God’s thoughts are not our thoughts
You may have thoughts and opinions about People, Places, Cultures, Religion and things;
Our thinking is shaped by what those in positions of power want us to think.
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
God’s opinion of you supersedes the opinions of others.
God thinks more of you; perhaps even more than you think of yourself.
1 Corinthians 1:26 Just look at your own calling, believers; not many [of you were considered] wise according to human standards, not many powerful or influential, not many of high and noble birth.
The criteria the world uses to determine who is worthy is not God's criteria.
27 But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and
God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong [revealing their frailty].
The things world identifies as valuable are nothing in God's plan.
28 God has selected [for His purpose] the insignificant (base) things of the world, and the things that are despised and treated with contempt, [even] the things that are nothing, so that He might reduce to nothing the things that are,
God is not impressed with our stuff!
29 so that no one may [be able to] boast in the presence of God.
Romans 12:2 be not conformed to this world [fashioned after and adopted to it external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the entire renewal of your mind…
Whoever Loses His Life Will Preserve It
"Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will present it."
Biblical teachings are full of seeming contradictions. As Jesus said, "He who seeks to gain his life will lose it, while he who seeks to lose his life for my sake will find it." That means that those who are willing to die and be miserable will find glory. The woman who is willing to accept the worst possible husband will get the best husband. The men who are willing to accept the worst possible women will get the best wives. Those who want to be rich will live in poverty, while those who really want to suffer in poverty will become rich. Those seem like contradictions, but that is the way God works.
Let Us Restore Our Homeland
January 14, 1979
Most religions began on a good path, but as they continued, they lost sight of this very important principle. Then they stopped serving others. We see that Jesus consistently and clearly taught people to go through difficulties, be persecuted, and to be grateful for that. He told his followers to serve others and to love their enemies. Ordinary human beings don't want to do any of these things, yet these are exactly the things Jesus stressed that people should do. It is because of the need for paying the price. No one can be elevated spiritually without paying the price.
The most extreme example of Jesus' teaching on this subject was, "Those who want to die for my sake will live, while those who want to live will die." How paradoxical this has seemed to many people. What has Satan been doing to fallen people? He has taken possession of their lives and unless they are ready to give up their satanic life, they cannot be claimed by God.
Parents' Day -- True Parents and Blessed Couples
March 23, 1993
Looking into the history of Christian missionary activities, we can discover that theirs was a path of persecution and martyrdom. On such a way during the course of a 2,000-year history, the lives offered on this trail of blood became the fertilizer in the foundation for democracy.
The Path for America and Humanity in the Last Days
January 22, 2000
When you pursue an invisible goal, however, you may look defeated and even die on a cross, but your death is not defeat. Instead it is a victorious new beginning. Because you gave everything, everything is resurrected. The supreme example of this is Jesus Christ, who was crucified and died in an excruciating manner, branded as a criminal. He seemed to be hopelessly defeated, but his death actually began a new victory.
Territory of Goodness
October 14, 1979