Chapter 69. The Five Conditions People Have Before They Enter the Right Track of Believing in God
Within mankind’s corrupt disposition is a practical issue of which you are not aware; it is a most serious problem, and one that is common to every single person’s humanity. This is humanity’s weakest point, as well as an element of the essence of human nature that is most difficult to uncover and change. People themselves are objects of creation. Can objects of creation achieve omnipotence? Can they achieve perfection? Can they achieve flawlessness? Can they achieve proficiency in everything, come to understand everything, and accomplish everything? They cannot, right? However, within humans, there is a weakness. As soon as they learn a skill or profession, people feel that they are capable: “I’m someone with status, a person of worth; a professional.” No matter how capable or incapable they might be, before this even comes to light, they want to package themselves up and disguise themselves as important figures, and become perfect and flawless, without any defects. They just want to arm themselves so that in the eyes of others they will become great, powerful, fully capable, and without anything they cannot do; they wish to appear incapable of nothing. If they needed to seek help from others, they believe they would appear incapable and weak, inferior to others, and be looked down upon; as such, they keep wanting to pretend. People ask them, “Can you do this thing?” “I can!” “Then do it!” However, after two or three days, they still will not have done it, and despite their inability, they will not say anything. In secret they will search for information, look things up, watch, and learn, but even after learning for several days, they still will not understand it. People then ask, “Well? Do you know how to do it or not? How are you going with it?” “Nearly done! Nearly done!” However, they think to themselves, “Nearly done? Not even close! I have no idea where to begin. I don’t know how to do it! No, I can’t give up; I must keep pretending. I can’t let others look down on me. I can’t let others detect my deficiencies and weaknesses.” What kind of problem is this? What sort of disposition is this? Arrogance to the extreme, right? They do not wish to be ordinary people, normal people, or mere mortals. They just want to be Superman, or even someone with special abilities or powers. This is such a huge problem! Any weakness, shortcoming, ignorance, foolishness, or lack of understanding of normal humanity, they will wrap it up, package it, not let other people see it, and they keep on pretending and disguising themselves. When someone says to them, “I don’t understand this. What about you?” they ponder awhile, and do not understand, either; however, they still say, “I understand!” “Well if you understand, then go ahead and explain it!” No matter how much they try, they will not be able to explain it. Then, after someone else talks about it, they say, “That’s what I meant! I just didn’t get enough time to say it!” They keep pretending and packaging themselves. Such people’s heads are always stuck in the clouds, are they not? Are they not dreaming? Do they know who they themselves are or not? They do not know who they themselves are, nor do they know how to live out normal humanity. They do not know these things, and have never once acted like a practical human being. As such, they are headed for trouble! In conducting yourself, if you choose this sort of path—always having your head stuck in the clouds rather than your feet on the ground, always wanting to fly, always wanting to be incredible—then you are bound to have problems. Choosing this sort of path in life is not right. If you do this, then no matter how much you believe in God, you will not understand the truth; no matter how much faith you have, you will not be able to obtain the truth. To be honest with you, you will not gain the truth because your starting point is wrong. You must learn how to walk, and how to walk steadily, one step at a time. If you can walk, then walk; do not try to learn how to run. If you can walk one step at a time, then do not try to take two steps at a time. You must be a person with your feet firmly on the ground. Do not try to be superhuman, great, or lofty.
Human beings, dominated by their satanic disposition, harbor a sort of desire, a type of ambition, inside of them. This is hidden within their humanity. They never want to stay on the ground; they keep wanting to go up into the air. Is being in the air a place for a person to stay? Whose place is it to stay? (Satan’s.) That is a place for Satan, not a place for humans. When creating humans, God put them on the ground so that your daily lives could be completely normal and your lifestyles disciplined, and so that you could learn general knowledge about how to be human beings, and learn how to behave, how to live, and how to worship God. God did not give you wings; He did not allow you to stay up in the air. Those with wings are birds, and the ones wandering around in the air are Satan and evil spirits and filthy demons. Those are not human beings! If people keep having such ambitions, always wanting to turn themselves extraordinary and superior, different from others, and special, then that is a problem! First of all, the source of your thinking is wrong. “Extraordinary and superior”—what kind of thinking is this? “Stand head and shoulders above the rest,” “defy all comparison,” “flawless and impeccable,” “fine beyond compare,” “forging a unique path”—when used in people’s pursuits, are these phrases good or bad? (Bad.) “Outstanding,” “excellent,” “special talent,” “powerful presence,” “charming personality,” “irresistible,” “celebrated and great,” “idolized”—are such words any good? Are these goals that people should be pursuing? (No.) Then what are they? (Satan’s path; they represent the pursuit of becoming the archangel.) Is there even one word in all of the truth that tells you to be such a person? (No.)
In all of God’s utterances and among all of His requirements, what sort of person does God want each human being to be? Have you ever summed it up? (To behave honestly and sincerely.) (To do things and conduct ourselves in a practical, down-to-earth manner.) (To work diligently and conscientiously without attracting any attention.) What else? (To be humble.) Is it reasonable to use this word with regard to how human beings should be? (No.) Why not? (Humans have no status, and were lower than maggots to start with.) Human beings are human beings. Of the things humans can achieve instinctively and that were created for them by God, what are the relatively normal expressions and revelations which humans should possess? Let us talk first about pleasure, anger, sorrow, and joy, the emotions that are positive and possessed by the human body. Humans have a way of expressing themselves when they are sad: They cry. God created eyes for people so that they could shed tears. Crying is a natural revelation of normal humanity. When humans are sad and upset, they can cry and shed some tears. Do not pretend by saying, “I won’t cry; I’m a man, and real men don’t cry!” or, “Even though I am a woman, I have to be strong, like a man! I’m going to be like Hua Mulan; I’m going to be a heroine. I want to be like Li Qingzhao; I refuse to be a timid woman.” Is this type of thinking right? (No.) Why not? (It is not possessed by normal humanity.) So what is it? What kind of humanity is it to want to be like Hua Mulan? That is pretense; it is not real. As long as it is pretending, and not a normal expression or revelation of humanity, it is fake; a false impression, a distortion and a warping of the natural revelation of humanity. It is being put on. As for Hua Mulan, she forced herself to pretend; she had to do so because she had joined the military in her father’s stead. She had to act like a man in public, and she could not allow anyone to find out that she was female. In secret, she still had to wear those clothes women had to wear back then. If she had tears, she had to shed them quietly under her covers in bed. She had to do this—but do you have the background to be like Hua Mulan? Therefore, when people are sad, it is okay for them to cry. Some express this by crying in secret or in silence; some people cry loudly, while others sniffle quietly. Some shed a couple of tears and think that it’s no big deal; they get over it and stop crying. This is something expressed and revealed by the emotions of normal humanity; no one can cover it up. Are there people who can go their entire lives without crying? What sort of person never cries? Someone without tear glands; people without this organ of normal humanity never shed tears and never cry. That is a little abnormal; it is a physical defect. Normal people without any disabilities would not find themselves in such a situation. When people are happy, they laugh. Both men and women laugh or giggle when they are happy—“haha,” “hehe”—and this is a normal revelation. When some people are happy, though, they are too embarrassed to laugh, always covering their mouths and forever laughing in secret, afraid that others might make fun of them. Is this normal? This, too, is pretense! They think women should not laugh at just anything in public, and they especially must not reveal their teeth, must cover their faces, and keep their mouths shut; otherwise, people might belittle them and look down on them. Furthermore, they think that when they laugh, they need to keep their voices down so that people will not think them flippant; they think they have to keep a bit restrained. These thoughts and conceptions people have result from the education of traditional Chinese culture. Even if they are happy, they still cannot laugh at will. There is some pretending in this, too, and it also is not normal. As for sorrow, if something happens to make people sad or worried—they sigh or their facial expressions turn serious, or they lose the inclination to cook or eat—these are all normal revelations and normal expressions.
Those without normal emotions can never show others these expressions and these needs of normal humanity—are such people normal? Is there something inside these people’s minds that is controlling them? Tell Me, what things are controlling them? (The desire to package themselves, to disguise themselves, and to conceal their weak and negative side from others.) In the end, this is pretense, too. Do such people want to become celestial beings? Does anyone suspect this? On the one hand, people do not understand accurately or see clearly the path, principles, direction, and goal of being a normal person, and do not see clearly the path to seeking the truth. Additionally, these people are ignorant. They have lived for twenty or thirty years, or even more, yet they do not know how to be a normal person or understand which natural revelations and natural requirements are necessary to normal humanity. They keep thinking about fanciful and illusory things; their understanding is biased, absurd, and eccentric. Can we say this about them? Are there such people among you? After not sleeping for two days straight, they exclaim, “I’m not tired! I will expend myself and be loyal to God to the end in fulfilling my duty; I vow not to give up until I have accomplished my task!” After a third day of not eating, they say, “I’m not hungry!” They never open their hearts to others, they do not know how to confide in people, and they have no difficulties at all. They are never negative, and they are never weak. When it comes to life entry of belief in God, they never have any problems, there is nothing they need to seek, and they have no need to fellowship with others. They also do not need anyone to fellowship with them, provide them with anything, or give them any assistance or counseling, and they can handle everything themselves. Someone might ask them, “Have you ever been negative?” “I’m a little negative at times, but I pray and make a resolution with God, and then I’m okay! As soon as I make a vow, I’m fine!” What kind of person is this? Are there many such people among you? On the surface, there are not many people like this, but perhaps you are often in this condition; a lot of people are in this state. They still do not understand what it means to believe in God; they just think believing in God is a path to immortality or Buddhahood, and that it is just as the Buddhist sayings go, “the six indriyas are pure,” and “cleanse your heart and limit your desires.” This is the direction such people are working toward and striving for. Can that be called believing in God? Even now, they still do not know what believing in God is all about, what they should be pursuing, and what kind of people they should strive to be. No matter how many sermons are given to them, no matter how many sermons they listen to, the goal they pursue does not change, and their perspective on believing in God does not change. This is a huge problem! If you do not even know what believing in God is, then can you know who your God is? Can you pursue the truth? Can a person with no knowledge or insight whatsoever into the visions concerning believing in God have anything to do with loving the truth? Can the words, “loving the truth or not,” be used to describe such people? Their actions and behavior have nothing to do with whether they love the truth, and they do not understand it. They do not understand what believing in God means, nor do they understand what pursuing the truth means. All this time they have believed in God—whether three years or five years or eight years or ten years—they still think believing in God means being a good person, doing good deeds, being happy in doing good, trying hard in this direction, and becoming nuns, becoming monks, or becoming Taoist nuns. Aren’t these viewpoints way too out of touch? Do you have such thoughts? Are your hearts and minds filled with these thoughts that are incompatible with and have nothing to do with believing in God? Do you then rely on these methods, ideas, and notions to walk the path of believing in God, and feel that you are pursuing the truth? (Yes.)
Chinese people grow up with a background that includes the cultural traditions of Taoism and Buddhism. Set against such a societal background, it is very difficult for their minds to break away from these ideas. That is the reason that at the mention of believing in God, the first things Chinese people think of are these: eating vegetarian, chanting the Buddha’s name, refraining from killing living creatures, doing good deeds, giving alms, being charitable, refraining from evil, helping others, refraining from fighting, refraining from cursing, not killing anyone, not engaging in arson, and being a good person. First, they have these Buddhist and Taoist concepts as their foundation. So how long does it take to get rid of these things and understand the true meaning of believing in God? When can one begin to eliminate these things, start to change, and truly embark upon the right track of believing in God? To put it in another way, what condition must people attain in order to be counted as having truly embarked upon the right track of believing in God, and having started to believe in God, such that the image of God in their hearts is neither the Buddha, nor Avalokiteshvara, nor Maitreya, nor the Jade Emperor, nor the Old Man in Sky? Tell Me. (It happens when we have some knowledge of the viewpoints, fallacies, and toxins of Satan as dissected by God’s utterances, and start to reject these things and pursue the right path in life.) This is one aspect. First, you must abandon these things. You have to gain an understanding of these things, and then thoroughly break away from them. What else? (Understand that to believe in God is to be a true human being.) This is doctrine. Anything else? (Knowing God’s work and knowing God’s disposition.) Knowing God’s work and knowing God’s disposition. Given your current stature, these topics and truths are far beyond you. I could speak about them, but you would not understand, and you are not qualified. What question did I just ask? (When does one start embarking on the right track of believing in God?) Everyone, write down this question. Ponder over this question and fellowship about it. This is such a simple question, yet you are unable to answer it. It seems from this that you really have not acquired entry into this matter. If you had truly entered the right track of believing in God, it is unlikely that you would not be able to answer it. That one has set foot upon the right track of believing in God means one has crossed through this threshold, and his or her internal state has gone through a transformation. First of all, such a person’s ideas and viewpoints cannot be illusory. That is to say, the entirety of one’s condition, state of mind, and thoughts must not be hollow, and one’s goals and direction must not be doctrinal or things that cannot be touched or seen. In other words, this person and their heart and mind are grounded. You believe in God now, but where are all your thoughts? If your thoughts are up in the air, floating around directionless and without an aim, and if you still have a lot of impractical, empty, and doctrinal ideas as well as various human thoughts, conceptions, and fantasies, then you are a person who is entirely suspended in midair and completely ungrounded. This is because your thoughts, actions, and the goals you are pursuing in your mind are completely unrelated to, and have nothing to do with, the truth of believing in God and God’s requirements. So what are the actions of such people based on? They are based on the experience they’ve acquired, philosophies of life, and what they have learned from society, family, or various environments, and on what they have imagined and summarized using their own brains. For instance, when encountering something, they sum things up and think they should do it in a certain way, and then they go on and do it. If someone asks them, “Is doing it this way in line with the truth?” they reply, “Yes; all right things are the truth, and all positive things are the truth.” Then one day, when they run into a wall by acting in accordance with this method and this principle, and are dealt with, they will realize that their actions arose from human imaginings and notions, and are not compatible with the principles of truth at all. That is to say, before a person officially enters the right track of believing in God, there is no reasoning behind many of the things they do; their actions all come from their minds and imagination, or their human preferences, enthusiasm, and perseverance, or their good wishes, hopes, or even their human desires. These things are the impetus and source of what people do.
Just now, I asked you: When and under what circumstances and in what conditions can a person prove that he or she has entered the right track of believing in God? There is a sign here. It is possible that some of you are already living in these sorts of conditions, or that you have lived in such conditions in the past, but you only achieved this by way of a temporary thought or through some short-lived effort. So what are these conditions? After people have believed in God for many years, after they have believed in God and experienced for a period of time relying on their enthusiasm, their own preferences, and their own concepts and imagination, then, one day, they suddenly discover that this method of believing does not seem to work, that through it they are incapable of obtaining the truth, and that such faith is empty and impractical. They suddenly realize that they have been creatures of creation all along, and should be a genuine creature of creation as such: honest, down-to-earth, achieving what they are capable of, working wholeheartedly, putting forth all their effort, and fulfilling their duty as creatures of creation. They then start to do things with their feet firmly on the ground, giving all their devotion, working wholeheartedly, and putting forth all their effort, and during this time, they begin pondering and searching for what it is exactly that they must do to conform with the truth, what they should do to satisfy God’s intentions, and how they should act in order to be accepted by God—all this, instead of simply relying on their own preferences. At this time they begin to develop desires of wanting to satisfy God and to do deeds that will satisfy God. This means they have commenced pursuing the truth, seeking God’s will, and satisfying God’s requirements. When you have such wishes, and when you begin to be in this sort of condition, you will, in one regard, have come to stand in the right position as a true creature of creation; in another regard—and most importantly—you will have genuinely accepted from the bottom of your heart that God is your Lord, and is your God. You will also have accepted that God’s utterances and His requirements of you are soon to be your life and your truth. That is to say, you will have such aspirations, such hopes, and such needs to accept God’s words and accept God’s requirements of you in order for your actions to be able to satisfy God’s intentions. You also will have developed a desire to submit to God and satisfy God, and to achieve God’s satisfaction in all that you do. With such a wish, your life condition will begin to transform, and from here you will embark upon the right track of believing in God. These words, to sum up, are quite simple; that is, a person begins to recognize that he or she is an object of creation, and this person develops hopes of becoming a genuine creature of creation in order to satisfy God. At the same time, such people also accept God as their Lord—the Lord of creation—and desire to obey all of God’s requirements, as well as His rule. They therefore stop acting wantonly, and search for God’s intentions, seek the principles of truth, and seek the truth in everything they do. They no longer simply do whatever they want to or rely on their individual ideas; rather, they begin to have God constantly in their thoughts, and their subjective wish is to satisfy God in all aspects, and conform to the truth and meet God’s requirements in their actions. People in such a state will undoubtedly begin learning to pursue the truth, practice the truth, and enter the reality of truth. If you are in such a state and can begin to learn how to do these things, then it goes without saying that you will very naturally start to learn how to seek God’s will, and begin to seek how not to dishonor God’s name, how to magnify God, how to fear God, and how to satisfy God, rather than satisfying yourself or satisfying someone else, let alone trying to satisfy your own selfish desires. When you enter such a state and begin to be in this condition, your corrupt disposition and corrupt nature will no longer guide your thoughts, will no longer control or influence your mind, or control and influence your heart. They will not be able to manipulate you anymore. Once you are in this state, your subjective desires will be for positive things, and you will be able to grasp how to act in order to prevent your corruption from being revealed, and how to keep from acting in an arbitrary fashion and doing selfish and despicable things. In this way, even though you will still live with and possess a corrupt disposition, it will no longer be able to dominate everything about you and will not be able to control you anymore. Will you not then be living with the truth sovereign within you? Are you able to achieve this state right now?
When something happens to you, you want to reveal your hand, you want to show off. Thoughts turn into actions, and after you have behaved this way, everyone feel quite disgusted, and you do not even realize it. You show yourself off whenever you want to; if you want to reveal your corrupt disposition and have anything on your mind, you will do it, and you will not have any control—nor will you have any thoughts or power that enable you to control or manipulate this revelation of your corrupt disposition. What kind of condition is this? When your corrupt disposition is revealed, or when your personal desires are particularly strong, you can recognize these things but, given your stature and capabilities, you will appear especially weak and powerless. You will have no command of your actions, and you will lose all control over these things. What is going on here? Some people are deceitful; they cannot utter even a single word straightforwardly. They just beat around the bush, and after doing that for a while, they still do not speak the truth. They have lost control over themselves. In front of their corrupt disposition, and before the grotesque essence of their satanic nature, humans seem so small, weak, powerless, and at a loss. As a result, people often commit sins, often make mistakes, and are often negative. Why is that the case? People have not entered or set foot upon the right track of believing in God. What is the implied meaning of it? What does this have to do with pursuing the truth? You are in this sort of state, so can it be said that you have not yet begun to enter the reality of the truth? Can a person who has not entered the reality of the truth count as having obtained the truth? Does a person who has not yet obtained the truth possess the truth in his or her heart? What do people without the truth rely on in their actions? How can the positive deeds they do when fulfilling their duty be categorized? Are they practicing the truth? (No.) Then what are they doing? Are they putting forth effort or not? This is equivalent to God hiring a worker to exert effort for Him. If you are not pursuing the truth and have not entered the reality of the truth, then you are simply exerting effort! Does God wish to see the people whom He wants to save merely exert effort for Him, rather than practice in accordance with His utterances and satisfy His requirements and achieve salvation? Does God wish to see such a scenario? (No.) Why does He not want to? (God created humans so that He would gain them.) These words are correct; God created humans so that He would gain them. God created all things to be enjoyed by humans, not so that people would put forth their efforts. Why do I say that God is not satisfied with people even though they put forth so much effort and work so hard for Him? (This is not what God wants.) What does God want? (He wants their sincerity.) Are the efforts they put forth here not sincere? You are unable to speak clearly on these subjects. Whether or not your exertions here are genuine and sincere, and regardless of what your starting point is, God has not gained you.
From a realistic point of view, how do you explain God’s not gaining you? It is indeed true that God wants people’s hearts, but what kind of hearts does He want? (Ones that are turned to God.) So, have you turned your hearts to God or not? It would not be quite fair to say that your hearts are not turned to God at all. You would say, “I have already rebelled against Satan, and I am no longer following Satan. I have hated Satan for a long time already; I hate Satan to the core, and want to kick it and stomp on it. Why is God still not satisfied?” Does God want from people a fervent heart, a scalding, burning, boiling, beating, and fiery heart, an absolutely sincere heart? Is that the case? Do these adjectives used to describe heart make sense? Are they useful here? Are they useful for pursuing the truth? Are these words of any use, compared with the truth? Do they have any practical value? What kind of words are they? They are just a bunch of empty words. They are hollow and useless; they are mere doctrines! Since those words are just doctrines, let us talk about things that are not doctrines. What kind of heart does God want? Talk about it in practical terms; the more practical the better. Don’t worry if you say the most inconspicuous, insignificant, most commonly said words; anything is fine. First of all, a person must have an honest heart. It must be honest, earnest, down-to-earth, and devoid of any great aspirations or lofty goals. It should be one that wants to walk one step at a time on the ground in following God and worshiping God, and wants to be a creature of creation. It does not desire to be a bird in the sky or any object of creation on another planet, let alone wish to be someone with supernatural abilities. Furthermore, is this heart one that loves the truth? To be specific, what does loving the truth mainly refer to? (Loving positive things.) Yes. Loving positive things, and possessing a sense of righteousness. Moreover, does such a heart have to meet the standards of conscience? (Yes.) How are the standards of conscience actually put into practice? How would you explain it? At the very least, where should the standards of conscience be applied to conform to the principles of the truth? Some people say, “I was created by God. Although I did not see how God made me, I know I’ve been able to survive up to now because God has continuously supplied me, and because God has nourished me to grow up and given me this breath of air. Thus, I cannot breathe for myself, nor can I breathe for Satan; I must breathe for God. That is, I must live for God.” “Live for God”—this, too, is a doctrine; it is a general framework, an outline, and is relatively hollow. So how do we live for God? This is a question that relates to conscience. Theoretically speaking, our work in hand is to fulfill our duty as a human being. So for whom are we working? In reality, we are doing it for God and cooperating with God! What God has entrusted to us is our duty; it was predestined by God, predetermined by God, and is under God’s rule. That is, God has handed you this task to complete. So how do you rely on your conscience to complete it? How do you do it well in accordance with your conscience? (Give it our best effort.) This is one expression of being conscionable. What else? Put your heart into it and fulfill your responsibility; do not be perfunctory in your work. God has put painstaking efforts into us, and has expectations of us. Since He has preordained that we fulfill this responsibility and fulfill this duty, we must not let God down, disappoint Him, or hurt His feelings. We should do it well, and deliver to God a perfect, satisfactory response. As for what we cannot accomplish, we should rely on God while learning and seeking by ourselves. We should fulfill this duty every day that God allows us to live. For every day we are alive, and for every day we are in our position, we should accomplish what God has entrusted to us as our primary mission, as a major thing and as the first priority in life. Though we do not seek perfection, we must work conscionably. In our conscience, we should not feel that we owe anything, so as not to allow Satan any accusations; we must succeed in satisfying God, and must not have any regrets. When you live to be forty or fifty, or seventy or eighty years old, look back at the things you did when you were young and ignorant; you will be able to see that[a] back then, despite not having many years under your belt, you still put all your heart and effort into everything you did, and you always did it in good conscience, without letting God down, without disappointing God or hurting God, and while always accepting God’s examination and inspection in your heart. When the work is finished and you hand your answer sheet for God to see, God will say, “Even though this work of yours is not very adequate, and is just average, you did your best; you did not neglect your duty.” This is an example of doing things conscionably, is it not? Humans often reveal their corruption, they have individual choices, desires, and preferences, and these things exceed the standards of conscience. What should you do about this? You must forsake yourself, and pray; you cannot allow those things to control you or surpass your standards of conscience. If your standards of conscience can guide your actions, guide your lifestyle, and guide your life, then you will have defeated them, and you will have obtained this aspect of the truth. This is what you should do at the very least.
How many aspects have we discussed so far? (Three. An honest heart, a heart that loves the truth, and possessing standards of conscience.) An honest heart and a heart that loves the truth—both of these involve some details, and you should dwell on and summarize them later. Usually, what people use the most often are standards of conscience. The state people should be often in is that, at the very least, they must possess standards of conscience. Without these standards of conscience, a person will not succeed in anything he or she does; such a person will not accomplish anything! Besides these three aspects, are there anymore? You should think it over.
Another is to have a God-fearing heart. First of all, from a status perspective, humans are objects of creation and lowly, whereas God is supreme and the Lord of creation. In terms of rationality, and from the point of view of reason, what should you do in order to be God-fearing? This involves a question of reason. If you think that this does not seem to be a very good way of doing something, yet at the same time you do not know how you should handle it, then if you are in possession of a God-fearing heart, what should you choose? What would people without God-fearing hearts do? (They would do whatever they please.) They would do whatever they want to do: “It’s fine if I do it this way, because I feel that my intentions are good.” Any words of advice would be useless; they will not listen to anyone. They have already made up their minds and are determined to do it this way: Nine oxen couldn’t pull such a person off course. Is this what someone with a God-fearing heart would do? Mulling it over, they think, “Doing it in this manner is beneficial to me, so I will do it and say it in this way. If I do not say it in this way, then I will suffer losses, be humiliated, and my position might even be at risk. In this case, what should I do?” After much contemplation, they think, “I’ll still say it in this way; telling one lie is no big deal. After all, it’s not like I lie all the time. What’s more, I haven’t seen anything bad happen from someone’s always lying anyway; it’s fine—telling one more lie doesn’t really count as lying.” They have made up their minds and figured out that they are going to do it this way, without the slightest fear or trepidation, and without any misgivings, and they refuse to accept God’s examination. Are these people with God-fearing hearts? What kind of behavior will a person with a God-fearing heart exhibit? (They will not just do whatever they please or act wantonly.) Both these phrases are quite good: They will not just do whatever they please or act wantonly; they will not decide and act on their own. So what should one do to not act as they please? (Have a seeking heart.) So, after they seek, they think their thoughts are wrong, but they cannot quite accept what others have said, either. They think, “If I listen to that person and repudiate myself, then won’t that make him appear superior? I’m normally better than he. How can I allow him to have the upper hand this time? If my way won’t work, then I must think of every possible way to cause his way to fail, too. Okay; I’ve decided: I’ll make up some rumors behind his back or do some ideological work, and play a little trick so that his way won’t work either. That way everyone will look the same, with neither of us appearing being superior to the other. That’s what I’ll do!” After they have accomplished their goal, they think, “God neither disciplined nor examined me! I’ve succeeded; my scheme worked!” What do you think? Does this count as the behavior of someone with a God-fearing heart? First, in terms of the nature of this behavior, is this not doing as one pleases? On the surface, it might seem that such people know that their way is no good and have given up on it, but in their hearts they have an ulterior motive, which is to mess things up for others. They do not scruple to damage the interests of God’s family and sacrifice the interests of God’s family in order to protect their place in people’s hearts and their own personal reputation. Do such people possess God-fearing hearts? How is this linked to fearing God? Is there a necessary link? (Yes.) Is it absolute? (Yes.) This is unquestionable, and there is no need to doubt it. People who act this way are absolutely, one hundred percent devoid of a heart that fears God. This is why they do whatever they want and act wantonly, without any sense of blame, without any trepidation, without any apprehension or worry, and without considering the consequences. This is what they often do, what they have done year after year, and how they have always behaved. What are the consequences such people face? They have made trouble for themselves, have they not? To put it lightly, such people are far too jealous and have too strong a desire for personal fame and status; they are too deceitful and treacherous. To put it more harshly, the essential problem is that such people’s hearts are not even the slightest bit God-fearing. To say they do not have God in their hearts is just empty words; in more practical terms, it is that such people do not possess God-fearing hearts whatsoever. In their hearts there is no place for God, they do not fear God, they believe themselves to be of utmost importance, and they regard every aspect of themselves as being higher than God and higher than the truth. In their hearts, God is the least worthy of mention and the most insignificant, and God does not have any status in their hearts at all. Such people ordinarily act wantonly and egocentrically, doing whatever they please. Have those who have no place for God and no fear of God in their hearts entered the truth? (No.) So when they run around vigorously, keep themselves busy, and exert quite a lot of energy, what are they doing? Such people even say, “I’m expending for God! I’m fulfilling my duty! I abandoned my family, my career, and all I have; I have suffered a lot!” Are such people headed for trouble? Are they frightening? The impetus and the principles and goals behind the things that such people do are for the sake of themselves and to protect all of their self-interests. What sort of person, would you say, is one without a God-fearing heart? Is he or she arrogant? Is such a person Satan? What kinds of things do not possess God-fearing hearts? Apart from animals, demons, Satan, the archangel, and those who contend with God all do not possess God-fearing hearts.
In your everyday lives, in what things, and in how many things, do you have God-fearing hearts, and in what things do you not? Can you hate people? (Yes.) When you hate someone, you think to yourselves, “I want to make that person suffer, punish that person, and take my revenge against that person”—can you do that? (Yes.) Well then, you are quite scary! You do not have God-fearing hearts. That you could act on those impulses is way too frightening; this disposition is quite vile and very serious! One can hate another person—that is a part of normal humanity; however, actually being able to act on that hate and exact vengeance to achieve one’s own goals and purposes is pretty scary. Some people just hate, and leave it at that. After a while, if they cannot get along with the people they hate, they will start to distance themselves from them and avoid them; however, they do not let this affect their duty or influence their normal interpersonal relationships. They do not act on their hate because they have God in their hearts. Even though they have this idea of hate, this evil thought, they do not act upon it. Because they fear God, do not want to offend God, are afraid to offend God, and they possess God-fearing hearts, they therefore do not utter a word that is out of line. They feel they cannot get along with someone, or have some thoughts and views about them, but they never take any actions, and would not offend God on this matter. What kind of behavior is this? It is conducting oneself and handling things with principle and impartiality. “Although I am incompatible with this person’s humanity and personality, when we work together, I remain impartial, and won’t take my frustrations out on my duty, sacrifice my duty, or take them out on the interests of God’s family.” You may not like this person, but you can still do things according to principle. As such, you have a basic God-fearing heart. If you have a bit more than that, you will be able to help them. When you see they have some faults or weaknesses, even if they have offended you or affronted you, or harmed your interests, you can still help them. This would be even better; this would mean that you are a person who possesses humanity, the reality of truth, and a God-fearing heart. If you cannot achieve this with your current stature but can do things, conduct yourselves, and treat people in accordance with principle, then this also counts as having a God-fearing heart; this is most fundamental. If you cannot even achieve this, and cannot exercise restraint, then you are in great danger, you are quite frightening; you are capable of punishing people and giving them a hard time! If you were given a position, you could punish people; as such, you could turn into an antichrist at any moment. What sort of person is one who becomes an antichrist? Is he or she not one who will be eliminated? As for whether a person is good or bad and how he or she should be treated, people have their own principles of action; as for what the outcome of that person will be—whether he or she ends up getting punished, whether he or she ends up getting judged and chastised—that is God’s business. People should not interfere; God would not allow you to take the initiative on His behalf. As long as God has not decided what kind of outcome this person will have, has not expelled him or her, and has not punished him or her, and he or she is being saved, you should help him or her out of love and with patience; you should not determine the outcome of this person, nor should you use human means to punish him or her. You may lend a hand, or may deal with and prune this person, or you also may open your heart and engage in heartfelt fellowship with this person to help him or her; however, if you contemplate punishing this person, then you will be in trouble. If you were to contemplate punishing them on God’s behalf, and taking the initiative to handle them for God, would this conform to the truth? First of all, such a thought of yours would be a result of being hot-blooded; it comes from Satan and originates from human resentment, as well as human jealousy and loathing. In the first place, such conduct does not conform to the truth and is not in line with God’s will; this is something that will bring down retribution upon you. Are you capable of thinking up various ways to punish people because they are not to your liking or do not get along with you? Have you ever done this sort of thing before? (Yes.) Were you not always indirectly belittling people, making cutting remarks, and being sarcastic toward them? (Yes.) What were the states in your hearts when you were doing such things? At the time, you were venting and felt happy, and you gained the upper hand; afterward, however, you thought to yourselves, “I did such a despicable thing. I don’t have a God-fearing heart, and I have treated someone so unfairly.” Did you feel to blame inside? (Yes.) Though you do not possess a God-fearing heart, you at least have some sense of conscience. So can you still do this kind of thing in the future? Can you contemplate attacking and seeking revenge against people, giving them a hard time and showing them who is the boss whenever you despise them, do not get along with them, or when they do not listen to or obey you? “If you don’t do what I want, I won’t punish you now, but I’ll find an opportunity. No one will know, no one will find out, but I will punish you and make you submit to me. I’ll make you beg for mercy; I’ll show you that I am inviolable. I’ll show you my iron fist and my power. After that, no one will dare to mess with me!” Have you done this kind of thing? What kind of a humanity is possessed by a person who does such a thing? In terms of their humanity, they are malicious. If measured using the truth, it is that they do not have God-fearing hearts. In their speech and actions, they have no principle; they act wantonly and do whatever they please. In terms of being God-fearing, have such people achieved life entry? Of course not; one-hundred-percent no. If a person has achieved no entry whatsoever when it comes to fearing God, then can you say that not a single ounce of this person’s heart fears God?
Some people say, “As soon as there is mention that a disaster has hit, my heart begins to live before God frequently and always, never daring to leave God for a single moment.” Is this having a God-fearing heart? “Whenever someone says a pestilence has broken out somewhere, I dare not leave God in my heart for a single moment; I always pray to God, seek God’s guidance, and seek God’s protection. When I walk at night, when I am alone, or when I encounter danger, I always rely on God, never daring to leave Him, and I implore God to help me. When I am fulfilling my duty, I am always calling out to God to not let me just go through the motions, and to allow God to work. I’ve tried it and know that[b] if God doesn’t perform His work, then I won’t be able to accomplish anything, as I have nothing at all.” Is this having a God-fearing heart? Does this count as a heart that fears God? (No.) So what does it count as? Is it wrong to rely on God? Is it wrong to implore God for protection? You go and find God when you have nothing else to rely on and nowhere to turn. God is someone you take advantage of. How is this fearing God? When you are alive and kicking, every thought for God flies right out of your mind. Why do you not rely on God when you are at your happiest, when you are at your most joyful, when you are pleased with your successes, when you are on high and others are speaking your praise? Why do you not seek God’s examination and guidance? Why do you not ask God whether your actions conform to God’s will? When you commit evil or when you are exalting and bearing witness to yourself, why do you not ask God whether this is in line with His will? Why do you not rely on God? Why can you not exercise a bit of restraint? What is this problem? What would you call all of these situations? (Not having a God-fearing heart.) Can a person without a God-fearing heart perform his or her duty well? Can he or she be a genuinely good person? Can he or she enter the reality of the truth? (No.) How incapable of it are such people? For them, is it difficult, relatively difficult, or especially difficult? (Especially difficult.) Without a God-fearing heart, it is especially difficult to enter the reality of the truth. Your heart is always filled with the things you want to do, which have absolutely nothing to do with God or the truth. This is the wrong path; the direction of the path itself is wrong. Do you know what the saying, “Try to go south by driving the chariot north,” means? This allegory elucidates an issue, telling people: Regardless of how much effort you put in, if your goal and direction are wrong, then the more you move forward, the further you will get from the right direction and goal. That is basically what it means. Therefore, now, based on the foundations of fulfilling your duty you must quiet your hearts and contemplate how you can get closer and closer to the true goal of believing in God instead of getting further and further away. If the majority of you keep moving forward in accordance with your current direction of practice and your current principles and methods of practice, you can only get further and further away from the true goal. This is because what most of you grasp is only a few superficial things, letters and doctrines, and rules, and you also have some wishes, aspirations, and passions, yet your starting point and your most basic standards of practice have not been built on the right foundations. In other words, you have not yet truly entered the reality of the truth; you are merely abiding by rules. Continuing down this path is very dangerous. It’s not that believing in God depends on how many years you have had faith, and that you will succeed once you have completed a certain number of years; this is not the case. You are able to understand this reasoning, right?
Altogether, how many aspects have we discussed so far? (Four aspects.) There is one final aspect, which is also the most crucial. Everyone think what it is about. (Loving God.) We will not fellowship about loving God for now, because you are not at that level yet. Tell Me something that is realistic, practical, and has to do with practice. (Submitting.) Yes, it is a heart that submits to God. A lot of times when faced with something that happens, people do not actually know the proper principles of practice, nor do they know the proper direction of practice. However, this involves an issue of attitude and condition, and this is the most basic thing people should possess. That is, you do not know how to do something, and have not heard anyone say how it is done. This matter is not quite in line with your imagination, nor is it quite in line with your notions; it also is not very much in accord with your taste. In your heart you have a few complaints, and you feel a bit upset—but what should you do about this issue? There is a most simple method of practice, and that is to start by submitting. Submission is not an external way of doing things or an external way of saying things, nor is it rhetoric. There is a kind of state here; you should not be unfamiliar with this state. Tell Me: What sort of speech, what sort of actions, what sort of thoughts, and what sort of states are involved in genuine submission? (Being able to accept the truth.) (Being able to accept viewpoints that accord with the truth.) The ability to accept—this is a type of wish. Do not talk about perceptual knowledge; talk about actual states. Do you know what “actual states” refer to? (One’s attitude.) What kind of attitude is true submission? (Letting go of one’s own viewpoints.) What should you do if you sometimes are unable to let go? (Pray.) Praying is a method of practice. Right now we are talking about states and attitudes. (When something happens, whether or not we can accept or understand it, there is one thing we can be sure of in our hearts, and that is that everything stems from God’s rule; everything is arranged by God. Once we recognize this, even if we do not know how we should practice or act, we will more or less have a submissive attitude in our hearts with regard to this particular aspect of the truth.) So tell Me, what is a submissive attitude in terms of practice? (Letting go of one’s own choices and aspirations.) This is one aspect of it. Anything else? What exactly does a submissive attitude refer to? Everyone discuss about it and ponder over it. (When we are being pruned and dealt with, we should not try to reason our way out or justify ourselves.) This is one aspect of the state. Do not try to reason your way out, and do not justify yourself. You feel terribly wronged, and you do not say anything on the spot, but you talk about it privately. Is this a submissive attitude? (No.) So what exactly is this submissive attitude? Firstly, one must have a positive attitude; that is, begin by accepting things, without analyzing whether they are right or wrong. People say, “You did this thing wrong!” “Yes; I made a mistake.” “What did you do wrong?” “I’m not too sure.” “So is it wrong or not?” “It’s still wrong.” “So can you accept that it is wrong?” “In my heart I don’t understand, but I can accept it.” The words, “I accept”—this is what is known as an attitude; this is a positive kind of attitude. Additionally, there is another attitude from the negative and passive side, and that is first of all to not resist. In how many different ways can this irresistance manifest? Do not try to reason your way out, and do not give your objective excuses. “The reason this happened is because…. I didn’t get enough rest that day. I was a little confused that day. Someone disrupted me that day. Don’t blame me, blame them….” Are these examples of trying to reason your way out? Is this resistance? Do not refuse, do not resist, and do not try to reason your way out. Someone asks, “So were you wrong or not?” “No matter which way you look at it, I was indeed wrong, but there was a reason for it!” “However, was your reason the truth?” “That is not truth.” That is man’s objective reasoning; that is not the truth. Right now they are not talking about your objective excuses—why this happened or what led to it occurring—but rather, whether the essence of what happened conforms to the truth. If your understanding reaches this level, then you will genuinely be able to accept it and can truly stop resisting. However, having this attitude to begin with is very crucial. Some people, after having been dealt with, think to themselves, “What happened is not just my fault, so how come all the responsibility has been pushed onto me? Where did everyone else go? Why isn’t there anyone to share the blame with me, and no one around to speak on my behalf? Letting me bear all the responsibility on my own really is an example of the saying, ‘Everyone reaps the benefits but only one person takes the blame.’ I’m so unlucky! How is it that all the bad things happen to me, while the good things never do?” What kind of emotion is this? This is called resisting. Even though on the surface they have nodded their heads, admitted that they were wrong, and accepted responsibility, in their hearts they still complain: “Why did this happen to me? This is such bad luck. If I have to be dealt with, fine, but did I have to be scolded like that? I just made a small mistake, that’s all; why did they have to keep on exposing me like that in front of so many people? They would not even treat me like a human being!” What is this emotion called? It is called resisting, rejecting, stubbornly confronting, being unreasonable, and making excuses. With these emotions and thoughts, can a person have a truly submissive attitude? So what can you do to keep from rejecting and have a positive attitude of acceptance when faced with these things, and what can you do to have a genuinely submissive attitude? What kind of truths and positive thoughts should you possess in order to accomplish these two things? Some people say, “It should be blamed! Who made this old Satan blindly show off itself! Who made this old Satan blindly do things, blindly interrupt, and blindly create disturbances! Make Satan ashamed and unable to show its face! They are not reprimanding me; they are reprimanding the Satan inside of me! They can scold me however they want; I accept it. It has nothing to do with me anyway; it’s Satan’s business. Satan is the source of it all; Satan is to blame!” What do you think about this way of thinking? (It is wrong.) How is it wrong? Who is the person doing these things? (It is the person himself.)
Submission is the most difficult lesson to learn. When it is in line with your notions, you accept it; at the time, you feel good and think it conforms to your preference as it is to your advantage. Once you begin being submissive, things go completely smoothly for you; in your heart you feel steadfast, peaceful, blameless, and happy, and you have taken a big step forward in the growth of your life. However, for you to be submissive when things do not conform to your notions is like gulping down sand. It is hard to swallow, uncomfortable, cuts to the heart, and painful. You have your reasons, but you cannot voice them, and you have to hold in your emotions. You feel completely wronged, but have no one to tell about it. “So what should I do? What He said is right. His position is higher than mine. He is God, so how can I not listen? I might as well accept it; there’s nothing else I can do. I need to be more careful next time and not stick my neck out anymore. Nothing good comes from sticking one’s neck out! Whoever takes a step forward gets dealt with; whoever moves forward always ends up being punished. I won’t move forward again, nor will I stick my neck out anymore. What will be will be. Submitting is not easy. It’s so hard! I’ll just be the least of all instead of the one who sticks his or her neck out.” How is this attitude? “The flame of my enthusiastic heart has been doused by a bucket of cold water. You can’t blame me for this; my heart was never like this in the beginning. I was initially innocent and open, but then I kept being dealt with. I don’t want to be this sort of person anymore; conducting myself like that is exhausting. I will take a step back from now on, and not reveal to anyone how I feel inside or tell anyone who asks. I’ll just hold it all in.” How is this attitude? (It’s not good.) This is going from one extreme to the other. What is the ultimate aim of making one learn how to be submissive? No matter how much injustice you feel you have suffered, how much sweat and effort you have put in, or how much your reputation, vanity, and honor have been damaged, these are in fact secondary; the important thing is to turn your state around. What state? Whether people are in a situation of making mistakes or not making mistakes, whatever it may be—even in normal circumstances—they harbor a kind of hardened, rebellious thing in the depths of their hearts. Moreover, they have a form of logical thinking in their hearts that says, “As long as what I do is right and my intentions are right, You should not deal with me, so I do not have to submit.” This is human reasoning, is it not? They do not mention whether what they have done conforms to the truth or what consequences it leads to; they say, “As long as I have a good heart and don’t have malicious intentions, You should accept me.” This is human reasoning, is it not? This is human reasoning, and in it there is no submission. You regard your own reasoning as the truth, and treat the truth as superfluous. The truth is only reasonable to you when it is in line with your own reasoning; when it is not in line with your own reasoning, you think it is unreasonable. What kind of states can lessons in submission help people to resolve? To achieve submission, do they need a certain level of rationality? Regardless of whether we have done right or wrong in this matter, as long as God is dissatisfied, we should listen to God and use God’s words as the standard. This would be rational, right? This is the highest form of rationality, which human beings should possess. It is the first thing they should be equipped with. We should not take into account how much we have suffered, what our purposes were, what our intentions were, or what our reasons were at the time. Since God is not satisfied and we have not met God’s requirements, and given that God is the truth, we must listen to God and not try to reason with Him or argue. What kind of state do you resolve if you possess such rationality? You are able to submit; no matter what your circumstances are, you do not rebel against God or resist God’s requirements of you, and you do not analyze whether God’s demands are right or wrong, good or bad. There is no need for you to analyze. This has resolved your human condition of rebelliousness and hardness, and your human condition of trying to reason your way out. Do these things not exist within everyone? It is easy for people to have these states and think, “As long as my way accords with logical thinking, Your way should not be right, so it’s reasonable and fair for me to not obey You.” This is how people often think, right? (Right.) This is a common state for people, but if you are equipped with this sort of rationality, you will be able to effectively resolve part of this kind of state, right?
Suppose God arranges an environment for you. You say, “I love cleanliness; I don’t like there to be any odors, I don’t like people who are filthy, and I don’t like looking at disgusting things.” However, those people living with you snore and talk during sleep, smack their lips when having their meals, and have other bad living habits. What happens to you is exactly what you dislike. In this case, what do you do? Is it right for you to hate people? You lovingly, patiently help these people change their bad habits; is this right? Is this purpose or intention of yours correct? (No.) So what should you do? You must have the correct attitude. What attitude is that? (Submission.) How do you submit? How do you have to think in order to submit? What do you have to do in order to have the reality of submission? (Don’t complain.) You say you will not complain, but at mealtime, when you hear them smack their lips, you say, “Can you stop doing that so much? Change your bad habits; every time I hear you smack your lips, it turns my stomach.” Is this the right way to handle this situation? Though you are being quite direct, and speaking honestly, your words are rather hurtful and not beneficial. Those people even feel that there is something wrong with you if you do not smack your lips, and that you are trying to act prim and proper. When you encounter this sort of situation, both parties should adapt to each other; none of these are actual shortcomings. People live for so many years, and are unhappy with eighty or ninety percent of what they encounter. You frown upon this and disapprove of that, but what do you dislike? Some of these things are actually your own problems, so you should not make a big deal out of them. When people get older, they realize that they are not noble, and that they are no better than others. Do not think that you are superior to other people, or more dignified and distinguished than they are; you must learn to adapt to your environment. To adapt to your environment, you must first realize something: There are all kinds of people out there, with all sorts of living habits. Living habits do not represent a person’s humanity. Just because your living habits are disciplined, normal, and dignified does not mean you possess the truth. You need to get this fact through your head, and gain a positive appreciation for it. Furthermore, God has arranged such a fantastic environment for you. You have too many personal issues; you must learn to adapt, and not pick at the bad habits of others. Moreover, you have to be able to get along with them based on love, and get close to them; you need to see their strengths, learn from their strengths, and then pray to God and overcome your own problems. This is the attitude and practice of submission. If you have a weak stomach and loathe their habit so much you really cannot stand it—so much so that you keep being unable to get your food down, always feel like vomiting, and your appetite is so affected that you are too weak to fulfill your duty—then stay away from it, and mind your own business. What does it mean to not mind your own business? “I will change that bad habit of theirs, or I will have my surname changed!” What kind of person are you if this is the way you conduct yourself? Insolent, aggressive, and ignorant. Do not be such a person. We are ordinary people, each with two eyes, a nose, and a mouth. People use their mouths to eat, so you, too, must eat with your mouth. If you try to use your nose to eat, it will get irritated. People use their legs to walk, so you, too, must walk with your legs; you cannot possibly fly. People work with their hands, so you, too, must work with your hands; you cannot do it with your feet. There is nothing special about you; you do not have any supernatural powers, and you are not superior to others in any way. We are common people; we are ordinary people. Do not think of yourself as being so noble or great. Even if you possess some special talents, skills, or strengths, they are nothing to brag about. You must first stand in the right position, the proper position. In this way, you will not make a mountain out of a molehill when you encounter problems or find yourself in various situations, and you will be able to submit. You must see through these things that surround you; if you are truly unable to submit, you find them too upsetting, and they are affecting your life, then pray and implore God to act. Allow God to make arrangements; allow God to do His work. We humans should not do it ourselves. If it’s God’s intention to hone us in such an environment, then we should submit, and we should allow ourselves to be honed until a result is achieved; we should allow ourselves to be honed until we are as humans should be and can show this to God and satisfy God. First, though, you must have this resolve to suffer. What do you think of behaving in this way? Do you have aspirations to be such a person? (Yes.) When it comes to submitting to environments, your environments are often not so simple. You do not merely come across people with bad habits; there are even more things, such as issues to do with disposition, issues to do with personality, and issues to do with how things are done. When you do and handle things, or have some thoughts while encountering things, do not rely on your own intentions or your hot blood. Pray to God and come before Him. This, first of all, is a submissive attitude; it is the first psychological quality you should possess. We implore God to do His work, but if He does not do it or open up a way out, then we just need to keep enduring it and continue living in this environment. We must submit to God’s arrangements and not rush ahead and try to walk in front of God. Only then will our lives have value.
Learning how to submit is not that easy, because no one lives in a vacuum. Looking from the perspective of how people live, everyone has basic necessities; everyone has the seven emotional states and the six desires. They all have their own individual aspirations; they all have their own subjective thoughts, desires, and wishes. From the perspective of objective living conditions, no one can speak or act completely in line with your wishes. Accordingly, the most essential lesson is to let everyone learn how to submit to such environments. If everyone can submit to such environments and seek God’s will, and can practice in accordance with the aspiration and goal of satisfying God’s intentions, then what would you think of such a living environment? If everyone develops in a good direction, will you still have to tolerate people smacking their lips and snoring? “If they don’t practice the truth, then I won’t practice the truth, either. If they don’t submit, then why should I submit? If they have no tolerance, then why should I? Why do I always have to do the things they never do? Why should I always have to be the one to put in so much effort? I’m not going to do it, either.” What about this attitude? Your practice of the truth is your own business; it is a matter that is between you and God, and has nothing to do with anyone else. No one else has any obligation to cooperate with you. You are you, they are they. If they do not practice the truth and do not enter the reality of the truth, then, in the end, they will be the ones to be abandoned, not you, and you will not lose out. Would people who submit to God lose out? (They do not lose out.) If you cannot fathom this, then you are just too stupid!
We have fellowshiped this much today, and even though we have only communicated about a few words, if you earnestly accept them, if you bring them to your actual lives and put them into practice, place them in your hearts and turn them into your reality, then My words will not have been wasted. Thus, when it comes to the truth—even if it is just the size of a sesame seed and includes just a passage or two—if you can treat it as the truth, then this truth, this “sesame seed” can take root, blossom, and bear fruit inside of you, and it will become your life sooner or later. You will then be able to live it out and reap its harvest. This will be a good outcome. If I were to keep talking to you every day, saying a whole basket’s worth, a sack’s worth, or an entire train’s worth of words, yet you did not take it seriously and none of you took it to heart, and you just continued doing whatever you wanted and acting wantonly, never listened no matter what I said, and just kept living according to your own desires, and living according to your own imagination and notions, then would not everything I have said been in vain? It does not matter how much I say; what matters is whether you are earnestly accepting them, earnestly listening to them, and earnestly putting them into practice. The truth is indeed the life of human beings. It is not an academic discipline, it is not knowledge, and it is neither folklore nor theory; it is the life of human beings. It can make you live with direction and purpose, and can enable you to escape from Satan’s bondage and free yourself from your corrupt disposition, making you more powerful, making you live with strength, and making you live with purpose and live more comfortably. Truth can become people’s lives; if you do not believe Me, give it a try. The reason you often feel weak and negative is that you have not yet obtained the truth; that is all that can be said. If you had obtained it, then you would not be in such a condition as you are in now—so helpless, so weak and powerless, frequently negative, and often finding yourself stuck at a fork in the road without a clue of which way to go. This is one-hundred percent certain!
Remember these five aspects I have communicated. When you are not busy, take each of them out and open your hearts to one another, read and pray, and see which ones you have practiced on that particular day or which ones you have practiced during a particular period of time. Determine whether or not you have been doing things with a God-fearing heart, whether you have been speaking and acting honestly, whether you have been fulfilling your duty with an honest heart, whether or not you have been in a state of merely going through the motions, and whether or not you always have thoughts about just going through the motions. Whenever a period of time has passed, you must take time to examine yourselves.
a. The original text omits “you will be able to see that.”
b. The original text omits “know that.”