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THEO 403 (Fa '14) T11c - Baha'i

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Transcript of THEO 403 (Fa '14) T11c - Baha'i

Witnessing to Baha'is
- Baha’ullah, initially a
follower of “the Bab” who
proclaimed himself the
new gateway to God
Essential beliefs and practices:
- writings of Baha’ullah,
The Most Holy Book
The Book of Certitudes
Major contemporary divisions:
- none; some early attempts
of division were eliminated
Historical Review
- Baha’ullah was a
manifestation of God
A Religion for a Unified Global Society
Subtitle and lesson adapted from Tal Davis, The Bahá'í Faith; http://www.4truth.net/fourtruthpbworld.aspx?pageid=8589952143; retrieved October 31, 2012;
Winfried Corduan, Neighboring Faith (IVP, 1998).
Baha’i Teachings
Twelve Principles
of Baha'i

all religions come from the same source
The oneness of mankind summed up in 12 basic principles
1. The oneness of mankind
- unity of all religions
Baha'i Temple, Wilmette IL (Chicago)
2011 Bahá'í National Convention
- have a clear understanding of your faith and
the Bible
Tips for Sharing Christ with Baha'i
(Adopted from http://www.4truth.net/fourtruthpbworld.aspx?pageid=8589952143; Nov 4, 2012
- try to establish a sincere relationship with Bahá'ís
- focus your discussion on the Person and work of
Jesus Christ and explain why He is unique
- principles that will bring
about a new world order
Baha'u'llah and The Baha'i Faith pt.2
The Shrine of the Bab at Haifa, Israel
Babi Movement
Baha'i Movement
Ali Muhammad
known as the Bab (1819-50)
Babi religion was founded in Iran
Bab claimed to be the promised one of Islam (mahdi)
predicted the great "Manifestation" of God
Bab was executed
Husayn-Ali, "Bahá'u'lláh" (1817-1892)
fled to Baghdad, Iraq
declared that he was the Great Manifestation of God
adopted the title of "Bahá'u'lláh"
produced the holy scriptures of the Bahá'í Faith
Adherents: 5 million in 235 countries
10,000 local spiritual assemblies
an exclusive and violent Islamic sect that wanted to impose a theocratic state
celebrates the themes of peace, harmony and universal brotherhood
Babi Movement
Baha'i Movement
Baha’i Practices
- all Baha’is are required to pray daily
Central themes of Baha'i
Baha'ulla's coming ushers in the age of fulfillment in religion
divine revelation is a continuous and progressive process
His greatest message:
the oneness of the human race
Messengers of God are called babs (i.e., God’s mouthpiece)
9 babs:
Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the
Bab, Baha’ullah
problems of humanity are spiritual in nature and can be solved only on a mutual
spiritual basis
heaven and hell are not places but conditions of the soul
2. The independent investigation of truth
3. The foundation of all religions is one
4. Religion must be a source of unity
5. The essential harmony of science and religion
6. The equality of men and women
The oneness of mankind summed up in 12 basic principles (cont.)
7. The elimination of prejudice of all kinds
8. Universal peace upheld by a world government
9. Universal compulsory education
10. A spiritual solution to the economic problem
11. A universal auxiliary language
12. A universal house of justice with the Davidic king
as the president
Bahá'í House of Worship, Delhi
- services of worship are held in the homes of
members or in other buildings (no special clergy)
- worship tends to be simple, with a minimum of
form and no ritual (no sermon, no offerings)
- personal devotion, social action and political
world reform is emphasized
Individual Responsibilities
Universal House of Justice (top level)
Three Levels of Organization
9-member body elected by members of the national spiritual assemblies throughout the world. (serve a 5-years term)
National spiritual assembly (second level)
9-member body elected annually by delegates to the national conventions
Local spiritual assembly (basic level)
9 or more adult Baha’is elect a
9-member administrative body to govern their affairs (election each April 21)
Tips for Sharing Christ with Baha'i (cont.)
- share with your Bahá'í friend that mankind's basic
problem is sin, not illiteracy or social injustice
- provide written materials for the Bahá'í to read
- pray and trust the Holy Spirit to lead you in
witnessing to your Bahá'í friend
- explain the basics of the Christian gospel
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