Even when you say “love,” you must know that there are two kinds of love: shojo love that is limited and narrow-minded, and daijo love that is all-encompassing. Within shojo love, there are different degrees. The most extreme shojo love is, as you can imagine, self-love or love for oneself. After that comes love for family, then for friends, organization, class, nation and race, in that order. These types of love are all shojo love, and regardless of how strong or ardent your love is for these things, it is, in the end, evil. For the stronger and more ardent your shojo love is, the more likely it is to incite conflict. Daijo love, on the other hand, is the love for humanity and for the world, that is, it is the love of God. Regardless of how commendable the reasoning sounds, shojo love is dangerous because it is a limited love.
. . . it follows from this that if a religion is genuine, it has to preach and practice the love for the world—this is how daijo religion should be. My World Church of Messiah saves humanity while professing daijo love—the reason why we have the word “World” in the name of our Church.
“Daijo love,” July 23, 1952
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Published in Glory, no. 14, March 1, 2021