36. Only Those People Who Pursue the Truth and Come to Know God Are Able to Obtain True Life
—Crumbs of knowledge after reading God’s words, “Only Christ of the Last Days Can Give Man the Way of Eternal Life”
In this age of evil and darkness, mankind is living in Satan’s domain and is corrupt to the extreme. Man is controlled by satanic nature to act in spite of himself and to do whatever he pleases, struggling in corruption and sin. No person is able to see the true bright way of human life, nor does any person know what on earth the true meaning is of life. People are all living for themselves, living to pursue pleasures of the flesh, and struggling for their personal survival, fame, status and fortune. They are sinking deeper and deeper into corruption and sin and cannot free themselves, and have already fallen deep into darkness and extinction. As Almighty God says: “His entire life is one of anguish, and rushing about, and fun added to emptiness, and in his whole life there are no new inventions and creations. No one is able to extricate themselves from this hollow life, no one has ever discovered a life of meaning, and no one has ever experienced a real life.” Clearly, corrupt mankind is living under the dark influence of Satan, struggling in sin. Without God’s salvation, they can only be devoured and trampled by Satan in the darkness, and ultimately fall into perdition and be destroyed. Facing a world of darkness and evil, corrupt mankind feels utterly hopeless and helpless; they can only long for God’s salvation deep in their hearts.
Regarding where exactly mankind comes from, what mankind’s destination is, what the true meaning of life is, and how to live in true happiness, these mysteries that have puzzled mankind for thousands of years and no person has ever been able to unravel have finally been unlocked. The sound of a thunderclap shakes the heavens; on the Chinese mainland, the Son of man incarnate begins to speak, expressing many truths. The true light has sent out a dazzling radiance, like lightning shining from the East to the West. All people who love the truth and who long for God’s appearance have been conquered by God’s words; all have seen that the true light has emerged. The Sun of righteousness is slowly ascending, and mankind finally has hope for salvation. Almighty God says: “Appearing in the East of the world with righteousness, majesty, wrath, and chastisement, I will reveal Myself to the myriad hosts of humanity!” Judgment has already begun at the house of God; the curtain has been raised on God’s great white throne of judgment in the last days. It is Almighty God’s words that clearly point out to mankind the path of light. This is the path to mankind’s salvation; it is the correct path of life for which corrupt mankind has searched for so long. It is Christ of the last days—practical God become flesh—who has uncovered these mysteries; it is the Lamb who has opened up the scroll of the mysteries of mankind. The facts reveal that the Lord Jesus has already returned on the “white clouds.” All truths expressed by Almighty God solve all of corrupt mankind’s problems; this is the way of eternal life bestowed upon man by Christ of the last days. God’s chosen people in China have experienced the judgment and chastisement of God’s words, and have finally come to know the true state and substance of mankind’s corruption. They finally see clearly that the great red dragon coiled upon China’s land is the devil that deceives, corrupts, binds, damages and devours mankind. They have all come to hate and forsake the great red dragon in their hearts, and all are experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement; all have entered the right track of belief in God. On the Chinese mainland, all those people who seek the true way and who thirst for the truth, have all begun to investigate the true way within the great red dragon’s frantic hinderance and its slander and cruel persecution. They are gradually awakening and turning back to God, accepting and obeying God’s work. All those people who pursue the truth have experienced many trials and refinements and understood many truths; they finally see the bright way of human life and know what is true life. They all focus on pursuing the truth and entering the reality of truth, and they all see that only when one knows God, loves God, and relies on God’s words to live does one live most meaningfully. Only when created beings fulfill their duty and live in love and light do they have true happiness. Only if a person loves God and serves God in their life is it in line with the principles of Heaven and earth, and will they never have regrets. This is the result of God’s chosen people experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement and coming to understand the truth and God; this is truly the result of attaining God’s salvation and being perfected by God. The facts prove that only by accepting and obeying Almighty God’s work in the last days can mankind obtain the truth and see the light. These mysteries that have confused mankind for thousands of years will be resolved naturally; it will be as though parting the clouds and seeing the clear sky. Because all mysteries of truth have been revealed, mankind can finally embark on the true path of life. In fact, these mysteries that are of most concern for mankind are all the mysteries of truth that people must understand to attain salvation and be perfected. As long as people understand all of the truths expressed by God in the last days, then these mysteries will all be resolved. All mysteries involving life are truths that mankind must understand; they are truths that man must possess to obtain true life. All truths involving the meaning of life are mysteries. To put it bluntly, the truth is a mystery; all truths are mysteries. All truths that enable a person to live out a life that has value and meaning are mysteries; all truths that gain a person eternal life are even more so mysteries. Thus, if man wants to understand and know these mysteries, he must seek the truth and gain the truth; yet from whence does the truth originate? Who on earth is the truth? Who can express the truth and bring the truth? Only this is the most key and fundamental problem that mankind must understand. Now this most key and fundamental problem has been revealed: The truth originates from God; only Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. Only God incarnate as the Son of man, who has come to the human world, can express the truth. God’s work in the last days is for the salvation and perfection of mankind, to allow mankind to gain the truth and life. Only when man finds God’s appearance, only when he accepts all truths expressed by Christ of the last days, can he gain the way of eternal life. Only then can he discover all of life’s mysteries, and only then can he live out a life with meaning. This is certain beyond doubt.
Almighty God has expressed millions of words in His work of the last days; He has already exposed all of the mysteries of truth. Almighty God says: “The way of life is not something that can be possessed by just anyone, nor is it easily obtainable by all. That is because life can only come from God, which is to say, only God Himself possesses the substance of life, there is no way of life without God Himself, and so only God is the source of life, and the ever-flowing wellspring of living water of life. From when He created the world, God has done much work involving the vitality of life, has done much work that brings life to man, and has paid a great price so that man might gain life, for God Himself is eternal life, and God Himself is the way by which man is resurrected. God is never absent from the heart of man, and lives among man at all times. He has been the driving force of man’s living, the fundament of man’s existence, and a rich deposit for man’s existence after birth. He causes man to be reborn, and enables him to tenaciously live in his every role. Thanks to His power, and His inextinguishable life force, man has lived for generation after generation, throughout which the power of God’s life has been the mainstay of man’s existence, and for which God has paid a price that no ordinary man has ever paid. God’s life force can prevail over any power; moreover, it exceeds any power. His life is eternal, His power extraordinary, and His life force not easily overwhelmed by any created being or enemy force. The life force of God exists, and shines its brilliant radiance, regardless of time or place. God’s life remains forever unchanged throughout the upheavals of heaven and earth. All things pass away, but God’s life still remains, for God is the source of the existence of all things, and the root of their existence. Man’s life originates from God, the existence of the heaven is because of God, and the existence of the earth stems from the power of God’s life. No object possessed of vitality can transcend the sovereignty of God, and no thing with vigor can break away from the ambit of God’s authority. In this way, regardless of who they are, everyone must submit under the dominion of God, everyone must live under God’s command, and no one can escape from His control.”
It is Almighty God who has come and exposed all of the mysteries of truth. All problems that have confused mankind for thousands of years have all been answered from within God’s words. In fact, the most fundamental problems that have been confusing mankind are that human life comes from God and that God dictates the fate of all mankind. Mankind has never been clear on these two most important mysteries, so mankind has always been confused about where on earth man comes from and where he is ultimately going. Now this issue has been confirmed from all the truths expressed by God: God is the origin of all things; the heavens and earth and all things were created by God. Thus, the existence of the heavens and earth and all things originates from God’s life force; it is God’s life that supports and dictates the existence of all things. For God Himself is eternal life, and God Himself is the way by which man is resurrected. The darkness and evil of mankind originates from the corruption of Satan. It is Satan that has corrupted mankind; only Satan is the origin of mankind’s corruption and evil. For thousands of years God has been doing three stages of work to save mankind; it is God who has been saving mankind, leading mankind, and supplying mankind stage by stage. This is an absolutely true fact; that mankind has been able to survive until this day is entirely due to this: “… throughout which the power of God’s life has been the mainstay of man’s existence, and for which God has paid a price that no ordinary man has ever paid. God’s life force can prevail over any power; moreover, it exceeds any power. His life is eternal, His power extraordinary, and His life force not easily overwhelmed by any created being or enemy force.” God is the origin of the existence of all things, and also the basis for all things to survive. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” All things were created by God’s words; God’s words dominate everything and achieve everything. If man can know this most important mystery, then he will know from whence people come and where they should go, and he will know that as people live they should believe in God and worship God. Mankind has been corrupted by Satan for thousands of years; to break free of Satan’s dark influence and attain salvation, mankind needs to seek the footprints of God’s work, needs to seek the truth and obtain the truth, and needs to live according to God’s words. Only then can they live in the light, only then can they live out a human likeness. If mankind leaves God, then they will be trapped in darkness. If mankind denies God or betrays God, then that is to take the road to self-destruction. If mankind worships Satan or advocates knowledge and evil, then they can only meet with God’s curses and accelerate toward doom. Only when mankind has God’s words and the way of truth will they have the basis for existence, a direction and a goal for life; they will have God’s guidance and blessing. No problem will confuse mankind; as long as they have God’s words to guide them and have God’s words as human life and strength, they will be able to live in the light and gain God’s blessing, and they will be able to live in clarity and live with meaning. People living in the world of darkness must find their origins; they must go back before God, accept His work and pursue the truth. Only then can they break free of Satan’s influence and attain salvation; only in this way can they live out a true life. For only God can save mankind from Satan’s corruption, and only God can bring mankind light and true destination. This is a reality that corrupt mankind must understand and recognize. Corrupt mankind must seek and accept God’s work in the last days; only then can they attain the true way. This is the only path to salvation. If only people seek, then they will find; God never hides from those who seek Him. This kind of person will certainly gain God’s grace, gain the leadership and guidance of God’s words and have God protecting and blessing them in secret. They can definitely gain the truth and live out a life that has meaning. This is a fact that no person can deny.
Now all people want to know why mankind is becoming more and more corrupt and evil; this is also the practical problem that most confuses mankind. The words expressed by Almighty God expose this most concerning issue of mankind very clearly; the reason why mankind is so deeply corrupt is completely because Satan and all kinds of demons and evil spirits take advantage of mankind’s traditional culture and scientific knowledge and all kinds of heresies and fallacies to deceive, bind and control mankind, resulting in mankind being far away from God and betraying God, and falling into darkness. Because of the influence, inculcation and effect of various kinds of negative things, mankind is becoming more and more corrupt, and the trends of the world are also becoming more and more evil. Exactly the same as the days of Noah five thousand years ago, people are all living in luxurious ease and comfort, remarrying and being given in remarriage, advocating science, knowledge and evil; morals are decaying and degenerating with each passing day. All the world is in utter chaos. Good people who truly believe in God are all rejected, and even beaten down and persecuted. Evil people everywhere prosper and dominate. Mankind is at the stage of being sick of the truth and advocating evil. Only a handful of people pay attention to and accept all of the truths expressed by Christ of the last days, and this fact suffices to show that the entire world has been brought to the brink of darkness and evil. Most countries do not permit testimony of the coming of God, and do not permit the spreading of the gospel, resulting in those people who spread the gospel and testimony of God’s work of the last days often being convicted, rejected, and banished. In particular, religious sites do not allow people to preach the coming of God; they limit people in spreading the words of God and strive to block people from seeking the truth and examining the true way. This suffices to show that mankind is already corrupted and evil to an extreme degree, just as Almighty God says: “Mankind is none other than My enemy. Mankind is the evil one that opposes and disobeys Me. Mankind is none other than the progeny of the evil one accursed by Me. Mankind is none other than the descendant of the archangel that betrayed Me. Mankind is none other than the heritage of the devil who, spurned by Me long ago, has been My irreconcilable enemy ever since.” From this it is clear that without God’s salvation, mankind will never awaken to the truth, and will never have a way to see clearly the true face of Satan and every kind of demon. If mankind cannot get the truth from God, they will be forever unable to see that Satan and every kind of demon are the root of mankind’s darkness and evil. Only God can save mankind so that they may break free of Satan’s dark influence, and bring mankind into the light and into their true destination. God’s work of the last days has solved all of these problems; mankind just has to accept the true way and obey God’s work of the last days, and they will be able to attain salvation and be perfected by God. All of the truths expressed by God in the last days can completely save and perfect mankind; they can enable mankind to break free of Satan’s dark influence and return to God to live in love, live in light, live out a true life, and gain a true destination. This suffices to prove that the true light has appeared, the true way has been revealed, and God has come; it is “the Word appearing in the flesh.”
Now most people fundamentally recognize the darkness and evil of the world. They also all recognize the reality that mankind lives under Satan’s domain and has no freedom, no justice, no fairness, no righteousness, and is without light. Mankind in the last days follows Satan and the evil trends of the world; very few people love the truth or yearn for the truth, and evil people and unclean spirits are rampant everywhere. Because of this, people all feel that their lives are full of fear and there is no safety anywhere. This suffices to show that mankind has fallen too deeply into corruption and urgently needs God’s salvation; this is a fact. Wishing to live out a true life is easier said than done. Deeply corrupt mankind not only does not live in the likeness of man, but they are simply demons, brutes, beasts living in human clothes. Such corrupt mankind has no one that can live out a true life. No matter how much knowledge they possess, or what their status, they are unable to walk upon the correct life path. On the contrary, the more people gain knowledge the more they advocate science, with the result of more and more denying God and resisting God. The higher their status becomes, the more serious their corruption becomes, the more they fall; great numbers of them have become demons and unclean spirits. Thus, the hope of relying upon knowledge and science to save mankind has long been shattered and come to nothing. If people want to live out a true person’s likeness, they must accept God’s salvation. They must accept God’s judgment and chastisement in the last days; only then can they attain the truth, only then can they see clearly the true state of mankind’s corruption and the substance of their nature, only then can they discover true life, only then can they throw off the corrupt disposition of Satan, and only then can they live out a true person’s likeness. If people do not accept all the truths expressed by God, then they cannot truly know the true corrupt state and substance of mankind’s darkness and evil. It will be difficult for them to see clearly what are positive things belonging to God, and what are negative things belonging to Satan, and even harder to differentiate light from darkness, truth from fallacy, and justice from evil. To solve these real problems, one must accept all of the truths expressed by Almighty God; one must accept Almighty God’s judgment in the last days to attain salvation and be perfected. Only in this way can one live out a life that has meaning. If one does not accept God’s work, then corrupt mankind can only be bound up, trampled and devoured by Satan, and ultimately sink into perdition and destruction. Thus, if one wants to live out a true life, one must solve the problem of breaking free of Satan’s influence and attaining salvation. One must solve the problem of man’s corrupt disposition and the poison of Satan. One must accept the truth as one’s life and achieve living by God’s word. Only in this way can one live out a life that has meaning. This is absolutely true.
Let us now discuss exactly what is true life. We can first affirm that corrupt mankind is living under the domain of Satan, and does not have any true life to speak of. Because mankind is corrupted by Satan in the extreme, and is full of Satan’s disposition, without the least bit of truth, all that they live out has not the slightest bit of human likeness. They are simply Satan and demons, beasts in human clothes; this is a generally recognized fact. To live out a life that has meaning and value, at the very least one must possess normal humanity, and be able to live out the likeness of a true person. One must be equipped with many truths, possess the correct outlook on life and values, and also throw off Satan’s corrupt disposition. One must clear away all of Satan’s poison and philosophies within them, accept the truth as one’s life, and also possess the will to suffer hardships for the truth. In this way, one will attain God’s salvation and perfection; these are the conditions that one must possess to live out a true life. Thus, to live out a true life, one must believe in God and experience God’s work and attain God’s salvation, and one must rely on pursuing the truth and obtaining the truth. This is certain beyond doubt. For people to be living under Satan’s domain is for people to be living in darkness, without seeing the slightest bit of light; how can they live out a life that has meaning? True life is living in the light, being able to rely on the truth to live, and being able to live by God’s word; only this way will earn God’s praise and is the most meaningful life. Thus, it can definitely be said that only righteous people and saints can live out a true life, because righteous people and saints understand the truth and know God; they are from God, and they are entrusted with God’s commission. They live in order to carry out God’s will, they live in order to hold God up, witness God, and bring others before God. Only this kind of person is living in the light. For corrupt mankind, only those who have experienced God’s work and have done their utmost to pursue the truth and obtain perfection by God, and become people who truly love God and serve God, are able to live out true lives. Only those who are able to live by God’s word and live by the truth are able to live out true human lives. If a person has believed in God for many years yet has not attained the truth and life, their disposition has not changed in the slightest, and they also do not do their duty up to standard, then even if they sincerely believe in God and are able to expend for God, it still cannot be regarded as living out a true life. Clearly, if people want to live out a true life they must pursue the truth and obtain the truth; these are the pre-conditions. If a person does not possess the truth then they can never live out a true life; this is certain. Someone without the truth can only do some good deeds and some good actions; they are still far from living out a true life. Doing some good deeds and good actions absolutely does not represent that someone has lived out a true life; it merely shows that this is a good person, that is all. If one does not possess the truth, they absolutely cannot live out a life that has meaning, because only those who have been saved and made perfect and become righteous people are able to live out a true life. Is it a simple matter to be made perfect and into a righteous person? Without experiencing God’s work, without pursuing the truth, how can one be made perfect and into a righteous person? Those people who do not believe in God, and who do not pursue the truth, they have even less way to live out a true life. A certain kind of person will go on a certain kind of path; the true life is that lived out by a righteous person, it is that lived out by a saint. Only when one possesses the truth can one comply with the will of Heaven, and be of one mind with God; only then can one receive the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit and strive hard for the righteous cause their whole life to complete God’s commission and mission to them. Only this is a life that truly has meaning. Whether or not man lives out a true life must be distinguished according to God’s words, and must be measured according to the truth. Only God’s words represent the will of Heaven, and only the truth can be used as the standard to measure right and wrong. A person without truth has no way to comment on what in the world a true life is. When we experience God’s work we come to know completely that deeply corrupted mankind belongs to the class that resists God. Regarding acceptance of the truth, they all think it very difficult, and for them, to acknowledge God and not resist God is already not bad at all. Recalling two thousand years ago, the religious world was able to unscrupulously nail Jesus Christ to the cross; what does this explain? We can all see the persecution, slander, judgment, conviction, and even arrest and torture that meet all those who everywhere spread the kingdom gospel and testify to God’s work; what does this explain? Does this world still even allow righteous people to exist? Exactly how many people are willing to follow Christ and walk the path of true life? How many religious leaders are now still convicting and resisting the true way? These facts are enough to prove that the words God has said “There are no righteous upon this earth, the righteous are not in this world” are true, and also completely fulfill the Lord Jesus’s words from the Age of Grace: “Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.”
We see that no matter how much knowledge or status the entirety of corrupt mankind has, they do not know the truth, and thus they do not have any way to know the mysteries of life, much less to speak of knowing the true life. They do not even know from whence man came and where he is bound; it is clear to what extent the darkness of their hearts reaches. For people to leave God is darkness; this is not a bit false. Thus, corrupt mankind all want to rely on obtaining knowledge to achieve understanding of life and knowledge of life, with the result that it all becomes an illusion. Without the truth, no matter how much knowledge one gains, or how much status one has, all is hollow; it is the real portrayal that all is meaningless under the sun. Look again at how the religious world has existed for thousands of years; because they do not know God and do not have the truth, they have never been able to break free of the feeling of life’s emptiness. This completely fulfills God’s words: “Because people love themselves too much, their whole lives are anguished and empty, and they suffer self-inflicted destruction throughout because of their hate for Me.” This suffices to show that because corrupt mankind is sick of the truth, hates God, and resists God, they are empty, anguished, and court their own destruction. This is an undeniable fact. If people believe in God but do not seek the truth and are unable to obtain the truth, then they cannot know life. Only people who truly know God can obtain a true life; this is certain beyond doubt.
Thinking back to our experience of believing in God, from returning to God and experiencing God’s work to the present moment, we can all see that God is leading and guiding us step by step. We can all be certain that God is protecting, supplying and blessing us in secret. All that we experience, no matter whether it is sickness, suffering, adversity or failure and falling, all is arranged by God with the utmost care. All is in order for us to learn many lessons, and from them come to know God’s love, know God’s compassion and His leadership, and know God’s salvation. All is to allow our hearts to have deep within them reliance, direction in life, and a goal to pursue. Through the understanding of many truths, we finally come to see life’s light and life’s true meaning. This all suffices to show that God is constantly leading and guiding us to walk the path that lies before us, that He has never abandoned us, and has never cast us aside. Sometimes God puts us to trial; sometimes He uses all manners of things, matters and people to discipline and guide us to gradually enter the right track of faith in Him. Sometimes when we are in difficulty, it is God refining us, making us learn to seek the truth and rely on Him. All of the difficulties that we face are lessons God is making us learn; all of it is God using every kind of method to train us, to make us understand the truth and learn to rely on God and obey God. When we have learned enough lessons, attained true understanding of the truth, truly learned reliance on and obedience to God, when we can love God from our hearts, and can give testimony to God and serve God, at that time, we will have been made complete. Now is the time for us to suffer hardships and learn lessons; without suffering hardship we will not learn our lessons. The more hardships we endure, the more we understand the truth, and also the greater the changes in our disposition. All this is God leading us to walk the path before us, and even more so it is God saving us and perfecting us. As long as people always live within God’s words, and often seek the truth in the face of all problems that come upon them, they will gradually attain more and more knowledge of God; this is the exact process of experiencing God’s work. The many failures, setbacks and falls that people experience are all lessons that they should learn. In particular, pruning and dealing, and practical problems bring upon people God’s judgment and chastisement, which are the best lessons that God prepares for people. Clearly, the process of people believing in God is absolutely not a vacuumed world. The great red dragon’s persecution, arrest, and all the various afflictions it brings must be experienced by people for a few years before they can understand many truths. The preaching of the gospel alone can make people learn many lessons. In particular those who are leaders and workers; God gives you a group of people so that you may bring them into the reality of truth. If you do not undergo some suffering and pay some cost, how then will you complete what God has entrusted to you? No matter what manner of duty you are to fulfill, you must first pursue the truth, as well as suffer many hardships and pay a great price. Only then will you finally obtain the truth and finally fulfill your duty up to standard. If a person does not understand many truths, then they will not be able to do any duty well. They will also be a failure as a person, and will absolutely not be able to live out a true life; this is fact. If one wants to fulfill one’s duty up to standard, they will absolutely not make it if they do not pursue the truth, and if one doesn’t obtain the truth one will also not succeed. Only when one undergoes many hardships, and especially undergoes the suffering of many trials and refinements and obtains the truth, does one finally come to know what on earth is the most meaningful life. Only then does one finally know how to be a person and how to live with value and meaning. Only when one lives and feels that God is the most lovable and the truth the most precious, does one obtain true life. Only when one has the truth does one have the feeling that bitterness has ended and happiness has begun; one then finally knows what is true life, and finally sees what truly good fortune and the mysteries of life are. From this it can be seen that seeking to know true life, and understanding the truth and obtaining the truth, have a direct relationship. True life is not empty imagination; it is closely connected with, and inseparable from, the truth. Only when a person understands and obtains the truth do they have true life. If a person does not seek the truth and does not pursue the attainment of the truth, then they will be forever unable to know exactly what is the true meaning of life; this is fact.
God’s work of the last days has opened up all the mysteries of life. All those people who understand the truth and who truly know God’s work have seen true life, understand all of the mysteries of life, and have begun walking the correct life path. Now, the mysteries of life can be summarized as the following ten main points:
1. The first main point of the mysteries of life: Mankind’s lives came from God, and mankind was created by God; they have the glory of God and the testimony of God. Only God can decide the fate of all mankind. This is fact, and people must believe it.
2. The second main point of the mysteries of life: Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. Only by accepting and obeying Christ of the last days and worshiping the practical God can people attain God’s approval and receive eternal life. Accepting Christ and obeying Christ is the only way for mankind to obtain the truth.
3. The third main point of the mysteries of life: Since God allowed mankind to be corrupted by Satan, He can also save and perfect mankind, and God will thereby defeat Satan and end Satan’s fate. Here there is an important mystery of truth, hiding God’s greater blessing upon mankind.
4. The fourth main point of the mysteries of life: Corrupt mankind must accept the salvation of God’s work in the last days; only then can man’s soul break free of Satan’s influence and return to God and belong to God. Only when mankind is obedient to God’s work will they be truly saved and made perfect, and will they be able to obtain a true destination.
5. The fifth main point of the mysteries of life: A person must understand God’s will, they must be an honest person and do their duty up to standard before they can attain God’s blessings, because God likes honest people and loathes deceitful people; God bestows great blessings upon those who sincerely expend for God.
6. The sixth main point of the mysteries of life: A person should have general knowledge that God hates and curses the wicked; wicked people will suffer punishment. Wicked people are those of the devil Satan, and God does not save them. Thus, you must absolutely not do evil, let alone walk the path of the wicked.
7. The seventh main point of the mysteries of life: People should all understand that only a successful person has a true destination; one must fulfill one’s duty and responsibility, and also prepare enough good deeds before one can attain God’s blessing and the right destination. Only when one possesses enough good deeds can one prove that one is a good person.
8. The eighth main point of the mysteries of life: A person should understand and know that man’s greatest fortune is to sincerely love God; only when one loves God can one receive God’s praise. Thus, only when one does their utmost to pursue the truth and be perfected by God can one bear His promise. This is mankind’s greatest blessing.
9. The ninth main point of the mysteries of life: God gives every person the freedom to choose their own path. Only those who believe in God and obey His work will attain salvation. People who leave God are in darkness; those who resist and betray God are to be destroyed. Because people have free will, God respects their choices. He has never forced people; God only fulfills people’s direction and destination according to their choices.
10. The tenth main point of the mysteries of life: A person must know that only the truth can change their destiny. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” God is the truth; His life and truth coexist. Those who cannot obtain the truth are certainly unable to obtain life; the truth is the core and value of human life. The truth is vastly precious; only the truth can be man’s life and change everything of man. Only the truth can change man’s fate and bring man a true destination; this is an absolute fact.
Viewed from the above ten main points of the mysteries of life, in believing in God one must pursue the truth; only then can one truly break free of Satan’s influence. Only then can the fate of perdition and destruction that meets those who resist God be changed, and only then can one really return to God and belong to God. Only this is true salvation; this is an open secret. In fact, there are many other mysteries of life. For example, for a person to live out a life that has meaning, they must be perfected by God, and to be perfected by God one must understand and possess many truths. For people to be perfected by God, these many truths are important and indispensable. For those people who believe in God, they are all mysteries; for the unbelievers, they are even more unfathomable mysteries. God perfecting people in the last days is a once in a lifetime opportunity that can give people the bliss of eternal life; this is even more so a mystery within a mystery. Actually, all truths expressed by God regarding corrupt mankind living out true lives are mysteries; all truths that must be possessed by corrupt mankind in their pursuit of attaining salvation and being perfected are mysteries of life. This is absolutely accurate. From this it can be seen that only with the pursuit and obtainment of the truth can one attain salvation and perfection, and only then can one obtain true life. Only when one pursues the truth, fulfills their duty up to standard, and prepares enough good deeds, will one have an appropriate destination. Only when one pursues the truth, obtains the truth, and is made perfect, can one live out the most meaningful life. Mankind should know that God has already arranged the fate and outcome for every class of person. In His actions God is deeply principled and completely righteous; only pursuing the truth, obtaining the truth, and preparing enough good deeds can change man’s fate and outcome. Aside from this, there is no other way. All that knowledge, status and fame bring to mankind is corruption, darkness, perdition and destruction. Even if people obtain a short period of glory and wealth, they cannot break free of Satan’s dark influence and attain salvation, and they can even less so change their own fate. Only the truth can make people see the root of mankind’s deep corruption and the world’s darkness and evil. Only the truth can make people hate Satan, rebel against Satan and forsake the darkness for the light, and thoroughly break free of Satan’s influence. When people truly return to God, they will thoroughly break free of Satan’s dark influence; only this kind of person is someone who truly attains salvation, truly obtains eternal life, and lives out the most meaningful life. This is the right path of life and the path of light that all of God’s chosen people who have experienced His work can completely attest to. Thus, the advent of Almighty God brings mankind the way of eternal life and brings mankind light. This is mankind’s hope for salvation.
For God to make the truth as people’s lives, there is a process; that is to say, for people to pursue the truth and obtain the truth is by no means a simple matter. It is not such that people can just finish reading God’s words and then understand the truth and enter into the reality of truth; they still need the perfection of the work of the Holy Spirit. Mainly there is also the process of people experiencing God’s words of judgment, and there is also the process of people experiencing, understanding and knowing the truth; only in this way can people attain the result of God’s words becoming faith, becoming love, and becoming life. Just as God says: “You should see that the will and the work of God are not as simple as the creation of the heavens and earth and all things. For the work of today is to transform those who have been corrupted, who have grown extremely numb, and to purify those who were created then worked on by Satan, not to create Adam or Eve, much less to make the light or create all manner of plants and animals. His work now is to make pure all that has been corrupted by Satan so that they may be regained and become His possession and become His glory. Such work is not as simple as man imagines the creation of the heavens and earth and all things to be, and it is not akin to the work of cursing Satan to the bottomless pit as man imagines. Rather, it is to transform man, to turn that which is negative into the positive and to take into His possession that which does not belong to Him. This is the inside story of this stage of God’s work. You must realize it, and should not oversimplify matters. The work of God is unlike any ordinary work. Its marvel cannot be conceived by the mind of man, and its wisdom cannot be attained by such.”
All those people who experience God’s work and understand the truth have seen the luminous path of human life and know life’s mysteries. These are the most fortunate of people; their hearts are deeply filled with joy and peace, and they can feel true happiness. In this way, because they understand the truth and enter reality they can gradually live out a true life. If a person has true knowledge of life, then they have already stepped onto the true life path. This is completely different to the feeling of only understanding life’s doctrines; understanding life’s doctrines certainly does not represent truly stepping onto the luminous path of human life, and understanding doctrines does not represent entering reality. Thus, a heart that only understands the doctrines of life has no true joy or peace on a deeper level, and even less so has any feeling of happiness. This proves that understanding life’s doctrines only means that one sees life from far away, but one still hasn’t truly attained life. If a person truly steps onto the luminous path of human life and lives out a true life, their heart must possess the following three verifications:
First, one must verify that the life path one chooses is bright, is in line with the principles of Heaven and earth, and is completely based on the truth and verified by God’s words.
Second, one must verify that one’s heart has true joy and peace, and enjoyment and comfort, and will not have doubt in any situation.
Third, one must be able to withstand all kinds of tests and be able to stand firm, and also bear witness for having the work of the Holy Spirit and changes in life disposition.
Only possessing the above three aspects of verification can prove that a person has obtained true life. Only a person who has obtained true life has truly obtained the truth and life. A person who has obtained the truth can walk onto the correct life path; they can attain God’s praise. This is certain beyond doubt.
There are many people who have believed in God for many years and have never seen the precious value and significance of the truth. No matter what problems they face, they are unwilling to seek the truth or pursue the truth, and it is especially hard for them to accept pruning and dealing, and God’s judgment and chastisement. Regardless of what misery, trials or environment they face, they do not want to suffer hardship; they always want to escape and seek physical comfort. This kind of person is not someone who truly loves the truth. A person who truly loves the truth does not fear to suffer hardship; no matter what hardship they must suffer and what humiliation they must endure, they are only for the truth, and in order to receive God’s praise they are willing to suffer the hardships of all trials and refinements. No matter how much this kind of person suffers in experiencing God’s work they do not retreat or evade, but rather can truly face and obey; they learn their lessons with their feet firmly planted on the ground. They have true repentance for their transgressions and failures and become a person renewed. This kind of person can stand up again because of obtaining the truth; no matter the hardships or difficulties, or the trials or refinements, they cannot be beaten down. Only this is truly entering the true experience of being perfected by God. Only those who have the truth as their life are people who truly have vitality and who cannot be beaten down by any kind of hardship or suffering. Only people who have the truth as their life can steadfastly witness God, and as long as they live, they strive without rest in order to carry out God’s will. This kind of person is someone who obtains the truth and life from amidst God’s work; they are newly made from God’s words, they are the people made perfect by God’s words, and they are the crystallization of God’s 6,000-year management plan. This is the true meaning of a person obtaining the truth. Clearly, only when someone understands and obtains the truth can they obtain true life. If someone understands the truth too little and still has not truly obtained the truth, then they have not obtained life. Some people understand the truth slightly and have distantly seen the significance of true life. Thus, they generate true faith toward the truth and have the will to pursue the truth; only this kind of person has hope for obtaining true life.
We can all see that some people believe in God for a few years, and they do not love the truth in the slightest bit, much less pursue the truth. Thus, not only are there no changes in their life disposition, but nor does their way of looking at things see the slightest bit of change. They still look at and discuss things in the same way as the unbelievers, they still live by Satan’s philosophies, and their hearts are still governed by Satan’s life outlook and values. They do not fulfill any duty well, and they also often complain, saying, “I’ve believed in God for so many years, and what exactly have I gained? I think faith in God is also hollow.” Clearly, someone believing in God but not pursuing the truth will be forever unable to understand the truth or obtain the truth, and forever unable to see the light of life. If this kind of person is caught and subjected to trials and tribulations, they are definitely Judas; they will all betray God. This is certain beyond doubt. This kind of person, when believing in God, has absolutely no visions; they do not believe in God to obtain the truth and attain salvation, but rather they do it entirely for blessings, to enjoy God’s bestowed grace, and even more so to see miraculous signs and wonders and be comforted. However, after believing in God for many years, their hopes come to nothing, and they think that their two hands are empty and they have received nothing. Finally, they believe that belief in God is also empty. What does this problem explain? They fundamentally don’t know God’s work. God’s judgment and chastisement is to make people obtain the truth as their life. It is to alter a person’s way of looking at things, to purify a person’s satanic toxins, and change a person’s satanic disposition. If a person does not love the truth and does not accept the truth in the slightest bit, then they truly cannot gain anything, because the most precious thing that is gained from believing in God is the truth. Only by obtaining the truth does a person truly know themselves and have true repentance. A person’s viewpoint on things can finally be changed, and their life disposition can finally be changed, and ultimately they can fulfill their duty up to standard and become a person who obeys and worships God. These results all depend upon obtaining the truth; if a person does not obtain the truth, then they cannot produce these results of entering reality. Thus, if a person believes in God for many years but never pursues the truth, then nothing can be gained; this is a fact. Thus, it can be said with certainty that if you believe in God not for the aim of obtaining the truth and salvation, then even though you believe in God, it has no meaning. People who do not love the truth, regardless of how many years they have believed in God, can feel only emptiness; this is fact. We can all see that churches everywhere have a portion of people who do not love the truth in the slightest. From their words, revealed as non-believers, we can see that their viewpoint on believing in God is not correct; it is simply the same with unbelievers. After a few years of church life, these people, because they themselves do not love the truth, come to feel that believing in God is hollow, and naturally their unbelieving evil hearts will also be exposed. People who do not love the truth, no matter how many years they believe in God, will find it very hard to gain anything valuable. There are some people who in the beginning of believing in God do not pursue the truth at all, but after a few years of listening to sermons and communicating with brothers and sisters, start to become interested in the truth, and also start to place importance on accepting the truth and seeking the truth. This is a gratifying reward; this kind of person also makes up quite a portion of the church. Clearly, this is a process that is necessary for people’s spirits to awaken. In the beginning of belief, some people do not pursue the truth; after believing for a few years and having some experiences, they finally feel that the most fundamental part of believing in God is pursuing the truth. This is a sign of the rebirth of a person’s spirit; these kinds of people all have hope for attaining salvation. What is fearful is that a person believes in God for many years and yet their heart never becomes enlightened; they cannot understand the truth. This kind of person is no different to a dead person; God certainly does not do the work of salvation on dead people whose hearts will never be reborn. There is nothing any person can do; a dead person cannot accept the truth. Only living people can love the truth and obtain the truth. Only living people can live out a life that has meaning. People who understand the truth and obtain the truth can definitely achieve results in the following five aspects:
First, only when a person understands the truth can they truly know themselves; they can then see clearly the true state of mankind’s corruption by Satan and the substance of man’s satanic nature. They can see that mankind is deeply corrupted by Satan, no longer has any likeness of man, and is unworthy of being called man. They start to hate themselves, have true repentance, and are willing to pursue the truth and be reborn; this is the first result garnered by understanding the truth.
Second, only after people understand some truths are they able to expend for God with a true heart. Only then are they willing to dedicate themselves to repaying God’s love and doing their duties well. No matter how much suffering they undergo, or how many failures and setbacks they go through, they are not discouraged; their heart longs to obtain the truth as their life. Thus, they absolutely obey God’s work, pursue the truth and attain complete escape from Satan’s dark influence, and attain God’s salvation and perfection; this is a result attained through understanding the truth.
Third, once people understand many truths, their viewpoints on things start to change. They start to be able to distinguish all kinds of heresies and fallacies that violate the truth, and distinguish world trends and all of the unbelievers’ doctrines, knowledge and theories. They have outlook on life and values that conform to the truth, and they begin to see true life. This is a sign of truly understanding the truth.
Fourth, when people clearly understand all of the truths expressed by God in the last days, then they truly know God’s work and have a heart that truly reveres God. They love the truth all the more, do their utmost to pursue the truth, and begin to place importance on being perfected by God. At this time, in doing their duty people have true obedience and loyalty to God, and they have already entered into the reality of truth. This is a sign of obtaining the truth.
Fifth, after people understand all of the truths expressed by God, they have true knowledge of God’s righteous disposition and the substance of His life, they begin to have a heart that truly loves God. They are willing to show consideration for God’s will in all things, and in fulfilling their duty they do their utmost to exalt God and witness God. For God’s will to be carried out, and for Him to be soon glorified, they work conscientiously with blood, sweat and tears, loyal to the very end. In this way they live out the most meaningful life, and will definitely receive God’s praise.
Above are five aspects of real results of people believing in God, from understanding the truth to obtaining the truth and living out a true life. They are a sign of people entering the reality of truth, and are also the true process of people believing in God, attaining salvation, and being perfected. From understanding the truth, to living out a life that has meaning, people must experience these five stages. This suffices to prove that to attain true life one must pursue the truth. The truth and human life are intimately connected and inseparable. If one has the truth, one has life; if one cannot attain the truth, then there is no life. The more one understands the truth, the more clearly one can see life and attain true life. Thus, living out the truth is living out true life; this is not wrong at all. It can absolutely be said that those people who do not love the truth will never attain life. Those people who only acknowledge the truth but do not pursue the attainment of truth will also not attain life. For a person to not love or pursue the truth is such a tragedy! Now, many people who relatively understand the truth have seen that only loving God is true life, only wholeheartedly expending for God and fulfilling one’s duties up to standard is true life, and only being perfected by God and becoming fit for God’s use and carrying out God’s will is the most meaningful and most valuable life. This is completely right! Because this is a decision that people make after they understand the truth, and this is completely the choice of someone who knows God. Only this kind of decision is one that mankind will never regret, for which they will always enjoy peace of mind. Thus, if people love God they will never feel regret; loving God will forever be in line with the principles of Heaven and earth, a thing of promise and righteousness. This is the most meaningful life, and this is certain beyond doubt.
People who sincerely believe in God all know that belief in God is in order to obtain the truth and attain salvation; only when people have attained salvation can they live out the true likeness of man and live out a life that has meaning. It can be said that believing in God is an exercise in obtaining true life. In the same way that a person can only enter society and work after completing their first phase of study and earning a certificate of graduation, church life now is a university of truth; as long as one has the fundamental education of junior middle school, they can enter the university of truth. Once they graduate from the university of truth, they can step onto the true life path. The study period at the university of truth lasts at least ten years; the main class is learning to understand and exercise entry into the complete truth expressed by God in His work of the last days. Guidance material is the sermons and the work arrangements from the man used by the Holy Spirit. Moreover, one must do everything in their power to fulfill their duty, to seek the truth and obtain the work of the Holy Spirit in all things, and to understand the truth and enter reality. This is church life. From understanding the truth to obtaining the truth, belief in God is divided into three main stages. The results that can be achieved in each stage are as follows:
The first stage, the first 3-5 years of belief in God generally belongs to the university of truth’s elementary stage. This is mainly eating and drinking God’s words, communicating the truth, and listening to sermons and fellowship. The achieved effects of this are: understanding the truth, truly knowing oneself and having real repentance; beginning to fulfill whatever duty that is within one’s power; placing importance on eating and drinking God’s words, communicating the truth more and living a good church life; being able to pursue the truth and obtain the work and guidance of the Holy Spirit; giving God and His words a place in one’s heart; and taking root in the true way and generating a heart that reveres God. It is only when man fundamentally knows God’s work that he truly enters onto the right track of believing in God. This is the effect achieved during the elementary stage of eating and drinking God’s words and understanding the truth.
The second stage, from the start of entering the right track of believing in God, up to entering the reality of truth, is the intermediate stage. Generally this requires 7-8 years; when people have already taken root in the true way, after they have experienced some pruning and dealing, and some failures and setbacks in the course of fulfilling their duties, they begin to place importance on pursuing the truth and entering reality. They can understand some truths and grasp some principles of doing things, they begin to be able to put some truths into practice, and they can distinguish good from evil, truth from falsehood, right from wrong, and all kinds of heresies and fallacies. They pay attention to fulfilling their duties up to standard, they can pursue being an honest person, and they place importance on the entry and practice of obeying God and being loyal to God. They begin to feel that God is lovable, their hearts yearn to obtain the truth as their life; they begin to pursue a love for God and place importance on changes in disposition. At this time, although they have some revelation of corruption, they can accept the truth and have true repentance, and they can place importance on entering the reality of truth. They have resolution in pursuing the truth, they will pay any price to obtain the truth, and they will not complain no matter how much suffering they endure. This is the effect achieved during the intermediate stage of belief in God.
In the third stage, after believing in God from 7-8 years to more than 10 years, one experiences the advanced stage of changes in life disposition. At this time, a person begins to pay attention to understanding and entering into all truths. Their viewpoints on things are fundamentally transformed, and a true outlook on life and values begin to form. A person lives to love God in their heart and to carry out His will. Although they still reveal some corruption, they are basically a person who obeys the work of God. They can truly love God in their heart and show consideration for God’s will in all things. They are of one heart with God; in fulfilling their duties they can achieve the result of exalting God, bearing testimony to God and using the truth to solve problems. At this time, people place even more importance on accepting God’s judgment and chastisement, because they know deeply that this is God’s greatest love and protection for man. God’s words of judgment and chastisement have great value for man’s entry into life. Those who have experienced up to this point have completely entered the advanced stage of being perfected by God. After entering the advanced stage of being perfected by God, the judgment and chastisement and the trials and refinements are experienced more and more. This happens to the point where a person’s life disposition changes completely, they come to have true knowledge of God’s disposition and the substance of His life, they are able to completely obey God’s work, they still love God in their hearts as before, and their resolution to dedicate their lives to carrying out God’s will becomes stronger and stronger. When they completely become fit for God’s use, they become a true witness to God, that is, a person who is completely obtained by God and who is of one heart and mind with God. This is the result achieved by those who enter the advanced stage of belief in God.
Above are the three life experience stages for a person who believes in God to attain salvation and be made perfect. When people have finished the third stage of belief in God, people then obtain the truth as their life. After people graduate from this aspect of pursuing entry into the reality of truth, they are truly a person who obtains life. They begin to step into the journey of a bright life; only those people who truly understand the truth and obtain the truth are able to enter true life. Of course, the pursuit of truth is endless. But when people understand the truth and can truly love God, they can completely live out a life that has meaning. This is absolutely without doubt, because only people who love God can do the duties of a created being up to standard, do the work of spreading the kingdom gospel and carry out God’s will, and can become people who are true witnesses of God. They can completely attain God’s praise.
Now, all those people who understand the truth have already seen the true life path; they all feel that when they believe in God they gain so much, and through accepting God’s work of the last days they really do attain God’s great salvation. These truths that God expresses really can save people, perfect people, and cause people to live out true lives. These truths that God expresses in His work of the last days are the true life path; they guide people to enter the true way of life. This is absolutely without doubt. Regardless of who they are, as long as a person accepts all of the truths expressed by God in His work of the last days, reaches an understanding of the truth, and enters reality, they have already obtained true life. Now as we have all seen, obtaining true life depends entirely on attaining salvation and being perfected. In fact, God saving people and perfecting people is so that they obtain true lives; it is also perfecting people so that they live out true lives. The effect and standard of people’s pursuit of the truth and attainment of salvation is all to pave a way for living out a life that truly has meaning. In particular, the standard of being perfected, the standard of loving God, and the effect of knowing God are all the standards and conditions to make people live out the most meaningful life. Thus, the true meaning of God saving people is to make people live out a true human likeness and to live out the most meaningful life. This is without doubt.
Now there are some people who believe in God and have undergone much pruning and dealing, and many trials and refinements. In reality, they are all experiencing God’s judgment and chastisement. Although they experience much pain, they can enter into the reality of some truths and finally live out some human likeness. Only at this time do they feel that they finally receive some reward from believing in God, that they understand and gain some truths, and that their life disposition really sees some changes. They finally feel that God’s work of the last days is the work of saving and perfecting people, and that pursuing the truth is deeply meaningful. If, at the crucial moment of God perfecting someone, a person does not pursue the truth, then they will miss the opportunity of God’s salvation and perfection. Only now do they feel that in experiencing God’s work, no matter how much suffering they endure, it is worth it. If people do not undergo this suffering, then they will indeed have no way to obtain the truth and be perfected. Now they finally understand that the words, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” are absolutely true. All those people who experience God’s work and have this kind of reward and gain this kind of knowledge, are people who are experiencing God’s work and being perfected. From this it is clear that all those people who pursue the truth have seen the results. They are all pursuing the truth, preparing good deeds and making a resounding testimony; this is a sign of maturity of God’s chosen people.
All people who have true experience of God’s work already understand many truths, and they are entering all the aspects of the reality of truth. All people who can practice the truth and grasp the principles whilst fulfilling their duties are all people who are beginning to enter reality. When God’s chosen people can understand every aspect of truth and are able to carry out their actions with principles, then they will have completely entered the reality of truth. This is all the result of experiencing God’s salvation and perfection. In experiencing God’s work, as people understand the truth with increasing clarity, unconsciously they see the true way of life. In their unconsciousness they all understand the principles of being human, how they should live out a human likeness, how to live with meaning, and what true life is. These problems are becoming more and more clear. In fact, as long as people pursue the truth and are made perfect, then they will naturally attain true life. Whether or not they can be made perfect mainly depends on whether or not the path they are walking is correct. Further, living out a true life also relates to the question of what path a person walks. Of course, only walking the path of pursuing the truth can lead to being perfected; in substance, pursuing being perfected is in order to live out a true life. This makes people see that understanding the truth and obtaining life are closely connected. Only when one truly understands the truth can one know life, and only when one obtains the truth can one live out a true life; the truth really can solve all of man’s problems. To obtain the truth is to obtain everything; one who obtains the truth as their life is one who has attained salvation and been made perfect. One who obtains the truth as their life naturally lives out a life that has meaning. When a person has knowledge of true life, they will definitely have the correct outlook on life and the correct values; they will know what true happiness is, and how to live in a way that has value and meaning. This is people’s greatest reward after they have been perfected by God. When people recognize clearly that loving God is most meaningful, and loving God is true life, then they can pay every price and devote their entire lives to spreading the kingdom gospel and carrying out God’s will. Is this not the most meaningful life? If man can live out this kind of valuable, meaningful life, does he still need to discuss man’s destination? Letting God orchestrate everything is the principles of Heaven and earth; for people to live just to carry out God’s will, that is enough. To live out a true life, one must attain two successes: The first is the success of being a person. That is, being an honest person and becoming someone with truth and humanity. The second is the success of fulfilling one’s duty; that is, fulfilling one’s duty up to standard, and having true resounding testimony. Then a person is truly living out a meaningful life. To possess these two successes, a person must do their utmost to pursue the truth; if they cannot obtain the truth, then they will never be able to get true life. This is a fact, and nobody can change that.
“God Himself is life, and the truth, and His life and truth coexist. Those who are incapable of gaining the truth shall never gain life. Without the guidance, support, and provision of the truth, you shall only gain letters, doctrines, and, moreover, death. God’s life is ever-present, and His truth and life coexist. If you cannot find the source of truth, then you will not gain the nourishment of life; if you cannot gain the provision of life, then you will surely have no truth, and so apart from imaginations and conceptions, the entirety of your body shall be nothing but flesh, your stinking flesh. Know that the words of books do not count as life, the records of history cannot be feted as the truth, and the doctrines of the past cannot serve as an account of words presently spoken by God. Only that which is expressed by God when He comes to earth and lives among man is the truth, life, God’s will, and His current way of working. If you apply the records of words spoken by God during past ages to today, then you are an archaeologist, and the best way of describing you is as an expert on historical heritage. That is because you always believe in traces of the work that God did in times gone by, only believe in the shadow of God left from when He previously worked among man, and only believe in the way that God gave to His followers in former times. You do not believe in the direction of God’s work today, do not believe in the glorious countenance of God today, and do not believe in the way of truth presently expressed by God. And so you are undeniably a daydreamer who is completely out of touch with reality. If now you still cling to words that are incapable of bringing life to man, then you are a hopeless piece of deadwood,[a] for you are too conservative, too intractable, too impervious to reason!”
“Christ of the last days brings life, and brings the enduring and everlasting way of truth. This truth is the path through which man shall gain life, and the only path by which man shall know God and be approved by God. If you do not seek the way of life provided by Christ of the last days, then you shall never gain the approval of Jesus, and shall never be qualified to enter the gate of the kingdom of heaven, for you are both a puppet and prisoner of history. Those who are controlled by regulations, by letters, and shackled by history will never be able to gain life, and will never be able to gain the perpetual way of life. That is because all they have is turbid water that has lain stagnant for thousands of years, instead of the water of life that flows from the throne. Those who are not supplied with the water of life will forever remain corpses, playthings of Satan, and sons of hell. How, then, can they behold God? If you only try to hold on to the past, only try to keep things as they are by standing still, and do not try to change the status quo and discard history, then will you not always be against God? The steps of God’s work are vast and mighty, like surging waves and rolling thunders—yet you sit and passively await destruction, sticking to your folly and doing nothing. In this way, how can you be considered someone who follows the footsteps of the Lamb? How can you justify the God that you hold on to as a God who is always new and never old? And how can the words of your yellowed books carry you across into a new age? How can they lead you to seek the steps of God’s work? And how can they take you up to heaven? What you hold in your hands is the letters that can provide but temporary solace, not the truths that are capable of giving life. The scriptures you read are that which can only enrich your tongue, not words of wisdom that can help you know human life, much less the ways that can lead you to perfection. Does this discrepancy not give you cause for reflection? Does it not allow you to understand the mysteries contained within? Are you capable of delivering yourself to heaven to meet God on your own? Without the coming of God, can you take yourself into heaven to enjoy family happiness with God? Are you still dreaming now? I suggest, then, that you stop dreaming, and look at who is working now, at who is now carrying out the work of saving man during the last days. If you do not, you shall never gain the truth, and shall never gain life.”
“Those who wish to gain life without relying on the truth spoken by Christ are the most ridiculous people on earth, and those who do not accept the way of life brought by Christ are lost in fantasy. And so I say that the people who do not accept Christ of the last days shall forever be despised by God. Christ is man’s gateway to the kingdom during the last days, which none may bypass. None may be perfected by God except through Christ. You believe in God, and so you must accept His words and obey His way. You must not just think of gaining blessings without receiving the truth, or accepting the provision of life. Christ comes during the last days so that all those who truly believe in Him may be provided with life. His work is for the sake of concluding the old age and entering the new one, and is the path that must be taken by all those who would enter the new age. If you are incapable of acknowledging Him, and instead condemn, blaspheme or even persecute Him, then you are bound to burn for eternity, and shall never enter the kingdom of God. For this Christ is Himself the expression of the Holy Spirit, the expression of God, the One whom God has entrusted to do His work on earth. And so I say that if you cannot accept all that is done by Christ of the last days, then you blaspheme the Holy Spirit. The retribution that should be suffered by those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit is self-evident to all. I also tell you that if you oppose Christ of the last days, and deny Him, then there is no one who can bear the consequences on your behalf. Furthermore, from this day onward you will not have another chance to gain the approval of God; even if you try to redeem yourself, you will never again behold the face of God. For what you oppose is not a man, what you deny is not some puny being, but Christ. Are you aware of this consequence? You have not made a small mistake, but committed a heinous crime. And so I advise everyone not to bare your fangs before the truth, or make careless criticisms, for only the truth can bring you life, and nothing except the truth can allow you to be reborn and behold the face of God.”
Only people who experience God’s judgment and chastisement in the last days and obtain the truth are people who attain salvation and are made perfect. Only they are able to live out lives that have meaning. This is confirmed by the results of countless of God’s chosen people who have experienced God’s work and understand the truth. God’s chosen people in China have experienced God’s judgment and chastisement and have finally walked out of Satan’s dark influence and broken free of Satan’s control and bondage. This has been confirmed by the true experience and testimony from God’s chosen people. God’s work of the last days is to make complete one group of people who are of one heart and mind with God. At present all people who pursue the truth are experiencing God’s perfection; all have seen true life, and are working hard to live out lives that have value and meaning. Now all God’s chosen people can confirm that there are mainly seven aspects of results and testimonies to understanding the truth and seeing the light of life. This is something that God’s chosen people pursuing the truth can absolutely achieve:
1. When one truly understands the truth, one will detest dark world trends and negative things, and one can then hate and forsake Satan.
2. When one truly understands the truth, one is able to know the true state of their own corruption, one can then hate themselves, have true repentance, and live out the likeness of man.
3. When one truly understands the truth, one pays great attention to man’s responsibilities, obligations, and duties, and can then carry out actions with principle and fulfill their duty up to standard.
4. When one truly understands the truth, one will love the truth, advocate the truth and exalt the truth even more, thus being able to fear God and shun evil.
5. When one truly understands the truth, one then truly knows God, and one can exalt and witness God and become a person who obeys and worships God.
6. The more one understands the truth, the more real their love for God becomes. When one loves God in their heart, they are totally released and set free, and their heart is full of joy, pleasure and comfort.
7. When a person obtains the truth, they are able to dedicate their lives to carrying out God’s will, and they long to live a life that has value and meaning.
The above seven aspects of results and testimonies suffice to show that if a person understands the truth and obtains the truth, then they have already obtained true life. A person who obtains the truth has obtained new life; they are someone who attains salvation and is made perfect. This is without the slightest doubt. This is enough to prove that only when one pursues the truth and obtains the truth can one know life’s mysteries; only then can one obtain true life. When a person pursues the truth and attains salvation and is made perfect, then they naturally step onto the true way of life. They will naturally live out a life that has value and meaning; this is absolutely without doubt. At present all of God’s chosen people have been certain that only those people who pursue the truth and come to know God can obtain true life.
May 1, 2013
a. A piece of deadwood: a Chinese idiom, meaning “beyond help.”