Love Will Overcome the World’s Problems

A diagnosis needs to be made of the world’s problem, the nation’s problem, religion’s problem, the racial problem, the ideological problem, and the family’s problem. All levels of society need a spiritual doctor.

All these problems started when humankind went in the wrong direction in the beginning. From that time everything has been going in a direction opposite to God’s point of view. How can we turn the right side to the left side and vice versa? We have to go against the old, established desires. The whole problem is one of changing the direction of the “I”-centered family, the “I”-centered nation and “I”-centered religion and world. We have to go the opposite way and live the family life for the nation, the national life for the world and dedicate the world to God. The present way of living in the world must be completely turned upside down. “I” must live for the world, not for “my” sake. Judaism should exist for Islam and Islam for Judaism. Christianity should live for Buddhism and so forth. This is what is meant by the opposite direction.

Without going opposite its present direction there is no chance for the world to go in God’s direction. Selfish instinct prevails instead of a striving to love one another. Yet, the formula of loving one another really works. When this is applied, it will turn the world upside down.

My philosophy is very simple. If you have the attitude to love your enemy, then you can overcome any situation and there is no obstacle that can block you. In my lifetime of sixty years there were many things I didn’t want to tackle, but I did them because I loved my enemy. I did the worst things there were to do – I was a beggar, a laborer, a farmer, a fisherman, a dock worker, a miner. Every day I am living this principle, and when I look I see that there are many people of all colors following behind me. The Unification Church principle is rather simple and we live it. From the moment you can love your enemy, the Kingdom of Heaven shall come. God doesn’t only want individuals to love their enemies. He wants to see an entire nation that will practice this principle.

We are multi-colored here; this auditorium is a miniature of the heavenly Kingdom, with five colors of skin from 127 countries. All we have to do is practice this principle. We are not going to destroy our enemies but liberate them. We find love by loving them. Practice this in your daily life. That is where you can learn to bear the burden and taste God’s tears and broken heart.

Let us pray.

The Formula for World Peace
Reverend Sun Myung Moon

Loving One’s Enemies Can Reconcile Warring Nations

My entire life has been one of persecution and mistreatment. Yet you see that I am not tired. I keep moving, step by step, leaving footprints as I go. When I turn around I can taste a precious joy at seeing them behind me. Up ahead there is nothing but persecution coming at me, like a headwind pushing against me. But I feel great exaltation when I turn around and look behind me, and I see people of all races following me. I see peace, harmony and unity. That is so beautiful and valuable to me that I then can move ahead even more strongly.

Consider the Japanese people and the Korean people. They were enemies for quite a long time. But today, the Japanese members are pledging their service and loyalty under me, a Korean man. They are even willing to marry Korean spouses. Isn’t that amazing? They are not pledging their lives for the sake of Rev. Moon; not at all. They are pledging their lives for the sake of the true love which I pioneered and championed. In this way, the enemy nations of Japan and Korea are being reconciled.

When Jesus was on earth there was a wall of hatred between the great Roman Empire and the little nation of Israel because one was conqueror and the other the conquered. Jesus knew that the only way to conquer Rome was through love. Rome conquered Israel with military power, but Israel could conquer Rome through love. Even though Jesus was crucified, he could still pray for God to forgive the very people who killed him. No power could be any greater. Love can overcome any walls, no matter how high and thick. Jesus knew that individuals have enemies, families have enemies, and tribes and nations have enemies. Hatred and animosity always cause killing on each level, and only one strategy can break down this wall – love your enemy.

The fallen world always responds to animosity by seeking revenge. If God and Jesus had used the method of revenge, however, then there would not be one human being left here on earth because God would have extinguished them all in retribution. A great movement of restoration only comes from this ideology of love. Only the power of love could begin the new history and new age. When a person has the power to love even his enemies, he is truly a giant and there is nothing he cannot deal with or embrace. Ultimately that person shall conquer the world in God’s way. Christianity has always possessed that ideology, and God sees that as long as Christians pursue that doctrine then they shall conquer.

The Formula for World Peace
Reverend Sun Myung Moon

A New Christian Movement Is Needed to Save the World

When you plant bean seeds, beans will grow. When you plant carnations, carnations will grow. No one can deny this principle. If you sow hatred, hatred will result. When you sow love, then the fruit of love will indeed come. The important thing is the size of that love. Christianity has been failing to live up to this principle and failing to love its enemies. This has been its major difficulty.

Christians preach about loving one’s enemies, but Jesus also said to love your neighbor. Who is a Christian’s neighbor? Certainly it is another Christian. But are they doing it? Do Catholics love Mormons? Do Jehovah’s Witnesses love Methodists? It doesn’t matter who calls us heretics; whoever practices this principle of loving one’s enemy is closer to God and is the orthodox Christian. That is my belief. Love can unite. If Christians practice love, then Christians can unite with other Christians and then Christians can unite all the religions of the world.

Aren’t we heretics? Why not? How do you know? When we tell other Christians what the Unification Church is about, many will say we are heretics. The important thing is to inherit the true tradition and spirit of Christianity, however, and as long as we inherit that doctrine and practice it, we are the most orthodox.

God loves the world, and that is why He made such a great investment in Christianity, but now decline is setting in. Even though the leaders of world Christianity are aware of this, they don’t know how to retrieve the situation. The degree of decline is so severe that even though people search for God and believe in Jesus as their Savior, God’s Spirit is no longer found in many churches at this time. The great theological question is: after God raised up this great Christian foundation, why can’t we find much of the former spirit remaining?

Let’s take an example from an orchard. If the orchard’s owner sees that all the trees are in trouble, He undertakes a pruning process in order to save them. Once God concluded that Christianity was not up to the task of saving the entire world, he has to restore the churches by cutting away the sick branches to encourage the healthy ones. The owner of the orchard will not favor the old branches, but will encourage the new buds and branches and leaves.

To save the whole world it is logical from God’s point of view that He must prune Christendom because it had become ineffective. God needs a new Christian movement that will have the mission of saving the whole orchard. What kind of Christian movement will He use to revive declining Christianity? It should have the purpose and content to overcome the four major problems: conflict among nations, division among Christian denominations, conflict between races, and conflict between the religions of the world.

There is much division among nations because people are egocentric. From God’s point of view, He is not really God of this earth. He sees that all nations originated within an environment of immorality, conflict and disharmony, and have nothing to do with Him. The new religious movement which God is seeking should have the content that will enable it to solve the problems of conflict among the nations.

Why are there so many Christian denominations when Christians all claim one Savior? They split apart because each denomination insisted on its own theory and logic. All of these churches are false when compared to the one true body which Christianity should be. This is a second great problem to solve.

The third problem is finding a worldwide solution for the division of races. We can predict that a final showdown must come between blacks and whites and other races as their relations worsen. War is the inevitable outcome unless a religious solution is found. Ideological and philosophical solutions will only further divide the races because each ideology will insist on its own solution. At this moment communism is actually trying to promote division and conflict between the races.

Soon, not only racial conflict but also conflict between the different religions will begin to appear. Hinduism and Buddhism influence primarily the Oriental peoples, while Islam is dominant among the Arabs, and so forth. There is a possibility of collision between these world religions. Communist strategy for the future is to take a more active role in weakening religion, generating conflict among Islam, Christianity, Judaism and other faiths. Through promoting division among peoples and religions, the communists want to further their own purposes.

God’s new religious movement should have the content which can unite not only these diverse religions but even draw together people who follow the different ideologies, such as communism and democracy. If God does exist then He would reason this way, but He also needs someone on earth to carry out this thinking.

The Formula for World Peace
Reverend Sun Myung Moon

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