253 Man Does Not Know God’s Salvation
1. The purpose and significance of God’s arrival among man is to save all mankind, to bring all mankind back to His household. Countless numbers of people exist under the protection of God’s love, and countless numbers live under the chastisement of God. Though people all pray to God, still they are unable to change their present circumstances; once they have lost hope, they can only let nature take its course and cease to disobey God, for this is all that can be accomplished by man.
2. When it comes to the state of man’s life, man has yet to find the real life, he still hasn’t seen through to the injustice, desolation, and miserable conditions of the world. Were it not for the advent of disaster, most people would still embrace Mother Nature, and would still engross themselves in the flavor of “life.” Is this not the voice of salvation that God speaks forth to man? Why, among mankind, has no one ever truly loved God? Why does man love God only in the midst of chastisement and trials, yet no one loves God under His protection?
3. God has “bestowed” His chastisement many times upon mankind. They take a look at it, but then they ignore it, and they do not “study and contemplate” it at this time, and so all that comes upon man is merciless judgment. This is only one of God’s methods of working, but it is still in order to change man and make him love God, make him love God, make him love God.
from “The Twenty-ninth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh