Exploring Baha'i Faith

Mar 2009
1
Toledo, OH
#1
My name is Matthew. I'm 28 and I live in Toledo, Ohio. I first learned about the Baha'i faith a couple of years ago while exploring new churches to become a part of.

I converted to Mormonism at 16 and was an active member until a couple of years ago. To make a long story short, I learned that the LDS Church was not the True Church and parted ways. I then started exploring other Christian denominations and for a while started favoring Calvinism, or Reformed Christianity.

I then started studying the history of Christianity in general and learned things such as how the gospels were not written by the apostles whose names are attached to them, the origin of certain beliefs such as the virgin birth, and especially the pagan origins of our traditional Christmas traditions. None of these things proved that Jesus didn't exist or wasn't really a Messenger of God, but that certain legends have crept into His life story between His death and the writing of the books that make up the New Testament.

So I started to explore non-Christian religions which is how I came across the Baha'i Faith. I know that Baha'is accept Jesus as a Manifestation of God, along with Abraham, Moses, Muhammed, and Baha'u'llah. I know that Baha'is believe in an eventual one-world government and religion. I just finished reading "Baha'u'llah and the New Era" and am now interested in reading more.

Any good book suggestions to continue my search?
 
Jun 2006
4,317
California
#2
Welcome Matthew to the Baha'i Faith!

Baha'u'llah and the New Era was one of my first Baha'i books too!

There are so many Baha'i books out there it almost depends what your interest is..

If you haven't read The Hidden Words it was revealed by Baha'u'llah along the banks of the Tigris River near Bagdad and has the spiritual essence of what was revealed by the Prophets of the past..

This is that which hath descended from the realm of glory, uttered by the tongue of power and might, and revealed unto the Prophets of old. We have taken the inner essence thereof and clothed it in the garment of brevity, as a token of grace unto the righteous, that they may stand faithful unto the Covenant of God, may fulfill in their lives His trust, and in the realm of spirit obtain the gem of Divine virtue.

Source:

http://www.bahai.com/Bahaullah/hiddenwords.htm

You can find the Hidden Words in most libraries and book shops.

If you like history there's a weighty book called Nabil's Narrative or The Dawn Breakers..this conveys the early history of our Faith..though it is substantive and detailed it is the prime history text of our Faith.

See:

http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/nz/DB/

http://bahai-library.com/books/dawnbreakers/

This book is usually in print and can be ordered at

http://www.bahaibookstore.com/searchproducts.cfm

You shouldn't have to pay more than forty dollars for it brand new..

- Art
 

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