Why I believe Baha’i is falsePosted: April 10, 2014
My initial impression of the teaching of Bahá’u’lláh was favorable. After all, the objectives of peace and regeneration of the world were noble and desirable. However, noble objectives are not sufficient to substantiate the reality of its claim to be the ultimate explanation of supernatural reality.
What about the many cases of martyrdom of believers in the Bab and in Bahá’u’lláh? Do not these lend credence to the Baha’i faith? Much as one is emotionally inclined to do so, I believe this is insufficient to constitute proof of supernatural reality
Bahá’u’lláh proposes that divine revelation occurs in stages This is the concept of progressive revelation. Each stage is suitable for the level of human understanding at that particular stage in history. He proposed that he is the ultimate Messenger of God and constitute the Messiah hoped for by the Jews, the triumphant return of Jesus Christ and the long-awaited return of Imam Mahdi.
This audacious claim is nonetheless a theory. Any theory purporting to explain the divine is attempting to explain a reality in the supernatural realm. As such, it must stand up to the scrutiny of tests of supernatural reality.
If the writings associated with the theory contain historically supported events which cannot be explained by nature, then it constitutes evidence that the theory probably describes a supernatural reality.
The two objective tests of supernatural reality are accurate predictions of future events and performance of miracles.
Prediction of future events constitute one type of evidence of supernatural reality if the likelihood of those events taking place by chance is extremely remote.
Other than three predictions, I have yet to find other predictions in the life and works of Bahá’u’lláh which have come to pass in secular history
Behá’u’lláh claimed that the Báb had predicted his coming.
The Báb had declared that his own revelation as the “door” to the Imam Mahdi was not final, and that he would, at some future time be succeeded by “Him whom God shall manifest”. At the same time the Báb had laid it down that the time of this promised deliverer’s arrival was known only to God, that no one could falsely claim to be him. The Báb also indicated that the next manifestation would appear suddenly and unexpectedly.
After the execution of the Báb in July 1850 by the Iranian government, a number of important Babis put forth extravagant claims of divinity. This included Sayyid Basir-i Hindi of Multan in 1851. He was one of several Babi leaders of the time who claimed participation in divine manifestations, similar in some ways to those claimed by Sufis or mystics Another such person was Sayyid `Uluvv who had made claims to being God incarnate. He resided in the shrine city of Kerbala in Iraq, the site of the tomb of the Imam Husayn.
Thus during those turbulent times, anyone could claim he was “Him whom God shall manifest.”I believe Bahá’u’lláh seized the opportunity to declare his divinity and take over the mantle of leadership of the Babis. Thus his appearance as “Him whom God shall manifest” was neither sudden nor unexpected.
Bahá’u’lláh predicted that Sultan `Abdu’l-`Aziz, the Grand Vizer, `Ali Páshá and the associate, Fu’ád Páshá would have their lives taken from them as punishment for exiling him to the prison city of Akka.
It is not uncommon for people to curse their enemies. I believe the likelihood of the curse made by Bahá’u’lláh coming to pass by chance is not extremely remote
What is more interesting is not the prediction coming to pass but the very fact that the curse was made at all. One of the central tenets of Baha’i Faith is belief of common brotherhood of man and that people of the Baha’i should be shining examples to all mankind. I quote form his Writings on the Civilizing of Human Character:
“O peoples of the world! Forsake all evil, hold fast that which is good. Strive to be shining examples unto all mankind, and true reminders of the virtues of God amidst men.”
This appears to be contrary to the making of curses. I believe that is is an example of hypocrisy and is totally inconsistent of a man who claims he is the “Manifestation of God.” and the epitome of the virtues of God.
Behá’u’lláh predicted that a democracy of the people would rule one day in Iran. If this prediction was made before democratic government appeared on earth, it would have been exceptional. However, Behá’u’lláh was looking at the fledgling democracy in England when he made his prediction. Hence the likelihood of this prediction occurring by chance is not extremely remote.
In summary, the likelihood of these three predictions concerning Behá’u’lláh occurring by chance are not extremely remote and therefore are not sufficient to invoke a supernatural causation.
Performing deeds which are impossible in the natural to occur are known as miracles. Miracles constitute evidence of supernatural reality. I am unable to find examples of miraculous acts performed by Bahá’u’lláh.
Thus there is insufficient evidence for me to be convinced that Bahá’u’lláh’s theory of “Progressive Revelation” represents supernatural reality.
How can I explain Bahá’u’lláh’s behavior? I like to propose a theory that Bahá’u’lláh has megalomania, a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur. Examination of his writings show that this theory is plausible.
Bahá’u’lláh claimed that he was infallible (incapable of failure or error) (the ‘Ishraqat circa 1855)
However, he made an error when he pronounced that creation had no beginning. I quote from his ‘Writings on the human soul’.
“As to thy question whether the physical world is subject to any limitations, know thou that the comprehension of this matter dependeth upon the observer himself. In one sense, it is limited; in another, it is exalted beyond all limitations. The one true God hath everlastingly existed, and will everlastingly continue to exist. His creation, likewise, hath had no beginning, and will have no end. All that is created, however, is preceded by a cause. This fact, in itself, establisheth, beyond the shadow of a doubt, the unity of the Creator”.
It had been scientifically established that there was a beginning described as the ‘Big Bang’. Thus Behá’u’lláh was not infallible.
Behá’u’lláh’s original name was Husayn-`Ali Nuri. Consistent with his condition of megalomania, he renamed himself Behá’u’lláh, the meaning of which is “The Glory of God.”
He claimed that he is the Manifestation of God and that no one can recognize God except through Him. (the Tajalliyat circa 1855)
He claims that the various messianic prophecies of earlier religions were fulfilled by his coming. (the ‘Ishraqat circa 1855)
He glorified himself in a fashion consistent with megalomania:
“Had Muhammad, the Apostle of God, attained this Day, He would have exclaimed: ‘I have truly recognized Thee, O Thou the Desire of the Divine Messengers!’ Had Abraham attained it, He too, falling prostrate upon the ground, and in the utmost lowliness before the Lord thy God, would have cried: ‘Mine heart is filled with peace, O Thou Lord of all that is in heaven and on earth! I testify that Thou hast unveiled before mine eyes all the glory of Thy power and the full majesty of Thy law!’… Had Moses Himself attained it, He, likewise, would have raised His voice saying: ‘All praise be to Thee for having lifted upon me the light of Thy countenance and enrolled me among them that have been privileged to behold Thy face!” (Bahá’u’lláh, Summons of the Lord of Hosts, p.149)
If I examine Bahá’u’lláh‘s claim that the prophets Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Imam Mahdi and Bahá’u’lláh are Manifestations of God, I find something interesting.
None of them claimed to be Manifestations of God except Jesus and Behá’u’lláh. Allow me to compare them.
Behá’u’lláh had three predictions to his credit. He performed no miracles. Like any other man, Behá’u’lláh died and was buried. There was hardly anything supernatural about him.
On the other hand, Jesus had thirty-four predictions about him. He was recorded to have performed no less than thirty-two miracles. He died, was buried but miraculously rose from the dead. I am inclined to believe Jesus had evidence of supernatural reality.