The Body as a Thing Lent, a Thing Borrowed from God

Who controls our bodies? Many will say that we have control of our bodies. When we are healthy, we can do anything as long as we follow the laws where we live. But what happens when we get sick? So obviously we do not have ultimate control of our bodies.

In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo), there is a saying that the Body is a thing lent, a thing borrowed from God. It is also said that the mind only belongs to you. God does not interfere with your use of your mind. But each way you have used your mind is reflected in the body. God has provided a self regulatory mechanisms of purifying the mind. Does this sound like the law of cause and effect?

The law of cause and effect says that evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and actions brings forth suffering, and good thoughts and actions brings forth joy in the future. We can use our mind for evil or good; but without the function of the body which God lends us, we become helpless. It is from this knowledge of a thing lent, and a thing borrowed that we must use our minds for good, so that we can have and experience the functions of our bodies.

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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