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May I ask then how it is possible for Jesus to assign the "goats" to "everlasting destruction" as a place reserved for satan and his demons? Are these not "people of satan" who will share in his fate?
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, not hypocritical. 18 Moreover, the fruit of righteousness is sown in peaceful conditions for those who are making peace."
That's a lovely scripture... Thanks for sharing it. You now Deeje Baha'is appreciate the Bible and New Testament and we generally prefer a spiritual interpretation of scripture but our primary scripture if you like to call it that are what we call the Writings of the Bab, the Writings of Baha'u'llah and the interpretations of Abdul-Baha and Shoghi Effendi. Let me add here a few excerpts that are on a similar theme to the scripture you posted above...
When a soul has in it the life of the spirit, then does it bring forth good fruit and become a Divine tree.
~ Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 99
Bahá'u'lláh declared the Most Great Peace and international arbitration. He voiced these principles in numerous Epistles which were circulated broadcast throughout the East. He wrote to all the kings and rulers, encouraging, advising and admonishing them in regard to the establishment of peace, making it evident by conclusive proofs that the happiness and glory of humanity can only be assured through disarmament and arbitration. This was nearly fifty years ago. Because He promulgated the message of universal peace and international agreement...
~ Abdu'l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 120
So these are just a few excerpts from the Baha'i Writings on the general themes of the scripture you posted above.
we have lots of them where I live....Hi Deeje,
Love the pelican.
Coming back to the topic, we believe that the writings of Baha'u'llah etc are not contradictory to the teaching of Jesus.
What Abdul-Baha was saying in context is that all the religions except for a few are revealed by God. He states with reference to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, that they are not from 2 different trees, "Each one of the divine religions considers itself as belonging to a goodly and blessed tree, the tree of the Merciful, and all other religious systems as belonging to a tree of evil, the tree of Satan."1
That is not to say that from within the individual religions there are not some given over to selfish desires, termed people of satan. Baha'u'llah Himself many times criticised those given in to selfish desires. He also criticised leaders of religion who denied the Prophets in their day;
"For, what blasphemy is greater than to turn unto the manifestations of Satan, to follow the doctors of oblivion and the people of rebellion?"2
To my way of thinking the disorder coming from religious differences cannot be from God.....how do you explain this disparity?
Thank you arthra, do Baha'i's view the writings of of the Bab, the Writings of Baha'u'llah and the interpretations of Abdul-Baha and Shoghi Effendi as above all others? If, for example you see something in the writings of Baha'u'llah that are a contradiction of something taught by Jesus Christ, how do you respond? Is there a way to reconcile the two?
These conditions did not happen literally but were symbolic. But we see in religion that the straight has become crooked.
@arthra Thank you for the explanation.
Seeing the state of humanity and that Jesus said that his return would introduce the rulership of the kingdom....this is, I believe where we part company. Along with the coming of the Kingdom was the promise that suffering and death would end and that God's Kingdom would rule the earth, eliminating all causes of division among mankind. (Revelation 21:1-5) This is something I believe is yet future....but to each his own....
That is my belief anyway.