Which comes first, life or love? Love comes first... Why? Although God began the creation of heaven and earth with life, the source of life and the motive for life is love.
Sun Myung Moon
Love Comes First
Topic: Divine Love & Goodness
“Which comes first, life or love? Love comes first. Although our planet Earth came into being from God’s life, we do not hold that life comes first; rather we declare that love is first. Why? Although God began the creation of heaven and earth with life, the source of life and the motive for life is love. The reason life came into being is because of love.
Why did God create heaven and earth? Although He is the Absolute Being, God cannot feel joy as long as He is alone. Although He might sense it, He cannot experience its stimulation; this is why He created. God may say, “I am the Absolute Being, the Master of love and Master of life!” yet as long as He remains solitary, He cannot feel love’s stimulation. He cannot feel the stimulation of life, the experience that all of heaven and earth are within Him.”
Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012)
Heavenly Parent's Holy Community
Wilson, Andrew, editor. World Scripture II. Universal Peace Federation, 2011, p. 52 [Teachings of Sun Myung Moon 38:152, January 3, 1971].
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Teachings of Sun Myung Moon 38:152, January 3, 1971
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“God Himself is absolute, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. There is nothing He does not know, and there is nothing He cannot do. Standing in such an absolute position as the Subject in possession of everything, what could He need? Although God is the Absolute Subject, He must have the heart to be an object partner as well as the subject partner. Why so? We do not need just the east; when there is east, we need west; when we have east and west, we need north and south; and when we have north and south, we need front and back and above and below. In this way, we seek to form a sphere. This is why the universe moves based on the model of a sphere.”
–Sun Myung Moon [Cheon Seong Gyeong (Book 1 True God, Chapter 1 The Original Being of God, Section 5.1 God’s omniscience and omnipotence are based on principles) (201-12, 1990.2.28)].