Almost Baha'i

Aug 2014
1,374
Blue Planet
#11
Hello I have today joined forum and belive that if you say you are a Baha'i you are. I heard Adib Terezadeh giving a talk many years ago.
He said in order to be a Baha'i you need to do three things:
Accept Baha u llah as messenger of God
Accept their are institutions which should be obeyed
Accept their are laws to be obeyed
That is a declaration and as such no one evenue nweds to be aware of that. If you register as a Baha'i you claim your right to vote in Baha'i elections, which are of course one of the obligations mentioned earlier.
That said I understand some countries don't even register Believers.
thank you so much for this reply. make me specially happy :yes:
 
Jun 2014
1,081
Wisconsin
#12
As a result, I called myself a Baha'i for a few years, completely oblivious to the fact that I was supposed to sign a registration card to make things official.
Actually you aren't supposed to do any such thing :p .

When asked on one occasion: “What is a Bahá’í?” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá replied: “To be a Bahá’í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.” On another occasion He defined a Bahá’í as “one endowed with all the perfections of man in activity.” In one of His London talks He said that a man may be a Bahá’í even if He has never heard the name of Bahá’u’lláh. He added:—
Declare, or don't. Sign up and get a card, or don't. Do whichever you please!! Card or cardless, Feast attender or introverted thinker, as long as you're for peace and brotherhood you're a Baha'i enough.
 
Mar 2013
570
Edwardsville, Illinois, USA
#13
Dear Scribe,
Welcome to the forum!

As you may know, the Universal House of Justice is encouraging Baha'is to welcome everyone to participate in Baha'i activities such as devotional gatherings and study circles who wishes to do so, including those who are close to the Faith, or are newly interested, or those who believe in other religions but wish to have fellowship with Baha'is. In most places 19 day Feasts are still for Baha'is only, but not everywhere. During my recent visit to Taiwan I learned that the National Assemlby there has opened up all Baha'i gatherings including Feasts to non-Baha'is as well. You do need to be a declared believer to give to the Fund and serve on an Assembly or vote in Baha'i elections, of course. So, there is no pressure to declare, but if and when you wish to make that commitment to Baha'u'llah you may do so.
 
Oct 2011
4,213
Quilimari,Chile
#14
Welcome scribe (Christian) Considering the next step to God.
Christianity is truly the faith of God, but God's faith is progressive, as you learn in one class you move on to the next.
Listen to your heart, pray often, read the words of the Messengers, again take note of your heart, do what you consider correct, may God guide and bless you.
bill
 
Feb 2016
70
United States
#15
I found it interesting that this thread has been "resurrected" after all this time, and it's nice to see that I'm still getting warm welcomes!

Just a quick update: I'm still not officially Baha'i, though I do visit the forums now and then and still occasionally read from Baha'i Writings. I don't really feel that I belong to any specific religion at this point, which is about normal for me. An abiding faith in God is about the only thing that remains constant. I guess that's a good thing.

Anyway, back to lurking... :)
 
Oct 2011
4,213
Quilimari,Chile
#16
Dear scribe who is officially Baha'i , I learn daily fall into gloom when I feel I have slipped back, but then realize the Baha'i faith is one of continually learning, learning of God's unfailing love and forgiveness.
Love to all
bill
 
May 2013
1,786
forest falls california
#17
lurking

I found it interesting that this thread has been "resurrected" after all this time, and it's nice to see that I'm still getting warm welcomes!

Just a quick update: I'm still not officially Baha'i, though I do visit the forums now and then and still occasionally read from Baha'i Writings. I don't really feel that I belong to any specific religion at this point, which is about normal for me. An abiding faith in God is about the only thing that remains constant. I guess that's a good thing.

Anyway, back to lurking... :)
Scribe, People watch boxing matches, but don't know what boxing is. You have to get punched in the head to understand.

Declaring yourself to be a Baha'i is like becoming a Boxer. You're gonna start getting punched in one way or another and will start seeing stars. Nine-pointed stars... all over the place.

"If one seeks the confirmations of the Holy Spirit, they can find it in rich abundance in the teaching field." Shoghi Effendi

Howard Cosell observed Muhammad Ali throughout his boxing career, but he never faced Joe Frazier in the ring.

Another analogy would be sitting on a fence watching the cowboys in a rodeo.
It just ain't the same as riding a wild bronc or a bull.

Maybe give this a try. Start saying the short obligatory prayer every day at noon. Do it faithfully, washing your face and hands, facing the Qiblih. Read from the Writings of the Bab and Baha'u'llah every morning and evening. Sooner or later you will begin to feel something out of "this world", as you enter the next.

Allah'u'Abha
 
Feb 2016
70
United States
#18
Dear scribe who is officially Baha'i , I learn daily fall into gloom when I feel I have slipped back, but then realize the Baha'i faith is one of continually learning, learning of God's unfailing love and forgiveness.
Love to all
bill
Officially? Well, that's still up for debate. :D

I also find it all too common to fall short of the ideals presented in the holy scriptures. It's easy to forget about God's forgiveness sometimes, which is strange given my Christian background and its emphasis on forgiveness. Oh well...
 
Feb 2016
70
United States
#19
Declaring yourself to be a Baha'i is like becoming a Boxer. You're gonna start getting punched in one way or another and will start seeing stars. Nine-pointed stars... all over the place.
I think I'd face a lot of knockout matches, with me being the one on the floor!

Really, I sometimes wonder just what kind of a Baha'i I'd be. My life is and has been a mess. I'm not sure what the needs would be of the small Baha'i community in my area, but I would be reluctant to formally declare myself a representative of it. I feel something in common with Groucho Marx when he said, "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member."

Well, okay...maybe not that bad, but close. I'm not sure I would be an example of a good Baha'i.

Maybe give this a try. Start saying the short obligatory prayer every day at noon. Do it faithfully, washing your face and hands, facing the Qiblih. Read from the Writings of the Bab and Baha'u'llah every morning and evening. Sooner or later you will begin to feel something out of "this world", as you enter the next.
A few years back, I actually followed this routine for long stretches of time, with some breaks in between. Like I said in the original post, for a long time I considered myself a Baha'i, even if I didn't formally declare. I adhered to the basic practices. I admit that I never successfully made it through the whole month of fasting, though... Still, I did feel much more in touch with the Baha'i faith, unlike now when such practices are lacking in my life.
 

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