Light Up the World with Joy!

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No, it’s not karma. It’s not blind worship. The fogginess of a forest night is less murky than the travesties of sin but none of that exists here in this book. The Exposition of the Divine Principle is clear like a crystal glass presented before humanity by God himself and He says, “Drink. Thirst no more.” The water of heaven is crisp and fresh unlike any that exists on this earth but for the love of Jesus Christ. As he said of John the Baptist being the return of Elijah, Sun Myung Moon is certainly the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. His love immediately reciprocates with the divinity of humanity in just the first paragraph of the Divine Principe. It instantly calls people to individually be responsible for the course of their own lives.

All people everywhere can relate to the statement that one-and-all desire “happiness and avoid misfortune.” It is, perhaps, an instinctual urge of the soul that is pressed like a button with His words. At once, humanity in every age is acknowledged and given credit for the historical movements, governments, nations, wars, and victories in all its multi-colored cultures that it has created in response to God’s purpose of creation. It is God’s will that humanity progress and aspire to an “ever greater happiness,” although the first paragraph of the Divine Principle doesn’t even mention God.

The probing of God’s love speaks directly to the reader within the first introductory paragraph of the Divine Principle. Isn’t God love? According to the Bible, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1John 4:8) Yet love in the world outside of God’s dominion is a love that is laced with sin and treachery. “How, then, does happiness arise?” questions the Divine Principle. People seek happiness. Whether the idea of love is present or not, all people do things that they think will bring them joy. Criminals, lawyers, doctors, artists, musicians, politicians, super-models, and all types of people from every generation seek the stability of everlasting joy.

The Divine Principle clearly offers sympathy compassion and solace in an instant to fallen humanity right from its first paragraph. It calls people to clearly see the condition of their hearts and acknowledge, truly, how important their desires are! The course of human history has been shaped by individuals who sought happiness in varying degrees of passion and strength in a myriad of different ways. To find the purpose for life one must look into the cause of one’s effects. The paragraph ends with a solid and meaningful question on how to find happiness.

“Everyone is struggling to attain happiness and avoid misfortune. From the commonplace affairs of individuals to the great events that shape the course of history, each is at root an expression of the human aspiration of ever greater happiness. How, then, does happiness arise?” (Divine Principle p.1, para 1)

God has given His children a choice. Life can be full of happiness or misfortune. Yet, it is difficult to continue the pursuit of happiness when all it brings is shame, misery, and guilt, and pain. Thus, the desire for happiness-fulfilled is not arbitrary but absolutely necessary and it must be discussed. The concept of God is not even mentioned within the first paragraph of the Divine Principle. It is a discussion of humanity and how we can be happy.

 

-SCGabb

March 18, 2018

 

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Citations:

Holy Bible. NKJV, YouVersion Bible app for iphone. March 18, 2018 (1 John 4:8)

Moon, Sun Myung, Divine Principle, Exposition of the. Holy Spirit Association of the Unification of World Christianity. 1996 (p.1, para 1)

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