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Old 11-15-2017, 11:18 PM   #1
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Smile Is this a sin?

If a certain topic has not been discussed in the scriptures and its a grey area and is passed on to the UHJ and they forbid it as an letter of advice and not enforce it as a law is it a sin to disagree with the decision until it's enforced as a law as I am aware we cannot deviate from the UHJ but I'm not sure if disagreeing with an letter is the same as disagreeing with a law which is enforced as Bahaullah has said we are not to deviate from them and I'm sure that's regarding the laws. as some agree the infallibility is only applicable whilst applying laws. Does anybody know if letters of advice are treated as similiarly to how they create laws? Do they uphold the same amount of importance on publishing a letter of advice? do all agree? Or is it just one member ... I look forward to your opinions
 
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:40 AM   #2
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It is to one's benefit to fully apply the advice that this holy body, infused with the authority of Baha'u'llah, has given. Meditate upon it, pray concerning it, and with confidence in it, press onward and upward with the greatest energy.
 
Old 11-16-2017, 10:38 AM   #3
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Yousefy2,

Not to heed the advisement of the Universal House of Justice becomes a battle with ones own ego.

Confusions may need to be addressed within further consultation.
 
Old 11-16-2017, 03:16 PM   #4
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If a certain topic has not been discussed in the scriptures and its a grey area and is passed on to the UHJ and they forbid it as an letter of advice and not enforce it as a law is it a sin to disagree with the decision until it's enforced as a law as I am aware we cannot deviate from the UHJ but I'm not sure if disagreeing with an letter is the same as disagreeing with a law which is enforced as Bahaullah has said we are not to deviate from them and I'm sure that's regarding the laws. as some agree the infallibility is only applicable whilst applying laws. Does anybody know if letters of advice are treated as similiarly to how they create laws? Do they uphold the same amount of importance on publishing a letter of advice? do all agree? Or is it just one member ... I look forward to your opinions
Letters from UHJ are agreed by all members of the UHJ
 
Old 11-17-2017, 11:03 AM   #5
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It is my understanding that honest disagreeing, as personal mental phenomenon, cannot be a sin (it may be, indeed, a normal byproduct of a continuous and progressive "revelation" at a personal level)

It is acting against the Teachings, promoting our views as true and UHJ's as false, is what is a sin, because that is a source of division.

In our strive for Unity as the highest goal in this dispensation, we should recognize that it is division and strife and arrogance, but not intellectual disagreement, the source of sorrow for humankind.

A humble and sincere Baha'i can say "I personally disagree with UHJ's stance on X, but for the sake of Unity, and my love for the Cause, I will comply with the actions I am being asked to take".

One way I like to put it is "I still don't understand the UHJ's stance on X." That statement frees us from confrontation with our friends and focus on our current (and perhaps transient) inability to agree with it, given our context and capacity.

This is not synonym of blind obedience nor contradicts the principle of independent investigation of truth.
We comply based on available evidence relevant to the context, and based on the awareness that my own capacity to assess the evidence is limited... as we do in many other aspects in life.

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