552 Can Man Not Put Aside Their Flesh for This Short Time?
When the warmth of spring arrives and the flowers blossom, when all beneath the heavens is covered in green and all things on earth are in place, all people and things shall gradually enter into God’s chastisement, and at that time all of God’s work on earth will end. God shall no longer work or live on earth, for God’s great work will have been accomplished. Are people incapable of putting aside their flesh for this short time? What things can cleave the love between man and God? Who is able to pull apart the love between man and God? Is it parents, husbands, sisters, wives, or painful refinement? Can the feelings of conscience wipe away God’s image within man? Are people’s indebtedness and actions toward each other their own doing? Can they be remedied by man? Who is able to protect themselves? Are people able to provide for themselves? Who are the strong ones in life? Who is able to leave God and live on their own? Time and time again, why does God ask that all people carry out the work of self-reflection? Why does God say, “Whose hardship has been arranged by their own hand?”
Adapted from “Chapter 24” of Interpretations of the Mysteries
of God’s Words to the Entire Universe
in The Word Appears in the Flesh