Some passages read and opinions from the participants are presented here:
“The Lord will reign for ever and ever.”
“What does it mean to reign? Is the Lord sitting there with his crown and watching us? In one side, He is the one directing everything and on the other, it’s a Lord who cannot intervene.”
“We can see God as a parent, who can guide us but also He gave us the free will.”
“Unto God belongs the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that is therein, and it is He who has power over all things.”
“God has the power over everything. It can create some fear in this understanding. Also, it can take the responsibility of human beings away because people might think that God is able to control everything and that we can’t.”
“All that are rulers, kings, potentates, lords, chiefs, officials—
All are God’s creation.
Their will is subject to God’s;
On God are they all dependent.”
Adi Granth, Bilaval-ki-Var 6, M.4, p. 851 (Sikhism)
“Those representatives are guided by God, God is inspiring them. But nowadays, it’s not the case; the presidents of our nations are not following a God-centered will. People who are in power become blind of their own acts.”
“Then did I recognize Thee in mind,
to be the first and the last, O Lord,
Father of good thought,
when I apprehended Thee in my eye,
True creator of Right,
the Lord over the actions of life!”
Avesta, Yasna 31.8 (Zoroastrianism)
“It’s a worship of God. It recognizes that God can influence the actions of human beings’ lives. It’s like the idea of predestination.”
“Revere the anger of Heaven,
And presume not to make sport or be idle.
Revere the changing moods of Heaven,
And presume not to drive about at your pleasure.
Great Heaven is intelligent,
And is with you in all your goings.
Great Heaven is clear-seeing,
And is with you in your wanderings and indulgences.”
Book of Songs, Ode 254 (Confucianism)
“Here, the described God is not commanding but He is accompanying you when you make a mistake. It’s less the viewpoint of commanding.”
“Never mind if the people are not intimidated by your [correct] authority. A mightier Authority will deal with them in the end.”
Tao Te Ching 72 (Taoism)
“We shouldn’t care about the people who are not listening to us. God will have to deal with them. So many people are getting angry because there are in a position but some people don’t listen to them, like the teacher and the students.”
“The great day of the Lord is near,
near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter,
the mighty man cries aloud there.
A day of wrath is that day,
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness,
a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
and against the lofty battlements.
I will bring distress on men,
so that they shall walk like the blind,
because they have sinned against the Lord;
their blood shall be poured out like dust,
and their flesh like dung.
Neither their silver nor their gold
shall be able to deliver them
on the day of the wrath of the Lord.
In the fire of his jealous wrath,
all the earth shall be consumed;
for a full, yea, sudden end
he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.”
“It’s one of the minor prophets. It’s a very dark image. The prophets are talking in the name of God and warning people to act in a good way.”
“Have we only regarded God as a concept? Have we only honored Him as Lord in worship? That is not right. God is the Lord of our life, the Ruler of our daily affairs and the Subject of our thought.”
(11:87, February 12, 1961, Sun Myung Moon)
“God is not a concept. God is not visible, we have to create a place for God in our lives and put Him in the center of our thoughts. If we do that, we can get inspirations.”
“In order to understand ourselves and give a full account of ourselves, we need a standard upon which to evaluate and judge ourselves. This is the Absolute Being, whom we worship in our faith. When we enter into a relationship with Him, we can assess ourselves in comparison to Him; then we can understand who we are and what we are. Therefore, we should be able to deeply experience that there is a God, who reigns over us and moves our mind.”
(7:207-08, September 13, 1959, Sun Myung Moon)
“It is like the compass that is guiding us, God is guiding us. There’s the condition to enter into a relationship with God so that he can touch us. Otherwise we cannot.”
“God gave His Word to the Israelites who left Egypt in order to recreate them as God’s people. However, when they did not follow His Word, He appeared to them as the terrifying God who struck and punished them. During the Old Testament Age, before the appearance of the Messiah, Satan still reigned as king; it was an age of the Devil’s power. Therefore, Jehovah God appeared to Moses as a terrifying, vengeful and jealous God. He appeared with the Law to strike the people who had become servants of sin, mercilessly punishing anyone who violated the Law. This was the situation in the Old Testament Age.
Look at the attributes of Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament Age. He was a jealous God who terrified those Israelites who worshipped other gods. He was a cruel God who ordered the Israelites to exterminate the seven Canaanite tribes leaving no survivors. He was a merciless God who wiped out any Israelite who violated the commandments of the Mosaic Law. Does the loving God who created the universe have the character to feel such jealousy, exact such revenge, instill such terror, and exhibit such cruelty as to exterminate the seven Canaanite tribes? No. God appeared in that way because during the Old Testament Age, he tasked His angels to serve as mediators in the role of God. The vengeful legalism summed up in the saying, “A life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, and a stripe for a stripe” cannot stem from the character of the Creator God. God is the God of love and forgiveness.”
(124:202, February 15, 1983, Sun Myung Moon)
“The Israelites in the Old Testament Age had a very far understanding of God. Jesus came to tell his people that God is actually very close. He taught them that God is our Father. Maybe if the Israelites had believed in a loving God, they wouldn’t have followed a good way.”
“Please pay attention to my prophetic proclamation. Humankind is now at a historical turning point. Now the God of power and authority, who in the past seemed so powerless or even not to exist, can manifest in our life. Now is an amazing time, when human beings in their everyday life can experience the absolute realm of God, the sovereign Lord whose divine principle governs all things and the universe.
People will increasingly be able to perceive God. They will perceive the spirit world and the works of spirits. As they naturally understand the public laws of the universe through their own experiences, people will undergo definite changes to their character and become true individuals. They will no longer be self-centered in relating to greater wholes in the universal order of being. They will learn to be altruistic, living for the sake of others.”
(February 6, 2004, Sun Myung Moon)
“It’s a new area where human beings can experience God. In the relationship with God, human beings can develop themselves and become like God, forgiving and loving.”
“We are transcending Satan’s limited realm. Once that work is completed, God can take dominion over the universe without any difficulty. Then, Satan’s realm will be gone from the earth, and the new sovereignty of Heaven will arrive. With God on high, Satan will disappear and Heaven’s new sovereignty will be established. God’s dominion will extend from individuals to the cosmos, and God will reign for the first time in human history.
The time is at hand when all-transcendent, all-encompassing, all-sovereign and almighty God can do all that He desires. Being all encompassing, God will reign over the entire world that formerly had been in Satan’s possession. Being almighty, God will do whatever He pleases, holding all authority over Satan.”
(295:254, September 8, 1998, Sun Myung Moon)
“We are working to make a world of Peace where God can be the parent and not Satan. God’s will can be accomplished only if human beings can fulfill their responsibility. God gave the free will and He wants each individual to become His temple and then, the whole humanity will be in the image of God.”
Written by Noëmie Komagata-Nguyen