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.
If God who created this world has control over this universe, why does he let some suffer? Why do the good suffer? Why do the bad get away? Does God not care? Is there a purpose to suffering? Is this God’s test of our faith? 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. God is not powerful.
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 of evil.
Suffering is not God’s punishment. It is caused by our own actions and thoughts; it is a warning that our hearts may not be synchronized with God’s heart. When suffering occurs, we must purify our minds and plant good seeds that will blossom into joy in the future. This natural law gives everyone the ability to have a joyous future. God is good, God is fair, and God is powerful.