The story of Job in the Old Testament recounts the story why sometimes good people suffer, and why bad people prosper. At the end, the questions still remain unsolved, with the unlimited knowledge of God incomprehensible to man. But in the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is written
This is a world constructed on reason
So I shall press upon you everything with the reason in verse. 1-21
As Job’s friends tried to explain to Job why God had inflicted this so called punishment on an innocent and good man, I will try to explain using verses from the Tip of the Writing Brush.
There are two types of sufferings. One is suffering brought upon by actions (sins) that we have caused. This was one on the explanations given to Job by his friends. This may be called causality, or the law of cause and effect. This is like a seed (good or evil action) that is planted, and will germinate (suffering or joy) in the future. If one believes in reincarnation, this with the concept of causality may explain Job’s sufferings. Even with prayer, this law of causality cannot be altered.
Another type of suffering is God’s guidance. In the Tip of the Writing Brush is written:
Day by day, disorders will come to your bodies. Ponder it.
God is informing you of your mistaken mind. 4-42
This is illness or disorder that is placed by God as guidance. God places these disorders to remove greed, arrogance, and self-love from our minds. These sufferings can be altered with the removal of greed, arrogance, and self-love from our minds.
In summary, when bad things happen, we can believe that God is good, and we are not able to understand God’s unlimited knowledge of his actions; or we can believe that God has no control of our actions or thoughts, and their consequences. But God due to his parental love guides us by illness or disorders to sweep our minds of greed, arrogance and self-love. When we remove these evils from our minds, our actions and thoughts will bring about joy in the future.