1026 God Experiencing Man’s Pain Is Deeply Meaningful
1 The two stages of work of God’s incarnations done in this manner is perfect; that is, the work that has been done in these two stages, from the first incarnation to this incarnation, has resolved all of the suffering in the life of humanity. Why is it necessary for God to become flesh to do this Himself? Where did the pain of birth, death, illness, and old age present throughout the life of humans come from? What caused people to have these things? Humans did not have them when they were first created, did they? So, where did these things come from? The pain of the flesh, the troubles and emptiness of the flesh, and the extreme wretchedness of the world came after humans were corrupted by Satan.
2 After Satan’s corruption, humans became more and more degenerate; the diseases of humanity grew more and more profound, and their suffering became more and more severe. More and more, people sensed the human world’s emptiness and tragedy, as well as their inability to go on living there, and they felt less and less hope for the world. Thus, this suffering was brought down upon humans by Satan, and it only came after they had been corrupted by Satan and their flesh had become degenerate. This suffering is still under Satan’s mastery; it is one of humanity’s fatal weaknesses. Satan is still able to use those things that it has corrupted and trampled on—they are weapons Satan can use against humans.
3 Therefore, God has become flesh again in the last days to perform the work of judgment and He has to suffer on humanity’s behalf whilst performing the work of conquest. By paying the price of suffering, God incarnate will resolve the fatal weakness of humanity. After He brings humans back by tasting of human suffering, Satan will no longer have anything it can use against them, and humanity will turn to God completely. Only then can humans be considered to wholly belong to God. Thus, God incarnate is experiencing the world’s pain and enduring this pain on humanity’s behalf is no dispensable matter; it is absolutely vital.
Adapted from “The Meaning of God’s Experiencing the Pain of the World” in Records of Christ’s Talks