62. “Obscenity Is the Worst of All Evils, Filial Piety Is the First and Foremost of All Goodness”
1 There is an adage that says: “Obscenity is the worst of all evils; filial piety is the first and foremost of all goodness.” What is “obscenity?” It is referring to improper, indecorous thoughts, and sexual behavior. When a male and a female come together improperly to form an evil karma, it is called “obscenity.”
2 Sexual desires are human instincts that humans are born with. They cannot abstain from it completely. In ancient times, Chinese people used “propriety” to defend and to restrain [self and others]. Chinese people stressed the “four ethical principles and the eight cardinal virtues”: “The four ethical principles of a nation are propriety, justice, incorruptibility and sense of shame. When the four ethical principles are not implemented, the country will perish.” Propriety is considered to be of primary importance, therefore, it should be given special attention.
3 Religious believers put their emphasis on self-cultivation and tempering of the spirit; thus, they should pay special attention to the appropriateness of thoughts and sexual behavior.
4 The temporal mission of the Lord of Universe Church is to save the world and its people. To “save the world” means to save the social atmosphere. To “save the people” means to rescue people’s hearts from becoming decadent.
5 The Lord of Universe Church has been stressing repeatedly: “Fulfill your Human Dao [worldly obligations] first.” “Remain in the world and do not become a monk or a nun” is asking strivers to be an example in helping transform people’s hearts, when they are in the midst of people.
6 Strivers should watch over each other and encourage each other. They should strive with a positive attitude, and their moral character should be higher than that of ordinary, non-striving folks, personifying the unique temperament and demeanor of the Lord of Universe Church.
7 As long as they reflect and repent and discard their bad habits, their family and friends will notice their change.
8 Every member of the Lord of Universe Church is a holocaust-rescuing missionary of God. Treat everyone’s congenial past with the same respect as if it is your own, and care for one another in this life.
8 天帝教全教一體，都是 上帝的救劫使者，先天不分彼此，後天應該互相關愛。
The Third Teachers and High Level Church Officers Class, July 12, 1991
 The eight virtues are loyalty, filial piety, benevolence, love, trustworthiness, justice, harmony, peace. (忠孝仁愛信義和平)