405 How Satan Uses Social Trends to Corrupt Man
1 Satan takes advantage of social trends to corrupt man. The ideas that social trends bring about for people, the way they cause people to conduct themselves in the world, the life goals and outlook that they bring about in people—these are very important; they can control and influence man’s state of mind. One after another, all these trends carry an evil influence that continually degenerates man, causing them to continually lose conscience, humanity and reason, and that lowers their morals and their quality of character more and more, to the extent that the majority of people now have no integrity, no humanity, neither do they have any conscience, much less any reason.
2 Satan uses these social trends to lure people one step at a time into a nest of devils, so that people caught up in social trends unknowingly advocate money and material desires, as well as advocate wickedness and violence. Once these things have entered man’s heart, they become the devil Satan! This is because they begin to like wickedness and violence in their hearts. They do not like beauty or goodness, much less peace. People are not willing to live the simple life of normal humanity, but instead wish to enjoy high status and great wealth, to revel in the pleasures of the flesh, sparing no effort to satisfy their own flesh, with no restrictions, no bonds to hold them back, in other words doing whatever they desire.
3 When man has become immersed in these kinds of trends, they become more and more evil, arrogant, condescending, selfish, and malicious. There is no longer any affection between people, no longer any love between family members, no longer any understanding between relatives and friends; human relations have become full of violence. Every single person wants to use violent methods to live in amongst their fellow man; they seize their own livelihood using violence; they win their positions and obtain their own profits using violence and they do anything they want using violent and evil ways. Is this humanity not terrifying?
Adapted from “God Himself, the Unique VI” in The Word Appears in the Flesh