Predestination and Christology

Hyo Jin Moon October 29, 1989 Sunday Service Belvedere


Our topic today is predestination. The most important aspect of Principle is to realize the meaning of responsibility. Responsibility is the absolute essence of Principle. This chapter reminds us of the significance of responsibility. From the beginning to end, this chapter is dedicated to man's effort, man's responsibility, man's portion in the grand sketch of God's ideal.

In the Principle we find that circumstances will be divided based on man's effort. In other words, God's Will can be either accomplished or lost based on man's effort. The realization of God's intention or purpose depends solely upon man's effort to unite with Heavenly Father, upon man's desire to understand what God expects of us, and, ultimately, upon man's endeavor to manifest God's expectation in our lives. It is important that we take the initiative. God does not categorically control the direction we take or the means we use. It is up to us. We have to initiate something of our own in order to bring fulfillment to God's ideal. That is very important. So once again, responsibility is the key issue in bringing fulfillment to God's ideal.

If you accept the word predestination in its conventional meaning, then God is omnipotent and created everything in His image and perfection. In addition, everything that occurs in the world is predestined. Whether it is good or bad, whatever you see in the world was meant to be. Before we go into a deep intellectual discourse on the word predestination, we have to understand what God has predestined. God expected to see the fulfillment of His ideal world based on love. God's ultimate purpose is to create a world centered on love, with God in the position of Parent and mankind taking the position of His children. God said, "I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it." (Isaiah 46:11) That is His purpose and goal: to manifest the ideal world centering on love.

Before we focus on the realization of God's ideal world, we have to discuss how we attain this world. Again, the answer lies in our responsibility. Through our responsibility and efforts to reach the ideal world, God can ultimately attain the ideal world. This is the significance of human responsibility.

Predestined Goal of God's Ideal

In order to reach the predestined goal of the ideal world, man's responsibility is absolute and inevitable. Without man's participation in the process of realizing God's ideal world, God cannot attain His predestined goal. Our responsibility is very significant and absolutely important.

Restoration can be possible because the ideal world is predestined. God expected to realize His ideal world, but man's portion of responsibility is essential if God is to attain His goal. No matter what, man hay to perform in accordance with God's plan. If man has deviated from God's ideal plan, then man must redeem himself, find his lost direction and return to God's expectation. We see, once again, our clear responsibility to make God's Will a reality.

God must restore man because man's responsibility is a crucial component in the process of fulfilling God's Will and attaining His ideal world. Please read the examples following the first page of the chapter. Man's responsibility is absolutely necessary. We need encouragement to go this course.

Just for a change of pace, let me speak about the interesting Korean word ung-su. Can somebody tell me what that means? You know how to read Korean, don't you? When I explain that it means manipulation, does that word connote something bad or good to you? What do you think? (Good.) You are crazy people! If you say that to the world, they will crucify you!

Let me give you an example. My children go to preschool. They do a lot of things there: they write, draw pictures and make funny-looking things. They bring them to me, filled with pride in their accomplishments. To their eyes I guess they look great; but to me, being much older and having seen many drawings that are much better, they look terrible! To my physical eyes, they look terrible. But I realize that my daughter tries to make the best drawing she possibly can, and she is proud to bring that drawing to me. She brings it to me in hopes that I can feel happy by looking at her drawing. She just wants me to be proud of her and to bring happiness to me. So what am Ito do in such circumstances? Should I shout, "It stinks; get it out of my face"? No, I should encourage her by saying things I don't mean. I do that with the good intentions of encouragement and motivating her to do more. Maybe someday she will become a great artist, so I want to encourage her potential. I feel something beyond the piece of paper she brings to me. I realize the effort which lies behind all of her effort. I want to encourage her writing, her drawing, her violin playing and her singing.

Why do I say this? Although we have not lived up to the absolute standard that Father has set for us, Father always gives us one opportunity after another. He encourages us, and at times scolds us, for our sake and for the sake of our future. Through this process, we can ultimately become the ideal beings God planned us to be; we can become the image of God.

Remember when Jesus told Peter that great suffering and death lay in his future? Peter responded by asking Jesus about the well-being of John. Jesus replied, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me." (John 21:22) Jesus was implying, "Who are you to ask that question?" Jesus' meaning behind his answer to Peter was that man's responsibility is so important it must be done no matter what. Someone has to bear the responsibility of restoring man and proclaiming God's way, God's ideal, God's plan, and God's intention to the fallen world so that people will return to the original path God laid out for man.

Jesus knew the course would be one of great suffering. He said, "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Matt. 16:24)

Jesus meant those who want to receive the Kingdom of Heaven must bear the cross; people cannot come to him without going the way of the cross. The way of the cross means suffering and ultimate sacrifice. The course of great humiliation and suffering is our pattern.

Do we need to be encouraged to go this way? Yes, we do. Do we need to be inspired? Yes, we do. If there is any person in this room who can live without such inspiration and encouragement, raise your hand. What I mean by encouragement is the tasty, flavorful words that sometimes have to be created and presented, based on fact but phrased in a way that is appealing to those who are starving for such inspiration.

Find Our Sustenance in the Principle

For all of us, the source of inspiration should be the Divine Principle. Once you become so-called Moonies you don't represent anything but this. Period. You stop worshipping idols from the day you raise your hand and make your proclamation of becoming one with the Principle. However, I realize that you have not completely internalized the standard. You need to be inspired over and over. Whatever you desire in the movement has to come toward you in order for you to receive inspiration.

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