For What Will It Profit a Man If He Gains the Whole World and Forfeits His Life?

Cheon Seong Gyeong 2356

In 1992, we announced the Messiah
and True Parents to the world. Focusing
on America, we announced the True Par-
ents and the Completed Testament Age
starting on May 13, 1993. I have made all
the necessary conditions. As you know,
America represents the entire world. It
is the final settling place in terms of the
Christian cultural sphere. This is the
time of transition into the new age cen-
tering on True Parents. We are enter-
ing the Completed Testament Age. Our
proclamation was the first time in histo-
ry for such an event. How long God must
have been waiting for this time! How
miserable God has been throughout his-
tory! Now the age of hope is approach-
ing. We are entering into the age when
we can proclaim the True Parents. It is
a historical and universal event. Noth-
ing like this has ever happened before in
human history. (248-175, 1993.8.3)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1186

Since the vertical and horizontal
indemnity, the indemnity of the eight
stages was completed, last year, on August
31, 1989, I went to Alaska, the northern-
most place in the western world, and
conducted the “Ceremony of the Settle-
ment of the Eight Stages.” It was con-
ducted at the northernmost place. Then
on September 1, I announced the “ideol-
ogy centered on the Heavenly Father.” It
is the ideology of salvation through love,
which we know as the parent-centered
ideology. This ideology urges us to love
everyone. Satan cannot oppose love. If
Satan does not oppose the Unification
Church on its way, it will spread world-
wide in a flash. (199-157, 1990.2.16)

Richard: This Rheama is special to me and Stacey. August 31, 1989 is the very day that we moved from northeast DC to Capitol Hill. The purpose of our move was so we could do Home Church in the Capitol Hill area.

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 3

The Value of Human Life

Human beings have priceless value. Although in many fallen societies life is regarded as cheap, and despite the worldly illusion that a person’s value is determined by wealth, status, education or beauty, God endows every person with the absolute value of His love. He created us as His beloved children, infinitely precious—even equal to God. The texts gathered here express this exalted value of a human being.
A single person has the value of the whole world. Unique in all creation, he or she is irreplaceable. Moreover, the love of God, family, nation and all creation embrace each individual. Each individual is needed by all
existence. The death of any individual brings loss to all existence. For this reason, taking life by murder, suicide and abortion has no place in God’s world. Furthermore, since physical life provides the opportunity for growth
(See Chapter 5: Preparation for Eternity), taking a life robs the individual and the universe of a way to attain perfection.
Still, in a world fixated on materialism, few people have realized their exalted potential value, which derives
from the capacity to love God and humanity. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us all to cultivate the true wellsprings of value and become the children of God who are esteemed by the world and God.

  1. More Precious than Gold

For what will it profit a man, if he gains the
whole world and forfeits his life?
Matthew 16.26

Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds
men who trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?
Truly no man can ransom himself,
or give to God the price of his life,
for the ransom of his life is costly,
and can never suffice.
Psalm 49.5-8

“I got me slaves and slave-girls.” For what price,
tell me? What in the world is worth as much
as a human being? What price can you put on
a rational intellect? How many drachmas do
you reckon equals the value of one made in the
likeness of God? How many gold pieces should
you be able to get for selling a being shaped by
God? God said, “Let us make man in our own
image and likeness.” (Gen. 1.26) Since man
is in the likeness of God, and is ruler over the
whole earth, and has been granted this author-
ity over everything from God who is his Buyer,
tell me, who is his seller? To God alone belongs
this power.
Gregory of Nyssa, Homily on Ecclesiastes 4

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

People in this world believe that the good life is to live in comfortable surroundings, wear good clothes, drive a fancy car, and fly to any destination anytime they wish. You should know that their standard of judging what is the good life is a bad habit of worldly people. (131:171, May 1, 1984)

Americans may love material things, but I love people more. The winners are people who love people. Even if you lose all you possess, if you keep your human relations intact, the things will return.
Though we lose money, through people we will be able to obtain money. But if we break our connection to people, we will lose everything. (February 17, 2001)

What is exceedingly valuable in the world? It is not treasure such as gold or silver, nor is it worldly fame or power. The most valuable thing in all heaven and earth is you.
Nevertheless, when people are asked what certification they have that they are valuable, they cannot answer. Still, despite their many deficiencies, people want to put themselves before heaven and earth as the most valuable existence. It is our original human nature to do so.
Maybe you think you are already living for the sake of the nation and the world. However, have
you considered whether other people regard you as a valuable person? If they do not, then you need
to make a new determination and a new beginning. Ask yourself, “What do others see as valuable
about me?”
Can you become a jewel, one of a kind in the universe, a true treasure that God and Jesus would long to possess? The myriads of saints who formerly lived on earth, and all the philosophers
who planted their thought in the world, no matter how important they may have been during their earthly lives, would long for your treasure. All humanity presently living, and even people of the future, would also want it. They would adore its value. Yet who has believed that they could be such
a jewel? (17:13-14, November 6, 1966)

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