139. The Principles of How to Approach Death
1. The life and death of man is in God’s hands, it is all arranged and predestined by God, and man should not make their own choices;
2. Man’s flesh and souls all belong to God, and never to themselves. They should be given over into God’s hands, and you should submit to God’s orchestrations in living and dying;
3. God is righteous and He scrutinizes the innermost heart of man. His arrangements for each and every person are fair and reasonable—do not judge things you cannot understand;
4. God allows us to live each day and so we should live for God. We need to give our lives, and it is incumbent upon us to obey God’s arrangements and stand witness.
Relevant Words of God:
If I did not guide all mankind, who would be able to separate themselves from My arrangements and find another way out? Is it the thoughts and wishes of man that have brought him to today? Many people go their whole lives without having their wishes fulfilled. Is this really because of a fault in their thinking? Many people’s lives are filled with unexpected happiness and satisfaction. Is this really because they expect too little? Who of the whole of mankind is not cared for in the eyes of the Almighty? Who does not live in the midst of the Almighty’s predestination? Whose birth and death come from their own choices? Does man control his own fate? Many people cry out for death, yet it is far away from them; many people want to be those who are strong in life and fear death, yet unbeknownst to them, the day of their demise draws near, plunging them into the abyss of death; many people look to the skies and sigh deeply; many people cry great, wailing sobs; many people fall amidst trials; and many people become the prisoners of temptation.
from “The Eleventh Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
From the moment you come crying into this world, you begin to perform your duty. You assume your role in the plan of God and in the ordination of God. You begin the journey of life. Whatever your background and whatever the journey ahead of you, none can escape the orchestration and arrangement that Heaven has in store, and none are in control of their destiny, for only He who rules over all things is capable of such work. Since the day man came into existence, God has been steady in His work, managing this universe and directing the change and movement of all things. Like all things, man quietly and unknowingly receives the nourishment of the sweetness and rain and dew from God. Like all things, man unknowingly lives under the orchestration of God’s hand. The heart and spirit of man are held in the hand of God, and all the life of man is beheld in the eyes of God. Regardless of whether or not you believe this, any and all things, living or dead, will shift, change, renew, and disappear according to God’s thoughts. This is how God rules over all things.
from “God Is the Source of Man’s Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The essence of God is righteousness. Though it is not easy to understand what God does, all that He does is righteous. It is simply that people do not understand, no mistake about that. You see that when God gave Peter to Satan, how Peter responded: “Man is unable to penetrate what You do, but all of what You do contains Your good will. There is righteousness in all of it. How can I not utter praise for Your wise deeds?” Now you should notice that God does not eliminate Satan right away, so that man is able to see how Satan has corrupted people, and how God has saved people. Only after man is able to see the extent of Satan’s corruption of man, how Satan’s list of crimes reaches the heavens does God ultimately eliminate Satan, so that people can see that therein is God’s righteousness and His disposition. Everything that God does is righteous. Though you are unable to discover it, you should not make judgment as you please. If it appears to you as irrational, or if you have a conception about it, and then say God is not righteous, this is the most unreasonable. … You see that Peter found some things incomprehensible, yet he was sure that God’s wisdom was present here, that God’s good will was in it all. Man is unable to fathom everything. There are so many unfathomable things. To know God’s disposition truly is not an easy thing.
from “How to Understand the Righteous Disposition of God” in Records of Christ’s Talks
Their flesh will inevitably decay; if people are purified inside, and they are no longer of Satan and the flesh, then they will remain alive on earth. In this stage you are still purblind, and all that you experience is loving God and bearing Him testimony for every day you live on earth.
from “A Brief Talk About ‘The Millennial Kingdom Has Arrived’” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
At the near end of his life, after he had been made perfect, Peter said, “O God! If I were to live a few more years, I would wish to achieve a purer and deeper love of You.” When he was about to be nailed to the cross, in his heart he prayed, “O God! Your time has now arrived, the time You prepared for me has arrived. I must be crucified for You, I must bear this testimony to You, and I hope that my love can satisfy Your requirements, and that it can become purer. Today, to be able to die for You, and be nailed to the cross for You, is comforting and reassuring to me, for nothing is more gratifying to me than to be able to be crucified for You and satisfy Your wishes, and to be able to give myself to You, to offer up my life to You. O God! You are so lovely! Were You to allow me to live, I would be even more willing to love You. As long as I am alive, I will love You. I wish to love You more deeply. You judge me, and chastise me, and try me because I am not righteous, because I have sinned. And Your righteous disposition becomes more apparent to me. This is a blessing to me, for I am able to love You more deeply, and I am willing to love You in this way even if You do not love me. I am willing to behold Your righteous disposition, for this makes me more able to live out a life of meaning. I feel that my life now is more meaningful, for I am crucified for Your sake, and it is meaningful to die for You. Yet still I do not feel satisfied, for I know too little of You, I know that I cannot completely fulfill Your wishes, and have repaid You too little. In my life, I have been incapable of returning my entirety to You; I am far from that. As I look back at this moment, I feel so indebted to You, and I have but this moment to make up for all of my mistakes and all the love that I have not repaid You.”
from “The Experiences of Peter: His Knowledge of Chastisement and Judgment” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
No matter what God asks of you, you need only give it your all. Hopefully you are able to show your loyalty to God before Him in the end, and as long as you can see God’s gratified smile upon His throne, even if it is the time of your death, you should be able to laugh and smile as your eyes are closed. You must do your final duty for God during your time on earth. In the past, Peter was crucified upside down for God; however, you should satisfy God in the end, and exhaust all of your energy for God. What can a creature do for God? So you should give yourself to the mercy of God sooner rather than later. As long as God is happy and pleased, then let Him do whatever He wants. What right do men have to complain?
from “Interpretation of the Forty-first Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
People’s entire lives are in the hands of God, and if it were not for their resolution before God, who would be willing to live in vain in this empty world of man? Why bother? Rushing in and out of the world, if they don’t do anything for God, will their entire lives not have been wasted? Even if God doesn’t deem your actions worthy of mention, will you not give a happy smile at the moment of your death?
from “Interpretation of the Thirty-ninth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
When we look at death, we should first realize that life and death are totally in God’s hands. God decides who dies and who lives. God plans and predetermines, and His actions are righteous. What right do people have to ask God for this or that? … Life and death are predestined by God, and in the work of God, some are martyred for God’s work, while others are imprisoned or die in accidents. In fact, it’s all part of God’s plans. There lies particular significance behind this, and they are witnesses to God’s victory over Satan. God has particular plans for different kinds of people, and each individual must play his or her own part. Some must die early or receive punishment, and this represents particular significance which mankind has no way to figure out. Some are victims for Satan, and are the ones who are eliminated. Others play the part of bad guys, like Judas and those antichrists, and are the ones who are punished. Still others find success, and they are the good guys who are perfected. Although these people have suffered greatly from judgment and chastisement, pruning and dealing, and experienced all sorts of trials and refinements, they have been perfected…. God is righteous. God looks into the minds and searches the hearts of men. His plans for everyone are fair and reasonable. They are entirely determined by the essence of each individual’s nature. This is what is meant by “God will repay each man according to his deeds.” For some people, it is not necessarily a bad thing to die, while for others, it is not necessarily a good thing to live. Who can figure this out?
from “Only Knowing God’s Work Enables One to Follow to the End” in Collection of Sermons—Supply for Life
The biggest issue in being a good witness is how to handle death. For thousands of years, death has bound and constrained all people. It’s something that people cannot get through. Fear of death has become people’s greatest weakness. If we can gain a clear understanding of the issue of death, other problems will become easier to resolve; the key to being able to stand witness is how to deal with death. If someone can be unconstrained by the idea of death, that is being completely released. How can we throw off the binds of dying? This is a critical question. We need to have a proper attitude toward death—everything is in God’s hands. In fact, whether we live or die is not our own choice. We should give ourselves up to God entirely and allow Him to rule over our fates. Every day that God allows us to live is a day we should live for Him. If He requires us to sacrifice our bodies, then it is our bounden duty to obey His arrangement, just as Peter was nailed upside down on the cross for God’s sake. If we are truly able to look at death this way we won’t be too constrained by the idea of it, and it will be much easier for us to stand witness. Although all humans are weak, all care for the flesh and do not want to die, if we can truly see the issue of death clearly and have a suitable attitude toward it, then our states will improve and when we really encounter the trial of dying, we will be able to pray to give up our bodies and obey God; we will be able to stand witness and will not fall down. We should equip ourselves with this aspect of the truth so that we will be able to stand firm in future trials; having a clear understanding of death is a critical part of this. When disasters come upon us there will probably be the imminent threat of death, and if we are not able to get through that, we will not be any kind of witness. We can only get through it by having the resolve to obey God to the point of death. The truth is that a person’s life or death is within God’s hands and has already been determined by Him. People’s souls come from God and their flesh is given to them by God as well, so all of that belongs to God, not to that person. Everything people have comes from God; this is a fact that no one can deny. Our sovereignty is God’s, not ours. Whether we live or die must be orchestrated by God. Whether we live or die rests on a single word from God. If God wants to eliminate our flesh, our only choice is to obey His arrangements and satisfy His will. If God requires us to give up our lives, His good purpose is within that. If God wants to leave us here, then no one can take us away. These are facts that no one can deny. Everything is in God’s hands, and gaining full understanding of this is critical. Human struggles are of no use—there is no path other than God, and begging Satan for help will only bring a quicker death. Once someone has understood the issue of death they will be able to gain release and let go, and will no longer have any difficulty standing witness.
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