The Offerings of Cain and Abel

When Cain and Abel both made an offering, it seems that God’s position of receiving the offering of Abel was different from His position of rejecting the offering of Cain. However, you should know there was no difference in God’s position dealing with them. God would have surely accepted Cain’s offering if there was even a trace of willingness in Cain’s heart to go through Abel who represented God. Although there may have been a difference as to when He would accept it, God tried to deal with them fairly.

If Cain did not really care about the offering that he prepared for God, then it would not have mattered to him so much whether or not God received the offering of Abel. However, what made him furious and resentful was the thought that his devotion was inferior to that of Abel. When you look at the offering centering on Abel, he prepared it with the same degree of devotion as Cain. Only because Abel was on the side of God from the beginning, God accepted it. For this reason, Abel should have been grateful and humble even if God accepted only his offering. Then would Cain have tried to kill him? However, since God only received his offering, Abel must have expressed his joy excessively as to arouse intense jealousy and anger in Cain. It would have been good if he just kept his feelings of happiness to himself and not expressed it at all; but on the contrary, he boasted to his older brother. Don’t you also want to boast about some happy events in your life? Don’t you want to brag about it? Similarly, Abel must have bragged about it to his brother. In so doing, he must have gone overboard and said, “God did not receive your offering, my older brother, and just accepted mine. So, I won. You lost.” Thus, Cain’s face must have turned really red, and he could not help but become extremely enraged. It is reasonable to think this was what happened.

Abel should not have bragged how happy he was because he received the blessing from God. Instead, when he received the blessing, Abel should have realized his own shortcomings and said, “Older brother, I am sorry, I don’t deserve this blessing.” If he did that, would Cain have beaten him to death? He most likely would not have killed Abel. This was the mistake of Abel.

However, since God accepted only his offering, Abel thought that this was because he was better than his brother and God must have only liked him. Then, Abel must have bragged to his older brother, “Older brother, see, my offering was accepted.” Without doubt he bragged to Cain. Otherwise, why should Cain’s face turned as red as a red radish, while Cain was still, not moving or doing anything? Do you think Cain would have gotten furious if Abel did not say anything? Surely, Abel mocked Cain to his face, “What’s wrong with you? My offering got received.” Then, he must have danced around Cain piling it on over and over again. What I am saying here is that Abel must never be arrogant. He must be humble. If he was acting like this, it is sort of fitting that he was beaten to death. It is a natural consequence of his action that he would be beaten to death.

Moreover, Cain and Abel must never be separated before being united as one. One side is the right hand and the other side is the left hand. Accordingly, you must establish the faithful position of recognizing that God is your God as well as the other’s God. God not only loves you but also loves the other. Then, you must always seek and serve the Abel type figure and try your best effort to avoid the position of Cain. You must clearly know that unless you can become such a person, one day you will inevitably be judged.

It is valuable that Abel shed his blood in order to prepare the way for Cain to survive. In the place where this sacrifice is made, you will find something noble – the standard for victory.

What is the secret to becoming the Abel figure? It is safeguarding the tradition. If you face a situation of being killed without reacting or fighting back, you will become Abel. You have to understand this. Jesus was said to be the lamb, right? Therefore, even if you are stabbed, you must not react.

You have learned about Cain and Abel problems in the Principle. Abel must separate himself from Satan or from Cain. Next, by experiencing and embodying the sorrow of both God and the older brother upon entering the realm of God’s love, he would have made the determination to sacrifice his life in their place; and he must save the older brother even if that means putting his life on the line and risking his own life. However, before this process is completed, Cain murdered Abel.

Whom must Abel love? [Cain] Abel must love Cain. He must subjugate him naturally with love. He must stand in the position of loving him by shedding blood and tears. He must give greater love than anyone else in the world. Otherwise Cain will not submit to Abel, and thus restoration cannot be carried out.

What does Abel have to do? He has to restore three great realms. First, Cain must be restored. Second, parents must be liberated. Third, God must be liberated. Abel must accomplish these three great missions. Do you understand? In other words, without liberating the satanic world, parents cannot appear. After that, if parents are not liberated, God cannot be liberated. It is Abel’s mission to be responsible for the three realms of liberation.

The Way of the Spiritual Leader II
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
1968

The Mental Attitude and Life of Central Figures

Why was only Noah able to keep unshaken faith in God’s will, while all people, including the people in his tribe and people on good terms with him, betrayed it? He knew that the ties he had formed with Heaven were greater than the ties he had with his brothers and sisters, his relatives, and even his life. When misery came, he longed for the infinite world with a bowed head, shedding tears with a deeply touched Shim Jung. You should not forget this.

Abraham and Moses were in the same situation. The Pharaoh’s dazzlingly gorgeous palace was an environment of maximum freedom, in which Moses lived in splendor. However, he gave all that up because he realized that God’s providential hands were extended to him through historical ties and through the flesh, blood and bones of his ancestors. As he became better informed of the culture of Egypt and more knowledgeable about everything in the enemy country, Moses became increasingly sad inside the Pharaoh’s palace because he could not share in the historical situation of Israel, the chosen people. He might have grieved over his inability to understand the people’s sorrow. Though his environment was very free and comfortable, when he became deeply moved by the realization that he was a descendant of the chosen people, Moses became hostile toward the Pharaoh’s palace and stepped forth, regarding the Egyptians as his enemies. We must be aware of this.

Moses put the royal court of the Pharaoh behind him and proceeded forward seeking the Israelites, the people with ties to Heaven. Moses knew of the will and embraced such a Shim Jung. However, the Jewish people, who were ignorant of the will, could not recognize Moses as such. This became cause for penetrating historical sorrow and lamentation.

When the people whom Moses had sought out abandoned him, Moses ended up leading the life of a shepherd for forty years in the Midian wilderness. Though he had to walk such a path, Moses kept his principles and the integrity of being Heaven’s chosen. Even if his body were to fall down, Moses ardently wished to bequeath his faith to someone. The more intensely he wished for that, the more tears he had to shed, thinking of the Israelites groaning under the ruthless tyranny of Pharaoh.

While the Israelite people were asleep and in a state of ignorance, Moses prayed for their sake, raising his face and looking to the land of blessing, Canaan. Unable to sleep, he would pour out his heart. He led a life of contrition before Heaven with a sorrowful heart toward the people. Because he led such a life, Moses was fit to assume the responsibility of the central figure of that period. He could become the representative of Heaven. Throughout history, we have learned that Heaven set up Moses in front of the Israelites, who were falling down, to seek and re-establish the history of His relations with Israel and humankind.

The Religious Person’s Attitude
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
March 29, 1959

Gallantly Traveling the Difficult Path of Faith

To gallantly travel the path of difficulty, the path of persecution and death while walking the path of faith, there is something you must feel first. You must feel that your birth and your being of a particular nation or group was not the result of your individual wish. You will not be able to deny that you were born on this earth by having been drawn into motion that even you yourselves cannot understand. When we think again about how the motive of my being originated and was given to me, how I was to go through this kind of course and am a resultant being, we must not boast of ourselves or our beings. We must boast about the being who has something to show off within the ideological realm of history, the whole, and the future.

Unless you have this kind of conviction and feeling now, a more complicated matter than you might think will occur in your path of faith. Sorrowful and difficult things will take place. You will face undeserved death. You will easily abandon your ties with the heavenly principles. You will stand in a position where it is easy for you to betray Heaven.

Therefore, we must have a heart that is deeply sensitive toward God’s ideology and reflect upon our lives in light of this ideology. We should live feeling that our individual selves are sacrificial offerings for the sake of glorifying cosmic relations, for the sake of forming a connection with the ideology of the infinite world of faith. As long as we lead a life of faith in which such an ideology does not disappear from our minds and in which such a feeling does not depart from our hearts, no one will dare intrude upon or subjugate us on this earth.

You must know that our ancestors felt a lot about such a connection. The people who began after Jacob received the blessing of being Israel had the ideology of being God’s chosen people. We know that this sense of being the chosen people established the history of the Jewish people. It was the base of hope in the course of building a new garden in the land of bliss. It was the heritage of the history of the restorational providence. This applied not only to the people, but also to the national leader who guided the people.

God sought out Noah and raised him to let humanity, which had abandoned Heaven for the 1600 years after Adam, form new ties of promise. Noah was not looked up to by the people of his time. He was of no importance in the eyes of those people. However, Noah understood the heart of Heaven, who wished to resolve the great regret through choosing a man like him. That is why Noah proceeded forward, surmounting all difficulties for 120 years, holding onto Heaven’s will and command.

Noah came to realize the preciousness of the relationship with which Heaven had raised him up, called him and commanded him. The deeper his understanding became, the greater his relationship with Heaven. As days went by, he felt deeply about the greatness of the will of the internal heart of God. For that reason, although no one gave him recognition and numerous people ridiculed and rejected him, Noah did not abandon the building of the ark for 120 years.

The Religious Person’s Attitude
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
March 29, 1959

The Good Shepherd

As I Can See

Yahweh is my shepherd,
I lack nothing.

In meadows of green grass he lets me lie.
To the waters of repose he leads me;
there he revives my soul.

He guides me by paths of virtue
for the sake of his name.

Though I pass through a gloomy valley,
I fear no harm;
beside me your rod and your staff
are there, to hearten me.

You prepare a table before me
under the eyes of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil,
my cup brims over.

Ah, how goodness and kindness pursue me,
every day of my life;
my home, the house of Yahweh,
as long as I live!

Psalm 23

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Where are your gods you made for yourself?

As I Can See

The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,

‘Go and shout this in Jerusalem’s ears: ‘Yahweh says this: “I remember your faithful love, the affection of your bridal days, when you followed me through the desert, through a land unsown.

Israel was sacred to Yahweh; the first-fruits of his harvest; all who ate this incurred guilt, disaster befell them, Yahweh declares.” ‘

Listen to Yahweh’s word, House of Jacob and all the families of the House of Israel.

Yahweh says this, ‘What did your ancestors find wrong in me for them to have deserted me so far as to follow Futility and become futile themselves?

They never said, “Where is Yahweh, who brought us out of Egypt and led us through the desert, through a land of plains and ravines, through a land of drought, of shadow dark as death, a land through which no one passes and where no…

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Faithfulness to the Law is a Condition of God’s Aid

As I Can See

“Be strong and stand firm, for you are the man to give this people possession of the land that I swore to their fathers I should give to them. Only be strong and stand firm and be careful to keep all the Law which my servant Moses laid on you. Never swerve from this to right or left, and then you will be happy in all you do. Have the book of this Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may carefully keep everything that is written in it. Then you will prosper in your dealings, then you will have success. Have I not told you: Be strong and stand firm? Be fearless then, be confident, for go where you will, Yahweh your God is with you.”

Joshua 1:6-9

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The End is Near

As I Can See

The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows, “Son of man, say,
The Lord Yahweh says this to the land of Israel: Finished! The end is
coming for the four quarters of the land. Now all is over with you; I
mean to unleash my anger on you, and judge you as your conduct deserves and
force you to answer for all your filthy practices. I mean to show you no pity,
I will not spare you; I am going to call you to account for your conduct and for
the filthy practices that you parade; and so you will learn that I am Yahweh.
The Lord Yahweh says this: Now disaster is going to follow on disaster. The end is coming, the end is coming for you; it is coming now. Now, it is
your turn, you who live in this country. The time has come, the…

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Lord, How Majestic is Your Name

As I Can See

Yahweh our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the world! Whoever keeps singing of your majesty higher than the heavens,
even through the mouths of children, or of babes in arms, you make him a fortress, firm against your foes, to subdue the enemy and the rebel.
I look up at your heavens, shaped by your fingers, at the moon and the stars you set firm-
what are human beings that you spare a thought for them, or the child of Adam that you care for him?
Yet you have made him little less than a god, you have crowned him with glory and beauty,
made him lord of the works of your hands, put all things under his feet,
sheep and cattle, all of them, and even the wild beasts,
birds in the sky, fish in the sea, when he makes his way across the ocean.
Yahweh our…

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The origin of the cult of idols

As I Can See

The invention of idols was the origin of fornication, their discovery the corrupting of life. They did not exist at the beginning, they will not exist for ever; through human vanity they came into the world and hence a sudden end has been designed for them.

A father afflicted by untimely mourning makes an image of his child so swiftly taken, and now he honors as a god what yesterday had only been a dead man, bequething mysteries and initiations to his dependents. Then in the course of time the godless custom hardens, and is observed as law and, by command of princes, the carved images receive worship.

Of those who lived too far away to be honored in person men would make a portrait from a distance and produce a visible image of the king they honored, meaning, by such zeal, to flatter the absent as if he were…

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