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Old 10-17-2010, 01:52 PM   #1
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Prophecies fulfilled by Christ, a matter of faith!

This is a link to site that covers prophecies from world religions:

http://bci.org/prophecy-fulfilled/index.htm

I continue to be fascinated by the phrophecies that Christ fulfilled spiritually that are the same prophecies that Christians reject about Baha'u'llah. The most prominent to me is that Elijah would return. When challenged Christians state that specific prophecy was fulfilled spiritually, but that is NOT a applicable to prophecies in current times. Jesus explained many things to be spiritually understood rather than literally. Jews who became Christian had multiple propechies to accept spiritually rather than literally. It took the ear to hear and eye to see-"one's heart"? I like the article "Would you have recognized Jesus?" After all His name was not Immanuel, how could he have been born of a virgin, Elijah did not descend from the skies, and how was the law on His shoulders? I was glad to be reminded that Baha'is are in the same position as the Jews who became Christians. It is obvious that there is no adequate argument to refute the Baha'i position on prophecies without rejecting the same prophecies fulfilled by Christ. However acceptance of the Baha'i Faith is not determined by winning arguments, spiritual acceptance is a matter of the soul and heart, and reasoning is only a part of what I think it takes to have personal faith and to investigate truth for one's self. I think faith requires that we go beyond reason for knowledge alone shall fail us and even cloud our thinking.

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Old 10-17-2010, 08:00 PM   #2
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But I really believe that it is ultimately God, who Guides anyone He wants. As Baha'u'llah repeatedly says in His Tablets.
For example in Sureh of Temple revealed by Baha'u'llah, He says:

"Glorified is He Who guideth whomsoever He pleaseth unto His path.
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Glorified is He Who sendeth down His verses to those who comprehend. Glorified is He Who speaketh forth from the Kingdom of His Revelation, and Who remaineth unknown to all save His honoured servants. Glorified is He Who quickeneth whomsoever He willeth by virtue of His word “Be”, and it is! Glorified is He Who causeth whomsoever He willeth to ascend unto the heaven of grace, and sendeth down therefrom whatsoever He desireth according to a prescribed measure."

"Say: It is in Our power, should We wish it, to cause all created things to expire in an instant, and, with the next, to endue them again with life. The knowledge thereof, however, is with God alone, the All-Knowing, the All-Informed. It is in Our power, should We wish it, to enable a speck of floating dust to generate, in less than the twinkling of an eye, suns of infinite, of unimaginable splendour, to cause a dewdrop to develop into vast and numberless oceans, to infuse into every letter such a force as to empower it to unfold all the knowledge of past and future ages. This, in truth, is a matter simple of accomplishment. Such have been the evidences of My power from the beginning that hath no beginning until the end that hath no end. My creatures, however, have been oblivious of My power, have repudiated My sovereignty, and contended with Mine own Self, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise."


And in a Prayer He says:
"All life is of Thee and all power lieth within the grasp of Thine omnipotence. Whosoever Thou exaltest is raised above the angels, and attaineth the station: “Verily, We uplifted him to a place on high!”; and whosoever Thou dost abase is made lower than dust, nay, less than nothing."


So, I would take these verses very literal. It's just God who guides people by His own way.

We can find the same concept in Quran as well as Bible.

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