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Old 04-09-2018, 10:17 PM   #1
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Hello everyone.

My wife and I are baptized, practicing Catholics.

A few months ago, I read The Seven Valleys. It contains the finest, most beautiful meditations on God that I have ever read. That lead me to The Hidden Words. I am currently reading Gleanings from the Writings of Bahullh.

This reading has led me to want to learn more of the Faith. This Friday I am meeting with two Baha'is in my area. I cannot wait!


I am glad to be here and I hope to learn more of the Baha'i Faith each day.


Brett

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Old 04-09-2018, 11:20 PM   #2
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Hello everyone.

My wife and I are baptized, practicing Catholics.

A few months ago, I read The Seven Valleys. It contains the finest, most beautiful meditations on God that I have ever read. That lead me to The Hidden Words. I am currently reading Gleanings from the Writings of Bahullh.

This reading has led me to want to learn more of the Faith. This Friday I am meeting with two Baha'is in my area. I cannot wait!


I am glad to be here and I hope to learn more of the Baha'i Faith each day.


Brett
Great to hear from you Brett. I look forward to you questions and having a conversation or two.

I wish for you all the best in your search.

Regards Tony
 
Old 04-10-2018, 05:47 AM   #3
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Hello everyone.

My wife and I are baptized, practicing Catholics.

A few months ago, I read The Seven Valleys. It contains the finest, most beautiful meditations on God that I have ever read.
Haha!! That's the same book that got me interested.

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That lead me to The Hidden Words. I am currently reading Gleanings from the Writings of Bahullh.

This reading has led me to want to learn more of the Faith. This Friday I am meeting with two Baha'is in my area. I cannot wait!


I am glad to be here and I hope to learn more of the Baha'i Faith each day.


Brett
Welcome!!

We've been doing a sort-of online study group for the Hidden Words that began only two days ago, if you are interested, since you've recently read the book: Deepening: Hidden Words
 
Old 04-10-2018, 12:42 PM   #4
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Hello everyone.

My wife and I are baptized, practicing Catholics.

A few months ago, I read The Seven Valleys. It contains the finest, most beautiful meditations on God that I have ever read. That lead me to The Hidden Words. I am currently reading Gleanings from the Writings of Bahullh.

This reading has led me to want to learn more of the Faith. This Friday I am meeting with two Baha'is in my area. I cannot wait!


I am glad to be here and I hope to learn more of the Baha'i Faith each day.


Brett
Seekers into the Faith are always welcome here. Welcome!! We will try to answer your questions.
 
Old 04-10-2018, 04:41 PM   #5
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Hello everyone.

My wife and I are baptized, practicing Catholics.

A few months ago, I read The Seven Valleys. It contains the finest, most beautiful meditations on God that I have ever read. That lead me to The Hidden Words. I am currently reading Gleanings from the Writings of Bahullh.

This reading has led me to want to learn more of the Faith. This Friday I am meeting with two Baha'is in my area. I cannot wait!


I am glad to be here and I hope to learn more of the Baha'i Faith each day.


Brett

Welcome to the forums, Brett. You can learn a lot from others, as well as from reading. Biggest thing I learned here, was how much I do not know! Great group of people on the forums. I was a practicing Episcopalian, who as it turns out, was also a seeker. Best of luck on this marvelous journey of discovery.

Loving regards,
Becky
 
Old 04-11-2018, 04:12 AM   #6
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Welcome, Brett!

I was raised Catholic myself, and still have the greatest respect for the Church.

You will find that there are some Baha'is who came to the Faith after being totally disenchanted with religion in general or more specifically the one they were raised in. Others, like me, always believed in God, always believed that God is present in the Church, but looking at other religions, believe that God is in the other religions also. That creates a dilemma, since the Church teaches that it is the only true religion (post Vatican II, the Church accepts that there can be some truth in other religions only to the extent that they conform with the teachings of Christianity, but still would not accept that Muhammad is a true Prophet, for example).

So, to me the resolution of that dilemma is the Baha'i Faith. It is as simple as loving God everywhere He appears, meaning in every religion, and loving mankind enough to want to do what God intends in making "Earth as it is in Heaven." That means dropping those thoughts and actions that tend to separate people from one another, and promoting in both word and deed what will bring people together into a unified whole as God intended for us.
 
Old 04-11-2018, 04:26 AM   #7
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Hello Brett.

Welcome. As you will discover in your examination of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah (meaning the Glory of God) is recognized by Baha’is as being the promised One to all the peoples and religions of the world as foretold in all the great Scriptures and many of the spiritual oral traditions of the world.

Baha’u’llah taught that divine Revelation is a cyclic phenomena, as natural and life infusing as the rising of the sun each day, and as the coming of the spring season each year. By the word “Revelation”, is meant the out-pouring of a tremendous spiritual power into the world that is both seen and unseen. The Source of Revelation is of course the Essence of God, but it comes to humanity via that ancient, divine, and universal Reality called “Word of God (Logos)” in the biblical Scriptures (as well as the Writings of Baha’u’llah) and is also referred to as the “Primal Will” and the “Divine Intelligence” in the Revelation of Baha’u’llah.

I invite you, at your convenience, to consider the words written by Baha’u’llah directed to Pope Pious IX. Offered below is are links to a historical article related to that letter to the Pope and to Baha'u'llah's letter to the Pope himself.

https://beyondforeignness.org/4794

Bahá' Reference Library - The Summons of the Lord of Hosts, Pages 54-67

I wish for you (and your wife) an exciting investigation into the Baha'i Faith and in your search for universal spiritual truth overall. Take care.

-LR
 
Old 04-12-2018, 08:05 PM   #8
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Hello everyone.

My wife and I are baptized, practicing Catholics.

A few months ago, I read The Seven Valleys. It contains the finest, most beautiful meditations on God that I have ever read. That lead me to The Hidden Words. I am currently reading Gleanings from the Writings of Bahullh.

This reading has led me to want to learn more of the Faith. This Friday I am meeting with two Baha'is in my area. I cannot wait!


I am glad to be here and I hope to learn more of the Baha'i Faith each day.


Brett
Welcome aboard! ~~~ My husband and I live in the Olympia, WA area and we have been Baha'is for 54 and 47 years respectively.

I was never of any religion before I was a Baha'i, so I do not know too much about Christianity. My mom was raised Greek Orthodox, my dad Anglican, but both left the church after we were born. My dad died in 1964, before he heard of Baha'i, but my mom became a Baha'i at about age 60, about five years after my brother and me and my sister became Baha'is, so then everyone in the family was a Baha'i. My brother lived in Port Angeles for about 27 years but later moved to Colorado after his wife died and he remarried...

Gleanings is my favorite Baha'i book, after that The Kitab-i-Iqan, but they are all so good...
 
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