Sun Myung Moon's Speeches from 2004
Filial Children Of God Are Patriots Who Strive To Liberate His Heart
Sun Myung Moon
December 13, 2004
Common Legacy Breakfast Summit
Distinguished present and former heads of state, respected members of the clergy, leaders from America and around the world, ladies and gentlemen: I come to this gathering today to deliver a message from God, a warning for the six billion people now living on the earth. I know all too well Godís timetable and the direction of His providence. In all of history, no one has understood with certainty Godís circumstances or Godís heart. But today, in this era of the providential Last Days, I can reveal them to you. In so doing, I hope to present a correct understanding of the responsibility we must shoulder and the direction we should take. I would like to speak to you on the topic, "Filial Children of God are Patriots Who Strive to Liberate His Heart."
Godís Grief and Sorrow
Why did God create human beings? God is the source of true love. Yet the joy of love wells up in the heart only in the context of a relationship. A solitary being cannot experience it. Even God could not experience any stimulation as long as He existed all alone. Alone, He could not love. For His love to blossom, God needed objects to love. For this reason, God created human beings to be His children, partners in His true love.
God is the Father of all humankind, and we are Godís sons and daughters. In creating us, God invested everything -- the bone of His bone, the flesh of His flesh, and the marrow of His marrow. Parents raise their children hoping to reach that most exalted place where parent and child come together -- that central point where their loves converge, their lives converge, and their ideals converge. In this way, the omniscient and omnipotent God created us to grow into a position on par with Him and equal to Him in rank.
Then, what is required to complete Godís ideal of creation? Beyond anything God can do, there is the human element. Because Godís ideal is the oneness of God and human beings, God cannot be perfect until human beings reach perfection.
How God must have yearned that our first ancestors, Adam and Eve, would become beings of infinite value reflecting His image. Yet because Adam and Eve fell, God no longer had His own true sons and daughters. Tragically, God could not establish a family capable of creating deep bonds of true love and propagating a divine lineage.
Instead, Adam and Eve were seduced by the false parent. Their family was entangled in the chains of false love, false life, and false lineage. As a consequence, we -- their descendants -- suffer from an incessant struggle between the mind and body.
Adam and Eve fought constantly, and so did their children, resulting in murder. They did not become the exalted beings that God could relate to as His eternal son and daughter. God could not glorify them as the true ancestors and true parents of humanity. Yet with their fall, God lost the only son and daughter He had.
What happened between Adam and Eve that caused them to fall? Was it, as the Bible literally says, that they ate the "fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil"? Could merely eating a piece of fruit be the original sin? Could our ancestorsí eating of a piece of fruit doom thousands of generations of their descendants to be sinners? No. It is because the root of sin was planted in the lineage that it continues on forever in accordance with the laws of inheritance. The only transgression that can have such lasting impact is a mistake of love, committed between two people of the opposite sex.
Eve committed adultery with the archangel Lucifer, and they became one. When Eve then joined with Adam, she bound him in that same oneness. As a result, Adam and Eve built their family on a conjugal relationship that centered not on God but on Satan, the fallen archangel. Consequently, all human beings, because we descend from Adam and Eve, have inherited Satanís lineage.
According to the Principle of Creation, love determines the right of ownership. In a relationship of love the partners possess a right of ownership with respect to each other. By this principle, Satan used his ties of illicit love to claim ownership over fallen human beings. Satan took over the role of the "father" of humanity, even though the true father of humanity is God. This is why Jesus, in the Gospel of John Chapter 8 verse 44, chastised the people as children of Satan, saying, "You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out your fatherís desire."
Christians today may think that almighty Jehovah sits on His royal throne, and because He is omniscient and omnipotent, can give orders as He pleases and have everything go exactly as He wants. In reality, God sits in a place of wretchedness and harbors tremendous grief.
God had intended Adam and Eve to become the ideal counterparts for His pure, essential love. Can you imagine the sorrow in Godís heart when they fell? It was infinitely worse than the sorrow that Adam and Eve experienced; indeed, no one in this world has experienced anything nearly so painful. The most tragic loss is to lose what is most precious. Carrying this grieving heart, God has to this day pursued the path of restoration in order to recover His lost children.
There is nothing vague or ambiguous about God. He possesses a definite character. He desires to form a relationship of the highest true love with human beings. He desires to share with each of us the most exalted love and joy eternally. But God lost the starting point for this, due to the mistake of our first ancestors. The fall of Adam and Eve caused such damage.
God is the original True Parent, yet He was robbed of His rightful parental position. How heartbroken He is over this! God looks upon His fallen children, who inherited the lineage of the enemy Satan and refuse even to recognize that He exists. How excruciating must the pain in Godís heart be each and every moment, as He observes humanityís wretched condition!
For God, nothing was more precious than to have flesh-and-blood counterparts who could share His true love. God would not have traded His beloved children for the entire universe. His sorrow upon losing them was as equal to what it would have been had He lost the entire creation. He felt that His entire purpose for creating the universe had collapsed. He became a God whose enemy unjustly robbed Him of His cosmic throne. The fact that God invested His love so completely -- in keeping with the principles of absolute faith, absolute love, and absolute obedience -- only made the results of the fall even more devastating. God was plundered of His ideal, plundered of His beloved son and daughter, and plundered of His sovereignty over the cosmos. And yet, the innocent God has had to maintain His forbearance for all these years and endure Satanís false accusations.
Seeing the history of lamentation that befell the world following the Fall, the Book of Genesis says that God grieved in His heart. The Apostle Paul said, "Creation groans, our ancestors groan, and all humanity groans, waiting in eager anticipation for the appearance of the sons and daughters of God." All creatures desire to escape this realm of lamentation.
Godís inmost heart is broken as He surveys human beings struggling, leading lives of no value, having lost the glorious value with which they were originally created. God cries out in grief and agony, saying, "You are supposed to be my direct lineal children, possessing My love, My life, and My lineage. You should be enjoying all the glory of the kingdom of heaven. My heart is grieved to see you wearing the mask of the defeated, struggling in pain, lamentation and despair until the end of your meaningless lives."
Do you think that God, omniscient and omnipotent and seated on His glorious throne, would say to His children, "Come on up here. Iím not going to leave this seat?" Or is it more likely that He would kick His throne out of the way and come down to where we are?
It is important for you to know that for tens of thousands of years, even millions of years, God has been wailing tearfully, crying out, "O My son! O My daughter!" You may ask how the omniscient and omnipotent God could be in such a pitiful state; God cannot get over the shock of losing His beloved sons and daughters. If there were a way for God to solve this problem on His own, He would not have had to suffer as He has traveled the long, lonely path of the providence of restoration.
Why God Doesnít Punish Satan Directly
No caring parent would stand by idly while his child suffers. Hence, it must be impossible for the all-loving God to abandon humanity, His beloved children, to perish eternally. God is absolutely committed to recovering us and the world that He originally envisioned. This is the reason that God has ceaselessly worked His providence of restoration to save humanity.
You should be aware of how intensely God has labored to make progress in the providence of restoration! God is our True Parent. As He carried out the providence, His heart felt the pain of human beings as His own pain. Yet it was excruciatingly difficult for God to carry out the providence of salvation, because our original ancestors, who committed the sin that constitutes the Fall, received Satanís false love and false life. Ever since, Satan has acted as humanityís false parent and false lord.
You may raise the question, "How could God, who is omniscient and omnipotent, stand by, seemingly impotent, while humanity went down the path of destruction?" Human beings committed sin in a sphere for which they are totally responsible; therefore, they are required to fulfill the conditions needed to resolve that sin. God cannot liberate us from sin unconditionally. If He could, He would have liberated our first ancestors in the Garden of Eden instead of casting them out. Furthermore, restoration has been even more difficult because Satan uses his ties of lineage to enslave people as their master.
The Fall was something that should never have happened under the original standard of the ideal of the Creation. Therefore, God was not in a position to intervene, even though He was the Creator. Having been robbed of His position as our original parent, He could not cover for His childrenís mistake.
On the other hand, neither can the omniscient and omnipotent God simply solve the problem by casting judgment on the fallen human world and on Satan. Since God created people to be His eternal partners in true love, He cannot just annihilate them. Instead, with true love God has labored to carry out the providence of restoration. Though all the while enduring Satanís contempt and accusations, His response is always to sacrifice and give unendingly.
Satan mocks God, saying, "How can you hold fast to your principles, now that the lineage of true love, which was supposed to be the foundation of the ideal world, has been utterly degraded? Your ideal of creation -- the absolute realm of love where true people live together as one -- is something You will never see." In this situation, how could God reply? It is an impossible situation.
Why does God carry on with His work of restoration while enduring such suffering? Is it because He is omniscient and omnipotent? No, it is not. The ideal of true love is the reason that He seeks to recover His beloved sons and daughters. With true love, God ignores His own circumstances and works to understand our circumstances. If people are sad, God approaches them by comprehending their sadness. If people are angry because they have been treated unjustly, God approaches them by first understanding the reasons for their anger.
We Need to Know Godís Circumstances and Heart
Respected leaders, in your communion with God, have you fathomed His suffering heart? Have you shed tears for God? Have you ever attempted to take on a task that would lighten Godís load, even a little? Would you struggle to do it, even if it meant that each of your limbs might be torn from your body? You havenít. On the other hand, God ever draws near to comfort us in our difficulties. Through the long ages, He has sought out the children who betrayed Him with an unchanging parental heart.
God, our Parent, remains in the realm of lamentation until every last human being has been freed from lamentation. Because He is in this position, we must comfort God and bring Him true liberation.
How are we to liberate God? God lost His beloved children. God is confined in a place where He cannot love humanity with the original love that parents give their children. Therefore, our task is to establish a realm of true liberation for God, where He can freely give love to all humankind. Godís confinement was brought about by human beingsí falling, so human beings must become victorious sons and daughters who transcend the limits of the Fall. This is what will bring God true liberation.
Human beings have been ignorant of the tremendous pain in Godís heart. When I first understood the pain of God, I wept for weeks. Please know that such profound circumstances lie behind the founding of the Unification Church.
Longing for those who betrayed Him, those who were enfolded into the bosom of the enemy, God has been calling out, "My son! My daughter!" But have you even once cried out, "My Father!" so loudly that it made you hoarse? Have you ever passionately called for your Father until it made your tongue dry and you began to choke?
As fallen people, what do we have that would enable us to relate with God? Our emotions and the perceptions of our five senses are entirely profane. Nothing in us is acceptable. Under the laws of justice, there is nothing that will permit us to relate to God. Nevertheless, under the law of love there is a way.
Godís True Liberation and Complete Freedom
Because human beings fell, God could not be free. Hence, our first ancestors also were imprisoned and lost their original freedom. Following this, the angelic world, all religious people, and ultimately all humanity came to be imprisoned. God lives in prison. How can we free Him? We must become devoted sons and daughters of God, more so than the original children whom He lost. We must do better even than the original children were supposed to do had they been devoted and had they not fallen. Even if we were to accumulate ten times as much merit in every aspect of life and relate to God with great filial piety, it would not be easy to bring Godís heart back to its original state, in order that He might dwell in true freedom. Yet at an early age, I resolved to truly liberate God with my own hands, and I have lived accordingly throughout my life.
What is the true mission of religion? It is, with a heart of love, to truly liberate God, truly liberate humanity on earth and in the spiritual realm and truly liberate planet Earth. Many people think that God will liberate us, but now that we recognize that Godís heart is under confinement, we understand that we should liberate God and bring Him into complete freedom.
God has long been searching for people burning with zeal for true love, having the faith that says, "I see now that God is in prison because of me. I see now that Satan is accusing God because of me. I see now that Jesus suffered because of me. O Father, I will carry You to the place of true liberation. I will carry Jesus and the Holy Spirit, too, to the place of true liberation."
To this day, there has not been any sovereign country on earth where people of true love have established Godís dominion. Despite this, people are singing praises to the Almighty. In such circumstances, how can Godís heart be free?
There have been no children of filial piety from Godís perspective. There have been no social and political structures founded upon true love that would enable people to fulfill the way of the patriot, the way of the saint, and the way of divine sons and daughters in Heaven and on earth. Hence, there has been no way to establish and protect the heavenly kingdom. These circumstances leave God with no place to stand. Consequently, He has remained imprisoned until now -- in a state of virtual captivity.
How are we to resolve this grievous situation? The only way is to carry out a movement practicing the love that is Godís original essence. The final stage of religion must teach in detail about Godís pitiful suffering and injustice, and it must connect us to the world of His original heart.
Let us join in a true love movement to bring God true liberation and complete freedom. If we do not set this standard of love, the heavenly way cannot be set properly and the ideal world cannot come to exist on earth. This true love movement is bringing an end to the history of division between Cain and Abel. To that end, we are bringing together the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace and the Peace U.N. (IIPC) in the Abel position, and the Mongolian Peoplesí Federation for World Peace in the Cain position, into a single unity.
I call on America to take on the role of the elder brother, representing the free world, and lead all nations toward the fulfillment of Godís will. To do this, America needs to put aside selfish and individualistic thinking. When political parties and ethnic groups place priority on their self-interest, they divide and mislead the people. America must build a true nation, blossoming with true freedom and peace. Then God will want to reside in your families and in your communities.
For this noble goal, let us all stand hand in hand and establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, the Peace Kingdom, where Godís ideal of creation is fulfilled. There, God will enjoy true liberation and complete freedom.
I pray that Godís blessings may be with you forever.
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