This observation, by the way, is not intended as a criticism of Dr. Hickey, whose work I respect enormously. For further study, see Francis J. Beckwith,“Baha’i–Christian Dialogue: Some Key Issues Considered,” Christian Research Journal (1989) 11, 3, available through the Christian Research Institute (CRI) at www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/. eds., 1961. also argue that, despite the Baháʼí Faith's claim of unity, there are numerous theological differences between Islam and the Baháʼí Faith,[3] with one critic, Imran Shaykh, arguing that the disparities are evidence to the Baháʼí Faith not being a natural progression of Islam, as is claimed.[12]. The intended audience is primarily an academic one with exposure to source criticism: As the goal is maximal inclusion, works of unknown authentication status, oral statements and provisional translations are all included; and as a consequence this resource may not be suitable for the general Bahá’í reader or for those seeking an introduction to the Bahá’í teachings. Many Baháʼí authors have commented[15][excessive citations] that the intention of the comments were in line with a modern understanding of evolution and that the apparent conflict is an unfortunate semantic mistake. Acts 4:12). The greatest criticism of the Baha’i faith (or the Baha’i cult as observed by many analysts) is the numerous contradictions in their principles and scripture. Bahá'í International Community (PRO) Official web site The Bahai Faith & Religious Freedom of Conscience Internal criticism of alleged Baha'i conservatism. Part A is a response to theological problems in Baha'iism and takes the form of a reply to a Baha'i publication of their scriptures, The Proofs of Baha’u’llah’s Mission. Since outsiders can rarely be bothered with the diacriticals, the use of the Baha'i "house style" (whether for this, or for other Arabic / Persian words) is a reliable sign that a text was auth… We have divided this critique into two parts. Also auctions are held of different used Clothings of Baha'i Leaders for fund raising. See, for example: Anjam Khursheed (1987). "Baha'i Faith: Has commercial businesses, they collect money from poor Indians, Burmese, Nepalis, Pakistanis in the name of Community Banking and then use these funds for proselytizing. Each revelator reveals as much revelation as the faithful are ready to receive. The Bahá’í Faith is a religion founded by Bahá’u’lláh in 19th-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. The first Guardian, Shoghi Effendi, had nobody eligible to appoint and died in 1957 without writing a will[20] and making an appointment. 2 [Tehran, n.d., being a repaginated reprint of a collection of writings originally preceded by the Kitāb al-aqdas, first printed Bombay, 1314/1896], p. 177); 'verily, I am God' (letter in Ishrāq Khāvarī Māʾida, vol. If, on the other hand, God's own nature is said to be contradictory, that is, that God is both one God and many gods, that God is both able and not able to have a son, personal and impersonal, etc., then the Bahaʼi concept of God is reduced to meaninglessness. [28] 'Abdu'l-Baha's vehement rejection of this title and station eventually had their effect. The Christian doctrine of atonement is commonly understood to exclude all other religions as a path to God. Al-Kitab Al-Aqdas Or the Most Holy Book (Vol. The Bahá’í Faith, its origins, teachings and practices, and Bahá’í activities in the world today. The rhetoric has become far removed from a pure concern to uphold justice and the rights of individuals within the community; ti has developed into the fomentation of contention about some of the most fundamental beliefs of the Faith and an attack on the basis of the Covenant which, alone, is the ultimate guarantee that the Faith will remain true to its divine origin throughout the centuries. How new members are found Dangerous Cults: With many cults, you don't get to know what you are getting into until after you have made a commitment Baha'i Faith: There are secrets but these secrets are not known to the poor, innocent, newly converted Baha'is. As its origins suggest, the Bahai faith borrows happily from other religions. There are around six million Bahá’ís in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Elder, E.E., Miller, W.M. There are several Bahai admins on the page that prevent any real critical statements from staying on the page. Browne argued that while they are admirable, they are, in his opinion, inferior to the simplicity and beauty of the teachings of Christ. Baháʼu'lláh claimed to be a Manifestation of God, which is the Baháʼí term for people like Jesus and Muhammad. Likewise, Christianity is committed to Christ as “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6, emphasis added; cf. Criticism is a waste of strength that could be diverted into cooperation and achieving the Plan. It is clear then that criticism is allowed, but it should be addressed to the institutions of the Faith and not aired in the community where it might foment division and misunderstandings. When Criticism and Harsh Words Arise "When criticism and harsh words arise within a Bahá’í community, there is no remedy except to put the past behind one, and persuade all concerned to turn over a new leaf, and for the sake of God and His Faith refrain from mentioning the subjects which have led to misunderstanding and inharmony. Part A is a response to theological problems in Baha'iism and takes the form of a reply to a Baha'i publication of their scriptures, The Proofs of Baha’u’llah’s Mission. 29:30. [6], Baháʼí authors have written in response that the contradictory teachings are either social laws that change from age to age, as part of a progressive revelation, or human error introduced to the more ancient faiths over time. 324. [11], Juan Cole converted to the Baháʼí Faith in 1972, but later resigned in 1996 after conflicts with members of the administration who perceived him as extreme. Each revelator reveals as much revelation as the faithful are ready to receive. Christians have been known to dismiss the Baháʼí Faith as a syncretic combination of faiths[2] or point to discrepancies between faiths to contradict the idea of unity of religion. The last of the three is a compilation on scholarship, "Issues Related to the Study of the Baha'i Faith," which was published in Baha'i Canada, May 1998. In the Baha’i Faith, the Bible is sacred text just like the Baha’i Writings. Based on "Combatting Cult Mind Control" by Steven Hassan, here are the criteria for determining "cults": 1. The Baha'i Faith is now led by the Universal House of Justice (located on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel) as provided for in Baha'u'llah's Writings. Of uncertain ancestry, some propose Haliwa-Saponi heritage, she was certainly black but of free black people in Halifax County, NC.. Criticism breeds opposition. In Theory of Religious Cycles: Tradition, Modernity and the Bahá’í Faith Mikhail Sergeev offers a new interpretation of the Soviet period of Russian history as a phase within the religious evolution of humankind by developing a theory of religious cycles, which he applies to modernity and to all the major world faiths of Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. The Baha'i Faith and Complexity - Duration: 29:30. A Catholic Christian Critique of the Baha'i Faith. Regarding the Baháʼí teachings of peace and unity, E.G. Showing the good that the Bahá'í Faith can do for women. Criticism allows confusion and discord to reign. ed. From its start there have been controversies and challenges over its teachings and accusations against its leaders. Bahá'ís generally believe that the proof of the truth of the religion can be found through independent investigation. The precise nature of Bahāʾ Allāh's claims is difficult to establish. Nevertheless, it is difficult to avoid the suspicion that he himself made much more radical claims than this in parts of his later writings. This observation, by the way, is not intended as a criticism of Dr. Hickey, whose work I respect enormously. Baha'i encyclicals condemn such scholarship, uninformed by religious faith, as "dogmatic materialism." Tensions between Subh-i-Azal and Baháʼu'lláh grew in Baghdad and escalated in Istanbul and Edirne. 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