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The Unitive State in the Monotheistic Religions

Professor Andrew Wilson

Unification Theological Seminary
from Readings from World Scriptures
(World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts)

Judaism
Christianity
Islam
Christian Science
Unification Church


Judaism

I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at last he will stand upon the earth;
and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then from my flesh I shall see God.
Job 9.25-26

Cf. Isha Upanishad 15-16,


Judaism

Christianity.

Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him.
1 John 3.2

That is, we shall all become perfect and Christ-like.  Thomas Aquinas described this Beatific Vision as "the ultimate goal for the redeemed."


And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3.18

Cf. 2 Corinthians 3.7-16,



Christianity

Islam

Some persons asked the Prophet, "Shall we see God on the day of resurrection?" He answered, "Do you feel any trouble in seeing the moon on the night when it is full?  Do you feel any trouble in seeing the sun on a cloudless day?"  They answered, "No."  He said, "In the same way you will see your Lord."
Hadith

Cf. Isha Upanishad 15-16,


When I love him, I am his hearing by which he hears; and his sight by which he sees; his hand by which he strikes; and his foot by which he walks.
Forty Hadith of An-Nawawi 38

This is a sacred hadith, with God Himself the speaker



Islam

Suhrawardi

Heaven and earth contain me not, but the heart of my faithful servant contains me.
Hadith of Suhrawardi

Suhrawardi

Unification Church.

If the heart of God is not moving within your heart... once the invisible but powerful axis of the heart of God is moved out of you, everything becomes empty.  Once the heart of God dwells within you, no matter how lonely you may be you will be filled and the universe will be filled.  A person who is completely filled is a joyful person because he lacks nothing.
Sun Myung Moon, 9-11-77

Cf. Sun Myung Moon, 10-20-73


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World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts, Ed. Andrew Wilson



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