The Life of a Moral Man is the Exemplification of the Universal Moral Order

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 1951

Queen Elizabeth I was a supporter of
Protestantism. Through the thirty-three
articles in the Statutes of Westminster,
Queen Elizabeth laid the foundation to
absorb Calvinism and established a pol-
icy of dominating the seas, in order to
prevent Spain from intruding into her
oceanic domain. This was all part of
God’s will. (81-238, 1975.12.28)

In a family there needs to be a foun-
dation on which the son can respond
enthusiastically to the father’s call. Yet,
even if you have children, what good is
it without a nation? It is of no use to be
in first place or in any other position as
a family if we cannot build a nation. (29-
73, 1970.2.24)

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 2

Truth and Universal Law

Moral Law

2. Natural Law

The moral law is to be found everywhere, and
yet it is a secret.
The simple intelligence of ordinary men and
women of the people may understand something
of the moral law; but in its utmost reaches there
is something which even the wisest and holiest
men cannot understand. The ignoble natures of
ordinary men and women of the people may be
able to carry out the moral law; but in its utmost
reaches even the wisest and holiest of men
cannot live up to it.
Great as the Universe is, man is yet not
always satisfied with it. For there is nothing so
great but the mind of the moral man can conceive
of something still greater which nothing in the
world can hold. There is nothing so small but
the mind of the moral man can conceive of
something still smaller which nothing in the
world can split.
The Book of Songs says,
The hawk soars to the heavens above
Fishes dive to the depths below.
That is to say, there is no place in the highest
heavens above nor in the deepest waters below
where the moral law is not to be found. The
moral man finds the moral law beginning in the
relation between man and woman; but ending
in the vast reaches of the universe.
Doctrine of the Mean 12 (Confucianism)

Law is twofold—natural and written. The natu-
ral law is in the heart, the written law on tables.
Therefore all are under the law, the natural
law, but it does not belong to all men that each
should be a law unto himself. However, that
man is a law unto himself who does the com-
mandments of the law of his own accord and
manifests the work of the law written in his own
Nature herself is the teacher of good
conduct. You know that one must not steal, and
if your servant has stolen from you, you beat
him, while if someone has lusted after your wife,
you think he should be punished. Now, what you
condemn in others you perpetrate yourself…
Saint Ambrose of Milan (Christianity)

The life of the moral man is an exemplification
of the universal moral order. The life of the vul-
gar person, on the other hand, is a contradiction
of the universal moral order.
The moral man’s life is an exemplification of
the universal order, because he is a moral person
who unceasingly cultivates his true self or moral
being. The vulgar person’s life is a contradiction
of the universal order, because he is a vulgar
person who in his heart has no regard for, or fear
of, the moral law.
Doctrine of the Mean 2 (Confucianism)

The principle of Tao is just as close as what is
right in front of our eyes, in our everyday lives,
in eating and drinking, and in the maintaining
of normal social relationships—between ruler
and subject, and father and son, and between
brothers, and spouses, and friends.
Chu Hsi (Confucianism)

Those Who Live In Accordance With Divine Laws Are Released from Karma

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 231

The family is the heavenly base. You
must firmly settle in a family. You should
firmly settle in a family and decide the
direction in which you will go. Center-
ing on True Parents and God, all fam-
ilies should put up True Parents’ pic-
ture, and your four-position foundation
should bow there together. Three gener-
ations must offer a bow. The four posi-
tion foundation involves three genera-
tions. Three generations – grandfather
and grandmother, mother and father,
and children – should offer a bow. After
establishing a four position founda-
tion, when you bow down in the name
of True Parents this is not within the
fallen domain. You will be in the realm
of liberation because God has direct
dominion over you. All the spirits in
the heavenly world will come to earth
and protect you just as the archangel
was meant to protect Adam’s family. We
have entered such an age. In the past, the
Cain domain was the spirit world and
the Abel domain was the earth. Abel was
being used because it was the time when
Abel had to sacrifice to rescue Cain. But
now, since the right of the eldest son
has been restored, the spirit world is the
angelic world and today’s Unification
Church families constitute the Adam
domain; so the spirit world is meant to
support the Adam domain and not use
it for its own advantage. Through this,
the land wherein Satan can interfere
and operate is disappearing. There is no
room for him. Satan is being expelled.
When we march forward strongly and
boldly, without sacrificing our stan-
dards of being the forefront even by one
step and keep a progressive attitude and
unwavering standard, the devil’s forces
will fall off a cliff. Let’s light a fire under
each family. (211-349, 1991.1.1)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1700

Why was woman created? She was
created for the sake of love, for man. She
is meant to exist for the sake of man.
Why was man born? Man was born for
the sake of woman. That is the essence
of the original ideal of the universe. That
is the law of the universe and the truth.
There is nothing that can change it. This
simple truth was unknown until now.
(278-203, 1996.5.24)

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 2

Truth and Universal Law

Moral Law

Divine law, the immutable law of nature, is inherently moral. It embraces in one principle the cosmological, ethical, social and legal spheres. Religion, therefore, cannot accept the modern distinction between fact and value; rather the moral law governing human life is as absolute as the law of gravity.
Since the order of the universe and the order of life cohere; establishing right order in our lives is the way to prosperity and longevity. Following the moral law leads to life and heaven; ignoring the law leads to decline, suffering and death.
The moral norms of human life are revealed in sacred Scriptures are variously called the Law or Torah (Judaism), Dhamma (Theravada Buddhism), Tao (Taoism), Dharma (Hinduism), and Moral Order (Confucianism). Yet these are but expressions of a natural law, inherent to our being and written on the heart, which transcends religion or social circumstance. In fact, as Father Moon teaches and Confucian texts confirm, it finds its foremost expression in the family. The fundamental principle is to establish harmonious relationships, and this is achieved by practicing unselfishness and living for the sake of others.

  1. Living by the Law

The Lord commanded us to do all these stat-
utes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good
always, that he might preserve us alive, as at
this day.
Deuteronomy 6:24

Easily known is the progressive one, easily known
the one who declines. He who loves Dhamma
progresses, he who hates it declines.
Sutta Nipata 92 (Buddhism)

God has revealed the fairest of statements, a
Scripture consistent, [with reward] paired [with
punishment], at which creeps the flesh of those
who fear their Lord, so that their flesh and their
hearts soften to God’s reminder. Such is God’s
guidance, with which He guides whom He will.
Qur’an 39.23

The night passes; it is never to return again.
The night passes in vain
for one who acts not according to the law.
Uttaradhyayana Sutra 14.24 (Jainism)

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
The precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring for ever;
The ordinances of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Psalm 19.7-10

Those who live in accordance with the divine
laws without complaining, firmly established in
faith, are released from karma. Those who violate
these laws, criticizing and complaining, are utterly
deluded, and are the cause of their own suffering.
Bhagavad-Gita 3.31-32 (Hinduism)

Every one then who hears these words of mine
and does them will be like a wise man who built
his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the
floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon
that house, but it did not fall, because it had been
founded on the rock. And every one who hears
these words of mine and does not do them will be
like a foolish man who built his house upon the
sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and
the winds blew and beat against that house, and
it fell; and great was the fall of it.
Matthew 7.24-27

The blessed Buddhas, of virtues endless and
limitless, are born of the Law of Righteousness;
they dwell in the Law, are fashioned by the Law;
they have the Law as their master, the Law as
their light, the Law as their field of action, the
Law as their refuge…
The Law is equal, equal for all beings. For low or
middle or high the Law cares nothing. So I must
make my thought like the Law.
The Law has no regard for the pleasant. Impartial
is the Law. So I must make my thought like the
The Law does not seek refuge. The refuge of all
the world is the Law. So I must make my thought
like the Law.
The Law has none who can resist it. Irresistible
is the Law. So I must make my thought like the
The Law has no preferences. Without preference
is the Law. So I must make my thought like the
The Law has no fear of the terrors of birth-and-
death, nor is it lured by Nirvana. Ever without
misgiving is the Law. So I must make my thought
like the Law.
Dharmasangiti Sutra (Buddhism)

What Tao plants cannot be plucked,
What Tao clasps cannot slip.
By its virtue alone can one generation after
another carry on the ancestral sacrifice.
Apply it to yourself and by its power you will be
freed from dross.
Apply it to your household and your household
shall thereby have abundance.
Apply it to the village, and the village will be
made secure.
Apply it to the kingdom, and the kingdom shall
thereby be made to flourish.
Apply it to an empire, and the empire shall
thereby be extended.
Tao Te Ching 54 (Taoism)

Live for the Sake of Others Without Hopes of Receiving Something In Return

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 2283

From the outset of history, no one has
been persecuted as much as I or faced as
much opposition. In one era I had to be
persecuted worldwide on the individual,
family and tribal levels.
The Unification Church tribe must be
related to all peoples in all 160 nations of
the world through the global association
of Blessed Families. That is the work of
restoration. We need to first carry out
this work tribally, next on the level of a
people and then nationally. (176-332)

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1272

God wants everyone reborn. From
His position, He is trying to bring all
of humanity, which is still in the realm
of Satan’s false love, to His side through
His greater love. Since all humankind
was born through the parents, ances-
tors and lineage of false love, they need
to be reborn through the parents, ances-
tors and lineage of true love. In this way,
they can become the children of God
and the people of God’s Kingdom. The
precious blood of Jesus and the ritual of
the Last Supper all symbolize the provi-
dence of becoming the children of God
through the conversion of the lineage.
(135-12, 1985.8.20)

World Scripture and the Teachings of
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Chapter 2

Truth and Universal Law

Eternal Truth

2. Truth Is Absolute

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Since God is an eternal, unchanging and unique Being, the love, ideals, peace and happiness that He desires must be likewise. (74:161, December 7, 1974)

God is absolute. Even after the Fall, God continues to relate to what He has made according to the laws and principles He established. (52:87, December 22, 1971)

The life of true love is living for the sake of others… [without] hopes of receiving something in return… as Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” and “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” This is the very Principle of Creation, which God Himself set up. God is the almighty Creator, yet He will not destroy what He created at a whim and start over again, for to do so he would have to negate His own Principle.3 (January 27, 2004)

The components that make up the universe were not created blindly. This vast universe exists and moves by the relative relationships between subject and object partners, whose unceasing give and take following the track of the law enables the universe to continue in perpetuity. To continue in perpetuity, we, too, must follow the track of the law. If we do not, we will not continue but will perish. For our physical life to continue, we need to eat, digest normally, and have good circulation to distribute the nutrients throughout our body. Thus, a being can continue only when there is smooth give and take. (182:117, October 16, 1988)

Ontology should clarify… the motivation, purpose, and laws of creation, and show that they govern the movement of all beings. The normative laws that govern human beings should be in unity with the laws of the universe—the way of Heaven. Just as the laws by which the sun, moon and stars were created—the way of Heaven—set up a system of vertical order, so also in the family there is a vertical order extending from grandparents to parents and children, and likewise a horizontal order formed by the siblings. The laws of Heaven and the values or norms of [family life] correspond. With a theoretical structure consistent with the natural sciences, and with a self-evident nature acceptable to the human conscience, ontology must attest to the historical validity of the proposition, “Those who betray Heaven will perish, and those who are faithful to Heaven will live.” On the basis of this ontology we can establish absolute values in the true sense. Establishing them—absolute truth, absolute goodness and absolute beauty—then understanding them and practicing them, we will bring about humanity’s spiritual revolution. Then the chaos in today’s world will gradually disappear. (122:303-04, November 25, 1982)

Absolute Truth Is Indestructible

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Romans 4

18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[d] 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Ezekiel 20

Tell them that long ago I, the Lord God, chose Israel to be my own. I appeared to their ancestors in Egypt and made a solemn promise that I would be their God and the God of their descendants. I swore that I would rescue them from Egypt and lead them to a land I had already chosen. This land was rich with milk and honey and was the most splendid land of all. I told them to get rid of their disgusting idols and not to sin by worshiping the gods of Egypt. I reminded them that I was the Lord their God, but they still rebelled against me. They refused to listen and kept on worshiping their idols and foreign gods.

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 2

Truth and Universal Law

Eternal Truth

2. Truth Is Absolute

From the bosom of the sacred Word He
brought forth the world.
On high, below, He abides in His own laws.
Atharva Veda 4.1.3 (Hinduism)

There is no changing the words of God; that is
the mighty triumph.
Qur’an 10.64

Righteousness and justice are the foundations
of thy throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before thee.
Psalm 89.14

Truth is victorious, never untruth.
Truth is the way; truth is the goal of life,
Reached by sages who are free from self-will.
Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6 (Hinduism)

By Divine Law are all forms manifested;
Inexpressible is the Law.
By Divine Law are beings created;
By Law are some exalted.

By Divine Law are beings marked with nobility
or ignominy;
By the Law are they visited with bliss or bale.
On some by His Law falls grace;
Others by His Law are whirled around in cycles
of births and deaths.
All by the Law are governed,
None is exempt.
Says Nanak, Should man realize the power of
the Law,
He would certainly disclaim his ego.
Japuji 2, M.1, p. 1 (Sikhism)

Absolute truth is indestructible. Being indestruc-
tible, it is eternal. Being eternal, it is self-exis-
tent. Being self-existent, it is infinite. Being infi-
nite, it is vast and deep. Being vast and deep, it
is transcendental and intelligent. It is because it
is vast and deep that it contains all existence. It
is because it is transcendental and intelligent that
it embraces all existence. It is because it is infinite
and eternal that it perfects all existence.
Doctrine of the Mean 26 (Confucianism)

What is meant by an eternally-abiding reality?
The ancient road of reality has been here all
the time, like gold, silver, or pearl preserved in
the mine. The Dharmadhatu (Absolute Truth)
abides forever, whether the Tathagata appears
in the world or not. As the Tathagata eternally
abides, so does the Reason of all things. Reality
forever abides, reality keeps its order, like the
roads in an ancient city.
For instance, a man who is walking in a
forest and discovering an ancient city with
its orderly streets may enter into the city, and
having entered into it, he may have a rest,
conduct himself like a citizen, and enjoy all
the pleasures accruing therefrom. What do you
think? Did this man make the road along which
he enters into the city, and the various things in
the city? [No.]
Just so, what has been realized by myself
and the other Tathagatas is this Reality, this
eternally-abiding reality, the self-regulating
reality, the Suchness of things, the Realness of
things, the truth itself.
Lankavatara Sutra 61 (Buddhism)

The First Thing that God Thought of Was True Parents

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Cheon Seong Gyeong 2090

Among those of you here today, if
you belong to the family of the Kims,
then you must fulfill the mission of the
Kim family’s messiah. If you are a Kim,
then in the family of the Kims, and if
you are a Pak, then in the Pak family;
you must believe that you are the messi-
ah representing your tribe in establish-
ing the heavenly kingdom. Think that
you are the savior. You should think
you are the savior saving the Kim fam-
ily. In order to do so, you must fulfill
your responsibilities as the chief priest
representing the entire Kim family. (155-
265, 1965.10.31)

Cheong Seong Gyeong 1172

How does Jesus differ from people
like Sakhya Muni of Buddhism, Con-
fucius of Confucianism or Mohammed
of Islam? Throughout history, Jesus is
the only person who was born on the
foundation of a purified lineage. That
is the difference. How are Sakhya Muni
and Jesus different? How is he differ-
ent from Confucius? How is he differ-
ent from Mohammed? Jesus is different
from Buddha and Mohammed in that he
was born from a purified lineage. This is
the special quality of the Messiah. That
is the difference. As the providence of
the purification of the lineage developed
within history, Israel became the start-
ing point of Christianity, centered on
Jesus. This is how he stood in the posi-
tion of the True Father. (169-194, 1987.10.31)

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 2

Truth and Universal Law

Eternal Truth

1. In the Beginning Was the Word

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

With what was the world created? In the beginning, there was God’s Will. There was God’s idea. Along with it, there was God’s plan. God’s original Will was to create humans and the human world according to His plan. Therefore, human beings… no matter how fallen, should stand within the Will and plan of God. (76:92, February 1, 1975)

Even the most advanced science cannot attain or surpass what God has made. The immense universe operates in an orderly way according to its laws. Since God created and governs the immense universe, whose comprehension is beyond the reach of human thought and science, we conclude that God is the absolute Scientist. (127:10, May 1, 1983)

Even the greatest scientist or scholar in the world today possesses only miniscule knowledge. The deeper you go, the more you will find principled actions based on eternal laws. Considering this, we see that these laws could not have come about by chance. In every case, they uphold a certain content of the origin. Their direction is aligned with, and never contradictory to, the whole purpose of the universe. This lawful universe is infinitely vast, and at the same time so subtle. Hence, no one can deny that God, who created this universe, is the King of wisdom and the King of knowledge. (127:11, May 1, 1983)

Before God created the heavens and the earth and human beings, there was a time when He functioned centering on Himself. Because we humans resemble God, we also have times when we think only about ourselves. Then God began to create all things in heaven and on earth; this means that He spread out the universe [as the environment for human beings], His object partners. In due course, He would create His object partners. All this investment by the invisible God was for the purpose of manifesting as the visible God. (69:81-82, October 20, 1973)

God created human beings as the model, expanding His creations to the four directions, East, West, South and North. (173:212, February 18, 1988)

Before creating human beings, God created the natural world by expressing partial reflections of the internal nature and external form He had conceived for human beings, who were yet to be created. Hence, a human being, as the manifest image of God, contains the sum total of the essences of all things. (Exposition of the Divine Principle, Creation 3.2)

Even before the creation, the first thing that God thought of was true parents, and the family where true parents, true couple, and true children are united as one. (339:212, December 26, 2000)