Bahai Who Are The Central Figures?
The Bahai (Bahai) religion embraces several prominent individuals as central figures in the establishment of their beliefs and practices. The Bahaullah (Bahaullah)claimed that he was the manifestation of God that would take mankind to the next stage of human development. The Bahais believe that he is the fulfillment of the coming one as projected in the holy writings of all religions.
For the Jews, he was the Everlasting Father; for the Christian, he was the return of Christ; to the Muslims, he is The Great Announcement spoken of in the Quran; he was the Shah Bahram of the Zoroastrian scriptures; he was the Kalki Avatar of the Hindu writings; he was the Maitreya Buddha, the hope of Buddhism.
The Bahaullah was originally a follower of the Babi religion founded by the Bab. The Bab, as a youth, was devout and pious, a seeker after religious things and went on a pilgrimage. Later he had a series of divine revelations and visionary dreams and began to write holy verse. He considered himself to be blessed with the grace of the Hidden Imam -- Imam being a Sign of God on earth who receives inspiration from God. Bahais accept him as an independent manifestation of God and the forerunner of The Bahaullah.
Abdul Baha was successor to The Bahaullah; he endeavored to keep the faith united and coordinated. He suffered early opposition from his half brother who openly sought to oppose and discredit him. Abdul Baha constructed a sacred covenant which ensured the preservation of Bahai unity to those who rendered obedience to the properly appointed leader of the faith.
Shogi Effendi Rabbání was the leader in succession to Abdul Baha from 1922 to his death. He was succeeded by the Hands of the Cause who acted as custodians of the faith until the election of the Universal House of Justice, the supreme ruling body of the Bahai faith in 1963. Hands of the Cause were made up of prominent Bahais.
Bahai Basic Beliefs
The Bahai religion asserts that God is the ultimate cause of all things existing and that everything reflects his power, man particularly reflecting his attributes. To the Bahais, God is himself, unknowable, and can only be known through his manifestations: Adam, Abraham, Moses, Zoroaster, Krishna, The Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab, and The Bahaullah. Unlike the Christian belief that Christ was God Incarnate, Shogi Effendi Rabbání, one of the central leaders of the faith, rejected the idea of incarnation. The aforementioned Manifestations of God were simply mirrors who reflect Gods glory, and transmit divine knowledge and grace to mankind.
The Bahais believe that mankind is uniquely different from other forms of animal life.. They believe that humans were created with a spiritual capacity and responsibility to reflect the divine attributes of the creator. Bahai doctrine includes the concept of man with two natures -- a lower nature and a higher nature. Man must work hard to make sure that the divine nature within him overcomes the satanic nature. If not, they believe man will become the basest of characters instead of achieving excellence. Man must seek justice, fair treatment towards all, love, kindliness, friendliness, compassion, charity, forbearance, generosity, trustworthiness, and truthfulness. In his interaction with others in society, man must guard against hypocrisy and self-deception, strive for purity, and cultivate self-control.
Bahai - Is it compatible with Christianity
The Bahai religion does not force its new converts to reject their former beliefs and doctrines in order to embrace the tenets of the Bahai faith. One of the goals of the Bahai religion is the unity of all religions and the preservation of all that is good from all world religions. Other religions require followers to give up their old lives when they are converted. The Bahais see the central figures in other religions, such as Buddha and Christ, as manifestations of the same Absolute Reality, so new converts to Bahai have no reason to reject these personages.
The Bahais believe that the Bab was the spiritual return of John the Baptist and The Bahaullah was Christ returned in the glory of the Father. The Bahais believed that whatever extent organized Christianity accepted the tenets of The Bahaullah that was the extent of their success. The loss of power by the papacy, invasion of secularism into Christian institutions, divisiveness, and the emergence of obscure cults were all results of the rejection of Bahai truths and ideas. The Bahais accepted the Immaculate Conception and accepted that Peter was the highest apostle.
They viewed Christianity as the fulfillment of Judaism. To the Bahais, Jesus was simply another manifestation of God -- among many others -- whose miracles were interpreted symbolically, not as physical realities. Christs resurrection was also viewed as spiritual and not actual. In essence, though the Bahais regarded Christ as a respected figure, they ultimately rejected Him as God in the flesh and the only means of access to the true and living God. In John 14:6-7, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him and have seen him!"
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