“I am leaving behind eight textbooks and teaching materials for humankind to use for all eternity. These are published in almost a thousand volumes. They are The Sermons of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Exposition of the Divine Principle, Cheon Seong Gyeong, The Family Pledge, Pyeong Hwa Shin Gyeong [Messages of Peace], True Families—Gateway to Heaven, Owner of Peace and Owner of Lineage and World Scripture.”SMMoon
LOVE & FORGIVENESS
"My husband and I have forgiven the unforgivable and, for the sake of humanity, loved enemies unlovable ... No matter how unjust the persecution we receive, we do not blame anyone, rather we love them. When we overcame ordeals in this manner, blessings that we could not even imagine took place." True Mother
Crown of Glory (Poem written by Rev. Moon when he was 16 years old)
CROWN OF GLORY
When I doubt people, I feel pain.
When I judge people, it is unbearable.
When I hate people, there is no value to my existence.
Yet if I believe, I am deceived.
If I love, I am betrayed.
Suffering and grieving tonight, my head in my hands
Am I wrong?
Yes, I am wrong.
Even though we are deceived, still believe.
Though we are betrayed, still forgive.
Love completely even those who hate you.
Wipe your tears away, and welcome with a smile
Those who know nothing but deceit
And those who betray without regret.
Oh Master! The pain of loving!
Look at my hands.
Place your hand on my chest.
My heart is bursting, such agony!
But when I loved those who acted against me
I brought victory.
If you have done the same thing,
I will give you the crown of glory.
Sun Myung Moon
(Written when he was 16 years old)
A thing to concider When Faith is Failing:
Rev. Moon talked about it with some small groups when I was meeting with him. Remember all those times that he said, "I've said everything that needs to be said." Everything since then was doing things to get the word out to people and spread the blessing. I feel that Mother is focusing on that point...getting Father's words available to everyone. by KMC
Evolution of the Blessing Vows July 1, 1982 MSG New York:
Would you pledge to observe Heavenly Law as an original man and woman, and should you fail, pledge to take responsibility for that?
Would you, as an ideal husband and wife, pledge to establish an eternal family with which God can be happy?
Would you pledge to inherit Heavenly Tradition and, as the eternal parents of goodness, raise up your children to be examples of this standard before the family and the world?
Would you pledge to be the center of love before the society, nation, world and universe based upon the Ideal Family?
2016 Blessing Vows
Do you pledge, as virtuous men and women
who will complete the original ideal of
Heavenly Parent's creation,
to become eternal husband and wife
to inherit the tradition established
by the True Parents' of Heaven Earth
and Humankind and to realize Cheon Il Guk
as Ideal Families, please say yes.
"To bring a world of peace, I have spent my life going to the most
lowly and secluded places. I met mothers in Africa who could only
watch helplessly as their children died of hunger, and I met fathers
in South America who lived by a river full of fish but couldn’t support
their families by fishing. At first, all I did was simply share my
food, but they granted me their love in return. Intoxicated with the
power of love I went on to plant seeds and cultivate forests. Together we
caught fish to feed hungry children, and these trees were used to build
schools. I was happy even as mosquitoes bit me all over as I fished
all through the night. Even when I was sinking knee-deep into mud,
I was happy because I could see the shadows of despair disappear
from the faces of my neighbors."
THE FIRST BLESSING: BE FRUITFUL by Dr D.M. Hentrich.
What does it mean to be fruitful. to become the embodiment of
God or to perfect our personal, individual maturity in relationship with God.
In a sense, we are supposed to resemble God. Wouldn't you say that that is the
main point of it, that we are supposed to resemble God.
WE MUST GROW TO RESEMBLE GOD.
That is the first part; but, that is not as common sensible as
you might think because there are many ways of understanding God. There is the
Old Testament Jewish understanding of God; there is the Islamic understanding
of God which is very different; there is a Hindu understanding of God which is
very different; there is a Greek understanding of God which is very different;
and there is a Unificationist understanding of God which is also very different.
So, it is just not as common sensible as you might think. We are going to
explore these kinds of things as we go through our topic tonight.
We are going to hit three main points that link, profoundly to the first blessing to be fruitful; and that is, the first part,
since we are supposed to resemble God as an individual, then it is critical,
crucial for us to come to an understanding as clearly as possible of Who and
what this God is, right?
PART I: WHAT GOD IS
RATIONISM vs EMPIRICISM
When you talk to your beautiful brothers and sisters on the
college campus who are rational, scientific minded, psychologically oriented,
psychology, physics, science, they may say, 'Oh show me
God. Where is God? Who can believe in God? There is no evidence of God.' We
have to understand that what they are talking about is empirical evidence of
Empirical evidence means: How much does God weigh? How tall is
He? What color of hair? Can we see His DNA under a microscope? That's empirical
evidence. There is never going to be any empirical evidence of Gopd because God doesn't have a form; even in the spirit world God doesn't have a form. When you go to spirit world you won't see Him. He has to use the form of someone else, like an angel. So, there is never going to be any empirical
evidence of God; on the other hand, that does not mean that we cannot have
some kind of proof of God. Science is on the verge of somehow coming to
some kind of proof of God, which is incredibly important.
But even apart from that, you have a rational understanding, a
rational argument, deductive reasoning is a very legitimate form of scientific
understanding. The social sciences use that all the time. It is totally
acceptable. So, we shouldn't feel coy or bashful about using rational argument
and deductive reasoning to understand something about God. It is totally
GOD'S ESSENCE : (CENTER/INTERNAL CORE) IS HEART, THEN
INTELLECT AND THEN WILL
Unification Thought uses a diagram to illustrate the
essential Core of God as Heart/Love and from that comes Intellect;His motivaion and impulse for developing His ideas,dreams
and wishes, ideals and visions, truth, ideals of truth, beauty and Goodness,
all these kinds of concepts come based on His Heart. That is very profound.
The outside circle, of course, is His Will, which means that
prior to Him expressing something in the Creation, or whatever, He first has
the impulse of His Heart, which is expressed into ideas and concepts,
understanding, laws and rules. Then, through that, He expresses it through His
Will, through His universal prime energy and so forth. It's a simple
little diagram; but I think it has great value.
FROM OBSERVATION & DEDUCTION
INTERNAL - EXTERNAL
So, we are going to talk about Who and what is God from
observation and deduction. St. Paul in Romans 1:20 says this is a legitimate
way to understand God; so, we are gonna pursue that. First of all, as we know
in The Principle, first we think about how God must have some kind of internal and
external aspect because that is what we see in everything in the universe,
So basically, if we think in human terms, our expressions are
internal. There is no way to fake it. Your handwriting can send you to jail for
life. Your emotions are expressed through your form, your body. Your mother
always knows what is going on inside of you. Anybody who knows you or even
people who don't know you (can see what's is going on with you). There's no way
to fight that or hide that. By the way, you know, what we are talking about is
cause and effect here, right? We are saying that, because the effect is this
way, we can understand that the cause is a similar way or the same way, right?
We are using that law of cause and effect. But I want to mention here that it is
a little beyond cause and effect, actually ; because, what's going on here that
is important is that there is resemblance between the cause and the effect.
The effect resembles the cause. For example, if you are at a
pool table and you hit the cue ball any particular way, with a certain spin, or
at a certain point in the ball, it is totally predictable what is going to
happen to that ball, what balls that ball is going to hit and on down the
bumpers on the table. It is totally predictable because the effect resembles
the cause; and that is the basis of all science. We couldn't have any science,
physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy... nothing if effect didn't resemble the
cause. So, that is really what we are basing our arguments on here, just to be
clear about that.
MASCULINE - FEMININE
And of course in the Principle, we next talk about masculine and
feminine. We see masculinity and femininity in the creation. It's the common
thing among living creatures. It doesn't have to be universal. It's okay that
there are some exceptions. It's okay that sometimes in a plant there is the
male and the female wrapped up in the same plant life; or, that some creatures
might be asexual. That really has nothing to do with this. The point is that
there's tons of male and female pairing, compliment pairing there that you
can't deny. And so, it is the common thing in creation. From that basis, we can
say that the Creator, the designer of it all must have the essence of
masculinity and femininity within Himself; otherwise, we couldn't see this in
the creation, positivity and negativity are in all that. So, it is a totally
legitimate argument, even though there are some exceptions that people want to
God must be a
harmonious God. Why would we have any evidence to suppose that kind of thing?
Well, if we look around in nature, we see abundant evidence of harmony in the
universe. If you look at humanity for all these examples, you are going to get
in trouble, because humanity is broken. So, we have to look beyond humanity to
the rest of the universe to come to these logical conclusions.
But, you look at nature and not only see harmony among the fish
and the plants and the ocean and the air, stuff like that, this amazing,
marvelous bio-system and ecological balance. We love to go out in nature and be
among it, you know. But the fact is that, if the universe were'nt harmonious,
then it would be explosive or chaotic or conflictive. We don't see that kind of
a universe out there at all. So, we are legitimately safe to say that because
we have a universe that is not like that, that the Cause of this universe, this
God, must also be a harmonious Being. It is a very legitimate argument.
We can also say by looking around that God must also be
balanced. Why in the world would we have some reason to come to a conclusion
that God is balanced? Is there any evidence of that in the universe if we look
around? Well, there is. If we look around we consider that, if a living thing
is chemically out of balance, for example, then what will happen? What do we
say about that living thing that is chemically out of balance? It's sick. And
if it is emotionally out of balance, what do we say about that living creature?
It's sick. And if it is psychologically out of balance, it is sick, right? So,
do we live in a sick universe? Nobody would say so. It's not sick. So, on that
common-sensible argument, we can safely say that we can deduce that the Cause
of this universe must be balanced. A balanced Being must be it's cause; and, we
can see balance in the universe in many, many different forms.
LOGICAL - RATIONAL
Also, we can say that God must be logical and rational. What
evidence might we find in the universe that God might be logical and rational?
Actually, of course obviously , there's an abundance of that. Thanks to modern
science, it's over-abundant. We couldn't have any science at all, if the
universe around us was not logical and rational and predictable. So, that is
just a no-brainer, right? Logical and rational, that is why we have something
called 'The Intelligent Design Theory' coming up. You can look on the web and
find that there are a hundred and thirty or so amazing coincidences out there
in the universe that enable life to exist as we know it; and, if any one of
those coincidences didn't exist, then there is no way that we could be here.
And, many scientists who didn't believe in God before are beginning to realize
that this can't be coincidence. This just can't. It is way beyond that. So,
this is a very exciting kind of thing.
SCIENTIFIC - MATHEMATICAL
Also, we know we can say that there is plenty of evidence that
God is scientific and mathematical. It is just one step beyond what I was
saying before, but the amazing and marvelous thing is that God seems to be obsessed
with numbers. I mean, it is just unbelievable how many (examples)... every
thing in the physical, tangible universe, every physical, tangible, material
thing in the universe seems to be able to be described with some kind of
mathematical formula. God must be just so obsessed with formulas and numbers.
It is just unbelievable. And, it is awesome.
For example also, there are the smallest ... sea shells. If you look at the shell you can get the feeling that God is
waving at us; because, what is this? This is the example of a geometrical
algarythm. It would take a computer and a 3D printer to create this
kind of thing. It is a simple formula but still, there is geometry in here.
And, you know, I googled this on three different websites to see what the
agnostic, atheistic, scientific community says about this. You know, because
they don't want to believe in God; and what I found on all these
websites was the same thing. They said that, well, this is the natural process of
evolutionwith geometry applied to it. Now, I thought, 'Well, that's nice.
What's the next question we should be asking here? (which is) 'Where did the
geometry come from? Does this little creature know geometry? Come on? So, I
mean, they know that this cannot possibly be explained by random, accidental
mutation. It cannot be explained that way; but, they just don't want to say
that 'G' 'o' 'd' Word. Nope, no they don't want to say that.
Also, we can say that God must be creative. What evidence might
we find in the universe around us that could lead us to believe that God might
be creative. Well, uh, you know, look at differently colored and
intricately different flowers and fish and insects and birds that kind of
thing brings to mind the creative touch in the universe. It is incredible. I
mean, these don't look like random, accidental mutations do they? We
just need to open our hearts and minds.
The Michigan Institute of Technology. It is called MIT.
There's quite a few MIT's these days, a famous
engineering school and they've been working for over a decade on how
to develop a robotic hand. A lot of colleges are working on robotics. They want
to be the leader in some aspect of robotics. So, they are working on how to
improve on the human hand. After ten years of intense research, they came to
the conclusion that there is no way to improve on the design of the human hand.
Isn't that amazing. How can you think that everything is just random accidental
mutation ... ?
Also, we can say because of evidence around us in the universe
that God must be consistent. How can we say that God must be consistent. Well,
I love the Hubble telescope. It is about ready to be retired, actually, coming
down. There is another one that they've developed that they are going
to shoot up to replace it, which is about twenty times more effective. The pictures we've gotten from HUBBLE are so
The HUBBLE has shown us pictures and received data of
some of the earliest galaxies in the universe, Some that existed
back very close to the time of 'the big bang.' And the point is that they're
not even there any more. They don't exist any more. They are gone; but, the
gamma rays, the x-rays, the radiation, the light is still getting to us. We can
analyze that; and, the point is that we can tell something about the makeup.
What kind of chemistry, heat and intensity, we can tell things about
the makeup, whatever, we can tell things about what it was like. So the point is that the laws of nature that we observe were the same then as they are
now. Otherwise, we couldn't understand how the information is coming to us. It
would not make any sense. So, that is maybe billions of years ago that the same
laws were working as they are now. That tells me that God and the universe are
Also, we can say that God is relational. That's a big one, of
course. Everything, virtually everything in the universe is in a relationship
with something else. There's nothing, we have been able to find nothing in the
universe that is not in a relationship with something else. Everything is, even
the galaxies are pulling on each other, and so on, down to the smallest
particles and sub-particles. So, God seems to be obsessed with relationship,
right? Father even said that God invested the most of His Creative
Energy in what? in designing what? The human sexual organs. So, that means that
... what does that mean? That means that God wants to be
involved in that relationship, not just the physical experience but also the spiritual experience of the coming together of His
Masculinity and Femininity, and an explosive way. He wants to be part of that.
That is where human life comes from, right? Human life is born from that. God is so intensely into relationship. God wants to be part of human life.
It is beyond description. So, He is a relational God. So, we can learn from
And 'Heart.' How could we possibly come to some deductive
argument to prove that maybe the Origin of the universe is a being of Heart.
Well, look at some pictures of parent, child bonding that might remind us.
But not only that, an industrial designer
is familiar with the people in
the world of art and the people in the world of engineering; because, it's kind
of a combination of people in those two worlds. And there is a very big difference between those two kinds of people.
If you ask people from the world of engineering to develop a
car, they will design a car that works every time, starts no matter what kind
of weather it is, no matter how cold it is. It will take you anywhere and
probably on very little gas, anything, whatever, does it even need gas ... They
know how to build anything that works; but, it probably wouldn't look like much
but nuts and bolts and tinker toys of a really kind of crude construction. But,
if you ask people of the world of art to build a car, they will build the
sleekest, most modern, most unbelievable Mazarati-type thing you can imagine.
You'll want to get in it, sit in it and drive it; but, it may not work. It may
not go anywhere; but, it will look like a million bucks. And I think that the
difference that I can see is that beauty, beauty comes from an expression of
that 'Heart' of Love. That is my conclusion.
So, when I take that way of thinking and look at the universe, I
just know that God is definitely not (just) an engineer. He's got that nature;
but, He is way more than that. He's expressed so much beauty, all the flowers,
the insects. I mean let's face it. Nature would be fine with a half a dozen
kinds of shrubbery, twenty kinds of fish, three kinds of birds. We don't need
all this variety; but, God is so expressive with His Heart and made things with
so much variety.
(OVERALL) GOD IS MIND/HEART/SPIRIT RELATING WITH (EXTERNAL
ENERGY) BODY THAT IS YOU (HUMAN BEINGS)
So, all these things are aspects we can say, we can rationally
deduce that all these things must be elements of the Creator of this universe.
From deductive reasoning, this is all legitimate. This is from Father's Words.
I didn't make any of this up. So, how about you and I. Our job is to become
like God, right? So, how about it, you know? Then, if we're supposed to become
harmonious and balanced beings like God; then that means that, we need to ...
It has nothing to do with church, you know, (in the sense that) sitting in
church and listening to a sermon (that may be boring you) is not necessarily
helpful to you in this area] but for example, maybe the other six and a half
days of the week maybe you're going to college and you're studying counseling,
or maybe you are studying chemistry or medicine or psychology. You know, these
things are all about balance, chemical balance, psychological balance, you know,
balance in relationships within myself and with others, families, teens,
marriage. It is all about balance. So, harmony ... It's all about harmony and
So, you are learning the nuts and bolts of practical
application, the tools to become more like God, by mastering those things. So,
it has everything to do with your spirituality. It's not something on the side.
It has more to do with it than going to church ... *
(*Air's note: more than just calling yourself 'good' or being
emotionally supported by others as being 'righteous' and getting the 'feeling
good' by sitting through a church service, if the nuts and bolts of how to
actually become more like God are not learned very clearly and applied).
For example, how about being logical, rational, logical,
scientific and mathematical? Well, again, if your going to college or your
passion or your hobby is to learn about scientific things or mathematics, and
your taking logic or psychology, or whatever it is. You're actually
contributing tremendously to your spiritual development. You're becoming more
like God; because, those people are developing attributes of God within
themselves, right? It's the practical nuts and bolts. It's very important.
Not only that, but don't forget Hoon Dok Hae; because, there is absolutely
no way in the world that we are going to transform ourselves into real people
who feel, think and live like God and embody the Principle if we don't change
our way of thinking. And the only way to do that (change of thinking) is by
reading Father's Word, Mother's Words. There is no other way. It's impossible.
You'll never get there; and so, I always tell people that the most important
things for your spiritual life is to read Father's (True Parents' Word) every
day. There is no substitute for it. You gotta do that.
So, (next is) 'Creative.' That's a fun one. If you want to be
like God, you've gotta develop your creativity, right? Well, that's fun, art,
music, dance, literature, design, architecture ... It's all developing the
practical nuts and bolts application of how to become more like God Himself.
It's fantastic. It has nothing to do with church.
(Air's note: I hope it's okay to offer an out-loud thought here.
I feel the need to qualify a closed statement repeated about church ... : Of
course, in the history of restoration going to church is an important
consistent practice as a condition of what we do to learn the so-far
understanding of the age about God and make that and other consistent
conditions for return to GodParents ... Justification by faith in Christ Jesus
and picking up our cross to follow Him, has been a major part of that
providential restoration process through the symbolic Bride, The Church. An
enemy of this time of Visitation of 2nd Coming would work to limit us with that
sense of our own justification/righteousness... Taking it from TPs Words, we
know that church ( as meaning 'religion' & denominational religious belief
and practice, as church has been, and as I hear Rev. Hendrich saying), is not
enough ...It's been limited and also ... dividing of us ...) 'Church' is only
needed because of the fall and prolongation of completion of The Christ
Mission; and, it will not be needed in the future ideal world, except for the
meaning as a gathering place to study and fellowship in communities where
holiness is 'natural' not church learned; and, for eternity we will be wanting
to gather to study the perfected True Parents' History and Living Word Life
completing past testament ages. I don't hear Rev. Hendrich countering any of
that but saying that churches that are not doing that Hoon Dok Hae can be less
important than college education 'when it is used' helpfully to motive and
practice to apply the reality of what attributes of God and GodParents ARE to
learn and resemble. Physical GodParents of Direct Image are The Beginning of
that ongoing education , TO also BE ourselves, as an ongoing earth and spirit
life purpose ---academia will accommodate with emphasis to educate as a study
of God by studying all aspects of God's Creation and its Principles/Science/Nature
... and for how the individual can best be a citizen of God resemblance; and
thereby, naturally live to serve lasting peace in families of world family of
joy and happiness. )
but, all that you put into that is helping you become a person
who's more resonant with the Living God. How incredible!
And, when you are consistent. Consistent. We learn in
psychology, for example. You are learning how to help people become more
consistent. And it's incredibly important. Same thing, you're becoming more
like God by learning that.
(Next is) relational. Well, this is a big one. You could be into
studying business management. You think maybe business management is just a dry
old course. Well actually, you're learning about relationships, how to build
relationships within the company and between aspects of the company and their
suppliers and their markets, stuff like that. It's all about relationship
building. And (not psychology but) sociology, international relations,
political science, counseling ... It's all about relationship building and
you're learning to develop the nuts and bolts practical aspects of your
becoming more like God in doing that stuff. And so, it's awfully important;
and, on top of that of course, is where you can get some help from the
religious world; because, you have to have a good value system. Nobody wants to
relate to somebody who has bad values; as in, not giving a darn about anything
or anybody and who always stealing or ripping people off or whatever. If you
have bad values, your know, fallen nature, nobody wants to relate with you.
And finally, 'Heart.' And that is an easy one as well. You know,
there are so many virtues that we need to learn in developing our self to be a
being of heart, which is to become more like God every day, which is where your
religious experience can come into (play) more and more. We need to have
sensitivity and all kinds of things for that: trust, tolerance, respect,
honesty, purity, humility, patience, many virtues you have to develop to do
So, what's the point of all that? The point of all of that is to
say what God is; because, we need to become more like God.
PART II: WHAT GOD IS NOT
But, now we also want to look at what God is not; because, there
are a lot of concepts out there which are wrong, and not shared by a few people
but shared by billions of people. So, to help set ourselves apart from
everybody else let's look at some.
Common VIEWS OF GOD
God is happy, indifferent, peaceful
God is like man
God knows everything
God decides your destiny
God needs nothing
God's in control
God needs blood
God hates Satan
Man's waiting for God to act
GOD IS HAPPY, INDIFFERENT, PEACEFUL
Most believers in God, with few exceptions if any; I mean
billions of people think that God is happy, indifferent and peaceful. And He is
sitting on a beach somewhere, sipping Martinis and having a good time. He can't
be bothered with this crazy, sick, hurtful world, and all the garbage that is
in it. He's God. How can He be bothered by all this? I've never met any
believer in God that thinks differently. That's what they think with many
religions that believe in God. But Father (True Parents said), that that is not
the case. Hang on here. God actually feels what is going on here. He's not
happy. He's very sorrowful. He's painful, in a sense, in tears over our
situation; because, we are not able to realize the happiness that He has always
been looking for because we can't experience the love.
GOD IS LIKE MAN
And (the next one) God is like man. So many people think that
God is like man. The Greek mythology, you look at Hinduism, you look at even
Old Testament Judaism ... I mean, so much of God in those ways of thinking,
He's full of fallen nature. He's just as bad as we are. He's judgmental, He's
hurtful, He's short tempered, He's all kinds of stuff that is not God. Father
said, 'That's not God.' So, we have actually created God in the image of man.
Billions of people have done this. You have to realize that this is big stuff.
Father has redefined God. Jesus did too in a small way when he said, 'God is
our Father,' which is big but it's only one thing.
GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING
Is there anybody in the world, besides us, who doesn't believe
that God knows everything. I mean, it's not Biblical actually (to believe that
God knows everything); because, in the Bible it says in many, many passages
that God is disappointed. Countless times ... as in Genesis 6:6, He said He was
sorry that He made man on the face of the earth and it grieved Him in His
Heart. I mean, God was disappointed. He didn't expect the Fall. He didn't
expect things to turn out this way. It says that God was sorry that He made
Saul the king. I mean, He didn't know. He doesn't know everything. He doesn't
want to know everything. People think, people honestly think that God knows if
you are going to sneeze on January 14th at 2 o'clock in the afternoon in 2043.
They think God already knows that. That's God.
We just cook up these definitions of God in our mind; and it has
nothing to do with the real, living God. Father explained that God isn't like
that. He wants to have a spontaneous relationship with His children. He wants
to laugh and be surprised by us and feel our sincere love. He doesn't know everything.
He doesn't want to know everything. He's aware of every hair on your head; but,
that doesn't mean that He knows what you are going to do tomorrow.
GOD DECIDES YOUR DESTINY
God decides your destiny. Father said no. He doesn't decide our
destiny. We do, right? But almost everybody thinks that God decides your
destiny, whether you're going to Heaven or hell. We'd better be good. We'd
better appease Him by doing all our religious stuff.
GOD NEEDS NOTHING
Do you think there is anybody in this world among the billions
of Muslims, Christians and Jews who believe in God, do you think there is any
one of them who thinks God needs something. Nobody. There is nobody who thinks
that God needs something. He's God. What could He possibly need. If He needs
something, He'll make it. He'll have it, right? No, it's wrong. Father said
that no, that's wrong understanding. God actually needs something. What does He
need? He needs a partner for His love. He needs love. He needs a love partner;
and, that is why He created especially you and me, right? It is so that He
could experience His Love that He has, between us and Him directly and among us
with each other and with nature. He.needs a love partner. That's why He has
been persevering for millions of years in this providence of restoration;
because, He has no choice. Father said that it is a war of attrition. He has to
save Himself. He has to save us for Himself. That's what Father explained.
GOD IS IN CONTROL
God is in control. Well, this is a big one. It's an amazing deception
on the part of the dark side. Three little words, 'is in control.' This came
out in Christianity about 35 years ago. I remember it; and, I know there's a
way you can say this and have a legitimate meaning to it ... But so, don't jump
on anybody in our church or leaders who say "God is in control; but,
here's what most people mean: "My cat wouldn't have gotten run over by a
truck yesterday if God didn't will it to happen or allow it to happen. If God
didn't allow it to happen or will it to happen, then it would not have
happened." That is what most people mean by it. And if you pursue that
line of logic, everything just goes upside down and becomes nonsense and
craziness. It just makes no sense whatsoever. It means every evil and bad and
unprincipled thing going on in the world is God's doing, or God is allowing it.
What kind of God is that?
True Father said that God is not even a God of judgments;
because, if he has judgment of evil that means He must have evil within
Himself. That leads to Dualism, which is impossible. So, 'God is in control.'
No. He is not in control. God gave a portion of responsibility to us. He
refuses to be in control, in fact. God is all-powerful. Well, that sound
legitimate; and, it sound common sensible. In reality, it is not even Biblical.
It's not ... Where is the evidence of that? The world is a mess.
God is all-powerful ... Look at the person laying in the gutter,
whose drunk and on drugs and homeless and needs help. Why doesn't God go help
that person, heal that person, fix that person? Why doesn't God do what people
want Him to do for them? He wants to motivate us to do that, right? (God) 'You
go pick that person up and take them to the hospital, like Father did in His
autobiography, spent His last penny on helping a poor, homeless man who was on
the street and was sick. I mean, God, in a sense, as Father described it is, in
a sense, kinda weak' because He doesn't have a body, doesn't have a form.
Father said that God's greatest regret.is that He couldn't educate Himself,
directly, Adam and Eve in the Garden. Why? Because He didn't have a body. He
didn't have a form. He had to work through an angel. That was His greatest
regret in this respect.
God's all-powerful? Then, how come He is so frustrated with the
way things are going in this world?
GOD NEEDS BLOOD
God needs blood. Well, you know, I believe in the precious blood
of Jesus. I really do. St. Paul said, "There's no salvation without the
blood." Well, yes but the problem is that he was looking in the rear view
mirror of history behind him. If Jesus hadn't died on the cross and shed his
blood, there wouldn't be any forgiveness of sins. That's understandable; but,
that didn't mean that there can't be any forgiveness of sin without the
shedding of blood. People have taken this way too far out of context and made
God into a vampire, literally.
I mean, a common explanation of the Cain and Abel situation is
that God rejected Cain's offering because he offered crops, crops from the
field and Abel offered an animal from his flock. And there is no blood in the
crops, so God rejected Cain's offering. It doesn't say that anywhere in the
Bible. It doesn't even hint at that kind of thing; but, that is what people
came up with because of this 'God needs blood' thing. It's just out of ... gone
GOD HATES SATAN
God hates Satan. Well, there are billions of believers in the
world; and, there is nobody except us crazy people who believe that God's Love
is so deep, so great, so vast as the ocean, but He even loves Satan. You can
say He hates Satan; but, Lucifer, the angel that caused all this stuff, He even
Loves him. Nobody believes that. Nobody understands that, except us, only us.
We are the only people in the world that understand that; and, it's profound.
(You have to understand that there is a reason that I'm going
through all of this; and, I'm almost done.)
MAN'S WAITING FOR GOD TO ACT
And of course, 'We're waiting for God to do His thing and save
everybody and make everybody happy; but actually, God is waiting for us,
according to Father, right?
So, we have all these wrong understandings; and, why did I go
through this stuff. Why did I go through these misconceptions. And there are
many others. Because, for one reason, this ... these things are one big reason
why the religious world cannot unite with each other.
ONE REASON THE RELIGIOUS WORLD CANNOT UNITE
(It is because) they have such diversion of beliefs and
understandings of God. People say, 'Well, those Muslims, they have a different
God. Their God is not our God.' There is only one God. We just have different
understandings of Him.
ONE REASON TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS COULD NOT GO VERY FAR WITH
The second one, is one reason why the different religions could
not really be so effective to create social change is that when they tried to
create social change over the centuries, they were designing their social
change upon the concept of a God that doesn't even exist. So, it was fated
flawed from the beginning; and, they always hit the wall and failed.
So, that should give us great hope that, actually, that
attempting social change based on a real understanding of the Living God, that
really exists, is going to produce great and permanent results. No question
about it. We have that confidence.
ONE REASON SOME RELIGIOUS PEOPLE HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING
Also, it is one big reason why a lot of religious people have a
hard time understanding the Divine Principle. I've taught a lot of Christian
people and some Christian ministers; and, I can tell you that they don't even
have room for the Divine Principle because of those concepts that I just went
through. You know, you gotta clear those out of the way; because, they're
sitting there thinking that God is in control; and He's the judge over your destiny;
and He needs blood to forgive sins... When they're so full of these concepts,
there's no room for the Principle. So, you gotta clear those things out of
there before you can even teach them.
ONE REASON FATHER'S TEACHINGS ARE 'S O G R E A T!'
And finally, it is one big reason why we need to realize that
True Parents' Teachings are so incredibly GREAT ... SO GREAT! They are really
incredible. That doesn't mean there are not a lot of great people and
organizations doing great things in the world. I am not saying that. But they
are not going to bring lasting change. I mean, they've been working on that for
centuries over thousands of years. There's nothing happening. It's not
If you read the first page of the Bible and you look back in the
history books, you see that the only difference between today and those days is
that we have technology. But we are still the same unprincipled, fallen people.
Nothing changed; and, nothing ever will change except for the fact that we have
True Parents and the added clarification of The Principle. THAT'S WHY THINGS
... SO WHO MIGHT BE RELATING MORE WITH THE REAL, LIVING GOD?
So, my point in doing all this about What God is and What God is
not is that:
Who, therefore, might be in more of a substantial relationship with the real,
Living God? The person sitting in church with their nose in the Bible all the
time whose been praying, but who hasn't really been learning to love everybody,
necessarily, but who is faithful to all of his religious teachings, and who
goes to church every day? Or, the person who doesn't even go to church, who is
not even sure about God, but who is doing all those ... developing themselves
in many of those ways that we talked about. (The person) who is becoming a
fully-realized human being and they're becoming, actually, more resonant with
the real, Living God, without even knowing it.
Father said that you don't even need to know God. You need to
know love. You need to know true love. If you know love, then God will be with
you whether you want Him to or not. You can't keep Him away.
Something that True Father says is critically important and
essential to our perfection and realization of the first blessing. That is
mind-body unity. So, as we talk about Who and what God is, we have to realize
that there is an empirical and a rational way of looking at this.
1. Now the light of glory arises like the sun that shines on high;
Now awaken into freedom, O revive, you spirits, O revive!
Wake the mountains and the valleys; bring alive the springs of the earth.
Light the world forever with the Light of your rebirth.
Light the world forever with the Light of your rebirth.
2. We are called to bring back the glory to the life of God above;
Now the Lord in His greatness fills the universe with tender love,
Ever seeking souls awakened, ever calling them to be free.
How shall I attend Him who is calling to me?
How shall I attend Him who is calling to me?
3. From the dark of death I awaken and rejoice to live in grace;
When the one who came to save me holds me tenderly in His embrace,
I rejoice to feel the comfort of the love He has for me.
What a blessing of Glory, to rejoice eternally!
What a blessing of Glory, to rejoice eternally!
4. Now He lifts me up to embrace me in the blessing that is mine;
What a blessing to receive Him in a love so tender and divine;
How can I return the blessing? Though in all my life I will try.
I can never stop feeling how unworthy am I.
I can never stop feeling how unworthy am I.