Chapter 31

The disposition of God runs through all of God’s utterances, but the main thread of His words is revealing the rebellion of all mankind and exposing things such as their disobedience, insubordination, unfairness, unrighteousness, and inability to truly love God, such that God’s words have reached the point where He says that every pore in people’s bodies contains opposition to God, that even their capillaries contain defiance to God. If people do not try to examine these things, they will always be incapable of knowing them, and will never be able to cast them aside. This is to say, the virus that is opposition to God will spread in them and ultimately, it will be as if their white blood cells have devoured their red blood cells, leaving their entire body devoid of red blood cells; in the end, they will die from leukemia. This is the real state of man, and no one can deny it. Having been born in the land in which the great red dragon lies coiled, there is at least one thing within each person that typifies and exemplifies the great red dragon’s venom. Thus, in this stage of work, the main thread throughout God’s words has been knowing oneself, denying oneself, forsaking oneself, and slaying oneself. It can be said that this is God’s primary work during the last days, and that this round of work is the most comprehensive and thorough of all—this shows that God is planning to bring the age to an end. No one expected this, but at the same time, it is something that they have anticipated in their feelings. Although God did not say so explicitly, people’s senses are highly acute—they always feel that time is short. I can say that the more a person feels this, the more he has a clear knowledge of the age. It is not seeing the world as normal and thus negating God’s words; rather, it is knowing the content of God’s work through the means by which God works. This is determined by the tone of God’s words. There is a secret to the tone of God’s utterances which no one has discovered, and it is also precisely this that is most difficult for people to enter into. The crux of why people cannot understand God’s words is that they remain ignorant of the tone with which God speaks—if they master this secret, they will be capable of some knowledge of God’s words. God’s words have always followed one principle: causing people to know that God’s words are everything, and resolving all man’s difficulties through God’s words. From the perspective of the Spirit, God makes His deeds plain; from the perspective of man, He exposes people’s notions; from the perspective of the Spirit, He says man is not mindful of His will; and from the perspective of man, He says He has tasted the sweet, sour, bitter, and pungent flavors of human experience, and He comes in the wind and goes with the rain, that He has experienced the persecution of family, and has experienced the ups and downs of life. These are words spoken from different perspectives. When He speaks to the people of God, it is like a housekeeper telling off slaves, or like a comedy sketch; His words leave people red-faced, with nowhere to hide from their shame, as if they have been detained by the feudal authorities of a bygone regime to give a confession under severe torture. When He speaks to the people of God, God is as unrestrained as protesting university students who expose scandals within the central government. If all of God’s words were mocking, they would be harder for people to accept; thus, the words spoken by God are straightforward; they do not contain ciphers for man, but directly point out the actual state of man—this shows that God’s love of man is not just words, but that it is real. Though people value realness, there is nothing real about their love for God. This is what is lacking in man. If people’s love for God is not real, then the entirety of everything will be empty and illusionary, as if all would disappear because of this. If their love of God surpasses the universes, then so too will their status and identity be real, and not empty, and even these words will be real and not empty—do you see this? Have you seen God’s requirements for man? Man should not merely enjoy the benefits of status, but live out the reality of status. This is what God asks of the people of God and of all of man, and this is not some grand empty theory.

Why does God say this type of words, “as if all I do is an attempt to please them, as a result of which they are always disgusted by My doings”? Are you able to speak of the real manifestations of man’s loathing of God? In people’s notions, man and God are “passionately in love,” and today, people’s yearning for God’s words has reached the point that they eagerly wish to swallow God in one gulp—yet God says the following kind of words: “Man despises Me. Why has My love been repaid with man’s hate?” Is this not a mineral deposit within people? Is this not what should be dug out? This is the defect with people’s pursuit; it is a major issue that ought to be solved, and it is the lion that stands in the way of man’s knowledge of God and which must be dispelled for man—is this not what ought to be done? Because, like a pig, man has no memory and always covets pleasures, God gives man medicine for amnesia—He speaks more, says more, and He grabs people by the ears and makes them listen closely, and He fits them with hearing aids. As for some of His words, speaking only once cannot solve the problem; they must be said over and over again, for “people always suffer forgetfulness in their lives, and the days of the lives of all mankind are in disarray.” In this way, people can be saved from the state in which “they read when they have time, listen when they are free, and leave them alone when they do not have time; if the words are spoken today, they pay attention, but they will put them to the back of their minds, if they are not spoken tomorrow.” As far as people’s nature is concerned, if today God spoke of their real state and they came to have a thorough knowledge of it, then they would be filled with regret—but afterward, they would go back to their old ways, casting God’s words to the winds and replaying the scene described above only when reminded. Thus, when you work or speak, do not forget this substance of man; it would be a mistake to cast aside this substance while working. In doing all work, it is especially important to address people’s notions when you speak. In particular, you should add your own insights to God’s words and commune them. This is the path of providing to people and allowing them to know themselves. In providing to people based on the content of God’s words, it will inevitably become possible to grasp their real state. In God’s words, it is enough to grasp man’s real state and thus provide for them—and as such, I shall say no more of God’s words pointing out that “God accepted the invitation to sit at a banquet table on earth.”

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