Just like the Bible, the books that contains the words of our True Parents must be read. Why? Because we are told to? Or because it is necessary for our own growth? Because it is necessary.
How should we read the words of our True Parents? The same way, that Christians needed to read the Bible, with respect, humility, and great anticipation of discovery. Young and old alike who read the Bible because they had to, never really understood what they were reading. They did not make the Word their own. They did not take ownership of them. For many, it made them rigid, not able to apply what they had never understood through their reading. They read but never received from their reading the education needed.
With True Parents words, it is the same. Reading is good, understanding is better, and applying that understanding is what will make the world Heaven. We need to read with all of our senses, physical and spiritual.
Education is not a cookie-cutter that can fit everyone. Education needs to be adapted to the person who needs to be educated. Therefore, it is important that the person who reads the Word do it his or her own way.
My way is not your way, and your way may not be mine, but both our ways if the purpose is to truly understand what is read, then it is good. I read alone. I start my day with the Word, I end my day with the Word. I have done it for quite many years now.
Sometimes, I read, and I am completely in agreement with the words. But it is not always the case. If I read something that I don’t understand or that I do not agree with, I still keep reading. I do not accept what I do not agree with. I wait, keep an open mind. I put myself in the position of a learner.
Why do I keep reading, even when I do not agree with the sentence, the paragraph, or the whole page? Because I trust God, and I also trust the True Parents, respect, and love them very much. So, I wait. True Parents have proven themselves to me. They do not need to defend their words or actions to me. No one else I know were able to bring the Divine Principle to me, they did. There might have been many candidates with similar experiences like True Father. But he is the only one who was able to bring it to the world, no one else.
I have realized that my ability to understand God and our history has developed a lot. I also have a pretty good idea of the future – once we are living in oneness with our Creator. I cannot explain these things very well, but I know. Spiritual growth has truly taken place, and I credit this to my reading the words. But it is not just me that has grown because of my reading. It is my environment too, including my spiritual world. We all benefit.