A Look at the Baha'i Faith
This month I’ll give you a little information about a religious denomination that according to the Internet is among the fastest growing of the world’s religions, the Baha’i faith. Although I’ve never met anyone of this faith to my knowledge, I was requested to look into the Baha’i religion by a person that is concerned for those of that faith. As an outsider looking in, it is of great importance that we continue looking through the lens of the Bible when examining anyone’s beliefs.
The Baha’i Faith recognizes a man named Baha’u’llah and his unusual brilliance and spiritual insights as if he were the Messenger of God for this age. Bab was an independent messenger of God of whose writings prepared the way for Baha’u’llah. In 1844, the Bab announced that Baha’u’llah was the promised one to come, much like John the Baptist did for Christianity. Baba’u’llah thus became the leader of the Baha’i faith in 1863. Both men suffered greatly, having come out of the Islamic faith; their clergy felt threatened by the principles of Baha’i. The Bab was executed in 1850 at the age of 31 and the Baha’u’llah was exiled for 40 years, dying in the Holy Land at the age of 75.
The Baha’i Faith teaches that God is the ultimate reality, creator of the universe, whose nature is unknowable and inaccessible to mankind. Such designations as God, Allah, Yahweh, and Brahma refer to the One Divine Being. They have as their most holy book the Kitab-I-Aqdas, the book of laws written by Baba’u’llah comprising 100 volumes of laws and principles for personal conduct and the governance of society.
The Baha’i Faith also teaches that there is one God, that all humanity is one family and there is fundamental unity under religion. Baha’u’llah affirms that this is the age in which world peace will be established and humanity will achieve its spiritual and social maturity and live as one family in a just global society. The Baha’i Faith brings new social principles relevant to the needs of a global society. These include the oneness of humanity, equality of men and women, the abolition of prejudice, the harmony of science and religion, the elimination of extreme poverty and wealth, all in the desire to establish a world government. It also believes that Heaven and Hell are not physical places, but rather spiritual realities - allegories for nearness and remoteness from God. When we die, the conditions of our souls determine our experience in the after life.
In a sense, the Baha’i faith is correct on this, as the Bible tells us "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27) But they fail to mention the criteria of how or what the standard is by which we will be judged. They also fail to say anything about Jesus Christ as the reconciler or how He is the substitutionary sacrifice for mankind’s sin problem as 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us: "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." For that matter, The Bible tells that "God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son," (Hebrews 1:1,2) and that our faith was given, "once for all delivered to the saints." (Jude 3) There has not been a need for new messengers from God in the last 2000 years. Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father and waiting for us to go, "boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16) Furthermore, they have a gospel of unity and an aim towards the one world government pronouncing peace and harmony for all. With the world’s pieces all in place for the time of tribulation with Satan’s taking over as the Earth’s ruler, there is no sense to help Him in his quest. Besides that "end times" scenario, Jesus said, "Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division." (Luke 12:51) He said that His word would not bring peace and that His people should separate themselves from the ways of the world. All of these mistakes that I've listed are a result of, as Jesus said in Matthew 22:29, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God."
Concerning not only about the end times, which a good knowledge of Daniel and Revelation would help explain, there are other facts and evidence on why the Baha’i faith is dangerous. They have a "holy book" that is not the Bible, much like what the Mormons, Catholics and Jehovah Witnesses do with their "special" books, much of which goes against Scriptures. The Baha’i faith is even wrong in their denial about getting to know what God is all about. Everything was made known to us and is available to us through Jesus Christ and His Holy Word. Want to know the characteristics of God? Go to Psalm 86:15, "But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, abundant in mercy and truth." Want to know what God hates? Go to Scriptures such as 1 Corinthians 6:9,10, "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God." Jesus told us that all of the Scriptures were about Him in John 5:39. We just need to look and learn about Him and His characteristics in the Bible without adding our ideas to it. Revelation 22:18 tells us "If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book"
In closing this report about the Baha’i faith, there are a few points that we should realize. We do have one thing that is in common with everyone else. That is sin and how we all need redemption, not religion. God is love and to show us that love He gave us the only means that one can be redeemed, that being Jesus Christ who told us, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) None of the ear tickling messages of world peace should make a difference for anyone that is hoping for real happiness, real peace. And that comes only by getting to know Jesus as your personal Saviour through His Holy Word. Any other gospel is no gospel just as Matthew 7:13,14 tells us, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." We should all heed to His Word.