文鮮明牧師演講 2010年5月9日 拉斯維加斯/亞瑞亞飯店
對於各位貴賓在百忙當中，撥冗蒞臨，參加這意義重大的典禮--我們 的金婚紀念日，榮冠式和紀念慶典，正如最近在新聯合國大樓舉辦之典禮般的天賜良機，我和我太太代表我們家庭以及和全韓國國民，在 此致上最深刻的感激之意。
各位女士先生，兩個月前我才慶祝過我的九秩壽辰，朝向我生命中的百歲瑞齡邁進。 此時，正是神的攝理極為忙碌的時刻；然而長久以來，我一直備受天運祝福，可說是超越了一般人的平均壽命，今日值逢結婚五十 周年紀念，我們將以此晚宴慶祝，並與各地嘉賓同歡。
此生至今，我們已建立了許多推動世界和平的國際性組織和機構，在各領域上投入了 無以計數的努力，包括有益社會的超教派合作與計畫，跨文化的活動、運動和媒體，同時，我們已成功地引導世界臻至於和平的目標，以 及引導人類的拯救。
在各種方面的努力成功之後，人們會讚揚我們說，我們應當回顧一生，接受眾人的誠 心祝願來歡慶生日。他們鼓勵我們暫且拋開繁忙的事務，駐足享受過去90年來所努力的成果。然而，我和我太太無法注 視這已然走過的生命；雖然我們已經完成了神所賜予的「真父母」使命，而神才是全人類之縱的父母。如今，在這成就神王國----天 一國所剩的三年時間裡面，事實上，我們每一天正過者比過去任何時刻，還要更嚴肅、更戰戰兢兢的心情。
一生至今，我乃為了解放神而獻上自己，神是天地唯一的真父母，為了復歸神回到本 然父母的位置，為了解救死亡圈內受苦的全人類，使之回到神的懷抱之中，為此，我始終不屈不撓、帶來勝利，獨自克服了無數的困逆，引導 迷途世人，如同無知的孤兒尋找父母般，一步一步地朝向全人類拯救的目標前進。
由於始祖的墮落，導致我們生而具備了假血統，至今，每個人毫無例外地在黑暗中摸 索，無法打破撒但的牢籠。在此環境下，為了指引全世界65億人民，走向建設地上神王國的正確道路上，我 和我太太怎能在生命中掉以輕心？
但不幸的，人類卻生而為墮落的後裔，為了活出完全的生命，所有人類毫無例外地都 必須接受來自真父母三階段的祝福，亦即重生、復活和永生。重生，就字義而言，意指一個人獲得新的生命；復活則是一個家庭獲得新的生 命；而永生意指全人類達到完全，並以著侍奉萬王之王的真父母，在建立地上天國與天上天國後，永遠居住在神的故鄉裡。
我們可以容易地看到，每個人的生命都是通過這三階段，首先，每個人都是通過神的 恩典與父母的愛而被懷孕生下。第一階段，我們曾長達九個月時間生活在母胎之中，沒有人可以例外！不論我們當時能否意識到，卻 依然全都免不了要在母親的子宮中待上九個月。即使女人的子宮比一般電鍋還小，但對於胎兒而言，卻比全宇宙還要大。
第二階段是誕生之後的生命，我們來到地上的生活是如何呢？各位如何用言語來貼切 地形容一個新生兒面對完全陌生之新世界的掙扎呢？當嬰兒體驗到這寬廣的世界時，發出了第一次的哭喊聲，事實上，那是他發現子宮外，應 許了未來一百年之嶄新時空的祝福與慶祝。
今日我們都蒙受了祝福，且在人生的第二階段中生活。雖然一百年遠比在母胎中的九 個月還要長，但請不要忘了，我們仍有一個必須更努力追求的終極目的。雖然我們全都忘了在母胎中所擁有的意識，而在此廣大豐 富的世界中盡情地享受著眼前的人生；然而這段期間，卻僅是為了進入人生中的最後階段所做的預備，那即是永恆的生命。
第三階段出現在永生的世界裡，那世界是藉由達到完全方能進入的，那就是靈界；那 是身為墮落後裔的人類所無法想像的世界，一個超越時空的世界。就如同胎兒在母親胎中無法想像地上生活一樣，對於在地上世界 呼吸空氣生活的人來說，也是無法輕易了解靈界的；我們將以靈人體重獲新生，呼吸著真愛來生活。
面對死亡之際，假如人們不了解死亡的真正含義，就可能會恐懼、顫抖，並深感可 怖。雖然人類歷史已超過六千年，卻沒有人清楚地教導有關死亡的真理。現在，正處於歷史的終末，我以人類真父母的立場，已能揭示此一屬 天的秘密與真理。
女士先生們，「死亡」一詞是神聖的，死亡並不等於悲傷和痛苦，因此我創造了「昇 華」一詞，來說明死亡的真實意義。從進入靈界的那一刻起，即是我們帶著地上生活所結的果實，進入一個喜悅與勝利的世界。那一刻對仍在 世上的人而言，是要以喜悅來告別往生者，那應該是要大大慶祝的時刻。各位應該流下喜悅的眼淚而非悲傷的眼淚，那就是神聖崇 高之昇華式的意義。那是在神的懷抱中享受永生所邁出的第一步；死亡的時刻應該是，比新婚的新娘即將第一次踏入新郎家中還更加令人興奮 的事。
前美國國務卿亞歷山大‧海格將軍，韓戰時，他曾指揮戰 機，轟炸當時北韓的興南集中營，而拯救了當時被監禁的我；贏得諾貝爾和平獎的前南韓總統金大中；赫 迪·阿納比(Hedi Annabi)突尼西亞外交官與聯合國海地穩定特派團團長，於2010年海地大地震 時喪生；赫 迪·阿納比夫人與身旁一同身亡的100位聯合國人員；前哥斯大黎加總統羅德里格斯，他是舉世聞名的「和平總統」；前印尼總統瓦希德，他奉獻一生給 國家，這是超過兩億人口的偉大國家；冰島前首相斯泰因格里米爾，他協助促成當時蘇聯總統戈巴契夫與美國總統雷根的會談，因 而加速冷戰的終結；塞內加爾的謝赫哈桑‧西塞，他被尊為伊斯蘭教的典範與偉大學者；印度辛格維，他被印度11億人 民稱頌為「和解與和平大使」。
此外，還有其他我們想特別紀念的人，通過這儀式以著昇華祝福送他們到靈界。我 相信各位都聽過最近韓國「天安號」軍艦沉沒的消息，四十六位士兵在軍事任務中喪生。當我四月份在韓國四大城市巡迴演講期間，我 和內人為這些不幸喪命的士兵們舉行昇華祝福。今天，我們陳列了四十六位士官兵以及犧牲於海地的聯合國工作人員的照片，請全體一起為他 們祈禱能夠得到安息。
在眾多指導者中還有一位善良的女性領袖，我想給她昇華祝福。她是川琦禮子博士(Reiko Kawasaki)，十七世紀統一日本群島之幕府時代最後一位將軍德川家康的第十七代子孫。我們一起在這過渡期間，以 著我們的祝福送川琦博士去到靈界。她是來自洛杉磯的醫學博士，一直過著服務他人的生活，而於最近過世。通過來自靈界善的影響，她將在 韓、日、美之間扮演重要的角色，並協助解決政治、經濟等各領域的各種問題以實現世界和平。因此，我們把她列入最近將接受昇華祝福的名 單之中。
卓越的領袖們，我所提及的這些人，儘管他們的一生是利他與博愛的，但 是在沒有接受真父母的婚姻祝福與昇華祝福之下，世界上沒有一人能夠得到可以進入永生世界的保證。因為此神人關係之父子因緣，乃因始祖 墮落的緣故而被切斷了，請各位嚴肅地看待這一點。
此刻，是各位將真父母已帶來之善的信息，分享至全世界的時刻了；同時也來到要尊 崇並繼承韓民族之傳統與精神的時代。從真父母出現開始，建立天的傳統，並通過聯合國，使65億人民合為一體， 以帶來世界和平。
隨著天曆時代的開始，請不要忘記昇華式是神聖的儀式，能使任何人繼承天國神聖公 民的世界觀，並慶祝神與全人類的解放。藉此，基於真愛的理想家庭將能夠完成，並且神與全人類、靈界與地上界，都能完全地統一，進而引 領全世界進入和平的治理。請把握此時機，表達你們對神與真父母的感謝，因他們賜予了祝福式與昇華式到全世界各國；唯有通過真父母，天 一國與神國的傳統才能被建立起來。
女士先生們， 今日人類應當行走何種道路？即便現在，每年在 世界各地有幾千萬的無辜生命死於戰爭、疾病、飢餓與天災之中。若觀察每個領域，從個人到全體，不管是宗教、政治、教育、文化或意識形 態，人們都深陷在自我本位主義的泥沼之中，在自身四周築起高牆，我們生活在一個被帶往毀滅的世界，失去了真誠的溝通。
女士先生們，我們正生活在一個巨大轉換的歷史性時代。這是一個革命性的偉大時 代，一個將要改變歷史，統一靈界與地上界，創建神自太初就一直渴望之天國理想的時代。我們再也不能延緩或耽延祂願望的實現了。我已宣 告2013年1月13日將是奠基日(Foundation Day)，那將是實體天一國的出發點與原點，然而，所剩的時間已不到 三年了。
因此，現在是全人類要謙卑遵循天法的時代，一個不可迴避的時代已經臨到我們身 上，在這僅剩的二年八個月的時間裡，我們必須百分之百完全地投入自己，並以自己的生死來承諾，要在萬王之王與神實體代身的 真父母指導下，在地上推動並完成攝理。靈界中所有的善靈都已開始總動員了，並且已先你們一步跑在前面。
女士先生們，從太初開始，神就投入完全、毫無保留的精誠在人類身上，而自墮落的 那一刻起，始祖就陷入並消失在黑暗之中，成為撒但血統的一部份。各位可曾想過，神為此經歷了多少痛苦？各位是否曾有一絲絲 的感受？已忍受了數萬年劇痛與無盡悲傷的天父，祂骨頭流淚、肌肉插箭，仍必須經歷漫長黑暗的死蔭幽谷，以蕩減人類的墮落，為 的就是要拯救自己所失喪的孩子。各位可曾經歷多少日夜流淚的日子，渴望去安慰天上的父？
各位女士先生，神培育及準備韓國已長達數千年之久。所有信仰基督教的人們都相 信，神為了拯救人類，而在兩千年前差遣祂的兒子耶穌基督來到地上。然而，耶穌所行走的卻是一個悲慘的命運。猶太教領袖及以色列選民，當 時應該接受耶穌為彌賽亞，並以著絕對的信仰及絕對的服從來跟隨他。而不應該使耶穌被釘上十字架，讓他突然離開人世，只留下「成了」這 句話，然而這句話僅適用於靈的拯救。在經過兩千年的準備之後，再臨主得以降臨在這韓國半島，以成就耶穌未竟的志業。
過去以來，韓民族一直都是尊奉神，將神視為最崇高及首要的祖先來敬拜。他 們把這第一存在與所有人類的祖先，稱為「第一」，亦即「神」，他們侍奉創造黑夜與白天的神為主。正如所有數字都是從一開始，萬物也是 起源於從一開始的神。同理，神是他們最起源的祖先；韓民族一直侍奉著神，而這共生、共榮、共義的精神，活躍在民族的靈魂與傳統當中。 在綿延五千年的歷史當中，韓國未曾一次侵略或攻擊過其他的國家、民族，此種想為了增進人類福祉之精神，仍然在韓民族的血脈中流動著。
我已經繼承了如此的傳統價值，並將之發揚光大：比如民間故事的孝女沈清，為了使 眼盲的父親能看見而奉獻其生命。比如展現深刻之愛與貞潔的烈女春香，超越死亡的恐懼，只為了持守對丈夫的承諾。以及李舜臣將軍展現出 堅不可摧的忠誠，即使被國王與其他領導者遺棄，仍是毅然為國家和人民獻出寶貴的生命。
這些崇高的韓國價值與傳統，並不單單只是過去的歷史事蹟；通過這些價值，上天正 在預備這個民族，這一切都是為了建立一個迎接能夠在今日彌賽亞的基台。在此已預備好的基台上，乘著韓半島旋風而上的運勢，我終 於出現了，領受了來自於上天的印信，成為人類的真父母與萬王之王。
各位貴賓、女士先生們，全人類必須行走的道路，現在已經很清楚了。在面對上天通 過真父母所揭示之D-day (發動攻擊日，軍事專有名詞)，還有什麼原因讓你遲疑呢？在你英勇前進的路上，天的 祝福將與你同在。
若以神的攝理為中心來觀察歷史流向，你將發現大致可分為三個階段，第一階段是 「物質時代」(era of worldly matters)，換句話說，即是物質主義掛帥的時代。第二階段是「人 文時代」(era of human affairs)，這是人類的知識與情感優先主導與主管世界之人本時代。
然而，為了讓人類能脫掉墮落性，回歸本然的自我，並侍奉著神為父親，生活在合一 的大家庭中，這兩個階段是一個必要的過渡時期與準備過程。以迎接最後階段的「天法時代」(era of heavenly affairs)，在此階段人類應遵循為別人而活的道路，他們應該藉著內外兩面的純潔、潔淨與聖婚典禮之基台，樹立絕對聖潔 的基準。這是一個開啟神王國----天一國的時代，以及回歸唯一真神之心情的時代，請各位將此內容銘記在心。
一旦實體的天一國時代開始，靈界與地上界將連結成為一體，所有萬物將在靈肉兩界 的調和下接受治理；這將是地球上，有史以來第一次發生的事情；此外，這攝理將根據天法與天的道路來實現，世俗世界所流行的選舉制度，將 會從地球上消失。所有人類將會通過「交叉婚姻」與「世界和平祝福」成為一個大家庭，我們將在此和平的神聖治理中，享有安寧與喜悅，而 到那日為止，只剩下不到三年的時間了。
現在起你必須將我的教導全都深植於你的骨髓之中，並過一個實踐真實的生活。我們 將別無選擇，假如現在不準備，最後我們一定會被遺棄。我們要學習白頸鶴的勇氣與堅毅，為了準備度過寒冬，而飛越超過七千公尺的喜馬拉 雅山。
我已經預備好要給全人類的最後話語，這是基於我勝利了六、七次生死存亡關頭，包 括六次不公的牢獄。我正留下八套教科書及教材，以供全人類永遠使用(出版品將近一千冊)，包括文牧 師講道集、原理講論、天聖經、家庭誓盟、和平神經、真家庭—通往天國之門、和平的主人與血統的主人、世界經典。這些 是你必須要學習與研究的教科書，甚至去到靈界之後亦是如此。這並不是來自於某個人頭腦的教條，而是教導天法的教科書與材料，是 神為了拯救子女而賜下的寶貴內容。
現在你應該利用這些書籍，在家庭裡建立訓讀會的傳統。這傳統是家庭三代能夠以訓 讀天的話語，做為一天出發，並以一顆嶄新的心，過著實踐這些話語的生活。讓我們建立一個靈界與地上界的人們能共同地侍奉真父母，並 在天的道路上一起訓讀聖言的世界。
一旦這些能夠實現，不管撒但多麼努力想侵入你的血統，一旦遇到訓讀會的傳統，他 將束手無策。假如一個家庭能夠與神一致化、正午定著，沒有任何陰影，卻仍然未能領受神的祝福，那麼還有誰能值得這些祝福呢？當 如此屬天的家庭遍滿地上，這世界將自動地變成地上天國與靈界的天上天國，並完成天下一家的願景。
各位女士、先生，去年我的回憶錄----「成為熱愛和 平的世界人」已經出版了，忠實坦誠地描述了我的路程。通過這本書，我清楚地指出如何尋找到神對人類的旨意，以及身為神子女的我們所應 跟隨的道路。
我的人生可說是「若不成功，就一試、再試、繼續試。」這句諺語的典型。就如之前 所提的訓讀教科書與教材，我對這本自傳一樣具有確信。因此我真誠地推薦給你，相信這將使你明白如何根據真理來生活。在我九十年的生涯 當中，我都是按著天法，不偏不倚地生活。我禱告各位能夠仔細地閱讀這些真愛的闡釋，並在其中發現偉大的靈感與激勵。
我曾提及，正午定著的生活將沒有陰影，若我們能夠過著如此生活而閃耀發光，那 麼將沒有任何陰影能讓罪惡侵入；而領受那光的人們將會對此光芒深表感激。我祈求我們能拭去那些悲慘與貧窮之人們的眼淚，驅 散世間所有黑暗，過一個散發出真愛永恆光芒的生活。
(註)：天一國=天宙和平統一國=The Nation of Cosmic Peace and Unification.
Father's Speech at the Aria, Hotel in Las Vegas,
Mother’s Day-May 9, 2010
“The Establishment of the Abel UN and the Completion of God's Kingdom of Cheon Il Guk in Korea”
Respected leaders from around the world, distinguished guests from home and abroad, ladies and gentlemen:
Representing our family, and on behalf of the people of Korea, my wife and I would like to express our deep appreciation to the many esteemed guests who have come, amid your busy schedules, to celebrate this event that is so meaningful for my wife and me, our Golden Anniversary, Coronation, and Memorial Festival, making it a wonderful occasion, like the recent event held at the new UN building.
Ladies and gentlemen, two months ago I celebrated my ninetieth birthday and took my first steps toward the hundredth year of my life. This is a very busy time in God's providence. I have been blessed with a long life, beyond the average human lifespan. On the occasion of our fiftieth wedding anniversary, we are holding this banquet with people from all over the world.
We have fourteen children: five have graduated from Harvard University . Among our forty plus grandchildren, several of them are already studying there. Moreover, a great number of good men and women from 194 nations have come to recognize and follow us as the king of kings and the True Parents.
Throughout our lives, we have established many international organizations and institutions to promote world peace. We have invested unreservedly in many fields including interreligious cooperation, projects to benefit society, intercultural activities, sports, education and the media, and we have successfully led these initiatives with the aim of promoting peace and bringing salvation to humanity.
After working to succeed in all these things, people would probably commend us, saying that we deserve to look back at our lives and pleasantly celebrate our birthdays with the good wishes of all people. They would probably encourage me to forget about everything and sit back and enjoy the successes achieved during the past ninety years!
However, my wife and I cannot look at the lives we have led in such a worldly way. We have had to complete the mission of the actual True Parents, given to us by God, who is Himself the vertical true parent of all humankind. Now, with three years remaining in this mission to make God's kingdom, Cheon Il Guk, a reality, we are leading each day of our lives with more seriousness than ever before.
Throughout my life, I have offered myself for the liberation of God, the one and only true parent of heaven and earth, to restore to Him His rightful position as parent, to save all of human beings who suffer in the realm of death, and to return them to God's bosom. For this purpose I have persevered and triumphed, alone, over countless tribulations while leading the people of the world, who are like lost and unaware orphans searching for their parents, toward the goal of global salvation.
Due to the Fall, brought about by our first ancestors, people are born into the false lineage. Every one without exception wanders in darkness even now, unable to break free of Satan's bondage. Under such circumstances, how could my wife and I be anything less than completely serious in our lives as we show the 6.5 billion people of the world the way along the path toward the building of God's kingdom on earth?
Three Stages of Re-creation
Ladies and gentlemen, God created human beings as his children. As the original absolute, unique. unchanging, and eternal being, God created people by breathing His love into them to endow them with a soul. If not for the Fall, we would have been able to perfect ourselves, as God is perfect, and attain eternal life.
But unfortunately, human beings are living as descendants of the Fall. In order to live a perfect life, all people without exception must receive life through the blessing from True Parents in the three stages of rebirth, resurrection and eternal life. Rebirth, in this context, refers to an individual attaining new life.
Resurrection is when a family attains new life, and eternal life refers to all of humankind attaining perfection and living forever in God's homeland after establishing the kingdom of heaven on earth and in the spirit world by attending True Parents, who have attained the position of the king of kings.
We can easily see that each person's life goes through three stages. Everyone is conceived through the grace of God and the love of his or her parents. The first stage of life is the long (yet short) nine months spent in the mother's womb.
No one is exempt from this! Whether we are conscious of it or not at the time, all of us without exception spend nine months in our mother's womb. Even though a woman's womb is smaller than some rice cookers, from the perspective of a fetus, it is larger than the entire universe.
What about our birth into the second stage of our lives, which occurs on earth? How could we find words adequate to describe the struggle of a newborn baby as it is faced with a completely unfamiliar, new world? The first cry of a newborn as it experiences the large and wide world that it finds upon coming out of the womb is a blessing and celebration of a new time and space that promises a one-hundred-year future.
Today we are all blessed to be living in the second stage of our lives. Although a hundred years is much longer than the nine months we spend in the womb, please do not forget that there is still a course we must follow to a higher end. Although we have all forgotten the standard of consciousness that we possessed in our mother's womb, and we are now enjoying our lives fully in this big, wide world, this is merely preparation for the final stage of our lives, which is eternal life.
That third stage occurs in the world of eternal life, which we can enter by reaching perfection, this is the spirit world. It is a world that cannot be imagined by people descended from the Fall. It is a world in which we transcend time and space. Just as the baby in a mother's womb cannot imagine life on earth, we, as people living and breathing air in this earthly world, cannot easily understand the spirit world, where we will be reborn in our spiritual bodies, living and breathing true love.
As people face death, they may shake in fear, and feel terrified if they do not understand the true meaning of death. Although human history has continued for more than six thousand years, no one has clearly taught the truth regarding death. Now, in the Last Days of history, I have been able to reveal this truth, this heavenly secret, as the True Parent of humankind.
Ladies and gentlemen, the word "death" is sacred. It is not a synonym for "sadness and suffering." Therefore, I have created the term seunghwa [ascension] to explain the true significance of "death." The moment we enter the spirit world is the time that we enter a world of joy and victory with the fruits born of our lives on earth. It is a time for those of us remaining on earth to send off the departed with joy. It should be a time for great celebration. We should be shedding tears of joy instead of tears of sadness. That is the significance of the sacred and noble Seunghwa Ceremony. It is the first step toward enjoying eternal life in God's embrace. The moment of death should be a time of greater excitement than that of a newlywed bride going to her groom's home for the first time.
In order to open the door for all people to experience this kind of precious eternal life, I held a Seunghwa Ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York on March 18 in honor of world leaders who had recently passed into the next world. The following are the names of those commemorated on that occasion:
General Alexander Haig, a former United States secretary of state, who saved my life by leading the bombing of the North Korean Hungnam Special Labor Camp where I was imprisoned during the Korean War; Mr. Kim Dae-jung, a former South Korean president, who won the Nobel Peace Prize; Mr. Hedi Annabi, a Tunisian diplomat and head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, who died in the 2010 Haitian earthquake; the one hundred UN workers who died alongside Mr. Annabi; Mr. Rodrigo Carazo Odio, a former president of Costa Rica, who is known worldwide as "the Peace President"; Mr. Abdurrahman Wahid, a former president of Indonesia, who gave his entire life for the sake of his great nation, which has a population of more than two hundred million; Mr. Steingrimur Hermannsson, a former prime minister of Iceland, who helped bring about the meeting of then Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and United States President Ronald Reagan, which accelerated the end of the cold war; Shaykh Hassan Cisse of Senegal, who is respected as an exemplary person and a great scholar of Islam; and Mr. Laxmi Mall Singhvi of India, who is praised as the "Ambassador of Reconciliation and Peace" by India's 1.1 billion people.
There are also other people whom we would especially like to remember through this ceremony and send to the spirit world with the seunghwa blessing. I'm sure you have already heard about the recent sinking of the ship Cheonan in Korea where 46 sailors suddenly lost their lives in the course of duty. During my four-city speaking tour in Korea in April, my wife and I bestowed the grace of the seunghwa blessing on these unfortunate seamen who died. Today we are displaying the photos of those 46 sailors and of the UN workers who died in Haiti . Let us all pray for them to rest in peace.
There is also one more leader, a woman of goodness, upon whom I would like to bestow the seunghwa blessing. She is Dr. Reiko Kawasaki, a 17th generation descendant of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the last shogun in Japanese history, who united the Japanese archipelago in the 17th century. Let us all send Dr. Kawasaki to the spirit world with our blessing on her transition. She was a medical doctor from Las Vegas who recently passed away after living a life of continuous service to others. Through her benign influence from the spiritual world, she will play a major role in Korea , Japan and the US , and also in resolving various problems in spheres such as politics and economics for the realization of world peace. Thus, we have included her in the list of those who will receive this sacred seunghwa blessing.
Distinguished leaders, although the lives of the people whose names I mentioned were altruistic and philanthropic, none of them can be guaranteed entry into the world of eternal life without receiving the marriage blessing and the seunghwa blessing of the True Parent [Rev. Moon] in this world today, in which the parent-child relationship between God and humankind was severed due to the Fall of the first ancestors. Please take this point seriously.
This era, when God has introduced the heavenly calendar, is a serious one. It is now the time in which all 6.5 billion of the world's people must understand my teachings, which I bequeath as the True Parent who is responsible to give eternal life to all of humankind. Now is a time that you can share the good news of the coming of the True Parents throughout the entire world.
The time has come to honor and inherit the tradition and spirit of the Korean people, from which the True Parents emerged, establish the heavenly tradition, and bring about world peace by uniting all 6.5 billion people of the world with the United Nations. With the start of the heavenly calendar, please do not forget that the Seunghwa Ceremony is a sacred rite in which anyone can inherit the worldview of a holy citizen of the kingdom of heaven and celebrate God's liberation and all humankind's liberation.
In this way, the ideal of a family based on true love can be completed, and God and all people, the heavenly spirit world and the earthly physical world, can be completely united to usher in a reign of peace over the world. Please take this time to express your gratitude to God and True Parents for giving the keys of the Blessing Ceremony and Seunghwa Ceremony to all the worlds' nations, allowing for the establishment of the traditions of God's kingdom, Cheon 11 Guk, through True Parents.
Please join me in giving a round of applause to our Heavenly Father for His benevolence, through which we can receive the grace of precious life without Him asking for anything in return.
One Family under God
Ladies and gentlemen, what is the path that humankind should take today? Even now tens of millions of innocent lives are being lost each year to war, disease, starvation and natural disasters that arise in all parts of the world. In every field you observe, from the individual to the collective level, whether religion, politics, education, culture or ideology. People are deeply mired in the swamp of self-centered egoism, raising walls around themselves. We now live in a world brought to ruin, where genuine communication has broken down.
Ultimately, the problems afflicting humanity can only be resolved through the worldview of One Family under God, in other words, the ideology based on true love, which my wife and I have learned from Heaven and have championed and taught throughout our lives. This is the only way for humankind to find the path toward peace and happiness.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are living in a historic time of great transition. It is a time for a great revolution to change history, to unite the spiritual and physical worlds and to create the ideal kingdom of heaven that God has longed for since the beginning of time.
We can no longer postpone or prolong the fulfillment of His wish. I have already proclaimed that January 13, 2013 will be "Foundation Day." That day will be the actual beginning of Cheon II Guk. That day will be the origin. Yet, less than three years remain until then.
Therefore, it is time for all people to be humbly obedient to Heaven's decree. An unavoidable time is upon us today when we must invest ourselves completely with a life or death commitment for the remaining three years under the guidance of the True Parents who carry out the providence on earth as the substantial representatives of God, the king of kings. All the good spirits in the spirit world are mobilized and are already moving forward, a step ahead of you.
Ladies and gentlemen, do you have any idea how much pain God suffered the moment our first ancestors, into whom God had invested His complete and unreserved devotion since time immemorial, fell and disappeared into darkness, becoming part of Satan's lineage? Are you even remotely aware that our Heavenly Father who endured tens of thousands of years of excruciating heartache so great that His bones shed tears and His flesh quivered had to go through the long, dark tunnel of indemnifying the human Fall in order to save His lost children? How many have spent days and nights in tears, yearning to comfort our Father in Heaven?
The Mission of the Korean People
Ladies and gentlemen, God raised and prepared the Korean people over a period of thousands of years. All people of the Christian faith recognize that God sent His true son Jesus Christ to earth two thousand years ago to save humankind. However, Jesus suffered a miserable fate.
The leaders of Judaism and the people of Israel were supposed to receive Jesus as the Messiah and follow him with absolute faith and absolute obedience. They should never have allowed Jesus' crucifixion to take place.
He suddenly left this world. leaving behind the words, "It is finished." Yet these words apply to salvation in the spiritual reality only. After two thousand years of preparation, his Second Coming, on the Korean Peninsula , has finally borne the fruits of his labor.
From the past, the Korean people have worshiped God as the highest and primal ancestor of their forefathers. They called that single being and progenitor of all people the "One", in other words, God. They served Him as the lord who created night and day. As all numbers begin from one, all things begin from the one God. With the sense that He is their original ancestor, the Korean people have served God and thus the spirit of interdependence, mutual prosperity and universally shared values is alive in the soul and tradition of the race. They are maintained themselves over five thousand years of history, yet not once have they invaded or plundered another nation or people. The spirit of benefiting all mankind still flows in the veins of the Korean people.
The spirit of filial piety, fidelity, and loyalty, which are the fundamental virtues of human life, are still alive and breathing in Korean history. These values can be found in the men and women of Korea and reflect the pride and spirit of the Korean people.
I have inherited such traditional values as the true filial piety exemplified in the folk tale Shimcheong, about a devoted daughter who offered her life so that her blind father could see; the profound love and fidelity displayed by Choonhyang, who overcame the fear of death in order to keep the promise she had made to her husband; and the unbreakable loyalty exhibited by Admiral Yi Soon-shin, who gave his life to save his nation and people despite being abandoned by his king and other leaders. These lofty Korean values and traditions are not just matters of historical chance. Based on these values, Heaven has prepared this people; this was all part of the providence of creating a foundation to send the Messiah.
On the foundation of such preparation, and riding on the energy of this peninsula, I finally came, having received Heaven's seal as the True Parent of humankind and the king of kings.
The Path Humankind Should Take
Distinguished Guests, your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:
The path that humanity must now take is clear. What would give you cause to hesitate in the face of the D-day that Heaven has revealed through us, the True Parents? Heaven's blessings will be with you on your ambitious course.
If you view the flow of history through eyes that focus on God's providence, you can see that the changes of the times can be broadly classified into three stages. First is the "era of worldly matters," in other words, a time when materialism took precedence. Next came the "era of human affairs," a humanistic era when peoples' knowledge and emotions took precedence in and dominated the world.
However, these eras were transitional. They were courses of preparation necessary in order to enter the era in which people could rid themselves of their fallen nature, return to their original selves and live as one united family where they attend God as their father.
The "era of heavenly affairs" is the final stage, in which human beings should follow the path of living for the sake of others. They should do this through establishing an absolute standard on the foundation of purifying themselves, both inside and out, through the holy Blessing Ceremony. This is the time of opening up the era of God's kingdom, Cheon 11 Guk, a time in which we can return to the heart of the one true God. Please continually engrave this point on your hearts.
Once the actual era of Cheon II Guk begins, the spiritual and earthly worlds will be connected and brought into oneness, and all things will be governed under the Union of the Spiritual and Physical Worlds, which will be established on earth for the first time. Moreover, the providence will be carried out according to the heavenly law and the heavenly way. Elections conducted in a purely secular fashion will disappear from the face of the earth. All people will become one family through cross-cultural marriage and the World Peace Marriage Blessing, and we will enjoy tranquility and happiness in the sacred reign of peace. Let me say that only three years remain until that day.
As part of preparing for that time, a few days ago, on February 14, I proclaimed to all of heaven and earth the start of the new heavenly calendar. The Gregorian calendar and lunar calendar shall now stand in the positions of Cain and Abel and serve the role of supporting the heavenly calendar, by which we will record and indicate the progress of God's providence.
You must all now engrave my teachings onto your bones and lead a life of practicing them. We have no choice. If we do not prepare now, we will surely be left behind. We should learn from the courage and fortitude of the white-necked cranes that fly across the Himalayas, which are more than seven thousand meters high, in preparation for winter.
My Final Words for Humankind
I already have prepared the last words I will give to humankind. These have been prepared based on my triumphs over six or seven life-or-death situations, including six periods of unjust imprisonment. I am leaving behind eight sets of textbooks and teaching materials for humankind to use for all eternity. (These are published in almost a thousand volumes.)
They are The Sermons of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Exposition of the Divine Principle, Cheon Seong Gyeong, The Family Pledge, Pyeonghwa Shingyeong [Messages of Peace] , True Families?ateway to Heaven, Owner of Peace and Owner of Lineage and World Scripture. These are textbooks you will have to read and study even after you go to the spirit world. They are not just teachings that come from the mind of one person; they are textbooks and teaching materials that teach the heavenly way that God has granted to His suffering children for their salvation.
You should now set up the tradition of hoondokhae in your families using the books I have mentioned, that is, the tradition where three generations of a family start each day by reading Heaven's word, and lead a life of practicing what they read, with a new heart. Let's create a world where people in the spirit world and the earthly world can both attend True Parents at the same time, and read the word on the heavenly path together.
Once this happens, no matter how hard Satan may try to worm his way in to infest your lineage, once he encounters the hoondokhae tradition he will find no room to move. If a family is aligned with God as at high noon, where no shadow is cast, and still does not receive God's blessings, who then could be deserving of them? When such heavenly families fill the earth, the world will automatically become the heavenly kingdom on earth and in the eternal spirit world, fulfilling the vision of one family under God.
Ladies and gentlemen, last year, my memoirs, As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen, an honest, candid account of my life, were published. Through this book I have clearly shown where you can find God's will for humankind and the path that we, as God's children, should follow. My life has been a typical model of the saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again." I have as much faith in this book as in the hoondok textbooks and teaching materials I have mentioned. For this reason, I recommend it to you, believing that it will show you how to lead your lives according to true principles. It does not subtract or add anything to the ninety years of my life, which I have led under Heaven's decree. I pray you will carefully read this articulation of true love and find great inspiration.
I have already mentioned that a life of vertical "noon-time" alignment casts no shadow. If we can all shine as we live such glowing lives, there will be no chance for the shadow of sin to be cast. Those who receive the light will be indebted to the light. I pray that we can now wipe away the tears of people in misery and poverty, and lead an illuminated life of eternal true love that dissipates all darkness.
Once again, I offer you my heartfelt thanks for gracing this occasion with your presence and celebrating this providential event. I pray that you will live in good health and in the abundance of God's love. It is my hope that we can offer greater glory and honor to God the next time we meet.
I pray that the blessings of God, the king of kings, will be upon you, your family and your nation.
Thank you very much.
Cheon Il Guk (in Korean)=天一國=The Nation of Cosmic Peace and Unification！