Understand Biblical Evidence by -Michael Sours- 7 Para

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones life for his friends. (john 15:13) (106:3)

Christ, the Bab, Baha'u'llah and the other Prophets, however, offered their lives for all humankind, both friends and foe, a sacrifice which represents as great an evidence of love as we can conceive of. John writes: (106:4)

"In this love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10) (106:5)

Similarly, Baha'u'llah writes: (106:6)

"Fix your gaze upon Him Who is the Temple of God amongst men. He, in truth, hath offered up His life as a ransom for the redemption of the world. He, verily, is the All-Bountiful, the Gracious, the Most High. (gwb 315) (106:7)

Since we are unable to conceive of a greater degree of love than the Prophet's love of humanity, we naturally attribute it to divinity. Abdul-Baha explains: (106:8)

"What an infinite degree of love is reflected by the divine Manifestations toward mankind! For the sake of guiding the people They have willingly forfeited Their lives to resuscitate human hearts. They have accepted the cross. To enable human souls to attain the supreme degree of advancement, They have suffered during Their limited years extreme ordeals and difficulties. If Jesus Christ had not possessed love for the world of humanity, surely He would not have welcomed the cross. He was crucified for the love of mankind. Consider the infinite degree of that love. Without love for humanity John the Baptist would not have offered his life. It has been likewise with all the Prophets and Holy Souls. If the Bab had not manifested love for mankind, surely He would not have offered His breast for a thousand bullets. If Baha'u'llah had not been aflame with love for humanity, He would not have willingly accepted forty years' imprisonment. (pup 256-7) (107:1)

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