Question 8: How can we believe in the Lord and gain life if we move away from the Bible?
Answer: The question you raised is very key. This is something all of us believers want to know. The Lord Jesus once said these words: “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And you will not come to me, that you might have life” (Jhn 5:39-40). In the past, we searched the Bible repeatedly, thinking that eternal life can be gained from the Bible. In reality, the Bible is only a testimony of God. if we want to gain the truth and life from our belief in God, relying on the testimony of the Bible is not enough. Almighty God says, “Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path by which man gains life, and it is the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God. If you do not seek the way of life provided by Christ of the last days, then you shall never gain the approval of Jesus, and shall never be qualified to enter the gate of the kingdom of heaven, for you are both a puppet and prisoner of history. … The steps of God’s work are vast and mighty, like surging waves and rolling thunders—yet you sit passively awaiting destruction, clinging to your folly and doing nothing. In this way, how can you be considered someone who follows the footsteps of the Lamb? How can you justify the God that you hold on to as a God who is always new and never old? And how can the words of your yellowed books carry you across into a new age? How can they lead you to seek the steps of God’s work? And how can they take you up to heaven? What you hold in your hands are letters that can provide but temporary solace, not truths that are capable of giving life. The scriptures you read can only enrich your tongue and are not words of wisdom that can help you know human life, much less the paths that can lead you to perfection. Does this discrepancy not give you cause for reflection? Does it not make you realize the mysteries contained within? Are you capable of delivering yourself to heaven to meet God on your own? Without the coming of God, can you take yourself into heaven to enjoy family happiness with God? Are you still dreaming now? I suggest, then, that you stop dreaming and look at who is working now—look to see who is now carrying out the work of saving man during the last days. If you do not, you shall never gain the truth, and shall never gain life” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). We understand from the word of Almighty God that only Christ can express truths to redeem and save mankind. Man must come to Christ to gain the truth and gain life. The Bible cannot replace God’s authority and power, nor can it represent God in giving life to man, and moreover it cannot substitute the work of the Holy Spirit. Only by accepting and obeying Christ of the last days can we gain the work of the Holy Spirit, gain the truth, and gain life. We cannot gain life unless we accept the words expressed by Christ of the last days, because the Bible is not God; it is merely a testimony of God’s work. From this, we can see that life does not originate from the Bible, but from Christ. Christ is the Lord of the Bible and the source of life.
In the past our belief in God was only based on the Bible. In our eyes, the Bible represented the Lord and represented God. The Bible had taken over the place of God in our hearts. Rather than say that we were believing in God, it might be said that we were actually believing in the Bible. Therefore, when Almighty God—Christ of the last days—performed His work, we thought that the words and deeds of Almighty God did not conform with the Bible, and thus denied and rejected it, and even further condemned and resisted it. we know that God’s disposition is righteous and unoffendable. Back then, Jewish chief priests, scribes and Pharisees had believed in God for generations, but they held on to the Old Testament and used its laws to condemn the Lord Jesus and crucified Him. Now, Almighty God has come, and we have once again used the Bible to resist the work of Almighty God. How is this different to the Pharisees resisting the Lord Jesus during the Age of Grace? We should learn from the failure of the Pharisees! The Lord Jesus once said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me” (Jhn 14:6). I didn’t understand the meaning of this verse before I accepted God’s work of the last days. But now I understand. Only Christ of the last days is the gateway to entering the kingdom of heaven. Only by accepting and obeying Christ of the last days can we be saved and enter the kingdom of heaven.
Let’s read a passage of Almighty God’s word! “Those who wish to gain life without relying on the truth spoken by Christ are the most ridiculous people on earth, and those who do not accept the way of life brought by Christ are lost in fantasy. And so I say that those who do not accept Christ of the last days shall forever be despised by God. Christ is man’s gateway to the kingdom during the last days, and there are none who can go around Him. None may be perfected by God except through Christ. You believe in God, and so you must accept His words and obey His way. You cannot only think of gaining blessings while being incapable of receiving the truth and incapable of accepting the provision of life. Christ comes during the last days so that all those who truly believe in Him may be provided with life. His work is for the sake of concluding the old age and entering the new one, and His work is the path that must be taken by all those who would enter the new age. If you are incapable of acknowledging Him, and instead condemn, blaspheme, or even persecute Him, then you are bound to burn for eternity and shall never enter the kingdom of God. For this Christ is Himself the expression of the Holy Spirit, the expression of God, the One whom God has entrusted to do His work on earth. And so I say that if you cannot accept all that is done by Christ of the last days, then you blaspheme the Holy Spirit. The retribution to be had by those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit is self-evident to all. I also tell you that if you resist Christ of the last days, if you spurn Christ of the last days, there will be no one else to bear the consequences on your behalf. Furthermore, from this day onward you will not have another chance to gain the approval of God; even if you try to redeem yourself, you will never again behold the face of God. For what you resist is not a man, what you spurn is not some puny being, but Christ. Do you know what the consequences of this will be? You will not have made a small mistake, but committed a heinous crime. And so I advise everyone not to bare your fangs before the truth, or make careless criticisms, for only the truth can bring you life, and nothing except the truth can allow you to be reborn and behold the face of God again” (“Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From the word of God we see that no one can enter the kingdom of heaven unless it is through Christ of the last days. When God’s new work befalls us, whether we accept or reject it will decide our fate. It can be said that our attitude toward Christ of the last days is our attitude toward God. If we ultimately still resist and reject Him, then we shall lose the opportunity to be saved and lose eternal salvation. We can see from this God’s righteous disposition. Since 1991, Almighty God—Christ of the last days—has expressed several million words. It is in this book, The Word Appears in the Flesh, that God has opened up to us the greatest mystery of His 6,000-year management plan, and pointed out to us believers of God the only path to receiving salvation.
Excerpted from the movie screenplay of Disclose the Mystery About the Bible