wrong with Baha’i beliefs?
As John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, so a Persian prophet
known as the Bab (gate) prepared the way for Bahá’u’lláh (glory of
God) the founder of Baha’i. While Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892)
believed his Messianic mandate was the unification of the world’s
religions, his message was fatally flawed.
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. Thus
the Baha’i thrust toward the unification of all religions is primed
for failure. Islam, the mother religion of Baha’i, would not and could
not consider Bahá’u’lláh as a prophet of God greater than
Muhammad. Likewise, Christianity is committed to Christ as "the
way and the truth and the life" (John 14:6; cf. Acts 4:12).
Baha'i Beliefs - Messengers
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. Each revelator reveals as much revelation as the
faithful are ready to receive. As such, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster,
Confucius, Christ, Muhammad and Krishna paved the way toward the
ultimate revelations personified in the Bab and Bahá’u’lláh. The
fallacy, of course, is that the revelators and their revelations
directly conflict with one another. For example, Moses was fiercely
monotheistic whereas Zoroaster and Krishna were polytheistic. Likewise,
the Qur’an condemns Christ’s claim to be the Son of God as the
unforgivable sin of shirk. Logically, the messengers and
manifestations can all be wrong but they can’t all be right.
Baha'i Beliefs - Truth?
Finally, Baha’i explicitly denies objective truth claims of
Christianity such as, the Trinity, the Virgin birth, Incarnation,
Resurrection, and Second coming of Christ. Moreover, while the Bab 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).
– Who Are The Central Figures?
The Baha’i (Bahai) religion embraces several prominent individuals as
central figures in the establishment of their beliefs and practices. The
Baha’u’llah (Baha’u’llah)claimed that he was the manifestation
of God that would take mankind to the next stage of human development.
The Baha’is believe that he is the fulfillment of the coming one as
projected in the holy writings of all religions.
For the Jews, he was the Everlasting Father; for the Christian, he was
the return of Christ; to the Muslims, he is The Great Announcement
spoken of in the Quran; he was the Shah Bahram of the Zoroastrian
scriptures; he was the Kalki Avatar of the Hindu writings; he was the
Maitreya Buddha, the hope of Buddhism.
The Baha’u’llah was originally a follower of the Babi religion
founded by the Bab. The Bab, as a youth, was devout and pious, a seeker
after religious things and went on a pilgrimage. Later he had a series
of divine revelations and visionary dreams and began to write holy
verse. He considered himself to be blessed with the grace of the Hidden
Imam -- Imam being a Sign of God on earth who receives inspiration from
God. Baha’is accept him as an independent manifestation of God and the
forerunner of The Baha’u’llah.
Abdu’l Baha was successor to The Baha’u’llah; he endeavored to
keep the faith united and coordinated. He suffered early opposition from
his half brother who openly sought to oppose and discredit him. Abdu’l
Baha constructed a sacred covenant which ensured the preservation of
Baha’i unity to those who rendered obedience to the properly appointed
leader of the faith.
Shogi Effendi Rabbání was the leader in succession to Abdu’l Baha
from 1922 to his death. He was succeeded by the Hands of the Cause who
acted as custodians of the faith until the election of the Universal
House of Justice, the supreme ruling body of the Baha’i faith in 1963.
Hands of the Cause were made up of prominent Baha’is.
– Basic Beliefs
The Baha’i religion asserts that God is the ultimate cause of all
things existing and that everything reflects his power, man particularly
reflecting his attributes. To the Baha’is, God is himself, unknowable,
and can only be known through his manifestations: Adam, Abraham, Moses,
Zoroaster, Krishna, The Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab, and The
Baha’u’llah. Unlike the Christian belief that Christ was God
Incarnate, Shogi Effendi Rabbání, one of the central leaders of the
faith, rejected the idea of incarnation. The aforementioned
Manifestations of God were simply mirrors who reflect God’s glory, and
transmit divine knowledge and grace to mankind.
The Baha’is believe that mankind is uniquely different from other
forms of animal life.. They believe that humans were created with a
spiritual capacity and responsibility to reflect the divine attributes
of the creator. Baha’i doctrine includes the concept of man with two
natures -- a lower nature and a higher nature. Man must work hard to
make sure that the divine nature within him overcomes the satanic
nature. If not, they believe man will become the basest of characters
instead of achieving excellence. Man must seek justice, fair treatment
towards all, love, kindliness, friendliness, compassion, charity,
forbearance, generosity, trustworthiness, and truthfulness. In his
interaction with others in society, man must guard against hypocrisy and
self-deception, strive for purity, and cultivate self-control.
- Is it compatible with Christianity
The Baha’i religion does not force its new converts to reject their
former beliefs and doctrines in order to embrace the tenets of the
Baha’i faith. One of the goals of the Baha’i religion is the unity
of all religions and the preservation of all that is good from all world
religions. Other religions require followers to give up their old lives
when they are converted. The Baha’is see the central figures in other
religions, such as Buddha and Christ, as manifestations of the same
Absolute Reality, so new converts to Baha’i have no reason to reject
The Baha’is believe that the Bab was the spiritual return of John the
Baptist and The Baha’u’llah was Christ returned in the glory of the
Father. The Baha’is believed that whatever extent organized
Christianity accepted the tenets of The Baha’u’llah that was the
extent of their success. The loss of power by the papacy, invasion of
secularism into Christian institutions, divisiveness, and the emergence
of obscure cults were all results of the rejection of Baha’i truths
and ideas. The Baha’is accepted the Immaculate Conception and accepted
that Peter was the highest apostle.
They viewed Christianity as the fulfillment of Judaism. To the Baha’is,
Jesus was simply another manifestation of God -- among many others --
whose miracles were interpreted symbolically, not as physical realities.
Christ’s resurrection was also viewed as spiritual and not actual. In
essence, though the Baha’is regarded Christ as a respected figure,
they ultimately rejected Him as God in the flesh and the only means of
access to the true and living God. In John 14:6-7, Jesus said, "I
am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father
except through me. If you had known who I am, then you would have known
who my Father is. From now on you know him and have seen him!"
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