Earthly Life And Spirit World II
Section 1. Understanding The Kingdom Of God (Part 1)
1. The Location Of The Kingdom Of God
The Kingdom of God, according to the Bible, is in your mind. The Kingdom of God is not at the end of the world as you might expect, but is in your mind. What kind of mind is that? It is not the mind that has elements of death from the fallen world, but the mind that has waves of the grace of life. This is the mind that can extend the grace of life to the world by removing the elements of death.
The Kingdom of God cannot be found in the physical world. The Kingdom of God is not in this world. Accordingly, the starting point of the Kingdom of God is where you make a resolution and practice it. As you find the starting point, you can meet the Kingdom of God.
Therefore, the Kingdom of God does not come at the end of the world, but comes with the starting point united by mind and body. When you weigh something on a scale, you make a balance by using the middle weight. The starting point of the Kingdom of God can be compared to the middle weight of a scale. The middle weight makes a balance by making the scale level, while the starting point of the Kingdom of God should not be at the level place. The purpose of a scale is to become level, but the starting point of the Kingdom of God should be slanted to the right side. It should not be slanted to the left. To be slanted to the right side is the starting point.
So, where does the Kingdom of God come from? It starts from the mind. What kind of mind is that? It is the mind that is victorious over the world. Even if the Kingdom of God comes externally, if your mind is evil and cannot harmonize with it, then you will have nothing to do with the Kingdom of God. Therefore, the foundation to be able to meet the Kingdom of God is not the environment, but yourself. In this sense, the problem is yourself. The foundation to be able to maintain the Kingdom of God is not the environment, but your mind. (46-23)
Where is the Kingdom of God? Although Jesus' disciples did not clean-up their present reality, they were expecting to receive high positions of authority in the world and were dreaming of a happy life in the coming Kingdom of God. Jesus fundamentally destroyed their wrong thinking and taught that the Kingdom of God is in the mind. People who don't create the Kingdom of God within their minds cannot harmonize with the environmental Kingdom of God when it comes. If your mind doesn't make a firm decision, perfect action cannot follow. Firm decision brings firm action.
Therefore, the Kingdom of God begins with an unchanging, absolute mind and perfect action. How does your mind long for goodness? The mind that desires goodness has to unite with historical goodness. The mind has to overcome tremendously difficult circumstances in order to work towards goodness. The mind should be unchanging, and resolved to go the lonely way of struggle even till the end of history. Such a mind has to be united with perfect action. From there, the direction of the Kingdom of God is decided and is started. However, when mind and body are separated, the Kingdom of God is not made.
In this sense, Jesus was not teaching that the unity between mind and body is slanted to the right or to the left. By removing the conditions that cause the slant, as one has subjectivity, one can meet the kingdom. You should understand this clearly.
The Kingdom of God does not originate in others, but comes from yourself. Because you are fallen people, you have to deny yourselves. When you do not create the Kingdom of God in your mind and act accordingly, someone else will create it instead of you. If that happens, then you have to unite with that person in order to reach the Kingdom of God. You have to keep in step with that person. If he goes east, you have to go east. "Although he's doing it this way, I'll do it another way." If you think like that, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God. So, you should not have any criticism. (46-24)
Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within your mind. What is the Kingdom of God? It is the place centered on God's love. The Kingdom of God is where the bond of God's love is made, and the realm of the universal environment is established. Then, who can live there? They should be people who are harmonized with the essence of God's love. Only such people can go there. What does it mean to be harmonized with the essence of God's love? A person who is centered on himself does not have any value. The one who can invest life and devotion for the sake of his objects can live continuously in the realm of God's love. Historically, great people and saints went such a way. (46-36)
2. Christians And The Kingdom Of God
Those who are attending today's meeting, please think seriously if you can enter the Kingdom of God or not? Even if you've been attending church for a hundred years, if you still have a self-centered mind, you will never enter the Kingdom of God. If anybody thinks that Rev. Moon's word is wrong, please die and check its validity. A self-centered person can never enter the Kingdom of God.
You should know which religion is true today. You should know what kind of person is a true person, and what kind of nation is a true nation. (78-118)
The ideal of the Kingdom of God is that, first of all, the Kingdom of God is established on earth through the ideal of love; then it is connected to the spiritual world. However, according to the traditional concept, the Kingdom of God comes from heaven, and the Lord of the Second Advent comes riding on the clouds. This is not the content of the Principle, and also it is not logical. As you know, people today are flying in airplanes, aren't they? (191-112)
When True Father went to the spiritual world, he came to understand that the martyrs who died for the purpose of entering the Kingdom of God did not actually get there. On the other hand, those martyrs who died with a grateful mind did enter the Kingdom of God. "God walked the suffering path to find me; He shed blood. I will go anywhere in order to return God's grace." They went the way of martyrdom with this kind of mind.
For whom did they die? Did they die for their own sake? They died for the sake of heaven and earth. On the other hand, some martyrs thought, "I will die like this in order to enter the Kingdom of God." For whom did these people die? They died for themselves. A fallen person can never enter the Kingdom of God by insisting on himself. (41- 355)
Let's look at how Christians pray. If they are Presbyterian, they try to make God a Presbyterian. If they are Methodist, they try to make God a Methodist. They try to figure out God from their own perspective, despite the fact that God is an infinite and immeasurable Being. How suffocating it feels! How surprising it is that such people oppose Rev. Moon! (laughter) Rev. Moon has been relentlessly blamed and persecuted for forty years by such people, who are less than the eye of a needle.
God also likes humor. Sometimes God says. "Rev. Moon, listen to this prayer of a minister of the church! He is praying for you to die." Then God lets True Father listen to the microphone. It says, "Rev. Moon is the master of evil. . ." so on and so on. Well, let's see who is destroyed! Let's see who fails!
While True Father goes forward measuring the time of the universe according to formal data, all they have is blind faith in order to enter the Kingdom of God. That is miserable. True Father cannot deal directly with such a miserable situation. True Father knows all the secrets of the traditional churches. (147-185)
Those who want to enter the Kingdom of God, please raise your hands! What! Can traditional Christians go to the Kingdom of God? Do you think that because you listened to a Sunday sermon, carrying a Bible, you can enter the Kingdom of God? That is nonsense! The Kingdom of God does not come for such a cheap price. The Bible says, "Love God with your whole mind, life and will! This is the first commandment." Those who do not pass through this commandment cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
What is the second commandment? It is, "Love your neighbor like yourself!" The one who loves God first and loves his neighbor second can be a filial son. Do you understand? (198-259)
Can Christians go to the Kingdom of God just by believing in Jesus? No way! If Jesus himself does not fulfill the ideal of the objective partner, even he cannot go to the Kingdom of God. Can Jesus realize true love alone? Even God could not realize true love by Himself. Therefore, Jesus has to come again. Can he realize true love by coming on the clouds? That's nonsense! With such fake and shameful concepts, Christians are judging that Rev. Moon is a heretic and that they themselves are true. Let's see whether they or Rev. Moon are defeated! Now, the nation that knows the present content will follow Rev. Moon. They will not follow traditional Christianity. Don't you think so? [Yes!] (76-210)
Today's Christians believe they can go to the Kingdom of God just by believing in Jesus. They say that each person goes to the Kingdom of God alone, as an individual. Only a few people say that they want to take their father and mother to the Kingdom of God. In the future, religion should not teach only about individual salvation. If a religion is a true worldwide religion, founded by God, then it must be able to remain universally and finally. The kind of religion all mankind desires is the religion which pursues more than individual salvation. It teaches about the Kingdom of God not only on the individual level, but also on the family and tribal levels. If people humble themselves to that content, then everyone will enter the Kingdom of God together. (41-341)
3. Jesus And Paradise
People say that by believing in Jesus, one can enter the Kingdom of God, but practically speaking, who can go to the Kingdom of God? According to these people, individuals go there. Until now, there was no religion that taught about salvation of the family. Religions have been teaching only about individual salvation. However, only when the concept of family level salvation emerges can the door of the Kingdom of God be opened. So far, every religion has pursued individual salvation. Thus, the life of celibacy was emphasized to cultivate one's spirituality. The family became a kind of enemy for those going the way of truth. Jesus also said that members of your family are your enemy.
After achieving the pinnacle of the way of truth, a religious person has to hold the authority of the world. Men and women have to attend the blessing ceremony. The Kingdom of God is where sons and daughters get married and receive God's love. That is the Kingdom of God, the place where mankind does not fall and which he originally is to establish.
Did Jesus go to the spiritual world alone or with others? [He went there alone.] Because he went alone, he went to paradise. Paradise is a waiting room to the Kingdom of God. It is not the ideal Kingdom of God. The ideal Kingdom of God is where couples enter together with their family members. Therefore, Jesus has to come again, blessing bridegroom and brides, and taking them to the Kingdom of God. In order to do that, God had Jesus stay in paradise. Therefore, Jesus should come again into the world, making his public inner foundation, and entering the Kingdom of God. In this sense, God's providence is not to be realized without a plan and formula.
In the future, your father and mother will be saved. If a religion can save every family and teach everyone the way of salvation, is it good or not? From that point, the nation can be established. God's nation starts from the family. It cannot be established by the individual. In this sense, Christianity has no nation because Christianity is a religion in which unmarried men and women are gathered. You've seen Catholic priests and nuns, haven't you? In this world there are many Christian countries, but there is no country whose supreme ruler is a priest or member of the clergy.
God's nation and the nations of the world are completely different. Christianity is a spiritual nation. Christianity doesn't have its own country on earth. Because of that, a great number of Christians have been killed so far. If they had had their own country, they would not have been killed. However, because they didn't have their own sovereignty, they became dispersed and were killed as groups. In the future, we should unify all Christianity and find my home, my country, and my world by having the national sovereignty. Christianity should do that. (41-346)
Until now, God has not loved the person who made unity between mind and body. Jesus also has not loved such a person. Therefore, Jesus is still praying in paradise. That is why we should know the love of God, who is trying to embrace our whole mind and body. Only when we become God's children in the realm of God's love can we have dominion over all things. That world is God's restored world, the world of sovereignty, and the garden of rest.
Then, turning our focus to the problem of the individual, what shall we do in this destined restoration? We should seek new thought. The time has come to do that. Sooner or later, the issue of the true way of life and the true view of the universe will be raised as the major problem. (5-49)
Why didn't Jesus go to the Kingdom of God? The Kingdom of God was created by God as His gift, and only living people, who do not fall, can enter it. Only when a person lives according to the original standard can he enter the Kingdom of God. In this sense, Jesus also has to save fallen mankind, and enter there with his children in the position of parents of mankind. However, because Jesus came and went alone, he had no children. That is why he went to paradise, which is like a waiting room to the Kingdom of God. So, Jesus should come again and find his bride.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve originally were to get married and establish the Kingdom of God. Although the first human ancestors fell, because the Principle remains, which must be fulfilled, Jesus must come again to complete the Principle. Because he went alone, he could not enter the Kingdom of God. That is the same contents as the Bible, which says that Jesus should come again and solve everything on earth. (41-300)
If not for the fall, the Kingdom of God would have been established, where God's only begotten son and daughter got married, made a happy family in God's love, and moved to the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God can be entered only by the family unit. Individuals cannot enter. Since Jesus did not make a family, he is waiting in paradise, which is similar to a waiting room. The Kingdom of God cannot be entered by an individual.
In this sense, the Kingdom of God is vacant. Thus, God's providence of restoration has been a sorrowful history. God lost Adam and Eve. This means God lost the whole clan of Adam and Eve. The clan expanded to the people, the nation, and the world. As God lost one man, Adam, God also lost his only begotten son and daughter, God's sons and daughters, God's tribe, God's people, and the Kingdom of God centered on God's kingship. (143-25)
4. Heaven And The Kingdom Of God
What is the Kingdom of God? It is where one can take pride in the results of one's life on earth, such as the life of service and the life of attendance. Who can enter the Kingdom of God? It is not the place for those who believe in order to receive a reward. Those who prepare themselves for heartistically attending the Kingdom of God can go there. Even if someone were to die while preparing, if he lived with a heart of attendance, he would go there joyfully. That is the real resurrection. Look at the circumstances of your own life. The inner contents of your life are not visible. How we should live is the important question in our life of attendance. (8-304)
You know that we cannot enter the Kingdom of God without having contents of heart. The Kingdom of God is the nation of original nature, which is to be able to have dominion over the whole. So, those who have some situation cannot enter that nation. Only people who have a deep bond of heart can enter.
Therefore, Christianity is not ultimately the religion for sharing situations but for sharing heart. The purpose of God's providence on earth is to make the foundation to be able to share heart beyond the bond of situation.
What is the fall? The fall is not that people do not share God's situation, but that people do not share God's heart. God, searching for fallen humanity throughout history, has the heart that longs to meet His lost sons and daughters; yet He could not find one person who could share His heart. In this sense, the history of salvation is the history to find one who can share God's heart. You should know that the one who is sent to be such a heartistic person is the messiah.
Before we wish for the Kingdom of God, we have to think of God's heart. Moreover, before thinking of God's heart, we must think about how to conduct our lives. We must have the heart of attendance. The original mind of man longs for a high and valuable being, and respects that. Although humanity is fallen, the original heart of man wants to attend the high and valuable heart of God. Therefore, the person who has not lived the life of attendance centered on heart has nothing to do with the Kingdom of God.
In order to live a life of attendance, preparation for attending is required. After the preparation process, one needs to practice the life of attendance. After the preparation process and living the life of attendance, one can go to the Kingdom of God. The place where people who have attended heartistically go is the Kingdom of God. The place where we can be proud of our preparation for attendance, and where we can be proud of our life of attendance, is the Kingdom of God. You should know this clearly. It is our destiny to go the course that advances the world of this purpose.
From the moment the fallen blood lineage began, up to the present time, there has not been even one day when all mankind attended God with all their heart. Before Adam and Eve fell, they grew according to the principle of creation, but they were not able to attend God centering on the bond of heart. What is God's heart? The one who was supposed to attend God centering on heart fell into the position where he could not attend God.
In other words, God, who should have been lovingly attended, was not attended. This is God's very heart. God's heart is not that there's no one believing in Him, but that there is no one who knows Him. The heart of heaven and earth is that nobody attended God through heart. (8-290)
Today, many religions teach that the Kingdom of God will be established only through their own religion. This is a nonsensical fantasy. Many religions say that the Kingdom of God will be established through their founder's teaching. Let me give an example. Christianity is divided into many denominations. They are exclusive of one another. They usually regard a church outside of their own denomination as heretical or Satanic. If they do this from a position authorized by God, there is no problem. But, if they do it for their own benefit then their motivation is not pure. Accordingly, that kind of denomination will gradually diminish. If today's Unification Church does this, the Unification Church will also have to diminish.
In this sense, the primary issue of religion is not to establish the Kingdom of God. This is not the first purpose. Before the Kingdom of God emerges, a special nation that can inherit the Kingdom of God is needed. God prepared His chosen people to establish such a nation. This idea of a chosen nation proves that God's work to leave a good group was always in the background of history.
When the chosen people emerge from the evil world, God's nation begins to be established. However, in order for God's people to appear, first the children of God's people should appear. Moreover, before a people and a nation are established, the family that can establish God's nation should first emerge. In order to make that family, one man and one woman whom God can guarantee at the risk of His life have to first appear. Then, when such a man and woman appear, has everything been completed? No! Sons and daughters should be born from them.
And then a family that God can guarantee as eternal sons and daughters should emerge. Without that family, a tribe and people cannot be made, and without such a people, a country and the world cannot be made. This is a logical and natural conclusion.
The base that God searches for is the individual. God has been stuck at the level of the individual throughout history. Therefore, the purpose of religion has been the salvation of the individual. However, God's original purpose of salvation was not individual salvation. It was the salvation of the family. In this sense, the foundation for the salvation of the family has to be established before the Kingdom of God on the level of tribe, people, nation, and world can emerge. (47-250)
What is the dividing line between the Kingdom of God and hell? It is not decided by knowledge of the Bible. It is decided through heart and results. In the end, the dividing line between the Kingdom of God and hell is decided by the boundary line of heart and results. (32-231)
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