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Old 10-10-2017, 02:10 PM   #1
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How to eschew fellowship courteously

We are to eschew fellowship with the ungodly.

Suppose there is a person who spent the first part of his life devoid of the Revelation of God. He has accumulated a number of ungodly friends. Then he receives the Word of God and becomes illumined. He is then faced with the task of eschewing the fellowship of his former friends -- while simultaneously demonstrating "the utmost of courtesy," as we are enjoined to do at all times.

Perhaps someone can offer some ideas on how this might be accomplished.
 
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:53 PM   #2
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I think just spending more and more time and having fellowship with those who actively want to live out the godly virtues will naturally create a healthier balance, as it naturally leaves you with less time to spend with the former friends. Maybe sometimes it may come to ending it abruptly, but of course we are always there for them, never turning our backs on them, just not having that intimate 'fellowship' where we take on their values and habits in life. It's something I'm still learning to do myself.

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Old 10-10-2017, 11:39 PM   #3
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We are to eschew fellowship with the ungodly.

Suppose there is a person who spent the first part of his life devoid of the Revelation of God. He has accumulated a number of ungodly friends. Then he receives the Word of God and becomes illumined. He is then faced with the task of eschewing the fellowship of his former friends -- while simultaneously demonstrating "the utmost of courtesy," as we are enjoined to do at all times.

Perhaps someone can offer some ideas on how this might be accomplished.
We have to look closely at this passage as in its fuller context I think this passage is referring to Covenant Breaking.

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Old 10-11-2017, 12:37 AM   #4
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I don't think that this passage means to avoid fellowship with Atheists and Humanists. 'Abdu'l-Bahá says in Some Answered Questions that there are people trying their best to live a good life and that this effort is admirable although they "live in ignorance of God". Only those who show satanic tendencies, negative character traits and a desire to harm themselves or others are truly "ungodly". So you can have strong connections and shared values with Atheists and Humanists. Even the House of Justice says that for common effort religion is unimportant as long as the goals are the same - e.g. emancipation of women, universal education, environment protection or safeguarding Human Rights.
 
Old 10-11-2017, 12:36 PM   #5
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Well, it's not so hard. Whenever you get an offer to go for a beer, you just reply: "Sorry, I'm planning to spend an evening reading holy books and prayers."

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