TRUE LOVE AND FORBIDDEN LOVE
An Investigation into the Cause of
Immorality and Suffering,
its Historical Origin and its Solution
THE HISTORICAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE FALL
Due to the fall, the first human family separated from God
and fell under the influence of the rebellious archangel. With
the misdirection of love, a false tradition and false way of life
appeared. From that moment, evil habits and sin multiplied
through the first family's descendants.
As a result a "world" outside God's principle, opposed to His
ideals and outside His control, developed. Using a religious
term, we refer to the world of vice, confusion, poverty,
exploitation, war and suffering as "Hell".
Humanity, separated from God, without true laws and in a
state of disorder, became brute-like and degraded. In the
absence of a common purpose and ideal, men were alienated
and gradually lost their identity. Human beings, upon losing
their spiritual light, fell into a state of savagery with a
spiritual sensibility as dull as that of animals.
Fights and conflicts isolated humans more and more. This
resulted in division and continuous separation. It created and
increased the territorial barriers of communication,
accelerating notable differences in race, language, belief,
customs, etc. which characterized human history. The fall
reduced humanity to a primitive ignorant state of barbarism
which stagnated human moral and material development.
However, notwithstanding the lowering of spiritual standards,
humanity always kept within them the good potential of our
original nature. God was, therefore, able to work through our
conscience, gradually developing and elevating our heart and
God has been inspiring us to fulfil our responsibility. Since
the dawn of history, God has been the hidden force that has
guided the plan to restore this world of sin to its original
state and recover His lost ideal.
God, our Creator, has a Will. That Will is to restore this
world to one of true love and peace. Ultimately, He will
restore His original ideal world, re-creating it from the
present circumstances of this world.
Consequently, from this point of view, human history has a
direction and a goal. That goal is the restoration or the
spiritual re-creation of mankind from the fallen state to the
original state. History's objective is thus to convert "Hell" into
the "Kingdom of Heaven".
Traditionally so much has been said about salvation. But,
what is salvation? Salvation is precisely that: restoration. A
doctor saves a patient by helping him to recover or restore
his lost health. This process requires the cooperation of both
the doctor and the patient.
God's efforts throughout history reflect a similar situation.
Although God is all-powerful, He could not save humanity by
His power alone, as man's cooperation and effort are also
necessary. History is therefore the record of the efforts of
God and man, of both successes and failures, in response to
the help of God.
Why does God want to save us in spite of the fact that we are
the ones who betrayed and abandoned Him, creating this
world of hell and tragedy? There are three fundamental
First, because God is all-powerful and absolute. When He
decides to achieve His goal, ultimately nothing or no one will
stop it. He will never be defeated by Satan. If God is all-
powerful, the least that He would be capable to accomplish
would be to create a world of peace and happiness for
humanity. If this type of world could not be realized, then we
could conclude that God does not exist.
Secondly, God created human beings as His children.
Although we have betrayed Him many times, God is our
True Father. He could not abandon us. His happiness is
completely dependent upon us. Just as human parents feel
the most concern and sympathy for the son or daughter who
suffers most, God's concern draws Him to His children who
suffer. Because of true love God could not separate Himself
from our misery. The all-powerful Creator is also our loving
Father who suffers with all of us. For this reason He will
definitely resolve the problem of the fall.
Thirdly, God created the human spirit to be indestructible
and eternal. Therefore, even if this physical world were
destroyed, the spirits of innumerable people who lived in the
past would remain in the spirit world unable to be liberated.
Until humanity is restored physically and spiritually, the
results of the Fall will not be solved and these people cannot
The record of God's efforts to save humanity is registered in
the history of world religion. In fact, the word religion comes
from the Latin word "religare" which means rebind. The true
purpose of religion, therefore, is to unite man again with God
and restore His original ideal.
The religious nature of man we see from the time of the
earliest paintings of primitive man, who already described
spiritual beings and forces. God was able to elevate
humanity's intellectual and moral level stage by stage. Higher
religious expressions developed, reflecting a progress in
restoration. As the fall removed us from the Truth, we must
recreate ourselves by the Word or Truth in the process of
That is why God always works through righteous and sacred
persons, through prophets and spiritual leaders who appeared
progressively throughout history to explain the divine truth.
When we observe the common points and the gradual
unification of ideals in the history of religion, we can see God
as the inspiring source.
In his profound study on the evolution of cultural spheres,
Arnold Toynbee discovered that cultures have always
developed around a religion. Whenever a more universal and
elevated religion developed, a higher form of culture also
appeared, eventually reaching out to and absorbing the
neighboring cultures of a lesser level. Those people and
nations in history which could not advance to a higher
religious philosophy were always absorbed.
In the past our world consisted of more than twenty six
different cultural spheres, which in the course of history
united to create the present world's four great fundamental
cultural spheres: Hinduism-Buddhism, Judeo-Christianity,
Islam and the cultures of the Far East,
The conclusion of Arnold Toynbee is that, in fact, we are
moving toward one single worldwide culture. Increasing
means of communication will further accelerate this process.
For the Divine Principle this is not a coincidence, but the
result of God's and man's efforts to recreate a unified world
that strives to restore God's eternal and unchanging ideal.
The scientific developments and technology that we enjoy
today are extraordinary. We have the capacity and the
external means to construct a marvelous world of comfort
and well-being for all humanity. However, in spite of this
great potential, we are not yet capable of building a
harmonious world of peace and happiness because there has
been no parallel development on the spiritual and moral
An imbalance exists between our external know-how and our
internal development. For example, although we left the
Earth to explore outer space and have succeeded in putting
men on the moon, we are still incapable of living and
successfully applying, ethical and moral norms such as the
Ten Commandments given by God to Moses approximately
4,000 years ago.
In spite of all our progress, we are still not fulfilling our role
as the true lords of creation, protecting the precious
inheritance that God gave us. In fact, because of our fallen
nature we have even mistreated nature and prevented it from
fulfilling its proper function.
Instead of existing in harmony with the environment, human
selfishness and greed have led us to exploit nature
irrationally, generating a hostility.
The Apostle Paul talks about this suffering of nature which
he compares with the pains of childbirth, anxiously waiting
for the revealing of the children of God (Rom. 8:22). And
not only nature, but also God and all humanity are waiting
for that great change and transformation which will allow us
to recover our value and dignity as God's children and realize
a world free of evil and sin.
The majority of thinking people surely agree that we need a
profound transformation to liberate us from chaos,
immorality, violence and corruption.
But, with few exceptions, the general tendency until now, has
been to look first at the problems we see outside of ourselves;
we want to "see the straw in the other's eye". That is why so
much hope was placed in the belief that certain programs or
political and economic systems would give us the ultimate
For example, when the Bolshevik revolution triumphed in
1917, it created great expectation and its leaders were proud
to end an old system of exploitation and impose a new one
which promised justice and peace. Today, the whole world is
witness to the tragedy of that system and its subsequent
The great lesson we can learn from this and similar
experiences in the past is that it is illusory to pretend that we
first have to change society and its structures so that later
those changes will necessarily transform human conduct.
No new plan, program or system can work if it is guided by
the same corrupt people. Unless man changes, nothing will
change. The root of human problems begins with the selfish
attitude of the individual on whom the structures and systems
of society are built. Only when man is capable of overcoming
selfishness in himself will it be possible to foresee permanent
and stable changes in society.
That is where humanity should direct its hope and dreams of
true peace in the future. The will of God is to eradicate
selfishness in each individual, and then to transform and re-
create humanity in His own temple, so that all people
True worldwide peace and harmony between nations therefore does not begin
on the national level, but in the perfection of the individual. Each person is
perfected upon being converted into a temple of God. This is where worldwide
peace starts. Each one of us is the true starting point of worldwide peace
and the ideal world.
We need to completely restore our spiritual sensitivity, so
that we can never mistreat or harm others. We must come to
feel the suffering and pain of others as our own. In the same
way, our happiness also will be achieved when we make
In the original world of God's creation, man fighting man
would be like the right hand fighting the left, or even worse,
like your own hand pulling out your own eyes. In the ideal
world there would be no conflict, no evil. There would only
be harmony, cooperation and mutual assistance. There would
be unity among people in the pursuit of truth, goodness and
beauty. This would truly be the world of peace that humanity
We have to recognize, therefore, that of all the
transformations which affected the destiny of history, the
biggest and most important transformation has yet to be
Of all the battles that have ever been fought, the most
fundamental one is yet to come. That is the struggle in which
each one of us individually has to finally overcome the evil
within ourselves and become free. We must thus purify and
liberate ourselves from sin. To be more specific, we must
erase false and illicit love completely from our heart and
memory. Such love has poisoned humanity for such a long
These profound revelations about the origin of immorality
and evil are of vital importance, as they clarify to us the
nature of sin. They give us the weapons and knowledge to
The last and most difficult revolution will be the internal
revolution of our heart and conscience. It will carry us from
injustice, corruption and selfishness to an attitude of love and
service to others as the supreme value.
As Rev. Sun Myung Moon prophesied:
"I can foresee a great change, a revolution coming to the
world, not by fire or bullets, but by the truth of God kindling
men's hearts. I have come to ignite this spiritual revolution,
a quiet revolution that changes man from selfishness to
Sun Myung Moon, in his inaugural address to the Federation
for World Peace in August 1991, in Seoul, Korea, in front of
presidents and dignitaries of many countries, proclaimed:
"The twenty-first century shall be a righteous century. In the
twenty-first century wealth will not be the dominating factor.
Instead, the human soul and spirit shall be predominant. The
twenty-first century shall be the era of unity between God
and man. It shall be the era when a new awakening will come
to every person, a realization that we shall benefit more when
we genuinely live for the sake of others. In the twenty-first
century selfishness will decline. Life, honor and glory based
on unselfishness shall be triumphant. These are the
characteristics of the coming twenty-first century. The era for
peace is approaching. And much more, the opportunity for
the realization of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth will be at
hand. The twenty-first century shall be a hopeful and glorious
The Bible speaks of "the last days" and of the "end of the
world." If history had begun in goodness, it would not be
necessary to end. But because history began with evil, the last
days have to come about in which evil will be finally
eradicated and an end will come to the world of vice and sin.
It will be the time to which the Holy Scriptures refers to as
that "of beating our swords into ploughshares". In other
words, a time of transition when "hell" will be transformed
into the "Kingdom of Heaven."
There will not be a literal destruction of the universe through
catastrophes, as some Christians have maintained. The last
days will be a time of happiness when mankind's greatest
hope, firmly maintained throughout history, will finally be
THE FIGHT BETWEEN THE MIND AND THE BODY
In order to win this final battle of history and be victorious
in subduing and eradicating evil within ourselves, it is
necessary to clearly recognize our weakness, selfishness and
Just as Satan controlled the first human ancestors through
their physical desires, he continues to control us through our
selfish physical desires.
The fall, which came about through false love, created a
discord between unselfish direction of the mind and selfish
misdirected physical desires. This resulted in disunion and
struggles in our vertical relationships - with God, our parents,
our juniors, our students - and also in our horizontal
relationships - with our spouse, our companions, our friends,
our colleagues, etc. These relationships, instead of being
characterized by genuine love, became frequently distorted
because of the confusion that exists within ourselves, between
the desire of the mind to serve others and the physical
desires to satisfy oneself.
Originally, the mind and body were supposed to be united
and unable to separate. The human mind represents the mind
of God. The human body is the recipient that accommodates
the mind, it is the place where the mind dwells. The
separation between these two occurred at the time of the Fall
and caused the human body to come under the domain of
Satan and selfishness.
Our physical body is important, mainly to support our
spiritual growth. On its own, the body only seeks for its own
comfort and well-being. That is why evil always seeks to
mobilize our body in order to dominate and nullify the
desires of our mind. In the beginning illicit sexual love gives
us the illusion and feeling of unity and happiness as if it is
true love. Money, power and fame can also give us the
illusion of fulfilling our internal desires through external
means. We often do wrong things only in order to satisfy our
own desires and physical necessities, even at the cost of
On the other hand, in our mind, the human conscience
became the agent of God. The conscience does not exist for
our own benefit. It is implanted so we can act with
righteousness. It always seeks goodness and follows the
altruistic way. But the body often rebels against the
conscience. The body only seeks its own comfort and is
inclined to act selfishly, carrying out its carnal desires. The
conscience, on the other hand, deals with correcting the body
and subjugating it in the direction of the mind. For that
reason, it is inevitable that we experience conflict and internal
struggles within ourselves.
God exercises His influence in order to stimulate our mind
through our spiritual desire. Our spiritual desire searches for
true satisfaction through good and responsible activities. We
are happy making others happy first.
Our body, however, is often attracted to alternative ways and
seeks to go in another direction. When something important
is to be done, the body asks for rest, food or drink and the
person who is not strong or spiritually developed will say: "I
want to do these things and I should do them", but the one
who is truly wise will say: "This entity with its desires is not
the real "I" and must wait." Often when the opportunity to
help someone appears, the body says: "Why bother? It is
better if someone else does it instead of me," but we should
respond to our body: "You will not prevent me from doing a
The body is in our service, the horse on which we ride.
Consequently, we should treat it well and look after it, we
should feed it properly and keep it clean. Without a healthy
and clean body we cannot carry out the arduous tasks which
will allow us to reach spiritual perfection. But, we should
always be the one who dominates our body and not let the
body dominate us.
In a way, our worst enemy is our own body. We should firmly
establish this principle: "I must dominate myself first before
I have dominion over anything else." If I am controlled by my
circumstances, it means that my body is controlling my mind.
But if I can maintain my position and mental state,
irrespective of where I go or how difficult the circumstances,
it means that my mind controls my body.
The clash of mind and body within ourselves represents the
war between good and evil.
The mind must have the internal strength and the necessary
spiritual power of self-control to overcome the desire for
food, sleep and sex, which are the three most basic desires of
That is why the traditional religions of the world,
unanimously, teach the principle of corporal discipline
through fasting, prayer, sexual abstinence, etc. - doing things
that the body does not desire to do. Religion is the training
ground where the unruly desires of the body are controlled,
steering the body in accordance with the will of the mind. A
true religion emphasizes self-denial, self-control, discipline
and teaches to live sacrificially for others. There has never
been any great religion in history that emphasized selfishness
or self-centeredness. Religious people who lived in convents
and monasteries submitted themselves to an ascetic life of
We see that Buddhist monks often sit down to meditate for
years and years, trying to remove from themselves all physical
desires, to the point of emptiness. By doing that, they want to
find the ideal standard of human character. Their entire
effort could be described in a single phrase: They deny the
small selfish "I" in order to find the true internal self. This is
However, no one is capable of completely controlling the
body without uniting internally with God. Only when our
mind is united with the power of God's love and truth can we
use our bodies correctly. The mind has to be in the subject
position and the body in the object position in relation to the
mind. The love of God and His truth has the power of
harmoniously uniting them together. Such a person of unity
is described in religious terms as a saint. That is why religion
has been God's instrument to guide and restore man to His
Originally, God made us with the capacity to live in
happiness. We were created to be intoxicated not by drugs
but by the love of God. Since we lost this original capacity,
we have been searching for unnatural and artificial means of
intoxication such as alcohol or drugs. However, man and
woman were created to intoxicate each other with love
centered on God. There is nothing that surpasses this feeling
of joy and happiness. Each cell of our body will explode with
delight. The eyes, ears, all the tissues of the face, the arms
and legs will be reborn to live in a rapture of happiness.
Once people discover the way to be intoxicated with true love
centered on God, even if they are pushed to use drugs,
alcohol, etc., they will refuse them. It will seem worthless in
comparison. Once men and women grow to perfection and
are united with God's True Love, no power under the sun
can break that. It would be impossible for men and women
to be unfaithful to one another. The mind would be
completely in control. If your discipline is such that your
conscience wins over the dictates of your body, including the
temptation of illicit love, then you shall win a ticket to
OUR ORIGINAL NATURE AND OUR FALLEN NATURE
The famous scientist and spiritualist of the 18th century,
Emanuel Swedenborg visited and explored the spiritual world
for nearly 30 years. Once he was thinking about heaven and
hell and he wrote this answer given to him by teachers there:
"There are three basic facts about hell, but they are just the
opposite of the facts about heaven. The basic facts of hell are
three loves -- the love of ruling due to self-love, the love of
having what belongs to others due to love of the world, and the
love of fornication."
"The basic facts of heaven are the three loves opposite to these --
the love of ruling due to a love of being useful, the love of
having worldly goods due to a love of putting them to good use,
and real married love"
As we can see, heaven and hell begins with me, with our
loves and attitudes. Consequently, it is everyone's
responsibility to really recover and maintain the proper
attitude over the four original and God-given desires to fulfill
the purpose of our lives.
These four original desires are:
- The desire for sexual love. The proper way to fulfill this desire is to keep the basic law of the cosmos, which was given already in the very beginning with the symbolic expression "do not eat". This means abstinence before marriage and to maintain absolute fidelity and love to our spouse after marriage, accomplishing the ideal of an eternal love and a family that will give us the greatest peace and happiness forever.
On the contrary, the misuse of this natural desire brings
about a love for variety or free sex, in other words, love
of fornication and adultery, that is opposed to a real
married love. In the end, people involved in this type of
love never find permanent satisfaction, and it inevitably
leads them to unhappiness.
- The desire for material things (love of having worldly
goods). There is nothing wrong with our wish to own
things, to be rich, wealthy and prosperous, to be a
millionaire, to have money, land and property.
All of these aspirations are related to the desire to
exercise a true and loving dominion over the
environment that will enable us to be the true lords or
caretakers of the creation. But what is the proper
attitude to realize these desires? If everything we possess
is used correctly for the benefit and service of others,
bringing joy and happiness to everyone and harmony to
the environment, that is perfectly fine. On the other
hand, if we hold possessions only for our own personal
interests and self-gratification, that is unprincipled and
in the end it will bring neither joy or lasting prosperity.
- The desire for authority (love of ruling). Everyone
wishes to be a king or queen. This is a natural and
original desire because of our position and dignity as
children of God. The proper way to exercise this desire
is to become a true leader. A true leader is the one who
delights in being useful and sincerely serves and loves
others the most. Therefore, such a person is naturally
appreciated and everyone will gladly give him or her that
recognition, power and position.
Value and Position. When we have true internal value in
ourselves and the external qualifications, soon or later,
position will be given to us even if we do not seek for
any appointment. On the contrary, when someone
cherishes a position for his or her own benefit or self-
glory, and obviously lacks moral value, in the long run
such person will lose that position.
- The desire for self-perfection. This is an original desire
or ambition that will always motivate us to reach our
potential as children of God.
We all have this desire to be good and successful. We like to gain knowledge and develop skills. We want to
achieve excellency in the things we do. We like to be
recognized, to be admired and be famous. We wish to
become great performers, artists, scientists, lecturers,
sports champions, inventors, philanthropists, etc.
As mentioned above, the proper attitude to realize all these
aspirations is to use all our achievements for the good and
happiness of others. If not, our desire, ambition and hope
centered only on ourselves will develop into greed. The
exercise of freedom without the divine law generates
permissiveness and licentiousness. The wrong use of love
becomes lust. When we do not live centered on God our
natural pride of being a child of God becomes vanity and
arrogance. If not used properly to help others, our talents
and creativity are often turned into maliciousness.
There is not one basic desire or element in the human
character that is essentially evil. Good and evil are a matter
of direction. When our original desires are misdirected, it
results in our "fallen nature", basically selfishness. For this
reason, the root of our wrong conduct is the reversal of the
main forces for goodness.
According to the Divine Principle we have two purposes: The
purpose for the whole that directs us to live unselfishly for
others and the individual purpose that urges us to pursue our
own well-being. We were created with a good original nature
that maintains those two purposes in harmony. However, as
a result of the fall, our desires tend to go in a selfish
direction generating what we call the "fallen nature". Fallen
nature pushes us to put priority on the individual purpose
rather than the purpose for the whole. Selfishness is so
common that we almost do not recognize it.
Selfishness does not refer to the natural desire of self-
improvement that each person has. We have a natural
ambition to ensure our well-being and a desire to reach the
highest values. This is not selfishness. These are qualities of
our original nature, given by God. Selfishness refers to the
erroneous and misdirected use of our desires and ambitions.
This misdirection results in greed, envy and vanity, the
actions that constitute poison for our spiritual life.
Selfishness is a perversion of our original nature. Life
presents to us an endless series of choices, and by being blind
towards spiritual reality we make erroneous decisions.
Selfishness can be compared with the attitude of a person
who, without enough information, decides to purchase
something in the market. Later, having received more
information, it is realized that an incorrect decision was
made. Similarly, those who live a selfish life while on earth
will feel frustrated after they die, realizing their wrong
We have the desire to do what is good but, we do not do it.
Instead, we do evil that we do not desire. From these
conflicts inside ourselves appear the conflicts in the world.
We can compare man to a cup with a hole in it. The purpose
of the cup is to contain liquid, but the liquid flows out at the
other end. It is essential to seal that hole by overcoming and
eliminating our fallen nature which continues to multiply
through the misuse of love.
Having caused the fall, Satan extended his power and
strengthened his control over humanity. Although Satan was
the cause of this situation, he has been accusing men and
women of violating the heavenly law, starting with our first
ancestors. Satan's goal has always been to separate us from
God and keep us in spiritual ignorance regarding our true
value and position as God's children.
Satan does this in two ways. Firstly, he constantly accuses us
of disobeying the commandments and laws of our Creator.
Secondly, he tempts and seduces us to act in such a way that
we prove that his accusations are valid. Satan manipulates our
vulnerability to sin. He exploits our weakness, ambition,
pride, passion and egocentricity. While we think we are
expressing our own desires, we are actually simply doing what
Satan really wants us to do. We are not mere slaves of an
alien master but are his willing subjects. His influence is
entirely spiritual. Because our spiritual perception
deteriorated, we do not easily recognize Satan's negative
Like a powerful invisible mafia boss whose illegal activities
are done through other people, Satan never appears to us
openly. He works anonymously and incognito. Satan works
through our own "fallen nature".
We can recognize four fundamental tendencies in our "fallen
- Our inability to love and see from God's point of view, resulting in a selfish attitude.
The main reason for the archangel's fall was his inability to
love Adam and Eve from God's point of view. Instead, he
took his own direction and developed envy and jealousy
We find selfishness at the core of fallen nature. It is
characterized by the tendency of always taking a critical
attitude towards others, focusing on our partial and
Instead of appreciating others we try to compare ourselves
with them and develop envy and jealousy. Students may feel
jealous of other students who seem to be the favorite of the
teacher. In the workplace people may feel jealous of their
colleagues who are promoted because of their excellent work.
Instead of finding value in others, we are very often rather
delighted to find something bad in others so as to make us
appear and feel better.
The failure to see things from God's point of view, moves us
gradually away from the truth and leads us, step by step, to
believe in the untrue, to distrust everyone, to be judgmental
and have a rebellious attitude. The first error of Adam and
Eve was not to believe the words of God, and instead believe
the false words of the archangel, which finally drove them to
disobey God's commandment.
- Abandoning our position of responsibility.
The archangel did not appreciate the value of his position
given by God. Instead of finding satisfaction in fulfilling his
responsibility, he hoped to find it in taking the role of Adam
and in even usurping God's own position.
Similarly, it is very easy for us to abandon our position of
responsibility. We escape from our responsibilities to search
for the easy way out. When something goes wrong we
complain. We have the tendency to accuse and blame others
for our own errors or misfortunes.
The most serious consequence of this fallen nature is the
desire for a complete experience of love before we are
mature in heart. There is a tendency of using others to
experience momentary sexual pleasure. The sin of fornication
and adultery is always related to an abandoning of our own
- The reversal of dominion or order of authority.
Human beings were supposed to be the natural leaders of the
archangel. Lucifer, however, refused to submit to Adam and
Eve but tyrannized them instead. Without the qualification of
heart, he could only become a false leader maintaining
control through deceit, lies and fear.
Like Lucifer, fallen people often become arrogant and do not
follow the person who is better qualified than ourselves.
Instead of influencing others with love and truth, we try to
take control of others by means of force and deception. This
is the root of exploitation.
One of the most serious aspects of fallen nature is the
tendency to try to dominate others.
We think that we are better than others because of our
position, intelligence, race or nationality. Another example of
this reversal of dominion, as already mentioned, is the
dominion of our carnal desire over our conscience.
Because of fallen nature, leaders are trying to get power
through methods such as coercion, force and deceit. The
twentieth century has witnessed big examples of this problem.
Because of our bad experience with leaders, we tend to
distrust anyone in a position of leadership. Envy, arrogance,
hate, aggressiveness, violence and murder are always related
to this aspect of fallen nature.
To liberate ourselves from this attitude we must love others
truly and unconditionally. We must know how to forgive and
serve even our enemies until they are naturally won over by
our good heart.
- The multiplication of evil and the tendency of self- justification.
In the same way as the archangel multiplied or passed false
love to Eve and then from Eve to Adam, we also try to pass
on our bad habits and wrong behavior to others.
We try to involve others in our wrong conduct. As more and
more people accept vice and sin, it seems to be less false.
The result of all of this is the loss of absolute values.
Everything seems to rely on the view of the majority rather
than on principle. The increased social acceptance of
immorality seems to make us feel less guilty. Due to the
multiplication of evil, we lost the standard of good and evil.
Sometimes we are unsure of what is right or wrong and this
causes great confusion.
There are two particular consequences to this insensitivity
and they allow evil to continue. One is the desperation or
lack of hope which leads us to believe that there is no way of
transforming this world into a place of goodness. The other
is the irresponsibility which makes us believe that evil is only
a natural element in our world and will disappear by itself.
It is important to recognize all these elements of our fallen
nature so that we can successfully overcome and conquer the
wrong within ourselves.
POSSIBLE CRITICISM OF THIS VISION
Having been confronted with this new explanation about the
origin of evil and immorality, it is perhaps possible that some
readers may feel skeptical. One could ask: who could know
all these details of the behavior and motivations of Adam,
Eve and the Archangel? Most people probably consider
these descriptions as pure fabrication of an ancient myth and
doubt the historicity of these events.
This reaction is perfectly natural, especially from the
viewpoint of atheists and agnostics. It is also to be expected
in the case of people who lack a firm religious belief and
doubt the existence of life after death, thus maintaining a
materialistic interpretation of the origin of life.
A materialistic, agnostic or radically atheist point of view
must not be used, however, as an excuse to reject the
valuable moral teachings arise by this interpretation, nor to
serve as an rational justification for immorality or wrong
behavior. We could therefore speak of two types of atheists.
One which insist: "there is not God, neither life after our
physical death, so that I can do as I please here in this
world." And the other that reasons: "Because God doesn't
exist, I have to be responsible for this world and do all those
good things that God was suppose to do if He had existed."
Those who determine to become this type of responsible
atheists, loving and serving others unconditionally and avoid
illicit love, very soon will discover the Divine in themselves.
The historic root of evil, as we have previously exposed, does
not originate in atheism, but rather in a selfish and
For people of faith confronted with this new idea, our advice
would be one of caution, prudence and a call for serious
reflection in the face of the challenge that new discoveries
always bring. It takes a tremendous effort, humility, tolerance
and a great mental openness to change our previous concepts
or to consider new approaches without committing ourselves
to make quick prejudgments until we have done our own in-
Through intense and sincere prayer one could receive
answers. Another possible method is through a direct search
in the spirit world. Obviously, that is where the best archives
and answers will be found. Because there we can find the
total and complete records of all past history. There we
would find the men and women as well as the angels who
played a key role in the events that occurred in the past.
These discoveries are a revelation obtained by Rev. Sun
Myung Moon, based on enormous and intense efforts
following the above-mentioned methods.
For those who consider the story of Genesis in the Bible as
pure mythology, it is very likely that they will perceive these
new revelations as fiction.
However, even assuming that all these revelations were
interpreted in that way and this message was to be taken as
purely symbolic or mythical, we can never dismiss, renounce
or forsake the ethical and moral value of what is proclaimed
here, as a valuable guide towards virtue, for the following
- This approach, without any doubt, offers a powerful
affirmation and defense for monogamy in marriage, for
the family, for true love and for all the values necessary
to maintain a sound society.
- It introduces an excellent explanation of the fundamental
reasons why we should avoid free sex, adultery and
infidelity, and provides us with the best possible
protection and solutions.
In the face of the increasing AIDS epidemic which,
unfortunately due to the erroneous approaches taken
until now, will plunge whole nations into a crisis of
catastrophic proportions, we can recognize that only
purity and fidelity are the best acceptable antidotes.
- It reveals to us with clarity and accuracy the reasons and
motives why man became separated from God.
- It warns about the absolute and sacred power of love, as
the source of happiness or tragedy.
- This explanation reveals, psychologically, a great deal
about ourselves, our attitudes and tendencies. It is
consistent with the well-known patterns of behavior
constantly repeated throughout human history.
- It provides us with a valuable guide and advice to
overcome our selfishness and fallen nature.
- It offers very plausible answers about the historic origin
of selfishness, shame, envy, illicit love, immorality, family
disintegration and breakdown and all the resulting
problems and vices that create human alienation.
There are those of us who will believe in this interpretation
and feel inspired and grateful for the benefit that it brings to
our spiritual life.
What only remains to be said at this point, is that we
sincerely expect from all those who do not share the same
opinion that they will accept the challenge to offer a better
answer to the questions and problems presented here.
CIRCUMCISION, CELIBACY AND THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
The Divine Principle coincides with St. Irenaeus in observing
that the work of redemption follows exactly the same stages
of man's fall. For each false step done by man, seduced by
Satan, God demands a compensation, so that our victory over
the seducer will be complete.
The knowledge and insight of what really happened in the
beginning allow us to understand better certain religious
practices such as circumcision, celibacy and the sacrament of
According to Genesis, Abraham initiated the ceremonial act
of circumcision, as a visible sign of the covenant binding the
children of Israel to their God. Humans fell by the misuse of
the sexual parts and as restitution for that act, the boy's
foreskin was cut. Cutting off the skin of the sexual organ
could be said to indicate our determination to cut our
attachment to Satan and the false sexual love that he taught.
These revelations about the fall have great merit because they
show exactly how sin is rooted in man's biological structure.
As we know, the fall occurred through sexual love. For this
reason, all the world religions have considered fornication
and adultery to be among the worst sins.
In a way, and putting aside some of the details of his
theories, Sigmund Freud correctly traced human neurosis to
uncontrolled and un-sublimated sexual desire. The early
church fathers had already connected the original sin with the
sin of concupiscence.
It is meaningful to notice that in many cases these leaders
demanded from priests a life of sexual abstinence and
celibacy, as a way of purification and sanctity. This permitted
the establishing of a good standard and was an example of
discipline and self-control to strengthen their followers.
No one could ignore the praise that Jesus Christ and the
Apostle Paul gave to the practice of religious celibacy for
those very exceptional men and women with the
determination to follow this path (Mt. 19:12, I Cor. 7).
Let us examine for a moment the case of Mother Ann Lee
Stanley, who officially founded the celibate Shakers. While
being imprisoned in 1770 in Manchester, England, she had a
vision of Jesus Christ in which he graphically showed her
that, in respect to the original sin, the sexual act was the true
act of transgression committed by the first man and woman
in the Garden of Eden. After this surprising experience, she
and her followers settled down in celibate communities in
which they lived together as brothers and sisters.
Many of those who have the vocation to live a life of celibacy,
in a way, feel intuitively that they should go the way of
restoration as brothers and sisters, waiting for the absolute
permission from God to establish a sacred and divine
marriage, that could only be bestowed at some time in the
future. So, they chose to "marry" spiritually with the Lord and
In the process of restoration vertical love has to be upheld
and horizontal love must be denied, because human history
started with illicit horizontal love. Now we can understand
why the most prominent religions always emphasized
individual denial. In attempting to deny everything in the
human world, religious people led ascetic, isolated lives,
searching for the lost vertical original true love, trying to
overcome sexual temptations and remain on the side of God.
Such emphasis on religious celibacy occurred because they
had to resist the temptation of worldly love to reach later the
vertical love of God.
This clarifies the inner reason why religions like Hinduism,
Buddhism and many forms of Christianity taught that, for
those who truly seek the divine, the most straight and sublime
path requires sexual abstinence.
In the Catholic Church for example, priests, monks and nuns
maintain vows of permanent celibacy as the best spiritual
path for their personal salvation, and to minister to other
If Jesus Christ did not get married, it is natural that their
faithful followers should not be different from their Teacher
in that regard.
Under this prospect, marriage was considered by some early
church fathers as recommendable and good, but, at the same
time, as a secondary or an alternative way for those unable to
follow the difficult path of abstinence. The Apostle Paul
wrote: "But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should
marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with
passion." (1 Cor. 7:9).
All of this implies a certain admission that the sacrament of
marriage has not yet the full blessing and sanctification from
Unfortunately, Jesus Christ could leave for posterity only a
model of individual perfection. He never married, nor
established a real family model, for all his disciples to imitate
and follow. The ignorance of the people in recognizing him
as the Messiah provoked rejection and subsequent crucifixion,
preventing the restoration of a true couple and family, to
supplant the false family model inherited from the fall.
The Christian family, as a monogamous and stable couple,
was of course the appropriate and natural structure for the
children, as well as the best way to avoid immorality and
promiscuity. But this does not represent a complete model of
the restored ideal family that was lost with the fall. This is
demonstrated by the fact that Christian theologians cannot
deny that even the most devout Christian couples still
transmit the original sin to their descendants.
Until the present time, for the majority of Christian churches
the bond of the sacrament of marriage has a temporal and
conditional validity: "Until death do us part." However, we all
have an eternal and indestructible spirit given by God. In the
ideal world that God wants to see established, death only
represents the separation from our physical body that
decomposes, but that fact in no way separates or divorces us
from our spouse, children or people whom we love and with
whom we will finally meet in the Spirit World.
For all these reasons, it is obvious that the union of man and
woman, carried out at the standard or level previously
described, is still not the type of heavenly and eternal
marriage that God had wanted to see originally, had the fall
As will be explained later, we are still waiting for the eternal
and true blessing of God for the establishment of a heavenly
marriage that restores us to our lost original position.
THE ORIGINAL SIN AFFECTS OUR LINEAGE
Love is the origin of life. The false love experienced by our
first ancestors transmitted life to their descendants and
affected our lineage very deeply.
In the Bible we read a truly astonishing and revealing
comment by Jesus Christ: "They [the Pharisees] said to him:
'We are not born of fornication; we have one Father, even
God'. Jesus said to them, 'If God were your Father, you
would love me, for I proceeded and came forth from God...
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your
father's desires" (Jn. 8:41-48).
Jesus clearly declared that our father is not God, that our
father is the Devil, who has been a murderer and liar from
the beginning. Is this not a shocking declaration?
Jesus as well as John the Baptist on some occasions referred
to people as a "brood of vipers", making allusion to our false
lineage (Lk. 3:7, Mt. 12:34 and Mt. 23:33).
Therefore, the original sin is a sin that affects the lineage and
has been transferred from generation to generation. We are
born of satanic lineage as the descendants of satanic love.
From the moment our life is conceived in the mother's
womb, that life indirectly has a connection with the love that
Satan instead of God taught in the beginning. Many early
church fathers understood that the original sin was
transmitted from the first couple to all descendants through
the act of sexual love of our progenitors. Figuratively
speaking, it is almost as if a kind of spiritual virus has been
passed on from generation to generation.
We cannot be blamed personally for what happened in the
beginning of our history. Nevertheless, whether we are
conscious or ignorant of it, whether we like it or not, the fact
remains that we inherited this lineage originated by our first
ancestors. All of us, in a way, have to lament as the author of
Psalm 51:7. "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in
sin did my mother conceive me".
This tragedy came to the world by the Devil, the fallen
archangel, who initiated man's sexual love instead of God.
And that is why Jesus Christ called him our father. We have
fallen under the satanic sovereignty, because Satan became
the false father and the owner of this world.
It is clear by now that the original sin is the sin of the fall
and that we received these satanic elements or tendencies
from generation to generation. Because of the nature of this
crime or original sin, its liquidation has been an extremely
The original sin committed by our ancestors is like the
contamination of the root of the tree of humanity.
Starting from that sin, humanity has been constantly violating
heavenly law, generating a sinful tradition. The repercussions
of these sins by our ancestors are inherited by the
descendants for restitution. We also need to consider the
collective sins committed by a particular group which later
affects the nation, race or even the whole of humanity.
Finally we have our own personal sins.
To a limited degree, it is possible to cleanse and restore our
personal and inherited sins. We do so through efforts such as
admitting faults, repenting, requesting forgiveness and paying
compensation. However, to eliminate the original sin,
connected to the entire human lineage, is beyond our
capacity. This is why, humanity needs a savior.
Only the one who finally discovered what Satan did to the
first human couple and their descendants can remove the
original sin and restore us again to the divine lineage with the
power and the authority of God. The original sin was the first
to be committed and will also be the last to be eliminated.
Once our original sin is forgiven and eliminated, it will be
much easier to establish a future world free of sin. A world
in which each person, with the power and inspiration of God,
will be able to overcome evil and where Satan will never be
able to operate and accuse man.
The desire for illicit love is deeply ingrained in the human
heart. Sexual sin and the sin of illicit love are very difficult to
overcome. However, our restoration can never be possible or
fulfilled unless each man can withstand the temptation of a
naked beautiful woman in the same bed with him.
Jesus Christ requested from us a very high standard of purity:
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit
adultery.' But I say to you that every one who looks at a
woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in
his heart." (Mt. 5:27-28).
Immoral acts are always committed secretly and in a free
society there is almost no way to prevent them, except to
elevate our heart and conscience. Simple laws, punishments
or other acceptable external methods, prove, so much now as
in the past, to be ineffective to control them. As human
beings can not live without experiencing love, if we are not
able to live by the laws of true love is evident that the
alternative is illicit love.
People should be clearly informed of the terrible
consequences that this kind of immoral behavior causes to
our eternal life. Our virginity, which represents our first and
true love, is the most valuable and holy possession that no
amount of money can possibly buy. Once it is lost, it is
irrecoverable. Once we are aware of this fact, it is a real
tragedy to give away such a priceless possession in an idle
moment of passion or lust. Such an action can have
devastating consequences for those involved, and for their
future attitudes and behavior.
Even religious leaders, who inspired many with their faith
and carried out great accomplishments, often succumb to
There are those who think that these weaknesses are rather
natural and part of our intrinsic human nature. They feel that
it is useless to try and change ourselves.
However, Jesus Christ clearly pointed out that in the context
of love, human perfection is possible: "You, therefore, must
be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Mat. 5:48).
Paradoxically, our path to perfection implies, on the one
hand, to grow to and attain true love. It also means living
sacrificially for the sake of others, including our enemies,
even at the cost of life itself. And, on the other hand, to
abstain from loving in the wrong way, avoiding illicit sexual
love. In short, we are called to love from God's viewpoint and
refuse the forbidden love.
The efforts to avoid and overcome these problems that have
traditionally been carried out by self-discipline or permanent
celibacy are commendable and worthy of admiration. But,
unfortunately, they do not represent either a full eradication
of sin, nor do they constitute a realistic and complete solution
to the problem.
How then, will we finally be able to resolve this difficult
situation? It is obvious, that the only antidote or lasting
solution would be the experience of true, eternal and
unchangeable love within a marriage recognized and blessed
Pure and true love is the irreplaceable medicine to cure both,
the lack of love and tainted love. To draw an analogy, when
we satisfy ourselves with good food, we automatically
abandon the desire for poor quality food or the necessity to
Light drives darkness away and only the authentic love will
quiet the desire for any substitute that we may have had.
That is why only the achievement of divine love between man
and woman will ensure our success in totally eradicating the
desire for ungodly love. This would eliminate infidelity,
adultery, divorce, prostitution, rape and other deviations in
To resolve this problem, humanity has to receive new
ancestors, who can be substituted for Adam and Eve, the
fallen parents. These new ancestors, in the position of True
Parents, represent the love of God and God's lineage. They
will separate us from the false lineage. They will eliminate the
original sin in each man and woman. They will engraft us into
the true lineage of God and will transmit to us the blessing
to establish a sacred and eternal marriage recognized by God.
True families, living according to heavenly tradition, will
multiply, gradually creating a foundation to build the
dreamed of and long-awaited utopia of a better world.
In this way, God's and humanity's anxiously desired ideal, lost
by the fall, will be restored.