In our lives, when we our confronted with suffering or a challenging event in our lives, the religious would say that we are being tested. If you believe in heaven, you believe that God tests your faith. If you believe in causality, you test yourself. If you believe in heaven, your time to pass the test or tests is limited. If you believe in causality, your time to pass the test is iunlimited. If you believe in heaven, only a few will pass God’s test. If you believe in causality and reincarnation, everyone will eventually pass the test.
In the Bible, there are many entries where God tests the faith of his disciples. Many will say that God gives us these tests to get into heaven. In causality, our evil thoughts and actions today brings upon suffering in the future. We test ourselves. When we react positively to these self-inflicted tests, we reduce our sufferings in the future. We lessen our tests. Eventually as evil is eliminated from our minds, these tests subside, and we purify our own minds. But for those who react negatively to these self imposed tests, the principle of causality will assure that more tests will be forthcoming in the future to purify the mind.
For those who believe in God’s test, they warn that we have only one lifetime to pass God’s test. For those who believe in causality and reincarnation, these self-exams are eternal. Some will quickly understand causality, and lead a joyous life, while others struggle to remove greed, arrogance, and self love from their hearts. They will continue to suffer, but will eventually pass their tests.
For those who believe in heaven, only a small percentage of people will pass God’s test (s) and enter heaven. But for those who believe in reincarnation and causality, everyone will eventually pass their own tests (sufferings) and live a joyous life. What belief appears to be more fair? Any thoughts?