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The Meaning of History from Viewpoint of God

Hyeon-seob Do

God and the meaning of history discussed as part of preparations for new version of the teachings 

Jack Corley on the meaning of history
Rev. Jack Corley. Photo: Personal

Part 1 of a lecture given by Rev. Jack Corley, head of the East European sub-region of the Family Federation, at an international prayer meeting by Zoom on 3rd April 2024. The lecture is based on a presentation originally given at seminars in South Korea as a preparation for publishing a new version of the teachings of the Family Federation

See part 2, part 3, part 4

I was thinking about how to make history interesting. For some people, history is boring, but actually I would say that now we really understand the true meaning of history.

For most people, it’s just a series of events and people, names and dates, mostly of wars, but they don’t see the underlying direction of history. We actually have the greatest blessing that, through Father and Mother Moon and through the Unification Principles, we understand how history began, we understand the root of conflict, and we understand the direction of history.

And so we can be optimistic, even though the world sometimes looks very difficult. We can actually be optimistic about the future, because we know precisely the time in which we live. It’s like the 30,000-foot view of history. […]

The text was actually presented originally by Professor Hyeon-seob Do, the president of Sunhak UP Graduate University.

One of the expressions I’ve often heard in our movement is the “anguish of God”. Therefore, when you listen to this history, I want you to consider that behind all events, back and forth – and many times failures, disappointments and betrayals – there has been a loving Parent anguishing over His children’s situation.

The greatest pain for parents is the suffering of their children. So a parent can only be happy when his or her children are happy.

It’s the same for whomever you love – your wife, your husband, children, relatives, close friends. You can only be really happy when they are also happy.

And so, I want you to keep this in mind as I look through what otherwise could be a rather dry explanation of history.

I am actually using the transcript from the original lecture, which I have edited down because of time. I believe I could have done a better job. So my apologies if it’s not as good as it should be.

I’ll read [from a provisional translation from Korean]:

“Heavenly Parent has a dream: to give birth to [from the Korean verb 낳다 (nahda) – may also be translated as ‘bring forth’, ‘become the Parent of’, ‘bear’ ] human beings as the children who can monopolize [from the Korean verb 독차지하다 (tokchaji hada) – may also be translated as ‘possess exclusively’, ‘engross’] Heavenly Parent’s love and create an eternal world where they experience joy and happiness while giving and receiving infinite love.”

We are so used to living in a world of conflict and evil that it’s hard to believe the purpose of life actually is joy – joy for God and joy for us.

Mother Moon in New Jersey, USA
Mother Moon speaking in New jersey, USA. Photo: FFWPU

We often hear that Heavenly Parent created humankind or made human beings. Mother Moon says,

“Heavenly Parent gave birth to us [became our Parent, brought us forth].”

I’ll read some more [from a provisional translation from Korean]:

“When we say Heavenly Parent ‘gave birth to’ [became the Parent of, brought forth] human beings, Heavenly Parent’s parental nature is revealed more clearly.

I think that the expression that best reveals the attributes of Heavenly Parent, who has fatherly and motherly attributes, is the phrase ‘God gave birth to us [became our Parent, brought us forth].’

Looking at it that way, we realize that the relationship between Heavenly Parent and us is more intimate and more profound.”

The Creation of Adam
The Creation of Adam, ca. 1511 by Michelangelo (1475-1564). Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image

This painting in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam”, misses one really very important part: That is Eve. And so, the concept, of course, is that Eve was like an afterthought in the creation story in the Bible.

But actually, God was at His most creative when he created Eve. She was the ultimate and final creation of God, after everything else, including Adam.

I’ll read some more [from a provisional translation from Korean]:

“Heavenly Parent’s dream could not be fulfilled due to the fall of our first ancestors. To fulfill this dream, Heavenly Parent, whose beginning and end are the same, chose the people of Israel from among fallen humankind.

The chosen people of Israel were to attend and follow Heavenly Parent and fulfill their mission as the central nation to restore the lineage in order to bring about the birth of the Only Begotten Son [독생자 (toksaengja – may also be translated as ‘Firstborn Son’ or ‘First Son’)] and Daughter [독생녀 (toksaengnyeo – may also be translated as ‘Firstborn Daughter’ or ‘First Daughter’)] who will inherit God’s lineage and become the True Parents of humankind.

Just as Heavenly Parent gave birth to [became the Parent of, brought forth] one man and one woman in the beginning, in order for humankind to return to Heavenly Parent, an Only Begotten Son and Only Begotten Daughter who inherit the lineage of Heavenly Parent must be born.”

So this is the ultimate statement about the meaning of history.

Continued in part 2, part 3, part 4.

 Slightly edited text, comments in square brackets added by Knut Holdhus.

Featured image above: Dr. Hyeon-seob Do, the president of Sunhak UP Graduate University, Asan, South Korea. Photo: Sunhak University.

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