I do not have to pretend
to accept the Bible because I believe
that the Bible as God's holy Book, His most great testimony among His creatures
“We have also heard a number of the foolish of the earth assert that the genuine text of the heavenly Gospel doth not exist amongst the Christians, that it hath ascended unto heaven. How grievously they have erred! How oblivious of the fact that such a statement imputeth the gravest injustice and tyranny to a gracious and loving Providence! “How could God, when once the Day-star of the beauty of Jesus had disappeared from the sight of His people, and ascended unto the fourth heaven, cause His holy Book, His most great testimony amongst His creatures, to disappear also?” The Kitáb-i-Íqán, p. 89
What Bahais believe does not contradict the Bible; it only contradicts "some of" the Christian interpretations of the Bible.
Oh dear.....I don't know where to start with this......the contradictions come as a result of the foretold apostasy, which Jesus and his apostles warned would take place, "while men were sleeping"...."from among themselves" false teachers would arise to "draw away disciples after themselves".....and that is exactly what happened. Christendom does not even know that it happened and that they are the disunited result.
If you knew what the Bible teaches that would have to mean that the Christians who disagree with you don't know what the Bible teaches.
You are not familiar with the Bible at all are you? You only have what Baha'i teaches you.....that is sad because you have no idea how much contradiction there is between what Baha'i's believe and what Jesus Christ taught. Not only are they in complete disagreement with the God of the Jews, but assume that Islam is somehow the foundation of Christ's teachings.....Islam does not feature in his teachings at all. Ishmael was not the one to whom the promises were made. Messiah was to come through Isaac, not Ishmael.
After their expulsion from Abraham's camp because of Ishmael's taunting of Isaac, he eventually became a nomad in the Paran Wilderness, in which he fulfilled the prophecy that said of him: “He will become a zebra of a man. His hand will be against everyone, and the hand of everyone will be against him; and before the face of all his brothers he will tabernacle.”
(Genesis 21:17-21; Genesis 16:12) His mother, Hagar found an Egyptian wife for her son, and he in time fathered 12 sons, chieftains and family heads of the promised “great nation” of Ishmaelites. Ishmael also had at least one daughter, Mahalath, who married Esau, Jacob's twin brother. He was not favored by God. (Malachi 1:2-3)
It is clear that Christians cannot agree on what the Bible teaches so it is logical to assume that none of them correctly understand everything that the Bible teaches.
Your mention of Daniel ch 12 supplies the answer.....an "abundance of knowledge" would be made available at this "time of the end".....not at the time of Baha’u’llah, but much later in the time of the kings mentioned in Daniel 2:44.....the kings that now presently rule the earth. This knowledge is now on an information super highway, something which Baha’u’llah could never have imagined.
Since "the good news of God's Kingdom" had to be "preached in all the inhabited earth, before "the end" came, only in today's world could such knowledge reach into the most inaccessible places as a "witness to all the nations". (Matthew 24:14) There was no real means to do so in Baha'u'llah's time.
The "time of the end" began in 1914 (using Daniel's calculations) with the first event of the "sign" that Jesus gave for his second coming...."nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom"
...the very first World War. (Matthew 24:2-14) Baha’u’llah was too early and he did not bring about the change that Jesus had foretold. All of the features of the sign had to occur like a fingerprint in one time period and Jesus was going to be "with" his disciples in an unprecedented global preaching campaign. (Matthew 28:19-20) The world is undergoing a change, the likes of which have never been seen before. What is going to happen will take the world by surprise...even those who are expecting it. (Matthew 24:42-44) Man will never bring about the changes that Christ foretold, though they will try to introduce an imitation.
Sadly, Christians have misinterpreted much of the Bible because they did not have the KEY to unlock the meaning. I have the KEY because I have what Baha’u’llah revealed, so that is why I can understand what the Bible means and they cannot.
Well, you believe you have....but how do you know, if you have never studied the Bible in its entirety? You have no idea what Christ taught.....do you?...only what bits you have been fed.
Because of the way the Bible was written, misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the Bible has been a big problem since the very beginning. Everyone disagreed as to what the Bible meant and nobody understood much of what it meant, and that is why there are so many different sects of Christianity. However, it was prophesied by Daniel that the Book would be sealed up until the time of the end, meaning nobody would really understand it:
See above. Only those who accepted the cleansing and refining of their worship at that time would be granted insight....the wicked would understand nothing and see no need to adjust their thinking at all.....which is why Christendom has not budged on her doctrines since the apostasy began.(Daniel 12:9-10)
The early Church fathers interpreted the Bible the way they did because they could not fully understand it.
The early church fathers were part of the problem.....not a solution....with the birth of Roman Catholicism the "weeds" well and truly established themselves in the same field as Jesus had sown the "wheat"....satan was the sower, just as Jesus had foretold. (Matthew 13:24-30; 36-42)
Like all false religion, Christianity from that time onward was doomed.....until the "time of the end" when the cleansing would occur.
We do not have to run to and fro anymore. Unsealing the Book means we can now understand the true meaning of the Bible. By reading the Baha’i Writings that explain the true meaning of the Bible, we can understand what the Bible means.
Or you could be tending another crop of weeds, same sower, just a different variety of weeds....if you don't know what genuine Christianity looks like how can you possibly claim Jesus as part of your own worship. He would not have a bar of your very inclusive worship.....it is everything that God forbade for his people. The worship of Jehovah was "EXCLUSIVE".....no person could become a worshipper of the true God unless they obeyed his laws. Having "NO OTHER GODS" was his first Commandment. Baha'i embrace them all.
From my perspective, that means that Baha'i does not have a leg to stand on.