Yes, Bab started a cult,
Belief in God. Items 1-5 are the Bahá’i’s belief about God and his prophets.
They appeal to 1 John 4:2-3 saying that the antiChrist does not believe in Jesus, they do.
While they affirm the Lordship of Jesus, they say there will be another Lord appealing to Zechariah 14:9
They take an spiritual approach in understanding the Bible, for this they appeal to 1 Corinthians 2:13-14.
Contrary to the mainline Islamic belief, they affirm the divine inspiration and preservation of the Holy Scriptures
They affirm the “heavenly Gospel” and the spiritual development mentioned therein but they say that “even today men… misinterpret its words of wisdom.”
They say that there are three levels of being, humans, Manifestations and God denying the existence of demons, angels, archangels, etc.
They say these are just symbolic of “varying stages of human development,” demons (imperfection) and angels (spirituality).
They distinguish inspiration and revelation. Revelation is accessible only to Manifestations because it is “infallible and direct perception of god’s creative Word” while inspiration available even to ordinary persons (philosophers, reformers, saints, mystics, etc.)
Responding to the Challenges of Bahá’i World Faith
Since they use the scriptures to suit what their adherents itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3) would like to hear, witnessing to them starts on what is the proper way to interpret the scriptures–literal, historical, grammatical. But their method is to allegorize the scriptures to suit their assumptions therefore this is where the Christian witness must start to wrestle to tell them how correctly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
What makes this cult group specially dangerous is its subtle form of pluralism. It is like a sponge with evolving doctrines that absorbs from all the other teachings harmonizing them as if they can really be harmonized dealing away with the conflicts in their core differences by saying the ordinary man has a limited understanding and that only the Manifestations of God has infallible understanding of God’s message to mankind.
The Lord Jesus himself said,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” (John 14:6)
There is no way of getting around this explicit passage. This is even corroborated by Peter’s message at Pentecost,
“There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!” (Acts 4:12)
And by Paul in 1 Timothy 2:5,
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
And in Galatians 3:20,
“Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.”
Since they have done away with the reality of hell as a place for conscious punishment for the unbelievers, the significance of the believe in the Gospel is watered down this must also be addressed