1 How does Satan use knowledge to corrupt man? During the process of man’s learning of knowledge, Satan employs all manner of methods, and allows them to satisfy their desires or ambitions. In fact, no matter how lofty man’s ideals are, no matter how realistic man’s desires are or how proper they may be, all that man wants to achieve, all that man seeks for, is inextricably linked to two words. They are “fame” and “gain,” and they are things Satan intends to instill in man.
2 Everything that any great or famous person—all people, in fact—follow in life relates only to these two words: “fame” and “gain.” For the sake of this fame and gain which mankind so covets, people willingly, albeit unknowingly, hand over their bodies, minds, all that they have, their futures and their destinies, to Satan. They do so without even a moment’s hesitation, ever ignorant of the need to recover all that they have handed over.
3 Once people have taken refuge in Satan in this way and become loyal to it, they are completely and utterly controlled by Satan. They have completely and utterly sunk into a quagmire, and are unable to free themselves. Satan uses fame and gain to control man’s thoughts, until all people can think of is fame and gain. They struggle for fame and gain, suffer hardships for fame and gain, endure humiliation for fame and gain, sacrifice everything they have for fame and gain, and they will make any judgment or decision for the sake of fame and gain.
4 In this way, Satan binds people with invisible shackles, and they have neither the strength nor the courage to throw them off. They unknowingly bear these shackles and trudge ever onward with great difficulty. For the sake of this fame and gain, mankind shuns God and betrays Him and becomes increasingly wicked. In this way, therefore, one generation after another is destroyed in the midst of Satan’s fame and gain.
Adapted from “God Himself, the Unique VI” in The Word Appears in the Flesh