As I was commemorating the historical events of September 18, of 1974 and 1976 this week, I started reading the message Rev. Sun Myung Moon gave on that memorable day in 1974 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Its title is: The New Future of Christianity.
I was thinking of all the Christians and believers who interpret the bible in a literal way. It seems so sad that so many different denominations developed over the centuries which caused a lot of divisions among believers. Rather than me dissecting this situation I like to share with you here the passage where Rev. Moon spoke about the significance of the bible as a coded message. It is based on revelations from God and Jesus over several years:
What is the Bible, more precisely? The Bible has been a book of mystery. However, the Bible contains God's message to you and me.
The Bible does not use plain language, but is written in symbols and parables. Do you know why God has presented the Bible in symbols and parables? Why did He not speak the truth clearly?
God has had to deal with the world of evil. Throughout the ages, God has handpicked His workers, or champions, out of this evil world. Abraham was such a champion. Noah was such a champion.
And God's champions were always in the utter minority in the evil world. If God revealed His strategy too openly or plainly, the enemy would use that information against God's champions. Thus, the Bible was written as a coded message, so that only God's agents or champions could decipher it.
Let me make an analogy. To protect her security, America sends out many agents overseas to collect vital information concerning potential enemies. When the home headquarters is communicating with these agents overseas, particularly in enemy territory, would they communicate openly and plainly? No. No one would be that naive. They would communicate in coded messages — secret messages — so that the enemy could not decipher them.
Throughout history, righteous people have faced nothing but suffering on this earth, simply because they were in enemy territory, and Satan did not want to have God's agents prosper. Whenever Satan's forces discovered God's representatives, they tried to destroy them.
We must realize that God has had to give His instructions in coded messages. Thus the Bible is written in symbols and parables. In a sense, the Bible is intended to be mysterious. Then how can we know the true meaning of those symbols and parables?
It is simple, in a way. If you are an agent dispatched by your headquarters, and you want to decipher a coded message, then you must either have a code book, or communicate directly with your home headquarters.
By the same token, the meaning of the symbols and parables in the Bible can only be clear when we communicate with our "home headquarters" — God. This is truly the only sure way we can know the ultimate meaning of the Bible.
Two thousand years ago our Lord Jesus Christ brought the blueprint for the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. However, he could not speak plainly about his plan even to his own disciples. Jesus spoke in figures and parables. Why?
Jesus knew the adverse circumstances in which he had to work. There was political pressure from the Roman Empire. There was the ruling monarchy, who opposed any change. And there was a strong religious system and tradition. These could all be directed against the building of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus came to kindle the fire of revolution in people, which would in due course change the structure and the life of the entire nation. But he could not speak plainly of any of this even to his own disciples. Instead, he had to speak in figures and parables, saying,
'He who has ears to hear, let him hear.' (Luke 14:35)
If you attempt to interpret the Bible literally, word for word, letter for letter, without understanding the nature of the coded message of the Bible, you are liable to make a big mistake.
Therefore, in this day, at this hour, what the Christian world needs is a revelation from God. God must reveal to us His plan; He must tell us His timetable, and give us instructions as to what to do at this time. God indeed promised that by saying, in Amos,
'Surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.' (Amos 3:7)
Tonight I am standing here at Madison Square Garden not according to my own will, but in obedience to the divine will of God. God has called me as His instrument, to reveal His message for His present day dispensation, so that there may be a people prepared for the day of the Lord.
Tonight I am going to concentrate on the divine revelation concerning the coming of the Lord of the Second Advent — the vital issue of the Second Advent — the most important question of our time. And in order to understand this more clearly, we must first know the circumstances of the coming of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago.
The whole message is full of new perspectives regarding the time we are living in. Now, after almost 40 years, these ideas are even more valuable since we have in many ways repeated the same mistakes the people of Jesus’s time made 2,000 years ago. As any sincere believer, you want to check out the rest of the story and discover for yourself “The New Future of Christianity.”