In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo), there is a quote, “We see but we do not understand”. What is it that we do not understand? We do not understand the principle of causality. Good thoughts and actions result in joy; evil thoughts and actions result in sufferings. Can our suffering and joy be the result of our past actions and thoughts? Can our thoughts and actions of today bring upon an effect in our next lives? We often see the effect of our actions on others, but can they also bring upon an effect to ourselves in our next lives? What we sow, we will reap.
We see joy and suffering and we see good and evil behavior. Yet we do not understand the relationship. We do not understand that we control our own destiny by our actions of today. For those who hurt and cause sufferings to others, beware of the dangerous paths that await you in your next lives. Remove evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) from your hearts today, and guarantee joy in your future lives. You control your own future! It is not God we should fear as quoted in some of the sacred books. It is our evil acts and thoughts that we should fear.