All religions tell us that God is watching over us. That sounds good, but there are over 7 billion people on earth. Can God watch over 7 billion people at once? Does God punish and reward us for our actions. If not what causes us to suffer or have joy?
The word heart is often used in religion, like a pure heart, or from the heart. What is the heart? It cannot be the physical heart that keeps us alive because it decomposes when we die. Can the heart be the soul that we believe is eternal that leaves our bodies when we die? The expression from the heart is often used in religion. If the heart is the soul, what comes from the soul, or what comes forth from the soul? Can it be Joy or suffering?
If we are to believe that the soul is eternal, what is contained in the soul? Might it contain all the information in some form of energy that determines who we are? Some will say that we are just our thought patterns and our history of our actions upon these thoughts. Our souls contain our fate and our thought patterns that created this fate. The soul collects our merits and demerits, and eventually releases them as our fate. We reap what we have sowed. God does not punish or reward us! If this is the case, why do we pray and apologize to God for our sins and evil transgressions?
But if God does not control our destiny, why do we pray to God? In the Tenrikyo religion, in the first verse of our sacred book God tells us that we do not understand the soul/heart. God tells us that there are two paths that people may believe in. One is the path of the world, where one can get away with anything as long as no one sees you doing it. The other path is the path of the soul, where everything you do comes back to you. It is this path of the soul that God wants us to understand.
Our prayers are for the salvation of these people that do not understand the soul. We ask God to help guide these people to our places of worship so we can teach them about the heart/soul.
In conclusion, we must ponder what comes forth from our hearts/souls. Our souls remind us that our sufferings are the result of what we have done in our past lives. God reminds us that we once all had pure hearts/souls. We must try to regain this pure heart by not acting on our evil thought patterns of greed, arrogance, regret and self-love, especially when our soul brings forth obstacles. We control our own destiny. With our prayers, God helps us spread this truth to the world! For more information visit heaventruth.com