Meishu-sama
Immediately after you enter the life of faith, God tries to give you blessings. But if you have impurities within you, God will purify them. For He wants you to be someone who is worthy of attaining happiness. In this sense, I cannot say that you will be happy right after you become a faithful. First, you must remove your impurities.

   
Sermon, June 18, 1948

 

All the theories on illness until today assert that illness is something that “destroys health” and can ultimately take away your life. In religion, illness has been regarded as “God’s reprimand” or “punishment for sin.” Illness, therefore, has been viewed as something to fear, to be saddened by or to curse. On the contrary, my theory on illness is this: Illness is something we should bless and rejoice over. It is indeed the greatest blessing God has prepared for humankind and is also a natural physiological operation. It is through illness that the health of human beings is sustained and their life span extended. In short, I say that illness is something to be grateful for.

Any reader who has come in contact with this unusual theory must be struck with surprise.

   
Gospel of Heaven
, February 5, 1947

 

   
Bible
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

    
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,

and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,

and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

 

   
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

   
Hebrews 12:4–11
   

Published in Glory, no. 15, April 1, 2021

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