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Old 01-28-2018, 10:22 AM   #1
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Bahai Interpretation: Of Jesus Christ as Son of God

What is the Baha'i interpretation of Jesus Christ as Son of God
 
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Old 01-28-2018, 11:51 AM   #2
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"As regards your questions concerning the station of Jesus Christ, and His return as explained in the Gospel. It is true that Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of God, but this, as explained by Bahá’u’lláh in the Íqán, does not indicate any physical relationship whatever. Its meaning is entirely spiritual, and points out to the close relationship existing between Him and the Almighty God. Nor does it necessarily indicate any inherent superiority in the station of Jesus over other Prophets and Messengers. As far as their spiritual nature is concerned all Prophets can be regarded as Sons of God, as they all reflect His light, though not in an equal measure, and this difference in reflection is due to the conditions and circumstances under which they appear."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, November 29, 1937)
 
Old 01-28-2018, 12:29 PM   #3
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"As regards your questions concerning the station of Jesus Christ, and His return as explained in the Gospel. It is true that Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of God, but this, as explained by Bahá’u’lláh in the Íqán, does not indicate any physical relationship whatever. Its meaning is entirely spiritual, and points out to the close relationship existing between Him and the Almighty God. Nor does it necessarily indicate any inherent superiority in the station of Jesus over other Prophets and Messengers. As far as their spiritual nature is concerned all Prophets can be regarded as Sons of God, as they all reflect His light, though not in an equal measure, and this difference in reflection is due to the conditions and circumstances under which they appear."

(From a letter written on behalf of the Guardian to an individual believer, November 29, 1937)
Thanks for the response.
 
Old 01-29-2018, 06:17 AM   #4
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What is the Baha'i interpretation of Jesus Christ as Son of God
From the Bible:

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." -Matthew 5:9

"You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High." -Psalm 82:6, Jesus later quotes this verse again in John 10:34.

The Bible seems clear to me that the term "Son of God" was meant as a title and was not meant to be literal nor exclusive to Jesus, without even bringing in Baha'i texts.
 
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Shoghi Effendi has an answer:

“With regard to your question concerning the Virgin Birth of Jesus; on this point, as on several others, the Bahá’í teachings are in full agreement with the doctrines of the Catholic Church. In the Kitáb-i-Íqán (Book of Certitude) page 56, and in a few other Tablets still unpublished, Bahá’u’lláh confirms, however indirectly, the Catholic conception of the Virgin Birth. Also ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in ‘Some Answered Questions’, Chap. 12, page 73, explicitly states that Christ found existence through the spirit of God which statement necessarily implies, when reviewed in the light of the text, that Jesus was not the son of Joseph.”
“We believe that Christ only was conceived immaculately. His brothers and sisters would have been born in the natural way and conceived naturally.”


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