In the year 1838, God was said to have descended from Heaven upon a small farming town in Japan, to save mankind. In teaching the early followers, God used words that were familiar with the agrarian community. The following is from the Book of Prophecy (Fudesaki) on why God descended from Heaven.
First to help those who grow crops,
I desired to teach you on the matter of the fertilizer.
Do not wonder why the fertilizer is effective.
If only God accepts your mind. 13-61
If one were to take these verses literally, one would believe that God was talking about providing an abundance of crops for the early followers of the religion. Fertilizing and weeding are essential for an abundance of crops. But I believe that God is talking about how to increase church members. Crops refer to new members. Weeding refers to purifying the mind of evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) of the prayer. The fertilizer refers to the performance of our special prayer, the Joyous Service. God is telling us that by performing the Joyous Service with a pure mind, it will bring forth new members to our churches.
In the Book of Prophecy, God continues to warn the early followers that they do not understand. What do we not understand? We do not understand the importance of the Joyous Service in saving mankind. The Joyous Service brings in new members to our churches. Please read the revised Fudesaki (Book of Prophecy) at the website heaventruth.com to understand this!