The Family Is a Textbook for Entering the Kingdom of Heaven

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The church is a holy place that connects heaven and earth. It is a gate to the world, enabling people to interact in relationships of cooperation, and is a spiritual pillar for the well-being of the nation. As the source of spiritual life, the church supplies strength in your daily life. (The Way of the Spiritual Leader – 238)

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If such work could have been done, despite Jesus’ death, Christianity would not have needed to sacrifice as it did until now. Yet there has been no other way. Why? Jesus had to go to the other world and return because, within the realm of True Parents’ heart, separation from Satan could not be done within the realm of dominion based on accomplishments through the Principle; and because the foundation of love was not established within the realm of direct dominion.

True Family Gateway to Heaven
Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Chapter Two

The Family Is the Model for the
Kingdom of Heaven

Section 3. A Training Ground of Love for Entering
the Kingdom of Love

God’s will is to realize the kingdom of love. If God’s will is to
develop and globalize the ideal world of love, the family is the
experimental ground where you earn credits, all the way from an
elementary school certificate to a bachelor’s degree and PhD. The
family expands to the world. If you look at the world carefully,
you will see that it is a world where grandfathers and
grandmothers live, a world where adults like your uncles and
aunts live, a world where people like your elder brothers and elder
sisters live, a world where youths live, and a world where children
live. So these places where old, middle-aged, young people and
children live are larger expansions of the family. (147-281,

The family is the smallest unit within the training center and is
also a textbook for entering the Kingdom of Heaven. It has all the
levels: the grandfather’s level, mother’s level, couple’s level and
sibling’s level. These levels expand into larger groups of
grandmothers and grandfathers, mothers and fathers, your own
peers, and your sons and daughters, and together they form

Only families that can love all human beings as their own spouses
and as their own parents, and serve them as their own sons and
daughters, can inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. This is amazing.
The right to inherit all the power and authority of heaven and
earth created by God lies here. (143-285, 1986.3.20)

The family is a textbook of love through which at the time of
death you receive the right to be registered at the Palace of Peace
and the Kingdom of Heaven. The family is a training ground of
love. The extension of this family is the world. The world is made
up of smaller worlds: there is a grandfathers’ world, a
grandmothers’ world, a world of fathers and mothers, there are
husbands’ and wives’ worlds and sons’ and daughters’ worlds.
When these combine we have the whole world.

Thus if you love the people of the whole world as you love your
family and as you love God through the family, this will make a
straight road to the Kingdom of Heaven. Thus the first
commandment is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” And the
second commandment is, “You shall love your neighbor as
yourself.” If you love God and love humanity, everything will be
accomplished. If you cannot do it, your spiritual training will have
been in vain. No matter how great a religion’s spiritual discipline
may be, if it does not know how to love God, humankind and the
whole universe it will fail the test.

In the family you should deeply experience love by going through
the official course of the training center which is an encapsulation
of the whole universe and then expand this and love the world.
You have inherited this from your family, your training ground,
where you were raised with your mother and father. Therefore if
you love your parents more than your wife, love your sons and
daughters more than your wife, love humanity more than your
wife, and love God more than your wife, everything will be
accomplished. This doesn’t mean that you should abandon your
wife. If you love in this way, all the recipients of that love will
come to love your wife as well. Is there a more glorious place than
this? If you want to love your wife, follow this way. (143-285,

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