Christ and Baha’u’llah Both have many stories re the lives they lived.
I thought this would be a good Topic for us to share together.
I do not intend this to be a Baha’i vs Christian Discussion, I would like to explore the lives of the Heralds of both the Christian and Baha’i Faith before they proclaimed their mission.
Until that time they were both looked upon as a follower of the religion they were born in. So how were they seen? How did they live their lives?
I found this story about Jesus;
At twelve years of age, a young Jewish boy becomes legally “a son of the Law”. This ceremony still exists today, (called a Bah Mitzvah), where the young boy answers the priests’ questions about the sacred texts in the presence of his family. Then they congratulate him and shower him with sweetmeats and flower petals.
Even though it is not in the gospel of Luke, this is probably when his three day disappearance and discovery in the temple in Jerusalem occurred. This amusing story is probably taken from Mary’s memories and confidences.
Each year, the Holy Family went with many of their neighbors, parents and friends to Jerusalem to celebrate the great feast of Passover in the temple in Jerusalem.
During the long walk, the children moved along the line, talking to one friend, and then another.
Every year about ten thousand pilgrims came from the four corners of the world to crowd into the temple. Jesus, who had gone there every year, knew the layout of the temple perfectly.
But this time we do not know why He went to sit among the doctors of the law, the Scribes and the great intellectuals of Jewish society. Carried along by His prodigious, precocious memory, He began to debate and even question their views about the Sacred Scriptures!
Mary was upset, but she knew that the hand of the Lord was on Him. Joseph, the head of the family, was very worried. Yet not a word of reproach came from his lips when they found Him seated among the professors and wise men, who were listening to Him with eyes full of admiration.
His mother said:
"Son, why have you done this to us?"
He was visibly troubled by His parents’ worry, and replied:
"Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I had to be in my Father's house"!
Mary’s maternal instinct had perturbed her. But what does a mother do who loses her child and finds him again? She takes Him in her arms and forgives Him….
Jesus was moved by this proof of Mary’s devotion; he had not wanted to worry her. He returned therefore with them to Nazareth and Luke says in : v 51… He was obedient to them… Link - historel.net/english/christ/03enfant.htm#12
This is a story of Baha’u’llah as a young child.
His son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, said this concerning His childhood: “… Husayn Ali (Bahá’u’lláh), belonged to the nobility of Persia. From earliest childhood He was distinguished among His relatives and friends.… In wisdom, intelligence and as a source of new knowledge, He was advanced beyond His age and superior to His surroundings. All who knew Him were astonished at His precocity. It was usual for them to say, ‘Such a child will not live,’ for it is commonly believed that precocious children do not reach maturity.” Link - bahaullah.org/iran/bahaullah-childhood