The Torah portion of Reah has one of the most fundamental lines, for G-d begins “See I am giving you the blessing and the curse – the blessing is if you listen to My Commandments and the curse is if you do not.”
The Shallah (Rabbi Yitzchak Halevi Hurwitz – a great Kabbalist) teaches an incredible (and perhaps counter intuitive) thing:
Do we understand punishment and reward sort of like, as “If you stroke my ego, I now owe you…” (and the converse…) or is perhaps the actual fact that just as if I tell you, “See I have created a GPS… if you follow its direction you will get to your destination, and if not, you won’t.”
You see G-d created three realities:
The first is the realm of good – the second is the realm of either self-gratification or survival (self-perpetuation,) and the third is the realm of sadism (hate, arrogance, jealousy, destructiveness.)
Now elsewhere G-d also says: “See I have placed before you life and death, good and evil, and choose life;” once again, are we speaking about reward and punishment or natural consequences?
In truth one must have a correct paradigm of G-d.
An atheist once told Reb Levi Yitzchok Of Berdichev (known for his great love) “I don’t believe in G-d;” replied the witty Rabbi, “In the G-d you don’t believe in, I don’t either.”
In absolute truth all of G-d’s advice to us (which historically – as they say hindsight is 20/20) has proven itself… (for those who have the wisdom to humbly accept a higher wisdom use it, and hence benefit… versus when our egos delude us that we are infallible and all-knowing, hence we can just follow our instincts – historically the cause of the destruciotn of all great empires – which it would appear may be occurring to America and in the west today….) so by delving into the Torah, by seeking guidance from those who believe in its everlasting truth, and follow its precepts – and today the ability to study, such as Chabad.org is unprecedented (in fact their AskTheRabbi team, has already answered over half a million questions!!) we fulfill G-d’s intent, of allowing Him to enable us.