As a humble suggestion, this is repeated in the last quotation you mentioned of "It is here that, by the grace of the Lord of Revelation, the Tabernacle of Glory hath been raised." Your strong background in Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity is indeed interesting. To put you in touch with a Baha’i in your area who can answer your questions, we would like to kindly ask for a few details about yourself. As Bahá'ís, we know that we must turn to the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, 'Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi for authoritative guidance in these matters. But He also told his disciples that He would not leave them comfortless... Now I have taken that as there was going to be a manifestation of God who would be in between Jesus and Baha'u'llah and thus I took the comforter to, © 2021 BahaiTeachings.org All Rights Reserved. Love lights a fla, Strive ye with all your hearts, raise up your voic, How can faith-based individuals and organizations, My hope for you is that you will ever avoid tyrann, As we suffer these misfortunes we must remember th, Finding Beacons of Hope in Monuments and Public Art. Baha’is reject this literal interpretation, however, since God is not a “person” (even though we experience God personally) and, in any case, is infinite and therefore cannot appear in a finite place, bound by time and space. Ezekiel sees the Great manifestation, Baha'u'llah, who the whole Bible talks about, who all the religion talk about--the One who will establish universal peace and unite all of humanity in brotherhood in the Kingdom of God on earth. In every age He appointed one of His servants as a messenger to inquire into the welfare of the creation. Bahá'í's claims like Islam does for Mohammed that Jesus came back in Bahá'u'lláh as the Holy Spirit. Why do Bahá’ís believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a return of Christ? Bahá’ís are respectful of the scriptures of other religious traditions such as the Bible for Jews and Christians and the Koran for Muslims. A book length history of the early years of the Baha'i Faith. The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. the religious leaders of each prophetic day and age. Baha’u’llah is thus the return of Christ in the sense that he is also the manifestation of God’s eternal spiritual attributes, although clearly he is not the same individual as Jesus. Is Bahá’u’lláh saying Christ and other Manifestations are spiritually the same Person? This interpretation, in its general contours, appears to be confirmed by the great Baha’i scholar Mirza Abu’l-Fadl: That is, the Sovereign of the universe and Creator of the peoples brought the world into existence, adorning it with the most perfect form, and set the human race over it as a tenant. The purport of our words is that the reality of Christ was a clear mirror wherein the Sun of Truth—that is, the divine Essence—appeared and shone forth with infinite perfections and attributes. It would be good for someone to speak about the "material resurrection of Jesus" as so many Christians insist on. 1. The holy spirit revealed by the manifestations of God is like the rays of the sun, which enlighten the world and bring life to those who turn to it. How can they best reach you? "Love is heaven’s kindly light... Love is the on, The happiness of mankind will be realized when wom, Masud Olufani welcomes his father for a conversati, Love gives life to the lifeless. Thank you so much! they dug them up and preserved them. 20. Maybe the question, I believe to ask. Belete Worku, Interesting line of thought on both yours and Mirza Abu’l-Faḍl Gulpaygani on this parable as I had also understood it as being along the same theme. The writings of the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah. Baha’u’llah writings, which would be equal to over 100 volumes worth of work. Each individual must decide for himself or herself whether these live up to the standard set by Christ. For example, in the Book of Certitude Baha’u’llah explained that the concept of “return” is symbolic, meaning the return of the same spiritual qualities. –. Just one thing (and this being my own thought here) that when Jesus Christ spoke of the Father to come after Him, I assumed this personage to be Baha'u'llah. 19. Bahá’í Reference Library A website containing authoritative writings and guidance of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice, as well as other Bahá’í texts. Your message was successfully sent to BahaiTeachings.org. Bahá'í holy texts. In fact, God appears only in one of them. No scriptural “proof-text” and, Dr. Buck, thank you so much for this explanation which I always quote as my coming from the strong Ethiopian Orthodox Christian background. Instead, God will appear by proxy—by sending another representative. – Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 145. For those who have any trace of sin die. forwarded to me, and I’ll reply from my personal email address. Thus the Baha’i thrust toward the unification of all religio… This is the true meaning of the three Persons of the Trinity. When a subject has not been mentioned or explained in the Sacred Writings, we are free to consult other books and to consider the opinions of … Baha’u’llah’s writings offer guidance for creating a just, lasting peace for humankind far into the future. Here’s Shoghi Effendi’s answer, in a nutshell: To [Baha’u’llah] Jesus Christ had referred as the “Prince of this world,” as the “Comforter” Who will “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment,” as the “Spirit of Truth” Who “will guide you into all truth,” Who “shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak,” as the “Lord of the Vineyard,” and as the “Son of Man” Who “shall come in the glory of His Father” “in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,” with “all the holy angels” about Him, and “all nations” gathered before His throne. . And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. As “Lord of the Vineyard,” Baha’u’llah proclaimed that Mt. Who is Baha'u'llah? Baha’is believe that Baha’u’llah, the prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith, fulfilled the Christian prophecies. The writings Baha’u’llah’s son, Abdu’l-Baha. As we have seen, Baha’u’llah clearly foresaw the events that eventually overtook the dominions of those rulers who rejected his announcement; and he told about a lethal force that would be discovered in the years to come, foreshadowing the discovery of nuclear power. PODCASTS. Now, this explanation clarifies the meaning of the three Persons of the Trinity and establishes at the same time the oneness of God. Baha’i believes their prophet is a manifestation of God who is greater than Jesus Christ. And they took him, and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard. Baha’u’llah’s role as the eschatological “Father” is discussed in other articles in this “Figuring out Prophecy” series. Instead, God reveals Himself through His prophets, messengers and manifestations, who are the perfect reflections of His qualities and attributes. Baha’u’llah asserted in unequivocal terms his belief in Christ. – Mirza Abu’l-Faḍl Gulpaygani, “Why Moses Could Not See God,” Letters & Essays, 1886–1913, pp. But the people, ignorant wrongdoers, refused to recognize or accept him, greeting him with derision and haughtiness. But then God sends another prophet, who is also “killed,” followed by “many others,” by prophets who suffer similar fates, after the people or their religious leaders end up “beating some, and killing some.”. – Mark 12:1–9. Mr. Bowers and his family currently reside near Chicago. he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. –, Jesus’s parable is based, in part, on the “The Song of the Vineyard” in Isaiah 5:1–7. This time, Baha’is believe, God’s representative is Baha’u’llah. Bab and Baha'u'llah in bible Sonntag, 11. I learned a lot studying Jewish history, so many concepts came from the pagan world too and got mixed into Christianity,I do believe there was a Jesus as I have a relationship with him but not the way he is painted in Christianity. Check your email for the latest from BahaiTeachings.org. Baha’u’llah clarified prophecies largely by interpreting prophetic passages from the Bible and the Koran in allegorical terms. The Bahá’í Faith The official website of the worldwide Bahá’í community. It also explains how one manifestation of God can be understood to be the return of a previous one, for they all reflect God’s glory. Elias returned in the person John the Baptist. in place of people, why can't he then ressurrect? Although many Christian interpreters have identified Israel as the vineyard, there are other possible interpretations, such as the kingdom of God, the people of God, or the covenantal relationship between God and His people. To see the reflection of the sun in the mirror is, for all intents and purposes, the same as seeing the sun itself. To be of God, a spirit must confess that “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh,” must be able to clearly foretell future events, and should embody “fruits” that are in accord with what is good, and not evil. Parables—short, simple stories that teach moral lessons—appear in all scripture. With these understandings, Abdu’l-Baha sheds new light on the concept of the Trinity: … the reality of Christ was a bright and polished mirror of the greatest purity and clarity. That is why Christ said, “The Father is in the Son”, meaning that that Sun is manifest and visible in the mirror. – Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 95. Such a thing could not be grasped by human reason—how much less clothed in intelligible form—but would remain sheer fancy. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2) 1. No, it continues to abide in its loftiness and sublimity, but has been revealed and manifested in the mirror in all its beauty and perfection. Your message was successfully sent to BahaiTeachings.org. Matthew 21:21-22. Other signs of truth given in the Bible allow a believer to “test” the truth of any claim of prophethood. – Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, newly revised edition, pp.128-129. In this way it is possible for a manifestation of God to say, “I am God,” and at another time to assert that God is greater than he and that he is but a man. I only wish to try an excercise, as constantly when reading and discerning scripture and Holy texts our understanding are stretched, but the excercise is this: If resrurection is an ilogical concept, wouldn't manifestation be ilogical as well? (King James Bible, John) Baha'u'llah has said, "Whoso hath searched the depths of the oceans that lie hid within these exalted words, and fathomed their import, can be said to have discovered a glimmer of the unspeakable glory with which this mighty, this sublime, and most holy Revelation hath been endowed Juli 2010. Now, if we were to say that we have beheld the Sun in two mirrors—one Christ and the other the Holy Spirit—or, in other words, that we have seen three Suns—one in heaven and two upon the earth—we would be speaking the truth. Neither Baha’u’llah nor Christ ever said or implied that the scriptures of earlier prophets and messengers of God were untrue, but both redefined certain spiritual concepts and revealed new concepts, challenging the prevailing understandings of the scriptures. I believe the amswer to your question is mentioned in the article above, as it mentions "returns". The manifestations of God are like perfect mirrors reflecting the image of the sun. Bahá'u'lláh is the latest prophet, or 'manifestation', of God. Bahá'ís accept the prophets of other religions as continuing stages in the revelation of God. The Baha'i faith also denies the sole sufficiency of Christ and of Scripture. Both are "other worldly" super natural attributes and neother should make sense, in the conventional way our flesh may put it. By this Jesus clearly did not mean that the two were one and the same individual. God, the Creator, is infinitely exalted above His creation, and such an act is, therefore, an impossibility. If he can then return, That is what the Jews believe too, I do not believe in a lot of the stuff that was in the bible, man put it there, as it was their belief and understanding of God at the time and let's face it, it was barbaric times. Naturally, the Lord of all horizons on the Day of Encounter will manifest Himself [as Baha’u’llah], and deliver the world, the divine vineyard, over to the just and trustworthy. Carmel in Israel—the site of the, Carmel, in the Book of God, hath been designated as the Hill of God, and His Vineyard. Although Baha’u’llah’s writings are in both Arabic and Persian, Baha’u’llah used Arabic in those texts where precise meaning was required for the articulation of principles and laws. Nevertheless, they regard the “holy” writings of Bahá’u’lláh as the supreme revelations of God. It is here that, by the grace of the Lord of Revelation, the Tabernacle of Glory hath been raised. son,” who was the “last” prophet to be “sent” to the world (verse 6), but God’s son, understood by most Christian interpreters to be Jesus Christ, is “killed” and “cast … out of the vineyard” (verse 8). He spent 40 years of doing ministry in prison and exile. . Otherwise, the foundations of the religion of God would rest upon an illogical proposition which no mind could ever conceive, and how could the mind be required to believe a thing which it cannot conceive? one should wish for one’s brother that which one wisheth for oneself. He returns to this theme in other writings, saying that the greatest proof of his station is his own person, in the sense that he is the embodiment of divine qualities, and that the second greatest proof is the body of his written teachings. First, Baha’is believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a greater manifestation of God than Moses, Muhammad, or the Christian Messiah. If there is no rational explanation of that believe so be it. Baha'u'llah in Biblical Prophecy . Baha’u’llah’s assertion that Christ was a manifestation of God might seem at first to contradict the Bible. What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? Among them is the rejection of the prophet’s message by the people, and especially by religious leaders. (See: Cowley, R. W. “The Identification of the Ethiopian Octateuch of Clement, and Its Relationship to the Other Christian Literature.” Ostkirchliche Studien 27 (1978): 37–45.) To put you in touch with a Baha’i in your area who can answer your questions, we would like to kindly ask for a few details about yourself. Indeed, Baha’u’llah’s assertion is completely compatible with scripture. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. God Speaks Again is his first book. 7:15-16; 2 Cor. Baha’u’llah maintains that God could never incarnate His own essence. How does Baha’u’llah fulfill the prophecies of Jesus? It simply doesn't work. Happy are they that attain thereunto; happy they that set their faces towards it. He compiled his Holy Writings, which comprise 100 volumes of work, while in prison and exile. The “husbandmen”—the cultivators of the vineyard—are those who are in charge of the vineyard, i.e. This video is discussing the points that need to brought up BEFORE answering/examining the question "Is Baha'u'llah a False Prophet? We see five messianic titles here, all of them prophesied by Jesus Christ in the Bible: We’ve already discussed Baha’u’llah’s identification as the “Comforter” and the “Spirit of Truth” in this series about prophecy. I've had an interest in Ethiopian Jewish Christianity and in the “Octateuch of Clement,” etc. Baha'is claim that the Bible speaks of Baha'u'llah, however, the only reference to Baha'u'llah in the Bible is an indirect one when Jesus and the apostles warned of the coming of false prophets and false Christs (Matt. He says, “I and my Father are one.” Yet He also says, “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” We also find a statement referring to him as the “image of the invisible God.” – John 10:30, 8:28, Colossians 1:15. What follows is the present writer’s brief interpretation of this parable, purely an individual exegesis, not an official Baha’i interpretation: The “certain man” in verse 1 refers to “the lord of the vineyard” in verse 9. Now let’s consider Shoghi Effendi’s claim that Baha’u’llah fulfills Christ’s prophecy as the “Lord of the Vineyard.”. He is unique as the only God/man: Baha’u’llah is another manifestation of God like other teachers from other religions, he is not unique but only one in a long line. The Gospels include fifty or so parables: “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them.” – Matthew 13:34. The new version of the Bahá… Bah 'u'll h has no written record of miracles, that I know of. Baha’is believe that Baha’u’llah, the prophet and founder of the, To [Baha’u’llah] Jesus Christ had referred as the “Prince of this world,” as the “Comforter” Who will “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment,” as the “Spirit of Truth” Who “will guide you into all truth,” Who “shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak,” as the “Lord of the Vineyard,” and as the “Son of Man” Who “shall come in the glory of His Father” “in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,” with “all the holy angels” about Him, and “all nations” gathered before His throne. Some survived and, © 2021 BahaiTeachings.org All Rights Reserved. In connection with the Lord of the Vineyard parable, Cambridge Orientalist, Edward Granville Browne, also commented that Muhammad is missing (not to mention the Bab) in this line of interpretation. This ‘old version’ of the Bahá’í Reference Library will be replaced at a later date. Baha’is believe that Baha’u’llah’s claims must be approached in a manner similar to that with which we approach Christ’s teachings. Earlier in these essays, we mentioned that there are several ways to identify a true prophet. My last column introduced Baha’u’llah, a messenger of God and founder of the Baha’i Faith. . Thereupon, the “Lord of the vineyard” will himself appear and “will give the vineyard unto others” (verse 9). In verse 2, the Lord of the vineyard sends a “servant” to “receive” the “fruit of the vineyard.” Here, “fruit” is a common Biblical metaphor for good works and righteous deeds. Throughout history, the great religions have provided the primary driving force behind the civilizing of human character, eliciting self-discipline, devotion and heroism from their followers. How do Bahá’ís view Bible references to Christ as the only way? Is there a Promised One foretold in all the world religions? A simple look at the broader context of John chapters 14-16 shows their interpretation is wrong. But this is not the case at all. Many of religions moral principles have been translated into structures and patterns of conduct which have served to elevate human relationships and advance humanitys collective life. By Pete Haug. The book outlines the essential laws and principles to be observed by His followers, lays the groundwork for Bahá'í institutions, and articulates His vision for the development of human civilization. Baha’u’llah (1817-1892): The founder of the Baha’i Faith. It is not that the Sun, which is the Essence of the Divinity, was ever divided or multiplied—for it remains one—but it became manifest in the mirror. Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab, and Baha'u'llah were all manifestations of God, and the latest of these would have the highest authority since he’d have the most complete revelation of God, according to the idea of progressive revelation. 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