Hyo Jin Moon October 1, 1989
In September, Father asked Hyo Jin Nim to lecture Divine Principle at Belvedere Sunday service.
Good morning. Can anybody share with me the purpose of creation? (Joy.) According to the Principle, the purpose of creation is to bring joy to Heavenly Father. How can God attain His joy? He must have man, right? The existence of man is absolutely necessary for Heavenly Father to have joy. Man's value lies in being able to provide joy to Heavenly Father. What is the process for attaining joy? It comes from man becoming one with God's ideal. Centering on God's ideal, man's responsibility is to unite with Heavenly Father, thus bringing Him joy.
At this point, it is very important to realize the meaning behind the existence of the angelic world. In Hebrews 1:4, it says that true man is made much superior to the angels. And in Cor. 6:3, "Do you not know that we are meant to judge the angels?" The Bible says that angels are subordinate to man. Man is meant to be subject. Why is this so important?
In Genesis, we see that Heavenly Father created the world with the assistance of the angelic world. So, prior to the existence of the physical world, angels existed. And if the angelic world were in the position to assist Heavenly Father, that means they were in a position in some way comparable to God; they could understand and bring fulfillment to His needs. Angels knew about the inner qualities of God. That means they must also have possessed those qualities. Then why is God saying that man is in the position of subject to the angels? The reason is that man is to become the physical embodiment and manifestation of the spiritual God.
Purpose of the Angelic Realm
It says clearly in Rev. 2:9 that angels are servants to man. When John was guided by the angel to see the vision of the Kingdom of Heaven, he was very moved by it, and afterwards he knelt down in front of the angel. The angel turned to John and told him not to bow to him because he was his servant.
Angels are clearly in the position of objects/servants to man. Why is this important? Because there has to be a clear subject and object relationship in order for God's ideal to be manifested on earth. An absolute subject and object relationship is necessary in order for God's ideal to be manifested. The meaning of the foundation of substance is exactly that: subject and object relationship. The whole history of mankind is about restoring this relationship.
Subject/object relationship is the reason that God created the angelic realm. How can one attain happiness? One must have an object, right? Without a reciprocal base, there is no substantiation of love. With the help of the angelic world, God created the world. They are servants, objects to Heavenly Father. Within Himself there is original sung-sang and hyung-sang and through this reciprocation comes the manifestation of the ideal. Therefore, the fulfillment of creation lies in man having dominion over all created beings. Man's perfection lies in becoming subject to the angels, because if man is to become the embodiment of God, man must possess God's quality of dominion.
You must also understand that the angelic realm is a spiritual stage. Heavenly Father is a spiritual being, and the reason for the creation of the physical world is to bring the ideal into manifestation. God's desire to substantiate joy can only be attained through the manifestation of this particular creation process. Joy was God's sole desire in creating. He did not want any of all the other possibilities, he wanted the one particular quality of true love to be manifested. The angelic realm represents the spiritual form of Heavenly Father, and based upon the reciprocal give and take in this spiritual stage, came the physical world.
Could Heavenly Father think about the possibility of the fall itself? Of course he could think about it, but was that the ideal of God, the purpose? NO! He knew what would happen if Adam and Eve took the fruit of good and evil, but that is not what He intended. So if the objects are like Heavenly Father, possessing His qualities, are they in the position to make that decision? God knew the consequences of the fall, and if objects are like God, then does the responsibility lie in the hands of the objects? (Yes.)
Dominion Over Creation
So how does the fulfillment of creation come? Centering on God and the angelic realm the physical creation came, but the perfection of this world comes through man gaining dominion over the creation, including the angelic world. Because man is the physical manifestation of God, if God has dominion over the angelic world, Adam and Eve must also have that dominion over the angelic world.
God has to be present within the physical stage, and in order for that to happen the person who represents God must possess godlike qualities. Having godlike qualities means having dominion over the angels. The significance behind the creation of the angels is that there must be a reciprocal base in order to manifest joy and love. God could have existed alone, but he wanted to manifest the ideal of joy and love. Within God, there are infinite and omnipotent qualities, but it is from the qualities of sung-sang and hyung-sang that He derives joy and love. That is the significance behind these dual characteristics. If want to manifest love, you must have an object.
Do you understand what it means that God gave everything for the sake of creation? Do you really feel it in your bones? Think about something that involves risk, like gambling. You can win a lot of money, but you can also lose everything. Or picture yourself losing your children, who bring you so much joy and comfort. Through your children you feel joy and happiness. You love holding your children in your arms because they return love and warmth to you. By imagining yourself losing your children, you are putting yourself in the position of Heavenly Father. When God told Adam and Eve, "Do not take the fruit of good and evil," that statement left a question mark, because if they took the fruit of good and evil, they would surely die. But at the same time, if they didn't, they would have eternal life.
To put Himself in that uncertain position was very, very difficult. If something terrible happened, He would experience incredible torment. So in order for you to understand Heavenly Father, you must put yourself in the same kind of situation. What do you hold dear? Put yourself in a situation where there is a possibility of losing the things that you hold dear. If you treasure comfort, put yourself in a position where you can lose that comfort. If you treasure money, put yourself in a position where you could lose that money. God was willing to put himself in that position of uncertainty for the sake of love. Do you understand now what it means that God sacrificed to create the creation? He knew that if things didn't turn out according to His plan, he would be walking the course of suffering and hardship. But He was willing to take that chance for the sake of love. Every time when you feel something, when you value something, put yourself in the position of Heavenly Father. It is very important for you to understand God's heart, and the way to do that is to put yourself in that position of losing the things that you value.
Physical World of Time and Space
God had to create this physical world because only through it can choices be made and manifested. Why? Because it is a limited world. Only through the physical world can you exclude things through making choices. You can eliminate undesirable elements from the physical world and make a world of only love.
If God is to attain the ideal of love, He must have the creation. He must own a world where there is time and space, a limited world. Only through this limited world God can make selections. Only through man can God manifest a place where there is only love. That is a whole purpose of creation -- to create a place of love. Many things are possible with this world, but you must realize what this physical world offers from the Principle point of view. Within this physical world, having an absolute standard is possible. There are so many people in this world, so I certainly can't have love on my own. And in this world, everyone is unique, but all of these unique people can share a common ideal. Within this physical world there is much diversity, but there are also possibilities for this diversity to converge and become one. That is the whole significance of the creation. We can make this world a place where there is only God's ideal. Please think about the concept of creation, the physical limited world, and the ideal world. Put those concepts together. Why does this limited world, or external world, exist? Why are there restraints of time and space? Because the ideal world is where only joy exists.
The physical, limited world ultimately must become the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. If the Kingdom of Heaven exists in the spiritual realm where Heavenly Father exists, then this physical world must also reflect the image of God. The most important aspect which will bring about this realization of a physical world of ideal love is your responsibility. Even within this limited physical world, the possibilities seem endless. That is why responsibility is important. We are to make the right kind of choice, just as God has chosen the ideal to be of love.
Just as God chose the ideal world to be one of goodness, filled with joy and love, man also has the responsibility to make that choice, because man is to be the embodiment of God. This responsibility is crucial in realizing God's ideal! The object must make the choice to become object to the subject.
When God said, "Don't pick the fruit," Adam should have obeyed Him and become part of Him through his own reasoning. He should have been subservient. When he was rationalizing about the significance of God's commandment, he should have come up with a better conclusion than to go along with the temptation of Satan. But Adam and Eve chose to go along with the temptation of Satan, other than the commandment of God. That possibility existed because man was to be the embodiment of God. If God chose the ideal to be of love, so must man. By becoming obedient to God, Adam and Eve would have realized the reciprocal base where God could have give and take with them and they could become one with God.
What does it mean to bring glory to God? You becoming object to God brings glory to God. Through man's subordination, God attains His object, and through the attainment of the object comes the realization of love. Glory means uniting with God's ideal and desire. When I desire something, it is because I value that particular thing. Glory comes when things fulfill us. Fulfilling the ideals of God brings glory to Him. And how does man fulfill his glory? Through woman as his object. Without the object, there is no glory of man. In order to manifest the ideals of God, there has to be a qualitative state in which the ideal can be manifest-4!. This is the subject and object relationship. Through the subject and object relationship, you can manifest the ideals of God.
It is very important for us to realize the meaning of subject and object relationship, because only through this can God attain his ideal; there has to be this base. That is why the angelic world exists, because angels are to serve man and woman once they enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom of Heaven means the perfection stage. And how do man and woman reach an ideally perfected stature? Through their unity. When there is oneness between man and woman, they are a love entity. Even a perfected being, in order to realize the ideal, must have an ideal object.
The angelic world is supposed to be in an object position. Man and woman, as one subject entity, are to stand in the position of subject to the angels. We are making a big circle. Centered upon God, the angelic world helped create the creation, but the reason for the creation is to manifest love. If, within this preparation stage, man perfects himself according to God's ideal, and reaches the spiritual world, he becomes one with God. Man and woman become one, and based on that, have dominion over the spirit world. So the reason that the whole creation process exists is because God wanted to manifest love! The creation process is a growth stage.
Indemnity and Purity
So what about responsibility and indemnity? Did you ever think about Heavenly Father as an authoritarian figure, or hungry for power? He demands from man a great deal of sacrifice. Even blood is shed in the name of God. If you look at it horizontally, you might think of God like that. The problem is that we see many examples of self-centeredness in man. Man, because of his hunger for power and greed, is often willing to sacrifice others to attain his own desires. Fallen men, not understanding God and not having an ideal example, look at these people who are power hungry for the realization of their own ideal, and they think Heavenly Father is like those people. So they despise God.
But you must realize that when God, or Father, asks you to do certain things, it is to put you in a position to fulfill your responsibility. This position can bring forth hardship-and challenge. Your lives become full of suffering. And many times, if you are not in the right frame of mind, you can certainly complain, right? But you must understand what lies behind it. When I need to scold any of my children, it hurts me a great deal. I get no pleasure out of punishing or scolding them. But at times I must do it. Why? Because if I do not separate what is right from wrong when they are learning, I know that they would have to face greater consequences when they get older. I must draw the line, otherwise they will accept what they did as right because they did it. If they are willing to do it once, they will do it again. So because of that, I must scold them, although it pains me greatly.
The reason for indemnity is because the ideal world is a place of absolute joy. There cannot be any possibility of evil, not even one iota. It has to be pure. The reason for indemnity is so that the pure and ideal world will be secured and protected. When man becomes irresponsible, God asks him to offer a sacrifice. Being responsible means sacrificing. Because you haven't made sacrifices, you are then told by God to make a sacrifice. But actually making the sacrifice is in your own hands. God cannot do that for you. God can only tell you what is right or wrong. It is out of the desire to manifest love that God demands these things of mankind.
You must realize that all subject and object relationships exist for the sake of love. So the existence of man, although you are subject, is for the sake of woman. You must live for the sake of woman. That is why man takes care of the welfare of the family. And woman, for the sake of love, wants to become part of man. In the same way, the angelic world, for the sake of love, must also become part of God. For the sake of love, God created the angels, and through their assistance, made the creation. When God created the physical world, it brought happiness to Him, right? When He first created man, he felt good. But bigger responsibilities lay ahead of the creation of man. Then, because of the conflict between angels and man over position, the fall occurred. The possibility of conflict existed, because man was in the position of the object, but at the same time, so was the angel. But since man was representing God, he was in the position to be subject to the angels, because without the presence of man, God cannot realize the ideal of love. Man and woman, which angels assisted in creating, were to become the embodiment of God.
Possibility of Conflict
So the conflict existed because angels were to serve man and woman, but actually both angels and man were in the position of objects to God. They both had responsibility to act according to God's will in order to attain the ideal. But the direction that God chose was for man to become subject over the angels, because he was to be the embodiment of God. The conflict existed between Satan and man because they are both products of God. You can certainly see that it could bring conflict, because they were both created by God. There could be conflict because they were not God. Man was to become like God, and also angels possessed the quality to understand Heavenly Father. But still, the angels would be in the position of object to man, who is just like him, in a sense, a creation of God.
I Cor. 15:21 says, "For as by a man came death, by a man has also come the resurrection of the dead." Man's responsibility is the key to realizing the ideals of Heavenly Father. The whole purpose of resurrection, indemnity, and salvation is because without man, God cannot attain His ideal. Man must grow within the physical world, and this physical world must become a world of God's ideal love. It is very important for us to understand the significance of responsibility and the importance of subject/object relationship.
You must realize one thing: nobody else can do your responsibility. Father has suffered his whole life for the possibility of you becoming responsible once more. The whole meaning of the 43 years of indemnity is so you can have another opportunity. Don't you ever think that Father did your responsibility. NO! Through his suffering, he has given you this chance to become one with God.
Today, I have emphasized the relationship between the angel and man. Because of this conflict between Satan and man came the fall. The essence of the fall is conflict between position. That was the bottom line. Satan did not want to become object to man; he wanted to be equal to man, and even worse, to subjugate man. So based upon that, he initiated the whole temptation process. The seed of the fall was the conflict between positions. The main key statement in this lecture is, that in order to avoid that same kind of conflict, you must go the opposite direction. You must realize the ideal behind the existence of subject and object positions. It is important for everyone to understand that relationship, because the ideals of God were shattered because man chose otherwise. Man didn't become subservient to the ideals and commandment of God. He deviated from the ideal position, and the whole process of the fall began. So, in order for us to separate from the conflict that exists within our own lives, we must clearly establish that ideal subject/object relationship.
Subject and Object Positions
Once you realize the importance of subject/object relationship, you are going to finally attain love. It is not just the subject attaining the fulfillment of love. It is also the object, because by the desire of the object to become one with the subject, the oneness comes about. And when you become one with the subject; the joy that comes through the oneness is appreciated by both subject and object. When I decide to become one with my central figure, who is Father, then there is love between me and him. The joy comes at the same time with my father, because Lam becoming one with him. So when I do the things that he asks me to do, I will bring him happiness. And that brings me happiness. The joy is shared together, not individually. I can certainly do the things that will bring pleasure to just me. There are many things that will bring me some sort of happiness through give and take with them, but if I want to attain the joy of love between my father and myself, I must become one with him. The object has to become part of the subject. I must make that conscious choice.
You must realize the reason that you may have so much conflict and separation with your central figure is because you don't like to be object. You always have some sort of excuse that your central figure is unworthy to be the subject. You degrade him down to the position of object. You are passing judgment all the time. You expect that person to unite with you and your opinion. But the reality is that this physical world is so messed up that it is very hard to appreciate the subjects. You all have central figures, every one of you. But there is always an instance when you feel that person doesn't know enough. The subject is someone from whom you can receive guidance, someone that you can become part of. But many times you feel that you are better than that person in fulfilling certain responsibilities. That is where the conflict begins. Certainly, when the angel looked at the adolescent Adam and Eve, he felt superior. But that was not important. What was important was the commandment from Heavenly Father. If Father represents the embodiment of God, and if we are all his children, what is important? To unite with the direction from Father. If you don't, it doesn't matter what rational or logical reason you might have, that is wrong. That is the beginning of the fall. The positions are given by Father, so you must respect the direction of Father. When you don't respect your central figure, you are not respecting Father.
The responsibility is there for both the subject and the object. When the subject is given that position, it is up to the responsibility of the subject to fill the subject's position. But at the same time, the responsibility of the object is to realize the ideal objective role.
The way you attain perfection is through self-inducement. You must give yourself absolutely for the sake of its realization. The responsibility lies between subject and object to make oneness and do the mission, because the greater goal is to fulfill the responsibility of that particular mission. The fulfilling of the mission is the priority, right? It was the responsibility of Adam, Eve, and the angel to fulfill their role in God's dispensation and, centering upon the will of God, become one. But Satan deviated and that is why the fall happened. Of course other possibilities exist, but you must cut away from all those things and realize the greater goal, which is for you to become the embodiment of God. In that particular case, it was for man to become the embodiment of God, and the angel to become the object to man and woman. They should have cast aside their differences and found a common ground. That ground was following the commandment of God. When Father gives you a direction, or a certain mission, and you have a central figure, the common ground is where both of you stand together and realize that mission.
This is very important, otherwise you cannot be responsible. You need a place where God can dwell among you. Realizing ideal subject/object relationships is the foundation of substance. Through the foundation of substance you can receive God's intervention. In order for you to reach your position as blessed families, you must get recognition from True Children, otherwise you have no ground to stand on before God. You think that I have to be recognized by you, but it goes both ways. You must truly try to accept us from your heart of love, based upon Principle.
Let's do our responsibility. I hope that my main theme of the importance of responsibility and the significance of subject/object relationship will somehow make a difference in your lives. From now on let's do what Father expects us to do. I think we can make a difference. The only way to bring good result to Father is to have a solid foundation, and that foundation starts from the relationship you have with your central figures. Through them, you are fulfilling your missions. From now on, maintain absolute unity in your work place and you can make a difference. Why do you think I am going to school? So that I can better represent you and Father to other people. That is the only reason. I want to bring happiness to Father. He deserves it because he lived his life for us Filial piety means you have give and take with your parents, and you must do this while they are living. Please, let's give that much, and let's stay together until the end. Thank you. Let's pray.