Critical Thinking, A Necessary Tool
The following is how the "Bahai Faith" describes itself:
"Throughout history, God has revealed Himself to humanity through a series of divine Messengers, whose teachings guide and educate us and provide the basis for the advancement of human society. These Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Their religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God."
Anybody who knows anything at all about the individual religions from which Bahai draws its claims of truth, knows that most of these religions are FUNDAMENTALLY OPPOSED one to the other. The only way that a person can hold to Bahai is to strip each religion of its essential elements and retain only the lowest common denominator.
But what is the lowest common denominator among all these religions?
Is it belief in one God?
Catholicism teaches one God, Islam teaches one god, Judaism teaches one god. Okay so far. Hinduism teaches many gods, Buddhism teaches that we are all god... Okay that's not the common denominator. So Bahai has failed to achieve any character of truth in the very beginning of our analysis, in the most BASIC of any religious tenet that one could propose: the nature of God. As truth cannot contradict truth, Bahai is immediately falsified and shown to be nothing more than the inconsistent musings of men.
Neverhtless, can we salvage anything of this system of belief? Is there any common denominator, even from a moral viewpoint?
Is it belief in the Golden Rule?
Christianity teaches that we must love our neighbours as ourselves, Hinduism and Buddhism teach essentially the same thing and that good "Karma" is the result.
But Judaism teaches this:
Sanhedrin 57a: "When a Jew murders a gentile (Cuthean), there will be no death penalty. What a Jew steals from a gentile may be retained."
Islam teaches this:
Sura 9.014 "Fight them (infidels) and Allah will punish them by your (muslims) hands"
Sura 9.052 ""Allah will afflict you (infidels) with punishment from himself (Allah) or by our (muslims) hands".
Sura 2:187-189: "And kill them wherever ye shall find them, and eject them from whatever place they have ejected you; for civil discord is worse than carnage: yet attack them not at the sacred Mosque, unless they attack you therein; but if they attack you, slay them. Such the reward of the infidels...Fight therefore against them until there be no more civil discord, and the only worship be that of God: but if they desist, then let there be no hostility, save against the wicked."
Obviously the Golden Rule is not the common denominator either. There is no common denominator. No system of belief that is based on one true religion and a whole bunch of false ones can ever have coherence.
The "Bahai Faith" is simply the most illogical religious proposition I have ever heard of, and once a person takes any time at all to think about its logical conclusions, it requires quite a bit of dishonesty to maintain belief in it. Pope Pius VIII, who lived nearly two hundred years ago, would agree with me.
Pope Pius VIII, Traditi Humiliati, #4, 1829: "Among these heresies belongs that foul contrivance of the sophists of this age who do not admit any difference among the different professions of faith and who think that the portal of eternal salvation opens for all from any religion. They, therefore, label with the stigma of levity and stupidity those who, having abandoned the religion which they learned, embrace another of any kind, even Catholicism. This is certainly a monstrous impiety which assigns the same praise and the mark of the just and upright man to truth and to error, to virtue and to vice, to goodness and to turpitude.
"Indeed this deadly idea concerning the lack of difference among religions is refuted even by the light of natural reason. We are assured of this because the various religions do not often agree among themselves. If one is true, the other must be false; there can be no society of darkness with light. Against these experienced sophists the people must be taught that the profession of the Catholic faith is uniquely true, as the apostle proclaims: one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Jerome used to say it this way: he who eats the lamb outside this house will perish as did those during the flood who were not with Noah in the ark. Indeed, no other name than the name of Jesus is given to men, by which they may be saved. He who believes shall be saved; he who does not believe shall be condemned."
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