What are the four difficult and precious factors of
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.