Why Religions are How they are.

I previously mentioned the idea that the essential form or thrust of the religion of God, at any phase of its existence, depends on the barriers of the established order to the dispersion of the Word of God. The failure to recognise this feature has lead some religious academics and commentators to believe that diverse religions have no commonness and are separate. Nonetheless Baha’u’llah had proclaimed there is, essentially, only one religion, “This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.

Some religious commentators have also claimed that God’s hands are tied up by force of His creation of a religion. As each religion professes this, either only one is right or they are all wrong. Of this idea that God’s hands may be tied, Baha’u’llah provides a telling rebuke, “How can the hand of Him Who is the King in truth, ..how can the hand of such a One be chained and fettered? How can He be conceived as powerless to raise up yet another Messenger …? Behold the absurdity of their saying; how far it hath strayed from the path of knowledge and understanding! Observe how in this day also, all these people have occupied themselves with such foolish absurdities. .. Thou art surely aware of their idle contention, that all Revelation is ended, that the portals of Divine mercy are closed, that from the day-springs of eternal holiness no sun shall rise again, that the Ocean of everlasting bounty is forever stilled, and that out of the Tabernacle of ancient glory the Messengers of God have ceased to be made manifest. … These people have imagined that the flow of God’s all-encompassing grace and plenteous mercies, the cessation of which no mind can contemplate, has been halted. From every side they have risen and girded up the loins of tyranny, and exerted the utmost endeavour to quench with the bitter waters of their vain fancy the flame of God’s burning Bush, oblivious that the globe of power shall within its own mighty stronghold  protect the Lamp of God. The utter destitution into which this people have fallen doth surely suffice them, inasmuch as they have been deprived of the recognition of the essential Purpose and the knowledge of the Mystery and Substance of the Cause of God. For the highest and most excelling grace bestowed upon men is the grace of “attaining unto the Presence of God” and of His recognition, which has been promised unto all people. This is the utmost degree of grace vouchsafed unto man by the All-Bountiful, the Ancient of Days, and the fulness of His absolute bounty upon His creatures. ..And yet they have rejected it, and, after their own desire, misconstrued its meaning. Even as He hath revealed: … “Let him then who hopeth to attain the presence of his Lord work a righteous work.”

So God does not withdraw His hand from humanity. Nor trick humanity. Humans might trick themselves by believing in what is not real. Unaware that the Manifestation of God will not be nor act as they do.  Baha’u’llah explains, “Know ye that by “the world” is meant your unawareness of Him Who is your Maker, and your absorption in aught else but Him. The “life to come,” on the other hand, signifieth the things that give you a safe approach to God, the All-Glorious, the Incomparable. Whatsoever deterreth you, in this Day, from loving God is nothing but the world. Flee it, that ye may be numbered with the blest. Should a man wish to adorn himself with the ornaments of the earth, to wear its apparels, or partake of the benefits it can bestow, no harm can befall him, if he alloweth nothing whatever to intervene between him and God, for God hath ordained every good thing, whether created in the heavens or in the earth, for such of His servants as truly believe in Him. Eat ye, O people, of the good things which God hath allowed you, and deprive not yourselves from His wondrous bounties. Render thanks and praise unto Him, and be of them that are truly thankful.”

So the Law of God establishes the parameters of ‘partaking of benefits’ in order that there is a ‘safe approach to God” Therefore we might consider that the Law of God does change, depending on the barriers in the social life of humanity to the effectualness of the Word of God on humanity.In this, Baha’u’llah has completed abrogated from the Book of Laws, any force, violence, or war. “Conflict and contention are categorically forbidden in His Book. This is a decree of God in this Most Great Revelation.” This global civilisation, drawing towards a “Most Great Peace” requires extraordinary spiritual development, great effort to be loving, sharing, serving. With this effort all barriers and all separations are finally unrealised. Nonetheless, all humans will find the Law of God, testing, as we prefer some elements of the world above the Law of God. In that we all share a pathway to greater love and unity.

However religions became, they became in order to bring humanity to this day of unity. However they are, now, is a reflection of the new effort required by humanity to find the ‘safe approach to God’.

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