humanity, and humanity's obligation is to follow that guidance.
The followers of the Bahá'í faith recognize the founders of the world's major religions as divine manifestations of the knowledge of God, sent by the same God, a God, known by various names, who is beyond human capacity to contain or describe.
The Bahá'í writings define two components of the covenant.
The first is "greater covenant" in which the founder of the religion promises a "return" or next coming.
The "lesser covenant" provides for leadership and authority within the religion.
Bahá'u'lláh, in his "Book of the Covenant," designated his son, 'Abdu'l-Bahá, as the "center of the covenant" and sole interpreter of his writings. 'Abdu'l-Bahá, in his "will and testament," designated Bahá'u'lláh's great-grandson, Shoghi Effendi, as "the guardian" of faith and the sole interpreter of the Bahá'í writings.
In 1963, after Shoghi Effendi died.a nine-member, internationally elected council, designated by Bahá'u'lláh as the "Universal House of Justice," was first established. In the Bahá'í faith, authority rests in the institutions of the faith, not in individuals. The Universal House of Justice serves as a channel for God's guidance today and also as the final court of appeal for the Bahá'í.