Ladies and gentlemen, as we begin the twenty-first century, we find ourselves at a truly historic turning point. We are at a point of decision. Can everlasting world peace take root, or are we doomed to repeat the twentieth century’s dark and oppressive history of war and conflict?
The twentieth century was a period of ceaseless struggle, including wars for colonial dominion, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and the Cold War. Living through this era, I dedicated my life entirely to the accomplishment of God’s ideal of peace. I have always prayed sincerely that the United Nations, founded after the Second World War, would be an institution of peace, and that it would uphold God’s will for the realization of eternal world peace.
The United Nations has made important contributions for peace. Nevertheless, at its sixtieth anniversary there is a broad consensus, both inside and outside the organization that the UN has yet to discover the way to fulfill its founding purposes. The number of member states approaches two hundred, and the offices of these states do little more than represent and even insist on their own interests. They seem inherently unable to resolve conflicts and achieve peace.
For these reasons, I declare today before all humanity the founding of a new international organization, the Universal Peace Federation. Its mission is to renew the existing United Nations and provide a new level of leadership as an “Abel-type” UN; that is, an organization whose efforts for peace are offered to Heaven, that can invest itself ceaselessly in serving for the sake of others.
To resemble God, the original Being of true love, we need to become the owners of true love. We must embody true love and practice it in order to develop our character. This is the way each of us can become true parents.
Then, what is a life of true love? True love is the spirit of public service. It brings the peace that is at the root of happiness. Selfish love is a mask for the desire to have one’s partner exist for one’s own sake; true love is free of that corruption. Rather, its essence is to give, and to live for the sake of others and for the sake of the whole. True love gives, forgets that it has given, and continues to give without ceasing. True love gives joyfully. We find it in the joyful and loving heart of a mother who cradles her baby in her arms and nurses it at her breast. True love is sacrificial love, as with a filial son who gains his greatest satisfaction in helping his parents. God created the universe out of just such love—absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal—investing everything without any expectation or condition of receiving anything in return.
What did I say was lost by the Fall of Adam and Eve, who were created as God’s children?
First, the realm of the lineage given to us by God was lost. Blood lineage is the most special among all special rights that parents pass on to their children. Through the Fall, Adam and Eve received the false lineage of Satan and descended to become Satan’s children. We have to understand with certainty that all human beings today without exception, regardless of who they may be, are the descendants of the Fall who have inherited the blood lineage of Satan. When God created Adam and Eve, He invested His entire being 100 percent and created them on the standard of absolute love, absolute faith and absolute obedience. God gave them His lineage as the seed for their love and life.
So from this moment, you are in a different position. The path has been opened wide for you to change your lineage through the holy wine ceremony handed down by the True Parents and rededicate your marriage so that you may establish true families.
The second loss at the time of the Fall was the realm of siblings when, in the family of Adam, the older brother Cain killed his younger brother Abel. God’s original structure and blessing was that siblings in a family would lead a life of love and harmony, yet sibling relationships were degraded to become enemy relationships of envy and resentment. This is the reason humanity needs to completely restore this divisive lineage through the worldwide marriage blessings led by Rev. Moon. Only when the younger brother, who is favored by Heaven, can establish a relationship as a loving subject partner to his elder brother can the original family structure envisioned by God be restored.
|Extract from the speech "God’s Ideal Family and the Kingdom of the Peaceful Ideal World" given by Dr Sun Myung Moon on February 2, 2006, at the Korea International Exhibition Center, Goyang, Korea, on the occasion of the First Global Assembly of the Universal Peace Federation|