The Infinite Force Called “God”

Religion is the connection that humanity has with the mysteries of the infinite. Yet people think religion is confined in an edifice, to be worshipped at an altar. In reality it is an attitude toward divinity which is reflected through life (my emphasis). Further, religious reality is not multiple; it is one.1] Although
the reality of Divinity is sanctified and boundless, the aims and needs of the creatures [human-beings] are restricted. God’s grace is like the rain…not bounded by the limitations of form.…In a square pool, the water…becometh a square; in a six-sided pool it becometh a hexagon.…The rain itself hath no geometry, no limits, no form, but it taketh on one form or another, according to the restrictions of its vessel. In the same way, the Holy Essence of the Lord God is boundless, immeasurable, but His graces and splendours become finite in the creatures, because of their limitations.[2]
The all-pervasive infinite divine Force called “God” transcends art, science, and, importantly, language, because it is
divine unity…sanctified above all concept of humanity. It cannot be comprehended nor conceived because it is infinite reality and cannot become finite. Human minds are incapable of surrounding that reality because all thoughts and conceptions of it are finite, intellectual creations and not the reality of divine being which alone knows itself.…The reality of divinity is sanctified above this degree of knowing and realization…hidden and secluded in its own holiness and sanctity above our comprehending. But although it transcends our realization, its lights, bestowals, traces and virtues have become manifest in the realities of the prophets, even as the sun becomes resplendent in various mirrors. These holy realities are as reflectors, and the reality of divinity is as the sun which although it is reflected from the mirrors, and its virtues and perfections become resplendent therein, does not stoop from its own station of majesty and glory and seek abode in the mirrors; it remains in its heaven of sanctity…Its lights become manifest and evident in its mirrors or manifestations.…This is the unity of God…unity of divinity, holy above ascent or descent, embodiment, comprehension or idealization.…The prophets are its mirrors; its lights are revealed through them; its virtues become resplendent in them [my emphasis][3]
Yet the Force called God wants human-beings to know It, to obey It, and to prosper. But
because there is no tie of direct intercourse to bind the true God with His creation…the transient and the Eternal, the contingent and the Absolute, He hath ordained that in every age and dispensation a pure and stainless Soul be made manifest.[4]
In other words, every so often, this Force shape-shifts Itself into a superb human Messenger who manifests It to other human-beings. Each human Messenger is a divine Body embodying Its Presence as God; a divine Pot pouring Its water of knowledge; a divine Robe displaying Its virtues; a divine Wine distilling Its bouquet; a divine Essence emanating Its fragrance; a divine Baker baking Its bread of life; a divine Word broadcasting Its laws; a divine Lamp blazing Its love; a divine Screen projecting Its hope; a divine Ark promoting Its One Religion; a divine Enthroned-One proclaiming Its teachings; and a divine mirror reflecting the divine Essence.5] Indeed,
the essence of all the[se] Prophets of God is one and the same.…There is no distinction whatsoever among the Bearers of My Message. They all have but one purpose; their secret is the same secret. To prefer one in honor to another, to exalt certain ones above the rest, is in no wise to be permitted. Every true Prophet hath regarded His Message as fundamentally the same as the Revelation of every other Prophet gone before Him. At the same time, every one of them hath been the Bearer of a distinct Message…commissioned to reveal Himself through specific acts. It is for this reason that they appear to vary in their greatness. Their Revelation may be likened unto the light of the moon that sheddeth its radiance upon the earth. Though every time it appeareth, it revealeth a fresh measure of its brightness, yet its inherent splendor can never diminish, nor can its light suffer extinction.…Any apparent variation in the intensity of their light is not inherent in the light itself, but…attributed to the varying receptivity of an ever-changing world. Through His Messengers, God, His name and His attributes, are made manifest in the world. They are all but Messengers of that ideal King…the Voice of divinity, the call of God Himself.[6]



[1] People think religion,‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Divine Philosophy 14–15; reality is not multiple, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, PUP 197–198
[2] ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, SWA 139.161
[3] ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Foundation of World Unity 68, PUP 192–93 & BWF 259–60
[4] Baha’u’llah, BWF 103
[5] Baha’u’llah, KI 66
[6] The essence of, Baha’u’llah, GWB34.78–80; through His Messengers, Baha’u’llah, KI79–80