The traditional Unification doctrine is that Sun Myung Moon discovered the Divine Principle revelation through his own efforts, largely by conducting spirit-world interrogations of people like God, Jesus, Satan, John the Baptist, Adam and Eve, etc. Anyone can search the speeches and find numerous references to such encounters. There are two main reasons why this doctrine needs to be reviewed.
First, Moon clearly did not have any special ability to look into the spirit world: 1) he told members that his physical family had been murdered by the North Koreans when they were actually living unmolested under Kim Il Sung’s rule (how could he not know that they were not in spirit world?); 2) he admitted in a speech reproduced in Blessing and Ideal Family (“Case 3. The Story of a Couple”) that he really did not know how the couples he matched would turn out and only told them he did in order to encourage them; 3) he consulted spiritualists, especially when matching his own children (and he seems to have taken very poor advice from them); and 4) he was deceived by Cleophas, the Zimbabwean who claimed to be Heung Jin Nim. There are many similar examples of how his spiritual abilities always failed the “Where’s the beef?” test.
Second, the essential teachings of Unification Theology – the original ideal, the sexual fall, the need for Jesus to be accepted, and the physical return of Christ as a Korean man – were reasonably well known among fringe elements of the Korean Christian community well before Moon started his ministry. They were all taught by a lady named Song Do Kim as early as 1924 and some of them were around even before that.
In the 1970s, a theologian asked Sun Myung Moon how he had come up with Unification Theology and answered that he used his imagination.
This is the key to the whole thing! What Sun Myung Moon was really blessed with was an incredibly prodigious imagination. He took elements from the teachings of other people and then elaborated on them using that wondrous imagination of his. Church members then further expanded the teaching by adding such elements as dual characteristics theory and the history parallels and by finding additional Bible quotes to support the theology.
Once we view Unification Theology as a theology of imagination we can understand all the problems of the movement.
The reason that the True Children are no less “sinful” than you and me is that they do not actually have a special blood lineage; they only imagine that they do (those among them who still believe).
The reason that the second generation are just as “sinful” as the first, and that the third generation will be just as “sinful” as the second, is that original sin is an imaginary problem inherited from two imaginary ancestors. You cannot cure evil by holding a ceremony and removing an imaginary sin. How I wish you could.
Now the GOOD NEWS! The good news is that the future is also up to YOUR IMAGINATION! The future can be anything you want it to be. The theology can be anything you want it to be. It is all up to you. You are free. All you have to do is to recognize that Unification Theology is a theology of imagination. The evidence is overwhelming that it is. Recognizing it as such is the solution to all of the problems of the Moon family, all of the problems of the church, and all of the problems of the movement.
Graham C. Lester
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- iknowmoon said: GCL’s reaching so far up his colon for some of these ideas, that even one sniff tells us it’s garbage. We really need to imagine that GCL’s making sense. For those seeking the pertinent, full-UC-truth, SEE: unificationist-primer.b…
- Graham C. Lester submitted this to whatisonthemoon