Unification Aspects:

Unification Thought explains that husband and wife together reflect the image of God as male and female. The universe, from the smallest particles, elements, and molecules, to plants, animals and human beings, is composed of complementary, interacting partners. This interplay of masculinity and femininity energizes the world, intensifying its beauty and ordering its life. Emblematic of this, the reproductive organs establish the elemental correspondence of man and woman. Their complementary design reveals the oneness of God. This is why Jesus taught, “the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason… the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one.” (Mt 19:4-6)

Being fruitful (becoming mature in the unity of mind and body centering on God's Word), multiplying (joining into one lineage and extending this through children) and then having dominion over the earth to bring the creation into harmony for the purpose of supporting and giving joy to the love, life, and lineage of humankind, is the ideal of heaven.

The love relationship between a man and a woman not only creates children but also offers the optimal context to nurture them, for a father and mother together can provide the best stimulation for moral and cognitive development. In light of this spiritual and ethical framework, and consistent with the world’s major religions, Reverend Sun Myung Moon rejects as sinful all forms of sexual behavior, both homosexual and heterosexual, that take place outside of marriage between a man and a woman. Jesus condemned sexual sins strongly when he demanded that “if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.” Yet, when faced with a woman caught in adultery, Jesus did not condemn her, but said, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:10-11). Similarly, Reverend Moon’s attitude toward individuals caught up in sin is embracing and compassionate. He trusts that, guided by conscience, we will take responsibility for our actions, and knows that we can grow in no other way.

Although homosexual persons have offered much to the world, society has maligned and mistreated those who acted upon same-sex attractions, while being much more lenient with heterosexual sin. Such hypocrisy is tragic. Moral standards should be clear, applied fairly, and supported through a healthy, family-friendly culture.

God is the parent of all humankind. We are His children, created to grow to maturity in love and live in eternal joy. A supreme example of the joy God wants us to have is the sexual love shared by husband and wife. Through this love He wants us to create families that will dwell eternally with Him in Heaven. Incarnating God’s creativity through love, Adam and Eve were meant to create such a family and inaugurate an eternal lineage. (Gen 1.28)

With this understanding our attitude for all people, whether heterosexual or homosexual, who have not fulfilled the ideal of blessed marriage, must be one of respect, compassion, love, and affirmation for them as a potentially divine beings who can be blessed in marriage and achieve oneness with God. Through love, truth, and understanding, all of God's children can and will eventually be brought back to the ideal of family that allows fulfillment both in the temporal plane and the eternal spiritual world.

Unification Aspects is designed to relate the subject of this article to Unification Thought and to aid
teachers and researchers who wish to further pursue these topics from a unification perspective.