God is Tested Continually by the World

Romans 5

But there is more! Now that God has accepted us because Christ sacrificed his life’s blood, we will also be kept safe from God’s anger. 10 Even when we were God’s enemies, he made peace with us, because his Son died for us. Yet something even greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we will be saved by his Son’s life. 11 And in addition to everything else, we are happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us.

Richard: But we should recognize also that Jesus came to fulfill God’s purpose of creation and create the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. As such, he did not come to die primarily; that was the result of the faithlessness of the people.: See Chapter 4 of the Divine Principle: The Messiah: His Advent and the Purpose of His Second Coming .

Matthew 28

11 While the women were on their way, some soldiers who had been guarding the tomb went into the city. They told the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 So the chief priests met with the leaders and decided to bribe the soldiers with a lot of money. 13 They said to the soldiers, “Tell everyone that Jesus’ disciples came during the night and stole his body while you were asleep. 14 If the governor[a] hears about this, we will talk to him. You won’t have anything to worry about.” 15 The soldiers took the money and did what they were told. The Jewish people still tell each other this story.

World Scripture and the Teachings of
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Part 1
God and Creation

Chapter 1

Unchanging and Eternal

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

God is eternal. He was eternal in the past, He is eternal in the present, and He will be eternal in the future. (22:317, May 11, 1969)

Eternity cannot be captured within time, but time exists within eternity. (41:285)

God’s ideal is eternal. God is the center of absolute and eternal life. Yet the center of that ideal is true love, with “me” as its counterpart. (216:115, March 9, 1991)

To love means to take responsibility for eternity. Love is unchanging. If God changed the way people do, how could we ever trust Him? But God is unchanging and eternal. He wants to make a relationship with mankind through true love. Nevertheless, people are constantly changing, day in and day out. How can God trust us? (31:210, May 31, 1970)

Eternal life is essentially an attribute of love. Even God, when He created the universe, adhered to the standards of absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience. God lives this way, always desiring to invest more love for the world, even though everything in the world is transient. For this reason, every creature without exception attends Him as the absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal Lord. (330:262, August 18, 2000)

How old is God? For billions of years He has been growing old, waiting. If God had a beard, I am sure it would have grown all the way down to His feet, and if God grew taller every year, there’s no telling how tall He would have grown. By what power has He been able to endure and wait for so long? It is nothing else but love. (111:77, January 25, 1981)

If your day-to-day life has only a transient value, you cannot make a connection with eternity. Your life should connect with God’s eternal love. Only then will the eternal God be with you. (2:13, January 6, 1957)

When God decides something, His decision is unchanging for eternity. Can you meet God’s standard if you change your mind a dozen times a day? Truth is truth whether you live or die; it is eternal. Truth is beyond death, beyond changeability. Thus, in order for you to be a true person, you should be beyond death, and be unchangeably steadfast. This means there will be a collision at some point between your changeability and unchangeability. Unchanging elements will overcome changing elements. Changing elements will vanish. It is as if life and death collide. When you overcome death you will have life. Once you pass through this stage, then you can have a connection with God. (66:43-44, March 18, 1973)

Being absolute, God is tested continually by the world. Everyone—even Satan—tests whether God’s love is unchanging. If God were ever unable to overcome a test and stopped loving, then He would be changeable. Yet God remains calm and unperturbed by anything. When I contemplated why God permits Himself to be put through intolerable difficulties, I realized that He had to endure them in order to secure His unchangeability. Satan and God are completely opposite. God is eternal, while Satan is transient; God is unchanging, while Satan is ever changing; God is unique, while Satan is not. There is a clear contrast between the characteristics of God and Satan. Is your mind changing or unchanging? An unchanging mind is closer to God. You prefer to be unchanging, not changing, to be absolute, not relative, because you want to take after God’s character. You would resemble God because you wish to be His object partner. God is unchanging, eternal, unique and absolute, but for what end? If God possessed these attributes purely for His own sake, they would have no meaning. These attributes are for the sake of His object partners. Likewise, we seek to be unchanging and absolute for the sake of our counterpart, not for ourselves. Therefore, no matter how many people in the world oppose God, He must endure in silence. Evil people swear, accuse and lash out at God, but He just takes it all in and remains silent. All people are meant to make the journey to true love. Therefore, even evil people seek to become absolute, unique, eternal and unchanging. Were we solitary beings, what difference would it make if we were changing or unchanging? When we say we want to be unchanging, we automatically have a relationship in mind. Because of the unchanging relationship between God and human beings, love can be possible. And love—true love—is eternal. (123:330-32, January 9, 1983)

All the ideologies, doctrines and rights that people hold— all these will disappear. But Father, we yearn that Thou dost put in our minds power ever flowing and ever bursting forth, the Eye of resurrection, that our minds and bodies may rise to the place where we can live eternally. (4:65, March 9, 1958)

I Am the Alpha and the Omega

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 2164

Therefore, if the secret emissary’s
spirit of working for the homeland, the
homeland that can support and pro-
tect eternal life is not hundreds of times
stronger than the environment, he can-
not live as a secret emissary. He needs
to be able to ignore his current situation
by thinking of how all the people of the
world will rejoice when all resentments
have been erased. He has to look to the
homeland’s glory, and while creating
a new history, think that all his efforts
will be known and recognized on the
one day when he sees the birth of the
homeland. Without having that kind of
mind, he cannot carry out an emissary’s
secret mission. In other words, his mind
must contain a hope for the dawning of
a homeland that is a thousand times, ten
thousand times greater than his hopes
for the present reality, in order to be able
to overcome all resentments and execute
his secret mission.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1787

Just as Adam and Eve fell as teenagers
in the shade of a tree, with the coming of
the Last Days of Judgment which brings
the fruits of world history, today’s youth
all over the world have fallen into free
sex. What is free sex? It is the trap of the
devil’s Sodom and Gomorrah. It stimu-
lates young people’s sensuality, and then
it is all finished. Everything falls over
the cliff. What kind of disco dances do
young people dance? The twist is like a
snake’s dance. Doesn’t the snake twist
its body? To twist means to turn part of
your body. Just as the devil has sown, he
will popularize this around the world to
tempt humanity. (208-263, 1990.11.20)

World Scripture and the Teachings of
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God and Creation

Chapter 1

Unchanging and Eternal

Unchanging and eternal—the Absolute Being in all religions is depicted as having these qualities. Conversely, all beings, things and phenomena in the world are transient, impermanent and relative; from that perspective, they cannot have a reciprocal relationship with the Absolute Being. Human beings have both types of qualities: we value what is unchanging, but at the same time we have changeable elements that make us less than trustworthy. Becoming a person of steadfastness and unchanging devotion is thus a key ingredient in making a relationship to God. Father Moon’s teaching on this point focuses on true love, which likewise has the qualities of unchangeability, absoluteness and eternity. He explains that even in God, these attributes exist mainly for the purpose of relating to His creatures in true love. Moreover, the demands of love test God’s unchangeability every day as He relates to human beings who are inconstant and treacherous.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Revelation 22.13

He is the First and the Last, the Outward and the Inward; and He is Knower of all things.
Qur’an 57.3

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Hebrews 13.8

Nothing can ever destroy the Buddha Nature.
Mahaparinirvana Sutra 220 (Buddhism)

The great, unborn Self is undecaying, immortal, undying, fearless, infinite. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.25 (Hinduism)

Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am.” Exodus 3.13-14

Subhuti, if anyone should say that the Tathagata comes or goes or sits or reclines, he fails to understand my teaching. Why? Because ‘Thus Gone’ (Tathagata) has neither whence nor whither, and therefore he is called ‘Tathagata.’
Diamond Sutra 29 (Buddhism)

With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Peter 3.8

Who knows the Eternal’s day and the Eternal’s night, Each lasting a thousand ages, truly knows day and night. At daybreak all things are disclosed; they arise from the unmanifest. At dusk they dissolve into the very same unmanifest. Again and again, the whole multitude of creatures is born, and when night falls, Is dissolved, without their will, and at daybreak, is born again.21 Beyond that unmanifest is another, everlasting Unmanifest Which has no end, although every creature perish. This is called the Imperishable Unmanifest and the Highest Goal. Who reaches it does not return. It is my supreme abode.
Bhagavad-Gita 8.17-21 (Hinduism)

All that is on the earth will perish: But will abide forever the face of thy Lord— full of Majesty, Bounty, and Honor.
Qur’an 55.26-27

In primal time, in all time, was the Creator; Nothing is real but the Eternal. Nothing shall last but the Eternal.
Adi Granth, Japuji 1, M.1, p. 1 (Sikhism)

All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it… The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40.6-8

Even ornamented royal chariots wear out. So too the body reaches old age. But the Dhamma of the Good grows not old. Thus do the Good reveal it among the Good.
Dhammapada 151 (Buddhism)

By detachment from appearances, abide in Real Truth. So I tell you, “Thus shall you think of all this fleeting world:

A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream;
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, a dream.”
Diamond Sutra 32 (Buddhism)

There is, monks, a condition where there is neither the element of extension, the element of cohesion, the element of heat, nor the element of motion, nor the sphere of the infinity of space, nor the sphere of the infinity of consciousness, nor the sphere of nothingness, nor the sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception; neither this world, nor a world beyond, nor sun and moon. There, monks, I say, there is neither coming nor going nor staying nor passing away nor arising. Without support or mobility or basis is it. This is indeed the end of suffering. That which is Selfless, hard it is to see; Not easy is it to perceive the Truth. But who has ended craving utterly Has naught to cling to, he alone can see. There is, monks, an unborn, a not-become, a not-made, a not-compounded. If, monks, there were not this unborn, not-become, not-made, not-compounded, there would not here be an escape from the born, the become, the made, the compounded. But because there is an unborn, a not-become, a not-made, a not-compounded, therefore there is an escape from the born, the become, the made, the compounded.
Udana 80 (Buddhism)

God Exists in the Center of Our Heart

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Luke 22

The day had come for the Festival of Thin Bread, and it was time to kill the Passover lambs. So Jesus said to Peter and John, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us to eat.”

But they asked, “Where do you want us to prepare it?”

10 Jesus told them, “As you go into the city, you will meet a man carrying a jar of water.[b] Follow him into the house 11 and say to the owner, ‘Our teacher wants to know where he can eat the Passover meal with his disciples.’ 12 The owner will take you upstairs and show you a large room ready for you to use. Prepare the meal there.”

13 Peter and John left. They found everything just as Jesus had told them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

2 Chronicles 35

12 The Levites set aside the parts of the animal that the worshipers needed for their sacrifices to please the Lord,[c] just as the Law of Moses required. They also did the same thing with the bulls. 13 They sacrificed the Passover animals on the altar and boiled the meat for the other offerings in pots, kettles, and pans. Then they quickly handed the meat to the people so they could eat it.

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God and Creation

Chapter 1

Immanent and Dwelling within the Heart

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Where does God exist? He is not in heaven, but in our heart—the center of our heart. (145:310,June 1, 1986)

God is not merely a concept. God is alive in each of our lives, and we can feel His touch. I constantly hear the beating of God’s pulse. I breathe as He breathes. I can feel the warmth of His body against my own. I have come to know the heart of God, and have shed rivers of tears from the knowledge that His heart is bursting with the sorrow of having lost humankind through the Fall. (234:233, August 22, 1992)

When we forget to eat and sleep, yearning for our beloved Heavenly Father and calling out, “Father!” He holds our hand, even though we do not notice Him. We call out, “Father,” and Heavenly Father clasps us to His bosom. It is precious to have these experiences in our life of faith. With a heart of love, even before you say, “Please be with me while I do this,” God is already with you. Experience this, and you will know that God is Gracious and Merciful. (58:299, June 25,1972)

How does God love? It is not hard to answer. Since God is without form, He can go anywhere—inside a lady’s eyes, inside her heart, anywhere at all. Where does God live? He dwells in the midst of our heart. God’s masculine aspect lives in the heart of a man, and God’s feminine aspect lives in the heart of a woman. (128:325)

Many Christians today think that because God the Creator is unique and absolute, the Supreme Being, it is impossible for human beings, His creatures, to relate with God in a full partnership. They reason that creatures are profane while God is absolute and holy. Consider this matter, however, from the concept of love. To form relationships of love, even the lofty and supremely good God and
lowly created beings must share common attributes of character. To love, they must share the same heart. That is, the personal God must have the same qualities as the human personality. (138:247, January 24, 1986)

The universe is vast, as great as 21 billion light-years across… Yet when we search within for the best place to receive God, our greatest treasure, the natural conclusion is, “The heart is the only appropriate place.” No place can be safer or more comfortable for Him.

The heart is able to stand in the position of God’s object partner and exist for eternity by engaging in spherical motion, and this is the reason that human beings can have eternal life. (May 1, 2004)

God is immeasurably huge, but a human being, though tiny in comparison, is a microcosm of the universe. Therefore, we can experience that God is within us as we go into God. We can experience that we are within God and God is within us. That is why Jesus said, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” Although God is infinitely big, only when human beings dwell within Him, can God work. (31:210, May 31, 1970)

Thou dost relate to us at the dividing line between joy and sorrow. (24:245, August 24, 1969)

Now is the time when people must reflect on themselves and listen to the voice from Heaven. Through the benefit of the providence, the living God has now drawn near to us. From now on, people will have many spiritual experiences that they could not have earlier. That is to say, they will communicate with the transcendent world. Through these frequent spiritual experiences, people will be influenced directly and indirectly. Especially people who experience the inspiration of God and good spirits will have their spiritual senses developed centered on God, and they will experience major changes in their character. People whose character is thus transformed to fit the way of Heaven are the true people God has been hoping for. (February 6, 2003)

Thou dost not live in some distant, relative world.
Thou art in the middle of our hearts;
Thou surroundest our bodies
unnoticed, like the air all around us;
Thou hast been embracing our entire lives.
When we receive that power which surrounds us,
infinite power is mobilized.
When we absorb that power—eternal power—
it impacts and stimulates us anew. (27:41-42, November 23, 1969)

God Is Near at Hand to Each of Us

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 128

When God reaches the point where
He can embrace both vertical and hor-
izontal love, He will finally make the
transition to the age when He can go
beyond the world into the central posi-
tion and reorganize the original, ideal
authority. Then He will say, “Every-
thing is done.” (177-345, 1988.5.22)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1661

Ideally, Adam and Eve as a loving
couple giving birth to a child would
be the same as standing in God’s posi-
tion as the Parent, wherein His invisi-
ble Self, that is His internal nature and
external form, united and lovingly cre-
ated His children. The first Creator, the
invisible God, created Adam and Eve as
the visible second creators, and by their
giving birth to children from the posi-
tion of substantial second gods, they
are elevated to the position of parents.
Through these young children’s growth,
God’s past history is displayed substan-
tially, which also includes Adam and
Eve’s infancy, siblinghood, matrimony
and parenthood. Thus, parents desire
to love and be close to their children
because they are their second selves. (258-
240, 1994.3.20)

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Chapter 1

Immanent and Dwelling within the Heart

Abiding within the heart, God is near at hand to each of us, if only we would notice. In the Bible, God’s immanence is described in the revelation to Elijah, where instead of a grand manifestation in earthquake and storm, God appeared as “a still small voice.” Through faith and humility we can sense God’s presence within. Yet God is in fact near to all, even though most are blind and deaf to His reality. In the Abrahamic religions, God’s immanence rarely leads to identification with the soul itself, but Eastern traditions teach more thoroughgoing notions of divine immanence. Sufis interpret the qur’anic parable of the Lamp as expressing God’s presence in the heart as a light illuminating the body. In Hinduism, divine immanence is ontological: Ultimate Reality is the Self, the Atman. In Buddhism, it is realization by the mind of its true nature: the Essence of Mind (Tathata) or Buddha-nature. Yet these conceptions in no way make a simple identification of God with the individual soul (jiva), which is beclouded and deluded by an egoistic sense of self; see also Chapter 7: Enlightenment. The complete realization of the God within is a potential and ideal, because that is our God-given purpose. As Father Moon teaches, God created each of us to encompass the universe and correspond with God’s heart.

Behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17.21

We indeed created man; and We know what his soul whispers within him, and We are nearer to him than the jugular vein. Qur’an 50.16

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4.12-13

That mind which gives life to all the people in the world— such is the very mind which nourishes me! Moritake Arakida, One Hundred Poems about the World (Shinto)

Why do you go to the forest in search of God? He lives in all and is yet ever distinct; He abides with you, too, As a fragrance dwells in a flower, And reflection in a mirror; So does God dwell inside everything; Seek Him, therefore, in your heart. Adi Granth, Dhanasri, M.9, p. 684 (Sikhism)

For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57.15

In the golden city of the heart dwells The Lord of Love, without parts, without stain. Know him as the radiant light of lights. There shines not the sun, neither moon nor star, Nor flash of lightning, nor fire lit on earth. The Lord is the light reflected by all. He shining, everything shines after him. Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.10-11

God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche, and within it a Lamp; the Lamp enclosed in Glass: The Glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it. Light upon Light! God guides whom He will to His Light: God sets forth parables for men, and God knows all things. Qur’an 24.35

The Lord takes his stand upon hearing, sight, touch, taste, smell, and upon the mind. He enjoys what mind and senses enjoy. Deluded men cannot trace his course. Only the eye of wisdom sees him clothed in the states of existence, going forth, being in the body, or taking in experience. Disciplined men can also make an effort and see his presence in themselves. Bhagavad-Gita 15.9-11 (Hinduism)

I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. John 14.20

Daibai asked Baso, “What is Buddha?” Baso answered, “This very mind is the Buddha.” Mumonkan 30 (Buddhism)

Within our Essence of Mind the Three Bodies of Buddha (Trikaya) are to be found, and they are common to everybody. Because the mind labors under delusions, he knows not his own inner nature; and the result is that he ignores the Trikaya within himself, erroneously believing that they are to be sought from without. Within yourself you will find the Trikaya which, being the manifestation of the Essence of Mind, are not to be sought from without.17 Sutra of Hui Neng 6 (Buddhism)

God said to Elijah… “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.18 1 Kings 19.11-12

This World Is Like God’s Body

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2 Samuel 8

Everywhere David went, the Lord helped him win battles.

Hadadezer’s officers had carried their arrows in gold cases hung over their shoulders, but David took these cases[f] and brought them to Jerusalem. He also took a lot of bronze from the cities of Betah and Berothai, which had belonged to Hadadezer.

2 Chronicles 23

23 After Ahaziah’s son Joash had hidden in the temple for six years, Jehoiada the priest knew that something had to be done. So he made sure he had the support of several army officers. They were Azariah son of Jeroham, Ishmael son of Jehohanan, Azariah son of Obed, Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zichri. These five men went to the towns in Judah and called together the Levites and the clan leaders. They all came to Jerusalem and gathered at the temple, where they agreed to help Joash.

Jehoiada said to them:

Joash will be our next king, because long ago the Lord promised that one of David’s descendants would always be king. Here is what we will do. Three groups of priests and Levites will be on guard duty on the Sabbath—one group will guard the gates of the temple, one will guard the palace, and the other will guard Foundation Gate. The rest of you will stand guard in the temple courtyards. Only the priests and Levites who are on duty will be able to enter the temple, because they will be the only ones who have gone through the ceremony to make themselves clean and acceptable. The others must stay outside in the courtyards, just as the Lord has commanded. You Levites must protect King Joash. Don’t let him out of your sight! And keep your swords ready to kill anyone who comes into the temple.

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Omniscient and Omnipresent

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

When God looks at a person, He sees the person’s mind. He sees his past, his present, and based on that He sees his future. (100:93, October 8, 1978)

God transcends time, and He has no regard for your 24-hour timeframe. God does not sleep. Apply this principle in your activities, and you will develop without limit. (94:282-83, October 9, 1977)

God’s mind is not only in His Word, but also in everything He created. For this reason, God exists everywhere. Truly, He is omnipresent. (8:182, December 13, 1959)

You have a mind. Mind is invisible, and may not appear to exist; yet it exists. Where is your mind? Is it in your head or in your heart? In truth, your mind extends throughout every part of your body.

Likewise, this world is like God’s body, and He is present everywhere in the world. Yet [like mind],
you cannot see God. (89:72, July 11, 1976)

God’s love is more than enough to embrace the universe. God’s love is at the center of everything.
God as the central being of love maintains the great foundation. When God moves, everything
moves with Him, even the smallest things. Everything is contained within one great circle. Thus
does God embrace the whole world, the entire universe. (205:33, July 7, 1990)

If God did not exist, the universe would feel completely empty. But because God exists, the universe
feels completely full. Why? Because there is love. Hence, even when we are alone, because we know
God, we feel the universe’s fullness. We feel God in every place. Hence, within love we can know
the deep inspiration that comes from God’s omnipresence. But if we did not know God, we would
feel an all-pervading emptiness, as if nothing existed. (91:323, March 1, 1977)

How do you experience God’s omnipresence? Feel the air as the breath from God’s mouth. Feel a
typhoon as God blowing His nose. Feel the stream as God’s sweat pouring out from going through
the suffering course of restoration for the sake of the world. Learn the love of God from the sun,
which symbolizes the elements of life throughout the cosmos. Nature is a textbook for experiencing God’s heart, a textbook for the happiness of His beloved children. Speak to the plants; feel
that their leaves are as your children; you are not crazy. You are close to being a saint. (59:102-03,
July 9, 1972)

Consider that our Father is the living God, who watches over us from the beginning to the end of
our life. He foresees our life in the eternal spirit world, as well as our present life on earth. When He
looks at you spiritually, what do you think He sees? (118:38, May 2, 1982)