Great Construction

What Is the Last Judgment?

     To describe the last judgment, fundamentally it is the global settling of accounts. It is the purification of all the sins and impurities that have formed and collected over many long years. Therefore, since the last judgment means nothing other than that which is overly impure, which is useless, will be obliterated from the face of the earth, it is frightful. Thus, those and that which will be useful in the future will of course remain, and it is unavoidable that those and that which are useless will be disposed of. It is easy to make this statement, but the threat posed to human beings is an unprecedented calamity, so there is no way to illustrate aspects of the event through speech or writing. Basically, good and evil will be sorted out, those who are good will become not guilty; evil individuals, guilty and be subjected to decisive judgment. Therefore, it is a great issue because all human beings on earth at present are akin to animals having the fate of facing judgment. Furthermore, sadly enough, the number of those who will be forgiven is quite few, while the large majority will not be saved. The percentages cannot be expressed in numbers, but if thought of in the terms I have outlined above, readers will get the general idea.
     Of course, the Japanese people are the same, and those who want to be saved will have to change their way of thinking. The last judgment is as all saints as agents of God have clearly prophesied since antiquity, and that time has come. About this event they did not say that all of humanity would be saved. They only said that the great love of God wanted to save as many as possible. With that mission was born World Messianity, so recognition and acknowledgment of this fact above all is essential. As the number of those who will not be saved is much greater than those who will, my followers should put themselves in a position to be well informed of the situation. That is because when you go to heal sickness and save someone, making distinctions is necessary. The urge to save all, leaving no one behind, is strong, but as the time I described above does draw near, it will naturally become understandable who will be saved and who will not, and because this is divine will, it will be difficult for human beings to face. Therefore, individuals such as those who dislike Johrei, those who will not listen to an explanation of Johrei, or who take everything said about Johrei in the opposite way, all such people are already fated to be in the group of those who will not be saved. It is futile to spend time and energy trying to convince these people. Such cases should be carefully considered otherwise those who could have been saved will be left behind.
     Other instances to consider are those who receive a great blessing and are quite moved, thankful to have been saved from a serious malady but who with the passage of time either forget about it or become confused. Such persons have already cut themselves off from salvation and are headed for extinction from the earth, so it is better to leave them be. As can be seen from the above, when trying to get people to take the introductory course, it is quite all right if candidates can accept what they are told, but for those who do not or cannot, there is nothing for you but to accept them as sentient beings who do not have a spiritual affinity with salvation. In accordance with this meaning, as the time for the end approaches, my followers should identify good and evil.

Eikō, Issue 213, June 17, 1953 
translated by cynndd

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“Saigo no Shinpan to wa Nani ka?” which was first published in Eikō, Issue 213, June 17, 1953, and, later while Meishu-sama still alive, reprinted in Goshinsho: Shūkyō-hen (Divine Writings: Volume on Religion), March 25, 1954, page 385, has previously appeared in translation. Citation is given below for reference.

“What Is the Last Judgment?” A Hundred Teachings of Meishusama, no date, page 118.