August 1, 2012
Hoon Dok Hae
Cheon Jeong Gung (HC 6.15)
Note: These notes are taken from a Peace TV video clip. They cannot be published as definitive texts and should never be used in the future as an “official” publication of True Father’s words. However, they do provide a good idea of the “spirit” of the message. — Rev. Katsumi Kambashi
Mrs. McDevitt read Father’s speech from the Sermon of the Rev. Moon volume 55, titled “Tasks We should Do from Now on.” The following are the excerpts of the reading:
“For the providence of the restoration, an offering is always necessary. If you are church leaders or in charge of our activities, you are the central figures of the providence of restoration. From a principle viewpoint, people in the central position are Abel. We call us the Blessed families among our membership as Abel, we also call ourselves Abel in relation to Christianity, and we call senior members such as the 36 Blessed couples among the Blessed families as Abel in relation to the younger ones. We think in common that the longer one has been with the church, the closer they are to Heaven.
But you must know Abel can exist only with the presence of Cain. Abel is necessary in order to restore parents. Abel is necessary in order to restore fallen Adam and Eve to the original status. Abel came to exist to restore the parents. If not for the fall, neither Abel nor Cain would have been necessary. Due to the fall, through the person called Abel, the parents must be restored. Through the fall, human beings lost all things, substance and love, (만물, 실체, 사랑을 잃어버렸다), which must be restored. To have lost ‘love’ means false parents came to appear, and we understand the principle that in order to restore relationship with true parents, Abel and Cain must be united and stand in such a position.
By losing the (True) Parents’ Day, we lost (True) Children’s Day, and the Day of (True) All Things. Due to the fall, human beings lost everything and must restore them step by step. (True) Parents’ Day in the Unification Church was decided by eradicating false parents and creating the point where one can have their relationship with True Parents. Not only finding the (True) Parents’ Day, the indemnity conditions to restore children must be established, and after finding the (True) Parents’ Day, (True) Children’s Day must be restored. After restoring parents and children, the Day of (All) True Things can be established, which means the restoration of all creatures. By restoring those days, Adam must go through and reach the completion of the completion stage.
The Blessing you receive takes place at the completion level of the growth stage where Adam and Eve fell, and from that point you must go up. But this task can’t be done alone. Since Adam and Eve fell together, husband and wife must go up together in this course of restoration. Restoring the conjugal relationship that fell centering on Satan, they must go up that period centering on God.
That’s why it is not that everything has been done when you receive the Blessing. The Blessing means that God and human beings as the people of the heavenly nation can have a horizontal relationship for the first time in which they can cooperate with each other. Only by receiving the Blessing can such a relationship can take place.”
The following are some of Father’s words after the reading.
“Many countries in the world say ‘We have our own tradition in our nation.’ What kind of tradition do they talk about? Are they talking about the tradition that took place after the fall or that would have existed before the fall? In this speech (of 천지인참부모정착 실체말씀 선포 천주대회), I am talking about the tradition before the fall. Why do human beings have man and woman? With what purpose? People have no clue about those questions.
“Do you clearly understand the prayer of Jesus? The founders of Christian denominations have historically been separate. Why? Because they are apart from Heaven’s tradition. The tradition of the Soviet Union and that of China had been different. North Korean traditions and those of South Korea have been different. In Christianity, they haven’t been able to solve the issue of the fruits of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they continue to believe that a serpent seduced Eve to eating the fruit, they will fail completely. Actually they failed.”
“What is the origin of gambling? It is the fall of humankind. (도박의 조상이 무엇이냐? 타락이야 타락.)”
“The relationship between God and humankind is the relationship of a parent and child. But God Himself didn’t know it. God is also accomplishing (the creation) again. (하나님과 인간의 관계는 부자지관계인데, 부자지관계를 하나님도 몰랐고 하나님도 재차 이루어나가는 거야.)”
“Before me, there wasn’t a Moon tribe.”
(Katsumi: Father says “True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind is the very origin of all humankind.”)
“In order to establish the parent-child relationship with God, one must be connected to the tradition through blood lineage.”
“What is the relationship between Jesus and Adam? How can Jesus restore the failures in Adam’s time? Jesus’ ancestor and the seed of Adam are different (예수의 조상과 아담의 씨는 같지 않습니다.) They have been separate. All such fundamental things must be clarified step by step.”
“Do you live following God or letting God follow you?”
“The parent-child relationship can take place only when there is a mother. Without a father, there is no tradition.”
1. I think this statement must be considered with Father’s recent and amazing statement that “Substance (실체) comes first before the truth (진리).” Before explaining this, I would like to think about the term 실체 (實體 substance). In Unificationism, I think 실체 (實體 substance) is usually used in the following two ways:
A. Something that is invisible but actually exists, for example “무형실체세계 (Incorporeal World)” described in the principle
B. Substantiation of something internal, for example “True Parents are 실체 하나님 (God incarnate)”
However, when Father says “Substance (실체) comes first before the truth (진리),” I think what 실체 (實體) here means is
A. Existence (or more precisely Individual Truth Body / Individual Embodiment of Truth)
A good example of “Substance comes first before the truth” with 실체 (substance) as the concept of “a cake and its recipe.” We tend to think that because of the recipe, we can make a cake. In such a context, we think that a cake comes after the recipe. In other words, the recipe (the truth) comes first before the cake (its substantiation). But we need to keep in mind the fact that since someone originally could make a cake, he or she can share its recipe.
Father says that in the restoration, the truth comes first: we, following the truth (recipe), try to substantiate it (making a cake). But in the original world, he says, the substance comes first: since we become the individual truth body (a cake), what we speak is none other than the truth (recipe).
To support this idea, I would like to mention some examples:
a. Adam and Eve only knew that they should observe the absolute sexual morality. As they grew and became perfect, what they taught to their children based on their reality could have been the truth.
b. Divine Principle says “Jesus did not say that his word was the truth, but that he himself was the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). This is because his words were only a means of expressing himself as the truth.”
c. 원리본체론 literally indicates the theory of “Original Body from which the principle comes.”
Therefore, when Father says “‘Which comes first, the substance or the word of God? The substance comes first. No one can deny it.” (Apr. 15, 2012), he is talking about the original world before the fall. On the other hand, the Bible, which says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1), talks about the course of restoration. That’s why Father says “It is 실체말씀 (Word of Individual Truth Body), not 말씀의 실체 (Substantiation of the word). The Creation by the Word comes only after the fall.” (Jan. 8, 2012). In this sense, I think 개성진리체 should be translated as “Individual Truth Body,” not “Individual Embodiment of Truth.”
The same formula applies to Father’s recent statement “tradition, blood lineage and resemblance.” We might think that, firstly changing our blood lineage, we learn True Parents’ tradition, and resemble them. This is true in our case, however this is the path of the fallen people. Originally, there is the tradition since there are parents. Then, children come from the tradition through their blood lineage, and consequently they can resemble their parents. That’s why Father says, “Which comes first, tradition or blood lineage? Did you know it? Tradition comes first before blood lineage. (Oct. 15, 2011). Father again talks about the original world before the fall.
With that understanding, I think we need to carefully think what Father means by saying “The relationship between God and humankind is the relationship of a parent and child. But God Himself didn’t know it. God is also accomplishing (the creation) again. (하나님과 인간의 관계는 부자지관계인데, 부자지관계를 하나님도 몰랐고 하나님도 재차 이루어나가는 거야.), I can’t explain fully here but what I want to say is that I don’t think Father said these mistakenly. Instead of simply judging that way, we, putting ourselves in the original world before the fall, should try to comprehend such statements step by step following further, the words of Father.
2. On HC 6.4 (July 22, 2012) at Ahn Shi Il Hoon Dok Hae at the Cheon Jeong Gung, Father said as follows, which contents I think are related to the statement above.
“In the speech it says ‘This assembly of the Original Substance of the Divine Principle. (근본 본체론 대회).’ I added these words to the speech and nobody had known they were necessary. (Then Father read a part of the speech) ‘All the blessed children in the heavenly and earthly worlds, who are related to the True Parents by blood, should keep this comprehensive and final proclamation in mind. This proclamation is being given in order to fully establish the ideal nation that comes from the incorporeal God and corporeal God, the God of Night and the God of Day, the ancestors of Jesus and of the True Parents.’ This is the most important part regarding 본체론 (The Original Substance of the Divine Principle). (Then Father looked around the faces of the participants for a while as if he wanted to know the participants understood it.)”