I have done away with any Earthly Things that I do not need to live, but that is not what has caused my suffering. I have suffered all my life through no fault of my own. I have only had brief respites here and there.
I still do not see the need for punishment, but maybe that is because my whole life has been suffering so i don't need any additional punishment and I don't believe a just and loving God would ever want to see me inflict it on myself.
You are not telling us what this suffering is. Is it illness? You don't have to go into detail. Every person has to do the requirements that Elohim/God demands for Transformation.
I cannot speak for other people but if they had to deny their sexual desires then that would be punishment enough, since that is what most people value. We both know that is not going to happen, I am just speaking hypothetically.
2 Timothy 3:12
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Yes, it is evident that the Sex Act is Universally Highly Valued. The area where I live is a Marquis de Sade Stronghold area with all kinds Perversions being Practiced. Happy to say I'm on the receiving end of 24/7 Satanic Ritual Abuse.
Let's put our cards on the table. Asceticism is Abstaining from Sensual Pleasures which means means Abstaining from Sex. People cannot abstain form food and water, they have to eat and drink, but they do not have to have sex unless they are trying to have a child.
Oh, you don't think the Baha'i Law is strict enough. The Baha'i Law prohibits sex outside or marriage. Sex is allowed in marriage but that does not mean married people have to have sex, not unless they are trying to have children. How many Christians abide by such a Law?
1 Corinthians 7:1
7 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
I'm Celibate like Yeshua Messiah/Jesus Christ, John the Baptist and Paul the Apostle. If you cannot do lifelong Celibacy, if you can bear to have Sex, it must be between mature married Man and Woman and for procreation purposes only. Very few Christians can do either.
Baha'u'llah, the Prophet Founder of the Baha'i Faith, who was an exile and prisoner for 40 years, wrote the following in His own pen:
“My captivity can bring on Me no shame. Nay, by My life, it conferreth on Me glory. That which can make Me ashamed is the conduct of such of My followers as profess to love Me, yet in fact follow the Evil One. They, indeed, are of the lost.
When the time set for this Revelation was fulfilled, and He Who is the Day Star of the world appeared in ‘Iráq, He bade His followers observe that which would sanctify them from all earthly defilements. Some preferred to follow the desires of a corrupt inclination, while others walked in the way of righteousness and truth, and were rightly guided.
Say: He is not to be numbered with the people of Bahá who followeth his mundane desires, or fixeth his heart on things of the earth. He is My true follower who, if he come to a valley of pure gold, will pass straight through it aloof as a cloud, and will neither turn back, nor pause. Such a man is, assuredly, of Me. From his garment the Concourse on high can inhale the fragrance of sanctity…. And if he met the fairest and most comely of women, he would not feel his heart seduced by the least shadow of desire for her beauty. Such an one, indeed, is the creation of spotless chastity. Thus instructeth you the Pen of the Ancient of Days, as bidden by your Lord, the Almighty, the All-Bountiful.”
Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 117-118
What are you doing to rid yourself of Earthly Defilements?
Repentance/Penance is a Pillar of the True Christian. Without Repentance/Penance there is no Forgiveness. Forgiveness is earned through Repentance/Penance.Baha'is also believe that sin separates man from God. We ask for God's forgiveness i prayer.
Regarding sin, below are some excerpts from one of the obligatory prayers. The entire prayer can be read here: Long Obligatory Prayer
O God, my God! My back is bowed by the burden of my sins, and my heedlessness hath destroyed me. Whenever I ponder my evil doings and Thy benevolence, my heart melteth within me, and my blood boileth in my veins.
By Thy might! My trespasses have kept me back from drawing nigh unto Thee; and my sins have held me far from the court of Thy holiness. Thy love, O my Lord, hath enriched me, and separation from Thee hath destroyed me, and remoteness from Thee hath consumed me.
What would be stricter than the Baha'i Laws? Abstinence from sex cannot be practiced by everyone because then there would be no children and families, and families are the bedrock of society.
The teachings of Yeshua Messiah/Jesus Christ and the Law of Moses in the Scriptures/Bible is much stricter than Baha'i Laws.
I do not believe that God has an Earthly Body. I believe that God is spirit, as the Bible says.
Do you believe that anything exists outside of Elohim/God?
Humans that are Enslaved to Sin have Free Will, they simply use their free will to choose to be Enslaved to Sin instead of choosing to be Servants of God.
People have a choice to do Good or Evil/Sin. The Natural Inclination is to Sin and it is the easier option to go with the Flow.