We Must Exercise Kindness and Care for God’s Creation

Cheon Seong Gyeong 2162

The liberation that we have today is
the first liberation. Now, in the Unifica-
tion Church, we need a second libera-
tion. The Republic of Korea also needs a
second liberation. Here, the people and
the nation may achieve their full desire
if the Republic of Korea undergoes the
second liberation, but the Unification
Church also needs a third liberation.
That is how things will go. The Repub-
lic of Korea obtained its current national
pattern by the first liberation, but now
the time has come when it requires a sec-
ond liberation. North and South need to
be united.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1502

What was God’s ideal for the first
human ancestors? It was for man and
woman to come together in union to
form an ideal family. The center of an
ideal family would be neither the man
nor the woman. A family is a unit con-
nected to each other by the bond of par-
ent to child and the bond of a husband
and wife, all centered on God’s love.
Therefore, we can conclude that God’s
will is to perfect a family centering on
His love. (Blessed Family – 301)

Richard: This is a very concise and clear summary of the Purpose of Creation, God’s plan for our lives.

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 4

God’s Creation and Human Creativity

Stewardship

The Biblical image of man’s primordial home is not a wild place, but a Garden. God gave the natural world to humans as a trust—to be tended, maintained and shaped into a garden of abundance. the ethic of stewardship is described by the passages in this section. they exhort kindness to animals in distress, the proper management of natural resources, preservation of endangered species, responsible fishing practices and sustainable development. they teach us to respect nature’s balance, not to over-fish the seas, cut down the forests, or pollute the water and air. We should avoid over-consumption and generating excessive waste, but live in harmony with nature’s capacity to provide.

However, there is a precondition for good stewardship of nature: we must learn to live in harmony with other human beings. the biblical promise that “the wolf shall dwell with the lamb” is predicated on people living peaceably with one another according to heaven’s principles.

  1. Care for All Creatures

“He that is wise, wins souls” [Proverbs 11.30].
The rabbis said, “This refers to Noah, for in
the Ark he fed and sustained the animals with
much care. He gave to each animal its special
food, and fed each at its proper period, some in
the daytime and some at night. Thus he gave
chopped straw to the camel, barley to the ass,
vine tendrils to the elephant, and grass to the
ostrich. So for twelve months he did not sleep
by night or day, because all the time he was busy
feeding the animals.”
Tanhuma, Noah 15a (Judaism)

According to Abu Hurairah, the Messenger of
God said, “A man traveling along a road felt
extremely thirsty and went down a well and
drank. When he came up he saw a dog pant-
ing with thirst and licking the moist earth. ‘This
animal,’ the man said, ‘is suffering from thirst
just as much as I was.’ So he went down the well
again, filled his shoe with water, and taking it in
his teeth climbed out of the well and gave the
water to the dog. God was pleased with his act
and granted him pardon for his sins.”
Someone said, “O Messenger of God, will
we then have a reward for the good done to our
animals?” “There will be a reward,” he replied,
“for anyone who gives water to a being that has
a tender heart.”
Hadith of Bukhari (Islam)

May no living creatures, not even insects,
Be bound unto samsaric life; nay, not one of
them;
But may I be empowered to save them all.
Milarepa (Buddhism)

At the openings of ant hills
Please have trustworthy men
Always put food and water,
Sugar and piles of grain. 
Before and after taking food
Offer appropriate fare
To hungry ghosts, dogs,
Ants, birds, and so forth.
Nagarjuna, Precious Garland 249-50 (Buddhism)

Confucius fished with a line but not with a net.
While fowling he would not aim at a roosting
bird.
Analects 7.26 (Confucianism)

To you did the soul of the ox complain,
“For whom did you create me? Who made me?
Fury and violence oppress me, and cruelty and
tyranny.
I have no shepherd other than you: then obtain
good pastures for me.”

Then the Creator of the ox asked Right, “Have
you a judge for the ox,
That you may give him, with the pasture, the
care for the raising of the cattle?
Whom did you appoint his master who shall
put to flight Fury together with the wicked?”

As Righteousness, reply was made, “No com-
panion is there for the ox
That is free from hatred. Men do not
understand
How the great deal with the lowly.
Of all beings he is the strongest
To whose aid I come at his call…

“With hands outstretched we pray to the Lord,
We two, my soul and the soul of the
mother-cow,
Urging the Wise One to command that no
harm shall come to the honest man,
To the herdsman, in the midst of the wicked
who surround him.”

Then spoke the Wise Lord himself, he who
understands the prayers in his soul:
“No master has been found, no judge according
to Righteousness,
For the breeder and the herdsman has the
Creator fashioned you…

“Whom hast thou, as Good Mind, who may
take care of us two for men?”
“I know but this one, Zarathustra Spitama, the
only one who has heard our teaching;
He will make known our purpose, O Wise One,
and that of Righteousness.
Sweetness of speech shall be given to him.”

And then moaned the ox-soul: “That I should
have to be content
With the powerless word of a man without
strength for a guardian,
I who wish for a strong master!
Will he ever be, he who shall help him with his
hands?” 12
Avesta, Yasna 29.1-9 (Zoroastrianism)

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