Almighty God is the God of Love and the God of Mercy

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Joshua 6

15 On the seventh day, the army got up at daybreak. They marched slowly around Jericho the same as they had done for the past six days, except on this day they went around seven times. 16 Then the priests blew the trumpets, and Joshua yelled:

Get ready to shout! The Lord will let you capture this town. 17 But you must destroy it and everything in it, to show that it now belongs to the Lord. The woman Rahab helped the spies we sent, so protect her and the others who are inside her house. But kill everyone else in the town. 18-19 The silver and gold and everything made of bronze and iron belong to the Lord and must be put in his treasury. Be careful to follow these instructions, because if you see something you want and take it, the Lord will destroy Israel. And it will be all your fault.

Psalm 149

    Put chains of iron
    on their kings and rulers.
Punish them as they deserve;
    this is the privilege
of God’s faithful people.
    Shout praises to the Lord!

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Grace

1. Grace Needful for Salvation

Teachings of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Almighty God is the God of love and the God of mercy. He is deeply concerned and grieved over the living death of His children. He knows that people are incapable of breaking their chains and getting rid of their sin by their own efforts. He knows that only one power can bring people to salvation—God Himself. And God, in His mercy, is determined to save this world. (September 18, 1974)

Because God must, in the end, accomplish His Will2 on earth, He has preserved us although we were perishing. (Way of God’s Will 1.3)

God is not the kind of God to just stand by while human beings live a fallen existence. He has worked until today to lay the foundation for re-creation through religion, in order to recreate the ideal world that He has purposed from the very beginning. This is God’s providence for salvation. (May 10, 1981)

Our ancestors who were expelled from the Garden of Eden were the worst criminals in human history; they have no basis to be proud of themselves. However, because God still has a relationship of heart with them, He endures all ordeals while leading the providence of restoration from Adam, Noah, Moses and Jesus to the present day. Thinking of this grace of God, we should appeal to Him with gratitude for His mercy upon humanity throughout history, not merely for His mercy in the current moment. (16:236, June 19, 1966)

We have nothing that would enable us to relate with the all-knowing and almighty Being. Born as fallen people, our eyes are defiled. Our five senses and all our emotions belong to the secular. We have nothing that would enable us to relate with God. By the principle of heavenly righteousness we have nothing. And yet, one path remains through which we can relate to God: by the principle of love. (149:37, November 11, 1986)

Salvation fundamentally begins when we connect with God’s love. However, we became fallen human beings having nothing to do with God’s lineage. Atonement is required; this means nothing less than the removal of the original sin. However, since the original sin is carried in the lineage, we fallen human beings cannot resolve this problem on our own, no matter what we do. That is why we need the Messiah. (35:159, October 13, 1970)

Not due to our own will do we exist,
not due to our own selves do we enjoy the glory of life,
and not due to our own efforts can we rejoice today in the presence of our Father,
but due to the grace mercifully bestowed by our Father,
who hast toiled through thousands of years of history. (2:280, June 23, 1957)


All Have Sinned and Fall Short of the Glory of God

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 432

Also, no matter how happy a husband and wife may be together, they will be miserable without children. Do you need only sons? You need both sons and daughters. But what if the parents have only one son and one daughter? A son needs an elder sister and an elder brother, and a daughter needs an elder brother and an elder sister. Furthermore, they each need a younger brother and a younger sister. Everyone needs elder and younger siblings, and without any one of them, the individual would be unhappy. A family wherein the younger sister, younger brother, elder sister and elder brother are all united will be protected by God. This is because such a family becomes the origin of a clan, a people and a nation. My father, mother, elder brother, elder sister, younger brother, younger sister and me total seven people. This underlies the significance of the number seven as the number of perfection. You should know that I am talking here about perfection in reference to love. Why is seven the number of perfection? Why is it that the creation of heaven and earth taught by Christianity was completed based on the number seven? It is because of this. It is said that three is the number of heaven and four is the number of earth. The number three is established by my father, mother and me. Then what does the number four refer to? It refers to brothers and sisters. (20-40, 1968.3.31)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 701

Right after the Unification Ceremony on the day before Heung-jin went to the spirit world, what did I pray? I prayed, promising him, “Even though you are leaving the physical world, I will choose an adopted son for you as if you were still on earth, and let him join the ranks of the son.” For that reason, I have to give him the Blessing on earth. Without doing so, it would be impossible for me to keep my promise. God has sent the Messiah to save the earthly world. You should know that today, in order for True Parents to save the spirit world, I have sent a prince of love as my ambassador with full authority. Why must I establish such a global foundation on earth? Even Jesus could not reach that position. You should know the fact that, for the first time in history, God has a young son whom He can love as His own. For the first time, God loves from the spirit world and True Parents love from earth. Thus, the two worlds are connected. Since this world was in the realm of fallen love, that is, in the indirect dominion of God, it had no connection with the love of True Parents until now. Yet you must know the amazing fact that this has finally emerged.

Chapter 7

Salvation-Liberation-Enlightenment

Grace

Due to humanity’s fallen and degraded condition, it is difficult if not impossible for people to attain the goal and purpose of life unaided. in fact, help is available; God’s grace is sufficient support on the journey of faith. the scriptures often emphasize the priority of divine grace; it is present prior to even a glimmer of faith, prompting faith in people who would otherwise be lost and unable to escape their miserable existence.
    We have selected passages that describe God as the savior of sinful people. Grace is entirely God’s initiative, given regardless of a person’s attitude or merit. Furthermore, God’s grace far overshadows the merit gained by good works; indeed, nothing can come of a person’s good works or austerities endured for the purpose of salvation, in the absence of divine grace.
    The section ends with the two parables of the prodigal son, one from the new testament and one from the Lotus sutra. the teachings of these two stories differ in some respects, yet the theme of divine compassion for errant humanity shines through both. the Buddhist parable’s depiction of the father as searching desperately for his son and then patiently working to recover him whole over many years is a fitting description of God’s toil through human history to save fallen humanity, according to the teachings of Father Moon.

1. Grace Needful for Salvation

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—not because of works, lest any man should boast.
    Ephesians 2.8

Abu Huraira reported God’s Messenger as say-ing, “There is none whose deeds alone would entitle him to get into Paradise.” Someone said, “God’s Messenger, not even you?” He replied, “Not even I, but that my Lord wraps me in mercy.”
    Hadith of Muslim (Islam)

By assuming numerous garbs [of ascetics], learning, induced meditation, or stubborn practices,
Has none attained Him.
Says Nanak, By His grace alone does one attain to sainthood and enlightenment.
    Adi Granth, Gauri Bavan Akkhari, M.5, p. 251 (Sikhism)

The Self is not to be obtained by instruction,
Nor by intellect, nor by much learning.
He is to be obtained only by the one whom He chooses.
To such a one the Self reveals His own person.
    Mundaka Upanishad 3.2.3; Katha Upanishad 1.2.23 (Hinduism)

Even if you cry your heart out, hurt your eyes by constant weeping and even if you lead the life of an ascetic till the end of the world, all these untiring efforts of yours will not be able to make compensation for a tithe of His good will and kindness, for His bounties and munificence and for His mercy and charity in directing you towards the path of truth and religion.
    Nahjul Balagha, Khutba 57 (Shiite Islam)

Now, if it had not been for the plan of redemption, which was laid from the foundation of the world, there could have been no resurrection of the dead.
    Book of Mormon, Alma 12.25 (Latter-day Saints)

Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith.
    Romans 3.23-25

If, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
    Romans 5.17

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
    2 Corinthians 12.9

We who live in the world, still attached to karmas, can overcome the world by Thy grace alone.
    Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2 (Hinduism)

All need grace, for even Abraham, for whose sake grace came plenteously into the world, himself needed grace.
    Genesis Rabbah 60.2 (Judaism)

Through Thy power, O Lord, Make life renovated, real at Thy will.
    Avesta, Yasna 34.15 (Zoroastrianism)

 

Cherish What Heaven Gave You as the Most Precious Thing in Your Life

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 2128

Under the rule of Japan, I had reason
to harbor resentment even toward its
emperor, but he had already been defeat-
ed. Heaven does not strike a person who
is defeated, but rather shows mercy
toward those who repent their sins and
apologize. As this is Heaven’s way, those
who raise their sword to strike a defeated
person will find their own descendants
driven to ruin.

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 961

If your grandparents, mother and
father, couple, and children, become one
based on true love, and inherit God’s
true love that lives for others, then even
God would be absolutely obedient to
that. In the world that strives to live for
others – a world that moves according
to the love that submits to the tradition
of living for others – the basis for peace
would surely emerge even if it resisted
being formed. (210-354, 1990.12.27)

The Path of Faith Which Should be Examined Carefully

Sun Myung Moon
April 12, 1959

Matthew 11: 1-30

What should we see carefully? We should be able to see carefully that Heaven is making an effort to find humankind, even though we deserve to die thousands of times in the realm of death. We should never forget that when Heaven comes to us in the realm of death, He comes with something more precious than anything in the world. When He saves us from the realm of death, He does so with anguish and a worried heart. Do you understand this? When Heaven claims us away from the realm of death, He is willing to sacrifice everything.

Thus, we should understand the toil, the loving heart, and the path of battle through which He came to find us. Originally, the Father and I were one. Thus, since His heart is my heart and His purpose is my purpose, we should go where He tells us to go. We should go, deeply seized by the heart of taking responsibility. Despite the countless paths of suffering, no matter what walls of the cross lie before us, we should go forward with confidence. With the determination and conviction to rise above all the historical details with conviction and the Father’s heart, we will necessarily win.

Only when you have such a soaring Shim Jung will you be able to reject the world. You must keep the heart that can hold onto the Father’s heart of desire to bring the providential will and the historical battle to a conclusion. If it disappears from you people of faith, you will change along with history. Continue reading “Cherish What Heaven Gave You as the Most Precious Thing in Your Life”