1. “Fearing God and shunning evil” and knowing God are indivisibly connected by a myriad threads, and the connection between them is self-evident. If one wishes to attain to shunning evil, one must first have real fear of God; if one wishes to attain to real fear of God, one must first have real knowledge of God; if one wishes to attain to knowledge of God, one must first encounter God’s words, enter into the reality of God’s words, encounter God’s chastening and discipline, His chastisement and judgment.
2. If one wishes to encounter God’s words, one must first come face to face with God’s words, come face to face with God, and beg God to furnish opportunities to experience God’s words in the form of all sorts of environments involving people, events and objects; if one wishes to come face to face with God and with God’s words, one must first possess a simple and honest heart, readiness to accept, the will to endure suffering, the resolution and the courage to shun evil, and the aspiration to become a genuine created being…. In this way, going forward step by step, you will draw ever closer to God, your heart will grow ever more pure, and your life and the value of being alive will, along with your knowledge of God, become ever more meaningful and wax ever more radiant.
from Preface to A Continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh