You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 263

Where is the foundation upon which
human love and God’s love can har-
monize together? God created human
beings because of love. Why did God
create human beings for love? God is
lonely by Himself. God created people
because He wanted to live in love for
thousands of years. Even if we have only
a thatched cottage, we still want to live
with our parents there forever. It is the
same with the ideal God. It is amaz-
ing that God can go into a place even
smaller than a thatched cottage and still
embrace Heaven and earth, and breathe
and live. Is that a small house? When
God is there, even a thatched cottage is a
palace in the Heavenly Kingdom, a uni-
versal palace. (204-106, 1990.7.1)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1534

The world based on the culture of
heart is the world of God’s original cul-
ture and one that is based on the culture
of perfected Adam who has not fallen.
There cannot be two cultures but only
one. Therefore in the future, the world
will be unified and there will be only one
language and one set of customs and tra-
ditions. Only in such a circumstance can
God dwell with individuals and fami-
lies. (261-95, 1994.5.22)

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 2

Truth and Universal Law

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments are known the world over as the basis of Jewish and Christian ethical values. Yet similar lists of ethical principles are found in most religions. The Qur’an contains more than one list of ethical precepts that has been termed the Islamic Decalogue. Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount commented that these commandments are not merely laws to be obeyed, but should be lived from the heart. In Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism there are lists of “ten charges” or “ten precepts” for monks and laypeople, and these are further condensed into lists of five universal dharmas called samanya dharma. Another comparable list is the Buddhist Eightfold Path. As befitting their Eastern perspective, most include inward elements, e.g., self-control and generating a heart of compassion. Confucianism has its own list of five—the Five Relations—with a distinctive emphasis on relationships rather than laws. Father Moon himself has promulgated three commandments of the Kingdom of Heaven: Keep purity, do not violate the rights of others and do not steal. They can be compared to the Commandments specifically against adultery, murder and theft, but the second of these goes deeper into matters of the heart, reflecting the Confucian emphasis on proper relationships as well as Jesus’ teachings on the interior aspects of the Ten Commandments.

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of
the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself a graven
image, or any likeness of anything that is in
heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or
that is in the water under the earth; you shall not
bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord
your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity
of the fathers upon the children to the third and
fourth generation of those who hate me, but
showing steadfast love to thousands of those
who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not take the name of the Lord
your God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him
guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor, and do all your work;
but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord
your God; in it you shall not do any work, you,
or your son, or your daughter, your manservant,
or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the
sojourner who is within your gates; for in six days
the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and
all that is in them, and rested on the seventh
day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day
and hallowed it.
Honor your father and your mother, that
your days may be long in the land which the
Lord your God gives you.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house;
you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his
manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his
ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s. 7
Exodus 20.1-17

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