There are always going to be people who are so adamant that their beliefs are correct, that they eventually repulse others from their beliefs. They usually end up arguing with a person who has the same opposing beliefs. They not only end up wasting their efforts, but also end up accumulating less virtue in the eyes of God.
It is said that when there is a good product, people will come to you. I believe it is the same with religion. Like a product, a marketing program may be needed to introduce the item to the public. It is the same with religion, where missionaries or “timber” are needed to spread the message. They eventually become a model for people to see.
Once, Oyasama told her disciples on the problems that they may encounter in spreading the teachings. She told them that in spreading the teachings that they may encounter dust. She advised them to avoid dust at all costs, because in confronting dust, dust may be placed on you. What does this mean?
Dust relates to evils like arrogance, greed, and self love. When we confront people that oppose our beliefs, they become angry and confrontational. We also become arrogant and angry in trying to counteract their arguments. In essence, we have not succeeded in spreading the teaching; but we have accumulated dust (arrogance) ourselves which is a vice.
In summary, spread the teachings and become a model for the world to see. Do not confront or force someone to accept your beliefs. When the time is right, people will be able to understand. People will come to you!
*Miki Nakayama is Oyasama/ founded Tenrikyo