The Covenant Renewed:
Perspective in Religious Revelation and History

By Sateh Bayat

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #60
Bosch Bahá'í School: Santa Cruz, California, USA
May 26–29, 2005
(see list of papers from #60)

    From the very beginning of time, God has had a special relationship with His creation, in which He has showered guidance and love upon mankind, promising that as long as man remains faithful and obeys Him, he will be safe from all spiritual dangers. "Love Me that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, my love can in no wise reach thee." This safety has come to be symbolized by the Ark, the ship of Noah--who begged the people to listen to God's warning of the approaching flood. With the Coming of Bahá'u'lláh and His tremendous Revelation, we have now come to a holistic understanding of God's Covenant with man. In this presentation, we will examine the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá for references to the renewal of this Covenant and how the new Ark represents the protection that obedience to the divinely ordained Universal House of Justice gives mankind.

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