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Identifying as a Baha’i too soon.

Discussion in 'Baha'i Faith DIR' started by Xavier Graham SA, Sep 20, 2021.

  1. Xavier Graham SA

    Xavier Graham SA God is Love, is love, is love. OM, AV KAH AHH!

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    I think I might have identified as a Baha’i too preemptively. I agree with the teaching that religion is unified, and no other religion really teaches that, from what I’ve studied. I was raised Christian but no longer felt comfortable identifying as one as I felt other religions were from God as well, which is a frowned on thought in Christian circles.
    I interpret the Bible too literally to be a Baha’i I think. I believe in a young earth, for example. And I’ve been pondering the resurrection for a good part of my adult life, I’ve come to a different conclusion than the Baha’i faith teaches. I’m just not ready to accept that Baha’u’llah fulfilled the Day of Judgment. I think the Day of Judgement is still to come. I will continue reading the Baha’i texts as I study religion, I’ve yet to read much.
    If I had to identify with a religion, could I say Christian? Christians tell me that I practice paganism because I listen to the words of Buddha and Krishna. That is why I identified as a Baha’i, I felt it was the only accepting religion. Again, I believe in many of the core concepts of Baha’i faith, which is why I initially changed my identification to Baha’i. I’m just not sure if I believe in the prophet, but this is all very new to me.
    I wanted to apologize to the Baha’is on here for saying “Yo what’s up I’m one of you” and now being like “nah” :D
    I think we are unified in purpose. Just theologically I’m on my own I think. if I was asked what religion I am, I’d want to say Baha’i, or Christian perhaps, but in order to be honest I would have to ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ because I’m not sure. Thanks for listening
     
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  2. Truthseeker9

    Truthseeker9 Well-Known Member

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    That's all right, I suspected this was the case that this was premature. Just keep studying. I think giving you some of the text of the Book of Certitude helped you come to the realization it was just too premature. It reminds me of when I first encountered the Baha'i Faith. I declared in 1970 and there were things I found out later that caused me to doubt. However in my case I felt a spirit emanating from the written page of Baha'u'llah's Writings, and I held on for dear life.
     
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  3. TransmutingSoul

    TransmutingSoul One Planet One People Please
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    That is Great, thanks for letting us know.

    All the best, regards Tony.
     
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  4. loverofhumanity

    loverofhumanity Well-Known Member
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    I made the same mistake and joined the Bahá’í Faith and then only to realise I didn’t believe in God! Lol. So for the next two years I spent time trying to prove God did not exist. But in the process of trying to prove the non-existence of God, I discovered to my surprise that God did exist! Lol.

    Then I asked the Baha’is if I could become a Bahá’í but they declined saying I was already a Bahá’í and couldn’t join twice! Lol.

    So I was about 70% sure when I first joined and 100% on my second attempt at joining. That was 45 years ago and what I always looked out for was not what made me feel happier or better but what would be best for humanity. And it was a no brainer. If all the religions accepted one another, and all the races and nations became as one family then all wars would end and people would be looked after and all have things like free universal education and Medicare. And no one would be without food or shelter.

    For me, humanity comes first not my own happiness so the Bahá’í solution which is to abolish prejudice and welcome all as equals is what I believe is best for all humanity.
     
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  5. Trailblazer

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    I joined the Baha'i Faith before I really believed in God and even after I came to really believe in God decades later I did not like God. I will always believe in Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i Faith because of the teachings and the vision for humanity, and because I am certain it is the truth, but I still do not like God very much and apparently that is the cross I bear, at least for now. Although I am open to changing someday and hope I will, thus far I have been unable to love a God that allows so much suffering, not only my own suffering, but all the suffering in the world. I wish I could see all suffering as beneficial to man, but I just can't because I consider that an extreme faith-based belief. Some suffering is not due to human free will decisions; it is fated by God, and I cannot believe that is loving. I cannot believe something I that doesn't make logical sense to me just because it is in scriptures.
     
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