August 29, 2010, Limburg, Germany
Brothers and sisters, it is really great to see all of you here in Germany today. We don’t have so much time together. So we’ll want to focus on something that is very central to our spiritual life.
True Parents’ worldwide foundation
As you know, the broad foundation True Parents created is absolutely a miracle. I remember, when I was at Harvard University, we had to study also all these different religions, like Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. We also had to study these new movements like the Mormon tradition, the Baha’is, the Hare Krishnas, the Soka Gakkai and other traditions. And in that course we also had to study the Unification Church. Actually it was very much fun. It was not done in a negative way at all, but we were treated in a very fair manner. They taught how Father started, how he received the revelation from Jesus and his meeting with Jesus. We also learned how he was later tortured and put into prison and eventually was received by heads of states – very much according to the text book. So this was very surprising. It was so positive. It was unlike anything I had seen before. I was so surprised.
In Germany, we have maybe 400 to 500 blessed families and sometimes we feel very small. Islam is growing, many people are searching on different avenues. We may feel very small as a religious community and we don’t really have a sufficient foundation. We have to remember, before we move forward, how good God has been in bringing us up to this point.Yes, „Gott ist groß!“ We have to realise that there is no religion, in past or present, that has accomplished so much all the way from nothing until the world level while the founder is still alive. There is not one example. In Christianity, Jesus died after doing his mission for three years. If you study Buddhism, you realise, although Buddha has done great, he was not able to go to the world level. Even looking at Islam, Mekka and Medina became Muslim cities during the lifetime of the Prophet, but Islam was not yet able to move to the world level. Also when we look at other world religions, like the Mormons during the life of their founder Joseph Smith, or the Baha’is during the life of their founder Baha’ullah who died in prison – none of them was able to move to the world stage. The world’s religious leaders were not able to move to the world stage during their lifetime on earth. They were always persecuted and sometimes even killed.