“GOD sent His Prophets into the world to teach and enlighten man, to explain to him the mystery of the Power of the Holy Spirit, to enable him to reflect the light…
The Heavenly Books, the Bible, the Qur’án, and the other Holy Writings have been given by God as guides into the paths of Divine virtue, love, justice and peace.”
The Bahá’í Writings say: “Religion is the outer expression of the divine reality. Therefore it must be living, vitalised, moving and progressive.” The wisdom of this is that the times never remain the same, for change is a necessary quality and an essential attribute of this world, and of time and place.
Recently the very foundations of our civilisation have been shaken with unprecedented rapidity. “Financial structures once thought to be impregnable have tottered. Whatever expedient measures are adopted, confidence has been shaken and a sense of security lost.” In this environment some feel confused, and others suffer. Whatever the feeling there is an urgent need to review our rational, intellectual and even moral values.
As long as there will be life on earth, there will be also suffering, in various forms and degrees. But suffering, although an inescapable reality, can nevertheless be utilised as a means for the attainment of happiness. Suffering is both a reminder and a guide. It stimulates us to better adapt ourselves to our environmental conditions, and thus leads the way to self-improvement. In every suffering one can find a meaning and a wisdom.
The present crisis should be accepted as a process of learning. Nations should focus on international solutions, society learn to attribute more importance to spiri-
tual matters, and individuals give more importance to moral rather than material well being.
Bahá’í Community of Solihull