Factions and Fractures in the Baha’i Religion

While I find the claim of Mason Remey to be weak and poorly supported,it does highlight the weaknesses of the mainstream Baha’is’ claim to administrative authority by the UHJ.

For one, the concept of Guardianship was not a minor point in the  Baha’i religion prior to the death of Shoghi Effendi. Indeed, it was  no less important to Baha’is than the patriarchies of the Orthodox Christian and Roman Catholic religions.

I would go so far as to say that it is more important, since the Guardianship was far more emphasized in Baha’i writings than was the  papacy or patriarchies.

…. the administration of the church was far less— far less  emphasized in the Bible than was the case of the Guardianship among  Baha’is. Given this critical emphasis upon the Guardianship, its  abandonment clearly undermines the claims of the Baha’i religion to  divine inspiration.

This is especially true since the transmission of Guardian authority  would have been such an easy matter to arrange. At the least, Shoghi  could have put in writing (in multiple copies for security) the name  of his successor, and if he wished to keep the matter a secret until  the right moment, could have sealed the appointment and deposited it  for safekeeping in any of a number of secure repositories.

He didn’t.

Why? That’s a huge inconsistency, just absolutely huge.

In order for majority-faction Baha’is to explain this, they have to  abandon large chunks of the basic foundations of their religion. For example, they could no longer claim superiority of writings. Their writings (scripture) could no longer be regarded as definitive compared to translated copies of the Bible, for example. Everything suddenly had to be “interpreted.”

Publications had to be subject to censorship. The Guardianship had to  be de-emphasized, indeed,scuttled, as if it had never really been important (when in fact it had been crucial). Suddenly, with the passing of Shoghi Effendi, the claims of divine revelation had been revealed to be the works not of God, but of man.

The point I made was to contrast the stated crucial importance of the guardianship during Shoghi’s life, and afterward.  While he was alive, there was enormous emphasis on a continuing, inherited or appointed, guardianship.  But upon Shoghi’s death, with no heir apparent, all that crucial importance became discarded as if it had never been written about.  This is an enormous discrepancy, and I have never seen a reasonable reconciliation of the two teachings on the guardianship.

                                                                                                                                          Bob

 


One Comment on “Factions and Fractures in the Baha’i Religion”

  1. I understand that Abdul-Baha – the CENTER OF THE COVENANT – appointed Mason Remey and adopted him as His son, making him a legitimate guardian. Abdul-Baha is also referred to as THE BRANCH in the Bible. And in nature, branches keep growing!! 🙂 By blood and by RIGHT, Mr. Neal Chase has inherited the Throne of David, (Mason had a son, Pepe). The other piece of this is Dr. Leland Jensen – who lays claim to the Return of Jesus as High Priest. His book is now out on Amazon, if you can get it. ‘7th Angel Sounded, Child of the East’ Bless!! 🙂 We meet in the summer in Colorado. Blessings from Abha!!

    Zach Lightcap, Western States Rep
    BUPC.org – Bible Proof, fireside of Abdu’l-Baha


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