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"The sacred and youthful branch, the Guardian of the Cause of God, as well as the Universal House of Justice to be universally elected and established, are both under the care and protection of the Abha Beauty, under the shelter and unerring guidance of the Exalted One (may my life be offered up for them both). Whatsoever they decide is of God. Whoso obeyeth him not, neither obeyeth them, hath not obeyed God; whoso rebelleth against him and against them hath rebelled against God; whoso opposeth him hath opposed God; whoso contendeth with them hath contended with God; whoso disputeth with him hath disputed with God; whoso denieth him hath denied God; whoso disbelieveth in him hath disbelieved in God; whoso deviateth, separateth himself and turneth aside from him hath in truth deviated, separated himself and turned aside from God. May the wrath, the fierce indignation, the vengeance of God rest upon him!" (Abdu'l-Baha, The Will and Testament, p. 11)
Are "of God" refers, to my my understanding, to the divine authority of those decisions.
IMO, complete 'is.mat (protection) is granted to individuals or institutions who have authority. I suppose that partial 'is.mat might be given to some persons (e.g., relative sinlessness), but that would not be sufficient to give that person authority.
posted at 04:55:42 PM by Dr. Mark A. Foster
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