Just because we believe in God, God does not favor us with blessings. More important, because we know the teachings, we are able to understand why we have joy or sorrow. Some of us continue to suffer despite our dedication to God; but because we understand the teachings, we are able to comfort ourselves in these trying circumstances. The path to joy sometimes is not an easy path.
These truths give us the opportunity to have joy: having these truths does not guarantee joy. We must utilize these truths sometimes under trying circumstances to have joy. Only thinking about these truths, without any effort will not bring upon joy.
Only when we improve ourselves by understanding and utilizing God’s truths, can we convey these truths to others. God tells us that we do not understand these truths. This is why our religion does not spread to the world. Many of us go through the rituals and ceremonies for salvation of others; but we do not understand our sacred book, the Ofudesaki that contains God’s truths. God tells us that we must first understand the truths and apply it to ourselves first before we can spread our religion to the world.
It is God who helps us bring people to our churches by our special prayers: some would say that our prayers do not work. God tells us that he can help us cure any disease to help us spread the teachings. We pray, why can we not heal? We do not understand God’s truth.
What is the truth that we do not understand? It is the soul/spirit/heart that we do not understand. The effectiveness of our special prayer is dependent on our understanding of the soul. Understanding the soul will help one understand why we have joy or suffer. It will also help us purify our minds of greed, arrogance, and self love.
God hastens the day when we understand the soul to purify our minds. When our minds are pure, God guarantees that when we spread the truths of the soul, our prayer of world salvation will come true. God will bring people to our places of worship to help save all mankind!