Cheon Seong Gyeong Rough Draft Version - Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 2 - God and the Work of Creation

5) Godís Will in Creating All Things

1. The purpose of creating all things

God did not originally create all things of heaven and earth as a plaything or for a hobby. He did not just create them without a purpose or direction, or without a certain philosophy. Rather, He created them with a great purpose, based on the philosophy of the great universe. Therefore, we cannot deny that the philosophy based on Godís heart is present in all existing things from the most insignificant creatures to the entire universe. Then, for what purpose did God create them with such a philosophy? His aim was undoubtedly an ideal world based on His love, that is, a world where we communicate with love, are joyful with love, live with love, and die with love. When we wake up from sleep and open our eyes, we see all things unfolding before us. From all the things we see, we receive some unknown, indirect impression, and through the response of our senses, our senses in daily life are enhanced.

Even the smallest creatures around us are surely connected to us and in relationship with us. Even though we may ignore them, these insignificant creatures are making a connection with humankind, revealing the value of their existence each day according to the ideal of the heavenly principle. Why is this so? It is because, from the viewpoint of the purpose of existence, from the smallest existence to human beings -- who are called the lord of creation and who can rule over all things -- all are within the realm of the ideal of love where they can embrace Godís ideal for the great universe. So in fulfilling the purpose of the great universe, movement occurs as small things are absorbed into those that govern a larger sphere. Small things are absorbed into big things, becoming their material and elements. This leads toward the realization of one purpose based on the great ideal. We cannot deny that history has been advancing this way, and that the world of existence has been moving along the track of the heavenly principle for the sake of one purpose. (9-164, 1960.5.8)

Why did God create all things? It was to have an object of love, a partner, and to create a loving partnership. It was so that people could live and then return to the original world and live in the eternal Godís original homeland of love. (142-76, 1986.3.1)

The Bible describes Godís creation of heaven and earth in simple terms, saying that God created heaven and earth through the Word. Stars appeared when God said, "Let there be stars," and the earth appeared when God said, "Let there be earth." But you should know that in this process God maintained the principle of progression, developing small things into big things according to the infinite order and law. In this way, after the creation of all things, the ones created through concentrating the essence of all things are our ancestors, Adam and Eve. (65-21, 1972.11.13)

Todayís Christians say that since God is omniscient and omnipotent, things came into being through God merely saying, "Let there be such a heaven and earth." But this is not the case. God invested everything, all the energy He had. By investing the full power of His love, He created all things as a gift for His beloved sons and daughters to come, His beloved future family. Everything was created like that. So we should look at all things with that in mind. (112-306, 1981.4.25)

What did God create with? At the beginning, there was Godís will, and there was Godís thought. Together with Godís thought there was a plan. We can see that there was Godís original will and plan to build some kind of human world after the creation of human beings. (76-92, 1975.2.1)

One thing you should know is that, in creating the world, God first created the environment. He created the environment first. You should know this. This is a world that necessarily operates through subject and object partners. This is what has resulted. The natural world has developed as a world of phenomena where subject partners and object partners act in conjunction. (131-217, 1984.5.4)

When we consider the principles of the creation of heaven and earth, it is not that God made the core beings and then their environment; rather, before creating the core beings, God prepared a relational environment. In order to create human beings, He first made soil... He established the internal based on the external. This is the principle by which heaven and earth were created. Things that existed have given way to bigger things, and things without value have given rise to things of value. This is the principle underlying the creation of heaven and earth. In creating human beings, God first made the human body and then the spirit. (152-319, 1963.8.18)

When God saw all the things He had created over the six days, He wanted to show them proudly. His joy was infinite as He looked at all of creation. When God said "It is good, it is good," over and over again with such a joyful heart, to whom was He speaking? He was speaking to all things of creation. We should know that He was talking to all things with such an eager heart. (5-238, 1959.2.8)

When God created the world, there was joy there. After creating it, He said that it was good to behold. There was joy. What is joy? It is something you feel when you accomplish a certain purpose. God felt joy over all the things He had created because Godís sense of purpose was embedded in them. Then, what kind of world is the restored world? Simply, it is a world populated by people who have multi-dimensional connections of heart whereby they can praise God as they behold each individual entity in the universe. This is where, from Heavenís viewpoint, the value of character lies. So the story that, in the past, people like St. Francis preached to animals and birds is not a lie. It sounds like a dream, but it is the reality. (9-168, 1960.5.8)

Love exists even when you are alone, but it cannot function until you have a partner. Even God cannot love without a partner. Although love is what God likes most -- that love cannot be realized when He is alone. When one is alone, one can neither feel the joy nor the impulse of love. It is for this reason that God created the universe. He created the universe as a partner with which He can share love and joy. After creating the universe, God created Adam and Eve as its owners. (143-81, 1986.3.16)

2. The size and structure of the mysterious universe

Everything in the created world is prepared like a textbook so that Godís beloved sons and daughters can seek out the ideal of love. So, it is a pair system. The mineral kingdom operates through the relationship of subject partner and object partner. In atoms, too, protons and electrons interact through the relationship of subject partner and object partner. Without this interaction they cannot continue to exist. Without movement, there can be no eternal existence. Hence, the universe is centered on humankind and is the sphere created in order for them to reach the center point. (137-59, 1985.12.18)

What is the universe? It is like Godís body, His visible body. It is an extension of Godís being. For this reason, the idea emerges that one is truly able to love; in other words, loving the universe is a very real experience. You also stroke your hair like this, donít you? When you get some dirt on your clothes, you brush it off, right? Why do you do this? Because they are yours. Because they are of you, that notion is there. From now on, you should bring God into the middle of your heart and build a unified world where your mind is one, your body is one, and all things are one. (86-174, 1976.3.28)

If you want to know, the universe is many billions of light years across. Light travels 300 thousand kilometers in a second, and 300 thousand kilometers is seven and a half times the circumference of the earth. In astronomy, the distance light travels in a year is called one light year. The universe is so big that the light that moves according to this light-year unit cannot reach its end even after billions of years.

The Greenwich Observatory has so far discovered stars that are ten billion light years away, and now the time is upon us when we will see stars that are fifteen billion light years away, and even further. The size of this universe is a principled number -- 21 billion light years across. That is how big it is. What does this mean? Light would take off from here and go 300 million meters a second. Light travels 300 million meters a second. That would circle the earth seven and a half times. Seven and a half times the earthís circumference. So in an instant it goes around seven and a half times.

For this high-velocity light, traveling even one day should be back-breaking, numbing the mind and causing it to say, "I donít care anymore." But it travels for not just one hundred years, but for billions of years. One hundred million is a hundred times a million, but even one hundred million years after it starts, it is still traveling. If a person lives a hundred years, a million people have lived and died during that time period. In other words, one hundred million light years means that the light is still traveling even after each person lived for a hundred years end to end and this continued for a million people. Then, how long is 21 billion years? Each person must live a hundred years end to end, and this must continue for 210 million people, and more.

Light does not travel this long distance in a straight line, but travels in circles. This is the universe. (181-195, 1988.10.3)

What on earth is the perfection of the universe? In order to perfect the universe, each one of us must become perfect. No matter how perfect the universe may be, this has no relevance to you if you are not perfect. We know that no matter how wonderful the world may be, and although the world out there may be dancing with joy, if you are in great pain, all the joyful circumstances of the external world have nothing to do with you. (166-210, 1987.6.7)

The perfection of the universe must bring joy to the internal you, yourself, as well as to the external world. Both your mind and body must rejoice in a place of happiness. Your cells, for instance, must all rejoice. The cells in your eyes and those in the soles of your feet are different, arenít they? They are different. Although they are different, these cells, the cells in your hands and all your cells must be happy, and all parts of your body and mind, without anything left out, must be able to rejoice; rather than remaining in separation, they should join together as one. Only when we have such a world, which can experience the resonant joy of love based on the reality of this interconnected body, will the universe become perfect. (166-210, 1987.6.7)

3. Nature is a textbook teaching the ideal of love

Those who pray have called nature the number one Bible. It is not in the second position. The Bible that describes the history of Israel does not give you a clear message. Do you know how much I shook my head reading it? It is ambiguous and tells you what you want to hear, just like a fortune teller tells your fortune. It is a means of escaping reality. So, in carrying out the hard task of judging the facts and clarifying front from back, the natural world created by God is best -- better than the Bible. (20-271, 1968.7.7)

Connections are made beginning in extremely small places. Your individual self is also a life in which 400 trillion cells are connected. Among all beings in the ideal world of creation centered on Godís love -- that is, the great universe -- there is not even one that is born outside Godís heart. A poet who feels such a thing must be a great poet. If there were a poet who could feel and express the cosmic heart when he saw a shaking leaf, he would have to be a poet of the universe. We have not known that all things of heaven and earth that unfold around us without our being aware of them exist together with Godís love. When you enter a spiritual state, you can see that the principle of the universe is contained in one small grain of sand and the endless and inexhaustible harmony of the universe is contained in one atom. We cannot deny that all existence is a result of some unknown yet complex force. Beyond the molecules there are atoms, and beyond the atoms there are elementary particles. These things, rather than existing unconsciously, exist with a certain consciousness and purpose. Thus, you should thoroughly understand that all existing beings have come through Godís loving hand, and are inevitably connected to God in heart. (9-168, 1960.5.8)

Who is a spiritual master? The one who has the heart to exclaim "God!" while holding just one blade of grass, and who can recognize its value as being equal to his own, is the greatest spiritual master. The one who can sing about that value in that way should be the greatest artist. If there is someone who can discover the various tastes of Godís love and heart in all things existing in all their diversity and who has the feeling to become friends with them and find joy with them, and if there is someone whose each and every cell is moved by such a feeling, he should be the one to represent the entire universe. Such a person is a lord of creation. Would someone who knows nothing except about eating become the lord of creation? (9-168, 1960.5.8)

When you carefully observe children, they like lively creatures such as puppies, insects, birds, and wild animals. Why is this? This is basically how people are. What does this mean? Their interests are aroused when they see the natural world and the earth in motion. Although, of course, there can be different levels of partners, people enjoy themselves and find interest in appreciating these things. This way, they learn about all the properties, of love within themselves. Observing how bugs, insects, and animals live, we see that they are all in pairs. Considering this, nature is a museum of textbooks built to educate human beings, as object partners of Godís love, about the ideal of reciprocal relationships. God made the universe and everything in the creation as a textbook to help His beloved sons and daughters find the ideal of love. This is why everything is in a pair system. The mineral kingdom operates through the relationship of subject partner and object partner. In atoms, which are the structural units of matter, the protons and electrons interact through the relationship of subject partner and object partner. Without this interaction they cannot exist. Without movement, there can be no eternal existence. This is why they must interact.

People observe and learn from nature as they grow up. They learn, saying, "This is what the insect world is like!" When you listen carefully on an autumn night with a radiant moon and shining stars, the sounds of the insects are like an orchestra. Why do they make such a sound? They are singing of their ideal as they search for their partners. They are whispering love. Birds and all other animals also follow the common denominator of love in making their sad and glad sounds. They are low on the scale, and far away from the axis, and yet they are circling around the axis in parallel lines. This is what all things in existence are like. Birdsí songs are of three kinds: first, a song signaling hunger; second, a song sung in love for a mate; and third, a song sung in time of danger. These are all different. We ordinary people do not know this, but they know in their own world. When they call out of hunger, all of their fellow birds already know. But around what does their daily life revolve? Hunger is taken care of simply by eating, and they are not facing danger every day, either. Most of their singing goes back and forth in the give and take relationship with their partner. (137-211, 1986.1.3)

Human beings were created as a subject partner and object partner; that is, as a pair. The world of all things, too, which exists for the sake of humankind, makes harmony under the principle of love and realizes its life and ideal through the love of humankind. For humankind -- and especially for the maturing Adam and Eve -- the world of all things is a textbook of love and a museum that infinitely displays the essence of love. (135-12, 1985.8.20)

All birds and animals exist in pairs. They harmonize with each other in love. Flowers and butterflies relate as two opposite poles, yet harmonizing with each other. This is the harmonious relationship of heaven and earth. The opposite poles of the universe create harmony based on love. Itís the same with migratory birds. Birds in the south fly to the north, and birds in the north fly to the south, loving each other back and forth across the regions. In so doing, they center on love eternally. People learn about love through the textbooks in the museum God created. When people and God love each other in joy, all the things in heaven and earth follow the rhythm and harmonize around them. If God likes this, and loves this, the angelic world will also like it. The entire created world will like it too, applauding and offering praise. Songbirds will sing praises, and beautiful flowers will offer praises through their fragrances. This created world exists in order to expand the fragrant atmosphere in which the central personages of the highest love can enjoy themselves. Even the ugly-looking toads croak "wook, wook, wook," when they make love. How charming! They kick with their legs and move them up and down while making love. What a delightful scene! This is the highest art. (142-273, 1986.3.13)

As they mature, Adam and Eve will come to understand, saying, "Ah, thatís how to make love." God laid out the world of all things as a textbook for bringing the ideal of human love to maturity. So they go on learning. As they grow bigger, they will come to have different feelings toward each other, saying, "Aha, we were like a brother and sister in the past, but now it seems..." They will learn, saying, "Aha, thatís the way it is." So they will go straight along parallel lines, then collide, saying, "You and I must meet even at the risk of death. We cannot go anywhere else." (137-59, 1985.12.18)

Adam and Eve, born as the first children of God, were to grow from childhood to maturity in the realm of Godís protection. Since their intellect was to develop in this process, they would have come to realize why God created the world, and God would have educated them through the created world. The created world, with everything being in motion, was a textbook to teach Adam and Eve everything about how to live. They were to be our first, original ancestors. You should know that since Adam and Eve did not reach perfection, the world has been a model and a museum showing how to lead an ideal life. (137-128, 1986.1.1)

4. Our attitude towards nature

When you open your eyes in the morning and look at nature, it subtly connects with your original nature and causes feelings toward a new ideal to sprout forth. As for the human world, on the other hand, you must know well that the more you see it, the more despair and sorrow it arouses in your heart. If the world were populated by original people who had not fallen, the value of human beings would not be such as to stir sorrow in the heart of the beholder. Human beings were not created merely to have the value of a blade of grass, a flower or a tree trunk. People were supposed to be noble beings who could not be exchanged for anything in the created world. They were supposed to step forward representing Heaven with incomparable value. (9-97, 1960.4.24)

You should have such a mind that, observing nature imbued with Godís love, says, "Could the precious items possessed by a king of this world or by some famous person compare with this? Could any antique artifact compare with this? Could the glamorous dress worn by a famous lady compare with this?" Without that heart, we are committing a sin before the natural world even without knowing it. If there is someone who looks at a living being, saying, "What items produced by human hands could compare with this? No matter how great someone may be, could he ever be greater than God?" and values most highly all things created through Godís hard work, he must surely be a child of God. Such a person does not need to pray. He lives with God. God drives people into such a position. (9-175, 1960.5.8)

People will enjoy and take delight in anything that belongs to someone they love. Nevertheless, they do not know how to take delight in all things created by God, whom they must love the most. Can such people become Godís sons and daughters? As you have the responsibility to release the sorrow of the creation that is sighing and lamenting, even with one tree or plant you should deeply experience the heart and care God invested into their creation 6,000 years ago. You should have such a heart. So you should be able to shed tears even at the sight of one plant along the road, or holding onto one tree, saying, "How lonely you must be to have lost your master!" I myself have wept profusely while grasping hold of a rock; I have shed tears to see the wind blow. Now, because you have heard my words, you understand why. (9-175, 1960.5.8)

I have come this way while saying to myself, "The precious things of creation, which God made and which have forged an eternal connection with God, are not cherished as much as national treasures or valuables in some kingdoms today. I will understand that sorrow; I alone must understand." If you have a heart that says, "I will understand, though all those living on this earth may be ignorant of it," your people will be a new people that can rule humankind in the future. This is not a concept but a fact. Who values all things of creation more than his family treasure handed down over the generations -- or more than diamonds, said to be the most valuable precious stone in the world -- so that he holds on to those things and refuses to let them go? Where are such people? On seeing those who understand in their hearts what He has created, and who hold those things and shed tears, God will say "My dear children!" (9-175, 1960.5.8)

What is nature? It is an exhibit that God has given us as a gift, something He prepared for the birth of His beloved sons and daughters. Even the song of a bird and a plant growing are decorations prepared to bring beauty into the lives of His beloved sons and daughters. Even the rocks rolling on the road were created as decorations for a nation, as God knew that His sons and daughters would be the owners who would rule over that nation. It is the same with flowing water. God did not want things to be dry and monotonous, so He created so as to establish a prince of dreams and of hope that could look at this infinitely colorful and harmonious garden -- this world of love -- and inherit it. Hence, we learn from all things of creation. When the male and female birds sing, the lady who owns them should learn from that. You should be able to sing praises for the beauty of the original world of creation, where everything devotes its entire life to a world where each lives for the sake of the other. Then, even baby birds will want to come and live in your home. Birds will want to have their young there. (175-187, 1988.4.16)

No matter how precious a work of art in a museum may be, can it have more value than a living work of art? I am asking who has loved this earth, the museum of all things and the work of God, more than God has. I am asking if anyone has loved it more than the museums in his own country. Can you compare a dandelion lying on the road with a gold crown from the Shilla Dynasty in the museum, when it is made directly by God? If there is a king who has the heart of such a God, and takes care of them with a heart that says, "You stand in a position to receive love. I am sorry not to be able to give you love from the position of a king that the original God could exist for," the tufts of grass will want to follow that king and be with him eternally. This is how people should live. (175-187, 1988.4.16)

5. Love nature and love people

You should know how to love nature and love people. You should know that those who cannot love people or love nature cannot love God. Because all things of creation are symbols of God and because people are beings of substance, those who know how to love all things of creation and people will come to love God. (70-182, 1974.2.9)

You should always love nature. You should love nature and love people. You should love people of all five colors of the human race. Would God say, "Oh, I only like the white people"? Then everyone would have to wear only white clothes. All white people would have to wear only white clothes, and throw away all their colored clothes. Why would you wear black clothes or colored clothes? That would be a contradiction. (133-30, 1984.7.1)

Even all the elements and the smallest creatures go toward the way of love. They are moving toward the cells that can directly contact the love that forms oneness with God -- that is humankind. For this reason, we should sacrifice ourselves for the sake of love. We should invest ourselves. Since there is a tradition of investing oneís life and possessions in their entirety, lower entities seek to invest their whole being into higher entities. Hence, this is not Darwinís Theory of Evolution but a theory of absorption based on love. The question is how the value of one of the smallest creatures rises as it is used as an element of creation in creating the next highest level of value. (204-129, 1990.7.1)

We should feel that all creatures of God are objects of our love. We should be the people who can love even all the minute forms of life, not to mention human beings, as well as everything visible and invisible in heaven -- and who can be loved by them. When a bird calls "chirp, chirp, chirp" in the morning, instead of saying, "You pesky sparrow, I am trying to sleep late. Why are you chirping?!" say, "Oh, thank you. You came to wake me up. Ha ha, you are telling me that an important guest is coming to see me." The outlook is different. This a great thing. (112-219, 1981.4.12)

God created the angelic world at the same time that He created the human world. What kind of world is the angelic world? Only when human beings appear with beauty and fragrance -- like blossoms that exist for the sake of bearing one fruit -- will the nest of love finally be prepared. Hence, all life comes to start from there, and all beings that have life can harmonize from there. It is a human being that makes this harmony possible. Centered on such people, a myriad of angels in heaven form a subject realm of harmony in which they can have give and take with people, as butterflies and bees do with flowers. When that happens, a flowery garden of harmony will surely appear wherein God rejoices, people rejoice, angels rejoice and all things are immersed in love. A spring party will then begin. (31-124, 1970.5.3)

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