Wednesday, March 17, 2010

On the Revelation of the Word of God: The only true miracle

On the subject of miracles... -gw

Baha'u'llah ... claimed that what people typically think of as miracles are not a proof of divine authority. Such things, He wrote, are only a proof to those who witness them. And even those who witness them do not all believe in them. We do not ask a physician to prove his ability to heal by asking him to fly around the room. Neither should we ask God's representatives to do parlor tricks. In Islam and the Baha'i Faith, the only true miracle is the revelation of the Word of God and its penetrating power to transform. There are accounts of miracles performed by Baha'u'llah and one follower even wrote a book cataloguing Baha'u'llah's "miracles." Baha'u'llah commanded the believer to destroy it. Once a group of clergy in Baghdad asked Baha'u'llah to perform a "miracle" to test Him. But for the body of Baha'i believers, this is of no importance. It is the Word of God that has true power. He responded that He would perform such a miracle on two conditions. First, the clerics must agree on the miracle to be performed. Second, upon performance of the miracle, they must publicly accept Him as a divine Manifestation. Of course, the clerics could not agree.

Historical picture of Shi'a clergy on display at the Baha'i Gardens, Haifa

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