The Covenant safeguards the unity of the Bahá’ís by providing an infallible source of guidance that protects the Cause from “differences and schisms, making it impossible for anyone to create a new sect or faction of belief.”10 The Covenant further protects the Faith’s unity by requiring that the believers shun those who seek to create division (see lesson 7). “Were it not for the protecting power of the Covenant,” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá warns, “there would arise among the Bahá’ís in one day, a thousand different sects as was the case in former ages.”11 Because it unifies the believers, the Covenant is the pivot for the eventual—and inevitable—uniting of humanity.
10 ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith 248
11 Bahá’í World Faith 357-58
*Part of the Series: The Covenant Deepening – Its Meaning and Origin
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