It is very sad that some politicians are advocating for abortions at delivery. We have become a very selfish society where “I” has become important. “It is my body, so I can do anything with it”, is the quote that most pro-choice advocates shout out when questioned about infanticide. But is it really our bodies?
In the Tenrikyo religion, we believe that our bodies are lent to us from God. If we hurt our bodies by taking drugs, we are hurting God. If we hurt others physically, we are hurting God. It is the same with the intentional murder of our children in the womb. But want happens to us because of these evil acts against God? Does God punish the evil?
In our religion, it is our soul/heart that either punishes or rewards us. Our loaned physical bodies eventually decay; but our souls live for eternity. Our bodies are transient dwellings lent by God that the soul uses to think. So our minds are ours to think and act on these thoughts. This is why the bold abortionists mistakenly claim that their bodies are theirs. But when we are sick or ill, sometimes we cannot control bodies. Our bodies are not ours. God owns them. But what happens when we begin to destroy God’s properties like infanticide? Does God punish us?
It is the soul that collects our merits and demerits in life. Some have compared our souls to little suitcases that take this information, including our disposition of thoughts from one lifetime to another. It is the soul that eventually releases these demerits as suffering, and merits as joy. We reap what we have sowed. The understanding of the soul reveals how causality and reincarnation work. It also gives us hope knowing that we have control of our future, by our actions of today.
It is the understanding of the soul that will eventually bring peace to the world. Our bodies that we selfishly decorate and egotistically protect are not ours. Our color, race, and gender of our bodies are only temporary facades that our souls inhabit to seek justice. We have all been black, yellow, brown or white. We have also been male and female. So what makes us different? It is our minds and thoughts that make us different. Thoughts are like viruses and bacteria that could spread like wildfire from person to person. We must educate others. It is our thoughts that make us good or evil. It is not the body that God lends us that we must destroy to remove evil, it is only our evil thoughts we must remove from our minds. Infanticide is hurting God. We must remove our own evil thoughts of greed, arrogance, miserliness, covetousness, and self-love to bring upon true joy.