How Baha’is view Christ

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At Eastertime and other Christian holidays, Baha’is are often asked what their religion has to say about Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is revered in the Baha’i Faith as a Manifestation of God, and anyone who embraces the Baha’i Faith – regardless of their religious background — also recognizes the universal redemptive significance of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, as expressed in the following moving testimony from Baha’u'llah’s own pen:

Know thou that when the Son of Man yielded up His breath to God, the whole creation wept with a great weeping. By sacrificing Himself, however, a fresh capacity was infused into all created things. Its evidences, as witnessed in all the peoples of the earth, are now manifest before thee. The deepest wisdom which the sages have uttered, the profoundest learning which any mind hath unfolded, the arts which the ablest hands have produced, the influence exerted by the most potent of rulers, are but manifestations of the quickening power released by His transcendent, His all-pervasive, and resplendent Spirit.

We testify that when He came into the world, He shed the splendor of His glory upon all created things. Through Him the leper recovered from the leprosy of perversity and ignorance. Through Him, the unchaste and wayward were healed. Through His power, born of Almighty God, the eyes of the blind were opened, and the soul of the sinner sanctified… We bear witness that through the power of the Word of God every leper was cleansed, every sickness was healed, every human infirmity was banished. He it is Who purified the world. Blessed is the man who, with a face beaming with light, hath turned towards Him.

Baha’i theology draws a distinction between the Spirit of Christ – infinitely glorious, absolutely unique and utterly indispensable as the only pathway to God – and the historical person of Jesus.

The Baha’i Scriptures affirm that Jesus is one of a series of Manifestations of God that includes Moses, the Buddha, Muhammad — and, today, Baha’u'llah– through Whom, from age to age, God has progressively revealed His Will and Purpose for humanity. All the Manifestations of God are like perfect Mirrors for the Spirit of God to come into the world.

Baha’u'llah explains: 

Inasmuch as these Birds of the celestial Throne are all sent down from the heaven of the Will of God, and as they all arise to proclaim His irresistible Faith, they, therefore, are regarded as one soul and the same person. For they all drink from the one Cup of the love of God, and all partake of the fruit of the same Tree of Oneness.

We wish all our Christian friends a very Happy Easter!

The following resources are available to learn more about Baha’i teachings on Jesus Christ:

Online Baha’i Reference Library – Some Answered Questions (See Part Two: Some Christian Subjects)

Book – Thief in the Night: The Case of the Missing Millennium

Book – Kitab-i-Iqan: The Book of Certitude

Booklet – Preparing for Christ’s New Name

Web site with multiple Baha’i resources on Christian topics – Stonehaven Press

The Baha’i Bookstore – a search under the name “Christ” brings up 21 entries

 

 

32 Responses

  1. Jeffrey Erwin

    The primary foundation of the Christian Faith is that Rabbi Yehoshua ben Yosef appeared in the flesh to many people after He had been tortured, executed, and buried, and also the the Rabbi performed many physical miracles such as restoring life to a deceased person, walking on the sea, etc. Bahai theology denies that these things actually happened. Thus there is a conflict, and both theologies cannot be correct at the same time. Now, in the 21st century, the Sign of Jonah, which Rabbi Yehoshua said would be “The only sign,” has come to be fully revealed to the world. The extensive forensic evidence shows how the Rabbi was beaten, scourged, crusified, buried, and resurrected. Corroborating evidence can be found in Janice Bennet’s excellent work: “Sacred Blood, Sacred Image.”
    While Abdul Baha may have been given authority to interprete his Father’s writings, the fact is that BahaUllah reserved Devine Certitude exclusively for Himself. Abul Baha’s erronious statements aout Rabbi Yehoshua’s miracles and resurrection ought to be corrected. Bahais say that they believe in science. I say that those who refuse to consider the forensic evidence have their heads in the sand.

  2. Adam

    Hey Kathy,

    I came across this today and it reminded me of our conversations in the car and that one late night in the living room. Hope this is somewhat helpful in explaining how Bahai’s view Christ. Take care. We miss you guys.

    Love,

    Adam

  3. anne27

    So you have something in common with all major religions, interesting point of view. You have Jesus Christ from christianity religion, Mohammad from Muslims, you have Buddha too. Hmm, you succeeded to bring together the most important religious figures and you found a way to respect them equally.

  4. Anonymous

    There are a lot of writings, beautiful writings from a lot of wonderful men and women but that is not the bible. The bible is an unique book dictated by the only God, Creator of everything. There is Mr. Baha’u'llah, Buda, Smith, the lady of Christian Science, the beautiful writings of the Jehova Witnes etc. but only the bible is the word of God, that
    I believe with all my heart. What they said that is not already said in the New Testament? Love, love, love! your parents, your neighbors and above all God! Say that to all the people on the planet earth. Not if they dont believe kill them etc. It is a book of love. Can’t people see this? How can we be soo blind! All the bad things are our own doing not God. He made the rules and we just don’t follow. Simple. Like our children, like a drunk driver, like a drug user, like abortionists, like all all the pleasures we want to have, there are consequences but still He forgives us if we repent and dont do it again.

  5. Anonymous

    Jesus, through the old testament was already mentioned before his coming and when he came he filled all the prophesies. No other “prophet” life was announced like Jesus. No other “prophet” said “I am the light and nobody comes to the father but through me”. He and the father are one. It is not for us “little ants” to understand that when he said” If you see me, you see the father and yet he said to Pilatus (I think he was) when he said to him: Don’t you know I have the power to crucify you? He responded. You don’t have any power over my father” something like that.
    I used to ask and ask and look and look through the years about this mysteries until I stopped. Like the nuns used to tell me in school “Have faith do not ask questions” and finally after all these years I have faith.We little creatures cannot in our little brains comprehend God’s brain, simple as this. I only knows, Our father Creator loves us, just look around, we have to be blind and deaf not to believe in him and all the bad things that happens to us is because our arrogance, vanity etc. We have not changed from the Israelites who were going to the promised land and saw all the 7 plagues, or like even the apostle Thomas who saw and lived with Jesus still didn’t believed. Have faith. I believe Jesus is our saviour, my personal saviour and I believe I am a sinner and anything that comes to me I will deserve it, I can only hope he forgives me. Who is Baha Ullah, or Smith or Budha, there were marvelous men with big hearts but nobody compares with the son of God who died for all of us incredulous.

  6. Victor Stevens-Rosenberg

    Does your way profess The Trinity? Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit? Your way of inclusivness instead of exclusivness is great. I am a seminary student who has also studied almost all of the religions, mythology, and spiritual practices for the last forty years.. I feel like a Jewish Buddhist Christian :) who knows that all the great religions have something to teach on our journey home to God. This year my book ‘In The Name Of…A Jewish Boy’s Journey To Jesus and The Truth’ will be published and and the second book I am working on is called ‘The Christian Buddhist’. I am going to spend my last year at the seminary doing course work but I am also going to study Bahai, the Vedic writings, and other holy scripture. You can imagine from what little I just wrote how much of a maverick and how much trouble I will be in for after being ordained a Evangelical minister next year. Oy Vey! See my new art website at http://www.victorstevensart.com if you like. Blessings, Victor Stevens-Rosenberg

  7. W C

    As a Baha’i, I am a Christian of the Second Coming. To those who have criticized Baha’u'llah here, it is important to come to know what He taught and how He lived. Baha’u'llah is the Promised One of all religions – Christ returned in the Glory of the Father. The Baha’is of the world and the trajectory of history bear witness to Him. I invite you to investigate. Read the Baha’i scriptures – especially the Kitab-i-Iqan (Book of Certitude) and study the Bible with it.

    “If ye be intent on crucifying once again Jesus, the Spirit of God, put Me to death, for He hath once more, in My person, been made manifest unto you. Deal with Me as ye wish, for I have vowed to lay down My life in the path of God. I will fear no one, though the powers of earth and heaven be leagued against Me.” (Baha’u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u'llah, p. 101)

  8. Michael Layne

    I recently became a member of the BAHA.I FAITH, and have found this faith so condenceing, so reveiling to the questions i have always asked in so many ways and never got an answer, as who am i where i came from and what is my purpose on this earth,After exposing myself to this faith i am finaly finding the answers, beginning to feel the peace and thuth i have been seeking, I am looking forward growing with you and thanks to all of my new comrads here in the US and all over the world. Special thanks to Mr Raymond Collings and Mr Moses Richardson who welcomed me into the family by just showing up and anouncing themselves to me ARE YOU READY my answer was yes i am I AM NOW A BAHA;I

  9. Michael Layne

    I am sorry i had to correct my e mail address now right gordonpayne64@aol.com thanks again

  10. Lanora Hill

    I find the Baha’i approch to faith to be interesting, and would like to discover more about the Baha’is. I am a Christian, but do not believe that God is limited to any one faith. Dogma that leads to divisions in people is not what I believe God has in mind for his creation. We must chose to find God in all that we experience. Looking for our simularities and respect our differences as opportunites to expand our understanding of God’s universe as well as our place in that universe.

  11. Nancy Tracy

    Dear Anonymous…Spiritual Truth is eternal (i.e. love thy neighbor as thyself etc.) Social Laws change according to the needs of mankind. All of the Messengers of God are endowed with the Same Divine Holy Spirit (the Alpha and the Omega). Each has a individual soul and unique personality and Each brought a Divine Message to mankind. Religion is One and Progressive. God sends Messengers to mankind according to the age in which they are living and the maturity level of mankind for that age. His Holiness, Baha’u'llah is the most recent in a long line of Messengers and He will not be the last to come. Through the power of God, Baha’u'llah (translated means the Glory of God) delivered to mankind new medicine so to speak. Jesus the Christ said that He would come with a New Name in the Glory of the Father. Perhaps the “bad things” that are that are mankind’s own doing would not be so prevalent in the world should the people’s of the earth recognize the Message from God? Sure seems worth looking into!

  12. Kimberly

    http://contact.bahai.org/ It’s a beautiful Faith. The act of reaching out brought me many confirmations.

  13. martha

    as a Christian youth, is what i believed..
    later in life a friend told me about He Who had come in the “Glory of the Father”, always liked easter hymns, sing one for me, please

  14. William J.Swain-Nisbet

    Mr Erwin must missed or overlooked The Baha’i writings on Miracles by Abdu`l-Baha in where he talks of The Veils being Very Thin at the Time of The Appearance of a Manifestation. Baha`u`llah explained miracles are relative only to the people who are living current to The Events …..It was more important to heed the Words of The Christ than Miracles performed at the time. The “Veils” are Very Thin at the Time of the Manifestation

    “As to the words of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá about the ‘vineyard will not then be so easy to find’, etc. This supports many such remarks: He explained often that at the time of the Manifestation the veils are very thin, so to speak. Many souls accepted seemingly spontaneously, on the basis of a dream, or just hearing the Cause existed! But later, this first phase passes, and the people require more arguments and proof, acceptance comes less as a flash of spiritual insight and more as an intellectual process. This is quite different from the future glory of the Cause and the divine origin of its institutions, graphically outlined by Him. When the Master says the Local and National Assemblies are the ‘Voice of truth’, He means here that they must be obeyed, not that they are infallible.”

    (From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, November 25, 1947)
    One the most fascinating phrases in Shoghi Effendi`s writings “The Equilibrium of The Planet hath been Disturbed….”referring to the Appearance of Baha`u`llah likewise the same can be applied to all Manifestations They Disturb the very Fabric of Reality The Veils between the Differing Worlds of Humanity,Creation and The Worlds of The Manifestation and The Worlds of The Spirit and The Worlds of God are at The Time of The Manifestation subjected to thinning this would according to my understanding mean what we call miracles may and I repeat may be possible. If we look to Natural Reality…. The Time of The Manifestation could be regarded as Spiritual Climate Change. To emphasise this Baha`u`lllah when asked why He and The Bab had consented to be imprisoned…. Baha`u`llah replied The Changes the Planet would have to go through in The Establishment of This New World Order, if the changes proceeded in a such a quickening maner The Very Planet would be blown apart. The Imprisoning and continued persecutions slowed down the changes to a level where the planet could sustain itself ….Nevertheless this therefore gives greater weight to Shoghi Effendi`s statement …The equilibrium of the planet hath been disturbed.

  15. N J Bridgewater

    @Anonymous – The Bible prophesied the coming of Jesus Christ but it also spoke of the Return of Christ (i.e. Baha’u'llah) and the coming of a “prophet like unto Moses” (i.e. Muhammad). The Bible is an important book, containing the revelations of numerous prophets. But to say that it is the only Holy Book or that God has stopped sending prophets is against the very spirit of that book and is not supported by its text. Rather, numerous things are prophesied, like the coming of the prophet like unto Moses, the Return of Elijah (i.e. the Bab, Baha’u'llah’s forerunner) and the Return of Christ (Baha’u'llah). @ Jeffrey, actually the Baha’i Faith upholds that all Prophets and Messengers performed some miracles but these are not emphasised. Christ did indeed perform miracles and was born of a virgin, but this is not what makes Christ Christ. It is the spirit of His message that is truly important. Where does “Bahai theology” hold that Christ was not tortured and executed? Actually, we believe this happened. And we believe He was resurrected, though our interpretation of that differs. You’ll find an explanation in “Some Answered Questions” by ‘Abdu’l-Baha. While there are always objections to Baha’i teachings or beliefs based on other scriptures, all of these can be resolved with open-minded investigation and a willingness to understand the teachings of the Faith. The Bible and the Baha’i Faith are in full harmony.

  16. Jeanine

    Thanks for this lovely statement.

    One nitpick: Please use quotation marks or otherwise set off quotes, such as the one by Baha’u'llah, so it is clear when a quote ends as well as when it begins.

    Otherwise, beautiful and inclusive thoughts expressed here!

  17. Richard Reid

    God annointed Baha’u'llah just as God annointed Jesus Christ. Baha’u'llah is the Promised One of all the great systems of religious belief. Baha’u'llah proclaims Himself to be Father Who has been sent by God to reconcile nations, racial divisions, and religions. Baha’i Holy Scripture are the wriings of Baha’u'llah, received and revealed by Him in some 100 books. His writings represent a kind of newest Testament and the terrible yet wonderful judgememt of God against a sinful and divided humanity. For these and many more reasons I became a Baha’i in 1959, after having been baptized five years earlier in the Christian church. Nevertheless, by my becoming a follower of Baha’u'llah, The Baha’i Faith requires me to believe fully in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to honor and revere His holy name. The Baha’i Faith also requires me to regard the Holy Bible as a book of human salvation. If my faith in Christ was strong as a Christian, that faith in Him is even stronger as a Baha’i.

    How does Baha’u'llah reconcile the sacred scriptures of the world’s great religious systems? Read His “Book of Certitude” and be astonished and admonished by God’s newest and most recent Testament. Though the world is in peril and great travail, God has not left us alone without Divine guidance for our present day and the future.

  18. Spirit Horse

    As a long time student of the Baha’i Faith and many other religions, including Native American spirituality, I would find it helpful if you would provide specific citations of Baha’i theology that, as you wrote “…denies that these things [miracles) actually happened.” My personal understanding of the role and function of miracles in Baha’i teachings is summed up in this excerpt from “Some Answered Questions”: “Also, most of the miracles of the Prophets which are mentioned have an inner significance. For instance, in the Gospel it is written that at the martyrdom of Christ darkness prevailed, and the earth quaked, and the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the dead came forth from their graves. If these events had happened, they would indeed have been awesome, and would certainly have been recorded in the history of the times. They would have become the cause of much troublings of heart. Either the soldiers would have taken down Christ from the cross, or they would have fled. These events are not related in any history; therefore, it is evident they ought not to be taken literally, but as having an inner significance.”

    This comment does not deny miracles! It suggests focusing on the inner significance” of miracles.

    Personally, the matter of miracles is over rated. If Christ had performed no miracles would He not be the Son of God, the Messiah raised up by God who, in turn, offered Himself as a glorious sacrifice for the redemption of humanity’s sins.

    My hope is we will be moved to engage in a spirit-lifting, soul-strengthening and intellectually stimulating discourse on this and all other topics mentioned on this site.

  19. Connie

    I thoroughly agree.

  20. Lorna McPherson

    I too feel that as I bahai I am a Christain of the second coming – how nicely put!

  21. Davey Simpson

    This is where the Baha’i faith goes wrong. Jesus is not a reincarnation of the same spirit as Moses and other prophets. He is God become a Man. His body is in heaven NOW. He is ruling and reigning as the mediator between God and man NOW. Jesus teachings on a “second christ were very cleare “if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders…For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:23-27 He meant that when he comes, it will be obvious. So if anyone claims to be Jesus, don’t believe them. When Jesus really does come, he will come like this “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)

  22. Welcome to the faith,

  23. Castiel

    Castiel Hami
    i just became a Baha’i in Germany.i’m having the most amazing period of my life.i really was desperate about the speeches of those who claimed “we own the true religion”.baha’i faith is sth that you can not take some unreasonable fact or what so ever out of it.i hope to do my job as a peace maker around the planet.

  24. Kristopher S. Morgan

    Allah’u'Abha, Michael! Welcome.

  25. Melinda

    Hi Lanora,
    I felt exactly the same as you & once I began investigating the Bahai Faith, I realised that I already believed as a Bahai. I have been a Bahai now for 7 years & have even found a greater love for Christ than I had as a Christian. Good luck on your independant investigation of truth. God Bless xx

  26. Melinda

    Depends on which parts you read & how you interpret it.
    The Holy Bible also states that Christ will come as “a thief in the night” (Matt 24:43),, that only a few will recognise him. “I will write upon him a new name” (Rev 3:12) & “The Lord God shall call his servants by another name” (Isiaiah 62:2). So much as Christians believe that Christ was the promised one that the Jewish people were waiting for, (despite the fact that most refused to accept him as he was not Elijah), Christ will “return” with a new name & form a new “religion”. The Holy Bible also makes numerous references to the fact that only those who are “awake” (spiritually), “have eyes to see & ears to hear” will recognise Him. ie Unlikely to be obvious. As a Christian, this concerned me & I embarked on a journey of prayer & study to ensure that I would recognise my beloved Lord, should he return in my lifetime. The Bahai Faith was my answer.

  27. Cameron Ogilvie

    Hi Melinda,
    Was the lesson behind the passage you quoted from Matthew 24.43 teaching us that Christ’s return will be disguised as you suggested, or sudden and unexpected?
    I have to agree with Davey: at Christ’s coming, his return will be obvious. Indeed, “…he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen” (Revelation 1.7).
    I would encourage you to read the description of the Son of Man upon his return found in Revelation 19.11-21. This passage also alludes to a ‘name’ that we do not now know. But I would contend that Baha’u'llah did not make his appearance on earth in such a fashion. I will wait for my King coming on the clouds in great power and glory.

  28. Sarah

    I’m writing a paper on this for my teacher because I go to a Catholic school. I’m a Bahá’í but I need help understanding the difference between “the Spirit of Christ – infinitely glorious, absolutely unique and utterly indispensable as the only pathway to God – and the historical person of Jesus”. Any answers?

  29. jlitoff

    The Spirit of Christ is the same as the spirit appearing in the other Manifestations of God. Read more here: http://info.bahai.org/article-1-4-0-3.html

  30. A. S. Mathew

    When I met for the first time, a very decent young man from Iran who was my son’s roommate at Georgia Tech, I was greatly impressed with him. He never tried to expose his religion but when I came to know about his religious faith as ” Bahai”, I got some idea about the religion as a whole; indeed he clearly represented his religion of peace and humility. The Bahai faith greatly emphasize human equality-equal rights of women-religious tolerance and the pursuit of love; that is the only way to have a better world to live. JESUS CHRIST has greatly emphasized that while on earth, and every follower of CHRIST has to pursue that.

  31. Moush

    That’s a great way to approach it, I’m a Christian as well, and Baha’i have a really interesting way of approaching spirituality, I just think that Jesus is the one true way to see God and that he fully revealed him by dying in a way Buddha, Mohammed and Moses couldn’t. God is for the world and not just one religion, He loves us all, even if we all don’t accept Him.
    I don’t think umm Baha’u’llah is Jesus though, he had the right idea about life and humanity though! (^-^)

  32. Moush

    I agree Cameron, cant wait for Jesus!