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Baha'i (Bahaism) vs Christianity

Baha'i (Bahaism) vs Christianity

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Baha'i
Christianity
Jesus Christ
Practices: Feast and Holy Day observances are practiced. All Baha'is teach the Faith through a year of service and through Study Circles in various locations throughout the world. Prayers, Sacraments, worshipping in Church, reading the Holy Bible.
Second coming of Jesus: Believe that Baha'u'llah is the return of Christ and the Promised One of all major world religions for this day--the day of God. Affirmed, No one knows the date of return not even Jesus, only the Father
Scriptures: Baha'u'llah was the only Manifestation to write with His own pen over 100 books. They are in the Baha'i Arhives in Haifa Israel and have been translated into English by the Universal House of Justice. Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament), varies in the old(depending on if its a Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox)Bible, and 27 in the new testament.
Life after death: Depending upon how one has lived his/her life, either closer to God or farther away from Him. Like Catholics, Baha'i believe that Heaven and Hell are on a continuum of closeness and remoteness from God. Man is appointed to die once, and after that come judgment. Those that are redeemed, live on in Heaven, those that rejected God suffer for eternity in Hell.
Identity of Jesus: A divine manifestation of God. He contained all of God's attributes but not His essence. Son of the Living God, and Saviour of the world, and 2nd person of the Godhead.
Clergy: Baha'is have no clergy. Priests, monks, nuns, ministers, & bishops, and deacons. Pastors and some churches Board of Elders
Goal of religion: We are born and live on earth for two reasons: to know and love God; and to recognize His Manifestation for this Era (who in this day is Baha'u'llah). Baha'u'llah has the teachings and laws for modernity. To gain Eternal Salvation in Heaven.
Status of women: Equality of men and women. No veils nor inferior status as in other religions. They can become nuns in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and can be priests to Protestant churches. For the most part, women are equal to men in modern-day society. However, the Bible says women are inferior to men in multiple places.
Branches: Universal House of Justice, Orthodox, Reform, Bayan, Daheshists, etc. Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox.
Ressurection of Jesus: Viewed metaphorically, rather than literally. Affirmed by all Christians
Place of worship: Temple. Church, Chapel, Cathedral, basilica.
View of the Buddha: A divine manifestation of God. A sinner in need of God's redemption just like everyone else.
Time of origin: Towards the end of the 19'Th Century. Approx. 33 AD.
Founder: Baha-u-llah. Jesus Christ
Geographical distribution and predominance: Next to Christianity, the Baha'i Faith is the most widely diffused religion in the world. Worldwide. Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.
Holy days: Many.The Baha'i calendar consists of 19 months and 19 days to each month, with the left over days being the Baha'i gift giving and charity days of Ayyam-i-Ha. Sunday is the Lord's Day, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas.
Definition: Follower of Baha'u'llah Follower of the Christ
Concept of Deity: One God Whom they believe the Prophets are Divine Manifestations of. God is single in essence but His attributes are perfectly reflected in the Manifestations of Himself. Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Status of Adam: Adam symbolizes the first man created by God. However, the earth is very old and much of the story is symbolic. Adam was the first man created by God. He fell into temptation and brought sin and death to the human race.
View of Oriental religions: Baha'i is an Abrahamic religion, but, it believes that all religions should unite into one world religion. Pagan.
Clothes: Encouraged to dress conservatively and modestly. No Prohibitions
Prophet: All the Founders of the Different world religions, Baha'u'llah being the One all must turn to in this Era. The cycle beginning with Adam ended with Baha'u'llah's coming. Moses, Abraham, John the Baptist, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Nahum, Elijah, Elisha, Obadiah, Amos, Hosea, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Malachi, Daniel, Nathan, and many others
Promised Holy one.: Baha'u'llah is the Promised one of all major world religions. He is the return of Christ in the Glory of the Father (His name means Glory of the Father). He is the 5th Buddha of Universal Brotherhood; the Shah Braham; the 12th Imam, the Avatar etc. Christ both the First & Second Comings.
Population: 8 million 2.4 Billion includes Catholics, Protestants, and all other Christians.
Belief of God: One God. God is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Holy, Just, Loving Creator of the Universe.
Angels: Angels are God's messengers. Angels are God's messengers.
View of other Dharmic religions: Moses, Abraham, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad and the Bab (a Twin Manifestation with Baha'u'llah and His Herald). All religions outside of belief in Christ's death and reconstruction for our sins are false.
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel: Baha'is pray to God only. However, Baha'is like Catholics can pray for dead relatives and they can pray for Baha'is. Permitted in Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican(Episcopalian) Churches, Protestants do not have Saints' intercession.
Marriage: Between one man and one woman. Monogamistic: "And two shall become one". One man and one woman are united under God in the holy sacrament of Matrimony. In Heaven, marriage does not exist.
Literal Meaning: A Baha'i is a follower of Baha'u'llah the Messiah for this entire planet. Christian: Meaning "Follower of Christ"
Place of origin: Persia Jerusalem
Place and Time of origin: Persia. End of the 19'Th Century. Jerusalem 33 AD
Principle: All religions should become one world religion, its better to have no religion if religion is the cause of fighting and war. God created man. Man sinned and fell under its curse. God redeems sinful man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those that He redeems, He regenerates and they become "born-again".
God's role in salvation: In this Era it is important that each person recognize Baha'u'llah as God's Messiah and Mouthpiece. Although people can get to Heaven through other religions and Manifestations, special grace in the afterlife is bestowed upon devout Baha'is. Salvation is a completely free gift from the Lord and comes by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ only. This faith is demonstrated thorugh accepting his message of selfless compassion and producing good works in keeping with repentance.
View of God: One God. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Belief: Baha'is believe that all religions should become unite as one world religion. They believe that there is unity in diversity. Jesus is our Lord and Savior.
Means of salvation: Through God's various Manifestations, down through the ages. However, all people are challenged to recognized God's Manifestation for this Era (Baha'u'llah) and special grace for their journey to the next world comes from becoming a Baha'i. Through Christ's Death, and Resurrection.
Original Languages: Persian; Arabic. Aramaic & Greek.
Birth of Jesus: Virgin Birth Virgin Birth, though the Father.
Use of statues and pictures: Baha'is do not pray or use statues. They do not have pictures of Baha'u'llah in their homes and can only see Him when they go on pilgrimage to Israel. Used in Catholic & Orthodox Christianity; Depections are not represented in most Protestant denominations.
Offshoot religions: N/A. Rastafarianism, Unitarian Universalism, and Deism.
Views on the afterlife: Heaven is closeness to God and Hell is remoteness from God or being cut off from Him. Although Baha'is believe there is a special place for people who accept Baha'u'llah in this Day, other religionists can be saved and go to Heaven. Eternal life in Heaven or Hell.
Death of Jesus: He died and resurrected spiritually in the hearts of His disciples. Death by Crucifixion, Resurrection, and the Ascent to Heaven
Geographical predominance: Middle East, India, Europe, North America. Christianity has spread worldwide across all six settled continents, predominantly Europe, North, Central, and South America, Australia, and New Zealand
View of Abrahamic religions: Considers, Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Zoroaster, Christ, Muhammad, the Bab and Baha'u'llah as Manifestations of God. Baha'u'llah is connected to the Manifestations of the Abrahamic religions. Judaism is incomplete without the Messiah; Both Islam and Baha'i are wrong to believe in men that are greater than the Messiah
About: Baha'i is an Abrahamic religion, originating with the teachings of the Bab and Bah-u-llah (descendants of Abraham, through his second wife, Keturah), which believes in equality and in uniting the different world religions. Following Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Views on other religion: All religions should unite and become one. God has provided one way for men to become right with Him, and that way is through Jesus Christ. All other religions are vain and futile attempts to win favor with God and are thus false.
Prophets: Baha'u'llah (God's Mouthpiece for this Era), the Bab (His Herald), Muhammad, Jesus, Zoroaster, Buddha, Krishna, Moses, Abraham. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophets_of_Christianity
View of Animistic religions: Baha'is believe that all religions should unite and become one religion. Pagan.
Resurrection of Jesus: Viewed as metaphorical, rather than literal. Although miracles do occur and are recorded for every Manifestation of God, they must be in accord with science. Affirmed.
Concept of God: One God, who has manifested himself in different holy men. One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Confessing sins: Baha'is do not have clergy to confess to. It is each believers own responsibility to pray to God for forgiveness and to call oneself to account each evening and both study the Baha'i Sacred Writings and pray for overcoming shortcomings and sins. Catholic & Orthodox Christians confess their sins to the priest, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Most Protestants do not believe in the Sacrament of Confession.
Rites: No rituals, they are banned in this Era. The Sacraments: Minimum 2; Maximum 7.
Religious Law: Baha'is have a book of laws they must follow. Christians no longer live under the curse of the law but under grace. We are still expected to live by the law.
Virtue in which religion is based upon: Equality. Selfless love.
View of other Abrahamic religions: Views the Prophets of the other Abrahamic religions, as well as the figures from Dharmic religions, to be manifestations of God. They believe that all religions should unite into one world religion. According to Christian doctrine, Judaism is a true religion, but with incomplete revelation (incomplete without the Messiah).
Human Nature: Man is born a blank tabula rosa with no original sin. A person is born again by becoming a Baha'i and recognizing God's Mouthpiece for this Era and then living the life of a Baha'i, which is holy. Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of their sin.
Day of worship: Every 19 days is a Feast Day, similar to Sunday for Christians. Feasts are conducted in various believers homes with a spiritual portion, a business portion and fellowship following it all. The Baha'is have their own calendar with Holy Days as well. Worship should be a continual process in the lives of Christians. Sunday is not the only day Christians can attend Church.
Abrahamic Lineage: Abraham's sons by Keturah. Through Isaac & Jacob, because they are Christ's Ancestors(& also because of Isaac's near-sacrifice prefigured Christ's Own Sacrifice).
Holy days/Official Holidays: Many (e.g. Birth of Baha'u'llah; Death of Baha'u'llah; Birth of the Bab; Death of the Bab; Declaration of Baha'u'llah etc.). Work should be suspended during these days. Christmas (birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus for our sins), Sunday (day of rest) Easter (resurrection of Jesus)
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