Kitab-i-Aqdas Opens New Layers of Meaning
Christina Matthews, a returning Wilmette Institute student pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling at the Adler School in Chicago, Illinois, decided to immerse herself in Baha’u’llah’s Most Holy Book of laws and ordinances.
The most important thing was learning that the Kitab-i-Aqdas was THE source. In my brief history as a Baha’i, I had been spending a lot of time trying to see how my faith aligns with my former faith. It is now clear that the writings are for this time and that there is no need to defer to previous dispensations. The Kitab-i-Aqdas is comprehensive and timely. Question 167: Baha’u’llah, in the Aqdas, paragraph 138, states, “to read but one of the verses of My Revelation is better than to peruse the Scriptures of both the former and latter generations.” What does this mean? Does it mean we should not read any other scriptures beside our own? The Babi and all previous Dispensations are no longer extant and no longer have power. The only valid Book comes from Baha’u’llah.
I am a person who is fascinated by science. I study theories such as string theory and quantum mechanics in an attempt to understand the universe. I learned from my studies [Kitab-i-Aqdas, paragraph 161] that it is important to learn but that man’s wisdom will never unlock the secrets of God. Baha’u’llah, in the Kitab-i-Aqdas, paragraph 99, states “weigh not the Book of God with such standards and sciences as are current amongst you.” What does this mean? There is no level of understanding or no knowledge base complex enough to compare with the knowledge of the Revelation. It would be like a child trying to argue with a professor. The Book of God cannot be understood or interpreted with our limited standards.