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Old 01-04-2018, 06:17 AM   #1
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Question about Gleanings XVIII

Hello everyone,

I am wondering if anyone else has found this passage from Gleanings to be difficult to understand. I am not speaking in terms of interpretation, but simply the outer meaning.

"Say: Perused ye not the QuríŠn? Read it, that haply ye may find the Truth, for this Book is verily the Straight Path. This is the Way of God unto all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth. If ye have been careless of the QuríŠn, the BayŠn cannot be regarded to be remote from you. Behold it open before your eyes. Read ye its verses, that perchance ye may desist from committing that which will cause the Messengers of God to mourn and lament."

It would seem to me that if one was careless of the QuríŠn the BayŠn would be remote (in a spiritual sense), and not the other way around. Also, I would assume that almost all the Babis and early Baha'is would have been very familiar with the QuríŠn, so this can't be interpreted in terms of access to particular books.

I'm probably missing something quite obvious, but any help or discussion would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:14 PM   #2
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I am not sure but just a suggestion: that the distance of the believer from the Holy Books suggested may be one of time in that the Bayan is much more recent. Is it being suggested that if someone has disregarded an ancient Book of God then there is one that is current?

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