Religious leaders meeting for solidarity in truth
Religious causes account for many conflicts around the world. Even if attempts to prevent wars and conflicts are made through international law, it would be difficult to achieve complete peace on this earth if these deeply rooted religious disputes are not fully resolved.
Today, religion has failed to resolve or mediate political, economic and ethnic factors leading to conflicts but rather has intensified them into bloodshed and wars. The United Nations and countries around the world have strongly called to take a strong stand against violent extremism committed in the name of religion.
HWPL has come to a point where religion can be discussed, and where we can search for the truth which follows the teachings of the Creator, uphold and promote the true values of religion such as love, respect, harmony and peace.
At the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit in 2014, religious leaders signed the Unity of Religion Agreement and pledged before the Creator and people of all nations to bring all religions into one. Afterwards, the HWPL WARP Office was established to discuss fundamental aspects of religion and solutions to create peace based on inter-religious understandings on a wide variety of topics.
During this year's summit, over 200 leaders representing 16 religions gathered to discuss the necessity of seeking trustworthy scriptures, and reaffirmed their solidarity to be active proponents of achieving peace as religious leaders.
Part I – Religious Leaders Meeting for Solidarity in Truth
During the first part of the conference, participants saw the progress on scripture dialogue through the WARP Office meetings and were reminded of the role that religious leaders play. People are urging harmony among religions and emphasizing the role of the leaders in bringing an end to wars and achieving peace in our generations. Scripture dialogues at HWPL interfaith peace meetings are taking place all around the world to truly create the alliance of religions.
Part II Dialogue Scripture
Around 167 religious leaders who had previously participated at HWPL's WARP Office meetings in their respective countries held panel discussions. Religious leaders representing various faiths such as Greek Orthodox, Anglican Church, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism participated in panels. Each member of the panel discussed their religion to find out what constitutes a trustworthy scripture.
Religious leaders raised their united voices to call for a search for trustworthy scriptures and become one under the truth to bring peace among interfaith societies. They all agreed that 'Prophecies and fulfillment' recorded in religious texts constitutes the basis of trustworthy scriptures.
This accomplishment is more significant as religious leaders from various backgrounds have come to this conclusion through collective agreement. Part II of the International Religious Leaders' Conference examined the necessity and validity of scripture comparison during the WARP office meetings.
Participating at WARP Office meetings to bring forth the alliance of religions based on the comparison of scriptures would be a top priority task for religious leaders. Based on today's discussions, we anticipate participants will engage in WARP offices in more active inter-religious dialogue.
Overall Outcome of the HWPL International Religious Leaders Conference
- The importance and need for religions to solidify under a trustworthy scripture was realized.
- The need for religious leaders to engage in discussions to establish standards to help people of all faiths entrust their hopes in the scripture was agreed upon by the six panelists and audience members from PART II: Dialogue of Scriptures.
- “Prophecy and fulfillment” was agreed upon by six religious leaders as a defining attribute that helps validate a scripture to be trustworthy and true.
- Religious leaders' committed to help HWPL find a scripture with a unifying truth to bring an alliance of religions.
- Wars and conflicts on all levels can only truly come to an end when religious disputes cease to exist, and religions come to an alliance in solidarity under a unifying truth.
The HWPL International Religious Leaders Conference was a time for religious leaders to reaffirm the necessity of finding a trustworthy scripture and its attributes. HWPL strives to continue the search to find the cause that divides the religions within the scriptures. Why do the Hindus study the Vedas? Why do the Christians put their faith in the Holy Bible? Why do the Muslims base their life on the Quran? What makes a Scripture a holy text - a book humanity puts their faith in?
In search of these answers, HWPL aims to work with the local religious leaders throughout all parts of the world to set an unbiased standard that makes religious texts holy and true. What are the attributes that believers and non-believers alike expect scriptures to provide? Which scriptures provide such aspects? These are questions HWPL WARP Offices will work together with religious leaders to find answers to through future Dialogue of Scriptures.
There are various religions in the world, and each religion has its own beliefs and practices. But through the efforts to advance understanding and mutual respect among religions, all the people around the world hope for a lifelong dream, world peace, to be realized soon.