Posted by Brett Zamir (22.214.171.124) on July 27, 2002 at 22:15:01:
In Reply to: Re: Chastity in Youth...what do the writings say? posted by pyne on July 27, 2002 at 18:24:54:
I would urge you to rely on the authoritative Writings rather than on the opinions of community members (including ourselves), since the unique and priceless feature of the Baha'i Faith is that we do have a clear central Authority to turn to so that God's Faith does not become clouded with personal interpretations. If the quotations we or others have supplied were not sufficient, you could always write to the Universal House of Justice, if you felt it necessary.
Of course we can and even at times should consult the members of our communities, but we should not lose sight of the fact that it will often be the YOUTH who break away from some of the false conceptions which the adults have had:
ãYou Baháâí children and young people have both great privileges and great obligations ahead of you, for your generation will be the ones to help build up a new, better and more beautiful world after the dark years of this war are passed. You should prepare yourselves for this great task by trying to grasp the true meaning of the teachings and not just merely accepting them as something you are taught. They are like a wonderful new world of thought just beginning to be explored, and when we realize that Baháâuâlláh has brought teachings and laws for a thousand years to come, we can readily see that each new generation may find some greater meaning in the writings than the ones gone before did.ä
(On behalf of Shoghi Effendi, Pearls of Wisdom, pp. 99-100)
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