Sun Myung Moon's Philosophy of Education
Chapter 2 - How Has God Educated Humankind? [Part 1/2]
2.1 How God has tried to teach humankind
God endured four thousand years of walking a suffering course to make a worldwide Israelite foundation and to prepare the Israelites to inherit the will of Jesus. However, they created a hopeless situation for him.
Although he had the authority of representing heaven, he could not find people whom he could work with; he had to create them himself. He had to reeducate people. (029-083, 1970.02.25)
Don't you find it hard to educate your children? They inherited your flesh and blood. They shed tears with you over tragedies. You understand each other implicitly. Your children quickly sense your moods; yet it is still difficult to educate them, isn't it? We are not truly God's sons and daughters. We are totally oblivious of His bitter tears and utter dejection because of having been born of satanic blood. Instead, we celebrate while God is sad, and rejoice over the downfall of His other children. How hard must it be for God to guide such people and direct us to pioneer the way? With a heart of compassion for people from individuals to groups of ten thousand, God has not been able to get a good hold on the providence of restoration thus far.
The heart and mind of God in pursuing His providence until today has been one of knowing, "Without Me, they will be destroyed. Man's ruin and destruction are not in accord with the purpose of creation. Knowing what I know, how can I let them be destroyed?" That is how God sees it. He knows so well that we need Him absolutely. That's why He has been heedless of His own historical suffering that He had to undergo in striving to educate us. That is God's situation. (042-257, 1971.03.21)
God has carried out His work in history with a heart of love to save humanity. Because His motivation to save us has been love, He had to educate people about love more than intellectual knowledge, external truth, the workings of society or the world. When God teaches us, He surely must do so focusing on what is most essential.
In the parent's position, what is the most essential thing that He could teach humanity? It is nothing but love. (042-340, 1971.04.11)
When children are born, they are not born right away as brides and bridegrooms, but as children to be educated by their parents. What can parents teach their children? They should not just impart knowledge, but also teach them how to love. Can they teach this by quarreling in front of them? Love cannot be found in strife. Education should focus on unity.
We require education concerning God's love. What is its origin? Man is not its source. God being their Parent, Adam and Eve should have learned about love from Him. From where would Adam and Eve derive and develop their standard of value? It would be from God's education in love. Until when would they have learned about love? Until they could understand all the values God had to teach them. That means until they had reached maturity, they should have received and grown in parental love. (051-171, 1971.11.21)
Did Adam and Eve, who were supposed to receive education in love from God, reach the requisite standard? If not, we cannot talk about God's ideal. The problem lies in defining the educational standard. Do you want to go to heaven? Descendants of the Fall, however, could not receive such education, except insofar as the restoration has progressed. You can only receive education on earth and live by it until you go to the spirit world. If you do not receive such an education on earth, you are in big trouble.
Since it is the parents who dispense education to their children, the latter are to follow the former wherever they may go and no matter how long it takes. Whether in scaling mountains, descending into valleys or even exploring caves, they should always be together. They should miss each other when they cannot. Could God bear to be separated from His son? Because God is absolute, He would absolutely miss His son if He could not see him. When God loves, He does so absolutely as an absolute being. Can you say, "I don't care whether God comes or not. I don't care where He is"? Do not have such an attitude, but be absolute.
God is like a mother's body existing for the life of the children. Isn't that so? As the mother of life, love and protection, God protects, raises and loves life. Where does happiness come from? Without protection, life would be endangered and love could not exist. When your life is at stake, how can you talk about love? You simply cannot. That is why protection is necessary. Who was supposed to provide protection at the time of Adam and Eve? It was the Archangel. Adam and Eve were in the midst of receiving education from God, the origin of life, while under the Archangel's protection.
If Adam and Eve had completed their education, what would God have done for them? "In the same way that I love you so much, Adam and Eve, you must love each other with much deeper love than My love for the two of you." That must have been how God commanded them. Then, how could Adam and Eve love each other more than God had ever loved them? They had to have reached full maturity to love each other. That is the only way.
God exists in one body. He exists as the subject of the dual characteristics. So, God's dual characteristics can love each other and may feel love, somewhat, as separate entities between the male, subject-partner aspect and the female, object-partner aspect within the one body of God. However, He could never receive the stimulation of love, the kind of love that is possible between a completely separate man and woman without a man and woman actually loving each other.
Therefore, had Adam and Eve really loved each other, forgetting even God, He would not have felt bad at all. Why would that be so? God is the subject entity that could have felt joy had Adam and Eve created oneness. When Adam and Eve felt precious love, God would have felt happy as well. That is the primary law of love under which God created us.
Therefore, without receiving education in love, we can never fulfill the purpose of creation. (051-173, 1971.11.21)
Adam and Eve did not receive education in love from God. In contrast to that, Jesus came to the earth to teach his own parents how to live a life of love. However, they did not listen to him.
Jesus should have been able to expound on love based on fulfilling the ideal of the temple and the Mosaic Law. He came as father, bridegroom, elder brother and owner of love on God's behalf. Mary's family should have attended Jesus as God. Their relationship to him should have been such that he could just call out, "Hey, Joseph!" since Joseph was not his father, or "Hey Mary!" However, what was the real situation? Did the circumstances allow Jesus to educate his own family? From a human standpoint, Jesus was the son and Joseph was the father. However, God viewed Jesus as being in the subject-partner position, representing His love. Following the law of love, Jesus's entire family was in the position to receive education and guidance from him in how to live their lives. He should have been freely able to tell them what kind of bride would have been suitable for him. However, did he ever have the chance to do any of that? Is any of that recorded in the Bible? People are trying so hard to enter heaven by some side branches; they lack the essential trunk. (051-187, 1971.11.21)
Jesus worked for three years with dull people such as Peter, James and John. Why did he tell them that he had come not to be served but to serve, and wash their feet? He taught as parent, yet they did not learn well. Essentially, filial children would be prepared to die together with their parents, and even in their stead. However, Jesus' disciples fled for their lives when he, their parent, was killed.
Your object partner assesses your value. A wife should cherish her husband even more than God. She should be able to confess, "I've never met God directly, but I've met Him through my husband. I never knew pure love existed in this world until I came to know pure love through him. I didn't know what true brotherly love was until I experienced a true fraternal relationship with him. He is the one who taught me all about love in life." That's what a man originally should be in being able to bring out the true mother, true bride and true sister in his wife.
This should be your life experience. You should feel stifled without this kind of education. Wherever you are, when you meet people, you should naturally feel that they are your grandfather or grandmother, father or mother, brother or sister. If such a heart becomes the basis of global culture, if we can create a world that sees itself as one great family, we would have the Kingdom of Heaven. People who live like that would be welcomed everywhere. They would not feel lonely wherever they went. They would never perish. (051-199, 1971.11.21)
Knowing of the historicity of such people as the nation of Israel that had the calling of being God's chosen ones, we cannot deny His existence. What was their primary purpose? It was to demonstrate the utmost loyalty to God, surpassing all other nations in the fallen world, qualifying to form the central body of people that could govern the nations. To bring that about, God promised to send the Messiah and educated them accordingly. (053-126, 1972.02.13)
Please know that God has striven to educate people, pulling them out of the rubbish heap to make them into princes and princesses of the heavenly nation. In order to go to the heavenly realm, you should be willing to sacrifice your own family for the sake of your nation, sacrifice your own nation for the sake of the world and sacrifice the world for the sake of the heavenly nation. That is the only way we can liberate hell. There's no doubt that the course for Unification Church members has to be full of tears. (113-199, 1981.05.03)
Who is the highest being in the entire cosmos? God is. So, if God and man together create thunderous, explosive love, who would be able to separate God from us? There would be no way to separate us - no way to escape. Can you feel that intensity? The harmony of the entire universe centering on the flow of love is supposed to stimulate us and form the educational material of our daily life. Yet fallen evil people are so much in confusion, engendering endless conflagration and triggering off infernal wars. Only the Unification Church can solve all these problems.
You know now why, for eternity, God can never let go of me. (173-055, 1988.02.01)
From what point do religious leaders start their missions? They do not start from the horizontal level. Jesus did not say, "I'm going to trust my own father and start my mission." His mission was not based on his human father and mother. It started with God, surpassing his physical mother and father. That is what is so great about it. From this perspective, we should be able to discern between religions focused on ethics in life and those focused on the love between God and man. You should understand which is more important. (175-242, 1988.04.24)
To redeem this world, God has been educating people through saints and religions. It is not easy to realize and practice goodness in the evil world. Holy righteous people were sacrificed for that reason. The road to truth is one of self-sacrifice, working your fingers to the bone. It is the way of giving unconditionally. (190-322, 1989.06.23)
How has God carried out the providence for the restoration so far? He has been guiding us as a parent. He has also been educating ignorant people throughout history as a teacher.
Then what does God want from educating us as a parent and as a teacher?
He wants to bequeath His position of parent and teacher to us. That is the ultimate purpose of salvation. That was the purpose of creation before the Fall. We were supposed to fulfill the role of parent and teacher on God's behalf. (198-060, 1990.01.21)
When God created the cosmos, He loved us from the position of our parent. Then He wanted to educate us so that we could realize the ideal of love by learning the principled course. Had we become mature, God wanted to tell us, "You now become the masters of the cosmos in the role of parents and teachers forever." God originally wanted us to be the masters of the cosmos. (198-061, 1990.01.21)
2.2 God's sorrow at humankind's ignorance
You must inherit the tradition that God has wanted to teach to parents, children, couples and siblings. That is the perfection of the four-position foundation. That is the purpose of creation. The completion of God's Will is the completion of the ideal of creation. The completion of God's ideal of creation is the completion of the four-position foundation. What is the completion of the four-position foundation? It is to have matured as children, parents, siblings and spouses in God's true love through education. God's sorrow stems from never having been able to teach people how to be mothers and fathers who have inherited His tradition, so we all should initiate His royal standard in our families. That is the way we can complete His Kingdom on earth! (223-201, 1991.11.10)
What caused God's sorrow? It is the fact that He could not teach His children. He did not have the chance to educate really grown-up sons and daughters. There isn't any substitute for that education in this world.
There is no educational principle. The original principle of education had love, the principle of the unified family and the perfection of mankind as its central focus. God's deepest sorrow resulted from not being able to educate His children - that Adam and Eve, as brother and sister, could not uphold that relationship. (223-277, 1991.11.12)
God never really had a chance to educate His children. It is His hope to teach humanity through the Unification Church. People who are completely united with God's love can see others as true brothers and sisters. Adam and Eve were brother and sister. God never educated them. That is the work of the Unification Church. If only they had reached full maturity as a true brother and sister, they would have been qualified to be a married couple. No one has ever taught his or her children anything of what God wanted to teach.
Adam and Eve were God's children and, at the same time, brother and sister to each other. Eventually they should have been husband and wife and parents to their children in the place of God. It is the mission of the Unification Church to teach the world the standard of God's ideal, which God never had a chance to do. (223-357, 1991.11.20)
What God's hope has been is to educate His sons and daughters centering on true love that embodies His ideal. It is His sorrow that He could not teach us true brotherly and sisterly relationships in His true family, with His love as the central focus.
It is His sorrow that He could not teach His children about His love in the family setting. There is no textbook on how to be true brothers and sisters, good husbands and wives, and good fathers and mother. Nor is there is a textbook on the traditional family of the heavenly nation with God as its central focus. Today, the Unification Church is seeking to create these. (224-030, 1991.11.21)
What is God's hope? What hasn't He been able to teach? He could not educate His children centering on true love. He could not teach the right way for sons and daughters to behave. He could not actually educate His children to the official standard.
Children have brothers and sisters. God could not teach them how to be good brothers and sisters. Even more essentially, He could not teach people how to be good husbands and wives. Through people becoming husbands and wives, they become parents. God could not educate people to be true children, true brothers and sisters, and true husbands and wives in the family of His true love. That is why people have not experienced true parental love, true conjugal love, true fraternal love and true filial love. That is precisely what we must teach people.
Women had neither true brothers nor true husbands representing Adam's position. Why? No one has ever reached perfection or the standard of parents. We lost everything and need a true man to restore it. (224-079, 1991.11.21)
What caused God's sorrow? He could not create the prototypical textbooks instructing on being heavenly children, heavenly siblings, heavenly spouses, and heavenly parents. His sorrow comes from never having been able to teach humanity with textbooks for guiding these four distinct and essential relationships. If He had been able to teach humanity and guide them at the right time, there would not be such misery in this world. When He sees the misery, He feels responsible and blames Himself for not having educated us. He has been longing for the day when He could teach people freely.
To be the people to create the new nation, we must attain that educational level. Unless you become such individuals, families, tribes, peoples and nations, you cannot be part of the new nation.
Hating your own brothers is like hating God and your own parents. It is destroying and denying your roots. It is driving away love. Not only God but also parents and even all things would abhor people that would do such a thing. They become enemies of God, True Parents and all creation.
God could not educate Adam and Eve to live the heavenly way.
When you look at all things, you'll see that plus and minus exist. The plus symbolizes man and the minus symbolizes woman. Man represents heaven and woman represents earth. Man represents the front and woman represents the back. One cannot make a full circle without acknowledging and accepting the other. What it means is that God, man and all creatures hate it when one ignores the other. You must teach people thoroughly that everything should exist in reciprocal harmony. That is what God wanted to teach us.
A woman has God, parents and her husband. That woman is Eve. Adam stands in the opposite position. Before Adam, there is God, his parents and his wife, Eve. That is why Adam and Eve were supposed to give birth to children in place of God and parents. They were supposed to give birth to children not of themselves, but as representatives of the entire cosmos. You should educate your own children focusing on the principle of love, the three kinds of true love. (225-215, 1992.01.20)
God's sorrow comes from not having been able to educate Adam and Eve to reach perfection. His sorrow comes from not having been able to educate them centering on the principle of education. Next, there was no textbook of education on the heavenly family. He could not teach people how to be brothers, good husbands or wives, and to live their lives on a daily basis. He could not teach people how a man representing heaven and a wife representing earth should form a union; how a man should be on the right and a woman on the left; how the east and the west should be connected; and how people should live in harmony as true brothers and sisters. Married couples could not be educated centering on God's love.
God could not educate people on the four different relationships. Those who have the right education should raise their children and train them in the right way. They should also be the leaders of their own tribes.
So, when they enter the spirit world, the perfection of children, siblings, spouses and parents should be realized. (226-156, 1992.02.04)
2.3 The general principles: tradition, education, practice
You should not only inherit the tradition but also you should be able to teach it. To whom? You should teach your children and your spouse. You should respect your spouse, "My husband is great." "My wife is great." With that kind of love and respect between husband and wife, parents must educate their children. Not only do they have to provide them with the right education but also they themselves must put it into practice.
Those are the three essential points: tradition, education and practice. That is what we have to work on.
That is exactly what I try to do. I have stood on the front line to set up the tradition and to educate you. Even if my own children do not know it, the Unification Church members know it. My own children will grow to understand that what I have done is good. Because you will be the fences that protect my children, they will also learn and understand what I do naturally. Starting from the family level, you should expand to the tribal, national and global level. You should inherit the right traditions. You should inherit my tradition and God's tradition. We must practice what God has taught us. It is that simple. (113-303, 1981.05.10)
What we should stress from now in the field of education is tradition, education and practice. You must know the tradition. You must respect our tradition. You must set the tradition of the new nation. You must educate focusing on the tradition. To educate people, you must know everything there is to know about Korea, Japan and America. Americans do not know Japanese or Korean traditions. Japanese also do not know Korean traditions. (216-136, 1991.03.09)
The three goals of our church are tradition, education and practice. You cannot educate without tradition. What is tradition? Of course, you should educate about my course of indemnification. Moreover, you should create your own family tradition. I fought in the midst of persecution.
You fought without the kind of persecution I experienced. Your history and mine should be unified. You must extol the fact that I fought under heavy persecution and that you expanded the influence nationwide, throughout Asia and the world. The two should be unified.
So, I tell you that you must create clubs of professionals that can influence the nation's administration and businesses focusing on the second and third generation. The most precious thing is words. Words can teach people how to behave spiritually and vertically. We should teach people with words. No matter how many horizontal-level regulations exist, they cannot be our focus. That may work in the fallen world, but this has nothing to do with the heavenly world. (226-281, 1992.02.09)
You can only educate people when there is tradition. You can educate people to follow the tradition and expand their influence through practice. My basic teaching is tradition, education and practice.
Practice enables the tradition to extend itself. What is the extension of tradition? Not me as a person. But in the tradition, you can find God's providence of restoration and providence of salvation. You should clearly understand this. You should educate people about it clearly. (241-216, 1992.12.26)
Groups move by following orders or regulations. To make people follow orders, these people need the right training. What we should do is to keep the tradition, to educate and to practice. Tradition, education and practice. The tradition is God and True Parents' tradition. We must educate people with the tradition of True Parents. If people go through their education correctly, then they will reach the God of providential history.
Set up your own way to do it. No one can help you. Be independent. Help others. Don't die. No matter how hard things may be, add something good to your daily life. Invest step by step. God has been investing Himself and forgetting what He had already invested. That is His tradition. (248-133, 1993.08.01)
Educate people, focusing on tradition and practice. "Tradition" means the tradition of God and True Parents. You must understand this point clearly. So you must understand it and practice the tradition. You should know and put into practice God and True Parents' tradition completely as a true object partner.
The heart of prelapsarian Adam and Eve was to be prince and princess. Blessed families should live by that standard. They should also teach it to their children. When you are a prince or princess of God, you establish His kingship. (254-334, 1994.02.16)
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