We Truly Have to Understand Our Identity

Hyo Jin Moon February 23, 1988 True Parents' Birthday World Mission Center


Today is True Parents' Birthday. Today is the day we truly have to understand our identity--who we are and what position we are in.


Heavenly Father's ideal world is based upon ideal man and woman coming together in absolute unity with Heavenly Father. Through that four position foundation, ideal sons and daughters are born. That is why True Parents are the most important thing to Heavenly Father.


The human race has suffered misfortune and separation and segregation, becoming orphans because Adam and Eve failed to unite with Heavenly Father and lost the True Parents' position. Through True Parents, the lineage of fallen man can be cleansed, and we can be grafted into the true olive tree and become one with Heavenly Father. We truly have to understand that we, and the rest of the world for that matter, are in the children's position to True Parents.


Not Just Good Intentions


God gave us responsibility because that is the only way to become a child of God. You don't become a child of God automatically, through instinct or habit) You have to make effort to create yourselves by knowing exactly what you want and absolutely committing yourself to following Heavenly Father's will. In this way, you can grow to become ideal men and women and inherit the full magnitude of Heavenly Father's love. As Heavenly Father substantialized everything in this entire physical world from His own true image, so we must actively choose to substantialize the ideal image of God in ourselves. Children are an extension of their parents. To be a child of God, we must understand the essence and ways of our original Parent.


When you reach perfection, Heavenly Father can reciprocate His ideal love eternally, because you can multiply. There is no way to build an ideal Kingdom without true families. In America, so many families are broken. Children have many mothers and fathers. They go from one parent to another; wandering all their lives. Without True Parents, the whole human race is wandering. Almost everybody has good intentions, but the ideal cannot be made real just with good intentions. You must actually take responsibility to become Heavenly Father's children and reciprocate His love. You cannot just want it--you must substantialize it!


In order to restore fallen nature, we must understand what it is. The Bible says that Heavenly Father created the universe with the help of angels. Heavenly Father loved Lucifer unchangingly from the time he was created, with the full love of a master for a servant. But Heavenly Father's ideal could-not be completely fulfilled in a master/servant relationship; He could only fulfill His ideal through a parental relationship with ideal children. As a servant, in order to assist his master, Lucifer had to know the plan of the master; therefore, he knew that according to the Principle, he had the responsibility to absolutely serve and assist Heavenly Father and do His will. He had responsibility as well as Adam and Eve.


But after Heavenly Father created Adam and Eve, Lucifer saw that Heavenly Father loved His children in a different way than He loved him. He felt deprived and jealous--that is a fallen nature. But Heavenly Father actually loved Lucifer with the same love both before and after the creation of Adam and Eve. Thus it was Lucifer who betrayed that love relationship, not Heavenly Father.


What Is Good and Evil?


If Adam and Eve had absolutely united with Heavenly Father and established the ideal four position foundation, then forever afterwards good would have always subjugated evil. What is good and evil? Simply put, a person who lives for himself is an evil person, and a person who lives for the whole is a good person. Heavenly Father represents the whole, because He is the creator of everything. To reciprocate ideal love with Heavenly Father, you must be living for His sake and for the sake of the whole. An ideal man is one who always subjugates his individual purpose, need, or want for the sake of pursuing the purpose of God. We must understand clearly that Heavenly Father intended this in the beginning.


You are all individuals. Nobody looks the same, unless you had plastic surgery! All of you have your own distinctive characteristics and idiosyncrasies that are God-given. You started with that, but because of the fall, you were unfortunately born upon a foundation of good and evil; therefore, you must take responsibility to choose to become an ideal man or woman of God and subjugate your individual desires and live for the purpose of the whole. Satan is part of the whole, but he separated himself from Heavenly Father. Therefore, individuality, separation, segregation--all are evil. An "evil" man is one who lives for his own sake, not caring about anything else. "As long as I'm rich, I'm happy. As long as I have power, I'm happy. I don't care what happens to all the women I will touch along my path; as long as I'm satisfied, I'm happy." What point am I trying to make? Don't think of evil as only something extreme like crime or cruelty. Evil is anything that leads in a direction away from the benefit of Heavenly Father and the whole.


How can Satan be stopped in his tracks? We have to restore Cain and Abel's situation. In order to restore fallen Adam and Eve, who were in the True Parents' position, Cain and Abel were very important. Adam and Eve had already fallen, so Heavenly Father couldn't work through them, because the True Parents have to be in an absolute position, never deviating from expressing the will of God. If they themselves had restored their own fallen act, then that fallen act would have remained as part of the process of reaching the ideal position. That is why restoration had to be carried out through the separation of Cain and Abel.


Restoring Cain


Cain and Abel are both from the fallen seed, but we must understand the significance of their positions. Lucifer tempted Eve to fornicate spiritually with him by promising her everything in the universe, telling her that her eyes would be opened. Tragically, his promise came true, because through her fallen act with Lucifer, Eve realized that this act should have taken place in a love relationship with Adam. Driven by her guilt after committing this unprincipled act with Lucifer, as well as by her desire to go back to the original ideal, she tempted Adam. Because her second act was motivated by a desire to return to her proper position, Eve's second son Abel could come to represent Heavenly Father's side.


Heavenly Father asked Cain and Abel both to make offerings. Abel's offering was received and Cain's was rejected. Why? Heavenly Father did not hate Cain, but he hated what Cain represented, which was Satan. The offering was significant because if Cain had been obedient to Abel and absolutely united with him, he would have separated from Satan, and they would have created a substantial horizontal base for Heavenly Father's providence of restoration. Cain, in the elder son's position, should have been the subject to his younger brother. But this was not an ideal situation, because the fall had occurred. In order to change the false order that Lucifer created by becoming their subject, the elder son had to be obedient to the younger son and receive Heavenly Father's love through Abel. But that did not happen. Still today, all of you, every man and woman in this room, must fulfill this foundation of substance by restoring Cain's fallen act and becoming men and women who can receive Heavenly Father's love.


Because of the failure of Adam's family, God called Noah. Centering on Noah, Heavenly Father wanted to recreate the Garden of Eden. Noah's family was to absolutely unite with him, substantialize the four position foundation, and make a foundation of faith and substance so that the Messiah could come in Noah's family. But Heavenly Father's plan was destroyed when Ham failed to unite absolutely with his father and felt shame in his father's naked body. An ideal man absolutely united with God has no reason to feel shame or guilt. In order to separate from Satan and create the external, substantial base here on earth to spread the seed of Heavenly Father, there must be an absolute connection between parents and children centered on God.


Tragic Reality of History


If that crucial family unity had been realized at Noah's time, the providence of restoration wouldn't have been delayed until the time of Abraham and Jacob. Although Jacob fulfilled the foundation of substance on the family level, Satan's foundation had already increased to the national level and would have overwhelmed that seed of goodness unless there was a corresponding foundation for goodness on a national level as well.


The national foundation was established by Jacob and the nation of Israel, to prepare for the coming of Jesus. John the Baptist, who was respected by all the people of his time and who received many revelations about Jesus Christ, was supposed to obey Jesus and absolutely unite with him. Jesus should not have had to go such a suffering course. In the process of trying to substantialize a foundation of faith and substance all by himself so the world could receive the Messiah, he died. Even when Jesus was on the cross, if one of his 12 disciples had been willing to die for him, the crucifixion wouldn't have been necessary. The Roman governor was even willing to free him. But nobody stood up for Jesus; only the thief, dying on the cross, united with him. Because of man's failure and irresponsibility, Heavenly Father's preparation was shattered. Over and over again, this has been the reality in human history.


Finally, today, we are celebrating True Parents' Birthday. Do you know how much suffering is behind the making of this day? All of you know that the True Parents' course was never easy. True Parents had to establish their own position by making a substantial foundation of absolute true love and unity with Heavenly Father here on this earth. The foundation to receive the Messiah had to be prepared all over again in Korea.


Back in the 1940s, all of the major religions of the world had reached their culmination in Korea, but the most dominant was Christianity. The leaders of many Christian movements with mass followings had received revelations about the Messiah coming in their time. Many of them even received specific instructions, such as, "You must go and find him; he's in such-and-such a place." If existing Christianity at that time had united with True Parents on the foundation that Heavenly Father prepared, Father could have united Korea and then gone on to the world level. But again, that possibility was shattered because of man's irresponsibility. That is why Father has had to indemnify everything and make a new foundation all by himself.


The Blessing


Most of you are blessed. The Blessing is very significant because it is Father's true accomplishment. He has created the horizontal foundation for us to win this world back to Heavenly Father. The 36 Blessed Couples symbolize all the ancestor s of the human race: Adam's family, Noah's family, Abraham's family. Based on the 36 Couples, absolute unity must come about to restore all the failures in human history. Two times 36 is 72. The 72 Blessed Couples signify the restoration of Cain and Abel. The number 120 represents the ideal nation. There were 120 disciples who gathered in the upper room to receive the Pentecost when the spirit of Jesus and the Holy Spirit came down. These 120 disciples prepared the spiritual foundation to reach to the societal, national, and global level. The 124 Blessed Couples represent 120 nations. Why is there an additional 4? Everything in all four directions--north, south, east, and west--should belong to Heavenly Father. Based upon the foundation of 124 nations, Heavenly Father can realize His ideal Kingdom.


After the 124 Blessed Couples, we have 430, and then 777. The number 430 is a liberation number; it comes from the four position foundation and the three stages of growth. It was 430 years before Moses liberated the Israelite people from Pharaoh. The 430 Blessed Couples signify the liberation ï 4 all people from the barriers of culture, race, and tradition through the establishment of one absolute tradition. Then based upon that liberation, there must be a substantial base for the whole human race to come together to unite centered on True Parents. That's 777. Number 7 is the perfection number.


Then came the 1800, the 2,000, and the 6,000 Couple Blessings. The number 1800 is a number of absolute victory and indemnity to cut off Satan. Three times 6 is 18, and three 6's or "666" is the number that represents Satan's perfection, so we have to substantialize a foundation to restore that. Father thinks of everything, right? How many people are here from the 2,000 and 6,000 Couple Blessings? Father says you are supposed to be tribal messiahs, tribal True Parents.


Think about it. There are 5 billion people in the world. Let's add up all the blessed couples to a nice, round number of 10,000. If you divide 10,000 into 5 billion, you get 500,000. Each blessed couple should take care of 500,000 people. Can you do that? In New York City, Mayor Koch has to take care of about 10 million people. You feel at least as responsible as Mayor Koch does, right? Some of you can take more responsibility, and maybe some can only handle 100,000. Realistically, you must make this world into an ideal family. How are you going to do it? You must absolutely unite with True Parents. Only upon True Parents' foundation is it realistically possible. All of you are the elders to the human race. We must provide an absolute, substantial connection to True Parents for the world.


Be Strong and Fearless


If man had fulfilled his responsibility, Father could have substantialized a foundation upon the Korean nation. He wouldn't have had to gather us. That is why we are here. I guess, in a very dark sense, you are lucky guys! We truly have to be grateful, because before this age no man or woman ever lived who could utter the words "True Parents." If it wasn't for True Parents, there would be no Principle, no clear understanding of Heavenly Father's dispensation. Now we can analyze and criticize Satan's ways. The only way Satan will yield is under the Principle. It is the greatest discovery in human history to find ï out specifically what the fall is and how we can be restored through indemnity. Don't ever deny that.


Father said we have to be strong and fearless because we are at war. Satan has put up so many barriers against the realization of Heavenly Father's will. Satan knows that he himself has to pay indemnity in order to go back to his ideal position. Many of you have sinned; you know how hard it is to confess your sin and confront your guilt. Think about the magnitude of Satan's sins and the suffering that he has caused Heavenly Father. It is overwhelming! Heavenly Father wants to lessen the burden that the human race is carrying, but Satan is kicking you onto the suffering path. He knows the significance of Principle numbers and he is constantly looking for a chance to prolong your suffering and accuse Heavenly Father for failing to be an absolute God of love. How can we defeat him?


Let's say there is a bully on the block who is making everyone suffer by terrorizing them. Everybody is frightened of him because he's strong and he can physically hurt them. And nobody wants to get hurt by confronting him; they want to protect their pretty face. They want to live in health and be able to walk with two feet. It would be embarrassing to have a black eye or a broken nose! But if somebody on that block decides, "I'm not afraid of a black eye; I'm not afraid of getting my leg broken; I'm not even afraid of dying," then that bully can't scare the person away from standing up to him and even defeating him. Such a person has a chance to restore that bully's attitude and free the unhappy children in that neighborhood.


This is why Father stresses that we must not be afraid and that we go the suffering path with great gratitude, because this is the way to beat Satan, who wants us to suffer. Down deep inside your minds and hearts, all of you want the ideal Kingdom to come. But we have to break down Satan's external barriers and substantialize the ideal. Can we do it with prayer alone? No! Upon the foundation of prayer we must do something, isn't that right?


Results Will Come


I know and you know that doing something substantial is not easy, but the reward is great. Even when you fulfill something very small, it gives you joy, right? Though the process might have been hard, the result gives you joy. What kind of joy do you think you'll receive when you live your life based on Heavenly Father's ideal?!


You know that if you make effort and give, the results will come. Why do you lack results? Because your physical body is limited. For me and for all of us, it's very hard to live our lives absolutely by the Principle. My body is limited. It's hard for me before a speech; honestly, the night before I have to give a speech, I can't sleep. No matter how many times I do it, I get the same feeling all over again of just choking all night long. It's like a life-and-death matter because I know I have to represent Father; I cannot just give my own words. However, because of Father's preparation for us and the Principle, right now we are watching the world change, right in front of our eyes. Tom [Ward], don't you feel happy when you go out there and work? Where is Bill [Lay]? Aren't you happy? Even as you work, the world is actually changing.


When you read the Principle, it just tears you up inside. Your mind and heart know it is undeniable; that's why you know you have to follow it all the way. Man is infatuated by science. Many intellectuals think science is their god. They accept it as absolute truth because it is based upon physical principles and facts. Such men who only perceive truth according to their five physical senses are living in an external shell and don't know the real existence of God. But when those stubborn men are exposed to the Principle, they will change because their own original mind and Shim Jung connects with the original ideal. This proves that the Principle must be true. Because of the research of people like Tom and Bill, we can match the external standard of scientists, scholars, and intellectuals, and just like that, their false ideas will crumble and fall.

Everyone has a physical limit, but I know you are capable of going over any limitation or barrier. Everyone's original mind can be awakened. I asked CARP three months ago to make at least 12 bands. None of the guys in my band ever touched an instrument before in their lives, but they can play pretty good now, don't you think so? Everybody can meet the absolute standard and overcome Satan. So are you going to do it?


Today is True Parents' Birthday. The only way we can celebrate this day with eternal joy is for you and me to come together, absolutely centered upon True Parents. Without this unity, the celebration is only a moment within time and space-not eternal. The significance of having True Parents at this time is to set an ideal standard that future generations can look back to. So your standard must be ideal--live up to it!


We will celebrate this day with absolute conviction and vigor and determination to bring more victories and to substantialize true love and the Principle in our lives. And we will absolutely unite with True Parents. There is only one God. All of you are children of God. Let's make that a reality. Shall we? Those of you who commit yourself totally and absolutely, raise your hands. Thank you very much.