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Cheon Seong Gyeong 2412
You must know that being able to recite the Family Pledge is the best news of all good news in all of history. That is why we say “Our family.” The words “Our family” are there. “Our family… centering on our original homeland… centering on true love…” That is the original homeland where you were born. The land of one’s hometown is the most precious. “Our family… pledges to… build the Kingdom of God on earth and in heaven, the original ideal of creation.” The ideal of creation refers to the ideal of creation centering on God. It was the ideal of creation that was to establish the Kingdom of God on earth and in heaven. Since the ideal of creation could not be attained due to the Fall, we must restore it. We must build the Kingdom of God on earth and in heaven, the original ideal of creation, centering on our original homeland. (260-188, 1994.5.8)
Cheon Seong Gyeong 918
In regard to the firstborn son of the eldest son, even the grandfather comes under his command when that son performs the ancestral rites. The grandfather has to show his respect. The fact that Koreans place value in the lineage of the firstborn son, and also in their genealogy and lineage, holds record-breaking historical value in God’s providence of restoration, which can never be forgotten from the deepest root of His mind. (290-9, 1998.2.2)
War On Evil
2. Spiritual Warfare
Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon
We can stand on God’s side if we have the heart to love the enemy. (52:87, December 22, 1971)
You can expect fierce battles, but you must love your enemies whenever you encounter them. If you possess this spirit, someday victory will be yours. (March 12, 2000)
The enemy we must fight against is not a certain person on the earth, but rather Satan, who grasped the height of authority, raised the banner of rebellion against God, and has been accusing God throughout the course history. (3:180, October 27, 1957) The kind of fighting we are involved in is more intense than physical fighting with guns. We are using ammunition of love, while Satan is shooting arrows of jealousy and slander. My determination is this: the more the forces of evil shoot at us, the more intensely we have to return volleys of love. Our love must be greater than the enemy’s opposition. Their weapons are ineffective against us; their bullets they just bounce off us. In contrast, our bullets are extremely powerful; whomever they strike are melted in love and born anew.
The more people harass me, the more progress I make. The more they pursue me, the more I advance. Look at this court case: the United States government versus Reverend Moon, a religious leader. Its absurdity has become apparent to almost everyone. The government’s arrogance makes the contest more dramatic—like David versus Goliath. (119:111-12, July 4, 1982)
God works through one good person to make ten evil people surrender. It is God’s will for evil to surrender voluntarily. When evil obeys goodness absolutely and without any reservations: that is a real victory. Therefore, God requires us to go through such difficulties that even evil people will take pity on us. God is still searching for such sons and daughters whose determination to gain victory on this earth is such that they will induce the evil side to surrender before the good side. (41:115, February 14, 1971)
In order to build the ideal world, there should appear people on God’s side who are stronger than any individual, family, tribe, people or nation, stronger even than the entire fallen world. God and Satan are fighting over human beings, who stand in the midway position. Even though a person may be on God’s side, he cannot remain if he can be broken when someone on Satan’s side strikes him. But if a person overcomes no matter how much he is oppressed, persecuted and driven to the point of death, then Satan himself will testify, “He is a person on God’s side,” and God also will acknowledge him. Sons and daughters should emerge who are victorious in this battle, overcoming Satan, the angels, and any person who comes against them. (54:36-37, March 10, 1972)
Father! We have gone through the exhausting historical age of indemnity, and a new age is before our eyes. We see that all our enemies, who were once so powerful, who carried such authority when they took the offensive against us, approach the setting of their sun. However, we should not wish them to quickly perish.
We now realize that Heaven left them in their positions in order to save everything at once, to expand the domain of the Providence, and to establish the standard to divide good from evil in this age by which every sin can be liquidated. Therefore, we will have to open a way for even them to live.
As Jesus, while he was dying on the cross, asked for blessings on the Roman soldiers who nailed him to the cross, we pledge anew to take upon ourselves the mission of the Savior, who saves people in their actual situations. (75:244-45, January 5, 1975)