701 What Are Changes in Disposition?
1 When it comes to knowing man’s nature, the most important thing is to see it from the perspective of man’s world view, life view, and values. Man’s philosophies for living, their ways of doing things, and their maxims are all filled with the poisons of the great red dragon, and they all come from Satan. Thus, all things that flow through people’s bones and blood are all things of Satan. Mankind has been profoundly corrupted by Satan. Man’s nature is corrupt, evil, and reactionary, filled by and immersed in the philosophies of Satan—it is, in its entirety, a nature that betrays God. This is why people resist God and stand in opposition to God. If you want to seek a change in your disposition, then you must first know your nature.
2 A transformation in disposition happens when a lover of the truth, while experiencing God’s work, accepts the judgment and chastisement of His words and undergoes all manner of suffering and refinement. Such a person is cleansed of the satanic poisons within him, so that he can submit to all of God’s orchestrations and arrangements, never again to rebel against Him or resist Him. This is a transformation in disposition. A transformation in disposition means that a person, because he loves and can accept the truth, finally comes to know his disobedient nature that is in opposition to God; he understands that man is corrupted too deeply, he recognizes man’s absurdness and deceitfulness, he recognizes man’s poorness and pitifulness, and finally comes to understand man’s nature essence. Knowing all this, he becomes able to deny and forsake himself completely, live by God’s word, and practice the truth in all things. This is someone who knows God; this is someone whose disposition has transformed.
Adapted from “How to Know Man’s Nature” in The Discourses of Christ of the Last Days