DOES THE UNIFICATION CHURCH (MOONIES) TEACH THAT MOON IS THE MESSIAH? For a long time the

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DOES THE UNIFICATION CHURCH (MOONIES) TEACH THAT MOON IS THE MESSIAH? For a long time the Unification Church has been denying that they teach that their leader, Sun Myung Moon, is the Messiah or Christ. However, if you read through their "120 DAY TRAINING MANUAL", it becomes very obvious that what they say is very different from what they actually TEACH concerning their founder and leader, Rev. Moon. The following selections are taken from this "training manual". The numbers in parentheses, following the quotes, are the page numbers on which the quotes are located. THE QUOTES "God and Father. Father is visible God. Therefore, practically, True Parents must be the best leaders in the world." (362) "St. Paul was a great disciple because he testified to Jesus as the Messiah. We are going to witness, to testify to Father as the Messiah." (375) "Sooner or later, position will disappear. There isn't even a Messiah in the Kingdom of God; Father will be unemployed as Messiah." (381) "Even a wife or husband--don't think, she is my wife or husband. Before she is your wife, she belongs to Father. Even your blessed child belongs first to Father and next to you. Father gave everything, so everything belongs to Father. If you can be one with God, you don't feel lonesome, because the only way to restore everything is to be one with God. If you can be one with God, you can give everything to God. Then you can be one with God, and you can own everything again." (382) "Then the man who found the fall of man, the secret fornication between the angel and Eve, must have been sinless. Rev. Moon found this. The man who found this must be sinless. Then he must be qualified to be the Messiah. Unless people can understand that Father is the Messiah, they cannot move in." (400) "No one can deny, without someone saying directly, that Rev. Moon is Messiah, but they can understand the truth. The first meaning of Messiah for us is how great it is, therefore, some mystery surrounding Father's life is necessary." (400) Computers For Christ [sic] has on file the address of the author of this file, Dr. Moriconi. If there is a proven need from a caller to consult with the author, we will provide this address. Photocopies of the pages can be obtained by sending $.50 a page to this ministry to be forwarded to Dr. Moriconi. Computers For Christ [sic] 6351 Almaden Rd. San Jose, CA 95120 From: Dan Holdgreiwe > DOES THE UNIFICATION CHURCH (MOONIES) > TEACH THAT MOON IS THE MESSIAH? There are a number of criticisms that can be made of the Unification Church. However, this article--by a mysterious Dr. Moriconi--is made up a cheap shots and distortions. > DOES THE UNIFICATION CHURCH (MOONIES) "Moonies" is a derogatory term on a par with "niggers." Dr. Moriconi is either ignorant of its offensive character, or doesn't care. In either case, his use of the term does not recommend him as a credible source of information. > For a long time the Unification Church has been denying that > they teach that their leader, Sun Myung Moon, is the Messiah > or Christ. Not so. The UC position is quiet a bit subtler that than. As I understand it the UC denies that Rev. Moon claims to be the messiah, but it is (usually) careful NOT to deny that most of its members believe Rev. Moon to be the messiah. The difference is due to the fact the under the UC beliefs the messiah cannot proclaim himself. He must be proclaimed by another religious leader, as Jesus was proclaimed by John the Baptist. Until this occurs Rev. Moon cannot openly claim the title that most (but not quite all) Unificationists would bestow on him. More seriously, however, is Dr. Moriconi's deceit by omission. Almost all readers of his article will be misled by the reference to "Messiah or Christ," understanding them in the Christian sense of god itsself, the second Person of the Trinity. If Dr. Moriconi has really studied the UC, he knows that the UC understanding of the messiah is totally different. In UC theology, the messiah is human, not Divine, and the office of messiah goes to whichever man and woman (the UC teaches that only a couple can fully reflect the polarity of the Divine) accomplish the messianic mission. By falsely implying the Rev. Moon claims to be God, Dr. Moriconi demonstrates either his ignorance or his dishonesty. > However, if you read through their "120 DAY TRAINING MANUAL", it > becomes very obvious that what they say is very different from > what they actually TEACH concerning their founder and leader, > Rev. Moon. I have no way of knowing if the "training manual" that Dr. Moriconi refers to is genuine, but let's assume that it is. Dr. Moriconi significantly fails to identify the author of the training manual, thus creating the impression that it is an official policy statement of Rev. Moon and/or the UC. The UC, however, is a quasi-feudal structure in which individual "department" leaders have considerable autonomy. Many of these leaders are Orientals with little understanding of (and sometimes little respect for) American culture and values. Dr. Moriconi's focus on this obscure work may be the moral equivalent of judging Christianity by the pronouncements of Bob Larson. Note that even Dr. Moriconi does not claim that the quoted words are statements of Rev. Moon. > "St. Paul was a great disciple because he testified to Jesus as > the Messiah. We are going to witness, to testify to Father as > the Messiah." Without Dr. Moriconi's phony claim that the UC denies that Rev. Moon is the messiah, the quote is unobjectionable. > "Sooner or later, position will disappear. There isn't even a > Messiah in the Kingdom of God; Father will be unemployed as > Messiah." This actually points up the difference between the UC and Christian views of messiah. No Christian would say that Jesus' position will someday disappear. > "No one can deny, without someone saying directly, that Rev. > Moon is Messiah, but they can understand the truth. The first > meaning of Messiah for us is how great t is, therefore, some > mystery surrounding Father's life is necessary." I can't figure out what this is supposed to mean, but it clearly indicates that the writer of this "training manual" has a poor command of English. What's the point of nitpicking over statements by a person who can't adequately express himself in the language?

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