- Jan 2012
The House of Justice is confident that the principles herein presented will enable the friends to benefit from diverse contributions resulting from exploration of the manifold implications of Bahá'u’lláh's vast Revelation, while remaining impervious to the efforts of those few who, whether in an explicit or veiled manner, attempt to divert the Bahá’í community from essential understandings of the Faith.
- The Universal House of Justice, 14 November 2005, to all National Spiritual Assemblies
I saw a discussion in this forum calling attention to the possibility that there might be some Baha'is who account themselves as superior in knowledge and elevated in position, or who pretend to be the most distinguished of all, causing or threatening to cause injustice, division, contention and schism.
If there are such people in the Faith, I don't think it would do any service to the Faith for us to occupy ourselves with who they are, or what they might be doing wrong, even if we saw some of them posting in this forum, other than possibly reporting it to an institution. What I see the House of Justice advising, repeatedly, to protect the Faith and its members from such influences, is to deepen ourselves in the Covenant. In my understanding, that means each of us deepening her own understanding of the Covenant, through prayer, meditation, study and service.
In the message cited above, in relation to people who "have been led to assail, in their inflammatory writings, the tenets of the Cause of God;" and people who adopt various means to "impose personal views or an ideological agenda on the Bahá’í community" or seek to "foist a self-assumed authority upon the thought and behaviour of the mass of believers;" the House of Justice says it is confident that the principles it presents there will enable us to benefit from a diversity of views, without being diverted from essential understandings.
In addition to studying that message, I thought it might help to investigate together what some of those essential understandings might be. I'm not proposing that we try to agree on a list. I'm proposing that we each try to give examples of what we see as essential understandings of the Faith. Anyone who has read much of what I was posting recently might guess that my first example will be about people learning to love and trust Baha'u'llah.
"Our mission is to seize and possess the hearts of men."
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 211)
"Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty."
(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 20)