Monday, November 26, 2007

On the Purpose of God's Tests: So that light may be distinguished from darkness

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Thanks to locle999 on, I learn of a slew of Baha'i outlines and summaries, including this one. -gw

Nine purposes defined in the Kitáb-I-Iqán

Here are the first four purposes. -gw

The purpose of God’s tests: “…so that light may be distinguished from darkness, truth from falsehood, right from wrong, guidance from error, happiness from misery, and roses from thorns.” (KI 8)

The essential and highest purpose of creation is “divine unity and understanding.” (KI 28)

The purpose of symbolic terms is “to test and prove the peoples of the world; that thereby the earth of the pure and illuminated hearts may be known from the perishable and barren soil.” (KI 53)

The purpose of changing laws and ordinances: “…such things as throw consternation into the hearts of all men come to pass only that each soul may be tested by the touchstone of God, that the true may be known and distinguished from the false.” (KI 55)

What are the other five purposes? Find out here. -gw

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