The Silent Treatment

There is a evangelist on television that advocated avoiding people that are always complaining and causing disruptions. He stated that when we cut off these people from our lives, that it will make our lives better. But does God want us to separate from these people? Does God place these people in front of us for a purpose?

Many years ago, it was accepted to talk to strangers in buses and airplanes. Today, it is not uncommon not to speak to the person sitting next to you for the duration of the flight. Many years ago, you could ask directions on a street corner to a child playing in the neighborhood, but today they run away from you. We have become a selfish and fearful society. Are we losing an opportunity for growth as a human being?

Is it ever right to ignore an individual because you feel that you do not like their behavior, beliefs or physical appearance? In one of the sacred books of my religion, Oyasama told one of the followers to go around dust because when we confront dust, sometimes dust gets on us.  Dust in this example, signifies evils like arrogance. So when we confront people that have much arrogance, we tend to become arrogant and become angry ourselves. When this happens we have accumulated dusts in our minds. In this case, it would be probably all right to leave these people alone, in order to prevent ourselves from becoming arrogant and angry. But this does not mean that you ignore their presence?

What is our course of action when we confront people that we think we cannot get along with?  Many of tend to ignore them as if they were not present. The act usually brings forth the silent treatment from the reciprocal party. But is this what God wants? Suppose each individual is placed in our lives for a purpose? Do we want to ignore and waste this opportunity for growth? Do we want to ignore any of God’s creation?  

Acknowledge their presence  but do not confront them is my best answer. What is your solution to this dilemma?

Heaven’s Truth Church/Tenrikyo Church

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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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