Below is an article written in 1990 for a home schooling newsletter. I posted the article on this website in February of 2000.
I've made some changes to the article (March 2001) based on email from adherents to Baha'i Faith. I have no problem correcting items of fact. Of course, I want to be factually correct. I have seen much in Evangelical Christian literature and "folklore" that is just plain untrue when it comes to describing non-Christian groups. And I want to be fair in properly representing any particular group I am critiquing.
But on other issues that are more subjective, I can't just let the adherents construct the debate. For example, if a Baha'i adherent says they do believe in the deity of Jesus, I have to examine that independently and decide if what they mean by that is really what I understand the Bible to be saying. I don't think that the Baha'i Faith concept of the divinity of Jesus is anywhere near the Biblical concept of the absolute uniqueness of Jesus being God in human flesh.
I have found it interesting that, in a time when most are being indoctrinated to believe that there are many paths to God, Baha'i Faith teaches there is one path. But according to the Bible, I consider it to be a false path, a false gospel. Baha'i Faith public relations emphasizes the unity of all the world's religions, but then you realize that it's only under the umbrella of Baha'i Faith. It's similar to the public relations and agenda of Freemasonry, Mormonism, and the Roman Catholic Empire.
It is instructive for followers of Jesus, I believe, to see what the members of Baha'i Faith have to say. So far, every member of Baha'i Faith I've met or interacted with has been very kind and patient and humble. But the Truth is more important than social interactions. The email I've posted makes it clearer than I can say that what they believe is contrary to God's Word, the Bible. And that Baha'i Faith is yet another example of a false Christ, a false gospel, and a counterfeit vision of global unity.
If you have any comments or questions, whether you're a Baha'i adherent, follower of Jesus, or other, please email me.
"Intolerance" is one of the worst accusations one can make in this generation. In our society it is acceptable to be a "seeker of truth" but it is seriously frowned upon to claim to have found the truth, for that would imply an intolerance of other people's "truth". Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
In the last "News from H.O.M.E." (Jan/Feb 1990) a home schooling mom of the Baha'i Faith told of having been deeply troubled by her feeling unwelcomed by certain groups. She raised issues of "religious intolerance, bigotry, and self-righteousness"; her belief in "one God, and the brother and sisterhood of all his children"; and "spiritual values." Since many home schoolers in this area are Bible-believing Christians, it is quite possible that they were among those that offended her. This mother raises some important questions that would be fruitful for Christian home schoolers to explore.
The Baha'i Faith originated in Persia in 1844 and was founded by Ali Muhammed who was called the "Bab" or Gate. He prophesied that a great prophet would come but Ali Muhammed was executed by the government for his teachings. When a man came on the scene who was called Baha'u'llah, he claimed to be that prophet. This Baha'u'llah is considered the greatest of prophets [a Baha'i Faith adherent would say "latest"] that have included, according to the Baha'is, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad (who founded Islam), Buddha, Krishna,
Confucius, and Zoroaster. The Baha'i Faith teaches the unity of all the world's religions. It is tragic to note that the Baha'is have suffered great persecution in Iran and elsewhere.
The following is from an advertisement in the 1989 "Who's Who" published by the Port Orchard Independent. "The Baha'i Faith: The promise of world peace is our call to the peoples of the world. World peace is not only possible but inevitable. It is the next stage in the evolution of this planet - in the words of one great thinker, 'the planetization of mankind.' The principles of the Baha'i Faith... include the elimination of prejudice, the recognition of the common foundation of all religions, universal education, the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty, equality of men and women, harmony of science and religion, adoption of a universal auxiliary language, and the establishment of peace upheld by world government."
Baha'ism rejects the Christian concept of the trinity [Baha'i adherents believe in a trinity, but it's not the Christian concept of the Trinity], the deity of Jesus Christ [Baha'i adherents claim to believe in Jesus' divinity but not, I believe, in the way followers of Jesus believe in his uniqueness as God in human flesh.],
his virgin birth, his substitutionary atonement for the sins of the world [Baha'i adherents claim to believe in the atonement but not that it was unique, like Christians believe], and his bodily resurrection. Baha'ism also rejects salvation by grace through faith apart from works and they reject the infallible authority of the Bible as the unique Word of God. [Baha'i Faith would claim to believe in the importance of faith but not in the sense of salvation by faith apart from works.]
It is a matter of personal integrity for each of us to objectively compare Baha'ism and Biblical Christianity and to recognize that they are mutually exclusive. Especially important for the Christian is to understand these contrasts in light of the historical context that the Bible gives us for man's past and future: Starting with Lucifer's self-exaltation in Isaiah 14:12-14; to the Garden of Eden, where Satan in the form of the serpent tells Eve that she can be her own god and decide for herself what is right and wrong; to the world-wide rebellion in the time of Noah and again at the Tower of Babel; to Revelation 12:9 that speaks of "...that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world..."
Jesus said, "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many." (Matthew 24:4,5) The Bible tells us that the inevitable direction of world history is toward the final rebellion manifested in a One-World Government, a One-World economic system, and a One-World Religion headed by the Anti-Christ. Even many who profess to be Bible-believing Christians will be synthesized into that world religion: "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons."
To the Baha'i mom whose feelings were possibly hurt by Christians, I would say, "forgive us, please, if any of us were unkind to you." [12/29/04 - This is of great concern to me, that, because of our convictions about truth, we lose sight of our call to be motivated by love.] As to the issue of "bigotry", I would have to say that "tolerance" does not require that we abandon the concept of "absolute truth". Neither does it require that we embrace "all religions". We can be respectful of the sincerely held beliefs of others while still maintaining honest distinctions between our own beliefs and practices in areas such as education and those that differ. It is my conviction that for Christians, the education of our children is so inseparably linked to our Christianity that there can be no substantial mixing in this area with non-Christian people, organizations, or belief systems without compromising our principles. [12/29/04 - And yet... I can't rule out, of course, that the Lord might use a particular Christian family who homeschools, to be friends and encourage another family who homeschools who are not followers of Jesus. Perhaps this would be family to family. Perhaps this would be in the context of an organization.]
My prayer is that Christian home schoolers could approach those who are not Christians with sincere humility and kindness, without becoming unequally yoked, and always being prepared, "...to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear..." 1 Peter 3:15 (See articles on homeschooling)