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A movement for peace by Father Moon


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A movement for peace by Father Moon

  1. 1. A Movement for Peace By Rev Father Sun Myung MoonI am going to explain clearly the ultimate purpose of the Unificationmovement I am promoting. Unification Thought is the ideology of Godstruth and love. It is, first of all, to completely solve all the problems of theworld, eventually to eradicate communism from this earth and to realize theworld of true freedom, peace and prosperity. Secondly, it is to make theworld one great family based on new values, ethics and morality. Thirdly, itis to realize the great unified world of coexistence, co-prosperity anduniversal righteousness free of all oppression, extortion, discrimination andsocial vices.In a nutshell, I intend to establish a true utopia. The method of realizing atrue ideal society is not through violence or wars typical of communism, butbased on a peaceful, ideal campaign centering on truth and love. This isGods Will and His ultimate goal. (129-330, 1983.12.14)Through my life experiences, I firmly believe that God is true, and that truelove is the most precious thing in life. Human progress is possible whenhumanity serves and attends God and cherishes love most. Let me tell youclearly that neither modern communism nor the free world is ready to leadhumankind to a peaceful twenty-first century. What was urgently requiredfrom the outset of the 1990s was a true set of values that could occupy thevacuum ensuing from the gradual decline of the values of the free worldand the communist world. These new values must be founded on Godism,that is, a God-centered worldview. To broaden its understanding, I haveexerted every concerted effort in all religions and religious denominationsthroughout my entire life. In this way, I could establish numerous researchinstitutes and interreligious organizations which set their aims in the questfor absolute values and in realizing genuine peace.I have also built up artistic organizations, educational institutions and mediaassociations. Our international foundations are always prepared to assistpeople like you who endeavor to realize true world peace. True world peacecannot be accomplished without a clear-cut set of common values for all.Humanity will no longer dwell in darkness if its values are definite. (198-168, 1990.02.02)
  2. 2. I have fulfilled many tasks and invested much. However, I do not invest toearn more money. Neither do I work for prestige or glory. I bleed, sweatand shed tears merely to liberate God from His grief and agony and torealize true peace for mankind. If man does not liberate God from Hissorrow and misery, and return joy and glory to Him on the levels of theindividual, family, society, nation and world, genuine peace for mankind willnever exist. I have thoroughly realized this point and personally put it intopractice. (198-162, 1990.02.01)The reason for unreservedly investing all the resources at my disposal is tocreate an environment where strong, true peace can be deeply rooted onearth. I do not feel lonesome while engaging in this type of work.Everybody is a peace-seeker. We can ask why peace has not arrived yet.Shouting and chanting for peace is a piece of cake, but achieving it is reallyno easy feat.If we still have not achieved peace, I would assume that people haveforgotten the overriding aspect of peace. Prior to touching on the topic ofinterracial or inter-ethnic peace, we first need to talk about making peacewith God. All human beings are created to grow into people of God-likepersonality during their life on earth, so both God and mankind cannot livepeacefully together if the ultimate purpose has not been fulfilled.Owing to an individuals selfishness, not only is he hindering his ownprogress, he is also impeding that of others and other nations. Selfishnessand avarice within oneself become a mammoth obstacle in the path topeace. An individuals greed opens the gates to national greed, whichcauses disintegration and conflicts among nations and people and leads tobloodshed and meaningless suffering. Millions of lives have been tragicallylost in this way.As a consequence, our world needs a spiritual revolution more thananything else. When a spiritual revolution is realized, we will be able tosolve our economic and social issues for the first time. People can approachthe impending matters of the modern world, including the issue of worldpeace only if every individual and nation acknowledges the importance ofamicable relations.The achievement of peace has been my lifelong aspiration. I am not surewhether you are aware of the fact that the Tenth International Conferencefor the Unity of Sciences (ICUS) was held in Seoul in 1981. Renownedscholars from over one hundred countries participated in that conference, inwhich I presented my proposal for the construction of a highway for
  3. 3. international peace. If that enormous plan is executed, people will be ableto drive from Tokyo to London. (193-324, 1989.10)I was summoned by Heaven in my youth, and I have offered my entire lifeto the realization of Gods Will on earth. I know well that the Korean nationis the central nation in Gods dispensation. Interpreting from a differentangle the meaning of the ordeals the Korean nation has endured throughoutits history, I am absolutely certain that transforming the divided Koreanpeninsula into a unified homeland is tantamount to the realization of apeaceful world. (193-317, 1989.10.12)A person who fails to be a savior in jail is a false messiah if he says he isone in an era of peace. Having been vested with the authority of a savior ofpeace in prison, one does not become the messiah in a world of peace, buta monarch. I see it as an eternal foundation for governing all nationscentering on kingship. I know that those who were in Hungnam prisonwrote books about me, referring to me as "saint." Incarceration does notput me to fear. No matter how terrible a whipping was and how ruthlessand harsh the environment was to me, they could not occupy a mind thatesteems love. Nor could they dampen a spirit crying out to God and acentripetal force inclining to God. Instead they were crushed by thereverence for love and that force. Centering on that force, I consolidatedmy foundation on the levels of an individual, family, tribe, clan, society,nation and world by liberating the vertical stages. (184-281, 1989.01.01)Now the communist world and the democratic world, the left and right, arecollapsing. Removing the disparities between the Eastern and Westerncultures as well as narrowing the gulf between the rich and poor in theNorth and South, I will unite the Asians and Westerners as well as theblacks and whites. People segregated in the north, south, east and westhave to applaud peace, centering on love, and Gods family and tribe. Next,they have to sing of happiness, centering on His love and nation. (177-160,1988.05.17)Neither money nor honor is a necessity for me. The erection of a strongholdfor everlasting peace and love by liberating, God, mankind and Satan is theonly beacon of hope for seeking a new homeland. You know you have tostruggle to continue progressing though obstructed by steep mountains andlofty ranges on the way. You may even forget about your three daily meals,day and night. You know it is a heavenly law that the longer such a life islived, the more Gods ideal love will be with you, your family, kin, andcountry. Thus, I would request you to live that way. (174-053, 1988.02.23)
  4. 4. The word "enemy" does not exist in my dictionary. As I am oblivious of allmy intractable foes, I cannot write my autobiography. I can never writeabout the truth of every matter as it is without shedding tears. Lifting highthe banner of peace, I have to initiate an ideal world and a freedom thatcan exalt happiness. I also aspire to the restoration of the independence ofthe homeland. I hate to cling onto my autobiography and weep, but, rather,strive to leave behind a nation that regrets the errors committed in history.I have simply forgotten everything. (174-047, 1988.02.23)No one except me has been dealing with world problems for the past fiftyyears. Just last year, at the thirtieth commemoration ceremony of the deathof Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, who had sacrificed his life as a forerunner ofpeace, a guest of honor had to be invited to address world peace. All thepeople gathered strongly recommended me at the end of the conference. Inall of history, the front-running flag bearer for world peace is none otherthan Rev. Moon. I was invited to be the main speaker at the largecongregation of 250,000 white people and 250,000 people of color, a totalof 500,000 people, on the thirtieth anniversary of Dr. Kings death. (273-155, 1995.10.22)What is Rev. Moon of the Unification Church advocating? He stands forpeace. The trademark "World Peace" is borne in the names of substantialorganizations: the Family Federation for World Peace and UnificationInternational (FFWPUI), the Interreligious and International Federation forWorld Peace (IIFWP), the Federation for World Peace (FWP), the WomensFederation for World Peace (WFWP), the Summit Council for World Peace(SCWP), the Youth Federation for World Peace (YFWP) and the ProfessorsWorld Peace Academy (PWPA), to name but a few.During the mid-1930s, when I was sixteen and the Korean peninsula wasunder the forced occupation of Japan, I received a special mission fromHeaven through a vision of Jesus Christ. I am seventy-three now, and inthe intervening years, there has not been even a single moment of my lifewhen I did not think of Gods Will and Heavens decree.Immediately following the Second World War, in a development thatcompounded our already difficult situation, the Korean peninsula wasdivided between North and South. The Korean War broke out in 1950, andKoreans found themselves in a fratricidal conflict. Various countries of theworld on the left and the right opted to support one or the other of theopposing sides. I witnessed this horrifying and tragic scene of historydirectly, and I know from my heart of hearts how much excruciating pain
  5. 5. and unspeakable sorrow has been brought to God and humanity by the lossof a world of peace.Think for a moment about the fact that I have been imprisoned as many assix times in my lifetime. This alone is enough to tell you how harsh theattacks against me have been. The degree of censure, persecution,widespread distrust and irrational intolerance from various sectors ofsociety I have faced and endured is simply beyond your imagination. (234-247, 1992.08.24)What is Gods strategy today for the unification of North and South Korea?In a confused situation with thousands of different directions, we must bindreligions together, because they represent the spiritual world, for the sakeof world peace. We should also bind together the representatives of thephysical world, the opponents of religions, to create a unified organizationtranscending national boundaries. You will never build a unified organization,the Federation for World Peace, by just sitting around dreaming about it.You must feel Gods sorrow. If you bewail Gods situation, you will surelyfeel His endless sorrow. (221-196, 1991.10.24)Rev. Moon is showing himself to be a problematic person. In the past, Ipredicted the downfall of communism. The time has come when people ofthe world are looking at me with great expectations. On top of that, thescientists, religious and political leaders that attended the ICUS conferencein Korea this time were bound in one direction toward a world of peace.This is a new starting point. (219-224, 1991.09.08)I have made preparations for Korea to become the central nation that willmanage the future world based on God, who is transcendent of the humanworld. From this standpoint, while passing through the historical age, I havestudied, in my lifetime, issues on what the future prospect of Asia will beand how I should connect this to the world in order to build a conclusiveworld of peace, a unified ideal world centering on Gods Will. In addition, Ihave been virtually unsurpassed in my single-minded devotion to put thatinto action, to connect, assimilate and form a supranational core in manydirections. Even the United States of America, which has crossed the PacificOcean and is leading the free world, is observing Rev. Moon closely. Korea,Japan, Russia and China have reached the stage where they cannot ignoreme. (222-126, 1991.10.28)We need some teaching materials on people who have persisted in theircommitment to and sacrificed themselves for world peace. What textbooksdo we use to educate people? People like us know it inside out and become
  6. 6. religious leaders. Under heavy abuse and harsh persecution from the world,we have built a solid foundation, an indispensable worldwide result.Otherwise we cannot achieve a base of peace. (212-327, 1991.01.11)The view centering on the overall providential history of America includes allfacets of its politics, economics and cultures. In the case of Russia, thecenter will be Russia. To bring about unity and to build a unified content soas to approach a world of peace centering on the providential view in thefuture, we need to disclose the radical problems of communism. If we arenot armed with an ideological system that can overcome and counter thecommunist ideology, the entire world will be thrown into a state of despairafter the finale of communism.American Christianity basically knows very little about Gods dispensation.Though there are many religious orders, they are unaware of theprovidential view that religions have to take by centering on Gods Will.From an overall viewpoint of the providence, America has lost its direction.As Russia is taking an atheistic stand, providential content cannot beapplied to it. However, America, which is standing in a providential position,does not have an alternative plan for a future world of peace. People like us,who know the providential direction, have to present it to America. (214-133, 1991.02.02)Rev. Moon has been a problematic public figure till now. After the worldsantagonism and persecution has abated, what is going to happen? I will bethe constructor of peace, right? At least that is theoretically correct. Then,why has the world been hostile to me? That is because they fail to reallyunderstand me. Why did I not protest? I remain silent, since I know I amneeded everywhere in the world. While rejecting me, people of the world donot realize what I am doing internally. Not knowing how to build peace inorder to proceed to an epoch of peace, they will follow me from now on. Isthat strange? The American youth generally hate to learn complex andprofound things. That is a snag. I have become the builder of peace withoutpeople realizing it. How intensely do religious people fight amongthemselves? I have always been trying to bridge their differences and unitethem into one. We have reached a stage in which all religious leaders in thefuture will come to conclude they have to be like Rev. Moon. (203-053,1990.06.14)********