Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: Episode 362
Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: A Selection of True Parents’ Speeches
Book 9: The Role of Nations in Realizing World Peace
Speech 9: The Role of Island Nations in the Twenty-first Century, pg 1354-1357
World peace is rooted in true love
For my part, I have traveled the world to reveal God’s ideals and His providence in order to actualize the vision of world peace on the basis of God’s original plan. To this end, I have established many international organizations, but the path is long and there remains enormous work for all of us to do. What is the providence of God? It goes without saying that God’s providence of creation is to realize a peaceful world. In such a world, there are no divisions or conflicts. It is a world filled with unity, harmony and joy.
The greatest and the quickest means to this end is through true love. True love is the basis of unity and the origin of joy and happiness. That is why I would say that the prerequisite of peace is true love.
Then where does God’s true love originate? The settlement place of true love is the family. If Adam and Eve had perfected themselves and established an ideal family through their marriage centered on God, true love would have been initiated there. The family of true love would have become the basis for true global peace. The reason humankind is still unable to achieve true peace is because people are ignorant of true love. Why? The answer, as mentioned in the Bible, is that humankind has separated from God. Since the Fall of the first human ancestors, Adam and Eve, who established the first family without God’s blessing, peace has been absent from this world. Instead, divisions, conflicts and struggles have come to rule this world. The struggle between mind and body in the individual, the conflicts between husband and wife at the family level, and the struggles between societies are accepted as normal. It is my conviction that all human problems are caused by the fundamental loss of true love. The Fall of humankind meant the loss of true love. Consequently, Jesus came as the king of true love in order to restore the love Adam and Eve lost. By the same token, the Lord of the Second Advent is coming in order to restore true love. That is the logical conclusion seen from the view of the providence of salvation.
Women’s crucial role in world peace
My life until today and my quest for world peace have been concentrated on the point of how humankind can restore true love. When we look at the moral degradation of the world, we can think of how great God’s sorrow must be. Watching this world decline breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes. The harm of immorality and adultery, as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, injures our youth as they tragically fall into the false enticements of so-called “free” sex. The greatest sorrow of God is to see humankind going down this path of irresponsible destruction. However, I am happy to announce there is much hope. This optimism comes from a new and liberated role of women. Women are actively working around the world to save civilization from destruction. In particular, Japanese women are playing an important role. They are active in one hundred sixty nations practicing the spirit of “living for the sake of the world.” This fills me with great joy. Women can save the world at this time of crisis. It is time for us to stand up, respect and recognize the power of women.
Delegates and honorable guests, I would like to state once again my essential thesis. You represent, for the most part, island and oceanic nations. Island nations have in common the characteristics of women and mothers.
Therefore, they need to unite their forces and cooperate so that they can fulfill the mother’s mission in front of humankind. Based on these reasons, I proposed and founded the Federation of Island Nations for World Peace. Looking back on human history, women have played a vital role in both a positive and negative sense. According to the Bible, human history began with the tragic incident known as the Fall of Adam and Eve. It is a matter of fact that we must all shoulder the responsibility for this act and resolve this issue. However, when we look at the passage in the Bible that Eve was the first to fall and begin the history of sin, we can see that the providence requires that an age must come in human history in which women will lead the way to redeem the Fall of Eve. We can see that the ideological trends in the twentieth century, such as the movement of women seeking true liberation, indicate that women are standing up for world peace.
The era of women and the era of the island nations
Because I know that such is the providence of God, in April 1992, my wife and I founded the Women’s Federation for World Peace. This movement of the Women’s Federation for World Peace will develop into the movement of the Family Federation for World Peace in the near future, in which all people may participate. By establishing true love in the family it seeks to construct an ideal world, the kingdom of heaven on earth. The age of women is the worldwide trend of the 1990s and into the twenty-first century. We may say that love and cooperation, and the spirit of resolution and harmony will fulfill a historical contribution toward world peace.
This worldwide age of women means that the age of island nations will bear the characteristics of women. In this way, the age of women and the age of island nations are intimately linked together. The time when women stand up for world peace is the time when island nations must also stand up for worldwide cooperation. Now is the opportunity for island and oceanic nations to fulfill their glorious and historic mission of realizing world peace. Is there a mission of greater glory than this?
Let us look back on the history of humankind in which women played central roles. There were courageous women who established testimonies based on an unbreakable faith in God. Without the perseverance of Abraham’s wife, Sarah, Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, or Jacob’s wife, Rachel, there would have been no history of the Israelites. Tamar, relying only on her absolute faith, risked her life to establish the lineage, recorded in the Old Testament, from which the Messiah later appeared. Like Tamar, Mary, the mother of Jesus, also showed her absolute faith before Heaven in order to give birth to God’s sacred lineage.
The Fall of Eve brought about spiritual death to humankind. Millions suffered under false love, false life and false lineage. The path that Mary and Tamar took was to redeem the Fall of Eve in an attempt to bring about true love, life and lineage. At the tender age of sixteen Joan of Arc saved her country of France from a defeat that was considered inevitable. A sixteen-year-old maiden was able to exert the power that saved an entire nation.
The island nations and world peace
By looking at these few examples, we can see the mark of greatness throughout history in the dedication of these women of determined faith. When the Federation of Island Nations ignites and spreads through the virtues of service and dedication exemplified by these women, the light of hope will burn brightly before the future of humankind. Island nations must inevitably seek the continent. This is based on the same principle that a woman seeks a loving relationship with a man. This might be considered a condition for the survival of island nations. Thus, the various activities for world peace carried out in island nations must inevitably produce a good influence on continental countries. In this way, when the positive effects of the efforts of island nations for the realization of world peace are spread to the continental realm, world peace will take a major step closer toward realization. We strongly desire that the age of the twenty-first century will become a new millennium, which is the brilliant dawn of the kingdom of heaven on earth long awaited by humankind.
I am convinced that the Federation of Island Nations will fulfill a crucial role for peace and harmony alongside associations such as the Federation for World Peace, the Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace, the Women’s Federation for World Peace, the Youth Federation for World Peace and the Student Federation for World Peace. Ultimately, all these organizations will bear fruit as the Family Federation for World Peace. This is because the final base for peace is the family and there is no way to establish global unity other than through rebuilding the family institution.
By thoroughly carrying out the education of youth based on an ideal that transcends race, nationality and religion, the Family Federation for World Peace will be able to perfect an ideal family and attain the historic feat of a one-world family in which people from all corners of the world enjoy true and lasting peace. Your Federation of Island Nations will inevitably make the greatest contribution toward the highest objective of the Family Federation for World Peace.
I would like to conclude my message with gratitude toward everyone for the fact that the dream of a one-world family based on the true love of God is approaching realization through the Federation of Island Nations for World Peace.
May God guide and bless you, your nations and your families.
Thank you very much for your attention.