Providential Age of Restoration

Hyo Jin Moon November 12, 1989 Belvedere Sunday Service

As I have explained before, the foundation of substance requires us to become the ideal object. If a seed is to bear good fruit, it must be sown on good ground and that is an ideal object. Just as Jesus said in Matthew 13:38, the good seed are the children of the Kingdom. The purpose of our existence is to start as good seed, be planted in good ground, and ultimately bear good fruit.

The underlying emphasis of the whole restoration process is revealed in the introduction to the second part of the Principle. This explains that the way the Israelites were to receive the Messiah and bring about the fulfillment of God's ideal was to believe in Jesus, and put the Messiah in the position of an offering. By doing so, the Israelites could become accepted in the eyes of God.

The most important aspect of restoration lies in the meaning of offering. Why must the significant figures in restoration history always make an offering? We need a condition of indemnity and a medium representing God on the physical plane. You are to become part of Heavenly Father through an offering that is more ideally prepared than yourself to be received by God. By disobeying Heavenly Father man assumed a position lower than that of the creation.

Since man became impure, something has to be offered in his place that is pure and acceptable to God. Through God's receiving this offering, man can become part of Heavenly Father. Through this offering process man is becoming responsible for his own actions, doing something to negate the fault he has manifested and laying a condition by which he can return to God.

To be restored, Adam and Eve needed some mediator who represented the presence, goodness, and ideals of God -- a connection to Heavenly Father. Abel was to be the mediator that fallen Adam and Eve could offer in order to be resurrected back to their primary position. Also Abel himself had to first make some substantial offering to be accepted as God's representative.

The offering or medium through which all mankind can receive Heavenly Father actually represents the concept of the Messiah, of True Parents. To create a global family of mankind under God, we must have parents who represent God's lineage.

Substantially Uniting With God

The condition of indemnity can be viewed -- because there is greater, equal, and lesser indemnity -- as a form of compromise. The restoration of man is necessary because without man's involvement in the creation process, God cannot realize His goal of diversity within harmony.

This physical plane is filled with limitations -- but still we can do almost anything good or bad, even to the point of literally wiping ourselves off the face of the earth. But we must choose the way that God expects to truly realize His grand ideal. We must become involved only in goodness, though we have the ability to do otherwise. But the only things that will be everlasting will be within the presence of God. We have to separate from anything that would impede the realization of God's ideal.

After we separate good from evil, how can we substantially become part of God? That process is realized only through the presence of True Parents, and only God has the power to choose the one who will ultimately represent His presence in the physical world. That's why the word "chosen" is very significant. But many chosen ones throughout history have failed to live up to the expectation of God. So thinking practically, if every man is a child of God, why not just let everyone be a prophet or chosen one? The more the better -- if you have more people you have a better chance of someone succeeding. But such reasoning is not acceptable because only through one lineage of True Parents can you ultimately have one global family. That's why True Parents are so significant.

The only way that man can become one with God is to make an offering by doing something substantially to satisfy Heavenly Father. It is your responsibility to live for the sake of God, because by doing so, you are ultimately living for the sake of your own well-being. As man cannot live without woman and vice versa, man without God cannot realize his ultimate longing to have eternal peace and joy and without man God's ideal cannot be realized.

Many times you may have a problem with who is going to be the subject and the object in a relationship. Some of you may have lingering doubts about the correctness of the Principle view. The Bible says, "Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without man in the lord." How can you make a value judgment when, without the other, you do not exist?

The subject and object relationship exists to realize the ultimate goal of Heavenly Father -- to have great diversity but with an oneness of heart. We also appreciate diversity. I don't want to hear the same music over and over again. I want things to change. I love seeing my children grow up. The little changes that occur within their lives bring me joy. God also wants a similar joy coming from many different beings intermingling with one another, and at the same time He wants oneness because He wants to be a part of everything He created. I too want my children and my music to reflect my ideal desires. I want to rejoice and at the same time be captivated by having created something through which I can appreciate my self-worth and see my own reflection. Do you like looking at yourself in the mirror? If it reflects back your ideal image you are happy. I want something to reflect and understand me so I can experience joy through give and take with that object.

Racial Unity

The subject and object relationship exists for the sake of love. Many times you get scolded or reprimanded because you do not truly live up to your potential. You did something wrong but you turn around and say, "What did I do wrong? Why are you getting on my case? You should love me no matter what." How can you say that? You should put yourself in the position of accepting your fault and truly repenting for having done something wrong. But if you are not truly repenting and accepting your fault, how can I just disregard what you have done wrong? The whole problem of restoration is that we want our mistakes forgotten and forgiven so we can pretend that everything is okay once again. It just doesn't work like that.

The position of Adam and Eve is especially significant because they were to represent Heavenly Father and become True Parents. Through them mankind was to become part of God's lineage. The person in such a position cannot make the mistake of dwelling on selfish desires and excluding God, and still expect to maintain the position of representing God. It is a serious, serious responsibility. Heavenly Father knew about the consequences of the fall, but He was willing to go ahead because He wanted true love.

What is the greatest problem in America today? [Selfishness] It's true, but more specifically, the important issue is racial discrimination. When Father said the white people of America should recognize their historical wrongdoing and should serve black people, you have to take that literally. You have to be responsible for your historical failures and make a substantial condition to restore these failures in the eyes of God. I know black people here might resent the fact that your ancestors had to suffer such hardship and racial segregation even in this century. But think about God's position. He has to forgive men who ultimately cause all this misery.