556 Man’s Deception of God Pervades Their Deeds
1 Many people wish to truly love Me, but because their hearts are not their own, they have no control over themselves; many people truly love Me among the trials given by Me, yet they are incapable of grasping that I really exist, and merely love Me amid emptiness, and not because of My actual existence; many people, after laying their hearts before Me, pay them no heed, and thus their hearts are snatched away by Satan whenever it gets the chance, after which they leave Me; many people genuinely love Me when I provide My words, yet do not cherish My words in their spirits, instead casually using them like public property and tossing them back to where they came from whenever they feel like it.
2 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.
3 My enlightenment, illumination, and the cost of My efforts pervade all people, yet so too does the true fact of man’s every action pervade all people, as does their deception of Me. 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.”
Adapted from “Chapter 21” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh