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 order to reciprocate with God. So I'm asking you a question: are we in the position to receive love and to give love back to God? Are we God-like figures? Just to make a small comparison -- compare ourselves to what God has persevered with throughout history and compare yourself with the kind of perseverance that you have endured throughout your course in the church -- your course of aspiring towards ultimate truth and to live the life of faith. Compare yourself. Where do I stand? I don't have to be the judge. You be the judge of your own doing; nobody has to tell you anything. You can look at yourself.
Every Sunday you come here to hear certain words but ultimately you take these words and what you do with them is up to you. Can I force you to do certain things? No. Responsibility; you understand the importance of responsibility; when it comes to understanding the Principle, responsibility is the essence. Indemnity and responsibility have an absolute correlation but before we even address the issue of indemnity we talk about certain responsibilities that have been given to you by Father. Where do you stand? Can you compare yourself to God? Can you compare yourself to True Parents? The fall occurred because Adam and Eve could not put themselves in the position to understand and to receive God completely. They had abandoned God, in other words, in exchange for their "noble ideas," their wish, their will -- that's the fall -- God was completely abandoned. Now, if that is the fall and if we abandon God in our lives and if we cannot even put ourselves in the position to compare ourselves to God, can we truly say that we can give and take with God through His love? I'm talking about His love, not your love. The only way that you can reciprocate with God is with His love -- God's love, nothing else.
God's love has certain standards. Without meeting certain standards do you think it's possible to give and take with God and His love? If that is true there is no such thing as restoration and there is no such thing as the fall. What is the fall? God creates mankind and mankind does whatever it wishes and that is supposed to please God. Whatever he does, it will please God! Even if it meant doing very fallen things -- God should be pleased just by looking at their actions and just by having them around. Certainly you cannot exist with what is right and what is wrong. Good cannot co-exist with evil.
Talk about what God desires: harmony. I say harmony in general but what is this harmony and how do you go about attaining this harmony? What is the basis of the harmony when you look at your parents and when you look at your life? If I look at my life, I'm a living person and I understand all the joys and all the things that follow my lively hood. But when I look at myself -- then I have to consider my source. Ultimately I have to say that I exist because there was love between my parents. Without love between my parents I could never be here. So ultimately I have to say to myself, whether I like it or not, the origin of my existence lies within my parents. So if I'm to become and if I'm to understand what is eternal and what true love is and what the origin of my life stems from, I ultimately have to say it stems from God. So even yearning to achieve my ultimate desire, I have to say that it stems from God -- if I can find what my ultimate desire is. Many times our desire is changing, however, there is something deep inside that sooner or later everyone runs into, that you wish you could have done.
Everyone wants to achieve certain things. There are many people in the world who have achieved a great deal and they have acquired many things and many treasures and have degrees and have certain positions of which everyone is envious. But even those people come to consider at some point what they could have done to keep themselves everlasting and keep their name everlasting in a lofty place. So at that point they start to do many charitable things and start to give and suddenly they become so generous -- they start giving and giving. As they are accumulating all these things, they don't think about this, but once all these things are theirs they think about becoming very generous and charitable. All these great philanthropists advertise their good deeds. They do these things because they feel certain things and they want their names and they want the lofty things that they have acquired to linger on a little longer. Anyway, people can obviously see through all this garbage. They want to be eternal, in a sense, so they desperately try to do certain things to keep themselves in that eternal mode.