Speaking of Bahá'u'lláh ,"He is the Promised One of all Religions, whose coming was foretold in all the sacred scriptures,"(Welcome to the Bahá'í' House of Worship, p. 2).
Jesus said in John 16:12-13: "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, come, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come."
"I go away and come again unto you." And in another place He said: "I go and another will come, Who will tell you all that I have not told you, and will fulfil all that I have said." Both these sayings have but one meaning, were ye to ponder upon the Manifestations of the Unity of God with Divine insight.'
"Every discerning observer will recognize that in the Dispensation of the Qur'An both the Book and the Cause of Jesus were confirmed. As to the matter of names, Muhammad, Himself, declared: "I am Jesus." He recognized the truth of the signs, prophecies, and words of Jesus, and testified that they were all of God. "( GLEANINGS FROM THE WRITINGS OF BAHA'U'LLA'H p.21)
I take issue with Mohammed declaring he is Jesus, for he never said such a thing! He certainly did not believe all the words of Jesus. obviously Bahá'u'lláh had little knowledge of what Islam believes. But they use the same argument from Islam about their prophet being the one who should come. After all they are a sect that broke off from Islam. They deny everything Jesus said, minus the virgin birth which they insert as whole different story. While Islam's position is that Jesus was prophet in a line of succession of prophets, Bahá'í's say he is one of many manifestations in all different religions.
Abdul Baha said, "At the 1st coming he came from heaven though apparently from the womb, in the same way also, at his 2nd coming, he will come from heaven though apparently from the womb".(Abdul Baha questions pg. 127) Jesus made it clear that He would come again in the same way He left. the first time, He came from heaven to earth (invisibly). He would come back to earth visibly, the same way He left from earth to heaven from the mount of Olives.(See Acts.1; Mt.24:30)
Does this mean there will be another virgin birth? No, they claim that Bahá'u'lláh has fulfilled this coming so we need not look for another. This is exactly what Jesus warned us about, "For many will come in my name, saying, "I am the Christ," and will deceive many.. At that time if anyone says to you, "Look, here is the Christ!" or, "There he is!" do not believe it. (Matt. 24:5. 23) The very reason there was virgin birth was to preserve His sinlessness. Bahá'u'lláh was not sinless so Christ supposedly (Bahá'u'lláh) went from being sinless to sinful. For those who have any trace of sin die.
Bahá'í's claims like Islam does for Mohammed that Jesus came back in Bahá'u'lláh as the Holy Spirit. A simple look at the broader context of John chapters 14-16 shows their interpretation is wrong. Jesus clearly identifies the Spirit of truth as being the Holy Spirit not a human person. (John 14:16, 177 26.)
Jesus calls this Spirit of Truth the Counselor (John 15:26). Earlier in the discourse He calls this Counselor the Holy Spirit: All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:25-26).
The function of the Holy Spirit is to make known the teaching's of Jesus only not replace them with the teaching of another prophet that comes 600 years later like Mohammed or 1,800 yrs. Later like Bahá'u'lláh.But instead they write "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-Bahá, Paris Talks: Addresses Given by `Abdu'l-Bahá in Paris 1911-12, pp. 120-121. Bahá'í Publishing Trust 11th ed. 1969)
Are human virtues inspired by the Holy Spirit? Does the Holy Spirit lead people to lay down their beliefs for unity. What did Jesus say was the truth? His Word, Himself, that is why we are suppose to follow the scriptures as our only guide and He as our savior. This is rejected by Bahá'í in the ingenious way of conglomeration with other teachers.
When Jesus said he would send the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5 ) it was fulfilled a few day's later recorded in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost. Acts 1:5 " Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days from now you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
The counselor, the Spirit of truth who is the Holy Spirit was received by the disciples in the upper room on the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1-2 Luke writes " When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest upon each one of them. And they were all fired with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them."
The Biblical record proves that they received the Spirit just as Jesus said. In John 14:16 Jesus said the Holy Spirit would be with us forever, How can this be Bahá'u'lláh when he lived only 75 yrs. and died in 1892. What makes this even more illogical is that the Holy. Spirit is living in Christians how can this be Bahá'u'lláh who is a flesh and blood person who no longer is alive. Does he dwell in people who do not believe his teaching's, is he omnipresent ? Only something that is eternal can be with people forever. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit was there in the beginning of creation, that he is the creator, being God, this hardly can apply to Bahá'u'lláh!
"Christ claims to be a human being separate from the eternal God." Many Christians are surprised to find that a new messenger from God has already come, saying that he is the return of Christ."(The Return of Christ, p. 4, 1978, Bahá'í publishing trust)
"Bahá'u'lláh claims that he is the teacher from God for this day, that he is the return of Christ."(The Return of Christ p.2) It is questionable whether Bahá'u'lláh claimed this for himself or his faithful followers bestowed this upon him afterwards, nonetheless they do believe this today.
Rev. 1:7 1ook he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him. It is a literal 2nd coming just like the first one. The Bahá'í's change the meaning as they do with everything else in many of the religions saying, it is with the inward eye of understanding. The biblical meaning is with the natural eye just as it is described in Mt.24:30" At that time the Son of Man will appear in the sky & all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will SEE the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory" It is not a secret coming, where only some see ( aka Jehovah's Witness interpretation) his coming is from the sky not from the womb. Acts 1:9-11 explicitly states that Jesus return will be to the earth in the same manner as he left from the sky. Any other way is to be rejected as a counterfeit. If we take the virgin birth literally we must take all the other prophecies as literal also.
The same one who left, is the same one to come back, he did not come back as Mohammed or Bahá'u'lláh. Christ wanna be's today are increasing like Christmas toys in November.1 Cor.1:8 "we wait for the son who will appear from heaven" his coming is not from the earth as they claim but from heaven where he now resides.
1 Pt. 1:20 " No prophecy is of any private interpretation" Bahá'u'lláh applies prophecy's of Christ to himself, which makes him a false prophet. what is claimed is that Bahá'u'lláh is the 2nd coming & that he is the Holy Spirit if so what is he doing dwelling in Christian's, was he around in Gen. 1:1-2, the Holy Spirit is God himself an eternal person of the Godhead not a human being who died never to rise again.
Jesus states "He will pray the Father and He will send you another comforter even the Spirit of truth." ( allos paracletos in Greek.) allos-is the word for of the same kind, the Holy Spirit is another of the same type, in substance and activity, he is the invisible comforter to Christian's he leads them into the word's of Jesus only. He is of the same kind in that Christ was Spirit before he came to earth & took on an additional nature of the flesh. The Holy Spirit is eternal Heb 9:14 & so is the son Micah 5:2 "Out of Bethlehem will come forth to me the ruler in Israel whose goings forth are from old from eternity past.
Jn. 1:1 "In the beginning was the word (meaning he was already there from the beginning) the word was with god (towards God in relationship) and the word was God (God is the word) vs. 14 tells us who this word is, the word became flesh and did tabernacle among men and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth. Vs. 18 " no one has seen god at any time the Only begotten God (son) who is in the bosom (in relationship with) of the Father, he has declared him. (made him known)
In Jn: 5:39 Jesus states the scriptures testify of him vs.46 "if you believed Moses you would believe me for he wrote about me." Moses wrote of God in Luke 24 after he rose from the dead on the road to Emmaus he caught up to two men who were in disbelief of his resurrection, vs27 "and beginning at Moses and all the prophet's he explained to them in all the scripture's the thing's concerning himself. Jesus always referred to the OT scriptures to validate who he was he never went outside the scriptures.
Jesus is the only begotten (unique one of a kind, no more like him) yet the Bahá'í's insist he is just one in a succession of many who are no more or less like him.
In Jn 5:43 Jesus warned "I have come in my fathers name and you do not receive me if another comes in his own name him you will receive. "Bahá'u'lláh came in his own name! Just one of many.
One Bahai was so sure of himself that he wrote to correct me by saying, Bahá'u'lláh is the "Everlasting Father" , the "Prince of Peace", the Voice that spoke to Moses in the Burning Bush, Jehovah, the Father of Christ, the Great Announcement, and the Ancient of Days. I also believe that if it were not for Bahá'u'lláh not a word of the Sacred Scriptures or Holy Books (including the Bible) would have been written. Jesus referred to Bahá'u'lláh as "Father." There is no Bahá'u'lláh in Hebrew, go ask someone whose Jewish what they think of this. Better yet go to the Bible to see.
Jesus said" All the prophets and the law prophesied until John and that John fulfilled being the messenger to prepare the people preceding the one and only messiah. Jesus said John was the greatest prophet, but Jesus was a prophet. But he was more than just a prophet as Paul writes that Jesus is the last revelator of God -being the fullness of God himself (Col.2:9).
The Bahá'í's claim that all these manifestation's were sent from the same God, if so why is there a complete lack of their teaching's and names in the Bible and by Jesus himself. Not only are they not mentioned in the Bible but in the other books as well (theirs included). It seems everyone wants to incorporate Jesus into their religion. Mohammed refers to Jesus and the Bible, so does Bahá'u'lláh but the Bible never quotes them or states their will be other manifestation's, it actually say's the exact opposite Heb.1: 1: "God who at various times in various way's spoke in times past by his prophet's has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, who he has appointed heir of all things through whom also he made the worlds. Who being the brightness of his glory & express image of his person & upholding all things by the word of his power when he purged our sins Sitting down at the right hand of the majesty on high."
Eph.1:21 makes it clear "Far above all principality and power and might and dominion and EVERY NAME that is named, not only in this age , but also in that which is to come." There is no other coming because God came once to be incarnated in human flesh, Christ is the final revelator, reject this and you actually reject God.