The Difference Between Pleasure and Happiness

A blogger asked his viewers if they agreed with this statement:

If all Christians acted like Christ, the whole world would be Christian. – Mahatma Gandhi.

Another question one can ask is, what prevents people from acting like Christ, or any of the religious figures in the past? In the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is written that evil (greed and arrogance) prevents people from living the joyous life of everyone helping each other.

Pleasure is what many people succumb to. Pleasure by itself is not evil, but it is the selfish pursuit of pleasure that may cause one to suffer. How about that fast food hamburger, or the juicy steak? We know that daily consumption of these foods is bad for our health, causing diabetes, and heart problem. But the pleasure that these foods induce, may cause us to pursue these unhealthy lifestyle of food consumption. Again it is from our selfish desire to please ourselves that causes these health problems.

Going further, many people believe that money, physical possessions, and power brings upon happiness. These are all selfish pursuits of gaining pleasure for oneself. Money, and financial gains are not evil by itself, but the pursuit of these possessions to gain pleasure goes against the natural flow of heaven. We see this avarice in all of society, from the drug trade to corruption in business and government.

Pleasure results from seeking personal gains, while happiness results from helping others.  It is the evils of greed and arrogance that is associated with pleasure that we must eliminate to gain true happiness. It may be these evils in our minds that prevent us from acting like Christ, Buddha, Oyasama and the other prophets that have been sent by God.

If all people eliminated greed and arrogance from their minds, the whole world would be happy with everyone helping each other.

Heaven’s Truth Church/Tenrikyo Church

About heaventruth

A fundamentalist in the translation and interpretation of the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), as it relates to the world today and in the future.
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