Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “It Is Very Important to Understand God’s Disposition” (IV)
It Is Very Important to Understand God’s Disposition (Selections)
“The disposition of God is a subject that seems very abstract to everyone and is, moreover, one that is not easy for anyone to accept, for His disposition is unlike a human being’s personality. God, too, has His own emotions of joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness, but these emotions differ from those of man. God is what He is and He has what He has. All that He expresses and reveals are representations of His substance and of His identity. What He is and what He has, as well as His substance and identity, are things that cannot be replaced by any man. His disposition encompasses His love for mankind, solace of mankind, hatred of mankind, and even more, a thorough understanding of mankind. The personality of man, however, may be optimistic, lively, or unfeeling. The disposition of God is one that belongs to the Ruler of all things and living beings, to the Lord of all creation. His disposition represents honor, power, nobility, greatness, and most of all, supremacy. His disposition is the symbol of authority, the symbol of all that is righteous, the symbol of all that is beautiful and good. More than that, it is a symbol of Him who cannot be[a] overcome or invaded by the darkness and any enemy force, as well as a symbol of Him who cannot be offended (nor will He tolerate being offended)[b] by any created being. His disposition is the symbol of the highest power. No person or persons can or may disturb His work or His disposition. But the personality of man is no more than a mere symbol of the slight superiority of man over beast. Man in and of himself has no authority, no autonomy, and no ability to transcend the self, but is in his substance one who cowers at the mercy of all manner of people, events, and things. The joy of God is due to the existence and emergence of righteousness and light, because of the destruction of darkness and evil. He takes delight in bringing the light and a good life to mankind; His joy is a righteous joy, a symbol of the existence of all that is positive and, even more, a symbol of auspiciousness. The anger of God is due to the harm that the existence and interference of injustice brings upon His mankind, because of the existence of evil and darkness, because of the existence of things that drive out the truth, and even more, because of the existence of things that oppose what is good and beautiful. His anger is a symbol that all things negative no longer exist and, even more than that, it is a symbol of His holiness. His sorrow is due to mankind, for whom He has hopes but who has fallen into darkness, because the work He does on man does not come up to His expectations, and because the mankind He loves cannot all live in the light. He feels sorrow for the innocent mankind, for the honest but ignorant man, and for the man who is good but lacking in his own views. His sorrow is a symbol of His goodness and of His mercy, a symbol of beauty and of kindness. His happiness, of course, comes from defeating His enemies and gaining the good faith of man. More than this, it arises from the expulsion and destruction of all enemy forces, and because mankind receives a good and peaceful life. The happiness of God is unlike the joy of man; rather, it is the feeling of garnering good fruits, a feeling even greater than joy. His happiness is a symbol of mankind breaking free of suffering from this time forth, and a symbol of mankind entering a world of light. The emotions of mankind, on the other hand, all arise for the sake of his own interests, not for righteousness, light, or what is beautiful, and least of all for the grace bestowed by Heaven. The emotions of mankind are selfish and belong to the world of darkness. They do not exist for the sake of the will, much less for the plan of God, and so man and God can never be spoken of in the same breath. God is forever supreme and ever honorable, while man is forever base, forever worthless. This is because God is forever making sacrifices and devoting Himself to mankind; man, however, forever takes and strives only for himself. God is forever taking pains for mankind’s survival, yet man never contributes anything for the sake of the light or for righteousness. Even if man makes an effort for a time, it is so weak that it cannot withstand a single blow, for the effort of man is always for his own sake and not for others. Man is always selfish, while God is forever selfless. God is the source of all that is just, good, and beautiful, while man is he who succeeds to and makes manifest all ugliness and evil. God will never alter His substance of righteousness and beauty, yet man is perfectly capable, at any time and in any situation, of betraying righteousness and straying far from God.
“Every sentence I have spoken contains within it the disposition of God. You would do well to ponder My words carefully, and you will surely profit greatly from them. The substance of God is very difficult to grasp, but I trust that you all have at least some idea about the disposition of God. I hope, then, that you will show Me and do more of that which does not offend the disposition of God. Then will I be reassured. For example, keep God in your heart at all times. When you act, do so according to His words. Seek out His intentions in all things, and refrain from doing that which disrespects and dishonors God. Even less should you put God in the back of your mind to fill the future void in your heart. If you do this, you will have offended the disposition of God. Again, supposing you never make blasphemous remarks or complaints against God throughout your life, and again, supposing you are able to discharge properly all that He has entrusted to you and also to submit to all His words throughout your life, then you will have avoided transgressing against the administrative decrees. For example, if you have ever said, ‘Why do I not think that He is God?’ ‘I think that these words are nothing more than some enlightenment of the Holy Spirit,’ ‘In my opinion, not everything God does is necessarily right,’ ‘The humanity of God is not superior to mine,’ ‘The words of God are simply not believable,’ or other such judgmental remarks, then I exhort you to confess and repent your sins more often. Otherwise, you will never have a chance at forgiveness, for you offend not a man, but God Himself. You may believe that you are judging a man, but the Spirit of God does not consider it that way. Your disrespect of His flesh is equal to disrespecting Him. This being so, have you not offended God’s disposition? You must remember that all that is done by the Spirit of God is done in order to safeguard His work in the flesh and in order that this work be done well. If you neglect this, then I say that you are someone who will never be able to succeed in believing in God. For you have provoked the wrath of God, and so He shall use fitting punishment to teach you a lesson.
“Coming to know the substance of God is no trifling matter. You must understand His disposition. In this way, you will, gradually and unknowingly, come to know the substance of God. When you have entered into this knowledge, you will find yourself stepping into a higher and more beautiful state. In the end, you will come to feel ashamed of your hideous soul, and, moreover, will feel that there is nowhere to hide from your shame. At that time, there will be less and less in your conduct to offend the disposition of God, your heart will come closer and closer to that of God, and a love for Him will gradually grow in your heart. This is a sign of mankind entering a beautiful state. But as yet, you have not attained this. As you all rush about for the sake of your destiny, who has any interest in trying to know the substance of God? Should this continue, you will unknowingly transgress against the administrative decrees, for you understand far too little of the disposition of God. So is not what you do now laying down a foundation for your offenses against the disposition of God? That I ask you to understand the disposition of God is not at odds with My work. For if you transgress against the administrative decrees often, who among you will escape punishment? Would My work then not have been entirely in vain? Therefore, I still ask that, in addition to scrutinizing your own conduct, you be cautious in the steps you take. This is the higher demand that I make of you, and I hope that you will all consider it carefully and give it your earnest regard. Should a day come when your actions provoke Me to a towering rage, then the consequences will be yours alone to consider, and there will be no one else to bear the punishment in your place.”
God has pointed out the crucial point of the utterance “It Is Very Important to Understand God’s Disposition,” which is to have knowledge of God’s pleasure, sorrow, anger, and happiness. What does knowledge of God’s pleasure, sorrow, anger, and happiness have to do with understanding God’s disposition? Why does God introduce His pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness only when it comes to His disposition? Have you given any thought to this or tried to figure it out? God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness represent God’s disposition, so knowing God’s disposition requires understanding His pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness. Are God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness easy to understand? God’s words are quite clear on them, but how should we try to understand them in accordance with God’s words? To understand God’s anger, for instance, on the one hand we must examine God’s words, and on the other we must base our understanding on God’s work, the anger God expresses through His work, the words God speaks when He is angry, and which facts, background details, and people His anger is targeted at. In this way, we are able to understand the true meaning of God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow and happiness, and what they symbolize and represent. If we can thoroughly grasp the substance of God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness, and also understand and see clearly their symbolic meaning, then we have achieved good results. Isn’t having true knowledge and understanding of God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness understanding God’s disposition? We used to often say that the most important thing about knowing God is knowing God’s disposition. Knowing God’s almightiness and wisdom is also very important, knowing God’s deeds is also important, and knowing God’s love and other aspects of what He has and is are very important. But in this utterance, God mainly helps us get to know His disposition, and He requires us to focus on knowing His pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness regarding knowledge of His disposition. There is meaning in this. In the past, what did we only focus on regarding knowledge of God’s disposition? We only focused on some small aspects, such as the kind of people God despises and curses, and the kind of people God loves, blesses and praises. Can we attain knowledge of God’s disposition just from understanding this aspect? Some say no. Why not? It’s too one-sided, too restricted. Just understanding this one aspect is not even close to being enough. Therefore, understanding God’s disposition is not an easy thing. God has pointed out here the most crucial, the core part of understanding God’s disposition, which is knowing God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness.
After reading this passage of God’s words, do we now have a path into knowing God’s disposition and understanding God’s disposition? This path lies in knowing the true meaning and symbolic meaning of God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness. If we do not achieve this, then we don’t have the right knowledge. When a person says, “I have knowledge of God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness,” we can be sure that they have knowledge of God’s disposition. If these teachings on God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness are not understood, not comprehended deeply, or only grasped superficially, then does that count as knowing God’s disposition? No, this doesn’t count as knowing God’s disposition. We used to often say: “What is God’s disposition? What does God’s disposition represent? What is the relationship between God’s disposition and God’s holiness and righteousness?” Our understanding at that time was very shallow. Now we have finished reading about the core part of God’s disposition, which is God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness. After reading these words about God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness, we have a rough, superficial understanding of God’s disposition: “God’s disposition includes these aspects. God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness are part of God’s disposition and represent God’s disposition. They are the core part of God’s disposition.” If we thoroughly know God’s pleasure, anger, sorrow, and happiness, truly understand them, then we have true knowledge of God’s disposition. Can the religious community gain knowledge of God’s disposition just from reading the Bible? No, they cannot. Can they gain this knowledge if they believe in God for a hundred years or a thousand years? No, they won’t gain this knowledge even if they have believed for ten thousand years, or even a hundred thousand years. Knowing God is different to knowing any event or thing. God Himself, what God has and is, and God’s name are a mystery. If God does not reveal it, mankind will never know it. Scientists won’t be able to figure it out even with ten thousand years of research. Alien scientific knowledge is so advanced, but do they know God? Knowledge of God cannot be achieved through scientific methods no matter how advanced science becomes. What is the only path to knowing God? The only path to this knowledge is through God’s words. We only have the opportunity to know God because God’s disposition, and what He has and is, has been expressed and testified to through God’s words. Mankind would not be able to know God if God did not utter His words or give testimony to what He has and is. God created all things in the world for mankind to enjoy, but how much do we know about all the things in the world such as all the species of plants and animals? Mankind has existed for several thousand years but still doesn’t know much. Each kind of plant has its mysteries. There are the mysteries of what plant provides what benefits to mankind, what illnesses they can cure, and what problems they can resolve. If God does not enlighten mankind, no one would be able to discover them. God created mankind, but have scientists figured out the many mysteries of the human body? No, they haven’t been able to figure them out. Can mankind change the way God created human beings? No, they cannot. Replace someone’s eyes with fake eyes and they won’t be able to see. Try and replace someone’s brain and they’ll quickly die. Transplanting the heart won’t work, either. Nothing can be changed. Anything that is changed won’t be as good as it was originally. Someone with a transplanted organ won’t be able to live for long. Isn’t that right? What does this prove? God cannot be known through scientific methods, no matter how advanced science becomes. Science and knowledge of God are unrelated; scientific methods cannot be used to get to know God. Knowledge of God can only be attained from God’s words. Only through experiencing God’s words and receiving enlightenment from God’s words can a person achieve knowledge of God. This is the only path to knowing God. Today we have read the passage of God’s words entitled “It Is Very Important to Understand God’s Disposition.” These words are extremely deep and meaningful, and bear witness to God’s disposition very well, very clearly. We really need to experience them. Having no experience won’t do; experience that is too shallow won’t work, either.
Now let’s communicate God’s happiness. God said: “His happiness, of course, comes from defeating His enemies and gaining the good faith of man. More than this, it arises from the expulsion and destruction of all enemy forces, and because mankind receives a good and peaceful life. The happiness of God is unlike the joy of man; rather, it is the feeling of garnering good fruits, a feeling even greater than joy. His happiness is a symbol of mankind breaking free of suffering from this time forth, and a symbol of mankind entering a world of light.” God’s happiness is so meaningful! The first line, “His happiness, of course, comes from defeating His enemies and gaining the good faith of man,” is the first and most important aspect of God’s happiness. In it, God has pointed out the most crucial point: God’s happiness “of course, comes from defeating His enemies and gaining the good faith of man.” God has to defeat Satan in His work, so what type of evidence can prove that God has defeated Satan? As the main battle between God and Satan is to fight over mankind—Satan wants to continue corrupting and controlling mankind, while God wants to retake mankind from Satan’s grasp—what can be used to prove that mankind has been retaken and gained by God? It is the gaining of the good faith of man. This is most key. When we used to often communicate about what being saved or gained by God meant, many of us thought: “We believe in God, we have accepted God’s name, and we obey God’s work. This is being gained by God. This means that we have belonged to God, and no longer belonged to Satan.” Is this right? No, it’s wrong. Why is it wrong? Some people don’t understand and ask: “Why is it wrong? I’ve accepted God and I also obey God’s work. Why do I still belong to Satan? I’ve accepted God, so haven’t I been gained by God?” Are accepting God and being gained by God the same thing? This problem can be explained by looking at marriage. For example, someone says to a married man: “She already married you, why are you still not happy?” He says: “Her person married me, but her heart did not marry me. Perhaps one day she will run off. Her heart doesn’t belong to me!” Don’t some people think like that? So if a person accepts God’s name, does that mean God has gained that person’s heart? If not, then does accepting God, accepting God’s name, and obeying God’s work count as being gained by God? No, it doesn’t. We have all seen many examples of this in real life. Some people believe for a few years before finding a partner who doesn’t believe and leaving God behind. Some people believe for a few years but think it’s boring to just communicate the truth all the time, and they give up, thinking that it’s better to go off into the world and indulge in pleasure-seeking. There are also some people who believe in God with quite a lot of vigor and seem to have true faith, but are captured by the great red dragon and have their faith brutally beaten out of them because they can’t bear the suffering. Some people believe for a year or two but don’t pursue the truth, and leave after being deceived by the great red dragon or a certain religious group. Why do these believers of God who have accepted God’s name give up? It is because their persons believed in God, but they did not give their hearts to God and so God did not gain their hearts. That is why they have easily been taken captive by Satan and made to betray God. Isn’t that right?
Here God says that His happiness “of course, comes from defeating His enemies and gaining the good faith of man.” Does defeating Satan have anything to do with gaining the good faith of man? Yes, it does. God shall gain a group of people through making them complete. When this group of people is gained by God, they become overcomers. These people can give up their lives for God, and their love of God allows them to be obedient to the death. They can put their future and fate in God’s hands and submit to God’s orchestration, and no matter what tribulations or trials they encounter, they are able to stand witness, glorify God, and shame Satan. Only such people have been gained by God. When God has gained such people, He has also gained their good faith. When God has gained people’s good faith, God will reveal happiness and will be especially joyful. He will have the feeling of garnering good fruits, a feeling even greater than joy. Something that is even greater than joy is the feeling of garnering good fruits. The feeling of garnering good fruits is the greatest enjoyment, and it represents God’s happiness, which is part of God’s disposition. God’s work to save mankind is to battle Satan. To what extent must God battle for His happiness to emerge? God’s happiness will emerge when He has truly gained a group of people, which is when He has gained their hearts, and gained their good faith. Before God gains mankind’s good faith, does He have happiness? No. Then what does He have? If He doesn’t have happiness, God certainly has some sorrow, right? All God does is care about, look after, and guide mankind, and continuously work on them. It’s just like parents raising their own child: They care for, look after, and protect their child every day, and when the child has grown up and no longer makes the parents worry is when the parents will find enjoyment. That is when the parents will see an obedient child, very filial, and very much to their liking, and it will make them happy: “Such a wonderful child. He really is our flesh and blood.” Such happiness is the greatest enjoyment! God’s happiness is like that. When God gains the good faith of a group of people, His happiness will be revealed. Some say: “God is only happy once He has gained a group of people; if only one person is gained by God, will God be happy toward this person?” Yes, He will be. God will be happy as He sees this person. “I have gained this person. This person has good faith toward Me. This person cannot be recaptured by Satan. This person can stand their ground.” Such is God’s happiness from gaining one person. If God gains another person, there will be more happiness. If He gains a whole group of people, then God’s happiness will be even greater.
Some people always think: “Does God love me? Does God give me blessings? What kind of a place do I have in God’s heart?” No one who believes in God doesn’t think about these questions. Everyone thinks: “How does God see me? Was I preordained by God? Do I have a spot in the kingdom of heaven? How has God arranged my destination?” We just want to get to the bottom of it. Now that we’ve finished reading God’s words, do you know what you should do? Is there any use just thinking about these things? There’s no use just thinking about them; God would say to you: “If you look forward to My blessing, you must pursue the truth. I want to bless you, but can you receive it without loving the truth? I want to provide a good destination for you, but you don’t pursue the truth and don’t obey My arrangements, so how can I give it to you? If I give it to you freely, would I be a righteous God? I am just and righteous to each and every person.” That’s what God would say to you. So what should you do? Can you still have unreasonable demands? If you work at a company and make unreasonable demands of your boss: “If you are good to me, I will do my job well here. If you are not good to me, I’ll get up and leave,” what would your boss say? Your boss would say: “If you do your job well, I will be good to you. If you don’t do your job well, why would I be good to you? Of course I like good workers. If you’re always trying to skate through or acting perfunctorily, this would affect the quality of my products. If all my workers are like you, wouldn’t my company go bust?” It’s justified for your boss to have demands of his workers. You have to do your job well. If you bear your responsibility, complete your work, and improve the quality of the products, your boss will of course be good to you because he likes such workers. Right? Then what is God’s will? How do we seek God’s will? If I say a few words that deal with them, some people will complain to God: “Oh God, why has my brother dealt with me so? He doesn’t like me, he can’t stand the sight of me, he hates me, he despises me. Do You despise me, God? Do You love me?” What is going on here? How do you view it? God would say: “Did you do the right thing? If you did the right thing and he dealt with you, then he’s in the wrong. If you didn’t do the right thing and always act perfunctorily, then he should deal with you. Would you be able to grow if he doesn’t deal with you? Would you be able to repent? Would you be able to change for the better? Being dealt with is necessary.” Wouldn’t God say that? Understanding God’s disposition and seeking God’s will requires you to be considerate toward God’s heart. God’s demands of man are all fair and reasonable and can all be achieved by man.
Now we understand that “His happiness, of course, comes from defeating His enemies and gaining the good faith of man.” So what should we be doing with these words? What should we be entering? God says His happiness “of course, comes from defeating His enemies and gaining the good faith of man.” When you see these words, you may think: “Oh, God defeating His enemies is not by God directly destroying Satan in the spiritual world, but by regaining people from Satan’s grasp. When He has made a group of people complete and gained their good faith, God will have defeated Satan and happiness will have grown in His heart. How do I make happiness develop in God? How can I cooperate to make God have happiness and joy because of me, and like and bless me?” To do so, you must seek to make God gain your good faith. Is making God gain your good faith an easy thing to do? Some people say: “Oh God, my belief in You is in good faith, my love for You is also in good faith, and my obedience for You is even more in good faith. So please gain me.” Are these the right words? Good faith doesn’t exist just because you say so. Do you think it’s “as we sow, so shall we reap,” as easy as planting seeds? We are full of cunning, we always want to do deals with God, and we all have deceit in us, so to show God good faith we must go through the cleansing of judgment and chastisement and go through trials and refinement so that we can achieve knowledge of God and truly love Him, and that our satanic disposition will change and transform. Only then can our good faith be developed. Developing good faith toward God requires going through the suffering of many trials, enduring much pruning and dealing, and experiencing a lot of refinement. Otherwise, we will always try to reason with God. If a person’s intention to engage in transactions with God is resolved and removed, and they no longer engage in transactions with God, then that is having a bit of good faith. If a person’s love for the flesh is transformed into love for God, that’s another bit of good faith. If a person’s obedience toward God is more and more absolute, more and more real, then that adds a little more good faith. If a person can fear God and shun evil, that’s a further bit of good faith. Therefore, you must enter many aspects of the reality of the truth in order for you to gradually achieve good faith. It’s hard for a lot of people to speak honestly. If someone asks: “Do you truly love God? Tell me,” how do you answer? Can you speak honestly? Does your heart love God? You cannot speak honestly. Most of you can’t tell the truth. You may think it over and say, “Do I love God? I should love God, but where are my expressions of loving God? I am willing to love God, but there is no love, no expressions, no evidence.” Are you really someone who loves God? If someone asks: “Why do you believe in God? Speak honestly,” you might say: “This is hard to be honest about. Why do I believe in God? It’s to avoid disaster. I heard believing in Almighty God would allow me to enter the kingdom, so I started believing in Him. I believe in Him in order to enter the kingdom.” You believe in Him in order to enter the kingdom—does this kind of belief conform to God’s will? If you’re someone who’s just started believing, then fine. Other people won’t say you are wrong to believe for the sake of entering the kingdom because that’s all you know and you don’t understand anything else. You don’t understand the reason why God works, so you can’t possibly know what the purpose of your believing in God should be. What is the reason why people sometimes can’t even speak an honest sentence? It is very hard to speak honestly if a person doesn’t know himself or herself and doesn’t know God. Even speaking a sentence that shows self-awareness is not easy. This is because people have been corrupted so deeply that they become absolutely worthless and devoid of any merit. People are no better than livestock—they are cultured but have corrupt dispositions. Isn’t that the case? So is it easy for God to gain mankind’s good faith? Now you finally understand the saying: “It is not easy for God to gain mankind’s good faith!” Why is that? Because mankind has been corrupted too deeply, totally worthless, without even the sense of a normal person or any self-awareness.
From believing in God and eating and drinking God’s words for a few years, we have seen how much mankind is lacking and how deeply corrupted mankind has become. We have been corrupted by Satan to the extent that we are good for nothing, without any normal humanity, without even a semblance of a man. Isn’t that the reality? After seeing this reality, we know that it is not an easy thing for God to defeat Satan and gain mankind’s good faith. This result cannot be achieved unless we experience His work for 10 to 20 years. Do you admit this fact? This is a fact. We all admit it. So if God must work on us for 10 to 20 years to gain our good faith, how much of a painstaking price does He have to pay? Bit by bit, He is there leading us, guiding us, enlightening us, arranging the people, things and events around us to perfect us, to gain us. This is like parents raising a child, cleaning up their poop and pee and nurturing them all the way until adulthood and graduation from high school. However much of a price parents pay for their children, God pays even more of a price for His chosen people. Just for the sake of gaining our good faith, He does so many things and does so much work. So tell me, is God’s job easy? It really isn’t easy. Some people say: “God created us then handed us over to Satan, and now it is so hard for Him to gain our good faith. So why did He hand us over to Satan in the first place? There would have been no problem without Satan’s corruption; God would not have had to take a lot of trouble and we wouldn’t have to be so busy.” What do you think of this idea? What is wrong with it? It’s like children telling their parents: “Mom and Dad, it’s been so difficult for you to look after me. You’ve expended so much energy on me and worried so much about me. Why did you give birth to me? Wouldn’t it have been easier if you hadn’t given birth to me?” How are these words any different? Aren’t they the same? This kind of thinking is impervious to reason!
Why did God hand mankind over to Satan to be corrupted? This is because God had an intention when He created mankind. What intention? Was it to let mankind manage all things on earth? Or anything else? It was to let mankind accompany God, listen to God, so that God can open His heart to them. How can this be accomplished? Just staying in the Garden of Eden won’t do and can’t accomplish this. A person must be able to see through the things of the spiritual world, gain the truth, and have knowledge of God before they can accompany God, be God’s partner, listen to God, and commune with God. It is not possible to enable mankind to have knowledge of God without the right background being in place. So God handed mankind over to Satan, and after mankind has been corrupted by Satan, God then expresses truths to let mankind know God. This creates the background, without which mankind cannot comprehend or understand the truth. People often say: “Only by comparing can one distinguish.” Isn’t that right? After God handed mankind over to Satan to be corrupted, in the beginning people feel: “Satan is pretty good, Satan’s words are right.” When they think “Satan’s words are right,” what happens? They get infused with Satan’s toxins, and in the end they get worse and worse and more and more corrupt, until they realize that things are not right. But by the time they realize things are not right, it’s already too late, so God has to save them. When God expresses truths to judge and cleanse mankind, He reveals His disposition to them and they gradually begin to have knowledge of Him. As their knowledge of God grows, mankind develops discernment toward Satan. The more truth they understand, the more they have discernment toward Satan and the more knowledge they have of God, and so God perfects them. Perfect them into what? People who have the truth, humanity, and knowledge of God. When that happens, isn’t God’s intention when He created mankind fulfilled? If God had not handed mankind to Satan, could mankind develop knowledge of God out of thin air? Everyone says no. Now do you understand why God had to hand mankind over to Satan to be corrupted? It was to let mankind gain the truth, to let man know God. Satan renders its service here: God is letting it be His foil. Get it?
Is everything that God does meaningful? What is the evidence of God exercising His wisdom based on Satan’s schemes? There is a principle in God allowing Satan to serve as a foil: No matter how Satan deceives people or disturbs people, God permits it. After Satan works its evil, God starts to express the truth and reveal His wisdom. If God were to stop Satan from deceiving or corrupting people, if God were to not permit Satan to interfere during the period He is saving mankind, then Satan would not be able to act as a serving object and a foil. And if Satan were not allowed to play its role, then how could God’s chosen people be perfected? They wouldn’t be able to be perfected, isn’t that so? For instance, a lot of people don’t understand when it comes to the cruel oppression and suppression of God’s chosen people by the great red dragon: “Wouldn’t everything be OK if God just directly destroyed it? Why doesn’t God destroy it?” A lot of new believers say: “Is the great red dragon really that bad? Why do you hate it so much? The great red dragon has not persecuted or arrested me. If it arrested you, that would be because you’ve behaved improperly. See? It hasn’t arrested me. I don’t think the great red dragon is that bad.” Are there people who say that? If you tell foreigners: “Our Chinese government persecutes people for their belief in God. There is no freedom of religion. The police arrest us and beat us mercilessly,” what would they say? “Impossible. Our government gives people freedom of religion, so China can’t possibly be too different. All governments are like this, so what you said is not possible.” They don’t believe you. Isn’t that what happens? A lot of people don’t understand why God cast Satan, this evil spirit, down from heaven to earth and into the midair: “Why did God cast it down? It’s so cruel for God to cast it down. Doesn’t God have love? Is Satan so powerful that God was afraid it would seize His power?” If we go by our notions and imaginings we are judging God. Directed at this situation, God would say: “You don’t know why I cast it down? Then I’m not going to destroy it too hastily. I will allow you to recognize Satan, and experience how Satan corrupts mankind and how evil, despicable, malicious and treacherous Satan is. If you don’t recognize this, you will blame Me.” Would God say that? This is why God created mankind on earth and let Satan corrupt us. If we don’t fully see what Satan is, we will always be blaming God and will always have our own notions and ideas. But once we fully see it, we will know why God cast Satan down.
When many people start believing in God, they say: “The great red dragon has not hunted me down. It only hunts down individual believers who have become too famous or who are not good.” Now that they’re a believer, they need to go experience its persecution for themselves. Then they are suddenly captured by the great red dragon and beaten and tortured. No matter how they try to reason with the great red dragon, it won’t let them go and uses all sorts of despicable methods to persecute them. After they are mistreated by the great red dragon for a couple of years, if you ask them: “So what do you think of the great red dragon now?” they would say: “It really is the devil! How did I not realize this before? The great red dragon really is so evil. I had no idea before I started believing in God, but now I really understand because I have personally experienced it.” Now they know, right? Now they know. Everything needs to be personally experienced, which is why God lets us experience just how Satan cruelly persecutes people, how it corrupts people, how it harms people. After we fully experience it, we’ll realize: “God is too good! God is too adorable! God really is righteous! God is the truth and the light! We must believe in God and follow God. We cannot follow Satan!” That’s why I say everything must be experienced physically and personally. Now that we see through the great red dragon and have some discernment toward it, we realize: “Only God is the Creator, the Ruler of mankind. Only God can save mankind and bestow a wonderful final destination upon mankind. Believing in and following God is very meaningful, as through this we can gain the truth and eternal life!” Isn’t that so? No one who truly believes in God regrets it. Only those who follow Satan will have regrets. Some believers have regrets, but what do they regret? They regret believing in God but not pursuing the truth and not gaining the truth. Some people believe in God their whole lives but don’t expend themselves for God, don’t abandon their families and careers to sufficiently fulfill their duties. That’s what they regret. They don’t say that they were wrong to believe in God, but they regret not gaining the truth. They don’t suffer any pain or abandon anything for the sake of gaining the truth, so of course they do not gain it. The amount of work one puts in determines the size of the harvest, isn’t that how it works? Here we see God’s happiness “of course, comes from defeating His enemies and gaining the good faith of man.” How does He gain the good faith of mankind? He needs our cooperation, needs us to practice the truth, to be considerate to His will, to bear suffering, and for us to pay a price. When we understand many truths, have knowledge of God, and our life disposition has changed, that is when our love and obedience toward God is all true. That is when God has gained our good faith.
Next, let’s communicate about God’s happiness coming “from the expulsion and destruction of all enemy forces.” God’s happiness comes from the final expulsion and destruction of all enemy forces. Some people ask: “What does ‘all enemy forces’ include?” What does it include? Just the devil Satan in the spiritual world? Can the kingdom of Christ be realized if only the devil Satan from the spiritual world is destroyed but not the living demons on earth? No, it cannot. That way, God’s chosen people living in Christ’s kingdom will still have to bear the harassment of the living demons on earth. As long as these living demons exist on earth, won’t they always be bullying us? They always slander and criticize us. We are all God’s lambs, honest and good-natured, while those demons are all like vicious carnivores, always bullying us. Can God be happy if there are living ghosts on earth always bullying us? No, He can’t be happy! That’s why God says here: “More than this, it arises from the expulsion and destruction of all enemy forces.” That is how God’s happiness is truly created. It won’t do even if there are only a few small demons left, as God’s happiness won’t be complete happiness; it won’t be hearty happiness. Only when all living demons on earth are expelled and destroyed will God’s happiness be complete. Only that is true happiness. It would be so great if that is the kind of happiness we see from God. Not only would the evil spirits of the spiritual world be vanquished, even the devils and living demons of the world of man would be vanquished, all cast down into the uttermost depths of hell, into the lake of fire, so that we wouldn’t be bullied, oppressed and persecuted any more. Do you understand now? How do you feel when you see what God’s happiness is about? Do you feel completely liberated? Without any worries at all? Many of God’s chosen people say: “Why are we believers of God always oppressed in this world? We are all vulnerable people. These unbelieving demons are very ferocious and they use their authority, power and status to oppress us. When the Millennial Kingdom is realized, will these unbelieving demons still exist? If they exist, we won’t be able to be too happy in the Millennial Kingdom or gain liberation either.” Are you relieved after reading God’s words that “[m]ore than this, it arises from the expulsion and destruction of all enemy forces”? When the Millennial Kingdom appears, will those evil forces still exist on earth? Will there still be dirty ghosts and evil spirits? Will there still be wicked people? None of them will exist. All wicked people will be destroyed. They will all be destroyed in the uttermost depths of hell. That is when God’s happiness is most complete. You all understand, right?
The next part of God’s words says that God’s happiness also arises “because mankind receives a good and peaceful life.” Will God be happy if His people do not receive a good and peaceful life? No, God won’t be happy. He can’t possibly be happy. What does it demonstrate if you have not received a good and peaceful life? It shows that you’re still suffering, you’re still wandering, that you’re not the master and you’re still a slave. This won’t make God happy. Isn’t that so? God’s happiness comes from mankind receiving a good and peaceful life. We can see from this that God’s happiness really is something very meaningful. God won’t just do half His work and leave the other half undone. God won’t give up until it’s all done. If God is going to save mankind He will save them completely, until He has arranged a good destination for them and thoroughly cast Satan into the bottomless pit. Only when mankind enters into rest will God enter into rest. That is when God’s happiness will truly emerge. Do you now understand God’s will? Is God’s happiness meaningful? Yes, it’s extremely meaningful! What is mankind’s happiness? Mankind’s happiness comes from getting something for nothing every day. It makes them happy, very pleased with themselves when they can say: “I got something for nothing today.” What else? Joyous occasions make them happy, make them feel good. When someone introduces a partner to them and they fall in love, that makes them happy. They feel all sweet and gooey, and it makes them happy. Also, going to a restaurant and having a good meal, that makes them happy, too. That’s mankind’s happiness, but is it worthwhile? No, it’s not worthwhile. So what kind of happiness is mankind’s happiness? It’s foolish happiness, pointless pleasures. Some people live their whole lives plotting for wealth and gain, and if they achieve their goal, they’re happy and delighted, and they celebrate. Some people are all about physical love and passion, which is pointless pleasure. Some people think all day about getting promoted and career development, trying to have a drink with this official or create a relationship with that official. They become extremely happy when they are called upon to take care of some things or run errands for an official. What is this called? Is this not pointless happiness? Yes, this is pointless happiness. Those who try to get promoted on the strength of someone influential don’t know what ending awaits them, and they don’t know what retribution is. We have just communicated a little about mankind’s happiness, enabling us to see that mankind’s happiness is worthless and meaningless. What about the road of believing in God we have embarked on today? Now we see the light; the more we walk this road the more light we will see, the more blessings we will receive, and the more enjoyment we will have. Is there a big difference between God’s happiness and mankind’s happiness? Yes, it’s as big as the difference between heaven and earth. Moreover, it presents a difference between greatness and lowliness. Mankind’s happiness is so lowly, while God’s happiness is so great, so meaningful.
Take a look at this next line of God’s words: “His happiness is a symbol of mankind breaking free of suffering from this time forth.” Any expression of God’s happiness is symbolic and meaningful. What does it symbolize? It is “a symbol of mankind breaking free of suffering from this time forth.” How do you understand this line? Some people ask: “So there will be no suffering from tomorrow?” When will the time of no suffering start? From the Millennial Kingdom or from the great disasters? What does “from this time forth” refer to? Starting from when? After the great disasters end, mankind will no longer have to suffer. At this current stage, God’s work is not officially completed, so is it possible for mankind to not suffer? No. Why not? Because most of God’s chosen people have not been thoroughly cleansed. They have only been partially cleansed, and that won’t do. To be totally cleansed, they must undergo trials in some situations. During this period of cleansing, the great red dragon cannot be destroyed as it is still needed to render its service. It’s just like a family that needs a donkey to pull the millstone. If there is milling to do, can that donkey be killed? If you kill the donkey, then the millstone won’t be able to be pulled, right? When God’s chosen people are being cleansed, the great red dragon’s service is still needed, so right now we must still endure suffering. God’s happiness “is a symbol of mankind breaking free of suffering from this time forth.” This means that mankind will no longer suffer after God’s work is completed, but before God’s work is completed they must still suffer. It’s a bit troublesome when you run into an absurd person who says: “God says ‘breaking free of suffering from this time forth,’ so why are we still suffering?” That’s because they don’t understand God’s words. The “from this time forth” that God speaks of is not from today, but from the time God’s work is completed. We mustn’t misinterpret that. If some people get up tomorrow morning and find they are still suffering and then they start complaining, that won’t do. This “from this time forth” refers to after God’s work is completed. When we have been truly cleansed, and God has gained our good faith, we won’t have to suffer anymore. Some people will ask: “Do you know how many years I have been suffering? It’s been twenty to thirty years. When will there be an end to my suffering?” Don’t unbelievers in China have a saying that if you are destined to have eighty-one ordeals, there can’t be one ordeal less? How much one suffers is all predestined by God. No matter how much you suffer, it is part of God’s plan, so you can’t suffer any less. When the great red dragon crumbles and is destroyed, that’s when this work will be thoroughly completed. Then the great disasters will begin, and God’s chosen people will be refined in the disasters. Some people will die in the disasters. What does that mean? It means some people who aren’t even worthy of rendering their service will be eliminated, and they will die. Some people will only bear some suffering and refinement, but they won’t die. These people could be God’s people. Through suffering the pain of refinement and trials, they have the chance to be perfected in the end. So during this stage, remember: From now on, if some people are possessed by ghosts or get terminal illnesses, they are eliminated ones; if some people experience the refinement of serious illness but remain alive, these people could be God’s people. When some people don’t pursue the truth for a period of time, not pursuing the truth no matter what, God hands them over to Satan. Their outcome is determined by their attitude toward God. You will see these things very clearly and be convinced in heart and in mind. Look at how God works on each person, how God treats mankind, and how God treats different types of people, so you can get to know God’s disposition. “[B]reaking free of suffering from this time forth” refers not to today or tomorrow, but to after God’s work is completed, when people who are saved will no longer suffer.
Let’s take a look at the next line of God’s words. God’s happiness is “a symbol of mankind entering a world of light.” When will mankind enter “a world of light”? Are these the words of someone’s imagination or the words of reality, something the eyes can see and verify? Unbelievers all ponder questions like: “When will the present mankind end? What will the mankind of the future be like? What will the future world be like?” Some people read the “Tui Bei Tu,” a classical book of prophecy with pictures, while others read books of prophecies, but no one is able to reach any firm conclusions or say for sure. And now God says His happiness is “a symbol of mankind entering a world of light.” These words of God provide a revelation to mankind. What revelation? After the great disasters, man shall enter into a world of light. Is the world of light the realization of the Millennial Kingdom? Why is that world called a world of light and this current world a dark and evil world? What is the basis of this statement? This world is dark and evil because it is ruled by Satan, ruled by demons. In the spiritual world, it is Satan, this evil spirit, that controls mankind, while in the material world, it is demons incarnated from various evil spirits ruling countries around the world. Therefore, in this world ruled by Satan and demons, God’s words aren’t accepted and people who testify to God are persecuted. If you believe in God, you will be suppressed and hunted down; if you openly talk about God, you will be arrested; if you openly testify to God, everyone will mock you and slander you. In this evil world, positive things can’t thrive and will barely move forward. That is why we call this world a dark and evil world. Do you all understand? Why is the Millennial Kingdom a symbol of mankind entering a world of light? Why is that world a world of light? In the Millennial Kingdom, the kingdom of Christ, it is God’s word and Christ that rules. In that world, God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Isn’t that so? What kind of people is qualified to enter mankind’s world of light? People who have been cleansed and saved through God’s judgment and chastisement. Are people who follow organized religions qualified? No. Why are they not qualified? They are not qualified because they have not accepted the cleansing and salvation of God’s judgment work of the last days. Some people say: “Our sins have been forgiven, so why aren’t we qualified?” Having their sins forgiven is not enough, as they have not been cleansed through accepting God’s judgment and chastisement of the last days. They accepted the Lord Jesus and their sins were forgiven, but when the Lord Jesus returns to perform His work of the last days, they do not accept it; they do not recognize the Lord and they betray the Lord Jesus. That is why these people will be eliminated. What does being eliminated mean? It means they will be destroyed, discarded, and cast into hell by God. You all understand, don’t you?
God’s words state: “His happiness is a symbol of mankind breaking free of suffering from this time forth, and a symbol of mankind entering a world of light.” These words will be fulfilled when God’s happiness is fully realized. At this point, the world of light—the kingdom of Christ—will appear. Unbelievers won’t be able to see that world. Why not? Because they will have been prevented by the catastrophes, right? They’ll have all died in the disasters. The catastrophes will block them off from that world. In other words, if you want to enter that world, you must survive the catastrophes. If you can’t survive the catastrophes, you won’t be able to enter the next world. The catastrophes are the divide between this dark and evil world and the next age—mankind’s world of light. You cannot enter the next age if you cannot cross this divide. The catastrophes have already been ordained by God. Which people must die and which people will survive has all been pre-arranged by God. God rules the entire universe. Satan controls and corrupts mankind, but it cannot rule over mankind; it is a pawn in the palm of God’s hand. Do you understand this now? So how can one survive the disasters? By relying on geomantic omen? By eating vegetarian food and praying to Buddha? No, you cannot rely on these things. So what can you rely on? You can only survive the disasters by relying on God, obeying God’s work, and doing God’s will. You must carry out God’s will. Whatever God tells you, whatever He allows you to do, however He guides you to experience His work, and whatever He requires you to pursue, if you obey honestly and properly, you will be able to survive the catastrophes, and you will surely be blessed afterward. Do you understand this? You see how the unbelievers are all struggling for this or that right now? But it won’t make an iota of difference no matter what they do. They shall all die. No one can escape from the catastrophes. Isn’t that right? Let’s keep meeting, seeking, and fulfilling our duties like we are doing today. Let’s keep paying attention to the truth like this, and eventually, when the disasters arrive we will be able to get through them and survive. God will lead us through them. When Moses led the Israelites through the Red Sea, the sea parted before the Israelites like two walls on either side, opening up a path. Even the Red Sea had to provide a path for God’s chosen people to cross. After God’s chosen people had crossed over to the other side, the sea closed up again and drowned all the Egyptian soldiers who were pursuing them. See how when the Red Sea parted, it was a path for the Israelites to cross but a disaster for the Egyptians. It was a disaster that sent the Egyptians to their graves. So what is the consequence of following Satan? The consequence of following Satan is death, but the consequence of following God is eternal life. Isn’t that the case? Isn’t believing in God meaningful? God’s work in the last days, in particular, must be accepted or else you will die. Let’s see what happens to the people who aren’t convinced. Let’s see if they will survive when the disasters strike. And we’ll see if those who believe in God and pursue the truth can receive eternal life. All will be revealed in due course, so there is no need to argue about it right now.
Let’s continue reading the next part of God’s words: “The emotions of mankind, on the other hand, all arise for the sake of his own interests.” This passage is very clear. All of mankind’s emotions exist because of mankind’s own interests. People are happy when they benefit or gain an advantage; they complain and get angry when they are disadvantaged or suffer loss. People live for their own interests. Some live for money, some live for status, some live for esteem. Their joy, anger, sorrow and pleasure are all abnormal. That is why mankind’s emotions don’t have any meaning and are especially lowly, especially corrupted, and especially evil. “The emotions of mankind, on the other hand, all arise for the sake of his own interests, not for righteousness, light, or what is beautiful, and least of all for the grace bestowed by Heaven.” This is why God then concluded: “The emotions of mankind are selfish.” The essence of Mankind’s emotions is selfishness. Aren’t God’s words very clear, very easy to understand? First of all, they are “not for righteousness,” that’s for sure. Second, they are not for “light.” Third, they are not for “what is beautiful.” Fourth, they are not, least of all, “for the grace bestowed by Heaven.” These four aspects of human emotions are positive and righteous. If mankind’s emotions don’t exist for these four purposes, then they are selfish, they are evil, and they are lowly. You should be certain about this now. Is there anyone whose emotions are based on the interests of God’s chosen people, on the work of God’s house, and on doing God’s will? Is there anyone who is like this? They’re happy when they see God’s will being done; they’re angry toward Satan and feel sorrow when they see God’s will not being carried out. Such a person conforms with God’s desire and is mindful of God’s intentions. When God is urgent they feel it too, they think about what God thinks about, and they easily adapt to God’s intentions. Such a person’s disposition has already changed, and their emotions have become normal, meaningful, and more and more positive. Isn’t that so? I have now achieved some change in this regard. I am now able to consider the work of the church, the interests of God’s house, God’s work, and His intentions first before I do anything. When something happens to me, I contemplate it, and once I think it through, I am able to give up my personal interests and no longer care about them. They no longer matter to me. See how good that is? Some people fulfill their duties, but if at sometime their house is burgled they start complaining angrily to God. Do such people have normal emotions? No, they do not. Some people fulfill their duties, and then they receive a letter from home saying that their father falls ill. They think about it: “Oh dear, the work of God’s house is quite tense at the moment. I am too busy with my work to leave! I’m not going back. It’s okay as long as there are people at home to look after him. If my parents are unhappy about it and scold me I’ll just have to take it. I can take such suffering.” See? Hasn’t this person’s emotions changed a little? Why did this change happen? It’s because they can be mindful of God’s intentions rather than their own flesh. In their heart, the work of God’s house trumps all and is greater and more important than ill parents or anything that happens back at home. The work of God’s house comes first. Such a person’s emotions are different from ordinary people and some transformation has been achieved. If our emotions arise for the sake of righteousness, light, what is beautiful, God’s blessings, and God’s will, then our emotions have meaning. Such is a person who has achieved dispositional change. If a person has not gained the truth, given their heart to God, and become one with God in heart and in mind, then aren’t their emotions still selfish and lowly? They certainly are.
If you want to know whether your life disposition has changed, which aspect should you look at to see this clearly? Which aspect can you verify this from? You will know when you look at what foundations your emotions are built on, whether or not there are principles to them, whether you are one with God in heart and in mind, and whether you are mindful of God’s intentions. Some people who work for the sake of status think: “I won’t work harder at fulfilling my duty if I don’t have any position. I’ll give my all and endure any hardship if you make me a leader and let me manage everything. But if you don’t give me a good position and still want me to work harder at fulfilling my duty on the basis that capable people should do more work, you can forget about it! That’s not in my interests, so I won’t do it.” Don’t we call such people selfish and despicable? Aren’t their emotions selfish? Yes, they are very selfish. Some people won’t even take on one extra responsibility. They say: “You allocated this one job to me so I will only do this one job. I won’t do one thing more. Aren’t I suffering loss if I do more but still eat as much?” We have seen that some people are willing to act as both father and mother, and even grandmother and grandfather, for the sake of their children. Wouldn’t it be good if people could have the same kind of spirit toward fulfilling their duties? Some people do their part as leaders and they also take care of film production work and assist with some evangelical work. When it comes to the work of God’s house, as long as it is something they can help with, something they can do or accomplish, they will do their utmost to get it done. Such a person is not selfish—they are completely devoted to God. The emotions of a person who is completely devoted to God will surely be quite normal, and they will have a normal humanity and possess the truth. They are someone who accords with God’s desire and loves God. If a person loves God in their heart, their emotions will not be selfish and will all be expressed for God and His work. If a person doesn’t love God in their heart, they are certainly selfish. People who don’t love God love themselves, that’s for sure. People who love themselves will fuss over everything and think: “If I can eat three square meals a day through fulfilling this duty in God’s house, then I will just do enough and not one thing more. Even doing one extra thing is hard work and disadvantageous for me.” They weigh up every minute detail. Are calculating people good? Everyone says no. If they’re calculating, they usually won’t tire themselves or damage their health, so does that mean they will live long lives? No, it doesn’t. Why not? If they take care of themselves, never make themselves tired or worried about anything, and keep themselves nice and healthy, shouldn’t they be able to live an extra couple of years? But do they live an extra couple of years? No. Why not? Because the length of a person’s life is in God’s hands. It doesn’t matter how you take care of yourself. If your life is meant to be short, it’s no use you taking good care of your body because you’ll die anyway. When the time of your death, as predestined by God, arrives, you will die even if you don’t have any illnesses. Isn’t that the case? Some people live until 80 or 90 years old in bodies racked with illnesses, while some people who are healthy die quite early. It’s all predestined by God. So-called secrets to long life are all nonsense. That’s not how it works. Everything is predestined by God. The more effort you expend for God and the more you worry and suffer for the work of God’s house, the more you will be blessed by God. Only then can you live better, with more joy, and with more happiness. People who are too selfish and despicable don’t have happiness. Their conscience is never clear and they constantly feel blame and torment. Where’s the happiness in that? Happiness is developed from the heart. A person’s heart will only be at peace if they don’t do immoral things that give them a guilty conscience or commit sins. Only if a person can love God in their heart, obey God, and be mindful of God’s intentions can they be blessed by God, feel enjoyment in their heart, and enjoy happiness. If you stop committing sins and doing immoral deeds now and feel only peace in your heart, is that happiness? You all say no. Then what is happiness? Only loving God is happiness. Only people who genuinely expend their efforts for God, toil hard for God, and devote their all to God are the happiest people. Some people may ask: “Aren’t you just talking big?” Then why don’t you experience it for a try? Try practicing in this way and see if you feel any happiness in your heart. See if your spirit gains release, and if you feel any enjoyment. You won’t know unless you experience it. If you understand all the truth but you’re not expending any effort for God, will you feel happiness in your heart? If you understand all the truth but do not practice it, can your heart gain release? If you understand all the truth but do not have any love for brothers and sisters and never disadvantage yourself at all, can you feel enjoyment in your heart? The answer to all of these questions is no. Once you understand these things, you will know what happiness is. Where does happiness come from? Does it come from having material things? Does it come from comforts of the flesh? No. So where does it come from? Happiness comes from joy, release, and freedom in your spirit. This is something unbelievers won’t be able to see through in a dozen lifetimes, right?
Let’s go on with the next passage of God’s words: “The emotions of mankind are selfish and belong to the world of darkness.” Can things that develop in the world of darkness be positive? All such things grow from the philosophies of Satan. That bit of joy, or whatever, that you get from finding your own path and your own satanic methods to survive the satanic demons’ in-fighting—these are all negative things, not positive. In the evil, satanic world do people have any life philosophies that can even come close to touching the truth? Some people, after living their entire lives, summarize some of their experiences and lessons learned at the end and say they are “words of wisdom.” I say they are not “words of wisdom” at all, not even close. They are not truths! Try living by God’s words, and then you will feel happiness and true peace. Only God’s words are the truth!
Next, God says: “They do not exist for the sake of the will, much less for the plan of God.” The emotions of such a person are selfish. To elaborate, what is the nature of being selfish in this case? It is not just selfishness, but also being despicable, evil, dark, and ugly. As soon as this selfish nature is confirmed, then the characteristics that follow will be self-evident and fully understood. Can being selfish ever be a good thing? No, it is surely always grotesque, debased, evil, dark, and shameful.
God’s words then state: “[A]nd so man and God can never be spoken of in the same breath.” Someone said: “Right now our dispositions have not changed and our emotions are selfish, ugly, and shameful. Our emotions cannot be spoken of in the same breath or ever compared to God’s emotions. The difference is like that between heaven and earth. God’s emotions are holy and righteous. They are the truth. Mankind’s emotions are selfish, evil, filthy, and corrupted. They originate in the philosophies of Satan. One is heaven and the other is earth. There is no comparison. So if one day we take a bit of the image of the truth into our lives due to our pursuit, will we then be able to be spoken of in the same breath as God?” No, we still won’t. Why not? Because our essence is different. God’s essence and mankind’s essence must never be confused. Mankind’s essence will never change. It can never become God’s essence. Even if a person achieves dispositional change—and their emotions involve some principles of the truth and have some meaning—they’re still relatively petty and miniscule. Mankind can never be compared to God, right? It’s just like how a chicken can never become an eagle. No matter how big and strong a chicken is, it can’t fly like an eagle. Isn’t that the case? This degree of understanding will have to suffice because I can’t thoroughly explain things that involve the mysteries of the truth. I only have a bit of perceptual knowledge.
Next, God said: “God is forever supreme and ever honorable, while man is forever base, forever worthless.” Do you understand what these words mean? God’s words are the truth, while man’s words are not the truth. This will never change. It’s an eternal reality. There is no doubt that “God is forever supreme and ever honorable,” as this is determined by God’s essence. “[M]an is forever base, forever worthless” is also determined by man’s essence. No matter how good you become and how much you change, you are still human. Even if you are the best person in the world, you are still lowly. Regardless of how high you rise among your fellow men, you are still lowly compared to God, you are always base and worthless. For instance, it is wrong to say that compared to other people, a particular person is quite good and has achieved a bit of dispositional change, so they are similar to God. Compared to God, mankind is always base, always worthless. That’s the truth and it will never change. Remember: God’s words are the truth, while mankind’s words are not the truth. God then also said: “This is because God is forever making sacrifices and devoting Himself to mankind; man, however, forever takes and strives only for himself.” This is delimited by God and cannot be changed. So who are you doing everything you are doing today and pursuing the truth for? For God? Even if you pursue the truth you are doing it for yourself. Why are you expending your efforts for God? You are still doing it for yourself. Everything you do, and all the suffering that you bear, is for yourself. Isn’t that so? If one day you enter eternity, why will you be praising and worshiping God? Still for yourself. See? In the final analysis, everything you do is for yourself. So what does that prove? Which words of God does that prove? “[M]an, however, forever takes and strives only for himself.” This proves that mankind is forever selfish and that this will never change. Do you understand that? So if someone asks, “Who am I doing everything for? Isn’t it all for doing God’s will and for the life entry of God’s chosen people?” would that be appropriate? No, it would not be appropriate. There are impurities in your doing. Don’t say it’s all for God because there are impurities in everything you do. It’s already pretty good if a part of it is for God. That’s already rare and commendable. There is something within mankind that is good and aims to satisfy God, but for sure there are still imperfections in what they do, which is not totally pure. Only what God does is totally pure and flawless; what man does, no matter how well he does it, still contains adulteration. If someone’s prospects and fate has been completely eradicated and they are told, “Although you expend your efforts for God, after your work is done, you will go to hell. That’s 100% set in stone,” how will they be after being told of this? Will they still be able to expend their efforts for God? Will they still be able to sincerely pay whatever price and suffer for God? Will they gain spiritual release and be full of happiness? No, they won’t. This is like tying this person to a millstone like a donkey, putting a sack over their head, and making them pull the millstone. How would that person feel, being ordered around like a donkey? Could they take it, like a donkey? No, they’d be sad and cry every day, and it wouldn’t be long before they died. What does this fact prove? If you tell someone the true situation, tell them that they will die in the great disasters and let them know their ending in advance, will they still be willing to expend their efforts and do service for God? Surely not. Are there people who say, “I guarantee I can”? Is there anyone who dares to say such a thing? You all say no, so that confirms it. It’s certain. What does this prove? “[M]an, however, forever takes and strives only for himself.” No matter how diligently you pursue the truth, this fact can never be changed. Even if you achieve some dispositional change, these elements still remain inside you. It’s impossible for them not to be there. You can’t get rid of them. That is why God’s words are the truth. Can you now see clearly what kind of lives you can live after achieving dispositional change and perfection by God and whether or not you can be like God? Can you still hold on to such conceptions and ideas? You cannot hold on to such conceptions and ideas because they are not realistic. Only God’s words are the truth. That’s the reality.