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Old 03-11-2017, 04:36 AM   #1
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Spreading the faith in school

So, I am 17 years old and I have some friends that I want to introduce to the Faith but I've never done this before. Any help at all would be great I am a Baha'i by birth but I truly discovered the Faith only a few months ago. I also have exactly zero social skills, and I managed to gain friends in the first place solely through Baha'u'llah's help. Anyway, if you ever had a similar experience or anything that could give me something to go by that would be awesome also since it's the fast they're all curious why I don't have lunch with them, but so far I only managed to get across that it's the 'Baha'i Faith' and not the 'Baha'i Church'

a little tired right now so forgive me if the post is a little wonky
 
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Old 03-11-2017, 05:54 PM   #2
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Greetings, One Arm,

The best advice, I think, comes from the Master:

"In brief, encourage the friends individually to teach the Cause of God and draw their attention to this meaning of wisdom mentioned in the Writings, which is itself the essence of teaching the Faith -- but all this to be done with the greatest tolerance, so that heavenly assistance and divine confirmation may aid the friends.

Follow thou the way of thy Lord, and say not that which the ears cannot bear to hear, for such speech is like luscious food given to small children. However palatable, rare and rich the food may be, it cannot be assimilated by the digestive organs of a suckling child. Therefore unto every one who hath a right, let his settled measure be given.

'Not everything that a man knoweth can be disclosed, nor can everything that he can disclose be regarded as timely, nor can every timely utterance be considered as suited to the capacity of those who hear it.' Such is the consummate wisdom to be observed in thy pursuits. Be not oblivious thereof, if thou wishest to be a man of action under all conditions. First diagnose the disease and identify the malady, then prescribe the remedy, for such is the perfect method of the skilful physician."

(Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 268)
 
Old 03-11-2017, 08:05 PM   #3
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Greetings One Arm, yes we do indeed get tired during the days of the fast. The Body showing us that it takes discipline to make changes in our lives.

A couple of good quotes have been provided and they are full of wisdom. With friends it is good to teach by example and the fast is a good time as many do wonder why we are not eating.

It is a good time to answer any questions if they are raised because we are fasting. I do this at work.

I wish you all the best with the fast and wisdom in teaching with your friends. The Rhui books can help with this. Have you done Rhui yet?

Regards Tony
 
Old 03-12-2017, 02:00 PM   #4
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So, I am 17 years old and I have some friends that I want to introduce to the Faith but I've never done this before. Any help at all would be great I am a Baha'i by birth but I truly discovered the Faith only a few months ago. I also have exactly zero social skills, and I managed to gain friends in the first place solely through Baha'u'llah's help. Anyway, if you ever had a similar experience or anything that could give me something to go by that would be awesome also since it's the fast they're all curious why I don't have lunch with them, but so far I only managed to get across that it's the 'Baha'i Faith' and not the 'Baha'i Church'

a little tired right now so forgive me if the post is a little wonky
. When one is "new" to the Baha'i Faith, yet know it to be true, and has the desire to share but doesn't feel prepared adequately, it is helpful to have some "thing" to share, such as the Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, or even maybe one of those little cards with just the principals on it.

. This takes the pressure off of you and allows you to not feel like you have to know everything. You can just say: "This is what I believe." and hand them something.

. But it is very important to remain detached from the outcome as to whether the person accepts or rejects what you offer. Preparation with both teaching prayers and prayers of detachment help in this regard. Understand also, that whether a person accepts the literature, or rejects it, the will of God is happening.

. Either that soul is open-minded enough and actually seeking and is receptive, which will be indicated through acceptance of the material, or else their unreadiness to receive and learn more will become apparent. Either way, it is good to know what the relationship is with that person regarding presenting them with the Faith.

. We should not be attached to the outcome, and also be confident that God will guide whomsoever He willeth to the shores of the Most Great Ocean. If He cannot guide them, surely we cannot guide them.

. The true seeker will not be prevented from attaining the shores of nearness. We do our part by becoming available to share the divine Message.

Ya Baha'ul'Abha
 
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