God's Ideal of Peace

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Throughout history humankind has sought the ultimate meaning and purpose of life. Although faith traditions have variously referred to the ultimate origin as Allah, Jehovah, God, and numerous other names, we all derive from a common origin. What relevance does this have to our lives and to building a world of lasting peace, one family under God?
  • 2. What Defines Our Common Humanity?
  • 3. God Allah Jehovah Ultimate Reality Tao <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Common Origin </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>We All Have a Common Origin. Yahweh Great Spirit
  • 4. Study of religion, scripture and philosophy <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Common Origin </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>How Can We Learn About Our Common Origin? Study of the natural world through science
  • 5. What does nature tell us about the Creator?
  • 6. Artists Are Known through Their Work. Michelangelo Creation of Adam David
  • 7. Recognize God’s divine attributes through creation Recognize the artist’s character through works (visible) (invisible) Insights About God from the Natural World Artist’s character Creation Works of art God’s divine attributes
  • 8. Complementary Pairs
  • 9. Man Woman Male Female Stamen Pistil Positivity Negativity Human beings Animals Plants Minerals Origin Universality of Masculinity and Femininity
  • 10. Universality of Internal Character/External Form Mind Instinct Body Inner nature Form Physical laws Matter Human beings Animals Plants Minerals Body Origin
  • 11. What We Learn From the Natural World <ul><li>Nature exists in complementary pairs; therefore, the original source also has masculinity and femininity. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to complementary physical energies, there are complementary aspects of internal character and external form. </li></ul>
  • 12. What do religions tell us about the Creator?
  • 13. Judaism <ul><li>The heavens are telling </li></ul><ul><li>the glory of God; </li></ul><ul><li>And the firmament </li></ul><ul><li>proclaims his handiwork. </li></ul><ul><li>Psalm 19.1 </li></ul>
  • 14. Christianity <ul><li>Ever since the creation of the world . . . his eternal power and deity has been perceived in the things that have been made. </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 1.19-20 </li></ul>
  • 15. Islam <ul><li>There is no god but He, the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. </li></ul><ul><li>Qur’an 2:255 </li></ul>
  • 16. Hinduism <ul><li>Eye cannot see him, nor words reveal him… </li></ul><ul><li>When the mind is cleansed by the grace of wisdom </li></ul><ul><li>He is seen by contemplation. </li></ul><ul><li>Mundaka Unpanishad 3.1.8 </li></ul>
  • 17. Insights About God from Religion <ul><li>Creator of Heaven and Earth. </li></ul><ul><li>The Ultimate Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Source of truth, beauty, goodness, and peace </li></ul>
  • 18. God as a Parent <ul><li>The most distinctive point about Rev. Moon’s teaching is that God is best understood </li></ul><ul><li>as the Parent of Humanity. </li></ul>
  • 19. Judaism Have we not one father? Has not one God made us all? Malachi 2:10
  • 20. Christianity Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9
  • 21. Sikhism Thou art Father, Mother, Friend, Brother. With Thee as succorer in all places, What fear have I? Adi Granth, Majh M5
  • 22. Buddhism You men are all my children, And I am your Father. For age upon age, you Have been scorched by multitudinous woes, And I have saved you all. Lotus Sutra 3
  • 23. One World Family Under God
  • 25. God’s Purpose for Human Life <ul><li>We are one family under God. </li></ul><ul><li>God wants and expects us to live in harmony and peace. </li></ul><ul><li>God has a clear and consistent purpose for human beings that should guide our individual and common life. </li></ul>
  • 26. God’s Original Blessings to Humanity Be fruitful, multiply, and have dominion…. Judaism, Christianity Genesis 1:28
  • 27. Fruitful : Achieve Individual Maturity <ul><li>Mind/body unity </li></ul><ul><li>Growth in character </li></ul><ul><li>Closeness to God </li></ul>Body Mind God Good Character
  • 28. Multiply : A Family of True Love <ul><li>God-centered marriage </li></ul><ul><li>Devoted parents </li></ul><ul><li>Godly children </li></ul><ul><li>Harmonious families </li></ul><ul><li>A peaceful world </li></ul>Family Nation World Wife Husband God Child
  • 29. Dominion : Build an Ideal World of Peace <ul><li>Healthy environment </li></ul><ul><li>Material prosperity for all </li></ul><ul><li>Science and technology benefit human beings and the natural world </li></ul>Natural World Humans God Peace and Prosperity
  • 30. God’s Original Ideal Takes Time Family Ideal Obedience to God’s Word Spiritual Maturity Original Ancestors Growing Period W H G C
  • 31. Living for the Sake of Others Although God is the master and king of power, money, and material, He will not ask you to come to Him with these things. He would say that anyone can come to Him if they live for the sake of others. Sun Myung Moon
  • 32. <ul><li>Issues to Consider </li></ul><ul><li>The connection between religion and violence </li></ul><ul><li>The rise of fundamentalism </li></ul><ul><li>Post-modern society and the emphasis on individualism </li></ul>
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