No, it is not the same AT ALL. I first had to investigate the claim of Baha'u'llah to be a Manifestation of God and believe that before I would trust the UHJ. I do not base my beliefs upon the traditions of men. I base them upon the Writings of Baha'u'llah.But you can't see that this is exactly what others believe about the Vatican, the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, etc...all of which you denounce as the "traditions of men"? Yet your own "independent investigation of truth" is based on what a group of fallible men tell you is true.
Why would the UHJ lie and mislead the Baha'is about what Baha'u'llah wrote? What would be their motive? The first thing law enforcement does when a murder is committed is look for a suspect and then they look at a motive.Its hard for a genuinely independent "investigator" not to detect a profound - and rather obvious - cognitive dissonance in this kind of "reasoning" - are you even allowed to question what the UHJ tells you (about what Baha'u'llah wrote) without falling into the trap of being labelled "covenant breaker"?
The UHJ is an institution put in place by Baha'u'llah. I have no reason to question the UHJ unless they have done something to be suspicious of or I have a reason to believe they are dishonest. These conspiracy theories are just ridiculous. The people who promote them try to make Baha'is look brainwashed. I have been down this road on another forum. They have no evidence to back up these conspiracy theories, just pure paranoia. The people who promote these conspiracy theories are the ones who are brainwashed. They were brainwashed by those who promote the theories.