Re: Baha'is need a new strategy
- From: smaneck@xxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 09:59:13 CST
Kent Johnson wrote:
> "Matt Menge" <mspmenge@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> >Did you know that Baha'is are actually supposed to quote from the Writings
> >when they merely talk about the Faith to non-Baha'is?
> As to whether or not it is God's Will that those who have signed a Baha'i
> card are directed to quote Baha'u'llah when merely talking to anyone who has
> not signed a card, well, I will have to bow to your supperior knowledge of
> the subject. Seems silly to me to even discuss it.
Are you even bothering to hear what he said. He didn't say we should
quote the Writings everytime we say anything to a non-Baha'i. He said
when we are talking about the *Faith.* I'm guessing he has in mind this
"The sanctified souls should ponder and meditate in their hearts
regarding the methods of teaching. From the texts of the wondrous,
heavenly Scriptures they should memorize phrases and passages bearing
on various instances, so that in the course of their speech they may
recite divine verses whenever the occasion demandeth it, inasmuch as
these holy verses are the most potent elixir, the greatest and
mightiest talisman. So potent is their influence that the hearer will
have no cause for vacillation. I swear by My life! This Revelation is
endowed with such a power that it will act as the lodestone for all
nations and kindreds of the earth. Should one pause to meditate
attentively he would recognize that no place is there, nor can there
be, for anyone to flee to."
(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 200)
> I do care that Baha'is and non-Baha'is alike talk to each other, group to
> group, person to person, person to group. And that talking should involve a
> plan of action, a way to uplift and serve people, to make the world a better
> place. I would rather discuss that.
Great. Then why give so much attention to what you think Baha'is ought
not to be doing? That isn't exactly encouraging!
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