Why is faith tenuous and wavering? The answer may lie in the law of “cause and effect”. What we sow, we reap. Evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and actions bring forth suffering and pain. Throughout time, man has questioned why the good suffer. Even Job, a devout individual questioned his sufferings.
Even if we wake up the next morning, full of spirit and goodness, and our minds void of evil (greed, arrogance, and self love), we still are accountable for our past actions and thoughts. Even when we devote our lives to God for many years, our debts are not cancelled. No wonder we sometimes question our faith, and sometimes even break our ties with religion.
But for those who truly believe in cause and effect, we are consoled by the fact that these sufferings give us guidance to remove evil from our minds today. When we remove evil, we create a joyous future by the law of cause and effect. Our thoughts and actions today determine our future. We have the ability to create a joyous life. From knots, buds will sprout.
For those who believe that this explanation is too scientific and secular, in the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is stated that God created mankind to live a joyous life with everyone helping each other. If you think about it, this is the first application of the law of cause and effect. Mankind was created (effect) to live a joyous life (cause). This explanation may give one the encouragement to continue their faith when confronted with sufferings caused by the law of cause and effect. Eventually if we remove evil from our hearts, there will only be good seeds of joy that will sprout in the future. Keep your faith in God strong!