278 We Each Must Choose Our Own Path
1 Christ of the last days expresses the truth and reveals God’s righteousness; God is the truth, and to all He is righteous. If we believe in God without pursuing the truth, we will ultimately be eliminated. God decides a person’s final outcome based on whether or not one has gained the truth. Regardless of how well we appear to behave on the outside, that does not mean we possess the reality of the truth. Without good deeds and without the truth, God will turn away from us. His disposition is holy and righteous; He brooks no offense. Those who do much evil and resist Him will be punished. We each must choose our own path; no one can do this for us. Only those who are honest and submit to the truth are people with humanity. We can obtain God’s praise only by practicing the truth and living out reality.
2 Pursuing the truth, loving God, and submitting to Him are most critical in one’s faith. The only wise ones are those who accept His judgment and chastisement and are purified. There is no value or meaning in pursuing position, fame, fortune, or vanity; only those who fulfill their duties and put the truth into practice are God’s followers. If one is merely capable of spouting theories, without being able to practice the truth, then everything he does is empty. By truly loving God and bearing good testimony, one lives out a genuine human life. Judgment and chastisement, and being pruned and dealt with—all are expressions of God’s love. Standing witness when trials and refinements come glorifies God the most. Suffering and trials show most clearly whether a person possesses the reality of the truth. We can only bear witness to God when we come to know Him and gain the truth; pursuing the truth and achieving a transformation of disposition is the only way to success.