In March, 2017, Universal Peace Federation held an informal dinner with a broad spectrum of interfaith and community leaders in Pasadena, California. At this dinner party, I gave a PowerPoint presentation on the Universal Peace Federation’s Five Universal Principles for Peace.
The source of these Universal Principles comes from the founder’s profound worldview, The Divine Principle, sometimes know as the Unification Principle. This is a summary of the main points of that presentation.
Principle 1: There is one God who is the Creator of all and the Parent of humankind
The way to rise above the pursuit of self-interest is to recognize our common humanity, given to us by our Creator.
Just as a parent can intercede in the disputes of the children, it is the parental heart originating from the Creator which can help us resolve the differences that exist between the world’s nations, cultures and religions.
To help us understand God as the creator, we can look at an artist, such as Vincent van Gogh. We can’t go and meet Vincent to have a conversation with him, but we can get some idea about his character by studying his works.
Suppose we want to understand a writer and author, like Leo Tolstoy. We need to read some of the things that he wrote, like War and Peace, Anna Karenina, or Resurrection.
Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.” – Matthew 7:16-18
We can understand God, the Creator, by studying the creation. For example, we can see God’s parental heart by observing the parent-child relationships in nature.
All of God’s creation has the dual characteristics of masculine and feminine.
A bird needs both wings to fly. Man and woman are like the two wings of a bird, both are needed for graceful and harmonious flight.
There is a second set of dual characteristics that we can observe in God’s creation; internal character and external form. The external form is an expression of the internal character. We know a persons character by observing how well his actions express his thoughts and emotions. Integrity is when a person’s life and actions reflect his thoughts and values. This is why Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits.”
Integrity can also be called mastery. Father Moon also said, “Before I hope to master the universe, I must first achieve self-perfection. That is my motto. God’s love, life and truth can be developed on the basis of self-control.”
Principle 2: Human Beings are Essentially Spiritual in Nature
Human beings long for truth, beauty and goodness. Life’s deepest meaning and purpose can be found through the pursuit of these essential yet intangible attributes.
Each person has an eternal spirit that transcends this physical life.
Spiritual principles are to be practiced in this life so that we are prepared for the eternal world.
Principle 3: The Family Is The “School Of Love” And The Cornerstone For World Peace
The family is the cornerstone of peace, and the root of our character and culture. It is in the family that we experience love and inter-dependence. In the family, the most basic personal and public virtues are learned.
Understanding the family as the “school of love” helps us to recognize that “family” is the most essential human institution.
The foundation for a healthy family is a faithful, committed marriage.
The greatest joy comes through the family. The greatest pain can also be experience in a dysfunctional family. A parent’s joy is to see their children growing up to resemble them. I love this picture because you can see that each child resembles the parents, and expresses that in their own unique way. The parent’s greatest joy is to see the children growing up to embody the parents most cherished values. God’s joy is to see his children, all humankind, living in love and harmony between all nations, races and religions. Religions are like trees in an orchard. Each produces a unique and delicious fruit. We should appreciate each other’s unique beauty and goodness.
Principle 4: The Highest Standard for Relationship is to “Live for the Sake of Others”
By practicing living for the sake of others, we become “other-centered” rather than “self-centered”.
The essence of good character is true love expressed through unselfish actions.
“Living for others” is a common principle of the world’s religions.
Principle 5: Inter-religious and International Cooperation are Essential to World Peace
Lasting peace cannot be achieved through political compromise alone, but requires addressing the root causes of conflict.
Transcending racial, religious and ethnic barriers is an imperative of our time.
It is faith that can give people the power to forgive, and the love to overcome even generations of hatred, resentment and violence.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” ~Matthew 5:9, because peacemakers reflect God’s character and love, so they can be called children of God.
Jesus also said, “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.” ~Matthew 7:16-18
This is just a brief introduction to the Unification Principle and UPF’s five universal principles. These are just some of the fruits of Father Moon’s life long work for world peace.
This is a small taste of the Unification Principle and Father Moon’s teachings. I have spent over forty years studying his teachings. It is impossible to put all I have learned into this short presentation. I hope this small taste will whet your appetite and you will be inspired and intrigued enough to study more deeply with UPF.