Forum: “Bahá’u’lláh’s Teaching on the Unity of Religion”

The theme,  “Bahá’u’lláh’s Teaching on the Unity of Religion” will be the focus of a forum planned for 27 May at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning, at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Religious truth has been manifested relative to time and location.  Whenever a society has become spiritually weak and has been inflicted by complex social problems, God has appointed a divine educator from among the people.  This educator breathes a new spiritual life into the society and gives guidance on how to deal with the social problems. That explains the large number of religions that exist in the world today and differences observed among them.

However, despite of such diversity, the divine educators or the Manifestations of God and the religions they reveal are one.  The Manifestations of God are like perfect mirrors that reflect the attributes of one God.  Such oneness does not, however, imply uniformity, as there are differences among the Manifestations of God and their revelations.

The Manifestations of God have three stations, namely that of the physical, the human and the divine.  “The physical station is phenomenal; it is composed of elements, and necessarily everything that is composed is subject to decomposition”.[1]  The second station is the rational soul or the human station.  “This also is phenomenal, and the Holy Manifestations share it with all mankind.[2]  In this station a Manifestation of God is an individual with His own unique combination of the genetic variations that characterise all other human individuals.  “The third station is that of the divine appearance and heavenly splendour: it is the Word of God, the Eternal Bounty, the Holy Spirit.  It has neither beginning nor end, for these things are related to the world of contingencies and not to the divine world.[3] This is the station common among all the Manifestations of God.

Generally the light of a religion is dimmed by man-made superstitions and ideas as it approaches its winter of despondency.  Hence, the religion assumes an appearance and a form radically different from its reality when it was originally revealed by the Manifestation of God.

The unity of religion as taught by Bahá’u’lláh nearly 150 years ago will be discussed in a forum planned for 27 May at Wollongong Bahá’í Centre of Learning, at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

  1. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 151.
  2. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 151.
  3. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 152.

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