By Keisuke Noda
Human life is enigmatic. A variety of challenges falls unexpectedly on an individual and life can seem absurd. There are religious and scientific explanations, but we still wonder: Why? How do we make sense of the challenges we face in life?
This article attempts to shed light on this extremely complex problem by answering the questions of why we have challenges and how we can cope with them.
The most common approach to challenges in Unificationism is based on the concept of “indemnity.” The underlying thesis of this model is that challenges are “caused” by sins, evils, and problems from the past. Other religions also use this sin-redemption approach to challenge. This model is one that looks backwards in time, but is this retrospective approach the only model that Unificationism offers?
I suggest that a model based on the Unificationist concept of the “original human nature” sets out a forward-looking model. I argue that human life is “originally” designed as challenge-and-response. In other words, some challenges (not all) are an intrinsic part of life.