998 This Is the Likeness of a Real Person
1 In your faith in God, you must read more of His words before you can understand the truth; only by understanding the truth can you know yourself and discern and have a clear idea of what corrupt dispositions you have. To practice the truth and live before God, you must betray your flesh and embark upon a war against your likes, your desires, and your satanic dispositions. If people truly loathe their satanic dispositions and genuinely hate the likes of the flesh, then they can consciously practice according to the truth, and their actions will be principled, have a scope, and have limits; these are the effects achieved by understanding the truth. If they do not understand the truth, then they will always be ruled and bound by the flesh, and will have no way forward.
2 If people experience until the day comes when their outlook on life and the significance and the basis of their existence have entirely changed, when they have been altered to their very bones, and have become someone else, won’t this be incredible? This is a great change, an earth-shattering change. Only when you are disinterested in the fame and fortune, status, money, pleasure, and luxuries of the world, and can easily forgo them, will you have the likeness of a human being. Those who will ultimately be made complete are a group such as this; they live for the truth, live for God, and live for that which is just. This is the likeness of a true human being.
Adapted from “Understanding Commonalities and Differences in Human Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks