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Cheon Seong Gyeong 2069
The family is the formation stage, the tong and ban (local community and neighborhood) are the tribal growth stage, and then the nation is the completion stage. These three points must be connected in the family. If you don’t connect these points in the family, then they can’t be connected at the tribal lev-el. They can’t be connected to the nation, and they can’t be connected to the world. (218-184, 1991.7.28)
Cheon Seong Gyeong 1196
If a head of state learned the Principle, what would happen? It would be only a short time before he saved the nation. Now we are entering the era of restoring the kingship. In the future, it will not be necessary for all of the citizens of a country to believe. If the president of a country fixes its constitution so that it is based on the Principle, the restoration of that nation becomes possible at once. (198-242, 1990.2.3)
One Truth, Many Paths
Passages from diverse scriptures affirm that religions that do not share the faith of that scripture nevertheless contain elements of truth. they affirm that all genuine religions worship the same God. Thus, the Qur’an affirms that Jews and Christians are people of the book who worship the same God as the God of Muhammad. The Sikh scriptures affirm that there is one God for Muslims and Hindus. A Shinto text affirms that the chief Shinto deity is essentially the same as the Buddha.
Further, scriptures affirm that each religion is a path to the same supreme Goal. Here we have the famous images of many rivers flowing into the same ocean or a mountain with many paths leading up to the same summit. the religions of the world begin by addressing the needs, customs and circumstances of diverse cultures, but as they elevate humanity they draw closer together as their paths converge to the one. In this regard, Father Moon affirms that God inspired each of the great religious founders with a message appropriate to the culture and times in which he lived. He honors them as humanity’s true guides, who sent to the earth within the providence of God to help humanity progress towards the ultimate goal.
Certainly, every religion considers its way the best and highest path. the bible says that Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life,” and that “nobody comes to the Father but by me.” the Qur’an states that it is the only accurate witness to the previous revelations—the torch and the Gospel having suffered corruptions and interpolations. Nevertheless, we are cautioned to be humble before the higher wisdom of God. as the parable of the blind Man and the elephant teaches, each way may touch the truth without seeing its entirety. Father Moon likewise sees religions at different levels, due to their appearance at different ages in the course of humanity’s spiritual development. yet the differences among religions should not obscure the core truth they hold in com-mon. hence, religious people can overlook their differences and find common ground.
- . All Religions Worship the Same God and Serve His Great Will
The Hindus and the Muslims have but one and the same God;
What can a mullah or a sheikh do?
Adi Granth, Bhairo, p. 1158 (Sikhism)
For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the lord of hosts.
Those who worship other gods with faith and devotion also worship Me, Arjuna, even if they do not observe the usual forms. I am the object of all worship, its enjoyer and Lord.
Bhagavad-Gita 9.23-24 (Hinduism)
Lo! We did reveal the Torah, wherein is guidance and a light, by which the prophets who submit-ted to God judged the Jews, as did the rabbis and the doctors of the law, because they were required to guard God’s Book, and to which they were witnesses. So fear not mankind, but fear Me. And barter not My revelations for a little gain. Whoso judges not by that which God has sent down—such are disbelievers…
And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps, confirming the Torah before him, and We bestowed on him the Gospel, wherein is guidance and a light, confirming that which was revealed before it in the Torah—a guidance and an admonition for those who ward off evil. Let the People of the Gospel judge by that which God has revealed therein. Whosoever judges not by that which God has revealed—such are those who live in evil.
And unto thee We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which God has revealed, and follow not their desires apart from the truth which has come unto thee.
For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced-out way. Had God so willed, He could have made you all one community. But He willed it otherwise in order to test you by that which He has given you. So vie one with another in doing good works! Unto God you will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein you differ.
This is the land of the gods. The people should revere them. In my essence I [Amaterasu] am the Buddha Vairocana. Let my people understand this and take refuge in the Law of the Buddhas.
Revelation of Amaterasu to Emperor Shomu (Shinto)
There can be no doubt that whatever the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God. The difference between the ordinances under which they abide should be attributed to the varying requirements and exigencies of the age in which they were revealed. All of them, except for a few which are the out-comes of human perversity, were ordained of God, and are a reflection of His Will and Purpose.
Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh 111 (Baha’i Faith)
As the different streams
having their sources in different places
all mingle their waters in the sea,
so, O Lord, the different paths that men take,
through various tendencies,
various though they appear,
crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.
Sanskrit hymn (Hinduism)
In whatever way and path humans worship Me, in that same path do I meet and fulfill their aspirations and grace them. It is always My Path that humans follow in all their different paths and journeys, on all sides.
Bhagavad-Gita 4.11 (Hinduism)
Those who believe in the Qur’an, those who follow the Jewish scriptures, and the Sabeans and the Christians—any who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness—on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
There are righteous men among the Gentiles who have a share in the world to come.
Tosefta Sanhedrin 13.2 (Judaism)
And Peter opened his mouth and said, “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”
And nearest to them in love to the believers you will find those who say, “We are Christians,” because among them are men devoted to learn-ing and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant. And when they lis-ten to the revelation received by the Apostle, you will see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognize the truth. They pray, “Our Lord! We believe; write us down among the witnesses.”
Other religions found everywhere try to counter the restlessness of the human heart, each in its own manner, by proposing “ways,” comprising teachings, rules of life and sacred rites. The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She looks with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men.
Vatican II, Nostra Aetate (Christianity)