God’s word is in fact, the first building block of knowledge. Ancient quests for eternal life and spiritual enlightenment have all taken form of religion. In each religion is a warrior’s code. The Holy Bible provides every necessary tool for us to keep our minds sharp and our faith rustless.
God’s word is the sword that we only hope to carry in its beautiful fullness. It takes years and hundreds of hours of devotion to study. Everyday, children must awaken with their parents and have a chance to deeply and chronologically, in their own lives, relate with the word of God. Parents, especially mothers, have this divine duty to educate their children without frustration but with a love of learning, dedication, sincerity, and compassion. Our souls must be strong enough to handle the fire of God’s word day in and day out. Even if our husbands are gone on business for days or months at a time.
It is not difficult for a child to sit for one hour a day to hear his mother read God’s holy word. No, in fact, every child gains something from Hoon Dok Hae: Daily Scripture Reading gives form and distinction to their life character. Children are capable of watching TV for three-hours straight before they get restless. It is the sincere, compassionate, dutiful, and dedicated mother who will unfailingly wear her robes as a providential teacher to create the daily perfect environment for her children to attribute their time—one hour a day—to the greeting and spoken substance of God’s word. Mothers should never gossip but only speak in truth.
In the tradition of the Messiah’s 5AM Hoon Dok Hae readings, soon, children begin to develop strength in God’s faith. We shall not neglect the Princes and Princesses of Heavenly Father here on this earth even if fallen parents have done worse to us. Everyday, our swords are whet upon the whetstone and oiled before sheathing to prevent decay and rust. So too, our minds must be sharpened against God’s word. His absolute love, life and lineage covers our spirits in oil. Daily scripture readings provide health in both exercise and nutrition to our souls so that our own faith in God may never rust.
Everyone fantasizes about having a fairytale love but the ideal of a perfect marriage is closer to reality than we want to admit. Our traditions of sexual purity before marriage and centering our love life and lineage on God provide tools to keep a long healthy marriage despite setbacks such as Satanic parental influences and our selfish expectations of marriage. The good days are closer than we think.
Most Second Generation of the Unification Church, such as myself and my husband go into marriage as virgins. It is not unusual for the participants to even be so pure as to not know how sex is performed, with the penis and vagina. I was in utter shock when my husband put his penis into my body: I had not known such a thing was possible. The Holy Blessing gives men and women the opportunity to discover sex for the first time with God as their center. This pure union is vital to extending our innocence into marriage and then into the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and into the Kingdom of Heaven in Heaven.
Unfortunately, many setbacks lie in the wake of Blessed Couples. Satanic cultural influences are actually first the most threatening in the form of our parents, who have been reared in Satanic families. The most fearsome thing is when your mother-in-law, whom you trust with absolute obedience proclaims that you are not a virgin and brainwashes your husband and the entire family to treat you like trash. It is scary when you are unable to even finish college because your husband believes that you are promiscuously giving yourself to every fellow there simply because his mother told him so. How does one save a Blessing like that? It is only by God’s grace that Blessed couples can overcome such a horrific atrocity in their lives and continue their Holy Blessing marriage centered on His love life and lineage.
Men and women who are born of God’s lineage usually have very high expectations of each other. However, given our naiveté and the Satanic setbacks we do endure, it is sometimes unreasonable to expect our hopes for education goals, financial reach, and societal prominence to be established immediately. Instead, with great perseverance in the ideal we find ourselves following the thorny footsteps of God, Jesus, and True Parents in every step of our existence. The Holy Blessing is the only path to achieving the ultimate ideal.
The Kingdom of Heaven is not just for the Korean people. When you join the Moonies you may marry a Korean. It doesn’t mean that you are one! When I go down to a black Baptist church in New York City that doesn’t make me black. God does not judge His children based on race.
Look at the life of Robert Earl Jones. He worked in theater and put himself to many important projects to showcase African American life only to be blacklisted as un-American by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1950. (Andrews) Understandably the House Un-American Activities Committee were under a spell called racism. Satan used this group of people to harm the notable theatrical achievements of Mr. Jones. He was simply a productive American man, nothing un-American there! Later, the U.S. National Black Theatre Festival redeemed Robert Earl Jones with a lifetime achievement award. As such, any objectified standard based on Satanic understanding of racial superiority is not an absolute measure and thus has nothing to do with God.
God Himself is absolute! When we true children of God see each other, we don’t really think about race. So, this sister is half Japanese with freckles and an afro. OK, so this brother is as tall as a giraffe but has asian eyes and glasses. It really doesn’t matter! Generally the Second Generation of the Unification Church just have fun playing frizbee or literally climbing trees together. Now that we are older the secular world bores us to death.
Any objectified standard based on Satanic understanding of racial superiority is not an absolute measure and thus has nothing to do with God.
The encumbrances of the black racial pride movement is not only filled with love and appreciation for the African American race but also full of hatred towards non-black and folks who really don’t know anything about people like Robert Earl Jones. Reverend Sun Myung Moon never made one race superior over another in his quest to identify the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth in His lifetime. He greatly appreciated Korean familial culture and linguistic methods of respect and love in that tradition and language. He has even said many times in front of me during morning scripture readings that he absolutely hates English because it lacks distinction in approaching another with the proper form of love.
Again, God does not judge you by your race but by the words that come out of your mouth, as Jesus once said.
Ever wonder how some people stay so cheerful? Many helpful resources encourage people to stay positive. Just look in the mirror. Are we exactly where we want to be? Is our self-image satisfying? Usually our own happiness is not about what others are doing or how they themselves are in ecstatic joy. Real struggles or unwanted burdens are personal and sometimes more than we can take.
When things get overwhelming our emotions often ensnare us into a bad mood. Sadly, that bad mood worsens when we cannot find solutions to our problems. Yet it is a great American attitude to traditionally be able to solve any issue if we just think hard enough. So, we turn to the Holy Bible. As we see in Genesis 6, God’s greater struggle and sorrow emcompasses that of the entire existence of humankind. At least we can take comfort in the fact that we are truly not alone. Someone else understands, in much greater depth, the troubles that we face in life.
“The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” Genesis 6:6
God’s solution to his regret was to use a man called Noah who “found favor in [His] eyes.” (Genesis 6:8) God did not just randomly wipe out the human race with the flood. He worked through an invisible intangible faith based relationship with Noah to save the human race. People had even gone so far to fornicate with the Nephilim and had completely perverted themselves. On a secular level, pure little Noah must have looked corrupt in his innocent life as he did not partake in the worldly culture to enjoy himself with abandon. Instead of relating with people, Noah related with only one God for his entire life to build a boat in the desert. How crazy he must have looked!
Yet Noah’s strength and spiritual joy was non-negotiable. He worked on improving himself a little bit more everyday as he built this gigantic arc in the desert that would one day house all the land creatures that God had created. If he had focused on the perception and disbelief of others toward himself he may not have succeeded in building that boat. His productive faith was his strength. Let’s remember, that Noah’s work was God’s solution to eradicate the complete corruption of the rest of the people on earth. Noah carried an inhuman burden with joy and strength because his faith and exercise toned his muscles (spiritually and physically) to bear the weight of his responsiblity.
Today, we can pull up blogs and articles on the internet that offer great advice to stay happy. In an article that lists seven ways to stay happy, four out of those seven points—that’s over half!—propose different ways to enjoy creation. (Mcdonnell) The great outdoors was created for the learning and enjoyment of God’s children, anyways! Point two of the article even recommends that reading be done outside so that we can relax and learn and at the same time soak in all the fresh air. Our wonderful True Father took it to the next level. He established prayer points on properties all over the world outdoors! Our lovely wonderful Heavenly Father wants to meet us in joy as we carefully shoulder the responsibility of our freedoms in God.
The Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV. Colorado: Biblica, Inc., 2011. Print
True Father says that the mind’s fundamental aspects are the intellect, emotion and will. He says that the most fundamental of the three is not the will nor the intellect but the emotion. Be emotional.
“Until we meet again, you must think of me day and night; think of me when you get hungry. Even if you do not eat, do the things I do for God’s will. When you get drowsy, persevere for God’s will, thinking about me as I go on without sleep. You have to think about your teacher who endures without vindicating himself in the face of slander. Being even more upright in your heart, you should be thirsty for tomorrow’s victory and go forth with the intention of gaining results and seeing your enemies surrender to you naturally. Only through these efforts can you and this people find the path of life.”
“What kind of Unification Church do we want? We want to find the parent-centered religion. We are not seeking the sweet life, nor are we pursuing relationships based only on moral principles. Centering on the True Parents, we want to find the way of true love, and in so doing we want to liberate God. There is no liberation that does not correspond to the principles of love.”