WHAT IS UNIQUE AND DISTINCTIVE ABOUT REVEREND MOON'S TEACHINGS
Reverend Moon tells us he received the Divine Principle by revelation through hours of intense prayer and scriptural study over a period of seven years. With a Christian background, raised in the Korean culture of Confucianism and Buddhism, with academic studies in electrical engineering, Reverend Moon was in a unique position to bring to the world a religious revelation that combined the wisdom of East and West, the scientific and the mystical.
A theologian remarked: "Divine Principle humanizes God and divinizes man."
Divine Principle Humanizes God.
Divine Principle reveals God as first and foremost as a God of heart and loving parent who created human beings to be the object of His love. God is all powerful, and all knowing but, he is "humanized" because according to Divine Principle, God cannot be happy and complete without the reciprocal love of His children. Due to humankind's separation from God at the human fall, people did not become His full objects of love and the ideal world planned was not realized. God needs human beings in order to experience joy through receiving love from His children. As a loving parent, He suffers greatly at the separation from His children and works ceaselessly behind the events of history to bring man back to Him and to realize ideal world He originally planned.
Divine Principle Divinizes Man and Woman.
The Divine Principle teaches that God’s original plan is that all men and women are to be sons and daughters of God just as Jesus was God's son. If Adam and Eve had not fallen, all men and women would have been of the same perfection as Jesus. God works for the day when all people will naturally develop to be “perfect as the Heavenly Father is perfect.” God's original plan for each person to become a perfected son or daughter of God will be realized through a spiritual reformation that taking place during this time in history.
The First Theology and Biblical Interpretation to Place the Family at the Center
From beginning to the end, God’s originally planned ideal, humanity's fall from grace, and our struggle to reconnect with God and the ultimate realization of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, all revolve around the family, according to Reverend Moon. The Divine Principle’s interpretation of the Judeo-Christian scriptures reveals a repeated pattern of family restoration, beginning from Genesis and ending with the prophecies of the Book of Revelation. The first human couple, Adam and Eve, departed from God because they failed to connect themselves to God not only as individuals but also as a married couple who were to create a family centered on God. Therefore, after this fall from God, God worked to restore not individuals but families back to Himself, beginning with Cain and Abel in Adam's family and then on the families of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses and finally Jesus. In fact, according the Divine Principle, all of God’s providential work in history is to establish one God-centered family; such a family is the foothold that will turn the world around.
Divine Principle Is Uniquely Comprehensive.
The Divine Principle gives explanations of the traditional categories of theology including Christology, Trinity, the nature of God and His relation to mankind, the origin of evil, the Last Days and predestination. It also explains what kind of ideal society God originally planned, gives an interpretation of the primary events in the Old and New Testament, and explains how God has been working in history since Jesus time up to today. Based on events in the Bible, the Divine Principle explains God’s original ideal, the cause of the fall from God, and the process of restoration back to God including the precise historical laws and principles God uses in history to bring back people to God. These laws of restoration and indemnity operate in the lives of all the central persons and families in Biblical history and post-biblical history from Jesus to modern times. The Divine Principle also provides a detailed historical explanation of how God has been guiding events from Jesus' time until today and God's plan today to realize His original ideal world.
Divine Principle Elevates the Position and Importance of Women.
By showing that God is a being of dual characteristics of masculinity and femininity, the Divine Principle states that a man is a complete reflection of God only when he is united in marriage with a woman, and vice versa. Secondly, in Reverend Moon's understanding of the key Biblical figures, restoration takes place in the family, not just centered on the victories of an individual man, which means that the role of women is equally important.
Divine Principle Distinctively Reveals a Suffering God Who as Our Parent Grieves Deeply Over Our Fallen,Tragic Lives.
A hallmark of the Divine Principle is the revelation that God is above all our Parent and as our Parent He is a God of suffering, experiencing untold grief since the human fall, which brought about a world where God's children live in a Hell on earth of fighting, sin, injustice, poverty and destruction.
Divine Principle Is a Theology Consonant with the Latest Scientific Knowledge.
The Divine Principle declares that the time of blind faith has ended and in this modern age people can only accept a religious teaching that is logical and in harmony with scientific knowledge. Those who listen to the Divine Priniciple are struck by its logical explanations, its internal consistencies, and its compatibility with modern science.
The Divine Principle Harmonizes the Wisdom and Thought of Oriental Religions with the Wisdom and Thought of the West’s Central Religion, Christianity.
Prominent scholars of history such as Arnold Toynbee predicted that the new world culture will be a combination of the Oriental and the Western. Teachings such as Divine Priniciple that harmonize both traditions are essential for future of the a unified and peaceful world.
The Divine Principle States That God's Will Has Not Been Accomplished Due to Humankind's Failure to Fulfill Their Responsibility.
According to the Divine Priniciple, God has always fulfilled His part to make a world of goodness, but human beings have been ignorant and negligent of our responsibilty; therefore, the world is not yet the world God has planned from the beginning. We must understand who we are, separate ourselves from Satan, and restore this world back to God.
True Parents Is a Unique Concept of the Divine Principle.
For the Divine Principle, the "be all and end all" is for people to become "True Parents." A True Parent is a man or woman one with God in heart and mind who has matured to established a God-centered family and who can love others as our Heavenly Parent God loves others. Unificationists see Reverend and Mrs. Moon as the first True Parents of humankind and the couple who has pioneered the way for all humankind to become True Parents. A world where every adult is a True Parent would be a world without selfishness and sin, with no need for armies or police.
The Divine Principle Concept of the Messiah Is Unique.
Reverend Moon teaches that all men and women should become messiahs, that is, persons who are one in mind and body with God. He teaches that spouses are to be the “messiahs” to each other and that children are to be the messiahs to their parents, because through loving family relationships our hearts are perfected. He encourages followers to be tribal messiahs, bringing their relatives to God, and to be national messiahs, bringing their nations to God.
The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth Will Be Established Substantially on Earth at This Time.
Similar to Jewish teachers, Reverend Moon believes that the Messiah comes to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. We are not to wait until we die to experience God and heaven. In fact, today is the time when God is bringing everything together to make His kingdom a reality.
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