Apologetics- Baha'i by BrianCharles



                                           Baha'ism claims to be the ultimate fulfillment of Judaism,
                                           Buddhism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, and Christianity.
                                           While proclaiming the merits of all world religions, Baha'ism
                                           also insists that these faiths must now concede to the
                                           supremacy of God's fulfilled revelation in Baha'u'llah.

                                           Baha'i is the world's second fastest growing religion and is
                                           taking college campuses by storm.

                                           A 25-year-old businessman, known as Mirza All Muhammad
                                           (1819-1850), announced in 1844 that he was the Bab
                                           ("Gate"), the forerunner of the "Promised One" who would
                                           be a manifestation of God. Six years later, he was killed.
                                           One of his followers, a Persian nobleman named Mirza
                                           Husayn Ali, known today as Baha'u'llah ("the glory of God"),
                                           came to believe he was the one prophesied by Mirza All

                                           Baha'u'llah declared that he was the promised Madhi
                                           (Messiah), a progressive revelation of God onward from
                                           Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, and
                                           Muhammad. This is the nine godhead theory that they

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                                           The 12 principles of faith:

                                           1. The independent search for truth
                                           2. The oneness of the human race
                                           3. The unity of all religions
                                           4. The elimination of all prejudice
                                           5. The harmony of science and religion
                                           6. The equality of men and women
                                           7. Universal education
                                           8. A universal language
                                           9. Abolition of extreme wealth and poverty
                                           10. A world court
                                           11. Work as worship
                                           12. Justice with universal peace

                                           The religious practices of Baha'ism are similar to Islam
                                           though the two faiths are entirely separate religious systems.
                                           The Baha'i faith seriously offends orthodox Muslims in its
                                           belief that the line of prophets does not end with Muhammad
                                           but includes Baha'u'llah and prophets yet to come.

                                           Worship is held every 19 days at the "19 Day Feast". The
                                           plan of salvation for Baha'i is the striving for the possibility
                                           of evolution through spiritual development to attain nearness
                                           to God. Those who don't reach this level of consciousness
                                           are doomed to be separated from God for eternity.

                                                                 Baha'i home page

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