IN SEARCH OF THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE
Speaker Sun Myung Moon
When August 1, 1996
Where Washington DC
Farewell Banquet, Family Federation for World Peace
Translator – Peter Kim
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
With the end of the Cold War, new hope for peace and justice has spread rapidly
across the globe. Leaders unable or unwilling to acknowledge the new
international realities are being swept away by the tidal wave of change.
As we stand at the threshold of the new millennium, I believe it is time to review
our traditional patterns of thinking and boldly seize these new opportunities. Thus
it is my great honor to share with you my life-long advocacy for world peace and
true family values.
In this world there are two kinds of human beings: men and women. Can they decide to exchange positions?
Was your birth as male or female based upon your personal desire? Or were you born that way irrespective
of your personal preference? The sex that we are given is an absolute and is not a matter of choice. We did
not think it nor did we want it, but without knowing the cause, result, or process of our birth, we were born a
Thus it is undeniable that no matter how great a person may be, he or she is not a causal being, but is a
resultant being. Therefore, there must exist the first causal being. Who is that causal being? Is it male? Is it
female? You can call that first causal being God or any other name, but this causal being must exist.
Here today are gathered some of the most famous people in the world. You might say, “Where is God? Show
me and then I will believe.” But I warn you not to deny the existence of that causal being.
The topic of today’s speech is “In Search of the Origin of the Universe.” If we go deeper and deeper in our
search for the origin of the universe, we arrive at God. We come to know that God possesses dual
characteristics of male and female. How did the universe begin? Let us put aside our discussion of God for
the moment, and consider humankind. It is clear that humankind is comprised of man and woman, or subject
and object. In the mineral kingdom, molecules are composed of anion and cation. Plants reproduce through
stamen and pistil. Animals live as male and female, and human beings as man and woman. If we examine
creation, whether the mineral kingdom, plant kingdom, or animal kingdom, we observe that plus and minus
on a higher level exists and develops by absorbing plus and minus from the lower level. Why does this
phenomenon take place? It is because the existing world is responsible to perfect human beings, who are
Lords of all creation. In the mineral kingdom, plus and minus, that is, subject and object, unite centering on
the ideal of love and thus exist. In the same way, in the plant kingdom, stamen and pistil, that is, subject and
object, unite centering on love and thus also exist. Medical science today points out that even bacteria exist
as plus and minus.
How do subject and object, or plus and minus unite? By kissing? Love is not a concept but a substantial
reality. What is the reality upon which love can settle? President Ford, President Bush, who attended the
Inaugural World Convention of the Family Federation for World Peace, and all of you distinguished guests
are famous but there is something that you do not know. You do not know what makes man man, and
woman woman. The answer is: the sexual organs. Is there anyone here who dislikes the sexual organs? If
you like them, how much do you like them? Until now you may not have thought it virtuous to value the
sexual organs, but from now you must value them.
What will the world be like in the future? If it is a world which values the sexual organs absolutely, will that
world be good or bad? Will it prosper or perish? This is not a joke. When God was creating human beings,
into which part did He invest the greatest creative effort? The eyes? The nose? The heart? The brain? All of
these organs eventually die, do they not? What is the purpose of the Family Federation for World Peace? If
humanity were to go beyond the traditional categories of virtue, religion and any other human norms, but
were absolutely in harmony with the sexual organs, earning the welcoming applause of God, what kind of
world would it be?
When we are born as a man or woman, who is the owner of our sexual organ? Actually the owner of a
husband’s sexual organ is his wife, and the owner of a wife’s sexual organ is her husband. We did not know
that the sexual organ is owned by the opposite sex. This is a simple truth. We cannot deny this truth. Even
after history progresses for thousands of years, this truth will not change.
Every man thinks his sexual organ belongs to himself, and each woman thinks her sexual organ is her own.
That is why the world is perishing. Everyone is mistaken concerning ownership of the sexual organs. We all
think that love is absolute, eternal, and dream-like, but when we come to clearly understand that the
ownership of eternal love lies with the opposite sex, the world will not remain in its present condition. There
are numerous scholars and Ph.D.s, but none of them have thought about this.
Can any of you deny this? If you ask your parents, your grandparents, your great-grandparents, the original
ancestors, and even God who is the origin of the universe, they all will agree with this. This is a universal
law. This truth will remain even after the universe continues to exist for billions of years. The natural
conclusion is that when you stand before God, He will judge you as righteous or unrighteous according to
this immutable law.
Even the fall of Adam and Eve originated in the violation of this law. Adam and Eve both erred by thinking
their sexual organ was their own possession. Think about it. Would God chase Adam and Eve away because
they ate a literal fruit? God is not such a senseless being. God chased them out because they did not meet
the most basic criterion by which the universe functions. Because of their mistake with the original point of
love, they could not be acknowledged anywhere in the universe. In the mineral kingdom, plant kingdom and
animal kingdom, the positivity and negativity, that is, the sexual organ, is reserved for the sake of the
complimentary partner of love. Adam and Eve did not know this.
Then why do the sexual organs exist? For love. Male and female exist in order to find love. What are
characteristics of God? God is absolute, unique, eternal and unchanging. Then who is owner of love? The
owner of love is not man or woman. The owner of love is God. Centering on love and through love, God and
humankind become one. This is because both God and human beings absolutely need love.
Then, what kind of love does God need? God needs absolute love. What about you? It is the same for you
and for me. Just as God needs absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal love, we also need absolute,
unique, unchanging and eternal love. It seems that we all resemble God.
God himself has characteristics of masculinity and femininity, or positivity and negativity. Human beings, who
were created as the substantial object of God, were created as man and woman. When man and woman
marry, they become substantial plus and minus representing God. It is God’s will that when we marry, we
completely unite horizontally centering on God’s vertical love.
The human body is horizontal, representing the earth. On the other hand, the conscience always loves the
vertical and seeks the higher perspective. Thus human beings irresistibly seek the point at which they
become one with the vertical standard of God. That point must be the center, and man and woman must
meet each other at that point. Thus when every person, who is born from that center, grows up through
experiencing the love of a child, the love among brothers and sisters, and conjugal love, the mature body
represents the earth, and the mature mind centers on God. At this ultimate point, body and mind become
one vertically and horizontally, thus establishing a base for happiness. Only at that place will God, who is the
Absolute Being, rejoice centering on absolute love. In that place, husband and wife, who are love partners,
also will rejoice.
When the relationships of parent and child, husband and wife, and brother and sister, which represent
respectively north and south, east and west, and front and back, unite perfectly centering on that one point,
an ideal, global shape is created.
Thus in the East, there is a saying that parents and children form one body. Further, they see husband and
wife, and brother and sister, forming one body. What is the basis for that traditional wisdom? It all is made
possible when the three relationships form a sphere, extending in all directions centering on true love. Those
relationships must form a sphere with one center. There should be only one center. Unification is possible
because those relationships in reality have the same center. The relationship between God and human
beings is a parent-child relationship. Thus, God and man must become one, centering on true love.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, how lofty is human desire? Your mind wants to reach higher than God.
No matter how lowly a person is, he or she can desire a world even greater than that of God’s desire. As a
beloved son or daughter of God, if you say to God, “Father, please come!”, won’t He come? No matter how
ugly a man’s wife is, if he really loves her, he naturally will follow her when she calls. With unity centering on
true love, the husband will respond to his wife’s beckoning, the elder will follow the younger’s call, and the
younger will follow the elder’s call. None of them will ever want to separate from the other.
If God is alone, does He feel lonely or not? How can we know that He feels lonely? Distinguished Ladies and
Gentlemen, do you have love? Do you have life? Do you have sperm and eggs? Do you have a conscience?
You affirm all these things, but have you seen love? Have you seen life? Have you seen lineage? Have you
seen the conscience? Have you ever touched these things? You know their existence, but you cannot touch
or see them. You know them only through your mind’s intuition. By the same token, even though you have
not seen or touched God, you cannot say that He does not exist. What is more important, that which is
visible or that which is invisible? I am sure you realize that the invisible is more important than the visible.
You can see and touch money, position and honor, but you cannot see or touch love, life, lineage and
conscience. We all have them, so why can we not see them? It is because they are one with us. When mind
and body maintain absolute balance, you do not feel them.
Do you feel your eyes blinking? Try counting your blinks for three hours. Do you count the number of breaths
you take everyday? Touch the left side of your chest with your right hand. Do you feel something beating?
You can feel the beating of your heart. How many times a day do you hear the sound of your heart beating?
Through a stethoscope your heartbeat sounds like the explosion of a bomb. But when we are busy, we go for
weeks and months without feeling that. Think about it! We immediately feel a small fly sitting on our head,
but cannot feel our heart beating even when the sound of it is a hundred times greater than the lighting of a
fly. It is because we are one with our own body.
You may think it rude if I share this with you, but I would like to give you an example. You use the bathroom
each morning. When you defecate, do you wear a gas mask? This is not a laughing matter but a serious
one. If you are near someone else defecating, you will quickly move a good distance away. But when you
smell your own feces, you do not even notice it. This is because that fecal matter is one with your body.
Therefore, you do not feel that it is dirty.
When you were young, did you ever taste the dried mucus from your nose? Does it taste sweet or salty? It’s
salty, right? Since you can answer, you must have tasted it! Why did you not feel that it was dirty? It is
because it was part of your body. Reverend Moon has figured out something that no one in the world knew.
When you cough up phlegm, you sometimes swallow it, right? What about you who are here today? Have
you ever had that experience? Be honest. Why do you not feel it is dirty? Because the phlegm was one with
your body. We all eat three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you go about twelve inches down
from your mouth, there is a fertilizer factory. By eating three meals a day, we are providing raw materials for
fertilizer factories. After knowing that, can you still take food into your mouth with a fork and spoon? We know
that there is a fertilizer factory in our stomach, but we live on without feeling its presence. Why do we not feel
it? It is because we are one with it. In the same way, we have love, life, lineage and conscience, but because
they are one with us in balance, we do not feel them.
Just like us, God has love, life, lineage and conscience, but He cannot feel them by Himself. Because they
are completely in balance, God cannot feel them. That is why God also needs an object partner. We
understand the necessity of an object partner from this perspective. When one is alone, one cannot feel
oneself. But when a man appears to a woman and a woman appears to a man, the stimulation of love and
lineage will erupt like lightning and thunder. You must be fully awakened about this. We have lived without
knowing this truth. Man has not understood that God absolutely needs His love partner.
Then who is God’s love partner? Is it a monkey? If human beings are resultant, can monkeys be the being
that caused us? Can monkeys be our progenitors? Don’t even talk such nonsense. In order for life to have
begun from an amoeba and reach the human form, it must pass through the gates of love on thousands of
levels. Does life progress automatically? Absolutely not. It is the same with all animals. The division of
species is very strict. Nobody can trespass the separation of species.
If materialists who believe that monkeys are our ancestors crossbreed a human being and a monkey, do you
think a new life form will emerge? It will fail no matter how many thousands of years they attempt it. Why will
it not work? You must think about this.
Then what would God need? What part of your body would God need most? Your eyes? Hands? Your five
senses? Within Him, God has both masculinity and femininity, but to exist as Father, His being is that of a
male subject. With this in mind, would we say that God needs a love partner?
Then who or what within His creation could be His love partner? Is it man by himself? Or can woman by
herself become God’s love partner? What kind of partner does God want? Does God need a partner with
great wealth? Does He need a partner of knowledge, or one of great authority? No, none of these things
matter. God wants a love partner. Thus, centering on the place where husband and wife become one
through their sexual organs, God wants to appear and meet us.
Why is that the place where man and woman become one centering on God? It is because love is absolute,
and that place is where man and woman have the absolute desire to become one. Looking horizontally, man,
who is plus, approaches that center, and woman, who is minus, also approaches that center. In God also,
the masculine characteristic and the feminine characteristic become one as plus and minus. That union in
God, as a bigger plus, becomes one with a bigger minus, namely, the union of man and woman. The
question turns to the conditions by which that union can come about.
What is marriage? Why is marriage important? Marriage is important because it is the road to finding love. It
is the road to creating life. It is the road where the life of a man and a woman unite into one. It is the place
where a man’s lineage combines with a woman’s lineage. History emerges through marriage, and from
marriage nations appear and an ideal world begins. Without marriage there is no meaning to the existence of
individuals, nations, and an ideal world. This is the formula. Man and woman must become absolutely one.
Parents and children must become absolutely one with God, love God, and live and die with God. And when
they die and go to the spirit world, that is the place called Heaven. But there has been no individual, family or
nation which has fulfilled that ideal; the world and humankind have not established that ideal, and for that
reason the kingdom of Heaven that God desires is empty. All people who died until now fell into Hell. No one
entered the Kingdom of Heaven.
From this perspective, we can see that Jesus came as Savior of humankind but could not enter the Kingdom
of Heaven. He instead went to Paradise. In order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus would have had to
form a family. That is why Jesus wants to come again. Jesus was to marry, form a family, serve and live with
God in that family, and then enter the Kingdom of Heaven with that family. He could not enter the Kingdom of
Heaven by himself alone. Thus it is said in the Bible, “What is bound on earth is bound in Heaven, and what
is loosed on earth is loosed in Heaven.” We must solve the problems on earth. Since the disease was
contracted on earth, it must be cured on earth.
Humankind descended from the fall. Therefore we dwell in the realm of the fall and cannot enter the
Kingdom of Heaven without making a foundation to rise above that realm. Man in the realm of the fall must
destroy that realm no matter how difficult it is. Thus Jesus said, “Whoever seeks his life will lose it, and
whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” In order to traverse this road of death, we must penetrate it and
rise above by risking our entire lives.
Your families are in the realm of the fall. Your tribes and nations are the same. You must struggle and win.
The fall occurred in Adam’s family. Did Adam and Eve have children before or after they were chased out of
the Garden? They had children after they were chased out; they created their family without any relationship
to God. How can you go to the Kingdom of Heaven without knowing this? It is not conceivable; you cannot
achieve the perfect ideal through ignorance. This is my warning to you.
Pray to find out whether Reverend Moon’s words are true. No one knows how much hardship I endured in
order to find this path. Even though I committed no crime, I suffered through six different prisons to find this
path. Through this truth, I am able to straighten out and educate precious young people in the matter of an
hour. Some people say that I am brainwashing youth, but in fact I am enlightening them with logical truth.
Atheists have been silenced since they failed to prove scientifically and logically that God does not exist. On
the other side, Christians entrap us, crying heresy because our doctrines differ, and they try to destroy us.
But in this case, this so-called heretical cult is on the side of truth.
Satan hates whatever is on God’s side, and God hates whatever is on Satan’s side. Has anyone in the world
liked Reverend Moon? You came here only on the basis of learning what Reverend Moon is doing. You did
not come without knowing that.
Youth in the former Soviet Union, living in an ideological vacuum, are equipping themselves intellectually with
a unification perspective through comprehensive ethics texts in middle schools, high schools, universities
and even in prisons. Three thousand six hundred schools in the former Soviet Union are using such texts.
They believe that my teachings provide the only way to overcome the corrupting influence of the decadent
Western culture of homosexuality and free sex. They are proclaiming, “We must surpass America, which
opposes Reverend Moon!” They want to move ahead of America in attending Reverend Moon.
Ladies and Gentlemen, do you like God? Would God enjoy watching Reverend Moon doing these works?
Can the teaching of the Vatican harmonize with the teaching of Reverend Schuller, who also attended the
Inaugural Convention of the Family Federation for World Peace? Their teachings are different. Then ask God
whose teaching is true. What is the benefit of my telling you that your understanding of Jesus and Mother
Mary is wrong? But you must understand one fact very clearly: Without being loosed on earth, it will not be
loosed in Heaven. Reverend Moon, who knew this at an early age, has devoted his life to walking this path.
Should Jesus have married? Jesus should have married. Is Jesus a woman or a man? If there is a woman
saint, would Jesus not desire to marry her? During the creation of Adam and Eve, God granted them their
own sexual organs. Why would He have done that? Would God have married them when they reached
maturity, or not?
The problem lies in their fall. Due to the fall, their blood lineage switched from God to Satan. Therefore, God
chased them out of the Garden of Eden. Originally, Adam and Eve were to have become God’s body, in the
position of God’s bride. The fall, in a sense, introduced a disease into God’s body and ideal, as Adam and
Eve acted like God’s enemies. Can you imagine how much God’s Heart suffered as He watched this taking
place? The human fall is the grave in which you bury yourself. It was an act of expropriation. It was the root
of free sex as well as the origin of individualism.
What kind of nation is America today? It has become a nation of extreme individualism, a nation whose
people are pursuing private interests, over-indulging themselves, gluttonous, practicing free sex. Does God
favor these things? What is the goal of such extreme individualists? They abandon Heaven and Earth, the
world, the nation, society, their extended family and even their grandparents. Beyond that, they lose their
parents and brothers and sisters. Therefore they live as gypsies and wander around as hippies, having no
place to go when it rains and snows. So they are driven to end their lives by suicide. That is the result of
The original mind does not want to protect this extreme individualism and ridiculous exaltation of privacy. The
original mind wants to live receiving love from the universe, the nation, our village and our parents. But
because people walk the opposite path, their consciences become dysfunctional and they feel a
contradiction with their own original mind. Thus more and more people would rather die than live, and
commit virtual suicide by taking drugs. We are witnessing the truth, “You will reap what you have sown,”
What seed did Adam and Eve plant in the Garden of Eden? It was the seed of free sex. Can that be denied?
That is the reason they covered their lower parts. Is it not true that even children know they must cover up,
for example, after having eaten the cookies hidden by their parents. This is a function of human nature. If the
fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil were a literal fruit, then Adam and Eve should have
covered their mouths or their hands. So, why did they hide their lower parts?
Reverend Moon is an intelligent man. I am not doing what I am doing because I am inferior to you. It cannot
be denied that the fall was caused by fornication. To restore the fall of Adam and Eve, it is very logical to say
that we must take a path 180 degrees different from that of the fall. We inherited a lineage on the path to
Hell, due to the fall. That is why the Messiah must come.
The Messiah comes as the owner who should form the family in the Garden of Eden as originally intended
by God. We must understand this clearly. It must be logical. The Messiah first should create a family which
serves God. Through this family, he should establish a nation. Therefore, the family is the key. Centering on
the Messiah’s family, there should be an engrafting process. The problem is, “who can save me from this
world of death?” That is why the opposite path is taken.
Look at the Old Testament era. The indemnification took place centering on the principle of “an eye for an
eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Look at Rebekah, the wife of Isaac. Isn’t she the one who stole the blessing for
Jacob by cheating her elder son, Esau, and her own husband, Isaac? Why would God love such a woman?
How can we have faith in such a God? No one until now has answered these questions. Reverend Moon is
the first person to provide the answers, because Reverend Moon is the only one who knows all the secrets
Now, let us discover the dividing line between Heaven and Hell. Is it up in the air? Where is it? It is your
sexual organ. This is a serious matter. This has turned Heaven and Earth upside down. Who can deny this?
This is explained in the chapter on the human fall in the Divine Principle, the teaching of Reverend Moon. If
you doubt this, ask God. You cannot reject Reverend Moon’s Divine Principle, which contains content
beyond your wildest dreams presented through logical explanations and in a well-ordered structure.
If you wonder whether Reverend Moon will go to Heaven or Hell, please die and go to spirit world. There you
will find out. If you feel upset by my talk tonight, you could go ahead and commit suicide, and you will really
find out. You have to realize that Reverend Moon overcame death hundreds of times in order to find this
path. Reverend Moon is the person who brought God to tears hundreds of times. No one in history has loved
God more than the Reverend Moon has. That is why even if the world tries to destroy me, the Reverend
Moon will never perish. It is because God protects me. If you step into the realm of the truth Reverend Moon
teaches, you also will gain God’s protection.
When a sexual organ is used in the same way a blind person wanders aimlessly and without direction, it will
undoubtedly lead you as its owner to Hell. By the same token, one will be led high up into Heaven when he
or she uses the sexual organ according to the standard of God’s absolute love. This is a clear conclusion.
Today, we face a serious youth problem, because in the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve planted the seed of
free sex in the shade through their fall during their youth. In the Last Days, harvest time, there must be the
worldwide phenomenon of rampant free sex among the youth.
Satan knew that the Lord of the Second Advent would come in the Last Days with the strategy to save
humankind, who are in the realm of the fall, by lifting them up to the realm of absolute love, centered on
God’s true love. Satan cannot find any other standard of love other than free sex, as the archangel
introduced in the Garden of Eden. Therefore, we see that the entire world is stripped naked and being
pushed in the direction of death by free sex. All humanity is being forced to walk this path in the Last Days as
the archangel’s descendants. Because today’s humankind descended from Adam and Eve, who fell under
Satan’s dominion in the Garden of Eden, Satan can boldly claim in front of God that he has a right to do
whatever he will with all men and women in this world.
God knows what Satan wants. Through free sex, Satan wants to stop every last person from returning to
God. In other words, Satan wants to destroy all humanity and create Hell on Earth. Is not the world in which
we live today Hell on Earth? Therefore, we will find the road to Heaven by going 180 degrees opposite the
direction of this Hell on Earth. When the Lord of the Second Advent comes, he will show us the 180 degrees
opposite path, as a means to save the world and lead us to Heaven.
Then what is the road that is 180 degrees opposite the way of free sex? The path of free sex was laid
because of the false parents. Therefore, True Parents have to come to straighten the wrong path. God
cannot intervene. No authority nor any military, economic or political powers can do it. It was caused by false
parents. Therefore, it takes True Parents to cut it open with a scalpel. True Parents should operate with their
scalpel; that is the only way humanity can be saved.
The one who sinned has to indemnify the sin. It was in the family that a false marriage took place which
corrupted the lineage 180 degrees. Therefore, True Parents must come and bestow marriage that is in a
direction 180 degrees opposite, in order to open the path to Heaven.
Then, what did God expect from Adam and Eve? God expected absolute sex from them. You world leaders
gathered here tonight, please learn this truth and take it back to your countries. If you start a campaign to
secure absolute sex in your country, your families and your nation will go straight to Heaven. When there is
absolute sex, an absolute couple will emerge automatically. Words such as free sex, homosexual and
lesbian will naturally disappear.
Reverend Moon has lived an entire life overcoming a suffering path in order to initiate this kind of movement
worldwide. Now the time has come for Reverend Moon to trumpet the fanfare of victory and move the entire
world. Therefore, I am grateful to God.
The family sets the cornerstone on the road to world peace. The family also can destroy that road. It was
Adam’s family in which the destruction of the foundation of human hope and happiness took place.
Therefore, when we establish the Family Federation for World Peace, the road going 180 degrees opposite
the direction of the satanic world will be open, and for this we cannot help but give thanks to God. Without
following this road, there is no freedom, happiness or ideal!
I wish that you would center on the absolute sexual organ, unique sexual organ, unchanging sexual organ
and eternal sexual organ, and use this as your foundation to pursue God. You should realize that this
foundation should become the foundation of love, life, lineage and conscience. We also have to realize that
the Kingdom of God on Earth and in Heaven will begin on this foundation.
If all men and women admit that their sexual organ belongs to their spouse, we all will bow our heads and
become humble when we receive our spouse’s love. Love comes to you only from your partner. There is no
love other than love for the sake of others. We must remember that we can find absolute love where we
absolutely live for the sake of others. When you return home, you should expect to wage a war against the
Wherever you may go, please try to spread Reverend Moon’s message through television or other media.
You will never perish. What force can turn around this world of Hell? It is impossible to achieve this unless
our sexual organ is used in accordance with an absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal standard centering
on God’s true love which is absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal love. God is the original owner of the
Let us go forward all together for this common cause. Let us become the vanguard which will carry out God’s
true love. This is the very mission of the Family Federation for World Peace. Now, please go back to your
homes and affirm with your spouses that your sexual organs are absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal.
Proclaim that yours is truly your spouse’s and what your spouse has protected so well until now is truly
yours. And please pledge that you will live your life with gratitude and in eternal service to your spouse. In
such families, God will dwell eternally and, centering upon them, the world-level family will begin to multiply. I
sincerely hope that each of you will participate in the next marriage blessing of three million six hundred
thousand couples. By doing so you will form a true family that can register in the Kingdom of God on earth.
Thank you very much.