God’s Will and the World
The Providence and the Individual, Past and Present
February 22, 1981
Excerpts – Slightly Different Translations
The 4,000 years of recorded history have been an entangled, satanic history. It will take at least 40 years to untangle. What if my attitude had been to avoid a harder mission? What if I said, “God, give me an easier job. Make my burden lighter.” If that was my aspiration, I would have been suspended from my job a long time ago. However, I always thought, “This is only the beginning.
I have not even begun to fight. I must begin right now.” This has been my attitude. Do you follow me? From this perspective, I want to train and discipline you. I want you to become victors who can survive and withstand any challenges in the world. That is the standard I am asking you to meet. Actually today your standard is lower than mine.
How many of you could survive being put in one of the catacombs of Rome? How many of you could endure the pressure and danger of those first-century days? How many of you would survive in such circumstances? If the first century Christians could persevere amidst those ordeals and be strong – even we can survive.
You know God, right? Do you know God loves Rev. Moon? Why? God loves me not only because of my philosophy and way of life; God sees that I have the power and the capability to bring the billions of people around the world into the same conviction, the same direction, and the same goal beyond racial barriers. In other words, I am the kind of man God needs here on the earth. God sees that I have the power to multiply myself.
Then, what will Rev. Moon do [for the future generations]? Even after his death, both my physical sons and daughters and the members of the Unification movement will continue to expand throughout the world. God will take pleasure in seeing all of you develop into the representatives of the first-born Rev. Moon and True Parents.
As you develop, you will inherit the true tradition of the relationship between true parents and true children. That is an eternal relationship. This is our tradition. You must set the tradition, then education, and then act on what you have learned — the implementation of the education. By doing these, you will be blessed: first, tradition; then, education; and finally, action.
My goal is for each one of you to achieve greater things than me. Go ahead of me. Don’t just duplicate me; become superior to me in content. My succeeding generations will become superior to me. Many people think, “Only Father can do this job. We can’t do it.” That’s wrong! You could do even better than me, because you have so much support from God. The same God supporting me is supporting you. And you have additional support — my support, True Parents’ support, and the Unification Church’s support. You are in an infinitely better position.
What is the Providence? The Providence emerged to fulfill the purpose of the whole. You emerged in history to be a part of this Providence. This Providence is the purpose behind you, each one of you. You are born in this world as a fruit of history; and you are a public being. Your parents took care of you to bring you up. You are indebted first to your parents. Don’t you feel grateful to your parents? For the sake of the world and posterity, children are given to you. Although many people do not know about this, parents should be thinking they are bringing up their children as representatives of the universe.
Therefore, parents must raise their children with their utmost affection and love. However, people do not know that the position of parents is a public position where they must truly love their children. Even it is unknown to the world, it is a universal truth. Parents bring you up in the center of their family with true love so that you become a filial son or daughter. Then, your parents try to send you forth, to become an important citizen of your nation. Your parents say, “All right, do something important for the country. Become a patriot.” You haven’t heard this in America, right?
You have been serving at the level of a child of filial piety or a patriot. But, I want you to grow to be a saint. For that purpose, I should give all of you this training; and then I should send you all out to the world. This is logical conclusion.
The public-minded person speaks from public-mindedness; he sees, hears, thinks and does everything in life, like eating, wearing clothes and sleeping, from the public-minded standpoint. The public-mindedness means having a heart of loving all in life.