Posted by Martin on July 20, 2101 at 21:19:39:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Breaking the covenant posted by Diosa on July 15, 2101 at 22:42:29:
According to the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha, in order to get this title, one has to oppose the guardian of the Baha'i Faith.
_My object is to show that the Hands of the Cause of God must be ever watchful and so soon as they find anyone be ginning to oppose and protest against the guardian of the Cause of God cast him out from the congregation of the people of Bahá and in no wise accept any excuse from him._
The Hands in 1960 changed the definition of Covenant Breaking by saying it now means opposition to the sans-Guardian House of Justice established by them. The current Universal House of Justice is deprived of its permanent head, its _member for life_, the Guardian of the Baha'i Faith.
Living-Tribunal--I really like your writing style... something about it just seems to click with me.
That aside, I too seem kinda confused on the concept of covenant-breakers. For starters, what exactly does that mean? In my searching thus far (which isn't that much, I admit) I can't seem to find any reference to what this means. Any ideas on where I should look? I keep seeing references to these "covenant breakers" but no explanation of what one had to do to get that title.
Pretty much all that I have found on the subject is from Directives From the Guardian, which says this:
The Guardian has, within the last few years, considered the National Assemblies strong enough to wield the instrument of sanction in the sense of depriving a Bahá'í of his voting rights. But no one but himself can pronounce a person to be in that diseased condition we call `Covenant Breaking' and no one but he can reinstate a Covenant Breaker. No National Assembly has been given this right and cannot therefore review the question or reinstate anyone..."
"...Bahá'u'lláh and the Master in many places and very emphatically have told us to shun entirely all Covenant breakers as they are afflicted with what we might try and define as a contagious spiritual disease; they have also told us, however, to pray for them. These souls are not lost forever.
Which doesn't tell me a whole lot.
Help. Please. I'm confused
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