The Purpose of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant: To Insure the Integrity of the Faith (Readings)

4. “In the Bahá’í Faith there are two authoritative centers appointed to which the believers must turn. . . . One center is the Book with its Interpreter, and the other is the Universal House of Justice guided by God to decide on whatever is not explicitly revealed in the Book.”  —Messages of the Universal House of Justice 42

5. “The Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh is unbroken, its all-encompassing power inviolate. The two unique features which distinguish it from all religious covenants of the past are unchanged and operative. The revealed Word, in its original purity, amplified by the divinely guided interpretations of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi, remains immutable, unadulterated by any man-made creeds or dogmas, unwarrantable inferences, or unauthorized interpretations.  The channel of Divine guidance, providing flexibility in all the affairs of mankind, remains open through that institution which was founded by Bahá’u’lláh and endowed by Him with supreme authority and unfailing guidance, and of which the Master wrote:  ‘Unto this body all things must be referred.’ How clearly we can see the truth of Bahá’u’lláh’s assertion: ‘The Hand of Omnipotence hath established His Revelation upon an enduring foundation.  Storms of human strife are powerless to undermine its basis, nor will men’s fanciful theories succeed in damaging its structure.” —The Universal House of Justice, Wellspring of Guidance 13

6. “Independent investigation of truth recognizes that no human being can have a full and correct understanding of the revelation of God; it places upon each individual the duty to strive for an ever greater understanding of the Teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. . . . This will produce great diversity of views on a wide variety of subjects, and this is excellent. What it cannot and must not do is to produce ‘sects’ in relation to the Teachings of the Faith; the Covenant provides the centre of guidance which is to prevent such a degeneration.” —The Universal House of Justice, letter of 10-20-77

*Part of the Series: The Covenant Deepening – Its Meaning and Origin

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