Infallible – or Not?
Infallibility has been a problem in human history. Many people have claimed to be infallible, when in truth, they only had a big ego. Such claims of infallibility have lead to the destructions of nations, and if the leader has sufficient following, the devastation of continents. On a more common scale, such a claim by parents leads to abuse, domestic violence warped lives. It is a claim to be rightfully wary of.
But in some rare and exceptional cases, the claim can be true.
In that case reliance and trust in the claim of infallibility has lead to whole and fulfilled lives with meaning and the establishment of new civilizations.
We acknowledge the results of such infallibility, but don’t much consider what it means.
This infallibility has been claimed by such as Abraham. Noah, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Their claims have been accepted as true by millions. Lives were changed, became purposeful and fulfilled. New civilizations have resulted.
In the last two hundred years, such a claim has been made once again. How do we evaluate such a claim when it can result in madness and destruction?
One thing to consider is the life of the one who makes such a claim. Does that person benefit from the claim? This is a big one!
If the claimant benefits, then the claim has some self-benefit and should be suspect. If there is no benefit, then it is worth further investigation.
Let’s look at this recent claim.
The claimant lost all His wealth and possessions, some of his children subsequently died because of it. He was imprisoned, tortured, exiled from place to place – not much benefit to any of that!
Those who have accepted the claim have found peace, meaning and purpose in their lives. Some say they see the seeds of a new civilization beginning to sprout in the way these people interact with each other and make decisions in their community.
The one who made this claim is Bahá’u’lláh, a title which He was given which means, “the Glory of God.” His followers are members of the Bahá’í Faith.
Millions around the world have accepted His claim and message. They have re-oriented their lives, in trust in His claim, and found peace and purpose where they had little before. These people come from over 21,000 different racial, ethnic and other backgrounds. They are all working together to improve their families, their lives and their communities.
In this case the claim of infallibility has born positive results. Could it well be true?