Member Matthew Light suggested I start a thread on the Baha’i approach to reconciling Islam with Christianity. I questioned how Baha’i could claim to love Christians, given that they acknowledge as a prophet one who denies that Jesus was the Son of God.
My preliminary skirmishes with Baha’i web sites suggest that Baha’i is far more orientated towards Islam than Christianity. Like Islam, it does not appear to recognize that God sent any son to earth. This is taken from info.baha’i.org.
Bahá’ís believe that there is only one God, the Creator of the universe. Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, each of Whom has founded a great religion. The Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. This succession of divine Teachers reflects a single historic “plan of God” for educating humanity about the Creator and for cultivating the spiritual, intellectual, and moral capacities of the race. The goal has been to develop the innate noble characteristics of every human being, and to prepare the way for an advancing global civilization. Knowledge of God’s will for humanity in the modern age, Bahá’ís believe, was revealed just over one hundred years ago by Bahá’u’lláh, Who is the latest of these divine Messengers.
The “last prophet” is always going to be the one with the most influence. Since the last prophet recognized by Baha’i is Muhammad then he is predictably going to trump Jesus, whose son-ship he famously denies in the Koran, which was largely written by a non-Christian Jewish scribe with input from the illiterate Muhammad.
As with ‘enlightened’ Islam operating in Western countries, Baha’i also does not recognize the divine order in Christianity and Judaism of men over women (1 Cor 11;3) that is firmly grounded in Old Testament law (Gen 3:16). Men and women are said to be equal in Baha’i and ‘enlightened’ Islam with rights of divorce by the wife - something never granted by Judaism or allowed by Christ. This seems to be born out in peevish posts on some Baha’i www sites.
My take on Islam and Baha’i is this: Baha’i and Islam are completely irreconcilable with Christianity. Neither Islam nor Baha’i are on the Christian wavelength.
Islam, despite calling itself a faith, promulgates justification by law, and the only “faith” involved is blind faith in Muhammad as the prophet of God. However Muhammad does not in the Koran betray the slightest knowledge of the Christian religion besides the fact that it originates in the Old Testament, which Islam does not except for its Jewish connections, despite claiming that it does. As a side note the Ishmael connection is misconceived. Whether Ishmael ever went to Arabia seems to be a matter of sheer conjecture, but more importantly, Islam is derived from contemporary Arabic paganism at the time of Muhammad, which was based on moon worship, as admixed during Muhammad’s life with contemporary Jewish monotheism, with new material from Muhammad.
Baha’i seems to preach justification by works, or blind faith in the value of ones own works.
Whereas Christians at least of the protestant variety preach justification only through the blood of Christ, which was the only future prophet / son of God predicted by the Old Testament besides John the Baptist.