Building A Principled Family Life - A Study in Seven Sessions for Small Groups - Henri Schauffler
What was the high point of your week last week? Why?
Describe how your plan to love someone (from the last meeting) went the last two weeks.
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage be
Why do we get married? Very simply, we marry in order to resemble
(Rev. Sun Myung Moon, January 14, 1989)
Since God has both male and female characteristics, when men and
women come together in love they are presenting the total image of
God. Within that “love container” there is always room
for two -- man and woman. When men and women come together in total
unity, they become a unit of minus to God, who is the big plus. There
is give and take between that plus and minus. Should Adam and Eve
just look at each other or shouldn't they look together toward God?
Yes, together the two of them look up at God. That is the reason why
we teach that before you love your spouse, you must love God.
(Rev. Sun Myung Moon, January 30, 1983)
What is the purpose of marriage? Is it simply for men and women to
live together? The purpose of marriage is the perfection of their
mind and heart, the perfection of their love. Through marriage they
can achieve that goal. When you declare to the world that you are
married, you are actually declaring the initiation of your venture to
perfect your mind and heart and love. When you die, you are supposed
to have accomplished all of that in your married life and be
qualified to go to heaven.
(Rev. Sun Myung Moon, March 26, 1978)
What is marriage? Why is marriage important? Marriage is important
because it is the road to finding love. It is the road to creating
life. It is the road where the life of a man and a woman unite into
one. It is the place where a man’s lineage combines with a
woman’s lineage. History emerges through marriage, and from
marriage nations appear and an ideal world begins. Without marriage
there is no meaning to the existence of individuals, nations, and an
ideal world. This is the formula. Man and woman must become
absolutely one. Parents and children must become absolutely one with
God, love God, and live and die with God. And when they die and go to
the spirit world, that is the place called Heaven. But there has been
no individual, family or nation, which has fulfilled that ideal; the
world and humankind have not established that ideal.
(Rev. Sun Myung Moon, August 1, 1996)
The man or woman who lives completely for the sake of the world
and humankind can have no failure in his marriage. For that person,
marriage is a part of loving the world. No matter who the fiancé
is, that marriage is bound to be successful, for together the two
pursue the same goal and are absolutely assured of a successful
marriage. We must say, “I marry, not for myself alone, but for
the sake of God. I want to love God and mankind more. All by myself,
I cannot do that well, so I need my eternal partner.” That is a
beautiful concept of marriage. You assist each other in loving God
more, discussing together the ways to accomplish your goal. What a
(Rev. Sun Myung Moon, November 29, 1981)
Love in the family should be public-minded and unselfish. Selfish love says, “You must love me. I’m here to receive love.” That kind of love always drags you down like an anchor. Some marry because they want their spouse to love them; they are eager to receive love. That is wrong. You should change your mind now and think, “I want to get married because I want an object to give my fervent love to.”
Any love that is not public-minded is destructive love. Which
should be more important to the couple, their savings account or
their love? In some homes there are two savings accounts, one for the
husband and one for the wife. When they borrow from each other they
even write a receipt! If the son asks for some money, he writes a
receipt and pays it back with interest. Is love cheaper than money
and a piece of paper? When you are truly in love, a husband and wife
are one body. Your whole body can become sacrificial, so a bank
account is nothing. When the wife needs money, the husband’s
money is hers. Likewise, the wife’s money is her
(Rev. Sun Myung Moon)
Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be
subject to your husbands. Husbands, love your wives. For this reason,
a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,
the two shall become one” … let each one of you love his
wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her
Why do a man and woman need one another? Is marriage a natural thing?
We’ve been taught in our society that marriage is for our own life fulfillment. To what extent do you think this is true? Why?
The readings point toward a marriage that is for the sake of our spouse and children.
If you are married, how practical is this ideal? Have you experienced moments like this?
If you are not married, do you want to have this kind of marriage? Have you seen this ideal at work in other marriages, including your parents’?
If you are married, what obstacles do you have to get out of the way in order for your marriage to move closer to this ideal?
If you are not married, have you had a relationship that did or did not work because of factors we have discussed?
ACTION STEP: If you are married, what is one concrete thing you can do this week to improve your marriage? If you are not married, what is one concrete thing you can do to improve a significant relationship in your life?