I heard recently that the Pope now wants to investigate priests that abuse the nuns in the Catholic church. The constant stories of the abuse of children by the clergy is a constant thorn in the Catholic church. It is such an oxymoron in that the people who know more of the teachings of a religion will act in such an evil manner. Some may wonder, if these people cannot understand God’s teachings, how can they be our conduit to God? The clergy should be an example of goodness and a beacon for us to follow.
This hypocrisy is not just with the Catholic church, but with most of the religions of the world. The purpose of religion should be to teach people how to be good and have a joyous life. You may wonder what a joyous life is. It is a life without suffering, and a life with purpose and gratitude to living.
I believe as Tenrikyo members we have a religion what has all the criteria to live the joyous life. The ingredients are in our sacred scripture, the Ofudesaki. We as members must spread our teachings to the world (hinokishin). God tells us to teach people about the soul/heart. God tells us to tell people that God will begin to work to help people understand the soul, and how it helps us to purify our minds so we can live the joyous life.
In our short history of the religion, God has warned us, especially leaders of our religion, like Shuji, Kokan and Shinbashiras with illness when there is a problem with the propagation our teachings. I believe we are at this moment now with our religion. We need to come together and share opinions on why obstacles are appearing before us. I believe the answers are in the Ofudesaki.