Those who are truly filial in their fam-
ilies are on the direct road to becoming
the loyal subjects of their nation. Those
who are truly loyal to their nation are
on the direct road to becoming saints.
Please understand this. Therefore, deter-
mining to absolutely love your parents is
the pathway of becoming filial children
in your family. Determining to absolute-
ly love the sovereign and all the citizens
of your country is the pathway of loyal
subjects. Determining to absolutely love
the world is the pathway of saints.
Even the king of a country must fol-
low the saint and absolutely believe him.
Patriots and loyal subjects must follow
their king, and filial children must fol-
low the patriots. There is only one way.
Then who must the saints follow? They
must follow God. God has eternal,
unchanging and unique love. The saint,
the king, the loyal subject and the fil-
ial child must all go the same course of
eternal and unchanging love. Whatever
detours you may take, you will always
have to get back on the right track in
order to stay on course.
The individual, family, tribe and
nation are all to go this way. But there will
be obligations to your parents as well as
to your nation. If you are torn between
these obligations and are unable to ful-
fill both of them simultaneously, where
should your priorities lie? Between fil-
ial piety and loyalty to your nation, you
should give preference to the latter. This
conforms to the rule of law. The reason
for this is that the nation encompasses
the families and parents. (99-67, 1978.7.23)
12 Jonah told them, “Throw me into the sea, and it will calm down. I’m the cause of this terrible storm.”
13 The sailors tried their best to row to the shore. But they could not do it, and the storm kept getting worse every minute. 14 So they prayed to the Lord, “Please don’t let us drown for taking this man’s life. Don’t hold us guilty for killing an innocent man. All of this happened because you wanted it to.” 15 Then they threw Jonah overboard, and the sea calmed down. 16 The sailors were so terrified that they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made all kinds of promises.
17 The Lord sent a big fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.