Does that mean that Jesus is “merely” a Prophet? How did the resurrection of Jesus Christ take place? Yes! Thus the Baha’i thrust toward the unification of all religio… The Baha’i Faith & Christianity. The power of prayer and the knowledge that if the Baha'is are persecuted it will become instantly known around the world and in the international community are probably the only things that are a … So, Baha’is teach that Jesus was a reflection of God. Son of Man is used many times in the Old Testament and refers to normal human beings. We should keep in mind that when striving to understand Jesus, who is essentially divine, with our limited human minds, we should be careful not to limit Him to easy definitions. '” Matthew 21:11. 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. How do Bahá’ís interpret the disciples’ encounters with the risen Christ? I believe in Jesus. Why would God let a book that is meant to guide his people (for even longer than the Quar'an) Be wrong research before you make blatant statements as Baha'u'llah said the opposite of this saying the bible is infallible. 15. It is simply an individual initiative to share relevant content and resources for those interested in Baha'i related topics. Bahá'u'lláh is the latest prophet, or 'manifestation', of God. 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. We as Bahá’ís cannot but believe that suffering is often an essential part of our service. Miracles are important events in the Christian Bible, but do Baha’is believe in miracles? That is why he said, "Jesus, the son of man, is come to give life to the world." A mere prophet? 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. The Baha’i view of Christ is radically different from the biblical view. ", "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. Through Him the leper recovered from the leprosy of perversity and ignorance. 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." (Abdu'l-Baha, Divine Philosophy, p. 156) 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. 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. The Prophets suffered bitterly, so did all the Saints and Martyrs, and often ‘fed on the fragments of those broken hearts’, as Bahá’u’lláh says in one of His beautiful prayers. I am not quite sure what other beliefs about Jesus which Baha’is have which differs from the Christian beliefs. Christianity is not as political as Islam with the caliphs Baha'u'llah said it was poisoned in its birth by the materialistic ways of the Umayad caliphate who withed the pen from prophet Muhammad, although later on it was rectified (through shia Islam).The material look of Christ doesn't matter (whether black or white) although he in all. Expounding on the station of the Messengers of God, the Baha’i teachings say: The Holy Bible refers to Jesus by many of these same titles and stations. To put you in touch with a Baha’i in your area who can answer your questions, we would like to kindly ask for a few details about yourself. (Kitab-i-Iqan in Arabic). The short answer: Baha’is believe Jesus is who he says he is. Do Bahá’ís believe Jesus sacrificed Himself for the sins of humanity? No Assurance of SalvationIn Baha’i, it is impossible to know whether or not you are spared from judgment and will go to the Paradise of God. Jesus Christ, Moses, Muhammad, Buddha, are revered as Manifestations and Messengers of God, pre-existent spirits … Of course we do! Pacing of the read excellent. The Baha’is have listed Jesus Christ as one of the mere Manifestations of God, among many others. “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. The Baha'is however continue their beliefs even under the oppression of their Faith.. reilgon. likelihood was more like your description. Jesus did not bring Christianity that came after he died. Yes, this is a well-written article. The idea of a book about this topic is very great ! 1:7, “he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him.” 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. The official website of the Baha'i Faith is: Sign up for our newsletter and get all our latest content. Jesus Christ is referred to as a “Prophet” in these verses of the Bible. He it is Who purified the world. ...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..." We do not know of what Spiritual Substance our lord was made. The deepest wisdom which the sages have uttered, the profoundest learning which any mind hath unfolded, the arts which the ablest hands have produced, the influence exerted by the most potent of rulers, are but manifestations of the quickening power released by His transcendent, His all-pervasive and resplendent Spirit. And I use it exclusively in my essay on this site encouraging others to try to see the "Things of the Spirit.". Baha'u'llah wrote a book about this very subject, it was probably the very first Book He wrote, it is called the, 'Book of Certitude' It is free on line or any Baha'i will gladly give you one. "Glory" is a word that means "importance", "power", and "beauty". And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, in whom you delight. 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. They believe each one was a further stage in the revelation of God. Many of my friends and family, while busy preparing for their Christmas festivities, ask me whether Baha'is believe in Christ. How does the human Jesus embody the Primal Word? Who is Jesus Christ to Baha’is? 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." Bahá'ís can certainly say that Jesus incarnated Gods attributes, in the sense that in Jesus, Gods attributes were perfectly reflected and expressed. 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. We testify that when He came into the world, He shed the splendor of His glory upon all created things. The views and information found on UpliftingWords.org are not necessarily the official views of the Baha'i Faith. Muhammad in the Baháʼí Faith. Being of Christian protestant background, glad to see this truth stated so well. '” Matthew 13:57, “Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.” Luke 13:33, “So the multitudes said, ‘This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee. 17. Of course Baha'is Believe in Jesus "For the Faith of Baha'u'llah - if we would faithfully appraise it - can never, and in no aspect of its teachings, be at variance, much less conflict, with the purpose animating, or the authority invested in, the Faith of Jesus Christ." (Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 579) 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 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." And I've also heard jesus is the Sun god created not his Son. But to me it seems good sense that Baha'u'llah and Christ Jesus are one. Baha’is believe God is unknowable; therefore, God cannot incarnate Himself to be present among men. The Station of Jesus Christ in the Baha'i Faith Baha'is believe Jesus could perform miracles, had innate knowledge from God and Manifested … The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. 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. Answer The Bible is the inspired Word of God. Baha'is believe that God periodically reveals his will through divine messengers, whose purpose is to transform the character of humankind and to develop, within those who respond, moral and spiritual qualities. These Figures are not simply ordinary people with a greater knowledge than others. This short series of essays will attempt to answer that question. :Bahá'ís believe that these prophecies were fulfilled with Jesus Christ. Get in touch with the Baha’is in your community. 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. Bahá'u'lláh, the most recent Messenger in this line (1817-1892), has brought teachings that address the moral and spiritual challenges of the modern world. – The Book of Certitude, p. 181. Let’s keep reading. I hope this is just a draft of a book about the identities of Jesus Christ. 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the Guardian (Shoghi Effendi) and the Universal House of Justice are granted conditional infallibility operating in their own spheres. Three principles are central to these teachings: the unity of God, the unity of religion, and the unity of humanity. Who do Baha'is believe Jesus Christ is? Check your email for the latest from BahaiTeachings.org. Who, then, is Jesus? Understand that is Islam is considered the most political religion out there(that is not a bad thing). In Christianity, God is the believer’s Father. Baháʼís believe in Muhammad as a prophet of God, and in the Qurʼan as the word of God. The Bahá’í teachings explain that God, the Creator of the universe, is beyond the comprehension of the human mind. His mother is described as "that veiled and immortal, that most beauteous, countenance," and the station of her Son eulogized as a "station which hath been exalted above the imaginings of all that dwell on earth," whilst Peter is recognized as one whom God has caused "the mysteries of wisdom and of utterance to flow out of his mouth. Baha'is regard Jesus as the perfect mirror Who reflects or manifest the invisible God. "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. How do Bahá’ís view Bible references to Christ as the only way? Eric F. John 14:6 John 14:6English Standard Version (ESV). 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. Article very well put. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews refers to Jesus as an “Apostle” and as the “High Priest”: “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus … “. 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. -Shoghi Effendi, Stories and messages of Triumph during COVID-19. Bahá'ís accept the prophets of other religions as continuing stages in the revelation of God. His Holiness the Christ sacrificed his life, not that people might believe the doctrine that he is the word of God; nay, rather, he yearned to bestow the consciousness of continued existence. 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. Throughout the ages, humanity’s spiritual, intellectual and moral capacities have been cultivated by the Founders of the great religions, among them Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and—in more recent times—the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. An Impersonal and Unknowable GodIn Baha’i, God is impersonal and unknowable. Throughout the ages, God has sent Divine Messengers known as Manifestations of God—among them Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and, in more recent times, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh—to cultivate humanity’s spiritual, intellectual and moral capacities. Thanks Katherine Phillips. Jesus is called “the Spirit of God” and is equated with the Holy Spirit; that is, the Spirit of the Baha’i … In Isaiah God refers to Jesus as “My Servant,” and Jesus confirmed that the verse referred to Him: “Behold! The difference sounds slight but is actually enormous. Love lights a fla, Strive ye with all your hearts, raise up your voic, How can faith-based individuals and organizations, My hope for you is that you will ever avoid tyrann, As we suffer these misfortunes we must remember th, Finding Beacons of Hope in Monuments and Public Art. This idea of spiritual interpretation is used in the Bahá'í writings to show Bahá'u'lláh's fulfillment of the return of Christ. ), "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. Here's one relevant comment about the Bible from the Baha'i Writings: "This book is the Holy Book of God, of celestial Inspiration. 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. 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. © 2021 BahaiTeachings.org All Rights Reserved. Do Baha'is believe that Jesus is the Son of God? The Bible even expresses the servitude and meekness of Jesus. We should keep in mind that when striving to understand Jesus, who is essentially divine, with our limited human minds, we should be careful not to limit Him to easy definitions. That’s the question we probably receive most often here at BahaiTeachings.org—what do Baha’is believe about God? The teachings of Baháʼu'lláh form the foundation of Baháʼí belief. 11:4 NAS), and not the biblical Jesus. Your message was successfully sent to BahaiTeachings.org. Question Do you believe in the Bible? -Shoghi Effendi: The Promised Day is Come, pages 109-110. An attorney by training, he has also worked at Baha'i summer schools in various capacities, including as librarian. Obviously, then, Baha’is believe in “another Jesus” (2 Cor. The prophets of many religions, e.g. According to the Bible He is the Son of Man, the Son of God, Lord, Prophet, Messenger, Teacher, Servant, Savior, Apostle, and High Priest. [35] Such are the central, the solid, the incontrovertible principles that constitute the bedrock of Baha'i belief, which the Faith of Baha'u'llah is proud to acknowledge, which its teachers proclaim, which its apologists defend, which its literature disseminates, which its summer schools expound, and which the rank and file of its followers attest by both word and deed." Bahá'ís believe that only the Manifestations of God, such as Bahá'u'lláh, possess essential infallibility. Blessed is the man who, with a face beaming with light, hath turned towards Him. Baha'is do believe in the spiritual resurrection of Jesus, as is clearly explained by ‘Abdu'l-Baha in Some Answered Questions. And the answer is: Yes! 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. 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. 18. The short answer: Baha’is believe Jesus is who he says he is. Baha’i believes their prophet is a manifestation of God who is greater than Jesus Christ. 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. [Malachi 4:5] The people asked John the Baptist if he was the return of Elijah, and he said that he was not: UpliftingWords.org is not an official Baha'i Website. However, the prophecies are seen to have a spiritual significance, which was lost to the Jews of the time. Religion is thus seen as orderly, unified, and progressive from age to age. The official Baha'i international community website is www.Bahai.org. How can they best reach you? 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". 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: 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. ", Indeed, the essential prerequisites of admittance into the Baha'i fold of Jews, Zoroastrians, Hindus, Buddhists, and the followers of other ancient faiths, as well as of agnostics and even atheists, is the wholehearted and unqualified acceptance by them all of the divine origin of both Islam and Christianity, of the Prophetic functions of both Muhammad and Jesus Christ, of the legitimacy of the institution of the Imamate, and of the primacy of St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles. Shoghi Effendi Therefore it is more than valid to say, 'no one comes to the Father except through me.' Bahá'ís accept the divine nature of the missions of Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, the Buddha, Jesus and the Prophet Muhammad. Through Him the unchaste and wayward were healed. Christians can know that we are forgiven and going to heaven (1 John 5:11 13). clearly illustrates the regretfully familiar patterns of misconceptions perpetuated by priests and rulers across thousands of years. Baha'ullah's, The Book of Certitude. A good man? Yes, Baha'is fearlessly assert the Divinity and the Sonship of Jesus Christ. This knowledge is base… I don't believe his real name was Jesus because the letter J wasn't invented when he was born it was An I, You are very wrong. Jesus spoke of God using a familiar, intimate term, “Abba,” which means, “Daddy.” The Muslim and the Baha’i know nothing of this intimacy. Brent Poirier was raised a Roman Catholic and attended the seminary before graduating from Loyola Marymount University. To my best knowledge from the previous threads, Baha’i do not believe that Jesus is God and that He did not resurrect from the dead bodily, which is the core of Christian beliefs. These verses clearly affirm his Lordship, also referring to Him as the Son of Man, and as Teacher: “You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.” – John 13:13, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” – Matthew 24:42. 19. I have taught it in adult Baha'i Sunday School classes. —Moses, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Muhammad, Zoroaster—represent a successive stage in the spiritual development of civilization. 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. 16. The Baha’i do not believe they were incarnations, rather that they were theophanies -- a visible manifestation -- reflecting the glory of God. Thank you so much! Jesus refers to Himself as the Son of God: Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, ‘Dost thou believe on the Son of God? ), “Then the angel said to them, ‘… For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'”. First, Baha’is believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a greater manifestation of God than Moses, Muhammad, or the Christian Messiah. Baha’is believe in the divinity of Jesus and his station as the Son of God. – Malachi 3:1. The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. If Jesus is God in the most literal sense, and Jesus is knowable, then God is knowable, and that Baha'i doctrine is exploded. Í teachings explain that God, the Son of God, the Baha ’ believe... 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