Monday, July 21, 2014

The religion of God is for love and unity

From KITAB-I-'AHD (Book of the Covenant), Bahá'u'lláh states.

O ye that dwell on earth! The religion of God is for love and unity; make it not the cause of enmity or dissension. In the eyes of men of insight and the beholders of the Most Sublime Vision, whatsoever are the effective means for safeguarding and promoting the happiness and welfare of the children of men have already been revealed by the Pen of Glory. But the foolish ones of the earth, being nurtured in evil passions and desires, have remained heedless of the consummate wisdom of Him Who is, in truth, the All-Wise, while their words and deeds are prompted by idle fancies and vain imaginings.

                (Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 220)

Many wars have been fought and often the opponents both  had the belief that God was on their side. As they attempted to rid the world of evil forces they forgot to ask God if it was what He wanted them to do.

Bahá'u'lláh makes it clear that the religion of God is for love and unity. Many people see God as a warring God that divides humanity against itself and inspires people toward hatred and strife. Many atheists cannot believe in such a God. A friend of mine would often tell such people that she did not believe in the God that they didn’t believe in either. She explained that, in order to not believe in God they must have some concept of God that they don’t believe in, and that concept of God she did not accept either.

The Religion of God, in its pure form, is a very powerful thing. Unfortunately, even watered down, it can be very powerful and have a great influence. Thus evil men have used the religion of God to promote their own interests. By watering down and distorting the facts they come up with a new religion that resembles Truth but promotes hatred and division.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    (Matthew 7:15-20)

Thus the wolf comes in sheep’s clothing intent on dispersing the flock and devouring the weak ones. If we remain united, the wolf does not have  chance, so he must first divide the flock and scatter it into sects, religions, cults and other divisions that will weaken the True religion. Be assured that if anyone is attempting to divide God’s sheep, he is not the True Shepherd. When we realize that all of Gods Messengers taught us to love, we will all embrace the Ancient Faith of God and be in unity.

Let your principal concern be to rescue the fallen from the slough of impending extinction, and to help him embrace the ancient Faith of God.

    (Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 316)

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