August 28, 2011, Cheon Bok Gung, Yongsan Seoul Korea
Most of these sermons are either are transcribed from the simultaneous interpretation provided at Cheon Bok Gung or edited from the preliminary notes the interpreters use for reference. As such, they should not be considered a complete or definitive translation in whole or in part, and are not reliable enough to quote from authoritatively.
Hello brothers and sisters!
Haven’t seen you for a while. As you know from this week’s service, we are going to hold the Holy Spirit Healing Service (HS HS) in a slightly different way and for eight months now we have been offering Jeong Seong and going thru the eight stages of Jeong Seong together with the Hoonsanims and the ministers of Cheon Bok Gung and many of you have been offering HS HS from your homes and sending much energy and chi to our True Parents. We have seen amazing works of the Holy Spirit.
I think this grace is a very big gift and also this is evidence that the Holy Spirit is with us in this Unificationist family. Every month we can receive a different feeling from the service but when we think about eight months before, it’s true that many people feel that we have entered into a new age and I also feel that. If you look back, I think we can recall the message from the Holy Spirit and through God telling us, “Have hope. There is much to be done.”
For eight months you have offered Jeong Seong, much Jeong Seong and I had a chance to serve and attend True Parents right next to them and I have witnessed much energy being received by our True Parents and Father and Mother feeling more happy and more filled with energy and chi in their daily lives. Everybody feels this. Of course they are still pushing themselves and at the age of 93, Father should not lead such a strenuous life but in spite of that, the fact that He is still living in this way, this is possible because many, many members are offering Jeong Seong, offering devotions and our True Father is receiving much energy from all of you.
As you know recently, True Parents helped in the launching ceremony of the boat, the special boat, the Won Mo boat, where the universal parent boat is in Las Vegas. When we think about True Father, we come up with many images. He is the King of Kings, He is the King of Peace, and He is the Lord of the Second Advent. These are very grand images that we have of Father. When we look at his Autobiography or the comic-book version of Father’s autobiography, we see Father leading the world and Father uniting the world into one.
So if we think about the image of Father as King of Kings, King of Peace, the Son of God and the Father of the world and the Second Christ, the Christ who has come again, of course, these are the central identities of our True Parents; but at the same time Father is a scientist.
In Jin Nim gave a sermon recently and she said that through science, Father has revealed many aspects of the Principle…Dual Characteristics, the plus minus concept within cells and many things. At this ceremony in Las Vegas, Father instructed that 150 women leaders come together, and together with all the members approximately 400 attended at the Pyung Wha Guk Peace Palace that is now being built here in Las Vegas.
If we look at the Chinese characters for Won Mo, the name of the Universal Parent boat, Won means round and Mo means mother. In this age of the Pacific Rim era, all women should become central figures; a woman should become leader and through the Won Mo boat, women with the mother’s heart come together in this age of the Pacific Rim by creating this round circle. This is the age in which the mother’s love and the mother’s heart cover the entire world.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that a man just sits still, but as always, the men also follow Father’s way of life and become sons and husbands that return joy and glory to Father and at the same time they support their wives and daughters and mothers so that they can take part in the providence; so this forms a big, round circle. This is the way that all families must go.
While I was with Father in Las Vegas, I thought about lots of things. When Father first went to Las Vegas, actually like all members, I was very concerned because Las Vegas doesn’t have a good reputation as you know. Many people think of it as “Sin City,” a city of evil. That’s why everybody was worried and concerned. What kind of religious leader goes to Las Vegas and holds a game conference? This is beyond our imagination but when I participated in the Las Vegas providence together with Father, together with Rev. Eu, Rev. Joo, Rev. Yang and Dr. Yang and watched Father every day, then I compared Him with the four great saints.
Actually, I studied the four great saints when I studied Theology and Religion. The four great saints, Buddha for instance, did not go to a place like Las Vegas. He always went the way of training. Confucius worked for the government so he would never go to any red light districts. Mohammad himself, of course, never went to such areas. However, Jesus Christ alone went to such red light districts. This was not to commit sin in the general sense but in order to lead the providence of salvation. He went to those places and he had communication with people that everybody disliked, for instance, the tax collectors or the prostitutes that everybody despised and He led the works of salvation.
When I saw this, it really again reinforced my conviction that Father is the true Lord of the Second Advent. To go into such a city of sin, the Lord doesn’t just go to the sea, doesn’t just go to train in the mountains, but He really attacks the satanic world in such evil places and He changes everything through that.
Jesus said in Matthew 10:34, “Do not suppose I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” So Father came to cut off Satan’s lineage and to connect the lineage to God.
So when I watched the launching ceremony of the Won Mo boat, I came to think about the big meaning of this, especially in the American providence; Father received a lot of opposition from the start. For instance, when he bought the New Yorker Hotel, “Why would a religious leader buy a hotel in that area?” Everybody criticized this. As you know, 42nd street in New York was a total red light district. Of course today, many things have changed and it has been cleaned up but when Father first bought the New Yorker Hotel — which is just along the road — that whole area was a red light district. So why would a minister invest in such place? Why would a religious leader buy a hotel in such an area?
Father was persecuted a lot for this. It was unimaginable but because of the providence that Father led, this western side of Manhattan has totally changed and been cleaned up. Now it has become a higher level in the region.
And then when Father started the ocean providence, He built boats and he started the fish business. Everybody said, “Why is he doing this? Why would the Messiah do something like this?” However as you know, in America people don’t eat much fish. They like beef and meat and they don’t eat much fish. They eat hamburgers and pizzas.
When Father first started the fish business, how could this be successful in a culture such as America? In Asia, of course we eat a lot of fish but America is a meat-eating culture and so this was also not easily imagined. However today, we know that Father’s fish business ranks first among the fish business and distribution business in America and there is a whole chain of restaurants. As you know, in New York and in LA, California and wherever you go, there are Sushi shops and places that serve fish. Many celebrities and stars see fish products as healthy food and so simply speaking, through the ocean providence, Father changed America, and also helped change America into a healthy culture.
So when Father began the Las Vegas providence, nobody believed in it. I confess that when he began the Las Vegas Providence, I was very concerned. Then Father took the game culture and took out the evil portion of the game culture and he helped, for instance, the Salvation Army. This time, we donated to a Women’s Shelter in Las Vegas. We visited this place. There was a game tournament earlier this year and all members got together and collected their donations and the proceeds of that tournament was donated to the Salvation Army and to welfare organizations.
This was the first time something like this happened in Las Vegas. A religious group came into Las Vegas and held a game tournament in the casinos and the proceeds from that were donated to a welfare organization. This is the first time in Las Vegas history. So even looking at this vision that Father is leading, we can see how Father is trying to change Sin City into Sun City. And this does not end there. Now, Father is pioneering the Ocean providence through the Hoover Dam in the Las Vegas area by making a special boat with helium tanks. This uses the principle of Helium that lifts the boat to run faster and save gasoline.
Through this, Father is always thinking of the environment, of the earth. And he is always thinking about this issue of starvation, the food problem, and how to cope with this problem of starvation. It is not something that you plant seeds, wait until the harvest in autumn, and then you make a donation. But daily, everyday, we have to worry about food in which to feed the children. And so in the ocean, through the Ocean providence, this is possible. This is a great wisdom that Father knows.
When we welcome True Parents in Las Vegas right now, the Original Divine Principle seminars are taking place constantly thru Rev. Yu. A few days ago, one workshop had ended, and this time CARP students came and visited. There are some from Cheon Bok Gung also. It was truly an unforgettable happy time shared together with the young students and True Parents. We had a good time with CARP students and had questions and answers. We went to the southern part of Las Vegas, close to Mexico, and we had Mexican food together. We shared much precious time together. We discussed many things that I had spoken about, for instance, the Mormon church.
As you know, the Mormon Church is now all over the world, and in America there is a special situation. America is now suffering economically, and China is rising. China is becoming strong financially. So in the last 50 years, this is the first time that America has been shaken up to this extent financially. On the other hand, there is a very new environment and a new atmosphere in America. Of course, people are concerned and worried. But what is interesting is that in Broadway, New York, there is a musical that is now recently ranking at the top. It is called the “Book of Mormon” musical. It is a story that makes fun of organized religion and traditional musical theater and it is about two Mormon missionaries.
If you look at Las Vegas, there are many Mormons and it has a lot of income through the casinos. But 50 percent of its income is made through exhibitions, big exhibits, which they have through big companies such as Samsung and so forth. The Mormons have a very strong presence in Nevada as well. The Mormons have a very special message. The situation of America is now very unstable and people are losing their faith and confidence in America. When we look at the Mormon religion, many philosophers and theologians point out that their theology is weak. It is problematic. However, the Mormon religion continues to grow. The reason for that is that the Mormon religion believes that America has been chosen as the center of the providence by God. Joseph Smith, they believe, is the most beloved prophet of God. They say that and they testify to that clearly. In Salt Lake City and in New York, where Joseph Smith received his revelation, is a special holy ground for the Mormon people. So even if the theology is a bit strange and people do not easily believe in the theology of the Mormons, the Mormon people see America as the holy land. They believe that the prophet that God loves the most arose from this land. This is what gives hope to the American people even if their theology is weak.
So then when I watched this, I thought of Korea. Korea is also going through many circumstances and situations in the Pacific Rim area. We see China rising very strongly. It is growing in an amazing way and Korea, a small country, is at risk. It is in danger before this tremendous power of China. As you know, Kook Jin Nim, CEO of Tong Il Foundation, has lectured on the need for a strong Republic of Korea. I think you have heard of this. But this really points to the issues. Korea is now going thru economic problems and China is showing tremendous growth. What value does Korea have in such circumstances? No matter how economically strong it is, no matter how stable its politics, and no matter how confident its people are, Korea is a tiny nation. A very small nation. So how can it go to the world with this confidence? The main reason that they can have confidence is because God had chosen this country. And through the 2,000 years of history, the Lord who opened the new history of mankind came to this land. It is not the most beloved prophet of God, but the Son that God has sent who came to Korea. It is because of this reason. Not because the Samsung Company is strong and makes a lot of money that Korea is strong, that is only a temporary thing; but because True Parents, the Son of God, has been sent to this country that it has an eternal value.
When I stay in America, I can see that Americans feel hope in Mormonism in a sense. But in Korea, we have to know that people really need to know our True Parents. They need to know what situation Korea is in. They need to know the true value which resides in this country; the true vision, the true goal and the true providence that has been revealed by the Unification Church. The Principle is a strong, stable, and dignified theology and nobody can explain the Bible in this way. When we look at the history of the providence, God began with Adam, and now we are at the final stages of the providence thru our True Parents who will have victory here. But nobody can explain this without knowing the Principle. And this is why we have to have faith and have hope in Korea. Our faith and our goal is important. Our goal is to return joy and glory to True Parents. It is very simple. There are many disputes going on in the Unificationist family but very simply we can distinguish what is true and what is not. What returns joy and glory to True parents is the real faith. What does not think about the joy and glory of True Parents is not true. So we can distinguish this very clearly. We must focus on returning joy and glory to our True Parents.
So I was eating tacos and burritos with the CARP students and one young man asked me, “After graduating from college, what should I do?” And then I responded to him, “Have a big dream but that alone is not enough. Even if you have a big dream, you have to have the dream for the joy and glory of our True Parents.” So what is the difference there?
For example; we have a big dream that we will become big businessmen and become millionaires, or our whole family becomes successful. In some extent, that is working for the sake of others. But it is basically working for your family. And that is a self-centered content. But I said, “If True Parents gave you talent and ability then you should go out and utilize that and succeed. You should make a lot of money, earn a lot of money, and build ten hospitals, for instance. Set up a goal. Build ten hospitals for the glory of our True Parents and then I will send you ten hoonsa nims to those hospitals. So build ten hospitals. Become successful businessmen. Build an orphanage and have a huge dream. That dream is not for your glory or for your joy but it is for the joy and glory of our True Parents. If we can do that, then we can create eternal value. God has given each person a special talent and special ability. If you do not utilize that ability, then that is a sin. When you utilize that ability, then you develop that but it has to be for the glory of God, and it has to be for the glory of the Son that God has sent. So as Unificationists, when we go out into the world, whatever challenges there are, whatever obstacles there are, you do not have to worry. Because as long as you have the truth and you have the filial piety, then you can win over all evil contents and you can overcome all difficulties, and you can return joy and glory to our True Parents.”
As I stay with True Parents, I feel many things. And I always have to repent. Our True Parents have gone beyond all limitations. They have transcended all dimensions and in their extremely strenuous life, they lead their lives with joy. When I see them do that, because of True Parents, I am able to stand before God. No matter how much personal training I accumulate, no matter how much jeongseong I offer and no matter how much good I do, I am still a sinner before God. From my thinking and my words and my actions, I have hurt God in many ways. By myself alone, I cannot go before God. I always realize this and I know this very well, that because of our True Parents, because of how precious they are, although he is my True Father, he is my savior. Because of him, I am able to stand before God and receive this tremendous blessing and tremendous grace. So then I realize the way of filial piety. This is not done through a sense of duty but this is done through love. No matter how difficult it is, no matter how tired we are, if we have a happy heart of joy, and going the way of filial piety, then we can all return joy and glory to our True Parents. So today, let us bring all of our shimjung energy together and gather together all of our love, all of our joys, all of our happiness and offer them to True Parents thru the “Champumonim Eog Mansei”. Through that vibration, then I believe that true spiritual works can occur in this history of providence.
Let us read Father’s words together: We speak the words of True Parents, yet we speak of True Children. What do True Children have to do? We need to know. We have to be able to offer all of our lives and we have to be able to offer everything what we have and be grateful even if we go to hell. This is the kind of course that we have to go through. And through this, we can connect as True Children. And we can return to the True Father. Aju!