Compiled by Research Department of the Universal House of Justice.
Published in Baha’i Studies Bulletin Vol 1-1
It is better not to read books by Covenant Breakers because they are haters of the light, sufferers from a spiritual leprosy so to speak. But books by well meaning yet unenlightened enemies of the Cause can be read so as to refute their charges.
We must take the teachings as a great balanced whole, not seek out and oppose to each other two strong statements that have different meanings; somewhere in between, there are links uniting the two. That is what makes our Faith so flexible and well balanced. For instance there are calamities for testing and for punishment - there are also accidents, plain cause and effect.
1945-03-19 on behalf of to an individual re take teachings as a whole