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A Brief Talk About the Source of the World’s Darkness and Evil

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Yang Le    Wuhai City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

When I was still at school, my father grew sick and passed away. After he died, uncles on both sides of the family who had often been helped by my father not only did not take care of us—my mother who had no source of income, my two sisters and I—but, on the contrary, did everything they could to make a profit off of us, even fighting with us for the little legacy my father had left behind. In the face of my relatives’ indifference and all the things they did that I never could have expected, I felt such extreme pain and couldn’t help but hate the utter lack of conscience and the heartlessness that these relatives displayed, at the same time also gaining a sense of the fickleness of human nature. After that, whenever I saw some occurrence in society of family members fighting each other over money, or people robbing and murdering over money, I would often lament that the world today was too full of darkness, that people’s hearts really were sinister and the world really was too fickle. At that time, I thought the reason why the world was so full of darkness was because people today had turned bad, that they no longer had any conscience and that there were too many evil people in the world. Afterward, only through eating and drinking the words of God did I realize that what I had thought had only just scratched the surface, and was not the source of the world’s darkness and evil. From God’s words I saw clearly the real source of darkness and evil in the world.

 the Source of the World’s Darkness and Evil

God’s words say: “Before he was corrupted by Satan, man naturally followed God and obeyed His words. He was naturally of sound sense and conscience, and of normal humanity. After being corrupted by Satan, his original sense, conscience, and humanity grew dull and were impaired by Satan. Thus, he has lost his obedience and love toward God. Man’s sense has become aberrant, his disposition has become the same as that of an animal, and his rebelliousness toward God is ever more frequent and grievous. Yet man still neither knows nor recognizes this, and merely blindly opposes and rebels” (“To Have an Unchanged Disposition Is to Be in Enmity to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “Knowledge of several thousand years of ancient culture and history has closed off the thinking and concepts and mental outlook of man so tightly as to be impenetrable and nondegradable. … Feudal ethics have taken the life of man into ‘Hades,’ so that man has even less ability to resist. Various kinds of oppression forced man to gradually fall deeper into Hades…. Knowledge of ancient culture has quietly stolen man from the presence of God and turned man over to the king of devils and its sons. The Four Books and Five Classics have taken the thinking and concepts of man into another age of rebellion, causing man to further worship those who wrote the Books and Classics, furthering their notions of God. The king of devils heartlessly cast out God from the heart of man without their awareness, while it gleefully took over the heart of man. From then on, man was possessed of an ugly and wicked soul with the face of the king of devils. A hatred of God filled their chests, and the maliciousness of the king of devils spread within man day by day…. This gang of accomplices! They come down among the mortals to indulge in pleasures and stir up disorder. Their disturbance causes fickleness in the world[a] and brings panic in the heart of man, and they have distorted man so that man resembles beasts of unbearable ugliness, no longer possessing the slightest trace of the original holy man” (“Work and Entry (7)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). From these words of God I understood that the mankind God had created in the beginning was originally obedient to God, they worshiped Him, had the conscience and reason of normal humanity, and they had not been defiled, nor had they committed any evil. After mankind had been corrupted by Satan, sin began to be man’s constant companion. Over several thousand years, Satan has continually harassed and corrupted man. It instills reactionary thoughts and theories into man, so that man lives in reliance on its poison, resulting in mankind becoming ever more corrupt and depraved, and the world ever more dark and evil. Phrases such as “Everyone for himself and the devil take the hindmost,” “Why get up early if there’s nothing in it for me?” “A man dies for money; a bird dies for food,” “As a small mind makes no gentleman, a real man is not without venom,” “Seize the day for pleasure, for life is short,” “There has never been any Savior” and “There is no God on earth whatsoever” are all poisons instilled in man by Satan. These things become people’s lives and become their rules for life, so that no one believes in the existence of God anymore, no one worships Heaven anymore, and no one listens to reason or their conscience anymore. There is no longer any place for God in man’s heart, no longer any restrictions from the laws and regulations that came from God. Man has all been poisoned and controlled by Satan, so that man has become ever more treacherous, selfish, contemptible, greedy, arrogant, ever more evil and debauched, unrestrained, ever more lawless, godless and perverse. They have become the demon embodiment of a man devoid of conscience, of morality, of human nature, and of one where maliciousness comes as second nature. In particular, “Everyone for himself and the devil take the hindmost” is a lethal poison that Satan plants in man, and this was most evident with my uncles. Man lives only for the sake of their own self-interests, placing profit above everything else, thinking “Why get up early if there’s nothing in it for me?” To obtain more and greater interests, man can do any evil or wicked thing, make any shameless, contemptible or low-down shady deal. There is no true love or affection between people—it is all cheating, using and harming each other. That members of the same family can fall out with each other and become enemies, fighting each other for money and interests. Then even more so, relations and friends forget all moral principles for the sake of profit; they may look human, but they have the hearts of beasts. … That man can do these evil things is all because they have been poisoned by Satan’s “Everyone for himself and the devil take the hindmost,” and are under its domination. It can be seen that the source of man’s evil deeds is the poison of Satan, and that this is the source of the darkness in the world.

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