149. The Principles of How to Approach Knowledge and Science
1. Neither knowledge nor science are the truth, but are weapons used by Satan and evil demons to corrupt people. Seeking knowledge and science is the path of destruction;
2. Neither knowledge nor science can save mankind. They can only corrupt people, cause people to shun God and deny the truth, and wreak destruction on man;
3. The more knowledge people have, the more they defy God, and the more it can lead people’s outlook on life, values, ideas and viewpoints to become more evil, reactionary, absurd and preposterous;
4. Neither knowledge nor science can resolve the problems of man’s corruption—they can only accelerate mankind’s destruction. Only the truth can save mankind.
Relevant Words of God:
From when man first had social sciences, the mind of man was occupied by science and knowledge. Then science and knowledge became tools for the ruling of mankind, and there was no longer sufficient room for man to worship God, and no more favorable conditions for the worship of God. The position of God sunk ever lower in the heart of man. A world in man’s heart with no place for God is dark, empty without hope. And so arose many social scientists, historians, and politicians to express theories of social science, the theory of human evolution, and other theories that contravene the truth that God created man, to fill the heart and mind of man. And in this way, those who believe that God created everything become ever fewer, and those who believe in the theory of evolution become ever greater in number. More and more people treat records of the work of God and His words during the Old Testament age as myths and legends. In their hearts, people become indifferent to the dignity and greatness of God, to the tenet that God exists and holds dominion over all things. The survival of mankind and the fate of countries and nations are no longer important to them. Man lives in a hollow world only concerned with eating, drinking, and the pursuit of pleasure. … Few people take it upon themselves to seek out where God does His work today, or to look for how He presides over and arranges the destination of man. And in this way, human civilization unconsciously becomes ever more incapable of meeting the wishes of man, and there are even many people who feel that, living in such a world, they are less happy than people who have gone. Even people of countries that used to be highly civilized air such grievances. For without the guidance of God, no matter how much rulers and sociologists wrack their brains to preserve human civilization, it is to no avail. No one can fill the emptiness in man’s heart, for no one can be the life of man, and no social theory can free man from the emptiness with which he is afflicted. Science, knowledge, freedom, democracy, leisure, comfort, these are but a temporary respite. Even with these things, man will inevitably sin and bemoan the injustices of society. These things cannot restrain man’s craving and desire to explore. Because man was made by God and the senseless sacrifices and explorations of man can only lead to more distress. Man will exist in a constant state of fear, will not know how to face the future of mankind, or how to face the path that lies ahead. Man will even come to fear science and knowledge, and fear even more the feeling of emptiness within him. In this world, regardless of whether you live in a free country or one without human rights, you are utterly incapable of escaping the fate of mankind. Whether you are the ruler or the ruled, you are utterly incapable of escaping the desire to explore the fate, mysteries, and destination of mankind. Much less are you capable of escaping the bewildering sense of emptiness. Such phenomena, which are common to all of mankind, are called social phenomena by sociologists, yet no great man can come forth to solve such problems. Man, after all, is man. The position and life of God cannot be replaced by any man. Mankind does not just require a fair society in which everyone is well-fed and is equal and free, but the salvation of God and His provision of life to them. Only when man receives the salvation of God and His provision of life to them can the needs, yearning to explore, and spiritual emptiness of man be resolved. If the people of a country or a nation are unable to receive the salvation and care of God, then such a country or nation will tread the road to ruin, toward darkness, and shall be annihilated by God.
from “God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Do you know how God sees knowledge? (God wants people to be advanced in science.) God wants people to be advanced in science, wants people to understand more things; God wants people to do well. This is correct. He doesn’t want people to understand nothing, to know nothing, but He uses these things for performing service. He does not commend these things and He certainly does not use these things to replace the truth, and He does not use them to add to people’s humanity or to change people’s dispositions. Here and there, some views or opinions on aspects related to knowledge are mentioned in God’s words. Of course you’re probably not very clear on this. I mean, some of this language is in God’s words. For example, Confucianism, Confucianist theory, or the human social sciences—some of these are mentioned in a representative way, and from reading between the lines in His words we should see that God detests mankind’s knowledge. Knowledge isn’t just simple sentences and equations. There are certain ideological views contained within knowledge—there is some poison within that, and every type of knowledge has its own type of poison. The content of every type of knowledge has its own type of cancer. When people learn and grasp these cancers, they enter into their minds and they are corrupted and held captive by these aspects of knowledge. So the more knowledge that people gain and the more that they grasp, the more difficult it is for them to believe in the existence of God and the easier it is for them to deny it. This is because knowledge is materialistic. It educates you to research and grasp things that can be seen and touched on earth. It is inimical to God. If you read some books of history, famous works, biographies of great personages, or if you learn some aspect of science and technology, some skills, what will you gain? Say that you study physics and understand some principles of physics, Newtonianism or some other doctrine, and after learning these, you take them to heart and are controlled by them. These things will swirl around inside of you, they will guide your thoughts, and then when you read God’s words you will think: “Why doesn’t the word of God mention the earth’s gravity? Why doesn’t it talk about space? Is there air on the moon? Why doesn’t it say how much oxygen the earth has? Why didn’t God talk about these things? God should reveal these things. There is a need for them to be revealed, they should be revealed. He should tell mankind about them.” Wouldn’t there be a struggle within you? You will place God’s truth and His words in a secondary position and place your knowledge and theories in a primary position. No matter what, these kinds of knowledge can give people incorrect feelings and make them distance themselves from God. Whether you believe it or not, whether you can accept it today or not, one day you will accept these facts. Knowledge can bring people to their ruin and it can lead them into hell. Now you understand this, right? ... Knowledge is a thing that can become a wall between you and your knowledge of God and your experience of God’s work. It can make it difficult for you to become close to God, make you distant from God, and cause you to use your mind of knowledge to analyze and treat everything that God does. But since you already have some knowledge, what can you do? You must recognize and dissect the things based on knowledge and how they hinder and disrupt your normal relationship with God, and disrupt your proper entry in your belief in God. You should recognize this—that is right, and you should have a correct understanding of this topic.
from “What a Change in Disposition Is and the Path to a Change in Disposition” in Records of Christ’s Talks
These things and education and knowledge accepted by people, these contents and ideas, all go against God and the truth, and are loathed by God and condemned by God. What is mankind’s point of view? They will not be able to survive and have a stable footing in this society and the world if they don’t have such things, and they will be inferior, poor, and base people. That is why, if someone doesn’t have knowledge, is uneducated, or does not have a high level of education in your eyes, you will despise them, look down on them, show contempt for them, and not take them seriously. If you let your children do this and nurture your children to do these things, your point of view and your motive are not right in the first place. If you nurture your children to study and receive an education, you will surely choose the professions and industries that are more lacking in people, because your aim is to give your children a good future and for them to have stable jobs, families and prospects throughout their lives. But did you think about, after they accept such education, how many toxins and how many of Satan’s ideas and theories will be instilled in them? You didn’t. Mankind is silly and doesn’t realize this. All you know is that if your children get into a top university they will be promising and bring glory to their ancestors. Until one day, your children return and you tell them about believing in God, and they show antipathy. After you tell them about the truth, they say you’re foolish and laugh at you, and scoff at what you say. At that time you will think: “Oh, sending my children to those schools to accept such education was the wrong path. I chose the wrong path, but it’s too late for regret.” For human beings, once these ideas and viewpoints are instilled, take root, and take form, they are not something that can be removed overnight, nor can they be changed overnight. You can’t turn around their situation or their thinking, and you can’t remove the things in their ideas and viewpoints.
from “Knowing Yourself Requires Knowing Your Deep-rooted Thoughts and Views” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Those who are of the devil all live for themselves. Their life maxims are mainly those words that come from Satan like, “Everyone for himself and the devil take the hindmost.” The words of those fiends, great ones, and philosophers of the earth have become their life. Most of the words of Confucius, who is held up by Chinese people as a “sage,” especially have become man’s life. There are also the famous sayings of Buddhism and Taoism and the classic sayings frequently spoken by famous figures; these are all outlines of Satan’s philosophy and Satan’s nature. They are also the best illustration and explanation of Satan’s nature. These poisons that have been infused into the heart of humankind all come from Satan; not the least bit of them comes from God. These lies and nonsense are also precisely in opposition to God’s word. It is completely clear that the realities of all positive things come from God, and all those negative things that poison man come from Satan. … Satan corrupts people through the education and influence of the national governments and the famous and great. Their lies and nonsense have become man’s life and nature. “Everyone for himself and the devil take the hindmost” is a well-known satanic saying that has been instilled into everyone and become the human life. There are some other words of life philosophy that are also like this. Satan educates people through each nation’s fine traditional culture and causes humanity to fall into and be engulfed in an expansive abyss of destruction, and in the end people are destroyed by God because they serve Satan and resist God.
from “How to Know Man’s Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Maybe you are a president, or a scientist, a pastor, or an elder, but no matter how high your office, if you rely on your knowledge and ability in your undertakings, then you shall always be a failure, and shall always be bereft of the blessings of God, because God accepts nothing that you do, and He does not grant that your career is a righteous one, or accept that you are working for the benefit of mankind. He will say that everything you do, is to use the knowledge and strength of mankind to divest man of the protection of God, and to deny the blessings of God. He will say that you are leading mankind toward darkness, toward death, and toward the start of an existence without limits in which man has lost God and His blessing.
from “God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In the current world under Satan’s domain, throughout the thousands of years of human history, who has obtained life? Nobody. Why is that? They are all people who have resisted God. Everything by which they have lived their lives and survived comes from Satan and was accepted from Satan and is precisely in opposition to God’s word. So, they are beings who resist God, who suffer His cursing, and they have no life to speak of. Even though they want to “leave a lasting reputation,” “have their names passed down for a hundred generations,” “enjoy eternal glory,” and “have an everlasting name,” this is all nonsense. In fact, they were cursed by God early on, never to be reincarnated. The words of the famous, whatever they are, fundamentally do not hold with God, and all are punished in the eighteenth level of hell after they die. Only God is the truth. God controls the heavens and earth and everything in them and has dominion over all. Not to believe in God, not to submit to God is to be unable to obtain truth. If you live according to God’s word, you will feel a clarity, stability, and incomparable sweetness in the depths of your heart; you will have truly obtained life. No matter how great the scientific achievements of scientists in the world, when they near death they feel empty-handed; they have obtained nothing. Even Einstein and Newton, with so much knowledge, felt empty, and that’s because they did not have truth. Newton and Galileo, in particular, both believed in God and were Christians; they were persecuted by Catholicism, but they did not seek truth. They only knew it was good to worship God. They merely studied science and discovered that there really is a God, and they believed in God to the end, ending up with a one hundred percent conviction that God exists and a one hundred percent conviction that He created the heavens and earth and all things. They only sought scientific knowledge and did not seek to know God. They did not obtain truth, and they did not obtain true life.
from “How to Know Man’s Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks
The Man’s Fellowship:
In the past, we, corrupted by satanic knowledge, learned and pursued it every day. The more we pursued, the less humanity we had. The more we pursued, the more evil, more reactionary, more corrupt, more perverted we became. The more we pursued, the more we lived out the nature of a demon. This is a fact. There are so many colleges and universities in every country around the world, but what kind of people do they train? Colleges and universities train people to be intellectuals and politicians, and after they hold power, they make humanity more corrupt and evil. … Knowledge not only cannot save people, it corrupts people. It makes man more sinister, more vicious, more despicable, and more shameless. This is a fact. So, does knowledge produce any positive outcomes for man? None, it simply harms people. Knowledge makes people more despicable and sinister in their actions, and even makes it impossible for others to discern or find evidence to accuse them. This is the result of learning knowledge. What is the result when man learns science? When man learns science, he destroys the ecological environment and the survival of mankind is threatened. Man brings destruction upon himself using science. Therefore, knowledge cannot save man, science cannot save man. Nothing can grant mankind salvation except God’s word and the truth. Among our brothers and sisters there are university graduates. They are intellectuals, but after reading so many books and learning so much knowledge, have these things benefitted their lives or humanity? After learning much knowledge, people become more deceitful, they use more expert and more secret methods to commit crimes and do evil, and can disguise themselves as good people. What does this prove? The more knowledge one has, the more he is a devil! Those with much knowledge refuse to believe in God, and in the end, they become devils. If you learn knowledge and believe in God, you can attain salvation, but if you learn knowledge and refuse to believe in God, you can easily become a devil. This is a natural law. When an intellectual can deny God, resist God, and condemn God, he has already become a devil. He uses his knowledge to resist God and to rebut and condemn the truth, which gives him more ability to deceive people, and makes him an extremely powerful liar! The greater his knowledge, the greater his ability to resist God, and the more he is a devil. This is a fact.
from “Only With the Truth Can One Shed His Corrupt Humanity and Live Out Normal Humanity” in Sermons and Fellowship On Entry Into Life (VI)