Light Shineth in Darkness (excerpts) - Udo Schaefer -One Para
But the believer has the right to express his own belief and thoughts regarding the revealed text: "We should not restrict the liberty of the individual to express his own views so long as he makes it clear that these views are his own... This does not, however, mean that the absolute authority does not remain in the revealed Words. We should try to keep as near to the authority as we can and show that we are faithful to it by quoting from the Words of Baha'u'llah in establishing our points. To discard the authority of the revealed Words is heretic an to suppress completely individual interpretation of those Words is also bad." (Shoghi Effendi, Pbadmin. 15) The believers must strike a happy medium between "extreme orthodoxy on the one hand, and irresponsible freedom on the other" (Baha'i Admin. 42). Through frequent reading they must deepen themselves in their understanding and knowledge of the utterance of Baha'u'llah to be able "to give it to others in its pure form" (Pbadmin. 11). However, the believer who is teaching the Faith does not have any authority for only the revealed Word has authoritative.
Light Shineth in Darkness (excerpts) - Udo Schaefer