You Cannot Enter the Kingdom of Heaven Unless You Love Strangers More than You Love Your Own Brothers or Sisters

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When teaching your children, do not just say, “Become great people” but rather, “Go such and such a way in order to become great people.” Fathers must fulfill their responsibilities as fathers and elder siblings should fulfill their responsibilities as elders. In other words, by your becoming people who know how to discern the connection to walk the path of true men and women, and who do not deviate from heavenly law, don’t you think that the path will emerge by which you can go through the principled course and become the citizens of the one nation? (Blessed Family – 1039)

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As God carried out the dispensation for restoration, His grief lay in the fact that the firstborn son was on Satan’s side. That is why human history is diseased. What kind of disease does it suffer from? It has a love related disease. The first son was born after humankind went astray due to the disease of love. If we are not aware of this fact, we won’t reach the time when we are able to ascend to the individual position where we can again achieve harmony, even if we spend billions of years in search of the principled standard. (136-126, 1985.12.22)

Universal Love

3. Love Especially the Stranger, the Foreigner, and Those Whom Society Despises

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Love the stranger therefore; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
    Deuteronomy 10.17-20

A lawyer… said to Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half-dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go, and do likewise.”
    Luke 10.25-37: Parable of the Good Samaritan

When Israel crossed the Red Sea, the angels were about to break forth in song, but the Holy One rebuked them, “My children are drowning, and you would sing?”
    Talmud, Megilla 10b (Judaism)

The bodhisattva should adopt the same attitude towards all beings, his mind should be even towards all beings, he should not handle others with an uneven mind, but with a mind which is friendly, welldisposed, helpful, free from aversions avoiding harm and hurts, he should handle others as if they were his mother, father, son, or daughter. As a savior of all beings should a bodhisattva behave towards all beings. So should he train himself if he wants to know full enlightenment.
    Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines 321-22 (Buddhism)

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

You cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless you love strangers more than you love your own brothers and sisters. You must love all people in the same way that you love God. (Way of God’s Will1.8)

Jesus Christ lived and worked with twelve difficult people. Each disciple represented a particular type of person and displayed the worst aspects of that personality type. On your path, you also should know twelve different types of people and deal with their fallen natures: people with personalities resembling January, February, March, etc., the twelve months of the year. (January 10, 1982)

You white people cannot say, “I only like white people. I can love white grandparents, but I cannot love black grandparents or Asian grandparents. I can love a well-dressed and cultured grandmother, but I cannot love those… primitives!” No, you should make extra effort to love elderly Africans as much as you love your own grandparents. That is the formula for training yourself to live properly on this earth. (130:274, February 5, 1984)

Suppose you have three sons. You could marry one to a German wife, one to a French wife, and one to an African wife, and take in all three couples to live in your home. You would have three daughters-in-law each from nations that have been enemies to each other. How could you create an atmosphere where they will not fight or quarrel?
    Have everyone eat food out of the same pot. What if a morsel falls back into the pot from your African daughter-in-law’s mouth? Are you going to clean it off, or not mind and keep on eating? Some of you would not like it in the beginning; you would rather not eat at all, but you must. Why? You cannot love African people without eating what they eat. When you can eat that spilt food without it bothering you, God will dwell in your home and God’s love will dwell in your home. (99:134-35, September 10, 1978)
Americans should not say, “Only Americans,” and Oriental people should not say, “Only Oriental people.” No good comes from favoring family members, or the people of our tribe or nation. We have to digest the problem of racial discrimination with the love of Heaven. How do we prove we are doing it? By international and interracial marriage. (112:86, April 1, 1981)

When You Love Your Family Members More than Other People, they Become Your Enemies

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You should become someone whose body and mind can be in complete concert with God’s life centering on His love. Whoever on earth may tempt you; you need to follow your path and not be led astray or have to hide. With confidence in yourself you must surmount any obstacles that come your way and become citizens of heaven who are rightfully members of the royal family in the palace of God’s kingdom. If you cannot do this, you will fall into Satan’s hands. (222-89, 1991.10.28)

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Jesus told Nicodemus that unless one is reborn, one cannot enter the Kingdom of God. The “I” who has lived until now must be denied. Even if you have excuses, and even if you have many accomplishments to your name, you must deny yourself. Because you are fallen human beings, you cannot escape from this fate. Your whole life should be denied, your daily life should be denied; you are living a spiritually dead life that should be denied. (6-278, 1959.6.7)

Universal Love

2. Loving Others with the Same Heart as We Have for Our Own Family

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moonf

Do not nurse only your own dear child, but try to be a mother who treats other children with the heart that they are yours as well. With that heart, the babies who suckle at your breast will certainly become great men and women. (31:168, May 24, 1970)

You can build the world of peace on this earth if you become people who act according to the Kingdom of Heaven’s universal teaching to unfold the movement of God’s love, life and truth. This means your parents are not only your biological parents; your siblings are not only your biological siblings, and your children are not only your biological children. When you become a person who regards all people as your parents, your siblings and your children, then as you look upon the multitudes of people suffering in this world of death, you cannot relate to them without tears. Looking at people your own age as your siblings, or younger people as your own children, you will feel a strong sense of responsibility to save them. You will make every effort, with tears. If you truly become this kind of person, then you will be a central pillar for building the Kingdom of Heaven. (2:144, March 17, 1957)

Jesus said, “A man’s foes will be those of his own household.” (Matt. 10.36) He meant that when you love your family members more than other people, they become your enemies that block you from entering the Kingdom of Heaven. (161:249, February 22, 1987)

Parents who praise their child for being filial to them cannot raise true filial children. Parents who want to raise true filial children should teach them, “My child, love your brothers and sisters even more than you love me. Love your neighbors and your nation more than you love me.” I think that parent is qualified to have many filial children.
    If there is a good king, that king should teach his loyal subjects, saying, “I appreciate that you give devotion and love for me, but first love your fellow citizens and God, and then love me.” That is the good king who can rightly lead many loyal subjects.
    Likewise, how does God lead the saints? God does not teach them, “Do your utmost duty to show your loyalty to Me.” Instead He says, “Don’t pay Me so much regard; first love the people. Liberate every being on this earth and all the spirit beings in the spirit world, and then love Me.” Because God is that kind of being, He bears the name Jehovah, Lord of all beings.16 (85:265, March 3, 1976)

Who is a son of filial piety? He discovers what his parents most want and completes it; thus he tries to align himself with his parents’ desires. Whatever his eyes see, he sees through the eyes of his parents. Whatever his heart feels, he feels through the heart of his parents. Whatever words he hears, he thinks, “Would my parents like this kind of speech?” A filial son or daughter devotes all five senses to delighting in his or her parents’ world.
    The thing that filial sons and daughters, patriots, and saints have in common is their concern for others—their family, their nation and the world respectively. Then let us turn our eyes to God, the Center of the entire universe. If you were to love God in like manner, you would embrace heaven and earth with love. You would devote all your heart and mind to benefit all beings in the universe; to make them fit to receive God’s love.17 (161:132-33, January 18, 1987)