|By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999|
| In public, Sun Myung Moon denies that he is the new Messiah. But when his disciples learn
the secret teachings in The Master Speaks, The 120 Day Training Manual and elsewhere, they learn the truth. These unveil a virtual god who is prayed to, worshipped and adored.
In public, Sun Myung Moon denies that he is the new Messiah. “I am not saying ‘I am the Messiah.’... I am not putting myself in the position of God.” “I have never once thought of myself as the authoritative and most powerful one.” But when his disciples learn the secret teachings in The Master Speaks, The 120 Day Training Manual and elsewhere, they learn the truth. These unveil a virtual god who is prayed to, worshipped and adored. In fact, all the devotion a Christian feels to Jesus Christ is what disciples lavish upon Sun Myung Moon, who, they are told, is far above Jesus Christ in stature. Jesus failed; Moon will succeed. Moon is now the mediator between God and man, not Jesus. From the start Moon claimed that he would succeed where Jesus failed. “But nobody in Korea knew of my vast historical significance. Since I knew the cause of Jesus’ failure, I developed my tactic to perfection. I have such a wise tactic that I will not repeat the failure of Jesus.”
Even Moon’s official title, Lord of the Second Advent, gives credence to the fact that in the UC he is believed to be the Messiah. This is made clear to all disciples even if they deny it publicly. Moon fits every description he has given of the coming Messiah and has fulfilled almost everything the Messiah is to do, including: “birth in the flesh; born in Korea; born around 1920; brings total world salvation; completes the work of Jesus; subjugates Satan; brings the Completed Testament which ‘clarifies’ the Bible; is the Third Adam; is ‘persecuted’ by Christians; has the testimony of the spirit world and mediums; is called ‘Lord’ and ‘Father’; will restore the Universe; etc.”
In The 120 Day Training Manual Moon is viewed as an atoning Savior. During his reputed torture by the communists, “Father [Moon] took responsibility for our sins.... Therefore, instead of me being tortured, the sinless Messiah was tortured by Satan.... The bloody body of the only son on whom Heavenly Father was able to rely was now thrown out into cold, into darkness.... Father [Moon] shed blood instead of me, instead of you, instead of us.... While I was committing sin, Father was shedding blood to cleanse my sin. Because he shed blood, he was qualified to give life to me.” Note that Moon is termed a “sinless Messiah.”
Because of Moon’s atonement for us, we should “truly feel it is a joy to die for Father.” “[Sinless] Father shed blood instead of me.... Without Father, there is no life. Father is more precious than myself, than even all mankind. Therefore, even at the price of my life, I can be a joyful offering for Father.” Reading through The 120 Day Training Manual it is evident not only that Moon has fully replaced Jesus Christ but also that he exists in the place of God on earth. This is why he is called Father. “If you want to understand what God is you have only to investigate Father to find what God is,” because “Father is visible God.” Thus, Moon is the only one to save the world, and he is to be obeyed as God. Six thousand years of human history have been only for him, for God has found him and him alone to be faithful.
The following examples give an idea of the attitude of adoration and worship that a UC member will feel for Moon. “His value is incredible and inestimable and immeasurable. He is greater than the universe. He is more precious than the universe.... Therefore through… the offering of your mind, your body, your life, and the things you have, you can establish the foundation of faith.... Therefore, this attitude toward the Messiah [Moon] is the essential attitude of the Unification Church toward Father [Moon].” The extent of devotion is further indicated by a former UC member, who notes the power and spiritual “presence” of Moon. Reminiscent of many spiritists, gurus and occultists, “Moon had a certain magnificence about him. When he walked into the room, you felt blown against the wall. He had an invisible force around him.... He had dominion over creation, and I felt that every leaf, every grain of sand, was truly waiting for his presence.” This former member also notes the “service” rendered to Moon by members, reminiscent of the spiritistic groups discussed earlier on the East and West coasts of Korea. Note the spiritual bondage merely in kitchen preparation—incredibly, even banana peels had to be washed with Q-tips:
day praying in preparation for his visit. It’s impossible to pray that long: you have to go into sort of a trance.... Preparations for his coming were elaborate. The entire kitchen had to be cleaned out—everything had to be taken out. Everything had to be replaced. If you wanted to use a particular canned good, you had to buy the biggest and most expensive. Even if you had a can which was not opened, you still had to buy a new one. Everything had to be completely new. After all, you were preparing it for “God.” If you wanted to use an onion, you would buy a crate of onions and pick out the best one.... Everything was washed. If you washed a banana, you had to use Q-Tips. It had to be washed not only physically, but also spiritually.
He also describes the wealth lavished upon Moon and the personal guilt it produced in him:
to New York to find out what kind of underwear he used. I would even have dreams about the doormat not being new. I felt guilty about spending money, because I knew how hard the kids worked to raise it. Yet we were told that it was okay to buy anything. You had to buy things even though you knew he wouldn’t need them. Like he doesn’t drink coffee, but you had to buy a coffee pot anyway.... Every single thing you did had to be done with the correct attitude. While chopping the garlic, if you weren’t praying, he [Moon] would know. We were always told that if you weren’t prayerful enough, he wouldn’t eat the food.
The above devotion is justified because of Moon’s divine status. In fact, there are numerous occasions in Master Speaks, and other publications, where Moon is equated with God. Although Moon is not all that God is, he is sufficiently close to God to justify the comparisons. “That is why the Leader has appeared to you.... If you ask him, ‘Who is God?’ he will say, ‘I am.’” Thus Jesus is really “the Son of Moon.” “Jesus will be the first and eldest son, because he was the only one who came to this world as the Son of God. ‘Do you mean God’s eldest son, or the Master’s?’ The meaning is the same.”
Moon not infrequently compares himself with Jesus, stressing his own superiority. “I am fulfilling what Jesus left undone.” “He (our leader) is love and truth itself. Jesus had truth and love, and it was not enough.” Even what Jesus endured on the Cross was insufficient to be compared to Moon’s sacrifice. “As for Master, during my first 3 years of public ministry, just as Jesus did, I had to go through severe hardships culminating in the torture of prison life, which was more for me than Jesus’ cross.”
Moon believes that Jesus “could not change the hearts of the people,” that Jesus was inferior to him in several respects, that Jesus did not understand truth, was not very wise and had “abstract” love. Moon by contrast, changes the hearts of the people, “is more powerful and wise,” and calls himself “the King of Wisdom and the Prince of Love.” The following are descriptions of Moon taken from Master Speaks: Moon is “the Ultimate Savior”; “the Ultimate One”; “the world Messiah”; “Lord of the entire universe”; “like the ocean”; and as a “man of perfection doesn’t need prayer”; thus, “You are connected with God through Master.” Further: “Now I have reached the point where I can rule the spirit world using only my physical senses.” “I... became the Lord in the spirit world first. Then I began struggling on earth, and am now subjugating people and nations with this truth.” In light of this, it is not surprising to find that Moon is the one to rule the world, and from there he will proceed to become King and Ruler of the universe. “The Lord of the Second Advent will rule the heaven and the earth with Divine wisdom and power and Fatherly love, and his kingdom will last forever.”
We now have some idea of the true position Moon commands among his followers and why they are so devoted to him. Yet guilt, fear and condemnation are also strong motivating factors. God cannot accomplish His purpose without the members’ absolute devotion. While Moon lives in palatial estates everything depends on how much they can sacrifice for him. The fate of the world, the spirit world, everyone’s salvation, the fate of the universe, even God’s happiness—it all depends on the members. If they fail at one level, everything that has been accomplished up to that point will be for nothing. Unless they are supremely committed, they are thieves and parasites unworthy of the Father.
In addition to an inhumane work load (physically and emotionally), UC members carry the burden of believing that they must perfect themselves entirely on their own power. God will not help. “Man’s perfection must be accomplished finally by his own effort without God’s help.” And if they are not very careful, they will lose their salvation.