WHAT IS THE REAL TRUTH?
Baha’ism advocates a subjectivity, asserting that “truth is continuous and relative, not final and absolute. Yet, no truth is absolutely relative. Think about it for a while.
There is a lot of good in the Baha’i faith. Christians do not come with a spirit of criticism or superiority. We can appreciate in the Baha’i faith: the teaching that children obey their parents, including many aspects of morality, opposing fornication and other forms of immorality.
In 1863, a man named Mirza Husayn ‘Ali announced that he was that Great Teacher. He adopted the name Baha’u’llah (The Glory of God), from which the term Baha’i is derived.
Still, the Baha’i organization appear anti-biblical with many differences:
- Baha’ism denies the uniqueness of Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God. Baha’u’llah, however, claimed that Christ was but one manifestation of God: Baha’is are taught that God is both one God and many gods
- Devotees of the Baha’i philosophy seek to unify all religions upon the basis of doctrinal compromise: an impossible oneness. Allegedly, they revere the teaching of Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Lao-Tze, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Mohammed and Baha’u’llah, and all other great prophets so that all religions are one.
- The doctrine of the Baha’i belief contends that the prophecies regarding the second coming of Christ were fulfilled with the arrival of Baha’u’llah. Such a theory, of course, is void of any evidence.
Hypocrites believe one thing, but do another. Jefferson opposed slavery, but owned slaves. Despite claims of gender equality, women are not allowed to be part of its highest religious body, the Universal House of Justice in Haifa, Israel.
But on a daily level, Baha’is go to great lengths to make all members feel comfortable. Baha’i meetings are simple for this reason. There are no priests, no clergy.
God sends faith, people make religions. People put faith in a box and decorate the box. Rituals define what the box looks like when people only see the box. Devotional meetings of 20 to 30 members are held Monday evenings. People gather to hear passages on a given topic taken from many holy writings — the teachings of Baha’u’llah, the Bible, the Koran. Members each take turns preparing the readings and afterwards there’s time for individual prayer: a form of meditative experience.
The Baha’i faith is almost secular in its organization, a religion for the non-religious. It’s a very ‘live and let live’ philosophy.
How can we recognize a Cult?
- Is there any compulsion to attend several group meetings each week?
- Is there guilt if you miss any?
- Are there “inner” and “outer” circles of members, the inner ones being “more spiritual”?
- Are members of the outer circle required to agree to “shepherding,” or control/direction by someone in the inner group? (We are not talking of normal discipleship here.)
- Is there pressure or manipulation to give a minimum of 10% of your income only to that church/fellowship?
- Are honest questions about doctrines or practices within the group regarded as “criticism” by leaders?
THE MOST HOLY BOOK EXPOSED
It would seem difficult for Baha’is to expect others to accept their Baha’i Bible, the Most Holy Book (The Al-Kitab-al Aqdas), written by Baha’u’llah, as divine because the community of believers do not treat it as such.
Apart from personal assurance, does the Baha’i religion have objective evidence upon which to rest its beliefs?
IS BAHA’I TRUTHFUL?
The Baha’i writings are not convincingly divine but are simply man-made: rather it is a code of conduct rather than a real religion.
Anyone who reads the Aqdas will recognize how antiquated it is:
- Regulations for daily worship,
- Regulations for fasting,
- Punishments for criminals (the branding of third-offense thieves; payment of $21 for committing adultery; the burning of arsonists; use of capital punishment;
- Required marriage (to one or two wives; Baha’u’llah had three*).
- Required Baha’is to wash their hands every day, then their face, then sit facing God and say ninety-five times, “God is most Splendid”