Hymns of Meishu-sama
Happy are those
Who know that,
While human eyes might be deceived,
God’s eyes can never be deceived.
Yes, it is true that
You may be able to cover others’ eyes
But you can never conceal anything from your own.
You animals who wear the skin of humans!
I will save and remake you into true humans.
Sacred Word of Meishu-sama
“Good and evil”
To us, the world presents itself as chaotic. For all the good and evil are mixed up in confusion. Tragedy and comedy, unhappiness and happiness, war and peace – what lies beneath each one of these is, without exception, good or evil. You must wonder: Why are some people good and some evil? What is the root of good and evil?
What I am going to explain here is the root of good and evil, and everyone should know this. It goes without saying that people usually wish to be good and hate to be bad. Aside from a few exceptions, everyone in government, society and individual households enjoys good and knows that evil does not bring about peace nor happiness.
To make things simple, let me define good and evil in the following way: the good are those who believe in things unseen, and the evil are those who do not believe in things unseen.
Those who commit evil deeds hold a kind of nihilistic view of the world. They do not at all believe in the existence of God, and as long as they can fool others’ eyes, they do not mind carrying out any kind of wrongdoings for their own gain. They deceive people like nothing, torment them and bring harm to society without any feelings of guilt. Some even cross the line and commit murder.
If you are allowed to do anything as long as you can cheat others’ eyes and not get caught, then, in theory, you are better off doing wrong and living your life in luxury. The thinking that human beings come to nothing at their death and that there is no spiritual world, I believe, produces an evil mind. But let me say that no matter how lucky the evil doers are, they can only enjoy temporal success. In the long run, they will fail – all of them. This is a fact. What is more, those who commit wrongdoing have to spend their days on earth in anxiety and uneasiness. They would be fearful as to if or when they might get caught, suffer from a guilty conscience and in the end come to repentance. We hear countless stories where the wrongdoers turn themselves in or feel so relieved after they are caught. Some are even glad to receive their due penalty. These kinds of things happen because God reprimands their souls – souls He entrusted to them. No matter where you are or what you do, your soul is connected to God by a spiritual cord. So when you commit an evil act, even if you can completely fool the eyes of others, you can never fool yourself, and so God, connected to you through a spiritual cord, knows every single thing you do and records it in His book for later days to hold you accountable for your every action. When you take all this into account, you know how foolish it is to do something wrong.
Let us now consider something a little different. There are those who in their mind want to commit evil deeds but do not have the courage to do so. While they know they can gain much from doing wrong deeds, they are afraid that their actions might be exposed, resulting in a loss of people’s trust and adding to their own detriment. So, out of self-protection, they refrain from committing evil. How about this? There are those who do good, calculating that it will earn the trust of others and give them an advantage. When these kinds of people offer kindness to others, they usually expect a return, that is, they use kindness as a bargain – they sell kindness and buy a return. As these people do not torment others or have a negative influence on society, you could say that they are better than evildoers, but you cannot say that they are genuinely good people. I say that they are passively good people. In the eyes of God, they will not be deemed as truly good people. For the eyes of God see through the deepest and most hidden parts of one’s heart. We also need to bear in mind that these passively good people are dangerous, because there is a possibility that they may, for whatever reason, commit something bad, believing that they will not be caught. In the end, these passively good people do not believe in things unseen. Those who believe in God, on the contrary, are firm in their belief that “while human eyes can be fooled, God’s eyes can never be fooled,” and so they will never succumb to any temptation under any circumstances. No matter how good and virtuous someone appears to be, if this person does not believe in God, there is always a risk that they might one day turn into evil, so, in the end, this kind of person belongs to evil.
My conclusion is this: to be qualified as a genuinely good person, one has to be a person of faith, that is, a person who believes in things unseen. To save the current society from its serious moral degradation, I believe that faith is the only answer.
Today, there are many efforts made in order to prevent crimes: laws are created, police are mobilized, courts are in place and prisons are ready. Let me say that this is the same as making a cage and erecting iron fences for a beast so as to contain its brutality. In other words, criminals are not treated as human beings but as animals. How pitiful it is that even though we are born as humans – existences that are truly precious – we should end our days on earth by becoming so low an existence as animals. It must indeed be an eternal truth that humans become animals when they fall and become gods when they rise, that is, a human being is “a living being that exists midway between God and animal.” In this sense, I believe that a truly civilized person is one who has freed themselves from their animality and that culture will progress only when animalized humans are turned into divine ones. To sum this up, the place where divine humans gather – this is what I call a paradise on earth.
Miscellany on Faith, September 5, 1948
(Excerpt from the article)