I think you would be surprised how much of what you believe I also believe. See below.
Yes, that is what I believe, that God is One and Jesus is a separate Being, but I also believe that Jesus was a Manifestation of God, and as such the Will of Jesus was “identical” to the Will of God, as the following passage says.
“He is a true believer in Divine unity who, far from confusing duality with oneness, refuseth to allow any notion of multiplicity to becloud his conception of the singleness of God, who will regard the Divine Being as One Who, by His very nature, transcendeth the limitations of numbers.
The essence of belief in Divine unity consisteth in regarding Him Who is the Manifestation of God and Him Who is the invisible, the inaccessible, the unknowable Essence as one and the same. By this is meant that whatever pertaineth to the former, all His acts and doings, whatever He ordaineth or forbiddeth, should be considered, in all their aspects, and under all circumstances, and without any reservation, as identical with the Will of God Himself. This is the loftiest station to which a true believer in the unity of God can ever hope to attain. Blessed is the man that reacheth this station, and is of them that are steadfast in their belief.” Gleanings From the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 166-167
Jesus and God do not represent two separate Wills, but one Will, the same Will.
I do not believe that Jesus became God in the flesh but rather Jesus manifested
God in the flesh. The Essence of God cannot ever become a man but rather the Attributes of God and the Will of God were perfectly in Jesus. That is why the Bible says that the Father is in the Son and why Jesus said “I and my Father are One.”
I believe that the soul of Jesus was preexistent in the spiritual world and but was sent from the heaven of the Will of God to unite with His physical body on earth.
(96) PRE-EXISTENCE - of Prophets
The Prophets, unlike us, are pre-existent. The soul of Christ existed in the spiritual world before His birth in this world. We cannot imagine what that world is like, so words are inadequate to picture His state of being.
(Shoghi Effendi: High Endeavors, Page: 71)
So I agree that Jesus came directly from God's Realm (Heaven).
There really is no other way to know about spiritual reality except from scriptures because I am not going to just make stuff up so it will fit with what I might “want to believe.” In one way or another all scriptures say that humans have a spiritual nature, and anyone can see that humans also have a physical nature because that is clearly apparent.
I analyze all things in my life through a material nature and
a spiritual nature. You have a need to believe that God is loving, so go ahead and try to defend your loving God who created a world where people and animals will suffer through no fault of their own. Any rational person can see that something is bad at black rock. I cannot say I know what that something is.
It does not matter if it makes sense to you. The problem you are faced with is that this is exactly
what God has asked us to do in the scriptures of all the Abrahamic religions.
We are not slaves if God, we are Servants of God and as such we do what God has asked us to do. God does not need worship or praise for Himself because God has no needs. God does not demand
worship, God enjoins
us to worship Him, and that is only for our own benefit, not for God’s benefit.
“Consider the mercy of God and His gifts. He enjoineth upon you that which shall profit you, though He Himself can well dispense with all creatures.” Gleanings, p. 140
“The one true God, exalted be His glory, hath wished nothing for Himself. The allegiance of mankind profiteth Him not, neither doth its perversity harm Him. The Bird of the Realm of Utterance voiceth continually this call: “All things have I willed for thee, and thee, too, for thine own sake.” Gleanings, p. 260
Believing “I know more/better than all teachings, religious and scientific” is the epitome of arrogance.
Putting Self trust over Trust in revealed scriptures is also arrogance.
I believe that you are right about that. We were not all created to be alike. We each have different capacities. A fellow Baha’i explained that to me just last night and here is that part of his post:
And in this Tablet, Baha'u'llah says, everything has a fixed measure which is already prescribed by God:
"Blessed is He Who, in a well-guarded Tablet, hath prescribed a fixed measure
unto all things."
It means, for example, how wealthy or poor each person would be, is predestined according to fixed measure.
If you have an apple tree in your backyard. How many apples will it have this year? This is a prescribed measure. It is part of fate and destiny.
How many children we would have? It is fate.
"Glorified is He Who causeth whomsoever He willeth to ascend unto the heaven of grace, and sendeth down therefrom whatsoever He desireth according to a prescribed measure
This means, spiritual station of each person is already prescribed according to a measure, which determines the level of spiritually of each person.