How did the resurrection of Jesus Christ take place? 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. Expounding on the station of the Messengers of God, the Baha’i teachings say: – Malachi 3:1. 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." Through Him the leper recovered from the leprosy of perversity and ignorance. The idea of a book about this topic is very great ! The official website of the Baha'i Faith is: Sign up for our newsletter and get all our latest content. Here's one relevant comment about the Bible from the Baha'i Writings: "This book is the Holy Book of God, of celestial Inspiration. Question Do you believe in the Bible? 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. -Shoghi Effendi, Stories and messages of Triumph during COVID-19. How does the human Jesus embody the Primal Word? 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. Bahá'ís can certainly say that Jesus incarnated Gods attributes, in the sense that in Jesus, Gods attributes were perfectly reflected and expressed. Bahá'ís accept the divine nature of the missions of Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, the Buddha, Jesus and the Prophet Muhammad. 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 … The prophets of many religions, e.g. 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. 15. Therefore it is more than valid to say, 'no one comes to the Father except through me.' The views and information found on UpliftingWords.org are not necessarily the official views of the Baha'i Faith. We do not know of what Spiritual Substance our lord was made. Answer The Bible is the inspired Word of God. How do Bahá’ís view Bible references to Christ as the only way? These Figures are not simply ordinary people with a greater knowledge than others. This idea of spiritual interpretation is used in the Bahá'í writings to show Bahá'u'lláh's fulfillment of the return of Christ. But to me it seems good sense that Baha'u'llah and Christ Jesus are one. Who do Baha'is believe Jesus Christ is? An Impersonal and Unknowable GodIn Baha’i, God is impersonal and unknowable. 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. Bahá'ís believe that only the Manifestations of God, such as Bahá'u'lláh, possess essential infallibility. [35] The official Baha'i international community website is www.Bahai.org. I hope this is just a draft of a book about the identities of Jesus Christ. An attorney by training, he has also worked at Baha'i summer schools in various capacities, including as librarian. Your message was successfully sent to BahaiTeachings.org. Bahá'u'lláh is the latest prophet, or 'manifestation', of God. The difference sounds slight but is actually enormous. Blessed is the man who, with a face beaming with light, hath turned towards Him. 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. He it is Who purified the world. 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? UpliftingWords.org is not an official Baha'i Website. :Bahá'ís believe that these prophecies were fulfilled with Jesus Christ. Of course we do! “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. Religion is thus seen as orderly, unified, and progressive from age to age. 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. The Baha’i do not believe they were incarnations, rather that they were theophanies -- a visible manifestation -- reflecting the glory of God. ...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..." 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. 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. Baha’is believe God is unknowable; therefore, God cannot incarnate Himself to be present among men. 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. Yes! Three principles are central to these teachings: the unity of God, the unity of religion, and the unity of humanity. 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. 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. 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. Who, then, is Jesus? 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. 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. First, Baha’is believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a greater manifestation of God than Moses, Muhammad, or the Christian Messiah. 1:7, “he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him.” 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. Understand that is Islam is considered the most political religion out there(that is not a bad thing). Yes, this is a well-written article. 17. In Isaiah God refers to Jesus as “My Servant,” and Jesus confirmed that the verse referred to Him: “Behold! 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. Jesus is called “the Spirit of God” and is equated with the Holy Spirit; that is, the Spirit of the Baha’i … The short answer: Baha’is believe Jesus is who he says he 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." Son of Man is used many times in the Old Testament and refers to normal human beings. How do Bahá’ís interpret the disciples’ encounters with the risen Christ? Many of my friends and family, while busy preparing for their Christmas festivities, ask me whether Baha'is believe in Christ. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, in whom you delight. Baha'is regard Jesus as the perfect mirror Who reflects or manifest the invisible God. 19. Who is Jesus Christ to Baha’is? 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. 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. 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. "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. That’s the question we probably receive most often here at BahaiTeachings.org—what do Baha’is believe about God? 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: 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. '” 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. ), "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. I am not quite sure what other beliefs about Jesus which Baha’is have which differs from the Christian beliefs. Does that mean that Jesus is “merely” a Prophet? 'Abdu'l-Bahá, the Guardian (Shoghi Effendi) and the Universal House of Justice are granted conditional infallibility operating in their own spheres. Let’s keep reading. Jesus Christ, Moses, Muhammad, Buddha, are revered as Manifestations and Messengers of God, pre-existent spirits … 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. (Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 579) "Glory" is a word that means "importance", "power", and "beauty". 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. 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 Bahá’í teachings explain that God, the Creator of the universe, is beyond the comprehension of the human mind. However, the prophecies are seen to have a spiritual significance, which was lost to the Jews of the time. 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. 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. 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: 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. ), “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.'”. Baha'is do believe in the spiritual resurrection of Jesus, as is clearly explained by ‘Abdu'l-Baha in Some Answered Questions. © 2021 BahaiTeachings.org All Rights Reserved. The Holy Bible refers to Jesus by many of these same titles and stations. Christians can know that we are forgiven and going to heaven (1 John 5:11 13). 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