Chapter 14

Humans have never fathomed anything from God’s words. Instead, they merely “treasure” them superficially, without understanding their true meaning. Therefore, although most people are fond of His utterances, God points out that they do not actually cherish them. The reason for this is that, in God’s view, even though His words are treasures, people have not tasted their true sweetness. As such, they can only “quench their thirst with thoughts of plums,” thereby assuaging their greedy hearts. Not only is God’s Spirit at work among all humans, but they also, of course, are granted enlightenment from God’s word; it is simply that they are too careless to truly be able to appreciate its essence. In people’s minds, right now is the age in which the kingdom is being fully realized, but in reality, this is not the case. Although what God prophesies is what He has accomplished, the actual kingdom has not yet fully arrived on the earth. Instead, as humanity changes, as the work progresses, and as lightning comes out of the East—that is, as God’s word deepens—the kingdom will slowly come about on earth, gradually but completely descending upon this world. The process of the coming of the kingdom is also the process of the divine work on earth. Meanwhile, throughout the universe, God has begun a work that has not been done in all the ages throughout history: to reorganize the earth in its entirety. For example, tremendous changes are afoot throughout the universe, including changes in the State of Israel, the coup d’état in the United States of America, the changes in Egypt, the changes in the Soviet Union, and the overthrow of China. Once the entire universe has settled down and been restored to normal, God’s work on earth will be completed; that is when the kingdom will come to earth. This is the true meaning of the words, “When all the nations of the world are disrupted, that is precisely when My kingdom will be established and shaped, as well as when I will transform and turn to face the entire universe.” God does not hide anything from humankind; He has continuously told people of all His abundance—yet they cannot figure out what He means, and simply accept His word like fools. At this stage of work, humans have learned the unfathomableness of God and, moreover, can now appreciate the difficulty of the task of understanding Him; for this reason, they have felt that these days, believing in God is the most difficult thing to do, akin to teaching a pig to sing. They are completely helpless, just like mice stuck in a trap. Indeed, no matter how much power a person has or how masterful a person’s skill, or whether a person harbors limitless capabilities, when it comes to God’s word, such things mean nothing. It is as if humanity is but a pile of burnt paper ash in God’s eyes—completely devoid of any value, let alone any use. This is a perfect illustration of the true meaning of the words, “I have become, from their point of view, more and more hidden and increasingly unfathomable.” From this it is evident that God’s work follows a natural progression, and is performed according to what human perceptual organs can take in. When humanity’s nature is firm and unshaken, the words God utters completely conform to their notions, and these notions seem one and the same with God, without any difference in the least. This makes people somewhat aware of the “reality of God,” but that is not His primary objective. God is allowing people to settle down before formally beginning His true work on earth. Therefore, in the course of this beginning that is so confusing for humans, they are realizing that their former ideas were incorrect, and that God and humanity are as different as heaven and earth, and not at all alike. Because God’s words can no longer be evaluated on the basis of human notions, humans have immediately begun to look at God in a new light; as a result, they gaze at God in astonishment, as though the practical God were as unapproachable as an invisible and untouchable God, and as if the flesh of God incarnate is merely an exterior shell, devoid of His essence. Though He is an incarnation of the Spirit, He can convert into Spirit form and float away at any time; people have therefore developed a somewhat guarded mindset. At the mention of God, they dress Him up with their notions, claiming that He can ride on clouds and mist, walk on water, and suddenly appear and vanish among humans. Some others have even more descriptive explanations. Because of their ignorance and lack of insight, God said, “[W]hen they believe they have resisted Me or violated My administrative decrees, I still turn a blind eye.”

God reveals humanity’s ugly countenance and their internal world with unfailing accuracy, never missing His mark in the slightest. It can even be said that He never makes any error whatsoever. This is proof that convinces people utterly. Due to the principle behind God’s work, many of His words and deeds leave an impression that is impossible to erase, and people seem to therefore gain an even deeper understanding of Him, as if they have discovered things that are more precious in Him. “[I]n their memories, I am either a God who shows mercy to people rather than chastising them, or am the God Himself who does not mean what He says. These are all imaginings born of human thought, and they do not accord with the facts.” Although humankind has never attached any importance to the true face of God, they know “the lateral side of His disposition” like the backs of their hands; they are always picking holes in God’s words and actions. This is because people are always so willing to pay attention to negative things, and ignore positive ones, merely looking down upon the deeds of God. The more God says He humbly hides Himself in His dwelling place, the higher the demands humanity makes of Him. They say, “If God incarnate is observing humanity’s every deed and experiencing human life, why is it that the majority of the time God does not know of our actual situation? Does this mean that God is truly hidden?” Although God looks deep into the human heart, He still works according to the actual conditions of humanity, being neither vague nor supernatural. In order to completely rid humanity of their old disposition, God has spared no effort to speak from various perspectives, uncovering people’s true nature and pronouncing judgment on their disobedience, one moment saying He will deal with everyone, and the next proclaiming that He will save a group of people; either placing requirements upon humans or warning them; and alternately dissecting their innards and providing treatment. Thus, under the guidance of God’s words, it is as if humans had traveled to every corner of the earth and entered a bounteous garden in which each flower vies to be the most beautiful. Whatever God says mankind will enter into His word, just as though God were a magnet that drew anything containing iron toward it. Upon reading the words, “Humans pay Me no heed, so I do not take them seriously, either. They pay no attention to Me, so neither do I need to work any harder on them. Is this not the best of both worlds?” all of God’s people seem to get knocked into the bottomless pit again, or be struck at their vital point once more, leaving them utterly shocked. Thus, again they enter into the method. They are especially confused with regard to the words, “If you are unable to keep to your duties as members of My people in the kingdom, then you will be detested and rejected by Me!” Most people feel so hurt that they are brought to tears, thinking, “I had a hard time climbing out of the bottomless pit, so I would have no hope at all if I were to fall into it again. I have gained nothing in the human world, and have undergone all manner of difficulties and tribulations in my life. In particular, since coming into the faith, I have experienced the abandonment of loved ones, persecution from my family, and slander from others in society, and I have not enjoyed any of the world’s happiness. If I again fall into the bottomless pit, will my life not have been lived even more in vain?” (The more a person dwells on this, the more sorrowful they feel.) “All of my hopes have been entrusted into God’s hands. If He abandons me, I might as well die right now…. Well, all was predestined by God, so now I can only seek to love God; all else is secondary. Who made this my fate?” The more people think like this, the closer they come to God’s standard and the objective of His words. In this manner, the objective of His words is achieved. After humans see God’s words, they all experience an internal ideological struggle. Their only choice is to submit to what fate dictates, and in this way God’s objective is achieved. The harsher God’s words are, the more complex the internal world of humans becomes as a result. This is just like touching a wound; the harder it is touched, the more it hurts, to the point that people hover between life and death and can even lose the confidence to survive. As such, only when humans suffer most and are in the depths of hopelessness can they give their true hearts over to God. Human nature is such that if even one shred of hope remains, they will not go to God for help, but will instead adopt self-sufficient methods to survive naturally. This is because the nature of humanity is self-righteous, and people tend to look down on everyone else. Therefore, God said, “[N]ot a single human being has been able to also love Me whilst in a state of comfort; not a single person has reached out in times of peace and happiness, that I might partake of their joy.” This is indeed disappointing; God created humankind, but when He comes to the human world, people seek to resist Him and drive Him away from their territory, as if He were just some orphan drifting through the world, or like a world man without a country. Nobody feels attached to God, nobody truly loves Him, and nobody has ever welcomed His coming. Instead, when seeing the coming of God, clouds cover joyful faces in shadow in the blink of an eye, as if a sudden storm were on the way or as though God might take away the happiness of their families, and as if God had never blessed humans but, instead, had only ever brought them misfortune. Therefore, in the minds of humans, God is not a boon, but rather One who always curses them. Because of this, people do not pay heed to Him or welcome Him; they are always cold toward Him, and this has always been the case. Because humans harbor these things in their hearts, God says that humanity is unreasonable and immoral, and that not even the feelings with which humans are supposedly equipped can be perceived in them. Humans do not show any consideration for God’s feelings, but instead use so-called “righteousness” to deal with God. They have been like this for many years and, for this reason, God has said that their dispositions have not changed. This goes to show that they have no more substance than a handful of feathers. It could be said that humans are worthless wretches, for they do not treasure themselves. If they do not even love themselves, trampling on themselves instead, then does this not show their worthlessness? Humanity is like an immoral woman who plays games with herself and gives herself willingly to others to be violated. Even so, people still do not recognize just how lowly they are. They find pleasure in working for others or in talking with others, putting themselves under the control of others; is this not precisely the filthiness of humankind? Although I have not experienced a life among humanity, and have not truly experienced human life, I have gained a very clear understanding of every move, every action, every word, and every deed that humans make. I am even able to expose humans to their deepest shame, to the point that they no longer dare to reveal their own connivery or give way to their lust. Like snails that retreat into their shells, they no longer dare to expose their own ugly state. Because humans do not know themselves, their greatest flaw is a willingness to parade their charms before others, showing off their ugly countenances; this is a thing that God detests most. This is because the relations between people are abnormal, and there is a lack of normal interpersonal relationships between people, much less normal relationships between them and God. God has said so much and, in so doing, His main objective has been to occupy a place in people’s hearts so that they can rid themselves of all the idols that have taken up residence there. Thereupon, God can wield power over all humanity, and achieve the purpose of His existence on earth.

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