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The Word -- Yesterday, Today & Forever (38:0)

   In The Bible it says: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1). This was speaking of the Christ Spirit, not of a physical body -- it is simular to the Bible statement that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" (heb 13:8), which has a far greater meaning when understood Spiritually (38:1) see

   The Holy Manifestations are Centers of the Light of Reality--they give spiritual life. That is why it is said in the Gospel, In the beginning was the Word, meaning that it became the cause of life. (saq:185) (38:2) see

   In the world of God there is no past, no future and no present; all are one. So when Christ said, "In the beginning was the Word-- that means it was, is and shall be; for in the world of God there is no time. (saq:156) (38:3) see

   Each springtime is identical with the former springtime. The distinction between them is only one of the calendar; 1911, 1912 and so on. The difference between a Christian and a Bahá'í, therefore, is this: There was a former springtime, and there is a springtime now. No other difference exists because the foundations are the same. Whoever acts completely in accordance with the teachings of Christ is a Bahá'í. The purpose is the essential meaning of Christian, not the mere word. The purpose is the sun itself and not the dawning points. For though the sun is one sun, its dawning points are many. We must not adore the dawning points but worship the sun. We must adore the reality of religion and not blindly cling to the appellation Christianity. The Sun of Reality must be worshiped and followed. We must seek the fragrance of the rose from whatever bush it is blooming - whether oriental or western. Be seekers of light, no matter from which lantern it shines forth. Be not lovers of the lantern. At one time the light has shone from a lantern in the East, now in the West. If it comes from North, South, from whatever direction it proceeds, follow the light. (pup 247) (38:4) see

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