Why do we suffer? Suffering does not discriminate. Rich people, poor people, religious people, nonreligious people, good people, evil people, famous people, and powerful people all suffer. The suffering of a child is very difficult to bear. Ever since the beginning of mankind, man has wondered why one suffers. In the Bible, the righteous man Job even questioned God on why he suffered when he was a good man.
Does suffering have a purpose? Is there a cause relationship of suffering? Some would say that suffering is a result of our past sins. It is our punishment for our evil thoughts and behavior. But what about the innocent child who suffers? Some believe in past lives as an explanation of why a child suffers. Others believe that suffering or joy is the result of chance, like a roulette wheel.
But does suffering have to be explained as a punishment? Maybe like the recycling of oxygen and carbon dioxide to maintain life on earth, it is part of a natural process of life. Good thoughts and behavior results in joy, and evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts and behavior result in suffering. God may have nothing to do with our suffering or joy. God is said to be a concerned spectator. We as individuals sow what we plant. The individual controls his or her own destiny by his or her actions and thoughts. By understanding this concept of causality, one has the ability to change his or her future.
What parent would want their child to suffer? It is the same with God. God does not want his children to suffer. Until now God was only able to look on as human beings treated each other with disdain and disrespect. In the Tip of the Writing Brush, it is said that God will begin to help us realize the concept of causality. We only need to pray to God to help the world realize this truth of heaven. When the world understands causality, the world will settle. There will be everlasting peace and joy with everyone helping each other.