Personal Salvation and Collective Salvation
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
Translated by Peter Kim
May 1, 1997
Belevdere, NY USA
Now is the time for all these old church or church-related signs to come down; a new form should emerge. The church era focuses on individual salvation; however, it is time to rise from the individual level of salvation to the family level, because the family is the cornerstone or basic unit for building a nation.
What happened in the family of Adam and Eve at the time of the human fall? Not only individuals but the entire family collapsed. Therefore, in the providence of restoration involves restoring mind/body unity, unity among family members, and then unity within the tribe, society, nation and so forth. Because of the fall, the human race started with a false blood lineage, and it expanded into families, tribes, societies, nations and a world; that’s the world we are facing every day. Therefore, True Parents come to save humanity and change this blood lineage into the heavenly lineage; we have to expand this worldwide. This is the period of equalization, centering on True Parents. Do you understand? The worst parents appear and break down everything, causing separation in every direction. In this time, True Parents bring mind/body unification and perfection of man and woman, connecting with one another and creating a perfect family. This can expand horizontally into a unified world. Do you understand? This is the opposite of the fallen down way, where individuals separate and families separate. Satan has been occupying the whole world.
Rebirth is needed. True Parents appeared and connected the true individual base, accomplishing complete unification of mind and body. The authority of that kind of man and woman, centered on their perfected family, extends to the Kingdom of Heaven. The period of religion is passing away, because the purpose of the major religions was individual salvation. That is why the signs of all religious organizations, not just the Unification Church, should come down sooner or later. If Adam and Eve had been totally united with God to begin with, do you think religion was necessary? What about the history of restoration? No. Everything was supposed to be accomplished at that time.
Because of the human fall, all of humanity throughout history has been suffering from fall sickness. Therefore, True Parents come to bring the new serum of truth. When you get a shot or injection, you are engrafted into the heavenly lineage. It’s like receiving a vaccination during an epidemic. That is why receiving the Blessing is the most important thing in your life.
We are in the position of restored Adam and Eve, working towards the level of perfection. Centering on blessed couples, the entire world has to be restructured and reorganized to meet the criteria of the Kingdom of Heaven. That is why I gave orders to blessed couples to play the role of tribal messiahs. If you perform the tribal messiah role properly, you should be able to bring 160 families, including your relatives and your immediate family, to the Blessing. By doing so, you will set a condition to restore your entire tribe. Based on this tribal restoration, the nation can be built, restoring the failure at the time of Jesus Christ. The families of John the Baptist and Joseph will be restored; all the foundation will be laid, then the nation will be formed. Then we will continue building the world centering on God.
As you know, already in 185 nations, national messiahs are forming this center. Your responsibility is to do tribal messiahship where you are living and carrying out your mission. Once we accomplish the three levels of family messiah, tribal messiah, and national messiah, and do our responsibility properly, then Satan cannot interfere in our work and in our life. Once all these levels are completed and the national messiahs are totally united and the worldwide level is prepared, they will be called “world messiahs.” All humanity will be in the position of the original Adam and Eve who have completed the eight different stages will be called “perfected.”
While you were not aware of what I was doing, I laid all the necessary ground work to dispatch these national messiahs to the world. No matter what nation it may be, if four national messiahs can be totally united centering on God, then the entire world can be restored. After four nations, the next stage will be twelve nations. The four-position foundation will be elevated to restore twelve nations and then the world. People tend to keep their old habits from before they joined the church, but while you are still struggling with your old habits, the time line of God’s providence has progressed so fast that it makes you dizzy. You don’t know how fast it is traveling, but soon it will be beyond your reach; thus, you have to be fully alert.
Stages of restoration
There are eight different stages horizontally and eight different stages vertically. Through shrinking the satanic realm from the worldwide level to the individual level, in eight different stages, we can get rid of it. Right after World War II, if people had connected with God’s blessing centering on the Lord of the Second Advent, this process would have been completed by now. Then it would have expanded vertically centered on God’s direction, the heavenly line, not the satanic line. It is like establishing and rebuilding the Garden of Eden again. But that didn’t happen.
The Lord of the Second Advent would have become the True Parent to an entire humanity, but because of the failure of the Allied countries and Christianity, the True Parent was kicked out of this world. I, who was supposed to build this vertical original world, was chased away to this satanic world level, into the wilderness. So I started from scratch, from the zero level again, to complete these eight different stages. At each stage, I had to get the Cain and Abel representatives to unite. Finally, True Parents won victory on the worldwide level here. That is why after I won the victory in Korea, I moved to America so that I can work with world level Christianity centering on Catholicism and Protestantism, which represent Cain and Abel and are in a mind/body relationship.
The United Nations represents only the body, the minus, because it is a political organization. It doesn’t have the plus. The United Nations represent world politics; therefore, the United Nations need a woman figure. In other words, Eve and Cain and Abel figures are needed. I am preparing this very foundation for the sake of the United Nations. Just as our body always puts pressure on our mind and tortures our mind, the United Nations has been putting pressure on religion and putting down religion, which represents the mind. That is why body-centered politics, such as United Nations, doesn’t have anything to do with God or God’s original purpose. Mind and body have been separated in the history of restoration; they have to reverse the course to meet the original point. Once I reach the worldwide victory, I will bring the entire world to this original point. There have been two different battles, internal and external, because of the battle between the good spirits and the evil spirits in the spirit world. And also, in the physical world there has been a struggle between evil parents and True Parents. The satanic individual base has extended to the worldwide base, and battles have taken place from the individual level to the worldwide level.
Up until recently, the entire world, including the democratic world and the communistic world, mobilized to oppose and attack me. However, that era is over. I set the indemnity condition and restored 4000 years of human history in 40 years. The Old Testament era, which was the first Israel, the first Messiah era, and the New Testament era, which is the second Messiah era, failed, and I had to restore those 4,000 years of history of failure. The spirit world and the physical world are now joined with True Parents. So once I reach the worldwide victory level and embrace this entire world, the entire world will go through the engrafting process, the process of rebirth, and the Kingdom of God will be built on earth. These eight horizontal stages of completion will be established vertically too. During the last 40 years, the entire spirit world and the physical world joined together and attacked and persecuted me. That time is over. Satan is losing his dominion of the entire world. There is a new world, nation, tribe, family and individual. Because at this point, we meet with our own mind and body.
The future of America
Americans say that America represents the free world and is the supreme nation of the world, but suppose the entire world disappears and America alone exists. America is the kingdom of extreme individualism, the kingdom of free sex. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve became the ancestors of extreme individualism, selfishness, and free sex. You will reap what you have sown. That was the season of spring, and we are reaping same result as a harvest. The country that represents Satan’s harvest is America. The original individual personality, family values, tribal base, national base and worldwide base were lost. This is reality, not a concept. Do you understand?
America doesn’t have anywhere to go now. As American brothers and sisters, do you have enough resources and power to rule the world? You lost your grandparents, your parents, your siblings; there is no relationship. Relationships became complicated and were lost. Can anybody deny that? So, centering on America, there may be twelve major nations in the world that are leading world affairs. These countries are repeating the same mistakes that Adam and Eve had made in the Garden of Eden at the time of the fall.
How can we say that our tribe, our nation, and our world are centered on God? Even your view of life and way of life is based on this selfish and extreme individualism. That is why you lost everything from individual level to the worldwide level. This is a result of free sex. Incest is taking place in this world. Incest is not connected to God’s side, but completed connected to Satan’s side. This has been the reality.
You have to turn back 180 degrees; otherwise, there is no hope. The world, with its nations, tribes, families and individuals, have all been connected to Satan’s side. Now Satan’s work has collapsed. True Parents restore all that was lost throughout human history and establish it on a vertical level. All levels and viewpoints have to be re-established centered on God, through True Parents-from the universal views to the world views, national views, family views, and individual view. By establishing home church, you are in the position to inherit everything. Everything connects to that direction. Do you understand? Adam connects to the individual viewpoint and to the viewpoint of the tribe, nation, world and cosmos, centering on God’s love. Is that right? [Yes.]
We take things away from Satan. The first thing we have to accomplish is the restoration of the elder son’s birthright. Then once Cain and Abel have reached unity, they have to be united with the mother figure. Then, when they join the United Nations work and unite as plus and minus, Cain and Abel, the restoration of the kingship will take place. For that reason, I established the Women’s Federation, Religious Federation, Youth Federation, and all these federations to work with the United Nations for world peace. The day that the United Nations declares True Parents’ Day to the world, the entire world will celebrate. Also United Nations should invite True Parents to take the position of Secretary-General in eternity. When that kind of tradition is set, then restoration of the world will be completed. Then we can proclaim not just one nation under God but one world under God. [Clapping]
The future of the United Nations
America cannot control the United Nations. Recently, the Republican party, had an agenda to somehow pull America out of the United Nations. But I used the Washington Times to stop that evil attempt. I mobilized many ambassadors from around the world to exert their influence to stop it. UN ambassadors and American ambassadors met to discuss how to solve the United Nations’ problems. The Washington Times pointed the direction for the future. You were not aware of that, were you? Because each nation sends ambassadors to the United Nations to America, I mobilized both ambassadors from each nation and worked with them. As individuals, we consist of mind and body. The same principle applies to the organization of the United Nations. Because we lost on the individual level the elder sonship, parentship and kingship, we have to restore the elder sonship, parentship and kingship on the worldwide level, centering on the restoration of Cain, Abel and Eve. I am told that the United Nations is in debt for about 3 billion dollars, but I am confident that we can take care of that debt if we truly mobilize the Women’s Federation for World Peace, Federation for World Peace, Youth Federation for World Peace, HARP and CARP, and all organizations under my wing. The family of Adam included the father, Eve, Cain and Abel. What was lost in the family of Adam should be restored before we attempt to restore the world. That is why we have to make sure that the elder sonship, parentship and kingship are restored, centered on God.
Where is the base for advancing God’s providence of restoration from the individual level to the world? The home church. The family church. Suppose everyone in a nation, from the president and the cabinet members to all its families, establish this family church; then national restoration comes automatically.
Suppose that by the end of August of this year, with only three months to go, we reach our goal of 3.6 million couples; then I will proclaim to the world that beginning from September 1, we will march forth the goal of reaching 36 million couples. Once that happens, the entire world will be stirred up.
The family is clearly the starting point, the direction, and the terminal point. It is the clear cause and clear result. Churches and religions did not have a clear starting point, a clear direction, or a clear destination. They have lost their direction. The Unification understanding offers a clear purpose and direction for the individual, family, nation, world and cosmos. It clarifies God’s starting point, direction and purpose. At last we will be with God. All humankind and everything in the cosmos will be centering on God and become new creatures with a clear direction. Then they can embrace God and God’s true love place. Every place will enjoy dancing and singing. People of all tribes and nations will be dancing and singing. The cosmic Kingdom of Heaven on earth and in heaven will be an enjoyable world of dancing and singing . That is the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Is that right? [Yes.] How great everything will be when race and color are no problem! Love power is most strong. Think of the power of blood lineage when it is directed towards unity. Do you understand?
Because such a time has come, I took down the sign for HSA-UWC. It is reborn as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. Through the course of Old Testament era and New Testament era, we lost everything from the family to the worldwide level. Since we are in the time of world, I started from the worldwide level and went to the family level; so now we are establishing family church.
Although Jesus Christ was crucified 2000 years ago, his power and influence has been felt all over the world. But suppose Jesus Christ had not died but rather established his family: if his children had multiplied, how long do you think it would have taken place to restore the entire world? Not more than 600 years. Do you understand? Jesus’ family would have been mainstream of the world’s family. Do you understand? The mainstream is like the true olive tree. The fallen world’s wild olive tree would have been cut down at the starting place, making that true olive tree and influencing the whole orchard. Then God would have been able to dominate the true olive orchard. Is this clear? The wild olive trees need to be engrafted with True Parents’ Blessing. The trunk has to be cut down and then engrafted with a new branch. The new branch is the new blessing. This engrafting process takes place through receiving the blessing. In this way, the very family that was lost in the Garden of Eden will be restored on the worldwide level.
No matter how much America may try to harm the Unification Church, it will not be destroyed. Even if Germany or the entire European continent is mobilized, there is no way for them to achieve it. The entire Japan nation was mobilized to get rid of the Unification Church, but they found no way.
The conclusion at this point is that unless we take down this sign which deals with religion, Christianity, we cannot accomplish restoration of humanity because this very sign limits salvation to the individual level. Do you want salvation to remain on the individual level, or do you want to see national and worldwide level salvation?