Foundations of World Unity
According to the statement of philosophers the difference
in degree of humankind from lowest to highest is due to education.
The proofs they advance are these: The civilization of
Europe and America is an evidence and outcome of education whereas
the semi-civilized and barbarous peoples of Africa bear witness in
their condition that they have been deprived of its advantages.
Education makes the ignorant wise, the tyrant just, promotes happiness,
strengthens the mind, develops the will and makes fruitless
trees of humanity fruitful. Therefore in the human world some have
attained lofty degrees while others grope in the abyss of despair.
Nevertheless the highest attainment is possible for every member of
the human race even to the station of the prophets. This is the statement
and reasoning of the philosophers.
The prophets of God are the first educators. They bestow universal
education upon man and cause him to rise from lowest levels
of savagery to the highest pinnacles of spiritual development. The
philosophers too are educators along lines of intellectual training. At
most they have only been able to educate themselves and a limited
number about them, to improve their own morals and, so to speak,
civilize themselves; but they have been incapable of universal education.
They have failed to cause an advancement for any given nation
from savagery to civilization.
It is evident that although education improves the morals of
mankind, confers the advantages of civilization and elevates man
from lowest degrees to the station of sublimity, there is nevertheless a
difference in the intrinsic or natal capacity of individuals. Ten children
of the same age, with equal station of birth, taught in the same school,
partaking of the same food, in all respects subject to the same environment,
their interests equal and in common, will evidence separate and
distinct degrees of capability and advancement; some exceedingly
intelligent and progressive, some of mediocre ability, others limited
and incapable. One may become a learned professor while another
under the same course of education proves dull and stupid. From all
standpoints the opportunities have been equal but the results and outcomes
vary from the highest to lowest degree of advancement. It is
evident therefore that mankind differs in natal capacity and intrinsic
intellectual endowment. Nevertheless although capacities are not the
same, every member of the human race is capable of education.
His Holiness Jesus Christ was an educator of humanity. His
teachings were altruistic; his bestowal universal. He taught mankind
by the power of the Holy Spirit and not through human agency, for
the human power is limited whereas the divine power is illimitable and
infinite. The influence and accomplishment of Christ will attest this.
Galen, the Greek physician and philosopher, who lived in the second
century A.D., wrote a treatise upon the civilization of nations. He was
not a Christian but he has borne testimony that religious beliefs exercise
an extraordinary effect upon the problems of civilization. In
substance he says, "There are certain people among us, followers of
Jesus the Nazarene who was killed in Jerusalem. These people are
truly imbued with moral principles which are the envy of philosophers.
They believe in God and fear Him. They have hopes in His favors, therefore
they shun all unworthy deeds and actions and incline to praiseworthy
ethics and morals. Day and night they strive that their deeds
may be commendable and that they may contribute to the welfare of
humanity; therefore each one of them is virtually a philosopher, for
these people have attained unto that which is the essence and purport
of philosophy. These people have praiseworthy morals even though
they may be illiterate."
The purpose of this is to show that the holy Manifestations of
God, the divine prophets, are the first teachers of the human race. They
are universal educators and the fundamental principles they have laid
down are the causes and factors of the advancement of nations.