To unite into one
To unite atheism and theism –
This is the foundation of a true culture.
Chijo Tengoku, vol. 43, December 25, 1952
Within us, there is, of course, a feeling that wants to accept the name of Messiah, but there is also a feeling that does not want to accept it.
For a long time, for generations, we and our ancestors have lived a life centered on human beings, on human thinking. God’s way and His thinking is the opposite of human beings; He forgives us without discrimination and wishes to make all of us, without exception, His very own children – Messiahs. Truth be told, this way of God is inconvenient to us; that is why within us is a feeling that wants to deny the name of Messiah in which God imbued His will.
However, God has forgiven those feelings within us of not wanting to accept the name of Messiah and of wanting to live a human-centered way of life.
What is more, God has forgiven something more fundamental that existed within us. He forgave our arrogance of taking possession of “feelings,” be they ones that accept the name of Messiah or not, and our boasting that “human beings can feel.”
So I tell you: We must be thankful to God because He has united two conflicting things into one, that is, the feeling of accepting the name of Messiah and the feeling of not accepting it, both of which existed within us. He forgave both of these feelings unilaterally as one feeling. Our duty, therefore, is to return to heaven as ones who were forgiven and saved in the name of Messiah, which is one with Meishu-sama.
Grand Autumn Service
October 8, 2017
Even when making it an aim or feeling that you must accept the name Messiah, I believe that God is saying, “I am glad that you are turning your heart to me like this.” But on our part, if we are able to think, “Even though I completely turned my back against God for so long, God prepared this wonderful thing for me. I no longer have to perish. I feel so guilty that He prepared this eternal life, this true salvation for me,” and “I really want to accept the name of Messiah,” I believe the true parent of our lives, God, would be very happy.
Don’t we want to be an ideal of ourselves that thinks in this way? But with our actual selves, there are times we strongly feel we want to accept it and times that we simply don’t. Or perhaps a feeling like, “I’m tired of turning my consciousness toward God.” Or maybe we are tortured about various things and we can’t even believe in the existence of God.
So here, there is a difference that cannot be reconciled. There is an ideal self that truly repents and wants to accept the name of Messiah. Then there is the actual self that has a hard time thinking that. You want to do your best to try to be closer to this “ideal self,” but it is difficult, even after many years. Sometimes you can think in this way and sometimes you cannot.
So, are we existences with no hope and no way to be saved in this world? Does it all end there? I believe that is not so.
What is Meishu-sama saying to us? What is he saying to us about our various thoughts, worries and conflicts that we suffer over? He is saying, “To tell you the truth, you are residents of heaven.” Residents of heaven.
If that is the case, we have various thoughts and feelings that arise from within us. I want to accept the name of Messiah, I don’t want to accept it. Being jealous of or resenting others and not being able to turn my heart to God. We came from heaven to save precisely those feelings – that is what it is.
It is precisely because we are residents of heaven, precisely because we have been granted the holy name of Messiah, that thoughts that we don’t want to accept the name of Messiah and other various thoughts for which we think there is no salvation, gather together in our hearts and minds. So isn’t God trying to receive these thoughts and feelings through us for salvation?
Meishu-sama’s Birthday Service
December 23, 2018
Published in Glory, no. 5, June 1, 2020