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. 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…. Yet, in a widely circulated letter (published in its entirety in this post) from the faith's Department of the Secretariat of the faith … 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. Six years later the first Universal House of Justice was elected and has functioned without a Guardian. The official modern Bahāʾī doctrine rejects any notion of incarnationism and stresses instead his status as a locus of divine manifestation (maẓhar ilāhī), comparable to a mirror with respect to the sun (see Shoghi Effendi The World Order of Bahāʾuʾllāh, rev. [11] Critics[who?] 112–114). This is an open letter to my good friend and Baha'i, Edwin. Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, producer and a member of the Baha'i Faith. 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. I don't want to be Tāhirih: Homosexuality in the Bahā'ī Religion in Theology and Practice. 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. 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. First, Baha’is believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a greater manifestation of God than Moses, Muhammad, or the Christian Messiah. The first Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, had nobody eligible to appoint and died in 1957 without writing a will[20] and making an appointment. [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. For example, Moses was fiercely monotheistic whereas Zoroaster and Krishna were polytheistic. 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. [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. Established by Baháʼu'lláh in the 19th century, it initially developed in Persia and parts of the Middle East, where it has faced ongoing persecution since its inception. It is most definitely both of those deplorable things, and your refusal to admit to both outright is a sign of spiritual immaturity.” They are both aspects of the Baha’i Faith … The Bahá'í faith began to take its present form in 1844 in Iran. The Baha’i religion is very paranoid and fearful about their reputation because they want people to join the religion. [4] Regarding the Baháʼí teachings of peace and unity, E.G. Browneargued that while they are admirable, they are, in his opinion, inferior to the simplicity and beauty of the teachings of Christ. [25] Central to Cole's complaints was the Baháʼí review, a process that required Baháʼí authors to gain approval before publishing on the religion. 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". The goal of the Baha'i faith and its leadership is for the world to become a … While Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892) believed his messianic mandate was the unification of the world’s religions, his message was fatally flawed. I respect Rumi (Mowlana) both as a poet and as a mystic but I don’t see how that is relevant to the issue of right to higher education. It grew out of the Shi'ite branch of the Muslim faith. 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. The National Baha’i Center in Wilmette, IL claims that there are 140,000 Baha’is in the United States. www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/. In fact, the reality may be even worse than that. Peoples of the world are urged to forsake evil and to hold fast that which is good. Langer, Hanna A. 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. Why Islamists Hate the Baha'i Too. First, Baha’is believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a greater manifestation of God than Moses, Muhammad, or the Christian Messiah. Science and Religion: Towards the Restoration of an Ancient Harmony; Craig Loehle (1990). strengthen that divine institution. [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. [19], The Baháʼí scriptures intend for a line of Guardians to fill an executive role alongside the Universal House of Justice, each Guardian appointed by the preceding one from among the male descendants of Baháʼu'lláh. Baha'i law thus restricts. 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]. Acts 4:12). Criticism of the Baháʼí Faith has come primarily from Christians, Muslims, and former Baháʼís. [1] It had roots in Islam but established its own laws and teachings that made a clear break from Islam. The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. 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 Baha'i Faith website claims more than five million members worldwide, including more than 169,000 in the United States. But as we have often noted, sincerity and goodness are no proof that something is true. Unfortunately for them, the internet was invented and knowledge of their imperfection has spread. Nevertheless, it is difficult to avoid the suspicion that he himself made much more radical claims than this in parts of his later writings. Baha’is believe that Baha’ Allah and his forerunner, the Bab, were manifestations of God. Baha'i is straight from the pits of hell. 8, p. 113); 'he has been born who begets not nor is begotten' ('Lawḥ-i mīlād-i ism-i aʿẓam' in ibid., vol. Although polygamy is forbidden by Baháʼí law, Baháʼu'lláh himself had three concurrent wives. It has certainly affected your life in many good ways. ISBN 9783732316564 Baha’i Faith, religion founded in Iraq in the mid-19th century by Mirza Hosayn ‘Ali Nuri, who is known as Baha’ Allah. Baha'is claim to believe that Jesus is the Saviour They acknowledge They believe in the resurrection of Christ. 7, p. 208); 'the essence of the pre-existent (dhāt al-qidām) has appeared' (letter to Ḥājī Muḥammad Ibrāhīm Khalīl Qazvīnī in ibid., vol. Tensions between Subh-i-Azal and Baháʼu'lláh grew in Baghdad and escalated in Istanbul and Edirne. Baha'i literature has been translated into more than 800 languages and has been established in nearly every major country. 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. in sexual acts is wrong. 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. Is the Baháʼí view of evolution compatible with modern science? The following statements are, I think, explicit enough to serve as examples: 'he who speaks in the most great prison (i.e. The official website of the Baha'i Faith is: Bahai.org.The official website of the Baha'is of the United States can be found here: Bahai.us. The fallacy, of course, is that the revelators and their revelations directly conflict with one another. While Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892) believed his messianic mandate was the unification of the world’s religions, his message was fatally flawed. [21] In 1960 Mason Remey announced that he should be regarded as the next Guardian, creating a schism in the Baháʼi Faith. Elder, E.E., Miller, W.M. 53:40. However, this what the Church has always professed so either the Apostles got it wrong or the Baha’i Faith presents the matter erroneously. [27][28][24], Christian Research Journal, Winter/Spring, 1989, p. 2. The faith didn't really come up, but they were accomplished professionals with a seemingly perfect 5 member traditional white family. The bottom line is that both the Baha’i Faith and Christianity can’t be true. Baháʼís view the issue as a gradual transition towards monogamy. 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. Why the Baha'i Faith is attractive. Prominent among them are references by ʻAbdu'l-Bahá that humans evolved over a long period, but were never animals. The precise nature of Bahāʾ Allāh's claims is difficult to establish. 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. Thus the Baha’i thrust toward the unification of all religions is primed for failure. [citation needed]. 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]. There are statements from the religion's founders of a scientific nature that could be interpreted as contrary to standard science. They are a dangerous false religion because they claim to be "Christian," but they certainly are not. 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. [10] Many Islamic scholars reject all prophets after Muhammad, and regard Baháʼís as apostates if they had been Muslims before conversion. 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. Finally, Baha’i explicitly denies objective truth claims of Christianity such as the Trinity, virgin birth, incarnation, resurrection, and second coming of Christ. 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. Criticism falls into a few categories: fault with its teachings, the character of its founders, and ongoing conflicts with its administration. Islam, the mother religion of Baha’i would not and could not consider Bahá’u’lláh as a prophet of God greater than Muhammad. His son ʻAbdu'l-Bahá had one wife and said that having a second wife is conditional upon treating both wives with justice and equality, and was not possible in practice. The faith was proclaimed by a young Iranian, who called himself The Báb. 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. “The Baha’i Faith sure looks like an authoritarian cult from some perspectives and an infantile movement that is clumsy and misguided from others. The Baha'i Faith & Atheism (Part 1 of 2) - A Talk by Dr. Steven Phelps - Duration: 53:40. 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. 38). He further argued that in the case of "Bah… The principal Baha’i tenets are the essential unity of all religions and the unity of humanity. Hamburg: Verlag. [24] Cole accused the Baháʼí Administration of exaggerating the numbers of believers. 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. Thus the Baha’i thrust toward the unification of all religions is primed for failure. Quoted in. Regarding the Baháʼí teachings of peace and unity, E.G. Too often the "prophet" is the focus and not God as such. 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. eds., 1961. permissible sexual intercourse to that between a man and. Each revelator reveals as much revelation as the faithful are ready to receive. In a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi it is. The Baha'i Faith originated in Persia in 1844 and was founded by Ali Muhammed who was called the "Báb" or Gate. stated: No matter how devoted and fine the love may be. Moreover, while the Báb said that Bahá’u’lláh was the quintessential messenger and manifestation of God—the “Best–beloved” and “the Desire of the World”—the Bible states that Christ is “the exact representation of God” (Hebrews 1:3) in whom “all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9). 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. 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. 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 … Abdo presented the following list of criticisms of the Baháʼí Faith from a feminist perspective at an annual gathering for Baháʼí studies in 1995: the ineligibility of women to serve on the Universal House of Justice--this is of particular interest to supporters of women priests within the Christian tradition; the intestacy laws in the Kitab-i-Aqdas; the dowry laws with particular reference to the virginity refund clause; the exemption of menstruating women from obligatory prayers and the implication of menstrual taboo; the exemption of women from pilgrimage; the use of androcentric language and male pronouns in texts; the emphasis on traditional morality and family values...[13], According to Juan Cole, the law of not allowing women to serve the Universal House of Justice is misinterpreted. 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. Logically, the messengers and manifestations can all be wrong but they can’t all be right. 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. [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. The Baha’i Teachings and Homosexuality - a statement and FAQ from the official website of the Baha’is of the United States. However, it is almost axiomatic among Baha’is that half of the Faith’s enrolled members are inactive. [17] This claim of divinity has been criticised by Imran Shaykh who points to this as an example of a discrepancy between faiths. [12], Denis MacEoin in The Messiah of Shiraz, Brill, 2009, p. 500, note 16 states. 4 [Tehran, 133 badīʿ/1976–77], p. 203). [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. Posted by Christian Research Institute | Nov 9, 2010 | Bible Answers. [9] Some Muslims[who?] [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. 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 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]. 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. The Baha'i Faith is a religion originated in Iran in 1863. 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. 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. The Baha'i Faith is intended to replace all other faiths to unite mankind (all with positive intentions). Central tenets of the Bahá'í Faith, based on the questions in the Belief-O-Matic quiz. 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. 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 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 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. Likewise, Christianity is committed to Christ as “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6, emphasis added; cf. In Akka, a few followers of Baha'u'llah murdered the Azalí Bábís in the city. From its start there have been controversies and challenges over its teachings and accusations against its leaders. [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. The government of Iran has been especially critical of the Baháʼí Faith, claiming that its Baháʼí population is a political threat. [3] The Christian doctrine of atonement is commonly understood to exclude all other religions as a path to God. [Wilmette, 1969], pp. ed. the woman to whom he is married. 4, p. 344, referring to Qurʾān sūra 112); 'the educator of all beings and their creator has appeared in the garment of humanity, but you were not pleased with that until he was imprisoned in this prison' ('Sūrat al-ḥajj' in Bahāʾ Allāh Āthār-i qalam-i aʿlā, vol. 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. According to the official Bahá’í Faith Web site: The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent religions. I have always been impressed by your deep commitment to Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i Faith. He prophesied that a great prophet would come but Ali Muhammed was executed by the government for his teachings. 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. claim that the idea of oneness of humanity is not a new principle; they claim that Islam espouses such a principle. The Baháʼí Faith is a new religion that originated in the Middle East in the 19th century and has around 5 million adherents. See, for example: Anjam Khursheed (1987). (2015). Al-Kitab Al-Aqdas Or the Most Holy Book (Vol. 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. 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. When a man came on the scene in 1863 who was called Baha'u'llah, he claimed to be that prophet. 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. He is best known for his role as Dwight … 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. This angered the Shiite government, and the Báb was … 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. You have show how if God is not Trinue and Christ doesn’t have two natures then Christianity doesn’t make any sense. Baha'i Blog 7,241 views. Claimants challenging the widely accepted successions of leadership are shunned as covenant-breakers. Von Gonten, who moved to the islands in 1975 as a Baha’i… Likewise, the Qur’an condemns Christ’s claim to be the Son of God as the unforgivable sin of shirk. The last claim is partially rooted in the presence of the Baháʼí World Centre in northern Israel. ... Baha'i. 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/. 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