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God's Will And Us

Hyo Jin Moon January 13,1991 Belvedere, Tarrytown, NY

Good morning, everybody. Did you have a good God's Day celebration?

What I want to talk about today is "God's Will and Us." This is based on an excerpt from Father's speeches, Volume 32. I'm sure that all of you understand that when we talk about man's nature in general, we can see that man is inclined to think about himself -- almost without exception. No matter what the circumstance or occasion, when a specific issue arises, whatever the issue that one is dealing with, you confront that issue based on what you feel and what you think is necessary. So if this applies to the individual, it also applies on the family level, tribal level, society level, national level and ultimately, to the world level, except it is magnified.

There are many people in the world today and for the most part they are focused on themselves. Not many think about the society or the nation. Mainly they're focused on trying to further or better themselves in their family situation or in a very private setting, not in a public setting. However, there are people who will try to assert themselves by taking up social issues that somehow will better the national standing or that will alter the course of the world. All these efforts are motivated based upon what the individual feels and what he believes about certain things. So all these things stem from an individual's perspective.

So we realize that we think based on ourselves. How do we normally think when we are based on ourselves? Do we think based on what is right or do we think based upon what is wrong? Obviously, normally, people tend to think based upon what is right and, based upon what is right, you want to become center of that righteousness or that environment of what is right. So, if everyone is pursuing what is right in a given environment and is aspiring to do the same thing, then we should all be united. However, that's not the case or the reality. Look at the reality. Although we aspire to be righteous and try to become the focal point of that righteousness, we never make a clear division in reality. So based on that assumption, I want to address the topic of God's will and us.

What is God's will and us? Obviously the world is changing; all around us things are changing, nature is changing, circumstances are changing and our life is constantly changing and in motion. Based upon this changing environment, what are we to do? What is the purpose of living? What is God's will? Within this changing environment what is the ultimate goal that God wants to attain? We too change. Our physical body changes, our motto changes, our goal changes and certainly our perspective changes according to the need for one to pursue the goal. We're faced with all these changing environments all the time. What are we aspiring to, deep in our hearts? What are we searching for and what do we want inside? What does a couple want? What do a man and a woman want if they love their children, what do they want? As parents when they look at a child, what do they want? They want that relationship to last forever.

When I look at my children I want my children to love me as I love them and I want that loving atmosphere, that loving relationship to not end but go on forever and last forever. That's what I want. I want unchanging things in this changing environment. Deep in our hearts we want certain things too and we want to love certain things and have certain things and exchange certain things in this environment of love. However, that environment we do not wish to change -- we want that environment to exist forever.

If that is our desire, what do you think God's desire is? God also wants that kind of unchanging environment of love. That's what God wants. How do you go about attaining this unchanging environment in this changing world? When you look at history or even in nature there have been so many aspects of creation that we have never known because they have completely perished. Although they existed in the past they are completely extinct now. The only thing that transcended the tribulations of time has been man. We are unique because we are the only creatures that can have control over our destiny. We can certainly manipulate and have control over the environment. We are in a completely different position from all the other creatures that God created, so why do we persist when so many other creatures of God have perished? To attain love, that's why. This is the same yearning of God. God must have an object because He alone cannot attain love; He must have some kind of entity that can receive His love and at the same time return it. Certainly the person who wants to be the object of God must hold that possibility and potential if God's love is eternal, unbounded, and if love is what it's supposed to be. Based on his love, the objects who are to return and to reciprocate with God must possess that quality because if God is like that then so must be the object of God, who is absolutely necessary in realizing this love that God desires so badly.

So when we look at this situation, based upon this understanding, we have to look at ourselves. You should know better than anyone about your own self. You have to ask yourself where do I stand? Where is my position in terms of my relationship with God? Because you have to understand in order to reciprocate with God you must have God's intention and you must be in a position of God -- like God. You have to become a God-like person in orde