What kind of beliefs do people that cause sufferings in this world have? What religions are they affiliated with? The recent chemical annihilation of innocent children and the past history of genocide of the Nazi regime represent mankind at its lowest.
Do these people who inflict these atrocities believe in a God? If they believe in God, do they think that God is supporting their atrocities? Does their continue existence prove that God is on their side? Do they believe in heaven or hell? Do they think that they are doing God’s work? What would make them change their minds?
Some believe that immediate retaliation or punishment will change their minds. History reveals that this type of remedy usually does not work. Evil minds continue to arise from the ashes of retribution even after the annihilation of the perpetrators. What would make the evil people change their minds?
In the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is said that we must understand causality first if we are to understand the purpose of life. The law of cause and effect state that good thoughts bring forth joy, and evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and actions bring forth suffering for oneself in the future. This law is absolute and applies to all of God’s children. If these people who inflict harm and evil on others realize that their actions will result in their own sufferings in the future (future lives also), then they may have second thoughts before they act.
But how easy would it be for these selfish people to understand causality? In the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is stated that the first step is our prayer. We must pray to God to help these people eliminate evil from their hearts.
In summary, it is not reasoning, retribution, and military might that changes the behavior of evil people; it is our continual prayers that will eventually change their minds. It is God that will eliminate their evils.