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You should become someone whose body and mind can be in complete concert with God’s life centering on His love. Whoever on earth may tempt you; you need to follow your path and not be led astray or have to hide. With confidence in yourself you must surmount any obstacles that come your way and become citizens of heaven who are rightfully members of the royal family in the palace of God’s kingdom. If you cannot do this, you will fall into Satan’s hands. (222-89, 1991.10.28)
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Jesus told Nicodemus that unless one is reborn, one cannot enter the Kingdom of God. The “I” who has lived until now must be denied. Even if you have excuses, and even if you have many accomplishments to your name, you must deny yourself. Because you are fallen human beings, you cannot escape from this fate. Your whole life should be denied, your daily life should be denied; you are living a spiritually dead life that should be denied. (6-278, 1959.6.7)
2. Loving Others with the Same Heart as We Have for Our Own Family
Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moonf
Do not nurse only your own dear child, but try to be a mother who treats other children with the heart that they are yours as well. With that heart, the babies who suckle at your breast will certainly become great men and women. (31:168, May 24, 1970)
You can build the world of peace on this earth if you become people who act according to the Kingdom of Heaven’s universal teaching to unfold the movement of God’s love, life and truth. This means your parents are not only your biological parents; your siblings are not only your biological siblings, and your children are not only your biological children. When you become a person who regards all people as your parents, your siblings and your children, then as you look upon the multitudes of people suffering in this world of death, you cannot relate to them without tears. Looking at people your own age as your siblings, or younger people as your own children, you will feel a strong sense of responsibility to save them. You will make every effort, with tears. If you truly become this kind of person, then you will be a central pillar for building the Kingdom of Heaven. (2:144, March 17, 1957)
Jesus said, “A man’s foes will be those of his own household.” (Matt. 10.36) He meant that when you love your family members more than other people, they become your enemies that block you from entering the Kingdom of Heaven. (161:249, February 22, 1987)
Parents who praise their child for being filial to them cannot raise true filial children. Parents who want to raise true filial children should teach them, “My child, love your brothers and sisters even more than you love me. Love your neighbors and your nation more than you love me.” I think that parent is qualified to have many filial children.
If there is a good king, that king should teach his loyal subjects, saying, “I appreciate that you give devotion and love for me, but first love your fellow citizens and God, and then love me.” That is the good king who can rightly lead many loyal subjects.
Likewise, how does God lead the saints? God does not teach them, “Do your utmost duty to show your loyalty to Me.” Instead He says, “Don’t pay Me so much regard; first love the people. Liberate every being on this earth and all the spirit beings in the spirit world, and then love Me.” Because God is that kind of being, He bears the name Jehovah, Lord of all beings.16 (85:265, March 3, 1976)
Who is a son of filial piety? He discovers what his parents most want and completes it; thus he tries to align himself with his parents’ desires. Whatever his eyes see, he sees through the eyes of his parents. Whatever his heart feels, he feels through the heart of his parents. Whatever words he hears, he thinks, “Would my parents like this kind of speech?” A filial son or daughter devotes all five senses to delighting in his or her parents’ world.
The thing that filial sons and daughters, patriots, and saints have in common is their concern for others—their family, their nation and the world respectively. Then let us turn our eyes to God, the Center of the entire universe. If you were to love God in like manner, you would embrace heaven and earth with love. You would devote all your heart and mind to benefit all beings in the universe; to make them fit to receive God’s love.17 (161:132-33, January 18, 1987)