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Is There Suffering in This Life Because God Is Testing Us?

Q :

To this day, instead of living a happy life, I have gone through many difficulties such as being deceived by an acquaintance to be a guarantor for his debt, having problems settling a claim after an auto accident, or having credit taken away from me for the work I did. To me, life is filled with hardships. If there is a God, does He torment people in order to test them?
(T.Y., 36 years old, male, Tokushima Prefecture)

A :

Answer given by Reverend Yaeko Hirata, Seicho-No-Ie Assistant Minister

God is love so He does not test us. When you live a life of giving, your destiny will change to a better one.

To believe that life is painful must be very difficult and sad for you. However, now that you know Seicho-No-Ie, you have the key to open the door to happiness. How wonderful! I will tell you the mental attitude you should maintain to open the door to happiness.

Do you think that others are at fault because being a guarantor you are having difficulty repaying your friend’s debts or because someone took the credit for something you had done? Or, do you think that these things accidentally happened in your life? At a glance, it may appear as if they happened accidentally or as a result of God putting you to a test, but since God is omniscient, omnipotent, and loves us infinitely, He does not test us nor does He create merciless conditions that hurt us.

Seicho-No-Ie teaches the “law of cause and effect,” in other words, there is the cause (seed) that is the reason why we have an effect (fruit). The environment and circumstance that appear before us are the seed we had sown sometime in the past which has sprouted with the passing of time and appeared before us as fruit.

Dr. Masaharu Taniguchi, founder of Seicho-No-Ie, is teaching us the following in Volume 3 of his book, Shinpan Shinri (“The Truth, New Edition”).

“When you look into a mirror with an angry look, the person who appears in the mirror looks angry. The person who has appeared in the mirror is the reflection of your mind. It is wrong to say that others are bad without reflecting on yourself. The image that appeared in the mirror is the reflection of the self. (Partial omission) Since it is the image created in our mind which is being reflected on someone, we must first of all visualize something good in our mind. I am sure some good will appear.” (p. 36)

The More You Give, the More You Receive

When someone robs you, it may be you were entertaining in your mind the thought of robbing. Christ taught, “Give and you shall be given.” What he is saying is that the more you give, the more you will be given. This is like planting one grain of seed and harvesting several thousand.

Therefore, why don’t you first begin by giving? The secret to becoming happy is to give without seeking anything in return. To give means to give love. Smile when you meet others, pray for the happiness of others and do some kindness here and there…. There is no end as to how much you can give. In this way, the more you exercise your desire to give, the mind that wants to rob will cease to exist and you will not experience being robbed in your life.

Also, words have the power to create. When you think, “It is painful,” a painful condition will appear through the law of “like attracts like.” Believe that things are going to be better and using bright words such as, “Thank you very much,” “I am grateful,” “I am delighted,” and “I am happy.” Your destiny can only become brighter and brighter.

And, to further improve your destiny, you must know the Truth and that is, to know that you are a perfectly harmonious “Child of God.” Those who study and live the Seicho-No-Ie teachings are changing their lives. Please live a cheerful life and lead a life of giving.

From Riso Sekai (Ideal World), September 2006 issue, pp. 16-17.

©2006 Reverend Yaeko Hirata.