letter on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, July 17, 1989
There are two factors, God’s Will and our free will: we are not puppets, if we make mistakes we have to pay for them. Bahá’u’lláh sought to prevent and avert wars of the last 50 years or so. No one listened. We are being chastised for our good now, by all this suffering, but there was an easier way, to accept the Message sent by God. We would not take that way; therefore He sends us this one . . . .
. . . . .there are calamities for testing and for punishment – there are also accidents, plain cause and effect.
[From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, March 19, 1946, unpublished;