Because People Are Fallen, they Want to Avoid Things they do not Like

Acts 17

17 After Paul and his friends had traveled through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they went on to Thessalonica. A Jewish meeting place was in that city. So as usual, Paul went there to worship, and on three Sabbaths he spoke to the people. He used the Scriptures to show them that the Messiah had to suffer, but that he would rise from death. Paul also told them that Jesus is the Messiah he was preaching about. Some of them believed what Paul had said, and they became followers with Paul and Silas. Some Gentiles[a] and many important women also believed the message.

Richard:  Paul traveled and went to places of worship (the temple).  He was not afraid to share the gospel of Jesus.  The new gospel is that of the True Parent, Rev. Sun Myung Moon.  Many will reject, especially those affiliated with established Christian Churches, but many will receive, as well.

Matthew 22

18 Jesus knew their evil thoughts and said, “Why are you trying to test me? You show-offs! 19 Let me see one of the coins used for paying taxes.” They brought him a silver coin, 20 and he asked, “Whose picture and name are on it?”

21 “The Emperor’s,” they answered.

Then Jesus told them, “Give the Emperor what belongs to him and give God what belongs to God.” 22 His answer surprised them so much that they walked away.

Richard:  Some Jewish leaders tried to ensnare Jesus, while others listened to what he was saying.  It is the same today, some Christian leaders disrespect Rev. Sun Myung Moon, while others are open to hear God’s message.  Of course, those who reject Rev. Moon out of hand are doing the same thing that the Pharisee in this scripture did to Jesus, trying to entrap and discredit him.

Man Is an Explorer in Search of Truth

Rev. Sun Myung Moon
July 19, 1959

John 10: 1-18

When we look at humanity bathed in the sorrow of the Fall, when we look at ourselves, unable to cut away from the fallen lineage, and when we acknowledge that we are all descendants of fallen ancestors, we may ask what the Fall is. It is to be fallen away. The Fall is a state of being in conflict with the ideal that our mind desires.

Because people are fallen, they want to avoid things they do not like, things that make them sad, and things that are difficult to do. Yet they cannot escape from sadness, pain and difficulty because they are fallen. Everything is intertwined and tangled up with history.

We surely have second selves that move according to the true heart, in contrast to our own selves which are in a miserable situation. The time will come when we have to call forth those selves to criticize ourselves harshly.

Many saints and sages who have come and gone in history have pled with history and its reality and looked to the future. They advised us to open our hearts wide, to seek for goodness, the rightful purpose of heart, and to possess a body that can respond to the original mind and act according to it.

Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is in your heart.” He also said, “With that heart, connect to God’s heart. Possess the character that can connect to that heart, and the bridegroom who represents the center of Heaven will come.” But today we have to understand that this is where the problem lies.

We realize that there was no champion who could hold onto the clear standard of conscience and control his own body while facing these problems. There was no one who could unite with the laws of Heaven and the heavenly heart to have dominion over not only his own heart but the hearts of all men.

That is why Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is in your heart. He has said to love him in order to go to Heaven. Afterwards, he said to follow him, bearing your cross, and to throw away all the things you own. He said the ones trying to live will perish and the ones wanting to die will live. He also said that those desiring to possess will lose everything and those wanting to lose will gain. Those wanting to rise will go down and those wanting to go down will rise. The question is, then, what is the purpose behind these seemingly paradoxical sayings of the Savior?

You all have a mind and a body. Yet it is truly regrettable that the mind, the body, and the heart are not as they should be.

Our ancestors established the standard of conscience when they came to this land and taught us to conquer the physical body. Yet no one was able to establish the standard of victory of dominating the physical body centering on the mind, even after six thousand years of human history. Who will be responsible for this sorrow? What are we to do when no one has the certain center where the body is dominated by a mind that is one with the deep heart of Heaven? Heavenly Father possesses the deep, heavenly heart. How is the mind of mankind to be conquered so that it can stand forever in front of Heavenly Father’s heart? This is the important problem that must be solved.

Jesus said, “I am the bridegroom and you are the bride.” The standard of heart that qualifies us to be the bride is not the standard of conscience entrenched in human affairs; nor does the standard of conscience change as the times change. The standard of conscience does not compromise with human morality in this world. This world’s people do not know the bride. Who is the bride who can stand in front of the man who is the bridegroom? It should be someone who can yearn for the heart of the bridegroom. After having deeply felt it, the individual should head in the proper direction of establishing the eternal standard of conscience and body. Jesus is not able to stand as our true bridegroom if we do not meet such standards.

Jesus Seeks His Bride

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 291

Essentially, what have we been try-
ing to do during the Old Testament,
New Testament, and Completed Tes-
tament Ages? We have been trying to
bring God inside us. Who is the root?
God is. God is the root of humankind.
Originally, True Parents were not the
root. True Parents also came from God,
who is the root. Before Adam and Eve
fell, they were in the position of God’s
son and daughter. But after their Fall, all
things of creation came to be in a high-
er position than Adam and Eve. This
happened because Adam and Eve fell.
Through the Fall, they sunk lower than
all things. Since all things became higher
than people, they have given their lives
for humankind. They have shed blood in
our place and through this, have worked
to reverse the positions. This is why, in
the Old Testament Age, offerings were
sacrificed to pave the pathway for the
sons and daughters to travel on.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1048

Within the church, you should know
how to discern who is Abel and who is
Cain. If there are two people, one is sure-
ly Abel and the other Cain; if there are
three, one can be the Abel figure, one can
be Cain, and the other can be in either
Abel’s or Cain’s position. You should be
able to clearly discern between the most
central Abel and Cain. (3-206, 1957.11.1)

Humankind Wanders In Search of the Truth

Rev. Sun Myung Moon
December 21, 1958

Matthew 7:1-12

Now is the time to break down the parental love, conjugal love, and children’s love that is not centered on Heaven. Christianity is to break down this kind of false love and teach the parental love, children’s love, and conjugal love centered on Heaven. That is why Christianity uses the words “bride and bridegroom,” “father” and “children.”

Fallen human beings have lost love. For the sake of such fallen human beings, Jesus came as the champion of love to restore heavenly love on the earth again. However, Jesus left for the spirit world unable to accomplish that task. That is why, having set up a spiritual standard of love, humankind is walking the course of restoring physical love. You must know this. Continue reading “Jesus Seeks His Bride”

Become a Bride of Jesus

CSG 1483

4.3. The original mind is the teacher
and closest to God
What is the mind? It is your master
and teacher. Since your body resembles
your mind, it is the origin of your body.
Thus, on the horizontal level, the mind
stands in the place of your mother and
father, teachers, and masters. (222-157,
Your original mind does not need a
teacher. It is your second god. Do not try
to follow a teacher or me; instead, try to
serve your mind. What about the mind?
You wake up at daybreak, all alone, and
it is so quiet that you can hear even the
squeak of a mouse or the buzz of a fly,
and you think to yourself, “Well, I should
like such and such a thing. I should try
to do a good deed.” Your original mind
will then tell you, “Good! Good! Do it
now!” On the other hand, if you harbor
only evil thoughts in your mind, it will
chide you with words like “No! No! You
fool!” Would it not know what you are
thinking? Of course it knows. That is the
way it is. It knows only too well. (138-124,

CSG 938

When the original True Parent
comes, God as the vertical and human
beings as the horizontal can create a
90-degree angle for the first time. The
True Parent comes to educate us so that
we can create that 90-degree angle. If
you go to the spirit world and see that
my words are wrong, you can come to
me and cut off my head.

Let Us Become Survivors

Rev. Sun Myung Moon
June 29, 1958

What kind of grief is that lamentation? In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were supposed to connect with God’s love and His ideology. Yet through the fall, they failed to make that proper relationship with Him. The lamentation of all things is the lamentation that longs for humans to recover this situation and connect with God’s ideology and love. Consequently, a person who cannot liberate this lamentation of all things will be judged in the last days.

What kind of person will survive this judgment? The person has to know God’s and Jesus’ heart more than any other, and love them that much. Continue reading “Become a Bride of Jesus”

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Galatians 6

6Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Isaiah 3

10Tell the righteous it will be well with them,

for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.

11Woe to the wicked!

Disaster is upon them!

They will be paid back

for what their hands have done.

Richard:  A strong message from God, encouraging those who are on the path of righteousness, and warning those who are doing evil.  We must all make effort to fight against evil in our environment.  It is not good enough just to enjoy life with your family.  We must engage in the greater battle. Continue reading “Engage in the Battle on Behalf of Jesus”