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"Master Speaks"

"Questions and Answers to Reverend Sun Myung Moon"

Chapter 3

The Master Speaks On The Divine Principle Movement

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These questions and answers have been
transcribed from tapes made during our Leader's
sessions with members and guests at Centers
throughout the United States during his trip in
March & April 1965.

Question: Did we choose the Divine Principle, or did the Divine

Principle choose us?

Answer: The Divine Principle chose you. The Divine Principle will find

everyone on earth. It is a question of time. Since it is still early,

the Divine Principle has found only a few people. Later there will be

a spiritual hurricane, and people will spring up like mushrooms and

respond very easily.

Question: How large is the movement now? How many members does it

have? What sort of coverage does it have in this country?

Answer: The movement in this country is very young. I don't know how

many members we have. Often in a religious movement, the number does

not show the strength of the movement. For instance, Catholics have a

greater number in their membership than any other single denomination,

but that doesn't mean that it is the strongest movement. In this

stage, number is not important. The important thing is what kind of

tradition we establish for future generations. The early followers

should set up a very high pattern of life and work so that others can

follow. We want to set up a splendid standard of faith and life. The

movement in Korea started in 1954. We have been stressing quality

rather than quantity for the last ten years. In Korea, our movement is

recognized by the government and the people as the strongest movement,

full of spirit and dedication.

Question: Is the movement set up as a corporation?

Answer: For legal reasons only.

Question: How is your work financed?

Answer: Everyone makes his own living. It is our system that no one is

paid. We don't want to be paid. If we are paid now, God will say

later, "You have received your reward already." This is our own work.

We are only happy to do it. How can we be paid by others? We all work

and contribute funds which are used to publish our books and pamphlets

for training and sending missionaries to new fields.

Question: Do you have study groups and worship services?

Answer: In Korea we do. We have worship services on Sunday, prayer

groups on Wednesday evening, group meetings on Friday evening. Then

there are other meetings such as young people, high school students,

and college students. The women meet during the day. We lecture the

Principle every night at the lecture hall. Here in America we do not

do that yet, because of the small numbers in our Centers. We believe

that our living itself should be worship and prayer. This 24-hour

dedication to God is very characteristic of our movement.

Question: Are most of the people in this movement single?

Answer: No, we have many married couples.

Question: Is communal living necessary in order to embrace the


Answer: No, it is not necessary. Those who do it find it more

effective in working for this cause. But it is not required. In Korea

we don't even have enough space to contain all the members for a

meeting, much less living together.

Question: Can you embrace the Principle and live by it without

quitting your job and devoting full time to it?

Answer: If you give up your job, who will feed you? We have to make

our own livings until our group is strong enough to finance and

support full-time workers. At this stage, we all have to have some

kind of living. Yes, of course you can live by the Principle and give

your support to it without giving up your means of livelihood. Many of

our most dedicated members have full-time jobs in executive capacities

with companies which have nothing to do with Principle. But to really

spread this work, some full-time members will be necessary. The

Centers must be maintained, someone must lecture, some must witness.

But I would also advise that some work and set an exemplary example

for others to follow .

When you realize that this is the highest truth and a workable truth,

then you are willing to devote your life to this precious work.

Question: When will this mission be fulfilled?

Answer: It depends upon the effort of the followers. If we do not work

effectively and truly, it may prolong the time, But if we do our best,

we can shorten the time.

Question: How many members are there in Japan now?

Answer: Over 1,000. They are mostly young people, and very active.

Even the Japanese government is interested in our movement because of

these young people's sincerity and philosophy. Many influential people

are interested in our movement, and some are already members. We are

getting quite a bit of attention in Japan.

I stayed in Japan for two weeks before I came here. During that time,

five leading members of Buddhism and Shintoism joined our group

through the guidance and messages of the spirit world. In this way,

unification of the world will be fulfilled. Otherwise, how could we

unify all religions?

In Korea, we have several Buddhist friends. They also witness that our

movement will unify all religions. Buddha comes to them and says that

his mission is now over, and that his followers should go to Mr. Moon

because he is the one to unify all religions "like rivers run into the

ocean." Confucius says the same thing in a different expression. He

also tells his followers to go to our movement, that his own mission

is over.

Question: If you're working full time, are you required to fast?

Answer: Fasting is not a requirement. We like to do it because, by

fasting, first of all your health is improved. Secondly, you gain

spiritually. Thirdly, you can help others by fasting and praying for



If you regard our movement as just another denomination, you will be

making a great mistake. This is not a denominational movement, this is

not a sect, it is not just one religion.

To reach to the present time, I have had numerous witnesses from the

spirit world through people on earth. When I was in prison in North

Korea under the communist regime, I was not allowed to open my mouth

on religious matters. There were three very intellectual young men in

the same cell with me. But 14 men came to me with messages from the

spirit world, and asked me if the testimony given was true. In that

prison, I was watched so closely by the warden and the guards that

they had to sneak in to talk with me.

This is the only movement which can save America. There is nothing

else to do. The relationship between Moses and Jesus is like that

between seed and tree. Without the seed, the tree cannot grow. Our

mission is like the fruit of the tree. Without the tree, the fruit

cannot be borne. By believing in and accepting Jesus, you have already

fulfilled the Laws of Moses. By accepting the Divine Principle and

acknowledging the Lord of the Second Advent, you have already

fulfilled the Gospel of Jesus and Moses' Law. Without Moses'

foundation, Jesus could not have come. Without Jesus' foundation, I

could not have come, and could not fulfill my mission. By the

fulfillment of my mission, I fulfill the missions of Jesus and Moses.

We are not deserting Jesus or betraying him, but we are fulfilling

everything. This is also true with other religions. Founders like

Confucius, Lao-Tse, Buddha, and so forth, fulfill their missions

through me. So they send me their followers. Our message includes the

truth of all religions.


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