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48: O Brethren! Be Forbearing One With Another And Set Not Your
In the third of the most holy lines writ and recorded...

The Purpose Of God In Creating Man Hath

The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable
him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence. To this most excellent
aim, this supreme objective, all the heavenly Books and the
divinely-revealed and weighty Scriptures unequivocally bear witness. Whoso
hath recognized the Day Spring of Divine guidance and entered His holy
court hath drawn nigh unto God and attained His Presence, a Presence which
is the real Paradise, and of which the loftiest mansions of heaven are but
a symbol. Such a man hath attained the knowledge of the station of Him Who
is "at the distance of two bows," Who standeth beyond the
Sadratu'l-Muntaha. Whoso hath failed to recognize Him will have condemned
himself to the misery of remoteness, a remoteness which is naught but
utter nothingness and the essence of the nethermost fire. Such will be his
fate, though to outward seeming he may occupy the earth's loftiest seats
and be established upon its most exalted throne.

He Who is the Day Spring of Truth is, no doubt, fully capable of rescuing
from such remoteness wayward souls and of causing them to draw nigh unto
His court and attain His Presence. "If God had pleased He had surely made
all men one people." His purpose, however, is to enable the pure in spirit
and the detached in heart to ascend, by virtue of their own innate powers,
unto the shores of the Most Great Ocean, that thereby they who seek the
Beauty of the All-Glorious may be distinguished and separated from the
wayward and perverse. Thus hath it been ordained by the all-glorious and
resplendent Pen....

That the Manifestations of Divine justice, the Day Springs of heavenly
grace, have when they appeared amongst men always been destitute of all
earthly dominion and shorn of the means of worldly ascendancy, should be
attributed to this same principle of separation and distinction which
animateth the Divine Purpose. Were the Eternal Essence to manifest all
that is latent within Him, were He to shine in the plentitude of His
glory, none would be found to question His power or repudiate His truth.
Nay, all created things would be so dazzled and thunderstruck by the
evidences of His light as to be reduced to utter nothingness. How, then,
can the godly be differentiated under such circumstances from the froward?

This principle hath operated in each of the previous Dispensations and
been abundantly demonstrated.... It is for this reason that, in every age,
when a new Manifestation hath appeared and a fresh revelation of God's
transcendent power was vouchsafed unto men, they that misbelieved in Him,
deluded by the appearance of the peerless and everlasting Beauty in the
garb of mortal men, have failed to recognize Him. They have erred from His
path and eschewed His company--the company of Him Who is the Symbol of
nearness to God. They have even arisen to decimate the ranks of the
faithful and to exterminate such as believed in Him.

Behold how in this Dispensation the worthless and foolish have fondly
imagined that by such instruments as massacre, plunder and banishment they
can extinguish the Lamp which the Hand of Divine power hath lit, or
eclipse the Day Star of everlasting splendor. How utterly unaware they
seem to be of the truth that such adversity is the oil that feedeth the
flame of this Lamp! Such is God's transforming power. He changeth
whatsoever He willeth; He verily hath power over all things....

Consider at all times the sovereignty exercised by the Ideal King, and
behold the evidences of His power and paramount influence. Sanctify your
ears from the idle talk of them that are the symbols of denial and the
exponents of violence and anger. The hour is approaching when ye will
witness the power of the one true God triumphing over all created things
and the signs of His sovereignty encompassing all creation. On that day ye
will discover how all else besides Him will have been forgotten and come
to be regarded as utter nothingness.

It should, however, be borne in mind that God and His Manifestation can,
under no circumstances, be dissociated from the loftiness and sublimity
which They inherently possess. Nay, loftiness and sublimity are themselves
the creations of His Word, if ye choose to see with My sight not with

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