What Do “Trends” Bring to People?

The summer vacation had arrived, and my daughter wyxcame back from school. I thought she could help me with some housework to ease my burden. Unexpectedly, except eating and sleeping, she did nothing else and surfed the internet all day. I was very anxious to see that. If she lived in the virtual world for a long time like this, she would be more and more decadent. I often asked her to go out for a walk and not to exhaust her eyes. But she did not listen and even said, “You’re outdated. Now, anything can be bought online. It’s so tiring to take a walk to get something.” Seeing my daughter obsessed by the computer, I really couldn’t do anything about it and wondered what happened to the kids today. They have nothing to say to their parents. When you try to communicate with them, they feel you are annoying. They only indulge in chatting online, watching movies, playing games, without any goals in their life, without any human touch. When I saw my daughter became like this, my heart hurt, for she was not what she used to be: She was a sensible, obedient child. She told me whatever happened to her at school, and pounded my back for me when she saw me weary with housework, knowing to care for me. And when she was at home at weekends and on holidays, she cooked and washed clothes by herself and helped me with cleaning. But now she is entirely different from what she used to be. Many of my colleagues say that their children are also like this, that they don’t know what they can do to help their children. Sometimes they are so angry that they want to throw down the computer, but what’s the use of doing so? The children will still go to Internet cafes. We all say with a sigh what the present society has become. Not only have young people been affected, but the whole society has been messed up by social trend. Some men, rich or not, have affairs outside of their marriages; women are not at all like an understanding wife and loving mother: Since you play around, I’ll do the same. We don’t interfere with the affairs of each other. The family is not like a family in any way. Some days ago, I actually saw a wife exchange scandal online, which is really appalling! This mankind is indeed too evil, too terrible! If society continues like this, what will it be like? I was often puzzled: The world has been more developed and the materials people enjoy are getting better and better, but why are people turning worse?

It was not until I accepted the work of Almighty God in the end time and read the disclosure of Almighty God’s word that I understood the origin of man’s evil. Almighty God says, From when man first had social sciences, the mind of man was occupied by science and knowledge. Then science and knowledge became tools for the ruling of mankind, and there was no longer sufficient room for man to worship God, and no more favorable conditions for the worship of God. The position of God sunk ever lower in the heart of man. A world in man’s heart with no place for God is dark, empty without hope. And so arose many social scientists, historians, and politicians to express theories of social science, the theory of human evolution, and other theories that contravene the truth that God created man, to fill the heart and mind of man. And in this way, those who believe that God created everything become ever fewer, and those who believe in the theory of evolution become ever greater in number. More and more people treat records of the work of God and His words during the Old Testament age as myth. In their hearts, people become indifferent to the dignity and greatness of God, to the tenet that God exists and holds dominion over all things. The survival of mankind and the fate of countries and nations are no longer important to them. Man lives in a hollow world only concerned with eating, drinking, and the pursuit of pleasure. … If the people of a country or a nation are unable to receive the salvation and care of God, then such a country or nation will tread the road to ruin, towards darkness, and shall be annihilated by God. The world is becoming more and more dazzling with its myriad temptations. When people see it, their heart is lured by it. Many people cannot free themselves from there. Those deceivers and sorcerers will deceive a large number of people. If you do not seek progress and have no ideal, you will be swept away by the evil waves.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh)There were such things after man was enticed by Satan and man’s flesh fell, physical pain, fleshly troubles, emptiness, and the terribly miserable things in the human world. Satan began to torture man after their corruption. Since then, they have become ever more fallen, afflicted by increasingly severe illnesses, and suffered more and more deeply. They felt more and more intensely the emptiness and misery of the human world, how hard it is to survive in it, and they lost hope for it as time went on. All these happened after man was corrupted by Satan. (from Christ’s Talks with Church Leaders and Workers) After reading the word of Almighty God, I suddenly realized that man is so evil and depraved, because they are deceived and controlled by the various fallacies summed up by so-called “scientific results” and are thus increasingly corrupt, with less and less humanity. Men were originally made by God and their breath was also given by God. They should worship God. But Satan widely publicizes science and knowledge, using these things to take the place of God in people’s heart. The online games full of violence and murder set people seeking stimulation and give them a desire to control the virtual world, by which they are unknowingly worshiping Satan. Online shopping, while displaying the signboard of “convenient,” makes people divorce themselves from their actual life and be more and more closed and self-centered, and at the same time makes them more and more selfish and despicable, caring no more about the people around them. These social trends taint the hearts of people little by little, making them more and more corrupt and empty and feel their life with less and less hope. All these result from the corruption of Satan. Because of the deception of these “scientific results,” people no longer believe that God is a God who created, dominates, and commands all things, and they also begin to stray far from God in their heart, and finally reach the point where they resist God’s sovereignty and arrangement to them. Almighty God’s words let me see what these social trends have brought to people, and meanwhile let me understand that losing God’s guidance, man has fallen into the incomparably painful situation. Then I read the words of God to my daughter, hoping she would understand that following the world trends will only make people more and more fallen and empty, further and further away from God. God is the Creator; man is a creature. Only if man comes before God to accept God’s guidance will he live an enriched and free life.

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