TRUE LOVE AND FORBIDDEN LOVE
An Investigation into the Cause of
Immorality and Suffering,
its Historical Origin and its Solution
Chapter 2 - THE NECESSITY OF ANSWERS AND SOLUTIONS
As we have just discussed, love should be focused according
to the divine plan or principle, in a correct and true direction,
producing good results and, without doubt, be the source of
happiness and the fulfillment of our ideals.
But unfortunately, as we have already explained, all
throughout history people have not known how to find the
true direction in relation to love and reach the ideals that we
so earnestly desire.
When and how did this tendency of choosing a false and
illicit direction in love originate? What is the cause of this
deviation? If God is our creator and His eternal and
unchanging ideal is the realization of a unified world of love,
peace and happiness, why is this world a place of suffering
and tragedy so different from the divine ideal?
Up to now nobody has been able to clarify satisfactorily with
depth and detail all those questions and offer really effective
solutions to end human suffering and tragedy.
From all the investigations ever made, the one we are about
to present is the most important one. From all the secrets
ever revealed this is also the most transcendental.
The extraordinary discoveries made by Rev. Sun Myung
Moon on this topic have an immeasurable value and
represent an essential contribution clarifying this problem
which was never before resolved satisfactorily.
Sun Myung Moon began a long and arduous pursuit in search
of these hidden secrets and mysteries on Easter morning
April 17, 1935 on a mountainside in the Northwest of the
Korean peninsula, his native country.
At the age of 15, while in deep prayer and extremely
distressed by the suffering that he observed around him that,
lamentably, was a continuation of the human experience
throughout history, Jesus Christ appeared to him in a vision
and showed him the course of events of his life.
Due to the ignorance and intolerance of his contemporaries,
Jesus' life was filled with suffering and pain. In spite of all
the preparation of Israel carried out by God, including the
sending of prophets and giving signs before the arrival of the
Messiah, Jesus was faced with denial and opposition in his
time, because the people could neither recognize nor accept
his true role and position as the Messiah. This failure of the
chosen people to unite with the awaited Messiah led them to
consider him an impostor and ultimately crucify him after
only three years of Jesus' public ministry. Nevertheless, Jesus
always maintained a heart of unconditional love and was
victorious in bringing spiritual salvation to humanity through
his example and sacrifice on the cross.
However, the immense hope and expectations of God and
Jesus to finally eradicate sin from the face of the earth at that
time, and physically establish the Kingdom of Heaven, were
not completed. This hope still remains unfulfilled.
Jesus explained to the young Moon the necessity that
someone should seriously carry on the task of completing this
mission and he asked him to accept that responsibility.
In spite of his age, Sun Myung Moon had already felt the
tragedy and suffering of humanity, and was determined to
dedicate his life to remedy it. But this revelation occurred
suddenly and he was very astonished. He was asked to make
an extremely difficult and important decision.
In the beginning he rejected the mission, but finally he
accepted. As he would explain years later to his followers, he
did it for two reasons: Firstly, if he had not accepted, Jesus
might not have found anyone else. Secondly, if he began such
a task by his own determination, he would always have had
the option of abandoning it in the future, but if a solemn
pledge was made to someone, in this case to Jesus Christ,
then he would have to persevere until the end.
After this profound and overwhelming experience, everything
completely changed in his life and during the following nine
years he undertook an intense search for the truth.
Although outwardly he continued his studies, graduating in
electric engineering, all his free time was dedicated to prayer,
study of the Bible and other sacred books. He was intense,
serious and concerned, preparing for his mission. He
wandered in the mountains and along the rivers, meditating,
fasting, praying, investigating.
The answers never came in an easy way. He had to fight
intense and fierce spiritual battles with evil satanic forces
which wanted to block his search for the truth which could
liberate humanity from sin and suffering.
Through innumerable nights spent in prayer, he experienced
profound spiritual communication with Jesus Christ, Moses,
Buddha and other saints, as well as direct communication
He fought desperately in order to solve the huge spiritual
enigma of such questions as:
Who is God? What is His nature? What is His intention
and purpose? Why did He create man? What is the
relationship that must exist between human beings and their
Creator? This was one of the answers which God Himself
revealed directly to him:
"The basic and central truth of this universe is that God is our
Father and we are his children. All people were created as God's
Consequently, he asked Heavenly Father: Why do not we
enjoy this intimate relationship like Father and son with you
now? By which means, process, reason, when and by whom
was this relationship destroyed? By Satan? Who is Satan?
Who created Satan? Why did Satan become Satan? If You
are good and the only Creator, how could evil appear? If
nobody created Satan, how did Satan come to exist?
If God is love and taught us to forgive our enemy 70 times 7,
why could not this very God forgive Satan? Why? ... What
kind of conceivable deed could Satan have done, that is
impossible even for God to forgive? What kind of sin was
committed in the beginning, that brought so much tragedy to
this world? What exactly was the so-called original sin? Why
did it affect us and continues to affect us so deeply?
If God is almighty, how could God permit the existence of
evil? Why does God seem incapable, impotent? Why?..
Who is responsible to solve the problem of evil? God?
Man? The Messiah?
God and Jesus had been waiting for someone who could
finally proclaim to the world Satan's identity and his hidden
crime, so that he could be accused and judged in front of
To be able to clarify and expose the nature of the original
sin, was the most complex and formidable task.
Once Sun Myung Moon discovered the unbearable betrayal
committed against God and His ideal of love in the beginning
of human history, the knowledge of this secret was the best
weapon to defend himself and counterattack the forces of
evil, and the key that enabled him to discover the path along
which mankind has to travel in order to be restored to the
originally intended state of goodness and perfection. He
discovered not only that part of the path we have already
covered for some distance in the past, but also the part we
still have to complete in the future.
At that time, Sun Myung Moon began to understand
intensely the anguished heart of our Heavenly Father, who
constantly suffered and still continues to suffer because of the
tribulations and sins of all his children. Although many
people abandoned God, He never abandoned anyone. In
spite of his loneliness and sorrow, He constantly worked for
the salvation of humanity.
Realizing and feeling this tragedy Sun Myung Moon cried
endlessly upon discovering Heavenly Father's miserable
situation. Sometimes his clothes were completely soaked by
his tears and his face so swollen that even his neighbors could
not recognize him.
He continued to ask: Through which principles have You
been working throughout human history in order to restore
humanity? Why was the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus
Christ proclaimed, not established when he was here on
earth? What were the circumstances and the reasons why
Jesus was rejected and crucified two thousand years ago?
When will the end of the world, announced in the Bible, take
place? Why does the world have to come to an end? How
does the world end? Will it be a catastrophe of the universe,
or not? If not, what is the real meaning of the unusual
phenomena predicted in the Bible? How and when will evil
and sin finally be eradicated from human history?
After many incredible ordeals, Sun Myung Moon was finally
victorious and received answers to these and many other
questions, which were later systematically written down by his
followers in what we know today as the Divine Principle.
Rev. Moon commented in 1972 in London:
"I am revealing a topic of the biggest controversy in the
contemporary theological world. Its content is not merely a
study or investigation of the Bible. It is a revelation that came
after an intense search and exploration in the most remote
places of the spiritual world, where I received the answers.
Therefore, my most serious desire is that you do not rush in
making prejudgments. Please, hold your conclusions until
you make your own investigations, particularly in the spiritual
I know clearly that God's law is very severe. If I proclaim
something which is not true, then I know that I will receive
the judgement of history. I have suffered persecution all my
life only because I am speaking the truth and for that reason
only. There are two ways of checking this. We can verify it
here on earth or we can confirm this truth in the spiritual
world. I say this to you because I hope that you will meditate
deeply about this and consider it seriously."
Next we are going to expose some concepts that will help us
to understand much better these revelations about the
historical origin of evil and its implications in what is
traditionally known as "the fall of man".