Unity Through Jesus
This Christmas Day, December 25, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ—the Holy Son of God who gave his life for all of humanity. Through Christianity, Jesus birthed a new understanding of God’s Will and providence as our Father and Creator. Let us honor Jesus’s immense love for God and the world, having gone the Way of the Cross for our sins to bring us spiritual salvation.
Below is an excerpt from the speech “Jesus and Christianity from the Standpoint of God’s Will,” by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon on November 18, 1980 at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul. Co-founder of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), the late Rev. Moon’s core teachings in the Divine Principle draw from the Bible and Jesus’s mission to save all people—a responsibility passed down to Rev. Moon after a spiritual encounter with Jesus at a young age.
“Jesus came to this world to build a nation and world centered upon God’s love. But Israel rejected Jesus’s teachings, and as a result, history became a history of perdition. When the first Israel rejected Jesus, God continued His Providence through the second Israel, the Christians, on the worldwide level, for the last 2,000 years.
Jesus’s teachings were supposed to unite his people, but because he died upon the cross, he could not become the King of Kings. God did not send him to start just another faith. It was His Will to save the world through Jesus. Thus Christianity, which is the substantial body of Jesus, has the mission to save the whole world.
However, Christianity after the death of Jesus has been sectarian. God clearly declares: ‘He so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ (JOHN 3:16)
God did not send Jesus because He loved one person or church in particular, but to save the world…
The Puritans of the Protestant Church, transcending one nation and one country, went to a new continent, America. The American people must be united from this time on in their worship of God, so that they can successfully carry out their mission of saving the whole world, for which task they should make sacrifices and serve other peoples. God made Christian America victorious in WWI and WWII so that she could emerge as a leading nation…
Consequently, if America as a superpower should overcome God-denying communist countries, then from that moment on God’s Will would be accomplished. However, today’s America is severely intoxicated by extreme individualism and materialism, and she cannot accept God’s Will. America is morally fallen, so to speak, and even her blessed Christian churches are on the way to serious decline. If Christianity cannot beat communism, then Christianity will perish. It would perish in the most tragic manner, without any historical parallel. The fall of Christianity would result in the demise of America. World Christianity is indeed responsible for the moral and spiritual bankruptcy of the world.
In this light, we can now see that the Unification Church and established churches must be united, and in turn, they and the nation must be united. Then, and only then, will North Korean communism fizzle out; and besides, Red China and even the USSR will be subjugated. Thus, Korea shall become a standard-bearer for world unity.
It is God’s Providence that the Unification Church and established Christian churches will be united, no matter what. If they are united with God’s love, and also united with our country, then Korea will secure a new dominion over the world. It is along the 38th parallel that democracy and communism are confronted with each other. If the Unification Church, established Christian churches, and the nation become one, then Kim Il Sung can be easily defeated…
Knowing that ‘we must all be united’ is a very important lesson from history… As in Jesus’s time, Jesus, Judaism, and Israel should have been united, so in our time the Unification Church, established Christian churches, and Korea must all be united. When we take a close look at the present situation in the Korean peninsula, we must realize that all religions must unite with the objective of victory over communism. The solution to the problem of Korea hinges on the unity of all religions… If this comes to pass, then the Christian churches will prosper; the Unification Church will prosper; and finally, Korea will prosper…” —Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon
Let us have unity and invite Jesus into our hearts and homes this holiday season, and into the new year upon us. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!
You can read Rev. Moon’s full speech here.
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