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Scripture Dialogue on ‘Good and Evil’ Held in South Africa

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, the Chairman Man Hee Lee) hosted the 29th ‘Scripture Dialogue’ at the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office in Cape Town, South Africa. Four religious leaders from Islam, Hare Krishna, Christianity and Christian Science participated in this scripture dialogue.

The participants discussed ‘The Root of Good and Evil’ to find the reason why ‘evil’ exists in the world and the solution for the root of evil according to the scriptures. The agreed opinion from the previous Scripture Dialogue held in January was ‘The trustworthy scripture must be originate from God, not from teaching of man’. Based on this conclusion, this dialogue focused on searching for the ‘Root of evil’ in the scripture, an answer which cannot be solved by man.

For the month of February the participants discussed on the topic, ‘Why does evil exist in a world created by God?’, and questions included: ‘Should scripture be able to identify the root of good and evil?’, ‘If scripture is able to identify the root of good and evil, why is the problem of evil yet to be solved in this world?’ During the meeting, Mr. Dale Wellton, of the Hare Krishna faith said, “The mode of ignorance is the route of evil because we are selfish in the mode of ignorance. We don’t acknowledge the higher power, people outside of us and we have greed, pride all these [are] negative emotions.”

The scripture dialogue, WARP Office meeting, is one of the main initiatives of HWPL which was started in the hope of putting an end to conflicts caused by religious misunderstandings. Participants of the WARP Office meeting are trying to find the standards, guidance, and definition of ‘peace’ in religious scriptures, and achieve peace among religions through conversation. Chairman Lee of HWPL appealed for the cooperation of religious leaders to solve religious conflicts at the WARP Summit held in 2014. Furthermore, HWPL South African branch hosted African WARP Summit in April 2015 in the presence of the Chairman Lee. Approximately 1,500 people including religious leaders from 10 different religions such as Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, signed the “Unity of Religion Agreement”. From then onwards, South Africa has hosted WARP Office meetings every month in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

“HWPL will be keen on expanding scripture dialogue so that more religious people could have a common ground to work for peace and the topic shared today will be further discussed by more religious leaders.” A member of HWPL South Africa branch revealed the future directions of scripture dialogues.

The Chairman of HWPL proclaimed the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to advance another initiative of HWPL: ‘Implementation of the International Law’ in March 2016. To make this Declaration as a legally binding document, HWPL Branches are gathering support from leaders and citizens through “Legislate Peace” Campaign worldwide.

The WARP Office is a practical method to conduct Article 9 of the DPCW: “Religion, ethnic identity and peace”. It is acting as a communication ground for interfaith transcending religion, ethnicity, and culture to the participants. As of February 2017, there are 209 WARP Offices being hosted in 117 countries.

Related: WARP Office Online Journal Site: http://hwpl.kr/media/journal

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