For the average person, hard work, patience and perseverance usually result in success in any endeavor. For example, society encourages one to work hard and save for a comfortable retirement. Our system of capitalism depends on sacrifice today for the gains of tomorrow. But for some reason, there is a part of society that believes in instant gratification. The criminals in our society can be included in this group.
What goes through the mind of an evil person? They may obtain satisfaction from the spoils of a burglary, the gratification of an illegal drug, or the retribution of a recent disagreement. These are all immediate gratification from greed, arrogance, and self-love. Hard work, patience and perseverance are not familiar to them. They want everything now, resulting in suffering of others and of themselves.
For these evil people, the concept of Cause and Effect will be difficult to understand. Good thoughts and actions result in future joy, and evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and actions result in future sufferings. In life, the effect of the cause may be delayed for an extensive time. Because of this lapse of time, the criminal will have a difficulty understanding this relationship. Their lives are based on immediate results.
But suppose God begins to give them immediate reactions for their evil actions or thoughts. Would this prevent the criminal from committing crimes against society? For fear of God’s wrath, the criminal will certainly reconsider his actions. But like the incorrigible child, the prevention will only last as long as the punishment continues. It is this fear that prevents the evil action; God’s immediate reaction does not prevent the evil thoughts from emanating from their minds.
If the criminal can understand that God’s immediate reactions to their evils are guidance, instead of punishment, they will begin to realize that God is trying to help them. They will realize that every thought or action results in future joy or suffering. They will be able to sweep the evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) from their hearts.
It is this immediate guidance from God that we must all look for. Some upon contracting illness may see it as God’s punishment; others may see it as coincidence, or fate unrelated to God. A few may ponder the illness, and eliminate greed, arrogance, and self love from their minds. But whatever perspective we take for now, God continues to help mankind see the truth that all mankind was created to live the joyous life by helping each other.