Friday, June 17, 2011

Advancing in Our Understanding

Friends—Bahai or not—around the country are deeply studying the guidance of the Universal House of Justice and seeing its effect on their understanding of the Bahai Faith.  One important concept we’re learning is each human being’s two-fold moral purpose, to educate ourselves and simultaneously contribute to the betterment of society.  Greg describes his experience studying the guidance with his wife and its effect on sharing what they are learning with others:

My wife and I were studying the two messages of the House of Justice very intensely and we both felt our ability to share the Faith was much different and much better for it. I felt I had a much wider and more comprehensive view of the aim of the Faith (the building of the divine civilization of Baha'u'llah, etc.), and I think that perspective translated to our new friend who recently declared her Faith in Baha’u’llah. She really seemed to take on the concept that this is a religion of action and service. By the end of the night her questions were very action oriented, like, ‘What does it mean to be teaching the Faith?’ ‘Does it mean you’re always talking about Bahá’u’lláh ?’ ‘Can it just be inviting neighbors to your home to build community, but not specifically talking about religion?’ etc. Undoubtedly some of this is due just to her own spiritual qualities, but I also feel the guidance of the House of Justice is having effects on people who barely know what the Faith is!

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