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May 2018
111
New Zealand
#11
Are you from New Zealand too?
I am just so jealous.


I have to confess I am not originally from NZ, but after living here for half my life I consider myself a Kiwi :cool:

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit down under Trailblazer :p

Speaking of Atheists.. the NZ population is getting close to 50% atheist.. people look at you like have just told them you have been talking to the fairies at the bottom of the garden when you mention a church service or prayer meeting :(

What are your experiences Adrian ?
 
Aug 2018
32
New Zealand
#13
Are you from New Zealand too?
I am just so jealous.


I have to confess I am not originally from NZ, but after living here for half my life I consider myself a Kiwi :cool:

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit down under Trailblazer :p

Speaking of Atheists.. the NZ population is getting close to 50% atheist.. people look at you like have just told them you have been talking to the fairies at the bottom of the garden when you mention a church service or prayer meeting :(

What are your experiences Adrian ?
I tend to be careful about talking too much about religion as many New Zealanders have limited knowledge and patience. Then again there are still many people who do have a faith. I try to get to know people by finding common ground in other ways, especially if its my workmates and people I see a lot of.

I was born in New Zealand and have lived here all my life so its just the way it is. :)
 
Jul 2017
373
Olympia, WA, USA
#14
Are you from New Zealand too?
I am just so jealous.


I have to confess I am not originally from NZ, but after living here for half my life I consider myself a Kiwi :cool:
So where are you from originally, if I might ask? My first college degrees were in geography, so I have a keen interest in places all over the world. My third college degree was in counseling psychology, so I have a keen interest in people and how they think...

Interestingly, I was not raised in any religion, and I was never interested in religion; I only took one intro class in my freshman year of college, and could have cared less after that. I became a Baha'i that year, but I lost interest in the Faith for about 42 years, a long sad story why. I only came back to reconsidering the Baha'i Faith and God about 6 years ago, and now I guess I am a lifer.
Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit down under Trailblazer :p
I loved the country very much and had dreams about moving there, but I had serious problems in my life at that time, so I was not up to making a move like that. Besides, I probably could not have gotten in my field, cartography, back in those days. There were few jobs in that field back then. I am a GIS Specialist now so I could probably get a job but I am close to retirement, so I could live anywhere after that. I stay in the U.S. because this is where I am supposed to be for the Faith, since it is the cradle of the Administrative order.

Speaking of Atheists.. the NZ population is getting close to 50% atheist.. people look at you like have just told them you have been talking to the fairies at the bottom of the garden when you mention a church service or prayer meeting :(
Wow, that is interesting, 50%. I would love it there because I like talking to atheists. I suppose most of those atheists were formerly Christians as is the case in the U.S.
 
Jul 2017
373
Olympia, WA, USA
#15
Nice to see you here Trailblazer. Good luck with all those discussions with atheists on RF.:yes:
Thanks... I like talking to atheists because I think I understand them, given I have an atheist bent myself.... Were it not for the Faith I would not have a religion at all and I would be an agnostic or a deist. :)
 
Aug 2014
1,368
Blue Planet
#16
Hi Maryam and thank you. Nice name and of course the title of one of the 19th Surah of the Qur'an. Tony tells me you know a thing or two about Islam.
thanks Adrian. yes I know things about Islam living in a Muslim country in a Muslim family among Muslim family and friends ;)
 
May 2018
111
New Zealand
#17
So where are you from originally, if I might ask? My first college degrees were in geography, so I have a keen interest in places all over the world. My third college degree was in counseling psychology, so I have a keen interest in people and how they think...

Interestingly, I was not raised in any religion, and I was never interested in religion; I only took one intro class in my freshman year of college, and could have cared less after that. I became a Baha'i that year, but I lost interest in the Faith for about 42 years, a long sad story why. I only came back to reconsidering the Baha'i Faith and God about 6 years ago, and now I guess I am a lifer.

I loved the country very much and had dreams about moving there, but I had serious problems in my life at that time, so I was not up to making a move like that. Besides, I probably could not have gotten in my field, cartography, back in those days. There were few jobs in that field back then. I am a GIS Specialist now so I could probably get a job but I am close to retirement, so I could live anywhere after that. I stay in the U.S. because this is where I am supposed to be for the Faith, since it is the cradle of the Administrative order.


Wow, that is interesting, 50%. I would love it there because I like talking to atheists. I suppose most of those atheists were formerly Christians as is the case in the U.S.
Hi Trailblazer,

Ok, I'll tell you my story:
I was born and grew up in South Africa (but am European).
I moved with my family to Auckland NZ when I was 15. My family is Catholic. I first read about the Bahai faith year ago, is "world religions" book, but it didn't really grab me at that time.

In mid 2016 I moved to Germany, since my husband got a study/work contract there. I enrolled in German language classes at the local community college, so ended up in a class with many Syrian (and other ME) refugees, who were all Muslims. I became good friends with one guy, who liked to talk up politics and religion and such like :p

An Easter time last year, he told me that (Muslims believe) Jesus was not crucified , that is was just a hoax. I was shocked ! since I far as I am aware the historical/ secular stand point is that he was crucified. Atheists will say he wasn't the son of God or a prophet, maybe a sort of social philosopher.. and there is no evidence to show he rose from the dead, but he was definitely crucified !

Then I remembered that the Bahai faith was considered the most recent of the Abrahamic religions, so I decided to look up what their view on Jesus's Crucifixion was. I was relieved to see that the Bahai faith acknowledges it !

So from this I found BahaiTeachings.org - Baha'i Inspired Perspective and I loved the articles !
I read more about the faith, and kept thinking; I believe this already !

I am now back in NZ and am still learning about the Bahai faith. The only thing holding me back from joining is my family...

As for my Muslim friend, he is not happy at all, he was trying to convert me to Islam and I skipped ahead to Bahai ! He could cope with being a Christian, he thought I was wrong, but more an ignorant fool that a heretic ..

So that about sums up my journey so far,

Cheers,
Traveller


PS: the atheists will have to be a separate post :p
 
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Sep 2010
4,491
Normanton Far North Queensland
#18
Hi Trailblazer,

Ok, I'll tell you my story:
I was born and grew up in South Africa (but am European).
I moved with my family to Auckland NZ when I was 15. My family is Catholic. I first read about the Bahai faith year ago, is "world religions" book, but it didn't really grab me at that time.

In mid 2016 I moved to Germany, since my husband got a study/work contract there. I enrolled in German language classes at the local community college, so ended up in a class with many Syrian (and other ME) refugees, who were all Muslims. I became good friends with one guy, who liked to talk up politics and religion and such like :p

An Easter time last year, he told me that (Muslims believe) Jesus was not crucified , that is was just a hoax. I was shocked ! since I far as I am aware the historical/ secular stand point is that he was crucified. Atheists will say he wasn't the son of God or a prophet, maybe a sort of social philosopher.. and there is no evidence to show he rose from the dead, but he was definitely crucified !

Then I remembered that the Bahai faith was considered the most recent of the Abrahamic religions, so I decided to look up what their view on Jesus's Crucifixion was. I was relieved to see that the Bahai faith acknowledges it !

So from this I found BahaiTeachings.org - Baha'i Inspired Perspective and I loved the articles !
I read more about the faith, and kept thinking; I believe this already !

I am now back in NZ and am still learning about the Bahai faith. The only thing holding me back from joining is my family...

As for my Muslim friend, he is not happy at all, he was trying to convert me to Islam and I skipped ahead to Bahai ! He could cope with being a Christian, he thought I was wrong, but more an ignorant fool that a heretic ..

So that about sums up my journey so far,

Cheers,
Traveller


PS: the atheists will have to be a separate post :p
That is a wonderful story, good on you.

I wish you all the best and always happy.

I can say that the teachings also resonated with my heart when I finally looked at them.

Regards Tony
 
Jan 2018
77
Maine
#19
Hi,
My name is Adrian. I'm from New Zealand and I've been a Baha'i for nearly 30 years.

My friend Tony from Australia recommended this site. I thought I would check it out.

I never used to spend much time online and I'm busy with working in medicine and with a family.

I have been active on another forum though called religious forums.

https://www.religiousforums.com/

I'm currently trying to learn more about Islam and from there hope to move onto Buddhism.

Anyway, thought I would say hello and check out a Baha'i Forum.

Best Wishes
Adrian
Welcome to the Bahai Forum Adrian!
 
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Jan 2018
77
Maine
#20
Hi,
My name is Adrian. I'm from New Zealand and I've been a Baha'i for nearly 30 years.

My friend Tony from Australia recommended this site. I thought I would check it out.

I never used to spend much time online and I'm busy with working in medicine and with a family.

I have been active on another forum though called religious forums.

https://www.religiousforums.com/

I'm currently trying to learn more about Islam and from there hope to move onto Buddhism.

Anyway, thought I would say hello and check out a Baha'i Forum.

Best Wishes
Adrian
Krishna and Jesus are my two favorite manifestations of God. The Buddha is pretty awesome also. :yes:The Bagavad Gita teaches us how to find Krishna it's an awesome read. Check it out.
 

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