Do Not Eat the Fruit or You Shall Die

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Joshua 18

These were the borders of Benjamin’s tribal land, where the clans of Benjamin lived.

21-24 One region of Benjamin’s tribal land had twelve towns with their surrounding villages. Those towns were Jericho, Beth-Hoglah, Emek-Keziz, Beth-Arabah, Zemaraim, Bethel, Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, Chephar-Ammoni, Ophni, and Geba.

25-28 In the other region there were the following fourteen towns with their surrounding villages: Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, Mizpeh, Chephirah, Mozah, Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, Zelah, Haeleph, Gibeah, Kiriath-Jearim,[l] and Jerusalem, which is also called Jebusite Town.

These regions are the tribal lands of Benjamin.

Micah 6

13 Because of your sins,
I will wound you
and leave you
    ruined and defenseless.
14 You will eat,
    but still be hungry;
you will store up goods,
    but lose everything—
I, the Lord, will let it all
    be captured in war.
15 You won’t harvest what you plant
or use the oil
    from your olive trees
or drink the wine
    from grapes you grow.

Part 2
Sin and Salvation

Evil, Sin and the Human Fall

The Human Fall

The Abrahamic faiths teach that humanity fell from a primordial state of unity with God, and similar beliefs are found the world over. Christianity links the Fall with the doctrine of original sin, as the sin of Adam and eve is imputed to all humanity, causing an enduring separation between humans and God which can only be remedied by Christ. in Islam, on the other hand, Adam’s sin was his alone, and he, like all human beings, could return to a position of acceptance by submission (islam) to God. still, the Fall brought into existence Satan, setting up for all humanity a trial which only some are able to endure. Finally, in Judaism we find a mixture of beliefs: passages gathered in this section affirming that the fall of Adam and eve brought a curse into the world are counterbalanced by other passages emphasizing individual responsibility and denying that we are culpable for the sins of our first ancestor.

    The human fall explains the discrepancy between the cosmos’ pure origin and its present state of suffering. it is logically necessary for religions in which (1) God is the only creator, (2) the creation was purposed to be good, and (3) evil is regarded as real and contrary to the purpose of creation. these postulates hold in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. they do not obtain in Buddhism, which lacks a doctrine of creation, nor in Hinduism, which regards matter as base and a limitation to be overcome on the path to self-realization. nevertheless, we find even in these religions speculation on a primordial fall from grace to explain the origin of evil karma.

    The biblical and qur’anic accounts of the human Fall are full of symbolism and open to varying interpretations. the serpent—variously called Satan, Lucifer or Iblis—instigates Adam and eve to disobey God’s commandment, often with the hint of sexual misconduct. Father Moon directly attributes the human Fall to sexual immorality, teaching that it poisoned the potential of humans for true, godly love. other accounts of the origin of evil that ascribe or hint at a sexual transgression are presented from Greek myth, Buddhism, Shinto and African tradition.

  1. Adam and Eve’s Transgression

The Lord God took the man [Adam] and put
him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
And the Lord God commanded the man, say-
ing, “You may freely eat of every tree of the gar-
den; but of the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you
eat of it you shall die.”
    Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that
the man should be alone; I will make him a helper
fit for him.” So out of the ground the l ord God
formed every beast of the field and every bird
of the air, and brought them to the man to see
what he would call them; and whatever the man
called every living creature, that was its name.
The man gave names to all cattle, and to the
birds of the air, and to every beast of the field;
but for the man there was not found a helper fit
for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to
fall upon the man, and while he slept took one
of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and
the rib which the Lord God had taken from the
man he made into a woman and brought her
to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is
bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall
be called Woman, because she was taken out of
Man.” Therefore a man leaves his father and his
mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become
one flesh. And the man and his wife were both
naked, and were not ashamed.
    Now the serpent was more subtle than any
other wild creature that the Lord God had
made. He said to the woman, “Did God say,
‘You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may
eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but
God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the
tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither
shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent
said to the woman, “You will not die. For God
knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be
opened, and you will be like God, knowing good
and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree
was good for food, and that it was a delight to
the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to
make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and
she also gave some to her husband, and he ate.
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they
knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig
leaves together and made themselves aprons.
    And they heard the sound of the l ord God
walking in the garden in the cool of the day,
and the man and his wife hid themselves from
the presence of the l ord God among the trees
of the garden. But the l ord God called to the
man, and said to him, “Where are you?” And he
said, “I heard the sound of Thee in the garden,
and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid
myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were
naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I
commanded you not to eat?” The man said,
“The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me,
she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the
l ord God said to the woman, “What is this that
you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent
beguiled me, and I ate.” The l ord God said to
the serpent, “Because you have done this,
    Cursed are you above all cattle,
    and above all wild animals;
    Upon your belly you shall go,
    and dust you shall eat all the days of your
   life.
    I will put enmity between you and the
    woman,
    and between your seed and her seed;
    He shall bruise your head,
    and you shall bruise his heel.”
To the woman He said,
    “I will greatly multiply your pain in
      childbearing,
    in pain you shall bring forth children,
    Yet your desire shall be for your husband,
    and he shall rule over you.”
And to Adam he said, “Because you have lis-
tened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten
of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You
shall not eat of it,’
    cursed is the ground because of you;
    in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your
    life;
    Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to
       you;
     and you shall eat the plants of the field.
    In the sweat of your face you shall eat
       bread
    till you return to the ground,
    for out of it you were taken;
    you are dust,
    and to dust you shall return.”
    The man called his wife’s name Eve, because
she was the mother of all living. And the l ord
God made for Adam and for his wife garments
of skins, and clothed them.
    Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the
man has become like one of us, knowing good
and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand
and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and
live forever”—therefore the l ord God sent
him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the
ground from which he was taken. He drove out
the man; and at the east of the Garden of Eden
he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword
which turned every way, to guard the way to the
tree of life.
    Genesis 2.15-3.24

It is We who created you and gave you shape;
then We bade the angels, “Bow down to Adam,”
and they bowed down; not so Iblis, he refused to
be of those who bow down. [God] said, “What
prevented you from bowing down when I com-
manded you?” He said, “I am better than he;
You created me from fire, and him from clay.”
God said, “Get down from this place; it is not
for you to be arrogant here; get out, for you are
of the meanest of creatures.” He said, “Give me
respite till the day when they are raised up.” God
said, “Be among those who are to have respite.”
    He said, “Because you have thrown me
out of the Way, lo! I will lie in wait for them
on Your Straight Way: Then will I assault them
from before them and behind, from their right
and their left: nor will You find, in most of
them, gratitude.” God said, “Get out from this,
disgraced and expelled. If any of them follow
you, I will fill hell with all of you.
    “And Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in
the Garden, and enjoy its good things as you
wish, but approach not this tree, or you will run
into harm and transgression.”
    Then Satan began to whisper suggestions to
them, bringing openly before their minds all their
shame that was previously unnoticed by them.
He said, “Your Lord only forbade you this tree,
lest you should become angels or such beings as
live forever.” And he swore to them both, that he
was their sincere advisor. So by deceit he brought
about their fall: when they tasted of the tree,
their shame [private parts] became apparent to
them, and they began to sew together the leaves
of the Garden over their bodies.
    And their Lord called unto them: “Did I not
forbid you that tree, and tell you that Satan was
an avowed enemy unto you both?” They said:
“Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls. If
You do not forgive us and do not grant us Your
mercy, we shall certainly be lost.” God said, “Get
you down, with enmity between yourselves. On
earth will be your dwelling place and your means
of livelihood—for a time. Therein shall you live,
and therein you shall die; but from it shall you
be brought forth at last.”
    O Children of Adam! We have bestowed
raiment upon you to cover your shame, as well
as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment
of righteousness—that is the best. Such are
among the signs of God, that they may receive
admonition.
    O Children of Adam! Let not Satan
seduce you in the same manner as he got your
parents out of the Garden, stripping them of
their clothing in order to expose their private
parts. He and his tribe watch you from where
you cannot see them! We have made the devils
friends only to those without faith.
    Qur’an 7.11-27

If I have covered my transgressions as Adam,
By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
    Job 31.33 (NKJV)

Why does the scripture not place the verse
“And the Lord God made for Adam and his
wife garments of skin” (Genesis 3.21) imme-
diately after “And they were both naked, and
were not ashamed” (Genesis 2.25)? It teaches
you through what sin that wicked creature
inveighed them: Because the serpent saw them
engaged in their natural relations, he conceived
a lust for her.
    Midrash Rabbah, Genesis 18.6 (Judaism)

The serpent followed Eve, saying, “Her soul
comes from the north, and I will therefore
quickly seduce her.” And how did he seduce
her? He had intercourse with her.
Bahir 199 (Judaism)

What was the wicked serpent contemplating at
that time? He thought, “I shall go and kill Adam
and wed his wife, and I shall be king over the
whole world.”
    Talmud, Avot de Rabbi Nathan 1 (Judaism)

The first man of our race did not bide his time,
desired the favor of marriage before the proper
hour, and fell into sin by not waiting for the time
of God’s Will.
    Clement of Alexandria, Stromata 3.14.94 (Christianity)

Dreams of falling are most frequently character-
ized by anxiety. Their interpretation when they
occur in women offers no difficulty, because
they nearly always accept the symbolic meaning
of falling, which is a circumlocution for giving
way to an erotic temptation.
    Nothing can be brought to an end in the
unconscious; nothing is past or forgotten.
    Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

“I Am Acting on Behalf of God”

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 1470

Where is the righteous path in life?
From where did human beings origi-
nate? They were born from love; then
what path should they follow in life?
It is that of love. For what should they
die? The logical conclusion is love. What
kind of love is that? It is that which can
be welcomed by the macrocosm, not just
the microcosm. The purpose of life can
be perceived as originating in the heart
of the macrocosm and approved by God,
the angelic world, all creation, all peo-
ple, and our parents. That purpose is to
live in the universe, to love in it, and to
die in it. (83-164, 1976.2.8)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1265

What do true parents signify? They
are the symbol of hope for everyone.
They are the absolute symbol of hope for
fallen humankind. They are the fruit of
past history, the center of this era, and
the starting point of the future of hope
which connects to the world we live in
today. (35-236, 1970.10.19)

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Uniting Heaven and Earth

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

God created human beings to live both in the spirit world and on earth through the harmony of spirit and flesh. God, who is spirit, communicates with the human spirit; the human spirit communicates with the flesh; and through this harmony of spirit and flesh a person attains dominion over the creation. This is the Principle of Creation. (2:80, March 3, 1957)
 
The spirit world transcends time and space. Hence, if we are united in our mind and body, if our mind and body are in resonance, we can experience telepathy. It is like tuning our radio to a certain frequency; then we can hear the sound.
    In that state of resonance, when you desire to go somewhere, you will be taken there in spirit. If you want to see someone, that individual will appear instantaneously before your eyes. If you are close to that person, he or she will appear with a friendly appearance, but if you have a hostile relationship, he or she will appear as an enemy. Regardless, the vision will be something unforgettable. (187:311, February 12, 1989)
 
God began His creation from His own essence, investing for the sake of love, investing repeatedly and forgetting what He had invested. Therefore, if God’s partner is to receive it, he must likewise invest and forget. Thus there is investing from above and also from below. In this way, heaven and earth join together harmoniously and become one. They become one centering on the love that can embrace and move heaven and earth. This generates great power. (237:130, November 13, 1992)
 
The universe does not of itself have internal sensibility toward God. Hence, God does not govern the universe directly. Rather, God endowed human beings with sensibilities to all things in the universe and gave them the mandate to rule over the universe directly. God created the human body with elements from the physical world—such as water, clay and air—to allow us to perceive and govern it. To make it possible for us to perceive and govern the spirit world, God created our spirits with the same spiritual elements that compose the spirit world… Human beings, composed of flesh which can dominate the physical world and spirit which can dominate the spirit world, likewise have the potential to rule both worlds.
    God created human beings to be the mediator and the center of harmony of the cosmos. When a person’s flesh and spirit unite through give and take action and become God’s substantial object partner, the physical world and spirit world can also begin give and take action with that person as their center. They thus achieve harmonious integration to construct a cosmos that is responsive to God. Like the air that enables two tuning forks to resonate with each other, a true person acts as the mediator and center of harmony between the two worlds.
    However, due to the human Fall, the universe has lost its master. St. Paul wrote, “the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom. 8.19) —that is, people who have been restored to the original state. Tragically, with the Fall of human beings, who should have served as the center of universal harmony, the give and take between the physical and spiritual worlds was severed. The two worlds have been rendered utterly unable to achieve integration and harmony. Since they remain divided, Paul continued, “the whole creation has been groaning in travail.” (Rom. 8:22) (Exposition of the Divine Principle, Creation 6.2)
 
The spirit world and the physical world should be united by true love. Yet because true love did not appear, the spirit world and physical world were not united; because true love did not appear, the mind and the body of each individual were divided; and because true love was not erected, religions and politics were separated.
    Through true love, all can be united. Through true love, individuals, families, societies, nations, the world and cosmos can be connected. We must make it happen. Otherwise, we cannot inherit the original Kingdom of Heaven in the spirit world and on earth. (216:105-06, March 9, 1991)
 
If there is a man who can gain dominion over Satan, he can liberate both the spirit world and the physical world. (161:243; February 22, 1987)
 
You should be able to mobilize the spirit world. However, when you reach such spirituality, you will face things that are difficult for you to handle. In that situation, your attitude should be, “I am acting on behalf of God.” It is not enough for you to do things by your own power; the question is how you can mobilize the spirit world, and carry out your mission in multi-dimensional ways. (102:117, November 27, 1978)
 
There are people in this world who can perform wondrous feats. Some can fly through the air. Some can walk on water. Some can travel thousands of miles in an instant. Soon the day will come when I will summon them from the Himalayas and other places where they are pursuing the path to enlightenment. (60:195, August 17, 1972)
 
To restore the physical world and spirit world means to bring them back to their original state. It may cost me 70 to 80 years of my life to restore both the earthly world and the spirit world. I could have become a successful businessman, yet there is no greater business than this. I have spent my entire youth trying to accomplish it. (15:146, October 3, 1965)
 
Without unifying the spirit world, it is impossible to bring unity on the earth. If unity is not attained on earth, oneness will also not be found in the spirit world. They share a common destiny.
 
    It is a very good thing that Western people are marrying Asians and Asians marrying Westerners. When their ancestors look down from the spirit world, how pleased they are! Why? In the spirit world, white people have clustered only among white people, black people dwelt among other blacks, [and yellow people lived only with others of the yellow race]. The spirit world has been all divided, therefore on earth the races have been in conflict continually. But because earthly people are now marrying interracially, those in the spirit world are being softened up to the idea of becoming one, and unification is proceeding there. All are being unified, making one world. Like the prayer, “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” because this is happening in the spirit world, even more of the same will occur on the earth. (99:188, September 18, 1978)
 
 
 

Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It Is in Heaven

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Genesis 45

Since Joseph could no longer control his feelings in front of his servants, he sent them out of the room. When he was alone with his brothers, he told them, “I am Joseph.” Then he cried so loudly that the Egyptians heard him and told about it in the king’s palace.

Psalm 28

Don’t drag me away, Lord,
    with those cruel people,
    who speak kind words,
    while planning trouble.
Treat them as they deserve!
    Punish them for their sins.
They don’t pay any attention
    to your wonderful deeds.
    Now you will destroy them
    and leave them in ruin.

I praise you, Lord,
    for answering my prayers.
    You are my strong shield,
    and I trust you completely.
You have helped me,
    and I will celebrate
    and thank you in song.

Richard: Praise God!

Uniting Heaven and Earth

Human beings are composed of both spirit and body; hence we stand astride both the earthly world and the spirit world. With this unique endowment, we can be the mediators between the two worlds. instead of regarding the spirit world with fear, we have the power to exercise dominion over both worlds. saints and sages have been known to command the heavenly hosts to assist them in a righteous cause. even ordinary believers have this ability, by virtue of a human being’s status as lord of creation and God’s “vicegerent.”
    Native peoples have long understood this. through ceremony and dance they realize a living relation-ship with both worlds. through intense spiritual disciplines, Hindu yogis and ascetics of all traditions obtain the power to fly with the spirits and do miraculous feats. Christianity acknowledges dominion over heaven and earth in Jesus Christ, whose victory over death is the ground of salvation. Father Moon teaches that the Kingdom of God will be established through a grand unification of the spiritual and the physical dimensions of existence.

For he has made known to us in all wisdom and
insight the mystery of his will, according to his
purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for
the fullness of time, to unite all things in him,
things in heaven and things on earth.
    Ephesians 1.9-10

His movement is of Heaven, his stillness of
Earth. With his single mind in repose, he is
king of the world; the spirits do not afflict him;
his soul knows no weariness. His single mind
reposed, the ten thousand things submit—which
is to say that his emptiness and stillness reach
throughout Heaven and Earth and penetrate
he ten thousand things. This is what is called
Heavenly joy. Heavenly joy is the mind of the
sage by which he shepherds the world.
    Chuang Tzu 13 (Taoism)

The Sky blesses me, the Earth blesses me;
Up in the Skies I cause to dance the Spirits;
On the Earth, the people I cause to dance.
    Cree Round Dance (Native American Religions)

Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
    Matthew 6.10

The ascetic bears fire, he bears water,
the ascetic upholds earth and heaven,
the ascetic sees all visions of luster,
the ascetic is called the Light.

Munis [yogis] with the wind for their girdle
wear the soiled yellow robe;
they go along the course of the wind
where the gods have gone before.

“In the ecstasy of Munihood
we have ascended on the wind,
and only these bodies of ours
are what you mortals ever see.”

The Muni flies through mid-air
while he looks at varied forms,
and he is of every deva
a comrade in doing good.
    Rig Veda 10.136.1-4 (Hinduism)

Heaven possesses yin and yang and man also
possesses yin and yang. When the universe’s
material force of yin arises, man’s material force
of yin arises in response. Conversely, when man’s
material force of yin arises, that in the universe
should also arise in response. The principle is
the same. He who understands this, when he
wishes to bring forth rain, will activate the yin in
man in order to arouse the yin in the universe.
When he wishes to stop rain, he will activate
the yang in man in order to arouse the yang of
the universe. Therefore the bringing forth of
rain is nothing supernatural. People suspect that
it is supernatural because its principle is subtle
and wonderful.
    It is not only the material forces of yin and
yang that can advance or withdraw according to
their kind. Even the way misfortunes, calamities
and blessings are produced follows the same
principle. In all cases one starts something
himself and other things become active in
response according to their kind. Therefore men
of intelligence, sageliness and spirit introspect
and listen to themselves, and their words
become intelligent and sagely. The reason why
introspection and listening to oneself alone can
lead to intelligence and sageliness is because
one knows that one’s original mind lies there.
    Therefore when the note of F is struck on a
seven-stringed or twenty-one stringed lute, the
F note on other lutes sound of themselves in
response. This is a case of things being activated
because they are similar in kind. Their activity
takes place in sound and is invisible. Not seeing
the form of their activity, people say that they
sound of themselves. Furthermore, since they
activate each other invisibly, it is thought
that they do so themselves. In reality, it is not
that they do so themselves, but that there is
something that causes them. In reality things
are caused, but the cause is invisible.
    Tung Chung-shu, Luxuriant Gems of the
    Spring and Autumn Annals (Confucianism)

Only those who are absolutely sincere can fully
develop their nature. If they can fully develop
their nature, they can then fully develop the
nature of others. If they can fully develop the
nature of others, they can then fully develop the
nature of things. If they can fully develop the
nature of things, they can then assist in the trans-
forming and nourishing process of Heaven and
Earth. If they can assist in the transforming and
nourishing process of Heaven and Earth, they
can thus form with Heaven and Earth a trinity.
Doctrine of the Mean 22 (Confucianism)

tick to the One and the ten thousand tasks will
be accomplished; achieve mindlessness and the
gods and spirits will all bow down.
Chuang Tzu 12 (Taoism)

Since therefore the children share in flesh and
blood, he himself likewise partook of the same
nature, that through death he might destroy
him who has the power of death, that is, the
devil, and deliver all those who through fear of
death were subject to lifelong bondage.
Hebrews 2.14-15

The Time Is Coming When Earthly People Will Have Dominion Over the Spirit World

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 1179

As I was born on earth as a human
being, I have loved all of the original
creation on this earth as God does. I
have loved the animals and I have loved
humankind as God has. Thus, I was able
to become His partner in love. We came
from God and return to God. He wish-
es all of you to become billions of times
greater than Him during your lifetime.
Thus, the truth is that God wishes you to
return to Him as children who are more
wonderful than He is. (268-291, 1995.4.3)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1187

As a rule, when you have to dis-
pose of real estate that was sanctified,
you must do so in stages after receiving
approval. (9-78, 1960.4.11)

Spiritual Error and the Occult

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the
spirits to see whether they are of God; for many
false prophets have gone out into the world.
    1 John 4.1

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do
not want you to be uninformed. You know that
when you were heathen, you were led astray to
dumb idols, however you may have been moved.
Therefore I want you to understand that no one
speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus
be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord!”
except by the Holy Spirit.
    1 Corinthians 12.1-3

Evil spirits have power over fearful men but can-
not disturb the fearless.
    Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti 7 (Buddhism)

A Muslim is not turned back from anything
because of an omen. When he sees something
indicating misfortune he should say, “O God,
You alone bring good things, You alone avert
evil things, and there is no might or power but
in God.”
    Hadith of Abu Dawud (Islam)

To maintain the existence of a ghost,
Only brings about mischief;
To understand the non-existence of a ghost
Is the way of Buddha;
To know that ghost and Reality are one
Is the way to Liberation.
Knowing that the ghosts are all one’s parents
Is the right understanding;
Realizing that the ghost itself is Self-mind
Is glory supreme.
    Milarepa (Buddhism)

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Since a fallen person stands in the midway position between God and Satan and relates with both of them, the works of a good spirit may be accompanied by the subtle influences of an evil spirit. In other cases, phenomena which begin as the works of evil spirits may, as time passes, merge with the works of good spirits. Discerning the spirits is thus very difficult for those who do not understand the Principle. It is a pity that many religious authorities, in their ignorance, condemn the works of good spirits by lumping them together with evil spirits. This may place them in inadvertent opposition to God’s Will. In the present era, spiritual phenomena are becoming ever more prevalent. Unless religious leaders can correctly distinguish the works of good spirits from the works of evil spirits, they cannot properly instruct and guide those who experience spiritual phenomena. (Exposition of the Divine Principle, Fall 4.4)

Do you think that when I meet spiritualist ladies, I simply follow their advice? No way. They do not know the whole picture. They can testify to the present situation, but they do not know how things operate. (68:276, August 5, 1973)

Spiritualists differ among themselves because they each insist on their own viewpoint. This is a common problem among spiritual people. One hundred spiritualists will have one hundred different viewpoints. Being self-centered, each believes that his or her view is the best one. However, they should be the best by centering on the Center, not on themselves. (325:289, July 2, 2000)

Through spiritualists, shamans, fortune-tellers and the like who are in touch with the spirit world, the spirit world has been taking advantage of earthly people. In the future this will no longer be permitted. The time is coming when earthly people will have dominion over the spirit world. (219:78, August 25, 1991)

Spiritual Mediums Are Often Confused, and Fall into Conflict Among Themselves

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Romans 4

21 Abraham was certain that God could do what he had promised. 

Jeremiah 34

34 King Nebuchadnezzar had a large army made up of people from every kingdom in his empire. He and his army were attacking Jerusalem and all the nearby towns, when the Lord told me to say to King Zedekiah:

I am the Lord, and I am going to let Nebuchadnezzar capture this city and burn it down. You will be taken prisoner and brought to Nebuchadnezzar, and he will speak with you face to face. Then you will be led away to Babylonia.

Spiritual Error and the Occult

2. Dangers of Occultism

Men of ignorance worship spirits and ghosts.
    Bhagavad-Gita 17.4 (Hinduism)

Do not turn to mediums or wizards; do not seek
them out, to be defiled by them: I am the l ord
your God.
    Leviticus 19.31

Confucius never discussed abnormal phenom-
ena, physical exploits, disorderly conduct, or
spiritual beings.
    Analects 7.20 (Confucianism)

My follower does not study the practice of magic
and spells. He does not analyze dreams and signs
in sleep and movements in the Zodiac.
    Sutta Nipata 927 (Buddhism)

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were
met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination
and brought her owners much gain by soothsay-
ing. She followed Paul and us, crying, “These
men are servants of the Most High God, who
proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this
she did for many days. But Paul was annoyed,
and turned and said to the spirit, “I charge you
in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.”
And it came out that very hour.
    Acts 16.16-18

Aisha told that when God’s messenger was
asked by some people about fortune-tellers he
replied, “They are of no account.” They said,
“Messenger of God, they sometimes tell a thing
which is true.” He replied, “That is a word per-
taining to truth which a jinn snatches and cack-
les into the ear of his friend as a hen does; then
they mix more than a hundred lies with it.”
    Hadith of Bukhari and Muslim (Islam)

When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man,
he passes through waterless places seeking rest,
but he finds none. Then he says, “I will return
to my house from which I came.” And when he
comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
Then he goes and brings with him seven other
spirits more evil than himself, and they enter
and dwell there; and the last state of that man
becomes worse than the first.
    Matthew 12.43-45

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

People want to believe in a higher power, without knowing what it is. Unable to relate to it by them-selves, they may seek out a shaman, who leads them in shamanistic rituals. Or, they may latch on to superstitions. Thus they grope in the darkness, seeking for something. People have this tendency, though they don’t know why. (101:90, October 22, 1978)
 
Mediums and fortunetellers will tell your fortune and predict your future. They can do this because they are in contact with certain spirits standing behind them, who can see and reveal to them some aspects of your reality. (176:286, May 13, 1988)
 
Spiritual mediums are often confused and fall into conflict among themselves, because the levels of the spirit world with which they are in communication and the content of the revelations they receive differ. Although spiritually perceptive people are in contact with the same spirit world, because their circumstances and positions vary and their character, intellect and spirituality are at different levels, they will perceive the spirit world in different ways. These differences give rise to conflicts among them. (Exposition of the Divine Principle, Resurrection 2.2.6)
 
Why do the “gods” in the spirit world—the angelic world—try to relate with the world of human beings? You have heard of mediums, fortune telling and superstitions. They are religious forms that do not make clear distinctions between good and evil. As God prepared religious forms, Satan too prepared religious forms as a countermeasure.
    More than 80 percent of mediums and fortune-tellers are women. With whom are they working? When Eve fell, she was overcome by the power of an angel to do wickedness. The same path is repeated during the time of restoration: definitely, there are angels in the spirit world who descend to the earth to relate with women and instruct them. The work of fortune-tellers and mediums is to teach what angels instruct them to say. Just like fallen Eve, they live with spirits. (76:95, February 1, 1975)
 
If a spiritualist with low spirituality treats your ailment, the spirits in the spirit world will be temporarily comforted, but the problem will not be fundamentally resolved. Your soul will be comforted and peaceful for a while, but after some time passes it will be disturbed with the same problem. (293:249-50, June 1, 1998)