Thank you for your responses.
I have only talked to one person from their religion and he is pretty knowledgeable about their beliefs. He gets a lot of his information from his parents who seem to be scholars of their religion, writing books and doing mission work.
So far I have had 3 separate conversations with him, two five hour conversations and one eight hour conversation. From what I got out of the enduring dialogue they believe that the second coming of Christ has already taken place under the name and person of Bahá’u’lláh which supposedly means “Glory of God.” They reference Rev. 3:12 "’“The victor I will make into a pillar in the temple of my God and he will never leave it again. On him I will inscribe the name of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, as well as my new name.” And they claim that this new name is Bahá’u’lláh whose ministry was started in 1863 and was previously “made way” or “proclaimed” by the Bab.
During Bahá’u’lláh’s life he wrote a number of books which describe to the people of the Baha’i religion how they are to worship God and how certain major religions of the history of the world are progressive revelations from God, each designed for its specific historical era. “The Baha’i religion teaches that Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, Muhammad, and the Bab (the Persian founder of a nineteenth-century religious movement which laid the foundation for Baha’ism) were all prophets or manifestations of God for their time.” And from each “manifestation” sprung followers who eventually distorted God’s revelation by trying to interpret scripture for themselves and claiming to have authority of interpretation.
Jack, the guy I am dialoguing with, references Daniel 12:4 which says “As fro you, Daniel, keep secret the message and seal the book until the end time; many shall fall away and evil shall increase.” Jack says that all interpretation of scriptures (Quran, Bible, ect.), which he claims is “the book”, cannot be totally true until “the book” is opened by the second coming of Christ which he claims is Bahá’u’lláh. He then goes on to try and show me that since 1863 their has been many that have fallen away (his example, Church clergy) and evil has increased (his example, distortion of marriage, abortion, AIDS, ect.). The Baha’i religion believes that the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’u’lláh’s son Abdul Baha’i, and the Bab are those that are divine and inerrant and explain “the message”, having the authority of interpretation.
Bahá’u’lláh’s main emphasis in teaching is world unity, Bringing all the people of the world under one faith, the Baha’i faith. The Baha’i religion claims though the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh that God’s plan was to reach many different people of the world through progressive revelation then bring it all together with the Baha’i faith.
All of these are the general beliefs of the Baha’i faith.
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