I never said it was.That is not proof of anything.
I never did that either. The point is that many religions claim the same thing, so I was asking you precisely what raised your religion above theirs.It is the fallacy of hasty generalization to say that just because other religions make claims that might not be true, my religion makes claims that are false.
Irrelevant. Other religions that make similar claims say Baha'i is false. Why do you trust Baha'i and not them?Moreover, the Baha’i Faith recognizes all the major religions of the past as legitimate; they are just not pertinent to this age in history.
How does reading a book constitute confirmation of events or prophecies? Books can be wrong.
That's all fine, as long as you accept the possibility that you were wrong and/or mislead or subject to some kind of bias. I'm saying you necessarily were, but surely you accept that you are a fallible human and therefore any conclusion you reach may be wrong. Can you accept that as a possibility?I was not looking for anything at all. I had no interest in religion or God. It is true however that the spiritual and social teachings of the Baha’i Faith resonated with me, and that is the primary reason I became a Baha’i, I saw truth in it. At that time, and up till about six years ago, I had no interest in God. I believed that God existed but it had no real significance to my life.
So what is the evidence of Bahaullah being a manifestation of God, and what independent verification do you have to support progressive revelation?I think my evidence sets my religion apart from theirs for many reason, not only the evidence for Bahaullah being a Manifestation of God (Messenger) but the underpinning theology of the Baha’i Faith Progressive Revelation, sets it apart from all the other religions. It just makes sense to me that not only one religion is the truth from God but that only one religion is pertinent to every age in history.
But that's literally what you just said in that previous post:It is not impossible for me to be wrong,
"In my mind, it is impossible that what I believe about Baha’u’llah is not true..."
So, which is it? Is it impossible for what you believe in this instance to not be true, or is it possible you are wrong?
Problem is, that's impossible. Religion doesn't function at a logical level (at least, no religion I've ever encountered) and tends to bypass evidence. The time to believe something is when something has enough support to conclude it is more likely true than not - it is not when people cannot produce evidence AGAINST your conclusion. Rather than waiting for people to disprove your religion, you should be investigating it yourself and looking to see if it stands up to actual scrutiny.but until someone produces some evidence that refutes my religion I see no reason to admit I am wrong about it.
Believing that it is impossible to be wrong about something is close-minded, no matter how you try to justify it.It does not mean I have a closed mind just because I have certitude about my religion, as there are many other beliefs and truths that can be accommodated by Baha’i beliefs, and are congruent with them, given Reality is One.
“The first principle Baha’u’llah urged was the independent investigation of truth. “Each individual,” He said, “is following the faith of his ancestors who themselves are lost in the maze of tradition. Reality is steeped in dogmas and doctrines. If each investigate for himself, he will find that Reality is one; does not admit of multiplicity; is not divisible. All will find the same foundation and all will be at peace.” – Abdu’l-Baha, Star of the West, Volume 3, p. 5.
Sure, that all sounds good, but if it leads you to a conclusion that you are so convinced of that you are literally willing to state that it is "impossible" for you to be wrong about it, then you are NOT investigating it or thinking about it critically enough, and are just steeped in another form of dogma or doctrine.
None of which means anything with regards to your close-mindedness in willing to question or critically evaluate your own position on Baha'i. If you cannot admit even the possibility of being wrong about it, then you cannot be capable of critically evaluating anything. All investigation of the truth should start with the same starting point:For example, I love the teachings of Christianity, even though I do not believe in the Church doctrines such as original sin, heaven and hell as literal places we go after we die, or the return of Jesus. I listen to Christian music 24/7 because it is inspiring, and I am able to filter out what I do not believe. I also really like Buddhism and its teachings, many of which are similar to Baha’i teachings. I always try to look for similarities, not differences, even with atheism. As a Baha’i, I believe we are all one people, all loved by the same God.
"There is always a possibility that what I currently think is true, is actually not true."
If you're not starting there, then you're not being honest.