How old is the world?

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How old is the world?

Postby Zazaban » Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:47 pm

Well i was just thinking: ...[T]here have been many holy Manifestations of God. One thousand years ago, two hundred thousand years ago, one million years ago, the bounty of God was flowing, the radiance of God was shining, the dominion of God was existing." (Promulgation of Universal Peace, 463)

So in other words, creation has to have been around at least a million years ago.
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Postby onepence » Thu Aug 24, 2006 7:37 pm

Can the Creator not have a creation?

When God stood alone was that His Oneness?

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Postby Dorumerosaer » Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:12 am

Baha'u'llah explains in the Gleanings that the verses stating that God was alone do not refer to the Deity; they refer to the time when the Manifestation has announced Himself but has not been recognized; he is then a creator without a creation. Gleanings pp. 150-151


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Postby shm » Sat Aug 26, 2006 10:14 am

in Some Answered Question AbdulBaha tell us
"Know that it is one of the most abstruse spiritual truths that the world of existence—that is to say, this endless universe—has no beginning."

and also

"Therefore, it cannot be said there was a time when man was not. All that we can say is that this terrestrial globe at one time did not exist, and at its beginning man did not appear upon it. But from the beginning which has no beginning, to the end which has no end, a Perfect Manifestation always exists. This Man of Whom we speak is not every man; we mean the Perfect Man. For the noblest part of the tree is the fruit, which is the reason of its existence. If the tree had no fruit, it would have no meaning. Therefore, it cannot be imagined that the worlds of existence, whether the stars or this earth, were once inhabited by the donkey, cow, mouse and cat, and that they were without man!"

So I guess there is no beginning, but at the same time there can be said that there was a time when there was no world. It is very hard to understand and take in but when thinking about such a thing the answer must lie in something that is abstract

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