Chapter 53. If You Wish to Attain the Truth, Then You Must Learn From the People, Matters, and Things Around You
When you take part in a choreographed dance, everybody should pray and fellowship together, and each individual has a responsibility; the duty belongs to everyone as well as to each individual. Each individual, therefore, has a responsibility and an obligation to perform well. This responsibility is not for one alone but everyone should work hard together and put in extra effort to achieve it. You learn a little, I learn a little; you provide a little, I provide a little—in this way, the movements of the dance are enriched. Why do the unbelievers put so much strenuous effort into doing something? It takes them half a year to choreograph a dance and one or two years to compose a melody. They can spend a month or two on a new dance move and still not have it down. So why do they take such pains over what they do? Why are they up against such great resistance? (Because they don’t have any harmonious partnership and just hold to themselves.) Yes, because they don’t have any harmonious partnership. Why don’t they have any? (They are relatively self-righteous and are unwilling to relinquish themselves.) Being unwilling to relinquish themselves and being self-righteous—what kind of disposition is this? (Arrogance and self-righteousness.) Arrogance and self-righteousness are corrupt dispositions. Tell Me, is this problem of theirs easily solved? (No, it isn’t.) Can anyone solve it? Can the national leaders solve it? (No. Man cannot solve it.) So can a mayor, a provincial governor or a high official solve it? (No, they cannot.) Can those great directors solve this problem? (They are even more like this themselves.) They certainly can’t solve it, can they? Why can’t any of them solve it? (Because they don’t have the truth.) Yes, that’s right. They all live in dependence on the flesh, on corruption, on life philosophies and on the essence of Satan’s nature, and they live in dependence on means and plots and cunning schemes. Isn’t that so? They don’t stress seeking the truth, practicing the truth, relinquishing their self-righteousness or themselves, and they don’t stress obeying the truth. They don’t stress the importance of these things, so when they do something it takes a lot of strenuous effort. There is too much exploiting connections, gaining entry through the back door, maneuvering in the rear, doing private business under the table, and all kinds of dirty deals and shady business. So if you have ability, you still won’t necessarily be able to take the stage. Even with real ability and a genuine talent, you still won’t necessarily be chosen. Those with means, who can play at plots and schemes, who can exploit connections and get in with cliques can get to the front of the queue. People like this more often than not have no genuine talent. The unbelievers, therefore, expend strenuous efforts in what they do; they are all at odds with each other and they scheme against each other. The vying in those engaged in professions or in academia, or in those in the cultured upper class is even more intense. Have you all worked in the dance industry before and have you experienced these things? (Yes.) Yes, people struggle so much! You are at the top of your profession and outstanding at what you do, yet people don’t pay attention to you. You are not able to suck up to others, saying, “I earn a living through my own true ability.” This gets you nowhere! At the very least you must be a sycophant; secondly you must send others gifts, and your family must have money, be financially sound and have a backer; thirdly, you must sell yourself out. Cheating each other, harming each other and elbowing each other out—these things are all too common. Living in Satan’s world, it is so hard to do anything and you face such resistance until, in the end, you are forced into a corner and you have no choice. In order to be able to eat and to get what you want, you must give up your dignity, your integrity, your ideals and your principles of what it is to be human. You must give up these things in order to achieve the objectives you want to achieve and to get what you want. Some people say, “I’m not striving for anything, I just try to win credit.” The result of this is that they sell themselves out. See how small this goal is, for someone to sell themselves out just to win credit!
Why is God’s family working together more effective than the unbelievers? On the one hand, there is a foundation on which every one of you comes to God’s family doing your duty, that is, at the very least your hearts are all pouring your energy in the same direction. Another aspect is that you share the same objectives, you share the same beliefs and your minds are all interlinked. See, regardless of whether you come from the North, the South or the Central Plains of China, even though you all speak different dialects, as long as everyone comes together to fellowship, to talk about how long you have believed in God and to talk about your own experiences, then very quickly you become close to each other, like a family. Some people feel as though they have known each other for many years and not like they have just met. It is as though they are friends who met long ago. You have this feeling, don’t you? (Yes.) You feel as close to each other as if you were of the same family. On the other hand, those in God’s family who play at plots and cunning schemes, who don’t do real work, who toy with different means, those who are self-righteous, arrogant and crafty and those who walk the way of worldly people—can they get anywhere? (No.) No, they can’t get anywhere. This has been proven, hasn’t it? No matter how old you are, what gender you are or how your profession is going, if you say “My profession is going well, so I am self-righteous and I won’t listen to you,” would anyone buy it? How would everyone regard you? Would they hold you in high esteem? (No.) So can this kind of person remain standing? (No.) Some people are smooth talkers and, within a short space of time, everyone starts to like them. After a long time has gone by, will people still like them? What will everyone say? (This person doesn’t seek the truth, or love the truth.) “This person is a sweet talker but their heart is filled with bitterness. They can talk the talk, but their heart is bad! It’s just skin-deep with them. They speak pleasantly but they don’t do any real work. They perform nothing practical and they don’t love the truth; they just walk the way of worldly people. Their words sound pleasant enough, but one cannot see what practical experience they have. And why don’t they ever mention belief in God? Why do the principles behind their getting along with other people and doing work seem identical to those of worldly people? This is not like someone who believes in God!” The more time goes by, the more people get fed up with them. They feel that, when speaking with this person or working with him, they don’t obtain any benefit. When they are with him, they feel uneasy in their hearts, they are unable to feel any release in their spirits, unable to get any help or obtain any benefit, so they gradually distance themselves from him. After a while, this kind of person will look at the situation and think, “Ah, not seeking the truth is no good. Neither is it any good to just walk the way of worldly people or employ the methods they use. I must seek the truth!” So you see, in this kind of environment, people can unknowingly come to realize that it is no good relying on their petty shrewdness, on their minds and it is no good relying on the summary of their own experiences, lessons, life philosophies and means that they had in the beginning—it just won’t do! No matter how much of the truth you understand, if people do not benefit, cannot attain the truth and cannot enter into the reality of the truth after spending a lot of time with you, then they will become tired of you and will distance themselves from you.
What kind of person do the majority of people like? (Those who seek the truth, who can accept the truth fellowshiped by brothers and sisters, who are able to relinquish themselves and who have the reality of the truth.) What expressions are made by those who have the reality of the truth? Do you know? (They are relatively honest.) Honesty is an aspect of the humanity of being human; they possess honesty, which is one aspect of humanity. What else? (They live out a relatively pious life.) Their appearance is of those who live relatively piously, and who are elegant and graceful, which will benefit others. What else? (They have reached a stage whereby they do things in a principled way. They can accept being pruned and dealt with by brothers and sisters, they can accept the opinions of others and they can obey.) Yes, doing things in a principled way—this is a somewhat practical expression. What does “doing things in a principled way” involve? What specifically? One aspect is the principle of how you approach your duty. Now you tell Me some more. (Not being arrogant and self-righteous.) (Not fooling around but instead sparing no effort to do our duty.) This is the attitude of doing one’s duty. The principle here concerns approaching one’s own duty in a principled way; it concerns how you approach it. Like when you dance, which dances you do and which dance movements God’s family needs—whatever principle lies behind the choreography, this is the principle. Furthermore, in relation to the aspect of getting along with others, what principle is behind how one treats one’s brothers and sisters, whether it be those with status, those without status, ordinary brothers and sisters or all levels of leadership? You cannot treat your brothers and sisters in the same way as you treat the unbelievers; you must treat them fairly and reasonably. You cannot be close to this one, but not that one; you cannot form cliques or collude with others; you cannot bully someone because you have taken a dislike to them, and fawn on those who are strong—this is what is meant by this principle. You must be principled in the way you deal with other people; you must treat them all fairly. To bring those who you think are pretty good over to your side and exclude those who are hard to approach—isn’t this an unprincipled way of going about things? What method is this? This is the life philosophy of the unbelievers and it is the principle behind how unbelievers treat other people. This method is of a satanic disposition, and it is satanic logic. What should the principle be of the way people treat each other in God’s family? (To fairly treat each and every brother and sister.) How do you treat them fairly? (To spiritually help our brothers and sisters, to support each other, to help others with a loving heart, to be tolerant and to be patient.) Yes, everyone has small faults and foibles and they all have some things that are characteristic to them; they can all be self-righteous, weak and lacking. You should therefore help others with a loving heart, be tolerant, be forbearing and don’t be too harsh or make a fuss over every tiny detail. If someone is young, or they haven’t believed in God for very long, or they have only recently arrived, or if they have some special requirements and all you do is obsess over it and not let it go—what is this called? This is called being harsh. You ignore the evil done by those false leaders and antichrists, and yet when you see the small shortcomings and small faults of your brothers and sisters you don’t help them, but instead you exclude them, make a fuss over nothing and judge them behind their backs, and you also make even more people oppose them, or exclude them and ostracize them—what kind of way is this to do things? (This means that they cannot treat people fairly.) This is not treating people fairly, but instead is doing things based on one’s personal likes and it is not being able to treat people correctly—it is the corrupt satanic disposition and it is a transgression! When people do things, God is watching. However you do things and however you think in your heart, God is watching! If you are to master principles, you must first understand the truth; once you have understood the truth, then you can understand the will of God. Once you understand the truth, with the truth telling you how to treat people and you understanding it, you will then know what way to treat people is God’s will; if you don’t understand the truth, then you will certainly not understand God’s will. How you are to treat people is clearly told, clearly shown and pointed out in God’s word; the attitude with which God treats man is the attitude which people should adopt in their treatment of one another. God treats each and every person like this: Some people may be of immature stature, or they may be young, or may not have believed in God for very long and God may see that the essence of their nature is not bad or malicious, only that they are somewhat ignorant or lacking in caliber, or that they have been infected too much by society. They may not yet have entered into the reality of the truth and may not yet have crossed the threshold, and so it will be difficult for them to avoid doing ignorant things or expressing their ignorance. But God doesn’t see these things—He sees only that person’s heart. If they have resolved to enter into the reality of the truth, they take this correct direction and have this objective, then God watches them, waits for them and gives them the time and the opportunities to allow them to enter. It is not that God dismisses any redeeming feature they may have or beats them the moment they make a mistake. God has never treated anyone that way, right? God doesn’t treat people like this. So if people treat each other like this, isn’t it because of their corrupt disposition? It is indeed because of their corrupt disposition. You must look at how God treats ignorant people, how He treats those with immature stature, how He treats the common expressions of man’s corrupt disposition and how He treats those who are somewhat malicious. He has different ways of treating different people and He also has different ways of managing different people’s different conditions. You must understand the truth of these things. Once you have understood these truths, you can then know how to experience them.
Does God take a year or two to work someone? (No.) Three years? Five years? No. Does He look at whether someone has made major or small transgressions? (No.) So does He look at what their strengths are? Does He look at whether someone is ugly or beautiful? Does He look at whether someone is high- or low-born? Does He look at someone’s previous faults? (No, He doesn’t.) So does He look at how old someone is? (No.) He doesn’t look at any of these things. Therefore, you must understand: Just as God doesn’t look at these things, you cannot look at these things either. Suppose you see someone who is attractive you trip over yourself to say to them: “You’re pretty good! Let’s get to know each other better and get close to each other. Let’s be best friends.” And when there is someone unattractive, who looks awful, whose words don’t sound pleasant and who cannot communicate well with others, you think to yourself, “Just ignore them. Find someone else to bully them, say bad things to them and stifle them. Who is it that makes them never join us?” What kind of way is this to treat someone? (It’s bad.) These are all the corrupt dispositions and the malignancy of Satan, aren’t they? So are you willing to live within this kind of corrupt disposition of Satan? Are you willing to be controlled and bound by these corrupt dispositions of Satan, and to be put up to doing these things by Satan? (No.) Certainly no one would be willing to do this. In accordance with the subjective will of every individual, no one is willing to do anything or perform their duty living within the corrupt disposition of Satan. People’s subjective wills are good. But if you don’t understand the truth, don’t seek the truth, aren’t serious about the truth or don’t make any effort with it, then you will not be able to enter into the reality of the truth. If you cannot enter into the reality of the truth, then what you live out, the principles you adopt in everything you do, and the words that you say will not conform to the truth. Just as this implies, these things will be completely without the truth. If you don’t understand just one aspect of the truth, then you will be absolutely unable to enter into the reality of the truth; if you cannot enter into the reality of the truth, then you will have no truth. Is there any humanity in those who have no truth? (No.) What is it that they live out in its entirety? (The corrupt disposition of Satan.) Yes, what they live out is entirely the corrupt disposition of Satan. It is not the case that people become someone who has the truth as soon as they start doing their duty. Doing one’s duty is no more than one method and one channel to take. In the doing of their duties, people use these opportunities to gradually attain an understanding of the truth, an acceptance of the truth and, afterward, gradually enter into the truth. They then reach a state whereby the bonds and control of the corrupt disposition of Satan are cast off, and so they become someone who has the truth, someone who has the reality of the truth and they become someone with a normal humanity. Once people become someone with normal humanity, then the performing of their duties, their speaking and acting can be of benefit to others and can satisfy God. Only then can they become standard created beings; only then can they become the standard and qualified mankind created by God. So regarding the performing of your duty, although that which you now expend and bring out in devotion are the various skills that you have learned, it is precisely these learned skills, that which you bring out in devotion and that which you can achieve—whether it be knowledge, culture or your various skills—that provide the channel through which you can understand the truth during this time, and that will allow you to know what it is to perform one’s duty, what it is to come before God, what it is to wholeheartedly expend for God, what it is to throw off your corrupt disposition, and allow you to relinquish yourself, not to be self-righteous, and that will allow you to obey the truth and obey God.
What is vital now for you all to do is to learn how to obey that which is right and how to obey that which comes from the truth and that which conforms to the truth; in this way, you are walking and practicing toward being obedient to God. Tell Me, can someone who essentially has no understanding of what putting the truth into practice is, or what the principles of doing one’s duty are, perform their duty well? (No.) Will they have any difficulties? This hardly needs mentioning, as they will certainly have difficulties. Moreover, you will perhaps have experienced and realized that, if you don’t possess or haven’t entered into any reality of the truth, then you will find it very difficult to continue performing your duty in God’s family, will find it very difficult to do your duty well and to do your duty to a level that is up to standard, and you will find it very difficult to remain standing. So do you now have that experience, that without the truth it is difficult to take even one step forward? (Yes.) You have this experience, right? What causes you to experience this most deeply? (Pruning, dealing, trials, refinement, failure and falling down.) How many times have you been through failure? (Several times.) Failure and falling down is not a bad thing, but a good thing, and being exposed is not a bad thing either. Taken with performing your duty, these are all good opportunities; this you need to remember at all times. Whether you have been through dealing, pruning or have been exposed, or whether you have been dealt with or pruned by the above, or whether you have been dealt with by your brothers and sisters, you must remember this: Being exposed doesn’t mean that you are being condemned. Being exposed is a good thing. It is the best opportunity for you to get to know yourself, to undergo a transition. Otherwise, you will have no opportunity, nor will you have this condition or context for you to be able to reach an understanding of your own true face. If you can come to know the things inside yourself and every aspect of your being, come to know the things deep within you that are hard to understand and difficult to unearth, then this is a good thing. It is the best opportunity for you to mend your ways and become a new man; it is the best opportunity for you to obtain new life. It is a great thing if you can cross over the threshold of understanding the truth and entering into the reality of the truth. If you can grab this opportunity to cross over this threshold and use this to further seek the truth, to pray more, if you have a conscientious and responsible attitude and, moreover, if you are someone who seeks and loves the truth, then once you have crossed this threshold, you will then be able to progress in great strides!
If you believe in the dominion of God, then you must believe that the things that happen every day, be they good or bad, don’t happen accidentally. It is not that someone doesn’t get on with you or opposes you on purpose; it is actually all arranged by God and He orchestrates everything. What does God orchestrate everything for? It is not to reveal your shortcomings for everyone to see or to expose you; exposing you is not the final aim. The aim is to perfect you and save you. How does God perfect you and save you? Firstly, He makes you aware of your own corrupt disposition, your own nature and essence, your own shortcomings and what you lack. Only by knowing these things and understanding them in your heart can you cast them off—this is a God-given opportunity. You must learn to seize this opportunity and know how to seize it; don’t lock horns and don’t resist. If you are always competing with the people, events, and things that God has arranged around you, if you are always trying to extricate yourself from them, always feeling dissatisfied, always harboring a disagreeable mentality and always misunderstanding, then you will find it very difficult to enter into the truth. Through obeying, seeking, praying more, retreating to your spirit and coming before God then, unbeknownst to you, a change will happen in your inner condition. When you are having a change, the reality of the truth is being wrought in you, and you will then progress and will see a change in the conditions of your life. When you have this change, and this kind of reality of the truth, then you will have stature, and with stature comes life. If someone always lives in dependence on the corrupt dispositions of Satan, then no matter how much energy they have, how much faith, how much enthusiasm or how much fervor, they still cannot be accounted as having stature, or life. God works on each and every person. Regardless of what method He employs, what form it takes or what tone He uses to speak to people, there is only one final aim, and that is to save you. Before saving you, He needs to change you. But can you change without suffering anything at all? You must suffer a little. This suffering can involve many things. God arouses the people, matters, and things around you and orchestrates your environment to allow you to know yourself, or else He deals with you, prunes you and exposes you directly. It is like someone on an operating table who must undergo some pain—would it be possible that they feel nothing? If every time God prunes and deals with you and every time He arouses people, things, and objects, for you it stirs up your feelings and gives you a boost, then your experience in this way is correct, and you will have stature and will enter into the reality of the truth. If every time God prunes or deals with you and every time He arouses your environment you feel no pain or discomfort whatsoever, and feel nothing at all, and if you do not come before God to seek God’s will, do not pray or seek the truth, then you really are so numb! If someone is too numb and their spirit is never aware, then God has no way to work on them and will say: “Oh, this person is too numb and has been corrupted too deeply! I have done this, made so much effort, done so many things on him, and yet I still can’t call to his heart and I cannot wake his spirit up. This is so troublesome and difficult!” If God arranges some environments, people, things, and objects for you, or if He prunes and deals with you, and if you learn lessons from it, you learn to come before God, learn to seek the truth and are unknowingly enlightened and illuminated and so attain the truth, and if, in these environments, you experience a change, you reap rewards and you make progress, if you begin to have a little comprehension of God’s will and you cease to complain, meaning that you have stood firm in the midst of the trials of these environments and you have withstood the test, then that’s great, and you have passed this ordeal. How does God regard those who pass this ordeal? God will say they have a true heart, that they can endure this kind of suffering and that their heart loves the truth and wants the truth. If God has this kind of assessment of you, aren’t you then someone with stature? So does this kind of person then have life? And how is this life attained? Is it bestowed on man by God? (Yes.) How does God bestow it? (He bestows it through the people, the things, the objects, and the environment around us, and through chastisement, judgment, failure and falling down.) It is God coming personally to give you a bowl of food, feeding it to you and then, after you have eaten, you feel full so that you can stand with strength. You must see these things and comprehend them in this way, and this is being obedient to everything that comes from God. You must possess this kind of state of mind and this kind of attitude and you must learn to seek the truth. You mustn’t look for external causes, mustn’t always look for the troubles of others, and you mustn’t always look for faults in others. It can look like that from outside, and this is true. Some people may have opinions about you or may think about you in a certain way, but you don’t see things that way and you don’t see things from that point of view. You see things from another point of view. If you see things from that point of view, then you won’t be able to attain anything. If you see things from the other point of view then that’s great, your viewpoint and your state of mind will be straightened out and you will then attain the truth. What possible reason could there be to not proceed? Why do you resist? If you don’t resist, then you will attain the truth. If you resist then you won’t attain anything, and you will also hurt God and disappoint Him. How is God disappointed? This amounts to you pushing away the bowl of food that God Himself has brought to you and that the hand of God has tried to feed you from. You don’t want it, and you say, “I’m not eating it. I’m not hungry. I don’t need it!” God tries again and again to dissuade you from this course of action, but you still don’t want it, and would rather go hungry. You think that you are full, when really you have nothing at all. This is the situation.
If you wish to enter into the reality of the truth, then you must first start from the drips and drops of life and from the people, events, and things around you. If you can learn lessons from everything that happens around you, from the way you are treated by the people and things around you, and from the issues and environments you encounter every day, then you will mature and will enter onto the right track. Some people often look for external causes, saying this was caused by this, that happened for that reason and this excuse is why that happened. They say, “I have ample reasons that can explain these things clearly. It is not like that. I’m not that kind of person.” This is troublesome, far too troublesome. They don’t have an obedient attitude, nor do they have an attitude that seeks for the truth. On the one hand, this kind of person is ignorant. On the other hand, they are stubborn. And moreover, the stature of this kind of person is too small and it is not worth mentioning. They don’t understand what people say, and have no way to communicate with mature people. Others have no way to approach them as if they were mature people, so this kind of person can only progress very slowly. Why can they only progress slowly? It is that they are not capable of seeking the truth, and they don’t seek it. In all things they look to others for causes, reasons and to find fault. Whether in big matters or small matters, they don’t seek for the truth. They would rather ingratiate themselves with other people, and be slick and worldly-wise. They are not willing to attain any truth or to satisfy God; they are not willing to attain anything like this. What will some people go so far as to think? “How can God arrange so many people, events, and things? Is God able to do all this, being so busy? He has to arrange so much. Isn’t He dead tired?” Is this not man’s conception? Is this not man’s rebellion? On the one hand, their words say that they believe and acknowledge God as being almighty, that everything is within God’s hands, that all matters and all things are within God’s hands and that everything is under God’s dominion. On the other hand, their hearts still don’t believe or acknowledge this fact. Are they not unbelievers? (Yes.) They see some others and they say, “How can you learn lessons from everything? How come I haven’t learned that many lessons? Is it that you are too ignorant and that you are following the rules?” What kind of argument is this? This is unbelief! Can unbelievers attain the truth? They may perhaps attain a little in the end, but this type of person will find it very difficult to attain the truth. There are even some who say, “I pray to God about the big things, but I don’t bother God with the small things. God is so busy, administering the entire universe and every individual every day. He must be so tired! I won’t bother God. I’ll sort it out and resolve it myself. It would be good if I could work this out myself and make God satisfied, so I won’t bother God or make Him worry about me.” What kind of argument is this? Is this not also the viewpoint of unbelievers? These are certainly the viewpoints of unbelievers. You see, God administers the entire universe; has God said that He is tired? (No.) Has God said that He is too busy to do anything? No, He hasn’t. God dominates all things, and dominates the entire universe with ease, so as for the things that happen every day to every one of His chosen people, it is so easy for God to administer it all. You mustn’t be afraid of bothering God with these things; it is crucial to attain the truth! Don’t be afraid of bothering God with these things. The more you lean on God and come before Him, the happier, the more gratified, the more comforted God is and the more He enjoys it. The more you leave God, don’t know to be intimate with God, don’t know to get close to God, don’t know to lean on Him and don’t know to seek for Him, the more hurt God is. What hurts God? (People not believing in God’s almighty dominion.) (There not being any place for God in people’s hearts.) (People not giving their hearts to God.) If you don’t come before God, what hurts Him? Is God hurt because He doesn’t have a companion to talk to? Is He lonely? What hurts Him? (God arranges the environments and allows man to attain the truth. But man is ignorant and they misunderstand God, and they end up hurting Him.) God pays a price—a painstaking price—for every individual, and they each have His will. God has expectations and hopes for everyone, and He entrusts them all with His hope. The painstaking price God freely pays for those people, providing His life and truth to every individual, is all given willingly. So God is gratified if anyone is able to understand this aim of His and, if you can accept and obey the things He does, and if you can receive all from God, He then feels that the painstaking price has not been paid in vain. This means that, if you have lived up to the care and thought God has invested in you, you have reaped the rewards in every environment, and haven’t disappointed God’s hopes in you, and if what God does on you has had the expected effect and has reached the expected objective, then God’s heart is satisfied. If you never accept what God does on you, but instead always refuse and oppose it, tell Me, will God’s heart be anxious? God’s heart will be worried and anxious, and He will say, “I have arranged such environments for you and paid such a painstaking price. Why has there been no result? Why has this had no effect on you? Why hasn’t anything been wrought in you?” God can see no result and so He feels hurt. What is the cause of His feeling hurt? It is because you are numb, ignorant, obtuse and stubborn. God takes responsibility for your life and He worries, feels anxious and gets fired up about it. This is why God gets hurt.
Tell Me, who bears the greatest burden for the life of man? (God.) Only God! People are numb and dull-witted; they don’t know or understand it. Their parents or relatives can’t take up this burden, can they? People always say, “I cannot feel it, however much God may love me. Anyway, my mom and dad love me most.” How do they love you? “They take me to learn dance, they want me to grow up with prospects for my future, to be able to distinguish myself and be a star and they let me become famous! They really love me! They raised me for 20 years, from when I was born up until now, they have spent untold amounts of money on me, lost so many hours of sleep, went without wearing so many nice clothes, and went without eating so many nice things. Their love for me is so great, I can never repay them for it all!” Tell Me, is that love? Your parents inspire you to distinguish yourself, to become famous in the world, have a good job and integrate yourself into this world. Is that a good path to take? That isn’t loving you; it is ruining you. No matter what your parents do, whether it is for themselves or for you, they walk that path to continuously make you distinguish yourself, make you enter wholeheartedly into this world, and make you throw yourself at Satan. Is this love? Until one day you will have degenerated so much as to be beyond the point of return, beyond the ability to free yourself and you will go down into hell. Only then will you know: “Oh, that wasn’t my parents loving me. It was them ruining me!” You may perhaps still not have realized this, and some will still say, “I still haven’t felt it, however much God may love me. I still think my mom loves me most. My mom is the closest person to me in the world. Isn’t there that song in the world called ‘Mom Is the Best in the World’? This is a name and a fact. It is completely true!” Until the day you feel that those words were false, when you truly have life, when you have entered into life and have attained the truth, you will then say, “My mom is not the one who loves me the most and neither is my father. God loves me the most and He is my dearest loved one, because He gave me life and He is the only One who can provide life to man!” You will only come to a deep understanding of these words when you reach that day when you understand the truth and have completely attained the truth.
Where do you start, if you want to attain the truth? (From everything that happens around you, big or small.) Start from the things around you, learn how to learn these lessons, learn to seek the truth, seek the truth within these lessons, seek the truth within the people, matters, and things around you, and seek God’s will; only by doing this can you attain the truth. Some people don’t pay attention to small matters, always thinking, “Why is there never any big thing to deal with? Nothing earth-shaking ever happens. If something earth-shaking happened, then I could attain some great truth! That would be so fantastic!” Is this way of thinking realistic? (No.) Is it pragmatic? (No.) It is not pragmatic. It is a little too ambitious, right? Doesn’t it also have some arrogant disposition about it? Can you attain the truth by this means of pursuit? You can’t, can you? So you must study the lessons from the things around you that you consider to be the most inconspicuous; you must grasp principles and learn these lessons.
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