Religious people who attempt to do away with a critic, not through discourse and debate but by force of arms and violence, can only be described as deranged. Nevertheless, that is the reality of many religious figures in the Latter Day of the Law.
The misguided words and actions of such people produce a general mistrust of religion, which plays such a vital role for human beings. As a result, there arises a tendency among people to reject all religion as harmful, irrespective of whether it is correct or erroneous. This offense is extremely grave.
For precisely that reason, those who uphold correct religion have an enormous responsibility. We must strengthen our spirit all the more so that we can defeat evil and elevate the correct teaching. Otherwise the correct teaching will perish and be forgotten, and the people will sink into the darkness of suffering.
This guidance is an abstract from 'The World of Nichiren Daishonin Writings' with universal value and application
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