That’s the question we probably receive most often here at BahaiTeachings.org—what do Baha’is believe about God? Baháʼís believe in Muhammad as a prophet of God, and in the Qurʼan as the word of God. Muhammad in the Baháʼí Faith. The Bahá'í Faith is an Abrahamic religion started in the 1800s by an Iranian person called Bahá'u'lláh who was born in Tehran, Iran.Followers of this religion call themselves Bahá'ís.The name Bahá'u'lláh is Arabic for "The Glory of God". '” Matthew 21:11. Baha'is regard Jesus as the perfect mirror Who reflects or manifest the invisible God. Christians widely accept this verse as a promise of Jesus Christ in the Pentateuch: “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” (Deuteronomy 18:18), “But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house. The official Baha'i international community website is www.Bahai.org. Thus it is that whatsoever be their utterance, whether it pertain to the realm of Divinity, Lordship, Prophethood, Messengership, Guardianship, Apostleship or Servitude, all is true, beyond the shadow of a doubt. And correct me (with proof) of I'm wrong, but i hear Baha'u'llah said the Only real holy book we can trust was the Qur'an. Blessed is the man who, with a face beaming with light, hath turned towards Him. Bahá'ís accept the prophets of other religions as continuing stages in the revelation of God. [35] – The Book of Certitude, p. 181. Through Him the leper recovered from the leprosy of perversity and ignorance. Expounding on the station of the Messengers of God, the Baha’i teachings say: In every instance, they have voiced an utterance that would conform to the requirements of the occasion, and have ascribed all these declarations to Themselves, declarations ranging from the realm of divine Revelation to the realm of creation, and from the domain of Divinity even unto the domain of earthly existence. The official website of the Baha'i Faith is: Sign up for our newsletter and get all our latest content. Understand that is Islam is considered the most political religion out there(that is not a bad thing). Do Bahá’ís believe Jesus sacrificed Himself for the sins of humanity? However, His attributes are reflected in the world around us, and His teachings and guidance are given to humanity through the Divine Educators, or Manifestations of God, who usher in new religious eras and unfold new horizons of human potential. Yes! By sacrificing Himself, however, a fresh capacity was infused into all created things... ...Its evidences, as witnessed in all the peoples of the earth, are now manifest before thee. The Baha’i do not believe they were incarnations, rather that they were theophanies -- a visible manifestation -- reflecting the glory of God. Do Baha'is believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Bahá'ís can certainly say that Jesus incarnated Gods attributes, in the sense that in Jesus, Gods attributes were perfectly reflected and expressed. The difference sounds slight but is actually enormous. The short answer: Baha’is believe Jesus is who he says he is. reilgon. The Bahá’í teachings explain that God, the Creator of the universe, is beyond the comprehension of the human mind. It is hard to think that any Baha’i would believe in Jesus when a recent appearance of Sri Krishna (Sai Baba) was condemned by the senior Baha’is who misunderstood Bahaullah’s comment about reappearing again after one or two thousand years. Here's one relevant comment about the Bible from the Baha'i Writings: "This book is the Holy Book of God, of celestial Inspiration. However, the prophecies are seen to have a spiritual significance, which was lost to the Jews of the time. Baha’i believes their prophet is a manifestation of God who is greater than Jesus Christ. Through Him the unchaste and wayward were healed. Religion is thus seen as orderly, unified, and progressive from age to age. How can they best reach you? The Holy Bible refers to Jesus by many of these same titles and stations. We as Bahá’ís cannot but believe that suffering is often an essential part of our service. An Impersonal and Unknowable GodIn Baha’i, God is impersonal and unknowable. In the last chapter of the last book of the Old Testament, God makes this Covenant: "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." (Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 156) 19. This knowledge is base… The Station of Jesus Christ in the Baha'i Faith These verses of the Bible refer to Jesus Christ as a “Messenger” –the “Messenger of the Covenant”: Behold, I send My messenger and he will prepare the way before Me. UpliftingWords.org is not an official Baha'i Website. "Glory" is a word that means "importance", "power", and "beauty". The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. [Malachi 4:5] The people asked John the Baptist if he was the return of Elijah, and he said that he was not: We do not know of what Spiritual Substance our lord was made. 16. Thanks Katherine Phillips. How do Bahá’ís interpret the disciples’ encounters with the risen Christ? I have taught it in adult Baha'i Sunday School classes. Let’s keep reading. The teachings of Baháʼu'lláh form the foundation of Baháʼí belief. Your message was successfully sent to BahaiTeachings.org. Baha’i believe that we are all one human family and that the profound challenges facing humanity can only be resolved by recognizing and applying this fundamental spiritual truth. 18. ...This glowing tribute which Baha'u'llah Himself has been moved to pay to the Author of the Christian Religion stands as sufficient testimony to the truth of this central principle of Baha'i belief..." A good man? 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the Guardian (Shoghi Effendi) and the Universal House of Justice are granted conditional infallibility operating in their own spheres. 15. Eric F. John 14:6 John 14:6English Standard Version (ESV). clearly illustrates the regretfully familiar patterns of misconceptions perpetuated by priests and rulers across thousands of years. An attorney by training, he has also worked at Baha'i summer schools in various capacities, including as librarian. For it hath been repeatedly demonstrated that through their Revelation, their attributes and names, the Revelation of God, His name and His attributes, are made manifest in the world… – Baha’u’llah, The Book of Certitude, p. 178. We testify that when He came into the world, He shed the splendor of His glory upon all created things. The Bahá'í scriptures, however, reject the belief that the ineffable essence of the Divinity was ever perfectly and completely contained in a single human body, because the Bahá'í scriptures emphasize the omnipresence and transcendence of the essence of God. As the birth of Jesus Christ approaches, I reflect on Christ's wonderful revelation and the profound impact His message of love and fellowship has had on the world. ", "Know thou," Baha'u'llah has moreover testified, "that when the Son of Man yielded up His breath to God, the whole creation wept with a great weeping. I am not quite sure what other beliefs about Jesus which Baha’is have which differs from the Christian beliefs. Answer The Bible is the inspired Word of God. Baha'ullah's, The Book of Certitude. Pacing of the read excellent. How do Bahá’ís view Bible references to Christ as the only way? -Shoghi Effendi: The Promised Day is Come, pages 109-110. My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights!” Isaiah 42:1 (Matthew 12:17-18 confirms that this verse refers to Jesus. In Christianity, God is the believer’s Father. Bahá'ís believe that only the Manifestations of God, such as Bahá'u'lláh, possess essential infallibility. So, Baha’is teach that Jesus was a reflection of God. Therefore it is more than valid to say, 'no one comes to the Father except through me.' Yes, Baha'is fearlessly assert the Divinity and the Sonship of Jesus Christ. "As to the position of Christianity, let it be stated without any hesitation or equivocation that its divine origin is unconditionally acknowledged, that the Sonship and Divinity of Jesus Christ are fearlessly asserted, that the divine inspiration of the Gospel is fully recognized... ...that the reality of the mystery of the Immaculacy of the Virgin Mary is confessed, and the primacy of Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, is upheld and defended. Who, then, is Jesus? The Bible even expresses the servitude and meekness of Jesus. He it is Who purified the world. Baha'i teachings 'affirm that Islam is a true religion revealed by Allah'; accordingly, members of the faith can give full assent to the traditional words of the Shahadah. Check your email for the latest from BahaiTeachings.org. Thank you so much! These Figures are not simply ordinary people with a greater knowledge than others. ), "Love is heaven’s kindly light... Love is the on, The happiness of mankind will be realized when wom, Masud Olufani welcomes his father for a conversati, Love gives life to the lifeless. Baha'is Deny Jesus Christ as the ONLY Way to Heaven Baha'is do NOT recognize Jesus Christ as being any greater than Moses, Muhammad or Buddha. Quite surprising to me would be to learn that Bahá’ís believe that Christ had already returned and so many people seemed to have missed it, especially since I know that three of the Gospels state that Jesus or “the Son of man” would return “in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” and Rev. God’s power is beyond any limitation – He is the sole Author of all the laws operating in the universe, is above them and can, therefore, if He deems it necessary, alter them at His Own Will: 17. Baha’is believe in the divinity of Jesus and his station as the Son of God. So the above-quoted Bible verses demonstrate Baha’u’llah’s explanation that in various circumstances the Manifestations of God identify themselves by different names and stations – even the station of divinity and Godhead: Were any of the all-embracing Manifestations of God to declare, ‘I am God!’ He verily speaketh the truth, and no doubt attacheth thereto. According to the Bible He is the Son of Man, the Son of God, Lord, Prophet, Messenger, Teacher, Servant, Savior, Apostle, and High Priest. (Kitab-i-Iqan in Arabic). The prophets of many religions, e.g. And I've also heard jesus is the Sun god created not his Son. The Baha’i view of Christ is radically different from the biblical view. The Founder of the Christian Faith is designated by Baha'u'llah as the "Spirit of God," is proclaimed as the One Who "appeared out of the breath of the Holy Ghost," and is even extolled as the "Essence of the Spirit." Baha'is believe Jesus could perform miracles, had innate knowledge from God and Manifested … Obviously, then, Baha’is believe in “another Jesus” (2 Cor. How does the human Jesus embody the Primal Word? Jesus is called “the Spirit of God” and is equated with the Holy Spirit; that is, the Spirit of the Baha’i … That is why he said, "Jesus, the son of man, is come to give life to the world." Nonetheless, Baha'ullah affirms the Divinity of Christ (Jesus the man versus Christ the Alpha and Omega), the Virgin Birth and the fact that the Gospel has been preserved (despite many attempted changes) in an essentially valid form to provide absolute and infallible guidance back to the Creator. – Malachi 3:1. —Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Muhammad, Zoroaster—represent a successive stage in the spiritual development of civilization. Jesus did not bring Christianity that came after he died. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2) 1. Get in touch with the Baha’is in your community. The Bible declares that at the NAME OF JESUS shall every knee bow, and NO other name (Philippians 2:10, "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth." But first I’ll start with a massive disclaimer, exemplified by the quote from the Baha’i teachings above: no human being can know, comprehend or understand the Supreme Being. This short series of essays will attempt to answer that question. Being of Christian protestant background, glad to see this truth stated so well. Question Do you believe in the Bible? Three principles are central to these teachings: the unity of God, the unity of religion, and the unity of humanity. He answered and said, ‘Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.’ – John 9:35-36. I hope this is just a draft of a book about the identities of Jesus Christ. Baha'is do believe in the spiritual resurrection of Jesus, as is clearly explained by ‘Abdu'l-Baha in Some Answered Questions. The Baha'is however continue their beliefs even under the oppression of their Faith.. Baha’is celebrate Jesus as the Messenger of God and see Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, as symbolically the Return of Christ in the Glory of the Father, as promised by Jesus and by many passages in the Hebrew Bible as well. Baha'is do not have a required belief either way. The only way light, hath turned towards Him to me it seems good that. 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