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Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by infrabenji, Jul 15, 2021.

  1. samtonga43

    samtonga43 Active Member

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    Agreed 100%!
    I’m very slow.
    “Were any of the all-embracing Manifestations of God to declare: “I am God,” He, verily, speaketh the truth, and no doubt attacheth thereto. For it hath been repeatedly demonstrated that through their Revelation, their attributes and names, the Revelation of God, His names and His attributes, are made manifest in the world......."
    The logical conclusion must be that MrB. is God.
    I did not say that you were not guided by God (See, I can do it too.;)) To be guided by God is surely the basis of all faiths.
     
  2. Trailblazer

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    No, that is not the logical conclusion at all. The logical conclusion from reading that excerpt for a longer passage is that that all the Manifestations of God manifest God's attributes, and ONLY in that sense can they be considered God. The passage says "any of the all-embracing Manifestations of God" so if Baha'u'llah was God they would all be God. How would that be possible unless there is more than one God?

    To pick only the beginning of that passage and omit the rest is reading it out of context. Below is the full quote:

    “Were any of the all-embracing Manifestations of God to declare: “I am God,” He, verily, speaketh the truth, and no doubt attacheth thereto. For it hath been repeatedly demonstrated that through their Revelation, their attributes and names, the Revelation of God, His names and His attributes, are made manifest in the world....... And were any of them to voice the utterance, “I am the Messenger of God,” He, also, speaketh the truth, the indubitable truth ..........For they are all but one person, one soul, one spirit, one being, one revelation. They are all the manifestation of the “Beginning” and the “End,” the “First” and the “Last,” the “Seen” and the “Hidden”—all of which pertain to Him Who is the Innermost Spirit of Spirits and Eternal Essence of Essences. And were they to say, “We are the Servants of God,” this also is a manifest and indisputable fact. For they have been made manifest in the uttermost state of servitude, a servitude the like of which no man can possibly attain. Thus in moments in which these Essences of Being were deep immersed beneath the oceans of ancient and everlasting holiness, or when they soared to the loftiest summits of Divine mysteries, they claimed their utterances to be the Voice of Divinity, the Call of God Himself.” Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 54-55

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    Of course, we also have the following passage whee Baha'ullah disclaimed being God:

    “Certain ones among you have said: “He it is Who hath laid claim to be God.” By God! This is a gross calumny. I am but a servant of God Who hath believed in Him and in His signs, and in His Prophets and in His angels. My tongue, and My heart, and My inner and My outer being testify that there is no God but Him, that all others have been created by His behest, and been fashioned through the operation of His Will. There is none other God but Him, the Creator, the Raiser from the dead, the Quickener, the Slayer. I am He that telleth abroad the favors with which God hath, through His bounty, favored Me.”
    Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 228

    That's true, but that does not mean that every individual in every faith is guided by God. ;)

    P.S. Your posts are linking back to that other thread again, I have no idea why.
     
  3. night912

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    Why are you talking about proof when I never said anything about it? I'm talking about evidence to support a person claiming to be a messenger of God. The criteria that you provided does not logically lead to God, therefore it's illogical due to it being invalid.

    The problem with having that epistemology is that all you're doing is picking and choosing which claim you want and/or which person you want to be a messenger. There's no way to tell the difference between two people both claiming to be a true messenger of God.

    And on top of that, it's circular. So to take such circular reasoning like that and accept it as being true would be irrational. It's exactly the same as if a Christian was to say, "it's true that the bible is the word of God because the bible says that it's the word of God."

    Sure, but then you cannot claim that it's logical.
     
  4. PruePhillip

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    'standard scholarship.'
    There's lots of problems with 'standard scholarship', particularly what's taught in universties.
    And what is not taught.
    You are never going to get an Egyptian archaelogist find evidence of Hebew occupation in
    Egypt. And no 'scholar' is going to believe that God spoke to David.
    But true science isn't about believing this or that, but in .'what the data says.' And if some
    scientist says, 'There's no evidence for Abraham' then it's important that the AUDIENCE to
    this statement UNDERSTANDS the scientist isn't saying 'There was no Abraham' but that
    there is no evidence, yet, for Abraham.

    The Jews were in captivity in Egypt. No big deal - Jews are Hykos people and so many of
    them migrated to Egypt they took over the nation for a while. Indeed, the Pharoah of Joseph
    was likely a Hyksos himself. And the Hebrews migrated back to 'Palestine' about the the time
    of the Bronze Age Collapse - only Egypt barely survived this period when the great empires
    were overthrown by immigrants. Probably the Phillistines and Hebrews arrived same time.
     
  5. night912

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    But what happened to your dog wasn't the same as what happened in your dream.


    Easy explanation. That person read or saw that happening on the news. Earlier that year, there were two plane crashes. The first plane crashed near NY and the second crashed in New Jersey. The one in New Jersey crashed into a tree and fell onto a house, which caught on fire.

    And during that time, terrorism was on a high alert compared to a few years prior to that.
     
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    Sorry, but the Jews/Hebrews/Israelites are not the same as Hyksos. That's equivalent to saying that the Mongols invaded the Roman Empire then using the evidence of the invasion of the Huns as evidence for the Mongols.
     
  7. paarsurrey

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    Bahaullah did not claim publicly, I understand, in the Iqan or in the pre-Iqan period that:
    1. Bahaullah received any direct Converse from God/Allah/YHVH
    2. that Bahaullah was appointed a Messenger by God/Allah/YHVH
    3. Bahaullah, I understand, took the Covenant from others but he himself did not.
    One may check it from Iqan.
    Regards
     
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    I am relatively new to the world of apologetics, but I would love the opportunity to debate someone with your educational background. I've been working on connecting the dots between science and religion and if you're willing to converse with me I would relish the opportunity to strengthen any areas I'm weak in
     
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  9. Trailblazer

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    1. Baha'u'llah did claim direct Converse from God.
    2. Baha'u'llah did claim that He was appointed as a Messenger by God.
    3. Baha'u'llah made a Covenant with His followers: Bahá’u’lláh and His Covenant
     
  10. PruePhillip

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    Yes, the Hyksos were Semitic, same as Jews and Arabs,
    interestingly we now know (as of this month) that Jews are
    'Levantine' people and Arabs are 'African' people by origin.
    So Jews, like Philistines, Turks etc have a strong European
    element to their genes. And Arabs from the Arabian Penninsula
    have a strong African genetic base.
    That's interesting from the current Jew/\Palestinian troubles.

    The Hyksos infiltrated Egypt peacefully - just as the Hebrews
    did. And the Jews emmigrated from Egypt at the time of the
    Bronze Age Collapse - probably. Egypt was left severely and
    permanently weakened by the mass migration of peoples at
    this time, ca !200 BC.
    As for the forty years in the wilderness. Careful reading of
    Exodus suggests the Jews spent 38 years travelling to, from or
    staying at a place called Kadesh (there were a number of
    places called Kadesh, alas.)
     
  11. PruePhillip

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    My obsession with terrorism the day I spent at the Twin Towers was about
    the previous attack wih the basement bomb. At least, that was what I thought.
    That guy who did the most accurate prediction - never found any information
    about him since. Finding some connection with another plane crash is logical,
    people have to come up with something other than the supernatural - it's a bit
    like peope claiming an UFO account was people just seeing Venus or Jupiter
    (as if they hadn't seen these two before.)

    The dog one was weird - never had that experience before or since. The dream
    doesn't have to be identical.

    There's this thing in Quantum Mechanics called 'Entanglement', that is, paticles
    connected on opposite sides of the universe. Some suggest these particles might
    connect forward and back in time as well - giving some 'explanation' for why some
    people have these events.
    A guy was telling us he was dying of cancer. But he saw a mental picture of himself
    in the future, playing with his kids. And in this mental picture he 'saw' a strange box
    style device on the floor. No idea what it was. He survived and years later when
    playing with his kids he looked at the little fan heater on the floor - a heater that had
    recently come onto the market.
     
  12. Trailblazer

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    Look at the bulleted list again. Some but not all of these ideas are starting to be accepted in modern society.
    Below are the ones that are starting to be accepted but that still leaves eight of them that are not yet accepted.
    I do not think it will take 800 years, but who really knows the future except God? There is no way to predict how long it will take and it will be a gradual process, as humans don't change their ideas overnight and people are generally resistant to change.

    Jesus accomplished everything He set out to do. Why do you think He didn't? Below are a few verses that demonstrate that:

    John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

    John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

    The primary purpose for which Jesus came to earth was to bear witness to the truth about God, as he says in the verse below:

    John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

    But sadly, Christians have totally missed that purpose because they believe that Jesus came to save them form an original sin that Jesus never ever spoke of, and they believe the bodily resurrection is part of this purpose. NONE of this came from Jesus.
    The moral teachings have already been revealed by Baha'u'llah, so people can now apply those teachings to the proper way to use genetic modification.
    Nothing in particular. Religion addresses moral behavior so people can apply what religion teaches to the use of modern technologies.
    What was a contradiction? Sometimes it only appears to be contradictory if you don't have all the information.
    Why do you think someone in Age C would say that? I think that by the time we get to Age C, humanity will have progressed so they will understand what Baha'u'llah wrote about the different Ages. In fact, I think most people will be Baha'is by the time we get to Age C.

    By the way, that is what is happening now with older religions such as Christianity. We are living in Age B, and Christians say "Why shouldn't the treatments that we need today in Age B be THE SAME as what we needed in Age A?" Does that make sense to you that we need the same treatments that Jesus brought? Jesus said His work was finished in this world but that did not mean that no more work ever needed to be done in this world. Jesus laid the necessary foundation for the Kingdom of God to be built on earth and Baha'u'llah revealed what will be necessary to build the Kingdom of God, which Bahais refer to as the new world order, which will include all those things on the bulleted list I posted.
    The obvious reason we still had the crusades is because people were not following the teachings of Jesus. The teachings of Jesus were largely subordinated to the doctrines of Christianity early on. That was addressed in this thread I posted some time ago. I suggest you read the OP.

    How Paul changed the course of Christianity
    You just raised a very important point. All the Messengers revealed the same spiritual teachings so naturally their stories are similar. I never meant that only Jesus revealed moral teachings, I was only using that as an example to contrast that with the primary purpose of Baha'u'llah's mission on earth, which was to reveal what will be necessary for humans to unite under one common religion and build a new world order.

    In the following passage, the Law of God refers to the divinely revealed religion of God. The spiritual message (spiritual virtues and divine qualities) are the same in all the great world religions:

    “the Law of God is divided into two parts. One is the fundamental basis which comprises all spiritual things—that is to say, it refers to the spiritual virtues and divine qualities; this does not change nor alter: it is the Holy of Holies, which is the essence of the Law of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Christ, Muhammad, the Báb, and Bahá’u’lláh, and which lasts and is established in all the prophetic cycles. It will never be abrogated, for it is spiritual and not material truth; it is faith, knowledge, certitude, justice, piety, righteousness, trustworthiness, love of God, benevolence, purity, detachment, humility, meekness, patience and constancy. It shows mercy to the poor, defends the oppressed, gives to the wretched and uplifts the fallen......

    These divine qualities, these eternal commandments, will never be abolished; nay, they will last and remain established for ever and ever. These virtues of humanity will be renewed in each of the different cycles; for at the end of every cycle the spiritual Law of God—that is to say, the human virtues—disappears, and only the form subsists.....

    These foundations of the Religion of God, which are spiritual and which are the virtues of humanity, cannot be abrogated; they are irremovable and eternal, and are renewed in the cycle of every Prophet.

    The second part of the Religion of God, which refers to the material world, and which comprises fasting, prayer, forms of worship, marriage and divorce, the abolition of slavery, legal processes, transactions, indemnities for murder, violence, theft and injuries—this part of the Law of God, which refers to material things, is modified and altered in each prophetic cycle in accordance with the necessities of the times.”
    Some Answered Questions, pp. 47-48

    In addition to these two parts of the Religion of God, we have the primary mission of each Messenger, which changes from age to age; and it is progressive, each mission building upon the previous one. Jesus focused on a high standard of morality and discipline into man, as the fundamental unit in human society. Muhammad focused on nation building, and Baha’u’llah focused on world unity and the oneness of mankind. Each one of these was a necessary building block that enabled the next one to take place. Mankind’s spiritual evolution develops gradually, proceeding step by step, and that is why God reveals religious Truth in various stages over time. That is called Progressive Revelation.
     
  13. samtonga43

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    Sorry, but the following says otherwise:
    “Were any of the all-embracing Manifestations of God to declare: “I am God,” He, verily, speaketh the truth, and no doubt attacheth thereto.
    “I am God” is not the same as “I manifest God’s attributes”. Surely you can see this. But maybe you are confused by all the eths and the verilys.
    True. Some only think they are, due to their disturbed state of mind.
    Maybe MrB is prompting you to return and respond…:)
     
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    The Spirit of Truth came, almost 2000 years before the B,man was ever heard of.
     
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    "According to how you have interpreted the evidence",
    Right.
     
  16. Trailblazer

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    The problem you have is that none of the Manifestations of God ever said "I am God."

    What Baha'u'llah meant is that we can think of them as God because they manifest God's attributes.

    The Manifestations of God are only God in the sense that they manifest the Attributes of God.

    “Were any of the all-embracing Manifestations of God to declare: “I am God,” He, verily, speaketh the truth, and no doubt attacheth thereto. For it hath been repeatedly demonstrated that through their Revelation, their attributes and names, the Revelation of God, His names and His attributes, are made manifest in the world.......” Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 54

    Moreover, a Manifestation OF GOD is not by definition GOD. A Manifestation of God manifests God's attributes, and that means there are two separate entities, (1) God and (2) the Manifestation of God.

    One cannot be both God and a Manifestation of God at the same time because that is logically impossible.
     
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    Only according to Christian beliefs, but those are just beliefs, not facts.
     
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    Well, you posted it for a reason. I assume that reason was because you think it was applicable to our current discussion. So copy and paste the parts that you think are relevant to our current discussion.

    Also, you aren't a child, so don't make me hold your hand like this.

    So the writings of the messenger didn't come from the messenger?
     
  19. wandering peacefully

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    I think you all are being to harsh on @TB. She has said before she only has an MA in counseling psychology which is an 18 month arts degree. She does not claim to have an MA in science or an MA in medical degree in psychology.

    She has also stated many times, she is here for entertainment purposes, not to convince any one else she has the truth about all things God or the proof that her religion is the "truth".

    What is probably very interesting to her and most who observe the back and forth, circular and repeated, non changing arguments, is that people continue to engage in them. Thousands of posts of the same back and forth yet people continue to want to try to convince her she is wrong in her logic. No matter how many try, they always fail to escape the circular logic and the urge to expose the percieved double speak. It is like an irresistible challenge to be the one to finally prove her wrong.

    That will never happen but it provides entertainment. Like true crime shows, the psychology of it all is just plain addictive in trying to understand it and impossible to turn away from.
    There will always be new attempts at proving her wrong with the same exact arguments because there is an endless supply of curious people who believe they can achieve the impossible.

    One would think it would grow old but it never seems to. Why that is, is the really interesting question.
     
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    How many people that Baha'is say are manifestations made that claim? And Trailblazer goes out of her way to show that Jesus never claimed to be God. So who made this claim? Maybe all the incarnations of Vishnu and some of the other Hindu Gods? Time and time again I ask how do Baha'is make Adam, Noah, Abraham and even Moses manifestations? Even Christians and Jews don't make them manifestations. And what religion did they "found"? They are all from the same religion.
     
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