After mankind was corrupted by satan, their nature changed into the nature of resisting and rebelling against God as their satanic poisons increased. As satan resists and rebels against God, so does mankind resist and rebel against God. Satan attempts to stand on equal footing with God and govern mankind and rule over all things, and corrupt mankind resists and rebels against God in the same way, doing their utmost to banish God’s coming, and chasing after, persecuting, condemning, and rejecting the two incarnated Christs, attempting to control their own destiny and create their own paradise with their own hands. As far as man’s nature of rebelling against God is concerned, all corrupt mankind are full of evil and reactionary corrupt disposition of acting against Heaven and doing things in a perverse way and attempting to break free from God’s sovereignty and being hostile to God. Man’s nature of rebelling against God is full of satanic poisons. What flow out of man’s bones and blood are all satanic poisons, such as being arrogant and self-conceited, losing conscience, being lawless, being arbitrary, being supercilious, scorning Heaven, worshiping satan, believing in science blindly, hating the truth, loving evil, being disgusted with purity, confusing right and wrong, indulging sinful lust, acting against Heaven, degrading himself, advocating evil, cursing Heaven, complaining against heaven and earth, and so on. How can such a mankind filled with evil and corruption not resist and rebel against God? The whole mankind is denying Christ, rejecting Christ, hating the truth, and condemning the true way, and is resisting and rebelling against God. Strictly speaking, no one really welcomes God’s coming, and no one truly obeys God’s arrangements, but all want to break free from God’s sovereignty to create their own “happiness.”
Because man’s nature is the nature of resisting and rebelling against God, man’s viewpoints on things are definitely reactionary viewpoints resisting and rebelling against God. All the philosophies, thoughts, viewpoints, knowledge, and doctrines within man are born out of satan’s corruption, so his thoughts and viewpoints are bound to be completely hostile to the truth, and are denying, attacking, and resisting God. No wonder man is full of notions about and enmities toward all the truths expressed by the incarnated Christ and does his utmost to judge and condemn God’s work. This is entirely determined by man’s nature of rebelling against God. Because of corrupt mankind’s resistance and rebellion against God, God’s work has to start with conquering mankind to make this mankind who has been so corrupted by satan as to become a hostile force against God first fall down before God. This is really not an easy matter. If God’s word were not like a sharp double-edged sword and could not dissect man’s soul, how could mankind be conquered? It is through judging and chastising people that God transforms their disposition and achieves the purpose of saving them. God’s conquering people is mainly to use the truth to counterattack their erroneous notions and absurd viewpoints on things which resist and attack God, causing them to be convinced in their hearts, in their mouths, and in their eyes and truly fall down before God. If God did not conquer mankind first, they could not enter the right track of believing in God, much less achieve the purpose of being saved.
Man’s viewpoints on things are closely related to his nature. Corrupt mankind’s nature of resisting and rebelling against God is completely composed of various satanic poisons, and the various satanic poisons are the source of all evil fallacies. All of corrupt mankind’s viewpoints and doctrines against God result from satan’s corruption. Not only the extremely reactionary atheism is satan’s theory that resists and rebels against God, but all the theories and viewpoints that are not in accordance with the truth and resist God are also from satan. These absurd viewpoints that resist and rebel against God fill all corrupt mankind, and in the heart of every corrupt human being, there exist many absurd viewpoints that are from satan. It can be said that as long as man has the nature of rebelling against God, he certainly has various satanic poisons and absurd viewpoints. This is not strange. Because man is influenced by satanic evil poisons every day, and man is good at thinking, loves to accept the things he likes, has the living ability of being good at adapting himself to the environment, and has a free will, as long as man lives in this dark and evil world for eight to ten years, he will be corrupted by satan unconsciously, and the more he learns, the more corrupt he becomes. Besides, there are the inheritance of ancestors and mankind’s propaganda and education. So mankind sinks deeper and deeper in satan’s corruption, unable to extricate himself from it or escape from it.
The whole world is under satan’s domain. Everyone has in his heart a set of satanic philosophies of dealing with the world and viewpoints on things, and these have become the foundation of man’s existence and the substance of man’s nature. All the knowledge and learning of corrupt mankind are absurd viewpoints that resist and rebel against God. Corrupt mankind has no truth at all. The so-called “great men” from all nationalities are human beings corrupted by satan, and they are not from God at all. So the poisons and fallacies in the several-thousand-year culture of mankind are all from satan. Mankind is influenced by these cultures, thoughts, and theories generation after generation, so they become more and more corrupt and more and more evil and resist God more and more. Mankind is corrupted by satan more and more deeply so that they have completely lost the human conscience they had in the beginning, have long become the offspring of satan, and have always been advocating evil and confusing right and wrong. They clearly know that the world is dark and evil, but they still say that it is “bright and beautiful”; they clearly know that mankind is too deeply corrupt, is hostile to God, and is guilty of monstrous sins, but they still say that “good people are in the majority”; they clearly know that the world is the hell of devils, but they still say that it is a “wonderful homeland” and love and enjoy it. Mankind has long been corrupted to the extent of confusing right and wrong and advocating evil. No one seeks the truth; no one can accept the truth. Even few people dare to tell the truth that the world is dark, and no one dares to expose the fact that mankind is evil. All follow the world trend in speaking and doing things and submit to satan’s evil force that resists God. In this evil and licentious age, it is not acceptable to pursue being good people. If one pursues to be an honest person, he will be bullied and oppressed; if one pursues the true way, he will be rejected; if one follows Christ, he will surely suffer persecution and tribulation or even lose his life. God is incarnated twice to save mankind, but he is cruelly hunted and persecuted and is condemned and rejected by mankind. This is ironclad proof of corrupt mankind’s resisting and rebelling against God and is a fact no one can deny.
In this evil and licentious age, corrupt mankind has long become the scum who follow satan and rebel against God. How can such a mankind corrupt to the uttermost not provoke God’s wrath? And how can they escape God’s punishment? It can be said with certainty that the various kinds of viewpoints on things that such an evil mankind who rebels against God has are all ridiculous and evil viewpoints and are all reactionary viewpoints against the truth. Mankind’s viewpoints on things are the expressions of their nature of rebelling against God and are completely the manifestations of their satanic nature. All of mankind’s viewpoints on things fully represent mankind’s nature of resisting and rebelling against God. Let’s look at the great red dragon, this gang of devils. It frantically advocates atheism and with the extremely reactionary “evolutionism” of Darwin as the theoretical basis, spares no effort to deny God’s existence, frantically condemns God’s work, and persecutes and tortures people who truly believe in God. It only allows mankind to adore, follow, and worship it, but does not allow them to worship the Creator. This gang of devils even dare to sit on God’s position for people to worship, attempting to dominate the world, rule over and control the whole mankind, change the world into a region without God, and make it become satan’s own fief. This is the concrete evidence of corrupt mankind’s nature of rebelling against God. Let’s then look at various cults which deny the true God of creation and adore satan. They worship satan and various evil spirits which have long rebelled against God as God, call them “heavenly God,” and enshrine the works and words of various evil spirits as the “truth.” Their minds have been blinded by satan, and thus they always talk black into white, becoming the tools with which satan deceives and corrupts people. What they spread and advocate are all ridiculous fallacies that resist and rebel against God. No matter whether they are satan and various evil spirits, or human beings corrupted by satan, if they rebel against God by nature, the various doctrines, theories, and viewpoints they spread surely rebel against God. What mankind’s nature is determines what their viewpoints on things are. If mankind rebels against God by nature, their viewpoints on things also rebel against God. In a word, man’s viewpoints on things are from his nature. Whoever he is, as long as we know his viewpoints on things, we will know what he is like by nature. Whether one is good or evil can be determined completely according to his viewpoints on things.
Mankind of today has been corrupted to the extent of confusing right and wrong and advocating evil. When mankind’s original humanity and conscience are completely lost, it will be the time for mankind to be destroyed. Now let us look at what the whole mankind mainly talks about, thinks about, and expresses. They all are fallacies resisting, denying, and condemning God. The conscience mankind had in the beginning exists no more, and the good things confirmed by man’s conscience have been twisted. No one talks about humanity and morality, no one talks about conscience and sense anymore, and no one talks about being an honest and good person anymore. The whole mankind cares for pleasure and puts their personal interests above everything. They worship satan and various evil spirits to the utmost and enshrine them for the purpose of gaining wealth and position. Corrupt mankind has been completely occupied by satan and various evil spirits. In corrupt mankind’s heart, whoever can bring them wealth is God, whoever can bring them good fortune is God, and whoever can protect them from disasters and keep them safe is God. Mankind clearly knows that there is a true God, but they do not worship him. Instead, they call the truths fallacies, the fallacies truths, the positive characters negative ones, and the negative characters positive ones, and they nail Christ onto the cross but enshrine satan as a “hero.” What corrupt mankind worships is satan and what they follow is also satan, and they have completely belonged to satan. All the kings of devils ruling on earth are the embodiments of satan, demons resisting God, and living satans in human clothing. In the words of this evil and corrupt mankind, the fallacies resisting and condemning God are countless. What flow in the marrow and blood of corrupt mankind are all satanic venom and poisons, and what fill the hearts of corrupt mankind are all malice, craft, greed, and evil. No word expressed by corrupt mankind has the truth and is worshiping God. Everyone’s heart is full of various reactionary viewpoints on things that resist God. Under suitable circumstances, they all can come out. Especially when people encounter tribulations and natural disasters and despair, they all curse Heaven, saying that Heaven is unfair and does not open his eyes. When people live in ease, no one thanks God or worships God. If anyone testifies God incarnate, he will be condemned and opposed by the whole mankind. All mankind are heartless and speak against their conscience. Could such a mankind who is corrupt to the uttermost and who has no truth at all have few fallacies in their hearts that resist God? All the viewpoints of mankind who has been deeply corrupted by satan are sure to be ridiculous and absurd, be hostile to the truth, and be reactionary fallacies resisting and attacking God. Now we have seen that it is very appropriate that God saves mankind by conquering them first. If corrupt mankind could not be conquered by God’s word, they could not enter the right track of believing in God. It is not an easy matter for God to save such a mankind corrupt to the uttermost. The resistance God’s work encounters is too great! Mankind has been corrupted too deeply! It is really not easy for God to save mankind!
God judges and chastises people in the end time just to save them from satan’s corruption and from satan’s evil, so that they can completely return before God, obey God, and worship God. It is through expressing the truth that God judges and chastises people, and the purpose is to cause people to have a true knowledge of God and clearly see the substance of corrupt mankind so that they can henceforth rebel against satan, give up evil ways and return to the right, and forsake darkness for light, thereby achieving the aim of understanding the truth and obeying and worshiping God. Only when people truly understand the truth can they truly know satan’s evil and corrupt mankind’s substance, and only then will all of their ridiculous and absurd satanic viewpoints on things be truly changed. Only when all of people’s viewpoints on things are fundamentally changed will they completely turn their hearts to God, no longer have notions about and resistance against God, and be able to be compatible with Christ. Only such are ones who accept God’s work and are saved by God. Before people are saved, all of their viewpoints on things are hostile to God and incompatible with the truth. God counterattacks man’s notions through various kinds of works and words and then destroys with the truth all the absurd viewpoints within man. Man’s absurd viewpoints and false knowledge are satan’s stronghold in his heart. As long as man understands the truth from God’s word, this stronghold of satan existing in man’s heart will be captured and resolved. The various absurd viewpoints on things are extremely harmful to man. Man can disobey God and resist God and have notions about and pass judgments on God’s work, and all these have a direct relationship with his viewpoints on things. In the past, people viewed and judged things according to satan’s absurd viewpoints on things, and they made no exception for God. In people’s hearts, if anyone’s words or actions were completely in accordance with their notions and viewpoints, they were in accordance with the truth, as if their notions were the standard for measuring the truth and their viewpoints on things were in accordance with the truth. It can be said that it was these ridiculous and absurd viewpoints on things that made them arrogant and self-conceited, self-right, and submissive to no one, as if they had the truth and could see through and understand everything. Unexpectedly, they are conquered by God’s word and fall down in God’s work. Only then do they somewhat wake up and feel extremely remorseful. However, within them there are still many absurd viewpoints on things that have not thus been changed, so in experiencing God’s work they still can resist and rebel against God. God’s extraordinary work reveals man’s nature of rebelling against God and his various viewpoints on things that resist God. All these ridiculous and absurd viewpoints on things are ones of judging and condemning God and even ones of denying and rebelling against God, and they are man’s dissatisfaction with, complaint against, attack on, resistance against, and blasphemy against God.
When God judges and chastises man’s corruption, he reveals in every aspect man’s nature of rebelling against God and reveals the absurdness and ridiculousness of man’s viewpoints on things, so that man can truly know the extent of mankind’s being corrupted by satan and clearly see what the substance of man’s nature is. If man fails to know his nature of rebelling against God, it will be very difficult for him to have true repentance. This is one of the main aspects of the Holy Spirit’s working. Most people can know from God’s word the substance of their nature and clearly see their corrupt ugly image, and only then do they have a sense of urgency to pursue the truth and pursue to be saved by God. Without the revealing of God’s word, no one would confess that he has been corrupted too deeply, but everyone would feel justified and contented because he thinks that he can spend for God and surely can receive a reward from God, never knowing that he is the foremost of sinners resisting God, what he truly needs is God’s salvation, and what he needs to gain is the truth and the transformation of his life disposition. No one realizes that his duty in believing in God is to pursue the truth so as to be saved, and the fundamental thing in believing in God is to gain the truth so as to gain the transformation of his life disposition. No one treats pursuing the truth so as to be saved by God as his own duty in believing in God, but all expect day and night that when God’s day comes, they will receive a reward and reign and rule with God. Man is too arrogant and ignorant. He only pursues his own extravagant desires, and this is the very expression of his arrogant and self-conceited nature. From the fact that man in believing in God pursues vague hopes and does not pay attention to reality, we can see how ridiculous man’s viewpoints on things are.
In the real life of corrupt mankind, the absurd viewpoints they express are too many. Let me give a few relevant examples and you will know that man’s absurd viewpoints are really a lot: Some people served as a leader for several years and always did things according to their own will and acted arbitrarily. After they were replaced by God’s family, they even said, “Serving God is like accompanying a tiger.” Some people always take advantages in doing hosting. They treat the leaders in upper ranks warmly and thoughtfully, but treat the ordinary brothers and sisters perfunctorily and carelessly and even ignore them. When being dealt with, they say, “God is righteous. The One I believe in is God’s Spirit, not man.” Some people have done something bad and are pruned and dealt with; they are unconvinced in their hearts, saying, “The One I obey is God, not man.” Some people simply refuse to read the man’s fellowship and preaching, saying, “The man used by the Holy Spirit also has corruptions, and has mixture of human will.” Some people cannot obey the work of God’s family, saying, “This is done by man, not by God.” Some people feel the work requirements of God’s family are too difficult, saying, “God makes too high requirements of people, and we cannot meet them.” Some people do not pursue the truth and call the ways of God’s working of revealing man and refining man to be “God intentionally tormenting man.” Some people love the world and fleshly enjoyments, yet they say, “God works in a realistic way, so we should also be realistic.” Some people worship signs and wonders but reject the Christ who expresses the truth to save man, saying, “He who does not perform signs and wonders is not God.” Some people do not know that God’s words disclose the truth and substance of mankind’s corruption, but they say that God’s words are “insulting remarks.” Some people do not know the substance of mankind’s corruption, but they say, “God’s words are too serious and exaggerated and are not factual.” Some people always expect God’s day to come soon but do not pursue to be saved by God, always thinking that as long as they believe in God, they should directly be saved by God and go to heaven to enjoy blessings, but never expecting that it is so “troublesome” to believe in God. All these are absurd viewpoints on things. These people who believe in God but are still dreaming should wake up. Even if God’s day came, could your dream come true? Would you not fall into disasters and suffer refining? It is pitiable that these dreamers have not completely woken up even today! All the above expressions of these people are absurd viewpoints on things that go against God’s word. In fact, what corrupt mankind expresses in experiencing God’s work are all fallacies that are not in accordance with the truth and reality and are all expressions of their corrupt disposition. This can fully show that the disobedience and resistance within man are too much. Everyone might observe what man expresses in trials, what man expresses when being pruned and dealt with, what man expresses when in suffering and despair, what man expresses when encountering setbacks and failures, what man expresses when feeling pessimistic and despondent, what man expresses when his life is poor, what man expresses when suffering natural disasters or illnesses, what man expresses when in a bad mood, what man expresses when suffering persecution and tribulation, what man expresses when failing to achieve his own purpose, what man expresses when being smitten by God, what man expresses when misunderstanding God’s will, and what man expresses when being rejected, expelled, or cleared away. In a word, what corrupt mankind expresses when encountering adversity are all complaints, passivity, resistance, and rebellion, and the words they express are all absurd viewpoints and ridiculous fallacies. It can be said with certainty that before people are made complete by God, their viewpoints on things are all absurd and ridiculous. When in peace, they can say some pleasant doctrines and letters; when they are happy, they can speak some nice human words; when they become abnormal, what they release are all fallacies and nonsense. Corrupt mankind is just so foolish, ignorant, blind, and pitiable, and is extremely corrupt like this. Most people are in such a disgusting state! They do not have any normal human conscience and sense!
Corrupt mankind’s viewpoints on things are completely formed in satan’s corruption but not at all born out of experiencing God’s work. Although some viewpoints seem to be very progressive and completely conform to man’s mind and imaginations, their substance is against the truth. It can be said with certainty that whatever is from man’s imagination or judgment is not in accordance with the truth. Corrupt mankind only lives in the place corrupted by satan, and they cannot go through the spiritual realm; how can man’s mind give birth to the truth? The truth is from God. Only the incarnated Christ can express the truth, and only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. Corrupt mankind’s viewpoints on things are completely born out of their experiencing in the evil world. Because corrupt mankind has no truth, they often make several kinds of mistakes when speaking or viewing things: 1. According to their imaginations and judgments. 2. According to their feelings and impressions. 3. Merely according to the surface of matters. 4. According to their personal experiences and knowledge. 5. According to mankind’s philosophies, laws, knowledge, and theories. If man’s viewpoints on things result from the above five aspects, all his thoughts and viewpoints are bound to be wrong and against God’s word and the truth. This is because things from man’s mind are surely absurd and not in accordance with the truth, and things from satan surely resist and attack God.
How to measure whether one’s viewpoints on things are correct? Of course, it is according to God’s word and the truth. Only God’s word is the supreme truth; only the viewpoints that are in accordance with God’s word are correct viewpoints. But do not think that as long as your viewpoints are in accordance with the letters of God’s word, they are in accordance with God’s word. Correct letters and doctrines do not represent reality. You should mainly see whether you have a true knowledge of God’s word and of the truth and whether these words are words that have substantive and real knowledge of the truth or words of doctrines and letters. Being able to speak many doctrines about believing in God is not equivalent to understanding the truth. Only if you have a deep enough knowledge and a substantive knowledge of the truth, will you have correct viewpoints and knowledge. If your viewpoints on things are in accordance with the pure knowledge of God’s word and are from the light inspired by the Holy Spirit, these viewpoints are correct. This is what it means to be in accordance with God’s word and the truth. Only if man’s viewpoints on things are completely in accordance with the substance of God’s word are they viewpoints in accordance with the truth and correct viewpoints. Whatever viewpoint against God’s word and the truth is a wrong and absurd viewpoint. The absurd viewpoints on things refer to the ones that rebel against God’s word, that are against the truth, and that are purely from man’s mind. They mainly include man’s imaginations, man’s notions, man’s judgments, man’s logic, man’s philosophies, man’s doctrines, man’s prejudices, man’s misinterpretations, man’s fallacies and heresies, man’s sophistries and lies, man’s complaints and grumbles, and man’s words of deceiving people, words of confusing right and wrong, and words of attacking and slandering the truth…. These are all absurd viewpoints. These absurd viewpoints are all born out of satan’s corruption; they fully represent man’s corrupt disposition and are the expressions of man’s nature of rebelling against God. These ridiculous and absurd viewpoints and theories are full of satanic poisons and the great red dragon’s fallacies, and they are the products of the influence of the several thousand years of Chinese culture. Because the whole corrupt mankind is filled with these things within, all of their absurd viewpoints on things are formed in satan’s corruption. Whoever lives in the world where there is no God’s working lives in satan’s corruption, so all those who grow up in satan’s corruption are full of satanic poisons. Especially for those who live under the domain of the great red dragon, all the viewpoints on things they have within are ridiculous and absurd viewpoints and are viewpoints denying and resisting God. This is a fact man cannot deny. Corrupt mankind is full of satanic poisons in their hearts, and all of mankind’s learning and viewpoints are ridiculous and absurd, which fully reflect the several-thousand-year history of satan corrupting mankind.
In the past, I contacted some well-known people from various denominations and sects, and I found that their viewpoints on things did not change but were still the sayings that closely followed the trend. This made me feel very disappointed in them and never think highly of them again. If a person does not experience God’s end-time work, his viewpoints on things will never truly change. I remember that several years ago, I fellowshipped with some people, saying, “There is no real good man among unbelievers.” Someone retorted upon me at once, saying, “That’s not right. Bao Zheng in the Song Dynasty in history is a good man.” I said, “Bao Zheng is not a believer in God, so he is surely one resisting and persecuting God.” At that time, he could not accept it in his heart. Of course, this is something man cannot easily realize. Bao Zheng was a person loyal to the king of devils, so how could he not resist God? The king of devils of every dynasty has his loyal officials. In the world, there are too many corrupt men who are loyal to satan. How can one who can resist and persecute God be called a real good man? After mankind was corrupted by satan, they all are good at disguising themselves and have philosophies of dealing with the world with which to cover themselves up, so they look like a man outwardly. But when others testify God, their devilish nature will become manifest at once. Very few people can discern this, so all can be blinded and deceived by others’ outward words and courtesies. God’s work reveals people the most; God’s word reveals people the most. Those who do not have the truth are all hypocritical. All who understand the truth can clearly see this. Those who do not understand the truth cannot discern anything, so the viewpoints on things they express are all ridiculous and absurd.
People in the entire religious world believe in God outwardly, but they are resisting God. They enjoy God’s grace, but they judge and condemn God and crucify the two incarnated Christs. Look at the various fallacies resisting and condemning God they talk about. They all are ridiculous to the uttermost, which fully represent their viewpoints on things and expose their nature of resisting and rebelling against God. From their viewpoints on things, it can be clearly seen how arrogant and self-conceited, foolish and ignorant, and blind and pitiable the corrupt mankind is. Those who have no truth are just so poor and pitiable. However, they do not feel that they are poor but expect day and night their dreams to come true! All their viewpoints are from human imaginations and judgments. They do not have any knowledge of God, yet they circumscribe and pass judgment on God in every aspect. They do not accept any word of the truth and are all arrogant, self-conceited, and self-right. So they can only wait for God’s punishment to come upon them. If God had not been incarnated to save man, corrupt mankind would have long been destroyed. We, who experience God’s end-time work, have really received the great salvation from God. Only now do we know what believing in God is all about, how God saves man, and how satan corrupts man, and know that only God is a God who loves and saves mankind. Every word expressed by Christ is his love for mankind and his salvation for corrupt mankind.
Corrupt mankind needs God’s salvation, and their viewpoints on things need to be changed by God’s working. Man’s viewpoints on things are changed entirely through his pursuing the truth. In whatever aspect man understands the truth, in that aspect his absurd viewpoints will be resolved. Only by pursuing the truth can man have all his absurd viewpoints resolved. The more truths man understands, the fewer absurd viewpoints he will have. If he understands all the truths expressed by God, then all of his absurd viewpoints will be resolved. So, the fundamental change of man’s viewpoints on things is the mark of his truly understanding the truth. Only when man truly understands God’s word and gains the truth from God’s work will his viewpoints on things be changed fundamentally. If man’s viewpoints on the important matters directly relating to the truth and to human life have all been changed, it means that his viewpoints on things have fundamentally changed. If man understands too little truth, his viewpoints on things will not change much. Only when his viewpoints on things have fundamentally changed can he be called one who truly understands the truth. Corrupt mankind’s viewpoints on things are fully in accordance with human notions and imaginations and are all approved by corrupt mankind, so there is no truth in them at all. All that corrupt mankind has are satanic philosophies, knowledge, notions, and doctrines; they do not have the slightest knowledge of the positive things relating to the truth and to human life, simply too ignorant of them. To mankind, these positive things seem to have become unlockable mysteries, and entering into them is even more out of the question. No matter how many years he believes in God, no one can explain who created the heavens and the earth and all things, who is arranging and ruling over mankind’s destiny, why mankind should believe in God, what true obedience is, what it means to truly love God, what it means to truly worship God, what it means to truly serve God, what it means to know God, what true human life is, what happiness is, what love is, what the truth is, what righteousness and fairness are, what positive things are, what kinds of people God hates, what kinds of people God approves, what God’s promises to mankind are. No one can truly understand and enter into all the realities that one should enter into in believing in God. This is enough to show that before man gains the truth, his viewpoints on things and explanations about various matters are all absurd and ridiculous, and in him there are only corruptions but no truth. So, without God’s salvation and perfecting, man will never gain the truth; with one who gains no truth, his absurd viewpoints on things will never be changed.
Those who experience God’s work have clearly seen that if one’s viewpoints on things have not changed fundamentally, he has not truly understood the truth, and if one’s ridiculous and absurd viewpoints on things have not been resolved, he is an unsaved man, still a man who resists and rebels against God. So, as to whether you are saved in experiencing God’s work, as long as you see whether your viewpoints on things have changed fundamentally, you will know it. The fundamental change of man’s viewpoints on things is the mark of his truly understanding the truth. Being able to speak many letters and doctrines does not represent having understood the truth, and being able to fellowship some experiences and knowledge also falls short of having understood the truth. Only if man’s viewpoints on things have fundamentally changed and have fully conformed to the substance of God’s word, that is, have been compatible with Christ’s, will he be one who has truly understood the truth. The first result of man’s understanding the truth is the change of his viewpoints on things, and the next is the transformation of his disposition. If man’s viewpoints on things have not changed fundamentally, it is enough to prove that he has not gained the truth, and even less will he gain the transformation of his life disposition. The fruit of man’s experiencing God’s work is mainly understanding and gaining the truth, and what it brings about is the fundamental change of his viewpoints on things and the transformation of his life disposition. All those saved by God are the ones who have truly understood the truth and the ones whose viewpoints on things have changed fundamentally. Those perfected by God are the ones who have truly gained the truth. To be saved by God, man must understand and know several most important issues. If man’s viewpoints on these most basic issues have changed fundamentally, he is one who has begun to enter into the truth.
1 Man must truly know that God rules over everything and God created everything. Most believers in God only acknowledge that God created the heavens and the earth and all things and God rules over everything, but they do not have a substantive knowledge. Acknowledging only with the mouth that God rules over everything and created everything is of no use. If one truly knows that God rules over everything and created everything, he will have true faith in God, will be able to obey all God’s arrangements, and will completely rebel against satan. Acknowledging with the mouth does not represent having knowledge, much less represent having faith, nor can it produce true obedience. For a believer in God to know God’s almightiness and omniwisdom, he must know how God defeats satan by his wisdom, truly understand that God’s wisdom is based on satan’s schemes, know how satan renders a service to God’s management, and know that God’s sovereignty and arrangement are most meaningful. Only then will he truly know that only God can create the heavens, the earth, and everything, and only God can rule over everything, and thus truly worship God.
2 Man must truly know that satan is the root of mankind’s corruption, and all the kings of devils ruling on earth are the archcriminals corrupting mankind, are from satan, and are the tools with which satan corrupts mankind. All corrupt mankind follow and adore the kings of devils. They only look at people’s appearance and listen to their words but cannot see through their substance, much less see through the schemes of the kings of devils. So they are most easily deceived by various devils. All the kings of devils are the embodiments of satan, and they are sent by satan to deceive and corrupt people. If you can truly see through the substance of corrupt mankind, you will no longer adore the great men of the world. Do you still have a place for any “great man” in your heart? If you have, it is enough to show that you have not yet seen through the substance of satan. If you can truly see clearly the substance of satan, you will completely rebel against satan and absolutely obey God. If you have a true knowledge of God, you will certainly be able to see through the substance of satan and will be able to worship God wholeheartedly.
3 Man must know that all positive things are from God and only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. This is the deepest lesson in believing in God. All that God requires man to pursue and possess are positive things; all that are in accordance with the truth in God’s word are positive things. All positive things are from God and from God’s word. All that God hates and condemns are negative things; all that go against God’s word and the truth, have the substance of resisting, denying, or rebelling against God, or can make mankind corrupt are negative things. All that satan and the kings of devils like, advocate, or ask people to pursue and live up to are negative things. All negative things are from satan. Only those who truly know God’s word and understand many truths can discern positive things and negative things; those who do not possess the truth cannot. Believers in God must truly know that only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. This is the deepest knowledge of Christ. One has to understand many truths so that he can know Christ; one has to truly know God’s word and understand many truths so that he can discern positive things and negative things. Only if one knows what the truth is, what the way is, and what the life is will he fully know in the end that Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. Such a person is one perfected by God.
4 Man must know that all negative things come from satan, all the kings of devils are evil, and all evil spirits are of satan. In the heavens and the earth and all things that God created, only satan and various evil spirits resisted and rebelled against God. After mankind was corrupted by satan, they also became hostile forces against God. This is because satan’s nature is an evil nature of rebelling against God, so after satan corrupted mankind, all kinds of satanic poisons and satanic philosophies began to occupy their hearts and they in substance became the offspring of satan. Now almost all the things mankind pursues are negative things. Corrupt mankind is simply bound by these negative things, unable to get released. All negative things come from satan. The kings of devils ruling in the world are from satan, and they are the very tools with which satan corrupts mankind and are completely the embodiments of satan. So, all the kings of devils ruling in the world are devils resisting God and archcriminals deceiving and corrupting mankind.
5 Man must know that only the incarnated Christ can save mankind, God incarnate expresses the truth just for saving mankind, and no human being can save mankind. This is because mankind only has corruptions but no truth. All the great men in the world have been corrupted by satan and are from satan. None of them truly worships God, they have no truth, and none of them seeks God or welcomes God’s coming, much less does any one of them obey God. They all are devils resisting God. In the several thousand years satan corrupts mankind, only the two incarnated Christs have done the work of saving mankind. All the great men and famous men are corrupt human beings, are from satan, and are of satan. As corrupt human beings have only corruptions but no truth, regardless of what work they do or how many books they write, they cannot save mankind from satan and sin. This is because all the things in corrupt mankind’s hearts are from satan’s corruption. Only if one sees clearly the substance of corrupt mankind and the evil and baseness of satan and the kings of devils, will he rebel against satan and rebel against the great red dragon; only if one accepts Christ’s word and obeys God’s work can he be saved by God. Only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life, and can save mankind. Corrupt mankind needs the salvation of the incarnated God. This is beyond doubt.
6 Man must know that corrupt mankind’s cultures and knowledge are all mixed with various satanic poisons, and they do not contain any truth but are merely human knowledge and theories. In all the doctrines and theories of mankind, there is no truth; and they are completely corrupt mankind’s hypocritical knowledge and theories. It is under the influence of these doctrines and theories that mankind has become more and more corrupt and more and more evil. Several thousand years of corrupt mankind’s culture and knowledge are completely born out of satan’s corruption. No matter how wonderful they are in man’s eyes, they are mixed with various satanic poisons, and there is no truth in them at all but only human knowledge, imagination, and reasoning. All the doctrines and cultures of mankind are completely hypocritical masks and are things to cheat and deceive people, and they can by no means save or transform people. Things from corrupt mankind cannot save mankind. The cultures and knowledge and philosophies and theories corrupt mankind has are by no means the truth. Enjoying these things can only make man become more and more arrogant, self-conceited, and self-right, resist God more and more, become more and more corrupt, and finally bring destruction upon himself.
7 Man must know that it is right and proper for corrupt and evil human beings to perish, that it is inevitable for human beings to perish who are so evil and abnormal as to be irredeemable, and that it is absolutely God’s righteousness that the human beings who resist and rebel against God are punished and perish. Only God can end the age. God’s disposition is righteous. God can create all things, and God can also destroy all things. If mankind is corrupted by satan to an irredeemable extent, God will destroy them. We all know that in the age when Noah built the ark, people had become extremely sinful, so God destroyed people of that time by a flood, saving only Noah’s family. In that age, only Noah was a righteous man. He believed in God and could obey God’s word to build an ark, so he was saved and kept alive. Those corrupt people who did not believe in God and who did all kinds of evil were all destroyed. This was God’s righteousness. After God does the end-time work to save mankind, he will destroy all corrupt human beings who do not believe in God. Believers in God should know God’s righteousness and cannot cry out against “injustice” for corrupt human beings, but should rebel against satan and side with God. No matter who dies, they should not complain against God but believe that God is righteous and what God does is most meaningful.
8 Man must know that all nations on earth are satan’s nations, belong to satan, are the camps resisting God, and are the independent kingdoms of satan, and they are all being divided and disintegrated and perishing. Before the kingdom of Christ appears on earth, all the nations in the world are nations ruled by satan, and no nation is a nation obeying Christ and a nation worshiping God. It can be said that all the nations in the world are nations resisting God and condemning Christ and are purely the camps belonging to satan, so none of them can escape the fate of perishing. Now we have all clearly seen a fact: There is no head of any nation who leads his people to seek God, nor is there any nation that seeks and accepts Christ’s work and salvation. On the contrary all nations condemn God’s incarnation, condemn the truth expressed by Christ, and refuse to accept God’s voice; none of them welcomes God’s coming. Should such nations of satan not perish that resist God and are against God? When all the nations of satan on earth are divided and disintegrated and perish, it will be the time when the kingdom of Christ appears on earth. This is the trend of the times and is a fact sure to come. What God wants to fulfill is the realization of the kingdom of Christ on earth. At that time, God’s will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
9 Man must know that none of those who serve God can represent God or save mankind and they are only performing the duty of a created being, so all should treat them correctly. The corrupt human beings, who believe in and serve God, are all in the course of experiencing God’s work so as to be saved. No matter what positions they have, they cannot represent God, because they do not have God’s substance. Only Christ can represent God, because Christ has divine substance, has God’s identity, and is from God. Corrupt human beings, though created by God, have been corrupted by satan; and they are only the ones to be saved by God. No matter what work they do in God’s family, they are only performing the duty of a created being and cannot represent God at all. If they work on God’s position, they are false christs and antichrists. So, do not adore any corrupt human being; you should only take orders from Christ and obey Christ. Only by doing so can you be saved and perfected by God.
10 Man must know that God has most wisdom in working and man cannot fathom it, that God works in an ever-new way and does not keep regulations. No matter how God’s work is contrary to man’s notions, it is the truth and is salvation and love for man. In the end mankind will see God’s deeds, and see that everything God does is for saving mankind. Do not circumscribe or pass judgment on God’s work at will, because God is the truth and wisdom and mankind can never fathom God. No matter how many truths man has understood and how many works of God man has experienced, what he gains is only a drop in the ocean, compared with what God’s life has. So, the more deeply one experiences, the more he will feel that man is too small, while God is too great, and that man can never fathom God’s work. Man should only obey all God’s work honestly and properly; this is man’s duty, and is the sense mankind should have. Man should never again pass judgment on God’s work at will. The more one is a person who dares to pass judgment on God’s work, the more he is an arrogant and senseless person and is the most ignorant and blindest person. The more one is a person who holds his tongue and obeys God when encountering things he cannot see through, the more he is the smartest and most sensible person.
11 Man must know that all kinds of trials and refinings God gives man are for the sake of saving mankind and are God’s true love for mankind. If man escapes or breaks free from them, he can never be saved. Because mankind has been corrupted too deeply, they cannot know God’s word or understand the truth without various trials and refinings. Only submitting to God’s manipulation and arrangement and experiencing various trials and refinings is a necessary pathway for corrupt mankind to be saved. Experiencing God’s work is not as simple as man has imagined that all he needs to do is to read some of God’s word and understand some of the truth and practice some of God’s word. To understand God’s word, know God’s word, and gain the truth, man must go through many complicated processes. He must undergo many sufferings of trials and refinings before he can achieve the result of being purified and saved. If one believes in God but does not experience various trials and refinings, he cannot truly understand the truth, much less gain the transformation of his life disposition, and he will never know God; this is absolute.
12 Man must know that all the words God speaks will be fulfilled and accomplished, but man cannot possibly know or see all of them. This is because the fulfillments of God’s words will never fully fit man’s imaginations and sometimes they will be covered up by many outward phenomena, so it won’t be easy for man to discern them. Only God is most clear about how his words will be fulfilled. Some of the fulfillments of God’s words can be seen clearly by mankind, whereas some are not easy to be seen clearly. So mankind should not judge, according to their own imaginations, whether God’s words are fulfilled. Even those who understand the truth fairly well cannot fully see clearly how every word of God is fulfilled. The fulfillments of God’s words man can see clearly are too limited, for God’s wisdom is forever unfathomable to man. How each word of God is fulfilled is completely determined by God, and there is God’s wisdom in it. How can man fathom it?
13 Man must know that the man used by the Holy Spirit cooperates with Christ in working, and this is a part of the Holy Spirit’s work, and is completely from the Holy Spirit; it is within the scope of God’s permission even if it has human mixture, which does not disrupt or affect the result of the Holy Spirit’s work, so it cannot be said to be done by a man or from man’s will, and in it there is God’s good purpose. Since he is the man used by the Holy Spirit, of course, the Holy Spirit will inspire, enlighten, and guide him, and direct his work, so that he can lead God’s chosen people to enter into God’s word, understand the truth, and be saved by God. So, the work of the man used by the Holy Spirit is completely to cooperate with the work of Christ and is a part of the Holy Spirit’s work. God’s chosen people should see clearly that obeying the work of the man used by the Holy Spirit is very beneficial to their life entering, and at least it can enable them to enter the right track of believing in God and step onto the right way of human life. The right and wrong of the work of the man used by the Holy Spirit has nothing to do with you. Have you still not known the inner meaning of the word “there is no right or wrong”? Do not carry too many worries but attend to your own duty, lest your pursuit of the truth and your life growth be delayed.
14 Man must know that the Holy Spirit is only one, while evil spirits are many, and except for the working of the Holy Spirit, all is the working of evil spirits. Only those predestined and selected by God have the working of the Holy Spirit. Realistically speaking, only those who pursue the truth in believing in God can receive the working of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s working on God’s chosen people is mainly to inspire them to understand God’s word, know God’s word, and enter into the truth. Whatever circumstance or trial comes upon them, it is out of the Holy Spirit’s guidance and arrangement. If a believer in God, after experiencing God’s work for several years, becomes more and more clear about God’s word, is more and more clear about the truth, and gains more and more knowledge of God, then he is one who really has the working of the Holy Spirit. If he, after experiencing God’s work for several years, does not have any entering in in God’s word or have any true knowledge of God, then he is one who has no working of the Holy Spirit. Whether a believer in God has the working of the Holy Spirit can usually be revealed in three to five years. Some people have no working of the Holy Spirit for a period of time. This is normal, and they are not the ones who have no working of the Holy Spirit, because people’s disobedience and resistance will easily cause them to lose the working of the Holy Spirit for a period of time. But when they seek and obey God, they will recover the working of the Holy Spirit. Apart from those who have the working of the Holy Spirit, all others can only have the working of various evil spirits. Those who have the working of evil spirits are of course in great danger. If one often has the working of evil spirits, it will be impossible for him to have the working of the Holy Spirit again. Not to mention those who are still being possessed by evil spirits now.
If one has truly known the above fourteen important issues clearly, it means that he has understood some truths. These are the knowledge and viewpoints that man should at least possess for being saved. Only those who can know these truths clearly have the hope of being saved. If one has possessed these knowledge and viewpoints, he has gained the most basic knowledge of God. This is the basis of being saved and perfected. He who has this basis can be said to be one who has the foundation in his believing in God. So, Such most basic knowledge in these major issues is what believers in God must attain, and is even more what pursuers of the truth should possess. Only those who have the true knowledge in these truths are the ones whose viewpoints on things have changed. To examine whether one has truly understood the truth, we should mainly see whether his viewpoints on things have fundamentally changed. A superficial and outward change is not enough; only if he has a fundamental change can he be called one who has truly understood the truth. Most believers in God have changed their viewpoints on trivial matters, but on the important matters relating to the truth and to human life, they still hold the same viewpoints as the unbelievers. Such people are by no means the ones who have understood the truth. Everyone knows that those who follow the world trend will not be persecuted or rejected. If you have understood the truth and become compatible with Christ, how can mankind let you off? How can you not be persecuted or rejected by mankind? The way to measure whether one has truly understood the truth is mainly to see whether his viewpoints on things have fundamentally changed. Only by pursuing the truth can corrupt mankind gain the transformation of their disposition and be compatible with Christ. If man can enter into all the truths expressed by Christ, he will naturally be compatible with Christ. To enter into the truth, man has to understand the truth first. If he can understand many truths and at least his viewpoints on many issues have conformed to Christ’s, then he will surely have something in common with Christ, have fewer and fewer notions about Christ, and resist Christ less and less. When man has truly understood many truths and his viewpoints on things have fundamentally changed, then he will be completely compatible with Christ, he will be qualified to testify Christ, and he will have stepped onto the path of being perfected by God. So, the fundamental change of man’s viewpoints on things is too important to his gaining the transformation of his disposition and being compatible with Christ. Only those who are compatible with Christ are the witnesses of Christ and are the ones who carry out God’s will.
May 25, 2006