All divine religions irrespective of time or place of origin are of the agreeable view that Laws and codes of religion are sent directly by God through an infallible being who in turn is appointed by God. However according to the corrupted beliefs of the Heterodox Baha’is (administration centric Baha’is), the decisions of a few fallible people—who themselves have been appointed (or supposedly elected, although that calls for a separate discussion) by another group of fallibles—are free from errors and are empowered to make decisions which have the same force as the commandment from God.
This faulty logic can be summarised as –
A Fallible Group Appointed by a Fallible Group = Infallible Group
It is rationally unacceptable to believe that a group of error prone individuals will always reach an error-free judgment. However, the said Baha’is believe in the absolute correctness of the decisions of the UHJ (in what appears to be a case of excessive exposure to the desert sun).
Now the problem is that this commonly held belief goes right in the face of the Instructions of the So called Guardian. According to the so-called Guardian, one of the duties of the Guardian of the Cause is to expel those members of the UHJ who are found to be sinful or working against the cause, as has been quoted below –
“Should any of the members commit a sin, injurious to the common weal, the guardian of the Cause of God hath at his own discretion the right to expel him, whereupon the people must elect another one in his stead,”
Reference: Shoghi Effendi, Bahā’ī Administration, p. 10.
According to these strict orders given by Shoghi Effendi, the UHJ can be legitimate only if it is under the governance and supervision of the Guardian of the Cause of God and consequently the Baha’i creed will only remain safe and impregnable from corruption and deviation if and only if the Guardian is present and obeyed.
Master `Abdu’l-Bahā in his Will clearly states this fact, which should be read very carefully.
“The mighty stronghold shall remain impregnable and safe through obedience to him who is the Guardian of the Cause of God. It is incumbent upon the members of the House of Justice, upon all the Aghsān, the Afnān, the Hands of the Cause of God to show their obedience, submissiveness and subordination unto the Guardian of the Cause of God, to turn unto him and be lowly before him.”
Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, The Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahā, p. 11.
The Guardianship is inseparable from the UHJ and all the Baha’is, including the members of the UHJ are bound to obey him. But the question is, how can there exist a UHJ in the absence of a Guardian?
Thus we, the Free Baha’is believe that the UHJ in its current form is invalid. Master Abdu’l Baha was the last Guardian of the faith and Shoghi Effendi was never appointed as a Guardian by Abdu’l Baha. Rather, his successorship was later forged into the Will by Lady Munirih, the mother of Shoghi, after the death of the Master.