Etymology中心 (중심) [jungshim] — center
人物 (인물) [inmul] — personality
Who can you call a central figure? A person of character, someone who can take a key position in society. If there is a man of character in the village, he plays an important role in the material and spiritual life of his fellow citizens. That is why he is universally respected. A man of character will also become a pillar for the country as its representative. When such a person takes center stage in people’s relationships, a society is formed. Our world also needs a man of character to take center stage.
In giving people responsibility in line with His providential will, God gives them a central figure. He nurtures and develops each central figure so that this person will become a guiding star for contemporaries and introduce people to the thinking of Heaven. In other words, at key moments in history, God looks for someone capable of being representative of his era, his culture, and the whole world. Then He asks the chosen one to convey the words of His teachings to the inhabitants of heaven and earth.
Because God is omniscient, He knows who possesses the qualities necessary to become the central figure in the providence of restoration.
What requirements must a person meet to become a central figure? First, the central figure must be born into the chosen people. Next, even among the chosen people, he must come from an ancestral line with many good accomplishments. Among the descendants of this outstanding lineage, he must be endowed with the requisite character. Among those with the requisite character, he must develop the necessary qualities during his early life. Finally, among those who have acquired these qualities, God selects first the individual who lives in a time and place most fitting to His need.
The fact that the providence of restoration was repeatedly prolonged because the central personalities could not cope with the responsibility entrusted to them shows how difficult this task proved to be for them.
The central figure does not lose touch with his center-God. Consequently, people must build the relationship between parents and children, husband and wife, and older and younger brothers and sisters by connecting at one central point. They can only have one center. If the centers are different, the balance of the relationship will be broken.
People who unconditionally sacrifice themselves and live for others become central figures.
Suppose God establishes in the center one person who has the value of a thousand people, and directs him on the path of death instead of that thousand. If a thousand people are inspired by his virtue, if they honor him, follow his example, and live like him, such a people will enter the same sphere of grace as he does. People seek to model the philosophy of the faithful and the saints to enter into the same sphere of grace as they do.