Rev. Dr. Michael Hendrich, Sr.
Prayer is the most important thing to prepare for a learning
like this. So, I know I've been praying for this, and I assume you have as
well. I believe in the outreach, witnessing and education, the prayer needs to
happen before you hit the ground to actually do what you are going to do. That
is my belief and philosophy. So, I feel like we are ready. We are armed with
prayer and ready to start our program. Because we prayed ahead of time. We
prayed yesterday for what we are doing today. I think that is the best in my
experience. Aju. So, that is kind of a footnote to the prayer right there.
Alright, so what we want to talk about tonight is:
'What Is So Special About The Divine Principle?'
There are a lot of people young and old; and, in our Movement
especially younger people in our Movement who have been thinking that maybe the
Divine Principle is not really that big of a deal. It's not important. It is
not really valuable to their life. It is just another theology like so many
others. Somebody came up with it; and, it's just one choice in the market place
of ideas and religions. Religion's kind of funny anyway. Who needs it? So, I
think this is the place to start.
One of the reasons that we have this kind of situation is that
times have changed; and, in my father's lifetime and before that, many
generations, when you had a difficulty in your life, with your marriage, with
your family, with your finances, with your teenagers, whatever it was, you went
to find the highest building in town, which was the steeple of the church. You
talked to the pastor, the priest, the rabbi, the imam; because, they were
considered the wisest, most knowledgeable, educated, informed people in town.
They were the experts.
caption: WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE DIVINE PRINCIPLE?
Things have changed now; and, people, you know, they recognize
that spiritual people, they understand the Bible, they understand their
scriptures but people are thinking that maybe real, solid practical, useful
wisdom is better found in the hands of psychologists. Maybe beaurocrats, maybe
some science, science in general seems to have the answer to everything. If it
doesn't have the answer now it will; because wait long enough. It's the new god
in terms of answers. It has provided lots of answers, really useful stuff. So,
it's good; but, it's put the spiritual leader way down at the bottom of the
stack for many people, including many people in our own movement, unfortunately.
Another contributing factor to this or the contributing factor
to this is that, when agnostic or scientific-minded people try to figure out
answers and solutions and ways of dealing with life, when they looked at the
God solution, what they found was a 2,000-year-old explanation about God, you
know, the Old Testament God. And it was just so unsatisfying to them. They just
couldn't find any meat in it. So, most philosophers and social scientists have
tended to kinda push that aside because they can't work with it. So, they tried
to come up with answers to our situations without God. That is what most
philosophers and social scientists do.
caption: (the weight of) WHAT WE KNOW vs. BELIEFS
And this stress (focus) also affects the religious world; because,
in the religious world, we have a situation where they get affected by that
stress (the tendency to think that science is the answer for everything). But,
they also have a situation where, with us older members who went around the
block, we found out that what they know is relatively light and what they
believe is relatively heavy. There's a lot of beliefs. You can believe anything
you want. We have some beliefs ourselves in the Unification Church.
You know, if you're a Christian, you belief that Jesus died on
the cross and that is a ransom for your sins. You can be forgiven for that.
That's a belief. I believe that; but actually, we cannot really verify it or
confirm it. So, it's a belief. It's not something we can really know. Maybe
when we go to the spirit world, when we go to Heaven, we can find out for sure.
We'll be able to know that. But, for a lot of us, including myself, after going
around the block a few times and when we found the Unification Church, we found
out that the situation was opposite. It was stunning for us, right?
We found out that with the Principle, rational, deductive
thinking together with the new explanation of the Bible and so on, and the
embracing of science, we found out that our beliefs were relatively light
compared with what we could know rationally, logically, deductively was
relatively heavy. And that was like 'Woe!'
I remember when I went to my first workshop, not workshop really
just the lecture of the evening program, hearing the Principle of Creation. The
presentation was kind of simple and disappointing; but, when I heard the Fall
of Man, I said, "Woe, nobody has this. You know, I've been around the
block. Nobody has this. Not as clear as we had it." So, it was refreshing
So, we are different in this sense. And Divine Principle is not
just another theology on the street. It is actually a world view that
logically, rationally and, together with science, explains reality in all its
aspects. So, it is not really fair to call it just some theology, another
perspective just the same as any other (to consider). It is really not that
kind of thing.
So, for those of us who are still thinking, "Well, you
know, I don't know about this spiritual, religious stuff. Science is really the
answer giver. If it doesn't have the answer, it will eventually; so, you know,
it's become our god. But, in reality if we step back and look at it, we have
cell phones, we have tablets and we have self-driving cars but we really don't
even know how to resolve the conflict, the war that goes on with each one of
us, within each one of us, between selfishness and unselfishness. We have no
idea how to deal with that. Science has not helped us at all. Psychologists
haven't helped us at all. They are not even on the track. The problem is, we
don't even recognize it as a problem outside of the religious world. So, of
course, nobody is trying to solve it. Not really.
In the religious world we call it the war between good and evil,
right? If I was in front of a live audience, face to face with you, I would ask
you, "How many of you feel that you are evil, that you have evil pumping
through your veins?" Well, it's a little hard for me. I grew up Catholic
and became a Protestant, a searcher and became a Moonie and all that. I understand
evil pumping through my veins; but you know, 'evil,' is such a dark word. It's
so hard. So, I find that it is a lot easier to embrace the concept of
'selfishness' vs. 'unselfishness.' I mean, you know, selfishness in its many
manifestations and expressions is almost synonymous with evil when you get down
to the bottom line of defining it here and there.
So, but the outside world, like I said, it does not even
recognize that we have this struggle going on inside of us. They just figure,
"It's the way we are. It's just human nature." And the religious
people who do recognize that we have this struggle between good and evil, or
selfishness and unselfishness inside our self, what have we done? Most
religious people have just given up, surrendered to it. "Well, it's my
earthly life. It's my earthly body; and, some day when I die and go to Heaven,
it will be gone. Jesus will take it away or whatever. We just throw it on him.
But, that is not the answer. You know, that, that's what too many religious
people are doing with it; and, God is the One Who suffers for it.
Then, there are people who've defined that actually it is just
normal. So, for example, like Carl Marx. He looked around everywhere and he saw
nothing but conflict everywhere in everything; and so, he decided, "Hey,
conflict, that is the way everything is made; so, bring it on." Art
revolution, violent revolution in everything; but, (it is) because he did not
know the Divine Principle.
And then there is somebody like Sigmund Freud. He looked around
and saw sexuality everywhere, in everything, most of it perverse probably or
whatever; but so, he just thought, "Oh that is normal; so, let's promote
it. Let's encourage it. Let's not try to manage it. Let's just bring it
on." So only with the Divine Principle are we going to get some useful,
practical perspective about this conflict within each one of us between
selfishness and unselfishness. It doesn't give us the detailed, practical
answers exactly what to do, but it points us in the right direction as to how
we need to address this problem within our self or selfishness and
unselfishness. You won't find that anywhere else, nowhere. You have to go
around the block and find out.
So, we have cell phone, tablets and self-driving cars; but, we
don't know how to find lasting happiness. Do we? Science isn't helping us.
Psychologists aren't really helping us. They don't even have a clue. They are
not even on the road to having a clue how to solve the problem of lasting
happiness. I mean, I used to work with a big company as financial advisor. I
worked with people who had hundreds of millions of dollars. They could buy
anything they wanted and did. And I'm happy for it. I like to see a situation
where people could have all the money they want. I like that; but, the point is
that they could not buy (lasting) happiness. All they could buy was stuff,
which is good. But, happiness, you just can't buy it.
How many of you heard the news stories, even today about people
killing for no reason at all. A teenager I was reading about today got killed
by a friend of his who wanted his cell phone, thought he should have it. And a
group of friends (so-called) ganged up on him and killed him. I heard a news
story a while back about a man who was sitting with his wife and children
watching television; and, he pulled out his gun and shot his wife and shot his
children right in front of him. When the police took him down to the station,
they asked him, "Why did you do this?" And he said, "I was bored
... I was bored."
So, you know, we have a real problem finding lasting happiness.
And a big reason for that is because we don't really have a clear understanding
about how life is supposed to work. So, we are just lost like a boat without a
rudder, you know. If I have trouble with my car and I bring it to a mechanic
and he looks under the hood and says, "Ya, it's not running right."
If he doesn't know how it is supposed to work, he can't fix it." But, the
Divine Principle gives us a general idea of how human beings and humanity are
supposed to work. It is extremely powerful to have even a vague vision of how
we are supposed to work; because then we can fix it. It is extremely powerful.
We don't really appreciate that aspect of the Principle enough. It's very, very
We have cell phone, tablets and self-driving cars, but we don't
know God's Heart, do we?
You know, children want to believe that their parent is always
happy, always joyful, always carefree. Religious people think God is just
unbothered by this world. He is carefree. He is sitting on a beach somewhere
sipping Martinis. He can't be involved or affected by this ugly, dirty, icky
old world that we live in. He's God. How could He be bothered by all this
stuff, He's God? But Rev. Moon found out that God is very much connected,
right? and to each one and to all of us and He Feels our situation. He's broken
hearted. He crushed. He's just in tears, sort of speak, over the situation we
are in. We can't seem to find happiness. We can't seem to find the love that
will bring that happiness.
It's a mess. And God feels it all; but, you won't find that
(conclusion) anywhere. You can go around the block ten times ... You won't find
that Islam. You won't find that in Buddhism. You won't find that in Muslim. You
won't find that in Christianity. You won't find that in Judaism. You won't find
that anywhere except, only, through Father Moon and Mother Moon, the Divine
Principle and True Parents. That is the only place you can find God's Heart;
and, that has huge consequences for our lives.
And, not only that, but God 'needs' something. Father Moon
explains that God needs something. What does He need. No, He doesn't need love.
He has all the love in the universe. In a sense, He does need love; but, in
another sense, He has it all. But what He really need is a PARTNER for that
love, so that God can EXPERIENCE His Love ... so that He can experience it
among us. And it is a huge thing. And who is that partner of love? It is
specially you and me. This is huge.
How many people are getting a divorce or committing suicide
every day, because they don't see this value in their life. This is a huge
thing. The Principle brings this to us. The True Parents bring this to us. You
can't find this anywhere, not anywhere else. So, it is another reason we need
to be studying the Principle.
We have cell phones, tablets and self-driving cars, but we don't
have any idea how to unite our mind and body. You know, we've been working on
this for thousands of years. We've tried everything. We've tried self
discipline, self sacrifice, yoga, meditation, everything. None of it is getting
us where we are trying to go; and, the people who have been investing the most
effort for thousands in trying to resolve this conflict of lack of mind/body
unity are people like this (captioned skin-and-bones religious man) who
basically deny everything about their humanity. They deny their passion, their
dreams, their hopes, their ambitions, money, wife, children, sex, love,
everything. They just basically deny their humanity; and, this is just
completely NOT what God had in mind in terms of mind/body unity.
Father said that mind/body unity is critical, right? ... in our
development for perfection. But this is not what God had in mind unity. In
fact, what Father has taught us, and what we are going to go over tomorrow is
how we can achieve mind/body unity. What was Father talking about. In reality,
it is 180 degrees opposite of this. With the mind/body unity that Father is
bringing with the Principle, it actually enables us to maximize our humanity,
maximize our potential and our expressiveness as human beings, not minimize it
like the old model has shown us, 180 degrees opposite. So, we are going to look
more into that tomorrow when we look at that part of our presentation.
We have cell phones, tablets and self-driving cars, but we don't
even know what it means to be a human being. You know, we have men trying to be
women, women trying to be men, marry anybody you want and ah ... you know...
it's just ... And the thing is, being a human beings, we're trying everything
under the sun; but, being a human being without fallen nature, that's a huge
thing. Only the Divine Principle is talking about that. Only the Principle can
give you a clear vision or perspective on being human without fallen nature.
True Parents can show you the Example of that and Jesus (Air's added note: As
the direct-image Christ, The 2nd Coming of Jesus, all the more True Parents can
help us see how Jesus is the Example of that as an individual man). It's a
We have no idea. We think that nature has all the same rights as
we do, of course; and, we are no different than a tree or a mosquito, ya know.
I worked in Wyoming for a time and, part of that time, I worked around the city
of Laramie. There is a college there in Laramie; and, it is surrounded by lots
of open space. I mean, Laramie is in the middle of nowhere, if you ever wonder
where the middle of nowhere is, it's there. And on this campus, they wanted to
build a new building, on the edge of this campus ... for the children of God,
right? And, one person objected to that ... had a lot of guts, I think ... I
respect him for that. He said, "Well, you can't build a building on that
piece of land. There are edible mushrooms growing on that piece of land. And I
thought, "Wah ..." And if any of you have studied any biology in high
school or college, you know that mushrooms are basically fungus. So, we have
fungus growing on this piece of ground; and I mean, is it going extinct? Is it
on the endangered species list? I mean, can we move that fungus over here to
another piece of land and build these buildings for these human beings, these
children of God.
Well, I believe in (the value) of nature. I believe in caring
for the creation more than we have already. I believe in environmentalism; but
you know what, they didn't build that building. Gotta give way to those
mushrooms, man ... I mean, you know, we need to get some perspective on the
value of human beings as God's sons and daughters and not that we are (okay) to
abuse the creation at all; (but) I mean that we have a place here too. And this
can just get to be ludicrous ... So, we need to study the Principle so we can
understand our value as sons and daughters of God. It's the best place to find
We have cell phones, tablets and self-driving cars, but we don't
even know why we are here. Nope. The best explanation we have been able to come
up with so far is that somehow way back when ... There's two theories, one was
that there are these two thermal vents there at the bottom of the deep parts of
the ocean and the heat from the earth comes up into the deep part of the water
and with the minerals and so on, somehow, the heat must have made riboclinaic
acid out of it. (Air's note: ribonucleic acid: any of a class of single-stranded
nucleic acid molecules of ribose and uracil, found chiefly in the cytoplasm of
cells and in certain viruses; important in protein synthesis and in the
transmission of genetic information transcribed from DNA. Compare messenger
RNA, ribosomal RNA, transfer RNA.) And all of a sudden there became DNA and
light and life.
And the other explanation that we have come up with is that
somehow way back when, lightening came down and hit a swamp and that reaction
also must have ended up causing the creation of ribonucleic acid, which became
life. I'm sorry, you know, I'm sorry. This is way beyond the faith of any
believer I know. You know, this is crazy. It's about the craziest ideas you can
think of. The fact is that nobody has any idea where life comes from. We have no
idea how life came to be. With all of our know-how and all of our technology
and our amazing ability, we can't even make one living cell. We have no idea.
The fact is that life came only from and can only come from life. We have no
idea whatsoever that life can come from anything but life. We have no evidence
of it whatsoever.
I was privileged to see an amazing Ted Talks show one time; and,
there was a brilliant doctor on there who was talking about conception, human
conception. And he talked and showed how the sperm and the egg come together
and then the chromosomes divide, two becomes four, eight becomes sixteen and so
on and so on. And this brilliant doctor, physicist or biochemist ... I forget
what his major was; but, he really knew his stuff. He said, you know, it is so
far beyond our imagining ... We cannot even begin to comprehend, he said, begin
to comprehend how in the world you can put all the instructions needed to
create you in a strand of chromosome like that, every instruction needed to create
every tooth in your head, every hair on your head, every eyelash in your
eyelid, every cell in your body, everything about you, every instruction,
everything in the strand of chromosome. I can't even see it. He said, 'It is
just mind-boggling. We can't even begin to understand how to do that.
You know, science is great. it is probably going to show us
proof of the existence of God very soon; and, God Bless 'em for all that. But
without a perspective that incorporates God into the equation, the scientific community
is not only kind of lost but going to rapidly go down a path that we don't
really want to go down; because, the capabilities are coming; and, we're going
to talk about this in our lectures, about how we're going to really going to
destroy ourselves. We are really going to mess up the purpose of our life if
people who are not Principled people keep running the show. It's critical that
people who know and understand and live the Principle in their lives, need to
be the ones to guide science in the future; or, we are in a heap of trouble.
So, we need to study the Principle. It's that that valuable.
Here's a little example. This formation (captioned ... circular with ray-type
shapes coming out from center) was spotted many times at the bottom of the ocean.
People thought, 'What is that? It must be something from UFO's. It must be
UFO's, the symmetry, the geometry in it all. So, some scuba divers went down
there; and, instead of snapping a picture of it, they decided to run a film, a
time-lapsed footage of this thing. They found out that it is created by a
little creature called the puffer fish. He swims back and forth in this little
wheel here and creates all these little ridges with perfect symmetry; and, the
point is that there is some geometry in nature. We're going to see more
evidence of this tomorrow. But, where does it come from, you know. Does this
little bumper fish know geometry. Does he know the angles, how to create this
kind of thing?
Even the agnostic kind of people, they don't want to say 'G' 'o'
'd,' but they have to admit, they know that there is something there beyond
random, accidental mutation. They know it. They just refuse to allow themselves
to say the 'G' 'o' 'd' word. (However) we (all) need to study Principle,
because we need to guide science and give science the way to bring us to come
into oneness with God. It is critical. It is very, very, critical and
important. Older theologies just are not there. There just not there.
We have cell phones, tablets and self-driving cars, but we don't
know how to love, do we? Nope. We don't know how to love; and, the scientists
and psychologists, they are working on this very, very hard. Give them credit.
And there are many people out there writing great books and having great love:
Craig Bair and the Pope and Rick Warren and Joel Olstein and so many others.
There are great people out there who understand profoundly about love. But you
know, the most profound things you can read about love and witness about love
come from our True Parents. Just read Their Words, read True Father's Words,
read Mother's Words, there is nothing like it. The thing about this subject is,
again, we're talking about love with the fallen nature filtered out. That is
something novel and unique that the world has been desperately hungry for.
When you leave the fallen nature in there because you don't
recognize it, or don't know what to do with it, don't have the tool box that
that Father gave us to deal with it, then with the fallen nature in there, you
can never create the kind of love that is going to satisfy and fulfill us and
realize our dreams. It's impossible. So, that's why we need to study the
Principle. it is not going to answer all of our detailed questions. It's not
going to give us everything we need. As Father said, 'We can't learn love in
school.' But, it gives us the basic direction, the compass of where to go
without the fallen nature, to create the kind of love that God and True Parents
and all of us are desperate to have.
And the other thing I wanted to say about this too is that, when
it comes to love, Jesus and True Parents are the King;' because it is one thing
to have great love and, (as ) the Dali Lama, say all these things that show it,
but only Jesus and True Parents, only The Messiah have these things (fully
where) They are virtually killing Themselves to save every human being on the
planet, and whoever lived before and in the future. I mean, nobody is doing
that. The Pope doesn't live like that, the Dali Lama doesn't live like that,
Rick Warren doesn't live like that. Only The Messiah (Parent Personage) is
killing Themselves to save and love everybody (with true love) no matter what.
We have cell phones, tablets and self-driving cars, but we don't
know how to care. Even in our Unification Church, do we really care? I don't
know. Do we really care about the people across the street, that they might go
to hell and suffer in hell when they go to the spirit world because we did not
share the Principle and True Parents with them. Do we really care? Don't lie to
Do we really care about the Providence of God? Easy to say. I
don't know. We live in a generation where caring ... Today, this morning I was
driving around and I saw a bumper sticker on a car this morning. It said,
"Nobody cares about you." That's very inspiring. I saw a bumper
sticker a long time ago on a truck here in Denver that said, "You must
have mistaken me for somebody who cares. We don't care. We don't have the heart
of caring. We need to research, find out the heart of caring, of caring.
We pretend to care; but, do we really care. We need to study the
Principle so that we can capture the heart of caring, what it really means.
We have cell phones, tablets and self-driving cars, but we don't
know how to make a marriage last, do we? Even in our Unification Church, we
have a few broken Blessings, right? more than a few, we have lots. We should
only have a few. It's a real problem. And, you know, not that we are any worse
than other people. It is an epidemic problem everywhere; but, we should be
doing much better at making marriages last, based on True Parents' Teaching and
Example to us of how to love and how to live for the sake of others to be
happy. We have to get over this stuff.
It's not a matter of making a marriage last in terms of
persevering in faith. This is happening in many Blessings in our church. I see
it. (For example people saying) I believe in the Blessing and I don't believe
in divorce; so, I'm just going to sit here and suffer. You know? People living
this kind of life. Then they wonder why their kids run away; and, they don't
want to get Blessed. No surprise, right? Huh, so, you know, that's not the idea
of the Blessing. You know? Go through the ceremony, put the ring on your
finger, drink the holy wine and persevere until you die. That's not the idea of
the Blessing whatsoever, right. But a lot of families doing these kind of
We need to find what the Blessing is all about. How many times
did Father talk to us about romance, passion, love, skinship, you know? Hugging
and kissing in front of your kids, not because you want to impress them but
because you feel like it. You know? Don't our kids want to see mom and dad love
each other? Sometimes our cultural murrays get in the way of love shining out.
If our children really felt the joy and love and the passion and the romance of
their parents, they'd be running to us. 'When can I get Blessed?' Right? It's a
very different situation. It is not as simple as that. I know there are other
complicating factors; but, it's a big one. It's a big factor. We show them the
kind of life and marriage and happiness and properity and everything that they
want. Of course, we have to live a sacrificial life; but of course, you can
only go so far with that ... If they saw the happiness, happiness in their
parents ... and we should be the happiest people in the world, they would want
what we have. Everybody is looking for happiness.
We have cell phones, tablets and self-driving cars, but we don't
know how to make a world of peace. Why do we keep doing this? We're
slaughtering people. We just keep on doing it. For why? For what reason? (For
what good) Craziness. In World War I, 17 million people died. Numbers are very
hard right now, for me. It's a very problematic thing to talk about numbers;
because, we live in a world of megabites and gigabites ... and terabites ...
so, what's 17 million. World War II, I looked it up again recently. Eighty
million people died in World War II. Eighty million. A hundred million people
in those two wars; but, we just keep on going, keep on slaughtering people. For
Is the United Nations the answer? No! Father told us what the
answer is. The answer is within us. Within myself. I have to become a person of
peace, a person of Principle, a marriage of peace, a family of peace, which
becomes a society of peace, which becomes a culture of peace, which becomes a
nation and a world of peace. That is the only way to peace. Talking is
worthless. It is not getting us anywhere. So, we have to study the Principle
and we have to become the Principle, not just believe it, but practice it, and
not only practice it but become it. Then we can hope to see a world of peace.
The Principle, where else can you get that? Nowhere.
We have cell phones, tablets and self-driving cars, but we don't
know how to prepare for our eternal life. I know that people outside of our
faith community, our church, our community, our culture are not preparing for
their eternal life. People outside of religion are certainly not preparing for
eternal life. My parents, sitting around for fifty years, watching TV, the same
game shows they watched for the last how many decades. You know? Nothing has
changed in their lives. Certainly, they are wasting their life. As we know, the
purpose of our life is to prepare for our eternal spiritual life. They're not
How many of us in the Unification Church are also kind of
wasting our lives to some extent? I mean, we know what we should be doing; but,
so many of us are just kind of thinking, "Well, Father's doing it
(Mother's doing it); and, we are like cheerleaders with a popup, 'Go for it!.'
you know, 'Yeah, Father in the spirit world, Mother here, build that Kingdom!
Aju!' It's not going to get us very far. It's not going to do much for us in
the spirit world.
You know, Dae Mo Nim told us that there are many seriously
resentful people in the spirit world and many of them were devout religious, spiritual
people in their physical lives. And when I heard that, I though, "Woe
..." Because I try to be that kind of person. She said, you know,
"They did everything that their religion told them to do. They went to
confession, they went to Baptism, they said their rosaries, they didn't eat
meat on Friday, they did their wish papers and their keung bays, they did their
conditions and their ancestor liberation, and they thought, "When I go to
the spirit world, I'm going to be at Jesus' feet, I'm going to be at True
Parents' feet, I'm going to be at God's right hand. But, Dae Mo Nim said that
many people who lived that kind of life and went to the spirit world, found
themselves very far away from God, very far away , some people (even) in hell.
Father warned us about this. It is a transformation of our hearts. It's not
practices and rituals and conditions. You know, when you go to spirit world,
nobody's going to to ask you how much money you gave to the ... to the church
and how many years you spent on EPA ... Nobody cares ... nobody is going to
care about that (in the love reality spirit world). It's all about love. How
much did you love? That's what it is all about, very simple.
So, you know, we have to look at ourselves. How much am I
preparing for my eternal spiritual life, or am I just a spectator on the
sidelines. You know there are a lots of things that we need the Principle for.
The world for all their knowledge and science and psychology and everything
like that, but we don't know what is good, we don't know what is true. My
truth, your truth, it's all relative. We don't know a lot of things. We just
take it for granted because we never did know these things; and, we just take
it for granted. And we all suffer from it.
WHY SHOULD WE CONTINUE STUDYING THE DIVINE PRINCIPLE
So, the next thing I would talk about is why, therefore, do we
need to continue studying the Divine Principle. Some of us have been around for
a long time, decades. "We heard the Principle. We went to Mr. Sudo's
workshop. We heard it, you know, 35 years ago. We read the book. We sat in
workshop. We heard it. Why do I have to study it some more for? I know
it." Well, the problem is that our boats are kind of stuck on a reef
because we learned the Principle deeply enough to accept the conclusion that
Rev. Moon and Mrs. Moon are the Messiah, and, you know, building the Kingdom of
Heaven. We accept that. We accepted that; but, we didn't understand the
Principle deeply enough to know how to live a happy life ... living it. And so,
we became trapped by the truth, enslaved by the truth, imprisoned by the truth
in some cases. And this is a horrible thing; because, we got all wrapped up in
the mechanics of our faith.
We do conditions. We do Cain and Abel, we observe that, we
understand that in our portion of responsibility. We're doing conditions. We're
doing all the things that we're supposed to do; but, many people don't feel
like they're really growing, really going anywhere in their faith. Some of us
older members who have been around. We heard the Principle. We knew the
Principle. Why should we keep studying it? Because some of us became stuck. We
became so busy with the mechanics, the mechanisms of our faith that we lost
sight of the goal. What's this over here? (in the caption there is a stuck ship
and in the horizon, a beautiful sunrise) What's this over here? This sun way
over here in the horizon. That's the goal, the destination of this shipwreck
here on the reef, the beach, the sandbar.
CAPTION: ship stuck on the beach and it says: P. O. R. (portion
of responsibility) campaigns; discipline; Cain-Abel offerings; give and take,
conditions, sacrifice - all referring to the 'mechanics' of our faithlife)
What's the goal? The goal is to embody the love of God between
us and God and us and each other. That's the goal, right? It's not the
mechanics, the mechanisms. But for some of us, we're so busy living the
mechanisms that we forgot about the goal, where we're going in our faith. So,
we need to go back sometime, dig down into the Principle again and be reminded
where we're going with this thing. It's not just the mechanics or the tools.
God Bless Father for giving them to us, but it is not the goal. It's the method
for getting to the goal.
So, I want to talk about three areas in conclusion. It's where the
rubber meets the road in terms of living a Principled life. There are three
(there are probably more areas, but I just want to touch on three areas) where
we have to live the Principle in order to realize this goal. And one of them is
'growing our love', growing! our love. So, we grow our love through give and
take action. You heard about that, right? So, what is it? Give and take
centered upon what? Well, when I ask that question, most people say that it is
give and take centered upon God. Okay. What does that mean, give and take
centered upon God? What does that mean? Is that give and take thinking about
God while you are having give and take. Is that give and take for God while you
are having give and take? Is that keeping God in mind or is it give and take
centered on the four-position foundation, the three-object purpose, yin and
yang? What is it? It becomes very ... ah, ya know ... irrelevant to our life.
Just a mind game.
But when you really dig into Father's Words and dig and dig and
digh and find out what Father is actually saying. He doesn't say give and take
centered upon God, not very often. What He is really saying most of the time
(you can check it out in the Cheon Seung Gyeong ) He's not talking about give
and take centered upon upon The Principle and God, but give and take centered
upon God's Love. God's Love. the center of give and take. It's a huge thing.
It's completely different. How simple. How joy evoking. How fulfilling. Give
and take centered upon the Love of God. That's what Father is teaching us over
and over and over and over again. You can see His Words. It's not just give and
take centered upon God. So we need to dig back into the Principle and find
Okay, so here's a quote from Father about this. He said:
Then, what is necessary for the realization of an ideal family?
It is neither man nor woman alone... It is represented by the union of a
husband and wife, and the relationship of parents and children with the 'love
of God' at the center. Therefore, we reach the conclusion that God's Will is
the union of a husband and wife, perfecting a family centered on God's love.
(Blessed Family - 298)
Very, very powerful.
Now, another thing we have to go back and look at, where the
rubber meets the road and living a life of Principle, being a Principled person
is to think about the life elements that we need to receive from God, right? We
generate vitality elements by our good actions, living a life for others, and
so on; but, sometimes, for a lot of us as you may have noticed, two people can
be doing the same vitality element activities but they're receiving a very
different amount of life elements.
I know people who read Hoon Dok Hae three and four hours a day
and don't feel anything, you know? They're not growing and wonder why they don't
feel the life elements coming into them from their efforts and their lifestyle.
Why do we sometimes not receive the life elements we should be receiving that
are generating with how we live our life? Well, in my opinion, one of the big
reasons I think we don't is because we don't know myself. Sometimes we don't
know myself. Sometimes we look at ourselves and we think, 'Oh, I'm like this.
I'm really something. I'm so altruistic and mission-orientated and Principled
and giving ... And the problem is that sometimes we think we are like 'this'
(caption is a man dressed scruffly looking at himself in the mirror as a man
dressed all decked out) but, in reality, we are really not as much like that as
we think we are.
What I am trying to say is that every one of us is soaked to the bone marrow
with self-centeredness. It's so subtle. It's so subtle. We don't see it many
times. We think we've been around the block for thirty or forty years and ...
but, we can still find out ways that we need to work on ourself. We didn't see
it before ... God doesn't show us everything at once; but, there's so many
subtle ways that we express self-centeredness and we don't see it. It's so hard
to see it. We don't see it in ourselves. We see it in other people; but, we
don't see it in ourselves. Your husband or wife will help you. They will help
you. My wife shows me many times how self-centered this German, hard-headed guy
is. Sometimes people have to suffer. Sometimes people get hurt; but sometimes
it takes a long time to realize who I really am, what I'm really like. I don't
I was in Cheong Pyeong for two and a half years until recently;
and, I (see now) that there was a time when I realized that I was annoying
every human being I came into contact with. And I thought, 'What in the world
is going on with you? Why are you annoying everybody?' And so I tried to listen
extra carefully with more than one ear as to what I was saying and why I was
annoying everybody that I met and driving them away. And I realized, when I
listened to myself that I was always talking about myself. And I thought, 'Man,
are you so lonely and unappreciated that you have to talk about yourself? But I
couldn't see it. I didn't see it. You'd think I'd be aware of these things by
now. Anyway, my point is simply that I think we really need to weed out the
subtle forms of self-centerness that are deep within us that we don't even see;
because, it's robbing us of the life elements that we should be experiencing
from God. I really believe that it is just choking them off; and, we just don't
realize why it is that we're not getting more power out of the virtuous life
that we're trying to live.
And the last point I want to make in where the rubber meets the
road in living a Principled life, that really affects our happiness and
fulfillment is getting rid of our fallen nature, right. We've got to get rid of
our fallen nature. How do we do that? One of the big mechanisms, Cain and Abel.
Cain and Abel, right. Cain and Abel. So, what does Cain have to do?
Cain, he has to: receive God's Word through Abel; humble himself
to Abel; he has to multiply goodness through Abel ...
Come on, it's not that mechanical. It's not that mechanical.
What do we have to do? What's it all about? We have to learn to see God in one
another. We have to learn to love one another. If you do that, you are doing
the mechanism of Cain and Abel. Loving one another. Seeing God in one another.
How many of us remember having a team leader when we were out and we couldn't
... Maybe the team leader was an idiot; but, we experienced God through that
person. Because we put God in the equation and we tried to see God working
through that person. Father said that our Abel person could be a tree stump or
Satan himself or a rock. It doesn't make any difference. It's how we are seeing
God in the other person and loving the other person. That's what it's all
about. If we get so caught up in the mechanisms of our faith, we lose the
point. The point is so simple. The point is simple. Love. Loving one another.
That's where we're trying to go with this whole thing.
So, these are the reasons why I think we need to reconsider or
understand the value and importance of Principle in our lives, why we need to
study and re-study it and dig more deeply into it. We got these things from
Father and Mother Moon. They are just incredible Champions. There is nobody
like Them in the history of the world, except Jesus. And you know, we don't
appreciate Them enough. Absolutely not. I don't think any of us do. I'm sure
They would agree with that. He (Jesus) would agree with that. There isn't any
question about that.
Here is something Father said one time, He said: (I gotta read
this because it's backwards on my screen here, so ...)
"No one has known how God has suffered in His Heart. Now,
through God's appearances in history and the revelations I have received in my
profound mission--and which I have shared with you---you do know. Without this,
you would never have known. This is a remarable fact. Even Jesus did not fully
know this, and even if he had he could not have spoken about what was in his
heart. No religious leader has known the hidden secrets of the universe. I have
come so that the secrets of the universe could be revealed in the course of
history, before the world for the first time." CSG p. 141 (1991.2.17)
So, thank God for the tool box that Father gave us. He showed us
how to deal with all these things, how to deal with our fallen nature. It's
mind-boggling; but, we have to remember that the tool is not the destination.
It's not where we're going. We have to master those tools. We have to use them
well in our life and really become the Principle in our life. The tools are not
AT THIS TIME, we have a lot of time left. Some classes during
these two weeks we won't maybe have any time left as in the talk about Jesus
and maybe the Fall, but in other classes we may stop earlier or whatever. I
don't know that you will necessarily have any questions tonight after this
Introduction; but, I'm going to raise your hand now if you have a question to
ask. You can also send it in at the chat; but, you can raise your hand ... go
to that 'SHOW PARTICIPANTS' screen and raise your hand and I'll unmute you ...
You may not have any questions and if you don't, then fine, we'll let you go
and see you tomorrow night, or you can raise your hand or write the question as
(Okay, I'm not seeing any hands raised...
Question: What is my next step in Cheong Pyeong to repent?
Of course, absolutely. The next step after realizing that I was
so needy, I guess, or whatever, talking about myself all the time, was, not
only to repent; but, Father said that repentance is sincere, heartfelt
repentance and then changing your behavior in your heart. I mean, so that ...
There's no repentance without real change. So, I've never forgotten about that;
and, I've been trying to watch myself ever since, not just to behave
differently but to be a different person (for the sake of the other hearts)
Okay, Getting some chats of thank you's
We're going to go another half a dozen days and we might go ...
if our last day isn't necessary, we may just have one day for questions and
answers at the end, which will be certainly optional for anybody of course. And
also, I promised to send you a very nice frameable certificate of graduation
and also the book of your choice that I've written personalized for you.
And Georgia has a question. Do you want to type it, Georgia, or
do you want to speak it? Okay, where is Georgia? Raise your hand, Georgia, so I
can unmute you. Okay Georgia go ahead. Oh, I think that is Evelyn. Okay, go
ahead Evelyn and I'll have to find Georgia later.
"Oh, is it me? (Yes) Oh, okay, this is Emerald. (Oh, I'm
sorry) That's fine. Oh, you said that it is not God-centered but love-centered,
like God's Love centered; so, you said you could read hours of Hoon Dok Hae but
it's not going to actually make you feel the love of God. So, in your
experience, how do you think you can actually have that love of God towards
others, where is it going to come from? The Spirit just comes to you, or just
thinking about it? My question is a little bit vague; but, I hope you can
understand what I am trying to get at. "
Oh, I really do and the sincerity is the number 1 factor in all
that. I mean, you know, there's a lot of reasons to reach out to people, help
people and do all kinds of things. You know, I'm glad you brought this up;
because, I wanted to talk a little bit on that point of living for the sake of
others. Father taught us to live for the sake of others, right. And if we're
living for the sake of others, we expect great things to happen in our lives
and in the lives of others; but actually, I think we have totally missed the
boat, not everybody, but a lot of people have totally missed the boat on what living
for the sake of others really means. Because it's not ... Father didn't say to
live a public life, or live a life full of public activity. That's not what He
said. He said to live for the sake of others. But you could be doing a life of
living for the sake of others activities , you could be doing all those
wonderful public-minded, mission orientated things, and still be doing it for
yourself. And this is a big problem. This kills the spiritual dynamic, you
know. And this is why Father didn't want to do a lot of miracles and set up the
kind of situation that we have in Christianity. Because, there are so many
people looking for the free ticket to Heaven, looking for a miracle, what can I
get out of it? What's in it for me and disbelieving their personal portion of
responsibility in it. Um, this is not the idea.
And so, I think living for the sake of others is the key to what
you are looking for; but, it has to be dead serious. I mean sincere, dead
sincere. (That's the wrong word to use 'dead serious) Totally, bare-naked
sincere. Why am I helping that little old lady across the street? Because I
can. That's all. There's no other reason. It's not because I should. We've got
to get rid of this stuff. We've got a culture in our Movement of doing things
because we should; and, it really, ah, it's really sapping a lot of the
spiritual vitality that we could be experiencing from how we live. We need to
be living for the sake of others and not ... We need to flesh that out for
And I think, I don't know if I answered your question or not;
but, I think sincerity and doing things for the sake of God and others is gonna
pay off. You are going to get life. And it's not doing things because we
should. It won't work. It doesn't work. I mean, it's better than not doing it.
Don't get me wrong; but, don't expect too much.
I can't find you Georgia to unmute you, so I don't know what to
do. Lowell, you'll have to unmute yourself. (There's Georgia, I see you
Georgia) Go ahead Lowell.
Lowell: "Can you hear me?" (Yes, Lowell) I'm really
enjoying your introduction here. Nice to see ya. Nice to see your Cheong Pyeong
picture behind. (hu hu) What's your topics for tomorrow night? (Tomorrow night
we're going to talk about the First Blessing. Be fruitful. That's it.) Okay, looking
forward to tomorrow night.
Georgia: (There's Georgia. Georgia, go ahead) Well, it's kind of
branching off from what Emerald said. So, I'm preparing for the Blessing and
through my parents I feel that I have to earn it. I don't feel like I can just
receive the Blessing if I take the wine and everything. I have to somehow prove
myself to be deserving of it; and, I keep coming to the conclusion that
serving, living a public life is what will bring me to that, make me deserving,
make me be able to earn it. And I've lived a public life. I've done some
service work, you know. I just find that the more I serve in the public life,
the more mechanic I become. In a way, I become even less sincere; and, I feel
like I become more heartistic and loving and accepting toward others when I am
in my own space and do the things that make me happy, like ?, and stuff like
that. So, how do I ... how can I become where I'm satisfied with where I am at,
while at the same time living the Principle? How can I come to the place of
earning the Blessing?
We, you know, you can't earn the Blessing and you will never be
worth of it in its entirety at all. I would just say that you're finding your
true self when you're doing things that you're really passionate into. And I
would look for the Principled contents of that and exploit that and push that.
And I would look again at the other stuff that you think you were doing that
was supposed to be bringing you to fulfillment and realize that actually ... It
sounds like you already told me the answer because you were doing it reaching
for preparing yourself for the Blessing ... It's about you, as much as you
don't think it was (It's not completely about you of course, but some part of
it). So, the kind of sincerity that I'm talking about is beyond what most of us
think. It's bare naked sincerity. It means to put your life on the altar and
say, "Heavenly Father, I don't get this. I don't like this. I don't know
if I believe this; and, help me out here. And just putting yourself out there
and really being real with God and with Principle and weeding out any kind of
stuff that's not really from your heart, that's really from some kind of
ulterior purpose. If you're saying, "so I can ... " already there's a
problem there. You gotta step back and look at that again and get outside of
that realm where you say 'because they, because you, because she ... ' You
gotta get beyond this 'because I need, or I want, or I'm preparing to change,
prepare something myself' I mean we do, but we gotta really be careful of that
motivaton; because it's a killer. Does that help? Anyway, I hope so.
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