714 Those With Dispositional Change Can Live Like a Human
1 Those who have undergone a change in their dispositions truly live out a human likeness, and they possess the truth. They are always able to speak and see things in accordance with the truth, and they are principled in everything they do; they are not subject to the influence of any person, matter, or thing, and they all have their own views and can uphold the truth principles. Their dispositions are relatively stable, they do not blow hot and cold, and no matter what their circumstances, they understand how to do their duties properly and how to behave to God’s satisfaction. Those whose dispositions have actually changed are not focused on what to do to make themselves look good on a superficial level; they have gained internal clarity on what to do to satisfy God. From the outside, they may not seem to be so enthusiastic or to have done anything very great, but everything they do is meaningful, is valuable, and yields practical results.
2 Those whose dispositions have changed are certain to possess a lot of truth, and this can be confirmed by their perspectives on things and the principles of their actions. Those who do not possess the truth have absolutely not achieved any change in disposition. The most crucial ingredient of a change in disposition is that a person’s internal life has changed. The truth expressed by God becomes one’s very life, the satanic poisons within have been eliminated, and one’s perspectives have completely changed—and none of them is still in line with worldly points of view. These people can see the schemes and poisons of the great red dragon clearly for what they are; they have grasped the true essence of life. Their life values have changed, and this is the most fundamental sort of transformation, as well as the essence of a change in disposition.
3 Those who have undergone a change in disposition feel that while living, people should fulfill their human duties, worship God, submit before God, and satisfy God; they think these comprise the foundation of what it means to be human, and represent an obligation that is in accord with the unalterable principles of Heaven and earth. Otherwise, they would not be worthy of being called human; their lives would be empty and meaningless. They feel that people should live in order to satisfy God, to perform their duties well, and to live lives of meaning, so that even when it is their time to die, they will feel content and not have the slightest regret, and that they have not lived in vain. The main cause of a change in one’s life disposition is possessing the truth within and having knowledge of God; one’s outlook on life is therefore changed, and one’s values are different from before. The transformation starts from within, and from one’s life; it is certainly not a mere external change.
Adapted from “The Difference Between External Changes and Changes in Disposition” in The Discourses of Christ of the Last Days