The Promulgation of Universal Peace
12 April 1912
Talk at Home of Mr. and Mrs. Howard MacNutt
935 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York
Notes by Howard MacNutt
This is a most happy visit. I have crossed the sea from the land of
the Orient for the joy of meeting the friends of God. Although I am
weary after my long journey, the light of the spirit shining in your
faces brings me rest and reward. In this meeting the divine susceptibilities
are radiant. This is a spiritual house, the home of the
spirit. There is no discord here; all is love and unity. When souls
are gathered together in this way, the divine bestowals descend.
The purpose of the creation of man is the attainment of the supreme
virtues of humanity through descent of the heavenly bestowals.
The purpose of man's creation is, therefore, unity and harmony,
not discord and separateness. If the atoms which compose the
kingdom of the minerals were without affinity for each other, the
earth would never have been formed, the universe could not have
been created. Because they have affinity for each other, the power
of life is able to manifest itself, and the organisms of the phenomenal
world become possible. When this attraction or atomic affinity
is destroyed, the power of life ceases to manifest; death and nonexistence
It is so, likewise, in the spiritual world. That world is the Kingdom
of complete attraction and affinity. It is the Kingdom of the
One Divine Spirit, the Kingdom of God. Therefore, the affinity and
love manifest in this meeting, the divine susceptibilities witnessed
here are not of this world but of the world of the Kingdom. When
the souls become separated and selfish, the divine bounties do not
descend, and the lights of the Supreme Concourse are no longer
reflected even though the bodies meet together. A mirror with its
back turned to the sun has no power to reflect the sun's effulgence.
Praise be to God! The purpose of this assembly is love and unity.
The divine Prophets came to establish the unity of the Kingdom
in human hearts. All of them proclaimed the glad tidings of the divine
bestowals to the world of mankind. All brought the same message
of divine love to the world. Jesus Christ gave His life upon the
cross for the unity of mankind. Those who believed in Him likewise
sacrificed life, honor, possessions, family, everything, that
this human world might be released from the hell of discord, enmity
and strife. His foundation was the oneness of humanity. Only
a few were attracted to Him. They were not the kings and rulers of
His time. They were not rich and important people. Some of
them were catchers of fish. Most of them were ignorant men, not
trained in the knowledge of this world. One of the greatest of them,
Peter, could not remember the days of the week. All of them were
men of the least consequence in the eyes of the world. But their
hearts were pure and attracted by the fires of the Divine Spirit
manifested in Christ. With this small army Christ conquered the
world of the East and the West. Kings and nations rose against
Him. Philosophers and the greatest men of learning assailed and
blasphemed His Cause. All were defeated and overcome, their
tongues silenced, their lamps extinguished, their hatred quenched;
no trace of them now remains. They have become as nonexistent,
while His Kingdom is triumphant and eternal.
The brilliant star of His Cause has ascended to the zenith, while
night has enveloped and eclipsed His enemies. His name, beloved
and adored by a few disciples, now commands the reverence of
kings and nations of the world. His power is eternal; His sovereignty
will continue forever, while those who opposed Him are
sleeping in the dust, their very names unknown, forgotten. The little
army of disciples has become a mighty cohort of millions. The
Heavenly Host, the Supreme Concourse are His legions; the Word
of God is His sword; the power of God is His victory.
Jesus Christ knew this would come to pass and was content to
suffer. His abasement was His glorification; His crown of thorns, a
heavenly diadem. When they pressed it upon His blessed head and
spat in His beautiful face, they laid the foundation of His everlasting
Kingdom. He still reigns, while they and their names have become
lost and unknown. He is eternal and glorious; they are
nonexistent. They sought to destroy Him, but they destroyed
themselves and increased the intensity of His flame by the winds of
Through His death and teachings we have entered into His
Kingdom. His essential teaching was the unity of mankind and the
attainment of supreme human virtues through love. He came to
establish the Kingdom of peace and everlasting life. Can you find
in His words any justification for discord and enmity? The purpose
of His life and the glory of His death were to set mankind free from
the sins of strife, war and bloodshed. The great nations of the world
boast that their laws and civilization are based upon the religion of
Christ. Why then do they make war upon each other? The Kingdom
of Christ cannot be upheld by destroying and disobeying it.
The banners of His armies cannot lead the forces of Satan. Consider
the sad picture of Italy carrying war into Tripoli. If you
should announce that Italy was a barbarous nation and not Christian,
this would be vehemently denied. But would Christ sanction
what they are doing in Tripoli? Is this destruction of human life
obedience to His laws and teachings? Where does He command it?
Where does He consent to it? He was killed by His enemies; He did
not kill. He even loved and prayed for those who hung Him on the
cross. Therefore, these wars and cruelties, this bloodshed and
sorrow are Antichrist, not Christ. These are the forces of death and
Satan, not the hosts of the Supreme Concourse of heaven.
No less bitter is the conflict between sects and denominations.
Christ was a divine Center of unity and love. Whenever discord
prevails instead of unity, wherever hatred and antagonism take the
place of love and spiritual fellowship, Antichrist reigns instead of
Christ. Who is right in these controversies and hatreds between the
sects? Did Christ command them to love or to hate each other? He
loved even His enemies and prayed in the hour of His crucifixion
for those who killed Him. Therefore, to be a Christian is not merely
to bear the name of Christ and say, "I belong to a Christian government."
To be a real Christian is to be a servant in His Cause and
Kingdom, to go forth under His banner of peace and love toward
all mankind, to be self-sacrificing and obedient, to become quickened
by the breaths of the Holy Spirit, to be mirrors reflecting the
radiance of the divinity of Christ, to be fruitful trees in the garden
of His planting, to refresh the world by the water of life of His
teachings--in all things to be like Him and filled with the spirit of
Praise be to God! The light of unity and love is shining in these
faces. These spiritual susceptibilities are the real fruits of heaven.
The Báb and Bahá'u'lláh over sixty years ago proclaimed the glad
tidings of universal peace. The Báb was martyred in the Cause of
God. Bahá'u'lláh suffered forty years as a prisoner and exile in
order that the Kingdom of love might be established in the East and
West. He has made it possible for us to meet here in love and unity.
Because He suffered imprisonment, we are free to proclaim the
oneness of the world of humanity for which He stood so long and
faithfully. He was chained in dungeons, He was without food, His
companions were thieves and criminals, He was subjected to every
kind of abuse and infliction, but throughout it all He never ceased
to proclaim the reality of the Word of God and the oneness of humanity.
We have been brought together here by the power of His
Word--you from America, I from Persia--all in love and unity of
spirit. Was this possible in former centuries? If it is possible now
after fifty years of sacrifice and teaching, what shall we expect in
the wonderful centuries coming?
Therefore, let your faces be more radiant with hope and
heavenly determination to serve the Cause of God, to spread the
pure fragrances of the divine rose garden of unity, to awaken
spiritual susceptibilities in the hearts of mankind, to kindle anew
the spirit of humanity with divine fires and to reflect the glory of
heaven to this gloomy world of materialism. When you possess
these divine susceptibilities, you will be able to awaken and develop
them in others. We cannot give of our wealth to the poor unless
we possess it. How can the poor give to the poor? How can the
soul that is deprived of the heavenly bounties develop in other
souls capacity to receive those bounties?
Array yourselves in the perfection of divine virtues. I hope you
may be quickened and vivified by the breaths of the Holy Spirit.
Then shall ye indeed become the angels of heaven whom Christ
promised would appear in this Day to gather the harvest of divine
planting. This is my hope. This is my prayer for you.