June 26, 2024

Adam And Eve - Morning Devotion on June 26, 2024

The Book of Genesis - Sun Myung Moon

Chapter Two - Adam And Eve

"Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."

Genesis 1:28

After Our Own Likeness

1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."

God created all things for the sake of Adam and Eve. Flowers could be their jewels, leaves could be their spoons, too. Today we are touching the same things of nature that Adam and Eve touched in the Garden of Eden: the same grass, the same flowers, the same trees.

If I asked the flowers whether they saw Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they would reply, "No. I don't go back that far, but at least my great, great, great, great grandfather did, and I am connected to them in that way; there is a giant line linking us all the way back to Adam and Eve." And if I ask the flowers what Adam and Eve said to them, they would reply, "They told us we were so beautiful!" So even this very flower is part of Adam and Eve's legacy to us. The important thing is the heart which created those first flowers in the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve. That same unchanging heart has been handed down, throughout the generations, to us today

They had not a moment to be bored; there was so much to look at and explore: birds, rivers, fish, rocks, mountains, fruit, flowers, etc. Suppose they came upon a frog. "What an odd creature a frog is!" When they tried to catch it, the frog immediately jumped into the water. "Boy!" Adam thought, "I should learn some jumping, too."

I want you to understand that God gave Adam and Eve a textbook to learn from, and that textbook was nature and all its creatures. All things were created to be a manual from which Adam and Eve could learn. But today, many people forget the benefits of learning from nature. They don't care about trees and plant life; they get bored to death! They aren't concerned about their neighbors; they just stay in their houses.

We need to fulfill the ideal standard of love. The love of Adam and Eve should have set the standard of love for the entire universe. They were the core, the center.

Watching nature, Adam found out that sometimes the male goes first and the female follows him, and other times the female goes first and the male follows her. But wherever they looked, they found that male and female somehow cooperate. When the male finds good food, he signals the female to join in the meal. Did Adam and Eve invent the signals they used for each other, or did they learn them from other creatures? Each morning, birds call out to one another; the male hard sings and the female responds in harmony Actually, Adam and Eve learned from nature; nature was their best teacher.

The Day of All Things

June 21, 1982

1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Each man represents the entire masculine world; each woman represents the entire feminine world. When they come together, they represent the universe and the total image of God.

Marriage is not just the unity of one man and one woman but of the male character and the female character. In other words, by loving your spouse, you are loving the realm of masculinity or femininity. Thus the woman seeks to understand the man and the man seeks to understand the woman. The unity between the male and female world takes place in marriage. Each couple represents the harmony of the entire universe. That kind of couple is what God has been longing to see here on earth.

A loving elderly couple is beautiful to behold. They can look forward to an even greater fulfillment of their love in the spiritual world. They will be rejuvenated into the state of permanent youth when they are elevated into the next world.

As people live in this world and unite with each other horizontally, they practice becoming the objects to Gods love. Then the day of departure from this world comes, which we call death, but it is not really death. Rather, it is the point of transformation and elevation into the permanent world. That is where the love of God is complete. There you become grafted into the vertical love of God.

The Divine Principle teaches about the dual essentialities of God. When a man and woman representing the dual essentialities unite totally in love, they totally represent the dual image of God. How wonderful and dramatic that is!

When you are totally united in love, even though you grow old, you will be elevated into the realm of the love of God: then that vertical love will come into you, and you will be rejuvenated to the point of teenagers again! That is the point of vertical youth.

This is a beautiful truth. You are born as the princes and princesses of love. You can become kings and queens of love and create the kingdom of love. That is God ideal and that is the true purpose for your being born.

The Historically Highest Career

November 1, 1983

1:28 And God blessed then, and God said to them. 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."

These are the three great blessings: to be fruitful (mature and ready to bear fruit), multiply and have dominion over the creation. Had Adam and Eve obeyed this divine mandate and built the Kingdom of Heaven, there is no doubt that God would have left the greatest joy as His sons and daughters rejoiced in the world of His ideal.

How can God's three great blessings be fulfilled?

The key to God's first blessing is the perfection of individual character. An individuals mind and body are discrete projections and object partners of Gods dual characteristics. In order for an individual to perfect his character, he must form a four position foundation within himself whereby his mind and body become one through give and take action with God as their center.

Such individuals become the temples of God, (I Cor. 3:10), achieve complete oneness with Him, (John 14:20), and acquire a divine nature. They experience the heart of God as if it were their own. Hence, they understand His will and live fully attuned to it.

God's second blessing was to be fulfilled by Adam and Eve after they had achieved individual perfection as object partners to God, each manifesting an aspect of God's dual characteristics. In order to construct the four position foundation in their family, Adam and Eve should have joined in loving oneness as husband and wife and raised children. This would have been the fulfillment of the second blessing...

The meaning of God's third blessing is the perfection of a human being's dominion over the natural world... Therefore, when human beings realize Gods third blessing, the entire universe becomes yet another good object partner giving joy to God. Had God's purpose of creation been realized in this way, an ideal world without even a trace of sin would have been established on the earth. We call this world the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. When life in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth comes to a close. people are to enter the spirit world and naturally enjoy eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven there.

Exposition of the Divine Principle

Part 1, Chapter 1, Section 4.1

1:29 And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every one with seed in its fruit: you shall have them for food.

30 And to even beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.

31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

Only after the creation of a man and a woman did God call His handiwork very good. He must have been wide awake and totally thrilled that day. He must have shouted with jubilation, loud enough for the whole universe to hear: "It is very good!"

What inspired such a response? Did God say, "very good!" when He looked at Adam's face? Or was it Eve that excited Him so much? No, it was the unity and harmony of Adam and Eve that God called supreme goodness.

The content of harmony and unity is love. So the history of supreme goodness began when love entered the picture. Adam alone was not yet very good. Eve by herself did not meet the standard. But when God brought the two together and the current of love sparked between them, then He pronounced it very good.

Let us imagine two kinds of love scenes. In the first, a man and a woman are deeply in love, gazing at each other, holding one another to close embrace, not even knowing how to separate themselves.

The second scene is like the first, except that someone else enters the picture. God joins the man and the woman, and the three together unite and rejoice in love. The center of goodness is two beings in love. But the center of supreme goodness is God.

The ideal is for a man and a woman of goodness to unite with God in supreme goodness and become totally one. Once you achieve that, you are totally free for the first time in your life because you can relate to everyone and everything.

Original World and Present World

May 29, 1983

The Seventh Day

2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2 And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done.

3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it. God rested from all his work which he had done in creation.

God decided upon the seventh day as the Sabbath and told man to rest. But did you know that God has not been able to rest on a Sabbath day -- even now, after 6,000 years of history?

Jesus emphasized the Word of God and came forth, inheriting the vicissitudes of 2.000 years of providential history, during which the Sabbath was upheld as most important. However, has the day of triumphant glory come when Jesus could vaunt himself to the Father and ask Him to take a rest, together with humankind? No, there has not. Since God and Jesus are not in a situation where they can rest, neither can we.

Before the time of rest comes, there will be a war, before the time of rest comes, there will be suffering and death. When we steel ourselves and pass over this, we will then enable ourselves to taste rest for the first time.

God's Possession and Our Possession

November 9, 1958

2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

5 when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up -- for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no man to till the ground;

6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground

7 then the Lord God formed part of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Man is made of animal essence, vegetable essence and mineral essence. Suppose you have prepared all the material necessary to build a house. It doesn't take long to build the house itself. To collect the material may take time, but once you have the materials the building itself doesn't take much time.

Likewise, the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms were all created over perhaps millions of years. All the materials were there. Out of those essences, it wouldn't take long to create a man. ...

All the creations of the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms have developed through the evolutionary process. According to the theory, there have been sudden changes at certain times to develop to a higher stage. Darwin recognized that change. He said there was motive and purpose for those changes, and some energy or power caused them. He could not see the cause, but he could see the evolutionary result.

This, of course, does not include man's creation. Evolutionary change is possible within a certain formula or plant or animal, but there is no evolutionary development from one family to another family, for instance, from rose to chrysanthemum. But within the family of chrysanthemums, change is possible.

Question: "Were Adam and Eve, then, an actual physical creation as it says in the Bible; or did their physical bodies evolve and their spirits evolve?"

Answer: Adam and Eve were produced by exactly the same process as we produce a child. By strong love and energy of father and mother, a child is conceived and grows, first within the womb, then outside of it. In the same way, God created Adam and Eve. By His love and energy, a little thing was created which grew and grew and became Adam.

It is all an evolutionary process... Through the power of God, Adam and Eve were created as a baby is created by humans today. But man was a special creation.

On the whole, the process of creation was evolutionary. It took a long time to have plants, animals and minerals on earth. There may have been animals very like man. It is probably these skeletons which have been discovered.

Master Speaks on Creation

March-April 1965

2:8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

According to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and the survival of the fittest, only the strong survive. The weak will he demolished and only strong species will continue. Purely from an external point of view, evolution describes this upward movement of life we were talking about.

Thus there is nothing really wrong with the theory of evolution on the external level. But where does the theory of evolution come to a deadlock? Darwin didn't consider the aspect of love.

God's Providential Course and the Course of Human Life

January 11, 1987

When you lie down on the grass without any blanket, you can tell yourself, "I am lying on God's blanket, in the special bedroom, adorned with His handiwork." Isn't God's green carpet more precious than any man-made blanket? Which would you prefer to sleep on?

Once the ideal world of unification becomes a reality, nobody will want to live in high-rise apartments; they will want to go back to nature, resting on God's green carpet, climbing the mountains, exploring the rivers, etc.

Animals, far more than people, recognize the original value of all things. Animals live in nature as their home. When you think this way, nature will become very intimate with you; it will become closer than your own jacket or clothes.

If you become absolutely quiet and listen to nature's music, you can hear singing going on even right now. This is truly the most beautiful, original music. God's living masterpieces, the birds, are singing.

Can anybody create that kind of music? If you sold the entire United States of America, you could not raise enough money to buy such music. Can you listen to nature's music with an angry face? You automatically find yourself relaxing and responding with joy.

When you roam the valleys, climb the mountains, and enjoy the tiny flowers, plants and animals, will God accuse you of wasting time and tell you to get back to work? No, I am sure He would be happy to see you appreciate His handiwork and say, "Bravo! I am proud of you."

Each tree has its own history. One tree might tell you, "My ancestor was in the Garden of Eden, and one night Adam and Eve climbed up in its branches and slept there. We must become men and women who can value God's living museum better than any man made museum. If you express such appreciation, wont heaven be your ultimate destiny?

You should wake up each morning with this heart of gratitude. Look around at nature and open up your spiritual eyes; you will see all nature bowing down to you, greeting you and pleading with you to caress it. It will invite you, just like a little puppy begging its master to pet it. Trees, flowers and all plants long to be touched by their true masters.

People who can appreciate this true museum as a gift from God are close to perfection. Such people are entitled to receive God's love and Gods bounty. Can you feel what I am talking about?

Some people might wonder why the omnipotent and almighty God created poisonous snakes. They think the world could do without them. Furthermore, rose bushes have lots of thorns, and when you go to cut the blossoms, you may get pricked by the thorns. Thus you wonder why God created roses with thorns.

Actually, thorns are necessary to educate people. If the roses had no protection, people would try to ruin them, and some greedy person would pick them all. But since the bush has thorns, only appreciative hands can take the flowers.

Roses have sweet fragrance as well as thorns; the two come together. Whenever there is something precious, God creates some security devices to protect it! God thought about everything.

Then what about the snakes? Poisonous snakes love sunny spots, just the kind of place where everybody would like to go for a nap. The poisonous snake says, "Well, I was here first; when you come here to take a nap, you have to be careful. You should be very courteous and humble when you ask me to relinquish the spot!"

Too much indolence is not good. When people find a spot with good water, they should be careful because there might be a snake nearby. So is the snake God's mistake, or is it acceptable as part of God's creation?

From another point of view, it has been discovered that the venom of some snakes can be used as a curative. When venom enters your bloodstream, it endangers you and may kill you; but taken through the digestive system it can become a powerful healing agent! In the Orient, snake poison is a very precious medicine. People catch poisonous snakes, extract the venom, and put it in a kind of liquor; it can be preserved for several years and used as a strong curative drink.

So all creation has a purpose and reason for existence. The overall reason is that God created the world for men and women to enjoy. Look around in all four directions. Look at the trees, plants, river, sun. For who was the sun created? For you and me.

What about the moon? God created it for you and me. When you say "me," don't just think of yourself, but think about God who created the sun and moon for all things of creation; think about God who created the mountains, rivers and plants for Adam and Eve.

That "me." is the center of all creation. All the gifts of the universe are given to "me" You are the recipient of all this bounty, but what a pity if the recipient doesn't care about accepting it, doesn't even look at it, and spends all his time preoccupied with trivial affairs! You should open your arms wide like a receiver. Practice it. You are about to welcome the entire universe between your arms. Say, "Thank you. Father." Doesn't it feel good? Just to think about it makes you feel good, but when it truly happens to you, how much more joy you will feel!

Therefore, I really love nature. The birds are my dear, good friends. I have pursued birds for many, many miles. Sometimes when a very friendly bird which has been singing to you every day flies away, you feel even sadder than when your parents leave, because your parents don't sing for you every morning like the bird does!

Look at a butterfly visiting one flower after another. Try feeling like a butterfly and join it in its tour. One time I got so caught up in that feeling that I became exhausted. Then, lying down on a flower bed, I fell asleep and went immediately to the spirit world.

In my dream, I was flying like a butterfly or honeybee, and all the other butterflies and honeybees were following me like a flock of birds. It was an incredible scene. Looking at us, God smiled and laughed with great joy and exclaimed, "My son, you really understand what I have created!"

The Day at All Things

June 21, 1982

2:9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the golden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis says there were two trees in the Garden of Eden. One was the tree of life, the other one was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What are the two trees? They symbolize the true man and the true woman that God has been seeking.

The Tribal Messiah

Chapter 2, Section 1

What was the hope of Adam during the time he was immature and growing toward perfection? He must have hoped to become a man who would realize God's ideal of creation by growing to perfection without falling. The tree of life in fact symbolizes a man who has fully realized the ideal of creation. Perfected Adam was to be this ideal man. The tree of life thus symbolizes perfected Adam.

God did not create Adam to be alone. He also created Eve to be Adam's spouse. Just as there was a tree in the Garden of Eden that symbolized a perfected man, there also should have been a tree that represented a woman who fully realized the ideal of creation. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, standing beside the tree of life, was this tree which, by fulfilling its good purpose, represents the ideal woman, perfected Eve.

Exposition of the Divine Principle

Part I, Chapter 2, Section 1.1

2:10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became font rivers.

11 the name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

12 and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.

13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which flows around the whole land of Cush.

14 And the name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

You probably know a lot about the original garden of creation, the Garden of Eden. Moreover, you also probably know well that before the Fall, Adam and Eve related with God freely, consulting with each other.

However, we also know that because of the Fall of Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden of hope, which the Creator God wanted to achieve through Adam, could not be realized at all. Consequently, the original Garden of Eden that we must pursue now has nothing to do with the Fall, and that world is both our world of hope and the world of hope that God wanted and has sought since the creation of the world...

What is the purpose of the unity that God has been working toward by raising us? It is none other than building the Garden of Eden again centering on you. We need to feel this. We need to understand that God has been fighting against Satan for 6,000 years, longing not for the Garden of Eden in which only He can rejoice, but for the Garden of Eden where He can obtain joy through each of us.

Because we have lost this garden of hope due to the Fall, we are at the fateful road of having to yearn for that garden of hope and go in search of it again. This path is the fateful road of the heavenly principles and of humanity, which must be traveled... That garden is the place where both God and man can rejoice, and all things can also be glad together. So, that garden was the garden of joy.

God created Adam and Eve as the masters of all things. Adam and Eve were to have dominion over all things in God's ideal garden of creation in His place. At the same time, they could enjoy God's glory.

They were the center of glory, the center of victory and the locus of happiness, able to be in harmony before heaven and earth... That is Gods hope, humankind's hope, the hope of the people, and our hope today

The Ideal Kingdom of Heaven, Our Hope

February 22, 1959

2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

Suppose (this place) were the Garden of Eden, and Adam and Eve were created was right here on the grounds. What would they enjoy? Very likely the trees; they would touch them, run around them, look at their blossoms, etc.

The trees would give Adam and Eve a lot of things to talk about For example. Adam, being a boy would probably claim all the big trees for himself and Eve would reply, "Well, you can have them, but all the cute little trees are mine."

But perhaps Adam became greedy and wanted all the trees for himself! Then Eve might claim all the grasses, plants and flowers. They might talk among themselves, arguing and joking about the things of nature.

What if one day Adam got a little nasty and told Eve, "All the trees -- pine trees and oak trees, big trees and small trees -- are mine, how can you enjoy the grass when it is so dirty?" And Eve might reply. "I have something even beyond your trees: all the birds flying over the treetops are mine!"

What I am trying to describe is that in order to enjoy life, people need some surroundings, the beauty of nature. Adam, being a little greedy and thinking on a large scale, would claim all the big things and love them, while Eve would be attracted to the tiny things, finding than so cute and fascinating.

She might say to Adam, "You don't have any pretty little things, do you?" And Adam would reply, "Where are your pretty little things? Show them to me." Then Eve would point and say: "Look at this ant, this little black dot," and Adam would have to agree that nothing like that ant existed among his big things and admit that the ant is a very wonderful creature. So the ant would bring dignity to Eve.

Then one morning Adam might abruptly announce, "Among all the birds, the mighty eagle a mine." Eve might reply, "Your eagle may be large, strong and swift, but I take the swallow, it is also fast, but more than that, it is beautiful."

This bird is a symbol of femininity and beauty. It is a unique bird; it seeks fellowship with people, arriving each spring with a beautiful song and building its nest in people's houses- This bird's appearance brightens the entire house; it's almost like being visited by a beauty queen!

Adam would marvel at the power, dignity and masculinity of the eagle, but Eve would point out that even though it looks so vigilant and powerful, it takes the qualities of love, beauty, peace and femininity. She wouldn't like the eagle as much.

So the behavior of the two children, Adam and Eve, would be different. Adam would be very masculine and impetuous, always running around doing wild things, while Eve would be very feminine, charming, kind and tender. While Adam would be out racing with the deer, Eve would lie down against a big rock and play with some little flowers!

So far, I have been describing how all things were created for men and women to enjoy. Through their give and take with nature, Adam and Eve must have found much stimulation for their thoughts, conversation and, ultimately, joy. These examples can help you visualize the purpose for the creation of all things.

The Day of All Things

June 21, 1982

2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree

of the garden;

17 but of the tie of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.

The Bible states that the Fall originated when the first human ancestors in the Garden of Eden ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This is one of many important passages that the Bible expresses in parables and symbols. It does not refer to a literal fruit. As Jesus says in Matthew 15-11, "What goes into a man's mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is that makes him 'unclean' "

The commandment given in Genesis 2:17, "You mist not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die," was a strong warning about Eve's love. Eve had to protect her sexual purity until she achieved maturity with a God-centered character and entered into a blessed marriage with God's permission. Had she succeeded, she would have multiplied God's eternal love, life and lineage...

I repeat: the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents Eve's reproductive organ, and God gave the commandment to protect her chastity. When He created us, God invested His entire heart and soul in our reproductive organs. He created them as the palace of true love, the palace of true life, and the palace of true lineage.

The story places the fruit in the context of good and evil in order to tell us that if Eve were to have a relationship with a king, she would give birth to a prince, and if she were to have a relationship with a Mafioso, she would give birth to a villain. The quality of the harvest depends upon the seed that is planted. It was called the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because it could manifest good or evil.

Gal Is Our King and True Parent

May 8.2001

2:19 So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air; and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature that was its name.

20 The man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of the air; and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him.

In Genesis it is written that Adam named the things God had created. Actually, Adam was the instrument God was speaking through. In other words, God was naming every creature through Adam. God dwelled within Adam and in that way exercised lordship over all creation.

So far human beings have not known the true relationship between God and men. To repeat, there were two reasons that God created man: first, as the fulfillment and manifestation of His love, and second, as the visible forms of God.

This is a most amazing truth. Through perfected Adam and Eve as the nucleus of the universe. God wanted to expand His Kingdom here on earth. No matter how big man's world might become, God would still be the center of it. Clearly the culture of mankind should have been in one sphere, which we call the Adamic cultural sphere, truly God's own culture here on earth...

The whole purpose of our physical lives here on earth is to make ourselves dwelling places of God so that when we pass into the spirit world, our minds can become spirit bodies in which God can dwell. That is the preparation we are going through here on earth.

What a supreme position we have been placed in! We are all supposed to be the bodies of God. As the Bible says, we are made as the temples or dwelling places of God. If Adam and Eve had initiated perfection here on earth, becoming one with God, their children would have been the children of God. Children always resemble their father and mother. When we are born as children of God, then we would certainly resemble God and be in His image and likeness.

Now you can see realistically why we call God our Father: we are His children. We are now looking for God, but if Adam and Eve had been perfected, seeing them would have been seeing God.

Adam and Eve's position would have been God's position because they would have been the bodies of God. In spirit world God should have been dwelling within Adam and Eve. God indeed is the Creator and center of the universe, and if God had made His dwelling in Adam and Eve, then their position would have been the center of the universe as well, both physically arid spiritually.

The Dignity of God and Man

April 1, 1977

Humankind is the visible form of God, manifesting the masculine and feminine characteristics of God. Together, men and women are the total visible form of God. We read in Genesis that God told Adam to name the animals of creation. Adam had little understanding of the creation, but because God was dwelling with him he was able to name the animals.

When does the Kingdom of God start to exist? Heaven can exist only when God and man are together. God and humankind together create the Kingdom of God, and without humankind there is no heaven.

Happy Unification Church Members

May 22. 1977

One man and one woman are the substantial object of the invisible God, His son and His daughter. Man represents God's masculine nature and woman represents God's feminine nature. God -- the harmonized body of the dual characteristics -- is divided into two entities formed separately, and these separate bodies are to be united again to resemble God.

This is the principle of creation. The unity of one man and one woman represents the original unity of Gods plus nature and minus nature. This is the harmonized body resembling God. Therefore, two human beings, husband and wife, symbolize the whole of God.

Man is the Incarnation of a True Father and woman is the incarnation of a True Mother. They are also representatives of God. Therefore, when they become one in love, they are embracing the universe. They become the central point of the entire cosmos.

A husband represents all men, so he is father and older brother as well as husband: a wife represents all women, so she is mother and older sister as well as wife. That's why husband and wife should naturally respect each other.

Blessing and Ideal Family

Chapter 7, Part 1

2:21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh;

22 and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

23 Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man."

24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they

become one flesh.

The Bible says God stole one rib out of man's side and molded it into a woman. What does it actually mean that God pulled a rib out of man? It means that God molded woman by His own hand, using man as the example, staking her slightly different so they would complement each other.

For example, because God gave man a beard, He made woman with smooth skin. Even their voices are different, with men's voices capable of loud volume, while women's are lighter and sort of fragile.

If a choir could only sing in one unison tone it could not make good music, but men's and women's voices together create the harmony and beauty of music, Since Adam was masculine and strong, God made Eve as beautiful as the flowers and very feminine. Imagine if God had made both men and women muscular, heavy and broad-shouldered. God knew the needs of each and made them to complement each other.

God's Day

January 1, 1978

When we talk about man and woman, love immediately comes to mind. But think about Adam and Eve, were they created in an instant? Did they suddenly experience love? Can love he savored in a moment?

According to the Principle, everything passes through a growth period in order to reach perfection. Did God create Adam and Eve as adults or as infants? [Infants] As babies, were they able to shout out, "I am in love," or did they merely coo and smile?

Well, nobody can be sure, because we weren't then in the Garden of Eden! But it is logical that God created them as babies, in the formation stage, with the destiny to grow into perfection.

So there were two babies: Adam and Eve. Imagine them growing day by day and learning to walk. However, even Adam and Eve could not experience total joy by themselves; they needed support, an appropriate environment, things to touch, look at and enjoy.

Did Adam and Eve suddenly discover that love is to be expressed by kissing and then start kissing each other, or was their discovery stimulated by the things of nature! What do you think? Did they learn it or invent it? I say that they observed the animals, that nature was their teacher.

Watching nature, Adam found out that sometimes the male goes first and the female follows him, and other times the female goes first and the male follows her. But wherever they looked, they found that male and female somehow cooperate.

When the male finds good food, he signals the female to join in the meal. Did Adam and Eve invent the signals they used for each other, or did they learn them from other creatures? Each morning, birds call out to one another; the male bird sings and the female responds in harmony.

Actually, Adam and Eve leaned from nature; nature was their best teacher.

The Day of All Things

June 21, 1982

How do we come into being in this world? The father and mother become one through their love, and bring together their lives and ideals. Their love precedes our birth. Love is the force which unites. Husband and wife become one in love.

This means the husband's love, life, and ideal become the wife's, and the wife's love, life, and ideal become the husband's. This is the way that two live as one, and two become "one flesh." Upon this foundation of oneness in love, a new life can be generated.

When a child is born, that child is the manifestation of his parents' love, life and ideal. When you look at your own child, you are actually seeing another you. You are looking at the fruit of your love, the fruit of your life, and the fruit of your ideal. You are looking at your second self -- another visible form of yourself.

God's Skill and the World

October 20, 1973

Adam and Eve are in the eternal objective love position to God. He created them that way. God used absolute love to create Adam and Eve. Adam is in the subject partner position and Eve is the object partner. They are convex and concave. What is the function of this? To look at each other? To fit each other? When do they love each other? How can we love each other? Through true love.

Man and woman alone cannot be perfect. Each is only half-perfect. Man and woman exist not just for their own generation. They are to connect to the next generation through true love activity That is why man's love and woman's love are not two different things; they are connected to one true love, and centering on that, unity comes.

So man and woman meet each other centered on God and create one blood lineage. Both sides connect to the other. Mrs. Han here has ten thousand generations connected to the cells of her body. These ancestors are related bodies. My ancestors are connected to my body, so I connect the past and future. Blood lineage never disappears, never dies. It connects to thousands of generations of ancestors.

On the Lunar New Year

January 24, 2001

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