Why is it that as the state of practice advances, the practitioner of
Tao faces tests of devil in ten folds? (48)
Since mankind came to Earth in Yin Phase, we all lived through many
lives. Through these lives, we have accumulated tremendous debts
and sins and caused many catastrophes. We committed sins and
owed debts to others in one life, came back in another life to try to
repay, but instead, accumulated even more. Thus we are trapped in
the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. For those who have received
Tien-Tao and sincerely practice Tao, all those whom the practitioners
trespassed against are now worried that debts cannot be collected if
the practitioners return to God’s kingdom forever. So they approach
the Judge of the Underworld for justice. Since the Judge of the
Underworld is fair and just, he cannot prohibit them from collecting.
Thus, the manifestations of karma of these practitioners will be
accelerated. This is why these people will encounter obstacles such
as being possessed, running into accidents or getting severe
illness, etc. Through these sufferings, knowingly or not, their
debts to the others are paid off. Those who do not have strong
faith and clear vision think that by receiving Tien-Tao and practicing
Tao, they can live a better material life. Now that they encounter so
many obstacles and are laughed at by their relatives and friends who
do not understand Tao, their wills to continue become impaired.
They fail to realize that a piece of jade must be ground in order to
realize its use and a nugget of gold must be smelt in order to realize
its value. Without high mountains, valleys cannot be contrasted.
Iron must be smelted and forged many times to become steel.
We hope that all who faces obstacles can bear and live through them.
Confucius said “If one cannot bear with small sufferings and
sacrifices, he cannot achieve his ultimate goal.”