Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s conversation with a Christian minister – he exhibited “aptitude and a pure motive.”

Mahmud's Diary
November 22, 1912
New York, NY

The Master spent the morning until noon at His residence. In the afternoon He went to a gathering at the home of Mrs. Krug. The meeting with such eager friends was very enjoyable. A feature of the afternoon was the visit from a Christian minister. He was a just and fair-minded man who visited with the Master before the meeting in a separate room. His first question to the Master was, ‘What are the new teachings in this Cause?’ The Master replied, ‘The fundamental principles of all religions are one. They are unchangeable and do not differ. This is what Christ meant when He said, “I am not come to destroy the law of the Torah but to promote it.”’

The minister: ‘Yes, I understand. Do you mean that at the beginning the followers of all the religions were pure and undefiled but grew polluted and negligent?’

The Master: ‘If there is no change or alteration, then there is no renewal. Not until night falls will a new day dawn. If the religion of Moses had not changed, Christ would not have appeared.’

The minister: ‘Thank you, I understand this well. Now tell me, will there be another cycle after this Bahá’í cycle.’

The Master: ‘The sovereignty of God has no beginning and no end and the outpouring of His bounties is endless.’

The minister said, with relief, ‘Now my doubts are wholly removed with nothing left but certainty.’

He was so sincere and humble that the Master was pleased with him and said, ‘I wanted to give detailed answers to each of your questions but you quickly realized the outcome of each answer right from the beginning. Thus must a person have aptitude and a pure motive.’

Appearing at the meeting, the Master held the minister’s hand and praised him very highly as an example of justice. To the friends He said: ‘Beware, beware lest you follow your prejudices and selfish interests. You must always be just in all matters and investigate the truth.’