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Old 07-05-2015, 04:51 PM   #161
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It must have been in 1978 or 79. I wonder if I was really meant to be a Bahá'í. It was the social teachings that somehow got me. For many years, I believed that the rest of the world gradually was to got closer to the Faith through applying those social teachings. Only in later years have I been able to turn my faith upside down and realize that the social teachings are just like the thin crust on the pie in its entirety.

For many years, I was a Bahá'í who felt that there was too much religious stuff in the Faith, and far too little action. I cannot say that I was thrilled when, as a new Bahá'í, I realized that our main goal was to move to some godforsaken province town in Sweden.

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Likewise it was social teaching rather than theology per se that drew me. I thank God for assisting my deepening
 
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Old 07-05-2015, 04:58 PM   #162
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Hey, Sweden sounds nice. All my friends went to Chile or Barbados.
Barbados? What a chore!
 
Old 07-05-2015, 05:02 PM   #163
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Barbados? What a chore!
Indeed. Barbados sounds like a real hardship post. Immense suffering!

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Old 07-05-2015, 06:03 PM   #164
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Indeed. Barbados sounds like a real hardship post. Immense suffering! gnat
Hey, I don't like heat and humidity.

I realized that after the year I spent in India.

Don't ask what I'm doing in Mississippi.
 
Old 07-05-2015, 07:07 PM   #165
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Hey, I don't like heat and humidity.
You do not have to like it

God Bless and Regards Tony
 
Old 07-05-2015, 09:29 PM   #166
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Likewise it was social teaching rather than theology per se that drew me. I thank God for assisting my deepening
For me it was the story of the Bab. I was 13 when I read Release the Sun. I figured if this story wasn't true then neither was the story of Christ.
 
Old 07-05-2015, 10:11 PM   #167
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For me it was the story of the Bab. I was 13 when I read Release the Sun. I figured if this story wasn't true then neither was the story of Christ.
If there was a like button I would Like that

God bless regards Tonyb
 
Old 07-13-2015, 11:58 AM   #168
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Was in 2011 for me.

I first read all available scriptures by Baha'u'llah before ever meeting a Baha'i in person.

The holy words just convinced me on several levels.
 
Old 07-13-2015, 12:09 PM   #169
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Was in 2011 for me.

I first read all available scriptures by Baha'u'llah before ever meeting a Baha'i in person.

The holy words just convinced me on several levels.
you sound a lot like me.
 
Old 07-16-2015, 07:01 AM   #170
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you sound a lot like me.
IIRC, you said somewhere else you grew up as a Jehova's Witness. What made you change your mind?

I wonder if this is an appropriate place to share stories about how we came to embrace Baha'u'llah, or if it's maybe inappropriate for Baha'is to have such conversations, which inevitably emphasize the ego?

I'm asking because I'm still a very "young" Baha'i, and while I certainly do my best to work on myself, my experience of "Baha'i behavior" is limited mostly to one Berlin community and reading scripture. While I think I have a grasp on the basics and some of the theory, there is much more I don't understand yet, and actually living by it is an entirely different matter.
 
Old 08-05-2015, 08:04 AM   #171
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G'day!

I made my declaration about a month ago, and recently discovered this forum. Nice to interact with other Baha'i seeing as my schedule leaves me unable to interact with the immediate community around me as much as I would like to.
 
Old 08-05-2015, 10:34 AM   #172
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G'day!

I made my declaration about a month ago, and recently discovered this forum. Nice to interact with other Baha'i seeing as my schedule leaves me unable to interact with the immediate community around me as much as I would like to.
Welcome Wyatt - May your journey be very rewarding. Hopefully we will have manyba chat re Faith and Life

God bless and regards Tony
 
Old 08-06-2015, 08:49 AM   #173
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G'day!

I made my declaration about a month ago, and recently discovered this forum. Nice to interact with other Baha'i seeing as my schedule leaves me unable to interact with the immediate community around me as much as I would like to.
And that might be a stroke of luck, because one thing is for sure: here you can ask any question, however clever, however stupid, and be sure to get an answer. Among Real World Bahá'ís, it is much more difficult to find answers to one's questions. At the same time, my advice to you is: Read, read, read!

You are most welcome.

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Old 08-06-2015, 02:10 PM   #174
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And that might be a stroke of luck, because one thing is for sure: here you can ask any question, however clever, however stupid, and be sure to get an answer. Among Real World Bahá'ís, it is much more difficult to find answers to one's questions. At the same time, my advice to you is: Read, read, read!

You are most welcome.

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Read read read and when you've done that, read some more
 
Old 08-06-2015, 02:40 PM   #175
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Already have a bookshelf in my room with all its shelves full of scriptural reading!
 
Old 08-06-2015, 03:29 PM   #176
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back in November 1970 amongst the folks in Bellingham - great group.
 
Old 08-06-2015, 05:19 PM   #177
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back in November 1970 amongst the folks in Bellingham - great group.
Welcome

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Old 08-27-2015, 07:07 PM   #178
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Declaration Card

I'm Brand-new on this Forum as of tonight so if I didn't post this in the correct way could someone please let me know?

Does anyone know if it matters if your declaration card was in a language that is not one you speak? A trusted Bahai friend translated one written in Spanish for me. I speak some Spanish, but my Native language is English, and I filled it out in English.
 
Old 08-27-2015, 07:12 PM   #179
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I'm Brand-new on this Forum as of tonight so if I didn't post this in the correct way could someone please let me know?

Does anyone know if it matters if your declaration card was in a language that is not one you speak? A trusted Bahai friend translated one written in Spanish for me. I speak some Spanish, but my Native language is English, and I filled it out in English.
Welcome and welcome again, that is the the Forum and the Faith.

Good name as Yes "Many Changes to Come"

I would think it dos not matter if it has been translated for you. It is much the same for those that do not read, they are told what is on the card.

Hope to have a chat or two.

Regards Tony
 
Old 08-27-2015, 08:14 PM   #180
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I am sure it doesn't matter from the Faith's administrative perspective and it is the spirit of the declaration that counts anyway one would argue! But personally I would request any document I was about to sign be provided in a language I could read before I signed it. But that's just me!

Welcome, enjoy the forums! Good to have you here!
 
Old 04-14-2017, 09:48 AM   #181
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Born and reborn...

I was born to two Christian ministers---mom and dad...

I became a Baha'i in 1988...
 
Old 04-14-2017, 11:00 AM   #182
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I was born to two Christian ministers---mom and dad...

I became a Baha'i in 1988...
Well done! That is some background. My mother is a born again Christain, my Father an Agnostic. Both have not considered the Faith.

How did your Parents go?

Regards Tony
 
Old 04-14-2017, 11:43 AM   #183
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How did your Parents go?

Regards Tony
My parents passed away before I found the Baha'i Faith...

But, I'm sure they look down now and cheer me on
 
Old 04-14-2017, 04:39 PM   #184
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My parents passed away before I found the Baha'i Faith...

But, I'm sure they look down now and cheer me on
Brother, you're the spitting image of Sen McGlinns avatar
 
Old 04-14-2017, 04:52 PM   #185
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Brother, you're the spitting image of Sen McGlinns avatar
Is Sen in this forum?
 
Old 04-14-2017, 08:00 PM   #186
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Is Sen in this forum?
Yes Sen comes by from time to time or when we call on Him for a view on a Translation

Link to Profile - http://bahaiforums.com/users/sen-mcglinn/

I also link to His Facebook News Service.

Regards Tony

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Old 04-14-2017, 08:30 PM   #187
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Brother, you're the spitting image of Sen McGlinns avatar
I think my beard is much shorter :-)
 
Old 04-14-2017, 08:31 PM   #188
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Yes Sen comes by from time to time or when we call on Him for a view on a Translation

Regards Tony
I just re-read some information on Sen's blog that I'd read a number of years ago---interesting issue...
 
Old 04-15-2017, 01:41 AM   #189
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Greetings Amzolt,

Actually if you wave a battle axe in your hand your avatar will look quite like Sen McGlinn's. I once used an avatar of a dwarf with a battle axe in a gaming forum too, so Sen's avatar often brings back good memories for me. Don't worry about having such a short beard, it is simply a sign of youth. So be happy that you look so young.

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Old 04-15-2017, 03:15 AM   #190
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Greetings Amzolt,

...be happy that you look so young.

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