Reverend Moon explained that he did not discover the Divine Principle
He explained on December 27, 1971 that the Fall and key parts of the DP had already been revealed to others in Korea prior to 1932:
“In Wonsan, the West coast town, there was a not too old lady, about 50 years of age. Centering on her, Mrs. Kim Son Do, a movement arose… She had direct conversation with God. She received direct revelations [in April 1923 – see Rev Chung link below]; she was taught many things from heaven… and among these were:
1. Liberation of Korea from Japan (… she testified that Japan would surrender on 16 August 1945, that was, 7 July by lunar calendar.)
2. Lord of Second Advent would come to Korea not in clouds, but on earth as a physical man. And that man is Korean.
3. Fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was not fruit, but the fall was the action of love; the fall took place by misuse of love.
4. Man and woman should not marry, because such marriages are not true marriages, but false marriages. She taught married couples not to have sexual life.
5. Lord was coming to establish new blood lineage. Therefore, all those who were to receive Lord of Second Advent must have purified mind and body…
Such things reached the ears of the ministers. They wanted to destroy this group. Therefore they went to the Japanese government authorities and they told them such things… By the ministers’ accusation the old lady was imprisoned. She was tortured bitterly, and after her release she died… Therefore God picked another lady to begin the same kind of movement. That lady was a most devout lady who followed after Mrs. Kim Son Do. That lady was Mrs. Ho Ho Bin… Mrs. Ho also began to receive revelations. Then Jesus appeared to her… Jesus began to give revelations to this couple… This couple was taught the heart of God, how grievous God was at the fall of Adam, also God’s providence at the time of Jesus. All kinds of things. Also, Jesus told the story of Mary, the situation when Jesus was born in the world. Also, Jesus spoke about his childhood life and also that Mary, his mother, couldn’t fulfill her mission. Also, they were told that John the Baptist couldn’t fulfill his mission. Therefore, Jesus was crucified on the cross. So by these things, the cause of Jesus’ crucifixion was the disbelief of the Jewish people… Also the lady especially trained her husband. She told her husband, “You are the archangel who made Eve fall. By the archangel, her chastity was defiled. … This group was named by Christian churches, “Inside Belly church.” …
For Eastern coast spiritual movement, there was another successor. His name was Lee Yong Do… Centering on Minister Lee, a new Jesus Church was started. At that time there were instructions from heaven to unite these two churches: “Inside Belly Church” [also known as the “Holy Lord Church”] and the “New Jesus Church.” The West group went to the Eastern group to be united, but this group did not receive them… After that time Mr. Lee died… He died at the age of 33, in 1932.”
History of the Unification Church, part 1 – Rev. Sun Myung Moon
December 27, 1971
However, the Unification Church, and the introduction to the Divine Principle teaches that Reverend Moon discovered all the secrets of God’s Providence, including the root of sin:
“With the fullness of time, God has sent His messenger to resolve the fundamental questions of life and the universe. His name is Sun Myung Moon… he came in contact with many saints in paradise and with Jesus, and thus brought into light all the heavenly secrets through his communion with God.” Divine Principle page 16 (1973 edition of DP with brown cover.)
“Moon’s search for the Principle, he has stated, lasted for nine years from his encounter with Jesus in 1935.” Sun Myung Moon, The Early Years, 1920-53 by Michael Breen. Chapter 2, The Conversion, page 36.
“Throughout history, human beings have not known the true identity of the DEVIL, Satan, who caused the HUMAN FALL, which led to all kinds of evil. For fourteen (14) years, Father Moon labored desperately to discover all the secrets of the spirit world through many bruising spiritual battles. Finally, he discovered the real identity of Satan, the origin of all evil. Taking one step further, he also uncovered Satan’s strategy and tactics for multiplying his power. After discovering Satan’s strategy of defiling the human blood lineage, through the Fall, he became totally committed to restoring God’s original blood lineage.”
Reverend Moon himself has agreed with this:
“Amazingly, Reverend Moon has revealed at this time that the fall resulted from immature love. It is an undeniable fact.”
Blessing and Ideal Family by Reverend Sun Myung Moon,
Chapter One Section 7 – The Fall of Adam and Eve. http://www.unification.net/bif/bif-1-1.html
“It is amazing that Rev. Moon came and revealed how the fall of man was caused by love.”
All the things about which Reverend Moon was speaking happened before Reverend Lee Yong-do died in 1932.
Why did Reverend Moon claim to have discovered the Divine Principle and the Fall of Man, when he knew others had already received these revelations?
The above material was originally published here:
Seung-do Kim, the Holy Lord Church and My Life as a 36 Couple
by Su Won Chung April 1986
Chung explains about his grandmother’s teachings. She was Mrs Seung-do Kim (also called Kim Son Do by Rev. Moon).
Baek-moon Kim developed the parallels of history. This has been revealed by a number of early UC members who were in Kim’s messianic group, the Israel Monastery. The parallels of history culminate with the coming of the messiah in 1917, which happens to be the year of Baek-moon Kim’s own birth.
Michael Breen notes on page 173 of his book that Baek-moon Kim began to write down his theology after his March 2, 1946 experience with Jesus on a mountain. Kim wrote three books of theology.
Moon was a member of Kim’s group from the fall of 1945 to the summer of 1946 when they travelled together to Pyongyang and then parted ways.
It was reported at the UTS seminary that Moon used to look for notes in Kim’s trash. Moon was born in 1920.