-- A.J. Muste.
Peace Messages - Sun Myung Moon
The Three Great Subject Partners Principle
From the Viewpoint of God's Providence
The Founder’s Address at the WCSF 2007 Grand Opening Ceremony, which took place at the Yu Gwan Soon Gymnasium in Cheonan, Korea, on July 4, 2007
Distinguished guests from at home and abroad, athletes participating in the interreligious sports tournament:
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking part in the World Culture and Sports Festival, which is growing in stature as a genuine peace festival for all humankind. This year, we are celebrating the Twelfth WCSF, under the theme “The Advent of the Era Beginning a New Universal Civilization of Peace.” The festival presents a model of harmony and peace to bring together the six and a half billion people of the world as one family under God.
Humankind in the Last Days
Ladies and gentlemen, please look at the world today. Can we find anyone among the current leaders of the world who is genuinely concerned with the future of humankind and who is making the sacrifices necessary to bring harmony and peace to humanity on an interreligious and international level? Human beings are like children who have lost their parents, like misdirected youths who do not recognize their teacher, like sheep who have lost their shepherd. Human beings have become spiritually blind, unable to see even an inch in front of them.
There are now some two hundred nations in the world. Yet, aren’t many of these nations engaged in fierce conflicts, directly or indirectly? Aren’t they all intent on pursuing their own interests? Even the United Nations, founded with the noble ideal of protecting the welfare and peace of humankind, has reached its limitations. Watching helplessly without a solution to the global crises of war, starvation and disease, isn’t the UN becoming an organization that exists more in name than in substance?
Thinking of ourselves as “lords of creation,” we human beings have forged our own history. Although humankind has seen terrible massacres, and suffered natural disasters, the human race has survived and continues to multiply to this day, seeking a bright and happy world—although with only a vague concept of what that might be. Why is it that the human race is still unable to escape from the mire of sin and disease?
The Three Great Subject Partners Principle
Ladies and gentlemen, on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Peace Palace and coronation of the king and queen of peace on June 13, 2006, I proclaimed the basic duties and mission—based on the heavenly way—that all citizens of the kingdom of God, Cheon Il Guk, should understand and fulfill. I did so in order to fulfill God’s call to me to bring humankind to live as one global family in a sacred reign of peace under God, by overcoming the tragic reality humankind is facing. Today, I would like to address you on the theme “The Three Great Subject Partners Principle from the Viewpoint of God’s Providence.” This message is Heaven’s blessing that serves as an important teaching in guiding humanity’s future. Please open your heart and listen to these words so that you may be ready for your eternal life.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is important to know that God endowed human beings with the Three Great Subject Partners Principle at the Creation.
The first great subject partner you are to become is a true parent. God created us as His children. We were to become true children by perfecting our individual character after going through an autonomous period of spiritual growth based on the principles God established. We were then to become true couples, have our own children and attain the position of true parents. In this way, we were to perfect ourselves by practicing and embodying the true love that God bestowed on us when He created us.
In reality however, moral values in our world today are deteriorating rapidly. The moral laws governing the relationship between parents and children have been rejected. Fidelity between couples is being discarded as an old-fashioned idea of previous generations, and brotherly love between siblings has become rare and buried in the swamp of self-centered individualism. For these reasons, the most important thing to do is establish true families based on true love. This means we must build families in which three generations live together in true love with true parents at the center.
The second great subject partner you are to become is a true teacher. Although the world is full of evil influences, one way or another, a person enters relationships in life where either he or she is in a position to teach or in a position to learn. Our first teachers are our parents. They should be our first and greatest teachers. As true teachers, it is the parents’ primary responsibility to raise true children.
Children who are brought up by true parents through a true and good family education easily progress into their school education. This is the next stage. School provides an institutionalized education, but even within that framework teachers have the responsibility—with the heart of true parents—to guide and educate them to become true children. By this I mean that horizontal, academic education must be carried out on the foundation of vertical, character education. Therefore a teacher must first possess the heart of a true parent.
The third great subject partner you are to become is a true owner. God created the universe and is the true owner and lord of all creation. God’s creation is the fruit of His complete investment, carried out based on absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience. From this example, we can gain the wisdom that enables us to become a true owner. The secret is to invest true love on the basis of that absolute standard. The prerequisite of becoming a true owner is to possess the heart of a true parent.
The organic relationship within the Three Great Subject Partners Principle
The Three Great Subject Partners Principle expresses an organic relationship that is mutual, absolute and indivisible. This is because a true parent, true teacher or true owner can stand in the position of either a subject partner or an object partner in relation to the other two. In other words, once you attain the position of a true parent, the positions of a true teacher and true owner emerge. Once you reach the position of a true teacher, the positions of true parent and true owner are included. When you attain the position of a true owner, you will immediately become a true parent and true teacher as well.
From the outset, human beings were born to inherit and embody God’s complete Three Great Subject Partners Principle. To become a person of character, perfecting the Three Great Subject Partners Principle, we must become like God Himself. We must have a heart that is like God’s and love other people and all creation on the basis of His absolute standard, just as He does. In other words, we must attain a state of loving unity with God, wherein we can love the creation. At that point, the true parent, the true teacher and the true owner all converge.
The world operates through the harmony of various systems and relationships. In this complex and varied world, the principle of becoming a true owner naturally applies to the relationships between people; but it also applies to the relationship between human beings and the creation. The question is what kind of person can be called a true owner. Someone who lives for others, caring for and sacrificing to serve others—in other words, a person who practices true love in daily life—can be called a true owner. Only someone who cares for all things in the creation with true love, protecting and nurturing them, can become a true owner of all creation.
In light of this, it is not your position or status that makes you a true owner. It is determined by your character and capacity to love. The president of a company who loves and cares for all his employees with a parental heart is the true owner of that company. Only the president of nation who loves its citizens like a parent who caringly raises his or her children, and who shares the sorrows and joys of life with them, can become the true owner of that nation.
Our conscience as a true parent, true teacher and true owner
Ladies and gentlemen, God’s creation is truly mysterious and profound. God created us as His children and to be the lords of creation. To this end, He gave each of us the highest and greatest gift—a conscience. This special gift of a conscience is given to us as a compass to guide us through life in this earthly world. We can say that our lifespan may be one hundred years. Regardless of who we are, from the moment of our birth to the moment we die we cannot escape the influence of our conscience.
The most elevated function of the conscience is its role as our true parent, true teacher and true owner. In other words, our conscience acts as a true parent, true teacher and true owner on behalf of God, guiding our lives and educating us from the time we are born. Our conscience functions as a guide, keeping watch over our every action at every moment. It is aware of our every word, thought and deed even before our parents, our teachers or God are. God infused into the conscience the fundamental function of guiding and supervising our lives.
Yet the conscience, which should be clear as crystal, has been clouded due to the Fall and is now unable to fully manifest its original function amid all manner of sin and spiritual sickness. That is why you must become people who can listen to the voice of your conscience, and cry out to be liberated even one day sooner and given innermost freedom from this evil world that is under Satan’s dominion.
However, there is no way for fallen people to restore the original function of the conscience by their own power. This is because they have not established a direct vertical relationship with God. The six and a half billion people in the world today are all off at a tangent, each and every one living under the illusion of being genuine and the best in his or her field. However, no one will be able to find the path to salvation until someone reaches the absolute standard of a direct ninety-degree-angle relationship with God.
Beloved leaders from around the world, there is one person, the first and probably the last to hold such a position in history, who holds the keys to free humankind from Satan’s bondage and to lead them to heaven. That person is the one standing before you today.
I never wished for nor sought this position, but I was anointed by God and placed in the position of the Savior, Messiah, returning Lord and the True Parent of humankind. It is a position that is absolutely free from the influence of Satan’s realm. It is indeed I, Reverend Moon, who have been charged by God with practicing and demonstrating first hand a life based on the truth and on submission to the conscience. The path of a true parent, true teacher and true owner I am walking will allow the people of the world, who are going six and a half billion separate ways, to be reconnected to God at a ninety-degree angle.
The absolute, good spirits in the spirit world, who number more than 300 billion, are testifying in unison to this fact. The founders of the great religions, principally Jesus, as well as great philosophers and thinkers, and even some communist leaders, are shedding tears of gratitude for this amazing truth.
The value of the cross-cultural marriage blessing
Ladies and gentlemen, even the people in the spirit world have no way to be saved without receiving the grace of the blessing from the True Parents.
The time has come for humankind to fulfill the heavenly decree of creating one family under God through the international and cross-cultural blessing. As the True Parent, my teachings are for you to receive now. What way is there to create the kingdom of heaven on earth and in heaven other than by becoming one family under God? What other way is there to create the ideal world that God envisioned at the time of the Creation, the world in which all people are united beyond the boundaries of race, culture, religion and nation, and where war and conflict do not exist?
Without your being aware of it, the True Parents have proclaimed the opening of the era after the coming of heaven, which will allow humanity to be liberated. Even God will be liberated and His heart set completely free. The True Parents are now taking this revolutionary truth that we must all become true parents, true teachers and true owners to all the corners of the world.
Ladies and gentlemen, the fundamental spirit of the World Culture and Sports Festival 2007 is one of fulfilling the sacred task of bringing all people together as one family. Please remember that we, as people of religion, culture and athletic prowess, have the mission to come together as one and bring the era beginning a new universal civilization of peace into fruition. Religious people, in particular, must become the leaders of this sacred revolution of true love. I have already completed all the necessary preparations for this.
With a view to building the ideal kingdom of heaven that is God’s desire, I am promoting the world’s grandest project, which is to build a tunnel under the Bering Strait. It will be part of the creation of the International Highway of Peace that is to connect all oceans and continents and allow people to travel at full speed around the globe.
The United Nations, which began with the noble ideal of realizing world peace, is now only a shadow of what it was meant to be. Unable to turn away from this sad reality I am promoting the renewal of the UN. In support of these efforts, I have founded the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) as the new “Peace UN,” or “Abel-type UN,” with the belief that we must pour new wine into fresh wine skins. UPF will guide humanity in the era for the beginning of a new and universal civilization of peace. It is already active in more than 120 nations.
All you have to do now is trust in and follow the True Parents. With your conscience as your compass, attain the status of a true parent, true teacher and true owner. Manifest true love in your daily life, thus ensuring your eternal life in heaven. Heavenly fortune will speed you on your path, and your good ancestors who have received the Marriage Blessing will actively assist you in your activities. Have courage, and strive to go forward!
I pray that you may all attain the true family ideal so that you can say three cheers for the advent of the era of the kingdom of peace under the sacred reign of peace, based on the Three Great Subject Partners Principle.
Thank you very much.