One of my churches elder once told me that I should come back to attending church. She advised me that it was dangerous for my future if I did not. Was she implying that God would punish me for not attending church?
Throughout the history of mankind, there are verses supposedly from God stating that we do not understand. Even Jesus, told his disciples that they did not understand when they could not cure someone who was ill. In the Tip of the Writing Brush (Ofudesaki), throughout the book, God is telling us that we do not understand. What is it that we do not understand?
God does not punish. We are all God’s children. What parent would want their children to suffer? Whether we attend church or not, it does not matter to God. For most part, God is said to be on the sidelines. Burglaries, unscrupulous acts, and crimes against humanity continue to occur throughout the world. Sufferings also continue throughout the world. On the other hand, altruistic acts, charity, and benevolence are prevalent in the world. Joy also continues throughout the world. Is there a relationship between our behavior and what happens to us in the future?
Does God punish us for our evils? Does punishment actually work? In the prison system, it is often noted that punishment by incarceration does not work. The incorrigible criminal continues his crime spree after serving sentence. God wants us to find out the truth for ourselves. Forcing someone to learn or comply does not stick. Like the prisoner, when the shackles are removed, the crime continues. One must find the truth by oneself.
What is this truth that one must understand. It is the truth of causality. Causality states that good thoughts and behavior brings forth joy, and evil thoughts and behavior brings forth sufferings. These are the two main paths of human beings. We have control of our own destiny. The world suffers because the manifested evils are reflected back to us. God does not punish us for our sins like many television evangelist would like us to believe. We inflict suffering on ourselves. God for the most part is on the sideline, hoping his children will learn the truth of causality.
In our religion, we believe in a special prayer. This special prayer was created when monks from another religion threatened and caused destruction to a church. Instead of a prayer to cause harm or destruction to the perpetrators, a prayer to help them was created. This joyous service prayer is performed daily asking God to sweep evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) from the hearts of mankind. It is this prayer that will help mankind understand causality. With the understanding of causality, it will be easier for them to remove the evils from their minds. When this happen, only joy will appear in the future.