If we were to take the words of the Book of Prophecy (Fudesaki) literally, one would think that God was giving the early followers of the religion the recipe to successful harvesting of crops. In 1838 God descended upon a small village in Japan and promised the villagers an abundance of crops if they performed a special prayer. This is a familiar concept of gaining God’s favor by prostration to a powerful God, a concept accepted by most religions. By performing a service or sacrificing an animal, God will reward the follower.
But God was not talking literally about crops. God was talking about how to increase church members. Crops refer to people coming to our churches. God has given us a special prayer that will bring people to our churches. In the Book of Prophecy, God refers to this prayer as the fertilizer. In farming the fertilizer is spread to enhance the number of crops. In our religion, God encourages us to perform and spread this prayer (fertilizer) to the world. But God also talks about weeding. Weeding is important in agriculture so that the plants can grow unencumbered. But weeding in the Book of Prophecy refers to the removal of evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) from the minds of the prayer. By performing the Joyous Service (prayer/fertilizer), and weeding our minds (having a pure mind), God will bless us with new members (crops) to our churches.
God has not descended from heaven to give us the recipe to gaining material wealth, or earthly possessions. God does not need our praise or sacrifice. God has given our religion a prayer to spread our religion, a prayer to save all mankind. This prayer (Joyous Service) is so important, that the first chapter and the last chapter of our sacred book emphasizes the importance of the Joyous Service. The last chapter ends with:
This talk, if the sign (joyous service) brings upon its effect (Gods blessings of guidance, bringing in people to the church)
know that everything proceeds in this way. 17-74