John himself isn't even aware of. So let's get into John's head and see what he's being fed because he's far too fearful to defend this TRULY man made religion. It's full of deep seated problems that John sadly avoids when question
The, Bahá‘u'lláh: A sect of Islam evolving into a major independent religion with approximately five million believers worldwide. Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, Bahá‘u'lláh and others are viewed as a succession of divine messengers. A 19th century Persian teacher, the Báb, (or "Gate") predicted Bahá'u'lláh's coming. BahÃ¡'Ã advocates a new global order of sexual equality, a one-world economic system to eliminate poverty, and a one-world religion.
The Baha'i Faith
Co-Founders: Mirza Ali Muhammad (Bab); Mirza Husayn Ali (Baha'u'llah).
Founding Date: 1844.
Official Publications: The American Baha'i, The Baha'i Newsreel, Brilliant Star (for children), One Country, World Order.
Organizational Structure: Universal House of Justice (nine members) administrates the Baha'i Faith internationally. National Spiritual Assemblies (nine members) administrate national Baha'i concerns. Local Spiritual Assemblies (nine members) administrate Baha'i concerns on a local level. All governing bodies are elected democratically.
Sacred Scriptures: Over 100 volumes written by the Bab, Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l Baha. Some of the most notable are: Selections From the Writings of the Bab, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, Kitab-i-Aqdas (Most Holy Book), Kitab-i-Iqan (Book of Certitude), Baha'i Prayers, Some Answered Questions.
Unique Terms: Most Great Peace, Manifestation, He-Whom-God-Will-Manifest, Fireside discussion.
The roots of the Baha'i faith lie in the Shi'ite sect of Islam which was led by 12 successive Imams, descendants of Muhammad's son-in-law, Ali. The 12th Imam, as a child, withdrew from society to escape assassination, the inevitable fate of his 12 predecessors. He would make contact with the faithful through "Gates," individuals through whom he would give his teachings.
In 1844, Mirza Ali Muhammad (1819-1850) declared himself to be the "Gate," the "Bab" (pronounced Bob). He claimed he was not just a "Gate," but rather the "Gate" of God, a major Manifestation of God equal to the prophet Muhammad. For six years he gathered the faithful around him, proclaimed a new revelation and the eventual appearance of the final Manifestation for this cycle of human history. After numerous armed conflicts with Muslim authorities, the Bab was martyred in 1850 and his followers scattered.
Before his death the Bab designated Mirza Yahya, a son of nobility, as a caretaker to follow him. Another devoted follower of the Bab, Yahya's half brother Mirza Husayn Ali, proclaimed himself to be "He-Whom-God-Will-Manifest," the major Manifestation of God prophesied by the Bab. He also changed his name to Baha'u'llah, "Glory of God," and proclaimed that the Bab was his forerunner. Mirza Yahya strenuously opposed this and both sides appear to have been involved in assassination plots.
The original followers of the Bab who gave their allegiance to Baha'u'llah became known as Baha'is. Baha'u'llah, a dynamic personality with great force of will, wrote over 100 volumes of Baha'i scripture, entertained dignitaries and maintained a large correspondence while under virtual house arrest for decades.
A troubled period of transition followed Baha'u'llah's death in 1892. He had designated his eldest son, Abdu'l' Baha ("Slave of Baha"), as his successor. Abdu'l' Baha's brother, Mirza Muhammad Ali, challenged the extent of his authority. Abdu'l' Baha retaliated by "excommunicating" practically all his closest relatives and depriving them of their income from Baha'u'llah's estate.
The Baha'i Faith became worldwide under Abdu'l' Baha's leadership, and his mission trips to the West. However, upon his death in 1921, the transition of power was once again very troubled. Shoghi Effendi, Abdu'l' Baha's grandson, was designated the successor, the First Guardian of the Faith. With this position ".his decisions were absolute and final and his words authoritative" (The Baha'i Faith: Its History and Teaching, p.251). This brought him into conflict with other family members and he soon excommunicated every living relative, including his own parents. However, under Shoghi Effendi's administrative skills the Baha'i Faith continued to grow until his death in 1957. He left no designated successor and the Faith is now under the administration of the Universal House of Justice, a group of nine people who are elected democratically and oversee the Cause internationally.
It is a daunting task to find a consistent, clear picture of Baha'i origins. Baha'i historians and authorities have suppressed and denigrated the earliest source materials and rewritten the early years of the Faith. One of the earliest and most important historical documents of the time, the Nuqtatu'l-Kaf, was written by the Babi, Mirza Jani. Jani personally knew the Bab and died for the Babi faith in 1852. Thus, his history was completed after the martyrdom of the Bab and before his own death. It clearly states that the Bab declared Mirza Yahya as his successor while also presenting Baha'u'llah in a favorable, though inferior position to his brother. Since that time the Baha'is have strenuously suppressed this fact, publishing histories more favorable to their position. The history above may vary from official Baha'i versions but is consistent with original source materials. If the history of the Baha'i Faith reveals anything it is that the ethical injunctions of love and tolerance were not frequently applied at the highest levels. The bitterness, rancor, assassinations and lack of forgiveness amongst the very founders of this faith do not demonstrate the reality of its ethical teachings.
Despite that fact, in just 150 years Baha'is have grown to more than 5 million worldwide in 233 countries and territories, with 1,700 Spiritual Assemblies in the United States alone. New growth is occurring at the rate of 5.5% a year worldwide. By comparison, Christianity is expanding at a rate of 2.3% a year. Baha'u'llah's writings have been translated into 802 languages.
by Robert Pardon
All that is needed for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.~~Edmund Burke
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