Section 8-1

Outmoded Laws and Progressive Revelation

SPIRITUAL CORE
Eternal
People are challenged by laws from previous dispensations that today seem outdated or even draconian.
Each dispensation focused on the concerns of priority importance at that stage of history, leaving other desirable advances to be dealt with in future Revelations.
SOCIAL LAWS
Transitory
At the states of social development at which all of the major faiths came into existence, scriptural guidance sought primarily to civilize, to the extent possible, relationships resulting from intractable historical circumstances.
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One Common Faith

Prepared in 2005 under the supervision of the Universal House of Justice, this commentary reviews relevant passages from both the writings of Bahá’u’lláh and the scriptures of other faiths against the background of the contemporary religious crisis. (source: link)