Words to the Young and Old
I have carried out so much work on the earth and have walked among mankind for so many years. Yet people rarely have knowledge of My image and My disposition, and few people can thoroughly explain the work that I do. People are lacking too much, they are always lacking understanding of what I do, and their hearts are always on alert as if they deeply fear I will bring them into another situation and then pay no mind to them. Thus, people’s attitude toward Me is always lukewarm coupled with a great deal of caution. This is because people have come to the present without understanding the work that I do, and they are particularly baffled by the words that I speak to them. They carry My words in their hands, not knowing if they should be dead-set on believing or if they should indecisively forget them. They don’t know if they should put them into practice, or if they should wait and see. They don’t know if they should cast aside everything and then bravely follow, or if they should continue to be friendly with the world as before. People’s internal worlds are so complicated, and they are so cunning. Because people cannot clearly see My words and they cannot fully see them, many of them have a hard time practicing them, and have difficulty laying their heart in front of Me. I deeply understand your difficulties. Many weaknesses are unavoidable when living within the flesh, and many objective factors bring you difficulties. You feed your family, spend your days working hard, and time passes arduously. There are many difficulties in living in the flesh—I do not deny this, and of course My requirements of you are in accordance with your difficulties. The requirements in the work I do are all based on your actual stature. Perhaps when people were working in the past their requirements of you were mixed with elements of excessiveness, but you should know that I have never had excessive requirements of you in what I say and do. It is all required based on people’s nature, flesh, and what they need. You should know, and I can very clearly tell you, that I do not oppose some reasonable thinking of people and their original nature. It is only because people do not understand what the standard of My requirements of them actually is, nor do they understand the original meaning of My words that up until now, people are still dubious of My words, and even less than half of people believe My words. The remainder are unbelievers, and even more are those who like to hear Me “tell stories.” Moreover, there are many who see it as amusement. I caution you: Many of My words have already been opened to those who believe in Me, and those who enjoy the beautiful view of the kingdom but are locked outside of its gate have already been eliminated by Me. Aren’t you just tares that are detested and rejected by Me? How could you see Me off and then joyfully welcome My return? I tell you, after the people of Nineveh heard Jehovah’s angry words, they immediately repented in sackcloth and ashes. It was because they believed His words that they were full of fear and dread and they repented in sackcloth and ashes. And although the people of today also believe My words and even more believe that Jehovah has once again come among you today, your attitude is nothing but irreverent, as if you are just observing the Jesus who was born in Judea several thousand years ago and has now descended into your midst. I deeply understand the deceitfulness that exists within your hearts; most of you follow Me out of curiosity and have come to seek Me out of emptiness. When your third wish is shattered—for a peaceful and happy life—your curiosity also dissipates. The deceitfulness that exists within each of your hearts is exposed through your words and deeds. To speak frankly, you are just curious about Me, not afraid; you do not mind your tongues, and you restrain your behavior even less. Then how is your faith, really? Is it genuine? You just use My words to dispel your worries and alleviate your boredom, to fill up the remaining empty spaces in your lives. Who among you has put them into practice? Who has genuine faith? You keep shouting that God is a God who sees deep into people’s hearts, but how is the God that you shout about in your hearts compatible with Me? Since you are shouting like this, then why do you act that way? Could it be that this is the love you want to repay Me with? There is no small amount of dedication on your lips, but where are your sacrifices, and your good deeds? If it weren’t for your words reaching My ears, how could I hate you so much? If you truly believed in Me, how could you fall into such a state of distress? You have depressed looks on your faces as if you were in Hades standing trial. You don’t have any vitality, and you feebly talk about your inner voice; you are even full of complaints and curses. You lost confidence in what I do long ago and even your original confidence has disappeared, so how can you possibly follow until the end? How can you be saved this way?
Although My work is very helpful for you, My words are always lost on you and come to nothing in you. It’s difficult to find an object for being perfected by Me and today I have nearly lost hope in you. I have searched among you for several years but it is hard to find a confidant. I feel as if I have no confidence to continue to work in you, and no love to continue to love you. This is because I was long ago disgusted by those minuscule, pathetic accomplishments of yours; it’s as if I had never spoken among you and had never worked in you. Your achievements are so nauseating—you have always been discredited and have almost no value. I can hardly find the likeness of a human in you or smell the scent of a human. Where is your fresh scent? Where is the price you have paid over many years, and where are the results? You’ve never found it? My work now has a new beginning, a new start. I am going to carry out grand plans and I want to develop even greater work, yet you are still wallowing in the mud as before, living in the filthy waters of the past, and practically have not cast off your original predicament. Therefore, you still have not gained anything from My words. You still have not cast off your original place of mud and filthy water, and you only know My words, but in fact you have not entered into the realm of freedom of My words, so My words have never been opened up to you, and they are like a book of prophecy that has been sealed for thousands of years. I appear to you in your lives but you are always unaware and you don’t even recognize Me. Nearly half of the words I say are judgment of you, and half of them are effective so that you are all “driven to distraction.” The remaining half are words to teach you about life and how to conduct yourselves, but it’s as if they don’t exist for you, and as if you’re listening to the words of playing children, to which you always give a veiled smile, and then nothing is done. You have never been concerned about these things; you have always observed My actions out of your curiosity so that now you have fallen into darkness and cannot see the light—you are crying piteously in the dark. What I want is your obedience, your unconditional obedience and even more, I require that you be completely certain of everything I say. You should not adopt an attitude of neglect and you particularly should not cope with it selectively, needless to mention you always being indifferent toward My words and My work. My work is done in your midst and I have bestowed a great deal of My words upon you, but if you palter with Me this way, I can only give away that which you have not gained and have not put into practice to Gentile families. What among creation is not in My hands? Most of those among you are of a “ripe old age” and you don’t have the energy to accept this kind of work of Mine. You are like a Hanhao bird,[a] just barely getting by, and you have never treated My words seriously. The young people are extremely vain and overindulgent and they pay even less mind to My work. They don’t feel like feasting on the delicacies of My banquet; they are like a little bird that has flown out of its cage to go far away. How can these kinds of young and old people be useful to Me? Those of an advanced age are ready to use My words as a pension until they’re in their graves, so that after they’re dead their souls can go up to heaven, and that’s enough. That’s why as of now, they cherish a “great aspiration” and are “very confident.” Although they are full of patience for My work, and they are upright and unyielding like the spirit of an old man who won’t be dragged away or defeated by anyone or anything just like an impregnable fortress, isn’t the faith of these people full of the superstitious spirit of a corpse? Where is their path? For them, isn’t their path too long, too remote? How could they know My will? Even if their confidence is commendable, how many of these elders are not following in a confused way but pursuing life? How many truly understand the real significance of My work? Whose purpose isn’t so that they can follow Me in this world today, and in the near future will not descend into Hades but be brought to another realm by Me? Do you think your destination is such a simple matter? Although you young people are all like young lions, you rarely have the true way in your hearts. Your youth cannot possibly gain more of My work, but you always provoke My disgust for you. Although you are young, you either lack vitality or lack ambition, you are always noncommittal about your future; it is as if you are indifferent, and also brooding. It could be said that the vitality, ideals, and stance taken that should be found in young people absolutely cannot be found in you; you, this kind of young person, are without a stance and have no ability to distinguish between right and wrong, good and evil, beautiful and ugly. It’s impossible to find any elements of you that are fresh. You are almost entirely old-fashioned, and you, this kind of young person, have also learned to go with the flow, to be irrational. You can never clearly distinguish right from wrong, cannot differentiate between true and false in matters, never strive for excellence, nor can you tell what is right and what is wrong, what is truth, and what is hypocrisy. In you there remains even more and even graver whiffs of religion than in old people. You are even arrogant and unreasonable, you are quite competitive, and your aggression is very serious—how could this kind of young person possess the truth? How can someone who can’t take a stance stand witness? How can someone who doesn’t have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong be called a young person? How can someone who doesn’t have the vitality, vigor, freshness, calmness, and steadiness of a young person be called a follower of Me? How can someone who doesn’t have any truth or sense of justice, but who loves to play and fight be worthy of being My witness? Eyes that are full of deceit and prejudice for people are not what young people should have, and those that carry out destructive, abominable acts should not be young people. They should not be without ideals, aspirations, or a temperament of enthusiastic advancement; they should not be disheartened about their prospects nor should they lose hope in life or lose confidence in the future; they should have the perseverance to continue along the way of truth that they have now chosen to realize their wish to expend their entire lives for Me; they should not be without the truth, nor should they harbor hypocrisy and unrighteousness, but they should stand firm in the proper stance. They should not just drift along, but they should have a spirit of daring to sacrifice and struggle for justice and the truth. Young people should have the bravery to not succumb to the oppression of the forces of darkness and to transform the significance of their existence. Young people should not resign themselves to adversity, but should be open and frank with a spirit of forgiveness for their brothers and sisters. Of course these are My requirements of everyone as well as My advice to everyone. Even more, they are My soothing words to all the young people. You should practice according to My words. Particularly young people should not be without the resolve for discernment in issues, and for seeking justice and the truth. What you should pursue is all things beautiful and good, and you should obtain the reality of all positive things as well as be responsible toward your life—you must not take it lightly. People come to the earth and it is rare to encounter Me, and it is also rare to have the opportunity to seek and to gain the truth. Why would you not prize this beautiful time as the right path of pursuit in this life? And why are you always so dismissive toward the truth and justice? Why are you always trampling on and ruining yourselves for that unrighteousness and filthiness that toys with people? And why are you engaging in what the unrighteous do like the old people? Why do you imitate the old ways of old things? Your lives should be full of justice, truth, and holiness; it should not be so depraved so soon, and fallen into Hades. Don’t you feel that this is too unfortunate? Don’t you feel that this is too unfair for you?
All of you should do the utterly perfect work of yours and sacrifice it upon My altar as the best, unique sacrifices that you give to Me. You should all stand firm in your own stance and not be blown about with every breeze like clouds in the sky. You work hard for half your life, so why wouldn’t you seek the destination you should have? You toil for half a lifetime yet you let the pig- and dog-like parents of yours drag the truth and the significance of your personal survival into the tomb. Don’t you feel it not worthwhile? Don’t you feel that living this way is an utterly meaningless life? Seeking the truth and the right path in this way will end up causing problems so that the neighbors are uneasy and the entire family is unhappy, and it incurs fatal disasters—isn’t you being this way a most meaningless life? Whose life could be more fortunate than yours, and whose life could be more ridiculous than yours? Your seeking of Me isn’t for the sake of gaining My joy and for words of comfort for you? But after you’ve run around for half a lifetime and then you provoke Me until I am full of anger and pay no mind to you or praise you, then isn’t your entire life in vain? And how could you have the face to go see the souls of those saints throughout the ages who have been released from the purgatory? You are indifferent toward Me and in the end you provoke a fatal disaster—it would be better to take advantage of this opportunity and have a joyful trip across the vast ocean and then listen to My “assignment.” I told you long ago that you today, as indifferent as you are yet unwilling to depart, would in the end be subsumed and swallowed up by the waves given rise to by Me. Can you really protect yourselves? Are you really confident that your current method of pursuit will ensure that you are perfected? Isn’t your heart very hard? This kind of following, this kind of pursuit, this kind of life, and this kind of character—how could it gain My praise?
a. The story of the Hanhao bird is very similar to Aesop’s fable of the ant and the grasshopper. The Hanhao bird prefers to sleep instead of building a nest while the weather is warm—despite repeated warnings from his neighbor, a magpie. When winter arrives, the bird freezes to death.