Reverend Sang Hun Lee's Message from the Spirit World - A Seminar in the Spirit World for 120 Christians Who Illuminated History
Channeled by Young Soon Kim
Reverend Sang Hun Lee's Message from the Spirit World - A Seminar in the Spirit World for 120 Christians Who Illuminated History [Part 4]
Messages from 120 Christians - An Intermediate Report
"God is the Parent of Humankind"
Channeled by Young Soon Kim
Origen (c. 185 - c. 254, Alexandrian biblical critic, exegete, theologian and spiritual writer)
"Can only True Parents liquidate the original sin of humankind?"
We came to know the new and excellent truth. As there is not enough time for me to reflect, I must be very careful, for I am at loss to express my impression. If you throw a stone into silent lake, the sizes of the waves vary according to the direction of the stone's flight. Because Divine Principle made a deep emotional impact on me, I can express my impression even through this is a sudden opportunity. I cannot express the shock in one word. To summarize in a word all the lectures, each of which has numerous topics and various meanings, is impossible even for genius. This makes it hard for me. I have a certain time to express my impression, but please forgive me if I use more time.
The lecturers explained that the Divine Principle is the truth that Reverend Moon discovered after enduring great difficulties at God's call. But I had concerns during the lectures. Why did only Reverend Moon find this great truth? Why, after the fall of the first man and woman, does God only watch humankind in difficult situations? Adam and Eve bore their children in sin and transmitted sin to them and it spread out in all humankind and ruined them. Many crimes have their origin in the sexual crime committed in the Garden of Eden. Who would compensate for us who were born with original sin? The declaration of the clarification of original sin was amazing. That was the crime of the first man and woman, but I feel much regret about it. I'd like to deny it strongly. It makes me feel very bad and hurts my pride. Many believers have lived in an uneasy peace with their sexual desire and made great effort to walk the straight and narrow way. They taught us that even though they lived ascetic lives, they still transmitted the original sin to their children. Was the sexual crime of the first man and woman so tremendous that even God was not able to restore it? What is the original meaning of the fall?
I am so confused that I can't express how excited, angry and stunned I am. If this problem of original sin is solved, the restoration of humankind will follow. But why was this truth found all at once? Wouldn't it have made the salvation of humankind easier if it had been found step by step through every stage of history?
I wonder and am puzzled why God only gave Reverend Moon the special mercy. Nonetheless I do not deny that he came as Messiah, the Second Advent and True Parents. As he brought such a great message from God, how can I say that he doesn't qualify to stand in the position of Parents?
Reverend Moon, please forgive me for being abrupt. I respect and thank you from the bottom of my heart for fighting as Messiah for the salvation of humankind and for peace. I expressed abruptly only because what I heard differed so much from my traditional beliefs. The lecturer told us to re-read Divine Principle and participate in lectures again and again, and study it. I will follow the direction. Please forgive me for using more time than that given me and also for the violent expression I made.
Origen--2001. 9. 20--
The Emperor Constantine (d. 337, the first Roman emperor to accept Christianity)
"I'd like to have direct guidance from True Parents."
It is my honor to be called "Emperor" here. I certainly realized through this education that Reverend Moon is not just the emperor of a nation, but the king of all humankind, emperor of this and True Parents of that. I am sorry and thankful to have the opportunity to express my emotion over the blessing I have received.
If we didn't make a false starting point of history, the Principle would have appeared at that time. But history was colored by the fallen world. I try to think how much God suffered watching this terrible history. To rearrange this wrong history, True Parents are necessary. In another words, I learned that the salvation of humankind is done only by true love through Divine Principle.
As new truth for humankind appeared, all of us are supposed to celebrate happiness and praise for True Parents' existence and victories over hardship. I have lived without knowing this fact until now, but I want to congratulate them as the emperor of a small nation representing all humankind.
Thank you; let's cheer for Reverend Moon, who comes as True Parents, Messiah of humankind, the Second Advent, the king of kings. Thank you very much. I hope that all humankind follow the Divine Principle. I will do my best to construct God's nation here as soon as possible. Thank you for calling me to participate in this sacred work. Also I'd like to thank the lecturers for teaching us enthusiastically.
True Parents, how should I live here so that my standard as an emperor is not ruined? What shall I do to attend True Parents closely? I don't mean that I want special treatment as an emperor, rather I mean to live a more grace-filled life of value.
Studying Divine Principle calms my mind and I naturally will to live a new life. This makes me reconsider my life on the earth, a life lived wrongly because I was without Divine Principle. One can seriously feel the value of life if one can give forgiveness and reconsideration. What should I do to get Reverend Moon's direct guidance? It is a sudden wish, isn't it? I'd like to live with True Parents' guidance if it is possible, because the lecturers here are making all of us deeply moved.
Reverend Moon, thank you.
Constantine--2001. 9. 22--
Athanasius (c. 296 - 373, Bishop of Alexandria [Egypt] who helped establish the theory of the Trinity)
"Divine Principle is the standard to solve problems."
First of all, I liked the word, Divine Principle (Unification Principle). Even though God, who is the master of humankind, is only one, the children's lives go against the Father's direction. I couldn't understand why life on the earth is like that and wondered about it. Studying Divine Principle solves several such problems clearly.
I always believed that God didn't create us in such poor shape, with the conflicts between religions and sects, racial prejudice and clashes of cultures. But this question is clearly solved by Divine Principle. Is there any certain theory in this world other than this? The logical explanation of the lecturers during the seminar was excellent. When I listened to the lectures, I unconsciously melted into the logic.
Divine Principle must be developed limitlessly. Literally it is Divine Principle (Unification Principle). The image of the Emperor Constantine bowing to the ground in front of the lecturers was pure and beautiful. I don't have his courage but was amazed by Divine Principle very much. This is my honest confession.
The Second Advent is successful. We can explain the greatness of Divine Principle only by seeing the image of his children. It is sure that Divine Principle is a must-read book for humankind. How could I express my impression of Divine Principle? The best expression is that it is emotion itself. Why does it come now when I study these lectures? I believe that this emotion, which is whirling in my mind, will not last just for moment like a bubble. Fire as in furnace engulfs my mind. Divine Principle arranges and purifies people's minds in every nook and cranny. The people on earth are lucky, because they who live following the guidance of Divine Principle will never worry about misusing their life.
Master! Reverend Moon! Thank you for your hard work on our behalf. If there are more proper expressions, I'd use them, but I can't find them. The lady who receives these messages is very lucky. What a happy life she has, with the mission of conveying the gratitude of so many people to Reverend Moon directly! I have much to say, but I was asked to keep to a specific time to express an impression. So I regret that I can't tell my entire impression. In one word, I thank Him.
Now I know new truth. I will arrange my mind and live following the way of Divine Principle. Reverend Moon! I will study Divine Principle thoroughly so that I can welcome you here with a happy mind after you solve all the problems on earth. I think that is the basic posture appropriate for greeting one's master. I'd keenly like to call the name, "True Parents." May all you are doing succeed for the glory of God and all humankind.
Athanasius--2001. 9. 22--
Benedict (c. 480 - c. 550, the patriarch of western monasticism)
"Even as I accept that Divine Principle is truth, I couldn't have a heartistic experience of it."
I think that Divine Principle shows us the original direction of life. There may be no theology from the Middle Ages to present that traces the relationship between God and humankind as abstractly as Divine Principle. I cannot imagine how a human being can discover the real existence of God. But Divine Principle explains the existence of God systematically and logically. Also it explains that God is the Parents of humankind with clear logic. How amazing it is! All the logic in it is new and brilliant. It seems as if God's original will is to be found in Divine Principle. What more could we want to find?
Many Christians here had a question about the Lord who came at the end of the Old Testament era (Jesus). Their question has to do with how one who was selected as Son of God could fall short in fulfilling the Messiah's task? How could God send a person who would not succeed in his responsibility? Some people left while hearing the answer to these questions. But almost everyone who heard the lecture until the end became humble. They know if you keep studying, you are sure to get the answer to your questions. There is so much in the Divine Principle. I'd like to study and analyze Divine Principle systematically. I have no doubt that the Divine Principle is the truth. It is very accurate and clear. It shows what humankind truly long to know.
I first doubted the assertion that Reverend Moon is the Second Advent of Jesus, who came to complete what Jesus couldn't complete. But after I heard about Time Identity, the Providence of Restoration and Unification Thought, my doubt disappeared and I could understand the circumstances and heart of God and the course of each age very well. I cannot attend or believe Reverend Moon as True Parents from the bottom of heart yet. But at least I realize that it is natural that I will do so eventually.
And I have concrete belief that Divine Principle and Unification Thought is truth that shows us the direction of salvation for humankind. I thank Reverend Moon for his hard effort to discover such truth. Still it is a fact that I cannot give my whole mind toward it, even though it is 100% logically correct. I ask myself the reason for this, and realize it is the persistence of myself and my arrogance.
Benedict--2001. 9. 23--
Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274, Dominican philosopher and theologian)
"Make it the main theory for the sake of realizing peace for humankind."
The organizers emphasized several times that I should share the part that was most impressive, so I'll follow their direction. But the others who told their impressions used more time. Lady reporter, can you give me more time, too?
I think Divine Principle and Unification Thought are not theories but great truth. I'd first like to express my gratitude for being selected to share my impression. I was stunned to know that the tragedy of humankind started with this terrible incident, the sin of the first man and woman in the Garden of Eden. It makes my mind hurt.
God gave his children the discipline of love so that his children could grow with God's best and biggest love. God Himself couldn't intervene in the discipline. It is a very sad thing that the first man and woman couldn't keep this discipline. I really regret that the history of restoration continues even now because history started on the wrong point. Why couldn't I know this tragic circumstance of history until now? I was blind in my longing for God because I couldn't conceive of the reality of God's heart, even though I studied history. But amid human tragedy there is one piece of good fortune in that humankind still has the original nature to seek for God. I don't know how to interpret the fact that God is the Parents of humankind. How could the transcendent and limitless God have a relationship of Parents and children with limited humankind? There are so many parts in Divine Principle that are new and not understandable to me. I feel oppressed. There is a small logical gap in Divine Principle, but I cannot concretely point out which part of Divine Principle it is.
I was moved deeply with the Unification Thought lecturers most of all. They lectured shedding tears, as if the lecture were an historic appeal. How could they reach that level of heart? I called to myself "Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Aquinas," and pinched myself several times. It was sure that I am Thomas Aquinas. I asked myself how I have lived until now. It seems that I became foolish after studying Divine Principle. "Thomas Aquinas, how will you live from now?..."
Heavenly Father, Reverend Moon, I will make an absolute pledge. I'm sure that Divine Principle not only saves all humankind but is also the main theory leading to liberty, equality and peace, for which all people long. My emotion and shock were so strong that I can't express them.
Heavenly Father! Reverend Moon! I wish that the theory of True Parents spreads to the end of the earth, and I believe that Divine Principle seminars will develop endlessly here, like clouds gathering at one place in the sky. I will participate in this movement and do my best for it.
Thomas Aquinas--2001. 9. 23--
Francis of Assisi (1181/2-1226, mystic, founder of the Franciscan Order)
"Divine Principle is essential truth for the salvation of humankind."
I felt new life rising in me as I was studying Divine Principle. They explained that humankind can live a happy life when they receive life elements from God, and that this is our original nature. It was the correct answer for my question.
It seemed as if fire had come into my body on the day I listened to Divine Principle. While feeling that, new power came up within my breast. My heart flew in the air and I felt as if something was bursting. I cannot explain this feeling in a word. I felt the power of the Holy Spirit of God strongly. The power exists not only in myself, but when I spoke with others, the power was conveyed and it became stronger. Looking at me in such a condition, the lecturers told me that I received the Holy Spirit from God, and to study the Divine Principle seriously and try to witness to many people. I had similar experiences while I was on earth, but this time the level was different. Now I can't stand shouting out loud.
Divine Principle and Unification Thought are theories that imbue strong power that can completely recreate humankind. I think this power comes from the Holy Spirit of God. We can never make this power by ourselves. We are always receiving invisible life elements from God. Thus, humankind live under God's protection, but can never feel it, and so fail to regard God. I cannot but say that humankind is very foolish.
Now I know that God is the Parents of humankind. How much God loves and thinks on us! But we are foolish and we don't know that it has been a long and sad history for God since the Garden of Eden. I think this is an amazing truth. Reverend Moon is a great man because he discovered this. He must have had incredible difficulties walking the way of Messiah and must have fought violently with countless satans. I'm very sorry to be in comfortable place like this as I study this great truth.
I believe that as Reverend Moon has appeared as True Parents. True Parents is the central person who represents and saves humankind. We can have salvation here too, in the near future. But without knowing this basic truth, there are many groups who pit themselves against it. I know it complicates my Master's mind. Too many people have come here to the lectures and it is very complicated and unorganized. There are more people who want to disturb the lectures than who came to study Divine Principle. It makes it difficult for the lecturers to run the seminar. The lecturers here are very great. All of them complete the lectures with a strong will. I've learned a lesson from them. I think Divine Principle and Unification Thought are the highest truth that will save humankind. Those who came here to disturb the lectures shed tears after they study Divine Principle. It is too bad that the time I have is too short to express my whole impression.
To summarize my expression, I say "Thank you Reverend Moon, True Parents of humankind. I believe that you will have victory and victory and victory again as Messiah."
Francis --2001. 10. 1--
John Wycliffe (c. 1330-1384, English philosopher, theologian and reformer)
"How dare they deny the truth that saves humankind."
I thought a good deal before I participated in this seminar. There was no little disturbance of people around it. I myself also was perplexed. That is because I heard that everyone who participated this seminar changed their view and way of thinking, and I thought this group is weird. But I decided not to be like that, because I have a mind that can make rational judgments, and so I courageously made my decision to attend.
But from the first lecture, something strongly led my mind. Nothing went as I wanted. I could not but shed tears over and over again. This group was weird; that much was true! But unbearable pain came into my whole body as the lecture went deeper and deeper. Poor God! I could feel God behind history for such a long time, waiting for us to be restored. At the same time I could feel Reverend Moon's keen suffering and deep sadness for humankind.
Through Divine Principle, we can know the miserable God who has been waiting for his children, and the vivid figure of the Master trying to overcome all the difficulties until he could find the Divine Principle. We can know how the sad history started when Satan took man and woman out of the peace of the Garden of Eden. But there are groups of people, not small in size, who reject without knowing what Divine Principle really is. I could not stand with the negative voices echoing in my ears; they broke my heart. I could do nothing but shed tears ceaselessly.
How have I lived not knowing of God's providence? How can I make those people who are refusing it understand the greatness of Divine Principle? I felt pain and pricking in my mind. I naturally feel an impulse to convey the new truth. I want to go out with a microphone and shout it out. The lecturers are not just lecturing; they are appealing earnestly. I fear nothing in front of this marvelous truth. If I summarize my impressions of this seminar, I can just express that "it is an amazing fact." At the beginning I didn't intend to believe it, but all the parts are logical and clear, so I can't deny even one word with my knowledge. I was just surprised. And I would like to celebrate Reverend Moon and praise him highly, the True Messiah of humankind. Is that enough for the impression?
John Wycliffe--2001. 10. 1--
Joan of Arc (1412 - 1431, the "Maid of Orleans")
"I will become a heroine of the new truth."
I think Divine Principle and Unification Thought have great power that reforms anew people's hearts. I think that we would never fall if we have this firm truth. Because we don't have a certain direction, purpose and belief, we go the way to the fall, the way of moral collapse. But what need we fear if we have certain guidance like this? I think that Reverend Moon's Divine Principle is the truth that gives us new hope and faith. Reverend Moon, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
The lecturers here are lucky persons because they attended Reverend Moon directly on the earth and received his education, and then they came here. We could deduce the thought of Reverend Moon well enough through the character of the lecturers. The lecturers guided us with love and sincerity. I could feel deeply how precious and blessed this position is. If I summarize my impression of this seminar, I would say that I'd like to live and work together in this atmosphere.
And Reverend Moon has come as True Parents of humankind. So he is my True Parents, too. I believed that the way of salvation would open for me, too. I was just impressed that my name is on the list that many people long to be on. It would be good if there were a method for Divine Principle to be widely spread as soon as possible for all the world. I'd like to be in front of the line of those conveying Divine Principle. I am not such a person who can be silent after knowing new truth.
"Stand up, stand up, the new truth will make your mind strong. The new Gospel has appeared for deaf and dumb humankind. There is truth that makes us attend the same Father, the same Parents. All of us should go and join them. All will become strong. Truth that liberates us from Satan's chains has appeared among humankind..." I shout and shout it like this over and over again in my mind. Thank you for your hard work. And we believe concretely that this truth is the Heavenly secret. I believe that truth like this should spread among ignorant humankind widely and as fast as possible.
Reverend Moon, True Parents, please give me a mission, too. I don't want to be a reformer but rather a leader with love. Thank you very much.
Joan of Arc--2001. 10. 1--
A word from Dr. Lee, Sang Hun
I invited 180 people, but 1,800 came and shouted that they all wished to listen to the lectures. The lecture room became confused and disorderly. (I put a message on a wall that said it is the only period when I would convey a message from earth.) It was more disorderly because opposing groups came and tried to disturb us.
Menno Simons (1496-1561, Anabaptist, founder of the Mennonites)
"I am glad that I was invited here."
I regret very much that I couldn't know this useful truth while I was on the earth. Even as I attended the one and only God, I never imagined that God wants to be with humankind and that his relationship with us is that of Parents and children. I solidly believed that we cannot come close to God, as he is transcendent existence.
I think that because Reverend Moon discovered this marvelous truth, it is certain that he became the True Parents of humankind as the one and only existence. I think man's long history, which was a path suffering and hardship for God's finding True Parents, is not wasted at all. I am not satisfied to express my deep inner world with one word. Divine Principle is truly amazing. I am also amazed that a lady will convey my impression to True Parents on the earth. I almost can't believe it. I wonder how things like this happen. The lecturers explained for us quietly, systematically and in detail that things like this happen only while True Parents are on the earth.
Why did Divine Principle and Unification Thought emerge at this time? It implies that numerous people couldn't receive this mercy, even though they lived only for God. That is because of the benefit of the providential age. It fills us with regret. But there is no meaning to repentance on that point. I promised several times, "Let us be thankful that history has come to this point." But my mind was not comfortable. I'm deeply grateful that my name is on a list posted here and there on walls. People have started to envy me. I became a person who receives invitations from earth.
How happy I am because I'm on the hallowed list of people invited from earth and by True Parents, even there are billions of people here. But I am still in a daze because Divine Principle and Unification Thought are declared. If we follow the thought of Divine Principle and Unification Thought, we can live without war, religious bigotry and racial prejudice. Only thing we do is live with our minds humble before God. Strong power is rising within me to live like that. I can't remember my past life, and I don't know why. It is a miracle. I can't just skip any part of Divine Principle. It is very systematic and logical. All the people here thank for Reverend Moon, the Lord of Second Advent, for coming as Parents of all humankind. How can I express this glory and gratitude? Numerous people here are feeling reborn. It is noisy outside as it occurs, but everybody who studied Divine Principle became hushed.
Reverend Moon! The Lord of Second Advent! Thank you for overcoming all difficulties. Thank you. And I have something to ask you. Please give the glory of meeting the Lord to people here in any way possible. Please give us special glory. I'm sorry, but I'm sharing from my febrile mind.
Menno Simons--2001. 10. 2--
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