13. The Cheon Il Guk Scriptures
Book 1: Global Unity Through True Parents
Part 3: Tradition and Inheritance
Chapter 3: The Cheon Il Guk Scriptures
Compiling the Cheon II Guk Scriptures
Right now, the urgent task at hand is to arrange and catalogue True Father's words. There are many speeches and materials, which have all been left haphazardly on the bookshelves. Recently, I took a look at them to find something to present to Father, and I could not help but think, "We have been remiss in this aspect.” That is true of all the books. Christian history shows us that it propagated its belief worldwide with just the one book, the Bible, and if True Father's words are not arranged in a systematic manner, there will be confusion in the future. We must make haste to put them in order. We must compile them in such a way that the future generations to come will find them clear enough to follow them to the letter. We must leave them behind as the eternal Word that has one root, one stem and one fruit.
Those words should be the standard, the signpost and the guidelines for everyone in living their everyday lives. However, they are not arranged in any order, which is so regrettable. I quickly compiled the speeches he had given on public occasions, the words he had spoken publicly, into one book and presented it to him, though it was not perfect. I am not blaming you, but the fact is that there are so many responsibilities we failed to fulfill during the 50 years we attended him. I could not send him off so carelessly. Not one person made the suggestion that we should do this, so I will do it. I will establish them as the unchanging words of True Father. I hope for your full cooperation in this regard. (2012.09.17, Cheon Jeong Gung)
God is love. True Father, too, covered the entire world with a great umbrella of love. True Father's every word and every achievement is like a rough gemstone. It is a jewel. I want to make that jewel into the best there is, so I can always keep it close to me and carry it about with me lovingly. That is why I am going to take the first step and put True Father's words in order, and make them into a jewel from which you will never wish to part. I am doing this work with the hope that, when the last day of your life arrives, you will go to the spirit world with this jewel held to your bosom. Cheon Seong Gyeong will be perfected right before Foundation Day. There are some jewels that are very expensive. Once I have cut and polished that rough gemstone, it will come to have the highest value. No one will be able to change it. No one will be able to meddle with it. It will be eternal. It will last forever. (2012.01.09, Cheon Jeong Gung)
Let's say there is a rough stone. No matter how precious it is, it has to be cut and polished to make it shine brightly. Right after True Father's Seonghwa, I tried to find a book compiling all of his accomplishments and achievements that I could place in his wonjeon, but with no success. In a word, True Father's words are like a rough gemstone, which has not been refined yet. If I, too, leave it as it is, who will cut and polish it? Neither our children nor you will be able to do that.
I am doing this work to glorify Heaven, and also because I hope for True Father's words to be preserved eternally. I am doing it so that no one, not even a famous person, can come forward in the future and try to meddle with these words. It is a task that only I can do. (2012.01.07, Cheon Jeong Gung)
The first thing I did after True Father's Seonghwa was to put his words in order. There are more than 600 books of the speeches he gave over 50 or so years. Not everyone will be able to read all of them. It would be difficult to read them all, even if you devoted your entire life to doing so. That is why I plan to compile True Father's words into three books, so the readers can read and understand them in stages. Two of them have already been completed. The last book is Chambumo Gyeong. Once these three books are completed, all people, when they read these words, will be able to know what kind of life they should lead when they read. These books are like water, which is required by everyone. All living beings dance with life wherever water flows. (2014.07.22, Queen Garden, Hawaii)
What was the first thing I said after True Father's Seonghwa? I said that we should march forward with our faith of the early days, on spirit and truth. The Divine Principle is necessary in order to teach people about True Parents. How can newcomers understand True Parents? They do not know about the history of God's providence. Moreover, they also do not know about the history of restoration through indemnity. In short, the Divine Principle is absolutely necessary.
The guidelines that should be followed eternally by every Cheon Il Guk citizen and blessed family can be found in the three Cheon Il Guk scriptures. If everyone uses these scriptures to guide their lives, the work you have done is the first and probably the last in history. I cannot find the words to praise you. You have done great work. However, there still remains work for us to do through the History Compilation Committee. There are seven billion people in the world who do not know about the Divine Principle. Many textbooks should be made by which they can learn about True Parents and resolve to become people of the Divine Principle, that is, blessed families. (2015.03.11, Cheon Jeong Gung)
Cheon Seong Gyeong, Pyeong Hwa Gyeong and Chambumo Gyeong
I want to reorganize True Father's words in Cheon Seong Gyeong, so that you can always carry it about with you. Christians always keep the Bible close to them; similarly, I wanted to compile True Father's words into Cheon Seong Gyeong, Pyeong Hwa Gyeong and Chambumo Gyeong, making them into books that you will always keep close to your heart. We can save many lives through these books. They are our weapon. You have no idea what precious weapons they are. They are weapons that save people. The words that can save humanity have emerged from Korea, God's homeland. (2013.04.15, Cheon Hwa Gung)
I am indescribably happy to be a part of the publication ceremony of Cheon Seong Gyeong and Pyeong Hwa Gyeong. I am truly grateful to the Heavenly Parent and the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind for permitting me to dedicate the Cheon Il Guk Scriptures. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and congratulations to the elders, including the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the compilation committee, and also my appreciation for the hard work of the committee members. Of all that True Father achieved in the 60 or so years of his providential work, the most precious of all is the Words of truth, which are like jewels that he has left behind for fallen humankind.
I am truly grateful and delighted to think that his words are no longer scattered about, but instead have been polished into beautiful gemstones and threaded together. These teachings will indeed become the essential center of Cheon II Guk. How pleased God will be if you unite with these teachings and fulfill your given responsibility and mission in your respective places! There still remain responsibilities for us to fulfill for the Will desired by Heaven. We have the responsibility to lead all seven billion people in the world to become citizens of Cheon II Guk as quickly as possible.
You are in the position of the owners, who can then go on to assume the positions of filial children and loyal subjects of Cheon II Guk. However, if you are indolent in carrying out your mission, Heaven will not wait for you. On this day, we should all ponder once again how we should fulfill our mission and resolve to carry it out, and devote all our energy to saving all of humankind centering on these gem-like words that Heaven has given to us. (2013.06.10, CheongPyeong Training Center)
True Father's words are our foundation. In terms of the human body, they are the backbone. When the backbone is out of alignment, all the organs get twisted, don't they? And then the body becomes ill. In short, it is very important. Through the publication of these words, we can live together with Father. The first thing I said after True Father's Seonghwa was that we must recover our faith of the beginning times through spirit and the truth. When spirit and truth become one, the Word comes to life and starts to breathe. That being the case, these words are the Word of life for you, aren't they? For your health and your future generations, these words must live and breathe within you. It should not stop there, with only you enjoying them. I have already said that we need to create the environment for witnessing. (2013.08.24, Cheon Jeong Gung)
True Parents are what Heaven and humankind have desired and hoped for to this day. Of course, that Pyeong Hwa Gyeong and Cheon Seong Gyeong were prepared centered on the Word is important. However, their source is True Parents. God has endeavored throughout the years to restore fallen humankind. God carried out the providence of restoration through indemnity, working with the Israelites for 4,000 years and restored a lineage untainted by the Fall. The birth of Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son, was the culmination of that. Would God have only created His only begotten son? God also created His only begotten daughter. With the birth of God's only begotten son, providential history should have been fulfilled with God's only begotten daughter. However, this was not fulfilled. That is why, before his death, Jesus Christ promised to return.
The 2,000-year history of Christianity was for the purpose of restoring the Bride. Through Jesus Christ, 2,000 years ago, Heaven's providence led to the emergence of the True Parents and the formation of a national foundation. Through Rome, God cleared the path for this national foundation to expand to the world.
Heavenly Parent's hope and humankind's hope, the True Parents, did not pop up one day out of nowhere. You have to understand your history. You have to be aware of providential history, understand it theologically and be able to explain it. Chambumo Gyeong is a holy scripture that is perfect and faultless for humankind today. You cannot go to the spirit world without studying and reading Chambumo Gyeong. Among the three holy scriptures, Chambumo Gyeong is the most important. It is the source. I will take some time in contemplating how I will arrange, compile and put the finishing touches on this scripture. I will make it into a complete and perfect gem.
I intend to make this scripture one that will transform those who encounter and read it, so that they revere Heaven, love True Parents and love humankind, and so that they receive strength to accelerate the manifestation of God's ideal for creation. (2014.06.14, Cheon Jeong Gung)
The fact that we have completed Chambumo Gyeong, the last of the Three Great Scriptures, in three languages today is truly a cause for gratitude and celebration. I would like to express my appreciation to not only the Chambumo Gyeong Compilation Committee, but also the various committee members as well as everyone present here today who have worked hard until now to compile all Three Cheon Il Guk Scriptures.
From now on, we should stand tall with confidence. God had a dream when He created the universe. He had a purpose. However, due to the Fall of humankind, our Heavenly Parent was unable to make that dream come true. After 6,000 years, the Heavenly Parent was finally able to realize that dream through True Parents. Let us show our gratitude to the Heavenly Parent and True Parents for concluding the sorrowful history of the providence of restoration through indemnity and opening a new age!
For Heaven, the beginning and the end are the same. The purpose of the Heavenly Parent is the same as that of True Parents. That is why the teachings of True Parents have stayed consistent from the early time till now. Though the wording may have been changed with the changing times, the central content has remained the same because Heavenly Parent's purpose and True Parents' purpose are one and the same.
In this regard, though there have been many scriptures, these Three Cheon Il Guk Scriptures are the essence of True Parents' entire history of the providence. They are the gist. They are the perfect jewels, with nothing to be added or subtracted. For three years after True Father's Seonghwa, I dedicated myself heart and soul into this task, and you need to know that these books are the culmination of the love of Heavenly Parent and True Parents, who desire to love and embrace all humanity. That is why there is nothing to be added or subtracted from them. They are the core. There is nothing that anyone can do to make them better. They are perfect. In light of this fact, today you have come into the possession of the greatest, unparalleled jewels: the Three Great Scriptures. (2015.09.01, CheongPyeong Training Center)