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

 

 

“Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Luke 17.21

 

“God’s kingdom is within us. We can understand Jesus’ word as each person being the temple of God or that the disciples together are the temple of God. When the people are the temple of God, God can be present.”

 

“We indeed created man; and We know what his soul whispers within him, and We are nearer to him than the jugular vein.”

Qur’an 50.16

 

“God is closer to our jugular vein… It means that the human being is not limited to his physical body but has a spirit that is closer to God.”

 

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

Hebrews 4.12-13

 

“God knows us so well. He knows all our intentions and thoughts, He can see through us. If we, as human beings, have some bad intention, for example to do an action to get something in return, we can see that it’s not a good intention. We can do nice actions but with bad intentions.”

 

“That mind which gives life

to all the people in the world—

such is the very mind which nourishes me!”

Moritake Arakida, One Hundred Poems about the World (Shinto)

 

“We need that mind to be able to survive.”

 

“Why do you go to the forest in search of God?

He lives in all and is yet ever distinct;

He abides with you, too,

As a fragrance dwells in a flower,

And reflection in a mirror;

So does God dwell inside everything;

Seek Him, therefore, in your heart.”

Adi Granth, Dhanasri, M.9, p. 684 (Sikhism)

 

“We don’t need to go in the forest or to hide in order to find God, we can find Him in us in relation with others.”

“Why do people go in temples or to do for a pilgrimage? We need put ourselves in some state or condition to be able to get in connection with God. Also some people go in churches to find God. It helps to be in a community with other people to find God. As human beings we have the option to isolate ourselves or to be within a community to find God.”

“Finding God is a process, a way. As a child it’s normal that our relationship with God is not developed yet. We need to go through a path to be able to do it.”

 

“Where does God exist? He is not in heaven, but in our heart—the center of our heart.”

(145:310, June 1, 1986, Sun Myung Moon)

 

“God is in the heart of each person. To find peace in ourselves, we have to find God in ourselves.”

 

“God is not merely a concept. God is alive in each of our lives, and we can feel His touch. I constantly hear the beating of God’s pulse. I breathe as He breathes. I can feel the warmth of His body against my own. I have come to know the heart of God, and have shed rivers of tears from the knowledge that His heart is bursting with the sorrow of having lost humankind through the Fall.”

(234:233, August 22, 1992, Sun Myung Moon)

 

“It’s incredible to feel so close with God, so united with Him, as Sun Myung Moon was able to do. He felt all the suffering of God, because He lost His children. It’s very painful to see the suffering of the others. How is God feeling, seeing some of His children dying of hunger?”

 

“When we forget to eat and sleep, yearning for our beloved Heavenly Father and calling out, “Father!” He holds our hand, even though we do not notice Him. We call out, “Father,” and Heavenly Father clasps us to His bosom. It is precious to have these experiences in our life of faith.

With a heart of love, even before you say, “Please be with me while I do this,” God is already with you. Experience this, and you will know that God is Gracious and Merciful.”

(58:299, June 25, 1972, Sun Myung Moon)

 

“It’s incredible that God is always here for us but we often don’t know it or forget it. It’s amazing to be able to feel the love of a parent like God for us.”

“I had an experience where I didn’t know what I will be doing the next week because I didn’t have a job anymore and that’s when I got called for a new job. It’s like God already prepared a way for me.”

“Sometimes I get some clear answers in the morning just before waking up; it’s like being in an intermediate state. God wants to give us answers for us to go forward.”

 

“How does God love? It is not hard to answer. Since God is without form, He can go anywhere—inside a lady’s eyes, inside her heart, anywhere at all. Where does God live? He dwells in the midst of our heart. God’s masculine aspect lives in the heart of a man, and God’s feminine aspect lives in the heart of a woman.”

(128:325, Sun Myung Moon)

 

“God’s feminine and masculine aspects exist together! God does not have only a masculine part. This is a very difficult part to understand for some religious believers…”

 

“Many Christians today think that because God the Creator is unique and absolute, the Supreme Being, it is impossible for human beings, His creatures, to relate with God in a full partnership. They reason that creatures are profane while God is absolute and holy. Consider this matter, however, from the concept of love. To form relationships of love, even the lofty and supremely good God and lowly created beings must share common attributes of character. To love, they must share the same heart. That is, the personal God must have the same qualities as the human personality.

(138:247, January 24, 1986, Sun Myung Moon)

 

“There are different perceptions of God, depending on the development of the person and on the people. We sometimes have the tendency to judge people. God created human beings for them to be able to create a relationship with Him and also between human begins, to work together, to love each others.”

 

“The universe is vast, as great as 21 billion light-years across… Yet when we search within for the best place to receive God, our greatest treasure, the natural conclusion is, “The heart is the only appropriate place.” No place can be safer or more comfortable for Him.

The heart is able to stand in the position of God’s object partner and exist for eternity by engaging in spherical motion, and this is the reason that human beings can have eternal life.”

(May 1, 2004, Sun Myung Moon)

 

“In a spherical movement, there’s no end, it’s a perpetual movement. It’s interesting that the spiritual heart can live for eternity if it’s in connection with God as an object partner. We can spiritually live eternally if we are in communion with God.”

 

 

Written by Noëmie Komagata-Nguyen

 

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