The Scripture of the Fo...


The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Fourteen: Prospects


A person asked, “In both East and West there are quite a few established religions that have been quarreling with each other for thousands of years. Meanwhile, there also have been various new religions in recent years that have arisen in all the four directions, each advocating its own beliefs while denying others’, thus creating still more disputes. What does the future hold in the religious realm?” The Founding Master said, “Suppose a man, after living in Seoul with his family and children, were to go on an excursion to various countries in the world. While staying for several years in each of the several countries he visited, he lived with women from those countries and had children by them before returning home to Seoul. Subsequently, each of his children grew up in their respective countries, but one day, they all sought out their father and gathered in one place. How can those offspring, with different faces, languages, customs, and behaviors, become close and friendly with each other right away? After spending several years together, however, they would gradually mature and gain understanding, so their languages and customs would become familiar to one another and they would learn the background of their kinship. Then, they would definitely realize that they are of one flesh and blood and would come to live in harmony. The background to the different developments of all the religions, and the reason why they are originally one, are just like this. Therefore, when people’s intelligence has advanced further and the radiance of the Way and its power shines everywhere, all the religions will form a single household, interfused and harmonizing with one another.”