217 The Standard for Evaluating Whether One Is Good or Evil

1. What is the standard by which a person’s acts are evaluated as good or evil? It is whether or not you, in your thoughts, expressions, and actions, have the testimony of putting truth into practice and of living out the reality of truth, of living out the reality of truth. If you do not have this reality or do not have this living out, then you are without a doubt an evildoer.

2. How does God look on evildoers? How does God look on evildoers? Your thoughts and external acts do not testify of God. They do not put Satan to shame or defeat it; instead, in everything they are the mark of making God ashamed, in everything they are the mark of making God ashamed. You are not expending yourself for God, and not fulfilling your responsibility and obligations toward God but instead are acting for yourself.

from “You Can Obtain Truth After Turning Your True Heart Over to God” in Records of Christ’s Talks

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