Lesson 7 / Knowledge of God
Set 3 of the new grade 2 lessons of the Ruhi Curriculum is all about acquiring knowledge of God. There is a beautiful overview paragraph for the teachers:
In the previous three lessons, the children learned about the love of God and the importance of obeying His laws, concepts fundamental to the pattern of conduct and habits you are trying to help them develop. Good behaviour is not, of course, to be acquired blindly. We are not machines programmed to act in a certain way. All of us have to work consciously for our own spiritual and intellectual development, which implies a passion to pursue knowledge. (Section 2, Set 3 of the Grade 2 lessons)
We started out by discussing with the children, how we can learn about God. Some of the answers were through prayer, using good virtues and qualities, through Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and in fact, all the messengers of God. It’s through the teachings these manifestations bring us that we can learn more/gain knowledge of God.
One of the keys to knowledge is asking questions!
And then of course, we can observe nature – the universe – everything around us to see signs and tokens of God EVERYwhere. Trees, mountains, flowers, the ocean, human beings, the stars, animals – it’s all created by God and carries signs of His Glory.
The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence. – Bahá’u’lláh