People are still incapable of seeing through worldly food and clothing. Can these things fulfill their real needs? When it comes to the depths of people’s spirits, these things are incapable of nourishing the needs within their hearts. In the world, no one has higher status than the president—but there are still times when he feels empty, that there is no point in living. Isn’t this even more true for a couple of pieces of clothing? Isn’t it beneath you to fight for such things? How degrading that is! There are times when people are with Me, and when I give something to someone else, they start nitpicking: How come God bought him that? How come He didn’t take care of me? I lack this and that…. What do you lack? You want for nothing. All you do is fight for things, you’re greedy! You want for nothing, your belly is full, your clothes are nice, you don’t lack anything. Could I look out for, and attend to every single person? This isn’t My obligation! You yourself must grasp principles—don’t fight, and when you fight you become disgusting. Sometimes people understand this, and are aware that these things are mere worldly possessions and can’t replace the things within them, that no matter how good their clothes are, their spirits are completely empty. When these words are spoken, people all understand them. But when something truly happens, they can’t help themselves. People don’t know these things clearly. Many officials eat in restaurants every day, they drink and have meat with each meal. The whole table is filled with slabs of fish and meat, they never have enough of them. That’s what they are, a starving ghost reborn; in their previous life they starved to death, and in this life they’re making up for it. Many people have money and power, but when you dissect their life, what kind of life is it? They spend the whole day thinking about going to restaurants or hotels—they don’t have any work to do. After they’ve finished eating, they go and buy expensive clothes and leather shoes, and give each other gifts, that’s all they do the whole day long. What is their life? They have no life. What are their values? Every day they drink and eat their fill, every day they go to hotels and restaurants, and wear famous brands—well then, this is the worth of their life, and how worthless it is! What are these people? They’re the reincarnation of beasts, they’re not human! People may have had enough, they may have had enough of eating. If normal people always ate the same food they wouldn’t be able to carry on, they’d want a change; that they have regular tastes means they have regular humanity. People who are never satisfied in their enjoyments are beasts.
When someone lives in a group, they spend all the time fighting for what they eat and wear: “If you don’t give it to me, I’ll quarrel.” They think this is unfair: “I was given nothing to eat, I must say something about it.” How is this any different to animals? They don’t do any proper work. Some people who were especially rich or powerful killed themselves; there was enjoyment in what they ate and wore, so why did they kill themselves? From this it can be seen that those things are not what people need. Don’t wait until you’ve become so depraved as to be beyond salvation before you look back—it’ll be too late then! When they see others suffering loss, people who are smart are able to distill their own experiences before they go through the same thing. The foolish person has to go through something themselves, and has to fail, before they are able to distill a little experience, and then it’s too late. Those officials in political circles are always cursing and saying, “It’s over for people, they are all bad through and through.” There’s no point in them living, but that’s what they are, they don’t extricate themselves from the political arena, and they have to fight, they can’t help but fight, because they like it. That they still curse after gaining the things they like proves that what they’ve gained isn’t what they need, it is not what they truly need. In fact, the whole of mankind needs the truth, not just those who are saved. Whether you are one of God’s chosen people or not, you need the truth, you need God’s salvation, and you need the provision of the truth. And yet some people are animals; they can’t take these things in, they push them away, and the nature within them has turned beastly and perverted. And so, no matter how much you talk to them of the truth and the belief in God, none of it goes in. No matter how good it sounds to them, it goes in one ear and out the other. They can’t take it to heart; they spend all day doing as officials do, going to dance halls, bars, eating and drinking—they’ve been completely taken over by these things, and stuffed full of atheist views. They want to believe in God, and they know it is good to believe in God, but after thinking for a while they’re incapable of taking this path. This isn’t the path for them; it has been decreed that they not belong to the house of God.
In fact, people in the world also feel pain, and feel trapped within this situation, they are also looking for a Savior to rescue them. Today, if mankind didn’t believe in God, it would truly be incurable. If you hadn’t been dealt with, pruned, judged and chastised for the past few years, it would be difficult to say what you would be like, and you wouldn’t be any better than them. You might even be worse than some of them. In society, if you don’t change you won’t survive. You don’t change deliberately, but do so unconsciously. You become more and more cruel, more and more vicious. You’ve no choice but to be vicious; if you can’t sort them out, then they will bully you. Mankind is becoming worse and worse; in particular, over the last several years, society has become especially bad. Fortunately, you’ve spent the last few years shut off from it, and so you’re a lot better than the unbelievers. During the last decade or more, the pace of change has been especially fast and people have gotten terribly bad. Sometimes, you meet worldly people in somewhere and there is not the slightest trace of humanity in the words they speak. Five or six years ago—or a decade ago—relatives would still visit each other. Some would be officials, and their relatives in the countryside could benefit from their power; if the relatives went to their house and asked them for help, they would. The brothers and sisters, too, would happily do things for each other if they were asked. Today, even when it’s your best friend you have to give them a gift for them to do something for you. You have to—if you don’t, they’ll do nothing, and will even curse you. That’s how bad people have become. In today’s society, if you don’t learn how to be that bad then you’ll be unable to carry on living. If you’re good, you’ll surely die—it’s impossible to be someone good. If you don’t want to die, then you have to become bad, but the worse you become the further you are from God, and the sooner you’ll die. Is the world not like this? Some people say: “I could have gotten rich if I’d gone into business during these last few years.” And I say, “Then it would already be over for you. What would you get? You’d be sent to hell.” Some people say, “If I’d worked during these years, I could have become a high official long ago.” That’s right—you might really have become a high official, but you would have also made great mistakes and committed great evil. For this is people’s nature, these circumstances enable them to do such things. You are capable of anything the worldly people are, you are capable of being bad in whatever way they are. Some people say they regret expending themselves for God during these last few years, but they don’t know what great blessings they have enjoyed, and how much they’ve been protected. They’re so befuddled, so foolish, and they actually come out with such words. If you don’t follow God you’ll get nothing—and even if you do get rich, that’s not something good.
Today, many people are particularly confused in their belief in God. They don’t know what they should gain, they are truly ignorant of what they should gain from believing in God—if not, how could they fight so fervently for the sake of a piece of clothing? They really don’t understand what the belief in God is for, they’re unclear about this. Why people should live, why they should exist in this way, where the value of such an existence lies, where its meaning lies—they truly don’t know these things. If, in your heart, you have always been clear about why people live, then is there value and meaning in you suffering such hardship? And ought you to suffer thus? Why do people live like this? In the future, if you keep living like this, will you regret it? When you set your resolve, was it on impulse, or had you really thought things through and understood them? For what do you live? What is the direction of your life? What is the goal of your life? Can you ensure that you won’t give up half way, that you’ll keep going, that you’ll carry on regardless of what circumstances befall you, regardless of the context, or what difficulties or hardship you face, that you are able to continue onward no matter how great the persecution, tribulations, or trials? Some don’t dare to make such a guarantee, they don’t even possess this little bit of faith. For the moment, let’s put aside whether or not you possess this stature and speak only of whether you possess this faith and resolve. Some don’t dare speak out, and say: “I don’t dare say, I don’t dare make this guarantee.” And what does this prove? That they have no idea. Although they have believed in God up until today, if you ask them: “Why do you believe in God? What should people gain from believing in God? And what path should they now walk? What kind of path should people choose for it to be the right path, for them to do what’s right?” some of them don’t have a clue, they don’t know, and they can’t answer. They think for a long time and reply with something nice-sounding: “Belief in God is in order to satisfy God, it has meaning.” Do they, in fact, have any idea? They do not, they are muddleheaded. Today, you might have some appreciation of this.
There are people who gain something when they’re ill. At the point of life and death, they ask for salvation from God—but how much trouble would it be if everyone went through this? There’d be no need for them all to experience calling out to God at the point of life and death. Look at some people’s experiences, look at their feelings, listen to what they commune and what they’ve gone through. You should be able to appreciate these things, but there’s no need to personally experience them, you don’t have to take your body to the brink of death in order to know that you should treasure your life—there’s no need for everyone to go through this. When people are close to death, they feel that there hasn’t been a great change in them, that they have little knowledge of God, and what they’ve done and expended is limited. As there hasn’t been a great change, they’re unwilling to die, and after following God they feel that they haven’t gained much, that there have been few changes in them, that they owe God too much; if they really die, they don’t know where they’ll go. When Job’s trials came upon him, sores broke out all over his body. The people back then would surely have cursed him severely. After some people fall prey to a vile disease, there are those who will say that they may well have done something to deserve it. Back then, there were undoubtedly those who said this of Job. The Bible recorded it thus: Some people said, “How did you offend Jehovah God? Make sure you confess properly. Jehovah is righteous.” To put it plainly, back then there were unquestionably those who talked behind his back, saying he probably did something to offend Jehovah, that he likely did something disgraceful. But in his heart, Job understood: He felt he hadn’t done anything bad, but the onset of such trials brought him pain. And when he was in pain, he did not ask to live, but to die, that means he suffered the pain to a certain point. You still want to live when the pain hasn’t gotten to a certain point. There are people who endure pain to a certain point and want to die straight away, they can’t go on—that’s what they feel. Job prayed that he might soon be released, that he die and be done with it, yet there was still some praise within him. He was better than most people; at such a time, most people would have been without praise, and would have said, “God, You need but give me one breath, hurry up and save me! And when I live I’ll do whatever You want.” At such times, people start making trades.