Cheon Seong Gyeong Rough Draft Version - Sun Myung Moon
Chapter 1. The Original Being of God
4) God Is Our Father
1. God and human beings are related as parent and child
God and human beings are related as parent and child, but how did this relationship come into being? If you enter a mystical state and ask what the center of the universe is, you will get the answer that it is the parent-child relationship. What is the center of the universe? In short, it is the parent-child relationship. (48-208, 1971.9.19)
If you pray and ask God, "What is the center of heaven and earth, and what is the root of the universe?" He will say that it is the relationship between a father and his sons and daughters, the parent-child relationship. People who are ignorant of this will think that this refers to the relationships among a physical father and mother, and their sons and daughters, but we are talking about the fundamental relationship with God. (19-158, 1968.1.1)
God created human beings because being alone brings no stimulation. Joy arises through a relationship. Alone, you cannot receive the stimulation of joy. When we stand in the position of Godís partner, we can finally receive the highest love. Godís internal nature is thus made substantial. Godís sorrow will inevitably arouse human sorrow. For this reason, the relationship between God and human beings is a destined relationship that cannot be severed. No matter how hard you research, this will be your conclusion. (69-78, 1973.10.20)
I said that God and human beings are in a parent-child relationship, but what is special about this parent-child relationship? The highest place where father and son can meet is the central point where their love, life and ideals intersect. Then, love, life, and ideals are in one place. At that place, God is love, and so are we; God is life, and so are we; and God is ideals, and so are we. The first bond that can determine this is the parent-child relationship.
When God gives us love, how much would He want to give us? Godís love does not have a set limit. He wants to give infinitely. Even after giving everything, God still says, "Because of you, I want to live in you." What is the essential thing that makes this possible? It is love. Even God feels that He would be happy to live as a servant if it were inside love. A father would feel joy even to see his beloved son defecate on his dining table. Love transcends law.
Just because God has been giving love to people until now doesnít mean He will say, "Iíve given you everything without reserve, but how come you do not give back? How can you be like this?" The God of absolute love is still frustrated that He has not been able to give all the love He wants to. God cannot assert Himself. If Godís purpose in creating man was to give perfect love, God wants to pour His love into the human world because He has not been able to do so until now. It is because He is such a God that the more we think of God as being like this, the better we feel. If God were someone who says, "Iíve given everything, so now you give back," we would not need Him. (36-77, 1970.11.15)
God is the father of human beings, and human beings are Godís sons and daughters. Because God created them by investing the core of His bone, the core of His flesh, and the core of His bone marrow in their entirety, if they pull on God, God cannot help being pulled along. (20-207, 1968.6.9)
God created for the sake of love. That is why God likes to see a man and a woman loving each other. For this reason, God appears in the world of existence as the essence of love. (86-82, 1976.3.7)
A child is the manifestation and fruit of the investment of the parentsí love, and an extension of the parentsí life. He is also the embodiment of the parentsí ideals. Since a child is born on the basis of the parentsí love, life, and ideals, the more they see him, the more lovable he becomes, the more vibrant life becomes and the more he becomes an ideal person to relate to. (69-78, 1973.10.20)
Human beings are Godís absolute partners and are born through the relationship of love. This is where God becomes the Father and we the sons and daughters. If there is a higher place than this, the desire of man will also be to occupy that position. Since human desire seeks the best, if there is something better, God must give it to us. From this point of view, God is surely the Father of humankind and human beings are His sons and daughters.
We can see that God did not create us without any value. If He had, He would be a strange God. Since God is an absolute being, He knows everything; if He had created without knowing these things, He would be an incomplete God. Since God is an absolute being, He created us as His absolute partners. (54-87, 1972.3.20)
What kind of being is God, the Creator of heaven and earth? He is a being of utmost goodness, the root of all things, and the subject of love. Therefore, after creating heaven and earth, He wanted to give all the precious things in the whole universe to humankind.
If there is someone whom God can truly believe in, love, and entrust everything to, He will want to pass the most precious thing on to him in its entirety. If God is our Father, He could not have wanted to create us as mediocre and incompetent creatures. Since He created us to be able to stand in an equal position, at the same level, as the all-knowing and all-powerful God, our conscience seeks the highest and best. (53-224, 1972.2.28)
If God is an absolute being, why did that absolute being create human beings? It was not for the sake of money, knowledge or power. He created man because it was the only way He could feel love. From this point of view, God as the Father and human beings as His sons and daughters form an axis. If the connections for this axis are made, absolutely nothing can sever the relationship of loving oneness between God and humankind. (137-57, 1985.12.18)
In creating man, God completely invested Himself to fashion him into a most precious, ideal and perfect form. After creating Adam and Eve, God wanted to exist for their sake, not for His own. The time when God lived for His own sake advanced to the time when He existed for the sake of His object partner. An ideal being does not live for his own sake; an ideal being lives for the sake of others, for the sake of its object partner. This principle is the basic core of the universe. (69-81, 1973.10.20)
No matter how great, how absolute, and how all-knowing and all-powerful God may be, He cannot be happy alone. The words "happiness" and "it is good" make no sense when you are alone. You can say that it is good, or that you are happy only when you are in a relationship with a partner. Is there anyone who says he is happy when he is alone? No matter how all-knowing and almighty God may be, He is not happy when He is alone. Let us say a good singer sings a song all by himself. Will he be happy? He needs someone to listen to his song. He will only be joyful when he has that give and take. Likewise, God also needs an object partner in order to feel good.
God created His object of love by completely investing Himself, because He also needed an object of love. But you cannot love by yourself. Since even an absolute being can love only when there is an object of love in front of him, God created human beings as such objects of love.
Therefore, He did not create them carelessly. The Bible says that He created them through the word, but He did not do a careless job. He created them by investing Himself 120 percent, hundreds of times over, through extremely hard work and difficulty.
When Christians think about Godís creation of heaven and earth, they believe that since God is all-knowing and all-powerful, He created simply by His words. However the creation was not accomplished by some magic trick. He created His sons and daughters by investing His entire being with a sincere heart. (65-20, 1972.11.13)
This is why we love Him. Moreover, we do not love something for which we have not invested our utmost efforts and given our blood and flesh. We make something the object of our hope because we have invested into it the core of our bone, the core of our flesh, the core of our thought, and the core of our entire being.
Where did God place the ideal starting point of creation? He does not tell us to give everything for His sake. Rather than trying to absorb us by saying, "You come and cleave to me," He invests Himself. It is not "cleave to me," but investment. In other words, it means He placed the starting point of the ideal upon the principle of existing for the sake of others. This is why God invested Himself for the sake of humankind. God Himself exists for mankindís sake. (78-111, 1975.5.6)
God has said, "I am love." What does this mean? It means to like love by night and day, while working, resting, dancing or crying. This is why He said, "I have love, I have the whole lot. The whole lot means that everything goes into it. The one who likes love most is God. Since He has all of that love, once we have tasted it we are unable to let go of it even if we die. (44-188, 1971.5.7)
As an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent being, there is nothing God wants to withhold for Himself, there is nothing He lacks. Although He has everything, if there is something He wants to value more and take more pride in than all other values, it is love. There is nothing He needs apart from love. (108-223, 1980.10.16)
Where does the completion of the ideal of creation begin? It does not start with God, but with human beings. It begins from the things of creation because it is the completion of the ideal of creation. The center of creation is humankind. For this reason, without human perfection, there is no perfection for God. This is because God and humankind are one. (109-268, 1980.11.2)
What is it that makes us one with God and His will? What is it that makes us one with the central core of the will, which is not unfolding but already fulfilled? Is it Godís omnipotence? Omnipotence will not work. Is it His full authority? No.
Then is it His omnipresence? Again, no. Then what should it be? God is alive and, of course, He is dwelling in the spirit world, transcendent of time and space. But what is the center of His life? It is not His infinite power, omnipresence, full authority, or anything like that. God lives centering on love. This is how I see it. He has lived this way from the beginning and throughout His present course, and He will do so for eternity. This is because God feels joy when He has a true object of His love. (126-223, 1983.4.24)
Since God is absolute, all-knowing, and omnipotent, He has a storehouse of love which keeps replenishing itself even after He gives and gives. Then, if we steal a lot of love from Godís storehouse and give it out day and night, will God punish us, saying "You, rascal, thief of love!"? Since God is all-knowing and all-powerful, He would say instead, "Okay, do that! Thatís good. Take as much as you want. Keep doing it forever. Even after youíve been here at My storehouse, there is still some left. That is why I am God. That is why I am the subject!" He will say, "I am the subject partner, and the subject partner must have more than he can give to the object partner. As the subject partner I must have more than I can give to you as my object partners; otherwise, I would not be God. That is what I am like!" He will again say, "If you want to steal love from me and distribute it like my power plant of love, I will supply as much as you need." If you then say, "When I run out, I will want to get more, so how about if I connect myself to Your pipeline of love?" God will say, "If you want, go ahead!" (116-240, 1982.1.1)
2. God is the closest person to you
What is the highest of all truths? It is parents, husband and wife, and children. There is nothing higher than this. Then, what is the center of truth? It is love. Based on this principle, what is the center of the highest truth? We say that God is the ultimate source of truth, goodness, love and life. What do all these mean? They all mean the same thing, as the establishment of truth requires love and life. For this reason, God is the deepest core, which is the ultimate source of life, love and truth. Then what kind of being is God? He is both our Father and Mother. The core is the parents. From this point of view, God becomes simply a person. (21-183, 1968.11.20)
God should have a white beard. That would befit Him well. So God would be stroking His beard, and if the son were to say, "I like your beard long," His beard would become long, and if the son were to say, "I like your beard short," it would become short.
Since God is all-knowing and all-powerful, when He relates to men His face will look rough -- to Adam, who likes masculine features, Godís face will look masculine. To women like Eve it will have an appearance women can like. (110-281, 1981.1.1)
Do you think God existed before the creation of heaven and earth, or not? Then how old do you think God is? Itís okay for those who only know up to the number seventy to say He is seventy. To such people, God will say, "Ho, ho; I am seventy." When someone who can only count up to five asks Him how old He is, He will say, "Ho, ho; I am five years old" -- because they do not know anything more. No matter how many numbers there are, God cannot be calculated in terms of numbers. He is beyond numbers. That makes you happy, doesnít it? This is how our God is. (173-252, 1988.2.1)
God also likes jokes very much. He likes humor. Who do you think the great king of humor is? It is God. He has a good sense of humor because He is all-knowing and all-powerful. Who is the great king who can make others roll around laughing, laugh until they burst and fall over? It is God. I am saying that this great king is God. (171-148, 1988.1.1)
Externally, God resembles men and internally He resembles women. While God is strong, all-knowing, and omnipotent, He also has a merciful heart that can embroider flowers on Buddhaís smile. He should also have a heart like that of the most feminine woman. Only then will these two sides have life. (206-49, 1990.10.3)
God is the great Master of the universe, all-knowing and all-powerful; a being who lacks nothing and has many powers. Nevertheless, if a loving son of filial piety were to dig his way into His bosom without asking, would He say, "Hey, you! How well do you know me? What are you doing?"? Although God may try to stop him, if he ignores this and keeps digging in, like he did when he put his hand on his own fatherís chest in the past, saying, "I wanted to place my hand on Your chest, just as I used to touch my fatherís chest long ago," what would God do? Would He feel offended?
A father would be very happy. As children grow up, they leave their parentsí laps, go outside the house, and cross over rivers and mountains. Yet when these children come home, cross the threshold, put on their old clothes, and try to touch their fatherís chest, would the father feel good or bad? Even a grandfather on his deathbed would be happy and say, "Come, let me feel your touch." (169-76, 1987.10.25)
God is the Creator. Then, what is there to add to Him? What is there for Him to pull in? If something is to grow bigger, it has to pull in and absorb something, or somebody has to add something to it. In other words, it has to absorb something by itself or a third party has to bring something to add on. But when there is nothing to be added to God Himself and nothing for Him to pull in, how can God grow bigger by Himself? This is an important question. I have not discussed it because if I did, you would talk about it carelessly and cause problems. So please research this. I am giving you this as homework. Do some research; write a paper and I will grade it. (218-263, 1991.8.19)
How do you think the absolute God originally began? Do you think He was born all of a sudden, coming out quickly? Arenít you curious about this? If we talk about this, Christians will say, "Ooh, the Creator is holy, and this is an incredible insult." Stop that nonsense! Arenít you curious as to whether God came into being or has always existed as He is? We need to have a logical basis to go on.
Dr. Yoon! How did God come into being? Shouldnít someone with a doctorate in physics know this? Isnít it a shame if the holder of a doctoral degree covers his face like that? Unification Church members can only say, "God naturally exists," but this is not the case. God Himself also had to develop. This is the correct answer. (218-263, 1991.8.19)
What is it that has the power of the matchless beauty of creation? God must have studied this. Although God is all-knowing and all-powerful, if He is a God of personality and is like a person, when He relates to love He will want to go into it and sleep there in peaceful rest. God cannot always keep His eyes wide open and say, "You fool, do not rest. Work on restoration through indemnity day and night." Thatís God principle, isnít it? It is just like breathing. When you exhale, you have to inhale. God also has to rest after work. It is because He wishes to feel the joy of rest that God works. Everything about God is connected to the mutual relationship of give and take. (164-70, 1987.4.26)
If God exists, what kind of being is He? He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and His presence is all-pervading. Thatís good. He is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, and He can do anything...
But however powerful He may be, and however good He may be at everything, what would happen if He told others to serve Him alone? There must be thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of billions of people; if there is a spirit world in which these people live, and God said, in that spirit world, "I am all-knowing, almighty, and absolute, so you have to serve me absolutely," what would happen? What if everything had to serve only God? Judging from the essence of our conscience, we would not be able to embrace that in the long term. It would inevitably create conflict. Your hearts would inevitably conflict with this in the times ahead. (138-75, 1986.1.19)
The only partner that God can love is us -- human beings. God cannot make another God among His creatures. Why? You may think that the all-knowing and almighty God could create another God just like Himself. This may be possible, but what would happen as a result? The other God would eat together, work together, stand together with God, and follow Him around. If God sat down, the other God would sit together with God. If they acted exactly the same for hundreds of millions of years, what would it be like? Think about that. How stifled they would feel! Their eyes would turn inside out in less than a day. And how would they talk? How many days do you think they would talk with each other? Maybe not even three days. They would say, "Everythingís the same! This is killing me." (141-26, 1986.2.16)
What is the center of religion? It is God. Of course, there are many names for God, but the name doesnít matter. God cannot be two. The root is one, therefore God is one. When people talk about God, they use different names to refer to Him because each nation has a different language. Yet the Original Being is one. (210-199, 1990.12.23)
Heaven and earth themselves did not come into being because they wanted to, but surely through some motivation and origin, and based on some source of power. Considering this on a higher level, there has to be a fundamental agent of power who, as a central subject partner, moves heaven and earth or creates things. We call this being God. His various names, given by different races and in different languages, do not matter. This universe needs to have a center anyway. Although existing beings act and move around, the Central Being does not move around with them in their world. There has to be a central Original Being who remains forever fixed at the center of this world of relationships that is in motion. (154-298, 1964.10.5)
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