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  • Du Juan, we're really poor.

  • Mom doesn't have any money to buy you a satchel.

  • When you grow up and earn money, you can buy whatever you want, okay?

  • I was born to a poor rural family,

  • and ever since I was young, I was looked down upon by others.

  • Because my family was poor,

  • I didn't know where my next meal was coming from.

  • And from a young age, I always wore my sister's hand-me-downs;

  • the clothes swam on me.

  • My classmates all made fun of me

  • and didn't even want to be associated with me.

  • My childhood was really painful.

  • With a worn-out satchel on her back.

  • Don't you think she's funny?

  • Yeah, she is so poor.

  • Look how poor she is. Let's go.

  • From that moment on, I resolved to myself:

  • When I'm grown up, I'm definitely going to earn lots of money,

  • I'll have good times, and no one will look down on me again.

  • Because my family was poor,

  • before graduating from junior high school I was forced to give up my studies

  • to go to do temporary work in the county pharmaceutical factory.

  • To earn even more money,

  • I would often do an additional shift until ten in the evening.

  • Later, I heard that my older sister could earn what I earned in a month,

  • selling vegetables in just five days!

  • I immediately quit my job at the pharmaceutical factory to sell vegetables.

  • After a while, I realized it was easier to make money selling fruit,

  • so I went into the fruit business.

  • After I got married, my husband and I opened a restaurant.

  • I thought to myself:

  • I'll make even more money running a restaurant!

  • Once I have money, I'll be able to live a grand and dignified life.

  • I'll finally be the envy of others, and they'll think highly of me.

  • But after managing the business for a while,

  • I found that we couldn't make much money running a restaurant.

  • I started to worry:

  • When will I finally live the life of a rich person?

  • In 2008, a random opportunity came up.

  • I heard a friend say that in Japan what you earn in one day

  • is roughly equal to ten days' wages in China.

  • When I learned this, I was overjoyed.

  • I thought that finally I had found a good opportunity to make money.

  • Although the agent's fees to go to Japan was expensive,

  • I thought to myself: No pain, no gain.

  • As long as we had jobs in Japan,

  • we'd be able to make the money back quickly.

  • No pain, no gain. Let's have a try.

  • And so, my husband and I decided then and there to go to Japan.

  • Once we arrived in Japan, I threw myself into my work.

  • Every day, my husband and I worked at least thirteen or fourteen hours.

  • The pressure at work was intense, and I was exhausted all day.

  • When the workday was over, all I wanted to do was to lie down and rest.

  • I didn't even give a thought to my eating.

  • My health couldn't stand up to the quick tempo of my life,

  • but then, I thought about the fact

  • that if I gave it all I had, after a few years I'd finally be well off.

  • I encouraged myself:

  • Although the work is hard now, later on, life will be beautiful,

  • I have to stick with it.

  • This is how I summoned all my strength every day.

  • I was like a money-making machine, going all out in my work.

  • Unexpectedly,

  • in 2015, I collapsed with exhaustion from the strain of the work.

  • I'm sorry to tell you, Ma'am,

  • you have a slipped disc in the lumbar vertebra,

  • which is pressing down on a nerve.

  • And if you continue to work, it could lead to paralysis,

  • after which you won't be able to look after yourself.

  • The doctor's words hit me like a lightning bolt right out of the blue,

  • and after listening to him I felt weak all over all at once.

  • My life had just been getting brighter as I grew closer to my dream.

  • I never thought that I would get sick like this.

  • I wouldn't accept it,

  • and I thought to myself: I'm still young.

  • If I just grit my teeth, I'll be able to put up with being just a little bit unwell.

  • If I don't earn enough money now and I go back to China with so little,

  • won't I be embarrassed?

  • And so, I gritted my teeth and dragged my sick body to work,

  • to keep making money.

  • But only a few days later,

  • I was so unwell, I couldn't even crawl out of bed.

  • While I was lying in my sick bed,

  • how I wished that I had someone by my side to keep me company,

  • but my husband had to go to work,

  • and our son had to go to school,

  • so I had to face this on my own.

  • Looking around the sick ward at all of the patients,

  • each struggling with their own pain,

  • I felt forlorn.

  • How could I have found myself in such a terrible situation?

  • Could it really be true that I was going to be paralyzed and bedridden?

  • There was a feeling in my heart that I just couldn't express,

  • and I couldn't help pondering:

  • What does man live for after all?

  • Could it be just to make money and live well?

  • Can you really be happy if you have money?

  • Is it worth it to wear yourself out to make money?

  • After nearly thirty years of pushing myself to the limit,

  • what did I have to show for it?

  • I had worked in a pharmaceutical factory, sold fruit, run a restaurant,

  • and even come to Japan to work.

  • Along the way, although I had made some money,

  • yet it came with so much bitterness that I had no way to express.

  • I had thought

  • that by coming to Japan to work, my beautiful dream could be realized,

  • that I would quickly become a wealthy person,

  • and live a life that others would envy,

  • but now I was lying in a sick bed,

  • and facing spending the rest of my life in a painful existence confined to a wheelchair

  • When I thought about this,

  • I truly regretted the fact

  • that in order to make money and to be a cut above the rest,

  • I had ruined my health through overwork.

  • As I thought it over,

  • aggrieved, painful, bitter tears gushed from my eyes,

  • and I couldn't help calling out:

  • Oh, God! Save me!

  • Why is my life so tiring, so hard?

  • And it was right then, when I was helpless and in pain,

  • that God's salvation of the last days came down to me.

  • After I left the hospital,

  • by chance I came to know two sisters who believed in God.

  • Through reading God's words together with them

  • and having fellowship in the truth,

  • I understood that nothing in the world is naturally formed,

  • but created by God,

  • that God is the Master of the entire universe,

  • that man's destiny is also in God's hands,

  • that God has guided mankind all along,

  • supplied mankind, and constantly looks after and protects mankind.

  • But I was puzzled and sought their help.

  • If God is the Master who controls our destiny,

  • and we ought to be happy and joyful,

  • then why do we still suffer illness and pain?

  • Why is life so hard?

  • So where then does life's pain come from?

  • Can you explain that to me?

  • Of course.

  • Du Juan,

  • this question that you've raised,

  • I used to mull over this before I believed in God: (Yes.)

  • Why is there illness and pain in our lives?

  • Why is life so hard and so tiring?

  • Regardless of whether a person for the whole of his life is rich or poor,

  • ordinary or eminent,

  • how is it that he cannot escape being born, growing old, getting sick, and dying?

  • I could never find the answer.

  • It was only when I read the word of God that I found the source of the problem.

  • Has God told us the reason for man's pain?

  • Then tell me, please! (Sure. Fine!)

  • After we've read the word of God, you will understand.

  • These words put it really well.

  • This is the first time I heard it like that.

  • All our pain in life was brought to man by Satan;

  • only after Satan corrupted man did it come about.

  • So how did Satan corrupt man?

  • I don't quite understand that part.

  • Can you tell me more about that?

  • Okay.

  • At the beginning, when God created man,

  • man listened to God and submitted to God, (Right.)

  • God was with him, and He protected him.

  • At that time there was no illness or death,

  • nothing for man to worry about.

  • Man lived free of anxiety in the Garden of Eden,

  • enjoying everything that had been bestowed by God,

  • mankind lived happily and joyfully under God's guidance.

  • But ever since man was enticed and corrupted by Satan,

  • mankind betrayed God,

  • no longer obeying Him but instead heeding Satan,

  • and for this reason, mankind lost the care and protection and blessing of God,

  • and fell under the domain of Satan.

  • For thousands of years,

  • Satan has used heresies, like materialism and atheism, even evolution,

  • as well as absurdities and lies from demons and famous men,

  • to deceive people and harm them.

  • They say "There's no God in the world,"

  • even that "There's never been a Savior."

  • "One's destiny is in his own hand."

  • "Be a cut above the rest, and bring glory to your ancestors."

  • "Man will do anything to get rich."

  • "Money makes the world go round." And so on.

  • After mankind accepted these absurdities and heresies,

  • they denied the existence of God, denied God's sovereignty,

  • and they betrayed God,

  • and man's disposition became arrogant and conceited,

  • more and more selfish, crafty, and evil.

  • People amongst themselves schemed and competed against each other

  • for fame, position, and wealth,

  • cheating each other, fighting each other,

  • growing increasingly anxious.

  • Ailments followed, pain came,

  • and then emptiness, emptiness of the heart came as well.

  • These pains and anxieties made us feel that

  • man's life in this world was too hard and tiring, too difficult.

  • This all came about after Satan had corrupted man,

  • it was Satan harming us,

  • and it was also the bitter fruit of mankind denying God,

  • distancing itself from God, and betraying God.

  • With regard to how Satan has corrupted mankind,

  • let's have a look at a video of the word of God,

  • and you'll understand.

  • Oh, good!

  • Having heard the word of God,

  • the sisters then told me the facts

  • and explained the truth of Satan's use of fame and gain to corrupt men.

  • I then understood,

  • after thousands of years,

  • Satan's use of atheism, materialism, and evolution to deceive and corrupt mankind

  • has reached a peak,

  • and led mankind to be distanced from God and to betray God.

  • It was only then that I felt

  • that books I had read in the past were all filled with Satan's poison,

  • Satan's philosophy, and Satan's logic.

  • If it were not for the word of God

  • revealing how Satan and its demons had corrupted mankind,

  • I would still be deceived and controlled by Satan,

  • desperately struggling in darkness.

  • Man has ideals and aspirations, that's correct,

  • but in the process of man trying to satisfy his own ideals,

  • Satan uses all kinds of methods

  • to imbue men with its mode of existence and rules for existence,

  • to entice men to live only for fame and gain.

  • As soon as men are mired in fame and gain,

  • they no longer search for the light and for the things that are of goodness,

  • because the allure of fame and gain is too great for us,

  • and we are so bogged down with it that we have no way of extricating ourselves.

  • This is Satan's shackle worn on our bodies,

  • and it is Satan's ruse for corrupting men.

  • In order to be a cut above the rest,

  • to earn more money so that others would think highly of me,

  • I had lost my sense of self, become a money-making machine,

  • and even sacrificed my health for the sake of fame and gain without balking at it.

  • I had truly become a slave to money and fame and gain.

  • Because I was under the control of a mistaken view of life that

  • "If I have money it will make others think highly of me,"

  • I made great efforts to struggle on,

  • always wanting to be better, always wanting more.

  • My desires became greater, and I was never satisfied,

  • and I was only able to stop once I had ruined my own health.

  • The pursuit of fame and gain had made my life so hard, and so tiring!

  • If it wasn't for the revelations of the words of Almighty God,

  • I would never have known

  • that my pursuit of wealth and fame and gain were mistaken,

  • that these were other methods Satan uses to harm people,

  • and I would never have known about Satan's scheming and sinister motives to corrupt men.

  • After this, the sisters read several more passages of the words of Almighty God to me,

  • and by her talk about the word of God