If I knew for sure that I would die next month, part 5 l Worship
Last updated 11/6/2019 at 1:15pm
Editor's Note: See parts 1-4 of "If I knew for sure..." at mukilteobeacon.com. They were published Aug. 15, 2018, Jan. 9, May 29, and Aug. 7, respectively.
Hello friends! For part 5, a pause in all of my theorizing for some meat and potatoes Word. I am focusing on just one challenge that faces mankind: racism. I feature Bahá'u'lláh's Writings about racism, in the hopes that you might concur with me that they sound just like what God would say, and just what Jesus might indeed say in His Return. God gave us hearts and minds sensitive enough to discern His Voice, please turn on your keenest spiritual radar and weigh these phenomenal quotations from God, taken from my ancient Beacon column of 10-20-1993 titled "Racism – just undo it":
Unity is impossible if racism endures. As regards our need for unity, here are the words of Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892) Prophet-Founder of the Bahá'í Faith:
"The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established... the Word of God, alone, can claim the distinction of being endowed with the capacity required for so great and far-reaching a change."
Hmmm... So let's take a look at the Word of God as regards racism. All of these passages are excerpted from the Bahá'í Writings:
"Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendship and fellowship."
"In every Dispensation the light of divine guidance has been focused upon one central theme... In this wondrous Revelation, this glorious century, the foundation of the Faith of God, and the distinguishing feature of His law is the consciousness of the oneness of mankind."
"God doth not behold differences of hue and complexion. He looketh at the hearts. He whose morals and virtues are praiseworthy is preferred in the presence of God... In the realm of genesis and creation, the question of color is of least importance."
"Reflect ye as to other than human forms of life and be ye admonished thereby: Those clouds that drift apart cannot produce the bounty of the rain, and are soon lost; a flock of sheep, once scattered, falleth prey to the wolf, and birds that fly alone will be caught fast in the claws of the hawk. What greater demonstration could there be that unity leadeth to flourishing life, while dissension and withdrawing from the others will only lead to misery."
"...difference of race and color is like the variegated beauty of flowers in a garden. If you enter a garden you will see yellow, white, blue, red flowers in profusion and beauty - each radiant within itself and although different from the others, lending its own charm to them. Racial differences in the human kingdom is similar... the various races of humankind lend a composite harmony and beauty of color to the whole. Let all associate, therefore, in this great human garden even as flowers grow and blend together side by side without discord or disagreement between them... this diversity increaseth their charm and addeth to their beauty. How unpleasing to the eye if all the flowers and plants, the leaves and blossoms, the fruit, the branches and the trees of the garden were all of the same shape and color! Diversity of color, form and shape enricheth and adorneth the garden, and heighteneth the effect thereof."
"This diversity, this difference is like the naturally created dissimilarity and variety of the limbs and organs of the human body, for each one contributeth to the beauty, efficiency and perfection of the whole... multiplicity is the greatest factor for coordination."
"The diversity of the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord."
"May our purposes centralize in the earnest desire of attaining the good pleasure of God, and may our supreme energies be directed to welding together the human household."
"Be kind to all people, love humanity, consider all mankind as your relations... Strive day and night that animosity and contention may pass away from the hearts of men... love each other so that no racial, religious or political prejudice may remain... God has created all, and all return to God. Therefore, love humanity with all your heart and soul."
"It is incumbent upon every man of insight and understanding to strive to translate that which hath been written into reality and action."
"Do not despair! Work steadily. Sincerity and love will conquer hate. How many seemingly impossible events are coming to pass in these days! Set your faces steadily towards the Light of the World. Show love to all."