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Daily Reflection -16 Sharaf (Honour)
January 15, 2019 - January 16, 2019
“Within the Bahá’í community, the encouragement of diversity of opinion has important implications in the realms of both belief and action. The Universal House of Justice has pointed out that ‘…individual interpretation is considered the fruit of man’s rational power and conducive to a better understanding of the teachings, provided that no disputes or arguments arise among [Bahá’ís] and the individual himself understands and makes it clear that his views are merely his own.’ This respect for differences in view is by no means limited to the views of Bahá’ís. In the words of Bahá’u’lláh: ‘Warn …the beloved of the one true God not to view with too critical an eye the sayings and writings of men. Let them rather approach such sayings and writings in a spirit of open-mindedness and loving sympathy.'”
~ Consultation and the Protection of Diversity, Baha’i .org; image courtesy of “True Self Baha’i” series 7: World Peace