- Jul 2017
But I never became convinced by Church dogma (e.g. trinity, original sin, death for the sins of mankind, bodily resurrection, ascension). In the years to follow I started to create my own "theology" which I called Arian because of the similarities it had with the thoughts of the ancient heretic Arius.
I came across the Bahá'í Faith when I started studying religions at university. In the end of our first semester we had to write a thesis. I asked my docent to give me "some exotic stuff". He gave me progressive revelation. This was in January 2012.
After that I read every book (including most of the scriptures already translated) I came across. Almost a year later I was convinced that 'Abdu'l-Bahás explanations of Christian core beliefs would perfectly resemble my own thoughts and that I was no longer alone with them. I was also convinced that Bahá'u'lláh was indeed the second coming of Christ after reading the Lawh-i-Aqdas for the first time. This was the first "emotional" moment of my conversion after many months of purely "rational" study.
I then made contact with my local community and was quickly integrated. It took me three more years to finally pen the declaration card because shortly before I encountered the Faith I was elected local president of my party, so that I was responsible for 400 members and 10 subdivisions. After consulting with my National Spiritual Assembly I decided not to instantly leave the party but to bear the responsibility laid on my as long as it would be possible to elect a new president. I retired in March 2016 and declared on the 6th of April.