I remember when I was young my mother will say I would get bachi if I did any thing bad. Bachi to me was God’s punishment for bad behavior. Any time I hurt myself, my mother would say it was God’s punishment. I went through childhood trying to avoid bachi. To this day, when my conscious raises a red flag, I wait for bachi. I am sure every religion has a special term for God’s displeasure.
But does God punish us for bad behavior? If he did, would we need prisons to house God’s rebels? Would it be necessary to lock our doors from intruders? Would we need to worry about our children playing outside? The answer is no, God will take care of the “bad guys”.
But won’t it be nice if God did punish us for bad behavior. Suppose every bad action or thought elicited a shock? I am sure that eventually our creative and diabolic minds would create an application to negate or avoid this shock. Is this type of punishment conducive to behavior change? Won’t God be forcing us to change our minds and action? How long will the good behavior last after the shocks disappear? Doesn’t God have more important things to do then continue to press the shock button? Am I being too silly here?
How about if instead of punishment we use the word guidance. Sounds a little bit more acceptable? But instead of using the shock of electricity, God places disorders or illness on our bodies depending on how we act or use our minds. That headache, soreness of the eye, diarrhea, or other discomforts may be God’s guidance.
What is God telling us with this guidance? Could he be convincing us to remove the evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) from our minds? By removing these evils from our minds, what will be the consequences? Will suffering in the future be eliminated? Am I insinuating that evil(greed, arrogance, and self love) in our minds cause future suffering in the world? Is God showing us our future suffering with these inconveniences? Can we change our fate by changing our behavior?
The bachi I thought was God’s punishment when I was young may have been God’s guidance. It is ironic that we pray to receive illness (guidance) on our bodies. But from these illnesses, we can ponder, remove evil from our minds and have a joyous future.