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When will the Trust of God, latent in the reality of man, emerge? (Part 7) | Worship


Gordy Arlin

Read parts 1-6 of “When will the Trust of God, latent in the reality of man, emerge?” at –Ed.

If I am lucky, on Jan. 5, you were kind to read my column titled “Look to the words of God’s messengers.” This was part six of my two-year project of attempting to plumb some of the depths of a 450-words chunk of Scripture that I had paraded out in my column of Aug. 6, 2014.

“Love Me and love one another” encapsulates God’s “how-to” in six words, but for some fun expanding on these two ideas, I am impressed that this 450-words small bundle is similar in that it too contains no less than the entire syllabus for The College Of Existence. All we need to know, to thrive, from womb to tomb.

Now a year and a half into my two-year project (high school and four-year degree) we’re facing more difficult mountains, facing the uphill, uncomfortable masters/Ph.D. quest.

In our last episode, Bahá’u'lláh (“The Glory of God”/1817-1893) was relaying to us God’s Truth and Will as regards God’s series of flesh-and-blood divine Prophets, sent to us over time, each unique and yet united profoundly in that they are, astonishingly, fully of both our earthly realm and God’s unfathomable realms.

Bahá’u'lláh speaks to this with an astounding economy of words for issues that are so inconceivably vast:

“And since there can be no tie of direct intercourse to bind the one true God with His creation, and no resemblance whatever can exist between the transient and the Eternal, the contingent and the Absolute, He hath ordained that in every age and dispensation a pure and stainless Soul be made manifest in the kingdoms of Earth and Heaven.

“Unto this subtle, this mysterious and ethereal Being He hath assigned a twofold nature; the physical, pertaining to the world of matter, and the spiritual, which is born of the substance of God Himself.

“To this testifieth the tradition: ‘Manifold and mysterious is My relationship with God. I am He, Himself, and He is I, Myself, except that I am that I am, and He is that He is.’ The second station is the human station, exemplified by the following verses: ‘I am but a man like you.’ ‘Say, praise be to my Lord! Am I more than a man, an apostle?’”

Now, kind reader, the uphill quest asks you to open your heart of hearts to the sincere (and perhaps scary) consideration of the divine Unity of the classical Prophets, their vital and essential equality; that indeed each of them was exactly what God wanted for that particular people, in that particular place, for that exact time, for that moment’s particular challenges.

Of course, in many aspects they appear to teach differing curriculums, but that is solely because God is kindly lasering quickly into the people’s particular needs in each instance! Stumbling communities far, far from and centuries from each other are in “vastly” different degrees of tribal and ritualistic evolution.

“Way different and off-putting teachings” turn out to be “common sense at-the-time teachings”! God is good, plus: He is smart!

Please, my heart does not want to suggest the denigration (God forbid!) of your chosen Prophet “down to” the level of “those guys;” rather, please infer correctly that my ardent prayer is that you will prayerfully consider the possibility of properly elevating “those guys” up to the five-star status of your Hero.

(Is it just me? Do I labor incorrectly in my belief that for hundreds, thousands of years: almost always, which Hero we love is a function of “Whose House We Were Born In” and little else?)

In closing, from Bahá’u'lláh:

“It is clear and evident to thee that all the Prophets are the Temples of the Cause of God, who have appeared clothed in divers attire. If thou wilt observe with discriminating eyes, thou wilt behold them all abiding in the same tabernacle, soaring in the same heaven, seated upon the same throne, uttering the same speech, and proclaiming the same Faith. Such is the unity of those Essences of being, those Luminaries of infinite and immeasurable splendor. Wherefore, should one of these Manifestations of Holiness proclaim saying: ‘I am the return of all the Prophets,’ He verily speaketh the truth.”

“Let it now be seen what your efforts in the path of detachment will reveal.”

Gordy Arlin has been a member of the Bahái faith for 44 years. Mukilteo’s Bahái community meets regularly in each other’s homes for worship. For more information, call 1-800-22UNITE.


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