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"If we truly want to achieve world peace, we should unite religions as one first."
SEOUL, KOREA, September 17, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Lee Man-hee, the chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), has gained great popularity from the overseas religious world as he began his movement for world peace through establishing the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) office.
The HWPL WARP Office currently has 253 offices in 129 countries and promotes Interfaith Dialogue of Scriptures and open dialogue with religious leaders. In Chairman Lee's 31 world peace tours, this meeting with local religious leaders has never been skipped.
This Interfaith Dialogue began from the first HWPL World Peace Summit on September 18, 2014. At the highlight of the Peace Summit, "The Peace Ceremony for World Alliance of Religions of Peace", Chairman Lee and 12 leaders of 11 religions signed the "World Peace Agreement.". Representatives from various religions included Islam, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Anglicanism, Sikhism, Judaism, Bahai, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, etc.
In the midst the COVID-19 pandemic, the HWPL WARP offices are actively hosting online. Interfaith Dialogue of Scriptures is still being held in many places in the world with the purpose of becoming one under the trustworthy scripture among many religions and scriptures.
Each month, HWPL holds Interfaith Dialogues of Scriptures with different topics. Participants (religious leaders) of various religions are asked questions regarding the topics and answer each based on their scriptures. They also ask questions about others' presentations and identify commonalities and differences between each scripture. Through this process, HWPL participants are reaching an agreement on what "Trustworthy Scripture" is.
In August earlier this year, participants of Protestantism, Hinduism, Catholicism, and Islam participated in the Interfaith Dialogue with the topic of war to discuss based on each scripture. Discussions included the history of wars, conflicting sides of wars, and the potential causes of war.
Many participants representing different religions commented on the topic:
A Hindu participant said, "There is a record of wars. Ramayana and Mahabarata have records of the war between Dharma and Adarma. Darma is a righteous force that fights to establish sustainable law and order for the benefit and justice of all members of a given society. Adarma is an exploitative, unethical, autocratic, and unjust power. Exploitative forces talk about welfare, but in reality, they are only concerned with the power of the ruling class and the maintenance of welfare, and the conflict between these two forces causes war."
An Islamic participant said, "There were many wars during Muhammad's time, but these wars are not for wealth or territorial expansion, but for removing the religious suppression. Muhammad was misunderstood by the Medina and Mecca and threatened to die many times, but Muhammad only told them to do good and believe in the only Allah. Muhammad is just a prophet who delivers the word of Allah to mankind and guarantees freedom of religion."
Protestant participants said, "The war spoken in the Bible is a spiritual war between God and the devil. God is the Creator of heaven and earth, and God wanted to be with all creatures that he had created, but Satan tempted humans and sin came into the world, for that reason God left and the world became the world under the control of Satan. So, this world became a world of war, pain, and death. God's purpose is to regain the global village and create a world of freedom, peace, and love, but Satan's purpose is to protect the global village that took away and continues to govern itself. That's why God and Satan have been at war. This war will end with God's victory, and then the world of peace is truly achieved."
Another Islamic participant mentioned, "Each religion is saying the same thing differently. Getting to know each other in detail is very important for coexistence and peace. We can make peace between religions through HWPL's WARP offices," and "It's great to talk to each other through these events. It's great and amazing work that we all gathered together for peace."
Another Protestant participant said, "HWPL is an organization that strives to achieve peace practically. That's why I attend the WARP offices every month."
Meanwhile, in September, the Interfaith Dialogue of Scriptures will be held with the topic of 'Is the end of the war recorded in each scripture?' and 'When and how will the war be resolved?'
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