Do You Believe in God, or Do You Know God?

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Jesus knew that individual enemies were not the only enemies. He knew that family enemies, clan enemies, ethnic enemies, national enemies, and global enemies surrounded him on all four sides. This means that there are many enemies awaiting those who want to follow his path. It also means that if you go the family path, there are family enemies waiting, and if you go the clan path, there are clan enemies waiting. You can expect fierce battles, but you must love those enemies whenever you encounter them. If you possess this kind of spirit, someday victory can be yours.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1514

All the creation would appear beautiful in your eyes at the time of your marriage, just as it was when God created the universe. The whole of creation, including you, exists through love. When you realize this, then through that love the fundamental feelings God nurtured at the time of Creation can be re-created and shared with your partner and all forms of existence on earth, all united together as one. In other words, it is possible for you to experience the deepest feelings of God at the time of Creation. You are also a part of the creation who inherited every ideal conceived by God when He created the universe. If you were to pull true love towards yourself, heaven and earth would also be drawn towards you. Even the furthest things would be drawn to you if they were pulled by true love, and things nearby could be sent far away by the power of true love. (216-192, 1991.3.31)


Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Do you believe in God, or do you know God? You say you know Him; then, do you believe in His love, or do you know it? You say God is alive; do you believe He is alive, or do you know it?  By the same token, you say you are of God’s lineage, but do you just believe you are of His lineage, or do you know it?
    What is faith? According to Hebrews chapter 11, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” It is something provisional, not connected to the reality we experience. (359:87, 011106)

Compare faith and observable reality. Faith looks intangible and unreal, but is in fact eternal and substantial. The reality of this world is vivid and evident to our senses, but it cannot be trusted; it is ephemeral and inconstant. Life grounded in faith in God has the quality of constancy. (66:49, March 18, 1973)

When your faith is big, reality seems small. But when your faith is small, reality looms overwhelmingly before you. (Way of God’s Will 3.4)

The world around us fills us with doubts. You should confess them before the Father and pray, “Father, please remove these doubts from my mind and body.” Have the courage to fully entrust yourself, and your enslavement by sin, to the Father, the Subject of your faith. At least establish this mind-set at the center of your heart; it is the only way to walk the path of faith.
    When God comes seeking us, the condition He requires of us is faith. We must use faith to forget all about the self, destroy the world of doubt, and create a world that promotes faith. In this way we can bring order to this sinful environment, create an environment of goodness, demolish the environment of death, and build an environment of life…
    Take all your doubts off your chest and bravely hand them over to God. Say, “God, I have come with all the doubts of the universe. Since Thou hast made a heavenly relationship with me, I trust that Thou wilt not abandon me. Please accept this confession of my doubts and resolve them all for me.”… 
    We must truthfully confess all our doubts to the Subject of our faith. The act of confession is a sacred thing. With utmost sincerity, challenge the limits of conventional thinking and call out, “Father! Father!” Then your Father will surely respond. God is responsible to deal with people like you…
    The reason Adam and Eve fell was because they doubted. Hence, during the process of restoration, whenever we have any doubts we should clarify them. A doubt that is allowed to grow large will preoccupy the mind. Therefore, you must have the courage and determination, even the audacity, to get clarification from God for any question you have. (3:11-13, September 8, 1957)

We who believe in the existence of God should be able to see real evidence of His existence in our daily life. We should be able to demonstrate the reality of God beyond any doubt to this unbelieving world. (120:100, October 5, 1982)

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