BAHA'I TEACHINGS


A basic principle of the Baha'i Faith

Peaceful consultation as a means for resolving differences

In the Baha'i Faith, difference of opinion is not squelched, in fact it is encouraged.

"The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions."
Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Baha, p. 87


However, differences of opinion can be expressed in a way that doesn't humiliate another human being. The Baha'i principle of consultation requires that an individual be detached from his or her opinions and always be open to the truth, from whoever or wherever it comes.

"They must then proceed with the utmost devotion, courtesy, dignity, care and moderation to express their views. They must in every manner search out the truth and not insist upon their own opinion, for stubbornness and persistence in one's views will lead ultimately to discord and wrangling and the truth will remain hidden. The honored members (of the consulting body) must with all freedom express their own thoughts, and it is in no wise permissible for one to belittle the thought of another, nay, he must with moderation set forth the truth..."
Selections from the Writings of `Abdu'l-Baha, p. 88

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