Unification Family Life
by Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Section 4. Establishing The Kingdom Of Heaven On Earth (Part 2)
4. God's Strategy
1) What Kind of Strategy Will God Carry Out?
What must we in the Unification Church do? "In order to enable the People's Republic of Korea to live, the Unification Church should be sacrificed!" This is the way of our church and the way of goodness.
Do you understand? Until the nation is saved, until evil disappears from the nation and until the last day, Korea will follow even if the Unification Church tried to get away. Such a time will inevitably come. Look. That is why the Unification Church will not be destroyed through persecution, but it has developed while being struck. Do you understand? The strategy of Heaven is to be struck, and then take over. Satan dominates by striking, but when we are to take from him, he repays us for the loss. This is wonderful. We did not know this in the past. Evil will strike first, and when it loses, it will make complete reparation for the losses and return everything. Isn't that so? If we violate a good person, we must repay the losses. Similarly, evil must strike first, dominate, and must return everything. When returning, it must attach all compensation and do so.
That is why God has raised up the religions, caused them to be struck, and them redeemed everything. Rome struck Christianity, and in the end was overcome by it. Isn't that so? Today, the Republic of Korea at first struck Christianity, but the first government of the Republic was established on the basis of Christianity. That is how everything will turn out.
You must know this. The strategy of the good side is to be struck and gain, while the strategy of the evil side is to strike, dominate and [as a consequence] lose everything. This is why evil is meant to be destroyed and good to prosper. You must understand this. Is it clear?
God is the king of wisdom, so knowing all of these things, planned everything until now, in such detail, unerringly. Therefore, the final victory will be gained by our Father, God. Does that feel good, or bad? [Good!] Who has the final victory? [Father.] After Father wins, what next? Learning from the secret of Father's victory, "I" can also win. All of the historical saints up till today did not know this secret and could not win; thus all the saints who couldn't find victory will have to learn from us. (1972 May 14, Sutekli)
What will happen to the Unification Church as it is opposed? Speaking of God's strategy and Satan's strategy, Satan has been striking first and losing, while God has been struck and gained, regained. You must know this. Where the good and evil sides battle, you must know how God's plan and Satan's plan differ. This world does not know that. The evil side strikes and loses as they try to dominate, while the good side dominates while being struck. The opposite, complete opposite. While being struck, while becoming a sacrifice without sin, they regain.
They pay indemnity, ask for compensation of the losses and expand. These two strategies are deployed.
Before the parents, isn't that so with siblings as well? The bad child is the one who hit first. This is one formula. God's strategy and Satan's strategy are different; Heaven plans to be hit first and then regain, while Satan plans to hit first and then loses. (1978 Feb. 22, Belvedere Training Center)
What about the Unification Church from now on? Until now, everything about the Unification Church was criticized. It was worse than the Communists, worse than the democratic world, worse than hippies and yuppies. What was that? We should know that it was a strategy on Heaven's side to protect. It was a plan to keep the good side from being influenced by the bad, and on Satan's side it was a warning. We must know that. Two plans will be developed. (1983 Mar 20, Belvedere Training Center)
God, backed by our blood, sweat and tears, is struck and regains. He uses the tactics to be struck and gain back. This is the strategy of Heaven. If I were told to fight with a sword, do you think I won't be able to? Had I fought that way, I would have wiped everything out. Even as I was dying, I would have done so. However, that is not the way. I must be hit to gain.
That is why the Unification Church has been struck until now. When being struck, you as individuals were not struck, not as family units. When I of the Unification Church was struck, I was hit for the Republic of Korea. I was hit for Heaven and Earth. I was hit for the cosmos. As such a universal foundation has been built, Satan is now doomed to retreat. You are among the happiest of the happy. We must deal with this situation now. The Satans who are dispersed in this world are like defeated soldiers. (1963 Nov. 15, old Headquarters Church)
2) Win As You are Struck
If you are struck in this way and stomped on, the rule is that you will disappear. However, the Unification Church has created a worldwide foundation in spite of that. (1974 May 7, Imperial Hotel)
In Korea, how much has Korea opposed me? However, I did not even pretend to listen. that is my responsibility. As the sun sets and darkness comes, we team about light. That is why when Korea is in a complicated situation, when Japan is as well, and America, the more complicated it is, the more people will begin to realize and talk about the need for the Unification Church. (applause) (1976 April 25, Belvedere Training Center)
The Unification Church will not collapse even if struck. (Laughter) Do you understand? It will be struck, but it will not fall. I was struck for thirty years, but to this day, I don't even have an ear that's gone bad. My heart just got hurt a little. I think it was a dream while I was asleep. A dream, just a dream. I think, "I must have had a bad dream." That is why, will we fall? Even if the side that hits is striking with all his might, we are smiling. In that way, I don't consider these people to be enemies. I see them as a living poster that helps me to grow and advertises me. Without these posters, I would not be able to become famous. (1976 Feb. 22, old Headquarters Church)
3) Growth Through Struggle
Our Unification Church has a real, clear origin that no religious organization was able to know in the past. From that real origin, we have a direction to lead this certain and valuable content to a higher dimension. That is why where Rev. Moon of the Unification Church goes, even if he is chased there, he develops. Isn't that so? Being opposed by the nation, opposed by the world, the Unification Church will set down roots. We go to places that are decayed to deal with them. When leaves decay what do they become? Fertilizer. If we put down our roots where there is the smell of decay, we will be able to take in life elements for development. Therefore, if we go a little further, we will be able to see phenomenal growth. if not, I will make that happen. Don't you have that kind of confidence? Those of you who came for the first time, don't I look confident? Moon so-and-so is a man with that kind of confidence. Do you think that I have been dancing around naked in the Chungpadong valley? That is a mistake. (1975 Jan. 12, old Headquarters Church)
Rev. Moon and the Unification Church are now being chased. We are being chased. Where shall we set our feet down, where? That is why we have to become brothers soon. If we come to know those in the Satanic world, they become brothers. Brothers, I say. They are younger brothers, elder brothers, elder sisters, elder brothers, younger sisters. That is why I am telling you this. "Satan, if you work 24 hours a day, I will work 25 hours a day." With such a spirit, we are able to regain [what is lost]. "If you hate, I will counter it with love." That is how it should be. It is inconceivable. (1979 Jan. 14, Belvedere Training Center)
"Furious thunderstorms, come before our Unification Church. Volcanoes, come flying. We will block you." This is the kind of battle that I myself have been having. Even if the Republic of Korea should be destroyed, the Unification Church will not be; with this kind of a faith, I will digest the issue of the Communist Party that Korea has been unable to digest thus far. (1976 Mar. 1, Kyungnam region)
5. The Aim Of Activities Of The Unification Church
1) The Purpose for Establishing the Unification Church
The purpose for establishing the Unification Church was not only for the Church itself Thus, the larger the target is, the happier God will be. (1972 Nov. 12, old Headquarters Church)
2) What Does the Unification Church Work For?
Then, what does the Unification Church work for? You must know this. We aren't working for the sake of the Unification Church. The Unification Church does not work for the Unification Church. We are sacrificing the Unification Church to seek for the Will of Heaven, guiding the Church. (1971 Sept. 5, old Headquarters Church)
Then what does the Unification Church itself do? The Unification Church does not exist for its own sake, but it exists completely as an object of God, for God. That is how it should be. Nothing should be used arbitrarily by the Church. As God wishes, if He says to go east, we go east, if He says to go west, we must go west. If He pushes us forward, we must go forward. As we push forward, we must not be like the snow that flows off the side. We must always stay with the center and stand in the same position.(1972 Nov. 19, old Headquarters Church)
We can live for the sake of others, if they are good people. However, if we consider God and us human beings, God is good to the good people as well as the bad. The issue now is to find the one sheep that is lost) leaving behind the other 99 sheep.
So, the Unification Church should not be living for the sake of the Unification Church. We must live for the sake of the world, in order to find the lost sheep. (1978 Dec. 10, America)
What is the Unification Church working for? Not for itself. We work for the world. We must share our blessings before the world. ( 1984 July 10, Belvedere Training Center)
3) The Unification Church Works for Others
Until now, within the Unification Church, we cried and did everything conceivable. For whom were we doing those things? If they had been for the Unification Church itself, then the Church would be destroyed. There is no sympathy for that. However, if we cry and shout for the country, the world, for God, then God can comfort us saying, "Well done. How are you able to do that, for the world, for God? You can cry for not only a day, but even for a thousand years." Others will come and comfort you in the same way. That is what will happen. (1971 Nov. 18, old Headquarters Church)
Now, who are you doing this for? [God] Not for myself, not for the Unification Church, but for God and the sake of the world. If you do this for the Church, you will be accused. If you do this for Rev. Moon, you will be accused. Not for me, not for the Church, but we are working for the world and for God. For others. The Unification Church is working for the sake of others.
In other religions, in established churches, who are they working for? They work for themselves, and their perspective is not to live for the world, or God. That is what is different. This is the difference, and not other points.
As I mentioned before, what is more public? The Unification Church working for itself is not public. If it can sacrifice itself and work for the world, that will be considered public, as it is for God, which you must know. (1976 June 6, Belvedere Training Center)
4) The Unification Church for the Nation and the World
Where does the Unification Church stand today? What the Unification Church seeks for is not the Church itself. We are looking for something higher than the Unification Church. Not something inferior to the Unification Church, but for a higher level, a more superior dimension.
Then, what is a standard of a higher dimension? Rather than the Unification Church itself, the members need the ability to digest many organizations in this world, the bigger they are. They must team there and develop the qualification to absorb things as their own nutrition. They should not be assimilated there, but be the ones to assimilate. These must be unified and presented transcending the 30 million people as the national characteristic of both North and South Korea. Otherwise, even if a nation is formed, the sovereignty of that nation will be faced with difficulties. Therefore, a people is necessary before the sovereignty of the state.
The Unification Church must first fight for its people rather than for the nation. It must fight for the people. However, viewing its people, they are divided into North and South. If the people are divided, North and South Korea cannot become a power that can attain peaceful unification even if a sovereignty exists. It will only become a one, sided sovereignty. The most important thing is how to unify a spiritual standard for the race that can transcend North and South. I believe this is the future task for which the Unification Church should expend its efforts.
If this is not prepared, the term "homeland/fatherland" cannot appear. Otherwise, even if the name of homeland did appear, it would be a wounded homeland. It would not be a homeland built with authority and conviction, but it would be a land bearing many wounds and disgrace. We must not welcome such a homeland.
Thus, the young people of Unification Church and those with aspirations should wish that the nation as desired by the Church would prosper, rather than the development of the Church, even if the Church itself is destroyed. Even if the Unification Church disappears, the nation that it desires must prosper. The Church must become a sacrifice for this. If both can prosper that would be good, but if that is not possible, the Church must be sacrificed.
If all of you have the hope and desire, "May dawn come for the homeland, how then must dawn come for the homeland? We must have the heart to joyously welcome the dusk as the sun sets and the nighttime. Today when we view the approaching last days worldwide, we must not feel gloom but be able to say, "The reality that must come is now here. Come, night. When the night comes, I will go running." Rather than evade the night, we must be able to say, "I am running towards the dark night in order to welcome the dawn and brilliant mom."
Because there is a dusk in the evening, the dawn of early morn eventually comes; and during that course there is always the pitch-dark zero-hour of midnight. That is a time when all things have gone to sleep. A time when all things come to a halt. No one likes to move at this time. (1971 Oct. 9, Central Training Institute)
When we ask what this world needs today, it is not America that it needs, neither is it communism nor democracy, nor is it the Unification Church. What is needed is the kingdom of Heaven on earth. If the Unification Church is to carry out this tremendous responsibility, the Church must be sacrificed. As this is the invariable principle, God's situation is that he must send us to the way of sacrifice. If Rev. Moon is to shoulder that kind of responsibility, you must know that in order to implement his responsibility, he would not qualify as a teacher unless he slapped and ordered you to go.
It is God's will to leave the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, even if the Unification Church is to disappear, and thus He seeks for a Church that can build that kingdom. That is why it is impossible to do without taking this kind of a path. We must know that this is the final path and the best path, thus we have no choice but to choose this path. Do you understand what I am saying? This is what all people desire, a sacred . . . that God desires. . . An organization or a church with such a responsibility, as it is a sacred obligation of a state, will become 100 per cent one with God by fulfilling this obligation. Do you understand what I mean? [Yes]
If all of you bring several strands of hair to help build the kingdom of Heaven, or bring sweat or money to supplement, bring your heads, your tears, whatever to compensate for everything, then the kingdom will come. However, if you take everything, we will not be able to accomplish this. There will be no kingdom. As there is no nation. . . If you take everything, nothing will be left. (1976 May 16, Belvedere Training Center)
The world situation is in an inexpressible state of confusion and unresolved chaos. Only God knows how this can be controlled, and the Unification Church is working to unify the consequences centering on that direction that only God knows. This is not done for the will of the Unification Church. The Unification Church must also enter into the country of Unification Church, the world of Unification Church. It must enter into the desired country of God's will, the world of God's will. Thus, the Unification Church is not working for the sake of the church. It does so for the sake of the country and word that the Unification Church desires. (1972 Sept. 17, Taegu Church)
5) Activities of the Unification Church
Today, what is the aim of all of the activities of the Unification Church? It is to rebuild. It seeks to love all things from the smallest of animals, love man, and if it is the Republic of Korea, to love Korea, and love the world. From what kind of a stance? It is not the same stance as in the past. Today, when we look at things centering on the essence of creation, we are meant to be connected to God's love.
That is why we will overcome, centering on that love. We will overcome. If we transcend, it will certainly return to you. If you develop a connection, it will certainly come back to you, but where does it return? It will return to the center. To the center. Do you understand? That will become the way of sacrifice, the way of service. (1981 April 26, HQ Church)
What have we the Unification Church been fighting for until now? It was in order to make the external Cain world surrender before Abel. For that purpose, we had been developing the individual struggle to the family-level, the clan/tribe level, the racial level and national level struggle. (1971 Jan. 1, old HQ Church)
You all know well that the work of the Unification Church is connected not only with a two-dimensional world but with a three-dimensional world. (1984 Jan. 15, America)
The activities of the Unification Church thus far were to destroy the external environment of Satan's world. We were in an environment to oppose, and it was merely a tactic to discover a race within such an environment. That is why there was a lot of attrition within the Unification Church itself. We fought a war of attrition. (1969 June 8, old HQ Church)
The Unification Church works centered on whom? (God.) The beginning was God, the process is also God and the end is God, but what are these people trying to do? We are trying to sell off Satan's world. We must completely get rid of it. Then, after we sell it off, to whom will we bring it? It would be the True Parents. The True Parents are not thieves. Those beside the True Parents are nearly all close to thieves, but only the True Parents cannot be thieves. If we deliver it to them, what will happen? All will go back to Heaven. (1985 Dec. 15, HQ Church)
6) The Ability of the Unification Church
How powerful is the Unification Church? We do not hold weapons, but that is not a problem. We are not armed but we have the most powerful weapon actually. It is something that nobody else can own and it is fearful indeed. Once a determination is made, Satan would fear this. We would be in a position similar to God's. You don't know how strong that power is.
Is the Unification Church spiritually strong? [It is strong.] It is stronger than the Communist Party. However strong globally this is, if it is in a financial mess, it will be destroyed. Do you understand? This is our life philosophy. It is our philosophy of existence. (1978 Jan. 2, America)
In the end, does the Unification Church want to be the weakest religion or a strong religion. Do you want to be the strongest religion? [Yes] Really? We must be able to say, "The billions of people in the world, come, all people throughout history, come, in the future there is only us." (1972 Nov. 1, old HQ Church)
We in the Unification Church are like a ring made of rice cakes. A ring of rice cakes. If you get stuck once, will you fall or will you stick? (You'll stick.) Isn't that true? (Yes) (1975 Jan. 12, old HQ Church)
In Korea, don't they say that the Unification Church is very tough and tenacious? Then, are you all tough? Tough in that way? Do you get along well with the tough Unification Church? Who is tough? Rev. Moon of the Unification Church is tough. (1972 Sept. 17, old HQ Church)
The word "First" goes well with the Unification Church. The Unification Church is a church that attempts to become the first. It is a tough church. If it isn't tenacious, it wouldn't be able to get first place. That is why the Unification Church is tough. As a child, someone who becomes first by causing a problem in his town is also a stubborn guy. He gets first place because of his tenacity. You can't be first in anything unless you're tenacious.
Then what is the opposite of tenacious? Shall we say silly? Then, should the Unification Church be tenacious or silly? It must be tenacious. (1970 Nov. 29, old HQ Church)
Our organization is different from the kind of religion that has been floating around in the Satanic world. Those will break if they collide. If struck, they will break. "If we go before you, you can't swallow us, but if you come before us, we will swallow you." This is the kind of confidence we must have. When the truth and evil confront each other, the evil will be defeated. We are in such a position. (1965 Jan. 21, Women's Hall)
That kind of a storm is blowing against this world today and colliding with a confused environment. In all of these battles, will the Unification Church be able to maintain the kind of ideal and philosophy enabling it to fight with power greater than winning victory against the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago? If so, this Unification Church will definitely able to digest the entire world. In trying to fulfill a part of this, I have no choice but to make these young members work, even if they are unwilling. (1977 Oct. 1, Pasadena House, USA)
The Unification Church is to grow by feeding on bad things. It is not that we go to places that are evil and fight there with guns and swords, but we try to swallow everything without a trace, with true love. The question is whether we have the capacity to digest these as fertilizer. That is why we must nurture these buds with independence. (1970 Aug. 23, Central Training Institute)
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