Suppose everyone in the world believed in causality, where are actions result in some type of effect; where good behavior resulted in joy, and bad behavior resulted in suffering back to us. We would not have to spend trillion in weapons, fences, security systems, prisons, military, government, and medicine. We could spend all this extra money on helping others, and making the world better.
This is not possible because most of the world does not believe in causality. And for those who believe in causality or karma, many believe it is a punishment from God. Unfortunately the world believes that our physical bodies and our possessions are what are paramount; and they do not understand that it is our souls that are most important in obtaining joy. What is good for our bodies may not be good for our souls. Greed, arrogance, miserliness, regret, and self-love may be good for the body, but is definitely not good for our souls. We believe that our bodies are borrowed from God, but the soul and the mind is ours. You can say that the soul has no color or gender. It is our souls that make karma and causality function in the world.
Today I am a little disappointed at my religion Tenrikyo. It is said that God descended from heaven to teach us about the soul and how to live a joyous life. In the Ofudesaki, which has over 1,000 verses, God tells us how to purify our minds and live the joyous life. But more important God gives us instruction on how to spread God’s truth to the world. (1) God tells us to understand the soul so we can purify our own minds first. (2) Then God tells us to spread the truth of the soul, which I believe is called hinokishin. (3) God has given us a special prayer (Joyous Service) asking God to help sweep evil thoughts of greed, arrogance, regret, and self-love from the people we have spread the truth to. When all 3 of these ingredients are added, then God will bring these people to our churches or places of prayer. Unfortunately, the most important ingredient of spreading the teaching of the soul is not taking place. This is why in the first verse of the Ofudesaki; God tells us that we do not understand the soul. Instead, the religion is more concerned about tradition and customs, which I believe is not as important to God. God does not want praise, or sacrifices; but God wants us understand the soul so we can all live the joyous life.