Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: Episode 335
Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: A Selection of True Parents’ Speeches
Book 8: The Reunification of Korea and World Peace
Speech 13: World Unity and the Reunification of South and North Korea Will Be Accomplished by True Love, pg 1244-1248
World Unity and the Reunification of South and North Korea Will Be Accomplished by True Love
February 10, 2000
Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium, Seoul, Korea
World Peace Sports Festival 2000 Opening Ceremony and True Parents’ Eightieth Birthday Celebration
Distinguished guests whose fervent desire is for North-South re-unification, ladies and gentlemen:
The new millennium that recently began is a time to clear away the divisions and conflicts of the past century and manifest the ideal of a harmonious and united one world family. I would like to begin by thanking you for congratulating me on my eightieth birthday. Most of all, I would like to ascribe to God all the honor and glory given to me, for it is He who has protected me until this day.
As I look back, I am reminded that my life has never been easy. It has been intertwined with the suffering history of our people and the numerous difficulties that our people have undergone in the vortex of the great powers. As a boy of sixteen, I came into contact with the Will of God through prayer, and throughout my life since then I have devoted my soul and my energy to accomplishing His Will.
I came to understand that the fundamental cause of human unhappiness is that our relationship with God was severed by the Fall. As a result of the Fall, human beings descended into a state of spiritual ignorance. In the course of my efforts to resolve the fundamental problems this has caused for human beings and in the universe, I have spoken publicly on more than ten thousand occasions around the world. In these speeches I set forth a true view of humanity, a true view of the world, and a true view of history based on Godism.
These speeches have been translated into twelve languages and published in three hundred volumes. I did not arrive at the content of these speeches from a study of historical documents. My conclusions are not the result of scholarly research. Rather, I arrived at these answers to our basic and fundamental questions through direct communication with both the visible and invisible worlds.
The reunification of the Korean Peninsula is the solemn desire of our people and the final act that will bring the global Cold War to a conclusion. So today, as I express my gratitude for your having prepared this meaningful forum, I would like to outline the basic solution for bringing about unification by speaking on the topic, “World Unity and the Reunification of South and North Korea Will Be Accomplished by True Love.”
Human history is the history of the providence of restoration
The reunification of our country involves more than the mere unification of a territory. It begins with the unity of the human mind and body that were divided against one another as a result of the Fall. Thus the unity of mind and body is the model for the unity of the world that has been divided in two. Furthermore, we need to understand this issue from the perspective of God’s salvation providence. It must be resolved on a providential level.
Human history is the history of the providence of restoration through indemnity, which is purposed to restore the original world that was lost due to the Fall of the first ancestors. Therefore, it is a history of the struggle between good and evil taking place between Satan’s side and God’s side. The goal of God’s side is to realize God’s ideal of creation.
In the background of history, good spirits have always supported the good side, and evil spirits have incited the evil side. The history of division that began through the human Fall has expanded in scope to the levels of family, tribe, people, nation and world. Now it is being manifested as the fight between materialism and theism.
If two thousand years ago the people had accepted Jesus, he would have brought together Judaism and the people of that tradition, and then worked with them to unite the parts of the Levant inhabited by the descendants of Jacob’s twelve tribes. They would have then propagated Jesus’ teachings throughout the Middle East region and to the Indian sub-continent all the way to the Far East. At the same time, Jesus’ teachings would have won the heart of the Roman Empire and Europe. In this way, Jesus would have realized one united world during his lifetime. As the center of this new religious and cultural realm, Jesus would have become the King of kings.
Tragically, he died on the cross. Rome had already developed its central culture based on Hellenism, an externally oriented humanistic culture centered on the physical body. Christianity, in contrast, was a theistic culture grounded in Hebraism, an internally oriented culture that centered on the mind. It suffered persecution from Rome and its Hellenistic culture for four hundred years.
God’s strategy for Satan’s natural surrender
What is Satan’s ultimate target? Behind the history of struggle between good and evil, ever since the Fall of the first human ancestors launched this conflict, Satan has had his sights set on God Himself. God is eternal, unchanging, absolute and unique, and the standard of the ideal that He has held to since the beginning of creation must also have these qualities. If you ask God directly, I think He will confirm what I am saying.
How can God reply when Satan says to God, “God, when you made me an archangel in the beginning, were you acting out of a love for me that was temporary or eternal”? I think God will say that He made the archangel out of a love that was eternal. If He were to say that His love was temporary, that would make Him an ephemeral God. Unless God maintains a standard of loving the archangel eternally, there will eventually come a time when He will no longer be able to exercise His authority as God with respect to the angel. Thus, no matter how much Satan may oppose God, God has no choice but to maintain a stance of love toward Satan.
Satan says to God, “I became an evil monster as a result of the Fall, yet, You and good people can’t use methods that are similar to mine, can You? I may like to fight, but You are not supposed to enjoy fighting. Even when You take a blow, You have to endure, don’t You?” God has to agree with him, because indeed God’s philosophy is one of non-resistance.
Why is that? It is because, until the world of the heavenly ideal is manifested on this earth, God has to love the archangel Satan, regardless of the circumstances. No matter how much trouble Satan may cause, God cannot punish him or cut him off. He has to establish the condition of having loved Satan regardless of what Satan does. God can only have complete victory when Satan confesses to Him, saying, “You truly are a God who loves me. I surrender to You.” This is the problem. Because of this, God is in the position of being tied up by Satan.
Since the principle path of the providence of restoration is for God to bring about Satan’s surrender by loving him, we who are His children have to walk this same path. It doesn’t matter that we are persecuted and abused and regarded by everyone around the world as an enemy. We who are God’s children must establish the condition of having loved those who oppose us.
From this perspective, there is amazing truth in God’s teaching, “Love your enemy.” In fact, this is one of God’s strategies in His battle against evil. These words sound simple. Yet few realize that they mark the boundary line between victory and defeat in the battle between God and Satan.
If God were to adopt a philosophy of looking on Satan as His enemy and seek revenge against him, then God would never be able to stand on the pinnacle of victory. Thus, God says, “Love your enemy,” and pursues a strategy of love. The words, “Love your enemy” are the culmination of Jesus’ teaching.
It is remarkable that Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, stood before Satan and prayed for him despite the fact that Satan was trying to kill him. If Jesus, as he hung dying on the cross, had felt malice toward his enemies, God’s providence would have suffered a severe setback. Jesus overcame death with a heart to love his enemies and a prayer of blessing for his enemies. That is why Satan surrendered in that moment.
This is where one gains the qualification to be God’s eternal child. Even Satan recognizes this qualification, and gives his signature of approval. You, too, will be able to stand and say, “Listen, Satan, am I not unmistakably the child of God?” and Satan will reply, “Yes, that is correct.” We must conduct ourselves in such a way that when we say to Satan, “You have no right to oppose me, and people who live like me, when we expand God’s realm of loving dominion, starting from the individual and moving to the family, clan, people, nation and world,” Satan’s response will be, “That is the Principle, so I cannot do anything about it.”
It is under these conditions that God has pursued the providence, centering on the Christian cultural sphere. Whether we have to sacrifice our possessions or even become martyrs, in the midst of the bloody battle we must build a movement that loves God and loves our enemies. We have to build this movement in our families, in our societies, and in our nations.
The Roman Empire persecuted Christianity severely; nevertheless it ended up surrendering in the face of the power of Christians’ love for the country that was their enemy. This is how Christianity became a worldwide religion. Christians found the starting point of the path to heaven within the country that was their enemy. These days, Christians think about loving individual people who are their enemies, but that is not enough. We have to love the country that is our enemy, and even the world that is our enemy.