Apart from when they are in school, what do young people, in particular those children who are around 16 or 17 years old, do with the rest of their time? (They go to Internet cafes.) The of modern man: Going to Internet cafes and playing games on computers. Most people are like this. What kinds of things do computer games mostly have in them? There are many violent things and these games are the world of devils. For most, when they play these games for a long time, they can’t do any real work anymore—they no longer want to go to school, or keep learning, or think of their futures, much less do they think of their life. What things now constitute the majority of young people’s thoughts and souls? Eating, drinking, and playing games. Everything they say, the things they talk about, and the things they think of in their hearts are all inhuman. One cannot use the words “dirty” or “evil” to describe the things they think about; so many of them are inhuman. If you talk to them about a matter of normal humanity or talk about a topic concerning normal humanity with them, they can’t bear to hear about it, they’re not interested, they’re not willing to hear it, and as soon as they hear it they roll their eyes and take unkindly to it. They don’t share a common language or share common topics with normal , but on the contrary they can talk with other people like themselves. What are the topics they discuss? (The topics they discuss are games, eating, drinking and enjoying themselves. Nothing else.) This describes most of their topics. Tell Me, those who always discuss these topics, those whose hearts are filled with these things, what future prospects do they have? Do they have any future prospects? What will their futures be like? (These people will go to waste!) “Go to waste” is a very appropriate phrase. Speaking specifically, what does this actually mean? Can they engage in the activities that normal humanity should engage in? If these people cannot do well with their studies and are made to exert themselves doing manual work, are they then willing to do this? When you make them do manual work, what then do they think? They ponder: “This work is so tiring. I’m so happy when I’m playing games, shooting one thing after another. How long do I have to do this work for? Playing games is so much more fun and relaxed. What’s the point in working hard? What will I get from it? I can’t get anything from it. Even though you work hard, you still get to eat three meals a day. I haven’t seen you get anywhere good by working. It’s great playing games. As soon as I sit down in front of a computer, I have everything I need. Living in that virtual world is enough for me.” And if you make them get a job, working 9 till 5, getting to work on time and working fixed hours—how do they feel about that? Are they willing to stick to those times? Let Me tell you, when people play games for a long time, their willpower would evaporate. The unbelievers have a word to describe this. What is it? It is “decadence.” Always playing games, always playing on the computer—this kind of person is decadent. “Decadence” is a word of the unbelievers. We say that these people have no normal humanity. They have been filled with the violence and killing of these games and with the things of virtual worlds. These games have stripped away the things of normal humanity, filled and forcibly occupied these people, and forcibly occupied any room they have for thought; they are then decadent. The unbelievers don’t like these people either. But in this world of the unbelievers now, these young people have no way to turn, their parents are unable to control them and their teachers can do nothing with them; there is nothing any country’s education system can do about this trend except comply.
The devil Satan does these things in order to lure people, to cause them to degenerate. For those who live in virtual worlds, they have no interest whatsoever in anything to do with the life of normal humanity; they are not in the mood to work or study. They are only concerned about going to virtual worlds, as though they are being enticed by something. Scientists have conducted some research and found that, as soon as someone plays a game and when they enter into a game, their brains start to secrete something that makes them somewhat delusional. After this thing has been secreted, they then become addicted to playing games and are always thinking about playing them. The second they get bored or are sitting idle, or when they are doing some real work, at their job or study, they want to play games instead, and playing games gradually becomes their whole life. Playing games is like taking a kind of drug. Once someone starts to be addicted to playing games, once they are lost in it, then it becomes hard to get back out and hard to quit. Regardless of whether it is young people or older people, once they catch this bad habit, it becomes difficult to give it up. Some parents try to keep a close eye on their children playing games but they can’t always be watching them. They may not play games during the day, but when their parents go to bed at night, they furtively turn the computer on, and play games all night long. A few years ago, there was a news report about a child who played computer games for more than 10 hours straight, who, it is certain, got no sleep during that time, who just played constantly, to what extent? When his parents found him, he was dead in front of the computer with his entire body positioned as though he was still playing the game. So how did he die? It was verified scientifically that he had died of cerebral necrosis—he played himself to death! Is playing games something that normal humanity should do? If games were needed for normal humanity, if it were the right path, then how come people cannot quit them? How come people can be captivated by them to such a degree? This proves one thing: That is not a good path. Surfing online for this or for that and playing games is not a good path. It is not the right path.
How do those games come about? Do they not come from Satan? What will some absurd people say? “Games are a symbol of the development of modern science. They are a scientific achievement.” What do you think of this explanation? This explanation sounds disgusting. When you feel bored, do you want to play games to while away your time? (Yes.) So what should you do in this situation? Can you solve this problem? Playing games is not something that just follows social trends. If you cannot even quit such a small matter, or control yourself, then you are in danger. Among the unbelievers, it’s a common occurrence that both young people and older people play games and do drugs. No matter how many years you have believed in God, if you can’t even restrain yourself in the matter of playing games or control yourself, if a day comes when you think that believing in God is meaningless, that it is boring, that it is very uninteresting, would you then do drugs like those people? Would you try all kinds of methods that excite you and that can make you feel leisurely and carefree? Is this kind of person capable of embarking down the wrong path? This is a signal for danger! Though you may and say: “I follow God, I don’t follow the unbelievers or the things of the world. I’m not the same as the unbelievers,” this is easier said than done; you will not easily achieve this. This evil world uses all manner of ways to attract those who have not seen through the world, who have not seen through the evil trends of mankind. It specially lures these people. If you cannot often come before God, if your heart and your brain are often blank, then you will be in danger. Do you spend much of your time in a blank state? Young people have a blank mind much of the time!
Young people around 16 or 17, and those who are in their twenties, are at what kind of age exactly? Are they in the prime of youth? Some of you are shaking your heads. What age are they at, if not the prime of youth? I have eight words to give to you. Listen to them and see whether what I say is accurate. I often say these words. For those people in the twenty-something age group, who don’t yet know about real work, who don’t know to set their life goals, who don’t have any ambition, who don’t understand what life is—what are they like? They are young, brash and arrogant, and they can’t tell a four from a six. Why do I say this? First let’s discuss “The young are brash and arrogant.” Explain it to Me. What is meant by “The young are brash and arrogant”? Talk about how they express this. What kind of condition is this brashness and arrogance of young people? What kind of disposition is it? (They don’t listen to what other people say. They always think that they are the best.) (They don’t want to listen to others.) They don’t want to listen to others—this is one aspect of their behavior. Say it in a more detailed way and relate it with actual people, with yourself or with the people you see. What word can we use to describe the disposition this kind of person has? Arrogant. This is a kind of disposition and expression that all young people in this age group have. They are all the same. No matter what their living environment or background is like and no matter to what generation they belong, this is a representative disposition of the people in that age group. As soon as one knows your age, it is pretty much known you have this kind of disposition, and when others see this kind of disposition in you, they will know pretty much what age group you are in. What aspect of disposition does the manifestation of “the brashness and arrogance of youth” refer to? Why do I say those of about 16 or 17 and those in their twenties are young, brash and arrogant? Why do I use these words to describe the young people in this age group? It’s not because I am prejudiced toward those in this age group, or that I look down upon them. It’s because the people in this age group have a certain kind of disposition. Because the people in this age group are inexperienced in the matters of the world and have little understanding of the affairs of
ve these kinds of terms? Is it that science is now more developed? How have these strange terms been created? It is because mankind becomes more and more degenerate. So you must cherish your time spent performing your duties, and strive during this time to firmly lay a foundation. In this way, you will be safe, and will not easily be carried away by these evil trends. Once someone has become fixed by the gaze of an evil trend, then they will easily be carried away. Once you have been carried away by an evil trend for a second time, will God still want you? He won’t! He has given you a chance and now He won’t want you again. If God doesn’t want you, you will then be in danger, and will be capable of anything., when they just begin to come into contact with the affairs of the world and of human life, they think, “I understand. I understand thoroughly. I know it all! I can understand what adults talk about and I can keep up with all the fashionable things in society. Now mobile phones are developing quickly, with functions that are so complicated—I know how to use it all! You bunch of old women don’t understand anything. You even can’t turn on the TV, and if you do manage to turn it on, you can’t switch it off again.” There are some young people, when their grandmothers speak to them and say: “Do this for granny,” who reply: “Humph, you can’t even do this. Old people really are useless!” What kind of way is that to talk? Don’t forget, you will also grow old one day. Can being able to do some things like this be considered a skill? Can it be considered an ability? You may say no, but when you encounter some issue, you will express this kind of disposition. What is this? This is what is meant by “The young are brash and arrogant.” This is what people express. So when they express this, is it something that they have mulled over and decided that they must express this kind of thing? Or is it done involuntarily? (Involuntarily.) Involuntarily; this is what is meant by “disposition.” Can this kind of disposition be considered a good disposition of normal humanity? Is it a disposition of someone with humanity? Can it be considered an expression of normal humanity? No, it can’t. So this is why I say “The young are brash and arrogant.” That is to say, they are at a young age, but they seem as though they know everything and understand everything. “I know how many times spacecraft have been into space. Do you? I know whereabouts and how many times UFOs have appeared. Although I haven’t seen them with my own eyes, I know how many seconds they stopped for and how many aliens came down. Do you know this? You don’t, do you? You’re too old and can’t keep up with things. You’re just no good!” What is this called? This is called “brashness and arrogance.” Why do I call it brashness and arrogance but not haughtiness? This is a type of disposition especially found in young people; they understand a small matter and then they puff themselves up and have no idea of heaven’s height and earth’s depth, capitalizing on their small amount of understanding. The elderly who have lived into their 60s or 70s will think: “Kids all behave like this, it’s normal. I was just the same when I was young. Now I understand many things and have been through too much in life. I can’t be like them anymore as people would just laugh at me.” People of that age cannot possibly have that kind of disposition. They are much more composed. They don’t make it known to everyone if they can do something, and if they can’t do something they don’t get upset about it. But young people make a fuss about anything they can do and they puff themselves up; it is as if the whole world is beneath them. Sometimes they get so excited that they can’t wait to fly off the earth and go and stay on the moon. This is what is meant by brashness and arrogance. Their main characteristics are that they have no idea of heaven’s height and earth’s depth, they don’t know what is dangerous, what things are real, and they don’t know or understand what people need or what they should do to live. This is like what people often say: “You don’t yet understand the matters of human life.” In this age group, since people have this kind of disposition, they will easily express these things. When some young people are talking, they don’t look straight at the person they are talking to, they have no respect for anyone, and everything they say is filled with a note of disdain. If you have a word with them but it’s not to their liking, they will just ignore you. It is rather hard to be a parent nowadays and very hard to get to know the mentality of young people. If they say one wrong word, their child will throw a tantrum and storm off, and it is very difficult for them to communicate with adults. This is to say that there are problems with the thinking of many young people today, and that the things of normal humanity are becoming fewer and fewer. Is this situation not created by evil trends and this evil society? So, you young people can now be safe and secure here, can believe in God and do your duties in God’s family. It’s not because you are good people or desire to choose this path, but rather it’s because of the kindness of God. God has not handed you over to the world, nor handed you over to Satan. Even Me speaking to the young people in the world today is of no use, to say nothing of you advising them to believe in God. Is it just that they are young, brash and arrogant? What are they? People without conscience and reason are devils and animals! Can they understand you when you speak words of normal humanity to them? They just don’t listen; this is not a problem of difficult communication. Why is it now so hard for parents to manage and educate their children? Is it because the parents today have a low level of knowledge and education? That they haven’t studied psychology, that they don’t understand the mentality of young people? What problem is this? The thinking of young people today is strange, so it is rather difficult to be a parent; it isn’t easy. And some parents especially study the psychology of adolescents. Nowadays there are many cases of strange illnesses in children, such as autism or depression, and terms such as “rebel mentality,” “adolescent phase” and “rebellious phase” have been created. Why didn’t generations in the past ha
Then there is “they can’t tell a four from a six.” This is a dialect expression. The literal meaning is not being able to know what is good for them, not knowing what is positive or what is negative and not being able to tell good from bad. Because they are young, brash and arrogant, they don’t listen to anything anyone says. “Anything anyone else says is wrong, what I say is right. Don’t anyone try to say anything to me, I won’t take anything in. I know I’m right. Even if I am wrong, I’ll still stick to my guns. Though I know perfectly well that I’m wrong, I’ll still persist with my opinions.” They have this kind of disposition, of not being able to tell a four from a six. From the outside it is hard to tell whether the child is being clever or stupid; they can put forward ordered arguments. When arguing something, they know better than anyone and they understand more than anyone else, so how come they always do things in such a befuddled way? Though they know perfectly well that a certain way of doing something is right, they don’t listen, they do as they wish and do things however they want—they are willful and muddled. Have you ever done things in such a befuddled way?
Nowadays, many people practice parkour. Have you ever practiced parkour? Do you like it? (I really like that feeling.) How can you like that feeling? What is that feeling exactly? (It’s the feeling of leaping over roofs and up walls. It’s very exciting.) Is that normal? (No, it isn’t.) If it’s not normal, how can you still like it? (It’s just showing off.) That feeling gives people a kind of visual and emotional stimulation, so everyone yearns to do it. What governs this thinking? Why do people like this thing? Is there some feeling in people’s hearts that they want to save the world, to be supermen? There are many movies and TV shows which feature flying heroes that fly here, there and everywhere, leaping over roofs and up walls, and people really envy them. Thus, the brains of the current generation of young people are seeded with these things and are poisoned. How come they can be poisoned with these things? This has to do with a kind of need within people. Why do those people like parkour so much? Don’t they know that it’s dangerous? Don’t they know that they can be killed doing it? People are not spiders, nor are they geckos. They don’t have the same ability. If they cling to a wall, they will most certainly fall back down. Before you jump down off a roof you will think what part of your body you can land on so that you won’t get hurt or break something. When there is nothing on a wall for support, those people are still able to climb up and jump down, which is exciting for them, much to the admiration of the viewers. So what governs this thinking? (People live boring lives, so they go looking for excitement.) This is one type: Young people are wont to go looking for excitement. They are so empty and bored and they don’t know what to do for the best. There is another thinking governing them, which is that people have a desire in their hearts to be a certain type of person, and they long for a kind of power, and for a certain something. This something that people yearn for is to have supernatural powers and abilities, and not what normal humanity possesses. People want to be heroes, supermen, capable men, and people who have extraordinary abilities; in other words, they worship Satan in the unawareness of their hearts. What kind of person has that kind of physical ability and the guts to do it, who really can leap over roofs and up walls and fly here, there and everywhere like Spiderman or Batman? Without a doubt, it could only be someone who has been possessed by evil spirits who could have this kind of ability. Does mankind created by God have this kind of ability? Does God make people practice parkour when they have nothing else to do? Was parkour around at the time of and Eve? Why didn’t they practice parkour? Is there anything about parkour in the Bible? Why did people in that age not practice parkour, but so many people do it nowadays? It is most certainly because people have been influenced by certain ideological trends and influenced by film and television. These things are not needed by their hearts but instead are things that lead them toward evil trends. People are simple-minded and have no discernment, and they happen to like these things, they like strange things, exciting things and the extraordinary abilities of Satan. People seek these things and they define it like this, “I like heroes. Aren’t Spider-Man and Batman heroes?” Do the actors have these abilities? No, they don’t. Satan uses this method to invent, fabricate and play out some stories, and then it deceives these simple-minded, brainless adolescents. Once you have been influenced, these things enter your thoughts and become a kind of poison. Is it then easy to remove and cleanse yourself of this poison? You only need to fail to see through this poison for one day and you will then be unable to give it up completely, and you will have been influenced, disturbed and controlled by it for that one day. Do you believe this? (Yes.) So how can this matter be resolved? Is it easy to resolve? Do you wish to relinquish these things? (Yes.) How much do you wish it? You sometimes think: “I feel a little unwilling to part with these things. Why do I have to relinquish them? It’s great to have these things and we had a hard time getting them instilled inside ourselves. They aren’t poison at all, are they?” With this thinking you won’t be able to relinquish them. In reality, it is that you want to hold onto them; it’s not that you cannot relinquish them or that you find it difficult. So while your stature is immature, you must do your utmost to give those things that can rot your heart and poison you a wide berth. Why is that? Because you currently have no discernment, are foolish and very brash and arrogant. The positive things equipped within your heart are so few, and you have no reality of the truth. In spiritual terminology, you don’t have life or stature. You just have this tiny good wish, saying: “I enjoy believing in God. It is good to believe. I can walk the right path and be a good person.” But you will also think: “I’m not a bad person amongst the unbelievers. My liking parkour is not a bad thing. I’m still a good child, still a good person.” That’s troublesome.