The teachings of the Divine Principle are used as a means of controlling people.
On initially hearing Moon’s Divine Principle many may have felt a tremendous feeling of joy and hope for personal growth – and that a new dawn for mankind was being ushered in. World peace seemed a tangible possibility. The DP is presented as the new Bible for the Completed Testament Age.
However, accepting the DP also implies accepting responsibility for the ‘providence of restoration.’ Gradually more and more sacrifice is demanded from believers.
Sixty years after the first DP book was published in 1957, the goals of personal perfection, ideal families and global peace have proved unattainable. Why?
The Divine Principle is not what it appears to be. The DP is offered as a gift, but accepting it may result in the surrender of a person’s soul to a foreign power. Troy was destroyed when the Trojans accepted the gift of a wooden horse. The enemy soldiers inside snuck out at night and opened the gates. The enemy army rushed in and took over the city.
Reading the DP, a Unification Church / Family Federation for World Peace member may think they are entering into a covenant with the messiah, who is offering salvation. Sun Myung Moon promoted himself as the messiah in the Divine Principle. He gave himself the title of ‘True Father’ and ‘True Parent’ and claimed to be a representative of God. Followers may see him as having a portion of responsibility, or a duty of care, towards them. However, it is evident that Moon did not take responsibility for his legitimate children, or his illegitimate children, let alone his trusting followers.
The DP evolved into a clever construction.
Wolli Wonbon was an early version of the DP written by Moon himself in two notebooks in Pusan in 1952. A few copies were hand copied and distributed. It was largely a synthesis of the work of a number of leaders of small religious groups that pre-dated Moon – Lee Yong-do, Kim Song-do, Baek Nam-ju, Chong Duk-eun and Kim Baek-moon, etc. However, Moon is given all the credit for the ‘revelations’ contained in the DP.
In Wolli Wonbon Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. This was confirmed in 2012 by Dr Andrew Wilson, a UC theologian at the Unification Theological Seminary. A Sanctuary Church leader recently commented about this major revelation concerning, Wolli Wonbon the foundational version of the DP: “I would think the probable reason was that, in consultation with Eu Hyo-won, Father decided that this was not something that would help Christians to accept him.”
Between 1952 and 1957 Moon changed that DP plot line, saying Jesus failed because he did not marry! The first DP book was published in 1957.
The Mary Magdalene as the wife of Jesus narrative has massive implications for the entire Unification Theology that was later put together. Wolli Wonbon, long kept hidden, reveals the lie.
The purpose of the DP is not to educate, but to manipulate. This is done through the emotions.
The DP, together with the choreographed ‘love bombing’ of recruiters, knocks down defenses and opens gates which allow other forces to enter and subvert, ultimately putting a Korean man on the throne of the heart of the new recruit.
How does the DP work on a person’s emotions to subvert them?
The ‘Sin and Fallen Nature’ model in the DP is based on the story of Adam, Eve and Lucifer and the ‘fall of man’. According to Moon, everyone is full of sin (Divine Principle, 2004, page 72).
In the DP four types of sin are described.
First is the original sin … It is ingrained in people’s lineage and is the root of all sin.
Second is hereditary sin. This sin is inherited from ancestors on account of their connection through lineage.
Third is collective sin. This is the sin for which each person is responsible as a member of a group, even though they neither committed the sin themselves nor inherited it from family ancestors.
Fourth is individual sin, which is what an individual may have committed.
Listeners to the DP may begin to feel that they have a problem and will be more receptive to the next part.
According to the DP, these were Lucifer’s wrong behaviors that led to the Fall of Man:
The ‘Four Fallen Natures’
1. Failure to see from God’s point of view
2. Leaving proper position
3. Reversal of Dominion
4. Multiplication of Sin
This is how these four concepts are used to control members. The following is implied. It is not stated directly:
1. Failure to see from God’s point of view – Man, because he is ‘fallen’ does not see things from God’s viewpoint. A follower of Moon must accept ‘God’s viewpoint’, even when it makes no sense. (‘I am a thinker,’ Moon explained, ‘I am your brain.’) If a member thinks something is not right, it is because they do not understand. (Moon is different to other men. Moon lives by different rules because he is one with God.) Members must crush (subjugate) any doubts they may have to reverse Lucifer’s failure.
2. Leaving proper position – Members must keep the position assigned to them by God, who works through Moon, His central figure on earth in this age. If they leave their position, they will make a condition for Satan to invade. They must fulfill the responsibilities they have been given, no matter what the cost. Besides the individual level, Moon has also assigned positions to nations, e.g. Korea, Japan and the USA as Adam, Eve and the Archangel (who should have served Adam and Eve), etc. Members from each nation must fulfill their responsibilities for the ‘providence of restoration’ without question or complaint. Neither individuals nor nations should leave their positions, or fail, or they will delay the providence and cause further pain to God.
3. Reversal of Dominion – Man’s sin involved a reversal of dominion – failing to obey a superior. This is a heinous offense in the Unification Church, and even thinking critically of a superior will incur God’s displeasure. They must not repeat the negative feelings of the archangel. Even if a member has greater abilities, and can see their leader is making mistakes, they must dutifully obey and accept that God put them in these positions for a purpose, no doubt to overcome sinful nature. Members are reminded that Cain killed Abel, and that any ‘Cain-type thoughts’ should be subjugated.
4. Multiplication of Sin – Any negative or critical thoughts should be kept to oneself and never spread to anyone else (see Reversal of Dominion). The fall involved multiplication of sin; Eve was seduced, then in turn she seduced Adam. So no two people can be allowed to establish close relationships. Members must fear multiplying sin. If two members spend too much time together – being horizontal – it should be reported to a leader (central figure). Prevention of horizontal attachments is a good reason to keep moving members around. (Belonging to Moon’s church can be a lonely experience.) All attachments and loyalty should only be to Moon as the ‘True Parent.’
One underlying purpose is to get followers to doubt their own judgement, through fear of possible ‘archangelic behavior’.
Moon asserted that he had authority over his followers and he assigned them positions in his ‘providential’ drama. Of course, in reality Moon did not have that authority. However, if a recruit sees other members, perhaps similar to themselves, being dutiful followers, there is a natural impetus for the recruit to conform and to accept Moon’s authority over their lives.
Moon claimed authority as the bringer of the new ‘truth’ of the DP. The DP and other UC teachings present a very high demand theology. It is also very hierarchical and position-conscious, reflecting its Korean Confucian roots.
However, the ideas contained in the DP were not Moon’s. He was a thief of the ideas, therefore he has no right to claim any authority as author of the DP.
In earlier years it was hard for a member to receive the ‘Blessing’ of Marriage – the ONLY way to free themselves from the original sin which was caused by the wrong sexual intercourse in the Garden of Eden.
Candidates for the ‘Blessing’ of Marriage were supposed to find three spiritual children (new members) first. These three spiritual children were necessary as ‘protective archangels.’ Members were warned that they may not be allowed to consummate their marriages, or could have difficulty in their marriages, if they did not find three protective archangels. They also had to pay large ‘Blessing’ fees which which boosted Moon’s funds.
The ‘Blessing’ rules have now been relaxed.
In reality the Divine Principle exists recruit and retain members; to grab them through their emotions – by-passing logic and critical thinking.
The Divine Principle hooks into each person’s deepest ideals, hopes and aspirations – and fears about each person’s destiny in any possible afterlife (DP: The Principle of Creation);
fears and possible feelings of guilt about sex (DP: The Fall of Man);
natural feelings of empathy and sympathy for the suffering of Jesus and God (DP: The Mission of Jesus).
Through the parallels of history (DP: The History of Restoration) the significance of various ‘central figures’ is emphasized; in Moon’s narrative they are given responsibilities that they themselves may never have known anything about. However, listeners may feel shame and possibly anger or indignation about these historical figures who, according to Moon, ‘failed their missions’ and ‘prolonged the providence’ causing further grief to God.
A pattern of failures of ‘central figures of history’ is presented. John the Baptist’s failure to support Jesus is one example, and his lack of support is given as the main reason Jesus had to go the way of the cross. God was let down so many times throughout history.
Humans look for patterns and causes of events. It is in human DNA and it is what every infant does. The Divine Principle is full of patterns and explanations which can at first hearing sound plausible.
The conclusion of the DP points to Sun Myung Moon as the new messiah. The implication of all the patterns leading up to that conclusion is that the many failures of history should not be repeated by those privileged to be alive at this unique time in history, and through ancestral merit, be able to hear the precious DP.
Moon claimed to be the only person in history who understood God’s heart, and who could ease God’s pain.
Moon had a narrative about his own incomprehensibly suffering life, and the difficult path he trod for ‘seven years’, ‘nine years’ (the length of time varies) to discover the truth of the DP. Members are made to feel indebted to Moon and are drawn through natural empathy to support him in his noble cause.
Finally dedication, loyalty and commitment at this special time is encouraged to build an ideal world.
Recruits or members who waver or have doubts about what is happening to them, or who want a little time to reflect, are reminded of the urgency of the present moment in history. Some are told of the terrible things that have happened to those who turned their back on ‘God’s new truth’ – disease and accidents could happen to the person or to a loved one. God’s protection may be withdrawn from the unfaithful. Fears and phobias are implanted in minds already thrown off balance by so many stirred up emotions.
Pre-existing understandings of the self and one’s place in the world are rocked to the core.
If a person tries to resist God’s ‘providence’ they might be made to feel selfish and uncaring. The trap is closing.
Group dynamics are important. There are usually many group bonding exercises such as sports, games and the writing and performing of sketches.
Singing and music touches the emotions. This allows other newly experienced emotions to become more solidified. The content of the songs is carefully chosen – ideals, love, loss of ideals, suffering, determination, visions of an ideal, etc. Music experienced with others bonds each to the group.
Emotions transcend time and space and can endure for lifetimes, overriding logic.
Responsibility for God’s ‘providence’ looms large. A narrative has been woven with a place for each person in Moon’s drama. Recruits are ‘special’ and have been ‘prepared and chosen by God’. Moon’s providence appears to be real and not a fiction like Harry Potter.
Everyone needs to belong to a group or ‘tribe’. The fear of rejection is primal. No one wants to feel rejected by sincere and dedicated new companions in the ‘great cause’. Fear of losing the new ‘safe haven’ found in the ‘Unification family’ can be very powerful.
The Divine Principle is psychologically very manipulative. The narrative is crafted to lock members into Moon’s system.
The DP might appear coherent within itself. However, it is based on an unsubstantiated unorthodox interpretation of Genesis in the Bible. The ‘Fall’ is an allegorical cautionary tale. Historically the Biblical Adam and Eve probably never existed as literal people.
The DP parallels of history are a stretch too far. A huge number of historical events or people can be linked in different ways to fit numbers deemed significant in the Bible.
It is very difficult to prove such a thing as original sin exits. Did Jesus talk about original sin? How is it transmitted through thousands of generations to each person. It has been shown that Moon was not a ‘sinless’ messiah. His widow, Hak Ja Han, stated as much in 2016. There is no Moon family sinless lineage that must be grafted on to; and Moon does not have any authority from God over anyone, except the authority that a person may – or may not – surrender to him, perhaps after being seduced by the Divine Principle.
Moon was not managing a ‘providence’ on behalf of God. Moon knew exactly what he was doing: using charm, stirring hope and freedom from suffering, using narrative sales pitches (speeches), injecting fears and cutting members social bonds to friends and family. Then Moon used perpetual urgency to keep members busy striving to fulfill usually unattainable goals. He then told members they were failures. Self-esteem was continually eroded. Sleep deprivation added to the stress which diminished the brain’s ability to think clearly.
Recruits became his willing slaves. Moon benefited at their cost.
While in the UC, a member’s value was not determined by themselves, but by Moon.
No human being has ever been, or will ever be, perfect. That is another illusion Moon and the DP use to diminish members.
After being in Moon’s church members are usually more alienated from society, probably more alienated from themselves, and have often lost faith in any God.
Can former members embrace themselves just as they are, and embrace their natural sexuality, free from Moon-induced phobias or shame? Sexual identity is an important part of each person’s identity, and should perhaps be celebrated – in a respectful way.
Moon diminished everyone. By the time a follower realizes this, years of their life may have passed.
Moon ultimately had no answers to the complex challenges of life and society.
Members might discover they are better human beings than ‘messiah’ Moon ever was. And they might learn more about what it means to be human from the fiction of Harry Potter than from the fiction of the Divine Principle.