‘Belief’ is not as an important word to Unificationists as it might be to some other people. The reason for this is to be found in the nature of the Divine Principle. Recognising that in this age we need to move towards a view of life that can accommodate the rational world of scientific truth as well as a deep knowledge of spiritual reality, ‘understanding’ and ‘practice’ are words that tend to figure more prominently in the lives of Unificationists.
As a result, they are very open to having the ideas in the Principle challenged and discussed both formally and informally. The Principle provides a basis for shared values and a confident outlook on life. It causes us to look within and deepen our relationship to God, through time-honoured ways of prayer, study and fellowship, and also to engage with the wider world. Both faith and deeds are important.
Unificationists come from all sorts of religious and non-religious backgrounds and are bound together more by friendship, love and a common understanding than by a creed or set of rituals. Of course we have certain standards that we try to live up to.
They recognise there are many ways to meet God, and that He has inspired the founders of the world’s religions to provide many paths for people to return to Him. Consequently, one belief is that how one lives one’s life is more important than what one believes or which religion one belongs to.
Through the Divine Principle and the insights and example of True Parents, Unificationists share the sense that we are participating directly in God’s providence to restore the world and bring about peace and reconciliation between nations and religions. If this is a ‘belief’ it is a very empowering one. For example, our community encourages international and even interracial marriage – which can have its challenges – but does so out of a shared conviction that this is part of God’s plan to have all people live in peace as one family under God.