TRUE LOVE AND FORBIDDEN LOVE
An Investigation into the Cause of
Immorality and Suffering,
its Historical Origin and its Solution
THE MOTIVATIONS AND THE PROCESS
OF THE HUMAN FALL
The belief in friendly spirit beings has continued in almost all cultures
and religions around the world as does the fear of demonic beings.
These specific inhabitants of the spirit world are called angels in the
Bible. Although religious art has often presented them as beings with wings,
an angel actually has a similar appearance to us, which is why some biblical
accounts confused them with human beings. The main difference with human
beings is that angels never possessed nor experienced a temporal and physical
body in order to grow and perfect themselves before passing to live forever
in the Spirit World. But like us, angels have an eternal and indestructible
spirit body, with the same faculties of emotion, intellect and will.
Angels, according to religious tradition, were created before the physical
universe, assisting and serving God in the long creative process.
We find references to angels in various stories in the Bible. Sometimes
they appear as messengers and emissaries sent by God and on other occasions
appear to help and attend human beings to complete their mission and
responsibility on the path of restoration.
Apart from these biblical references, we find a great number of testimonies
about their appearance in the life of many men and women throughout history.
Mohammed, St. Teresa of Avila, the Swedish scientist and visionary of the
eighteenth century Emmanuel Swedenborg, just to mention a few, all had
interesting encounters with angels.
Apart from the fact, already mentioned, that angels never had a physical
body, another important difference with humans lies in their mission and
God created angels as His assistants and messengers, but He created human
beings as His children. Angels were created to care for all the creation
and they find their happiness in serving God and mankind, receiving our
love and gratitude. Once man and woman had achieved their perfection, they
would be elevated to lords of the creation, inheriting and exercising as the
visible representatives of God, a true dominion of love over everything in
the physical as well as the spiritual world, including the angels.
As God's children, human beings were supposed to have authority over the
angels as the Apostle Paul recognized in his letter to the Corinthians (I
Cor. 6-3). But, although traditionally angels have always been perceived as
glorious and superior beings, in fact human beings were originally destined
to be in a superior position to any angel and only now, as a result of the
fall, have the positions been reversed, which is why we perceive ourselves
to be on an inferior level.
Before the creation and appearance of Adam and Eve, angels were the beings
closest to God, who reflected Him to a great extent and received all His love.
THE ARCHANGEL LUCIFER AND HIS BETRAYAL
In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the Devil or Satan is the accuser
and the supernatural archenemy of mankind, the origin of all evil and the
initiator of all the suffering and human tragedy.
Satan is a powerful adversary, because he is a fallen angel who knows
very well human weakness as well as God's plans and strategies. Since he was
once Lucifer, an archangel at the heavenly court, he even has the ability
to imitate God and disguise himself as an "angel of light".
He works anonymously and from behind the scenes. Satan does his most
effective work as the all-pervasive, invisible, yet almost irresistible
"spirit of the times". Once the devil has obscured and confused man's true
situation, human values and moral standards seem to be only shadows, and
what appears to be most real are concrete economic, political and material
forces. Cut off from God's light, we become fearful and distrustful of others,
which leads to social chaos.
Satan, therefore, benefits immensely and takes enormous advantage of man's
ignorance and one of his amazing achievements is to make people believe that
he does not exist.
Until the identity of a criminal is discovered, while the nature of his
crime and methods remain hidden, a criminal could pretend to be innocent
and it would be easy for him to continue committing crimes with impunity.
But once his crime is exposed, his identity revealed and the evidence
presented, everyone will be on the alert and he will not be able to continue
Next we are going to expose how this "angel of light" betrayed God and
managed to take control of humanity, becoming what the Bible calls "the god
of this world".
To search for the truth and fight against evil are not simple tasks. Thus
it is not difficult to understand why, in this world of corruption and sin,
prophets and men of God always suffered persecution and rejection.
Sun Myung Moon passed through untold spiritual battles in order to discover
Satan's hidden crime and then faced enormous difficulties throughout his
life in order to expose this secret to the world.
Lucifer, before his fall, was an archangel in a position of leadership in
the heavenly hierarchy. Lucifer was responsible for passing God's directives
and love to other angels, which is why he enjoyed a special close relationship
with God, monopolizing his love.
Although chronologically, Adam and Eve appeared at the end of the creative
process, Lucifer began to understand and realize very soon that they were the
supreme creation of God, His more complete image. Lucifer understood that
as God's children they would receive His total love once they had reached
perfection and would also be the heirs and the lords of all God's creation,
including the angels.
If we compare God to a king and Lucifer to the king's beloved prime
minister, we can understand how the king would develop a more intimate
heartistic relationship with his children than with his prime minister. His
children, born as the prince and princess, would be destined to inherit all
Lucifer continued to receive the same love and blessings from God after
the birth of Adam and Eve. However, when comparing himself with Adam,
Lucifer felt disturbed and relegated from a central to a secondary position.
Lucifer particularly envied the fact that Adam and Eve, besides having a
spiritual body like the angels, possessed a physical body with the capacity to
procreate and have influence and dominion over the physical universe. Lucifer
as servant was envious of the love they were receiving from God and jealous of
the love they would consummate once they received God's blessing in marriage.
Lucifer, wishing to retain the old situation and placing more value on
his former merit and position than on the love he would afterwards have
received from human beings, felt as if God loved him less. Step by step he
began to separate himself from God and gradually started to feel increased
envy, jealousy and resentment towards this new situation.
The book Ecclesiasticus, which was a part of the Septuagint Bible
used in the early Church and currently accepted by the Catholic Church
as canonic, clearly mentioned that the Devil tempted man, motivated by
envy. (Ecclesiasticus 2:23-24).
The Koran also mentions the same feeling when the angel says: "Why do
I have to serve them? They are made of dust, while I am of fire " (Koran.
Sura VII, 11)
Jealousy is a natural reaction. It is rather similar to what the first
child feels when a new baby appears in the family, monopolizing all the
attention of the parents. However, jealousy can be beneficial or destructive
depending on our response and behavior.
Lucifer's responsibility was to remain loyal to God and have complete
trust in His love and justice. He was supposed to unite with God's point
of view and love and care for Adam and Eve with the same heart that God had
for them, instead of seeing them as rivals.
Lucifer, who had been created first and had participated in the process
of creation, had at that time much more knowledge and ability than Adam and
Eve, but, in order to reach his own maturity, he had to be able to overcome
his arrogance and pride.
He should have clearly foreseen that his happiness would be realized upon
accomplishing his mission of serving and attending God and His children,
recognizing their position, teaching them and helping them.
In this way, Lucifer acting as a good teacher for Adam and Eve, would
have contributed greatly to the realization of the divine ideal.
Helping Adam and Eve to reach their perfection, would have permitted Lucifer
to have an even deeper and closer understanding of God's heart, which is why
this situation was necessary and beneficial to his own improvement and growth.
Once Adam and Eve had united in love with God's blessing and had become
the True Parents of humanity, they would have established the model and
heavenly tradition that would direct the establishment of the ideal world
of eternal happiness for God, humanity, angels and all creation.
THE SPIRITUAL FALL
Unfortunately, Lucifer failed in his responsibility. It was very difficult
for him to accept his new role of having to love and serve Adam and Eve with
the same heart as God.
Lucifer decided to maintain his high position and importance of old and
to compensate for his perceived feeling of loss of divine favor, through his
desire to control Adam and Eve, and possess in the human society a position
similar to that which he enjoyed in the angelic world.
Lucifer began to see this whole situation only from his own narrow point
of view, moving gradually away from God and developing a selfish attitude.
Love is the source of life, happiness and beauty. The greater the love a
person receives from God, the more beautiful he or she becomes. When Adam
and Eve reached their adolescence, Eve became exceptionally beautiful and
was able to express a special charm as the daughter of God.
Lucifer, who belonged to the opposite sex, felt a great attraction to and
was stimulated by the beauty of Eve. He developed a strong desire to spend
more time with her to compensate for his perceived feeling of lack of love.
Eve, for her part, saw in Lucifer the "angel of light", full of knowledge
and wisdom, who could explain many things. In Eve's eyes, Lucifer seemed
at that time greater and more important than her brother Adam.
Eve was fascinated by all the attention she received from Lucifer, trusting
him and feeling a great admiration for him. In this way, a special attraction
and love began to emerge between them.
The closer Lucifer became to Eve, proportionally the more jealousy and
envy he felt towards Adam, her future husband, wanting to usurp his position.
Although Lucifer knew that his intentions were contrary to the plan of God,
his desire for Eve grew stronger than his fear of betraying God. Finally,
his passion and emotions became so strong that he came to the point where
he was determined to challenge even God and rebel against Him.
Lucifer understood very well that love was the most powerful force, the
source of life and happiness. That through love the whole ideal and purpose
for the creation would be accomplished. Therefore he realized that, should he
succeed in conquering Eve's love and then through her control Adam, he would
finally fulfil his desire of having dominion over human society and the cosmos.
Facing this dangerous situation, God clearly warned Adam and Eve by giving
them the commandment "not to eat", in order to protect them from falling
into a false and illicit love relationship under the control of the archangel.
Through their obedience to the commandment they would develop and
deepen their love, trust and unity with God. They would also understand the
importance and the sacred value of love and accomplish, through that process,
their maturity and perfection.
All this preparation would culminate in their glorious day of holy
matrimony, when, with God's blessing, they would consummate their love by
becoming "one single flesh" and joining themselves with God in a true and
In this way they would establish their position as "True Parents" of
humanity. They would also assure the natural subjugation of the archangel
Lucifer, qualifying and becoming the lords of the whole creation, including
the archangel and the entire angelic world, by their own merits.
Although Eve followed God's warnings in the beginning, resisting the
archangel's advances, Lucifer was later successful in isolating her from God
and Adam and he was able to influence and persuade her by creating a great
confusion in her mind.
In this situation, if Eve would have asked God or consulted with Adam,
she would have received the assistance and correct direction to follow,
avoiding being seduced by the archangel Lucifer.
By not consulting, the power of love created by the archangel's excessive
desire, plus Eve's premature desire for a complete experience of love,
led Eve to the point where she consented to a sexual intercourse with Lucifer.
This illicit sex between the spiritual body of Lucifer and the spiritual
body of Eve caused what the Divine Principle calls "the spiritual fall".
As we have already mentioned, these discoveries about the fall made by
Rev. Moon, coincide with some of the interpretations given by the early
We also find a similar line of interpretation by several ancient Jewish
Rabbi Leo Jung, who made a careful study of the Jewish, Christian and
Islamic literature on the fall, maintains that all the stories that speak of
the adultery of the "serpent" with Eve have some foundation in the Jewish
tradition. (L. Jung, Fallen Angels in Jewish, Christian and Mohammedan
Literature. 1974, pp 69-78)
For example, we find in the Talmud in Abot de Rabbi Nathan from the second
century: "At that time the wicked Serpent considered in his heart and said -
since I am unable to cause Adam to fall, I shall go and cause Eve to fall
- He went, sat beside her and talked much with her... What did the wicked
serpent plan at that moment? He thought, I shall go and slay Adam and marry
his wife, and I shall be king over all the world and shall go about proudly
and shall enjoy royal pleasures."
Similarly, professor F. R. Tennant of Cambridge University, who made
an extensive study of the fall, comments: "It is beyond question...that
various stories concerning the monstrous sexual intercourse of Adam and
Eve with demons, and especially Eve with the serpent or Satan, were both
widespread and ancient among the Jews. (F.R. Tennant, The Sources of the
Doctrines of the Fall and Original Sin, Schocken, NY 1968, pp 156)
THE INTERRELATION BETWEEN THE PHYSICAL AND THE SPIRITUAL WORLDS
However, this explanation of the fall, in spite of how well documented
it is in ancient writings and accepted in the past, presents a serious
difficulty in being understood and accepted by modern man. How could it be
possible for an angel to have a sexual copulation with a human being?
The Bible describes to us several incidents where angels and human spirits
had direct contact with people and things. For example, Jacob received the name
of "Israel" from the same angel who fought vigorously with him, dislocating
his hip. (Gen. 32:25). On the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus Christ conversed
with Moses and Elijah, both of whom had died long before. (Mt. 17:3). When
Mary Magdalene saw an angel next to the tomb of Jesus she considered him to
be a gardener (Jn. 20:15). St. Peter could escape from prison with the help
of an angel (Acts. 12:7-12).
We also find in the literature of all the great cultures and ancient
civilizations similar stories in which it is assumed that people, then and
there, had contact with human spirits as well as with angels.
We can conclude that angels and human spirits not only possess sensual
perception as we do, but also possess a corporeal spirit form that occasionally
can be perceived.
Let's consider for a moment the mystic experience of St. Teresa of Avila
with an angel she called "the Heavenly Bridegroom":
"I saw in the angel's hand a long golden dart with a fiery tip. Several
times he thrust it into my deepest self in such a manner that it pierced
my bowels. When he drew it out it seemed as if my bowels came with him,
leaving me all on fire with the great love of God. The pain was so intense
that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness thereof that
I could not wish to be rid of it".
On the other hand, we find throughout recorded history documented cases of
certain individuals who had sexual relationships with spirits. We encounter
unusual testimonies of people who, during the night, suffered strange
sexual temptations by spirits. These are not just the well-known ejaculatory
sexual dreams, commonly experienced, nor the sexual hallucinations present
in schizophrenics, but real experiences while being wide awake.
In the history of religion this phenomenon is well-known and has been
studied and documented. The name of "incubus", was given to a male spirit and
"succubus" to a female spirit.
The anecdote from St. Anthony of Egypt is well known, that in his struggles
to maintain his purity and chastity, he was tempted by spirits with the
appearance of beautiful women who pursued him with all kinds of lustful,
seductive and erotic tricks.
Documented cases of very similar temptations occurred often in monasteries
and convents to monks and nuns who, after being shut out from the world and
courageously trying to purify themselves from these desires, were confronted
with and needed to pass and overcome many difficult tests.
Nor do we lack evidence of these sort of phenomena in what can be described
as the satanic side.
Satanists, sorcerers and witches have long maintained that in their
mystic rites one could experience sexual intercourse with their masters
or supernatural confreres. During the Middle Ages, up to the seventeenth
century and even until today, they confessed as much to clerical and secular
authorities, not as an admission of guilt, but as part of their belief
Of course, this type of phenomenon does not lie in the scope of the
daily experience of ordinary people. It is, however a reality that has been
corroborated even at the present time.
The tremendous influence of the rationalistic, pragmatic and materialistic
way of thinking of modern times, turned us into skeptics and separated us from
mystic experiences and intuitive awareness. It has dragged us into a deep
ignorance of spiritual phenomena, not only in the field of human sciences,
but surprisingly even in some religious spheres.
Since Isaac Newton, scientists thought of the universe as a great machine
governed by immutable and unalterable mechanical laws. Man was said to be
confined to a world of space and time which strictly limits him. Our nature and
character was supposed to be rigidly determined by the interaction of heredity
and environment. Our thoughts were believed to be caused by electric waves
in our brains and our emotions regulated by the functioning of our glands.
Obviously such a "scientific" world view maintains almost no place for
the reality of a spirit world.
However, this materialistic interpretation of science, unfortunately
still believed by many, is today widely questioned. The fact of the spirit
world's existence and its influence is entirely believable in the light of
contemporary scientific notions and discoveries.
In the first place, our understanding of the origin and nature of the
material world has been drastically altered. Although in the past scientists
frequently thought that our universe had always existed without a specific
beginning and reduced all that it contained to tiny solid indestructible
blocks of matter, modern physicists on the contrary widely accept a beginning
point of the universe and have discovered that matter consists of invisible
patterns of energy.
The solidity of the material world has been proved to be totally
illusory. For scientists today there is no longer a sharp distinction in
drawing the line between the physical and the spiritual realms.
This mystery not only puzzled physicists but also modern neurologists and
molecular biologists who had not been able to explain as yet the working of
the mind-over-matter procedure in the complex processes of our brains. The
eminent English neurologist and Nobel Prize winner Sir John Eccles was
asked once to address a conference of parapsychologists, who were discussing
the usual topics of ESP, telepathy and psychokinesis - the ability to move
physical objects with the mind. If you want to see real psychokinesis, he
told his audience, then consider the feats of mind-over-matter performed
in the brain. It is quite astonishing that with every thought the mind
manages to move atoms of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and the other particles
in the brain's cells. It would appear that nothing is further apart than
an insubstantial thought and the solid grey matter of the brain. The whole
trick is somehow done without any apparent link.
In the second place, depth psychology, especially that of Carl Jung,
offers a different view of man. For Jung, we are not simple creatures in time
and space, molded by heredity and environment. Besides being influenced by
conscious thoughts and feelings, every individual is profoundly affected
by a powerful subconscious realm revealed in dreams and described in ancient
mythologies. This non-physical world is part of our environment and greatly
affects our health and well-being. The subconscious is for Jung's psychology
the spiritual world and its influences.
In the third place, scientific investigations into parapsychological
phenomena have been carried out for about a century. As the careful studies
of the British and American Psychic Research Societies show, a psychic
or spiritual dimension does exist, verified by innumerable phenomena of
extrasensory perception, clairvoyance, trance mediumship, precognition,
out-of-the-body experiences in people revived from their clinical death
and many other experiments that have been studied and carefully monitored,
even in the former Soviet Union at the time when the official doctrine was
that of atheistic materialism.
Finally, anthropologists and students of comparative cultures have begun to
interpret sympathetically the religions of so- called primitive people. They
have become aware of the universal belief in supernatural powers which are
in contact with humans and influence their behavior.
It is ironic that all these recent discoveries, occurring in the
scientific world in areas such as quantum physics, psychiatry, molecular
biology, parapsychology and cultural anthropology lead us to believe again
in traditional religious principles.
We do not simply continue to exist after death. From the beginning
and throughout our lives, we live in both the physical and the spirit
worlds. Even though most of us are not aware of this, because our spiritual
senses are not open, we live surrounded by a great number of witnesses and
observers. Although they are discarnate spirits, they exist all around us
influencing and guiding our everyday affairs.
Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox theology recognize this in their
doctrine of the mystical communion of saints. Catholics assert that
there is a constant communion between the physical world and the spirit
world. Consequently, they emphasize the importance of prayers in order to
receive the intercession of the Saints, so that they continue with their
concern for the spiritual health of this world.
Catholics also teach that each person has a guardian angel to help avoid
evil and live righteously.
The existence and influence of numerous evil spirits are also recognized.
The New Testament and the Gospels clearly show us how Jesus Christ believed
in the power of demonic forces and liberated people from such influences.
This kind of belief is very common to most religions in the world. In the
Orient, for example, (Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, etc.) we
find ancestor worship. Ancestors are respected and asked to provide protection
and good fortune.
The Divine Principle thoroughly agrees with this vision, and further
explains that good spirits benefit from and cooperate with us, in order
to accelerate our spiritual growth and the advance of world restoration in
God's Providence. In exchange for this service, they themselves will advance
to higher levels in the spirit world through the people whom they assist.
By contrast, evil and revengeful spirits can influence and tempt us
to act in an immoral or violent manner. These spirits amuse themselves by
influencing people to carry out immoral and destructive actions due to their
low spiritual level and tremendous frustration and resentment.
A person under such influence should strongly resist evil impulses by
confronting and overcoming them. Otherwise, no liberation from such influences
Spirits always feel attracted to people with the same level, circumstances,
temperament and earthly mission as their own. Some conscious or subconscious
reciprocal base must exist, however, in order for them to establish a
All these observations allow us to see the close relationship that exists
between the two worlds. Whether we are conscious of it or not, no one escapes
In conclusion, the above helps us to understand that the spiritual fall
between Lucifer and Eve was not just an imaginary relationship or mere
adultery in Eve's mind or heart, but rather the sexual act in which Eve lost
her innocence and purity, affecting both of them in a very deep way.
THE PHYSICAL FALL
When love unites two beings, a reciprocal influence and change always
take place in both of them.
As William Graham Cole wrote: "Stolen objects can be returned or
compensated, lies and defamation can be retracted and corrected, envy and
jealousy can be overcome. But a sexual act committed with another person
cannot be nullified. The mutual relationship suffers a radical change and the
affected couple will never again be the same as before. Something indelible
has marked them."
Lucifer felt great pleasure and a selfish satisfaction after his desire
of conquering and possessing Eve was fulfilled, in what can be described as
the first incident of male exploitation of woman.
However, in the depth of his heart Lucifer was filled with fear and
uneasiness because of having betrayed God. After rebelling against God,
Lucifer lost his original position and became Satan, God's enemy.
Satan knew that this act not only violated the natural order, but totally
destroyed God's purpose which was to be accomplished through Adam and Eve,
the ideal of true and eternal love.
When Eve "ate of the fruit", her "eyes opened" as the "serpent" had
promised. Eve received the knowledge and experience of sexual love, something
unknown until that point. Through that experience, she could understand that
Adam instead of Lucifer was supposed to be her true husband. She became aware
of the seriousness of her actions and received the archangel's same sense
of fear and uneasiness. She had separated from God, disobeying His warning.
Eve thus lost her inner peace, her dignity and sense of value as God's
daughter. Anxiety, guilt, remorse, frustration, shame and other new and
unknown feelings invaded her after she lost her innocence and purity.
Eve, naturally, wanted to liberate herself from the pain in her conscience
and recover her old position and well-being. She thought that the best way
to accomplish this was to unite sexually with Adam as his wife.
Adam, who was pure and in a state of innocence, close to God, appeared
very beautiful in the eyes of Eve and at that moment represented her only
hope. But instead of honestly confessing to Adam her sexual misconduct
with the archangel, thus receiving comfort and requesting intercession on
her behalf before God, Eve chose to hide her problem and to seduce Adam,
persuading and influencing him in the same way that Lucifer had done to her.
If Eve had admitted her sin, all would have been easier. Adam would
never have consented to such a premature union, contrary to God's commandment.
Once Adam had reached his maturity and perfection, he could have restored
Eve by following God's guidance.
As God's son, the full responsibility of avoiding the tragedy fell on
Adam's shoulders. However, instead of asking God for guidance, Adam let
himself be deceived and seduced.
Adam was tainted by uniting with Eve in a premature sexual relationship
modeled on the selfish love learned by Eve through her adulterous relationship
He was subsequently disconnected from God and also received the same
elements of fear, shame and guilt.
In this way Adam and Eve both participated in what the Divine Principle
calls "the physical fall".
This action disconnected them from God in the same way that an emotionally
disturbed child is separated from reality. In this internal world of fear
and shame, Satan could control and dominate our first ancestors and later
This seduction by Eve represented the first incident of female exploitation
of man and the starting point of the unnatural dominion of the body over
When virginity and innocence are lost they become irrecoverable. It is
like unripe fruit that, once pulled out of a tree, cannot be put back again
to continue its growing.
The premature sexual relationship of our first ancestors limited love to
an immature and selfish stage, destroying the ideal of true and eternal love.
Human perfection became almost impossible to imagine as the following
generations learned to live in accord with a degraded standard of love.