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Only When You Understand the Truth Can You Have Correct Viewpoints on Things

What Matters Must People Possessed of the Truth Be Able to Understand Thoroughly

Those who believe in God must also see clearly in their hearts those things that people possessed of the truth are definitely able to understand thoroughly. So what matters do people possessed of the truth have to be able to understand thoroughly? This is very important. There are many people who don’t know what they should understand thoroughly, and they are just busying themselves with their day-to-day needs all the time. Actually, it isn’t necessary to have understood these things thoroughly. The crucial thing is that you must see and understand clearly those things which involve the truth, principle, our salvation, corrupted humanity, belief in God, the service of God, and being able to stand testimony to God. Specifically, at the very least there are forty-odd matters that people must understand thoroughly. First, you must see through the trends of the world and the essence and root of the darkness of the world. What could be solved by seeing through this matter? This touches on many aspects of problems. How will you be able to break away from worldly things if you can’t see through this matter? If you aren’t able to break away from the world and you still follow the trends of the world, will you be able to receive salvation? Furthermore, if you aren’t able to see clearly that the origin of the darkness of the world came about through the power of Satan, will you be able to forsake Satan? Will you be able to serve God? Will you be able to follow God? This involves quite a lot of problems, so you must see through this matter. Second, you must see clearly through the corrupted reality of corrupt humanity and the essence of their nature. Third, you must understand thoroughly the function of your family and relatives, as well as the essence of their natures, and their attributes. Fourth, you must see through the reactionary essence of the great red dragon as well as the harm brought about by the rule of the great red dragon. Fifth, you must thoroughly understand true love and true hate, and must also be able to differentiate them. Sixth, you must understand thoroughly what are positive things that are valuable and worthy for people to pursue. Seventh, you must thoroughly understand what the true outlook on life and the true values actually are. Eighth, you must see through the essence of the knowledge, learning, thoughts, and theories of the world. Ninth, you must see through the essence of science and the harm science does to humanity. Tenth, you must thoroughly understand the fundamental difference between the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of Christ. Eleventh, you must thoroughly understand the difference between the rule of corrupted humanity and that of the great red dragon. Twelfth, you must thoroughly understand the substantive differences between the various kinds of social systems. Thirteenth, you must thoroughly understand the authenticity of God’s creation and rulership; this item is particularly crucial, and touches on whether a person can have true faith in God. Fourteenth, you must truly and thoroughly understand the significance and function of various disasters; it is not acceptable if you don’t understand thoroughly why there will be disasters in the future and what problems will actually be resolved through the disasters. If you don’t thoroughly understand this you will be liable to complain against God, and you might say that God is unjust, or that God doesn’t have love. So you must thoroughly understand this matter. Fifteenth, you must thoroughly understand what genuine human life and true happiness are. Sixteenth, you must thoroughly understand the end of the world and the end of all things. Seventeenth, you must have knowledge that anything originally created by God is the best. Eighteenth, you must see through the things that Satan has processed and the harm they bring to humanity. Nineteenth, you must see clearly the consequences and calamities that Satan’s rule brings about. Twentieth, you must see through the deception and corruption of all kinds of evil spirits so that can you distinguish them. Twenty-first, you must know all positive things that come from God, and you must distinguish all negative things that arise from Satan, and be able to see through their essence. Twenty-second, you must be discriminating about, and must see through, religious rituals and their essence of resisting God. Twenty-third, you must see through and be able to distinguish religious swindlers and the theological theories in religion. Twenty-fourth, you must be able to discern the essential differences between truth and falsehood. Twenty-fifth, you must be able to discern the root of the religious figures’ hypocrisy and their hypocritical essence. Twenty-sixth, you must thoroughly understand the essential difference between honest people and deceitful people. Twenty-seventh, you must be able to discern what a good person is and what an evil person is. Twenty-eighth, you must thoroughly understand which people can be saved and which people can’t. Twenty-ninth, you must be able to discern which people believe in God with a true heart and which people are unbelievers full of doubt about God. Thirtieth, you must be able to discern those who truly serve God and those who are false apostles or false workers. Thirty-first, you must be able to distinguish those people who have entry into the word of God and have reality and those people who are able to talk about doctrines but don’t have any reality. Thirty-second, you must be able to tell the difference between understanding the truth and being able to talk about doctrines. Thirty-third, you must be able to tell the essential difference between dispositional change and good behavior. Thirty-fourth, you must be able to discern the difference between just looking at the superficial appearance of something and being able to see through the essence of the problem. Thirty-fifth, you must be able to discern the difference between what is outwardly exposed as corrupted and what is the essence of the nature. Thirty-sixth, you must be able to discern between truly bearing witness and temporary good behavior. Thirty-seventh, you must thoroughly understand the root of the dark and evil essence of the world and this age. Thirty-eighth, you must know the significance of God punishing and annihilating the great red dragon. Thirty-ninth, you must see through the essence of and the similarities between the rule of corrupted humanity and that of the great red dragon. Fortieth, you must see clearly what will be the end for all people who don’t believe in God. Forty-first, you must thoroughly understand how you should actually treat your relatives and people who do not believe in God. Forty-second, you must thoroughly understand the value and function of marriage. Forty-third, you must thoroughly understand the relations between children and parents, and their value and function. If you are able to see clearly the essence of these forty-odd matters, won’t you then understand the truth? These forty some items seem to be a little long, and there may be some people who think it will be difficult to do so. This is normal. Entering into the truth doesn’t mean that in an instant you will be able to enter at once into the truths of these forty-odd items. That would take several years of effort. Without several years of pursuit, we can’t possibly attain possession of all the truths of these forty-odd matters. But if you want to attain genuinely having the truth and receiving salvation, then you must be crystal clear about these forty-odd matters, and must change your perspective on how you look at these matters. There may be some matters that you aren’t up to facing right now. You need not worry about them at the moment, but rather should see clearly your current difficulties—those difficulties which already control you and obstruct you from pursuing the truth—and first attain understanding of the truths in them. This way, when the difficulties that are right in front of you have been resolved first, you can then pursue again all the other aspects of the truth. This is the best kind of path to follow. In entering into the truth, there is also a normal rule, and what does this normal rule mainly refer to? It refers to what aspects of the truth, having seen what your most urgent need is at present, you need to understand most pressingly, and what the greatest difficulties are that you are currently faced with. You should first understand the truths in the difficulties that currently face you in order to first solve these practical problems. Resolving your desperate and urgent problems is the most important thing, and once you grasp this rule, pursuing the truth will be a lot easier afterward. This is the same as living your life. Tell me, what problems should be resolved first in order to live your life? First solve the problem of having enough food to eat, and then solve the problem of having enough clothing to wear. If you don’t have enough food to eat, that’s a big problem for you and you will get nowhere. You won’t be able to do anything. So having food to eat is the absolute basics. We believe in God and experience God’s work in the last days. Whatever problems obstruct you from pursuing the truth right now, whatever difficulties there are that control you and stop you from regular faith in God—you should first seek the truths in these difficulties and attain to having correct viewpoints on them. Only in this way will you be able to truly resolve your problems, and this is the way to enter into the truth. In this way, you will enter most practically.

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