IX The Classic Words of God Concerning How to Attain Salvation and Perfection
16. Whenever destination is mentioned, you treat it with special seriousness; all of you are particularly sensitive regarding this matter. Some people cannot wait to kowtow to God in order to end up with a good destination. I can identify with your eagerness, which doesn’t need to be expressed in words. You absolutely do not want your flesh to fall into disaster, and even more, you do not want to descend into long-lasting punishment in the future. You only hope to live more freely and easily. So you feel particularly anxious whenever destination is mentioned, fearing deeply that if you are not attentive enough, you may offend God and be subject to the deserved retribution. You have not hesitated to make compromises for the sake of your destination, and many of you who were once devious and flippant have even suddenly turned especially gentle and sincere; your sincerity is even chilling. Regardless, you all have honest hearts, and from start to finish you have opened up to Me without hiding any of the secrets in your heart, be they blame, deceit, or devotion. All in all, you have very candidly “confessed” to Me those essential things in your deepest recesses. Of course, I have never avoided such things, because they have become commonplace to Me.
from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
17. You’d rather enter the sea of fire for your final destination than lose a single strand of hair to gain God’s approval. It’s not that I’m being too dogmatic with you; it is that your heart of devotion is especially inadequate to face everything I do. You may not understand what I mean, so let Me provide you with a simple explanation: What you need is not the truth and life; it is not the principles of how to conduct yourselves, and particularly is not My painstaking work. What you need is all that you possess in the flesh—wealth, status, family, marriage, etc. You are utterly dismissive of My words and work, so I can sum up your faith in one word: half-hearted. You will go to any lengths to achieve the things that you are absolutely devoted to, but I have discovered that you do not disregard everything for the sake of matters concerning your belief in God. Rather, you are just relatively loyal, and relatively serious. That is why I say that those who lack a heart of utmost sincerity are failures in their belief in God. Think carefully—are there many failures among you?
from “On Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
18. In this vast world, who has personally been examined by Me? Who has personally heard the words of My Spirit? So many people grope around in the darkness, so many pray in the midst of adversity, so many watch in hope whilst hungry and cold, so many are bound by Satan, yet so many know not where to turn, so many betray Me amid happiness, so many are ungrateful, and so many are loyal to the deceitful schemes of Satan. Who among you is Job? Who is Peter? Why have I made repeated mention of Job? And why have I referred to Peter many times? Have you ever perceived My hopes for you? You should spend more time pondering such things.
from “The Eighth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
19. Man searches for Me in the midst of pain, and he looks unto Me among trials. During times of peace he enjoys Me, when in peril he denies Me, when he is busy he forgets Me, and when he is idle he goes through the motions for Me—yet never has anyone loved Me throughout their whole life. I wish for man to be earnest before Me: I do not ask that he give Me anything, but only that all people take Me seriously, that, instead of misleading Me, they allow Me to bring back the sincerity of man. My enlightenment, illumination, and the cost of My efforts penetrate among all people, yet so too does the true fact of man’s every action penetrate among all people, penetrating their deception of Me. It is as if the ingredients of man’s deception have been with him since the womb, as if he has possessed these special skills of trickery since birth. What’s more, he has never given the game away; no one has ever seen through to the source of these deceitful skills. As a result, man lives amid deception without realizing it, and it is as if he forgives himself, as if it is the arrangements of God rather than his deliberate deception of Me. Is this not the very source of man’s deception of Me? Is this not his cunning scheme? Never have I been befuddled by the blandishments and chicanery of man, for I figured out his essence long ago. Who knows how much impurity is in his blood, and how much of Satan’s venom is within his marrow? Man grows more accustomed to it with each passing day, such that he is insensible to Satan’s affliction, and thus has no interest in finding out the “art of a healthy existence.”
from “The Twenty-first Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
20. In the kingdom, I am King—but instead of treating Me as its King, man treats Me as the Savior that has descended from heaven. As a result, he longs for Me to give him alms, and does not pursue the knowledge of Me. So many have cried out before Me like a beggar; so many have opened their “sacks” to Me and implored Me to give them food to survive; so many have fixed greedy eyes upon Me, like hungry wolves, wishing they could gobble Me up and fill their bellies; so many have bowed their heads in silence because of their transgressions and felt ashamed, praying for My clemency, or willingly accepting My chastisement. When I speak, the various follies of man appear preposterous, and his true form is revealed amid the light, and in the shining light, man is unable to forgive himself. Thus, he hurries before Me to bow down and confess his sins. Because of man’s “honesty,” I draw him once more upon the chariot of salvation, and hence man is grateful to Me, and casts Me a loving look. Yet he is still unwilling to truly take refuge in Me, and has not fully given his heart to Me. He merely boasts of Me, yet he does not truly love Me, for he has not turned his mind to Me; his body is before Me, yet his heart is behind Me.
from “The Twenty-second Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
21. Humanity imagines Me to be omniscient and the God Himself who grants all pleas. Most therefore come before Me only to seek God’s help, not owing to a desire to know Me. When in the throes of illness, men urgently plead My aid. When in adversity, they confide their difficulties to Me with all their might the better to shed their suffering. Yet not a single human being has been able to also love Me whilst in comfort. Not a single person has reached out in their time of peace and happiness that I might partake of their joy. When their immediate family is happy and well, men already cast Me aside or shut the door on Me, prohibiting Me from entering, and thus enjoying the family’s blessed happiness. The human mind is too narrow, too narrow even to hold a God as loving, merciful, and touchable as I. How many times was I rejected by men in their time of joyous laughter; how many times was I leaned upon as a crutch by men as they stumbled; how many times was I forced into the role of doctor by men suffering illness. How cruel is mankind! Utterly unreasonable and immoral. Not even the feelings that humans are supposedly equipped with can be perceived in them. They are nearly devoid of any human touch.
from “The Fourteenth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
22. Those without humanity are incapable of truly loving God. When the environment is safe and secure, or they can get profits, they are totally obedient toward God, but once that which they desire is compromised or finally refuted, they immediately revolt. Even in the space of just one night, they may go from a smiling, “kind-hearted” person to an ugly-looking and ferocious killer, suddenly treating their benefactor of yesterday as their mortal enemy, without rhyme or reason. If these demons are not cast out, demons that would kill in the blink of an eye, will they not become the source of further suffering?
from “God’s Work and Man’s Practice” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
23. People today are unable to part with things of the flesh; they cannot give up the enjoyment of the flesh, nor can they give up the world, money, or their corrupt disposition. Most people go about their pursuits in a perfunctory manner. Actually, these people do not have God in their hearts at all; more so, they do not fear God. They do not have God in their hearts, and so they cannot perceive all that God does, and are even more unable to believe the words He speaks from His mouth. These people are too fleshly; they are too deeply corrupted and lack any truth whatsoever, what is more, they do not believe that God can become flesh. Anyone who does not believe in God incarnate—that is, anyone who does not believe the work and speech of the visible God and does not believe in the visible God but instead worships the invisible God in heaven—does not have God in his or her heart. They are people who are disobedient to and resist God. These people lack humanity and reason, to say nothing of truth. For these people, the visible and tangible God all the more cannot be believed, yet the invisible and intangible God is the most credible and also the most gladdening to their hearts. What they seek is not the truth of reality, nor is it the true essence of life, much less God’s intentions; rather, they pursue excitement. Whichever things are most capable of letting them attain their own desires are, without a doubt, their faiths and pursuits. They only believe in God in order to satisfy their own desires, not to seek the truth. Are these people not evildoers? They are extremely self-confident, and they do not believe that God in heaven will destroy them, these “good people.” Instead, they believe that God will allow them to remain and, moreover, will reward them handsomely, for they have done many things for God and displayed a great deal of “loyalty” toward Him. If they were to pursue the visible God, they would immediately strike back against God or fly into a rage once their desires were to fall through. These are vile people who seek to satisfy their own desires; they are not people of integrity in pursuit of the truth. Such kind of people are the so-called wicked people who follow Christ.
from “God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
24. People always tend toward the world, harboring too many hopes, wanting too much for their future, and having too many extravagant demands. They are always thinking about and planning for their flesh and never interested in seeking the way of belief in God. Their hearts have been captured by Satan, they have lost their reverence for God, and they are devoting their heart to Satan. But man was created by God. Thus, man has lost the testimony, meaning he has lost the glory of God. The purpose of conquering mankind is to seize back the glory of man’s reverence for God. It can be put this way: There are many people who do not pursue life; even if there are some, the number can be counted on one’s fingers. People are most concerned about their future and are not paying any attention to life whatsoever. Some people both rebel against and resist God, judge Him behind His back and do not practice the truth. I ignore these people for now, and refrain from handling this class of sons of rebellion for now. In the future you will live in darkness, weeping and gnashing your teeth.
from “The Inside Truth of the Conquering Work (1)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
25. Because in his defilement man is unfit to look upon My glory, for thousands of years I have never come into the open, but have remained hidden; for this reason My glory has never been manifest before mankind, and man has always been sunk in sin’s deep abyss. I have forgiven the unrighteousness of humanity, but human beings know not how to preserve themselves, and are instead always laying themselves open to sin, allowing sin to injure them. Is this not man’s lack of self-respect and self-love? In humanity’s midst, is there one who can truly love? How many ounces can man’s devotion weigh? Aren’t there adulterated goods mixed into his so-called authenticity? Isn’t his devotion compounded wholly of a mish-mash? What I require is man’s undivided love. Man does not know Me, and though he may seek to know Me, he will not give Me his true and earnest heart.
from “The Nineteenth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
26. Man “loves” Me, not because their love for Me is inborn, but because they fear chastisement. Who among men was born loving Me? Who treats Me as if I were their own heart? And so I sum this up with a maxim for the human world: Among men, there are none who love Me.
from “The Thirty-eighth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
27. I’m not exaggerating, much less am I belittling man. I can love man for eternity, and I can also hate him for eternity, and this will never change, for I have perseverance. Yet man is not possessed of this perseverance, he always blows hot and cold toward Me, he always only pays a little attention to Me when I open My mouth, and when I shut My mouth and say nothing, he soon becomes lost among the waves of the big world. Thus, I condense this into another aphorism: People lack perseverance, and thus they are incapable of fulfilling My heart.
from “The Fortieth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
28. Today, I still don’t know why man does not abide by his duty, why he does not know how great his stature is. People don’t even know whether it is several grams or several liang.[c] And thus, they still deceive Me. It is as if all of My work has been in vain, as if My words are but an echo in the great mountains, and no one has ever perceived the roots of My words and utterances. And so I use this as the foundation to sum up the third aphorism: People do not know Me, for they do not see Me.
from “The Forty-second Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
29. At such times, I see that the hate for Me in people’s hearts has grown once more, because they have again begun the work of complaining. They always accuse earth and imprecate Heaven. Yet in their words, I find nothing that curses themselves because their love of themselves is so great. Thus I sum up the meaning of human life: Because people love themselves too much, their whole lives are anguished and empty, and they suffer self-inflicted destruction throughout because of their hate for Me.
from “The Forty-sixth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
30. People cry out because of My words, and their pleas always contain grievances about My heartlessness. It is as if they are all searching for My true “love” of man—but how could they find My love in My stern words? As a result, they always lose hope because of My words. It is as if, as soon as they read My words, they behold the “grim reaper,” and thus tremble with fear. This makes Me unhappy: Why are the people of the flesh, who live amid death, always afraid of death? Are man and death bitter enemies? Why does the fear of death always cause distress in people? Throughout the “exceptional” experiences of their lives, do they only experience a little of death? Why, in what they say, do people always complain about Me? Thus, I summarize the fourth aphorism for human life: People are only the slightest bit obedient toward Me, and thus they always hate Me.
from “The Forty-fifth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh