What were Baha'is before they were Baha'is?

Jul 2017
483
Olympia, WA, USA
I have been conversing with a nonbeliever on forums for a long time. He calls himself an atheist but he is really more of a skeptic. He does not believe God exists because he wants proof.

For a long time, I have been telling him that Baha'u'llah was the evidence that God exists, but he insisted that he had to believe in God before believing in Baha'u'llah. He has done a lot of reading about the Baha'i Faith but he just cannot believe in God so He cannot believe that Baha'u'llah got a revelation from God.

I was wondering if there are any Baha'is here who were formerly nonbelievers? I assume that most Baha'is believed in God before they became a Baha'i and that most had a religion such as Christianity.
 
Sep 2017
372
Earth
I was a muslim who then left his faith and dident believe in a god until I came across the Baha'i faith
 
Jun 2017
27
US
I have been conversing with a nonbeliever on forums for a long time. He calls himself an atheist but he is really more of a skeptic. He does not believe God exists because he wants proof.

For a long time, I have been telling him that Baha'u'llah was the evidence that God exists, but he insisted that he had to believe in God before believing in Baha'u'llah. He has done a lot of reading about the Baha'i Faith but he just cannot believe in God so He cannot believe that Baha'u'llah got a revelation from God.

I was wondering if there are any Baha'is here who were formerly nonbelievers? I assume that most Baha'is believed in God before they became a Baha'i and that most had a religion such as Christianity.
I was atheist and / or agnostic to some level or another from young childhood until 2011.


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Jul 2017
483
Olympia, WA, USA
I was a muslim who then left his faith and dident believe in a god until I came across the Baha'i faith
Thanks for sharing. If you don't mind my asking, what made you drop out of Islam and stop believing in God? What was it about the Baha'i Faith that got you to believe in God again?
 
Jul 2017
483
Olympia, WA, USA
I was atheist and / or agnostic to some level or another from young childhood until 2011.
Thanks for sharing. I know what happened to you but it was very unusual. :D

Unfortunately for most nonbelievers I talk to I doubt that will ever happen to them. A person has to be OPEN to the possibility that God exists and reach out to God before God is going to come into their life that way. A person has to humble themself before God rather than try to order God around. Most nonbelievers I know either do not care if God exists or they want God to hop to and do what they think He should do, such as proving He exists to them. God normally does not operate that way except on rare occasions.
 
Jul 2017
302
Kettering, Ohio USA
AS you know I was a Quaker, but my affiliation with that was rather loose. I got into Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet, and he predicted a great figure coming at the end of the 20th century. I was looking for that when the Baha'i Faith came along. I was very open to the Baha'i Faith except that I fell under the spell of a fundamentalist Christian and that delayed me. Bet you didn't know that Edgar Cayce influenced me to listen. After that, though, I had to deal with reincarnation since Cayce "revealed" previous lives by people, so Cayce overall probably didn't help. I would have been open anyway.

I would like to hear from those who were more firm in their faith. Did all Baha'is come from a background which made them open to a new faith?
 
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Sep 2017
372
Earth
Loans

Loans/intrest are against Islam. You have to have loans to survive in uk. God made a mistake making loans not allowed and then me being born in a country where loans and intrest taking are necessary. Bahaullah abolished that law loans/intrest are not allowed. That's quite simply ..
 
Sep 2017
372
Earth
AS you know I was a Quaker, but my affiliation with that was rather loose. I got into Edgar Cayce, the sleeping prophet, and he predicted a great figure coming at the end of the 20th century. I was looking for that when the Baha'i Faith came along. I was very open to the Baha'i Faith except that I fell under the spell of a fundamentalist Christian and that delayed me. Bet you didn't know that Edgar Cayce influenced me to listen. After that, though, I had to deal with reincarnation since Cayce "revealed" previous lives by people, so Cayce overall probably didn't help. I would have been open anyway.

I would like to hear from those who were more firm in their faith. Did all Baha'is come from a background which made them open to a new faith?
How did u reconcile reincarnation and edgar cayce
 
Aug 2019
73
Berlin
Baha'u'llah calls upon people to examine their traditions and beliefs. Often we make the mistake of taking statements from Baha'u'llah about other religions, and then, citing those statements, explaining to the members of that religion why they should accept Baha'u'llah.
The words of Baha'u'llah are addressed to every human being himself. Everyone should check for himself whether the claim of Baha'u'llah is valid for him and corresponds to the truth.
In the same sense an atheist can also examine his sources. For example, an atheist may ask himself: are the scientific sources sufficient to be able to conclusively establish an ethical standard of values, or are several interpretations and "ethics" based on science possible? If someone accepts that the various epistemological or scientific findings do not permit a clear interpretation, then he may also be looking for a binding truth. He could, for example, come to the conclusion that even behind his scientific or epistemological quest there must be a fundamental truth capable of regulating human coexistence in today's world.