to do and give
them more love. Because I could not achieve what I had pledged — to
love people before God — and because I could not prepare the right
position for them, they persecute me so loudly. But I love them even
though I am persecuted. When I do this the world changes.
hat kind of promise can inspire God? "Oh my God, I have power and
talent and great scholarship. I became a great doctor and I can wield
authority. I am a capable president; through my orders I can control
everything." Such words cannot inspire God. You can boast of none of
If you say, "I have raised many sons and daughters," you still cannot
be proud of yourself or inspire God. Only one promise can inspire God:
"I have decided to be a sacrifice in order to establish the tradition
of Your love. I have been trying to live for others. All I want to do
is continue living this way." Then God will reply, "Oh, I understand
you well. You have accomplished the principles of loyalty, filial
piety and fidelity." Otherwise, you have no true pride before God,
even though you work hard witnessing and fund raising, trying to do
something for the world.
What can God be proud of before us? He can say, "I have done every-
thing for you. While you were sleeping and playing, I have been
protecting you, even though you had fallen." We can see everything God
has done, like a videotape, if only we press the switch. It was not
with His power or knowledge that God has done things, but because of
His wonderful, loving heart.
Today Western people are eager to visit Korea because I came from
there. Western men want Korean wives, and Western women want Korean
husbands. Is there anything handsome about Korean men? Their noses are
so low! There are many handsome men in America. In the blue eyes of
Western people, you can see everything as clearly as if you were
looking into water. They are very fascinating.
I have done something nobody else could do. Women want to be married
to a man like me, and men want a wife like True Mother. At the
matching of 843 couples, all the woman said they wanted to be matched
with a Korean. The men likewise.
The world which I envision is something that should have been estab-
lished at the time of the liberation of Korea. Christianity should
have united at that time. What would have happened if other Christians
had associated with the Unification Church? Instead of a prison
course, the way of new truth would have opened.
If established Christianity had opened its gates, it could have been
won over within seven years. Look at what is happening recently.
Ministers and church elders are so surprised when they hear three days
of lectures on the Principle. If the church leaders like it, won't the
established churches eventually change?
Results of rejection
f such things had happened at the liberation of Korea, the country
would not have been divided into North and South. If established
Christianity and the Unification Church had united on a worldwide
level centering upon the United States, communist domination would
I know communism very well. I have greater ability to digest communism
than anybody else. Established Christianity is largely responsible for
the situation today. If officials at key Christian universities had
not opposed the Unification Church, restoration could have been
quickly accomplished. However, they attacked us in every possible way.
I knew well what kind of person Kim Il Sung was. It was so clear that
he would appear as the head of Satan's side and do all the things he
has done. I knew that a coalition of resentment, centering on the
sovereignty of Satan, would rise up and penetrate into half to two-
thirds of the world. It was like losing again the foundation of Jesus'
33 years of life.
Because of the opposition in South Korea, I went to the satanic realm
of North Korea. There I labored and suffered in prison. After paying
that indemnity, I was released from prison. At the risk of my life, I
visited several church members in Pyongyang before escaping to the
South in 1951. Then I wrote the original manuscript of the Principle
and worked to rebuild the Unification movement.
Reunification of North and South Korea is possible only on the basis
of our worldwide activity. They cannot unite as they are. Korea cannot
survive and unite without the support of a worldwide foundation. This
is the view of the Principle.
The division between North and South Korea was not accidental but was
related to the heavenly principle and the failure of Korea and the
United States to fulfill their responsibilities. Because of that
failure, the United States, England and the rest of the democratic
world began to decay. The blessings they had gained during World War
II were claimed by the communist world. If we belong to heaven, we can
stand on the worldwide level. If not, tragedies such as the division
of Korea result.
Regions which Germany had occupied became satellites of the Soviet
Union. Even China fell under the Soviet sphere. A military
administration was set up in Korea centering upon General Hodge.
However the historical tragedy which I. mentioned prolonged the
suffering and resulted in a 40 year wilderness course.
Then what nation can solve this problem? Neither the United States or
any other democratic nation can. No church can deal with it. The
United States and established Christianity have failed their
responsibilities. Therefore True Parents have to resolve the destiny
of the world. The dispensation of True Parents is to restore the
entire history of Christianity centering on me, based in Korea.
The Unification Church has received world-level opposition. As a
result, the world will be driven into circumstances more painful than
those which the Unification Church has been experiencing for the past
10 years. According to the principle of indemnity, such painful
situations will occur in families, societies and nations. Members of
the Unification Church have endured much pain in their minds as they
have sought to do God's will when the satanic world hit the heavenly
side with growing power and authority. The Unification Church was
persecuted because of God's will. There is a principle that the side
which attacks another can be hit by heaven. Members of the Unification
Church have been bearing countless difficulties in order to return the
world to heaven. Now the Unification Church will rise, while the world
will experience collapses of the family, society and nation.
But I cannot allow the world to collapse. That is why I made a base in
Korea and am reaching out to the world. Christianity stands in the
position of elder brother in Western society. I cannot allow my elder
brother to collapse. God's love is to reawaken him. You must
understand that this is why I have been struggling so hard.
Korean Christians are very aware of my activities. If they hear the
name Reverend Moon even in their sleep, they cry out! I have a
worldwide foundation of programs and activities. Recently I created a
strong educational organization to make coalitions with other groups
and hold rallies on the state, city and village levels. In spite of my
efforts to save them, I am still the object of enmity by the
established churches and the nation. I have spent more money in
ecumenical work than for the sake of the Unification Church. From a
worldly point of view, I should consider them an unforgivable enemy,
but I forgive them, because they kept the position of son of God
before I came and because I need their foundation as a bridge for
going further. If I can succeed, God will consider them successful as
ecause God thinks that way, I do too. This is the law of Cain and
Abel. Established churches have gradually become sites of dancing and
horizontal love. Many have allowed things in which Satan can rejoice,
such as disco dancing. It is common for ministers and church leaders
to tell lies about the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of
World Christianity. I foresaw all these things before I started, and
they have happened. Because the United States opposed the Unification
Church, rapid damage has come to the world.
People opposing the Unification Church have kept us from finding a
solid position, driving us into miserable circumstances and causing
sorrow to heaven. And we were the ones who had been worrying about the
world! As the situations of the individuals, families and nations who
opposed us become more miserable, we will rise.
This follows the principle of restoration by indemnity. I became
famous because of the Communist Party, which attacked me. From a
Principle viewpoint, they emerged to promote my success, which would
have been difficult without them. Lacking the Christian foundation,
how could I have become famous without the communists? Christianity,
communism and the free world all tried to attack and kill me, but I
remain uninjured and unshaken. That is why I could become famous.
Now in the United States, scholars are lining up to study my thought.
They take the initiative to study it, even if I tell them not to. They
talk about me, even if I ask them not to.
People in the democratic world do not understand the true meaning of
society or the nation. They have no idea about parents, history, and
tradition. Their concept of men and women is animal like. They see the
relationship between men and women in carnal terms. If a man and a
woman like each other, they have a relationship. People see nothing
wrong in it. That is why the democratic world will decline.
To teach the ideal of the nation, we have to teach the ideal of the
state. To do that we have to teach the ideal of the society, and
before that the ideal of the family. To teach the ideal of the family
we have to form the ethical order of the family, by following the
proper path and principle of love. My heavenly ideology is based on
this principle of love.
Onlookers or participants
hen what is the Unification Church and its mission? Did you come as
participants, or mere onlookers? If we are an active organization, why
are you standing still? The Unification Church is a group of soldiers
who take action. Because now is the time when we need young people, I
am rallying them around religion and forming a worldwide movement. Who
but Reverent Moon can be their hero at this time of history? Those of
you who consider yourselves young people raise your hands. Who
considers yourself old? There are no old people here! You cannot say
you are old, since I also consider myself young. You know, I have
become pretty old. I am 62 years old, but if I read backwards, my age
is 26! So I consider myself only 26.
In order to make a new start in Korea, the course I was pursuing with
Christian universities such as Youn Se and Ewha women's universities
was the path God wished. However, they not only treated me coldly but
tried to destroy all my foundation, as the Korean saying goes: "The
man not only rejected the beggar, but also destroyed the beggar's
cup." They even tried to catch me and kill me.
These are the last days of the human race, and the last days of the
human race are the last days of the nation. People today are valueless
human beings, having no religion or nation. People have said that the
worst enemy of society is the man called Moon or Sun, the one who is
standing and speaking here! Among those of you who came tens of years
ago, some of you must have said bad things about me. This is the time
for repentance. Who of you once thought that either I or the
Unification Church was no good? Raise your hands honestly. If so, I
raise my hand, too! If you didn't raise your hand, you were not
truthful. If I can say bad things about what I myself did, I think it
is natural for people to say bad things about me.
There is a difference between the strategies of God and Satan. Satan's
strategy is to rob by force, while heaven's strategy is to succeed by
being beaten. By being beaten, we get victory. Treacherous leaders
perish after they gain power, but loyal leaders become powerful after
they endure the path of hardship. You must understand the difference
between God's strategy and Satan's strategy. God's strategy claims
compensation for damages after being beaten; that is how God restores
things. But Satan's world tries to claim the right of ownership by
Because I learned God's strategy I trained myself to go that way. I
wanted to become a true patriot, better than any patriots in a
righteous country, race or church. I tried to be better than the most
This is the kind of attitude God wants to see in His champion. In the
satanic world, however, people persecute me by calling me the worst
kind of person. But those who do so have to pay for it, making
compensation for the damage they cause. You have to know this is God's
strategy. Check and see if people who oppose the Unification Church
and me prosper in the long run. Investigate it through three or four
generations of descendants. Certainly you will find some disabled,
insane or criminal people. That is what happens when people betray and
Sacrifice your family
s a person who stands in the position of ancestor to a Unification
family, you must fulfill the responsibility of parents to your sons
and daughters. Your responsibility includes pioneering and preparing
this path before you can concentrate on loving and living with your
wife and children. This is the not the same as the worldly way. Your
wife will surely oppose you and your children will complain. But the
time will come when the nation and world will officially recognize
that your actions as parent were not wrong. Then you will be able to
stand in the position of parents, inheriting the tradition of the true
family under heaven. This has been the motto of my family.
My sons and daughters say that their parents think only of the
Unification Church members, especially the 36 Couples. I eat breakfast
with the 36 Couples, even chasing my own sons and daughters away. The
children naturally wonder, "Why do our parents do this? Even when our
parents meet us some place, they don't really seem to care for us."
It is undeniable that I have loved our church members more than
anybody else, neglecting even my wife and children. This is something
that heaven knows.
If we live this way, following this course in spite of our children's
opposition and neglecting our family, eventually the nation and the
world will come to understand. Our wives and children will understand
as well. This is the kind of path you have to follow.
The family foundation must rest on the basis of the nation and church.
But the foundations of the nation and church were lost. Without them
it was impossible to lay the foundation for the family. Because of the
opposition of the Korean government and established churches, my
family was shattered. Because I knew that my family was destined to be
broken, I did not do anything to help them. I did not care for my
family for seven or eight years. I heard all kinds of rumors, but I
didn't even write any letters to tell them what kind of activity I was
involved in or how I was living.
Why? Because I knew the heavenly principle, that if you cannot fulfill
your responsibility, your sons and daughters will have to assume the
burden. Until I fulfilled that responsibility, I dedicated myself to
the public mission by staying away from my family until a condition
was set for heaven to support them.
The same principle can be applied to the members of the Unification
Church today. That is why, when I sent members of the church to do
pioneer witnessing in the 60s, I let them go without extra clothes and
carrying only their train fare. Is there any other teacher like this?
There is no other path for the Unification Church than this miserable
one. When the democratic world and Asia decline, when the nation and
the church decline, we are affected by that downward spiral. Under
such circumstances, the only way to survive is to go to the bottom and
make a new start, erecting the pillars of tradition one more time.
orea and the established churches tried their best to crush me, but
they could not. I set the foundation anew and moved up from the
individual to the family, the tribe, the society, and the nation. Now
I am creating the chance to establish the world level foundation.
In Korea no one can speak about patriots without including our church
members. They cannot mention a patriotic organization without
including the Unification Church. Our church members set the true
standard of filial piety, showing more sincere loyalty to me than
others have for their parents. Their devotion was so great that even
their own parents were jealous. People who were formerly strangers
have united to form a new family. Families with no blood connection
form a new clan and prefer their new relatives to their old ones. And
when different races assemble to create God's new nation, they can
love their country and bring more renewal than a single race. This is
the path which the Unification Church is supposed to go. Do you
Therefore, we have to love the Japanese and American people. The
Japanese are our traditional enemies, from the common sense point of
view. The Japanese and the Germans were recent enemies of America, but
I took Japanese and Germans to America and told them, "Love America
more than you love your own country." I was the one who did such a
thing. That is why I got opposition. I inspired people from formerly
enemy countries to love each other. That is why we are opposed. But if
we plan this way, we can restore the situation by being persecuted.
From this point of view, the seven-year course that started this very
day in 1954 was the age for all the established churches and social
organizations, and even the nation, to attack one person: Reverend
Moon. Even the babies attacked me! You know this very well. What kind
of period was this seven-year course? I had to devote myself
completely to the heavenly will as a very lonely individual. Everybody
was trying to capture me and kill me. Wherever I traveled in the
nation, north or south, I walked this kind of path. When I held the
Holy Wedding in 1960, I was being investigated by the court. Just as
Jesus' 12 disciples deserted him, with Judas even betraying him,
members leaving the Unification Church conspired with our opponents
and appealed to the court to stop our church. I conducted the Blessing
during this time of judicial investigation. Nobody knows that fact.
The government at that time had enlisted the aid of five top
administration officials in order to eradicate the Unification Church.
They tried to have me arrested and killed. And what happened to those
In the course of history, who would ever have imagined that a man
called Mr. Moon — who at one time was presumed dead and his body
thrown out with the trash — would accomplish what he has! Who enabled
me to do so? God and the principle of restoration by indemnity. Using
this very strategy of gaining the victory by being beaten, I have
accomplished God's will.
You shouldn't feel downcast and humiliated when you are beaten for
standing on the side of goodness. Know that the time of blessing will
come, from all possible directions, because of the indemnity you paid.
That is my standard of life. In the past, when I was in prison I was
confronted with all possible persecution and opposition. But the more
I was beaten the stronger I became. When the nation and the church
oppose you, be stronger than they. I fought against the satanic world,
and being this kind of person, I overcame it.
hen the time came for Mother's seven-year course. Every woman has to
go this path. Women of the early Unification Church wanted to love me
at the risk of their lives, coming to see me even late at night. So
people gossiped about us. These women didn't even know why they made
such visits to a man who they knew remained centered on God.
And when the Holy Wedding came, every woman, even the elderly widows,
wanted to be able to stand in the position of Mother. Some women even
claimed to be the True Mother, their. eyes shining with confidence. An
old lady of 70 years said she would become my wife and bear 10
children! Of course, she didn't know why she was saying such things.
Women with daughters prayed to God with deep sincerity and said they
received revelations that their daughters would become the True
Mother. They were excited, as if it were a matter of life and death.
But the woman who would become True Mother appeared unexpectedly. She
was a person whom few of them had met. Probably no more than a third
of the members even knew her. Yet this unforeseen person was chosen.
I was 40 and about to marry a 17 year old girl. If this were not God's
will, who could be crazier than I? Just imagine, from that time on
Mother's great responsibility was to carry all the burdens of the
Unification Church. Many wonderful college educated women were lining
up and listing their qualifications, but I shook off all of them and
chose an innocent, 17 year old girl as Mother What a surprise it was!
Old ladies and mothers exclaimed and rolled their eyes.
I had no choice but to live separately from her for three years. The
task of restoration proceeds from outside to inside. Many female
members of the church, even old ladies, were jealous of Mother in the
beginning, but when they saw her situation they thought, "Isn't Father
being too severe? He should live with Mother since he married her, but
what is he doing?" Because I put Mother away from me, living a
separated life, old ladies sympathized with Mother and restored the
things they had complained about. Women of all ages sided with her.
Then Mother could take her position. This is an example of Mother's
course of restoration by indemnity.
During this period, how anguished Mother's heart was! One woman
received a revelation from the spirit world telling her she should be
the Mother. She wanted me to give up Mother and take her instead.
There were many other incidents. Spirit world taught strange things,
and Mother had to undergo all sorts of trials like this. Mother is
very patient, and all this was merely training for her to become much
stronger and greater. It continued for seven years. But the most
admirable point about Mother was that she believed in me more than in
her own father, grandfather or elder brother. She believed in me 100
percent. Thus she overcame all the obstacles and established a firm
Since a man got the victory, a woman also had to gain the victory.
Mother confronted the society and nation which opposed her and over-
came everything during that seven-year period. During this period I
set up Parents' Day, Children's Day, World Day and God's Day. What
does God's Day mean in reference to Mother's course? Mother's mission
was to have unshakable confidence in her husband, regardless of the
circumstance and in spite of all opposition. Whatever happened, even
if she should die, she had to keep an unchangeable attitude toward her
husband. That must be her commitment even if the nation opposes her.
Eve fell into a position
Heaven could not trust, and because Eve mad Adam fall, Adam could not
believe 100 percent in a woman. Therefore, Mother had to maintain a
firm position in which heaven, God and her husband could have 100
For the first time in history, when God and man could believe in a
woman 100 percent, God's Day could be established. Do you understand?
That was Jan. 1, 1968. In order to restore the standard of restoration
by indemnity for both men and women, Eve had to go through the comple-
tion stage from the top of the growth stage. Upon entering the eighth
year, after completing her seven-year course, Mother and I could
obtain God's seal as a true, perfected family, and we could take our
position on the earth. Then we could set forth to the world, leading
our family and nation. Upon this foundation I could come to the United
States with Mother.
There has been so much persecution in the United States against the
Unification Church, centered upon my own family. Not only my wife and
I but also my sons and daughters have been mistreated. My children are
ridiculed as Moonies in school. They are also quite famous in school.
Teachers watch them with special concern. They have a lot of talent in
art and music. They study well.
Centering on the United States government and people, established
Christianity and Judaism and all religions have opposed us. The commu-
nists oppose us, the U.S. Congress and even the White House have taken
a stand against us. We had to overcome a seven-year course of
tribulation. The fiercest battle was in 1976, but even though the
world opposed us, we did not go backward. We overcame, and the Day of
Heavenly Victory was set on Oct. 4, 1976. There will not be any worse
antagonism than at that time.
By being beaten, we can regain everything. If a man is beaten as an
individual he may recover things even. on the national level. A woman
cannot claim the victory that a man gets; she has to gain one herself.
Children also have their own course of indemnity to overcome. That is
the course of restoration through indemnity. Because the True Parents
have won the victory on all three stages, our family, who represents
the Abel core of the democratic world, received the total attack of
the Cain side. We have survived this situation and can now raise the
flag of the new world of Unification.
In order to broaden that position to the people of the entire world, I
sent out missionaries to 75 nations in 1975. Throughout the world the
Unification Church, centering upon the blessed families, has been
battered but never defeated. We have now finished the 21-year course.
Taking the offensive
he period since 1977 has been the era of taking the offensive. That
means we have to go to the people and teach them the truth. We can do
this on campuses and in society. From now on, conditions will change.
After 1977 I have done many things to change our position from the
defensive to the offensive.
Originally, if President Nixon had listened to me, our situation would
have been different. But because he did not, his position was passed
down to Ford, Carter and Reagan. Four generations had to be restored
because God's will, which was supposed to start centering upon the
president of the United States, went the wrong way. Our members
supported Reagan, who is the fourth president from Nixon, and gave
great spiritual help for his election. If I had not prayed for him,
giving my support from behind the scenes, he might have already died.
In any normal circumstance, he would not have survived the
No American president had previously recovered from a gunshot wound. A
70 year old president received a bullet wound seven centimeters deep
on his 70th day in office. Everything revolved around the number
seven. We can see it as formation, growth and completion. Everything
fits into the principle — 40th president, 444 days until the
liberation of the American hostages in Iran — all are principled
numbers. People have not realized it, but God has planned everything
with certain mathematical conditions, and we are going over this
historical turning point based on such conditions. Now the American
president has to listen to me.
The president of Korea cannot guarantee Korean survival by himself.
Japan and the United States have to be mobilized. I am teaching and
paving the way for South and North to unite. I do this. not for my own
sake. I do it to revive the world. I am responsible to give life to
the world and educate the present world.
Koreans should not think of themselves as a miserable race. Korea has
been invaded from the outside and has fought wars with Japan, the
Soviet Union and Red China. Korea underwent all these trials as
training. Its history has been a history of training.
Why did the Korean people have to pass through such a course? Because
they have the capacity to assimilate the different traditions of four
major civilizations and four different ideologies. Do you understand?
South Korea should be able to digest North Korea, Japan, the United
States, and even the communist world. We should not regard anyone as
our enemies. Therefore, your accomplishments as members of the
Unification Church have to exceed those of anybody in the Communist
Party, the Soviet Union or the United States. You have to pass through
Why do we have to become a people able to absorb four major civiliza-
tions: North, South, East and West? In order for the East to go to the
center, it must spiral around to the South, West, North and, finally,
the center. Nothing can reach the center by centrifugal force, only by
centripetal force. Do you understand?
The Unification Church is the nucleus for all four directions and can
control them by taking the subject position.
I find the figure 8 really interesting. When we write it we use both
clockwise and counter clockwise movements. The number 8 is the number
of a new beginning, but it is always drawn in opposite directions.
That is how the course of restoration, the way of Principle, the way
of recreation, operates. A paradoxical course is in the end the most
reasonable. You have to understand this very well.
Therefore, my life does not follow the normal, reasonable way. It
began as a figure 8 on an individual level. My wife went through the
course of a figure 8, and my sons and daughters followed the same
course on the family level.
The next level is the clan level. The 777 Couple Blessing of 1970
began to form the clan era, including various races and centering upon
all the families of world history. There are many clans throughout the
satanic world, but we created one new clan. When it exceeds the 60
million people in Korea, Korea will begin to follow us. From a
principled view, if the Unification Church gains 70 million people,
helping them centering upon Korea, don't you think Korea will follow
Therefore, we will advance to the worldwide level in many aspects, and
the Unification Church will take the ruling seat. In the past 27
years, I have become quite famous. My fame has gone beyond the
imagination of most Koreans. They had thought that the man called Moon
would float off somewhere and disappear. But what happened?
Centered on Mother, the Unification Church restored through indemnity
the individual and family. Then the work of restoring the world
through indemnity was taken up by sons and daughters. Now the
Unification Church has spread throughout 127 nations, in the position
of a clan. In some nations there are so many members that people have
Be proud of ourselves
he time has come when you can be truly proud of yourselves. In your
place, I have been passing through the indemnity course by receiving
persecution, opening the tribal level for you. Furthermore, the
foundation has been laid for the world to welcome you.
If you do your best, with utmost sincerity in this course of
tradition, I will give you my endorsement. With that endorsement, you
can go anywhere you want. In the United States and in church centers
throughout the world, there are rooms set aside for me and my wife. In
England and Germany, every center has these special rooms. If I give
you my endorsement and tell them to let you sleep in my room and eat
the food prepared for me, they will do it. That is true around the
world. Don't you want to be treated like that?
The other day I took 12 Japanese members who had achieved certain
things to the United States and let them travel around. The American
members looked at them and understood them. They came to me and
reported that the Japanese members are working above the secular
standards. From the Principle point of view it is natural for the
spirit world to assist those who transcend their limits rather than
those who stay within them.
Members of the Unification Church who work by their own power cannot
witness very well. Do you know why? How many woman are there who
invest everything they have in their children, excel in serving their
husbands, or do their best to prepare for the coming of the Lord? When
the Unification Church members witness, they have to surpass the
standards of the secular world. If you do so, heaven will always help
You may think God is not very united with you. But when you say
"Heavenly Father," He doesn't answer from far away but from right
behind you. That is the kind of Heavenly Father you have. God has been
protecting you; heaven embraces you and gives you sweet sleep when you
fall down in fatigue; when you raise your hand, light comes from it.
These surprising facts are the truth.
Today, on our 27th anniversary, what should we do? I have accomplished
everything and set the standard of tradition for all peoples of the
world. You should do the same. Not only you, but your sons and
daughters and thousands of generations of descendants must inherit
this Unification Church tradition. Therefore, even if the leaders walk
out, even if I go away, as long as our descendants remain, the
Unification Church will never perish. The tradition of the Unification
Church will shine throughout thousands and thousands of years.
Suppose two factions appear in the Unification Church. You don't have
to give yourself a headache trying to choose the right one. The
criterion is who works the hardest for God's will. The person who
sacrifices himself for the sake of God's will and tries to give
himself for the sake of the world more than others is the one to
follow. The most valuable person is the one who works for the sake of
the unity of the world, even at the sacrifice of his parents, spouse
and children. He is the one who is closest to the tradition of heart.
Thus, denominationalism will never arise in the Unification Church.
If the president of the church is self-centered, he is not a true
person. But if he labors day and night for the sake of God and for the
nation and world, laying a foundation of blood, sweat and tears,
heaven will work through him. Any such members of the Unification
movement, either man or woman, who can love others with tears is the
example for everyone. Heaven will create a new history of goodness
through that kind of person.
In this way, the heavenly tradition has already been established in
the Unification Church. My successor among my sons and daughters will
be determined in the same way: the one who sacrifices himself the most
for the sake of God's will, the one who best exemplifies the principle
of loyalty and filial piety. Everything is measured against that
tradition — in the family or. in the church. We cannot appoint a
person to a position simply because he has money or power. He must be
able to give deep inspiration and heartistic love to other people,
even though he might not be a university professor or hold a doctoral
degree. He may be humble and unknown, but when he prays, his words
come from his inmost self and create explosions in people's hearts.
Wherever such a person is found, church activities will center upon
him or her. The Unification movement will follow that person's
From this point of view, you can clearly understand whether you are on
the correct course of tradition. You know what kind of standard you
have, don't you? You don't need explanations. Your mind is trying to
follow the heavenly side, but your body inclines to the satanic side.
Taking the easy way leads to internal struggle between your mind and
body. To end that conflict, you must reach God's love by going the way
of hardship. Once you set out with strong determination, all the
battles between mind and body will eventually come to an end.
Love and beauty
ou women may be thinking, "I am the right age for getting married. I
am good looking and I have a very attractive body. Any man will like
me. Therefore, my husband will have to be a very handsome man."
Instead, you should think this way: "I was born such a beautiful
person because of the grace of God's love, which is focused on solving
all the resentment of humanity. So I don't mind even if my husband is
ugly or a cripple. Please let me be able to live my whole life in
loyalty to him. It would be so wonderful if I could become that kind
of woman." If you think like that, heaven will come to you.
I have striven for this kind of attitude. I have confidence that I am
a better than average Korean man, but I did not expect to marry such a
beautiful person as Mother. I looked for a woman who could be loyal to
God's will and who could sacrifice herself for the sake of her
husband. There are many careless women, so I asked God not to give me
a wife who would destroy the Unification family. I knew my marriage
should be for the sake of the Unification Church, the nation, and the
world. I found many promising women, but none who could sacrifice
themselves with a pure heart and bring the seed of love horizontally
to their husband. Such women leave God sooner or later. Finally I
found beautiful Mother and educated her.
These days Mother has a higher reputation than I do. They say she has
not only Oriental beauty but Western beauty. Therefore, I have learned
many things from her I received a great deal of Oriental training, but
not so much Western training. For example, when I eat, I stuff a lot
of food into my mouth at once. I don't eat gracefully, I just think of
enjoying the food. But Mother wipes my mouth each time I make a mess.
People say we are a very loving couple. Mother never stands on my
right side, always on my left. Wherever we go, she walks beside me
holding my hand. She takes my hand first. We do that in America, but
it is not so natural to hold hands in Korea. The culture is different
Have you ever walked hand in hand with your wife? Probably you were
shy. It is not evil to hold your wife's hand. If you want to walk hand
in hand with her, go ahead! If you want to carry her on your back, you
can do that too! It is the same East or West. If you ask God, "Father,
do You want to see Your beloved sons and daughters kissing their wife
or husband?" of course He will say yes. So even if you kiss until
heaven and earth tremble with excitement, it is not a sin. You can do
that with your beloved wife or husband, of course, but not with
another man or woman.
The true standard
ven if I die, the tradition of the Unification movement will never be
destroyed. A different tradition cannot appear in the movement; even
if it did, it would soon rejoin the mainstream. It is easy to tell who
is true and who is false. Someone who speaks only for himself is
false; if he speaks for others and the world, he is true. A son of
filial piety will serve the whole family. A loyal man will serve the
whole nation. A saint will serve all people. Someday the angels and
all people in heaven and earth should be able to welcome you as a son
or daughter of God, based on your standard of love.
Which Unification Church member is going the more traditional way, the
one who is out witnessing at a local center or the one resting at
headquarters? Members who are working hard don't put on makeup and
they may smell sweaty. If you compare this person to someone perfumed
and well dressed, who is more beautiful to God? It is the sweating
person, ridiculed by hostile people, but still faithfully loving the
nation. It is the person who says he will go on, even when told to
When I speak at night, almost everybody dozes off. By midnight eight
out of 10 people drop off, but I continue to talk. Even though I
become sleepy, I fight the urge to stop, and I continue to speak —
all for your benefit. So who is serving the most, you or I? It appears
that I am serving you even more than you are serving yourselves. When
you see me overcoming the desire to sleep, preaching on and on, you
probably think I am a man of steel. I am not like that naturally; only
because I know the Principle did I become like a man of steel.
Because I know the Principle and pursue the fallen world with all the
yearning love of God, I don't like to take the winding path of
restoration. I want to build a straight highway, like a bridge of
love. Therefore, people from all over the world will seek me out. Even
if I build my house on the summit of a mountain, they will search me
out, perhaps even with the aid of professional mountaineers. Someone
who thinks this way must be crazy! However, by going the way of
hardships, we can unite the world into one.
Very few relatives of church members have welcomed the idea of a mass
wedding. Before the Blessing of the 36 Couples, for example, I sent
invitations to our members' parents inviting them to their child's
wedding ceremony. But I told them they needed white ceremonial
garments in order to attend. People thought this was a reckless
violation of the time honored tradition of parents arranging their
children's marriages and wedding ceremonies. Therefore, everyone spoke
ill of me. However, many of those same parents have recently come to
me and thanked me for having given them such a wonderful son-in-law or
Soon we will no longer need to witness for the Unification Church.
Then what will we do? Perhaps I will buy an airplane and take all the
members who worked so hard for rides! From now on, we will not witness
in the old style but through videotapes. Already there are videotape
sets for seven-day and 21-day workshops, and a 40-day Victory Over
Communism (VOC) lecture series. All you have to do is push the button.
You can educate people while you relax. Then if I go on national
television and speak for 40 days, the world will completely change. If
that happens, why should we need to witness?
People under Satan's dominion act based on their personal desires. We,
on the other hand, live for the family, clan, race, nation, world and
God; We love God first, and then the world, nation, race, clan and
family, in that order. Then we can understand the power and value of
love and be able to love ourselves. In this world, people have usually
thought first about themselves. This tendency will be reversed.
Your course is shorter
our hard course will be shortened from now on. If it took me 60 years
to fulfill something, you will be able to do it in six months. So
elderly people need not be discouraged. The Unification Church is not
for young people alone. Older people can work together with young
I encourage you to work hard in the Unification Church so you can work
on a worldwide level in the future. Therefore, toil hard and go the
suffering way. Go out to society at large. Do good deeds and be
sacrificial. You must understand that this is ultimately the only
reasonable way to go.
Today is May 1. From today, the second 21-year course will start. So
how about becoming more responsible? Until now, you lived depending
upon me. What will you do if I die? I want to have some free time now.
Will you allow me to have it? I have fulfilled all my responsibility
over the past seven years, and the time is coming for me to visit
members around the world as I wish.
Up until the present, because I was guiding the restoration
providence, it seemed that the whole history of restoration would fail
if I died. However, I have fulfilled everything that was required. I
have no. regrets. Even if I am killed, I can die joyfully. Now you
also have to learn how to conduct the restoration providence. That is
why I am urging you to improve yourselves in every way.
Who cleans the glass doors of this headquarters building? Do you
assign somebody to the task, or do people clean them on their own? You
should never use somebody who does not want to do the job. If there is
nobody to clean them, do it yourself. The person who lovingly,
joyfully, humbly cleans the glass doors will be the victor in the
spirit world. Don't force someone to clean the building's doors. I
would rather not work with people who don't want to work. I work only
with those who are willing to give their lives for the world because
they understand the situation of history.
In the years leading up to this 27th anniversary, my own course of
restoration through indemnity was fulfilled, as well as those of
Mother and True Children. Upon this foundation I built the family and
clan indemnity foundation of the Unification movement. Therefore, in
order to inherit this, you have to accomplish your five percent
responsibility. So if you understand this and determine to work
vigorously for the next seven years, the world will be transformed.
We must have a successful rally in Moscow. I want to do this before I
die. The Soviet leaders, however, are quick to mock me when they hear
this. But who believed me 21 years ago when I described what our
church would be like after my 21-year course? I said there would be
cars and houses everywhere in the Unification Church and that members
would have spread throughout the world. Before beginning my 21-year
course, I promised this to the Unification Church members in Korea.
Many must have thought I was crazy, but I was not.
Now you have gotten a glimpse of what will soon happen. Some key
Americans will declare that only Reverend Moon can bring a significant
change in the world. Patriotic people will rush to help us with their
economic, academic and social foundations. But because I am so busy, I
cannot yet handle all the work that would entail. Therefore, if there
are people in the Unification Church who can do my job, I will let
We must fly like an eagle, becoming God's right and left wings, God's
right and left eyes, God's hands and legs.
Well, do you want to follow this way? Then work hard at the risk of
your life. The Japanese and American church members are working 18
hours a day. But when I come to Korea, you seem to be taking it easy
in this spring season! Please work hard and tirelessly for the next
seven years and establish a good tradition in Korea. I deeply hope you
will build with dignity and tradition, as the subject and fatherland
of faith, and as an example to Japan, America and the whole world.
Thank you very much. Let us pray.
Beloved Heavenly Father,
We know very well how painful our history has been for You throughout
the course of restoration. You persisted through thousands of years to
build foundations of indemnity on the individual, family, clan, and
racial levels, always acting on the principle that servant-of-servant
humility brings success. Finally, You were able to lay the national
foundation in Israel, making possible the appearance of the Messiah on
the worldwide stage. Yet when he finally came, he was not accepted and
thus could not complete the restoration.
The result was that during the next 2,000 years, You had to witness a
history of terrible suffering. America was born on the foundation of
the heartbreaking tradition of martyrdom and constant bloodshed, and
has become the center of the free world in the Last Days of the
worldwide level of the dispensation. You expected America to assume
the task of protecting the victorious worldwide godly foundation and
offering it to You by fulfilling Your will, especially during and
after World War II. But again this did not take place.
I also know how anguished and heartbroken You are when You see people
turning away from accomplishing their responsibility. Today, America
cannot lose her link with South Korea. The destined age for the
spiritual leaders and the providential nations to unite has come.
Reverend Moon, who was born in Korea and who represents the internal
subjective position, and the Reagan Administration, which represents
the external position, must be so united.
Even: at this moment, worldwide communism with all its tremendous
power is making maneuvers designed to overthrow the Reagan
Administration. The time has come for the administration to be strong
and bold. The time has also come for Korea to be strong and bold.
Also, now is the time when even the Korean people must be strong and
Heavenly Father, we have learned that Your will is for the free world
to help the communist world, both spiritually and physically, upon the
complete foundation of unity between Korean Christianity and the
Unification Church, and between American Christianity and the
Unification Church. I sincerely ask You to provide Unification
members, who are striving to accomplish Your will, with a strong and
bold determination, so that they can strengthen the free world and
give it the boldness to take the subject position over the communist
world both spiritually and physically.
This is the road toward immortality, and Unification members have
learned that this is the road to Your presence. Therefore, I humbly
pray that You can bless them to be lights in the world of darkness,
shining like the brightest suns, brave and strong like victorious
generals. Even though the arrow of persecution may be strong, Heavenly
Father, please let them be stronger still, so they can never be
penetrated and brought to surrender. I humbly pray and wish to give
them the Blessing, so that they can become the ones who can stand in
the position to inherit the foundation of True Parents' family and
represent the heavenly family — by practicing and mastering the
principle of servant, adopted son, and son. Also, I pray that they can
be protected on all sides by the shield of love, and learn to walk the
path of tradition as they march toward the Kingdom of Heaven and
become the representatives of heavenly love.
I thank You that we can have such a time and day as today. Now we have
understood what the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of
World Christianity is and the role religions played in the development
of tradition. The path I have trodden until now has been to gather the
different races from all over the world. They are not even from the
same lineages. The success of this has been due to Your love. When
this foundation develops from the national to the world level, then
naturally we can embrace the world and absorb all cultures and
historical traditions. We know such a day is at hand. I pray for the
Unification members to be strong and bold so they can march forward,
overcoming all things through love.
I respectfully pray and wish for them to have great confidence that
victory is waiting for them, and that failure can be banished. I thank
You for allowing me to return to Korea for this anniversary day.
I sincerely pray for unity among the leaders and all the members. I
pray that they all will defend heavenly tradition to the death and
live in accordance with this way of love. A unity of all races, with
its blazing fire of love, is being offered to You, Father. With this
love and unity, centering on the nation of South Korea, we can gain
the power to master North Korea. I pray that members will make effort
day and night without rest to achieve this goal.
I hope that one day soon we can establish far and wide this tradition
of unity and love, and that all mankind can soon measure up to it. We
know this is Your desire and will. I pray we can be determined to be
the ever victorious heavenly army. By making such a determination, I
respectfully pray and desire for members to become better sons and
daughters, who can come closer to You each day. Centering on love,
they can become the group that prepares the way for the restored
nation and family.
I pray all these things in the name of the True Parents. Amen.