If our experience as a human is analogous to a journey down a river, then our experience as a spirit is analogous to the entirewater cycle. Each of us is like a raindrop which fell from a cloud and ultimately entered into a river for the journey back from where it came – the sea. Then the cycle is repeated.
In the same way that a drop of water is a part of the sea and contains within itself the nature of the sea itself, so our spirit is a part of God containing within it the Whole of God itself. This concept of a something being both a part and the Whole is called in science terminology a fractal.
By becoming a droplet in the water cycle, we can experience wonderful adventures which ultimately help us to understand ourselves and the sea even more. Which river of life we choose to travel down is up to us. Once we begin the journey, we are partly at the mercy of the river and the course it takes us. How we chose to flow down the river is our decision.
This river which represents the course of our life that leads us back to God is an archetype that is familiar to us. Perhaps this is one of the reasons we feel drawn to rivers and why we regarded them as sacred. In ancient cultures, religions and even in near-death experiences, this archetype of life being a river appears. On the river, we are always moving forward from a source and toward an end. Life starts out as a small creek and grows into large river with rapids, forks, tributaries, rocks, and sometimes floods. Rivers have a history and are evolving. The river of life can take us to a variety of destinations on shore. There are many decisions and choices to make while traveling the river. Sometimes we have no choice at all but submit to the mercy of the river. At times we can relax and go with the flow. Other times we can shoot the rapids. We can row our boats gently down the stream. But if we just remain on the shore, we will never reach our destination and goal. Wisdom means knowing the best course of action to take as we travel down the river. (more…)
The following is a basic outline of the beliefs and teachings of the Baha’i faith. For reference to a particular belief, please reference our articles dealing with specific beliefs within the Baha’i faith.
- There is one God, no Trinity.
- God created the world.
- Even though individuals of different religions pray to God by different names, they are still praying to the same God even though they are using different names.
- Baha’u’llah taught that human beings cannot understand God completely or have a clear picture of Him in our minds. This is because God is too great and too subtle for this to happen.
- God has complete control over His creation.
- God has complete and perfect knowledge of His creation.
- Knowledge of God
- The knowledge that we have of God are of His attributes and qualities, but not of His essence.
- No one can actually see God because He does not have a body. This would imply that Jesus was not God in the flesh.
- What one learns about God is through prayer, meditation, and the study and application of the various sacred scriptures of the prophets of God. (more…)
|Monotheistic, Trinitarian, (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6-8; Matt. 28:19;2 Cor. 13:14).||Monotheistic (5:73; 112:1-4), denies the Trinity (5:73).|
|Jesus is God in flesh (Col. 2:9).||Jesus is not God (5:17, 75).|
|Jesus was crucified (1 Pet. 2:24).||Jesus was not Crucified, (4:157).|
|Jesus rose from the dead (John 2:19-20).||Jesus did not rise from the dead.|
|Jesus was the Son of God (Mark 1:1).||Jesus was not the Son of God (9:30).|
|Holy Spirit, 3rd person in the Godhead. He will bear witness of Jesus (John 14:26; 15:26).||The Holy Spirit is the angel Gabriel (2:97; 16:102).|
|Salvation by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9).||Salvation by sincerity and works (3:135; 7:8-9; 21:47; 49:14; 66:8-9).|
|The Devil is a fallen angel (Isaiah 14:12-15).||The Devil, Satan, is not a fallen angel, but a fallen Jinn (2:34; 7:12; 15:27; 55:15).|
|Man is fallen, a sinner (Rom. 3:23).||Man is basically good.|
|Disciples were Christians (Acts 11:26).||Disciples declare themselves Muslims (5:111).|
|Worship on Sabbath (Exodus 20) then later on Sunday (Rom. 14:5-6; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2).||Worship on Friday (62:9).|
|Miracles, numerous are recorded (1 Cor. 15:3-5, etc.).||No Miracles recorded, except they claim the Qur’an is a miracle.|
|Makes numerous prophecies (Isaiah 53; Micah 5:2, etc.||Makes no prophecies.|
Baha’i Prayer for Peace
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in thy judgement, and guarded in thy speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart,
and a fruit upon the tree of humility.
Buddhist Prayer for Peace
May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power, and may people think of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wildernesses—
the children, the aged, the unprotected—
be guarded by beneficent celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood. (more…)
Why are we so fascinated with the May 21, End of the World phenomenon? For many of us, the spectacle of these people with their doomsday signs and complicated calendar calculations provides good comic relief and finger pointing — “look at the freaks.” But as a piece by HuffPost Religion writer Jaweed Kaleem shows, the followers of Harold Camping and his end-time crusade are real people whose conviction of the impending end of the world was seemingly inspired by a deep desire to create meaning and certainty in life within our difficult and chaotic world.
Eschatology is the fancy term religious scholars use to talk about the end of the world. It is derived from the Greek word eschaton, which means the last or the end. Eschatological thought in the Bible is consistently marked by a sense of desperation concerning the way the world is, as opposed to the way the world ought to be. Apocalyptic scriptural references anticipate that God‘s reign will break into this world; a promise that ultimately provides hope in the future as it projects a time of radical departure from the difficult realities of the present. (more…)