Question: A non-Buddhist asked: How can innocent people (children like those being shot in
American schools) be killed and god be considered just or fair?

Rev. Hirota: As you know, even in Japan unbelievable incidents happen, one after another. It is
written in the
Lotus Sutra that during The Latter Day of the Law the five impurities will be
rampant. These are: 1) impurity of the age caused by war, natural disasters, etc.; 2) impurity of
thought, or illusions, caused by confusion in the realm of philosophy and religion; 3) impurity of
desires, or ugly tendencies such as greed, anger and stupidity; 4) impurity of the people, weakened
both physically and spiritually by impurities of thought and desires; and 5) impurity of life itself.

In the sutra it says, when people have impure thoughts and desires their lives, their minds, their
environments, their countries, their world, the earth, the universe and everything in the universe
will be disordered and confused. As years go by unimaginable occurrences happen more and more.
In the same manner as the shootings happening in America, terrible things are happening in Japan
and the rest of the world. As the Daishonin says, "The mind is like the body, society like its
shadow, when the body bends the shadow follows."Thus the disorder and chaos in society is a
result of people's disbelief in the Law of true Buddhism. It is not only children who are dying, it is
also adults. What is happening to innocent children and adults is indicative of the five impurities.

My answer to this question is that it is very important to establish the religion that teaches the
correct teachings. However, it is wrong to say, as the
Soka Gakkai does, that if everyone believes
in this Buddhism there will be no more war, no more sickness, no more poverty and no more
crime. What is important is that everyone must follow the Law of
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo, and try
very hard to practice and pray. If you do not practice earnestly and follow the Law of
Namu-myoho-renge-kyo, you are not a true believer.
With Reverend Raido Hirota
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