1 The things that happen each day, whether big or small, and that can shake your resolution, occupy your heart, restrict your ability to do your duty, or control your forward progression—these things all need to be treated seriously, should be carefully examined to seek out the truth, and are all things that happen within the realm of experience. Some people quit their duties when negativity befalls them, and are unable to get up after each setback. These people are all fools who do not love truth, and they will fail to gain the truth even if they spend a lifetime of faith. How could such fools follow to the end?
2 Astute people and those who truly have the inner quality and understand spiritual matters are seekers of the truth, and eight times out of ten they are perhaps able to gain some inspiration, lesson, enlightenment and progress. When a fool who doesn’t understand spiritual matters fails and stumbles ten times, they are still not awakened, nor do they seek the truth to find the root of the problem. No matter how much that kind of person may listen to sermons, they’ll never understand the truth—they’re a lost cause. Every time they stumble they need someone else to help them back up, to coax them. These people are useless and God does not save them.
3 God’s salvation of mankind is salvation for those who love the truth. It is salvation for those with willpower and resolve, those who aspire to the truth and to righteousness. To say someone has resolve means that they yearn for righteousness, goodness and truth, and that they have conscience. God works in these people so that they may understand and gain the truth, so that their corruption may be cleansed and their life disposition can be transformed. If within people there is no love for the truth or aspiration for righteousness and light, then there is no way for them to be saved.
Adapted from “Confused People Cannot Be Saved” in Records of Christ’s Talks