959 Transforming Your Disposition Begins With Understanding Your Nature
1 What is the first step to transforming your disposition? Do you know? You begin by understanding your own nature; this is key. How does one understand one’s nature? Understanding your nature actually means analyzing the depth of the soul; it involves what is in your life. It is the logic of Satan and the many viewpoints of Satan by which you had been originally living; that is, it is the life of Satan that you have been living by. Only by uncovering the deep-down parts of your soul can you understand your nature. Examples of these are people’s viewpoints on matters, their methods and goals in life, their life values and outlook, and their views on all things relating to truth. All of these things exist deep within people’s souls and are directly correlated with the transformation of their dispositions.
2 What outlook on life does corrupt mankind have? It is this: “Everyone for oneself, and the devil take the hindmost.” People all live for themselves and, simply put, care only about feeding and clothing their physical bodies. Their lives do not have the slightest degree of significance or value. Your outlook on life involves what you rely on to survive and live in the world; it is what you live for, and dictates how you live. All these things are the essence of human nature. Through analyzing the nature, you will see that people are all resisting God, and that they are all devils, and there is no genuinely good person. Only by analyzing people’s natures can you truly know the essence and corruption of humanity, as well as what people actually belong to, what they truly lack, and how they should pursue the truth to live out human likeness. This is the truth you must understand.
Adapted from “What You Should Know About Transforming Your Disposition” in Records of Christ’s Talks