Posted by Brett Zamir (18.104.22.168) on August 14, 2002 at 01:25:40:
In Reply to: Question on UHJ ? posted by Susan Bird on July 14, 2002 at 02:51:30:
Although someone is certainly free in a civil rights sense to pick and choose from principles of the Faith and not accept the whole package, it is clearly internally inconsistent for someone to claim to be a Baha'i and reject the administration.
As Shoghi Effendi puts it "To dissociate the administrative principles of the Cause from the purely spiritual and humanitarian teachings would be tantamount to a mutilation of the body of the Cause, a separation that can only result in the disintegration of its component parts, and the extinction of the Faith itself." (World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, within pp. 3-5)
The quote about the Universal House of Justice being confined to men came from Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá (not to mention 'Abdu'l-Bahá's explicit designation of Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice and Bahá'u'lláh's indirect reference to the former and direct reference to the latter).
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