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BAHA’I FAITH REFUTED
 

The Baha'i faith is a relatively new world religion.  It claims to be revealed by Jesus and Muhammad and Moses and Krishna and other alleged manifestations of God.


The Baha’is have published an important account of their faith and its apologetics called Baha’u’llah and the New Era by J.E. Esslemont.


Abdu’l-Baha, the most important member of the sect apart from the founder and the one who knew him best and who was his son, read the first nine chapters of the book and corrected 1, 2, 5, and part of 3. It is complained that he hadn’t the chance to revise the whole book and died before he could complete it. But these revisions must have taken the form of clarifications rather than amending for Abdu’l had already sanctioned everything in the book when he and the author spent a whole winter talking about it and studying it (page ix). Abdul must have approved of the content of the book and it would not have taken him long to cross out the errors in it if there were any and he would have done this before working on clarifications and grammar and the style. The National Baha’i Assembly of England carefully examined the whole book and decreed that it embodied all Abdul’s doctrine. It is safe to say that the version that now exists is akin to the Bible in the Protestant Church even if it is not given that degree of honour in the cult. The book says that God through Baha’u’llah said that Abdul’l’Baha was infallible (page 64).

 

The leaps we have made in science and technology are attributed to “a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit through the Prophet Baha’u’llah” though he was born in 1817 and died in 1892 (page 4). That is a superstition for we have done better since he departed this life. Maybe it means that his presence in the world increased the power of the Spirit in the world? But then one would expect the great scientists to have been Baha’is.

 

What sense is there in their argument when the Prophet, the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, could not reveal the secrets of science?

 

The book says, “Were all the former prophecies swept into oblivion, He would still be His own abundant and sufficient proof to whose spiritual senses are open” (page 7). So, this man who worked no miracles was his own proof! This is really saying that we should feel that he is God and his Prophet and believe in him because of that feeling!

 

Two of his ethical rules were that begging and taking strong drink are sinful (page 21). It is obvious that there is something wrong here.

 

Who could believe in a man who did no miracles and who promised to do one if the Mullas signed a document promising to believe in him and desist from persecuting his followers? (page 28). If anybody else did that we would say that we can see though them. And he was saying that miracles are evidence for a valid divine mission for the Muslims wouldn’t have wanted one if they are not and he wouldn’t have agreed unless he accepted that miracles were signs though he claimed to be a Prophet and did none! He was declaring a sign to be necessary and yet he gave no sign.

 

Zoroaster said that after three thousand years of war the saviour who would bring the world peace would come. Muhammad said that God would come to bring peace after conflict on the day of judgment and resurrection. Yet page 43 says Baha’u’llah who obviously did not fulfil these prophecies did fulfil them. They may say that parts of them are still to be taken care of but then anybody could claim to be the one foreseen by the prophets. Two of the worst wars ever, the First and the Second World Wars, took place after Baha’u’llah’s decease.

 

His son Abdul, talked like a masochistic Catholic saint when he said that to be chained and mutilated for Baha’u’llah’s sake would be his glory and pleasure (page 50). The son of a fanatic is likely to be the same as his father. Abdul did not care about his children when he fathered them in prison (page 52).

 

Abdul said, “A man may call himself a Baha’i for fifty years, and if he does not live the life he is not a Baha’i” (page 69). A Baha’i has to be good and selfless and helping everybody. So there are no Baha’is at all for nobody will do all the good they can in this world. Look at the starving millions.

 

People not seeing the will of God as interpreted by this cult was blamed solely on prejudice and on having a sinful heart (page 72). This sectarian doctrine attempts to arouse hatred against those who do not follow the Baha’i way. It blackmails Baha’is not to lose or to change their faith.

 

Baha’u’llah wrote in the book, Words of Paradise, “Blessed is he who prefers his brother before himself; such a one is of the people of Baha” (see quote in Baha’u’llah and the New Era, page 73). This conflicts with the doctrine of Moses and Christ who said we must do all things for the sake of God and love our neighbour as ourselves – not more than ourselves. Baha’u’llah declared that the basic doctrines were the same in every religion but this proves him wrong. He was a fraud for he knew that Jesus never taught that.

 

Abdul said, “If we investigate the religions to discover the principles underlying their foundations we will find that they agree” (page 74). Christianity has three persons in God and Islam has one person in God. The only similarity in them is that God is personal, perfect and is one being who is not the creation and neither cult can sincerely believe that God is perfect. They impute many evils that they just call God to their God. The Baha’i faith says that all things are part of God for God is the creation. This tells us that he is not personal and not perfect. He is just a single being.

 

The Baha’i will say, “There, they agree that God is one being. That is the most important part of the doctrine and the religionists agree on the important tenets”. But surely it is more important for God to be absolute love than it is for him to be one being? I am not saying that it is more important for God to be love than to exist for that would be absurd. If God is one being he is without composition for a man for instance is made up of a huge number of beings or existing elements. It is more important for God to be good than for God to be spirit or one. The religions do not all teach the same basics. Baha’is regard seven men as the manifestation of God apart from Baha’u’llah. Zoroaster – founder of the Zoroastrian religion, Christ, Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Krishna – one of the revealers of Hinduism - and Muhammad. All of these taught the same things expect in detail according to the Baha’i faith. This is a ridiculous doctrine. Now could people who disagreed be manifestations of God? They had huge differences too. Jesus said that we must do all things for the love of God alone and Buddha did not care if God existed or not and did not tell us to love him or one another or he held that personhood or individuality was an illusion.

 

There are a lot of religious founders left out. What about the founder of the ancient religion of Jainism? What about Joseph Smith who founded the Mormons? They picked Zoroaster whose cult is smaller than these today. Size was not the criterion. If it was then the religions that had the most member should have been claimed to have possessed the greatest manifestations. Islam is smaller than Christianity and yet Muhammad is considered to be better than Christ. Baha’u’llah founded a smaller religion and is supposed to be the best of the whole bunch. The choice of prophets was arbitrary and obviously eccentric.

 

What evidence is there that Christ founded Christianity? The two-faced apostles told a lot of lies and we have to go through them to hear about Jesus which raises the question, “Can we know Jesus this way at all?” For instance, they said that sinners could do good works and then that they could not. The Koran was written after the death of Muhammad by vicious and deceptive and fanatical people – so you can’t be sure that he founded what is now Islam either.

 

What kind of God would manifest himself, say in Jesus, and not work to unite the religions based on other manifestations like Buddhism and Zoroastrianism? Bahai’ism is the ecumenical cult and yet its ecumenism is forbidden by it’s teaching that religions are one for if they are one they would not be separate religions and there should be no new religion even like Baha’ism to cause more separation and conflict.
 
THE BAHAI’S, PART 2

The Baha’i faith is deeply altruistic.

 

Baha’u’llah said, “If thine eyes be turned towards mercy forsake the things that profit thee, and cleave unto that which will profit mankind” (page 76).

 

And the cult says we are to love God alone and to love others for his sake which is really just using them to please God and caring about none of them for themselves, “In the highest prayer, men pray only for the love of God, not because they fear Him or hell, or hope for bounty or heaven” (page 90).

 

Altruism is evil for I am more sure that I exist than that others do so anything I do should be done mainly for me. Religious founders insisted on altruism for it implied that religion came first for commanding it and gave them a justification for controlling their victims who had to forget themselves and serve them.

 

The book says that the devotee of the religion will “on no account force his ideas on those who do not wish to hear them” (page 77). Why not if there is a God and prayer works for the Spirit will use your efforts to soften them eventually? This is just to bait those who shy away from religions that will use force to get their own way.

 

Sin is considered to be the worst evil by Abdul. “Should one become the cause of grief to any one heart, or of despondency to any one soul, it were better to hide oneself in the lowest depths of the earth than to walk upon the earth” (page 78). This is a vicious and harsh doctrine.

 

In Star of the West, he wrote that to think of an enemy as an enemy and to put up with him instead of liking him is hypocrisy if one claims to love enemies (See quote Baha’u’llah and the New Era, page 79). It is explained that this is not a turning away from reality but realising that there is a potential for good in that person which makes him your friend. That is nonsense for he is not using the power to do good and that makes him an enemy for he is using it only to do evil and one sin defiles all you do for it indicates the good is only being done because the sinner feels like it and not because of a love for righteousness. “If a man has ten bad qualities and one good one” we have to “look at the one and forget the ten” (page 60). The Baha’is don’t mean a word of this when they would imprison murderers and thieves no matter how good they were before and are now.

 

“The worst human quality and the most great sin is back-biting, more especially when it emanates from the tongues of the believers of God. If some means were devised so that the doors of back-biting could be shut eternally, and each one of the believers of God unsealed his lips in praise of others, then the teachings of His Holiness Baha’u’llah would be spread, the hearts illumined, the sprits glorified, and the human world would attain to everlasting felicity” (page 80). This is nonsense too. Backbiters only hurt themselves most for everybody knows you can only and should only accuse a person when they are able to defend themselves. And people like gossip so a religion that won’t gossip will not manage to rule the world.

 

“Dissatisfaction with oneself is a sign of progress. If a person has a thousand good qualities he must not look at them; nay, rather he must strive to find out his own defects, and imperfections…However much a man may progress, yet he is imperfect, because there is always a point ahead of him” (page 81).

 

This will completely annihilate all self-confidence. Some will say he is only forbidding a refusal to look at your faults and is not saying that we should never notice our good points. But the last line proves that he is saying that. Yet, this cult says we must ignore the faults of others.

 

It will be replied that we have to ignore the faults of other people because it is up to them to fix them and we have to focus on ours for it is up to us to fix them. But ignoring the faults of others is encouraging them to practice them. We are to root out our own faults and encourage faults in others!

 

Abdul absolutely forbade lying. “Truthfulness is the foundation of all the virtues of mankind” (page 82). He said that progress and success is impossible without truthfulness. This is really Kant’s delusion that lying is bad for life would be unbearable if everybody lied. This rule makes sleeping and praying wrong. It is a sin to have a lie in or a drink or to talk about the weather.

 

Baha’u’llah asserted that the higher spiritual teachings could only be taught by God speaking to you in your heart when you pray (page 86). This is bigoted nonsense and it is saying that if a religionist abandons religion or if a Baha’i switches religions they are doing what they know is wrong.

 

Abdul taught that if you don’t adore God as he is revealed in his manifestations or prophets then you are worshiping your image of him, a fantasy god, and an idol for you cannot picture or understand God (page 87). This is untrue if God is love for all you have to do is to understand love. He means that this idea of God as love is idolatry for the perception might differ from real love. But your perception of the manifestations can do the same and make them idols.

 

Those who believe that congregational prayer is unnecessary are wrong for soldiers who are part of an army are stronger and feel stronger than those who fight on their own (page 90). But prayer is not like fighting. If people need the support of others to serve God when they could repose on faith and his grace alone they are sinning for you can’t side-step God to reach God. He should be your rock and your shield and nothing else.

 

The religion teaches that any suffering that follows doing wrong is just to teach and improve us and that calamity is always brought about by disobedience expect when the person wishes to suffer for the sins of others (page 91). But if you sinned you knew it was wrong and had nothing to learn. Turning your life around is the only improving you need. The teaching is not a very sympathetic one and accuses people of causing their own suffering. By the way, now you see just how horrible belief in God is.

 

Abdul answered the objection that suffering for the sins of others is unfair and unloving to yourself by asserting that recompense will be made in the next life (page 92). That is a vicious teaching for it says that it is good of God to harm or endorse harm when he will make it up later on. It is unloving for others to use your suffering for they could pay for their own sins.

 

Abdul said that the body is not able to live forever for it is made of parts implying that the real person that lives on is the spiritual soul - a being that has no parts – which survives bodily death (page 97). Spirit is an incoherent concept for I must be power and how could that power be love and intelligence at the one time which are two powers? A being made of parts can live forever when those parts are not tampered with and made to break down.

 

Meat-eating is permitted (page 98) even though it is plainly evil when it concerns the higher animals except for a grave reason.  At least it is not commanded as it is in the Bible by God which is worse!

 

Enjoyment is allowed (page 98). This is for a bait for since we are to love God alone it is a sin to take pleasure in anything for it is not embracing God alone.

 

Gambling is contrary to the Baha’i religion because of the bad consequences it can have (page 99). Bad consequences were not worried about when the religion advocated martyrdom and absolute truthfulness.

 

Baha’u’llah and Abdul’s powers were probably natural enough when they could heal a person in the next continent by praying for them (page 104). You could say your prayers were responsible for healing cured people you never cured or met or prayed for at all.
 
THE BAHAI’S, PART 3

Abdu’l encouraged his followers to go to the worship services of other religions. That is good for God not Satan is worshipped (page 115). But this is assisting something that promotes heresy.

 

What is held in common cannot justify overlooking what is not held in common. The other religion has some truth and one would be supporting that truth better by treating it as a heretical religion reminding it that you don’t agree with everything it says rather than be doing nothing even for a day. Islam and Christianity both believe that idolatry is devil-worship though it is not meant to be – meaning that God deliberately lets the Devil get the worship and answer the prayers to idols instead of simply making nothing hear or answer the prayers. God is a devil-worshipper when he does that for his so-called nemesis.

 

The religion says that certain truths are unchangeable and that others which deal with practical life change for different eras need different things (page 117). Abdu’l said that Jesus abrogated the Mosiac Law of cutting a person's hand off for stealing for it was not useful in his day. That is not a believable assertion. Jesus’ world was not different from Joshua’s when such savage laws were practiced. It reduces morality to whatever most people think is right.

 

He said that what you have has to be shared and you may have to give your life for others but you should not be made to do any of this (page 135). But he agrees with the law of the land compelling so why does he not agree with the law forcing you to die for others when it is best, when it is your duty?

 

Abdul asserted that vengeance is bad for it is returning wrong for wrong (page 145). He said that the only difference between one doing wrong and you getting your own back is that the first act happens before the other. This is rubbish for it merely assumes and does not prove that revenge would be wrong. The second act is different for it seeks to pay the person for harming you which is not the same as harming somebody who has not harmed you.

 

The Baha’i religion permits people to die for their faith and commends them in doing so (page 158). Faith does not come before life. A Baha’i is more sure that a bullet in the head will kill him than he is that his religion is true. The religion is murderous and is characterised by a gross fanaticism.

 

Monasticism is forbidden for people should busy themselves in doing good work for society according to Baha’u’llah (page 164). But if God exists and prayer works they are doing good work. And what an extraordinary statement from a religion that says Buddha was a manifestation of God for Buddha founded a strict monastic philosophical system.

 

“We will all, verily, abide by the Will of God”, is a poor marriage vow and that is what a Baha’i wedding essentially consists of (page 165). Parents have to consent to a marriage no matter what age the couple are (page 164). There are thousands of parents who would wreck a son or daughter’s life by withholding consent out of selfishness or spite. It is good if the practice prevents bad relations between in-laws but the couple’s will comes first. The families don’t have to get on but just be civil. Disputes will be somebody’s fault, and Baha’u’llah had a nerve to punish the couple for the trouble that some stubborn person will cause.

 

The cult says that positive evil does not exist (page 179). Evil is the absence of good for the creation is God for God is infinite so there can be no power that is not a part of him. But one might as well say that good is the absence of evil!

 

Baha’u’llah taught that the universe never had a beginning but was always held in existence by God (page 188). If time never began there must have been an infinity of moments until now. But you cannot get to now if that is so for the same reason that if you have to go through an infinity of moments so to reach moment X then you can never reach moment x for it is an infinity ahead of you. You would have to be able to go through an infinity of events to get to the present meaning you have completed an infinity to get to the present but you cannot complete infinity.

 

Isaiah 9:2-7 is stated to have predicted Baha’u’llah and not Jesus Christ. The book says that unlike Jesus he brought light to most people on earth. He did not. The burning of war in the prophecy is alleged to be the atomic bomb. Enough said! We are told that Baha’u’llah unlike Jesus, took government on his shoulders by advising countries. But Jesus gave moral teaching and supported the Law of Moses and did the same thing in the same way but through his messengers and directly through divine inspiration. And the expression taking government on shoulders would mean more than advising them. It means something heavy and hard. It means BEING the government. And Baha’u’llah came to make peace on earth but Jesus came to bring a sword allegedly showing that the prophecy was not about Jesus. But Christians say Jesus meant he would be the indirect cause of war for he said that father would turn against son over him though he wanted only peace. Baha’u’llah brought a sword in the same sense. Baha’u’llah claimed to be the Eternal Father and Jesus claimed to be the Son. But if Jesus taught the Holy Trinity he would have called the being of God Father without meaning the person of God the Father alone. If Jesus was God then he was the Eternal Father though not God the Father. If Jesus as not God he could have entered the eternal state and be the father of our relationship with God by the salvation he won for us. There is no proof that the prophecy must be talking about Baha’u’llah.

 

Baha’u’llah means the Glory of God and so the passage in Isaiah 40 which says that one must tell Jerusalem that she is forgiven and every hill will be made low and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see that it is alleged to name him (page 199). The book dares to admit that it was partly fulfilled with the coming of John the Baptiser and Christ showing that it could mean anything even to a Baha’i. All flesh did not see Baha’u’llah. And the reason for saying it means that man is that the prophecy says that Jerusalem’s warring will be finished before the glory appears and it was not even after Jesus died. But Jerusalem’s warring is not over yet.

 

Matthew 13 which says that the son of man will send his angels at the end of the world to judge and throw the wicked into the fire is spiritualised. It is supposed to speak of Baha’u’llah whose coming to judge the world but ends the age not the world and who symbolically sends symbolic angels to put sinners into an imaginary fire. Anybody can say that they are the fulfilment of any prophecy if they are going to take bits or all of it as symbols. It smacks of dishonesty.

 

Baha’u’llah did the same with prophecies from Joel 2 and the Koran (page 209).  We read that it would be absurd and therefore wrong to take them literally for the moon will not turn to blood or the stars will not fall on earth for they are too big (page 210). But God could do these things. He could make the stars smaller.

 

Jesus said that he would come back for his disciples to take them to Heaven (John 14:2). The book claims that Baha’u’llah was the second coming of Jesus. He took nobody to Heaven and Jesus’ apostles are dead. It is most likely that Jesus meant his own apostles – perhaps risen from the dead – and was not speaking to the world.

 

It is pointed out that Jesus said John the Baptiser was Elijah though he had a different body from Elijah and the pair had different mothers and yet in spirit and power they were the one person (page 206). It is supposed to be the same with Jesus and Baha’u’llah.

 

Baha’u’llah argued that if Jesus visibly came down from Heaven with clouds and angels nobody would be able to believe or disbelieve for sheer shock so the non-literal interpretation is right. He tried to back this up by saying that it would be the crime of forcing some to believe which of course utterly contradicts what he just wrote (page 213). But the predictions never said that we were meant to be able. And Jesus said that he wanted belief and holiness not mere belief and that belief could not go on forever but one day people would know there was a God for they would meet him. Forcing a person to believe in Jesus is not the same as forcing them to be Christians.  Moreover, he could be visible only to believers so that unbelievers will decrease rapidly upon hearing their testimony and then see the vision when they start to believe. The hypocrite Baha’u’llah agrees with people going to Heaven and being forced to keep believing by seeing God and enjoying him.

 

He said that the clouds symbolised what is against the desires of men and that Heaven symbolises glory from Heaven (page 211). Fanciful interpretations these. The clouds could picture something that hides – that could be what they are most likely to mean if they stood for something. And Heaven cannot picture exalted glory – but only elevation. The symbolic interpretations are implausible.

FURTHER READING

Baha’ i, Francis Beckwith, Bethany House Publishers, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1985
Baha’u’llah and the New Era, J.E. Esslemont, Baha’i Publishing Trust, London, 1974
Christ and Baha’u’llah, George Townsend, George Ronald, Oxford, 1983
Concise Guide to Today’s Religions, Josh Mc Dowell and Don Stewart, Scripture Press, Bucks, 1988
The History and Doctrines of the Baha’i Faith, Jim McCormick, Great Joy Publications, Belfast
The Light Shineth in Darkness, Udo Schaefer, George Ronald, Oxford, 1979