Monday, August 5, 2013

Imagine that… .

You can understand the heart of God.  Not the God from the movies, nor the God talked about in religion, neither the God from Sunday school.  I am talking about the heart of God, our Heavenly parent (He/She). 


Imagine the expectation He had for His children to live on the earth He created, the beautiful universe.  Imagine the mountains and the valleys, all the colorful flowers, lush trees, the endless variety of foods, and the infinite possibilities of adventures He could have with his children.  And above all His desire for a family: a man and a woman living together in harmony, raising children who can inherit the heart of their Parent and perpetuate a lineage of love, trust and integrity; a family where all members can learn to love unconditionally, learning and growing to fulfill their infinite potentials.

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
~ C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Mere Christianity

Imagine that you can understand the sorrow of God’s heart when during the Fall of Man, his children turned away from Him and neglected the warning He gave them regarding the fruit of love.  His children acted in their immaturity and decided against His will. Imagine the despair God must feel about our world today.  We often ask ourselves, where is God in all this suffering, in all the disasters, and all destructions?  If we can learn about the principles of nature and the way the universe operates, we can understand that God can only be there when allow Him to be there, we ask Him to be there, and open our hearts to be part of our lives.  God has been searching for us ever since the fall, the history is his-story of restoration or saving men from his own destruction.

“Where Are You?”
~ Genesis 3:9

Imagine that you can experience the hope God has, that after thousands of years of searching for his children, building one foundation after another, He finally has a man and a woman on earth again who can represent Him to the rest of us.  They have demonstrated the dynamics between parents and children, husband and wife.  Just like Jesus tried 2,000 years ago, showing us the Heart of the Father, and the Holy Spirit comforting and healing us, the parents are here to demonstrate the heart of God.

Whoever does not see God in every place does not see God in any place.
~ Rabbi Elimelech (1717-1787)

Imagine that by becoming one with that heart of God, we can heal our own pains, disappointments, and hopelessness.  The parents can help us to fight the spiritual battle for our own heart, letting go of the old baggage, forgiving trespassers and forgiving ourselves for wrongdoings.  By mending this rift in our relationship with God and restoring an intimate relationship with God, we can experience freedom and joy, and then turn around and share it with others.

“If there is a God, He definitely needs human beings.  God created all things, but in all His creation man occupies the supreme and central position.”
~ Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012), God’s Hope for Man 10-20-1973

This search for man is best expressed in the story of the Prodigal Son, Luke15:11-32:

Even in our society today, many people are experiencing restlessness, a burning desire for more which is often satisfied with more material possessions, more money, and more wealth.  But in the end it has been shown that once people are richer, they are less happy.  Especially the wealthier countries like Australia, Britain, continental Europe, United States and Japan are experiencing more depression, alcoholism and more crime. 

Imagine that less is more, and believe of it makes the difference.  It depends on the image we have of ourselves. Without God we have low self-esteem, no confidence, not enough courage to defend ourselves, and not enough compassion to love others.  It has been proven that man’s brain is hard-wired to not only believe in God but to know God, be aware of Him, to live with Him, to live through Him and eventually to become Him (to take on all the characteristics of his son and daughter).



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