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May 21, 2017

Celebrating Life

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Celebrating Life!

There are many occasions to celebrate throughout life – birthdays, weddings, graduations, house-warmings, funerals etc.  

I would like to give you something you can celebrate every day of your life.

First I need to explain the meaning of a word. The word is – worldview. A worldview is a personal view of how the world works. It is a mental model of reality — a comprehensive framework of ideas & attitudes about the world, ourselves, and life. Unconsciously our worldview influences our behavior.

A worldview is very complex, made up of ideas, values, and concepts some of which are inherited from parents, grandparents, teachers or famous people. For example, people who wear tattoos are not to be trusted, or grandma died of a disease even though we prayed for her recovery, therefore God doesn’t exist.

Some ideas come from our personal life experiences. For example, I have been taken advantage of by businesses run by successful people, therefore in order to succeed in business one needs to take advantage of the customers.

Very few people ever try to identify their values and concepts or understand logically where they come from or whether they are true or false, sensible or incongruent, accurate interpretations or misinterpretations of experiences or events, the only criteria that we care about are that somehow  “it works for me as an individual.”  

North Korea’s leaders, beginning with Kim Il Sung after the Korean war, developed a worldview that America and Americans were aggressive that America still wants to win the war and so the best response is to never be seen as weak else they will attack. In a closed society like North Korea, this view of reality becomes the dominant view of most of the population through propaganda and coercion.

Russian’s have their worldview, China has theirs, ISIS has theirs.

We American’s have ours too, but because the Constitution allows for individual freedom of speech, religion, and assembly, the national ethic of what it means to be a citizen has been redefined by political parties, groups, and individuals sometimes resulting in vastly different points of view. For example, the value of religious charitable giving that so impressed Alexis de Tocqueville in the 1700’s has morphed into a huge federally funded welfare system producing bureaucratic waste and reliance by a few lazy people on the labors of the working man. This has been a critical point of contention between Democrats and Republicans.

A quote from Edmund Burke If you don’t learn from the past you will be doomed to repeat it.

If we look at America’s past history we can learn that many of the problems we are facing today are not new. They have been around for 300 years. 

Lewis Carroll’s character, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, asks the Cheshire Cat —

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ – said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where -‘ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ – said the Cat.
‘- so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.”

His satirical reply is also quite relevant to our situation today. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there and if you don’t know where you are going you can waste a lot of time.

It seems that in America, and other nations too, everyone is walking down a different road, and these roads are becoming more divergent. Also, we are moving in circles getting nowhere.

To me the solution is obvious, we need to come up with a single destination and a process for getting there that everyone wants and can agree on. A single universal worldview.

So this is the gift that I want to give you that will get you out of bed to celebrate each and every day?

It is a worldview called the Divine Principle

After Sun Myung Moon received his mission from Jesus in 1935, he came to realize that the reason there was so much conflict in the world is that all people have different purposes or goals in life. After reflecting that the purpose of any created thing, like a cup, is determined by its creator, and since everything in the universe was created by God, then God must have had a purpose in mind when He created human beings.

Jesus shared with the young Sun Myung Moon, that God has been broken hearted and suffering in pain and anguish throughout history over the treatment we hand out to our fellow human beings. 

By focusing on God’s purpose — why He created us, he was able to obtain answers to many questions that have kept mankind separated from God. In Gen. 1:28 God told the first human beings what our God-given purpose is. 

28 God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Because human beings are both physical and spiritual, the Divine Principle explains about spiritual things as they apply to every human being, therefore, this worldview is not just for Christian people or for any particular religion.

To become fruitful means to perfect our character and become people of unconditional love. Then to increase in number means that after we become able to give unconditional love, we are qualified to be blessed in marriage by God and then co-create and raise Godly offspring.

The Divine Principle unlocks the symbolism and answers many questions about life and the Bible in a way that is supported by science and logic. 

This is what Jesus foretold in John 16:12;

12“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.

Again, in John 16:25, Jesus said;

“Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.”

  • For those who doubt the existence of God, the Principle explains very clearly how we can know and relate to God.
  • For people who revere science, the Divine Principle explains how science is helping to unlock the reasons why God created.
  • The DP explains what Jesus meant and how we can actually develop to this stage of relationship with God. In Matt 5:48

             You, therefore, must become perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.”

  • Just as all things develop through three stages, human beings are meant to develop spiritually through three stages.
  • How do we develop spiritually? Is it through prayer or meditation or faith?
  • Why does God allow evil to exist in the world?
  • What happens after we die? Will we sit around with harps all day long praising God?
  • At the 2nd Coming, will all the faithful people who have since died be raised out of their tombs to meet Christ in the air?
  • What does it mean that Christ will come on the clouds of heaven?
  • When we die what will God’s Judgement be like? Will it be scary or embarrassing?
  • Is the world destined to remain a place of conflict and suffering?
  • What will happen when Christ comes again? Will the world be consumed with fire, will the sun and the moon get dark and the stars fall from the heavens?
  • Will God destroy this evil world and create a new one?
  • What happens to evil people after they die? What is the standard for good and evil? How do I know if God considers me to be an evil person?
  • Why, despite the spiritual salvation given to us by Jesus Christ, are we still unable to live in harmony with our fellow Christians?
  • Why do bad things happen to good people?
  • How does spiritual healing work?
  • Did God really banish Adam and Eve from the Garden because they ate a fruit?
  • Why did Adam and Eve not die as God told them if they disobeyed and “ate the fruit”?
  • Did a literal serpent really tempt Eve?
  • Who or what are evil spirits?
  • How can we be certain that interpretations of verses in the Bible are correct?

It has been my experience in studying the Divine Principle, that my concerns about social problems fade and I find hope in God’s plan for all people. My greatest desire is to share these Principles with others so that they too can celebrate in gratitude to God.

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June 8, 2017

Free Coffee

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Some members of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification have decided to offer free coffee to anyone passing by a small wooden booth to be set up on the edge of the FFWPU property.

The purpose is to inspire people to then connect with other people with whom they might not otherwise get to know. Maybe with a smile, a heartfelt greeting “good morning how are you” or thanking them for picking up after their dog. It is something like “Random Acts of Kindness” in action – but with purpose. 

The reasoning behind this is that everyone needs relationships and the norms of trustworthiness and reciprocity that arise from them in order to improve our own and others’ quality of life and overall well-being. 

Social scientists have identified four types of “capital” necessary for success in business and in life;

  1. Financial capital which of course refers to money
  2. Structural capital which refers to buildings, and equipment.
  3. Technological capital which refers to communications and information technologies
  4. Human capital which refers to education, skills, knowledge, experience 
  5. Social capital

Recently, the fifth — “social capital” is gaining prominence in businesses such as Google and by social scientists like  Robert Putnam who says,

“A society of many virtuous but isolated individuals is not necessarily rich in social capital. Social capital refers to connections among individuals – social networks and the norms of reciprocity and trustworthiness that arise from them.”

“When Putnam talks about the significance of social capital he is not talking simply about nostalgia for the 1950s, the effects are much more pervasive. School performance, public health, crime rates, clinical depression, philanthropy, race relations, community development, teen suicide, economic productivity, even simple human happiness — all are demonstrably affected by how (and whether) we connect with our family and friends and neighbors and co-workers.”

Through encouraging social networking based upon acts of service as simple as offering free coffee, we hope to multiply the many social benefits for people of Kodiak.

August 25, 2018

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