Cheon Seong Gyeong – Sun Myung Moon
There is a term cherished in our Unification Church. Some of you might be hearing it for the first time; it is the term "True Parents." We say, Our True Parents! Did Jesus have True Parents? We have something that Jesus did not. Did Jesus have True Parents?
Are not parents responsible when they do not protect their children? Parents ought to protect their children. They must be a protective barrier against Satan and say to their children, "Be happy in our embrace." Did Jesus have that experience? For his entire life Jesus grew up and was treated as a stepson. This is why the Bible does not contain the words true parents. It does not contain the words true parents or true brothers and sisters.
These words are a part of our Unification Church terminology. They are not something I invented. They are words discovered to be part of the heavenly Principle. We use the words true parents and true children. We should understand how true children should act. True children should be able to offer their lives and everything they have for the sake of God's Son and should be grateful even if they themselves end up in hell. Without going through such a process, nothing can be accomplished. In this way, you can return to the Father through having the heart of true children. (76-73, 1975.1.26)
We use the words True Parents. We say that we should go forward together with True Parents and together with God. Next, we say that we should be true brothers and sisters. Centering on what? Centering on Jesus. Jesus' parents were unable to serve him, but we should reverse that failure through indemnity and stand in the position of parents who can serve him and who are better than his earthly parents were.
Which do you think is easier to accept: my referring to God as the Parent, or your referring to me as the Parent? You do not know how much I have suffered. You do not know how many walls there have been and how complicated it has been. Until now, myriads of people have struggled on that path and all have fallen into the pit.
When you joined the Unification Church and began to understand me from the perspective of theory, it must have been easy for you to say, "Ah, he is the True Parent." Then, which do you think is greater, the joy I felt when I realized that God is the True Parent or the joy you felt when you realized it? I could utter the word "Father" only after having gone through life-threatening suffering, but you were taught everything without suffering. This is why you can say, "Okay, I have come to know the True Parents; so what?"
Who would rejoice more? Which do you think should be greater, the joy I felt when I met God in the parent-child relationship or the joy you feel when you meet me? Although my encounter came only after suffering, your encounter took place without suffering, so you should be more joyful. If I had paid hundreds of billions of dollars, wouldn't you be you happy that you paid nothing? What have you paid? When you come and listen to the Principle you can understand everything. So, when you hear "True Parents," you merely say "So that's how it is!" and understand everything. (116-121, 1981.12.27)