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    • The Healing of the World IntroductionA Critical Moment in History The twentieth century has been the most intense period humankind has ever known. Our century has witnessed the first footsteps on the moon, the birth of the robot and the development of nuclear power. Computers enable us to access a wealth of data and the mass media disseminates information on worldwide events almost instantaneously.Part 1: Truth That Gives LifePart 2: The Wilderness CoursePart 3: Gods Will and World PeacePart 4: The Completed Testament Age We can now produce a vast array of consumer goods and services, yet millions of people still live in abject poverty, struggling each day to find the basic necessities of life. In addition, mismanaged industrial expansion during this century has caused immeasurable damage to our environment, and the devastation brought about by two world wars and the many other regional and international conflicts has been unprecedented. The question we have to ask ourselves as we enter the new millennium is: Have we as individuals become better and happier people? Have we become more loving, caring and responsible individuals? The answer, unfortunately, is no. Technology has not improved the well-being of our families and communities. Even though our knowledge of the physical world has increased, our understanding of lifes spiritual dimension has changed little. The hatred that separates people, nations and races is the same as it has always been. Where can we look for hope? Government institutions certainly do not have the answers. Should we expect them to? Nor will the ultimate solution be found in a scientific research institute or laboratory. The established religious institutions, for all their vigor and long-standing dedication, have been unable to prevent this crisis from developing. They will be hard-pressed to reverse it.The Problems Are Not NewA deeper analysis of the problems in our society reveals that they are not new. In fact, thefailures of our modern civilization have a fundamental cause, which can be traced back tothe beginnings of humankind.There is a contradiction in human beings that is as old as history. We all strive for joy andhappiness in life, yet continue to indulge in attitudes and behaviors that lead tounhappiness or utter misery for ourselves and others. Why is it that human beings always
    • long for peace and yet engage in so much conflict? Are love and hatred, good and evildestined to coexist, as some believe, so that lasting peace and harmony can never beachieved?These and many other difficult questions touch on the very origin of our existence. Weneed a deeper understanding of the most fundamental questions of life. We also need atrue and absolute standard of love and goodness to overcome the scourge of evil andselfishness which has plagued humanity throughout history.Such answers can come only from God, yet God always works through chosen individualson earth. This booklet explores the ways God has worked through one individual, theReverend Sun Myung Moon, to bring humanity back to our original home, a world of peace,happiness and freedom.Who is Reverend Moon?Nearly everyone has read or heard something about the founder of the Unification Church,Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Some media reports have portrayed Reverend Moon as abusinessman or politician. Others have recognized him to be an extraordinarily dedicatedreligious leader. Who is Reverend Moon? Our answer begins with an account of hisupbringing, and an encounter he had with Jesus on a Korean mountainside.Sun Myung Moon was born on January 6, 1920, into a family of farmers that had tilled theland for centuries. As a boy he studied at a Confucian school and was a keen observer ofthe natural world.Around 1930, his parents became fervent Christians - Presbyterians, and the young SunMyung Moon became a Sunday school teacher. At that time, Japan ruled Korea and onlypermitted practice of the Shinto religion. The religious intolerance of the militant Japanesewas only a small part of the contempt they held for the Koreans, a race they believed to beinferior. The Korean people were subjected to forty years of humiliation and cruelty as partof Japans Greater Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere. As a member of an oppressed race, SunMyung Moon learned to hate injustice, whether among his own people or at the hands ofthe Japanese rulers.Korea is a land of fervent Christian faith. Today it is well known that Korea is home to thelargest Protestant churches in the world. When Reverend Billy Graham visited Korea, hewas so impressed by the spiritual vitality of her churches that he predicted one day Koreawould send missionaries to revive the West. Before World War II, the center of Christianactivity was Pyongyang, which was called the "Jerusalem of the East." Among the spirit-filled churches were many with strong messianic expectations. These churches hadreceived revelations that the Messiah would be born in Korea, and they were directed invarious ways to prepare to receive him.Jesus Christ AppearsAt Easter time in 1935, Jesus appeared to the young Sun Myung Moon as he was prayingin the Korean mountains. In that vision, Jesus asked him to continue the work which hehad begun on earth nearly 2,000 years before. Jesus asked him to complete the task ofestablishing Gods kingdom on earth and bringing His peace to humankind.
    • The young Korean was stunned by this encounter, and especially by the request that hadbeen made of him, and at first he refused. However, after deep reflection, meditation andprayer, he pledged his life to that overwhelming mission. After personally accepting Jesuscall, the young man set out to discover its very meaning. If Jesus called him to completehis mission, it meant that Jesus mission was incomplete. Was not salvation through thecross all that man needs? What was it that Jesus had left undone on earth? If sin is notcompletely solved, then what is the actual root of sin?Sun Myung Moon studied the Bible and many other religious teachings in order to unravelthese mysteries of life and human history. During this time, he went into ever deepercommunion with God and entered the vast battlefield of the spirit and flesh. Throughdenying his personal desires he overcame temptations of knowledge, wealth and physicalpleasure. He came to understand Gods own suffering and His longing to be reunited withHis children. He learned the difficult steps that humankind would have to take in order toreturn to God and establish true peace on earth.By 1945, he had organized the teachings which came to be known as the Divine Principle,and he began his public ministry. The Divine Principle, the fundamental teaching ofReverend Moon and the Unification Church, is outlined in the following pages. Part 1: Truth That Gives LifeMan and the Universe: A Mirror of GodHarmony, precision and order are characteristic of the vast cosmos. For millions of years,the cycles of life, nature and the universe have repeated themselves with remarkableconsistency. It cannot be that this marvelous universe was formed as the result of anaccident. Everything which exists, even the smallest particle or cell, has some meaningand purpose. For example, every part of the human body has a distinct, individual functionand interacts with other parts to achieve the higher purpose of sustaining life. There mustbe an origin of universal purpose and design, a first cause, which gave purpose toeverything and maintains harmony in the universe. We call this first cause, God.How can we know anything about the first cause if it is invisible and intangible, andtherefore not accessible to the probing of science? According to the scriptures of manyreligions, we can understand Gods character by examining His handiwork, the worldaround us. Ever since the creation of the world, His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made." Romans 1:20 "The power of spiritual forces in the universe --how active it is everywhere! Invisible to the eyes and impalpable to the senses, it is inherent in all things. Confucius, Doctrine of the Mean 16
    • Indeed, just as an artists personality is revealed in his or her paintings and a personscharacter is revealed in his or her behavior, I so too Gods own personality is reflected inthe things which God created. This follows from the inter-relationship between cause andeffect. Could a chaotic cause create a harmonious universe? Could a heartless God create aworld which has great beauty in it? This would defy all logic. Therefore, we can learn aboutthe cause, God, by studyingthe effect, the creation.The Parenthood of GodWhat universal attributes can be found in the created world? For one thing, all entitieshave the attributes of male and female or, in the mineral realm, of positive and negativeWe see men and women, male and female animals, staminate and pistillate plant lifeexemplifying this pair system. The world is made in such a way that everything exists andmultiplies through the reciprocal relationship between male and female, positive andnegative. What does this tell us about God? It tells us that God, who is the cause,embodies not only the essence of masculine nature in His divine personality, but theessence of feminine nature as well.There is a second duality which all created entities share: everything has an internalcharacter as well as an external form. We see that on every level of existence,consciousness, reason and law shape the behavior of energy. In particular, human beingshave a body that consists of cells, and a unique human mind, which enables us to thinkand feel in a distinctly human way.Since everything God created has an internal character and external form, He Himselfmust have internal and external aspects. The external aspect of God is prime energy,which is the cause of all physical energy in the universe and thus is the cause of all matter.God has used prime energy to create, develop and sustain the cosmos. The design andpurpose inherent in the creation manifest the internal aspect of God.To understand the internal aspect of God, we must look at ourselves, since we, as Godschildren, resemble Him the most. The main attributes of the human character are emotion,intellect and will. We value the beauty of nature; we are delighted at the arrival of anewborn baby; we like to express our own creativity. We aspire to become knowledgeableand wise. Our conscience urges us to do good and reject evil; all parents want theirchildren to be better than themselves. We have the capacity for selfless love and theimpulse to pursue truth and goodness.From where could these common qualities and aspirations have come if not from ourCreator? God is the source of the values we all cherish: love, truth, beauty and goodness.Thus, Gods power is always guided by reason and lawfulness, above all by love. Heart isthe essence of Gods being. Heart is the impulse to love, and it seeks an object to love.God feels joy when He can give and receive love with His beloved. God loves each one ofus individually, and rejoices when we return His love and multiply it by loving others.The Purpose of Life: The Perfection of LoveAccording to the Bible, God gave the first humans three blessings: "Be fruitful andmultiply . . . and have dominion" (Gen. 1:28). The first blessing, to be fruitful, gives us theprivilege and responsibility to participate in the creation of our own character.
    • A tree is fruitful when it becomes mature and bears fruit. Similarly, a fruitful individual issomeone who is spiritually, intellectually and emotionally mature and bears the fruit of love,wisdom, and goodness. Such an individual personifies Gods own nature and heart, andnaturally lives and acts in accordance with Gods will. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is who bears much fruit. John. 15:5Although humanity has fallen into spiritual mediocrity, God has never given up on us. WithHis help and through our own effort we will eventually achieve our full potential andexperience the boundless joy and happiness for which all men and women have longedthroughout history.The second blessing of God to the first humans was to multiply. This was to be done on thefoundation of individual maturity. God wanted Adam and Eve (our first ancestors) tomultiply, not only descendants, but also goodness and love. He never intended for us tomultiply selfishness and corruption. This means God wants to see a true, spiritually matureman marry a true, spiritually mature woman and the two together raise sinless children.Through their parents, the children are to experience God as a reality, and grow up tobecome mature (perfected) men and women.In a true family, Gods love blossoms on all levels: from parents (parental love), to theirchildren between husband and wife (conjugal love), from the children towards theirparents (filial love), and among the children (brotherly and sisterly love). Each memberlives for the others and the whole family lives for other families in the society. Thus from atrue family a harmonious and peaceful society, nation and world can be generated.We can recognize that the strength of society lies in the strength of its families. If wecannot build healthy families, we cannot build a healthy society. If a society denies thesanctity of the traditional family-its basic unit-and becomes increasingly beset by divorce,free sex and homosexuality, that society will inevitably decline. This is because the primevictims of permissiveness and dysfunctional families are the children, and they are theones who will decide the future of our communities, nations and world.The third blessing, to have dominion, is fulfilled naturally by mature, God-centeredindividuals interacting with nature. God created a wonderful environment for us to live inso that we could enjoy life to the fullest. The beauty of nature is a telling expression ofGods boundless love for humankind. However, God intended our interaction with thecreation to be based upon love and appreciation, and not upon selfishness, neglect andexploitation. We will solve environmental problems when we free ourselves fromselfishness and our societies from corruption.How Does Spiritual Growth Come About?The fact that it took billions of years for the entire cosmos to be created indicates that atime period is necessary for everything to come into existence. A flowering plant starts asa seed and reaches its completion when it has grown to its full size and produced flowers
    • and seeds for the next generation. Humans also need a certain time period in which togrow physically and spiritually. But unlike the rest of creation, we must take someresponsibility for our own growth. We are meant to become co-creators with God, throughthe part we play in creating ourselves. First the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. Mark 4:28Just as the physical world is the environment for our physical self, the spiritual world is theenvironment for our spiritual self. But whereas our sojourn on this earth is temporary, ourlife in the spirit world is eternal. Existing in both the physical and spirit worlds, each of usconsists of both a spiritual self and a physical self. The spiritual self is in the subjectposition and gives purpose and direction to the physical self.The physical self is composed of a physical body (made up of cells) and a physical mind(which manifests itself, for example, in the desire for food and sleep). In the same way, apersons spiritual self has both a spiritual body and a spiritual mind. As the spiritual form isidentical with that of the physical body, people can be recognized by their spiritualappearance. This explains why some people who have contact with the spirit world are ableto identify friends and relatives who are deceased. This world is like a vestibule before the world to come; prepare yourself in the vestibule that you may enter the hall. Mishnah, Abot 4:21The spiritual mind is the core of a persons being, containing heart, emotion, intellect andwill. Through the spiritual mind God is able to communicate with us, inspire us and guideus in our growth. Spiritual growth is not automatic; the spiritual self needs the physical selffor its growth. The physical self is the womb for the spirit. Each time a person acts inaccordance with Gods will and the principles of love and service, the spirit receives vitalityfrom the body, experiences true joy and is able to receive more of Gods love and truthand thus grow. Then, when the spiritual self has fully matured and achieved the purpose oflife, its attachment to the body is no longer necessary. It can continue to live freely andeternally in the spiritual world after physical death.The Cause of Human ConflictGod is a being of infinite love, goodness and power, yet evil exists. Reverend Moonstruggled for many years to discover the cause of evil. If we look at ourselves, it isapparent that we contain two conflicting desires: one which tells us to lift other people upand care for them, and one which tells us to take care of our own comforts first, regardlessof everyone else. Where does this conflict come from? Did God, after creating a beautifuland ecologically balanced system of life, somehow err and design His highest creation withan inherent contradiction, like a cup with a hole in it? Of course not. If there were, in the heavens or in the earth, other gods beside God, there would have been confusion in both! Quran. 21.21
    • There is no record of events that explains how evil came into this world. The Bible tells ofAdam and Eve committing the first sin. But the story is shrouded in symbolism, and lacksclarity as to precisely what Adam and Eve did. Certainly, the sin of the first humanancestors had awesome consequences, as all their descendants have been affected by it.Reverend Moon discovered how the first human ancestors lost their relationship with Godand how, consequently, their descendants were separated from God.Humanity’s First DiseaseThrough the fall, Adam and Eve, the first human ancestors, lost their purity and acquiredan inclination toward selfishness which they passed on like a hereditary disease to theirchildren. The consequences were tragic: Abel could not share Gods blessing with his elderbrother, and Cains jealousy led to the first murder in human history. This was thebeginning of a cycle of hatred and violence that has continued to this day.The original fall of man was actually the distortion and destruction of true love. True lovefor the sake of others was meant to be the very center of human life and the essence ofthe kingdom of Heaven on earth. Instead, selfish love has become the way of human lifeand has created a kingdom of hell on earth. Sexual relations were to be the most beautifuland holy expression of the eternal love between a husband and wife. Sadly many peoplethink that love is sex and thereby reduce both to a purely physical act. Whereas sexualitycan be truly fulfilled only through the sacred relationship of marriage, today love has beenso distorted that sex has become a casual recreation. Because of the misuse of sexualintimacy, celibacy has been practiced in various religions as a means to come closer toGod.The degradation of sexuality has always been a tragic phenomenon in human society, butthe problem has perhaps never been so acute as in our modern age. Today, while parents,teachers and religious leaders may strive to instill the value of sexual abstinence in youngpeople, they have to contend with the formidable influence of the commercialentertainment industry, which often relies on sexual themes and images in order to sell itswares.The Hidden Dimension of HistoryThe mystery of why God did not intervene to prevent the fall is connected with theprinciple of human freedom. God has given humankind the gift of freedom so that we canrespond to Him in love. Freedom brings with it responsibility. God gave human beings aportion of responsibility which is ours alone to fulfill.Some people think that God controls human history. But, in fact, progress in humanhistory is dependent upon us fulfilling our portion of responsibility. Gods grace is foreverbeckoning; Gods heart longs to save all His children. But as it is we who fell away fromGod, there is a certain foundation which is ours alone to lay.The record of the Bible reveals that history has purpose and direction. The purpose drivinghistory is to reverse the sin of the original family, and thus create the foundation to receivethe Messiah. The goal of history is to purify human love, making possible Gods ideal worldof joy. To do this, God sends the Messiah, who is to solve the sin of the original family andestablish the model of true love. Careful preparation is needed if the Messiah is to find a
    • receptive environment in which to accomplish his task. The direction of history is toprepare a foundation for the Messiah. We call this hidden dimension of history "theprovidence of restoration."Preparation for the MessiahJesus Christ came upon the 2,000 year Israelite history to establish the kingdom of Heavenon earth. Furthermore, God had carefully prepared for the worldwide expansion of Jesusministry. Prior to Jesus, the great empire of Rome was established, with an extensivenetwork of trade routes. The Roman Empire expanded far and wide, touching most otheradvanced civilizations.God also prepared the world internally for the coming of the Messiah. In India, GautamaBuddha rejected worldly comfort and sought the true way of life. From his example andteaching developed Buddhism, which became one of the most influential religions in theOrient. At the same time in China, Confucius appeared, teaching a highly developed ethicalhumanism. Concurrently, in Greece, the great classical philosophers Socrates, Plato andAristotle strove to establish a standard of human ethics. In these and other ways, God setthe stage for the establishment of His kingdom on earth, about which Jesus so often spoke.Beginning with Israel, Gods kingdom could have spread throughout the world. Jesus wasto resolve on earth the sin of man and create ideal families in which Gods love could dwell.Through such families Jesus could have established a world of true love. The threeblessings promised in the Garden of Eden would have been realized. Gods purpose hasnever changed.However, prophets also foretold that without the Israelites faith, the Messiah would beforced to endure suffering and misery (Isa. 53). To prevent this outcome, God sent Johnthe Baptist, who came to "make straight the way for the Lord." John lived an ascetic,exemplary lifestyle and was respected throughout Israel. John testified to Jesus at theJordan River. However, he failed to follow Jesus, and later even doubted that Jesus wasthe Messiah(Matt. 11, John 1).Jesus plea from the beginning of his ministry was for people to "believe in him whom Godhad sent." Jesus did everything he could to convince the people that he was the son of God.Nevertheless, they refused to believe in him. And when he saw the city he wept over it, saying, Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But they are hid from your eyes. Luke I9:41-42Of course, if the people had understood who Jesus was, they never would have persecutedor rejected him. As the apostle Paul said, None of the rulers of this age understood this [the importance of Jesus; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory (1 Cor. 2:8).Reverend Moons discovery of this biblical truth came with hours of tears. No one has weptmore for the suffering of Jesus Christ.
    • Spiritual Salvation Through the CrossWhen it became clear that the people would not accept him as the Messiah, Jesus knewthere was no other way left to bring salvation than by sacrificing his life on the cross. Evenunto death, he loved and forgave the people who had rejected him. In this extraordinaryact of sacrificial love, Jesus unleashed Gods power of resurrection. Ascending to the righthand of God, he created a realm of spiritual salvation for all who follow him.Jesus life and his supreme sacrifice are a testimony to the power of true, sacrificial love.Until Jesus came, the popular belief was that injustice should be punished or avenged inkind--an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Jesus showed, however, that God is not a Godof vengeance, but that He is our parent who loves His children despite their sins. Yethumankind must still await the Lord of the Second Advent, who comes to eliminate sinaltogether and finally establish Gods kingdom on the earth.Christs Return and the Achievement of World PeaceFollowing Jesus death and resurrection, God began to work through the Christians as thesecond Israel, to prepare for the second coming of the Messiah. For the next four centuries,Christians suffered, as had the Israelites in Egypt. Many were boiled in oil, fed to lions orburned alive. Despite this severe persecution, the Christians did not abandon their faith.On the contrary, their faith deepened and they became dedicated believers committed tospreading Jesus teachings.For 2,000 years Christianity went through a historical course parallel to the 2,000 yearhistory of biblical Israel. Today the cycle is complete and Christian history has reached itsconsummation. But Christian civilization is now collapsing. Why? Many Christians believethat the present time is the time of the second coming of Christ, when God will actdecisively once again. Will the second coming be on the clouds? Clearly not.Because Adam and Eve did not fulfill Gods ideal, and because Jesus was prevented frombringing Gods kingdom on earth (as a result of being rejected by his contemporaries), theMessiah will come again as the physical third Adam to complete Jesus task. Since theMessiah is to be the example of perfected individuality-thereby fulfilling the first blessing-he must be born on earth, as were Adam and Jesus. To fulfill the second blessing, he mustmarry, and establish an ideal family with his bride. He must also, in a practical way, guidehumanity in overcoming the conflicts between nations, races, religions and cultures, finallybringing about a world of lasting peace.The Divine Principle teaches that the Lord of the Second Advent was born around 1920 inKorea. But as with Jesus 2,000 years ago, he can expect to meet persecution andmisunderstanding. In fact, Jesus himself warned of this when he asked: "When the Son ofman comes, will he find faith on earth?" Part 2: The Wilderness CourseAs World War II drew to a close, Reverend Moon, who had been jailed as a member of theKorean independence movement while studying at a Japanese university, returned to hisnative land.
    • With the end of Japanese rule, he contacted other Christians and offered to work withthem to build Gods kingdom on the earth. American Christian missionaries had also heardof this young teacher, and disregarded him as a "country preacher." Korean ministers,jealous of the young mans appeal with their members, rejected him and accused him ofespousing false teachings. Because the Christian churches failed to embrace him, ReverendMoon realized that he would have to walk the lonely path of a pioneer.Subsequently, he was called by God to travel to the communist north. There, he began toteach publicly, despite the dangers of doing so in a country where religion was notwelcome. As a poor preacher who looked at the Bible in a new way, Reverend Moon wasmore vulnerable than the established churches, and, not surprisingly, was one of the firstto come under attack from the local communists.Charged with disturbing the social order, in November 1946, the young minister wasimprisoned and tortured. The police thought him dead and threw his body into the prisonyard. Some of his followers found him and carried him away to tend to his broken body.Miraculously, Reverend Moon survived and regained his strength. Undaunted, he beganpreaching in public again.In April 1948, he was arrested again and sentenced to five years of hard labor in Hungnamprison. He was among the first of the Christian ministers sent to the Soviet-style NorthKorean gulag. Hungnam was an extermination camp where prisoners were deliberatelyworked to death. Few lasted more than six months. Yet in that miserable concentrationcamp, Reverend Moon survived for nearly three years. Although he didnt speak a word ofthe Divine Principle, many of his fellow prisoners came to him for spiritual strength andbecame his disciples.On June 25, 1950, the North Korean army invaded the South in a lightning attempt tounify the entire peninsula by force. UN and American forces, under Gen. DouglasMacArthur, rescued the beleaguered South. One month after the capture of Seoul, UNforces reached the gates of Hungnam prison. In the meantime, the communist prisonauthorities had begun to execute the prisoners. The prison camp was liberated themorning of Reverend Moons scheduled execution.Despite his brutal prison camp experience, Reverend Moon did not immediately flee to theSouth. Instead, he returned to Pyongyang and spent forty days searching for the membersof his scattered flock. He eventually found a few members and then traveled south on footwith two of them. In the port city of Pusan, Reverend Moon and one disciple built the firstUnification Church from discarded army ration boxes. At that time, he told his smallfollowing that one day the message of the Divine Principle would be spread all over theworld. He prophesied that people from all over the world would venerate that hillside.Reverend Moons prophecy sounded unbelievable. Yet, it came true. Tens of thousands ofpeople, including 7,000 ministers from America, have made a pilgrimage to the spot. Howdid this come about?The Beginning of the Unification ChurchOn May 1, 1954, in Seoul, Reverend Moon founded the Holy Spirit Association for theUnification of World Christianity (popularly called the Unification Church).
    • The church immediately attracted followers from a major Christian womens university,Ewha University, a school closely linked with the Korean government and with the mainlineProtestant I denominations. Because many students were joining the church, the schoolsent professors to investigate. When several professors also joined, instead of sincerelywelcoming this new church, the school persecuted it. The university president ordered theprofessors and students either to leave the church or leave the school.Coincidentally, newspapers in Seoul suddenly began to print alarming stories about theUnification Church, about sex orgies and Reverend Moon being a North Korean agent.Reverend Moon was thrown in jail, to be released weeks later when no charges could befound. Again the following year he was thrown in jail on charges of evading the militarydraft, even though during the time in question he had been in Hungnam prison. Afterseveral months confinement-and sensational media coverage-- I the charges were dropped.His release received scant notice in the press. Thus began the pattern of collusion betweenreligious leaders, government and the media to suppress Reverend Moon and his church.The MissionAmidst this tribulation, Reverend Moon nurtured a growing community of faithful disciples.It was known as the weeping church. By 1957, churches were established in thirty Koreancities and towns. In 1958, the first missionary went to neighboring Japan; in 1959, the firstmissionaries arrived in America.This family of disciples was the foundation upon which the holy wedding, the marriage ofthe Lamb foretold in the Book of Revelation, could take place. On March 16, 1960,Reverend Moon was blessed in holy marriage to Hak Ja Han. This marked the beginning ofthe restoration of humankind back into Gods lineage. By the power of God and sacrificiallove, Sun Myung Moon and Hak Ja Han established the position of True Parents. They arethe first couple to have the complete blessing of God, and to be able to bring forth childrenwith no original sin.Hak Ja Han and her mother, a devout Christian, had also fled south during the Korean War.They soon thereafter joined the Unification Church. At the age of seventeen, Miss Handedicated herself to the mission of bride of the Messiah. She has, with unwavering courageand dignity, stood by her husband through every hardship.All people, whether previously married or single, can receive the blessing of God upon theirmarriages through Reverend and Mrs. Moon standing as the True Parents. The number ofcouples who have received this blessing has grown, from 36 in 1960, to 8,000 in 1982, to30,000 in 1992, and most recently, to 360,000 in 1995.The large weddings represent the unity of humankind by joining together men and womenof different races and nationalities. Reverend Moon teaches that through the blessing,fallen men and women can be engrafted into the true lineage of God. Consequently, forfallen humanity, which traces its roots to the false lineage created by Adam and Eve, theblessing is the greatest hope. The couples blessed by Reverend and Mrs. Moon acceptGods call to establish ideal, God-centered families. The establishment of ideal families isthe starting point for the building of a peaceful world.
    • Ministry in AmericaIn 1971, God directed Reverend Moon to expand his ministry to the world level by comingto the United States. He saw all that was expressed gratitude for its role in liberating hisgood in America and homeland. But he also knew that God expected much more from thisland that had been so richly blessed. America, which embraces all peoples, races andreligions, represents the world. What happens in America has global repercussions.It was clear to Reverend Moon that America had drifted from its original ideals. Therefore,he conducted a "Day of Hope" speaking tour throughout America in the early 1970s withthe purpose of reviving traditional Judeo-Christian values. In 1974, he spoke to an overflow crowd in New Yorks Madison Square Garden. He then preached in all fifty states,hosting banquets for thousands of societys leaders and maintaining an exhaustingschedule. During this time, thousands of young people accepted his message anddedicated themselves to Gods providence.Reverend Moon was invited to the White House, where he met with President RichardNixon. On two occasions, he addressed members of the US Congress, both in the Houseand Senate. In 1975, he continued his Day of Hope festivals in Japan and Korea,concluding with a rally at Yoido Island near Seoul which was attended by 1.2 million people.Also in 1975, Reverend Moon sent missionaries to 120 countries, making the UnificationChurch a worldwide faith.During the United States bicentennial in 1976, Reverend Moon spoke to an enthusiasticcrowd in Yankee Stadium. Shortly thereafter, he organized the greatest religious rally everassembled in Washington, D.C. Over 300,000 people of all creeds and colors came to hearhim speak at the "God Bless America Festival." At this historic rally, Reverend Moon calledupon America to fulfill its blessing as one nation under God, and to create "one worldunder God."Why the Persecution?Reverend Moons appeal for a true Christian renewal of America was initially welcomed.However, this receptivity proved shallow when, in 1974, he urged Americans throughrallies and newspaper statements to forgive the beleaguered Richard Nixon at the time ofthe Watergate scandal. Any public relations strategist would have advised him against suchaction, which called on Americans to "forgive, love and unite." Virtually no one at the timewas willing to side with a president on the verge of impeachment, but Reverend Moonforesaw the terrible consequences of undercutting the American presidency.His appeal was met with scorn. He became an easy target for the now hostile media. Thefair and objective articles of the past were replaced by ones which portrayed ReverendMoon and his church in the worst possible light. All sorts of allegations from Korea weredug up. In this atmosphere of hysteria, the enthusiasm and idealism of his young followerswas reinterpreted as brainwashing. Reverend Moon was portrayed as a hypnotist and anagent of a foreign government. Religious and racial bigotry and persecution, aphenomenon in the United States as old as the country itself, showed its ugly face.
    • Even though America was founded for the sake of establishing religious freedom, not everyAmerican has been willing to extend that freedom to others. Quakers were tried andhanged in New England and Baptists were run out of Massachusetts. The founder of theMormon church, Joseph Smith, was murdered in Illinois and his followers were forced intothe desert. Jews and Catholics were looked upon as tools of foreign powers engaged ininternational conspiracies. Regrettably, religious intolerance is still with us today. TheUnification Church has borne the brunt of it in America over the last two decades.Trial and ErrorThe United States government launched a plethora of official investigations of ReverendMoon involving nearly twenty federal agencies. Hearings were conducted on Capitol Hill towarn of the dangers of new religious movements. Rep. Donald Fraser led a Congressionalinvestigation of alleged ties between the Unification Church and the Korean CIA. The multi-million dollar effort came up with nothing of substance.Meanwhile, a five-year IRS investigation finally produced a politically-crafted indictmentagainst Reverend Moon. This indictment, handed down in 1981, charged him with evadingincome taxes nearly a decade earlier, as well as conspiracy to avoid those taxes. Thegovernments purpose, however, was to force Reverend Moon to leaveAmerica.When the indictment was handed down, Reverend Moon was in Korea. His lawyersrecommended that he not come back to America, since there is no extradition treatybetween the United States and the Republic of Korea. However, he did not follow theiradvice. He was, after all, a man of God, not a criminal fleeing the law. He immediatelyreturned to the United States. He told his counsel: I will not abandon my mission inAmerica. That I will never do!Upon arriving in New York for the Federal District Court arraignment he spoke only onesentence: "Your Honor, I am not guilty." The outcome of the trial was a foregoneconclusion. He was convicted and sentenced to spend eighteen months in a federal prison.When, despite forty amicus briefs from mainline Christian leaders, legal associations, civilliberty groups and state governments, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, heprepared to go to jail.The US Justice Department wanted to negotiate with Reverend Moons attorneys. On thecondition that Reverend Moon depart for Korea and never come back to the United States,they said, the government would waive his prison sentence. He flatly refused. Hiscomment was, "It must be Gods will that I go to prison. There must be a providentialreason why I must go this way."IncarcerationWithout any bitterness, Reverend Moon served time in Danbury Federal Prison. Initially hewas received coldly by the other inmates, most of whom had heard about him throughnewspaper articles or television reports. In only a few weeks time, however, the otherprisoners began to accept this Korean religious leader, not because he preached to them,which was forbidden by prison rules, but because he took the most unwanted jobs andworked with them cheerfully. His positive attitude toward life in prison began to command
    • respect and even admiration from the other prisoners. Some of them began to come tohim for counseling and advice.Some of the inmates openly defended him. One of them, Ed Farmer, wrote a letter abouthis experiences with Reverend Moon in Danbury.I was fortunate. I only had to be in Danbury for three months. I knew I was going, and Iknew Reverend Moon was there. They had it in the paper every other day. I was curious.As it turned out, I was in the cubicle right next to Reverend Moons, five feet away.Reverend Moon has a very good sense of humor. Its hard for me to think of a person asbeing mean or brainwashing people with the sense of humor he has. He truly loves people.I mean, he likes being with them. He likes being kidded, he likes being teased. I never sawa mean act on his part. He never asked for special treatment. He mopped floors, cleanedtables, and he helped other people when he was finished with his job.When youd be down in spirit, hed come along, pat you on the back, and smile and laugh.He doesnt put on a face today, or put on generosity or kindness today and then nottomorrow. Reverend Moon is Reverend Moon, a very steady, ongoing force. I think thatman could be happy wherever he went. He carries his religion with him. He doesnt need abook. Everyone feels it. Its very evident.Reverend Moon has never complained about what the government did to him. He hasnever accused the government of a witch-hunt, mainly I think because he refuses todignify it. I find it almost impossible to believe the stories that they spread about him,after having met him. That man would not do those things, its impossible. My ownpersonal belief is that it was a witch-hunt.In the meantime, protests were being made all around the nation over the injusticeReverend Moon was suffering. Many Christian leaders who never knew or cared about himbegan to realize that the government had made a serious assault on religious freedom.Altogether, Christians and non-religious groups representing over 160 million Americanscame to his legal defense. A Senate subcommittee, chaired by Senator Orrin Hatch,conducted its own investigation into Reverend Moons tax case and published its findings ina report which concluded:We accused a newcomer to our shores of criminal and intentional wrongdoing for conductcommonly engaged in by a large percentage of our own religious leaders, namely, the holding ofchurch funds in bank accounts in their own names. Catholic priests do it. Baptist ministers do it,and so did Sun Myung Moon.No matter how we view it, it remains a fact that we charged a non-English-speaking alien withcriminal tax evasion on the first tax returns he filed in this country. It appears that we didnt givehim a fair chance to understand our laws. We didnt seek a civil penalty as an initial means ofredress. We didnt give him the benefit of any doubt. Rather, we took a novel theory of tax liabilityof less than $10,000 and turned it into a guilty verdict and eighteen months in a federal prison.I do feel strongly, after my subcommittee has carefully and objectively reviewed this [ReverendMoons tax] case from both sides, that injustice rather than justice has been served. The Mooncase sends a strong signal that if ones views are unpopular enough, this country will find a waynot to tolerate, but to convict. I dont believe that you or I or anyone else, no matter how innocent,
    • could realistically prevail against the combined forces of our Justice Department and judicial branchin a case such as Reverend Moons.On August 20, 1985, Reverend Moon was freed after completing thirteen months ofincarceration. Upon his release, major Christian and civil rights leaders, including ReverendJerry Falwell of the Moral Majority and Reverend Joseph Lowry of the Southern ChristianLeadership Conference, held a press conference to decry the persecution andimprisonment of Reverend Moon and to welcome him back. Part 3: Gods Will and World PeaceIn 1945, Christian churches were in the position to create a world of peace. In fact,Christians led the way in creating global organizations such as the United Nations and theWorld Council of Churches. But because Christianity did not recognize the advent of theMessiah, the blessing of God could not fully abide with these things. Despite all theiraccomplishments, these organizations have not bridged the gaps between races, nationsand religions. Since 1945, the Christian economic sphere has increasingly heeded mansmaterialistic and hedonistic drives, while neglecting the problem of poverty among thepoor of all races and nations. The Christian political sphere has gradually lost its vitalityand we have seen the erosion of social justice, traditional values and common decency.Recognizing this problem, Reverend Moon took upon himself the regeneration of theChristian foundation through the Unification Church. With the church at the core, Godinspired him to create anew institutions of peace. These institutions, religious, academic,political and cultural, transcend the bounds of race, religion and nation. They were allcreated to manifest the ideals of Gods kingdom on the earth. This is the common threadrunning through this diverse set of organizations.Harmony of Science and ReligionThe International Cultural Foundation (ICF) was founded in 1972 to promote academic,scientific and cultural exchange among the countries of the world. ICF has regularlysponsored the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences. This is aninterdisciplinary forum for scholars and scientists from around the globe. Conferencethemes have developed around the search for a central standard of value leading to aunifying vision for the sciences. ICF has embarked upon the creation of a new encyclopedia,to take us beyond the materialistic views of Enlightenment science. The encyclopedia willprovide a balance of spiritual, moral and scientific knowledge.The Unity of ReligionsThe International Religious Foundation (IRF) and the Inter-Religious Federation for WorldPeace (IRFWP) are dedicated to fostering world peace through religious dialogue andharmony. Their conferences draw participants from every religious tradition andphilosophical persuasion. Bridges of understanding are built as participants gain aheightened awareness of the beliefs of others. What emerges is a vision of the family ofreligions that can guide the transformation of society. Commenting on these conferences ininterfaith News, Kenneth Cracknell of the British Council of Churches wrote:
    • The Unification Church (which is not an orthodox church) does more for the interfaith movement atan international level than do either the World Council of Churches Dialogue unit or the RomanCatholic Vatican Secretariat for Non-Christians, or both of them put together.IRF and IRFWP sponsor the quadrennial Assembly of the Worlds Religions. The assemblies bringtogether spiritual teachers, scholars, lay leaders and young people. The second assembly initiatedan unprecedented dialogue between Muslims and Christians. Many leading Muslims, through studyof the Divine Principle, have come to see Christianity in a new light.IRF also co-sponsors the Religious Youth Service, which brings together young people of diversereligions for shared worship, study and public service work. They have built schools, communitycenters and fresh-water systems among other projects. The real building, however, is the bond offriendship, trust and mutual respect among the young people of many faiths.Reverend Moon directed the compilation of world Scriptures, a 900-page volume which brings outthe similarities in the scriptures of all the main religions of the world. He highly respects otherreligious traditions as having been inspired by God for the sake of the spiritual growth ofhumankind.Cooperation of NationsSince 1945, one of the great obstacles to international peace has been atheisticcommunism. Communism feeds on the accusation that wealthy Christian nations are notsincere about establishing social justice. To meet this challenge, Reverend Moon foundededucational organizations in Asia and throughout the world.Causa International, established in 1980, clarifies the ideological and practical fallacies ofMarxism-Leninism. It promotes a God-affirming moral perspective as an effectivecounterproposal. This organization has contributed significantly to bringing about the fall ofcommunism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.With the demise of communism, Reverend Moon has initiated the Federation for WorldPeace, the Summit Council for World Peace and the Association for the Unity of LatinAmerica to develop a consensus regarding the underlying moral principles which governthe affairs of men and nations. These groups provide a meeting place for world leaders toaddress complex issues such as third world development, the democratization of EasternEurope, the AIDS epidemic, Korean unification and the future of liberal democracy.Commenting on the scope of these activities, Ambassador Douglas MacArthur II remarked:Forty years ago, my uncle, General Douglas MacArthur, said the fundamental problemwhich lies before us in the latter part of the twentieth century is a theological problem thatwould require the rebirth of the human spirit. At that time he also put forth both a warningand a challenge. He said that if mankind did not rise to meet this test, then Armageddonwould be at our door.Over the years, I have been fascinated to observe that Reverend Moons life work has notjust been devoted to religious theology and doctrine, but also to practical activities relatingto the rebirth of the human spirit. His approaches to awakening and refreshing our hopesare practical applications of cooperation, brotherhood and unity that involve neithermilitary conquest nor surrender.
    • A Free and Responsible MediaThe communications media play a vital role in todays world. Their key task is to providenews and information to humankind in an objective manner. Unfortunately, the media istoo often a vehicle for distorted values, cheap sensationalism and misinformation.Reverend Moon has made considerable effort towards the promotion of the press as amoral voice.The World Media Association brings journalists together to discuss the role of the media inresolving conflict and promoting understanding. It emphasizes that the media must beresponsible and accountable in its coverage of world affairs. Implementing these veryideals, Reverend Moon has established newspapers and magazines to serve and educatethe public with a commitment to truth and objectivity: The Segye Ilbo in Seoul, SekaiNippo in Tokyo, The Washington TIMES, Insight and The World & I magazines inWashington D.C., Noticias Del Mundo in New York and Los Angeles, The Middle East Timesin Athens and Ultimas Noticias in Montevideo.EducationIn 1955, Reverend Moon established the Collegiate Association for the Research of thePrinciple (CARP). CARP is now active on many campuses in the United States and hasexpanded to over eighty nations. This association of students promotes intercultural,interracial, and international cooperation through the Unification world view. Unificationcampus ministers are active on many campuses, helping students develop their spiritualpotential and promoting cooperation among religious groups on campus.The International Leadership Seminar (ILS) program brings together students andprofessors from around the world. ILS sponsored the travel of 3,000 Soviet universitystudents and professors to America, during 1990 and 1991, in by far the largest exchangeprogram between the two countries at that historic juncture. It was reported that many ofthese ILS graduates subsequently manned the barricades to defend democracy during theabortive communist coup.Since 1990, the ILS has sponsored seminars in the Commonwealth of Independent Statesfor more than 60,000 students. Russian leaders and students, having rejected communism,are receptive to the Unification world view. Its international vision of one world familyhelps students to transcend the ethnic hostilities that plague the nations of the formerSoviet Union. In addition it explains God and spiritual values in a rational way that is wellsuited to their scientific thinking. Through practical training in teaching and serving others,students develop effective leadership abilities for the 2lst. century.Reverend Moon has founded schools of higher education. The Unification TheologicalSeminary in New York was founded in 1975, and the Sung Wha University in South Koreain 1988. The seminarys diverse faculty includes Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Jewishprofessors providing an education of exceptional breadth.The Professors World Peace Academy (PWPA) was founded in 1973 to bring togetherscholars from around the world to find peaceful solutions to problems that pose the threatof war or violence. The first PWPA meetings brought together scholars from Korea andJapan, two historically enemy nations. The organization now has chapters in over 100
    • countries. PWPA aims to establish a worldwide network of universities which can providean intercultural educational perspective. In April 1992, PWPA began this project with theUniversity of Bridgeport, Connecticut.The ArtsReverend Moons patronage of the arts began early in his ministry. In 1965, he establishedthe Little Angels, a childrens folk ballet which has given more than 3,000 performancesduring seventeen world tours. The Little Angels Arts School was founded in 1974. Today, ithas become the "Juilliard of Korea." The Universal Ballet Company is the worlds firstinternational ballet company, with schools in Seoul and Washington. It has cooperated withthe Kirov Ballet in productions in Russia and Korea. "Art is like a flower for mans mind. It blossoms and permeates its fragrances throughout our lives and society. It connects all men together through their hearts. " - Reverend Sun Myung MoonWith the vision of developing a major performing arts facility, the Manhattan Opera Housewas purchased in 1976. By 1978, a full production stage was built there for liveperformance, recording and television production. Manhattan Center Studios, as it is nowcalled, is a favorite recording studio for major orchestras and individual artists rangingfrom classical to contemporary. The Manhattan Center, Atlantic Video and JapansUniversal One television station are the beginnings of a global network of video and audioperformance and production centers.With these and many other projects, Reverend Moon is developing resources in all areas ofhuman life. By embodying the spirit and teachings of the Divine Principle, they areinstruments for harmonizing the worlds cultures, peoples and nations. However, in orderto dwell in peace as one family, brothers and sisters need parents. Part 4: The Completed Testament AgeReturn to HomelandBy 1988, Reverend and Mrs. Moon had completed the forty-year wilderness course. Withmyriad followers of all races, nations and religions, the Unification Church was firmlyestablished and could be used by God as the instrument of world salvation. Reverend Moonthen began the next phase of his mission.In 1990, Reverend Moon organized a major meeting of government and media in Moscow.This fulfilled a pledge he had made in 1976 that one day he would organize a "great rallyfor God in Moscow." During this conference, on their thirtieth wedding anniversary,Reverend and Mrs. Moon embraced President Mikhail Gorbachev. Through severalinterviews, televised and in print, they gave a message of hope to the Soviet people,urging them to turn toward God.
    • A crucial step for the establishment of world peace is the reunification of North and SouthKorea. Risking his life, Reverend Moon traveled to North Korea in December 1991, and metwith President Kim 11 Sung, under whose regime he had been tortured and sent to a laborcamp. His purpose was to seek ways to bridge the gap between the two countries. Butdeeper than that, this was the providential meeting of Cain and Abel on the worldwidelevel. The North Korean ruler, who had suppressed religion for forty years, completelywelcomed Reverend and Mrs. Moon.On a tearful yet joyful day, Reverend Moon returned to his hometown, to the house of hisbirth. He put flowers on the graves of his parents, who had died during his long wildernesscourse. He was welcomed with tears of joy by his surviving relatives.The Ideal of WomanIn 1992, Reverend and Mrs. Moon inaugurated the Womens Federation for World Peace.The Divine Principle teaches that the unity of brothers (Cain and Abel) restores themothers position, who then brings the family back to God. Thus the end of the Cold Waroffers the opportunity to heal the world based upon a new womens movement. On April10, Mrs. Moon as international president of the Federation initiated this movement at arally of 150,000 in Seoul. In the months that followed, she spoke to more than one millionpeople in over 120 cities and twelve nations.The Womens Federation brings women together to take action for the moral education andhealing of our families and society. By nurturing the pure root of true love betweenhusband and wife, the women of the world will bring harmony and blessing to their families.This in turn will lead to societies, nations and a world of peace.True ParentsOn August 24, 1992, Reverend Moon completed his forty-year wilderness course. At agathering of 1,000 world leaders at the World Culture and Sports Festival, Reverend Moondeclared that he and his wife are the Messiah and True Parents of all humanity. This marksthe beginning of the Completed Testament Age. Mrs.. Moon has given a fitting descriptionof the meaning of the Messiah and the True Parents. Ladies and Gentlemen, what is the Messiah? The Messiah is the True Parents of humankind. Gods original plan was to establish perfected Adam and Eve as the true ancestors of humanity. Satan, however, invaded this ideal, and God, ever since, has been working toward the emergence of ideal True Parents through which all humankind can be restored. As true fathers and true mothers ourselves, we must vanquish Satan, liberate humanity and build the kingdom of Heaven on earth. As Gods sons and daughters we must inherit Gods love, life and lineage. Moreover, we must also inherit True Parents love, life and lineage. Then we will have achieved unity between heaven and earth, vertical and horizontal, and mind and body. This will be the starting point for the eternal world of peace.
    • The following year saw an even greater activism on the part of Mrs. Moon, as she deliveredthe address, "True Parents and the Completed Testament Age" in 44 cities in America, 27cities in Japan, on 40 university campuses in Korea, and 41 nations around the world. Thismonumental achievement included such notable venues as Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.,the United Nations in New York City, the Kremlin, and congressional buildings in Japan,Korea, and Canada.With absolute faith, hope and love, Reverend Moon has dedicated himself to the call ofJesus. Through Gods power and Principle, despite persecution, he has accomplished thework which Jesus called him to do. First, after a long search, he discovered the teachingsof the Divine Principle: Gods ideal for humanity, the root of evil, and the formula torestore the ideal. Next, he tried to explain his insights to the established Christian churches,but when they rejected him, he began the lonely and difficult path of a prophet in thewilderness. For over forty years, amidst persecution and ridicule, he established a churchreaching out to people across the globe.Tens of thousands of Unificationist families, sanctified by Gods blessing, are practicing aquality of love which transcends all racial and national barriers. Organizations founded byReverend Moon in education, the arts, science, communications and international affairsshow how every aspect of human life can be centered on Gods true love. Reverend Moonhas emerged on the world stage to demonstrate Gods true heart by loving and embracinghis enemies, the leaders of North Korea and the Soviet Union, who once had imprisonedhim and sought to kill him. He has brought together the leaders of warring religions.True love has now triumphed over evil. All the satanic barriers have been broken down.The Completed Testament Age has dawned. Gods true love, which was lost at the fall ofman, has made its triumphant reappearance in the world. This love is the power of new lifefor all individuals, marriages and families the world over. We pray that this brief testimonyto the providence of God will inspire the reader to study further, and to make a personalcommitment to building the kingdom of Heaven on earth.****