THE BAHAI RELIGION:
IS IT COMPATIBLE WITH CHRISTIANITY?
Praise the Lord!
There is a religion that is growing rapidly behind the scenes in the world picture. This religion is the one known as the Bahai faith. I figured I should post a page on my web site dealing with this fast growing religion. It could be the religion which actually ushers in the Biblical prophetic Word concerning a last days ruler, who is known as the Anti Christ. We need to note three facts concerning the Bahai faith:
1) Adherants of the Bahai religion will concede that Jesus Christ was a a prophet.
2) In fact, their religion teaches that He was one of a line of prophets who were the manifestation of God on earth.They believe that there were nine manifestations of the revelation of God throughout history: Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Confucius, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Hare Krishna, Bab, and Baha’ Ullah. They don’t deal with the major contradictions that each one of these prophets had with each other in their teachings. They believe that Baha’ Ullah superceded all who came before him.
3) They will state that the Bible is the Word of God, Holy Scriptures that were introduced to humanity, and as such were the very Word of God (for a period of time, until the next prophet came along and introduced his scriptures to the world). They will even go so far as to say that the Bible is still relevant for those who choose to follow it.
On these three premises we must come to terms with what the TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS.
Pilate asked Jesus “What is Truth”, while he was in the presence of the ONE Who had declared ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and NO ONE can come to the Father but by Me (John 14:6).”
Many people are like Pilate, who when confronted with the TRUTH that is in Jesus Christ, will not or CAN NOT recognize it as TRUTH. That is because they are being duped by the god of this world, Satan:
2 Cor 4:3-6 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid
to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
ALTHOUGH THEY HOLD TO MANY PHILOSOPICAL REASONINGS, THOSE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST ARE PREVENTED FROM BEING ABLE TO DISTINGUISH THEIR PHILOSOPHICAL MUSINGS FROM A LIVING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. THEY MISS THE LIGHT OF THE TRUTH THAT IS IN JESUS CHRIST.
What happens with people like this is that they end up becoming “busy” about attempting to establish their own righteousness, instead of relying on the Righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Many frustrations will result because of their inability to fulfill that inward need for True Righteousness. They start comparing themselves with others in order to feel better about where they are at.
The unfortunate thing is that they fail to achieve the lasting Peace that is found in Jesus Christ, Who is not only the Word of God manifested in the Flesh, but Who also created all things for Himself (Colossians 1:16).
Although Moses and Abraham spoke to many people while they were on the earth, they never claimed to be the ONLY way to the Father.
Neither did Muhammad, although he professed to be his god’s prophet.
Neither did Buddha, who was not as much concerned with whether there was a God, as he was about eventually reaching a state of “blissful Nothingness” called Nirvana…(how can nothingness be blissful, or anything at all?).
The followers of Baha Ullah (Bahai) believe him to be “He whom God shall Manifest”. But even Baha Ullah never made the claim that Jesus Christ did…that “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, AND NO ONE CAN COME TO THE FATHER BUT THROUGH ME.”
The predecessor of Baha Ullah was the Bab, and
he professed to be “the gate or the door”, this in direct contradiction to
Jesus Christ, Who proclaimed:
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Like his predecessor, the Bab, Baha Ullah died, was buried, and his body remains in the grave in Haifa, Israel.
Muhammad’s body, and every other “prophet” that lived, remains in the grave where it was planted, except Jesus Christ.
Baha Ullah left a will, in which he designated his son, Abdul-Baha as the leader of his newfound religion.
Jesus Christ was Resurrected from the dead, and seen by as many as 500 after His resurrection. He sent the Holy Spirit to designate the leadership of the Church.
Like the Islam religion, from which the Bahai faith evolved, the adherents of the Bahai faith teach that the god they acknowledge is completely unknowable, yet he manifests himself in a number of ways (for instance through the life of Bahai Ullah, or his predecessor, the Bab).
This is in itself an interesting dilemma for the honest Bahai adherant, because Baha Ullah declared that his new religion represented an entirely new dispensation, a universal religion, that went beyond the narrowly Shi’ite associations of Babism.
Although the Bab is understood by the adherents of the Bahai faith as merely the forerunner of Baha Ullah, the Bab himself claimed that he himself was the expected imam, the very “Point” of a new revelation. He was eventually killed by religious zealots who were not pleased with his break from Islam.
They teach that Baha Ullah was the promised Holy Spirit that Jesus Spoke about. Yet Muhammad, who is one of the prophets that Bahai’s acknowledge as one of the manifestations of the divine Truth, is viewed by Islam as the Holy Spirit.
The problem that the Bahai faith has in this area is that they cannot experience the Presence of the Holy Spirit in their life, because their religion has negated the possibility of His indwelling them.
The Bible says that God does not Change.
He has appointed ONE to be a mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus Christ. His Law still stands, although it was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The person who rejects the Lordship of Jesus Christ must of necessity be judged according to his relation to the Law of God.
The person who accepts the Provision of God in Jesus Christ is no longer bound by the Law, because through the Holy Spirit which indwells the believer, God’s Law and Principles are written upon his heart.
Without Jesus Christ, we are all guilty of transgressing the Law, and the wages of Sin is death. But the gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ, His Son.
According to the Word of God, and the personal witness we receive when we accept His Provision through Jesus Christ, God IS Knowable. In Daniel, we read that those who KNOW their God will do exploits.
Jesus’ prayer was that we would KNOW the Only True God, and Jesus Christ, Whom He sent.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Adherants to the Bahai Faith have no such Assurance, because they believe the lie that they cannot know God.
According to Bahai teachings, each prophet or founder of a religion represents a divine dispensation appropriate for the time in which he appeared; thus the history of the various world religions shows a progressive evolution toward an ever higher realization of the divine truth.
The Bahai religion seeks to be a conglomerate of other religions. But the God of the Bible says that He is unchanging. The Bahai religion is seen to be superior to others because it is supposedly the latest of the divine dispensations, and this religion must be suitable for this scientific age.
For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
The problem with humanity today is that they want a god who will change with the times. But the One True God says that His Way is good, and yet they refuse to listen to that way.
Jer 6:16-17 16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in
the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk
therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not
17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
Like most anti-Christian cults or religions, Bahai denies the literal existence of Heaven or Hell; they are rather, symbols of man’s progress or lack of progress in the spiritual realm. This is always a convenient thing to believe, UNTIL WE STAND BEFORE THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD AT THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, AND REALIZE WE HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF REJECTING HIS WILL FOR OUR LIVES, namely that God isn’t willing that anyone should persish, but that all should come to repentance.
Bahai is a social religion…whose aim professes to be the improvement of the conditions of human life, which on the surface would seem to be good, until we realize that the lie the serpent told Eve was basically, that once she partook of the forbidden fruit, she would become as God, and would be like Him. This would appear to be an improvement on the conditions of human life, but simply results in rebellion against God’s Word, which was manifested in the flesh as Jesus Christ.
Bahai envisions world peace as it’s goal, but not through the subjection to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Bahai also advocates the use of an international language and the establishment of an international tribunal, as well as a universal religion. All this seems to point to the one world order and the Mark of the beast that the Bible foretells.
No true follower of Baha Ullah can claim at this moment peace with God and the knowledge that their sins are forgiven. This is an Assurance that only those who have put their faith in trust in God through the grace and Sacrifice of the Son of God can have.
Again, like most anti-Christian religions, the Bahai’s will randomly pick and choose what they want to accept out of the Bible. When you finally get them to a place where they may have to concede the Truth of the Word of God, they will resort to the defense that “The Bible was just written by man.”
This makes Bahaism a religion of comfort in one’s ability to pick and choose whatever he or she wants to believe.
Christianity on the other hand, calls for a narrow walk, that requires knowledge of the Will of God as revealed by the One True Teacher, Jesus Christ.
For the Bahai adherant, Truth is relevant. For the Christian, Jesus Christ is the Truth.
Those who adhere to the Bahai faith are typical of many who choose to believe whatever they want – They have never received the Presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives, so they have to settle for mere philosophy.
It is really a catch-22. They need to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour before they can receive the indwelling reality of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Until that happens, they will attempt to argue philosophy with you.
All you can do is share the Truth with them in love, Pray that the Lord would open their eyes to His Truth, and pray the Lord would draw them into His Kingdom. Ultimately, the Work is the Lord's.
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