86. Why does God’s work only save good people and not evil people?
“The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. … and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather you together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. … so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. … Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Mat 13:24-25, 30, 40-42, 47-50).
The Answer from God’s Word:
You must know what kind of people I desire; those who are impure are not permitted to enter into the kingdom, those who are impure are not permitted to besmirch the holy ground. … From the foundation of the world until today, never have I offered easy access to My kingdom to those who curry favor with Me. This is a heavenly rule, and no one can break it!
from “Success or Failure Depends on the Path That Man Walks” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
When His work ends, those people who remain will be cleansed and enjoy a more wonderful second human life upon the earth as they enter a higher realm of humanity; in other words, they will enter into humanity’s day of rest and live together with God. After those who cannot remain have undergone chastisement and judgment, their original forms will be entirely revealed; after this they will all be destroyed and, like Satan, will no longer be allowed to survive upon the earth. The humanity of the future will no longer contain any of this type of people; these people are not fit to enter the land of the ultimate rest, nor are they fit to enter the day of rest that God and man will share, for they are the targets of punishment and are the wicked, and they are not righteous people. They had been redeemed once, and they had also been judged and chastised; they had also once rendered service to God, but when the final day comes, they will still be eliminated and destroyed because of their own wickedness and because of their own disobedience and irredeemability. They will no longer exist upon the world of the future, and they will no longer exist among the human race of the future. Any and all evildoers and any and all who have not been saved will be destroyed when the holy among humanity enter into rest, regardless of whether they are the spirits of the dead or those who still live in the flesh. Regardless of what era to which these evildoing spirits and evildoing people, or the spirits of righteous people and those people who do righteousness belong, any evildoers will be destroyed, and any righteous people will survive. … His ultimate work of punishing evil and rewarding good is entirely done in order to utterly purify all of humanity, so that He may bring an entirely holy humanity into eternal rest. This stage of His work is His most crucial work. It is the final stage of the whole of His management work. If God did not destroy the wicked but rather let them remain, then the whole of humanity would still not be able to enter into rest, and God would not be able to bring all of humanity into a better realm. This kind of work would not be completely finished. When He finishes His work, the whole of humanity will be entirely holy. Only in this manner can God peacefully live in rest.
… Actually, regardless of how many races there are in the world, humanity has only one ancestor. In the beginning, there were only two kinds of people, and these two kinds were man and woman. However, due to the progress of God’s work, the elapsing of history and geographical changes, to various degrees these two kinds of people developed into even more kinds of people. When it comes down to it, regardless of how many races humanity consists of, all of humanity is still God’s creation. No matter what race people belong to, they are all His creatures; they are all the descendants of Adam and Eve. Even though they are not made by the hands of God, they are the descendants of Adam and Eve, whom God personally created. No matter which type people belong to, they are all His creatures; since they belong to humanity, which was created by God, their destination is that which humanity should have, and they are divided according to the rules that organize humanity. That is to say, evildoers and the righteous are, after all, creatures. Creatures that commit evil will ultimately be destroyed, and creatures who perform righteous deeds will thereby survive. This is the most suitable arrangement for these two kinds of creatures. Evildoers cannot, due to their disobedience, deny that they are God’s creation but have been plundered by Satan and are thus unable to be saved. Creatures with righteous conduct cannot rely on the fact that they will survive to deny that they have been created by God yet have received salvation after having been corrupted by Satan. Evildoers are creatures who are disobedient to God; they are creatures that cannot be saved and have already been completely plundered by Satan. People who commit evil are also people; they are people who have been corrupted to the extreme and people that cannot be saved. Just as they are also creatures, people of righteous conduct have also been corrupted, but they are people who are willing to break free of their corrupt disposition and are capable of obeying God. People of righteous conduct do not brim with righteousness; rather, they have received salvation and broken free of their corrupt disposition to obey God; they will stand fast in the end, but this is not to say that they have not been corrupted by Satan. After God’s work ends, among all His creatures, there will be those who will be destroyed and those who will survive. This is an inevitable trend of His management work. No one can deny this. Evildoers cannot survive; those who obey and follow Him to the end are certainly to survive. As this work is that of humanity’s management, there will be those who remain and those who are eliminated. These are different outcomes of different types of people, and these are the most suitable arrangements for His creatures.
from “God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
My mercy is expressed upon those who love Me and deny themselves. And the punishment visited upon the wicked is precisely proof of My righteous disposition and, even more, testimony to My wrath. When disaster comes, famine and plague will befall all those who oppose Me and they will weep. Those who have committed all manner of wickedness, but who have followed Me for many years, will not escape indictment; they too, falling into disaster, the like of which has seldom been seen throughout the ages, will come to live in a constant state of panic and fear. And those of My followers who have shown loyalty to Me alone shall rejoice and applaud My might. They will experience ineffable contentment and live in a joy that I have never before bestowed upon mankind. For I treasure the good deeds of men and abhor their evil deeds. Since I first began to lead mankind, I have been eagerly hoping to gain a group of men of the same mind with Me. I have never forgotten those who are not of the same mind with Me; I have held them with loathing in My heart, awaiting only the opportunity to visit My retribution on them, which will give Me relish to see. My day has finally come today, and I need no longer wait!
from “You Ought to Do Enough Good Deeds to Prepare for Your Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh