Sunday 17 September 1911
During His visit to this country 100 years ago, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited the Church of St John the Divine, Smith Square, Westminster, which has stood there since 1728, meeting also the Salvation Army who were singing outside. He spoke of how the ideas we have of God are ‘not adequate to the Truth:’
Divinity cannot be comprehended because it is comprehending.
Man, who has also a real existence, is comprehended by God; therefore, the Divinity which man can understand is partial; it is not complete. Divinity is an actual truth and real existence, and not any representation of it. Divinity itself contains All, and is not contained. . . . .
Although the mineral, vegetable, animal and man himself are actual beings, the difference between their kingdoms prevents members of the lower degree from comprehending the essence and nature of those of the superior degree. This being so, how can the temporal and phenomenal comprehend the Lord of Hosts?
It is clear that this is impossible.
(From ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London: pages 22-23)
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