The word of God endures forever.
258. The word of God endures forever: Baha’i Faith: “Each of the divine religions embodies two kinds of ordinances (laws). The first is those which concern spiritual susceptibilities, the development of moral principles and the quickening of the conscience of man. These are essential or fundamental, one and the same in all religions, changeless and eternal — reality not subject to transformation. The second kind of ordinances in the divine religions is those which relate to the material affairs of humankind. These are the material or accidental laws which are subject to change in each day of manifestation, according to exigencies of the time.” It is this first set of laws and ordinances (the spiritual susceptibilities, that deals with moral development) that I wish to talk about. These teachings are spiritual in nature, the same taught in all of God’s religions, eternal teachings that endures forever, because it is through these words and ordinances that the morals and conduct are developed and our spiritual self develops and becomes more like our Creator. These words (teachings) are the words of God that endure forever, going on from one dispensation to the next, because these teachings form the bases for God’s interaction with man and His way of developing man into a heavenly creature.
(Bahá’í Faith, Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace)
BABI RELIGION: “This is indeed the eternal Truth which God, the Ancient of Days, hath revealed unto His omnipotent Word.”
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 41)
JUDAISM: Psalms 119:160 “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Christianity: Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Mark 13:31 “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” 1 Peter 1:23 “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:25 “The word of The Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surahs 16 and 43)
(Zoroaster, The Zend-Avesta, Avesta – Yasna 28)
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 8 and 17)
(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 1 (tr. J. Richards))
BAHA’I FAITH: “Know that heaven and earth may pass away, but my words shall never pass away. As is clear and evident to thine eminence, these words outwardly mean that the Books of the Gospel will remain in the hands of people till the end of the world, that their laws shall not be abrogated, that their testimony shall not be abolished, and that all that hath been enjoined, prescribed, or ordained therein shall endure forever.”
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 17)
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 175)