Why do people seek religion? Many religions gives people answers that they want to hear, like God loves them, and protects them. It reassures them of the rewards that exist after death. It requires one to have faith in the unknown (Heaven). This is why evangelists fill out large auditoriums. They exude hope in exchange for one’s faith in a belief. It requires little effort and commitment from the congregation.This is opposite of the Heaven’s Truth Religion. In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), it states that the path of God is a difficult path. It is a path of causality. Good thoughts bring upon joy, and evil thoughts and actions result in suffering. It requires one to ponder over whatever happens. It requires one to remove greed, arrogance, and self love from the mind whenever confronted with difficulties. It is difficult because it requires both faith and action.
In conclusion, the world suffers because most religions teach of faith and hope, instead of faith, understanding and action. It requires efforts to purify our minds when confronted with suffering or inconveniences. It is a path of “Work in progress”.