REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON October 23, 1977 Belvedere, New York Translator - Bo Hi Pak

The month of October is almost past. Winter is coming and on the way here I thought about how we should take care of all the members who sit outside in the open air on Sunday morning. Are you also concerned? All you are responsible for is getting here early enough to sit inside.
Those who are in leadership positions have to think about everything in advance, planning what to do in certain situations a month and a year from now. In a home the children have endless energy and lots of joy and they are concerned only about the present. As long as they are content in the present they are happy but that's not good enough for the host or master of the household; he has to be thinking about everyone's future well-being. Children welcome a severe winter because they love skiing and ice-skating and playing in the snow. To children winter means excitement, but responsible people should not think of the future only in terms of fun. Leaders should think about making preparations for the winter, for example.
The government of a nation is no different. In any country most people live in the present' worrying only about whether their immediate needs are being taken care of' but the leaders of the country should not think only about the present. They must plan for the nation's well-being far into the future and we can say that the greatness of a leader parallels the breadth of his vision. If one leader thinks about 100 years in the future but another can envision the future 1,000 years away, who would be more of a host for that nation? Certainly the leader who has greater vision into the future has greater capacity for leadership. Would Americans prefer a leader who can offer a vision for 100 years ahead or someone who can see ahead through a millennium?
I want to ask whether you American young people cherish your nation's traditions. Many people would say that they don't care about tradition but only about freedom. They want to do anything they like. Do you freedom-loving people think you need a tradition? You members are a different brand of American and that's why you say yes, but what about the millions of young people not in our Church?
Upon what kind of foundation can we uphold a tradition and what kind of tradition should be cherished? By definition a good tradition is the way of life which can lead people toward permanent prosperity in the future' being like a rail for the people to travel along. In other words, tradition has value through all time. You don't want the kind of tradition that is useful only for the past or present but not for the future. You want a tradition that is valuable yesterday, today and tomorrow. What would that kind of tradition be?
The universal tradition would guarantee prosperity for your home and nation and world on a permanent basis, ensuring its unchanging value. Why would that kind of tradition be desirable? I already mentioned that the true host is the king or national leader who can offer a vision not only for 100 years but for 1,000 years in the future, steering the nation toward that long-distant future prosperity. That leader is thinking about what kind of tradition to leave behind him to be like a railroad track along which his people can progress. The true leader is concerned about this tradition.
What kind of qualification would this kind of national leader have? Most of all, he should not be centered on himself. He would want not only to give himself for the betterment and prosperity of people in the future, but also be able to elaborate on the central core truth of an eternal, lasting tradition. Would a random way of life be adequate for his purpose?
What ideology could form the essential framework of the future? You are right in saying that love should be the core truth, but it cannot be a love whose scope is so narrow that it cannot go beyond the level of individual or nation to embrace the world or the universe. We need a tradition of love big enough to break the shackles of individualism and embrace the universe. If anyone could set up the tradition of that love it would remain on earth forever. Have you ever thought about this? Since you have become Unification Church members you have broadened your thinking but I'm sure that such ideas never occurred to you before.

The tradition which will guarantee future prosperity

Our pattern of life today should be focused on the future, with our way of life of love and our concept of love extending to the world. That pattern of life should be established now. Undoubtedly I am an Oriental man while you are Westerners and together we must find the tradition that can work in the East and West alike. The external necessities like money and knowledge cannot link both worlds. America enjoys the greatest wealth in the world but I want you to know that America's wealth will not continue indefinitely. Money comes and goes.
Because money is temporal and even knowledge changes, we need to find value that can always climb up. Where should we look? Some power is needed to make the family one solid unit for eternity. We must make society a solid unit which can continue for eternity, and the nation must be a solid unit which can continue for eternity.
These ideals can never be realized unless they are begun with love. Families which center upon parental love will remain united. In order for parental love to go on for eternity there must be someone to inherit that tradition; clearly, children should be the recipients. We need a way to educate children to become the heirs of that tradition and to expand it to have even greater value. Each generation will learn the importance of the tradition already established and not only inherit it but expand it for the future.
That tradition will begin in good homes, with parents always urging their children to be better than themselves. With this fervent desire, parents will constantly pay attention and give encouragement to their children. Such parents will give much thought to motivating their children in the best way possible, anticipating the day when they can become better than the parents.
There is nothing that these parents would not sacrifice for the betterment of their children and they would also be willing to even force their children in a direction which would make them better than their own parents. How should children react to that? Would it be reasonable for them to say, "You are dictators and I don't like you. I don't want to be bothered. Leave me alone"? Should that be their attitude, or should they say, "Father and mother, I understand your will and I cherish your tradition. I will do my best to receive it and expand it." How can we educate American young people? Do you see the need for this tradition in your own lives?
It is certainly easy for parents to say, "All right, do anything you want. If you just want to sleep and eat, go ahead; I won't bother you." No real parents would like to do that though. They would teach their children to respect other people and show them something better than fighting with their brothers and sisters. Would any parents encourage their children to fight with each other? True parents are constantly working to pass on the tradition of love.
It doesn't make any difference whether you are in the East or the West; there is a common tradition of love that most parents of all races are trying to establish. Everyone wants their family united together in perfect harmony so they can have happy, peaceful lives. Everyone hopes for that experience, whether in the East or West. Tradition is essential in this case because it is the only connection with the future. Realizing its significance, it is common sense that parents would want to leave the tradition behind, even if it required the utmost sacrifice.
Would children in the tradition of love be unconcerned if their parents wanted a divorce? Instead they would each say, "I am your child. I am the cement between the two of you and because of me you should come up with some kind of agreement and be the best parents for me. I need parents." We must establish in young people an awareness of the responsibility of parents, letting them know that because of their children they have no right to be separated. Because of their children's love a mother and father have no right to even think about separating. You young people can start a trend against divorce in this country.

True patriotism reflects the family

The son of filial piety is the son who loves his father so much that his father cannot even imagine separating from his wife and going away from his son. Even not being able to get along with his wife could not push this father away. Any parents who have a child whose love they could not bear to push aside by separating certainly have a child of filial piety. The good son who truly loves his parents would never want to have them separate or be people who just live for themselves. That son is preserving the tradition of love which propels the family toward eternal prosperity.
We have reached the very critical moment here in America when each one of you Americans should create this basic tradition in the American home. If any country has this tradition of love in its families and expands it onto the level of society and nation then the beautiful relationship between the government and people can be compared to the relationship between parents and children. When that happens you know that the society and nation have established the true tradition.
The sad thing about America today is that "patriotism,' is an empty word. American young people blink their eyes in perplexity if you talk to them about loving their country and ask, "Why should I love my country?" No one has properly educated the young people and the modern way of life has become tragically sensual and carnal, with love relationships being as casual as animals'. There is no depth or spirituality there' only physical contact. Animals sometimes demonstrate greater fidelity than human beings. Where can you find love of country in such people? Many people think they love their country because they pay taxes and that their responsibility ends there.
True patriotism does not begin on the level of the nation; you must find it first in the family. In other words, the pattern of loving at the family level is the model for all relationships of love in every level of society. The relationships between parents and children, husband and wife and brothers and sisters are the basic patterns of love. If you have a deep understanding of unity and a spiritual love at home, all you have to do is expand it to the level of society and nation and you have patriotism.
If you create the right kind of atmosphere of family love then you won't have to educate your children too much in terms of patriotism and love for humanity because they can easily extend their love and respect for their parents to the nation's leaders. Loving the neighbors will be as natural as relating to their brothers and sisters. Those who have experienced the warmth of a loving home won't be baffled by the concept of patriotism; it will immediately make sense to them. But to those whose home was devoid of love any talk of patriotism is an empty gesture.
What you need here in America is the right tradition of love, even if it means omitting the State Department or some other government function. The government is not what determines the prosperity of America. What you need to absolutely guarantee the prosperity of this nation is the right tradition of love. The president's role in the country is like that of a father and the trust and love and respect of the people for their nation's leader would move them to unite around his direction and policy. When citizens can look at their president as being like a father for the greater purpose of their nation and can respect him as they respect their own parents at home then the right kind of tradition is being passed on. Education in the home can be such that the tradition of the father's position can be expanded onto the national level; for the purpose of the national goal and out of devotion to the national sovereignty individuals would even be willing to give their lives, as much as they would for their own parents.
The nation is a greater level than the family so when a priority must be decided the nation comes first. People must feel that they can even sacrifice their families in service to the people of the nation. The lesser can always be sacrificed for the greater. If war comes, the young people can give up their own lives and the older people give up their own children to participate in the national calling. That is love of country. Loving your country is an act of loving your own wife and children, not of deserting them.
If that kind of tradition is set in any country, that nation will flourish because the people will rally around any cause and be ready to make any sacrifice. This is the most ideal tradition of love on the family and national levels. When that kind of relationship is achieved between individual and family and individual and nation , that country will undoubtedly prosper. Once that happens, no power can threaten the prosperity of that country. If danger comes to that country, each individual will participate to protect his country and home; instead of fleeing from danger, the people will want to make sacrifices for the lasting prosperity of their nation.
Compare the two types of nation; one may have lots of money and power' but lack fidelity, loyalty and tradition. The other type of country may not have much money or weaponry, but each citizen is motivated to follow the true tradition of love, to sacrifice himself and participate in the greater cause, even as far as giving his life. Which country shall prosper in the long run?
The tradition of a true family is the same for a patriot and a saint
Thinking people who are searching for long-lasting prosperity have to think about this tradition. No matter how much they have for the present' the most important factor will always be what tradition of love they cherish. Many traditions have existed in history but they never extended beyond the level of the nation, and each nation has clung to its own sovereignty alone as its ultimate goal and purpose. That has been the extent of man's thinking' but what about God? Has He been thinking in the same way? If God favored one nation out of all the world, would He be a good God? Not only would He be a very poor God, but if that nation were to decline then God would be destroyed together with it.
We know that God is different and does not think only on the human level. God's level is the world and in His view patriotism is not limited to the love of one country; His level of nationalism embraces the world as one nation, one unit, and He wants to promote the same tradition of love on that level. God certainly upholds patriotism on His level of nationalism, not man's.
This brings us to the question of whether there is really a God or not. One way we can prove that there is a God is by observing the abundant evidence that God is trying to promote worldwide patriotism and a concept of the world as one nation. With much evidence of this you can automatically believe that there is one higher sovereign working toward that tradition.
What kind of movement would seek to link man and God? Let's analyze religion. Can you find a certain patriotic ingredient in religion that encourages loyalty beyond the level of race or nation? That evidence alone is sufficient to recognize that God has been promoting unity throughout history. If no religious philosophy can be found which encourages patriotism or filial piety beyond the level of race or nation then you can come to the conclusion that there is no God, but if you do find such a thing in religious teaching then you must recognize that God exists. We can conclude that God must be insisting that everyone love something higher than their own family or nation. Regardless of the color of his skin or nationality, each person must love something above the level of his own family and nation. The true God must insist upon that.
Any religion which expressly teaches the ideal of a world brotherhood is closest to God, and whoever has tried to advance such an ideology or way of life is known as a saint or holy man. A holy man is defined as the man who can freely and openly move in and out of the love of God, without hindrance or reservation. A holy man is not necessarily a giant or a miracle worker. A holy man knows how to link himself to the King of the universe, God. Simply put, he is linked with the reality of God so completely that no one can sever their relationship. Our goal in life should not be limited to patriotism for just one nation but should be the goal of a holy man and saint.
Such a man thinks that even if he must sacrifice his own family and nation he will live for the prosperity of the world. Does this sound like I am only trying to justify our way of life in the Unification Church? Is this just a clever definition of a holy man, or is this the truth? What this world needs is only one book not the millions of volumes in the library of a famous university. We could lose them all and not miss them because we need only one book that depicts a holy man's life in the tradition of love between God and man. If that one book exists then we need nothing else.
What is eternally worthwhile about volumes on American history or Japanese or Korean history? They are nothing but a burden. Unless we know the core truth which can somehow link us with God in heaven and set up the right tradition which can guarantee man's eternal prosperity on earth and in heaven, we have nothing. How can you know how to love the world? How can you know the way of life of holy people or saints? It might seem impossible to follow but it is really very simple. The very tradition of love which you establish at home-how the children serve their parents and how the parents love their children-is the same basic formula of the life of a patriot and of a holy man. The only difference between them is their central subject' but otherwise their way of life is just the same.

One common road leads to happiness
for the family, nation, world and God

Ultimately we come to the conclusion that for the greater cause any smaller purpose shall be sacrificed. God might need to proclaim an emergency of the Kingdom of God and call all the nations of the world forward as crusaders, needing them to go beyond the level of their own nations. Then all the national leaders should be willing to respond and march out with banners to obey God's orders.
In that situation the United States or any nation would naturally become only one division of the whole army' but in reality how many national leaders think of themselves like that? The President of the United States might not want to cooperate because he envisions his role as being closer to President of the World than only a division commander. If he thinks so, he is wrong; if God were commander of that army it would be a great honor to be just a division commander.
Let's seriously think about the relationship between religion, the true nation and God. First of all we must have one common reference point. God thinks, "1 am God of the world.', If all nations and religions can accept God's sovereignty then one embracing harmony can result. In that case God's way of life, the nation's way of life and the religious way of life would be parallel and unification would be automatically possible. Everyone could come to the same goal. Mankind has always been striving for knowledge, and ultimately his efforts lead to one thing: God. Mankind is actually trying to learn about God and His work. Ultimately whatever God wants for this world should become the overall national
goal and what God wants should become the overall goal of religion. What God wants should also be our individual goal.
What is God's desire? God's goal is the true tradition of love which will beautifully entwine the family, society and nation with the world. That same tradition is the direct short-cut for connecting mankind to God and creating one happy family of man. One common road will lead to happiness for the family, nation, world and ultimately God. That's what God's goal is all about. Much complicated philosophy has appeared and many books have been written on this subject, but the whole matter is very simple.
If someone asks you where you are headed you can say that you are trying to go beyond your society, nation and world to reach God as your ultimate goal. In order. to meet God you have to embrace your family, society, nation and world and then extend beyond to reach God. The nation must also go beyond itself individually and advance to the level of the world and God.
If God thinks at all, He must think in this fashion. If any national leader is a thinker then he also must think in this fashion. If any religious leader is a thinker then he should reason in this one direction, to this one simple goal. There is no truth beyond this. Can you accept this? I want you white people to look me in the eye and answer if this is true. You answer yes because you are members of the Unification Church, but would most American people be able to say yes? Regardless of whether anyone is a member of the Unification Church, anyone who will listen to logic must admit that this is true.
Who shall be remembered in the long run? Whoever adheres to God's philosophy and way of life as their own will remain. The greatest possibility of becoming such a remnant can be found in religion because it already leans in this direction. The thrust of every religious philosophy points to a time when the world as it is will end, when mankind will consummate God's goal and there will be no more pain or sorrow, but only joy and love. That is the goal of all religions.
We must be alert to recognize the many false kinds of religion which glorify self-centeredness and teach the attitude, "I don't care about the world or even God Himself. I only care about ensuring my eternal happiness." Are these the people who are entitled to the Kingdom of Heaven? What about the people who are not even worried about their own heaven because they are too busy building a kingdom for other people? If someone is too busy loving his parents and nation and world to think about his own kingdom, could he eventually end up in heaven?
If Jesus had set an example of selfishness as the best way of life then God would say, "Jesus, we don't need you. Don't bother coming back; just stay up there." Jesus never taught a selfish way of life, however; he came to promote this tradition of love and to open up peoples' minds to a worldwide way of life. That way of life represents the hope of God' the hope of humanity and the hope of all people. That teaching alone brings hope for peace.
At the end of the world loyalties like nationalism or denominationalism will mean nothing. An immoral way of life and abuses like free sex will have no place at the end of the world because they are not the solution. The only possibility for the ultimate peace and tranquillity of the universe to be secured is through commitment to the tradition that I have described. It is the only way of life that can promise hope for this world.
Whether people accept this or understand me is immaterial. The important thing is what God wants, and God has been thinking throughout history about this one way of life. All the holy people and saints throughout history have been working for that one goal. Logically we can understand that this method offers the only hope for lasting peace here on earth. If that is the case then regardless of what people say it shall be done.
Do you think many people in spirit world regret missing the opportunity to live this truth while they had their physical bodies on earth to work with? You have a body now and the world's past saints and mighty rulers alike all envy you people, wishing they could be in your place. Instead of yearning for his throne, a powerful king would long to be the most humble member of the Unification Church. Do you really feel pride in your position? When you take a big bundle of newspapers in your arm do you think,
"God, I am greater than the King of England. I can be proud and the entire spirit world envies me.,, Do you go out with that pride?
Let's be serious for a moment and think about really going out with pride in your position here. Do you seriously think those people in spirit world laugh at you or truly envy you? I want you to know whether you are really committed members or not. A king or queen in spirit world envies even the half-hearted member who is still hesitating over whether they want to be in the Church or not, simply because that person still has a body. Amazingly enough, this is the truth.

You can inherit the tradition of Jesus' love

Let's think for a moment about Jesus. Externally speaking Jesus had a miserable life on earth. He came to the small nation of Israel where everything is within walking distance and journeyed around the country talking to prostitutes, tax collectors and fishermen, proclaiming astounding, outrageous things. In many cases he was chased after and finally he was crucified at the age of 33 . Jesus lived a miserable life, far more miserable than yours, but he had heavenly pride to say to the country, "I am the son of God." He made one unmistakably clear proclamation, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." Jesus made no compromise about this proclamation and before his death he proclaimed himself as a bridegroom. He also made this stunning statement, "He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me."
Jesus announced that everyone must love him more than their own family or nation and understandably people thought he was a blasphemer. Finally people thought that they just couldn't tolerate Jesus any more so they had him crucified. Jesus asked God to forgive the Roman soldiers who were crucifying him because they did not know what they were doing, and at the moment of his dying he murmured, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." Then he died.
Jesus' intention in saying these things was only directed at building the Kingdom of God here on earth, but practically speaking, what is the Kingdom of God? The Bible doesn't say clearly, but the Kingdom of God Jesus was trying to build here on earth followed the blueprint that I have described this morning. It follows a simple teaching: As much as you love God your Father, that much you must love your country, your society and your own home. When that one tradition of love links every aspect of life, the Kingdom of God shall become a reality. When everyone worships one God as their common Father then no barriers will remain-no national boundaries or walls of language or denomination. Every barrier can be broken down.
If Jesus had just come to establish a new religion then he was not the messiah. In reality Jesus couldn't care less about religion; what he cared about was a God-centered kingdom and that kingdom cannot be built by religion. That kingdom will be built by the family. Jesus came to build the first true family so that he could bring God down to a real home where He could dwell as the sovereign, as the true Father. There is no other way God's will could be fulfilled. If Jesus wasn't following this course then he could not be the Messiah. There is no other way to build the Kingdom of God here on earth. If Jesus could have succeeded in creating the first family and multiplying it not only in Israel but in Rome then certainly the cornerstone of God's kingdom would have been laid at that time. Because Jesus was ultimately crucified, however, it has been impossible to build the Kingdom of God. Not even one God-centered family has been established.
Jesus said that he would come back and pick up the mission he had to leave undone, and announced that he would return as a bridegroom. If this is the truth, do you think Jesus can come on the clouds of heaven with a host of angels? Many sincere Christians are waiting for Jesus' return on the clouds of heaven, but that manner of fulfillment is absolutely impossible. God cannot place His hope in those people and without doubt that doctrine will fade. The end of the world is marked by the decline of Christianity because Christians are looking in the wrong direction to meet the Messiah. Do you think Jesus is smiling to hear what I am saying or is he upset and mad?
The prototype of the Kingdom of God is the God-centered family, in which all families, societies and nations are heading toward one goal: the love of God. Since everything has a common purpose, the directions of every level correspond to each other.
No matter how you mix them up, the family goal, national goal and world goal all correspond. The same principles work on every level.
Your goal in life is to set up the standard on the family level and once you do that you can go ahead to higher levels and fulfill them. Our way of life is simple: we advance step by step until we reach the ultimate goal, with the cosmic love of God as our master on every level. As an individual your point of reference is God and a society's governing factor is God. The same holds for the nation and world. As long as there is one host in heaven, there will be no contradiction here on earth. Nothing else is important.
When we talk about unification we are using a big word. I must be crazy to come up with such a big goal! No one else ever dreamed of trying it. It's like an impossible dream, yet this principle will ultimately lead to unification.
Suppose you could live here on earth for 10,000 years. Would you want to just cling to your wife or husband, thinking that you don't need anything else in this world? You and I must set the right tradition by giving our blood, sweat and tears to lay the foundation for posterity to become the true society, nation, world and universe. There is no other way for us to spend our time.
If you were able to live here for 10,000 years would you be happy because you could live longer, or because you would then have time to build not only your home but a society, nation and ultimately God's kingdom here on earth? Have you been thinking all the time about building that kingdom or just now because you have heard me? You have no confidence, do you? I know that you really never thought about it before. If somehow all the goodness and value were taken out of life yet this one core truth and tradition remained, are you convinced that ultimately the unified heaven and earth would become reality?
With this tradition unification is not an empty word but a realistic goal. What do you think would happen if this tradition were passed down throughout the future? Without doubt prosperity would be ensured because this is precisely what is needed. If Belvedere is the humble birthplace of this new tradition, would kings and queens and presidents make pilgrimages here to worship together fifty or one hundred years from now? Do you think it will become a heavenly museum later on?
I want you to be really proud of your position today because this wonderful truth is available to you while you are still here in the flesh. This is the very goal Jesus wanted to accomplish. All the saints and holy men wanted to accomplish this but they couldn't and now in spirit world they envy you. God has been trying to accomplish this goal but never in history has it been finished. Do you have pride in the fact that you can possibly finish it here on earth in your lifetime? In the sight of God you are actually spiritual giants, shining like the sun, and to Him and to all of spirit world-including Jesus and all the saints-anything you hear or see and anything you talk about is extraordinary. They are all paying attention to every move you make; that is how much they are interested in your actions. People outside our Church may scoff, "You Moonies are no good and you are only brainwashed nuts," but all you have to answer is, "You just wait a little while. The only reason you say these things is that you don't really understand.,, Just forgive them because they do not know what they do.
I have spoken for two hours now and you are all elated. If I had the opportunity to speak to the entire nation, especially the young people of America, using the same logic and talking about the wonderful revelation from God, do you think they would be moved? If I had a chance to talk to them I could inspire at least one fifth of them to change at once.

It is my fervent concern
that you become better than me

It's ironic that the world believes the worst things about me. I am called a rotten criminal, a brainwasher, a demagogue and a charlatan. Once our opponents go to spirit world and learn the truth will they feel ashamed or not? If it is true that I have brought the truth then we can only pity America.
Will you be just bystanders and watch them feel sorry later on, or will you teach them the truth now and show them how to change? This is an urgent situation, but even though the real truth is here they don't understand and can't change because they are in darkness. In order to awaken them would you just do small things for them or would you do your absolute best and give your utmost energy? Shall we do our best without any holding back? Shall we just be "reasonable" or shall we go all out? Why?
This is the one golden opportunity in history; this is the time when you can receive at once all the love of God and humanity, both past and present. You can consummate history at once and receive God's love 100% if you are 100% committed. If you respond to God with 100% commitment then you can receive 100% of God's love. I want you to become crazy about that. This is undoubtedly a dramatic and romantic time' isn't it?
To those of us in the Unification Church these words are not just an empty slogan. We are actually living them. Some couples were given the blessing seven years ago but they are still sacrificing their own lives or the sake of the world and humanity because they see something greater than themselves. At East Garden there is still one staff member from the 777 blessing, but when I told her to go and be with her husband and have a family she answered, "Father, I know that is important and I will fulfill it someday, but can you extend my mission here for a couple more years? I want to do this mission first."
That sister is not having a grand time in East Garden, enjoying lots of leisure and peace and quiet. She works hard cleaning, serving and looking after the children and Mother and myself until early in the morning. It is a strenuous job, but she wants to continue a little bit longer. She finds the greatest value in serving God and humanity and knows that she won't have this kind of opportunity in the future.
I was moved very much recently by one of the seminary graduates. The graduates could take a position of respect in society on an important level, but I sent them out on the MFT instead of giving them responsibility right away. Some of them complained but most of them did their best. One person did especially well and I wanted to appoint him as a state leader but he said, "Father, the MFT looks like menial work, but I have met God in these three months and I would like to stay longer. Would you give me special consideration? I cherish this experience of meeting God more than state leadership." That person discovered the real God in the most humble level of activity. Do you want to do it too? Those of you who are willing to do that or anything else, raise your hands please.
Now I am almost sixty and I am not going to live here on earth permanently. My life here on earth shall come to an end within a decade but that does not bother me at all. What I want to do right now is form the right tradition and then I will go on my way. My most fervent concern is a simple one: I want to teach you to become better than me, so that even after I am gone you can carry on my tradition and steadily expand it. I am totally dedicated to creating that kind of person, just like a parent trying to mold the character of his children, guiding them to study and to be kind, courteous and loving, to become people who serve. A parent is responsible to mold the character of his children and by molding your characters I want to leave behind true leadership and a tradition of love.
I want to see love in you that is not self-centered, love that branches out to embrace your family, society, nation, world and God. In that tradition any leader will get rid of himself in trying to become totally public-minded, directing the focus of the peoples' love toward God and humanity. As long as we have the right spirit of love it doesn't make any difference whether the World Mission Center' the News World building and Belvedere are all blown up and nothing remains. With the right tradition we have everything. This is the only thing we want to keep and hand down from generation to generation.
In this tradition we have the kingdom, we have victory and we have the liberation of God. In this tradition everything will come. It is a great thing for the Japanese and European members to come and give themselves up for the sake of America. They are demonstrating that they love America more than their own country or society or home. You may not have a chance to love your family or your own country but never mind; you are loving something greater than all those. When you consummate your love on the level of the world you will consummate every other level as well because they are all included in the greater level. Are you doing it willingly and joyfully or because you have to? Why?

Once you are captured by God's
love you will be the most diligent
servant of your community

Love is inevitable. It is not a choice. Love is a way of life and you have no choice whether to love or not love. That is the Principle and you are to live it. It doesn't make any difference how much I am persecuted; I am doing gigantic, extraordinary things for America, the world and for God. I see my role here in America as one of educating the people and creating a revolution in their hearts. I want your deeds to become the yardstick to which I can point and say, `'Do it just like they did in New York.,'
We have to bring the light of hope to the lowest realm of this society and clean it up. You must see such places as the enemies of God, places where people are degraded and ruined every day. The pattern of sex and drugs and corruption has infected the American young people and is spreading all over the nation and the world. New York is a place of total darkness, not just the dusk of evening time, and the area where the World Mission Center stands is particularly bad. I want to be the one to clean up the entire city of New York. Once we resurrect the city, everyone who comes to New York will automatically feel it and they will be trained in our tradition. I would like to see New York become a godly city.
Do your eyes see straight or crooked? How about your ears and how about your thinking? We must have straight action also. This morning we must make a resolution that the year of 1977 will see the start of a new history. We cannot surrender this year into the hands of Satan. Let's pledge to God that we will make this a victorious year for Him by our actions.
Whoever lives this tradition shall be the hosts of the future. In this particular way of life you will see the birth of your loving family, your loving society, your nation and world. Ultimately you will possess God. The darker things are now the better because light shines out brighter in darkness . The fact that the world is pitch dark is God's blessing. All we have to do is lift up even a little lantern to break up the blackness.
God needs to see resurrection here on earth. This is a dying world and God needs a new brand of people-new champions and new pioneers. That's why God needs me and called me here to America. When the blackout occurred recently New York revealed its true nature. New York is like a dead body. Dead people cannot resurrect other dead people; only a living person can bring resurrection. If everybody lived well in God's sight then they wouldn't need resurrection, but in reality they are dead and in pitch darkness. You are living people and that is why you are going door-to-door to witness. You must feel that you are the source of new life for New York and that wherever you speak, sweat and labor the life of resurrection will be felt.
Do not be selfish-minded when you do your witnessing or ever think "I may find my future spouse here. I may be very lucky.', You are discovering more than your husband or wife because you are discovering the world right there. You should not be loving just the American people but all the people of the world. Because you love the world you are going out to expand your love to the people you meet as representatives of the world. The truth will talk and reveal everything eventually and when people see the power of life and resurrection in the Unification Church they won't go anywhere else. It doesn't exist in the churches because God Himself is following you. Universal power will come around you and all kinds of miracles will happen. You will see for yourselves. People will say, "I saw you last night in my dream. An angel told me that someone important would come and that I should welcome him and give him anything he needs. That's you. I saw your face.,, Spirit world works around the clock and you can receive constant blessing if you are anxious to do God's work even more than 24 hours a day.
It might happen some day that you are so tired that you sit down on a bench to sleep for just five minutes but you don't wake up until the next morning. Do you think God would condemn you? God would wrap a spiritual blanket around you for protection. You can be so close to God that you feel His
presence continually and when you go to spirit world you can reminisce with Him about your experiences. God will say, "My son, did you know that one night when you accidentally slept all night on that bench I put a blanket around you? You didn't know then but I did that.,, You are creating topics for conversation with God.
We can become the hosts of the future; there is no question about it. When you become the hosts of the love of God He will approve you and the entire spirit world from the past and everyone in the present and future will approve you. How handsome or beautiful you are doesn't matter. If God says to you, "I don't know you," what good would it do to be handsome or beautiful? You might be disabled and crippled, but when God says, "I know you," you are greatly honored. That's the way I feel. You didn't feel that way before now' did you?
Become a total prisoner of the love of God. Once you are captured by the love of God you cannot go any other way. Not only that, you will actually live like a prisoner, chaining yourself to your responsibility and being the most diligent servant of your community. If you live in this fashion and still New York does not survive then I am wrong and you can throw me out. Only if you live this philosophy to the utmost and still it doesn't work can you accuse me or complain. If God doesn't cooperate with you then that means that there is no God.
By looking at me you can know that God is alive and completely involved in your actions. I have lived my life exactly as I described this morning and I have continued to become greater and more successful. Actually I am not trying to become a victorious person in all areas, not at all. I might fail miserably in business for instance, and even end up with nothing, but it doesn't matter as long as I emerge at the end with one thing: being the most successful person in planting the tradition of the love of God. In proclaiming the love of God I have lived the love of God and I know that God is with me. Nothing else matters. Nothing else ever fails if you succeed in this one thing.
People see that I am connected to some mysterious source of power. They don't realize that I have become successful by living in the love of God and that's why many people in the world want to give up everything for my sake. You have been living like crazy people' but do you regret it? Many people are trying to kill me but here are black' white and yellow people gathered together who want to die for me. On the surface it may look like I don't even love you because every day I keep pushing you out to even further suffering. Why do you love me? You know there is something about me that is more precious than anything else-the love of God-and you want to inherit that love.

It is our honor, not our defeat,
to confront Calvary and Gethsemane

At times I react very strongly when someone says' "Father, I love you very much.,, I don't like to hear this; I would rather see this in their actions. I don't like to have just lip service. Many people can speak flowery words of praise but I would rather not hear them. If you love me then show how you love me. Acquiring this particular position required untold suffering; in order to secure the love of God I invested absolutely everything, my total best. The value and stature of this position require that it not be treated cheaply or offhandedly.
I don't like to see people assuming that they have the right to be blessed when they are not seriously taking responsibility for our work. I only like the person who even forgets the word "blessing,, and just keeps busy with the mission and the word of God. If it were possible to just wait for the love of God to come then I wouldn't have worked so hard, but I know that's not the way the love of God can be obtained.
If I really did come the easy way and only moved people's hearts with smooth talk then I would be the worst kind of fraud. If that were the method by which the Unification Church was built then no one would truly love me, but the Unification Church was built with sweat' blood, suffering and tears. Nobody has shed more tears than I. That's why no matter how much you work you always feel insufficient. Our members tell many stories of their experiences with me but nobody can truly understand me because no one knows my whole background.
You could see the most suspenseful movie thriller ever made and still not sense the danger, suffering and suspense of my own life. It is worth enduring all of that for the love of God, and after death it is far more precious. To become heir to the love of God is not easy because it means following this pattern of my own way of life. There is no other way you can do it.
If you genuinely suffer for the sake of God and shed tears and sweat for the sake of God then you will assuredly become another Reverend Moon. All of mankind will come and bow down to you and in remembering your tradition they will cry. People will come to your tomb and seek to shed tears and taste your sorrow and pain. Millions and millions of people have gone year after year to Israel, trying to experience the heart of Jesus and walk where he walked. Even though Jesus could not fulfill the whole of his mission he did leave behind the true tradition of love. You can not only leave that tradition behind you, you can fulfill it in your earthly accomplishments .
Not only can you hear words, you can actually put them into action. That will be the greatness of your tradition. That is where resurrection will take place. Jesus was resurrected but in this age we are concerned about national resurrection and the world's resurrection. We must live up to the extraordinary opportunity of this age. We must not let this opportunity pass by unfulfilled.
You should be able to pray with gratitude in any situation. In the worst kind of pouring rain you can be grateful for the chance to test and prove yourself. In the worst kind of cold you can thank God for the chance to taste the worst kind of historical weather. If you are hungry' freezing, suffering or in pain you should go beyond that suffering and still think of God and be grateful. It is not for yourself individually that you go the path of the cross but for the sake of the world. Your suffering is linked to the garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Calvary. You will go over the pain of the garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Calvary, not dying, but as a living victor.
When you feel that you can die for the mission then the power of resurrection will come. Because Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane and ended his life on the Mount of Calvary we cannot avoid that course ourselves, but in our case it is a great honor, not the result of leaving our mission behind unfulfilled. By overcoming them victoriously and by giving ourselves as living sacrifices we shall win the world and the heart of God.
You must have the experience of praying for the city of New York and shedding tears for the resurrection of New York when the entire city is asleep. Your heart should be impatient for the night to pass quickly so you can knock on doors and meet the people again. Have you ever asked God to shorten the night and make the dawn come quickly so that you can go out and work?
If this is your way of life then you can definitely make a victorious garden of Gethsemane and Mount of Calvary out of New York. Instead of dying you can be victorious. If you are indeed successful then do you think my name will be resurrected or not? When people really learn the value of this tradition from you they will come and wait for hours outside East Garden just to get one glimpse of my face. Think of how many people will wait all night at Belvedere to hear me speak on Sunday morning. The Tarrytown and Irvington police will have to be mobilized to straighten out the traffic jams. We won't even need our own security on watch at East Garden because the police will say, `'Won't you let me sit there and take your place for one night?"
Once people truly know the meaning of what I have done those things will happen. That's why I designated New York as the front line out of all the possible trouble spots in the world. You are the front line soldiers. Can you sleep or eat as you wish, at any time you want? The World Mission Center is like our fortress where you are trained and disciplined.
I want to ask a special question of the people who are complaining. Why is it good to be strict with you? You may have a little more hardship and you may be severely disciplined, but because of this New York will come to life quicker and this nation will be revived and the world will live. The philosophy of our tradition is that for the greater purpose the lesser shall sacrifice. Do you have any exception to that? If you think, "Well, I can think of a few exceptions,"
then you are still in a dream world, not the real world of the Unification Church. Discipline and hard work are the reality, the severe day-to-day battle we are engaged in.
The entire world is pointing at you for being Moonies. All right we will accept that. Unless we have a different kind of pride and hope we cannot go ahead of the rest of the world. If you only wanted to dress like the world does and eat and sleep as it does then you should have left a long time ago, but you have a different kind of goal and commitment. Our diet is hope for the future. If you sustain yourselves on it then I guarantee you that you shall become the hosts of the future.
Is there anybody who hasn't heard about me? Whether people like me or not doesn't make any difference. I am not the only person to be controversial; every one of you is a controversial figure, aren't you? In the future students in every academic field will study me. Even my most adamant critic and most fanatic opponent will gradually hear about the truth and have to change his attitude, step by step. Because what he believes now is not the truth, he will have to change.
All of this fanatical opposition is God's strategy. Because most people adamantly oppose me without knowing anything substantial about me, all of America will be deeply apologetic once they find out the truth. It is inevitable that they will change but until that day comes I will continue on.
Do you feel that this is inevitable? Maybe I'm lying to you. Are you more certain than I am? Uphold that faith and you will not be a loser. Furthermore, in order to hasten that day do not stand still but arouse controversy yourself. Be a troublemaker for God. You have the power. The time will come when people will seek out my disciples. You won't have to go knocking on doors because people will seek after you.

We are laying a multifaceted foundation for the future

This morning I spoke about the leader who worries about the future, making plans and preparations. If all of you are blessed and have children in the next five years, how will you feed and clothe them? Have you thought about the future? Did you assume that I would take care of everything for you? That is physically impossible. The American government couldn't even do it. God cannot do that either. You should be able to do it and that means you have to earn your own livelihood. When you are blessed and have children should you just take care of making a living? Then who will remain in the Church? My plan is for everyone to come up with a source of income in the Church. One example is the newspaper.
We are not only doing spiritual work, we are actually laying the foundation for our grandchildren. Suppose you have a deep relationship with the people who buy the News World from you. If you can explain how good ginseng tea is for good health they will want to buy some. Once the people trust us they will rely on our services. We can start a mobile department store and a grocery delivery service and supply their daily needs with a loving heart. What we are doing today is laying a many-faceted foundation for the future. Your 360 homes will all become like your own home. If each family has five members then there will be birthday celebrations all around the year. You would be invited to every birthday and you simply couldn't keep up with all the parties. Once you have won the hearts of the people it will be one thing after another.
Once we set up a model here in New York then we can duplicate it in other cities. Your own future well-being, the future prosperity of this nation and its defense against a communist take-over, and finally the well-being of the entire world can be assured by what we accomplish now. Suppose 1,000 people have to die in order to resurrect 10 million people. Those 1'000 would become historical heroes in the sight of God and we must be ready to be those people .
You want to have a family eventually' don't you? I want us to create an atmosphere and society of our own in which we can work three hours a day to support our families and then devote the remaining hours to activities for God. Would you rather work in a company where you will be singled out for being a Moonie or would you rather help create our own positive atmosphere in which you can not only support your families but also give most of your energy for the work of God?
We make ginseng tea now and once people appreciate its benefit for health it will become very popular. Now people drink all kinds of crazy stuff but we can give them a healthy drink. Ginseng cosmetics, perfume and soap are also good products. We could make a ginseng wine that is really like a ginseng tonic.
There are limitless resources which we can pioneer and the time will come when you can just call people on the phone instead of running around door to-door. There will be supporting organizations and people will want to give everything for the sake of New York, not just a weekly tithe. How about you; can you even do the tithing? We will be in a position to really lift up the life of the city and open the door to a much better future.
This is divine and holy work and those who hesitate to act upon it are like deserters. The neighborhood of 360 homes where you have your home will be your community and after you die the people will erect your statue there. My name has been crucified in this city but would your becoming the messiah to your 360 homes help to resurrect my name or would that dirty it even more? Opposition is welcome. It is a great thing after all because it gives us a much more dramatic background to work in. Do you feel lucky to work while there is opposition? Soon the opposition will go away and there won't be another chance later on. This is the time for you to get down to work while persecution is still available.
After you sisters are blessed and you go to your husband's territory, all you will have to say is, "I am so and so's wife. " You won't even have to give your name. Will people say `'You're one of those crazy people. Get out of here"' or "You are so and so's wife! Please come in and make yourself at home. This is your community and your husband is our hero." Would you and your husband feel proud or not? Soon you will have children and when they go to elementary school and meet people in the neighborhood the community will say, "You are their child! Come in. Your father and mother are great people and we love them dearly." Your children will be proud and think, " I thought my mother was rather ugly and I thought my father was a little short' but here they are heroes!"
I see that New York can be transformed into a holy land by your deeds and your love. Once a new atmosphere is created then even if you are trying to starve and suffer no one will let you! No one will let you be destroyed.
Suppose you and your spouse both die suddenly and your children are left as orphans. You won't have to worry about them because everyone will compete with each other to adopt them and take care of them like kings and queens. Is it logically possible? Then why don't we go out and do it? Whatever the sacrifice, whatever the cost, we must do it. You must clearly organize your thoughts in this regard.
In looking at an issue of the News World you can visualize your own loving home, society and nation and the birth of the new world. Your hard work starting out early in the morning is the beginning of your new kingdom.
We need to establish one model here and to do that you have to just grit your teeth and persevere. Do you women want to do it? No matter how loud you say yes, you are still women and your answer doesn't sound loud. What about you men, would you do it? Are you men happy when you are defeated by women? A man was defeated by a woman in the garden of Eden and that pattern persists today in American society.
Following the heavenly tradition is the one royal way to become the host of the future in the kingdom of God. By practicing this way of life and setting a tradition of the love of God in your life the future will be yours and you will hold the world in your arms. Today you are asking me to have hope. In about one month I would like to go and knock on some doors and ask whether any Moonies have come to visit. The answer should be yes.
Are you agreeing with me because you have to or are you really bubbling with enthusiasm because you know it is true in logic? Do you have the internal power of God's love to willingly answer yes with conviction? You can chase out anyone who does not live up to that yes.
Jesus knew that the flesh needs stimulation and that's why he said, "The mind is willing but the flesh is weak." How can you make your flesh strong? You can harden it by pushing it past its limitations. Teachers in the schools no longer have the power to spank the children but this is not a good rule.
The flesh is lethargic to begin with and already American young people are not willing to be disciplined. I would like to see students telling their teachers, "If I am not moving in the right direction you just hit me and make me go the right way. I am willing to be disciplined and to listen to you."
Being a Moonie is already hard enough and now I'm talking about clubbing you! Are you ready to give up? I would never really club anybody but if I ever did I would never forget him. When blessing time came I would give much closer attention to that person.
Once for a certain dispensational purpose I reprimanded one of the young Korean members who was very loyal and very faithful. Afterwards that person received spiritual blessing, seeing a vision and angels coming down. That person was on cloud nine every day and asked me for more reprimands but I said, "No, my chastisement is not that cheap." But even if I resorted to clubbing and spanking, would you take it in order to have God's will realized here on earth? You are real Moonies if you want me to push you hard so you can close the gap between you and God.
An old Korean proverb says that if you love your son then be hard on him and if you hate your son then give him lots of food and luxury. A beloved son sometimes needs to be whipped. He will forget the pain of the whip, but will really long for the love of his parents and for the love of God. A parent who will do that is truly noble and divine.
If you will be grateful and persevere to the end please raise your hands. You shall become the hosts of the love of God. Thank you very much.



REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON, April 30, 1978, Belvedere, New York ,Translator - Sang Kil Han

Every soul who lives on earth has days lived in the past and days to be lived in the future. A country is the same, as is a group and even God's dispensation. There is always a past and a future. Each of us has his past before joining the Unification Church, and also his future since joining. Let us compare our past and future, both before and since joining the Unification Church, and see which was better. Essentially everyone lived centering on himself in the past. If someone was a higher-level person then he also lived for his family and clan and society, but essentially the food he ate, the hours he slept and the things he did were centered on himself. If he had some hope, it was that he might amount to something. Most people indulge in the pursuit of one of three major areas-money, power, career. To an individual the world certainly seems farther removed than his country. His country appears farther away than his own society or clan, which in turn looks farther away from himself than his family. How much he is aware of himself as part of the bigger picture remains to be questioned. Even if a person concerns himself with bigger things, the core is still himself as an individual; he always thinks of those bigger things centering on himself, instead of thinking of himself centering on the bigger things. The average individual has not thought about whether heaven exists or what it is like. He just happens to find himself alive, and he just tries to keep on living without investigating these basic things. When he gets married it is still for himself and his happiness. Instead of thinking for his children's sake, he thinks of them in terms of himself. The multitudes living on earth are the same way, thinking on a scale as small as a grain of sand, and creating an environment that is very much like a desert.

What is worth pursuing with our devotion?

Look at the situation of someone who has worked hard to become rich. Perhaps he is a millionaire several times over, but to reach that status he had to work slavishly until he was sixty. By that time he is not far from leaving this earth for spirit world. When a man really works frantically toward some goal, forgetting everything else, by the time he reaches sixty and can call himself a success he is about ready to retire. By the time a million dollars is accumulated, you can imagine how desolate he will feel when he thinks back to his past and surveys the future. While he was working hard he probably did not notice it, but after he has time to reflect on how his whole purpose in life was to make money, he is apt to feel miserable. More likely than not, he probably does not have anyone to inherit either that hard-earned cash or his zeal to succeed. Most likely everyone in his company is disposed to disharmony, and he will feel even more miserable about the situation. The money a zealous individual earns over a period of years almost never remains. Through my own experience I can see that money has almost nothing to do with anything meaningful inside a man. If you had much money in your possession, chances are that you would be so busy watching it that there would be little time left for anything else. Because you know that someone will always be after it, you spend sleepless nights guarding it. One of the older Korean family members was once entrusted with a large sun of money, and spent a tense, sleepless night guarding it in his own home. The next morning he said that if the amount of money had been any larger, he probably would not have just had a sleepless night but gone crazy. If you had been in his position you would have felt the same, or even more so. What remains of all the effort made to accumulate much money? People who go through a Ph.D. program do nothing but study all the time for many years. Later in his career a professor might have achieved significant work and received a Nobel prize, being acclaimed with respect by many people. We may think he would naturally be a happy man, but if you visit him individually in his home such a person is often discontent or even unhappy. Pursuing academic achievement is like going down one very narrow street. The whole universe awaits every scientist and philosopher, but they usually become so specialized that they only know about a very narrow area. We cannot expect to be made happy by acquiring much knowledge. The more we learn, the more we realize we don't know and the process becomes endless. Having studied deeply and worked many years as a teacher, a professor inhales more chalk powder than anyone else, and that's often all it amounts to. If you indulge in study, you can continue endlessly without any clear destination. A Ph.D. may have great knowledge in his own field, but he finds himself quite helpless in exercising influence over areas outside his own specialty. By the time he is deeply involved in his studies, he has no time to think about the world. He is farther away from the most basic, important things than anyone who has never seen a book. If a well-known authority says something then he has to give his attention to studying and critiquing it. He jumps here and there, studying what other people are saying, and by the time he does that often enough, he is not even confident about what he thinks himself. That's what most professors confess. If at best he becomes a famous scholar, how would he feel about himself after achieving that goal? If he is honest with himself he knows it is not worth pouring all his energy and total involvement into one narrow area of study. Let us take the example of political figures who aspire to high office. Someone who has been successful in achieving power has had to work his hardest his whole life. Perhaps finally he has got the power of the presidency, where he can do anything he wants. Will it last forever? In America, that power lasts four years. Compared to the expanse of history, four years is less than the blink of an eye. When you quietly, sanely think about it in perspective, it seems completely crazy to try and find some reality in that. Once his time of power is gone, what remains of a former President? Are the retired presidents visited and honored as they were while in office? Soon people forget, and chances are that former Presidents will be lonely later on. More often, ordinary people find themselves happier than a once famous, powerful man who has returned to everyday life. Everywhere he goes people recognize him and make comments. He is no longer a free person. Look at Jackie Onassis, who was a president's wife. She has money and fame, and she can get married any time she wants to! But would any of you sisters here wish you could be in her place? We have a saying in Korea that power never lasts longer than ten years. Money is always insecure. What is this life all about? We have seen the glamorous aspect of power, but a great burden of responsibility accompanies it. President Carter might be happy at times being President, but he has all kinds of big problems to solve. In Korean, "carter" means "pro and con". People always debate about whether this President is right or wrong. Even when he does his best he gets all the blame. It would have been far better for him to continue living in a country cottage, getting up early in the morning, washing his face in fresh water and singing with the birds. He could look at all the changes of the seasons and have time to appreciate those things, but once in the White House all kinds of people besiege him. He can't even go to the bathroom freely. Former friends become enemies and look for ways to use him. It's a very difficult life. What's so desirable about power? Having power for a short while might be nice, but everything that goes with it is bad. No matter what a person might have been in the past, on his deathbed his feeling is the same. Does he hopefully look forward to his future because of his past? Certainly not. At the time of death, preparing for the next world, everyone who has achieved great worldly status most likely feels desperation and hopelessness. Everything in the past was vanity By the time he is dying, he has no idea of what the future holds. Because he doesn't know about spirit world, death is like pitch black night. In that total darkness a person needs some light to guide his footsteps, but would knowledge be a light, or the power of the presidency? Whenever one is on the verge of dying, he usually feels despair, even when he has been successful by all worldly standards. That has been the fate of all men, however, not just one group of accomplished people. Even though your family and nation surround you, when you really think about your self, you think, "What have they got to do with me?" The common realization at the time of death is that you don't have as much association with them as you would like. That's a description of all life, not only here in America, but in the Orient as well.

Salvation through indemnity

Does joining the Unification Church make any difference? We can say that we discovered one thing after joining the Unification Church: God. We have come to know God. This God is not just a vague, would-be God who might be here. Our religion is not like others, which say there probably is a God. We know God. A concept has nothing to do with the living God, but we can know and visualize how God has worked throughout history. We know God through our daily lives, and we know God is residing everywhere, working through indemnity to judge all mankind. Sometimes it seems as though we are trying to explain everything with the same word, "indemnity", but we are in the process of learning the depth and the profound meaning of this simple word. Christians believe in being saved, and we know we will be saved also. At most, other religions believe that a person is saved through God's grace, but what we understand is that salvation is obtained through the minute-by-minute, day-by-day path of indemnity. We know realistically how we are saved. The concept of grace is vague, and when you really investigate it you run out of material. But salvation through indemnity is real, because that is the way God has been working throughout history. Indemnity is not detached from day-to-day life, being something which might or might not happen. We know how salvation is connected to what we do in everyday life and we can even predict what to expect. How precious this finding is! This is bigger than the greatest scientific discovery. As long as we live we will be governed by this law, and even life in spirit world has to do with indemnity. Let us look closely at indemnity. All Unification Church members know, either vaguely or realistically, that there is individual indemnity to be paid. When a person has his own family, he is aware of the need for indemnity on that level too. Perhaps as an individual he has fulfilled all the necessary conditions of indemnity, but without going through the family level, he cannot go straight into heaven. The clan-level of indemnity must be met before the heavenly life can surround that clan. We actually have to go through eight stages of indemnity before we can say we have finished with indemnity and can live the original life. This includes the society, nation, world and universe. If you consider for a moment, you will realize how impossibly difficult it is to fulfill even one of those eight realms of indemnity. Yet we cannot evade any of them. Look again at how fortunate we are to be going the realistic course. Everyone else is pursuing happiness, but not as realistically. We know that indemnity is the law of the universe, and without going through that law we will never get anywhere. God is right behind us, watching and sometimes helping, making sure we go through that law of indemnity. At no time in the past has God done that so intimately with such a large group of people. We know that we will steadily advance. Suppose one ambitious and innovative member of the Unification Church decided that he didn't like the way of indemnity and decided to go another way instead to meet God. Is there any chance of his direction being approved by God? We know there is only one way. How valuable that realization is! He could go in a different direction and meet a certain aspect of God, but he certainly will not see God welcome him and give him assurance that his way is right.

Where does God reside in this age?

Where is God then? We must realize that God resides wherever the indemnity law is at work. The place of indemnity is where Satan must leave you alone, where he can no longer touch you. That's where God is and that's where we want to be constantly. Where did God hang around in Old Testament times? God was found wherever an offering was made. No matter where anyone searched for God, He was never found anywhere except at the altar where offerings were made. Was God at the altar in the New Testament age? No, He was wherever Christians gathered for deep prayer, giving up everything of their own and praying for the world and God. Wherever an individual or group was praying deeply, God was there. What kind of work does the Unification Church do? Where exactly does God reside in the Unification Church? God resides wherever that indemnity law is working. We can see a very vivid comparison between the three ages. In the Old Testament times if you wanted to meet God you had to go to where the offering was made on the altar. In the New Testament times you had to go wherever fervent prayer was being offered. In our Church, however, God is found wherever indemnity is being paid. Wherever there is actual work to recover what was lost, we can always find God there. At first, man had to become detached from the world and go deep into the mountains to make an offering to find God. In the New Testament age God could come down to wherever a church was praying very hard. But now God is found wherever there is restoration through indemnity, wherever we are physically expelling Satan. It is not necessary to make an offering or even to pray extensively, except for a few moments in your waking hours. What is necessary is to help clean away all elements that God does not desire, namely Satan. We have to visit the place where Satan is, working through the law of indemnity to cast Satan out, and then God will be right there. That is the very real problem, not a conceptual or procedural problem. We have to go where Satan is and cast him out. We have reached the destination for which all the offerings and deep prayers were preparation. We are now living in that day, doing all the things that were offered for and prayed for. How can you make indemnity work? Happily going to the place that is so difficult and so hard that no one else likes it makes you eligible to pay indemnity. The simple rule about indemnity is that it is the place which no one likes to go to. Only a few select people have a desire to go there. It is not hard to understand why the road is so small. All mankind is in the satanic domain, influenced by what Satan likes. Good people don't like that, however. Only after going beyond what everyone likes, going to a different place, can a person be on God's side. Throughout the ages religion has taught men to go against the world. Religion never instructed believers to do what everyone else likes. All through history families and nations have persecuted religious people. If one is going the path of justice then everyone else opposes him because they are Satan's descendants. Yet through him God will indemnify everything, and eventually all others will give in to the righteous side.

Now that you know the value of indemnity,
you can eagerly meet it

What are you supposed to do if you are not intelligent or you lack knowledge, or if you lack prayer power? The simple solution is to go where no one else likes to go, and chances are that you will succeed more than other people. Are there only a few people who have to go this way? No, without exception everyone has to go basically the same road of indemnity, whether on earth or in the spirit world. Americans are so privileged that they must not have to go the road of indemnity, right? What about Africans, who have gone through much hardship already? They too must go; it might even be easier for them because they are accustomed to suffering. Is it easier for rich people to go the indemnity road, or poor people who have always felt hardship? From God's point of view, life is very impartial; it is very difficult for rich people to go through indemnity, but it is easier for the people who struggle through life. God is very much alive in daily life all over the world. The loving God is everywhere. You only feel grateful for indemnity when you know this for sure. Before now you might not have understood why we had to live such a poor life when everyone else is doing so well-God is training us to pay indemnity quickly. Now we can thank God for this life we lead. When Americans realize this, they will say to God, "This money You gave us makes going the road of indemnity much more difficult, so we are going to give it away to everyone else." Then the other people will say, "No, we don't want it! We don't want more difficult indemnity." This knowledge is the key for everyone to be joined into absolute unity. It is the all-important area where we can meet God. Once we know this for sure, we will never trade this understanding for anything else. Who would exchange even millions of dollars of hard cash for this knowledge? This law is not new, but you are accustomed to trying to avoid indemnity because until now you may not have understood it. From now on you will never avoid it, right? 1 am not trying to have you do something easy, but something you cannot do. You cannot do easy things, starting at eight in the morning and finishing at six. No, you don't even have time to go to the bathroom during the day. You have to go various impossible ways. If you find you just cannot do this, however, you have to at least pretend that you are. When you just don't know what to do next, instead of vigorously complaining, just sit still and mumble the word "indemnity". When God looks down at everyone in the movement He sees that everyone tries to work hard, but some just can't do it. The person who is panting, trying to catch up, should sit still sometimes when things get impossible, and God will still know that he is trying his best. He will take pity and come down to meet that person. If someone is quite capable yet still complains, however, God will not meet him. I give you all kinds of work which you cannot handle, but nevertheless, do as much as you can and accomplish something. I deliberately overburden you. We already know that the law of indemnity is great, but we have to prove ourselves to be different from the world outside our Church. We cannot just say that we have the way of salvation; we have to demonstrate that we are better. One characteristic of indemnity is that the law does not apply whenever something is done for oneself. What's wrong with thinking about oneself? Indemnity does not apply to selfishness because that is where Satan moved in. The fall took place at the very moment Adam and Eve discovered "1". The first thing Adam and Eve should have realized was God, then the rest of the world and the ideal world of creation. Last of all they would have realized themselves as individuals. You have to know for sure where indemnity applies. It is good indemnity to go to the place which no one else likes. The law of indemnity applies when the person wants to do something for everyone else but himself. When you become like that, the law of indemnity starts to apply to you as a child of God. First you have to think of God and the ideal world of creation. How can we complain? How can we refuse to go? Complaint actually has no place here. God sacrificed many righteous, religious people throughout history because of this one law, and no one could explain why God did it. During the 400 years of persecution after Jesus' crucifixion, many Christians sacrificed very much and many were killed. If, as they were dying, they called out to be saved from the persecution and asked to be avenged, they went to hell. There were actually some who died like that. Until now no one realized that. The early Christians were put in the place of indemnity, but if they did not meet the indemnity standard, they did not go to heaven. Whoever died thinking that his death was for the sake of God and mankind automatically went to heaven. But if a man asked revenge even for the sake of Christianity, he still would have found himself in hell. Jesus is a good example. He was in fact the supreme man on earth, but when he died he said, "Father, forgive them." That's the very thin line between heaven and hell. Here there are some members who say that I make them work hard and never allow them a moment to relax. Some other people might say instead that they are told to do impossible things, but that they still haven't done enough for God and mankind. With that attitude of asking forgiveness you will most likely meet the standard of indemnity. Satan is always saying that you are not good enough, and he never wants to approve your meeting the standard of indemnity. Because this is so precious and valuable, if you are not very stern and serious about it you can become a living instrument of Satan. Using this criterion and looking back into your past in the Unification Church, have you been more a friend of Satan or a friend of God? Just like God, Satan is never far away; he is right beside you. In the Old Testament Satan was always waiting to snatch an offering away if it was a failure. The same was true of prayers in the Christian churches. As long as a person was concentrated in prayer, Satan could not touch him in the New Testament era, but the moment his mind relaxed, Satan was right there. We are involved in the most momentous work of God, but when you make a mistake and complain, Satan comes right in. We have proof that now we are all living under the law of indemnity in the tact that all the world is coming to oppose us. All you have to do is think about how you are doing this work for God and mankind. Of course, we are not working for mankind as it is, but for that day when all mankind will come to the ideal world. It is our responsibility to each feel that we are recreating and reclaiming the original world. Since a man lost it, through "me" everything is regained. We are going through the indemnity course to restore all lost mankind to God's side. This is the way to live your life.

We have tolerated injustice in order
to satisfy the law of indemnity

Am I also bound by the law of indemnity? This is why I came to America when God ordered me to. All America opposed me, but still. when God spoke, I had to come. The peak was crossed on September 18, 1976, and since then I have gradually gone beyond the hill of indemnity. As we remain constant, people will eventually change their views about us. They will begin to realize that their former opinions were wrong and that we are really a group of good people. First they thought I had horns and wasn't even human, but now they are beginning to see I am a normal person, and lately to think that I am even handsome! There is nothing in the way of propaganda that has not been used to oppose the Unification Church. When I sent a missionary to every country, with few exceptions the inhabitants in those countries stood against the Unification Church. When I sent the missionaries out I told them not to come back for three years under any circumstances. Our members are holding up well because they know their responsibility. They ask God not to pay attention to the persecution but to save their nation and their continent and the world. During this impossible persecution at the world level I will keep on praying for God to forgive and restore our opponents. The peak of indemnity will be over for us also. Since I sent missionaries to the world, no country can accuse me of excluding them from sharing the blessing. Until now the persecution has been one-sided because we sat still and received all the blame, but now the time has passed and we can take an equal position. We are not going to be persecuted any longer. If someone attacks us unjustly then we will counterattack to chase Satan away from everywhere. Now we are even confronting the Congress and telling them about the mistakes they have made. 1 have a very fiery temper. When I was small and some big boy wanted to bully me, I would fight back no matter how big he was. If someone did something wrong to me or to someone else, I just left the house until I got an apology. With this strength God could give me the full measure of indemnity. During the course of my mission I never fought back against accusation. I was like a boneless man, without integrity or gumption. I have a mouth, but I never spoke out in protest because I know the law of heaven. I just persevered and put up with it. Many years ago our members came to me pleading to have us fight back when our opponents were so much in the wrong. But I said to them, "Shut up." I knew the law of indemnity and I never gave them the go-ahead. Thinking back through the past I know that God sent me to every last place I didn't want to go. More than anything else I have never liked to be outdone by other people, but nevertheless I withstood harsh criticism and did not even speak one word in my own defense. I have always been solidifying my determination, even tolerating injustice to satisfy more than fully the law of indemnity for the sake of God and mankind. The law of indemnity applies to everyone, but God's idea is not to let every person suffer the same life 1 have. What God is thinking instead is to let one man suffer most, with those around him representing the family and nation and world. Through having them going through unparalleled suffering, the remaining individuals and nations won't have to endure that. As far as God is concerned, we now have our own race in the Unification Church. We now have all five different races and representatives of all nations in the Unification Church and this is a new race of God. America is the country representing all four corners of the world. There is no country unrepresented in America. I came here to meet the whole world in one place, first receiving impossible persecution here, but finally receiving approval and gradually even receiving welcome. Now in the United States there isn't even a small town where Unification Church members haven't been; our fund raising teams go everywhere as the representatives of God. If the public will respond to the people whom God sends then His blessing will be shared with them. If the public opposes them, however, then that blessing will be transferred back to God's representative instead. Through His representative God even tries to give the blessing to evil men. Wherever Unification Church members go the people will be divided into two groups-those who say there is nothing wrong with Unification Church members and those who are convinced we are bad. At first our critics were heard above everyone else, but now their voices are lowered a little and things are half and half. Gradually their criticism will become fainter and fainter. Fund raising is not primarily a money-raising activity, but a method of significantly separating good from evil. According to how people respond to our fund raisers, God has a great chance to see who is good and who is evil. Those who support our fund raisers will be given credit for helping God directly. Everywhere we look we can see the signs of the demise of this nation. Everyone agrees that there are few positive signs anywhere. Yet out of nowhere has come a seemingly small group through whom God is letting this nation see the light, the light which will gradually dominate their entire country. I told all of you that if someone opposes you for what you do, push forward instead of being pushed back. It is for the sake of the whole country. When this nation welcomes us as the only hope then it will gradually be revitalized. So far the persecution has been one-sided, and many times when you were tired you wondered why you joined the Unification Church and where you are going to end up. You must realize that things are gradually changing. You might have thought that your back ached or your health was bad because you worked so hard in the Unification Church in your early years, but you are forgetting about what physically harmful things you did before you even joined. When God sees such an attitude He is stunned. This country has a tendency toward individualism, and some members even claim that the Unification Church must take the responsibility to cure them of all their ills

Once you grasp the value of indemnity,
no one will need to tell you what to do

The first thing that you really didn't like about the Unification Church was indemnity, right? During your yesterdays you really didn't like indemnity at all, but what about today? Out of all man's discoveries, this is the greatest. The difficulties involved to discover this are far beyond anyone's imagining. Even if you find yourselves in jail or in places horrible beyond description, the future is still bright there because with this realization about indemnity you can feel God right there with you. When things are pleasant and going well then of course there is no need to think about it, but even if things are difficult there is nothing more you need than this realization. The greater our suffering is, the more clearly we can see God and hear His voice. The future of mankind becomes clear to us through our grasp of this law of indemnity. We do not have power or much money or anything else which most people envy, but we have this great realization. Because of this one realization we know that God is right beside us and in us, and we know that mankind will be together with us forever after. You can have absolute confidence deep inside that God really cares about you because His future and the future of mankind depend upon you. Without you God cannot achieve His goal. We always thought we were just small people, but now we realize how much God cares. When the rest of mankind realizes this, then all races will gratefully worship God and be grateful for my pioneering discovery. Not long ago we lost one sister in New York. The world doesn't think so much about her death now, and some would even say it was meaningless. She died seemingly just like any number of other people in New York City. But as the years go on and people realize God's dispensation, they will cry out and repent at her tomb. If you are a millionaire and have great power, would all your money be more valuable than this one seemingly insignificant death? There is no millionaire's tomb which God will especially remember, but God will protect this one humble tomb which no one outside our Church yet honors. God chose me to go through such impossible difficulties because through me God wanted to gather a family and race and eventually all of mankind. In doing so He wanted to ease the suffering of mankind. You are very much an integral part of God's work. Of course, there are bound to be professors and millionaires who will follow in the future with the desire to be blessed, but when that happens the value of their service to God will be much less than what you do now. Your effort has maximum value now. God will place less value in those who come in the future than He now has for what you do. Once you realize this value, and above all realize this law of indemnity, no one will have to watch over you and tell you what to do. Naturally you work according to how you understand your value. I am called names and persecuted, unsupported by the famous, but I am capable of making even billionaires and men of influence out of you as I help you become aware of your true value. The powerful in this world must come to God; God will not go to them. Even by worldly standards I am the Abel person. I could never budge once I knew the law of indemnity; I couldn't do anything else until the cosmic climate is balanced. I am quite adequate for you young, ambitious people to respect and follow, don't you think? There is absolutely no other center of God's dispensation and we are part of it, so what do we have to complain about? No one could lead the Unification Church without knowing this law. As I have told you many, many times, if this were not the truth then I would not have stayed in the Church either. Long ago I would have gone in search of other things. We have to think about ourselves a moment. The new members understand the law of indemnity better than the older members. When you first join you have no reservations but just jump right into everything and do your utmost. But as you go on and suffer indemnity you often start to complain. One thing leads to another and you start looking around to find an easier way. By just jumping in, the new members learn more in one day than a complaining older member learns in one year. As time goes on the older members may expect to be given special consideration over younger members, but then they become Cain instead of Abel. That's the worst kind of man imaginable. We can compare how God has been working far more than any individual in the Unification Church, every day for 6,000 years. There are many families who have been working harder than you have and no one has given them recognition yet. It does not stand to reason that anyone can be discontent at not receiving recognition after ten years. It is easier for older members to commit this simple mistake than the new ones. The old members should be more powerful because they have more knowledge and experience, but instead they often get run-down, while the new members are fresh. I like those who are fresh. I am nearly sixty, but I am never run-down. The older members should be able to like the things of today, of the past, or of the future. God's attitude is the same today as 1,000 years ago, and He will be the same for a thousand years to come. Is He losing power every year because He works so hard? Are the older members looking up to heaven and to the future and the rest of mankind with hopeful faces, or are they getting tired and centering around themselves? I look at your eyes to see whether they are sparkling and active, but over there I see old-time members looking like old rags. Until yesterday, when you first came to the Unification Church you usually smelled a fresh smell, but if you smelled something noisome and checked what it was, you would find it to be an older member! Until yesterday, that is! Today we are going to wash up again. Let us have a new hope. I remember that I told you many things to do, but I also know that many of you haven't done them. I will never forget, however, and I will push you to do it all. Who is more blessed-the person who doesn't have anything to do or the person who has so much to do that he doesn't know where to start? If you know your responsibility but don't do it, then the punishment is much greater. All in all, we are fortunate to be in the Unification Church, aren't we? The Bible said, "Behold the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." Now I look at the members who are carrying the load of indemnity and going on the way and I think the same thing about them. You are walking the way with the law of indemnity upon your shoulders. We do that not only on the level of the individual, family, clan and nation, but even after we go to the spirit world, where we have to carry on the unfinished task of indemnity. What it amounts to is that after I have gone through each level of indemnity successfully, each one of you must try to cling on so you can go over the hill with me. That way all of us will eventually be at the same level of blessing. If you are going to ride a horse a long distance then you have to care for that horse. Can you complain to your horse? Now you are going to ride on me, but haven't you been complaining? If you do that then you gain nothing. Neither spirit world nor God likes that, and it benefits no one. Eventually everyone gets sick of it, so why do it? If you came to hear me and I took you all out to a restaurant you would all be happy, right? But when I tell you to work then you don't like to Listen so much. If I came along in the middle of the night and told you to go fund raising you wouldn't like that at all! Now you know about what is more valuable than going to a restaurant or movies; going out fund raising in the darkness of night is better because you have to go through the law of indemnity. Jump at the chance to pay indemnity. I have much reason not to trust you American brothers and sisters when you reply to me. When you moved into the World Mission Center from your small centers you felt as though you were in heaven, but by the time you ate your third meal you had forgotten about the value of the World Mission Center and took it for granted. You get accustomed to the good things too quickly. Until yesterday this description was accurate, but how about today? You can come to the inevitable conclusion that in order to fulfill the requirement of indemnity it is better to ride in a horsecart than in a bus, and it is better to run around on foot than to ride in a horsecart. When I hear people say they are short of cars, I think, "So much the better that you have less." Everyone has the unfailing car #11, their two legs, which never runs out of gas. This is exactly why I selected Manhattan; it is easier not to ride in a car in Manhattan. You can get everywhere by walking and still get all your work done. I really feel that it is no coincidence that God chose to concentrate on Manhattan because at the end of the day Unification church members don't have to depend on cars to go places. In one town they can reach people from all the different nations. I often ride from here to Manhattan and I planned to give rides to any Church members I saw running around doing their work. But until yesterday I never saw anyone like that so I never gave anyone a ride. Indemnity is the key to all things. I have been watching you closely and I never thought about bringing you to live with me in my home, but in the last few days I have thought about it. I have not done it yet, but I thought about it! I thought, however, that before I could bring you to live with me you must first like indemnity. If you hate indemnity that means you hate me, and therefore, I couldn't be with you. You must like the law of indemnity; I must make you like it and then 1 can bring you into my home. If you take after me then you will like it. You have to prove it to yourself over and over again until you can honestly say, "I love it!" Let us dedicate a moment of prayer.