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
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
Question: Do you have study groups and worship
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
Question: Are most of the people in this movement
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
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
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
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.