Unification Family Life
by Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Section 3. The Mission Of The Unification Church (Part 2)
4. The Need For The Unification Of Religions
1) There is One Absolute God
You are all hoping for what we call unification, aren't you? [Yes.] These days in the churches there are many denominations and they are always fighting about something, so they are shunned by society. Think about it. Religion acts centered on God, but that God, how many Gods are there? How many Gods should there be? [There is one.] There's one, one. There is only one absolute God. There should be only one. But since there are the Presbyterian God, the Methodist God, the Holiness Church God, today the Unification Church God, and some kind of Buddhist God, Confucian God, and the Muslim God, what is happening here?
There, where people have forfeited the place of the absolute God, and are worshipping relative "denominational Gods," they can never know the fragrance of absolute value. That is the logical conclusion. Dreaming of the salvation of humankind, the ideal world, paradise on earth, or paradise in heaven through such religions is a joke. Perhaps the God of Islam may be asserted as one part of the attributes of God, as a God revealing God's attributes; that would be possible, but it cannot replace the absolute God. There is room for only one absolute God.
Therefore in order to go before God who can be called the absolute God, it can be concluded that all religions can become one. Unless that happens, as the Last Days approach, all will break down. Therefore the one world realized by absolute value cannot come into existence through religions seeking relative gods. If one is standing within a religious realm having this kind of concept, it can be concluded that religion too cannot help be destined to be reformed. (121-143)
2) God Does Not Need Several Religions
God does not need several religions. God does not wish for Buddhism to exist; He does not wish for Islam to exist; He does not wish for Confucianism to exist; He does not wish for Christianity to exist. If there are religions, God wishes they would become one together on the basis of God's Will, work for the liberation of the world, abolish evil from the earth, and go forth together centered on God's purpose while realizing the world of goodness. God does not want religions which forget about the world and fight from a sectarian position. In the same way that high-level cultures absorbed low-level cultures, high-level religions absorb low-level religions. That does not happen through force; it cannot help but happen naturally.
That is inevitable because of the development towards a good world. If we look at God's will from that perspective, when we look at things while centered on God, when we think that God surely established religions in this world to carry out the providence of salvation, we see that those religions definitely have a world nature. We must have one religion. The doctrine of that religion must include content which realizes the world of oneness.
Becoming the world of oneness is not becoming a world of oneness without a relationship with God. There must be the content of a religious doctrine which places God as the subject and brings heaven and earth into a completely close oneness. And it must not fight with the ideologies and thought systems; it must have the subjective power to automatically absorb them. And it does not become one with the people on its side, or only its own people, or its own cultural background; it must have the ability to absorb and digest all the different, opposite content. Without that, it is impossible. Then one does not become one only with the people he likes. This must not seek to become one only with one's own side excluding one's enemies; it must be a religious content seeking to become one without leaving out one's enemies. God wants that kind of religion, and Jesus would have come with that kind of religious goal. (93-200)
3) in the End All Religions Must Become One
In God's providence, in order to realize His Will, God has gone through a historical course of so many situations. Throughout the course of history humankind has lived in different cultural backgrounds due to differences in climate or the environment or their geological surroundings, and at the same time have had different habits and customs. Therefore we cannot help but think that in order to fulfill the providence of salvation, in order to deal with each individual, in order to deal with each family, in order to deal with each society and nation, God carried out a providence appropriate to all the different backgrounds of humankind and to all the different cultural backgrounds.
When seen from this position, when we say that history develops in the will of God's providence, it is a logical conclusion to say that there are both main stream and subsidiary providential courses which can realize God's providential history which develops through the course of history. Looked at this way, there are many religions in the world. At first God established incomplete, superstition- like religions, and through the course of history He caused them to seek God, and gradually, gradually He united them into high-level religions, and in the end He will lead them into the age of the completion of the providence of salvation through the ideal of one religion.
If God is a God who loves the world, it logically follows that He would carry out the providence in that way. (121-295)
Centered on the many different cultural backgrounds or national environments, God made many religions appropriate to them and gathered them together, and since they were spread out like the fingers and toes, he gradually unified them. Now, as you know, there are four great religious cultural realms. They are the Christian cultural realm, the Buddhist cultural realm, the Islamic Cultural realm and the Confucian cultural realm. In the end they must become one. All results appear according to what was sown. Because our human ancestors sowed the tragedy of the separation of the mind and body and their struggle, that kind of resultant world must appear. Therefore there is a world centering on people of the mind and there is a world centering on people of the body.
The conclusion is what I said before: The mind became the dwelling place of God, and on the other hand, the body became the dwelling place of the evil spirit. But a good spirit and an evil spirit cannot exist in the same place. If they are in the same place, they fight continuously. Therefore if we look at the world today, the democratic world and the communistic world are both hoping for a leader who can find the way to the new world of oneness. All of the many religions have concepts of the Second Coming, and all of them are waiting for a leader who can unite religions into one and let the people of the world live well.
From now on, what is the problem of the world? It is religion. Even if ideological problems are solved, it is not enough if a thought system cannot resolve the religious problem. These kinds of complicated problems cannot be solved blindly. The process must follow fundamental rules. If God exists, that God must find the path which can solve things according to an official course following the fundamental rules. (54-27)
Today our Unification Church should become a religious group doing what kinds of things? It must become a religious group able to unite churches. It must become a church able to unify churches. To do that, if we look at the problem of what must be done to unite them and make them into one, we must first go before God with conviction that we can fulfill our portion of responsibility. Without doing that, as the Unification Church which has the name of Unification Church, we have no way of fulfilling our mission. (63-325)
4) The Plan for Unification of Religions
The person standing here named "Moon" put up the awesome name of "The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity." Will unification really be possible? It will certainly happen. But will it really happen? Even if we just talk about Christianity, it has divided into over 400 denominations which have been fighting throughout history until now. I believe that you know well that this is the absolute truth. Christianity itself is at the stage of breaking down.
At this stage, what is the Unification Church? Now you may think that this person named Mr. Moon is a little strange in the head, but I don't think that is difficult. If there is a denomination which has a strict rule to live for others, and all the denominations make an effort greater than that denomination, I think they will surely become one. And even if a religion is heretical, if it makes an effort above the spirit which that church is seeking, I believe even that religion will become one with them, too. This human being called Moon cannot do it, but because God is that kind of being, because God, who is the subject, is that kind of being, if we keep a reciprocal position with that kind of being, naturally through God's power, I believe they will become one. This is logical. (72-22)
When you hear the name Unification Church, perhaps you may ridicule us saying, "Oh, this thing called Unification Church, in history many people dreamed about it and failed. Now to come out and talk about it when things are nearly done, what's this Unification Church?" But if you do, then you have not thought about the plan of how to do it. But if there is a group which is willing to go to the end centered on this rule of living for others, even if Christianity has 400 denominations, they will become one. Today if America lives for the world, if it lives for the world sincerely until America itself disappears, then centered on that America the world would become one. Not just for a moment; it's an eternal standard, eternity. If there were a nation like that, that nation would lead the world, and not only that, even God would welcome us. (70-308)
What is my secret method for achieving unification centered on the Unification Church? I don't look at things in a complicated way. It's a matter of looking at things simply and having to analyze them in a complicated way. How do you look at things simply? If there are two of you put your foreheads together and fight over whether your denomination is right or my denomination is right, and even if your objects are heretical or even the devil Satan, let's keep visiting them. Let's meet them continuously. Go for one year, go for two years, go for three years, and then when they think about it, they will realize they overdid it. People have consciences.
After three or more times of treating a person excessively, they hear the voice of their consciences. "Oh, come on. You have to think in terms of moral principles. A person shouldn't be like that. You overdid it." (126-331)
Think about it. The Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church fought for 950 years. After that now in the midst of confusion they are saying let's become one, but it is impossible for them to become one. Furthermore, the Protestants have divided into many denominations, around 400 denominations, and each is saying it is great; but with all of them saying they are great, they cannot unite.
Then how is the Unification Church going to unite them? It's simple. The method of unification is simple. If Reverend Moon loves the members of a church more than the minister of that church, he can make them into one. The problem is that. And further, if our members of the Unification Church love the minister of a church more than the members of that church, they can become one. Isn't this the duty of the true teaching which Jesus left us, "not as I will, but as Thou wilt."? His will could not exist. Living one hundred percent for others, other than by that way heavenly fortune cannot be established. That is the deepest point of Christianity. When we go to spirit world and are judged, that is all there is. (87-38, 77-198)
We must unite the religions. With what? With our fists? Through threats and intimidation? Through dictatorial power? No. It's simple. Shall I tell you how? The method is simple. It's to keep on trying until it happens. It's to just keep on trying until it happens. If you don't sleep when others are sleeping and don't eat when others are eating and don't play when others are playing, it will work. In that way one person will become two, two people will double and double and double . . . multiply and multiply and become ten million people and go beyond a hundred million people and when it becomes several hundred million people, it will be completed.
The established churches will also surely become guides for the Unification Church. I'll make that happen. No matter how people say it won't happen, let them talk. I am checking out all those various people. So how will we do it? It's simple. We live more for their religious order than they can. It's simple. Now as I do supra-denominational religious work, each year I use several times more the amount of money used by any of the denominations of the established churches. For our Unification Church we use 44 million won a month. That doesn't even cover a few day's worth of my expenses. But for our supra-denominational work I have used hundreds of billions. Was it good to do that, or bad to do that? [Good to do that.] It was bad. That's not taking good care of your own household.
Among the things that the Unification Church has done until now, those done for the Unification Church . . . . look at the Unification Church, took at the churches in the countryside; they work only for the nation, for the world. (171-165)
Therefore after heaven's laws have grown to a certain level, the wind blows. When it blows, the source of life, if the power of life and love are one with the traditional standard, there at that point a large joint appears and grows . . . This point which cuts through that joint which can go through that joint . . . if you follow it everything will be ruined. It goes like this and goes like this; one can't know where it will go. But love cuts through this center and goes out. It's saying persecution is a shameful thing. Because we know those laws, the Unification Church, even if it is in the realm of fortune to be ruined, it will maintain itself and not only be proud of today's progress but also run along the road of the hopes and dreams of the glorious world of progress.
This is the way of Unification believers. So when we reach the final place of rest and settle in, we will be the group living in castles. Do you understand? [Yes.] Centered on the main castle there will be north, south, east and west castles. If one cannot live in the main castle, one lights the candle of love which can live in a branch castle. The candle is the same. just it is large or small. Then if these candles are gathered together larger, they are transformed into a candle which can light the universe. Unification comes from love. That's why it is Unification Church.
The thing about Unification Church which can unite the established churches, unite the world, and unite all the various things of all the peoples, is living for others, and living for others, and forgetting, and living for others and forgetting, and living for others and forgetting. . . The angle one degree, two degrees, three degrees. . . after 360 degrees have been filled and return to zero, this is in a new position and the degrees go backward. In this way the opposition can be changed into the ideal world.
This will definitely realize the king, queen, prince and princess of the palace of love, and it will be possible for it to continue. Knowing this you should know what kind of position you are to have. . . (179-173)
5) The Cooperation of Spirit World and the Unification of Religions
We must unite the denominations. In uniting the denominations if we don't have the ability to distinguish between things done well and things not done well, we cannot unite them. We should not insist on unification without any preparation. We must have some content which can cause them to unite. And we must unite the thought systems. But without having united the denominations, the thought systems cannot be united. In that sense, we must know that the Unification Church has appeared carrying the banner of responsibility for world history. So we are saying let's unify the churches. The spirit world cooperates in uniting the churches. Everyone who attends the Unification Church will know this fact. Do you know or not? Do you know that the spirit world is cooperating with the Unification Church or not?
How big is the spirit world? How many spirits will be on our side? Around three billion? All of the people who have come to the earth and left are hanging in the spirit world. Whether they are hanging upside down or hanging sideways, however they may be hanging, all of them are hanging in the spirit world. All of them are to cooperate with the Unification Church in the future. Their worry is that even though they say they will help we may not allow them to participate. So now the spirit world is in an uproar. Do you know these things? In the spirit world there are spirits who believed in Buddhism, spirits who believed in Confucianism, spirits who believed in Islam; spirits who believed in all the religions are gathered together. These groups are to cooperate.
The fortune of unification is rising up in the spirit world. If this happens, no matter how much one doesn't want it, the fortune of unification will come here on earth. When winter passes, Spring is to come, but if someone thinks Spring shouldn't come and tries to defend himself against Spring, can he stop the Spring which is coming? If you say you will defend yourself during the winter, it doesn't work either. Spring flies in from a different place. You cannot resolve it from within. If you want to solve something it has to be done from another place, not from within.
The Unification Church is asserting that we should unite, but that unification plan is not within; it is somewhere else. That other place is the spirit world. Unification will be achieved without fail. Christianity says they want to unite. Does it seem they will be able to unite or not? [No.] If it were you would it be possible? People who think that unification will happen, raise your hands. In order to do that we all must become people who will do it instead of others. The problem lies there. (24-264)
The Unification Church must lead the way and unite the denominations. In Korea we have been insulted. Everyone says that the Unification Church is a bad place, but even newspaper reporters say that they cannot help but acknowledge that we have the ability to foster the atmosphere of supra-denominationalism. You must know that the spirit world is cooperating from behind the scenes for sure. (24-267)
6) Harmony Between the Denominations is a Necessary Condition for Heading Towards World Peace
There are many people who ask what religion can do in such a secular age. My views on that are the following: world religions provide a common yet unchanging foundation of value systems; that is to say, they assert absolute values, and on that foundation all the governments must realize true harmony; with a proper value system science and technology should guide humankind in a valuable direction; all the cultural realms on earth should be purified and uplifted through a tradition centered on God, and that tradition should belong to all people, and the religions should make sure that tradition is transmitted from generation to generation.
Truly I can say to you, this kind of ideal is the establishing of God's Kingdom of Heaven on earth. And I believe this is possible. Some people assess me as too idealistic, and I acknowledge that. But I have no other choice because God called me and gave me this kind of mission. Up until now I have not just taught about God's ideal; I have dedicated my life to the work of realizing God's will on earth. During that time the missionary work, educational work, the scholastic work, the victory over communism work, and the harmony that I promoted between the denominations and churches and the social service activities were all for that. Among these many areas, what I want to stress is the harmony between the denominations and churches. One substantial problem that humankind is facing today is the present situation of the mutual lack of understanding brewing within each of the world's religions, between the religions, and between the many Christian denominations.
In spite of many varied efforts to solve these problems, the antagonism and hostility of the religious associations continue unchanged. The religious wars which occurred over the past many centuries are still not over today. There have been many movements for mutual understanding, but between sincere believers, indifference, religious narrow-mindedness, as well as the tendency for religious pride are still prevalent. In spite of most of the religions worshipping the same God, and frequently even having the same doctrine, religious people continue to oppose each other and to act like enemies. We must come to realize the truth that God is beyond denominationalism, doctrines or sectarianism. God's purpose has always been to save all of humankind; it has not been to save just one special people or race or religious organization. And His purpose has not changed up to this moment now.
If, as religious people, we do not stop these fights and antagonistic actions between ourselves, we will not be able to help God save the world. Many religious leaders have felt keenly about this, but because of many complicated problems, the solution suffered frequent setbacks. What I have stressed all along is that harmony between the religions is a necessary condition for world peace. Because it was impossible until now for any one religion to be the complete spokesman for God, the varied interpretations that the religions have are inevitable outcomes. But for the reason that we are all the children of one heavenly parent, we are all brothers and sisters within one extended family. Accordingly, between religions there is no need for conflict and hatred. (133-273)
5. World Salvation And World Unification
1) The Mission of World Salvation
What would be God's will? Of course saving one individual would also be God's will, but it is saving the world that is God's will. Furthermore, when an individual is saved and stands before God, God needs an individual who says he would like to believe in heaven and be saved for the sake of the world. God wants representatives of the families, but He would like to establish representatives of the families in order to save the world. He wants to establish representatives of the people, but it is not for one race of people; He wants to establish representatives who can lead all the peoples of the world. He wants to establish representatives of the nation, but wouldn't He want national representatives who say they will fulfill the mission of saving all the nations of the world?
Today when we look things from the position of working for that kind of will of God, we see that we must be saved individually but we must be saved in order to save the world, and we must be saved as a family but in order to save the world, and we must be saved as tribes, as peoples and as nations, but we must be saved in order to save the world. It will not do if we are not that kind of individual and family. (69-100)
What is the Unification Church saying we should do? It's saying we should make the world into one. Is it saying we should make it into one and then be ruined? Then that's an evil group. It's saying we should make the world into one and then attain a good world, the world of goodness. Therefore when we look at it logically as well, the Unification Church appeared as an inevitable religion. Even if it's not the Unification Church, a church which is idealistic and correct logically had to appear. If we say such a church can come into existence, if that is evidence, then it is true without a doubt that God exists. Don't you think so? Then considering that God exists, if God's love is revealed, everything is resolved. Then how can the evidence of godly love, the love of God, be actualized? You must realize that this is the destined task of the Unification Church. (94-283)
If the Lord comes, He does not come to save one nation. He doesn't come to save one nation. He comes to save the world. When that time comes close, because it is the Last Days, unless we go beyond the nation and discover the world which we can love more, unless we go beyond the nation and value the people of heaven more, unless we go beyond the nation and carry out a movement which can love God, we can conclude that the world will be destroyed. We should know that this is the way of thought and this is the way of unification which the world people can hope for in the future.
Here the color of one's skin is not a problem. Here the cultural background is not a problem. Our hope and our goal is only becoming one for the sake of the world which is for God's will and God's love. That through the world becoming one, the ideal world which God and humankind are hoping for will come about. This is how I see it. Accordingly I know that it is the mission of the Unification Church to teach the way to go as an individual, the way to go as a family, the way to go as a tribe, the way to go as a people and the way to go as a nation, and the way to go as the world. (53-24)
Our Unification Church is a religion for saving the world. The Unification Church has put forth the thought and tradition that the world must be saved even if it means sacrificing Christianity and America. The tradition that I am talking about and teaching in the Unification Church is not Reverend Moon's tradition. Everything is God's tradition. Now you have received Reverend Moon's thought; you must inevitably go and connect to Reverend Moon's and God's tradition. This is destiny, destiny. (130-240)
Our Unification Church is now suffering. Because of whom are we suffering? Is it because of "I"? [No.] It's because of the world. The purpose is different. We are not saying we will be saved; we are saying we will save the world and die. Now the work we are doing is the same work that the spirits in spirit world are doing. What do the spirits in spirit world do? They are trying to save the world. Matching that, the place that is trying to do that work is the Unification Church. According to what was paid for in this way for several thousands of years, it is the responsibility of the Unification Church to contract it to some tens of years and raise it up. (72-162)
God's purpose is to save the world even if one nation has to be sacrificed. In the end, if we stick to the idea of the nation, and are faced with the traditional concept of the nation we cannot find the world. Therefore in order for us to find the nation, we must go beyond the idea of the nation. Without being centered on this kind of thought, even if the world said it would come into the will, centered on one's own people, centered on one's own tribe, centered on one's own nation, they would all begin to fight again.
Long ago the peoples who fought had bad feelings and called each other names. The Will cannot be realized in that way. If the world becomes one in front of the Will, Germany will be saved, England will be saved, all will be saved. If that doesn't happen and each one puts his nation first, all will be broken. Our goal is to go beyond the idea of nation and plant the conviction that we have to live loving the world. (54-162)
The Unification Church is carrying a world-level mission. It is in a position to connect to that ultimate blessing which must be given over to humankind. This is an awesome blessing. At this point, do your duty and fulfill your responsibility completely. Go over all the various world-level ups and downs of life which you run into through your environment and the many courses of history. This amazing truth that you have met today, you should know that this blessing is more amazing and more awesome than if you owned a whole country, or than if you captured and ruled the world, or even than having the heavens and the earth. (43-297)
2) The Establishment of An Equable Civilization Through the Combining of Eastern and Western Civilizations
Adam fell because his thinking was centered on himself. Abraham, too, was ruined while dreaming of his own blessings, and the people of Israel were ruined while they were dreaming of their own people's blessings. Today in this world, Christianity is dreaming centered only on itself and it is falling into ruin. We must create a new culture which can walk on the earth, take its stand, and on that foundation find prosperity. For that we must make a volcanic crater which can begin this work. This is what the Unification Church is heading for. In the future, just like the meaning of the noun unification, the day when the world can unite will come. That day is the Last Days. (16-169)
The Unification Church must fulfill the mission of being a bridge connecting the Eastern and Western cultural realms. The Unification Church has sufficient content to do that. To prepare for that time which will absolutely come, we must prepare our subject nature. We must prepare a kind of parent body which can spread out to the nations and the world. This is the reason we must strengthen the system of our activities. (27-200)
What is the Unification Church? We place material below the spirit. They should become one, but the West and the East are different. They are opposites. How can they become one? They have been divided; how can they become one? Well then, should the East which has represented the spiritual side go and carry the West on its back, or should the West which has represented the external things go to the East and carry it on its back? Which should it be? [The West has to go to the East and carry it on its back.]
Why should it be that way? The mind is the center. Centered on the mind, the body must follow the mind. The body must unite with the mind. The mind is the center; it would be destructive for the center to go and carry the body on its back. The center stays still, and the body comes and becomes one with it, and centered on the center it must revolve around it. Is that right? [Yes.] Am I saying this because I'm from the East and want to subjugate the West, or am I saying it because it stands to reason? [It stands to reason.] (147-90)
Then ultimately owing to what does a civilization bear fruit? It is through religion that it bears fruit. It is not owing to politics. It is not owing to economics or anything else that it bears fruit. Because culture definitely develops on the foundation of religious thought, it is owing to religion that it must bear fruit. (78-312)
Only after the Unification Church digests the four great cultural realms can it come into the center. That is what the Unification Church means by the center culture civilization, the center culture civilization which Reverend Moon is asserting. The center culture civilization is the central civilization. It matches the degrees of the four directions and it means the realm which has the subjective ability to control the four directions from the subject position. Do you understand what this means? [Yes] The conclusion can be made. What's the method of heaven? [Being struck and then taking things.] It's taking things. (113-143)
3) The Five Races as Brothers and Sisters of One Family
The problem of whether the Unification Church can unify the world or not depends on whether we can or cannot love the five races of mankind whom no one has loved until now. In love can you sacrifice the individual and love the tribe, and sacrifice the tribe and love the people, and sacrifice the people and love the nation, and sacrifice the nation and love the world, and sacrifice the world and love heaven and earth?
If that can be done from beginning to end and the conclusion can be reached, this kind of movement would last forever worldwide. So today the Unification Church ended up talking about cosmosism. The Unification Church has made many new words. Cosmosism refers to wanting to make the world into one home. So in this home there must be a mother and father, and here heaven is the father and earth is the mother. Next there must be brothers and sisters. The parents are heaven and earth, and the brothers and sisters are humankind. Therefore the direction of the Unification Church is different from that of other people. (36-296)
What is the Unification Church? What is done by the Unification Church? What is it seeking to do? It is seeking to make everything into one. One. It's creating oneness. If a white person says something is right and a black person says that it shouldn't be done, are they one? Therefore to become one, the blacks say its okay to do it this way, and the whites do it, and the blacks say it's okay. Without doing that we won't be able to see a unified world, unification. The unified world, the world of peace, the world of oneness, it's all a fantasy. It is impossible. (161-23)
What our Unification Church says is "Become one, you five races. Digest everything. Become harmonized." It's wild. What's all this wildness? just believe in the Unification Church. What? Make boats, and do this and do that, go out on the ocean and catch fish? What's all this about? Going out on the ocean and catching fish is a piece of cake. In the future everyone will go to the mines and dig coal, and dig diamonds, and dig gold. Then how will we do it? Yes, if you dig a tunnel, you must dig it for a few thousand feet, for a few hundred miles. (laughter) (111-97)
Those of us living in the present age, what is it that will allow us to go beyond our racial characteristics and our racism? We cannot do it with the national concepts of today. It is impossible with the ideologies of the world today or the national concepts. It can be concluded that it cannot be done except through love centered on God. Therefore only a true religion can go beyond the nation, and go beyond race. That is to say, unless we start with love centered on God, it cannot be done. When we look at it like that, our Unification Church should try it.
From God's side, if we look at the people of the world vertically, they all have levels, but if we look at them horizontally, how is it? They are all brothers. Brothers. When we look at it that way, they are all God's sons. They are brothers. Brothers. To make their parent happy, to become one centered on their parent, what do they have to do? The brothers have to love one another. If one brother is not living well and doesn't have much to wear and is living pitifully, then the elder brother who is living well and the next brother, all of them should divide up what they have and make their brother like themselves. This is the way to become one. (86-181)
4) Building the One World Which is Centered on God
Today Christianity is a world religion both in name and in reality. But facing this world religion, Christianity, there are still walls remaining worldwide. In the true sense of the word, has it loved the world and fought for the world? One basic wall is blocking the road which world Christianity must go today. And not only for Christianity; that kind of wall is still facing many religions.
How are we going to break down that wall? This is a very important problem which the religious people or religions must solve at this point in history. In order to tear down this wall and go over it, what must we do? A religion must not stress the people of the nation it comes from. A religion which puts its own nation's people first will never be able to realize the world-level will. One must go beyond one's people or nation; one must do away with the traditional social structure or culture of one's people, and seek a society centered on world people and seek a world which can become one with God's will. There all the hearts should be united, and all daily life should be united.
Unless the religions carry out decisively the work to unite the concepts of life and the concepts of the world, religion will not remain. From this viewpoint, the Unification Church today must fulfill an important responsibility to present these problems. This is not to spread a religious fight which puts one's own people first; it is to spread a religious fight for the world.
We must become the Unification Church which does not seek a concept of happiness which puts one's own people first but rather seeks a concept of happiness which puts the world first. When we look at the course of history centered on religion, this present age is that kind of point. We must know that. A concept which puts one's self first, a concept which puts one's family first, one's nation, that is to say if one's nation is Korea, a concept which puts Korea first, with such concepts internationalism is impossible.
To make internationalism possible, a person who can do that must come out of Korea. In order for the Unification Church to become like that, centered on God from within yourselves you will have to solve the problem of how firm your life foundation for internationalism is. (27-179)
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