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Chapter 38

According to mankind’s inherent traits, that is, mankind’s true face, being able to carry on until now has truly not been easy, and only through this has God’s great power become apparent. Based on the essence of the flesh as well as the fact that man has been undergoing the corruption of the great red dragon until now, how would he have been able to continue standing to the present day, if not for the guidance of the Spirit of God? Man is unworthy to come before God, but for the sake of His management and in order to bring His great work to fruition before too long, God loves mankind. Truth be told, as far as God’s love for mankind is concerned, no man could ever repay it within his lifetime. Perhaps there are some who wish to repay God’s grace by sacrificing their lives, but I tell you: Man is unworthy of dying before God, and so his dying would be in vain. This is because, to God, the death of a man is not even worthy of mention, not worth a single penny, like the death of an ant on the ground. I advise humanity not to place too high a value upon yourselves, and not to think that dying for God carries great weight, like that of Mount Tai. Actually, the death of a man is but as light as a feather, not worthy of mention. But then again, the flesh of man is doomed to die by nature, and so ultimately the physical body must come to an end on the earth. These are the actual facts, which no one can deny. This is a “law of nature” that I have summed up from the totality of human life experience. And so, gradually God defines mankind’s end in this way. Do you understand? No wonder God says “I despise mankind’s disobedience. I do not know why. It seems as if I have hated man since the beginning, and yet I feel deep sympathy for him. And so man has always been divided in his attitude to Me, for I love man, and I also hate him.”

Who does not praise God for His presence or His appearance? At this time, it is as if I have completely forgotten the impurity and unrighteousness within man. Mankind’s self-righteousness, self-importance, disobedience, defiance, and all of their rebelliousness—I push all of this to the back of My mind and forget about it. God is not constrained because of these instances of mankind’s being. Since I “share the same affliction” with God, I also free Myself from this trouble, lest I be further constrained by man. Why go to all this bother? Since man is not willing to join God’s family along with Me, how can I use My power to suppress man? I do not do things that are oppressive to man, and no wonder, because I was born into the family of God, and so of course man is always different from Me. This has led to the state of abject defeat that he finds himself in today. But I continue to give a wide berth to the weaknesses of man; what choice do I have? I am to blame for being powerless. No wonder God seeks to “retire” from the “work unit” of mankind, and moreover demands a “pension.” When I speak from the perspective of a man, man does not listen, but has man ever ceased to disobey even when I speak from the perspective of God? Perhaps the day will come when God will suddenly “retire” from the “work unit” of mankind for real, and when that time comes, God’s word will become even more fierce. Today, it may be because of Me that God speaks in this way, and if that day comes, God will not be like Me, gently and patiently “telling stories to the little ones at a nursery school.” Perhaps what I say does not hit the mark, but God is willing to loosen His hold on man a bit only on account of God incarnate, otherwise, the prospect would be too horrible to contemplate. Just as God said, “I once loosened My grip on them to a certain extent, allowing them to freely indulge in their fleshly desires, and only because of this did they dare to behave in an unbridled manner, lost to all restraint, from which it can be seen that they do not truly love Me, for they are all living in the flesh.” Why does God say “indulge in their desires,” and “live in the flesh” here? Truth be told, man will naturally understand words like these without My having to interpret them. Perhaps there will be some who say they do not understand, and then I will say that this is a case of asking when one already knows the answer and putting on an act. A few words of reminder: Why does God say “All I ask of man is that he cooperate with Me”? Why does God also say that human nature is difficult to change? Why does God despise human nature? And what exactly are the things of human nature? What are the things outside human nature? Is there anyone who has contemplated these questions? Perhaps this is a new subject to man, but still, I implore man to give it proper consideration, otherwise man will always offend God because of phrases like “human nature is difficult to change.” What good does it do to go against Him in that way? In the end, is it not just asking for trouble? Does it not have the same conclusion as hurling an egg against a stone?

In truth, all the trials and the temptations to which man is subjected are lessons that God requires of man. According to God’s original intention, man can achieve these things even if he has to make certain sacrifices, but the problem is that man always loves himself, and so he fails to truly cooperate with God. God does not ask much of man. All that He asks of man is meant to be achieved easily and happily; it is just that man is unwilling to suffer hardships. Just as, being somebody’s child, one can fulfill their duty by living frugally and saving up a few pennies to take care of their parents. Yet they fear that they may not eat well enough, or that their own clothing will be too plain, so for one reason or another, the debt they owe their parents for their tender loving care is consigned to oblivion, as if they will start to do this after earning a great deal of money. But I can see from this that men do not have hearts filled with filial love for their parents—they are all unfilial sons. Perhaps My statement is too extreme, but I cannot spout nonsense contrary to the facts. I cannot “emulate others” and “resist” God for the sake of satisfying Myself. It is only because no one on earth has a filial heart that God said: “In heaven, Satan is My enemy; on earth, man is My foe. Because of the union between the heaven and earth, I hold them all guilty, unto the ninth degree of kinship.” Satan is an enemy of God; the reason God says that is because it does not repay God for His great favor and kindness, but rather “paddles against the current,” and in doing so does not fulfill its duty of showing filial devotion to God. Aren’t people also like this? They show no filial respect to their “parents” and never repay the debt they owe their “parents” for their tender loving care. This is sufficient to show that the people on earth are the kin of Satan in heaven. Man and Satan are of one heart and mind in opposing God, and so it is no wonder God wishes to implicate them unto the ninth degree of kinship and pardon none. In the past, God had His prostrate servant in heaven manage mankind, but instead of listening it gave free rein to its own temper and rebelled against Him. Aren’t rebellious humans also striding forward along this path? No matter how much God tightens the “reins,” people will simply not be shaken and cannot turn from their set course. In My view, if humanity continues in this way, they will be ruined. Perhaps it is at this juncture that you will understand the true meaning of these words of God: “humanity cannot sever their lingering ties to their old nature.” God has reminded man on several occasions: “Because of man’s disobedience, I leave him.” Why does God say this over and over? Could God really be so heartless? Why does God also say “I am not one of the human race”? Over so many idle days, is there anyone who has given these detailed issues careful scrutiny? I urge mankind to put more effort into the words of God and not to make a perfunctory show of going through the motions; to do so would bring no benefit to you, or others. Best not to say that which does not need to be said, and not to think about that which does not need to be contemplated. Wouldn’t this be simpler? What wrong can come putting this into practice? Before God proclaims the end of His work on earth, no one shall stop “moving”; no one shall wash their hands of their duty. Now is not the time; do not act as a guide for God, or a vanguard. I think it is too early to stop now and cease moving forward—what do you think?

God brings humanity into chastisement, and He brings them into an atmosphere of death, but then on the other hand, what does God want man to do on earth? Surely not to serve as a wardrobe in the house? Something that cannot be eaten or worn, but only looked at. If so, why go to the length of employing so many complex processes to make people suffer so much in the flesh? God says, “I escort him to the ‘execution ground,’ for mankind’s offense is enough to merit My chastisement.” Does God let people walk to the execution ground by themselves at this time? Why does no one beg for forgiveness in their behalf? In that case, how should man cooperate? Can man truly do things without being colored by emotion in the same way as God makes His judgments? The effectiveness of these words mainly depends on how man acts. After a father brings home money he has earned, if the mother does not know how to cooperate with him or how to manage the household, then what state would that home be in? Look at the state of the church now: What, as leaders, do you feel about it? You may as well hold a meeting to discuss your individual reflections. If things at home have been messed up by the mother, what will the children in such a family look like? Like orphans? Or beggars? No wonder God said: “People all think that Mine is a divine nature that lacks ‘quality of intellect,’ but who can grasp that I am able to see through everything in My humanity?” As for such an obvious situation, there is no need for God to speak from His divinity. As God has said, “There is no need to use a sledgehammer to hit a nail.” Perhaps, at this time, there are those who have some practical experience with God’s maxim of “Among men, there is no one who loves Me.” At this point, it is just as God has said: “It is only because they have arrived at the present state of affairs that people all reluctantly bow their heads, but in their hearts they remain unconvinced.” These words are like a telescope. In the not too distant future, man will get into another situation. This is called being incorrigible. Do you understand? That is the answer to these two questions of God: “Don’t people refrain from sin only because they fear I will go away? Is it not true that they do not complain only because they fear chastisement?” In fact, people at the present stage are all a little bit slack and seem overly weary. They are not at all in the mood to heed God’s work, but are solely concerned with making arrangements and provisions for the sake of their own flesh. Is this not the case?

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