Guardian Problem in Bahai Faith

To summarize the Guardian problem:

1.  The station of Guardian was decreed by the Last Will and  Testament  of Abdul Baha, a document which some have alleged to be a forgery.

2.  If the LW&T is not a forgery, then the Guardian’s failure to obey  his self-described duties are contrary to what a divinely appointed  authority would be expected to do.

3.  These self-described duties include the critical task of  appointing a successor guardian, who would take over after the death  or incapacitation of the preceding guardian.  The successor was to  have been appointed in a manner that would leave no room for doubt as  to the validity of the successor’s appointment.

4.  There is no credible evidence that any successor guardian was  ever  appointed in such an unambiguous manner, although there were  claimants.

5.  No provision had ever been made concerning the contingency of a  guardian dying without having appointed a successor.  Indeed, such a  possibility had never even been mentioned by Shoghi.  That is why his
death intestate led to the crisis it did.

6.  The combination of these facts decisively refutes the notion that  the Guardianship was ever a divine institution.  It also demonstrates  that Shoghi himself never believed that it was.  He never made any  attempt, neither to ensure a clear line of succession, nor to  anticipate the lack of a succession.

7.  Upon Shoghi’s unexpected death, the Hands of the Cause took it  upon themselves to resolve the matter by declaring that henceforth,  the Baha’i Faith would have no living guardian.  But they had no  authority to make that declaration.

8.  Shoghi’s death created an unresolvable discrepancy, a  contradiction, that pits the alleged divine authorship of the station  against the physical facts.  One cannot have it both ways.  For the  station to be of divine authorship, there must be a succession of  guardians, or absent that, some provision to account for a lack of  succession.

9.  While the Hands made the best they could of a bad situation,  their
best was not enough.  Nor could it be. It should become apparent that  such an irregularity could not be explained in terms of a divinely  appointed station.  Shoghi Effendi had been inexcusably, and  inexplicably, derelict in his duties, duties which he himself had  repeatedly affirmed in the most emphatic manner.

10.  Claimants to the succession of guardianship make such a weak and  flimsy case for their divine authority that their claims make no  improvement regarding the failure of Shoghi Effendi to be clear and  unambiguous in the appointment of a successor.

11.  Attempts by the UHJ to uphold the actions of the Hands are  equally flimsy and unjustifiable.  Even their most contorted  explanations do not suffice to resolve the contradictions.

12.  In all likelihood, the LW&T was a forgery by those who sought  power in what they thought would become a powerful world religion.  Even if it was not a forgery, it certainly had no divine authorship,  as demonstrated by its abject failure to bear the fruit which it had  promised. 

 



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