Some passages read and opinions from the participants are presented here:

 

“The Creator of the heavens and the earth; and when He decrees a thing, He but says to it “Be,” and it is.”

Qur’an 2.117

 

“God’s power of creation is so great! Also as parents, we can tell our children that they are very intelligent and they will become intelligent. If we tell them that they are stupid, they will believe it and probably won’t be able to develop their intelligence.”

“In Africa, there are some employers who don’t support the employees. But this is not about culture but habits. It was also like that in Switzerland 50 years ago.”

 

“All that is in the heavens and the earth magnifies God;

He is the All-mighty, the All-wise.

To Him belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth.

He gives life, and He makes to die,

and He is powerful over everything.

He is the First and the Last, the Outward and the Inward;

He has knowledge of everything.

It is He that created the heavens and the earth in six days

then seated Himself upon the Throne.

He knows what penetrates into the earth, and what comes forth from it,

what comes down from heaven, and what goes up into it.

He is with you wherever you are;

and God sees the things you do.

To Him belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth;

and unto Him all matters are returned.

He makes the night enter into the day

and makes the day enter into the night.

He knows the thoughts within the breasts.”

Qur’an 57.1-6

 

“God knows and sees everything, there are no limits described about God. It is the same in the Bible. We have to see those texts as a simple understanding from the past. Sun Myung Moon, who came after, brought a new understanding.”

 

“If He so will, He can remove you and put in your place a new creation; that is surely no great matter for God.”

Qur’an 14.19-20

 

“It was the case for Moses or Noah; they were placed in a new creation…”

 

“You are the one imperishable

paramount necessary core of knowledge,

The world’s ultimate foundation;

you never cease to guard the eternal tradition.

You are the everlasting Divine Being.

 

There is no telling what is

beginning, middle, or end in you.

Your power is infinite;

your arms reach infinitely far.

Sun and moon are your eyes.

This is how I see you.

Your mouth is a flaming sacrificial fire.

You burn up the world with your radiance.

For you alone fill the quarters of heaven

and the space between heaven and earth.

The world above, man’s world,

and the world in between

are frightened at the awesome sight of you,

O mighty being!”

Bhagavad-Gita 11.18-20 (Hinduism)

 

“The sentence “This is how I see you” is a subjective viewpoint. It is also showing the omnipotence and power of God and fear on the same time.”

 

“O mankind! It is you that have need of God:

but God is the One Free of all wants, worthy of all praise.”

Qur’an 35.15

 

“We always need Him, it’s more us who need Him than He, needing us. God is free, He does not necessarily need us. But if God didn’t need us, why did He create us? The answer can be found in the Divine Principle; God is a parent and we are His children. The desire of God is to express love and experience the parent-child relationship.”

 

“What is God like? [You say,] He is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, who can destroy or create worlds with just one word. However, we do not need this kind of God. What kind of God does our original mind desire? We long for a God about whom we can say, “I love Him more than I love my own father and mother.””

(147:271, Sun Myung Moon)

 

“For children, God’s representatives are their parents. Once the children grow up, they realize that their parents are limited, not perfect, and can create their faith and own direct relationship with God, without passing through their parents.”

 

“God is almighty. It was not due to His shortcoming or lack of ability that He has been imprisoned in great pain and has endured immense suffering behind the scenes of history. It was because there are provisions in the Principle of Restoration, which He was not free to disclose, that called Him to wait with forbearance until Adam and Eve’s positions, lost at the human fall, were recovered with the appearance of the perfected Second Adam. Although God is all-powerful, He will not set aside the eternal laws and principles that He Himself established.”

(September 12, 2005, Sun Myung Moon)

 

“The responsibility of human beings is given by God and that’s why God couldn’t intervene at the fall. With the restoration, we can have the original Adam and Eve back.”

“Love requires freedom. Also between husband and wife, or in the parent-child relationship, freedom is necessary. It explains that God suffers, not being able in our world to experience the love with His children. This is often not described in other holy scriptures.”

 

“Many people rattle off words about God’s absoluteness, omnipotence and glory. Nonetheless, through my lifelong search for truth, I have found that to be way off the mark. When the first human ancestors fell, God became a bereaved Parent who lost His beloved children. Think of it: if your children were in prison, could you as a parent live in glory? So you can understand how God’s heart could be in deep pain and sadness. Furthermore, God also had to hand over to Satan the beautiful creation which He had made for His children.

From the moment He lost His object partners of love, the God of true love became the God of loneliness. From that moment on, God was in no position to exercise His power as the Lord of the universe. He had no opportunity to display His authority as the Creator of all things, while fallen people go about boasting over their petty creations. Although God is the Lord of all that has breath, He could not display His dignity. Although God is the Owner of all that lives, He was never able to manifest His supreme glory. Although God is Author of the Principle, how could He operate freely in a world that had fallen and become unprincipled?

Human beings, living with all degrees of distrust and rebellion, mock God as non-existent or dead. Even those who say they believe mostly ignore God as they go about their daily life. God has endured this long history with a heart full of excruciating pain.”

(January 29, 2001, Sun Myung Moon)

 

“We need a God who transcends evil and everything, who has absolute power to subjugate all. Even though the Devil exists, he should not be able to hinder God; rather God should transcend the Devil and be completely unrestricted. Until we find such a God, we will not be able to overcome the present state of conflict.

God has been fighting with the Devil throughout history, and religions have been relegated to an internal, spiritual role. That condition has not provided a way to establish a new culture. Only when God is absolute and transcendent, when the Devil cannot interfere in any way, can there be the new beginning that can resolve the problems of today’s world.

Yet consider the present position of God. He is not a transcendental Being who rules over human history or the history of providence. Why? It is because human beings fell. God stands in the position of a doctor who seeks to cure human beings of this sickness. He is the repairman, mending us of this defect. Not having yet raised up perfected individuals, He could not be the God who stands in the absolute position and guides humankind towards the one goal.”

(140:18-19, February 1, 1986, Sun Myung Moon)

 

“The ideal world is difficult to imagine; some people say that in order to be happy, we need to experience evil. But happiness can also be experienced without evil. Does a child have to experience what it is to live in a violent family to know what happiness is? Does an adult have to experience false love in a conjugal love in order to experience true love?”

 

 

Written by Noëmie Komagata-Nguyen

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