Be Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only

VisionRoot Success Formula Workshops:  Peaceful Families; Peaceful World 
Peace Kingdom Center, Harpers Ferry WV and Online
March 18th to March 20th, 2022
Registration Deadline March 15th
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Listen to the Richard Urban Show #103:  Peaceful Families Make a Peaceful World; Join the Workshop on March 18th to March 20, 2022
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WHOSE CHILDREN ARE THEY? is the groundbreaking and powerfully persuasive documentary featuring brave teachers, empowered parents, and front-line experts who pull back the curtain about what is truly happening in our public schools today.
See it in a theatre near you on March 14th.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 156

Achieving greatness does not mean having a wonderful face or a handsome body, but, rather, great thinking. Greatness of spirit enables one to say, “Even God will have to move and follow me. I am asserting that, with love, I will liberate God who could not fulfill the purpose of love.” It is logical to say that our sorrowful God, with His goal of love unfulfilled, is liberated by meeting Rev. Moon. It is not a daydream. I am asserting this based upon actual proof that comes from a systematic theory and precise data. (165-185, 1987.5.20)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1212

Since Adam lost faith and substance, he can only find love after he has restored the foundation of faith and the foundation of substance. So what did Adam lose? First, he lost faith, and then he lost substance, and lastly he lost love. These three things were lost. We need to find them. (65-314, 1973.3.4)

Richard: the foundation of faith has to do with faith in God’s Word. The Foundation of Substance has to do with restoring personal relationships centered on a godly model. Restoring love has to do with changing your lineage to God’s side from Satan’s side.
These concepts will be explained in Day 2 of the Peaceful Families; Peaceful World workshop on March 19th, 2022.

Learning and Practice

WHEN A TRUTH IS LEARNED IT MUST BE PRACTICED. Indeed, knowledge that is not put into practice is not truly learned; it soon fades away like a mirage. True knowledge arises when the conceptual becomes experiential. This applies particularly to religious and moral teachings, whose practice may be difficult. The hypocrite is someone who claims to be wise and devout but never acts accordingly. Unity of word and deed is a central quality of authentic personhood.
Likewise, a teacher should first practice what he preaches. An Oriental virtue is to be reserved and taciturn, in order that one not display knowledge that he has not mastered in practice. The same wisdom applies to leaders in business or any field. A leader who in his youth has experienced all the hard jobs will easily win the respect and loyalty of his people, because he knows what he is asking of them.

Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.|
    James 1.22-24

Though he recites many a scriptural text, but does not act accordingly, that heedless man is like a cowherd who counts others’ cattle. He has no share in the fruits of the religious life.
Though he can recite few scriptural texts, but acts in accordance with the teaching, forsaking lust, hatred, and ignorance, with right awareness and mind well emancipated, not clinging to anything here or in the next life, he shares the fruits of the religious life.
    Dhammapada 19-20 (Buddhism)

That knowledge is very superficial which remains only on your tongue: the intrinsic merit and value of knowledge is that you act up to it.
    Nahjul Balaga, Saying 90 (Shiite Islam)

Not study is the chief thing, but action; and whoso multiplies words, multiplies sin.
    Mishnah, Avot 1.17 (Judaism)

Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.
    Matthew 7.24-27

The one who would have the worst position in God’s sight on the Day of Resurrection would be a learned man who did not profit from his learning.
    Hadith of Darimi (Islam)

No one who really has knowledge fails to practice it. Knowledge without practice should be interpreted as lack of knowledge… No one should be described as understanding filial piety and respectfulness, unless he has actually practiced filial piety toward his parents and respect toward his elder brother. Knowing how to converse about filial piety and respectfulness is not sufficient to warrant anybody’s being described as understanding them. Or it may be compared to one’s understanding of pain. A person certainly must have experienced pain before he can know what it is. Likewise to understand cold one must first have endured cold; and to understand hunger one must have been hungry.
    How, then, can knowledge and practice be separated? It is their original nature [to be in accord] before selfish aims separated them.
    Wang Yang-Ming, Instructions for Practical Living (Confucianism)

Vainly understanding without practice is understanding that has no use. It is nothing but empty understanding. Vainly practicing without understanding is practice that has no direction. It is nothing but misguided practice.
    Knowledge and action always need each other. It is like a person who has eyes but no legs and so cannot walk, or who has legs but no eyes and so cannot see. With respect to priority, knowledge comes first. With respect to import, action carries more weight.
    When you know something but have not yet acted on it, then your knowledge is still shallow. Once you personally experience something, then your knowledge will become increasingly clearer, and its import will be different than before.
    Chu Hsi (Confucianism)

Tzu-kung asked about the true gentleman. The Master said, “He does not preach what he practices until he has practiced what he preaches.”
    Analects 2.13 (Confucianism)

Just as a man or a woman has known what is truth, so he or she should practice that truth with zeal, and should teach it those persons who should practice it so, as it is! 
    Avesta, Yasna 35.6 (Zoroastrianism)

The Master said, “Do not be to ready to speak of it, lest the doing of it should prove to be beyond your powers.”
    Analects 14.21 (Confucianism)

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