What are the four difficult and precious factors of

receiving Tien-Tao?

 

The four difficult and precious factors of receiving Tien-Tao are:

(1) being a human, (2) being born at the beginning of the Third Period,

(2) being a Chinese, and (4) receiving the True Tao. 

 

Being a human

 

Parents give us bodies and God gives us souls. Without the soul,

the body is a corpse. Only by having souls live inside our bodies

can we be alive. When a soul enters a human body, there is a living

person. If a soul attaches to the body of a dog, a horse, a cow, etc,

there would be a living dog, a living horse or a living cow. There

are billions of forms to the body, but the source of life is the same;

just like there are billions of forms to electric light bulbs, the source

of the light of these bulbs all comes from electricity. Considering the

karma and the billions of life forms, being humans as we now are is

really difficult and precious. If a person seeks to satisfy seven

emotions and six desires,28 does not act ethically, or does not do

good deeds, he accumulates a lot of sins and loses the chance of

becoming a human in his next life. Once one loses the human

form, it will be difficult for him to become a human again.

 

Lao-tzu said “I worry about my body.  I treasure my body.” 

Worrying because one may lose control of himself and sins,

and eventually falls down in the bottomless Hell. Treasuring

is because the soul from God resides in the human body, for

only with the human body can a soul polish and refine itself, and

ultimately return to God’s kingdom. Since mankind is the centre

of the cosmos, without the human body, it is very difficult for one

to receive Tien-Tao, to practice Tao and to return to God’s kingdom. 

Thus, it is difficult and precious to be a human.

 

(2) Being born at the beginning of the Third Period

 

The progression of the world and human development is based

on natural phenomena established by God. Whenever the Qi of

Heaven and Earth changes, which causes catastrophes in the

Xian-tien, God descends Saints to the world to bring salvation

to the good. The Green Yang Catastrophe and the Red Yang

Catastrophe have already passed. The saying “the Last

Catastrophe of the Third Period” points to the Last Catastrophe

of the White Yang Period. The Pure Land comes after the

Last Catastrophe. Thus the sayings “The Third Yang is the

beginning of worldwide peace and harmony” and “The

catastrophes will descend together with the salvation”

come about. The Last Catastrophe of the Third Period

simply is the natural phenomenon of the changing of the Periods.

 

The upcoming Last Catastrophe of the Third Period we face

includes three types of calamities (the water, the fire and the

wind) and eight types of disasters (famines, plagues, insects,

beasts, droughts, floods, monsters and demons). It is the

greatest danger mankind has ever faced. Nothing but the

True Tao can save the world. However, Tien-Tao does not

descend unless it is the right timing, and Tien-Tao will only

be transmitted to the right persons. Tien-Tao is descended to

save souls in the Last Catastrophe just like medicine is used

to cure the sick. He who does not receive Tien-Tao is difficult

to be saved. Therefore, to be born at the beginning of the Third

Period (the White Yang Period) to have a chance of receiving the

True Tao is very difficult and precious.

 

(3) Being a Chinese

 

Human cultures originated from Tao. In the history of human

development there were four ancient empires: the Chinese, the

Indian, the Egyptian and the Mesopotamian. The ancient Indian

and Egyptian empires have long disappeared. The Mesopotamian

empire based on the Sumerian culture ended with the Semitic

invasion, and the result was the establishment of the Old Babylon. 

Only China has retained her ancient culture.29  The Chinese culture

is broad and profound, encompasses all aspects of the human

society and is the morality.

 

In terms of geography, the highest summit on Earth, Mount Everest,

is a part of the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. The Himalayan

Mountain Ranges is sometimes referred to as “the ridges of Earth”

and all mountain ranges can trace their origins to it. Thus, it is the

pivot on Earth. It is situated in Asia. The centre of Asia is China. 

Therefore, China is the centre of the world. Thus, China was

chosen by God as the first place to descend the essence of Tao

and Tien-Tao. Therefore, there were many generations of Saints

appearing in China to spread the gospels of God.

 

The Chinese character for “Asia” looks like a “white cross”. 

(Each Chinese character was created to reflect Truth in hieroglyph). 

The “cross” is the symbol for mankind returning to God’s kingdom. 

Thus, the “white cross” means that when Tien-Tao is made available

to everyone, miracles will first appear in the West. China, being the

first descending place of Tien-Tao, is blessed with honours. Thus,

it is said that being a Chinese is very precious.

 

(4) Receiving the True Tao

 

Since there were civilizations, although God has descended the

True Tao in the world to guide people onto the right track of

returning to God’s kingdom, the True Tao was only vested in

Patriarchs. That was the time for the Patriarchs to teach mankind. 

Only now, the beginning of the Third Period before the Final

Catastrophe, has Tien-Tao been made available to everyone. 

It is time for the unification of all religions into worshipping

the one and only Lord of the cosmos - God; it is time for the uniting

of all countries so that peace and harmony will prevail. Before the

Final Catastrophe or the Final Judgment, God let all souls and spirits

in the cosmos, such as deities in Heaven, ghosts in Hell, demons,

goblins, etc, be reborn as humans so all souls have a chance of

receiving Tien-Tao and be saved. However, there are numerous

religions flourishing in today’s society. The True Tao is intermixed

with the untrue.  Everyone has the freedom of choice. Only those

who seek for God’s Truth will be able to distinguish the True Tao

from the untrue. If one misses the chance of receiving the True

Tao this time round, he may not have another chance until the

crisis of civilizations appears in the next Cycle of Heaven and

Earth. A Buddha said “One who finds his Origin becomes a

Buddha. One who cannot find his Origin practises blindly.” 

Thus it is difficult and precious to receive the True Tao.