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true PAreNts�� messAges 1 God��s Hope for Humanity, Part One Father gave this speech on October 20, 1973, at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University in Washington, DC, on a twenty-one city speaking tour of the United States, one of several U. S. tours in 1973 and 1974. . 4 True Peace
True Father went on three speech tours of the United States?visiting all fifty states?in the year he gave this speech, God��s Hope for Humanity.Above: Members are on the steps of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City promoting Father��s speech at Carnegie Hall. Four hundred members worked hard to make that event a success. adies and gentlemen, I would however, the true, living relationship thoughts emerge. We��d soon conclude like to express my heartfelt between God and humankind that the most precious thing in life is appreciation for your coming remains an unsettled question. love. Second to love, life itself is most tonight. I thank God for this Since this relationship is so funda- precious. If we have love and life, we L opportunity because I have been mental to life, our understanding need one more thing?an ideal. These looking forward to visiting this city cannot proceed until we have clari- three elements, love, life and an ideal, and meeting all of you. fied this question thoroughly. As we are not just precious and profound in Because we speak different lan- pursue the answer, we discover there value; they are what make our lives guages, even though I can speak, from are two main perspectives that we worth living. your standpoint I am mute. Also from might take. One view is from God��s While it may seem like an expres- my standpoint, even though you can standpoint; the other is from our sion from a fairytale, that we need to hear, you are deaf. To correct this, we viewpoint. Various religions have emphasize the notion of unchanging, need the man standing next to me as developed through developing these unique and eternal love is understand- my interpreter. However, as you know, two perspectives and there must be able. No one wishes for love to change. interpretation from one language to one principle common to all religions, Regardless of whether we are teenag- another is not an easy task. So this one that can clarify the relationship ers, middle-aged or senior citizens, we man needs your sympathetic under- between God and ourselves. God all wish for love that is eternal. In the standing. My topic tonight is ��God��s wants us to understand this truth in same way, with respect to life, there is Hope for Humanity.�� This subject is the ultimate sense. no one who wishes to live for a short vast in nature and rather complicated As someone living on earth, what time and then just die. We wish for life in nature. I will try my best to stay on do you consider most precious? If to last forever, to be unchanging, the central point of my topic. somebody were to ask you this ques- uniquely special and absolute. tion, I��m sure your answers would The goal of religions is ultimately God and human beings as partners vary. Some might say, Power. Some salvation and eternal life. Were there If there is a God, God definitely needs would undoubtedly say, Money is no belief in eternal life, we would not human beings. God created all things, everything. Others would suggest have religion. Religion is necessary but in creation, human beings occupy wisdom or knowledge. Are those because through religion people can the most precious and distinguished elements?power, money, knowl- strive toward the ideal of love. Thus, position. For us to have a clear under- edge?the most important ones in love, life and an ideal are the most standing of the relationship between life? If we take time to reflect on this precious things to us and we cannot God and ourselves is therefore im- question, we can conclude that ulti- help striving for eternal life. portant. Historically, many theories mately, no one who will claim these Furthermore, we see that ��love�� arose concerning this relationship. as most precious. What, then, do we and ��ideal�� are meaningless by them- Varying opinions, theological con- hold as most precious? When we look selves. Love exists only when there is cepts and academic schools abound; into this question deeply, other someone to love and someone to be November 2018 5
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