In today's world, violence is the way of terror, oppression, and abuse. Conditions of family breakdown, poverty, inequality, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as a history of abuse either as victim or spectator, are major factors increasing the likelihood of violent behavior.
Violence against violence can never bring about a world of peace. In Unificationism, as in other world religions, violence began in the first human family and has been present ever since. Yet, all religions teach the path of nonviolence as God's way, and the way to achieve one's fullest human potential. The Bible records victories such as Jacob's reconciliation with his brother, Esau, through loving humility and thus preventing violence.
Jesus taught us to love our enemy. Reverend Sun Myung Moon put this into practice in the most extreme situations, embracing Communist leaders such as Kim Il-Sung despite having been imprisoned and almost killed by violent Communists. Gandhi taught non-violence as the way to overcome oppression and Martin Luther King, Jr. espoused non-violent resistance as the means to bring about political change, emphasizing that spiritual principles guided by love can triumph over politics driven by hate and fear.