Retribution is the spark, which fuels evil. Evil is greed, arrogance, and self-love. In the Heaven’s Truth Religion (Tenrikyo), the foundress of the religion, Oyasama once told a follower that when we sometimes confront evil, it is sometimes prudent to retreat to fight another day. She told the follower that confronting evil may place one in jeopardy of obtaining the evil, like evil as a contagious bacteria or virus. For example, when one confronts evil, sometimes anger, hatred and grudge bearing arises in the mind of the person. Anger and animosity both originate from evil.
So what does one do when confronted with evil or anything, which one does not agree with? As always it is prudent to tell the person; but to confront him or her may produce evil in oneself. If one believes in a “Powerful Good God”, why not let God deal with the evil person. If one believes in causality and reincarnation, let this process take care of the person. But in today’s world, we see retribution for past actions from events that happened centuries ago. We have a mindset to take matters into our own hands, justifying it as God’s work. Often times, creating evil in our own minds, and continuing the cycle of evil and suffering.
In the Heaven’s Truth Church, we have a prayer that asks God to help sweep away the evils (greed, arrogance, and self love) of the world. It is God who helps to sweep the evil in the world. We are only his messengers.