The goal of the Baha'i faith and its leadership is for the world to become a … They are a dangerous false religion because they claim to be "Christian," but they certainly are not. The Baha'i Faith & Atheism (Part 1 of 2) - A Talk by Dr. Steven Phelps - Duration: 53:40. A decade ago, I was a member of a religion known as the Baha’i Faith.This religion teaches that God is called by various names but is still the same all over the world, that all religions teach the same basic message, and that humanity is one and is destined to unite under the banner of the Baha’i Faith in a new age of peace and unity. In this view, it is impossible for either any prophet after Muhammad or any new religion to come into existence, and thus they reject the Baháʼí Faith. The central tenets of Baha’i faith include the equality man and women and all races before the one true God, the creator of heaven and earth. Other scientifically controversial ideas from Baháʼu'lláh include that the universe is without beginning or end, that every planet has "creatures", and that copper can turn into gold. Says the Baha'i official website: The teachings of the Bahá'í Faith inspire individuals and communities as they work to improve their own lives and contribute to the advancement of civilization. [Wilmette, 1969], pp. However, this what the Church has always professed so either the Apostles got it wrong or the Baha’i Faith presents the matter erroneously. This is an open letter to my good friend and Baha'i, Edwin. The Baha’i religion is very paranoid and fearful about their reputation because they want people to join the religion. The Baha’i Faith explained that away by claiming that while Jesus was indeed a Messenger (or Manifestation) of God, His faith had become corrupted over time and thus most Christians were not truly following him, but the doctrines of men. Central tenets of the Bahá'í Faith, based on the questions in the Belief-O-Matic quiz. From its start there have been controversies and challenges over its teachings and accusations against its leaders. Likewise, the Qur’an condemns Christ’s claim to be the Son of God as the unforgivable sin of shirk. According to the official Bahá’í Faith Web site: The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. The National Baha’i Center in Wilmette, IL claims that there are 140,000 Baha’is in the United States. He further opines that "Baháʼu'lláh felt no such distinction was necessary", as he manifested God as a reflection of a perfect mirror, and that "Baháʼu'lláh claims to be not merely a human Messenger of God, but a Divine Manifestation". Peoples of the world are urged to forsake evil and to hold fast that which is good. Cole went on to critically attack the Baháʼí Faith in several books and articles written from 1998-2000, describing a prominent Baháʼí as "inquisitor" and "bigot", and describing Baháʼí institutions as socially isolating, dictatorial, and controlling, with financial irregularities and sexual deviance. The bottom line is that both the Baha’i Faith and Christianity can’t be true. 4 [Tehran, 133 badīʿ/1976–77], p. 203). He further argued that in the case of "Bah… The fallacy, of course, is that the revelators and their revelations directly conflict with one another. [23], Baháʼís have been accused, particularly by successive Iranian governments, of being agents or spies of Russia, Britain, the Shah, the United States, and as agents of Zionism—each claim being linked to each regime's relevant enemy and justifying anti-Baháʼí actions. I don't want to be Tāhirih: Homosexuality in the Bahā'ī Religion in Theology and Practice. The Baha’i Faith explained that away by claiming that while Jesus was indeed a Messenger (or Manifestation) of God, His faith had become corrupted over time and thus most Christians were not truly following him, but the doctrines of men. I have always been impressed by your deep commitment to Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i Faith. [6], Baháʼí authors have written in response that the contradictory teachings are either social laws that change from age to age, as part of a progressive revelation, or human error introduced to the more ancient faiths over time. If, on the other hand, God's own nature is said to be contradictory, that is, that God is both one God and many gods, that God is both able and not able to have a son, personal and impersonal, etc., then the Bahaʼi concept of God is reduced to meaninglessness. Nevertheless, it is difficult to avoid the suspicion that he himself made much more radical claims than this in parts of his later writings. Christians have been known to dismiss the Baháʼí Faith as a syncretic combination of faiths[2] or point to discrepancies between faiths to contradict the idea of unity of religion. Browneargued that while they are admirable, they are, in his opinion, inferior to the simplicity and beauty of the teachings of Christ. www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/. Criticism falls into a few categories: fault with its teachings, the character of its founders, and ongoing conflicts with its administration. It grew out of the Shi'ite branch of the Muslim faith. [21] In 1960 Mason Remey announced that he should be regarded as the next Guardian, creating a schism in the Baháʼi Faith. 8, p. 113); 'he has been born who begets not nor is begotten' ('Lawḥ-i mīlād-i ism-i aʿẓam' in ibid., vol. While Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892) believed his messianic mandate was the unification of the world’s religions, his message was fatally flawed. Although polygamy is forbidden by Baháʼí law, Baháʼu'lláh himself had three concurrent wives. First, Baha’is believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a greater manifestation of God than Moses, Muhammad, or the Christian Messiah. also argue that, despite the Baháʼí Faith's claim of unity, there are numerous theological differences between Islam and the Baháʼí Faith,[3] with one critic, Imran Shaykh, arguing that the disparities are evidence to the Baháʼí Faith not being a natural progression of Islam, as is claimed.[12]. The Bahá'í faith began to take its present form in 1844 in Iran. Elder, E.E., Miller, W.M. Regarding the Baháʼí teachings of peace and unity, E.G. [18] Under Islamic law a man may have up to four wives, and Baháʼu'lláh wrote in 1873 that a Baháʼí may have two wives. Psychology Press. The Baha'i Faith is intended to replace all other faiths to unite mankind (all with positive intentions). Baháʼu'lláh claimed to be a Manifestation of God, which is the Baháʼí term for people like Jesus and Muhammad. [14], There is some tension over the Baháʼí principle that religion and science should be in harmony. Unfortunately for them, the internet was invented and knowledge of their imperfection has spread. Logically, the messengers and manifestations can all be wrong but they can’t all be right. First, Baha’is believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a greater manifestation of God than Moses, Muhammad, or the Christian Messiah. In the way that John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, so a Persian prophet known as the Báb (the Gate) (1819–1850) prepared the way for Bahá’u’lláh (glory of God) the founder of Baha’i. 182 Why the Bahá’í Faith is Not Pluralist To rebut the idea that the Bahá’í Faith is exclusivist Fazel introduces two quotations by Shoghi Effendi, one stating that peoples of whatever religion derive their inspiration from one heavenly source and the other stating that it is not possible to call one world faith superior to another. ISBN 9783732316564 I became a Baha’i just before Denis MacEion withdrew from the Baha’i Faith and became familiar with the issues that reportedly led to his disaffection and departure. [17] This claim of divinity has been criticised by Imran Shaykh who points to this as an example of a discrepancy between faiths. He is best known for his role as Dwight … While in Edirne Subh-i-Azal attempted to murder Baháʼu'lláh with poison, which caused a hard split in 1866 between those Bábís loyal to either Baháʼu'lláh or Subh-i-Azal. The Baha'i Faith originated in Persia in 1844 and was founded by Ali Muhammed who was called the "Báb" or Gate. The faith didn't really come up, but they were accomplished professionals with a seemingly perfect 5 member traditional white family. In a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi it is. between people of the same sex, to let it find expression. Many Baháʼí authors have commented[15][excessive citations] that the intention of the comments were in line with a modern understanding of evolution and that the apparent conflict is an unfortunate semantic mistake. [26], Soon after his resignation, Cole created an email list and website called H-Bahai, which became a repository of both primary source material and critical analysis on the religion. p. 20, sfn error: multiple targets (2×): CITEREFMomen2007 (, Baháʼu'lláh's family § Plurality of wives, Political accusations against the Baha'i Faith, Christian website referring to Baháʼí Faith as syncretic, Article from Christian Research Institute. Tensions between Subh-i-Azal and Baháʼu'lláh grew in Baghdad and escalated in Istanbul and Edirne. 112–114). Baha’i Faith, religion founded in Iraq in the mid-19th century by Mirza Hosayn ‘Ali Nuri, who is known as Baha’ Allah. William Miller says that the wording of Baháʼu'lláh's Kitáb-i-Aqdas made it difficult to distinguish between the words of the author and the words of God. Baha'i law thus restricts. [22], The Baháʼí Faith has had several challenges to leadership, notably at the transitions after the passing of Baháʼu'lláh, ʻAbdu'l-Bahá, and Shoghi Effendi. [24] Cole accused the Baháʼí Administration of exaggerating the numbers of believers. Islam, the mother religion of Baha’i would not and could not consider Bahá’u’lláh as a prophet of God greater than Muhammad. Is the Baháʼí view of evolution compatible with modern science? But as we have often noted, sincerity and goodness are no proof that something is true. As such, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Confucius, Christ, Muhammad, and Krishna all paved the way toward the ultimate revelations personified in the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. That last fact is difficult for modern liberal thinking people to accept and has been de-emphasized to say the least in the modern presentation of the Baha'i Faith. Posted by Christian Research Institute | Nov 9, 2010 | Bible Answers. stated: No matter how devoted and fine the love may be. Browne argued that while they are admirable, they are, in his opinion, inferior to the simplicity and beauty of the teachings of Christ. and Miller, W.M. ... Baha'i. About 5 million people worldwide adhere to the Baha’i faith, according to Patheos.com, but other sourcessay there are as many as 7 million around the world. The Baháʼí Faith is a new religion that originated in the Middle East in the 19th century and has around 5 million adherents. Acts 4:12). The government of Iran has been especially critical of the Baháʼí Faith, claiming that its Baháʼí population is a political threat. The Baháʼí commentator Salman Oskooi acknowledged that the comments by ʻAbdu'l-Bahá are not in line with current scientific understanding, but that ʻAbdu'l-Bahá should not be regarded as infallible in scientific matters.[16]. 53:40. Baha’is believe that Baha’ Allah and his forerunner, the Bab, were manifestations of God. When a man came on the scene in 1863 who was called Baha'u'llah, he claimed to be that prophet. [1] It had roots in Islam but established its own laws and teachings that made a clear break from Islam. [4] Regarding the Baháʼí teachings of peace and unity, E.G. Acre) is the Creator of all things and the one who brought all names into being' (letter in Bahāʾ Allāh Āthār-i qalam-i aʿlā, vol. Hamburg: Verlag. Christians have been known to dismiss the Baháʼí Faith as a syncretic combination of faiths or point to discrepancies between faiths to contradict the idea of unity of religion. The Baha'i temple in Wilmette, Illinois is a nine-sided building representing the world's nine living religions and is a combination of synagogue, mosque, and cathedral, symbolizing the unity of all religions. 38). The Baháʼí Faith (/ b ə ˈ h ɑː iː, b ə ˈ h aɪ /; Persian: بهائی ‎ Bahāʼi) is a new religion teaching the essential worth of all religions and the unity of all people. permissible sexual intercourse to that between a man and. Likewise, Christianity is committed to Christ as “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6, emphasis added; cf. There are statements from the religion's founders of a scientific nature that could be interpreted as contrary to standard science. The faith was proclaimed by a young Iranian, who called himself The Báb. See, for example: Anjam Khursheed (1987). For further study, see Francis J. Beckwith,“Baha’i–Christian Dialogue: Some Key Issues Considered,” Christian Research Journal (1989) 11, 3, available through the Christian Research Institute (CRI) at www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/. strengthen that divine institution. [citation needed]. Al-Kitab Al-Aqdas Or the Most Holy Book (Vol. claim that the idea of oneness of humanity is not a new principle; they claim that Islam espouses such a principle. The religion officially formed in 1863, but a Shiite Muslim man in Iran began paving the way in 1844 by announcing a new prophet was to come – after Muhammad. The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. The last claim is partially rooted in the presence of the Baháʼí World Centre in northern Israel. in sexual acts is wrong. 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The Baha'i Faith is a religion originated in Iran in 1863. the woman to whom he is married. Criticism of the Baháʼí Faith has come primarily from Christians, Muslims, and former Baháʼís. I have a crazy story about meeting a family, very normal regular white family, of the Baha'i faith, but the crazy part isn't their faith its how I met them. For example, Moses was fiercely monotheistic whereas Zoroaster and Krishna were polytheistic. It has certainly affected your life in many good ways. Too often the "prophet" is the focus and not God as such. In fact, the reality may be even worse than that. [12], Denis MacEoin in The Messiah of Shiraz, Brill, 2009, p. 500, note 16 states. Why Islamists Hate the Baha'i Too. You have show how if God is not Trinue and Christ doesn’t have two natures then Christianity doesn’t make any sense. The first Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, had nobody eligible to appoint and died in 1957 without writing a will[20] and making an appointment. The Baha’i Faith, the world’s newest independent global belief system, teaches the oneness of God, the unity of humanity, and the essential harmony of religion.It is the world’s second-most widespread religion after Christianity, spanning the globe and working to unite it. Before the Báb's death he appointed a caretaker leader named Subh-i-Azal (born Mírzá Yahyá) who was also the half-brother of Baháʼu'lláh. Its beliefs are based on the Manifestations of God, which are the multiple messengers sent by God to help mankind evolve and advance. 2 [Tehran, n.d., being a repaginated reprint of a collection of writings originally preceded by the Kitāb al-aqdas, first printed Bombay, 1314/1896], p. 177); 'verily, I am God' (letter in Ishrāq Khāvarī Māʾida, vol. Yet, in a widely circulated letter (published in its entirety in this post) from the faith's Department of the Secretariat of the faith … [11] Critics[who?] The principal Baha’i tenets are the essential unity of all religions and the unity of humanity. Baha'i is straight from the pits of hell. Six years later the first Universal House of Justice was elected and has functioned without a Guardian. The Baha'i Faith website claims more than five million members worldwide, including more than 169,000 in the United States. Thus the Baha’i thrust toward the unification of all religions is primed for failure. This angered the Shiite government, and the Báb was … Prominent among them are references by ʻAbdu'l-Bahá that humans evolved over a long period, but were never animals. 7, p. 208); 'the essence of the pre-existent (dhāt al-qidām) has appeared' (letter to Ḥājī Muḥammad Ibrāhīm Khalīl Qazvīnī in ibid., vol. [27][28][24], Christian Research Journal, Winter/Spring, 1989, p. 2. He further argued that in the case of "Baha'ism, with its rather vague doctrines as to the nature and destiny of the soul of man, it is a little difficult to see whence the driving force to enforce the ethical maxims can be derived."[5]. As a classical Unitarian/Deist I believe in much of what is listed below, but I don't advocate any particular religion other than a general rational and ethical monotheism. The faith observes an annual fast in the last month in the Baha’i calendar, March 2-20, where Baha’s between 15 and 70 years of age do not eat or drink for 19 days from sunrise to sunset and set aside time for prayer. Von Gonten, who moved to the islands in 1975 as a Baha’i… [9] Some Muslims[who?] Unfortunately, you are completely wrong about Baha’u’llah and the Baha’i Faith and do not seem to be familiar with the Baha’i Writings, history and the globally unifying principles. When the Ottoman government wished to eliminate the Bábís, they further exiled Baha'u'llah and his followers to Akka, and Subh-i-Azal and his followers to Cyprus, but left several of each in the other's city in an attempt to further stoke conflict. Baháʼís view the Báb (1819-1850) as a predecessor to Baháʼu'lláh, whose claim to revelation established the Baháʼí Faith separate from the Bábí Faith. Langer, Hanna A. The Baha'i faith has distinguished itself as a unique world religion because of its size (5 million members), its global scale (236 countries), its practical autonomy from its parent religion of Islam (there is little blurriness between the two), and for its doctrinal uniqueness, being monotheistic yet … Christian apologist Francis J. Beckwith wrote of the Baháʼí teachings: The fact that the various alleged manifestations of God represented God in contradictory ways implies either that manifestations of God can contradict one another or that God's own nature is contradictory. [11], Juan Cole converted to the Baháʼí Faith in 1972, but later resigned in 1996 after conflicts with members of the administration who perceived him as extreme. Furthermore, Baha’i teaches that every few hundred years the spirit and attributes of divinity are mirrored in a new messenger and manifestation of God. While Baháʼí teachings assert that men and women are spiritually equal, author Lil Abdo says that the Baháʼí understanding of sexual equality is different from that of secular feminists. If manifestations are allowed to contradict one another, then there is no way to separate false manifestations from true ones or to discover if any of them really speak for the true and living God…. The following statements are, I think, explicit enough to serve as examples: 'he who speaks in the most great prison (i.e. Baháʼís view the issue as a gradual transition towards monogamy. The Baha’i Teachings and Homosexuality - a statement and FAQ from the official website of the Baha’is of the United States. [7][8], Muslim theology regards Muhammad as the Khatam an-Nabiyyin, the last prophet whom God has sent and Islam as the final religion for all humankind. Finally, Baha’i explicitly denies objective truth claims of Christianity such as the Trinity, virgin birth, incarnation, resurrection, and second coming of Christ. While Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892) believed his messianic mandate was the unification of the world’s religions, his message was fatally flawed. The precise nature of Bahāʾ Allāh's claims is difficult to establish. ed. Baha'i Beliefs - Deity First, Baha’is believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a greater manifestation of God than Moses, Muhammad or the Christian Messiah. Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, producer and a member of the Baha'i Faith. 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