There is a verse in the Tip of the Writing Brush that people may be reluctant to accept as true.
Never think in the least that curses, demons,
or evil spirits exist in this world. 14-16
With the recent tragedies in the world of innocent people, many people want to understand why a powerful God who created the Universe lets tragedies occur. For many people an opposite force of evil, like Satan and demons may partially appease their understanding of the illogical. But in the Tip of the Writing Brush, another explanation is given:
There can be no help for what you have done self-centeredly.
I can only look on caringly. 16-32
Whatever may happen, bear no grudge,
it is what each of you has done to yourself. 17-60
This interpretation states that bad things occur because of our own actions and thoughts. God has no control over our actions and thoughts, and more important has no control over their consequences. Let me further explain the law of cause and effect.
When we think or act bad (greed, arrogance, and self love), it plants the seed of suffering in the future. When we think or act good, it also plants a seed, germinating in joy. As like all laws of science that operate in nature, it is self regulating with no interference, even from God.
But one may question why an innocent child suffers the wrath of this so called law of nature. We can put out the theory of reincarnation; or we can also theorize that our bad thoughts and acts germinate into suffering not as a boomerang, but inflict suffering randomly on the innocent?
Imagine what would happen if the thief saw his future suffering, would he continue to commit the crime? Imagine all of the world believing in the law of cause and effect; there would only be joy in the future! But because the lapse between the cause and effect may be long, this understanding may be difficult.
But how do we help people understand this relationship? Or more important, can God help people understand the relationship between cause and effect? Can praying help? More to come in future blogs!