Do you know how to listen to God’s voice and welcome the Lord?
Why We Indulge in Eating, Drinking and Merrymaking
During a church meeting, the sister read two passages ofto me: “Born into such a filthy land, man has been severely blighted by society, he has been influenced by feudal ethics, and he has been taught at ‘institutes of higher learning.’ The backward thinking, corrupt morality, mean view on life, despicable philosophy, utterly worthless existence, and depraved lifestyle and customs—all of these things have severely intruded upon man’s heart, and severely undermined and attacked his conscience. As a result, man is ever more distant from God, and ever more opposed to Him. Man’s disposition becomes more vicious by the day, and there is not a single person who will willingly give up anything for God, not a single person who will willingly obey God, nor, moreover, a single person who will willingly seek the appearance of God. Instead, under the domain of Satan, man does nothing but pursue pleasure, giving himself over to the corruption of the flesh in the land of mud.” “In truth, out of the myriad things in God’s creation, man is the lowest. Though he is the master of all things, man is the only one among them that is subject to Satan’s trickery, the only one that falls prey in endless ways to its corruption. Man has never had sovereignty over himself. Most people live in the foul place of Satan, and suffer its derision; it teases them this way and that till they are half alive, enduring every vicissitude, every hardship in the human world. After toying with them, Satan puts an end to their destiny.”
The sister gave fellowship, saying, “God’s words reveal the root cause of why so many people all live a degenerate life of eating, drinking and merrymaking, and it is because of the social trends Satan has given rise to and the satanic ideas and axioms it instills in us, such as, ‘Seize the day for pleasure, for life is short,’ ‘Life is short. Enjoy it while you can,’[B1] ‘Enjoy life while you can, for who knows what tomorrow might bring,’ and ‘Life is just about eating and dressing.’[B2] Under the influence of these fallacious views, our ideas and views become increasingly rotten and degenerate. We believe that, because people live in this world only for a few decades, we should therefore allow ourselves to eat well, dress well and enjoy the moment, and that that is the best life we can possibly live. We regard gluttonizing for our flesh as the proper pursuit in life, and so we begin to focus on eating, drinking, and merrymaking. Our lives then degenerate more and more, and we end up being dragged down deeper and deeper into a whirlpool of sin. In society nowadays in particular, there are all manner of places for recreation, places to sing, places to dance, bars, and so on, which give people places to facilitate the indulgence of their flesh. Because we are without the truth and are unable to tell the difference between positive and negative things, we believe that going to karaoke bars, drinking bars, and massage parlors, and playing cards, and so on, is all totally normal. Many people enjoy and find satisfaction in this kind of drunken, intoxicated life, but they are unable to see clearly that behind it all lie Satan’s cunning schemes and its desire to harm people. For example, because some people are unable to resist the temptation of these places of entertainment, they engage in extramarital affairs, and their families end up broken and scattered; because some people eat and drink without restraint and indulge their flesh, they ultimately cause themselves all manner of sickness and pain; because some people are infatuated with gambling, they end up losing all their money and bringing their families to ruin; and then there are some people who, because they spend their lives only eating, drinking and making merry, and have no idea of what is right, they end up losing their careers and their families, and they live as something neither human nor ghost. These are just a few examples of the effect this kind of life can have on people. It is therefore evident that the evil trends of Satan seduce us bit by bit into walking that path of no return of sin, degeneracy, and even death. This is not the right path to walk.”
As I listened to God’s words and the sister’s fellowship, I understood that such sayings as “Seize the day for pleasure, for life is short,”[B3] and “Enjoy life today, for who knows what tomorrow might bring,” are all wrong views on life which come from Satan. Because I had been deeply influenced by evil trends, I had aimed only to satisfy my physical desires and lead a life of pleasure, drinking, gambling, going from one place of entertainment to another, living a drunken, intoxicated life, with no time even to spend with my wife or my child. The result of all this had been nothing but pain, and not only had I developed a stomach illness and insomnia, but my spirit had felt unsupported and empty. Only now did I understand that all this pain had been caused by the evil trends of Satan, and I no longer wished to live such a decadent life.
The sister then showed me some written articles and videos about how some brothers and sisters had lived empty, degenerate lives before, and about how they had come before God and received His salvation, and I was so inspired by them. Seeing how incisively God’s words revealed the corrupt state of mankind and the current condition of the life of mankind, my heart felt filled with light, and I felt motivated and resolved to escape this current condition and no longer live a decadent life of eating, drinking and merrymaking.
I Rid Myself of My Degenerate Life
One day, a friend called me up and asked me to go out with him, but I made an excuse and said I was too busy. After making excuses like this many times, I gradually separated myself from my circle of friends and distanced myself from that life of eating, drinking, fun and gambling. Sometimes, however, I couldn’t restrain myself from going out, but every time I went to that kind of entertainment place, I would feel uncomfortable, and couldn’t even drink alcohol. As soon as I started to drink any, I felt distressed and wanted to vomit. Just then, I realized that it was God trying to stop me from drinking. And so, I came before God and prayed: “O God! I know that behaving in this way is at odds with Your will, but I can’t get over coming to these places. Please can You help me to rid myself of this situation.”
Later, I read God’s words, “The work of the Holy Spirit is very detailed. He very carefully observes people’s every word and action, their every act and move, and their every thought and idea so that people can gain internal awareness of these things. You do something once and it goes awry, you do it again and it still goes awry, and gradually you will come to understand the work of the Holy Spirit. Through many times of being disciplined, you will know what to do to be in line withand what is not in line with His will. In the end, you will have accurate responses to the Holy Spirit’s guidance from within you.” After reading God’s words, I understood a little about the ways in which the Holy Spirit works. When we do something that is at odds with God’s will, God uses some people, events or things to remind us and even to discipline us, so that we may understand God’s will and be able to repent and follow the right path. Although I wanted to be rid of my past degenerate life, many times I was unable to overcome the temptation and would still be unable to stop myself from going out to such places. God therefore used the discomfort I felt to try to stop me time and time again, to guide me to be rid of the harm of Satan, and to help me be free of that degenerate and rotten life—this was God showing me His love.
Once I’d understood God’s will, I no longer wanted to fool around with my good-time friends, and so I left those places of entertainment behind and found a new job. After work, I would go home and spend time with my son, listen to sermons, and watch videos, sketches and movies produced by the church. As time went on, my life found a regular pattern, my health got a lot better, and I felt at peace and at ease. After a period of investigation, I became totally certain that only the words of Almighty God can change our corrupt dispositions and allow us to live out a human likeness, and I decided that I wanted to pursue dispositional change and become a genuine human being.
After I accepted God’s work, I thought about how I might be persecuted in China by the CCP government and about how there is no freedom of religion there, and so my wife and I discussed going abroad to work. Once we got to Singapore, I regularly took part in the church life, and in my spare time I read God’s words and watched all kinds of programs produced by the church, and I felt that these programs were very helpful and beneficial to my life. At the same time, I performed my duty in the church to the best of my abilities.
My experiences taught me that the true meaning of life has nothing to do with how much material wealth one has, much less has it anything to do with eating, drinking and merrymaking to satisfy one’s flesh. Instead, we gain the truth from God’s words and live to do God’s will, and only this is a worthy, meaningful life. In particular, when I saw many brothers and sisters in the church not pursuing that life of eating, drinking and merrymaking like the people in society, but instead steadfastly pursuing the truth, performing their duties, spreading God’s kingdom gospel and living a life of increasing spiritual liberation, I felt incredibly moved. I also came to realize that what I should be doing most of all was reading God’s words, understanding the truth in God’s words, developing my discernment, saying farewell to the wrong outlook on life of eating, drinking and merrymaking that I had held in the past, pursuing the truth, living out a genuine human likeness, and performing the duty of a created being in order to satisfy God.
Now, by reading God’s words, that feeling of emptiness I used to have is gone, and in my heart I feel a sense of freedom and release I have never felt before! From the bottom of my heart, I know that this is the only life worth pursuing, and this is the only true life for a human being. That I have been able to change as I have today is entirely due to the grace of God! Thanks be to Almighty God!
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