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

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

                                             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 is 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.

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 undimishable. … 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 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?” “The wages of avarice is death,” “A small mind makes not a gentleman, a real man lacks not in venom,” “Life is short, so have fun,” “There has never been a 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.

In the many phenomena that we live amongst, we can see most easily the darkness of the world. We can say that the people who lead world trends nowadays are all the embodiment of Satan. Particularly, those who hold power and authority are the princes of the devils, and among these the great red dragon is the darkest and most evil power. Ever since the great red dragon took power, it has used the power in its hands to do its utmost to corrupt man, corrupting them so that they become devils in human forms, so that man no longer resembles man. The great red dragon reveres violence and advocates revolution. It uses violence to seize power and uses violence to govern the nation. Those who live under its domain also enjoy violence and consistently use force to resolve every issue, often coming to blows over the smallest matter. There are ever more cases of robberies and murders that make people’s blood boil, and the ways in which people are murdered are also ever more cruel and odious. These are all facts that are there for all to see. The great red dragon guides its people to “develop the economy,” and reveres sayings such as “Doesn’t matter if the cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice,” “Prostitution is better than poverty,” “With money, you can make the devil push the millstone,” “Everything else you can do without, but not money” and “Money can do anything.” With its powerful advocacy of such things, people esteem money and power, whoever has the money and the power can prosper, and whoever has no money and no power can only be oppressed and swallow all grievances, with the result that people’s hearts are filled only with money. For money, the ties of kinship are forgotten; for money and power they can take and offer bribes, buy and sell officials, rob, defraud, kill people and take their possessions, fight and kill each other—it can be said they will use any means necessary. What’s more, prostitution is ubiquitous in today’s society and the places for whoring and drugs can be seen everywhere. Sexual bribes and sexual transactions are in vogue and people adhere to evil, esteem evil, not thinking it is shameful, but instead thinking it is glorious. These are also the results of developing the economy, making the relationship between people a relationship of money. The great red dragon uses this to corrupt people’s morals and make them devoid of conscience. The darkest, most reactionary aspect of this is that the great red dragon does not acknowledge that there is a God, but instead propagates atheism so that people deny God, deny His sovereignty, abandon the real God and worship Satan. Those who live under the great red dragon’s deception and disinformation do not believe there is a God and do not worship the real God, but instead follow Satan, esteem evil, and are removed from righteousness so that they are ever more corrupt and depraved. … Now I can see ever more clearly that because of this “model” of the great red dragon, man became so corrupted and evil, with no conscience, no humanity. The root of all this ruin lies entirely with the great red dragon. The arch-criminal that created the evil in man’s hearts, the corrupt morals and fickleness of the world in society today is the great red dragon; that the great red dragon took power is the root cause of all the world’s darkness and evil. If the great red dragon took power for just one day, if Satan is not one day annihilated, then mankind would not be able to live in the light and the world would never again know peace.

After seeing the darkness and evil of the great red dragon and how it corrupts and tramples people underfoot, I feel even more the holiness and beauty of Christ. Christ is the only light in this world of darkness, only Christ can save mankind and help them break away from this dark and evil place, and only when Christ takes power will light be brought to mankind. Because only God has an essence that is beautiful and good, only God is the origin of righteousness and light, God is the only symbol that cannot be overwhelmed or violated by all the darkness and evil, only God can change the old face of the entire world and bring light to earth, and only God can bring mankind to a wonderful destination. Apart from God, no one can perform this work and no one can defeat or annihilate Satan. Just like it says in God’s words: “In the vast world, countless changes have occurred, over and over. None are able to lead and guide this mankind except for He who rules over all things in the universe. There is no mighty one to labor or make preparations for this mankind, much less a person who is able to lead this mankind toward the destination of light and the liberation from earthly injustices” (“God Is the Source of Man’s Life” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “I want to correct the injustices of the human world. I will do My work personally throughout the entire world, forbidding Satan from harming My people again, forbidding the enemy from doing whatever they please again. I will become King on earth and move My throne there, making all the enemy fall to the ground and confess their crimes before Me” (“The Twenty-seventh Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). I saw in God’s words His almightiness and His authority, saw that only God can save us who live under the domain of the great red dragon and who have been so trampled underfoot by it. Because of this my heart yearns all the more for Christ to take power, and for the great red dragon to soon meet its end.

I give thanks to the enlightenment of God’s words that allowed me to see the source of the darkness and evil in the world, that caused to arise in my heart a true loathing of the great red dragon, and that allowed me to understand that only Christ can lead man to break away from this dark place, to enter the light. Only by following Christ and worshiping Christ can man break away from Satan’s affliction. From today on, I wish to seek the truth and follow Christ’s lead, to accept of God’s words and make them my life, to rid myself of all the great red dragon’s poisons, to cast off the control of the great red dragon’s influence, to utterly rebel against the great red dragon, and to reach God’s salvation and be perfected by God.

Source from: https://www.findshepherd.com/a-brief-talk-about-darkness-evil.html

Eastern Lightning | The Church of Almighty God came into being because of the work of the returned Lord Jesus—the end-time Christ, “Almighty God”—in China, and it isn’t established by any person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. After reading God’s expression, you will see that God has appeared.

What Is It That Has Deceived My Spirit?

One day I received a notice about a meeting. Normally this is a happy event, but as soon as I thought about what a complete mess my own work had been in lately, I couldn’t help feeling worried. If my superior knew how I hadn’t finished any of my work, they would certainly have to deal with me, and may even replace me. What would I do then? … The next day I went along to the meeting with a heavy heart. When I got there, I saw that my superior had not yet arrived, but some co-workers were there already. I thought: “I don’t know what state any of their work is in. At the last meeting, I heard them say how they’d pretty much done their work, and this time they must surely have finished it all. If they have finished all their work and it’s only me who is so bad, then I’m done for.” I was surprised then that, when we were together talking about our own work situations, many of my co-workers were saying how they hadn’t finished some parts of their work. When I heard this, my heart that had been so heavy before suddenly felt a lot lighter. I thought: “It turns out that no one has finished their work, not just me. No need to worry then. We can’t all be replaced.” The greater part of my uneasy feelings then disappeared in an instant.

Just as I was starting to get comfortable in my state of self-consolation, a passage in a fellowship from the above drifted into my mind: “If one brings worldly views into God’s family, then they are conceptions and they defy God. Many people have the same views on things as unbelievers. Because they have no truth within them, once they arrive at God’s family they use worldly views to view the work of God’s family, to comment on the matters of God’s family, with the result that they hold themselves back, causing themselves to always be weak and negative, to be unable to seek the truth or pay the price. Is this not created by their ignorance?” (“How to Know Man’s Conceptions and Judgments” in Fellowship and Preaching About Life Entry III). These words made me think of my reaction a moment ago. When I thought of how I hadn’t finished my work, my heart felt very heavy and I couldn’t stop worrying. But when I knew that my co-workers had also not finished their work, I felt immediately relieved, and thought with an easy conscience that it wasn’t just me whose work had not achieved anything. If our superior was to deal with us, then everyone would have their share. Since so many of us had not finished our work, our supervisor certainly couldn’t replace us all. Wasn’t this type of thinking dominated by Satan’s viewpoint: “It is not a sin if everyone does it”? Wasn’t I really using Satan’s viewpoint to measure the principles of the church’s work? I had applied Satan’s logical viewpoint to the church, used it to console myself, to indulge myself—but wasn’t I just harming myself? I was in fact so blind and ignorant! Thinking back, there were many times when I accepted the domination of this viewpoint of Satan’s to console myself. For a while, I lived in the flesh with no entry into life and, although worried about my own salvation, when I saw some brothers and sisters having also made no entry into the truth, I became free from anxiety and stopped giving myself a hard time. I thought that if so many people had not entered into life, then God couldn’t sift us all out, could He? I therefore lived in a laissez-faire state of self-indulgence, carrying no real burden for my own life. When I had not written any article for a long time and had feelings of self-condemnation, I would see others who also hadn’t written anything, and the condemnation in my heart would disappear. I would think, it’s no big deal to not write an article and, anyway, it’s not just me who hasn’t written one. When I never saw any result from my gospel work, I would feel anxious. But when I saw the gospel work of others having no result either, I would feel calm, thinking that everyone was like this, that it wasn’t just me who never brought anyone into the church…. At that time, I saw that the viewpoint of Satan—“It is not a sin if everyone does it”—had taken root in my heart so very deeply. Under the domination of this viewpoint, I was constantly indulging myself when performing my duties, wasn’t putting my all into them and wasn’t seeking the best possible outcome. It not only caused great loss to the work of the church, but also brought a great deal of loss to my own life. Because I had accepted the fallacious poison of Satan—“It is not a sin if everyone does it”—I had taken up no real burden in my work for the church, was always making do with half-hearted work and was not seeking any outcome; I had lost the conscience and reason that one of God’s creations should have. Because I had accepted the shackles of Satan’s viewpoint of “It is not a sin if everyone does it,” I was always just muddling along in the course of my following God. I had not considered my belief in God to be of any consequence at all, I did not seek the truth in earnest, did not care about or focus on my own entry into life; I had no objective to pursue, no direction in life. I just muddled along and did the bare minimum to get by. Only now do I see that I had been harmed so badly by Satan’s viewpoint of “It is not a sin if everyone does it,” and had completely lost the conscience, reason, integrity and dignity that a normal person should possess. Thinking carefully, I had been living within my own imagination and conceptions all the while, believing in “It is not a sin if everyone does it,” that if many people commit the sin then God will let us slip through the net and not hold anyone accountable, never thinking whether or not God would actually treat people this way. At that time, I couldn’t help thinking of God’s words, that say: “He who defies the work of God shall be sent to hell; What Is It That Has Deceived My Spirit?any country that defies the work of God shall be destroyed; any nation that rises up to oppose the work of God shall be wiped from this earth, and shall cease to exist” (“God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). God’s words made me tremble with fear, as I saw that God’s disposition will not allow anyone to commit offense and that He will not base His decision on whether or not to destroy man on the number of sinners. Thinking back, the people in Noah’s day were sinful and promiscuous and God destroyed all that lived in that time apart from Noah’s family. His destruction of the city of Sodom was also like this. Now the people in the last days have reached several billion, a number far surpassing those in Noah’s day. But God has not set His law aside and shown mercy because there are too many sinners in the last days; for these people God has only hatred, punishment, detestation and rejection, using all kinds of natural calamities and man-made misfortunes to gradually wipe them out. In the end, apart from the few who are saved, God will utterly destroy all that are left. Only then did I see how little I had understood God’s disposition. I didn’t understand that God is a righteous, holy God who does not allow man to commit offense, to the extent that I had been confounded by Satan’s lies and had fallen into its cunning schemes. Today, if it had not been for God’s enlightenment, I would still be living in sin without thinking it was sin, in the end being punished by God without even knowing why I was to die—it really had been so dangerous!

I give thanks to God for His enlightenment that made me wake up from Satan’s deception and realize that “It is not a sin if everyone does it” was entirely a heretical fallacy of Satan. It was Satan’s cunning scheme to harm and ruin people. Moreover, I saw that God is righteous, that God’s disposition will not allow any offense, that God will base the final decision on people’s end on whether or not they have the truth, and that He will not show exceptional mercy on someone who has no truth. From today on, I wish to spare no effort in seeking the truth, in seeking to understand God, to base my view of all things on God’s words, to use God’s words as the standard by which I will make strict demands of myself, to abandon all the lies and deceptions of Satan, and to seek to be one who lives in reliance on the truth.

Source from:
https://www.findshepherd.com/what-is-it-that-has-deceived-my-spirit.html

Eastern Lightning | The Church of Almighty God came into being because of the work of the returned Lord Jesus—the end-time Christ, “Almighty God”—in China, and it isn’t established by any person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. After reading God’s expression, you will see that God has appeared.