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Baha'i versus Cao Dai comparison chart
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Place of worship "House of Worship" (i.e. Temple) or any other place. Temple.
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 Common.
Place of origin Persia (Shiraz, Iran (by the Bab) and Tehran, Iran (private by Bahaullah)), and Baghdad, Iraq (public by Bahaullah). Buried in Israel. Vietnam
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. One God.
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 Prayer, Veneration of ancestors, Nonviolence, and vegetarianism.
Angels Angels are symbolic for stand-out human beings with great spiritual qualities. Angels are God's messengers.
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. 1)Prayers of the Heavenly and Earthly Way. 2)The Religious Constitution of Cao Daism. 3)The New Canonical Codes. 4)Compilation of Divine Messages. 5)Sermons of His Holiness, Ho Phap Pham Cong Tac.
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, etc.
Founder Baha'u'llah, and His Herald the Bab Ngo Van Chieu.
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. All religions should become one world religion.
About Baha'i Faith believes in oneness, equality and unity of mankind, and has ushered in the Era of the unification of the world. Cao Dai is an Oriental religion, originating with messages received by Ngo Van Chieu, from God, about uniting the different world religions.
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. Ancestors are also worshipped.
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. First man.
Definition Follower of Baha'u'llah. God's Palace.
Time of origin 1844 AD. (Bab), 1852 AD. (private Bahaullah) and 1863 AD. (public Bahaullah) Early part of the 20'Th Century.
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. Hoi Yen Dieu Tri
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 unite all the world religions into one religion.
Branches Universal House of Justice, Orthodox, Reform, Caravan of East & West, Tay Ninh Holy See, Chieu Minh, Ben Tre, Da Nang, etc.
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. They believe that all religions should unite into one world religion.
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 Between one man and one woman.
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. Jesus is One of the Religious Figures revered in Cao Dai.
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. Vietnam, United States, Europe, and Australia.
Abrahamic Lineage Abraham's sons by Keturah. The Bab was through Hagar. N/A.
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. God's Palace.
Geographical distribution and predominance Next to Christianity, the Baha'i Faith is the most widely diffused religion in the world. Vietnam, North America.
Legislation Universal House of Justice , in Haifa Israel. The UHJ decisions are without error. The head Executive Branch is called 'Giao Tong.'
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. All the Founders of the Different world religions, and even some famous historical people that did not found any religion.
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. Cao Daists believe that all religions should unite and become one religion.
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). Buddha is counted amongst Cao Dai's religious figures.
View of God One God who is beyond understanding and attributes. We know God only through His Manifestations and manifestations in creation. One God.
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. N/A.
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). Before God Existed, there was the concept of the Tao.God was Born from the Big Bang.
View of Oriental religions Baha'i is an Abrahamic religion, but, it believes that all religions should unite into one world religion. Confucius and Lao Tzu are also included amongst Cao Dai's religious figures. They also worship ancestors, & other spirits, in accordance with Oriental religious belief.
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel Baha'is pray to God only, and God is unknowable in His Essence. N/A.
View of the Buddha A divine manifestation of God. Buddha is one of the religious figures revered in Cao Dai.
Place and Time of origin Persia. 1844 AD Vietnam. Early part of the 20'Th Century.
View of other Oriental religions Believe that all religions should become one. Believes that all religions should unite as one religion.
Original Language Persian and Arabic; Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice write in English. Vietnamese.
Belief of God One God. One God, one goddess, and, ancestors are also worshipped as well.
Authority of Dalai Lama N/A. N/A.

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