I do expect the world to be united at some point in the future, but it is going to take a very long time.No, I don't. I don't expect the world to ever be united. The best we can hope for is that most are mutually tolerant. And I don't see any other worldview facilitating that than humanism.
Humanism might be promoting tolerance but it is not going to unite the world because most people believe in God and are religious. That means it is going to take God or a religion to unite the world.
I agree that humanism as a realistic alternative to theologies of despair and ideologies of violence and as a source of rich personal significance and genuine satisfaction in the service to others. Years ago, I had a friend on my forum who was a humanist. He liked the Baha'i Faith so much that he put a lot of information about Baha'u'llah on his website. He said he would become a Baha'i but he cannot believe in God and I totally respected that. Later, I heard on a forum that there are Baha'is who do not believe in God, although I have never met any. It is true that many people become Baha'is because of the high ideals Baha'u'llah espoused, not for belief in God. Initially, that is why I became a Baha'i. Only many years later did I really start to think about God.It can't. From the Affirmations of Humanism: "We affirm humanism as a realistic alternative to theologies of despair and ideologies of violence and as a source of rich personal significance and genuine satisfaction in the service to others. We believe in optimism rather than pessimism, hope rather than despair, learning in the place of dogma, truth instead of ignorance, joy rather than guilt or sin, tolerance in the place of fear, love instead of hatred, compassion over selfishness, beauty instead of ugliness, and reason rather than blind faith or irrationality. We believe in the fullest realization of the best and noblest that we are capable of as human beings."
My belief that Baha'u'llah was the messiah is not contingent upon the Bible prophecies being fulfilled.If those things haven't happened, you can't justifiably call your prophet or anybody else the messiah. If he doesn't do it in his lifetime, he's not going to be doing it from the grave, so, not the messiah. If somebody else does it later, there's your messiah.
I am not claiming He was the messiah, I simply believe He was.
As I said before, there is nothing in the Old Testament that says that the messiah will do those things that will fulfill the prophecies within his lifetime. Nowhere does it say the messiah himself will do them at all. That is not in the Old Testament, it is just a belief that Jews hold.
That makes no sense to me because it is likely that the prophecy will be fulfilled if the Bible is correct.No need. Religious prophecy isn't persuasive. I've explained what prophecy requires to suggest prescience - specificity and the prediction of something unlikely (there's a little more, but that's enough for present purposes). Scientific prophecy meets that standard, but not religious prophecy.
Why would it be unlikely? Can you give me an example of something that is unlikely to occur?