406 How Satan Uses Knowledge to Corrupt Man
1 How does Satan use knowledge to corrupt man? During the process of man’s learning of knowledge, Satan will employ any method, and allow them to satisfy their desires or satisfy their ideals. In fact, no matter how lofty man’s ideals are, no matter how realistic man’s desires are or how proper they may be, all that man wants to achieve, all that man seeks for is inextricably linked with two words. They are “fame” and “gain,” and these are things Satan intends to instill in man.
2 Any great or famous person, all people in fact, anything they follow in life relates only to these two words: “fame” and “gain.” People willingly, albeit unknowingly, take their bodies, minds, all that they have, their futures and their destinies and hand them all over to Satan in order to attain the fame and gain they desire. People actually do this without ever a moment’s hesitation, ever ignorant of the need to recover it all.
3 Once people take refuge in Satan and become loyal to it in this way, they are completely and utterly controlled by Satan. They have also completely and utterly sunk down into a quagmire and are unable to free themselves. Satan uses fame and gain to control man’s thoughts until all they can think of is fame and gain. They struggle for fame and gain, suffer hardships for fame and gain, endure humiliation for fame and gain, sacrifice everything they have for fame and gain, and they will make any judgment or decision for fame and gain.
4 In this way, Satan binds man with invisible shackles. These shackles are borne on people, and they have not the strength nor courage to throw them off. So, unknowingly, people bear these shackles and trudge ever onward in great difficulty. For the sake of this fame and gain, mankind shuns God and betrays Him, and they become more and more wicked. In this way, therefore, one generation after another is destroyed in the fame and gain of Satan.
Adapted from “God Himself, the Unique VI” in The Word Appears in the Flesh