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Progressive revelation is the concept that we, as a humanity, will never be abandoned by God, rather we will be regularly guided by the Divine through the teachings of His Divine Educators, like Zoraster, Buddha, Krishna, Moses, Jesus Christ, Mohammad, the Bab, and Baha’u’llah. What if we all accepted that there is one God, and that all of the major world religions are iterations of the same fundamental message, given for a different audience at a different time? This concept is revolutionary with the potential to unify many peoples.
Which of the Divine Educators should we pay the most attention to?
If the Divine Educators are part of a sequence of progressive revelation, then the most recent Divine Educator is the one who establishes guidance for the contemporary world. Though all are of equal spiritual station, the most recent one renews the universal virtues and adapts them to current conditions, as well as adapting these guidelines and principles to humanity’s developmental capacities.
“Now the new age is here and creation is reborn. Humanity hath taken on new life. The autumn hath gone by, and the reviving spring is here. All things are now made new. Arts and industries have been reborn, there are new discoveries in science, and there are new inventions; even the details of human affairs, such as dress and personal affects… have likewise been revised. Renewal is the order of the day. And all this newness hath its source in the fresh outpourings of wondrous grace and favor from the Lord of the Kingdom, which have renewed the world. The people, therefore, must be set completely free from their old patterns of thought, that all their attention may be focused upon these new principles, for these are the light of this time and the very spirit of this age.” – Abdu’l-Baha
“ …the religion of God is one, and it is the educator of humankind, but still, it needs to be made new. When thou dost plant a tree, its height increaseth day by day. It putteth forth blossoms and leaves and luscious fruits. But after a long time, it doth grow old, yielding no fruitage any more. Then doth the Husbandmen of Truth take up the seed from that same tree, and plant it in a pure soil; and lo, there standeth the first tree, even as it was before.” – Abdu’l-Baha
“When the holy, divine Manifestations or Prophets appear in the world, a cycle of radiance, an age of mercy dawns. Everything is renewed. Minds, hearts and all human forces are reformed, perfections are quickened, sciences, discoveries and investigations are stimulated afresh, and everything appertaining to the virtues of the human world is revitalized…” – Abdu’l-Baha
“To build anew the whole world” is the claim and challenge of (Baha’u’llah’s) Message… In this Revelation the concepts of the past are brought to a new level of understanding, and the social laws, changed to suit the age now dawning, are designed to carry humanity forward into a world civilization the splendors of which can as yet be scarcely imagined.” – The Universal House of Justice