BASIC BELIEFS OF THE Bahá'í
Bahá'isBELIEVE IN ONE GOD, they are monotheistic (who sends messengers which the Bahá'í call “the Manifestation of God”). “He restates in every age God's purpose and will. His teachings are a revelation from God. Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ, and Muhammad were Manifestations of God. Each gave men divine teachings to live by. Bahá'í's believe that true religion is the real basis of civilized life. (Tract on Basic facts of the Bahá'í faith Bahá'í publishing trust Wilmette Illinois). So they teach it is all the same God no matter what the different religions call him or define him, her or it as.
10 basic teachings of the Baha'i Faith:
Here are some of the teachings given by Bahá'u'lláh more than a hundred years ago for this new Day: The oneness of mankind. Independent investigation of truth. The common foundation of all religions. The essential harmony of science and religion. Equality of men and women. Elimination of prejudice of all kinds. Universal compulsory education. A spiritual solution of the economic problem. A universal auxiliary language. Universal peace upheld by a world government.
“Bahá'u'lláh is the focal center toward whom the followers of all religions may now turn for spiritual guide through whose Teachings the high level of civilization foretold by all the prophets will be established throughout the world. A new, divine order has been ushered in. You can help establish it.”(Bahá'í Tract)
If we can do it then there is no need for Jesus. Actually their whole religion gives an impression of respect for all, but they actually usurp the proceeding religions with their own final prophet. So in reality it is only lip service as they use other religions that came before them to try and validate there own newfound religion.
3 principles are Oneness of God, Oneness of religion, Oneness of mankind
The Oneness of mankind
THE ONENESS OF MANKIND is like a pivot around which all the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh revolve. This means that men and women of all races are equal in the sight of God and equal in the Baha'i community. People of different races must have equal educational and economic opportunity, equal access to decent living conditions and equal responsibilities. In the Bahai view there is no superior race or nation. (Tract on Basic facts of the Bahá'í faith Bahá'í publishing trust Wilmette Illinois)
“It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens” (Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 250)
“The Bahá'í Faith regards the current world confusion and calamitous condition in human affairs as a natural phase in an organic process leading ultimately and irresistibly to the unification of the human race in a single social order whose boundaries are those of the planet. The human race, as a distinct, organic unit, has passed through evolutionary stages analogous to the stages of infancy and childhood in the lives of its individual members, and is now in the culminating period of its turbulent adolescence approaching its long-awaited coming of age” ( Universal House of Justice Bahá'í World Center Haifa, Israel 1985 ).
The Oneness of religion
This New age religion has two main teachings: First, there is only one God. However, this God: “...is a completely unknowable essence, who is manifested through the creation of the world itself and various prophets” (USA Today, p. 9 March 2, 1984). Their assumption is if there is only one God, then all religions must be of God are discussed in this article Progressive Revelation
“All men will adhere to one religion, will have one common faith, will be blended into one race, and become a single people. All will dwell in one common fatherland, which is the planet itself.”(Abdu’l Baha The promised day is Come, p.126)
“O’ ye people of the world! The religion of God is for the sake of love and union; make it not the cause of enmity and conflict…the hope is cherished that the people of Baha shall ever turn to the blessed word: LO: ALL ARE OF GOD” (Bahá'u'lláh Last Will and Testament)
“The revelation of Bahá'u'lláh should be viewed as the marking of the last and highest stage in the stupendous evolution of man’s collective life on the planet. (It marks) the emergence of a world community, the consciousness of world citizenship, the founding of a world civilization and culture” (Shogi Effendi The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh p.163).
“Christ was the Prophet of the Christians, Moses of the Jews - why should not the followers of each prophet recognize and honor the other prophets also? If men could only learn the lesson of mutual tolerance, understanding, and brotherly love, the Unity of the world would soon be an established fact” (The Wisdom of Abdul Baha p.43).
“One God has given men one Faith through progressive revelations of His Will in each age of history and Bahá'u'lláh reveals the will of God for men and women of the present age. This basic belief enables Bahá'í’s to unite and work together in spite of different religious backgrounds” (Tract on Basic facts of the Bahá'í faith Bahá'í publishing trust Wilmette Illinois).
“All these divisions we see on all sides, all these disputes and opposition, are caused because men cling to ritual and outward observances, and forget the simple, underlying truth. It is the outward practices of religion that are so different, and it is they that cause disputes and enmity -- while the reality is always the same, and one. The Reality is the Truth, and truth has no division. Truth is God's guidance, it is the light of the world, it is love, it is mercy. These attributes of truth are also human virtues inspired by the Holy Spirit.” (`Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, pp. 120-1)
Oneness of God- To see the Harmony between the religions, science, and reason
“Religion and science are the two wings upon which man's intelligence can soar into the heights, with which the human soul can progress. It is not possible to fly with one wing alone! Should a man try to fly with the wing of religion alone he would quickly fall into the quagmire of superstition, whilst on the other hand, with the wing of science alone he would also make no progress, but fall into the despairing slough of materialism” (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p.143).
“In this great dispensation, art (or a profession) is identical with an act of worship and this is a clear text of the Blessed Perfection. Therefore, extreme effort should be made in art and this will not prevent the teaching of the people in that region. Nay, rather, each should assist the other in art and guidance. For instance, when the studying of art is with the intention of obeying the command of God this study will certainly be done easily and great progress will soon be made therein; and when others discover this fragrance of spirituality in the action itself, this same will cause their awakening. Likewise, managing art with propriety will become the means of sociability and affinity,' and sociability and affinity themselves tend to guide others to the Truth.
“Concerning sciences, crafts and arts. Knowledge is like unto wings for the being, and is as a ladder for ascending To acquire knowledge is incumbent on all, but of those sciences which may profit the people of the earth, and not such sciences as begin in mere words, and end in mere words.”
“To study sciences and arts of all descriptions is allowable,' but such sciences as are profitable, which lead and conduce to the elevation of mankind. Thus has the matter been decreed on the part of God, the commander, the wise!”
“Such arts and sciences, however, as are productive of good results, and bring forth their fruit, and are conducive to the well being and tranquility of men have been, and will remain, acceptable before God. Wert thou to give ear to My voice, thou wouldst cast away all thy possessions, and wouldst set thy face towards the Spot wherein the ocean of wisdom and of utterance hath surged, and the sweet savours of the loving-kindness of thy Lord, the Compassionate, have wafted.”
“In the treasuries of the knowledge of God there lieth concealed a knowledge which, when applied, will largely, though not wholly, eliminate fear. This knowledge, however, should be taught from child-hood, as it will greatly aid in its elimination. What-ever decreaseth fear increaseth courage. should the Will of God assist Us, there would flow out from the Pen of the Divine Expounder a lengthy exposition of that which hath been mentioned, and there would be revealed, in the field of arts and sciences, what would renew the world and the nations”(Bahá'í Scriptures tract authorized by National Spiritual assembly of Bahá'í’s Australia).
Abolishing the extremes of wealth and poverty, to eradicate racism and have a brother hood of mankind (Authors note: new age communism is another word for this concept)
Their appeal can be summed up with “Close your eyes to racial differences and welcome all with the light of Oneness.” (from the Bahá'í sacred scriptures) taken from a local newspaper ad.
“We see amongst us men who are overburdened with riches on the one hand, and on the other those unfortunate ones who starve with nothing; those who possess several stately palaces, and those who have not where to lay their head. Some we find with numerous courses of costly and dainty food; whilst others can scarce find sufficient crusts to keep them alive. Whilst some are clothed in velvets, furs and fine linen, others have insufficient, poor and thin garments with which to protect them from the cold. This condition of affairs is wrong and must be remedied. Now the remedy must be carefully undertaken” (`Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p.151).
Universal peace for all
“The time must come when the imperative necessity for the holding of a vast, an all-embracing assemblage of men will be universally realized. The rulers and kings of the earth must needs attend it, and, participating in its deliberations, must consider such ways and means as will lay the foundations of the world's Great Peace amongst men. Such a peace demandeth that the Great Powers should resolve, for the sake of the tranquillity of the peoples of the earth, to be fully reconciled among themselves. Should any king take up arms against another, all should unitedly arise and prevent him. If this be done, the nations of the world will no longer require any armaments, except for the purpose of preserving the security of their realms and of maintaining internal order within their territories” (Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, p. 249).
“World peace is not only possible but inevitable. It is the next stage in the evolution of this planet -- in the words of one great thinker, “the planetization of mankind”… The scientific and technological advances occurring in this unusually blessed century portend a great surge forward in the social evolution of the planet, and indicate the means by which the practical problems of humanity may be solved. They provide, indeed, the very means for the administration of the complex life of a united world” (Universal House of Justice Bahá'í World Center Haifa, Israel 1985).
All religions have spoken of or addressed the idea of a golden age of peace. Jesus Christ made it clear it would not take place until His second coming. For mankind would be in wars and in great turmoil. If He did not intervene the Bible (Matthew 24) says no flesh would survive. Yet Bahá'í has this perfect society and world planned without Jesus Christ, and they tell people they believe in Jesus. this becomes a conflict with Jesus' own words.
Religious truth is progressive
“The foundation of all the divine religions is one. All are based upon reality.... Some have been Zoroastrians, some are Buddhists, some Jews, Christians, Mohammedans and so on.... If we abandon these time-worn imitations and investigate reality all of us will be unified.... The dark and gloomy clouds of blind imitations and dogmatic variances will be scattered and dispelled; the Sun of Reality will shine most gloriously” (Bahá'í Teachings For A World Faith, pp. 5-6).
They believe in continual revelations by different messengers
“Since there is one God these manifestations of God have each taught the same religious faith” (Bahai tract Wilmette, Ill.) Baha’u’llah is considered a theophany, or mirror in which the ultimately unknowable nature of God is reflected on earth in some way. Bahá'ís believe manifestations are sent by God to guide humanity toward a higher level of consciousness and they teach all religions are the same at the core differing only in their time and culture.
“When the period of decay is reached a new seed is planted in the hearts of men by a new messenger and a new growth begins” (Bahá'í Faith p. 42). Was there decay when Bahá'u'lláh, came on the scene in 1840's? What of the decay today? It would seem it is much worse than the 1840's.
“The high prophet brings always a new name of God-not only a new title but a new attribute; that is, he admits into the human consciousness a new attribute by which God is realized, a fuller conception of God” (Townshend, Promise, p. 50). The Bible teaches 1840 years before Bahá'u'lláh the fullness and complete revelation of God (Col.1:15, 19, 2:9) was found in Jesus Christ. They ignore this revelation and diminish it to prove their own prophet as greater.
The Persian founder of the nineteenth-century religion of Bahá'í (the Bab) believed in numerous prophets and continual manifestations of God for their time. Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í religion, the successor of the Bab, is the most recent manifestation, and the one we should now listen to for our spiritual instructions. There will be no other for about 1,000 years. Interesting that they use the very number the Bible says Jesus will be ruling as king on the earth (Rev.20:6).
“ The fundamental principle enunciated by Bahá'u'lláh. The followers of his faith believe, is that religious truth is not absolute, but relative, that divine revelation is a continuous and progressive process, that all the great religions of the world are divine in origin, that their basic principles are in complete harmony, that their aims and purposes are one and the same, that their teachings are but facets of one truth, that their functions are complimentary, and that their missions represent successive stages in the spiritual evolution of human society.” ( Call to the Nations, p.11)
“Each takes the work from the hand of his predecessor and carries it toward at the appointed hour he resigns his completed work to his successors.” (Bahá'í World Faith, pg. 49)
Bahá'u'lláh stated, “ Every age has its own problems, and every soul its own particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require.”
“We can well perceive how the whole human race is encompassed with great, with incalculable afflictions. We see it languishing on its bed of sickness, sore-tried and disillusioned... they cannot discover the cause of the disease, nor have they have any knowledge of the remedy.” (Bahá'u'lláh Gleanings, pg. 213)
Neither can the Bahá'í find the remedy for they deny the only one who has it, Jesus Christ the only messiah.
They Welcome Independent Investigation of Truth
“Furthermore, know ye that God has created in man the power of reason, whereby man is enabled to investigate reality. God has not intended man to imitate blindly his fathers and ancestors. He has endowed him with mind, or the faculty of reasoning, by the exercise of which he is to investigate and discover the truth, and that which he finds real and true he must accept.” (`Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 291)
“Bahá'u'lláh does not wish anyone to accept his revelation blindly. He asks each individual to look into it himself. Use his own eyes and ears, his own faculty of reasoning and make up his own mind” (Bahá'í Faith pg.45).
That's exactly what we ask them to do! But when we disagree with their conclusions, they don't accept it