Is the Baha’i Faith Compatible with Christianity?Posted: September 29, 2019
The literature and promotional websites for the Baha’i Faith claim that one can accept the Baha’i Faith and remain a committed Christian. But is this the case?
To be a Christian, you must acknowledge that you are a sinner, in need of a Savior. You must then “repent”, and be willing to be changed into a new creature in accordance with God’s will for your life. You must then confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, in order to be saved. You must believe not only with your mind, but also with your heart – receiving Him into your heart. For it says “as many as received Him, to the gave He the power to become the sons of God” (John 1).
What else is it that you are called to believe and to do as a Christian, according to the bible, and the words of the Lord Jesus?
- Believe the essential doctrines of Christianity (encapsulated in the Nicene Creed) that there is one God, the Father of all, Creator of Heaven and earth. That God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit – one God in three persons.
- Believe that Jesus is the “one and only” Son of God; that Jesus alone is the “image of the invisible God”, and that He is the alone is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”. Reject the notion the Jesus is just one of many “divine manifestations”. The bible says “there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved”. That Jesus was “God come in the flesh” – that He was God who came down for our sakes, took on a human body, lived a sinless, sacrificial life, then willingly died on a cross and paid the penalty for your sins and the sins of all humanity – past, present and future.
- Believe that He rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again to judge the living and the dead at the last day.
- Repent, believe with your mind, and ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart by His Spirit – so that He may put His Holy Spirit within you, to regenerate your spirit, and make you a new creation in Christ. He will begin to change you from the inside out, and day be day, you will experience new joy in Jesus! Your living faith in Jesus will then produce “good works” – giving of your time, resources and talents to others, helping, serving, and doing what Christ did as He gave us example. Day be day your life will begin to look a little more like the life of Jesus – which is what being a Christian is all about!
The Baha’i Faith religious material, web sites, and publications claim that you can accept and believe in the teaching of the Bahai, and still believe and accept the teaching of the bible – and remain a Christian. But is that really true? NO! As the bible says, “there is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is the way of death”. As the saying goes, “looks can be deceiving“, and this is one of those cases where many are being deceived by this pleasant sounding false religion.
Indeed there are some admirable qualities of the Baha’i religion. They promote peace, love, positive virtues, and even aspects of the Christian faith. But there are striking contradictions to Christianity, and what the bible teaches. You cannot in truth “become a Baha’i” and remain a Christian. If you accept the Baha’i teachings, you are rejecting many of the teaching of the bible, and of Jesus Christ.
Do not be deceived! The evil one has been and is a deceiver from the beginning, and this religion, although it sounds and looks good at first glance, is in direct contradiction with what the bible teaches, and with the core tenets of Christianity.
What is the Baha’i Faith?
The Baha’i Faith is one of the newer world religions, promoting the oneness of God, the unity of humanity, and the essential harmony of all religions. According to the messaging on their web site, Baha’is believe in “peace, justice, love, altruism, and unity”. Their web site also proclaims that their teachings “promote the agreement of science and religion, the equality of the sexes, and the elimination of all prejudice and racism”.
Sounds like a religion “tailor made” for today, especially when one considers the issues we struggle with in the 21st century. One could almost say that this is a religion designed for the “post modern era”. A “feel good” religion. Baha’i messaging claims they are the “world’s second most widespread religion after Christianity” (what ever that means), and that they are “working to unite it” (the world). Interesting – could this be the seed of a new “one world religion?”. This is in stark contrast to what Jesus said, when asked by Pilate “where is your kingdom?” What did Jesus say? “My kingdom is not of this world”. The world was turned over to the evil one when humankind fell and rebelled against their Creator. But take care – Jesus is coming back, to bring His reign as King of kings again upon the earth. He will take possession of the earth once again.
According to their teachings :’ The millions of Baha’is in the world come from every ethnicity, nationality, tribe, age, racial group, religious background and economic and social class. Gentle, peaceful, warm and welcoming, diverse Baha’i communities exist just about everywhere. Baha’is accept the validity of each of the founders and prophets of the major world religions, and believe in progressive revelation, the unique Baha’i principle that views every great Faith as a link in a single spiritual system progressively revealed by God to humanity.” (Source: http://bahaiteachings.org/bahai-faith). The problem is, one cannot logically “accept” the validity of all of the major world regions? Why? Because each make conflicting claims that cannot be reconciled logically (see below for more on this topic).
Where Did the Baha’i Faith Come From?
The Bahá’í Faith was founded by Bahá’u’lláh in 19th-century Persia. Bahá’u’lláh was exiled for his teachings from Persia to the Ottoman Empire and died while officially still a prisoner. After Bahá’u’lláh’s death, under the leadership of his son, `Abdu’l-Bahá, the religion spread from its Persian and Ottoman roots, and gained a footing in Europe and America, and was consolidated in Iran, where it suffers intense persecution. After the death of `Abdu’l-Bahá, the leadership of the Bahá’í community entered a new phase, evolving from a single individual to an administrative order with both elected bodies and appointed individuals. There are probably more than 5 million Bahá’ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.[note 2] (Source: Wikipedia)