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77 God Hath Imposed A Fine On Every Adulterer And Adulteress To Be Paid To The House Of Justice #49
Although the term translated here as adultery refers,...





77 God Hath Imposed A Fine On Every Adulterer And Adulteress To Be Paid To The House Of Justice #49






Although the term translated here as adultery refers, in its broadest
sense, to unlawful sexual intercourse between either married or unmarried
individuals (see note 36 for a definition of the term), 'Abdu'l-Baha has
specified that the punishment here prescribed is for sexual intercourse
between persons who are unmarried. He indicates that it remains for the
Universal House of Justice to determine the penalty for adultery committed
by a married individual. (See also Q and A 49.)

In one of His Tablets, 'Abdu'l-Baha refers to some of the spiritual and
social implications of the violation of the laws of morality and,
concerning the penalty here described, He indicates that the aim of this
law is to make clear to all that such an action is shameful in the eyes of
God and that, in the event that the offence can be established and the
fine imposed, the principal purpose is the exposure of the offenders--that
they are shamed and disgraced in the eyes of society. He affirms that such
exposure is in itself the greatest punishment.

The House of Justice referred to in this verse is presumably the Local
House of Justice, currently known as the Local Spiritual Assembly.





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