A Bahá'í View of Eternal Marriage


'Abdu'l-Bahá (awb-dull baw-HAW), the Firstborn Son of Bahá'u'lláh, and the Interpreter of His Writings, did teach a concept He called "Eternal Union". He wrote:

"In a true Bahá'í marriage the two parties must become fully united both spiritually and physically, so that they may attain eternal union throughout all the worlds of God, and improve the spiritual life ofeach other. This is Bahá'í matrimony. Among the majority of the people marriage consists of physical relationship and this union and relationship is temporary for at the end physical separation is destined and ordained. But the marriage of the people of Bahá must consist of both physical and spiritual relationship for both of them are intoxicated with the wine of one cup, are attracted by one Peerless Countenance, are quickened with one Life and are illumined with one Light. This is the spiritual relationship and everlasting union. Likewise in the physical world they are bound together with strong and unbreakable ties.

When relationship, union and concord exist between the two from a physical and spiritual standpoint, that is the real union, therefore everlasting. But if the union is merely from the physical point of view, unquestionably it is temporal and at the end separation is inevitable." (Baha'i World Faith, pp 372 & 373)

Bahá'ís believe that the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá are "infallible". He was not a Prophet but a "Chosen One".

What a "Chosen One" is has no been clearly defined in the Faith, but it means a Person Who has super-human spiritual insight. Chosen Ones do not have ordinary "human" souls.

There is nothing in the Holy Writings of the Faith about begetting of children in the Spiritual Worlds (and there is nothing in the Holy Writings that say there no begetting of children in the Spiritual Worlds).

There is no "sealing" rite or ritual needed for Eternal Union. Rather, a couple must be Believers in Bahá'u'lláh, and become "one" both physically and spiritually.

NO MARRIAGE IN THE RESURRECTION


Most Christians would dismiss "eternal union" as "unbiblical" because Jesus said that in the Resurrection the "children of this world" shall be like the angels; who are not married nor given in marriage (Luke 20:34).

But...Jesus was referring to the "Children of This World". He referred to His own disciples as "The Children of Light" (John 12:36). Jesus categorized three types of people:

*The Children of Light (the Perfect)
*The Children of This World (the good but not perfect)
*The Children of the Devil (the Wicked)

In the Holy Qur'an (khoor-raan), there is likewise a three-fold categorization of people:

*The Companions of the Right Hand
*The Companions of the Left Hand
*The Companions of the Fire

When Jesus was asked about marriage in the resurrection, the Sadduccees (a Jewish sect who denied the resurrection of the dead) were not asking about the fate of His disciples, but about a woman "among us" who had seven husbands; whose husband would she be in the Resurrection? Jesus clearly said that "the Children of This World" would be like the Angels in the resurrection; who marry not nor are given in marriage. He was __not__ referring to the what His own disciples would experience in the Afterlife.

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