What is it that attracts people to religion or to God? The healing of an individual from a serious illness may open the eyes of a nonbeliever. Look at religious figures like Jesus, Buddha, and Oyasama. Many people became believers because they were healed from illnesses that were thought to be incurable. These people initially cared less for religion, and were attracted to these religious icons to be healed. Their recovery was the initial spark that led them to follow a religion. For the majority of people, it is not reasoning or facts that bring upon a religious conversion; but it is a miraculous healing that brings upon faith of a loving God.
Today, there are religious zealots that pretend to heal in the name of God. Their deceit of innocent people brings upon a luxurious life for themselves, but it usually results in disappointment and suffering for the victims. The belief that one will be healed gives these charlatans a pulpit to preach from; but can they deliver their promise? But how do the true healers operate by?
It is said that God brings people to religion. The prophets in the past like Jesus or Oyasama could not have healed if there were no people to be saved. God brought these sick people to the healers. God places illnesses to bring these people to religion. It is God that brings them to the healers, and it is God that heals through the healers. It is through these healing that people become receptive to God’s truth of causality and true sincerity; and it is through this understanding of causality that we will be able to remove greed, arrogance, and self love from our minds.
It is prophesized in the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo) that God will begin to work. The placing of illness by God will bring people to our churches to be healed; but more important, it will be an opportunity to teach the world about the removal of greed, arrogance, and self love from their hearts. This will bring upon joy to the world.