Kitabi Iqan it says
Know verily that the purpose underlying all these symbolic terms and abstruse allusions, which emanate from the Revealers of God’s holy Cause, hath been to test and prove the peoples of the world; that thereby the earth of the pure and illuminated hearts may be known from the perishable and barren soil. From time immemorial such hath been the way of God amidst His creatures, and to this testify the records of the sacred books.
I had a question regarding this.
Lets say there was a clergy in Iran for example, and he didnt necessarily want to go against Bahaullah, but since he took the writings of the Quran regarding the advent of Bahaullah literally and not symbolically, this Mulla or clergy failed to recognize the coming of the new Manifestation of God. But this clergy mans intent was not to reject the new Manifestation of God, he only rejected His claims cuz he took the writing of the Quran literally and let say he did not know better to take the writings symbolically. Now according to the quote above from the Kitabi Iqan, this clergy would have been like "barren soil" and would be seperated from the illuminated souls.
What I am having trouble understanding is do "illuminated hearts" always take the writings symbolically, like do these two come hand in hand.
Im for some reason having trouble understanding why God would choose this method, the method being whether the clergy look symbolically or literally at the writings, as a way to seperate the illuminated hearts from the dirty ones. To me it doesnt seem fair. But I know for sure that there is something that I dont understand which is why I think it is unfair, if anybody has any input that they can give on this, I would appreciate it