The Purpose of Suffering

Do we need religion to console our souls when we cannot explain the sufferings that occur in the world? Or do we need religion to explain why we suffer or have joy? Some say, that God controls every minute detail in the world. Others say that God is only a spectator. And of course there are people that say that God is on their side and will do anything possible to convince others.

If God who created this world has control over this universe, why does he let some suffer? Why do not miracles occur every day? Why are not our prayers answered? Why do the good suffer? Does God not care? Is there is purpose to suffering? Is this God’s test of our faith? Does God play favorites to his chosen children? Does God desire our adulation, and worship?  God does not appear to be good.

If God is only a spectator, God is not powerful like we would hope. Then it is by chance that we suffer or have joy. There is no reason to pray to God.

But suppose in making the world, God made a world that was self sufficient, without the daily maintenance of the all mighty. He made the earth with all its cycles, and laws (law of gravity, thermodynamic, etc.).  He also established a cycle (reincarnation) where eventually his children will live a joyous life, with everyone helping each other. This is the law of causality. The law of cause and effect states that evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) acts and thoughts create suffering; while good thoughts and actions lead to a joyous life.  This law like all the laws and cycle of nature has a beneficial effect on the world. It is to purify our minds.

Suffering is not God’s punishment. It is a mechanism and tool where all of God’s children can eventually lead a joyous life. When suffering occurs, we must purify our minds and plant good seeds that will blossom into joy in the future. All of God’s children have the potential to lead a joyous life. God is good, and God is powerful.

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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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