From the Beginning You Were Told That We Must Love Each Other

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1 John 3

11 From the beginning you were told that we must love each other. 12 Don’t be like Cain, who belonged to the devil and murdered his own brother. Why did he murder him? He did it because his brother was good, and he was evil. 13 My friends, don’t be surprised if the people of this world hate you. 14 Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life. But if you don’t love each other, you are still under the power of death.

15 If you hate each other, you are murderers, and we know that murderers do not have eternal life. 16 We know what love is because Jesus gave his life for us. That’s why we must give our lives for each other. 17 If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God. 18 Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it.

Matthew 1

Jesus Christ came from the family of King David and also from the family of Abraham. And this is a list of his ancestors. 2-6a  From Abraham to King David, his ancestors were:

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and his brothers (Judah’s sons were Perez and Zerah, and their mother was Tamar), Hezron;

Ram, Amminadab, Nahshon, Salmon, Boaz (his mother was Rahab), Obed (his mother was Ruth), Jesse, and King David.

6b-11  From David to the time of the exile in Babylonia, the ancestors of Jesus were:

David, Solomon (his mother had been Uriah’s wife), Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Jehoram;

Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, Josiah, and Jehoiachin and his brothers.

12-16 From the exile to the birth of Jesus, his ancestors were:

Jehoiachin, Shealtiel, Zerubbabel, Abiud, Eliakim, Azor, Zadok, Achim;

Eliud, Eleazar, Matthan, Jacob, and Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who is called the Messiah.

17 There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David. There were also fourteen from David to the exile in Babylonia and fourteen more to the birth of the Messiah.

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 2

Truth and Universal Law

The Golden Rule

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Even looking at contemporary morals and social ethics, a certain principle applies. It is the standard that we live for the sake of others and not insist that others live for us. (71:125, April 29, 1974)

What is the path for us to live a true life? As we go on the path, the main thing we should keep in mind is to live for the sake of others. Confucius, Jesus, Muhammad and Buddha all affirm this truth. Living for the sake of others is the universal principle that defines the way we should live our lives—the one law of the true way of life. (133:18, July 1, 1984)

What should you do to others if you want them to serve you? [Serve them.] Should you serve them first, or let them serve you first? [I’ll serve others after they serve me.] That won’t do. Isn’t there a saying that if you want others to serve you, you should first serve them? [Yes.] The basic rule is that you should be the first to serve. What about me? Do I, Father Moon, seek to serve you, or do I seek to have you serve me? I never have the slightest thought of wanting you to serve me. It is not good to be indebted to others. (50:339, November 8, 1971)

What is a life of true love? In a nutshell, it is living for the sake of others. It is living for the sake of another before you wish that the other would do something for you. In living for others, you give and forget that you ever gave. You do not give in hopes of receiving something in return. You give and give to the point where you have no regrets for not having given more. Even as you give, you bow your head in humility. Thus, Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (January 27, 2004)

According to the universal law, a subject partner should care for its object partner as parents care for their children or teachers for their students. However, people in the fallen world instead try to use others in self-centered ways. That is why they perish. Through their good example, religious people should educate others in Heaven’s principle that we should place the happiness of others before our own happiness. (271:72, August 21, 1995)

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 289

Through the triumph of True Par-
ents, there will come a time – the era
when the Old Testament, the New Tes-
tament and the Completed Testament
have all been fulfilled – when even non-
believers can enter the mainstream
of religion. Then, all of the ancestors
in the spirit world will be able to visit
their earthly descendants and work with
them. This is what the spirit world is like.
For this reason, from now on, if some-
one refuses to believe in the Unification
Church, his ancestors will come to him
and give him nightmares, sickness, and
bitter medicine.
Until now, the earthly world has been
divided, and occupied by Satan. Howev-
er, as the good spirits in the realm of the
good archangel and those in the religious
realm as a whole enter the realm of evil
on earth and fully expel it, everyone who
has served in the shadow cast by the devil
so far, whether Kim Il-sung or any other,
will be washed away. Thus, as one, two,
three, and four nations become connect-
ed to the Unification Church, the whole
world will see the age of complete libera-
tion. From 1988 to 2000, that is, until I
turn eighty is the era of the mission to
accomplish this task. This is why the role
of tribal messiah has been set up.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1470

God is the first Cause of the uni-
verse and the Creator of everything
under the sun. He is also our beloved
Father. He made all the things of cre-
ation in order to fulfill His unique will.
His purpose lies in the manifestation
of love. Though He may be the Origin
of true love and omnipotent, He can-
not feel the joy of love by Himself. He
needs an object for His love, and desires
to receive voluntary love in return. The
culmination of all the creation, created
to be in the highest position, is man and
woman. Consequently, we have a pur-
pose in our life. That purpose requires
our becoming mature and realizing a
relationship of eternal true love with
Him. This is the fundamental prin-
ciple through which harmony can be
achieved between Him and us. (166-131,

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 2

Truth and Universal Law

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule is found in the scriptures of nearly every religion. It is often regarded as the most concise and general principle of ethics. Though sometimes called “reciprocity,” the Golden Rule is proactive, not reactive. It teaches us to initiate acts of kindness and consideration for the other, not to react to an insult by returning the same. Hence, this is a challenging ethic, requiring considerable moral integrity to practice.
There are three levels of this ethic: First, the negative expression, “do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you,” teaches us to refrain from harming others, as we would not wish to be harmed. Next, the positive form, “whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them” or “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” requires us to consider the other person’s needs and feelings and to act towards him or her in a loving manner. Finally, Father Moon’s teaching elevates the Golden Rule to his statement of the fundamental principle to live for the sake of others. This ethic calls us to continual acts of service and sacrifice. It requires a selfless orientation of character, which ultimately stems from our vertical connection to God and His endless love.

Whatever you wish that men would do to you,
do so to them.
Matthew 7.12

Tsekung asked, “Is there one word that can serve
as a principle of conduct for life?” Confucius
replied, “It is the word shu—reciprocity: Do not
do to others what you do not want them to do
to you.”
Analects 15.23 (Confucianism)

You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 6
Leviticus 19.18

Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his
brother what he loves for himself.
Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi 13 (Islam)

Try your best to treat others as you would wish
to be treated yourself, and you will find that this
is the shortest way to benevolence.
Mencius VII.A.4 (Confucianism)

One should not behave towards others in a
way which is disagreeable to oneself. This is the
essence of morality. All other activities are due
to selfish desire.
Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva 113.8 (Hinduism)

In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief,
regard all creatures as you regard your own self,
and do not injure others with that which you
would injure yourself.
Yogashastra 2.20 (Jainism)

Comparing oneself to others in such terms as
“Just as I am so are they, just as they are so am I,”
he should neither kill nor cause others to kill.
Sutta Nipata 705 (Buddhism)

One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a
baby bird should first try it on himself to feel
how it hurts.
Yoruba Proverb (African Traditional Religions)

Act only on that maxim through which you can
at the same time will that it should become a
universal law.
Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for the
Metaphysics of Morals

A certain heathen came to Shammai and said to
him, “Make me a proselyte, on condition that you
teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one
foot.” Thereupon he repulsed him with the rod
which was in his hand. When he went to Hillel,
he said to him, “What is hateful to you, do not do
to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah; all the
rest of it is commentary; go and learn.”
Talmud, Shabbat 31a (Judaism)

Here am I, fond of my life, not wanting to die,
fond of pleasure and averse from pain. Suppose
someone should rob me of my life… it would
not be a thing pleasing and delightful to me. If I,
in my turn, should rob of his life one fond of his
life, not wanting to die, one fond of pleasure and
averse from pain, it would not be a thing pleas-
ing or delightful to him. For a state that is not
pleasant or delightful to me must also be to him;
and a state that is not pleasing or delightful to
me, how could I inflict that upon another?
Samyutta Nikaya 5.353 (Buddhism)