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Old 06-24-2018, 09:06 PM   #1
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My name is Seraphim. I recently declared as Bahá'í.
My journey to the Bahá'í Faith was a long one. Started off Christian Protestant and didn't feel at home. As a natural teen response to being told what to do, I explored Satanism and all the sects within it. As much as I enjoyed the shock value of it all, I didn't care at all for the social darwinism that the atheistic strains advocated, nor did I find anything less full of holes than Protestantism in the theistic sects. I then started to explore wicca. I discovered that modern wicca was founded by a guy that basically took a bit of folk religion from different parts of region and smash them together while adding his own flair to it. That then lead me to explore folk religion. Starting with Native American, then going to Norse, then Rus, and somehow ended up at Zoroastrianism and Yazidi. From there I explored Judaism and made my way to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. I practiced Orthodox Christianity for some time before those same questions came back. I then started to study Hinduism and read the bhagavad (sp?) gita. I was fascinated with the idea of there being so many deities, but started to view the deities as personification of human qualities. From that point I studied Buddhism. Starting with Theravada and then Mahayana. I ended up on Soto Zen and meditated at a local temple for a while. As much as I learned about myself I still felt like there was more. I started to explore Islam and after about a year recited the Shahada at the mosque with the imam right before salat. As beautiful as I find Islam and the Quran and with as much peace it brought me, I didn't feel like my searching was done. After digging in to the shoot offs of Islam, I came across the Bahá'í Faith. I spent a little over a year reading up on it and studying the basics and some history. I declared this year and haven't looked back.

I apologize for the length. Thank you for sticking with me.

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Old 06-24-2018, 09:28 PM   #2
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We all have a journey, and I find that sharing our humble roots, whether we are long time searchers like yourself, or people born into the faith and confirming it in their lives, brings us closer. The search for truth is a lifelong one and I wish on you the most pure and loving guidance.
 
Old 06-25-2018, 05:37 AM   #3
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Welcome!!

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My name is Seraphim. I recently declared as Bahá'í.
I like the name!! Kadosh, kadosh, kadosh, Adonai.

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My journey to the Bahá'í Faith was a long one. Started off Christian Protestant and didn't feel at home. As a natural teen response to being told what to do, I explored Satanism and all the sects within it. As much as I enjoyed the shock value of it all, I didn't care at all for the social darwinism that the atheistic strains advocated, nor did I find anything less full of holes than Protestantism in the theistic sects. I then started to explore wicca. I discovered that modern wicca was founded by a guy that basically took a bit of folk religion from different parts of region and smash them together while adding his own flair to it. That then lead me to explore folk religion. Starting with Native American, then going to Norse, then Rus, and somehow ended up at Zoroastrianism and Yazidi. From there I explored Judaism and made my way to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. I practiced Orthodox Christianity for some time before those same questions came back. I then started to study Hinduism and read the bhagavad (sp?) gita. I was fascinated with the idea of there being so many deities, but started to view the deities as personification of human qualities. From that point I studied Buddhism. Starting with Theravada and then Mahayana. I ended up on Soto Zen and meditated at a local temple for a while. As much as I learned about myself I still felt like there was more. I started to explore Islam and after about a year recited the Shahada at the mosque with the imam right before salat. As beautiful as I find Islam and the Quran and with as much peace it brought me, I didn't feel like my searching was done. After digging in to the shoot offs of Islam, I came across the Bahá'í Faith. I spent a little over a year reading up on it and studying the basics and some history. I declared this year and haven't looked back.

I apologize for the length. Thank you for sticking with me.
Interesting path!! You've done a lot of research.
 
Old 06-25-2018, 12:17 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum and your journey as a Baha'i.

I wish for you strength of Faith always.

Look forward to a chat.

Regards Tony
 
Old 06-25-2018, 12:17 PM   #5
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My name is Seraphim. I recently declared as Bahá'í.
My journey to the Bahá'í Faith was a long one. Started off Christian Protestant and didn't feel at home. As a natural teen response to being told what to do, I explored Satanism and all the sects within it. As much as I enjoyed the shock value of it all, I didn't care at all for the social darwinism that the atheistic strains advocated, nor did I find anything less full of holes than Protestantism in the theistic sects. I then started to explore wicca. I discovered that modern wicca was founded by a guy that basically took a bit of folk religion from different parts of region and smash them together while adding his own flair to it. That then lead me to explore folk religion. Starting with Native American, then going to Norse, then Rus, and somehow ended up at Zoroastrianism and Yazidi. From there I explored Judaism and made my way to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. I practiced Orthodox Christianity for some time before those same questions came back. I then started to study Hinduism and read the bhagavad (sp?) gita. I was fascinated with the idea of there being so many deities, but started to view the deities as personification of human qualities. From that point I studied Buddhism. Starting with Theravada and then Mahayana. I ended up on Soto Zen and meditated at a local temple for a while. As much as I learned about myself I still felt like there was more. I started to explore Islam and after about a year recited the Shahada at the mosque with the imam right before salat. As beautiful as I find Islam and the Quran and with as much peace it brought me, I didn't feel like my searching was done. After digging in to the shoot offs of Islam, I came across the Bahá'í Faith. I spent a little over a year reading up on it and studying the basics and some history. I declared this year and haven't looked back.
That is an awesome story!

My story is the exact opposite. I had no interest in God or religion and then I stumbled upon the Baha'i Faith in my first year of college. I knew it was the Truth so I became a Baha'i two weeks later. That was 47 ˝ years ago. I have never looked back.

Sometimes people ask me why I did not study the other religions and compare them to Baha'i. All I can say is Lol. I say that to myself of course.
 
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