Archive for the ‘Baha’i Faith’ Category

Jun08

Chicago Tribune Bahai Faith Discussion

There is a very interesting, and heated, discussion about the Wilmette Baha’i lawsuit against the BUPC, over the right to use the word “Baha’i” in our teaching efforts. I am sure you will find some good Baha’i q&a here:

http://www.topix.net/forum/source/chicago-tribune/TFIIGSPMCPELF67OR

You can come back here and discuss the topic also.

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May17

Bahai Hands Of The Cause

I was milling through some stuff that I thought was lost after my last move and I found this article I wrote back in 1995. It is pretty good stuff and really, really digs into the authority, or lack there, of the Hands of the Cause under the guardianship of Shoghi Effendi.

I hope you enjoy the read. Feel free to talk about it in the blog thread also. Here is the link to:
The Authority Of The Hands.

Peace

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May12

Two Messiahs

Messiah ben Joseph and Messiah ben David

The Bible says that there would be two Messiahs.

The definition of the word “Messiah” is: An Anointed Male Lineal Descendant of King David.

In Judaism, these two Messiahs are titled “Messiah ben David” and “Messiah ben Joseph.” Ask any Rabbi.

The first one Read the rest of this entry »

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May07

Amit Abha Fifth Buddha Bahaullah

AMIT-ABHA
A guest has requested a discussion about Amit-Abha. Baha’is understand that Amit Abha is Baha’u’llah, as he wore the red robe, and as He is the 5th Manifestation of God after Gautama (Sanskrit; Pali: Gotama), Siddhartha (Sanskrit; Pali: Siddhattha). “Amit” means “Infinite” and “Abha” means “Light” or “Glory.” Baha’u’llah’s Revelation comes directly from God (the Infinite Absolute One), as it did for Jesus and Moses and Mohammed and Zoroaster and Krishna and Buddha and Adam and the Bab. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr17

Hidden Words Arabic

A guest has requested that we post the Arabic section of the Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah.

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Apr11

Baha’i Faith Writings Category Added

I have added a category for Baha’i Faith writings. There are two works added to start with. They are Baha’u’llah’s Kitab-i-Ahd, and the Will and Testament of Abdu’l-Baha. Together, these two documents comprise the Covenant of the Baha’i Faith. You can navigate to the Baha’i Writings page from the link to your left or click on this link to access the Baha’i Faith writings new hub page.

If you would like to suggest other writings, send me an email and I’ll try to get them in the list and uploaded.

Allah’u’Abha,

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Mar25

Bahai Prayer for Healing

The following prayer for healing was revealed by Baha’u’llah, the prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith:

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan05

1957 Hands News

Thanks Colin for finding this press item from Time, in 1957, about the controversy of the Hands and the succession issue. The article follows and is followed by a link to the Time news archives.
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Dec04

Baha’i Covenant: Red Alert!

Everyone’s invited to check out this recently created video called Baha’i Covenant: Red Alert

The content is a brief synopsis of how Shoghi Effendi’s “Hand’s of the Cause” usurped authority of the Faith upon his passing. From the book of the Establisher of the Baha’i Faith, he writes: Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr18

Opposing Shoghi Effendi: excerpt from “Entry By Troops” by J.T. Lamb

ONCE upon a time not so long ago a group of people went against Shoghi Effendi in a very offensive way. This was for their own aggrandizement and empowerment. To go against Shoghi Effendi is strictly forbidden by God as written by ‘Abdu’l-Baha in the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Baha on page 11. To disobey him [Shoghi Effendi] is to disobey God:

“Whoso rebelleth against him [Shoghi Effendi]… hath rebelled against God; whoso opposeth him [Shoghi Effendi] hath opposed God;… whoso disputeth with him [Shoghi Effendi] hath disputed with God; whoso denieth him [Shoghi Effendi] hath denied God; whoso disbelieveth in him [Shoghi Effendi] hath disbelieved in God; whoso deviateth, separateth himself and turneth aside from him hath in truth deviated, separated himself and turned aside from God.”

Shoghi Effendi, not having a biological son to succeed him, set up a non-biological son successorship in a council in embryonic form that everyone was to turn to upon his passing. This council was an embryonic Universal House of Justice, and was called the first International Baha’i Council. It consisted of two parts: the executive head and the legislative body, in conformity with ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Will and Testament, which is the charter for the World Order of Baha’u’llah. Anything else would not be Baha’u’llah’s Universal House of Justice. He placed ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s adopted son to be its president, setting up the executive branch. All of its nine members were also appointed by Shoghi Effendi, forming the body. This council was to go through four stages to become the Universal House of Justice. It was, with the membership appointed by him, to become a world court on Mt. Carmel in 1963. Later its body (not the head) was to be elected to form the International Tribunal, that was to bring peace to the world, then it would effloresce into the Universal House of Justice.

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No place in Baha’i scriptures or in any of Shoghi Effendi’s writings or discourses are the “Hands” designated to be Shoghi Effendi’s successor or to take over after his passing. In fact the “Hands” ceased to be Hands with the last breath of Shoghi Effendi. They are to function only under the direction of a living guardian, that is, under the direction of Shoghi Effendi. They claimed the authority, that it was them who were to carry out Shoghi Effendi’s plan. Then the defunct “Hands” went against Shoghi Effendi. They took over and prevented the Baha’is from turning to Shoghi Effendi’s successor, the first International Baha’i Council, and set up an administration of their own that is strange to the Baha’i faith, going against each and every one of Shoghi Effendi’s writings for the establishment of the Universal House of Justice. There was not one thing that was spared—a complete violation of everything that Shoghi Effendi stood for.

This is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Entry By Troops by J.T. Lamb

Read on here

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Apr13

“And the Word became flesh”.

This verse from John chapter 1 has many people convinced John is claiming that Jesus is the Word, and therefore God Almighty Himself; in the flesh. As Baha’is, we believe what Baha’u’llah reveals about a “Progressive Revelation” coming from the same One, True, Invisible God. He teaches that God has revealed Himself through 9 different persons throughout the last 6,000 years in what he terms a “Progressive Revelation”. But that none of these ones who bring a revelation are God Himself, but instead are revealing God’s Will.

So which is true? The Apostle John is correct, and of course Baha’u’llah is correct. It’s the interpretation of what John meant that is at odds with reality. Jesus is not God; Jesus is not the Word. The disconnect happens when one (or millions) assumes that the “Word” and Jesus are one and the same. It doesn’t say that. What it says is “the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Later in verse 14 it states “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth.”. That’s what John said specifically, so let’s not add or take away from this for the sake of accuracy. If you look further down the chapter he continues in verse 17: “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”. So John describes the Word as “grace and truth”; then he states this “came through Jesus Christ”. So the Word “dwelt” in and “came through” Jesus Christ. See? The Word, which is God, dwelt in and was revealed through Jesus Christ which is in accord with Baha’u’llah’s teaching about Progressive Revelations.

Furthermore, in verse 18 John state: “Noone has ever seen God. The only Son…he has made him known”. So Jesus can’t be God, because many saw him, right? But “he has made (God/the Word) known”. This again is exactly what Baha’u’llah teachs. This Progressive Revelation has come through many teachers, for the stated purpose of making God’s will known to the people.

The Greek translation for “the Word” is LOGOS. Logos literally means ‘thoughts expressed in words’. So another way to state what John is saying would be to say that God’s Thoughts came and dwelt with us in Jesus who in turn expressed these Thoughts in words so they could be made known.

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Mar29

142-Year-Old Man discovered!

Headline: 142-Year-Old Man discovered!
How likely is it that you would believe such a headline?
If a man was born in 1855, in 2007, he would be 142! Do the math. Believe!
OK, there is a catch … the man is no longer alive.
He was “discovered” in a cemetery.

In a similar manner, thousands of seemingly intelligent people have been fooled.
See if you can detect the catch in this scenario:
Each quote is from the same man from the same document which is his Will and Testament.
“And now, concerning the House of Justice which God hath ordained as the source of all good and freed from all error, it must be elected by universal suffrage, that is, by the believers.”
Are the believers the only persons composing this House of Justice?
“By this body all the difficult problems are to be resolved and the Guardian of the Cause of God is its sacred head and the distinguished member for life of that body. Should he not attend in person its deliberations, he must appoint one to represent him.”
Did you find the catch? The Guardian is a member for life.
When the Guardian is dead, he can’t attend in person.
Before he is dead, he must appoint some one to represent him.

When walking through a cemetery, you may discover a 142-year-old man.
When examining a sect of the Baha’i faith, you may discover they have a House of Justice without a living Guardian. The blessed and infallible Shoghi Effendi (who was the Guardian) died in 1957.

So what?
“It is incumbent upon . . . the Hands of the Cause of God to show their obedience, submissiveness and subordination unto the Guardian of the Cause of God, to turn unto him and be lowly before him. He that opposeth him hath opposed the True One,”
Why would Baha’i’s risk opposing God trying to interpret that they still have a Guardian?
Doesn’t the Will and Testament quoted above indicate the Guardian must be alive?
I think Baha’i’s have been hoodwinked by the Hands who do not want to be subordinate to a Guardian.
I think the Hands have made up a theology they like better than to be obedient to a Guardian.
I think the Hands don’t encourage people to read the Will and Testament for themselves.
I think a Baha’i sect without a living Guardian is a covenant-breaking sect.

“What deviation can be greater than breaking the Covenant of God! What deviation can be greater than interpolating and falsifying the words and verses of the Sacred Text,”

(All quotes taken from ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Will and Testament which can be found on page 140 of the pdf found at http://www.bupc.org/Most-Mighty-Document.pdf)
I encourage you to read his will and verify that the quotes above are indeed those of ‘Abdul-Baha.

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Mar26

The “Orthodox Files”

This section of the old site, which deals with claims by Marangella, that he was the guardian, have been updated and restored to Bahai Faith Network. You should check it out. There is a link under the “pages” listed to the left or you can just follow this link to the main Orthodox Page.

Enjoy the reading and feel free to leave your comments.

Peace

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Mar06

Four Veils of Daniel is Uploaded

This amazing document written by Dr. Leland Jensen, who fulfilled the Christian and Baha’i prophecies for the “Seventh Angel” is now uploaded as a Web page on this site. If you have not had the opportunity to read this file please do yourself a favor and take some time to do so. Likewise, if you have read it, you may want to read it again.

Here is the link.

Peace

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Feb15

The Golden Criteria: Faith Based on Proof

Faith is basically beliefs on things unseen. But we don’t want to have blind faith. God doesn’t expect us to have blind faith. God is obviously scientific and logical for these are foundations of Creation. So naturally when it comes to the Messangers speaking on behalf of the One True God we should be able to follow logical proofs to sort out the True Ones from the charlitans. The proofs we will examine here are prophecy. We can see by looking at prophecy Jesus and Baha’u’llah both fullfilled that they fit the bill, so to speak. We will examine the specific prophecies that reveal the exact dates when both Jesus and Baha’u’llah would begin their missions, where this would take place, where their identities were foretold. These specific prophetic points are what we refer to as the Golden Criteria. Let’s look at the specific prophecies from the Bible.

The Old Testament paints a picture for two different Messiahs from the House of David coming on two separate occasions, and not the same Messiah appearing twice (Zech 4:14): “these are the two anointed ones that stand by the Lord of the whole earth”. Jesus was the first Messiah, being descended from the House through His physical father Joseph. Baha’u’llah, founder of the Baha’i Faith, is literally seated on the Throne of David, fulfilling the prophet Isaiah’s visions of this Messiah in Chapters 2, 9, and 11.

Name

Jesus’ name was prophesied to come by Isaiah. Emmanuel, in the Hebrew language is Jesus in the Greek:

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

Matthew is showing this prophecy fulfilled here:

“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us… And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he [Joseph] called his name JESUS.” (Matthew 1: 23-25)

This connection shows that he was prophesied to come by Isaiah and fulfilled in Jesus.

Bahá’u’lláh (Arabic for the English “Glory of God/Lord”) is prophesied by name so many times throughout the Bible that to give them all would be too much. One instance occurs in the 43rd chapter of Ezekiel:

“As the glory of the Lord [Bahá'u'lláh in Arabic] entered the temple by the gate facing east, the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” (Ezekiel 43: 4, 5 RSV)

This entire chapter is prophecies regarding Bahá’u’lláh

Date

The prophet Daniel gives a specific date for the “Messiah” in chapter 9:

24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (King James Bible, Daniel 9:24-27)

For the advent of the Messiah, the prophet Daniel gave seventy weeks from the “commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem”. The commandment was ordered by Artaxerxes on March 21st, 457 BC. In seventy weeks there are 490 days, and according to the Holy text each day in prophecy is reckoned as a year (Numbers 14:34). Furthermore, versions like Revised Standard state more specifically: “seventy weeks of years”. That is, there were four hundred and ninety years from the order of Artaxerxes to the crucifixion of Jesus the Messiah. That is, Jesus was crucified at the age of 33 in 34 AD, or 457 BC minus 490 years equals 34 AD

In the 25th verse of Daniel 9 this is expressed in another manner of seven weeks and sixty-two weeks and one week. It took seven weeks, or 49 years, after the order to rebuild Jerusalem (issued on March 21st, 457 BC) for the city to be rebuilt. In 408 BC the city was rebuilt including the walls and the moat. Then there was an interim period of sixty-two weeks, or four hundred and thirty-four (434) days/years, between the rebuilding of the city and the last week. That brings us to March 21st, 27 AD, when John the Baptist began his ministry. Three and one-half (3-1/2) years later he baptized Jesus on September 21st, 30 AD:

21 “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 22: And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. 23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph,” (King James Bible, Luke 3:21-23)

Then, three and a half (3-1/2) years later on March 21st, 34 AD, Jesus was crucified. Jesus, at the age of 33, was martyred in 34 AD.

Address

Jesus was prophesied to come in Bethlehem by Micah:

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from old, from everlasting.” (KJV, Micah 5:2)The fulfillment of Micah’s prophecy was explained by Matthew:

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea…” (KJV, Matthew 2:1).This shows that Jesus came from Bethlehem. This is where the wise men found him. Matthew continues:

“And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” (KJV, Matthew 2:5, 6)

Bahá’u’lláh’s “address” was prophecied by Isaiah. He came from the east near the city of Tehran, Iran in the Province of Mazindaran, the site of the throne of King David that Bahá’u’lláh’s father sat upon, thus Bahá’u’lláh came from the east to Mt. Carmel in Haifa, Israel.

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the Majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord [Bahá'u'lláh], the majesty of our God.”(Isaiah 35:1, 2 RSV)

So we can see that believing in Jesus and Baha’u’llah is founded on solid ground: The Golden Criteria.

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