Category Archives: Shinto
Tenrikyo /God Does Not Punish
When I was young, I was afraid of God. This may have originated from my mom telling me that God was giving me bachi (punishment) for my behaviors when I was little. Any illness or suffering was a bachi from … Continue reading
How to become spirited (happy)
People say money can’t buy happiness. Drugs and alcohol do not bring upon happiness; although sometimes a good cup of caffeinated coffee brings upon a transient feeling of euphoria to me. Throughout history, people have spent much of their time … Continue reading
Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo)
I wonder why religion makes finding God so difficult. One has to go through a plethora of ancient books, many times translated and interpreted many times before it reaches us. This is why an individual truly trying to find God … Continue reading
Tenrikyo /Where Was I before I Was Born
I use to wonder who I was before I was born. I know there are many who would say that we did not exist before; but it is hard to imagine not thinking. Was it not Descartes that said, “I … Continue reading
Tenrikyo /Can Illness Be Good for Us?
In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo), God is said to guide us by placing illness on ourselves. We ponder over the illness, and we reflect on how we have been using our minds. We attempt to determine if we have … Continue reading
Tenrikyo /The Truth Will Set You Free
What if God gave us the truth? Would this make our lives better? Some believe that they have the truths in their religions; but it is not making their lives better. Of course, what is the definition of better? In … Continue reading
Tenrikyo /Who Would Jesus Vote For?
Who would Jesus Vote For?
Tenrikyo /Women and Men are Equal
It is interesting watching the political debates, with each side pointing a finger on how badly they treat women. The following is from the Anecdotes of Oyasama concerning the treatment and respect of women. Once Oyasama had heard that a … Continue reading
Tenrikyo /Why the Child Cries
In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), God tells us that he is guiding us to salvation. The following is from the Osashizu (Directions): This crying at night, you say it is the child crying. I have already instructed you in … Continue reading
God Cannot Change the Effect of Karma
How powerful is karma or the law of cause and effect? In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), God says that sometimes he cannot change the effect of karma. The following concerns a parent asking for the health of a child. … Continue reading