Nineteenth Reflection

The Nineteenth Reflection: Three False Gods Nader Saiedi

Shoghi Effendi writes:

God Himself has indeed been dethroned from the hearts of men, and an idolatrous world passionately and clamorously hails and worships the false gods which its own idle fancies have fatuously created, and its misguided hands so impiously exalted. The chief idols in the desecrated temple of mankind are none other than the triple gods of Nationalism, Racialism and Communism. (The Promised Day is Come) In this last reflection we conclude our nineteen reflections with a discussion of one of the statements of Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Baha’i Faith. Shoghi Effendi is writing this statement in 1941, when humanity has just passed the world war I, and is beginning the second world war. The first world war transformed the world. The communist revolution benefited from the chaos of the world war, and Bolshevik revolution brought about the Soviet Union. While the war was supposedly a competition for world hegemony between England and the emerging power Germany, a new super power silently came to existence, namely the USA. The nationalistic and humiliating peace treaty, contributed to the rise of an extreme nationalistic tendency in Germany which created Nazi Germany. Modernity which was supposed to be the age of rationalism, enlightenment, inalienable rights of individuals, and peace brought about militarism, genocide, mass enslavement, and violation of all human rights. In this new atheistic temples, Shoghi Effendi writes, “ Their high priests are the politicians and the worldly-wise, the so-called sages of the age; their sacrifice, the flesh and blood of the slaughtered multitudes; their incantations outworn shibboleths and insidious and irreverent formulas; their incense, the smoke of anguish that ascends from the lacerated hearts of the bereaved, the maimed, and the homeless .” 1. Deification of State Shoghi Effendi’s book begins with a discussion of the decline of the power of the clerics, both Islamic and Christians. He discusses how the clerical culture has itself been opposed to the truth of all religions, and how clerical fanaticism has replaced the mystical and vibrant spirit of religions with a dead and intolerant construction which only bears the name of their corresponding religion. The main feature of the clerical worldview is its refusal to recognize the living and progressive nature of divine revelation. Consequently, they could not recognize the new message of God, brought by Baha’u’llah, which called for the oneness of human kind and universal peace. This dethronement of God from the heart of the people was then accentuated by the emergence of new idols and false Gods which has replaced the worship of God with the worship of three idols of nationalism, racialism and communism. The solution to the problems of the world is rejection of these triple idols, and embracing the culture of the oneness of humankind.

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