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.
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
Christian culture will now have a devastating impact on the world in the Last Days.
“What motivation led to the birth of this created world? God created heaven and earth because He needed love. Based on this, the doctrine of God in modern Christian theology is in error. They say that the absolute God of power can subsist on power alone. This is why, wherever Christian culture has gone, blood has been spilled. Based on this logic we can foresee that, although Western Civilization has developed in accordance with Christian culture, Christian culture will now have a devastating impact on the world in the Last Days.” (CSG 85)
Citation 천성경. Cheon Seong Gyeong. Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. Sunghwa Publishing Company. May 2006. (76-86)
The all-knowing and all-powerful God is the Master of true love, and yet God does not want the root of this love to begin from Him.
Christians can easily identify God as omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. True Father speaks greatly on the correctness of these qualities of God according to the principle of love.
Listen to his words on the DPconversations podcast by clicking here. Rev. Sun Myung Moon, our True Father, very clearly distinguishes God’s desire of love as the most important attribute of God. Since God identifies Himself in human-beings, He is happiest when we share love with Him.
“God likes love. What kind of love does God like most? It is true love. But what is true love? Where would we say true love has its root? Its root does not lie in God. This sounds strange, doesn’t it? The all-knowing and all-powerful God is the Master of true love, and yet God does not want the root of this love to begin from Him. God thinks that He will plant the root in a person who can be the object of this love.” (CSG 74)
How happy we are when we understand that all we need is love? Satan tries to block us saying, “You don’t have enough money; your clothes are not good enough; you don’t know enough to speak on someone as high and mighty as God!” The reality though, is that we have exactly as much as we need and loving God in every situation is the best way to go.
Shed the doubts. Cast away the fears clanging around in your past, in your mind, in your heart. In the name of Jesus and True Parents, we are free to love God!
천성경. Cheon Seong Gyeong. Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. Sunghwa Publishing Company. May 2006. (68-76)
Whilst I was reading True Father’s words I really did not wish to interrupt his thought on the podcast. Although I spoke minimally, I would like to share my interest in His passage that discusses the nature of love.
“What did God mean when He said, ‘I am love.’ He was teaching us to cherish love by night and day, while working, resting, dancing or crying. In like manner, He could say, ‘I have love, I have love in its entirety.’ Having love in its entirety would mean that everything was invested into it. The one who cherishes love most is God. He has all of that love, yet once we have tasted it we are unable to let go of it even in death.”
Heavenly Father began the creation of the universe with investment. True Father declines the limited view of political science and says that it was not randomness nor some kind of perverted expansion of species through the millennium but only love that initiated creation. He claims that time exists through eternity because, after all, time is just a component of our physical world.
I am no scholar but if the idea of love and the question of whether love is the starting point of the universe tickles your curiosity, please keep listening to my shared public readings of the Cheon Seong Gyeong! I do stumble here and there at times and I apologize if listening is a little cumbersome. Surely, episode four will show some improvements. Meanwhile, please welcome episode three.
천성경. Cheon Seong Gyeong. Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. Sunghwa Publishing Company. May 2006. (59-68)
When we are cold, we first feel cold before we think, “I am cold.”…Likewise, because God exists, you must be able to feel His existence with your cells. (CSG 54)
Today, I’d like to take you into one of my favorite passages of the Cheon Seong Gyeong. Look at CSG 54, there you will see a passage that discusses God’s existence. Sometimes without our choosing and beyond our understanding we are made aware of certain things. As we study and grow God interacts with our minds to bring us to new levels of experience in our daily lives. True Father says it clearly:
“God’s existence is not just a matter of words. Rather, the position we must establish is that God existed before we had cognition of Him and that He rules over all our senses and over everything to do with us.” (CSG 54)
True Father discusses God’s existence in these passages. He explains how there is a higher dimension than that of the understanding of humanity. Through True Parents He is able to manifest His love in our lives because True Parents allow Him to be the eternal invisible Parent of a physical humankind.
On a side note, I was not able to finish section two of the reading because, to my surprise, the recording program I have been using does not extend past a certain limit of time. I apologize for the cut in the content but will hopefully have this resolved for Tomorrow’s podcast.
천성경. Cheon Seong Gyeong. Family Federation for World Peace and Unification. Sunghwa Publishing Company. May 2006. (51-59)
Absolute love | Absolute faith | Absolute obedience
Rev. Sun Myung Moon always used to refer to these three terms to describe our relationship with God. It was an honor for me to attend True Father Sun Myung Moon during morning Hoon Dok Hae meetings, which, I discuss in my podcast.
For the longest time, I had wanted to start a DPconversations podcast as I had felt awkward reading long portions of text to you, my audience, on YouTube videos.
So this short article allows for a new series of articles “DPconversations Podcast” accompanied with recorded and downloadable readings from the Cheon Seong Gyeong of Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon’s canonized texts. When you listen to the audio, I hope you enjoy my ramblings and thoughts on the text, similar to the way it was shared with me by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon himself!
“Nevertheless, undeniably, your outer self and inner self are in a constant relationship of conflict and struggle. How much longer will you allow this fighting to continue? Ten years? A hundred years? In contrast, there is undeniably a proper order for all forms of existence in the universe. This indicates that God did not create human beings in this state of conflict and disorder. You need to know that it is your duty and responsibility as a human being to dispel all temptations directed toward your outer self—your physical body—and be victorious in life by following the way of your inner self—your conscience. Heavenly fortune will be with those who lead their lives in such a way. They will achieve spiritual perfection.” (Pyeong Hwa Hoon Gyeong, p153)
The depth and agony against which this paragraph could finally be uttered from the mouth of Rev. Moon proves a victory that is undeniable. Rev. Sun Myung Moon had to live a life according to the will of God. He met many temptations to stray from his path as the Messiah. He spent the bulk of his adult life, over forty years, in America to bring it to the land flowing with milk and honey, namely the Kingdom of Heaven of God on Earth at it is in Heaven, also known as Cheon Il Guk in Korean. Paralleled to the course that Moses had to travel with the Israelites in the desert wilderness, True Father, nevertheless, brought all of his people into God’s homeland.
How are we people to maintain that victory of God’s son, Sun Myung Moon? Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive our sins and make a way for the second coming of Christ to appear. Yet when Sun Myung Moon gave humanity the Divine Principle as part of the eight great textbooks and the Holy Blessing Marriage ceremony to return all people to God’s lineage, only a handful of the worldwide population followed him and together they were met by vast persecution and misunderstanding. For those of use who still believe in the Second Coming of Christ and venture into the question of whether the Christian community as a whole still believes in the purpose of Jesus Christ himself our existence is flooded by satanic men and women who still cling to their lineage and roots in Satan’s realm of dominion.
The victory in Sun Myung Moon is unfailing, however. His victory could be summed up in the Victory of True Parents that he bequeathed to Hyung Jin Moon and his wife Yeonah, thus acknowledging the continuance of His Kingship on this Earth. The truest victory is yet to be seen: where a woman can stand in complete perfection and liberation as the Queen of Cheon Il Guk and pave the way for all women to follow.
Considering the battle between good and evil and the Victory that has already been won, how shall we live our lives? In freedom, of course! The Divine Principle clearly establishes the nature of freedom—that it is always accompanied by responsibility. Naturally, our actions have consequences. It is easy to tell a child that their actions have consequences but as an adult who must structure an environment for his family it can sometimes be difficult to live in perfect resonance with our conscience. We know it is right to read the holy scriptures of the Second Coming of Christ, but do we really need to do it every single day? Well, why not? It is our freedom as Americans of the United States of America to believe in God and have His amazing words rather than an oligarchical tyranny that will kill us for reading the Bible, as exists in North Korea.
Reading the words of the Lord on a daily basis will help to dispel all devils from our lives and the lives of others. We may create a beautiful world now, while there is still freedom to speak the truth. Let’s share God’s love life and lineage in a way that has never been seen before in this world. Let’s ring to heaven with our love for God. Now is the time. We are still in an era of freedom where God’s Kingdom of Heaven may be established. All we need to do is read His text out-loud.
Amen. Aju. Aju. Aju.
-Somiya Chapman (Author)
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Moon, Sun Myung. Pyeong Hwa Hoon Gyeong. Republic of Korea: Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, December 31, 2007. Print