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(s) is limited to a human life span. If you believe in causality, your time to pass the test(s) is eternal. 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 and followers. Many will say that God gives us these tests to determine our entrance into heaven. In causality, our evil thoughts and actions today brings upon suffering (tests) 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 (sufferings) will be forthcoming in the future.
For those who believe in God’s test, they warn that we have only one lifetime to pass God’s test(s). For those who believe in causality and reincarnation, these self-exams are eternal. We can continue to take these tests until we pass. 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 God’s test, they do not know if they have passed the test, or how many opportunities are given to an individual. What God wants is unclear. But for those who believe in causality, God gives us the answers to the test. We need to remove evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) from our minds. The number of tests (sufferings) is dependent on our thoughts and actions. We have the answers.
For those who believe in heaven, only a small percentage of people will pass God’s test (s) and enter heaven. What happens to the rest of us? But for those who believe in reincarnation and causality, everyone will eventually pass their own tests (sufferings) and live a joyous life. What belief system appears to be more fair and reasonable?