This year in June, Master Ryuho Okawa of Happy Science went on his first teaching trip to Africa, which marks a milestone, as he has now spread the teachings of Happy Science across all five continents.
Maybe this is the reason why more and more other world religions have started acknowledging Happy Science. Since the lecture in Uganda last June, several Christian clerics and other proponents of the Christian faith have looked into the teachings of Happy Science and criticized some of our ideas.
Their criticism was based on the Bible, so I would like to respond to the most common points of their criticism using passages from the Bible myself to back my statements.
Judge the Tree by its Fruit
Criticism 1: Okawa himself claims to be the savior and the highest god. Jesus said “For many will come in my name, claiming ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.” (Matthew 24:5)
There was also criticism about this based on the first commandment from the Old Testament, which says “You must not have any other god but me.”
This criticism based on the New Testament is concerned about Master Okawa being a fake messiah, but on the other hand, the New Testament repeatedly mentions the foolishness of the scholars of the law and the Pharisees oppressing Jesus Christ.
Looking at history, many people from all countries in the world have claimed the title of messiah. Probably only about one in a billion is real, while most are fake. People have a choice to believe in them or not.
The standard rationale for judging religions can be summarized with this phrase from the New Testament: “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad.” (Matthew 12:33). In short, how many believers are there, and how happy are they? If the followers of a religion do not go down the road of darkness but thrive and live happily, the teachings they believe in must be good, and the messiah they have chosen to believe in must be real.
It took the Christian church hundreds of years to prove itself in this sense, while Happy Science has already produced an abundance of fruit during its founder Master Okawa’s lifetime.
Happy Science already has followers in almost 100 countries, and is building Happy Science venues and places of worship in all of them. Our followers even include professional Buddhist and Christian Bible scholars. This shows how many people worldwide believe in the teachings of Happy Science and are enjoying the taste of the fruit born by this tree. All I have to say to those aiming the arrow of criticism at us is this: have a bite of this fruit, and experience its taste for yourself!