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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

Regards Tony
 
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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Old 07-26-2017, 03:26 AM   #191
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Were you born a Baha'i or did you become a Baha'i? What year?
I was raised a Lutheran Christian of a very liberal kind. My mom told me about Jesus without much "theological" input. She just told me about an divinely inspired figure that fought against prejudice and injustice, hypocrisy and segregation. So He was a great example to me, as well as my mother who was involved with community activities ever since I remember. She had a group, similar to our children's classes, which was called "Kindergottesdienst", served at the local parish council and organized every feast with great devotion.

But I never became convinced by Church dogma (e.g. trinity, original sin, death for the sins of mankind, bodily resurrection, ascension). In the years to follow I started to create my own "theology" which I called Arian because of the similarities it had with the thoughts of the ancient heretic Arius.

I came across the Bahá'í Faith when I started studying religions at university. In the end of our first semester we had to write a thesis. I asked my docent to give me "some exotic stuff". He gave me progressive revelation. This was in January 2012.

After that I read every book (including most of the scriptures already translated) I came across. Almost a year later I was convinced that 'Abdu'l-Bahás explanations of Christian core beliefs would perfectly resemble my own thoughts and that I was no longer alone with them. I was also convinced that Bahá'u'lláh was indeed the second coming of Christ after reading the Lawh-i-Aqdas for the first time. This was the first "emotional" moment of my conversion after many months of purely "rational" study.

I then made contact with my local community and was quickly integrated. It took me three more years to finally pen the declaration card because shortly before I encountered the Faith I was elected local president of my party, so that I was responsible for 400 members and 10 subdivisions. After consulting with my National Spiritual Assembly I decided not to instantly leave the party but to bear the responsibility laid on my as long as it would be possible to elect a new president. I retired in March 2016 and declared on the 6th of April.
 
Old 07-26-2017, 04:31 AM   #192
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Hi Daniel,

Nice to see someone on here from my neck o' the woods.... I live in Olympia as does my husband Contemplator. I tried to post my New Member introduction but for some reason it did not get posted.

Trailblazer
 
Old 07-26-2017, 04:34 AM   #193
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1970
 
Old 07-26-2017, 07:30 PM   #194
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My bother Phil became a Baha'i before me and I learned about Baha'i through him. This was in 1970.
 
Old 07-26-2017, 08:40 PM   #195
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My bother Phil became a Baha'i before me and I learned about Baha'i through him. This was in 1970.
Yet another thing we have in common Duane... I also heard about Baha'i from my brother and became a Baha'i in 1970....

My New Member post never got posted here so I think I will post it now, since people are telling their stories... I love stories about how people became Baha'is. I think most were probably Christians but you and I were not, another thing we have in common! ~~
 
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I am new here. Here is a little bit about my religious background. I came from a non-religious family. Both my parents were “fallen away” Christians and nobody in the family ever went to church. I do not recall ever thinking about God as a child. I think my father was an atheist but my mother retained her belief in God. I was not looking for a religion or for God, but I became a Baha’i two weeks after I heard of the Faith from my older brother because I was very impressed with the Baha’i teachings. I believed Baha’u’llah was who He claimed to be but I did not realize the implications of that until much later.

I have been a Baha’i for over 46 years. For most of those years, I had fallen away from the Baha’i Faith for personal reasons, and I hardly ever thought about God in any serious way. About five years ago, I decided to give the Baha’i Faith and God a second chance. Since then, I feel like I have been “born again” and I have dedicated all my free time to the Baha’i Faith except when I am at work.

As a Baha’i, I am mostly interested in proclaiming the Faith and teaching people if they are interested. Baha’u’llah wrote in Gleanings that this is the most important thing a Baha’i can ever do. I take that very seriously.

I am a good friend of Duane’s from the Planet Baha’i forum, which I joined in January 2013. I still post there but I felt the need to expand my horizons. I also have my own forum on Delphi, called The Spiritual Horizon, which is open to all people who want to discuss spiritual matters.

I came here for spiritual sustenance,to make new friends, and to learn whatever I can about the Faith. I would also like to share my knowledge of the Faith with Baha’is or anyone else that frequents this forum.

My most recent educational background is in psychology and homeopathy and those were my primary interests for many years. As such, I look at everything from a psychological as well as a religious perspective.
 
Old 07-26-2017, 08:50 PM   #197
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back in November 1970 amongst the folks in Bellingham - great group.
Wow! I cannot believe that! What a small world this is... I declared in Bellingham in December 1970. At that time I was living in Santa Barbara, CA and going to college there, and I was on Christmas vacation visiting my older brother. My brother Peter was quite an active Baha'i in Bellingham, maybe you knew him.
 
Old 07-26-2017, 09:05 PM   #198
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Exactly 23 hrs and 32 minutes ago I declared my belief in Baha'u'llah and the Bahai faith! I am so happy! It all makes sense now... This is my first post. I am happy to meet my fellow brother and sisters! Allah 'U' Abha!
Welcome aboard the Baha'i ship and the forum... Many moons ago I also lived in New York... Rochester is where all my parents' families lived, so all my relatives were/are there.

I have "officially" been a Baha'i for over 46 years but I fell away for most of those years, a long story... I started to make my way back about five years ago, and since then I have learned so much.

I can certainly relate to "I am so happy!" I am what you might call a born again Baha'i. As such, I talk a lot on forums... I am new to this one but I have posted on a lot of other forums, mostly comprised of nonbelievers and some with Christians.
 
Old 07-27-2017, 11:11 AM   #199
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I was born to two Christian ministers---mom and dad...

I became a Baha'i in 1988...
Fancy meeting you here, Alexander. I didn't know you moved from Kettering to Akron.
 
Old 08-16-2017, 01:08 PM   #200
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2017 -- two months ago at the time of this posting.
 
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