Question 6: Some spiritual figures’ words conform to the truth and are also beneficial to man. Can you tell me the difference between these figures’ words that are compatible with the truth and God’s word that’s of the truth?
Answer: You’ve asked such a crucial question! Many people just cannot quite grasp the key to investigating the true way. They admit that Almighty God’s word is the truth, and that it has authority and power, but as they fail to tell the difference between spiritual figures’ words which are compatible with the truth and the truth expressed by God, it’s very hard for them to accept God’s work and then be raptured before God’s throne. If people regard all those words in line with the truth as God’s word, they’re so easily deceived to follow and worship man, and follow Satan, leading to the result of resisting God, betraying God, and offending God’s disposition. Just like many people adore religious pastors and leaders, and follow false Christs. It’s cursed by God. So believers must be able to discern what’s the truth, what’s knowledge and doctrine, and what’s the difference between the truth and the words in line with the truth. This is exceedingly important. One who doesn’t know the truth doesn’t know Christ. One who fails to discern the substantive difference between the truth and the words compatible with the truth can’t possibly hear God’s voice and return to God, which is absolute. So then, what is the truth and what is the word in line with the truth? Let’s take a look at the words of Almighty God.
“… the truth is the most real of life’s aphorisms, and the highest of such aphorisms among all mankind. Because it is the requirement that God makes of man, and is the work personally done by God, thus it is called ‘life’s aphorism.’ It is not an aphorism summed up from something, nor is it a famous quote from a great figure; instead, it is the utterance to mankind from the Master of the heavens and earth and all things, and not some words summed up by man, but the inherent life of God. And so it is called ‘the highest of all life’s aphorisms’” (“Only Those Who Know God and His Work Can Satisfy God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“You must understand what is the scope of the truth and what is beyond the scope of the truth. If a person receives some insights and knowledge through his experience from the words of truth—do you think these are the truth? At most we can say he has a little knowledge of the truth. The words man receives through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit do not represent the words of God or the truth, and these are not the truth. We can only say he has some knowledge of the truth and receives some enlightenment from the Holy Spirit…. Everyone experiences the truth, but their circumstances differ, and what they gain from the same truth differs. And yet all their knowledge combined cannot fully clarify this one truth—this is how profound the truth is! Why do I say that which you gain and your knowledge, cannot replace the truth? If you share your knowledge with others, they would experience it in a few days of pondering. However, man cannot fully experience the truth in an entire lifetime, even all the people of the world working together cannot fully experience it. You can see how profound the truth is. The truth cannot be fully articulated with words. When put in man’s language, it is man’s aphorism. Mankind can never fully experience the truth, and should live in accordance with it. One truth can sustain the existence of the whole of mankind for thousands of years. The truth is the life of God Himself, it represents the disposition of God Himself, the substance of God Himself, and all that within Him. You might say you have the truth after some experience of it, but can you represent the disposition of God? You cannot. You may have some experience or light in some aspect or part of a truth, but you cannot supply it to sustain one person for eternity. So that light of yours is not the truth; it is just what man can achieve. It is the experience man should have, the experience and knowledge due to him, a real part of the experience of the truth. Such light, enlightenment, and knowledge based on experience can never replace the truth. Even if all mankind has experienced the same truth, all their knowledge cannot substitute for that one truth…. Man’s life is forever man’s life. No matter how close your knowledge to the truth, to the meaning of God or to the requirements of God, it can never replace the truth” (Christ’s Talks with Church Leaders and Workers).
Speaking of what is truth and what is the word in accordance with the truth, Almighty God has made it quite clear. The truth comes from God. And all that is expressed by Him, that is the truth. It is completely beyond doubt. So then what exactly is the truth? What is the substance of the truth? Because the truth is all God’s expression, it’s naturally the expression of the substance of God’s life, what God has and is, and God’s disposition. The truth is the reality of all positive things. It never changes and will exist forever. The truth is God’s life being, with authority and power, so it can purify man, save man, perfect man, and can be man’s eternal life. God expresses the truth so that man can accept the truth as life, and live by God’s word. If man gains the truth as life, then his corrupt nature and satanic disposition will be absolutely cleansed. As long as man lives by the truth, then he can live out the likeness of a real man, and become the one that is holy, and after God’s heart. God then is able to fulfill the meaning of His creation of mankind. This is the ultimate result that God’s work of salvation will attain. After the great tribulation, the ones left alive are those who obey and worship God, those who gain the truth and are saved. Such mankind will be brought into God’s kingdom, enjoy the promises of God and receive the wonderful destination. This is the fact God’s words will fulfill and the fruits of the truth expressed by God. Although the words of those great spiritual figures conform to the truth and edify others, they are not the truth, and can’t be equated with God’s word. You see, God’s word can be man’s life while man’s word simply cannot be man’s life. Indeed, the truth can purify man, change man, and can perfect man, but man’s words that are in accordance with the truth can’t purify, change, or perfect man. This is an undeniable fact! As we can see, a great many people have been used by God throughout the ages. But among all of them no matter how long they worked and how much they said, no one is able to purify, or save or perfect man at all. And why is this so? It’s because man’s words that accord with the truth are their limited understanding after they experience the truth of God’s words. What they express are only their opinions and views, and represent their own stature and understanding of God and the truth. Even if their pure understanding is in line with the truth, beneficial and helpful to man, they can only be considered as right words in accordance with the truth. But the words in accordance with the truth fall far short of the substance of the truth, and cannot be called truths. Men’s writings and sermons are out of their burden to the churches. Their purpose is to shepherd, console, and exhort believers, to help others resolve some difficulties and puzzles in belief in God. However, their words can only sustain people for a period of time, a stage. And the effect their words achieved is limited and can by no means replace the effect brought by God’s work. The fact is enough to prove that man’s words in accordance with the truth fall far short of the substance of the truth. So we can’t say that they are truths, much less the words of God. This is the main difference between the truth and man’s word that accords with it. Now is that clear?
It’s Almighty God who reveals these mysteries. Then we come to know there are substantive differences between the words that are compatible with the truth and God’s word that’s of the truth. They cannot be spoken of as equals at all. God’s words are all the truth. Every word of God is sufficient for man to experience through the course of a lifetime. For example, to be an honest man, the Lord Jesus once required of man, “But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil” (Matthew 5:37). “And said, Truly I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Today Almighty God comes and requires us to be an honest man as well. Almighty God says, “God has the substance of faithfulness, and so His word can always be trusted. Furthermore, His work is faultless and unquestionable. This is why God likes those who are absolutely honest with Him” (“Three Admonitions” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “… be an honest person, do not act in a slick way, and do not be a crafty person. (This is another time I require you to be an honest person.)” (“Transgressions Will Bring One into Hell” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) From God’s words, we acknowledge that the significance of being an honest man is very deep. Only an honest man is the real man with humanity. An honest man is the likeness of a real man. God likes an honest man. That God created man, saves man and perfects man is to make man honest. The implication of “become as little children” the Lord Jesus said is being the likeness of an honest man. If man succeeds in being an honest person, he will be blessed by God and enter into the kingdom of heaven. What’s the most precious of an honest man is that he can give his heart to God, believe in and love God with his heart, be innocent and open to God, truly associate with God, and have a heart-to-heart with God. Besides, an honest man performs his duty without transactions, intents and demands, or deception to God and others, etc. These are the realities which should be possessed by normal humanity. It seems easy to understand and practice this truth of being an honest man. However, this is the most basic truth of being human, sufficient for us to experience through the course of a lifetime. No matter how much man experiences and enters into this truth, he still feels incomplete and imperfect in being an honest man. He finds he’s still crooked and crafty within, that his deception and transaction are still not cleansed thoroughly. He always thinks he doesn’t truly live out the likeness of an honest man. These are all true understandings when man experiences this truth. From this, we can see every one of the truth is a mystery which contains many practical meaning, and it is inexhaustible to man. No matter how much man experiences and knows the truth, man cannot fully clarify the substance of truths using man’s word, which is a fact. Therefore, the words of man, no matter how close to the truth, can’t be equated with God’s word that’s of the truth. They can never be spoken as truths. The truth is all possessed by God and only God is the truth. So, only Christ with the divine substance can express the truth. Man just possesses human essence and the being of humanity. Man himself isn’t the truth, or possessed of the truth. Thus, man can just express his opinions and knowledge. Even though they may have the enlightenment and revelation of the Holy Spirit, compatible with the truth, we can’t say they are equal to the truth. If someone insists on saying man’s words in line with the truth are God’s word and the truth, he’s purely a blasphemer and brings shame to God!
from the movie script of Who Is He That Has Returned