Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: Episode 22
Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: A Selection of True Parents’ Speeches
Book 1: The Principles of True Peace
Speech 5: A Life Devoted to Others, Pg 83-87.
God’s ideal of creation begins from the family
In order for us to understand more about the direction humanity has to take to achieve harmony and peace, it is first necessary to understand God’s ideal for the creation.
For God, who is absolute and eternal, why was creation necessary? What could it have been that God absolutely needed? Was it material goods, knowledge, or power? These are available to God anytime, and as He wants to, He can manage them. True love alone is what God cannot create by Himself. This is because true love can be achieved only with a reciprocal partner. Without a counterpart, even God cannot realize love. This is the very reason God needed the world of creation.
Then what is true love? As we know, Jesus Christ sacrificed his life to love his enemies. This is true love, which is the love you give to others even if you have to sacrifice your life, a love you give without any thought of reward. Therefore, only through true love, like that of Jesus Christ, can we obtain eternal life and eventually become citizens of the heavenly kingdom.
As we observe the creation, the mineral, plant, and animal worlds, we see that all things are created to participate in relationships of subject partner and object partner pairs that can respond to each other in harmony, centering on love. Likewise, there is a harmonious love between a husband and wife for each other and for their children. Such relationships are found on each level of the creation.
Humankind is the center of all things, created to be on the highest level, the closest to God. We are the partners of God’s love. Thus men and women are the object partners of God’s true love, and without them, God’s goal of true love cannot be accomplished. God established true love, which is the ideal for the creation, as the highest and absolute value.
Even the absolute God likes to surrender absolutely to true love. Since even God is this way, all people and all things are drawn to true love. From this perspective, we can readily see how high a value each person has as God’s own object partner of true love. God initiated the ideal of creation with love for the sake of others. He gives and gives without keeping any tally. In this way, God realizes true love. God began creation investing without limit. Likewise, all people are created to harmonize, exist and live eternally through God’s principle of investing for the sake of others. Man came into being for the sake of woman, as did woman for man.
In God’s ideal for the creation, which is giving true love, both man and woman are born to love and become husband and wife. By doing so, they become the object partner of God’s vertical love. This is the very purpose of their existence. God, who is the origin of true love and the parent of humankind, wished to give this absolute and unchanging true love as an inheritance to human beings. Since in true love, perfect harmony and unity are realized, God’s true love can be perfectly bequeathed to His children, who are His partners. Not only that, because of the attributes of true love, God also bestows upon man and woman the right to live together with Him and the right to share absolute value with Him.
Parents want to see their children become more successful and better than they are. We also know that before they marry, all men and women seek a spouse who is better than themselves. By this same principle, God created human beings as His children and gave His blessing to them to become better than God Himself! This is true love. From this perspective, God made human beings to live with Him as His children and to have the same value as God Himself.
Furthermore, God made human beings, centering on His true love, to be able to share their inheritance among themselves, live together, and have equal value. Thus in the ideal world, all human beings, centering on God’s true love, would possess true individual ideals and happiness and would transmit these to their spouse and offspring. This was the world of God’s originally intended ideal.
Why we need to seek True Parents
Today’s world, however, is far from the world God intended. Contrary to its original purpose, the world has degenerated into a world of hell, full of sin, struggle and pain. In religious terms, this sick, broken human world is called the fallen world. To bring this fallen world to its originally planned condition and order, God wages a dispensation for salvation. Thus I have been teaching that God’s work of salvation is the work of restoration, which is synonymous with the work of re-creation.
God’s purpose lies in the transformation of this world into the original ideal family, and beyond that, to the establishment of the ideal world. This centers on God’s true love and the worldview of true parentship. When we understand the mission of the Messiah as a mission of true parents to realize God’s love in this world, we understand that we too are called by God to pursue and accomplish this mission. The mission of the Messiah is thus the cosmic mission that all men and women of faith ought to undertake.
As described in the Bible, Adam and Eve, the first son and daughter of God, were to grow in God’s true love and receive the Blessing of marriage and give birth to sinless children. Thus they, like God, would have become True Parents and could enter heaven. In this way, the world was to become the world of heaven on earth, where God’s ideal family was to expand to realize a world where only God would reign.
However, Adam and Eve engaged in illicit love before becoming mature. The archangel became Satan. Adam and Eve became evil ancestors, and the world of spiritual death began. The world has become one where people spring from an evil lineage. Satan became the god of licentiousness, and God hates licentiousness the most. Because of licentiousness, the America and Europe of today face the fate that befell Sodom and Gomorrah and Rome. The world needs to find the True Parent who can liberate all people from Satan’s love, life, and lineage. This person is the Messiah.
By Adam and Eve failing to fulfill their responsibility, God lost His hoped-for true children, and human beings failed to realize their potential as true parents. The Fall caused the loss of the true being who could have realized the true love of God and the ideal of True Parents. Thus the Messiah comes with the awesome task to stand as the True Parent, uproot the false love that was implanted by the human ancestors, who became false parents, and realize the ideal world of creation.
In a family, the relationship among brothers and sisters exists only on the premise of common parents. Thus, before this world can enter into the realm of true love and true family, the True Parents’ position first has to be established. To help fulfill this very purpose, God has called upon me. For this objective, I have poured out my entire life.
The Unification churches I am deploying worldwide, the projects I have sponsored covering all fields, ecumenical, academic, educational, media, technical, business, financial, and so forth, were all envisioned with this one purpose in mind. I have suffered persecution and confronted death throughout my life with only one purpose in mind: to live with the heart of True Parents, loving people of all colors and cultures in the world more than I love my own parents who gave birth to me or my own brothers and sisters.
God is calling every human being to walk this same path of the Messiah, loving God and all humankind with true, unconditional love and giving all of oneself for the sake of God’s eternal ideal of love, peace, and harmony. This path of love is a universal path for all men and women of faith and good conscience to follow. God wishes for each of us to become a messiah for our community. With the heart of a true parent, each person has to love God and his or her community. This is the mission God calls every man and woman to fulfill.