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Old 12-27-2009, 11:39 AM   #1
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Bahai Belief in Jesus Christ

Hello,

I have searched with no success to find the Bahai belief surrounding the Christian doctrine surrounding Jesus Christ. I am interested in the Bahai Faith and this subject is one that has great importance to me.

Specifically what does the Bahai Faith say about:

Jesus being the only begotten Son of God. Jesus as both human and divine. The mission of Jesus as the spotless lamb led to the slaughter for the atonement of mankind's sins.
 
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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Christ is, was, and will be, your Lord and Saviour.

The new twist you will discover in the Bahá’í Teachings is that as Jesus was the Christ, so have others have been, and will be. "He is the way, the Truth and the Life". The real question is: Does He refer to the man, to the Holy Spirit, or to God? Or a combination of them all?

When a light shines in a mirror, it's light fills the whole room. The mirror plays an inseparable part in channeling that light, but there are three actors: the Source, the Rays, and the Mirror. They are One, yet they are also Three.
 
Old 12-28-2009, 03:56 AM   #3
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Check out the website on The Promised Day has Come. It is very useful in explaining the relationship of the Baha'i and Christian revelations. Abdul Baha explains many of the Christian concepts in his book "Some Answered Questions". This book along with most of the holy books of the major faiths may be found at: Ocean - World Religions Free Research Library. Good luck with your search and God bless!
 
Old 12-28-2009, 05:13 AM   #4
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In response to "Questioners" post above:

Specifically what does the Bahai Faith say about:

Jesus being the only begotten Son of God. Jesus as both human and divine. The mission of Jesus as the spotless lamb led to the slaughter for the atonement of mankind's sins.


Baha'is believe Jesus title was "Son of God" but not in a literal physical sense.. God does not descend to earth nor does He beget children literally.. The Title is to be taken spiritually.. just as Jesus referred to God as "Father" it was meant in a spiritual sense. God is like a "father" to us. The close relationship of a father to a son is what is meant.. One of the titles of Abraham was "Friend of God" ... and so on.

Jesus was a Manifestation of God.. as a perfect man He reflected perfectly God's attributes as in a perfect mirror..but Jesus was not God as some Christians believe. The attributes of God were manifest in Him.

Jesus sacrifice was essentially not unlike the sacrifices of the other Manifestations of God:

Likewise the Holy Manifestations, especially the reality of the Greatest Name, the Beauty of ABHA, when unveiled amid the assemblage of the world, like unto Joseph of Canaan, in the divine Egypt, will appear with such Beauty and Sweetness as to make the lovers of the world His captives. **

As to the souls who are born into this world radiant entities and who through excessive difficulty are deprived of great benefits and thus leave the world -- they are worthy of all sympathy, for in reality this is worthy of regret. It is for this purpose (that is, it is with regard to this wisdom) that the great Manifestations (of God) unveil themselves in this world, bear every difficulty and ordeal -- to make these ready souls dawnings of light and confer upon them eternal life. This is the real atonement that His holiness Christ made-He sacrificed Himself for the life of the world.

~ Abdu'l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu'l-Baha v3, p. 542

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The death of the Purest Branch must be viewed as Bahá'u'lláh's own sacrifice, a sacrifice on the same level as the crucifixion of Christ and the martyrdom of the Báb. Shoghi Effendi, the Guardian of the Faith, states that Bahá'u'lláh has exalted the death of the Purest Branch to the 'rank of those great acts of atonement associated with Abraham's intended sacrifice of His son, with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the martyrdom of the Imam Husayn..

(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha'u'llah v 3, p. 211)
 
Old 12-28-2009, 11:44 AM   #5
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Update on earlier post. This blog at: Baha'i Views offers many Christian topics which may be helpful to you.
 
Old 01-02-2010, 01:15 PM   #6
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Thank you very much.
 
Old 01-02-2010, 08:23 PM   #7
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When a child is told to "listen to your teacher" the child understands that it is not merely the teacher of this one class, or this one year, but ALL teachers for the rest of his life.
Why do we not understand Jesus' words the same way? "I am the way now. I am the truth now. I am the source of life now."
His recorded words do not say: I am the only way forever.
It is also recorded that He said, "I have much to tell you that you cannot bear now, but when the Spirit of Truth comes, He will tell you all." And he also is recorded to have said (in Revelation) "I will come with a new name and a new song."
So it is clear that Jesus was not the end of Revelation from God and not to expect the name of Jesus to be the only name.

(I do apologize for my quotes not being exact, but I don't have any of my Bibles with me, I'm at a friends, so I have to rely on my faulty memory)

One thing Christians don't generally appreciate is that there is not one word in the Bible written by Jesus. We merely have the "inspired" memories of a few of His companions, but more commentary by one who never heard Jesus at all.
I baffles my mind that the Christian church is based far more on the words of Paul than the reported words of Jesus. What a very different religion it would be if the words of Jesus were the important ones.
"Paul says..." "Paul says..." "Paul says....."
I don't care what Paul says, he was NOT the Messenger of God.

Excuse me. I'm sorry. A button just got pushed.
I'll stop and go to bed now (it's nearly midnight and in the morning I'll go pray with the Quakers, then go to the mosque for Quran class. In the afternoon are Baha'i devotions). Sundays are my busy days.

dlh..........
 
Old 01-10-2010, 12:35 AM   #8
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For me it's as simple as "Jesus the Christ is Lord."

Some other thoughts to try to elucidate:

The divinity that I see in Baha'u'llah is exactly the same as the divinity I see in Jesus - belief in one IS belief in the other, it is the same Light from the same Source.

Bah'u'llah very eloquently explains the twin stations of the Christ (the eternal Spirit as well as the human being), which not only makes a lot of sense but also clarifies the sometimes perplexing statements made by Jesus about Himself.

I would also say that the beginning of the Gospel of John describing the station and reality of "the Word" rings very true.

Ultimately though, the reality of the Christ is beyond human language and understanding, and at best all we can do is try to understand more about the Word while accepting that we can't ever grasp the mystery completely.

Does this address the question? Let me know if I missed the intent of your enquiry!
 
Old 08-30-2010, 04:02 AM   #9
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In "Some Answered Questions" by 'Abdu'l-Baha, there are 3 chapters answering each of your 3 questions about Jesus Christ.
Baha'i teachings are full of beautifully eloquent praise of Jesus Christ such as this:

"Know thou," Bahá'u'lláh has moreover testified, "that when the Son of Man yielded up His breath to God, the whole creation wept with a great weeping. By sacrificing Himself, however, a fresh capacity was infused into all created things. Its evidences, as witnessed in all the peoples of the earth, are now manifest before thee. The deepest wisdom which the sages have uttered, the profoundest learning which any mind hath unfolded, the arts which the ablest hands have produced, the influence exerted by the most potent of rulers, are but manifestations of the quickening power released by His transcendent, His all-pervasive and resplendent Spirit. We testify that when He came into the world, He shed the splendor of His glory upon all created things. Through Him the leper recovered from the leprosy of perversity and ignorance. Through Him the unchaste and wayward were healed. Through His power, born of Almighty God, the eyes of the blind were opened and the soul of the sinner sanctified.... He it is Who purified the world. Blessed is the man who, with a face beaming with light, hath turned towards Him."

(Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come, p. 109)
 
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