The Universe Is an Expansion of the Family

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The family is an encapsulation of history. It is connected to history, with its origin in God. You inherit the family vertically. However, inheritance must take place in a perfectly vertical manner, at a ninety degree angle. The grandfather and grandmother, representing God, have already inherited this. (216-262, 1991.4.7)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 445

What has God been looking for up until now? He has not been seeking a subject partner; rather He has been looking for an ideal object partner. He has been looking for those who resemble God and possess the inner and outer aspects of the world He created. What is the starting point that leads to such a result? It is the family. There is nothing that can represent the universe better than the family. To be one with the parents is for past and present to meet. Here, you can love the past by loving your parents, love the present by loving your partner, and love the future by loving your children. Therefore, you can deeply experience the love of three generations. The place where these three kinds of love are concentrated is the family. (30-80, 1970.3.17)

True Family Gateway to Heaven
Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Chapter Two

The Family Is the Model for the
Kingdom of Heaven

Section 2. The Family is the Textbook of Love
Through Which We Can Connect with Universal

What is the universe? Everything in the created world is designed
as a sort of training aid to help God’s beloved sons and daughters
find the ideal of love. This is why everything exists in reciprocal
relationships. Minerals are based on the reciprocal relationship of
subject and object partners and so are atoms. Protons and
electrons also exist based on the reciprocal relationship of subject
and object partners. Without reciprocation they cannot continue
to exist. Without give and take action they cannot exist eternally.
Therefore, the universe is a world created in such a way that its
center can only be reached through human beings. (137-59,
What is the universe? It is an expansion of the family. If you look
at a family that has completely realized the ideal of family love, it
has a top, middle and bottom (parents, husband and wife, and
children), left and right, and front and back. This is the principle.
So when we talk about top and bottom we mean the parents and
children, when we talk about left and right we mean the husband
and wife, and when we talk about front and back we mean the
brothers and sisters.

Through what do they all become one? It doesn’t happen through
power, knowledge or money. Then what can bring it about? It is
love. This is an absolute truth. Otherwise the sphere cannot be
formed. Then what are the top, middle and bottom in our family?
They are a textbook of love. They are a textbook of love through
which we can encounter universal love. Go out into society and
put it into practice. How should we love? Jesus said, “Love your
neighbor as yourself.” How should we follow this teaching? We
are not sure.

When you go out into the world and meet a grandfather, treat him
as your own grandfather. Treat people like your own mothers, like
your own fathers or like your own sons. When you go out into the
world you should all live like this. The people of the top, middle
and bottom, front and back, and left and right are all displayed in
the exhibition hall of the world. You should know that the world
is an exhibition of people. If you can love everyone with such love,
God will dwell in the midst of that love. (128-22, 1983.5.29)

What is the Kingdom of Heaven? It is the place where you love the
people of the world as your own family, and people who do this
are the people of the Kingdom of Heaven. Your grandfather and
grandmother, your mother and father, your wife, your brothers
and sisters, and your children — what are these four generations?
They are the textbook through whom you can deeply experience
love, the true love of the universe as people of the Kingdom of
Heaven. The family is the foundation, a type of textbook that
teaches you this love. (129-96, 1983.10.1)

We can not live without learning the love of the universe. God has
prepared things such as a textbook or scripture containing
promises which openly say, “Love your grandmother and
grandfather. Your grandmother and grandfather on earth are sent
as representatives of the grandmothers and grandfathers in the
spirit world. Therefore if you love them, I will take it as if you had
loved all grandmothers and grandfathers.”

Next God says, “Since your mother and father represent the
countless mothers and fathers of the world, as a textbook and
model of love, if you love them to the utmost, I will take it as a
condition of you having loved all mothers and fathers.
Furthermore if you as a man, representing all men, love a woman
who represents all women, it will be a condition of having loved
all women.” Next He says, “I will take your loving your sons and
daughters as you having loved all sons and daughters.” Therefore
the family is the training center to receive such training.

It is a training process for loving the world in accordance with the
scriptures. We can ask the trainees if now they will go out to the
world and love the grandmothers and grandfathers of the world in
place of their own grandfather and grandmother, and if they say
“yes,” this will save the world. (130-273, 1984.2.5)

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