In many of the sacred books, there are accounts of miraculous healings that were performed by the prophets. Even today there are religions that advocate the healing of illness by prayer. But there are also instances where the prophets could not heal, or where God could not cure an illness. In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), there is an incident where a request was made for the life of a child. God answered:
You say that you wish to train the child for two or three more years. But she is no longer in the hands of God. 3-60.
What are these instances where God has no control of our fate? In the Heaven’s Truth Religion (Tenrikyo), we believe in the principle of causality. Causality states that suffering and inconveniences are due to our past thoughts and actions. We reap what we sow. God usually has no control over what develops from past actions and thoughts. Some may call this fate. Fate may appear to be dark. But by the principle of causality, the positive acceptance of suffering and understanding the source of suffering also promulgates a positive fate in the future. God may not be able to stop our suffering, but we control our fate by our response to our suffering. Optimism always creates a positive fate. Remember the soul is everlasting, and does not end with our physical demise. Like what Edgar Cayce stated, we have lived many lives and in many mansions.
What are the instances where God can cure us? In the Heaven’s Truth Religion, God sometimes places illness on our bodies as guidance. Illness becomes God’s tool in sweeping evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) thoughts from our minds. When we ponder, understand causality, and are able to sweep these evils from our minds, we are susceptible to be healed.
Our religion is special in God promises us that he will help the sweep evil from the minds of the world. God has given us a special prayer (Joyous Service). By this service, God enters an individual, and distinguishes his or her mind. God purposely places illness as guidance to improve their thoughts and behaviors. If you have an illness that is not cured by medicine or doctors, consider seeking a Heaven’s Truth (Tenrikyo) church. God may be able to heal you from your present illness; but more importantly if you ponder your illness and the source, you will be able to change your future from suffering to joy by the principle of causality.