"Mother alone, represents True Parents" - Father
"Mother is the top decision maker" - Father's direction
"The responsible person of UC is not Hyung Jin nor Kook Jin. On the top of Hyung Jin there is Mother.. Do not forget this."

“The Only-Begotten”: Misunderstanding Leading to Division

The Only-Begotten
After years of denial finally Sanctuary Church officially admitted that Mother is the Only Begotten Daughter, but did not apologies for their rumors, accusations and negative talk

Jesus Incarnated the Word and became the Only-Begotten Son, but he couldn't find Only-Begotten Daughter, to restore the 2nd Blessing - Ideal Family. Thus, a Second Coming was needed.

Father said, "The Completed Testament refer to.. the fulfillment of God's covenant to establish the ideal.. Adam and Eve.. to be God's children and complete the ideal of creation.. (and) return as the son and daughter of daughter on God's side.. who can finally represent God's kingship on the world level. On this foundation, we will be able to return to a world that has nothing to do with the Fall." (CIG p. 126)

What does 'Only Begotten' son means? In short, this is 'The first restored man'! What does 'Only Begotten' daughter means? 'The first restored woman'! This is no one, but True Mother. Father said, "Mother is of pure lineage"... "unrelated to the fall." Father could inherit Jesus's victorious foundation, but Mother had no one to inherit from - she was the first (Only-Begotten).

Reborn through the Only-Begotten Daughter

Mother's victory is the first in history and the model for all women. Denying this fact Sanctuary Church is denying all Father's teachings and achievements. Father himself said, "the “only begotten son” needed to find the “only begotten daughter.” He specifically asked Hyung Jin to promise, he will never deny TP and never proclaim himself a new center. Father was clear about Mother's historic value:
"You have been born through True Mother. Remember that the favor bestowed by the True Parents is a great blessing that cannot be exchanged for anything in the whole universe." Father, CSG
It takes Only-Begotten Daughter to give rebirth to humanity. Means, she has to be separated from the Original Sin. Don't tell me we can understand what it means to be without original sin, or when and how that happens. It's of small use to rationalize with our limited physical mind and argue on that, as SC are trying. It's enough to study Father's words, pray and try to understand with the time; not create dogmas and fights about it, as Christianity did for ages. Why Hyung Jin repeats such historic mistakes?!!

We see external (Property) attack from H1 and Internal (Ideological) attack by H2. BOTH NEEDED - to clear up the future from possible similar deviations by future Moon generations or other Physical Minded leaders; Also to restore past Christian problems.  IT'S ALL GOD'S LOVE

What “Begotten” Really Means? 
Misunderstanding Leading to Division

Original by Franco Famularo
The word “begotten” is problematic now as it was to the Christians. This one word led to divisive misunderstanding, and even violent conflicts.
The Christian church in the third and fourth century eventually split over the use of one word. Was Jesus “homoousios” (ομοούσιος) or “homoiousios” (ὁμοιούσιος)? It was a conflict about the essence of the Messiah. 
The main issues at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. was whether Jesus was of the same substance as God (homoousios) or of a similar substance (homoiousios). The letter “i” made all the difference. 
Now Sanctuarians argue Father and Mother are of different essence, going again in the same wrong theology and reviving the same old problem.

"There’s no way Father and Mother could have a marriage of true love because their essences are so different." Kerry Williams, SC
Are we not repeating the split between Arius, who believed Jesus was of a similar substance but not God himself and Athanasius that Jesus was of the same substance — God himself.  In the view of Nicean Christianity, Jesus is God. Similarly, in the view of SC, Father is of different essence from us.. even from TM. 

COMMENT: "Obviously Sanctuary Church deviated from the Principle, influenced by wrong Christian theology, serving their external aims, to discredit Mother. Meaning, they are ready to change core Unification theology, change Father's teachings, just to go around Mother and reach for power." 
In Christianity, along with other issues this eventually led to the split in the Church. Hyung Jin is recreating this problem, stuck in the very same New Testament mistakes. 
“Unificationists” are the ones resolving differences as one of the founder’s major objectives – indeed Reverend Sun Myung Moon is widely known for his efforts to bring harmony and cooperation among representatives of different religions, races and cultures – and among Unificationists of different persuasions!

The word “begotten”
The word “begotten” is used in some English translations of the Bible – especially the King James version of 1611. The most well-known verse is John 3:16. One also finds the word “begotten” in John 3:18, John 1:14, John 1:18, and 1 John 4:9.
The word “begotten” generally suggests the idea of originating or produced by someone else and, more importantly, a being begets someone or something like itself.
C.S. Lewis wrote about “begotten” in Mere Christianity as follows:
“We don’t use the words begetting or begotten much in modern English, but everyone still knows what they mean. To beget is to become the father of: to create is to make. And the difference is this. When you beget, you beget something of the same kind as yourself. A man begets human babies, a beaver begets little beavers and a bird begets eggs which turn into little birds. But when you make, you make something of a different kind from yourself. A bird makes a nest, a beaver builds a dam, a man makes a wireless set – or he may make something more like himself than a wireless set: say, a statue.”
However, the Greek word used at the Council of Nicea is “monogenes” μονογενής (monogenes literally means “only” and “offspring” or “of the same kind”). The Greek word is an adjective compounded of μονο (only) and γενής (species, race, family, offspring).
Latin, the other major language used in the early Christian period, used the word unigenitum and is identical in meaning to the Greek monogenes.
The word in question was used in the formulation of the Nicene Creed and is drawn from the biblical verses mentioned above (John 3:16, John 1:18, 1 John 4:9).
Interestingly, the Revised Standard Version of the Bible used in the Divine Principle text does not use the word “begotten.” The biblical verses mentioned above simply use the word “only.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, RSV)
Rev. and Mrs. Moon have been addressing the issue of Jesus’ uniqueness for decades and more recently Mother Moon’s use of the word “begotten” has led to much controversy. Is it really so controversial as to cause schisms within the “Unification” family? Referring to Father and Mother Moon’s words as expressed in Korean may be helpful.
When the late Father Moon spoke in Korean he used the word dok saeng ja: 독생자 (獨生子). It means only-born son: 독 (獨) = only, 생 (生) = born, 자 (子) = son.
Mother Moon uses dok saeng nyeo: 독생녀 (獨生女). It means only-born daughter: 독 (獨) = only, 생 (生) = born, 녀 (女) = daughter.
It is significant that the words used in Korean are closer to the original Greek (monogenes) and Latin (unigenitum). The word “begotten” used in some versions of the Bible in English does not capture the original meaning intended in the Greek and Latin used in the early Christian period.
Differences between Christian and Unification views
Of course, the complexities that emerge are not restricted to linguistics. There are also thorny theological issues that arise with the use of the word “begotten.”
Since the Council of Nicea, Christians, for the most part, generally accept that Jesus was not only born through divine intervention but also stress that Jesus was not born through physical conception as is stated in the Nicene Creed: “Begotten, not made.”
The view is held by all major Christian denominations – Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Churches of the East, Anglican, Lutheran, Reformed, and most mainline Protestant Churches.
Christian doctrine concludes that Jesus was not conceived by natural conception between a man and woman. Indeed, Jesus, in the traditional Christian view is God himself.
A close reading of the Divine Principle chapter on Christology leads to the Unification understanding that stresses Jesus was conceived of a man and woman. Father Moon explained in numerous speeches that Jesus had a literal father and mother. Jesus was conceived through a relationship between a physical man and woman. Furthermore, the Unification view is that Jesus was not God himself, but rather the son of God. Yet Jesus was divine and the mediator between God and human beings.
Therefore, when Father or Mother Moon’s words dok saeng ja: 독생자 (獨生子) or dok saeng nyeo: 독생녀 (獨生女) are interpreted or translated “begotten” son or daughter, an English-speaking audience is faced with both a linguistic and theological challenge.
As mentioned above, the words used in Greek (monogenes) and Latin (unigenitum) mean “unique” or “only” offspring. The Korean words used by Father and Mother Moon emphasize “only” born son or daughter or “first” born son or daughter.
It is interesting that the interpreters and translators of Father and Mother Moon’s words have chosen to use the word “begotten” found in the King James Version (KJV) of 1611. It is not widely known that 90% of the KJV is identical to the earlier Tyndale version of the early 1500s. The 10% that is not identical includes references to “begotten.”
Here are some versions of the Bible that do not use the word “begotten” in John 3:16: Common English Bible (2011), Contemporary English Version (1995), English Standard Version (2016), International Standard Version (2014), New American Bible (Revised Edition 2010), New International Version (2011), Revised Standard Version (1952), New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (1993).
Recent challenges to Mother Moon’s use of the word “begotten” have caused some to disassociate from her. Families have been split. Long-time friendships have ceased. Vitriol has spread through social network sites and other channels on the web.
Mother Moon was declared to be co-founder, co-messiah and co-True Parent by Father Moon. Regardless, some challenge the very core of Unification understanding of Deity, Christology and the very purpose of Unification teaching itself.
The issue can be easily resolved when one clearly understands the meaning of a few simple words and interprets and translates them correctly.
Father and Mother Moon were not born directly from God as Christians believe of Jesus. Father and Mother Moon were born of a man and woman. They both had physical parents.
When Father and Mother Moon use the word dok saeng ja: 독생자 (獨生子) or dok saeng nyeo: 독생녀 (獨生女), they both are saying that they are the first to have fulfilled their responsibility and are thus the first born as God’s son or daughter.
It is also important to note that theirs is not an exclusive state. They continuously encourage each and every child of God to become a “true” son or daughter of God as well.
Consider the following words of Rev. Moon:
“Dok saeng ja means the first son who can receive the first love and the dok saeng nyeo means  the first daughter who can receive the first love.” (Rev. Moon’s sermon #203, June 27, 1990)
“Dok saeng ja is the one who is connected to the fullness of God’s first love for an individual.” (Jan. 24, 1986)
“It is the goal of all of us to become the dok saeng ja and the dok saeng nyeo.” (#41, Feb. 15, 1971)
“The most important thing is how to reach the position of the dok saeng ja and the dok saeng nyeo.” (#52, Dec. 30, 1971)
“It is our task to become the dok saneg ja and the dok saeng nyeo in order to liberate God.” (#94, June 26, 1977)
“Blessed families need to become the dok saeng ja and the dok saeng nyeo so that God says ‘You two are the ones I love most.’” (Sept. 29, 2002)
Clarification of words and their meanings should lead to a mature faith practice.
It seems the current spat within the Unification family is between apologists for the “begotten” daughter and those that consider the very concept of Mother Moon as a begotten daughter to be cause to establish a new movement. There are of course serious issues and future consequences theologically, providentially and practically.
The current schism will not easily be resolved since religious disagreements historically have rarely been solved. Can Unificationism be different?
If the fulfillment of God’s providence in the Completed Testament Age is the establishment of the “True Parents,” and if, after 57 years, one of the established True Parents is perceived to have failed, it will be extremely difficult to persuade a new audience that a new set of “True Parents” will succeed.
On the other hand, if the existing and established order lacks flexibility and the ability to admit mistakes, reconciliation will prove increasing difficult, if not impossible.
The future of the movement founded by Rev. Sun Myung Moon in the 1940s is at stake. Will it flourish and fulfill the dream of world restoration? Or will the Unification Movement devolve into several factions causing efforts to influence society at large to fizzle?
Misunderstanding of one word could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.♦
Rev. Franco Famularo (UTS Class of 1994) lives in Montreal, Canada, and serves as Secretary-General of the Universal Peace Federation, Canada. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Unification Theological Seminary. The views expressed herein are his own.
Painting at top: A depiction of the First Council of Nicea in the year 325 A.D.


  1. Thanks, brother, for the further clarification. But I always thought, this is not "rocket science". Jesus, admonished his detractors saying, they were stuck in "the letter of the law" and could not see/feel "the spirit of the law". I've always felt much the same about the "heir splitting" of SC. Perhaps some do need a "dogamatician" to clear up the mess.

    1. We see external (Property) attack from H1 and Internal (Ideological) attack by H2. BOTH NEEDED - to clear up the future from possible similar deviations by future Moon generations or other Physical Minded leaders; Also to restore past Christian problems. :) IT'S ALL GOD'S LOVE

  2. Compare with:

    Only Begotten Child and Beloved Child with whom I am well pleased

    By comparing these two sections of Rev. Moon's teaching - one from Divine Principle: Christology and one from the September 30, 1979 speech "Let Us Know Ourselves," we can understand his thinking about and his use of the term "only begotten." He is making a close correlation between Buddha's statement "In heaven and on earth, I alone am the honored one." and the voice of God speaking about Jesus as My beloved Son with whom I am well pleased." in Mark 1:11 or "only begotten son" as in John 3:16 and Psalm 2:7. We can understand that this testifies to the original value of every human being as a temple of God.

    [Divine Principle: Christology]

    Second, let us consider the value of a human being from the perspective of the purpose for which he was created. God created human beings for the purpose of sharing joy with them. Every human being possesses a unique individual character. No matter how many billions of people are born on the earth, no two will ever have exactly the same personality. Each person is God's substantial object partner who manifests a distinctive aspect of God's dual characteristics. Hence, that person is the only one in the entire universe who can stimulate that distinctive aspect of God's nature to bring Him joy.4(cf. Creation 3.2) Every person who has completed the purpose of creation is thus a unique existence in the cosmos. We can thus affirm the truth in the Buddha's saying, "In heaven and on earth, I alone am the honored one."5

    [God's Will and the World: "Let Us Know Ourselves" September 30, 1979]

    Each man is a microcosm of the universe. Your body is made of all the elements of the world. Nature supplied all the ingredients that make your body, which means that the universe made you by donating itself. If nature demanded that you refund everything that nature loaned you, would there be anything left of you? You can feel that the universe gave you birth and made you, so nature is your first parent. Do you feel good that you are a microcosm of the universe? All the universal formats or formulas can be found in you. You could accurately say that you are a small walking universe that can move, whereas the cosmic universe is stationary. Because you can move and act, you can govern the universe. The universe would want you to exercise dominion over it, so your first duty would be to love nature. Then, wherever you are, you can love the creation and appreciate it.

    Since you feel such an urge to love the grass, trees, and flowers, the birds and running water, how can you not love your fellow man? When you lie on the beach, you can feel that you are lying in the bosom of your parent, or that when leaning against a tree you are leaning against your own brother. Would nature protest, or feel that you truly love and know it? All things exist for you, so you can appreciate them for that reason. As a man, you are the only begotten son of the universe, and as a woman you are the only begotten daughter of the universe. Then how much love would be possible between the two?

    Have you ever had a conversation with the sun, saying that you love it and singing a song of love for it? Many of the people who think of themselves as poets don't even appreciate the depth of this truth, and their poetry is superficial and shallow.



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