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Baha'i versus Christianity comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartBaha'iChristianity
Place of worship "House of Worship" (i.e. Temple) or any other place. Church, chapel, home bible study, personal dwellings.
Place of origin Persia (Shiraz, Iran (by the Bab) and Tehran, Iran (private by Bahaullah)), and Baghdad, Iraq (public by Bahaullah). Buried in Israel. Roman province of Judea.
Use of statues and pictures Baha'is do not pray to them. They do not have pictures of Baha'u'llah in their homes and can only see Him when they go on pilgrimage to Israel. Bahais do not worship names and attributes, but worship the Essence who is beyond understanding Art for representation of a story not for idolatry.
Practices Working in economy in service of people; and prayer, and fasting. "Feast" and Holy Day observances are practiced. All Baha'is teach the Faith and many participate in Study Circles in various locations throughout the world Baptism, Prayer, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion.
Means of salvation Through God's Manifestations. Bahaullah says it is impossible to believe in Him and disobey His laws. Surprisingly, Bahaullah says no one knows his own end (i.e. whether one is saved or not). We must do our best to love and obey the Manifestation Through Christ's Birth, Death, and Resurrection.
About Baha'i Faith believes in oneness, equality and unity of mankind, and has ushered in the Era of the unification of the world. Christianity consists of individuals who believe in the deity Jesus Christ. Its followers, called Christians, believe Christ is "the Son" of God, the Holy Trinity and walked the earth as the incarnate form of God ("the Father").
Clergy Baha'is have no clergy and Baha'u'llah's writings may be seens as anti-clerical by blaming religious leaders to have always rejected the coming of the promised ones of their religions. Pastor, Reverend, Minister, Missionary, Evangelist.
Belief of God One God who is beyond understanding and attributes (and even beyond existence itself). We know God only through His Manifestations (theism) and manifestations in creation (monism), though other methods of knowledge are also true. Relativity of truth. One God : Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All equal in power, nature, and eternal.
Life after death Unknown. Each person is on a continuum toward God, but no one knows for sure who's closer, not even Bahais. Baha'u'llah taught that the encounter with God promised in religions took place on earth with Baha'u'llah's appearance. Mankind was created to be eternal beings. Either eternally with God through acceptance of Jesus as Savior. Or eternally with Satan for rejection Jesus Christ's Salvation.
Scriptures The "Kitab-i-Aqdas" is considered the central book. Over 100 volumes of scripture. Baha'u'llah was the only Manifestation to write with His own pen over 20,000 Tablets of scripture. The Holy Bible
Human Nature Man is born in the image of perfection, with potential to exhibit all Divine attributes. We have free will to fulfill our potential. Bahaullah writes that man cannot be static, so if we are not progressing, then we must be regressing. Mankind inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of sin. Sin separate man from God. Salvation through Christ Jesus is needed in order to restore the broken relationship between man and God.
Religious Law Baha'is have a book of laws they must follow, the "Most Holy Book" the Kitab-i-Aqdas. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is necessary, required, and essential for salvation. The 10 Commandments is the law to show why one needs Jesus Christ's forgiveness. No one is capable of keep all the law, at all time, throughout all their lives.
Second coming of Jesus Baha'u'llah is the return of Christ in the glory of the Father to Whom Jesus prayed from the Cross (i.e. Bahaullah is the coming of the Speaker on Mount Sinai). He is the Promised One of all major world religions for this day -- the Day of God Affirmed.No one knows when he will return.
Founder Baha'u'llah, and His Herald the Bab THE TRINITY. (God The Father, Jesus The Son, And The Holy Spirit.)
God's role in salvation In this Era it is important that each person recognize Baha'u'llah. Although people can get to Heaven through other religions and Manifestations. Baha'i writings reject original sin. God sent His Son Jesus to earth to save all mankind. That all people who believe and accept Him would be saved. There is no other way to Heaven and restoration with God except through Salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.
Marriage Laws are only applicable to Bahais. They're described in the Book of Aqdas. Non-Bahais are not required to follow any Bahai laws. Laws include parental consent, the right to choose partner, reading special verses, requirement of 2 Bahai witnesses, et Man to woman. Is Holy in God's site. And is to last a lifetime.
Birth of Jesus Jesus was a Manifestation of God known as the Spirit of God and the Word of God, and His Mother is believed to be pure and sinless. His birth revolutionized all creation. Virgin Birth, through the Holy Spirit.
Goal of religion We are born to know, love, and worship God; and to recognize His Manifestation for our era (who in this day is Baha'u'llah). Baha'u'llah is the Promised One and Goal of religions. To have a relationship with Jesus Christ; restoration with God. To love God with all one's heart, mind, and soul. To love one another, share the gospel of Jesus Christ; to obey God.
Death of Jesus When Jesus died the whole of creation was shaken and moved by His Salvific martyrdom and blood. Death by crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. Will return. His ministry continues through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit until His return.
Offshoot religions N/A. Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry.
Definition Follower of Baha'u'llah. Disciple of Jesus Christ.
Identity of Jesus A divine Manifestation of God. He embodied all of God's Attributes. He is regarded as the "Spirit of God" and the "Word of God". Bahaullah claims to be the Father of The Spirit of Christ. The Son Of God. The physical representation of God on earth.
Legislation Universal House of Justice , in Haifa Israel. The UHJ decisions are without error. Given by Jesus Christ.
View of other Abrahamic religions The Prophets of the Abrahamic religions are manifestations of God. The line of Abrahamic prophets are listed in the Bible and Quran. They all came to prepare mankind for the Day of God, the Encounter with God. Judaism is regarded as a True religion but incomplete (without Gospel, and Messiah) Islam is regarded as a false religion, Christianity does not accept the Qur'an as true.
Ressurection of Jesus Viewed metaphorically, rather than literally. Believe that Jesus was physically resurrected.
Rites No mandatory rituals, but Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha gave Baha'is many instructions. Baptism and communion, laying on of hands, Anointing, speaking in tongues, marriage.
Goal of Philosophy To unite all religions into one. To bring all people to a relationship with God through the salvation given through Jesus Christ.
Branches Universal House of Justice, Orthodox, Reform, Caravan of East & West, Baptist, Lutheran, Church of God In Christ, Methodist.
Holy days 9 Holy Days.The Baha'i calendar consists of 19 months and 19 days to each month, with the left over days being the Baha'i gift giving and charity days of Ayyam-i-Ha. Christmas (celebration of the birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus), Sunday (day of rest), Easter (resurrection of Jesus), Lent (Catholicism), saints' feast days.
Population 8 million. But in another sense, all human beings are born Bahais whether they know it or not. Over a billion adherents worldwide.
Abrahamic Lineage Abraham's sons by Keturah. The Bab was through Hagar. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Belief of God One God. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Literal Meaning A Baha'i means one who is a follower of Baha (Glory/Splendor), or one who believes in "Baha" as the Greatest Name of God. "Baha" (Baha'u'llah) is believed to be that Glory that appeared to Moses and spoke to him on Mount Sinai. Follower Of Christ.
View of other Dharmic religions Moses, Abraham, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad and the Bab (a Twin Manifestation with Baha'u'llah and His Herald). False religion
Promised Holy one. Belief in the future Coming of another Manifestation of God. Jesus the Messiah came the first time to offer salvation to all mankind. In the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Christ will bring His church (Christians) to the land that He has prepared for them.
Authority of Dalai Lama N/A. None
Views on the afterlife Heaven is closeness to God and Hell is remoteness from God or being cut off from Him. Eternity in Heaven or Hell.
Status of Muhammad Seal of Prophets, Great and Last Messenger of God, Manifestation of God's attributes like the others. He is the Last Messenger of God before the coming of the Bab and then Bahaullah. Not Recognized in Christianity
Virtue on which religion is based upon Equality. Love.
Geographical distribution and predominance Next to Christianity, the Baha'i Faith is the most widely diffused religion in the world. Is a worldwide religion
Day of worship Every 19 days is a Feast Day, similar to Sunday for Christians. Feasts are conducted in various believers homes with a spiritual portion, a business portion and fellowship following it all. The Baha'is have their own calendar with Holy Days as well. Sunday, the Lord's Day.
Prophet All the Founders of the different world religions are Prophets. The cycle beginning with Adam ended with Muhammad as the Seal of Prophets, a new Cycle began with the Bab and Baha'u'llah that transcends Prophethood. Moses, Samuel, Nathan, Elijah, Elisha, and many others., as well as both Johns in the New Testament too.
Authority of Pope Baha'u'llah wrote Tablets to the Pope, who is the representative of the majority of Christians of His time. Baha'u'llah announced Himself as the Promised One of Christianity to the Pope. The Pope has no authority for the Christian. Only in Catholicism does the Pope have authority.
View of the Buddha A divine manifestation of God. A false God.
Followers Baha'is. Christian (follwers of Christ)
Jesus One of God's Divine Manifestations. Son Of God.
View of God One God who is beyond understanding and attributes. We know God only through His Manifestations and manifestations in creation. One God, Who Is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel Baha'is pray to God only, and God is unknowable in His Essence. Affirmed, in Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, & Anglican(Episcopalian)Christianity; most Protestants do not.
Direction of Prayer None, Bahais pray in all directions as God is location-less. For obligatory Prayers, Bahais face the location of the temple (human body) of Promised One of all religions, Bahaullah, who is now buried in Bahji, Israel. A conversation with God. Prayer is the Christians way to communicate with God.
View of other Oriental religions Believe that all religions should become one. Any religion that teaches there is any other truth but God or that there is any other requirement for Salvation other than Salvation through Jesus Christ is false.
Place and Time of origin Persia. 1844 AD Jerusalem, approx. 33 AD.
Original Language Persian and Arabic; Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice write in English. Aramaic, Greek, and Latin
Promised Holy One Baha'u'llah Second Coming Of Jesus Christ.
Virtue(s) on which religion is based upon Unity, Equality, Peace, Love, Balance, Moderation, Relativity, Mysticism, Anti-Superstition, Selflessness, Sacrifice, Long-sufferingness, Humility, Martyrdom, Patience, Strength. Love.
View of Animistic religions Baha'is believe that all religions should unite and become one religion, but that they still worship the same one God. Paganism is Heathenism. Witchcraft is communication and interaction with demons, fallen evil angelic beings.
Position of Abraham Ancestor of Bah-u-llah, by his second wife, Keturah, and Manifestation of God. Father of the faith.
Views about other religions Sent by God to communities throughout the work in past times. No other religion leads to God.
View on Abrahamic religions Believe that all religions should unite. All worship the One God.
War between two churches/ major sects The Universal House of Justice denomination denies there is any schism within Baha'i. However, there are Orthodox Baha'is, Reform Baha'is, etc. Many fundamentalist Protestants vehemently deny Catholics are Christian.
Status of Elohim One God. God
What is it? Baha'is is the Abrahamic religion founded by Bah-u-llah, a descendant of Abraham's wife Keturah. Christianity is the religion Founded By Christ, to which He Is Central to.

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