To put it simply, the reason why our religion appeared is the following. Let’s say there is a big pond, and of course, it is filled with dirty water. Into it, you throw alum, and as the alum starts to melt, the muddiness of the pond is cleansed, and the water becomes clear. Our religion is the same.
Since the world of night that we always speak of lasted for a long time, human society became clouded and tainted to the extreme. From God’s point of view, there was not one place where He could set foot in. This, I say, is the reality. But then, unexpectedly, our Church of light came into existence.
I think you can imagine the terror of the devils who for so long disturbed the order of the world and manipulated people freely. Now, the light of God has appeared, something that the devils never even imagined. As such, the devils are at their wits’ end. In fact, they are now in danger of perishing for all eternity unless they make the transition to good. However, at this point, in no way do they want to join the good and abandon the evil. They are attached to their way of life until now, and it makes them unable to change.
The more our religion prospers, the more they try to block the light. This is manifested through accusation and attack against our religion. They even try to spread bad rumors about us. The cause of every problem that arises in our Church is this. Take what I have said into consideration, and I am sure you will know what I mean.
Preface to Heaven on Earth, no. 10
November 20, 1949
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible.
Ephesians 5:1–14 NLT
Published in Glory, no. 25, February 1, 2022