Baha'i vs Christianity

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Founder Baha'u'llah, and His Herald the Bab Jesus,Peter and Paul
Place of worship "House of Worship" (i.e. Temple) or any other place. Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings.
Concept of Deity God in His Essence is beyond oneness and even attributes. But His attributes are recognized in His Manifestations. God is unknowable so we can know of God only through the Manifestation. Baha'u'llah is the Appearance of God promised in all religions. Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Place of origin Persia (Shiraz, Iran (by the Bab) and Tehran, Iran (private by Bahaullah)), and Baghdad, Iraq (public by Bahaullah). Buried in Israel. Jerusalem
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 Prayers, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion.
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 Used in Catholicism Orthodox Christianity; statuary is not used in most Protestant denominations. Statues are not worshiped but looked to as a point of focus in prayer and meditation.
Scriptures Over 100 volumes of scripture. Baha'u'llah was the only Manifestation to write with His own pen over 20,000 Tablets of scripture. They are in the Baha'i Archives in Haifa Israel and less than 10% has been translated into English. The Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament.
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. Christ means "the anointed" or "Messiah". A Christian is a believer in Christ. A believer is also called and known as a saint in Protestant branches.
Angels Angels are symbolic for stand-out human beings with great spiritual qualities. Angels are servants of God used as messengers and warriors and guardians of humanity.
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. Priests, Monks, Bishops, Pastors, president. depending on denomination
Time of origin 1844 AD. (Bab), 1852 AD. (private Bahaullah) and 1863 AD. (public Bahaullah) Approx. 33 AD.
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. Man is appointed to die once, and then face judgment. Those who believe live on in heaven, while those that rejected God suffer eternity in hell. After the culmination of the events of the Book of Revelation all believers shall be bodily resurrected.
Definition Follower of Baha'u'llah. Follower of the Christ.
Status of Adam Adam symbolizes the first Manifestation of God sent to humanity. Another symbolism is that Adam represents the spirit of man and Eve represents the body of man. Adam was the first man created by God. He fell into temptation and brought sin and death to the human race.
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 death and resurrection. Salvation is by grace, through faith. Not by works, lest anyone should boast.
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. Son of the Living God and Saviour of the world. Second person of the Trinity.
About Baha'i Faith believes in oneness, equality and unity of mankind, and has ushered in the Era of the unification of the world. Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
Status of women Equality of men and women. No veils nor inferior status as in other religions. Spirit of God is often embodied in a Female form in Bahai scriptures, with whom Bahaullah has mystical and spiritual bond. Can become nuns in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and may be priests in Protestant churches. The Bible states that men and women have different roles but are not inferior. Women are equal to men in modern times.
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 love God and obey his commandments while creating a relationship with Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel so that others may also be saved.
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 God.
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. Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of sin. By knowing right and wrong Christians choose their actions. Humans are a fallen, broken race in need of salvation and repair by God.
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: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
Principle All religions should become one world religion (unity in diversity), its better to have no religion than religion that leads to disagreement and war. Science and religion are both ways to understand. The Promised Time is Here. God created man. Man sinned and fell under its curse. God redeems sinful man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those that He redeems, He regenerates them and they become "born-again".
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. Humans cannot save themselves or ascend on their own to a higher level. Only God is good and therefore only God is able to save a person. Jesus came down from Heaven to save mankind.
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 Marriage is between one man and one woman. Jesus affirms this in Mathew 19:3-9 ‘...Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’.
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.
Rites No mandatory rituals, but Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha gave Baha'is many instructions. Seven sacraments: Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, matrimony (Catholic Anglican and Orthodox). other denominations just Baptism and communion.
Branches Universal House of Justice, Orthodox, Reform, Caravan of East & West, Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant.
Religious Law Baha'is have a book of laws they must follow, the "Most Holy Book" the Kitab-i-Aqdas. The 10 Commandments and the New Commandment to "Love one another".
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 the date of return not even Jesus, only the Father.
Population 8 million. But in another sense, all human beings are born Bahais whether they know it or not. 2.1 Billion includes Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox and other Christians.
Legislation Universal House of Justice , in Haifa Israel. The UHJ decisions are without error. Varies through denomination.
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.
Clothes Encouraged to dress modestly so as not to become a toy for the perverse. Dress s left up to conscience of the people and according to customs of each culture. Conservative Christians dress Modestly (women usually put up their hair, dresses below knees, cover up the top, some even cover their head) men wear dress clothes do not show chests legs and arms. although Liberal Christians reject Prohibitions.
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. These have no real interest ultimately, in helping their worshipers. Demonic possession is common.
Offshoot religions N/A. Rastafarianism,Universalism, and Deism, and Masonry.
Ressurection of Jesus Viewed metaphorically, rather than literally. affirmed
Geographical predominance Widespread across the globe. More than 2,100 different ethnic and tribal groups are represented. The Baha'i Faith is illegal and suppressed in most Middle Eastern countries. Christianity exists strongly worldwide while it is concentrated in Europe, the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
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. Leader and overseer of the Catholic Church. his authority is completely rejected by Protestants, and is viewed by Orthodox as first among equals. Orthodox and Protestants reject Papal infallibility and Papal supremacy.
Geographical distribution and predominance Next to Christianity, the Baha'i Faith is the most widely diffused religion in the world. Europe, North & South America, Australia & New Zealand.
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. Noah ,Moses, Abraham, Isaac, David, Solomon Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Nahum, Elijah, Elisha, Obadiah, Amos, Hosea, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Malachi, Daniel, Nathan, John the Baptist and many others.
View of the Buddha A divine manifestation of God. N/A.
Views on the afterlife Heaven is closeness to God and Hell is remoteness from God or being cut off from Him. Heaven or Hell. May do temporal time in Purgatory.
Resurrection of Jesus Viewed as metaphorical, rather than literal. Although "miracles" do occur and are recorded for every Manifestation of God, they must be in accord with science. Affirmed
Concept of God Beyond understanding. One God who is beyond understanding and attributes. We know God only through His Manifestations and through all of creation (i.e. we know the Sun because of its light). Eternal, uncreated, triune, Single and unique, Creator of life and the universe, righteous, just, merciful. All-knowing, everywhere present.
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. Worship should be daily. Many Christians attend church on Sundays. only sundays is considered mandatory.
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). N/A.
View of God One God who is beyond understanding and attributes. We know God only through His Manifestations and manifestations in creation. Our Heavenly Father.
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. Sunday, Christmas, Holy Week & Easter, Pentecost, Saints' Feast Days
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. False Prophet with wrong Ideas about God and Jesus, and the Bible.
Abrahamic Lineage Abraham's sons by Keturah. The Bab was through Hagar. The Lord Jesus was a Descendant of Abraham, via his son Isaac & grandson Jacob.
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.
Virtue in which religion is based upon Unity, Equality, Peace, and Balance, Moderation, Relativity, Mysticism, Selflessness, Sacrifice, Long-sufferingness, Humility, Martyrdom, Patience, strength. Love, Repentance of sins.
Promised Holy one. Belief in the future Coming of another Manifestation of God. Second Coming of Christ
View of other Oriental religions Believe that all religions should become one. N/A.
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. Catholics and Orthodox usually face Jerusalem in their prayers but it is not considered necessary, but recommended. God is present everywhere recent reforms have prompted many Christians to not face anywhere in their prayers.
Original Language Persian and Arabic; Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice write in English. Aramaic, Greek, and Latin
Goal of Philosophy To unite all religions into one. Objective reality. Worship of God who created life, the universe, and is eternal. Christianity has its own philosophy, found in the 66 books of the Bible.
Teachings about Behavior Deeds are greater than words, even death is better than words without deeds. And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself;” Go and sin no more- John 8
Authority of Dalai Lama N/A. N/A.
Virtue on which religion is based upon Equality. Love.
Place and Time of origin Persia. 1844 AD Approx. 33 AD.
Jesus One of God's Divine Manifestations. The Son Of God.
View of Dharmic religions Sent by God to communities in the ancient times. N/A.
Views about other religions Sent by God to communities throughout the work in past times. all other religions are false and founded by satan. Judaism being a unique exception, Jews viewed as ignorant of the Messiah.
Promised Holy One Baha'u'llah Second Coming Of Christ.
Followers Baha'is. Christian (follwers of Christ)
Belief of God One God. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Position of Abraham Ancestor of Bah-u-llah and Manifestation of God. Father in Faith.
View on Abrahamic religions Believe that all religions should unite. Believe that Jews are right, except for their rejection of Christ; believe that Muhammad & Bah-u-llah are false prophets.
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. Catholics & Protestants used to be at war in Norther Ireland; In USA, many fundamentalist Protestants vehemently deny Catholics are Christian.

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July 1, 2013, 12:44am

U messed up marriage and modesty, the Bible clearly says marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman. For 'no prohibitions', too many verses. http://www.openbible.info/topics/modest_apparel

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May 21, 2013, 8:55pm

Bahaism is a modern, Christianity a pre-modern faith. Bahaism is liberal in its interpretation of scripture, and is closer to reformist Christian thinkers like Bultmann and Kung. The overwhelming majority of fundamentalist Christians are in some way literalists in their beliefs. The Son of God is a title with they take literally, compromising Christianity as a unitarian faith. Bahais, like Muslims and Jews believe in a transcendent God. For God to take the form of a man is an impossibility.

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May 22, 2012, 3:34pm

Nothing could be greater than marrying a devout Baha'i since Baha'u'llah is the return of Christ and by denying Him you lose both Him and Jesus since the two are One!

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February 11, 2012, 1:27am

As a born-again Christian, I truly believe the only person you should marry is another born-again Christian. According to God's Word (the Bible), we should not be unequally yoked. I made the horrible mistake of marrying a Baha'i' years ago, and we have had nothing but problems. I should have researched in the very beginning his faith and what he truly believes before agreeing to marry him. We as Christians know that there is no other salvation except through Jesus Christ and His shed blood on Calvary by putting our faith and trust in Him!! Baha'i's believe that their prophet, Bahaullah, is the second coming of Jesus Christ with a new name meaning "Glory of God". He claims to have done that in 1844. I don't know HOW I could have been so stupid as to think this would not affect me and our relationship. I thought we would be able to 'agree to disagree'. Wrong!!! It is now eating me like a cancer, and it has affected my physical, mental and spiritual health. It is not worth it. I am in love with my husband and pray for his salvation every day, but we are headed in two entirely different directions eternally. If he were Catholic instead, I still would not marry him TODAY. There is a big difference between Protestant and Catholic. The Catholics pray to Mary, and there is only one mediator between man and God, and that is Jesus Christ. A Christian prays to Jesus and none other. I have learned the hard way that it is so important to be fully grounded in your beliefs for it is the most important decision in your life. Yes, it seemed impossible at the time for me to say no to marriage to this person, but it would have been the right thing to do. May God bless you in your future and help you to make the right decision in choosing a partner for life. Most of all, I hope you truly know Christ as your Savior and spend eternity with Him, for regardless of what your life holds for you here on this earth, it will be worth it all one day!!!

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October 9, 2011, 8:54pm

Just convert to catholocism. It will be a lot easier on you.

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March 24, 2011, 3:53pm

hi i am a christian young man...n i am trying to seek help on whether i should continue dating a catholic woman..i love her to death n the only thing that is slowing us down is our religion, some how i feel i should continue just bcause we connect like that...but then again it gets to me will i become a catholic too...or should i stay christian...i mean i do love her n this is the point where i make a decision...she wants me to follow her way...but then again what about my way...should i have a saying in this...or just go along with...i am just confuse on whether we should go forth in our relationship...cause in the end i want to live my life as a holy man n a follower of jesus christ....

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November 22, 2010, 11:46am

Love God and your neighbor as yourself is a process requiring a person to know himself, to know why he re-enacts, recreates his life in patterns wasting energy, separating himself from his true nature and from God. Gospel of Thomas says if you know what is inside you it can help you; if you don't know what is inside you it can kill you. Christ came to the earth, sacrificed from deity to mankind, in order to lead us, instruct us to the truth. When mankind murdered Christ, God through Christ sent the Holy Spirit to counsel us, and to send us to teachers, counselors, physicians of the soul to teach us the non violent kingdom of God is Gtotally separate from the vilolent kindom of man. Whenever the spoken or written word deviates from that principle, whenever it separates us from the non violent God it's not from the Holy Spirit; when it connects to God, moves to make us whole it is of the Holy Spirit.

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