Bahá'í'sDENY THE MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE
The Bahá'í's claim that they uphold the Bible but what they actually do is reinterpret it so that it no longer means what the writers had intended. “ For god to descend into the conditions of existence would be the greatest of imperfection's. “ (Abdul Baha Questions pgs. 129-130 )
While someone can claim God is unwilling to become a man, they cannot say it is impossible. Like their counterpart Islam they deny this is possible, but God is able to do all things. The Scriptures (the Bible) say he would become a man and visit his people, and die for their sins. Isaiah 63:8 ... “ so he became their savior in all their affliction he was afflicted and the messenger of his presence saved them.”
Luke 2:11 “for their is born to you this day in the city of David a savior who is Christ the Lord” (Meaning God).
“Jesus was not the only-begotten Son of God come down from Heaven, crucified and resurrected, nor the unique Saviour. (Firuz Kazemzedun World Order summer 1978 p.39 the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s of the United states).
The Bible is absolutely clear on this, he is called the only begotten son, meaning unique, one of a kind. To deny this, which is what their representative did, is to deny The Father and Jesus himself who said this.
“Was Christ within god, or God within Christ ? No in the name of God.” (Abdul Baha Questions pg 97)
1 Cor.5:19 tells us God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.
Col.2:9 states Jesus is the fulness of deity in bodily form. That means he was completely God. So who is right, those who were commissioned by Jesus who knew him personally or some religion that came 1800 years afterwards and says something VERY different? What would be the more reasonable answer?
Matthew 1:21 “and you shall call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins.” V. 23 “and they will call his name Immanuel, God is with us.” Rom. 9:5 ... “ .”according to the flesh, Christ came. who is over all, the eternally blessed God, amen
“The Purpose of the one true God, exalted be Hs glory, in revealing Himself unto men is to lay bare those gems that lie hidden within the mine of their true and inmost selves.” (GLEANINGS FROM THE WRITINGS OF BAHA'U'LLA'H p.287)
Jesus did reveal what was in man but it is not like what the Bahai says. The Bible says there is nothing good that dwells in man, he is fallen and sinful but here is where their spirituality operates from.
Matt 15:19-20 “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man”
Jesus only spoke what God spoke in the Old Testament Jer. 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things”
Bahá'í's deny God can be known by man, Deny the reality of sin and the existence of a literal Devil, Hell, Heaven. They claim the universe is without beginning a perpetual emanation of the first cause. After death the spirit can progress to a state of perfection.
Bahá'í's deny the atonement of Christ to wash sins away. Abdul Baha stated that there is no sin-atoning value in Christ's sacrificial death on the cross. His denial of redemption of Christ led him to think y of himself: “Fix your gaze upon Him who is the Temple of God amongst men. He, in truth, hath offered up his life as a ransom for the redemption of the world.” Bahá'u'lláh thought of himself as this without sacrificing his life. Certainly even if he did it could have no redeeming value as Christ', since He was not sinless.
Does a Bahá'í believe that we are born in sin? That we die because of sin, that we are separated from God because of our sin? For one to become a Bahá'í they do not have to acknowledge sin. The Jesus Christ of Christianity of the Bible is ALL about SIN and God reconciling us ONLY through his Son.
If Bahá'í's believed in sin the way Jesus taught, they would acknowledge Jesus died for their sin and believe the gospel is the ONLY way to be saved from the consequence of their sin. They would be following Jesus and have a relationship with God because the wall of sin that separated them was now taken away because of ONE THING, the sacrificial death of Jesus.
With particular regard to the Bible, a letter dated 28 May 1984 written on
behalf of the Universal House of Justice in response to questions raised by an
individual believer outlines two principles to be observed in studying this
book. “In studying the Bible Bahá'is must bear two principles in mind. The
first is that many passages in Sacred Scripture are intended to be taken
metaphorically, not literally, and some of the paradoxes and apparent
contradictions which appear are intended to indicate this. The second is the
fact that the text of the early Scriptures, such as the Bible, in not wholly
All these descriptions of the different religion's have obvious irreconcilable differences with God's nature, his principles and man's relationship to him. All religions are not the same. There are major contradictions on the fundamental core beliefs. This is why God gave us the Bible so there would not be confusion.
All religions have mankind pleasing God by the work of his own hand, they reach upward to God. Christianity teaches man is unable to reach God so God himself reached downward with his own hand from heaven, he became a man to accomplish the solution of our dilemma, which has always been sin. Each one of us is to make a personal decision to Christ, not join a religion or become a member.
What good is a pantheon of new guides with new information of God which contradict the old revelation. If they are only good for their time then they have no value for us today. With this philosophy brought into everyday life, there would be no continuation of truth that was discovered prior. We would have no absolute truth to hold to. This all goes against the law of non-contradiction. Either they are all wrong or only one is right, but they all can't be right, with so many internal contradictions on God and man's nature. The problem lies in the root of relativism, that there is no absolute truth. The Bahá'í's syncretism is their basic weakness. They reinterpret everyone else's religion by their own opinion, there is no way to be sure.
Example: 2+2 always equals 4, then someone comes along and says it's now 5. You can change it, and you can be taught it, but it would not be consistent with the truth and reality. For something to be true it must be true before, true now, and true in the future. Truth does not change, it's absolute, especially when it comes to God. This principle shows the Bahá'í's have no compass.
“We must not accept traditional dogmas that are contrary to reason, nor pretend to believe doctrines which we cannot understand. To do so is superstition and not true religion.”(J. E. Esslemont Bahá'u'lláh and His Message, P. 11.)
Can anyone understand everything they accept in religion or even in science? Can one explain electricity or computers or the light from the sun? They even go against their own teachings since they do not believe we can know God in a personal way, yet they want people to accept the teaching of a new revelator who can’t know God. Who is to decide what is to be accepted? What one does not understand now may not be so a year from now or even a month.
The Bible says “God is not a man that he should lie.” James writes there is no variation or shadow of turning. Jesus said “I am the truth, my word is truth”, God is not going to tell Krishna one thing & Buddha and Moses another on the same subject so that the information is contradictory. Truth by its very nature is internally consistent, if there are various teaching's that are conflicting then they did not come from the same God. If there is one point of conflict on the nature of God we can assume it did not come from the same source, and we can eliminate it as truth. Unless one wants to believe that God is no more intelligent than man and is imperfect.
This is why the Bible is so unique, above all other so called Holy Books. It's written by over 40 different authors on 6 different continents over a period of almost 1600 yrs., yet they all agree upon the nature of God and man with a consistent and complimentary world view.
Man is dealing with the same problems that he has had from the beginning, he's a fallen creature, a sinner in need of repair and only Jesus has the cure. Bahá'í's do not! Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Christ is the sinless lamb sacrificed to take away the sin of the world. John the Baptizer announced him as this and we continue to proclaim it. Those who say they do not need Christ’s death on the cross to forgive them of their sin do not understand what sin is, how sinful they are and they do not know how holy God is.
On this theme Charles Gore writes: “To recognize this truth is to be struck by the contrast which in this respect Christianity presents to other-'religions. For example, the place which Mohammed holds in Islam is not the place which Jesus Christ holds in Christianity, but that which Moses holds in Judaism. The Arabian prophet made for himself no claim other than that which Jewish prophets made, other than that which all prophets, true or false, or partly true an partly false, have always made,--to speak the word of the Lord. The substance of Mohammedanism, considered as a religion, lies simply in the message which the Koran contains. It is, as no other religion is, founded upon a book. The person of the Prophet has its significance only so far as he is, supposed to have certified the reality of the revelations which the book records.
Gautama, again, the founder of Buddhism, one, I suppose, of the noblest and greatest of mankind, is only the discoverer or rediscoverer of a method or way, the way of salvation, by which is meant the way to win final emancipation from the weary chain of existence, and to attain Nirvana, or Parinirvana, the final blessed extinction. Having found this way, after many years of weary searching, he can teach it to others, -but he is, all the time, only a preeminent example of the success of his own method, one of a series of Buddha's or enlightened ones, who shed on other men the light of their superior knowledge....
The founders of ancient religions served only to originate moral or spiritual systems which could BE ACCEPTED by any other men. These men who began these systems did not remain as the source of all that they taught, Even within Judaism and Christianity men like Moses and Paul might have been replaced by other equally good men, but it is not so with Christ.
One after another they parade through history yet only one remains, why? Because He alone has the advantage- He is God. And God does not change and neither does His message.