The Purpose of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant: To Stimulate the Expansion of the Faith (An Explanation)

The growth of the Faith is stimulated by the power of the Covenant  and by specific directions given by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the institutions of the Administrative Order. Shoghi Effendi attributes the birth of the American Bahá’í Community,12 the spread of the Faith in the West,13 and the remarkable activities initiated by the early
Western believers14 to the “energies,” “impelling influence,” and “propelling power” of the Covenant. Beside being a force which moves the believers, the Covenant stirs the hearts of humanity.  Individual souls are “enkindled, attracted and confirmed.”15

The growth of the Faith proceeds systematically through a Plan initiated by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Tablets of the Divine Plan. This Plan is “divine in origin, is guided by the explicit and repeated instructions . . . of the Center of the Covenant Himself, is energized by the all-compelling will of its Author, . . . and must continue to function . . .throughout successive epochs . . . of the Bahá’í Dispensation.”16  The Plan is carried forward today under the guidance of the Universal House of Justice.


12 God Passes By 255
13 God Passes By 245
14 God Passes By 279
15 Star of the West, Vol. X, 233
16 Shoghi Effendi, Citadel of Faith 7

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

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