The Baha’i Faith offers its own spin on Christianity which unfortunately is not in sync with the teachings of Christ and Christianity. Here are some articles and true life stories which will highlight these differences in greater detail. These, I hope, will benefit my Christian readers and offer them an alternative perspective of the Bahai Faith. The stories which are given below include those from ex-Bahais and these views are important – simply because they bring to the fore issues regarding the differences in theory (teachings) and practice (actually what happens on the ground).
Book of Francis Beckwith – Christian Response to Bahai Faith
Here is a brief, yet remarkably thorough treatment of the Bahai Faith. Beckwith first presents a historical review, noting the most important events crucial in the formative years of the Bahai Faith….
Lessons for Christians in history of Bahai Faith
This is an article by Adrian Worsfold (Pluralist). He has a doctorate in sociology and a masters degree in contemporary theology. He lives near Hull, in northeast England and keeps the blog Pluralist Speaks.
Discussions between Christianity and Baha’i Faith…
This is a video discussion between Chriatianity and Bahais. Do watch all parts.
Bahai Faith: Bahai-Christian Dialogue by Francis Beckwith
The Baha’is claim that Baha’u’llah is the fulfillment of the biblical prophecies of the return of Christ. Taken literally, of course, the biblical prophecies of Christ’s return do not fit Baha’u’llah. The Bible speaks of Jesus Himself returning in the skies before the entire world in a cataclysmic fashion to judge the living and the dead (e.g., Matt. 24). By contrast, Baha’is recognized as the “Christ” another person (Baha’u’llah) who came into the world in relative obscurity through natural means (i.e., conception and birth). How, then, can the Baha’is claim that Bah’u’llah fulfills the biblical prophecies of Christ’s return?
These and a lot more questions answered…
Walter Martin – Excerpt from Kingdom of the Cults
This article is chapter 10 of the celebrated book – Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin – a reknowned Christian Scholars. In this article, Dr. Martin explains the genesis and history of the Bahai Faith, its key tents and offers his unique perspective which is extremely relevant for the Christian community. The highlight of the article is an interview he conducted with a British Bahai. A must read.
Christian Perspective of the Bahai Faith
Dr Walter Martin, who studied The Bahai Faith came to the following conclusion in his book “The Kingdom of the Cults”: “There is very little indeed that a true Christian can have in common with the faith of Bahai. There is simply no common ground on which to meet … The Bahai faith is at its very core anti-Christian theology.”
Here is a brief article which encapsulates how Christianity / Christians can see the Bahai Faith
Lessons for Christians in the History of the Bahai Faith
This is an article by Adrian Worsfold (Pluralist) who has a doctorate in sociology and a masters degree in contemporary theology. He lives near Hull, in northeast England and keeps the blog Pluralist Speaks.
In this article he outlines the lessons that Christians can take from the history of the Bahai Faith. This is a short, but thought provoking article. In this he concludes by saying – The Baha’is could not predict their own future, despite the claimed infallibility of the words of both their Manifestation of God and Centre of the Covenant. So Anglicans cannot predict theirs! Nevertheless, if secularisation and plurality lead down the road to authoritarianism and centralisation, there are going to be quite a few Anglican Communion Covenant Breakers who will continue to define the faith in a broad way, however they organise, meet and link up together.
The Bahai Faith – Exchanging Darkness for Light…
This is an article by Steve Lagoon – The Pastor of Faith Community Church of Independence, Minnesota. This article first appeared the in July-September 2005 issue of “The Discerner”, a publication of Religion Analysis Service. In this two part article, Steve does a quick capture of the history of the Bahai Faith and then peels off the layers regarding their beliefs from a Christian point of view.
He succeeds largely in refuting the Bahai Faith through references from their own books. Through this articles, Steve disects the Bahai beliefs of God, Trinity, Crucifixion and even Resurrection of Christ and shows how the Bahai play with words to make their point.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20). After an extensive study, the above words of Isaiah the prophet seem to me a most appropriate description of Baha’i religion.
Exodus By Troops in Baha’i Faith…
The following is a letter by Christina H Villamil, a Former National and International Baha’i Resource; Former Auxiliary Board Member for NCR-CALABARZON, Former Regional Institute Coordinator For Southern Luzon, Regional Baha’i Council for Southern Luzon- Former Member, Local Spiritual Assembly of Caloocan- Former Member, Interfaith Dialogue- Former Representative.
I’m praising and thanking God for enlightening our hearts and minds to know the Truth. He truly delivered us from a deception of an ordinary man. Now as Christians, we are hopefully waiting for the “TRUE PROMISED ONE”. Lastly, we fervently pray that God will touch the hearts of other Baha’is to discover the Truth….
Letter to Bahais from one of their own…
This is a letter written by Jennifer Tidwell, an ex-Bahai who reverted back to Christianity. While the letter is wrong, it is thought provoking and I recommend every Christian origin Bahai to read it carefully and reflect upon it. In this letter, Jennifer raises issues concerning spirituality and how she felt “detached” while she was a Bahai. She also raises questions about the Bahai principle of no clergy and also that of the pressure to teach.
I’ve been going through a crisis of faith over the past several months. The problem is this: I love the Baha’i Faith dearly, but there are some doctrinal and spiritual issues in it that I can no longer accept. Since I began attending an Episcopal church last year, many of those issues have been thrown into sharp relief. Seeing them “from the outside” has helped me understand the latent problems I’ve had with being a Baha’i all these years.
Discussions between Christianity and Baha’i Faith…
This is a playlist of three videos of a televised debate between Chriatianity and Bahais. Do watch all three parts.