The link between Christianity  and the Baha’i Faith
Based on Christianity  Renewed Volume 1 by Maxwell Alexander Published by Baha’i Publishing Trust of India See: www.christ...
<ul><li>First part  </li></ul><ul><li>The Baha’i Writings  </li></ul><ul><li>Glorify Christ </li></ul>
<ul><li>Baha’u’llah glorifies Christ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Say, this is the One who hath glorified the Son and hath ...
“ Glorified  the Son” <ul><li>The Son is Jesus, the Son of God. </li></ul><ul><li>As Baha’is we fearlessly assert the divi...
“ Exalted His Cause ” <ul><li>Which Cause? </li></ul><ul><li>The Cause is Love. </li></ul><ul><li>We will be recognized wi...
New titles for Jesus … <ul><li>Reflect how Jesus, the Spirit of God was notwithstanding His extreme weakness and perfect t...
Abdu’l-Baha praises Christ  <ul><li>Thou didst begin thy letter with a blessed phrase, saying: 'I am a Christian.' O would...
Praise for the Holy Bible <ul><li>&quot;This book is the Holy Book of God, of celestial Inspiration. It is the Bible of Sa...
Shoghi Effendi praises Christ  <ul><li>Our belief in Christ, as Bahá'ís, is so firm, so unshakable and so exalted in natur...
SHOGHI EFFENDI <ul><li>“ As to the position of Christianity, let it be stated without any hesitation or equivocation that ...
Christianity Renewed <ul><li>Bahá'u'lláh didn’t take anything away from the original teachings of Jesus.  Instead He expla...
We will now show a short movie which shows that we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  The founder of the Bahá'í Fai...
Second part: The promise of a future in which peace and harmony will be established
Promise of world peace <ul><li>The Bible speaks about a time when:    &quot;The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The l...
Oneness of mankind And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voic...
One shepherd, one fold  <ul><li>“ That which the Lord hath ordaineth as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for ...
Baha’is believe that this promise is now fulfilled !
This is the beginning of an amazing story. You have to <ul><li>Hear with your heart </li></ul><ul><li>See with your heart ...
Knock and the door may be opened <ul><li>We have to open our heart to this reality.  </li></ul><ul><li>What we see around ...
The dawn  Of A new age HAS COME
This is the time! <ul><li>We  believe that the promised hour has come and that Baha’u’llah is the Divine Educator Whose te...
Bahá'í Faith is a world embracing religion
Its purpose is to unite al the races  and peoples in one universal Cause  and one common Faith .
Bahá'u'lláh means The Glory of God
Baha’is are the followers of Baha’u’llah
We believe Bahá'u'lláh is the Promised One of All Ages
THE DIVINE EDUCATOR <ul><li>Baha’u’llah has brought God’s teachings and guidance to fulfill the promise of a future when p...
Let’s reflect on the need for unity in the world to-day. Is it not clear that we need the Divine Educator to help us?
Baha’u’llah teaches that God is the unknowable essence
We should not make images in our mind , thinking of him as a man
The creation of heavens and earth, mountains and valleys, deserts and seas. Plants and animals
In general, that which has been creator cannot understand its creator   <ul><li>A table cannot understand the nature of th...
The meaning <ul><li>To manifest means  to reveal to bring forth something that was not know before </li></ul>
How God gives guidance <ul><li>Suppose you take a well polished mirror and point it towards the sun.  </li></ul><ul><li>Th...
The Manifestations of God are like perfect mirrors that reflect the light of God in all its splendour
KRISHNA ABRAHAM MOSES ZOROASTER BUDDHA JESUS М UHAMMED BAB Baha’u’llah All these mirrors reflect same light ...
Spiritual steps for  mankind “ While God is beyond our reach, these perfect Beings come to us from time to time, live amon...
Many people have been raised as Christians.  <ul><li>And follow the teaching of His Manifestation Christ whose station is ...
<ul><li>Baha’u’llah’s teachings are in perfect harmony with the teachings of Christ but they address the condition of huma...
Humanity is groaning to be led to unity  <ul><li>My object is none other than the betterment of the world and the tranquil...
<ul><li>&quot;Unification of the whole of mankind is the hall-mark of the stage which human society is now approaching.  <...
Based on Christianity  Renewed Volume 2 by Maxwell Alexander Published by Baha’i Publishing Trust of India See: www.christ...
Part 3 What  can we  learn from the study of history of Christianity?
THE MOST IMPORTANT  TEACHING OF CHRIST IS:  LOVE <ul><li>Throughout the Christian world people ask the same questions :  <...
From a Christian article:
History of Christianity
 
Reason for the division <ul><li>“ ...   “… None, I feel, will question the fact that the fundamental reason why the unity ...
  T he Edifice which the Fathers of the Church reared after the passing of His First Apostle was an Edifice that rested in...
Who are the church-fathers? <ul><li>The early church was never united. </li></ul><ul><li>Especially debates about the true...
So a visitor to Rome around the year 200 AD  would find a number of different churches in Rome  Some early sects were: Mar...
Many efforts were made to stop the multiplication of different churches . Many councils as for example the Council of Nice...
The man-made teachings  would only lead to more  disunity Most of these  dogma’s were taken over by  Luther and the reform...
Jesus prayed for mankind to become one <ul><li>“  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be o...
<ul><li>If people had truly  followed the teachings of Christ and not their own man-made imaginations  </li></ul><ul><li>t...
Fourth part:   Analysis of  the man-made teachings and conclusions
Original sin <ul><li>It was Origen (185 -253 AD) who coined the word ‘Original sin’ but it was the churchfather Saint Augu...
Augustine (354–430) Augustine’s influence on Christianity is considered by many to be second only to that of apostle Paul....
Adam and Eve <ul><li>Explanation of Symbols by Abdu’l-Baha:  </li></ul><ul><li>Adam:  signifies the heavenly spirit of Ada...
 
The edifice constructed by church fathers  <ul><li>The road to salvation is according to the church fathers through  the s...
What is true  baptism? The water of knowledge <ul><li>Purity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tru...
Spiritual meaning of the “Bread and the wine” Jesus says:  “Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood  has eternal life ...
Spiritual Meaning of Miracles “ And Jesus said; for judgement I am come  nto this word, …and that they which see might be ...
The greatest proof <ul><li>“  Recollect that Christ, solitary and alone, without a helper or protector, without armies and...
“ The Devil is the ‘obstacle” when we progress to God “ Satan” is a Hebrew word which means “obstacle or “stumbling block”...
Fifth  Part:   What is the spiritual reality of Christ  ?
The Baha'i Writings  glorify Christ. The reality of Christ is the collective centr e of all the independent virtus and ind...
What is the spiritual reality of Jesus? <ul><li>According to the Gospels,  </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes Jesus  speaks as a ...
The human nature of Jesus <ul><li>“… Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one that is , God ” (Matt. 19:17)  <...
Jesus speaks as Messenger of God <ul><li>“ My doctrine is not mine but his that sent me ”(John 7:16) </li></ul><ul><li>“… ...
Jesus speaks with the voice of God <ul><li>“ he who had seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9)   </li></ul><ul><li>“ I a...
History  of the Trinity <ul><li>Christians divided about reality of Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>King Constantine wants unity ...
Bahá’í  concept of the Trinity God Mankind Christ <ul><li>God  is dwelling in unapproachable light where no man has ever s...
Bahá’í symbol for Trinity <ul><li>Kingdom of God </li></ul>The divine Messenger Kingdom of creation Holy Spirit
Spiritual Meaning of  “Son of God” <ul><li>“ God is spirit …” (John 4:24) </li></ul><ul><li>“ That which is born of the fl...
What is the meaning of the title“Christ”? <ul><li>His name is “ Jesus ” :”. </li></ul><ul><li>His title is “ Crist ” : The...
“ Christ ” or “King”is a title and “a function” <ul><li>So the title “Christ” refers to the everlasting spiritual kingship...
The lamp is Jesus;  the light is Christ. “ Before  Abraham was, I am ”. (John 8:58 ) “ I am the Alpha and the Omega, the b...
The lovers of the light  <ul><li>“ The virtues and perfections of Moses became apparent in Jesus Christ most effulgently, ...
Sixth Part:   The progressive nature of religion
Oneness of mankind And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voic...
“ Before Abraham was, I am ”  (John 8:58) “ I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, said the Lord, which is ,...
The spiritual reality of the Manifestations of God. <ul><li>Baha’u’llah </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>christ </li>...
 
When will peace come? When the house of God is established on the mouintain of the Lord.  Carmel is Hebrew for the “mounta...
The  Religion of God must be renewed from age to age “ Every good tree bringeth forth fruit ” ( Matt 7:17) Man-made ideas ...
Progressive Revelation in the Bible Seed Abraham Obedience Trunk Moses Law Flower Jesus Love Fruit Bahá’u’lláh World unity
Spiritual steps for  mankind “ God always gave guidance to mankind.  Each divine Educator brought social teachings which w...
Zoroaster Hinduism Judaísm Taoísm Buddism Christianity Islam Bahá’í Faith That nature only is good when it shall not do un...
Based on Christianity  Renewed Volume 3 by Maxwell Alexander Published by Baha’i Publishing Trust of India See: www.christ...
Seventh part Proofs of the Manifestation of God
Some proofs of the  Manifestation of God <ul><li>His  own self : </li></ul><ul><li>His claim, innate knowledge,, spiritual...
The Revealed Word  <ul><li>“… and many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not...
Signs for the coming of the Messiah could only be understood spiritually <ul><li>“ Therefore the Lord himself shall give y...
Signs for the return of Christ <ul><li>“ In such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh”. (Matt 24:44) </li></ul>“ ...
<ul><li>Jesus tells us those signs must be understood spirtually </li></ul><ul><li>“ If I have told you earthly things, an...
<ul><li>Jesus came from heaven the first time :  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own w...
¿Why did Christians expect Christ to return in 1844  <ul><li>Advent movement  : Expectation for the Return as the followin...
Time Prophecies from  Daniel 9:24 and 8:13-14,17 “ Seventy weeks are determined… and to anoint the Most Holy”.  (Daniel 9:...
The “New Name” for a new  Divine Messenger <ul><li>“… The Lord God ….shall call His servants by  another name ”.  (Isaiah ...
The place of his Coming <ul><li>Objections  : </li></ul><ul><li>“ But some said; Shall Christ come out of Galilee?  The Ph...
Prophecies about  Israel <ul><li>From Mount Carmel he will teach His people </li></ul><ul><li>“ the excellence of Carmel.....
The exiles of Bahá’u’lláh
God’s Plan for  Mankind “ And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and my seed after thee in their generation...
¿Who is the Spirit of Truth? <ul><li>Jesus says:  “  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into...
Who is the Comforter? <ul><li>“   Jesus said;  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that h...
We invite you: <ul><li>-  Devotional gatherings </li></ul><ul><li>- Study circles </li></ul><ul><li>- Children classes </l...
Thank you For more information : [email_address] Copyright : Marc and Helen Vloeberghs 2008
NOTE  FOR  USERS <ul><li>Anybody who would like to change or translate the contents of this powerpoint </li></ul><ul><li>P...
¿How do we start the dialogue? <ul><li>Ask diagnostic questions? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If there is only one Jesus Christ w...
Las acciones de la Manifestación de Dios <ul><li>“ Jesús les respondió: ‘os lo he dicho, y no creéis; las obras que yo hag...
The fruit of the Spirit <ul><li>But the fruit of the Spirit is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>joy,...
Enseñan a almas  anónimas y desprendidas <ul><li>“ Y aconteció que estando él sentado a la mesa en la casa, he aquí que mu...
La soberanía de la Manifestación de Dios <ul><li>“ Por lo cual Dios también le exaltó hasta lo sumo, y le dio un nombre qu...
Los milagros no son prueba <ul><li>“ Entonces respondieron algunos de los escribas y de los fariseos, diciendo: Maestro, d...
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    1. 1. The link between Christianity and the Baha’i Faith
    2. 2. Based on Christianity Renewed Volume 1 by Maxwell Alexander Published by Baha’i Publishing Trust of India See: www.christianityrenewed.com
    3. 3. <ul><li>First part </li></ul><ul><li>The Baha’i Writings </li></ul><ul><li>Glorify Christ </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Baha’u’llah glorifies Christ </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Say, this is the One who hath glorified the Son and hath exalted His Cause” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 12) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. “ Glorified the Son” <ul><li>The Son is Jesus, the Son of God. </li></ul><ul><li>As Baha’is we fearlessly assert the divinity and Sonship of Jesus Christ (Shoghi Effendi) </li></ul><ul><li>This is direct fulfillment of the prophecy of Jesus: “ He will glorify Me ” </li></ul>
    6. 6. “ Exalted His Cause ” <ul><li>Which Cause? </li></ul><ul><li>The Cause is Love. </li></ul><ul><li>We will be recognized with the Love we show each other </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus, the Son of God, says; “Love your neighbour” </li></ul><ul><li>Baha’u’llah, the Glory of God, says: “Love mankind” </li></ul><ul><li>Is there any difference. . No, only the time is different </li></ul>
    7. 7. New titles for Jesus … <ul><li>Reflect how Jesus, the Spirit of God was notwithstanding His extreme weakness and perfect tenderheartness treated by His enemies. </li></ul><ul><li>So fierce was the opposition which He, the Essence of Being and Lord of the visible and the invisibe, had to face, that He had nowhere to lay His Head. He wandered continually from place to place, deprived of a permanent abode. </li></ul><ul><li>Baha’u’llah </li></ul>
    8. 8. Abdu’l-Baha praises Christ <ul><li>Thou didst begin thy letter with a blessed phrase, saying: 'I am a Christian.' O would that all were truly Christian! It  is easy to be a Christian on the tongue, but hard to be a true one. Today some five hundred million souls are Christian, but the real Christian is very rare: he is that soul from whose comely face there shineth the splendour of Christ, and who showeth forth the perfections of the Kingdom; this is a matter of great moment, for to be a Christian is to embody every excellence there is. I hope that thou, too, shalt become a true Christian. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Praise for the Holy Bible <ul><li>&quot;This book is the Holy Book of God, of celestial Inspiration. It is the Bible of Salvation, the Noble Gospel. It is the mystery of the Kingdom and its light. It is the Divine Bounty, the sign of the guidance of God.&quot; (‘Abdu’l-Bahá ) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Shoghi Effendi praises Christ <ul><li>Our belief in Christ, as Bahá'ís, is so firm, so unshakable and so exalted in nature that very few Christians are to be found nowadays who love Him and reverence Him and have the faith in Him that we have. </li></ul><ul><li>It is only from the dogmas and creeds of the churches that we dissociate ourselves; not from the spirit of Christianity. </li></ul><ul><li>(Shoghi Effendi, The Light of Divine Guidance v I, p. 123) </li></ul>
    11. 11. SHOGHI EFFENDI <ul><li>“ As to the position of Christianity, let it be stated without any hesitation or equivocation that its divine origin is unconditionally acknowledged, that the Sonship and Divinity of Jesus Christ are fearlessly asserted, that the divine inspiration of the Gospel is fully recognize. ” ”. (Shoghi Effendi) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Our belief in Christ, as Baha'is is so firm, so unshakable that very few Christians are to be found now-a-days who love him and reverence him and have the Faith in him that we have. </li></ul><ul><li>It is only from the dogmas and creeds of the church that we dissociate ourselves;not from the spirit of Christianity” (Shoghi Effendi) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Christianity Renewed <ul><li>Bahá'u'lláh didn’t take anything away from the original teachings of Jesus. Instead He explained, renewed and invigorated them. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Therein lies the strength of the unity of the Faith, of the validity of a Revelation that claims not to destroy or belittle previous Revelations, but to connect, unify, and fulfill them .” </li></ul><ul><li>Shoghi Effendi, </li></ul>
    13. 13. We will now show a short movie which shows that we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The founder of the Bahá'í Faith tells us that if a person doesn’t believe in Jesus he has denied the face of God. Jesus tells us “Love your neighbour”. Bahá'u'lláh, the Glory of God wrote: “Love mankind”. There is no difference. Only the time is different.
    14. 14. Second part: The promise of a future in which peace and harmony will be established
    15. 15. Promise of world peace <ul><li>The Bible speaks about a time when:   &quot;The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat ...; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Oneness of mankind And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:16) Jews Hindoes Budhism Islam Christians
    17. 17. One shepherd, one fold <ul><li>“ That which the Lord hath ordaineth as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith” </li></ul><ul><li>Baha’u’llah </li></ul>
    18. 18. Baha’is believe that this promise is now fulfilled !
    19. 19. This is the beginning of an amazing story. You have to <ul><li>Hear with your heart </li></ul><ul><li>See with your heart </li></ul><ul><li>Because this a </li></ul><ul><li>story about sacrifice and eternal love. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Having eyes, see ye not? </li></ul><ul><li>and having ears, hear ye not?” </li></ul>
    20. 20. Knock and the door may be opened <ul><li>We have to open our heart to this reality. </li></ul><ul><li>What we see around us is only a temporary world </li></ul><ul><li>We have been created as social spiritual and eternal beings </li></ul>
    21. 21. The dawn Of A new age HAS COME
    22. 22. This is the time! <ul><li>We believe that the promised hour has come and that Baha’u’llah is the Divine Educator Whose teachings will enable humanity to built a new world </li></ul>
    23. 23. Bahá'í Faith is a world embracing religion
    24. 24. Its purpose is to unite al the races and peoples in one universal Cause and one common Faith .
    25. 25. Bahá'u'lláh means The Glory of God
    26. 26. Baha’is are the followers of Baha’u’llah
    27. 27. We believe Bahá'u'lláh is the Promised One of All Ages
    28. 28. THE DIVINE EDUCATOR <ul><li>Baha’u’llah has brought God’s teachings and guidance to fulfill the promise of a future when peace and harmony will be established on earth and mankind will live in prosperity. </li></ul>
    29. 29. Let’s reflect on the need for unity in the world to-day. Is it not clear that we need the Divine Educator to help us?
    30. 30. Baha’u’llah teaches that God is the unknowable essence
    31. 31. We should not make images in our mind , thinking of him as a man
    32. 32. The creation of heavens and earth, mountains and valleys, deserts and seas. Plants and animals
    33. 33. In general, that which has been creator cannot understand its creator <ul><li>A table cannot understand the nature of the carpenter who made it </li></ul><ul><li>The carpenter’s existence is totally incomprehensible to the objects he makes </li></ul><ul><li>The sun cannot understand the nature of its Creator. </li></ul><ul><li>The sun has no free will. All it can do is burn and give light and heat . </li></ul>
    34. 34. The meaning <ul><li>To manifest means to reveal to bring forth something that was not know before </li></ul>
    35. 35. How God gives guidance <ul><li>Suppose you take a well polished mirror and point it towards the sun. </li></ul><ul><li>The more perfectly polished the mirror the more perfect the image will be. </li></ul>God Humanity
    36. 36. The Manifestations of God are like perfect mirrors that reflect the light of God in all its splendour
    37. 37. KRISHNA ABRAHAM MOSES ZOROASTER BUDDHA JESUS М UHAMMED BAB Baha’u’llah All these mirrors reflect same light ...
    38. 38. Spiritual steps for mankind “ While God is beyond our reach, these perfect Beings come to us from time to time, live amongst us, give us guidance, and fill us wit the energy we need to progress, materially and spiritually. God Family Tribe City State Nation World unity Krishna Rig-Veda Abraham Moses Torah Zoroaster Zend-Avesta Buda Tri-Patikas Jesus Holy Bible Muhammad Quran Báb Bayán Bahá’u’lláh Kitáb-i-Aqdas SPIRIT OBEDIENCE LAW - ORDER PURITY RENUNCIATION LOVE SUBMISSION NEW ERA UNITY
    39. 39. Many people have been raised as Christians. <ul><li>And follow the teaching of His Manifestation Christ whose station is that of the Son of God </li></ul><ul><li>Now you can receive the new teachings of a new Manifestation Baha’u’llah. </li></ul><ul><li>His title means the Glory of God </li></ul>
    40. 40. <ul><li>Baha’u’llah’s teachings are in perfect harmony with the teachings of Christ but they address the condition of humanity today </li></ul>
    41. 41. Humanity is groaning to be led to unity <ul><li>My object is none other than the betterment of the world and the tranquillity of its peoples. </li></ul><ul><li>The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established. </li></ul><ul><li>This unity can never be achieved so long as the counsels which the Pen of the Most High hath revealed are suffered to pass unheeded . </li></ul><ul><li>Baha'u'llah </li></ul>
    42. 42. <ul><li>&quot;Unification of the whole of mankind is the hall-mark of the stage which human society is now approaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Unity of family, of tribe, of city-state, and nation have been successively attempted and fully established. </li></ul><ul><li>World unity is the goal towards which a harassed humanity is striving. Nation-building has come to an end. </li></ul><ul><li>The anarchy inherent in state sovereignty is moving towards a climax. A world, growing to maturity, must abandon this fetish, recognize the oneness and wholeness of human relationships, and establish once for all the machinery that can best incarnate this fundamental principle of its life.&quot; </li></ul>
    43. 43. Based on Christianity Renewed Volume 2 by Maxwell Alexander Published by Baha’i Publishing Trust of India See: www.christianityrenewed.com
    44. 44. Part 3 What can we learn from the study of history of Christianity?
    45. 45. THE MOST IMPORTANT TEACHING OF CHRIST IS: LOVE <ul><li>Throughout the Christian world people ask the same questions : </li></ul><ul><li>If there is only one Jesus Christ, why are there so many different churches? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do they have different names and different teachings? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is there disunity in the name of Jesus who only taught love? </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s look at history : </li></ul><ul><li>There was only one Jesus and there is only one religion founded by Him, called Christianity. </li></ul><ul><li>All the divisions into various denominations were made by man . </li></ul><ul><li>These different churches have all branched out from the original teachings of Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>The most important commandment of Jesus in John 15:17 is: &quot;These things I command you, that ye love one another.&quot; Jesus even said that His true disciples would be recognized by the love they show to each other. But now, nearly 2000 years later, we see that the original church of Jesus is split into more than 2000 denominations. </li></ul><ul><li>The following drawing taken from a Christian encyclopedia explains the problem with some humor. </li></ul><ul><li>All the divisions in different churches are man-made. </li></ul>
    46. 46. From a Christian article:
    47. 47. History of Christianity
    48. 49. Reason for the division <ul><li>“ ... “… None, I feel, will question the fact that the fundamental reason why the unity of the Church of Christ was irretrievably shattered, and its influence was in the course of time undermined, was that the Edifice which the Fathers of the Church reared after the passing of His First Apostle was an Edifice that rested in nowise upon the explicit directions of Christ Himself. … </li></ul><ul><li>(The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 20) </li></ul>
    49. 50. T he Edifice which the Fathers of the Church reared after the passing of His First Apostle was an Edifice that rested in nowise upon the explicit directions of Christ Himself.
    50. 51. Who are the church-fathers? <ul><li>The early church was never united. </li></ul><ul><li>Especially debates about the true nature of Christ led to the formation of a large number of different churches </li></ul><ul><li>competing with each other. </li></ul><ul><li>The church fathers were theologians who reacted against the schisms in the early church </li></ul><ul><li>The church fathers regarded themselves as the protectors of the only true church. </li></ul><ul><li>Christians who did not accept their understanding were called heretics. </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
    51. 52. So a visitor to Rome around the year 200 AD would find a number of different churches in Rome Some early sects were: Marcionism, Monarchians, Montanists and Novatianists. For example: - Marcion (142 AD ) had his own church in Rome. and attracted lots of followers. Marcionism was a serious rival for the Roman Orthodox (Catholic) church and he was excommunicated. - Montanists; Followed Montanus who claimed direct revelation from God - Novatianist schism Novatian, in 251, had himself made Bishop of Rome in opposition to another bishop, Cornelius
    52. 53. Many efforts were made to stop the multiplication of different churches . Many councils as for example the Council of Nicea (325 AD) , the council of Ephesus (449 AD) , the council of Chalcedon (451 AD) were called together but every council led to more schisms. Christianity became only more divided. The aim of the Councils was not to get a better understanding of the nature of Christ but to separate the orthodox believers from the heretics. The burning of books, the persecution of heretics would culminate in the inquisition. Indeed how far had Christianity strayed away from the loving teachings of Jesus.
    53. 54. The man-made teachings would only lead to more disunity Most of these dogma’s were taken over by Luther and the reformers and became part of Protestant Christianity <ul><li>These man-made teachings became dogma’s and are now considered by Christians </li></ul><ul><li>to be a part of Jesus teachings but </li></ul><ul><li>this is historically incorrect </li></ul>
    54. 55. Jesus prayed for mankind to become one <ul><li>“ And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: </li></ul><ul><li>I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me” </li></ul><ul><li>John 17:22-23 </li></ul>
    55. 56. <ul><li>If people had truly followed the teachings of Christ and not their own man-made imaginations </li></ul><ul><li>there would be no need to </li></ul><ul><li>renew </li></ul><ul><li>the religion of God. </li></ul>
    56. 57. Fourth part: Analysis of the man-made teachings and conclusions
    57. 58. Original sin <ul><li>It was Origen (185 -253 AD) who coined the word ‘Original sin’ but it was the churchfather Saint Augustine (354-430) who wrote that man is born into this world in a state of sin. The basis of his belief is from the Bible (Genesis 3:17-19) where Adam is described as having disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden. This, the first sin of man, became known as original sin. </li></ul>
    58. 59. Augustine (354–430) Augustine’s influence on Christianity is considered by many to be second only to that of apostle Paul. His best-known book is the City of God in which he makes belief in the Catholic church the foundation of salvation . <ul><li>   </li></ul>               
    59. 60. Adam and Eve <ul><li>Explanation of Symbols by Abdu’l-Baha: </li></ul><ul><li>Adam: signifies the heavenly spirit of Adam, and Eve His human soul . </li></ul><ul><li>The tree of good and evil: signifies the human world; for the spiritual and divine world is purely good and absolutely luminous, but in the human world light and darkness, good and evil, exist as opposite conditions. </li></ul><ul><li>The meaning of the serpent: is attachment to the human world . </li></ul><ul><li>The sin is: The act of attachment of the soul and spirit to the human world. </li></ul><ul><li>Tree of Life : is the highest degree of the world of existence: the position of the Word of God and the Divine Messengers </li></ul>
    60. 62. The edifice constructed by church fathers <ul><li>The road to salvation is according to the church fathers through the sacraments; </li></ul><ul><li>Only the ordained priests </li></ul><ul><li>can give sacraments. </li></ul><ul><li>Baptism : </li></ul><ul><li>Holy communion : </li></ul><ul><li>The greatness of Jesus is because of his miracles. </li></ul><ul><li>Next to the 10 commandments the church added 5 extra one. Those people who do not believe in them go to hell </li></ul>
    61. 63. What is true baptism? The water of knowledge <ul><li>Purity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Truth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Humility </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Lust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pride </li></ul></ul></ul>Fire of the Love ofGod &quot; “ true baptism is not with material water”…It is this heavenly water and spirit, which are knowledge and life, which make the human heart good and pure…These natural impurities are evil qualities: anger, lust, worldliness, pride, lying, hypocrisy, fraud, self-love, etc….Therefore baptism with water was a symbol of repentance, and of seeking forgiveness of sins” ” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá)
    62. 64. Spiritual meaning of the “Bread and the wine” Jesus says: “Whoso eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood has eternal life ”. They said: “¿Chow can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesús explains : “It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing; the Words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life” (John52, 54, 63) Bread = teachings : “ Jesus said; Beware of the leaven( bread) of the Pharisees..Then understood they ..beware of the doctrine of the Parisees ” (Matt. 16:6-12) “ Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of Gods”. (Lucas 4:4) “ I have meat to eat that ye know not of ”. (Juan 4:32-34)
    63. 65. Spiritual Meaning of Miracles “ And Jesus said; for judgement I am come nto this word, …and that they which see might be made blind (John 9:39) “ But she that liveth in pleasure, is dead while she livveth”. (1Timothy 5:6) “ He that believeth in me follw me. Let the dead bury their dead (Matt.: 8:22)
    64. 66. The greatest proof <ul><li>“ Recollect that Christ, solitary and alone, without a helper or protector, without armies and legions, and under the greatest oppression, uplifted the standard of God before all the people of the world, and withstood them, and finally conquered all, although outwardly he was crucified. Now this is a verifiable miracle which can never be denied. There is no need of any other proof of the truth of Christ.. ”. </li></ul><ul><li>(‘Abdu’l-Bahá) </li></ul>
    65. 67. “ The Devil is the ‘obstacle” when we progress to God “ Satan” is a Hebrew word which means “obstacle or “stumbling block”. “ Angel” means “messenger”. The Path of the Knowledge of God. “ .” (Bahá’u’lláh) “ The evil spirit,, Satan or whatever is interpreted as evil , refers to the lower nature of man. This lower nature is symbolized in various ways…all such ideas and nomenclature are symbols expressing the mere or earthly nature of man.” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá) The meaning of “Satan”
    66. 68. Fifth Part: What is the spiritual reality of Christ ?
    67. 69. The Baha'i Writings glorify Christ. The reality of Christ is the collective centr e of all the independent virtus and indfinite signiicancies Crist is the Lord of all being” Christ is “the Lord of the visible eand the invisible ” Therefore the R eality of Christ Who is the Word of God with regard to essence, attributes and glory, certainly precedes the creatures (SAQ, p. 116) Yand whatever has proceedeth out of His blameless, trustworthy mouth can never be altered” ( Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh , p. 93) The divine reality of Christ was the embodimnent of divine virtues and attributes of God.) <ul><li>“ 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. (Baha’u’llah) </li></ul>Cristo
    68. 70. What is the spiritual reality of Jesus? <ul><li>According to the Gospels, </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes Jesus speaks as a human being </li></ul><ul><li>In some verses, Jesus speaks as a Divine Messsenger </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes Jesus speaks with the voice of God </li></ul>
    69. 71. The human nature of Jesus <ul><li>“… Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one that is , God ” (Matt. 19:17) </li></ul><ul><li>Jesús hungered for food (Matt 4:2), became thirsty ( John 19:28) and became tired (John 4:6). </li></ul><ul><li>Jesús “ departed into amountain to pray ”. (Mark 6:46). Who did he pray to? God </li></ul><ul><li>On the cross Jesus cried out: “My God my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”( Matt. 27:46) </li></ul><ul><li>Th Holy Bible speaks abou the historical Jesus as “Jesus in the days of His flesh”. (Hebrews 5:7) </li></ul>
    70. 72. Jesus speaks as Messenger of God <ul><li>“ My doctrine is not mine but his that sent me ”(John 7:16) </li></ul><ul><li>“… The Father that dwelled in me, he doeth the work .” (John 14:10) </li></ul><ul><li>“ I come forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father .” (John 16:28) </li></ul>
    71. 73. Jesus speaks with the voice of God <ul><li>“ he who had seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9) </li></ul><ul><li>“ I and My Father are one” (John 10:30) </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus explains the meaning of above verses: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” </li></ul><ul><li>(John 14:10) </li></ul>
    72. 74. History of the Trinity <ul><li>Christians divided about reality of Jesus. </li></ul><ul><li>King Constantine wants unity </li></ul><ul><li>The Council of Nicea </li></ul><ul><li>announced the Dogma of the Trinity. </li></ul><ul><li>This new teaching is man-made, not from Jesus. </li></ul>
    73. 75. Bahá’í concept of the Trinity God Mankind Christ <ul><li>God is dwelling in unapproachable light where no man has ever seen or even can see him”. (1 Tim. 5:16) </li></ul><ul><li>“ But will god indeed dwel on the earth? Behold, heavven and heaven of heavens cannot contain you” (1 Kings 8:27) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Crist is the image of the invisible God“ (Col. 1:15) </li></ul><ul><li>“… The express image of His person” (Hebrews 1:3) </li></ul><ul><li>Turning to Him is the same as; “beholding as in a glass [mirror] the glory of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18) </li></ul><ul><li>“ And God siad, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”. (Gen. 1:26) </li></ul>Holy Spirit I will pour my Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2:17)
    74. 76. Bahá’í symbol for Trinity <ul><li>Kingdom of God </li></ul>The divine Messenger Kingdom of creation Holy Spirit
    75. 77. Spiritual Meaning of “Son of God” <ul><li>“ God is spirit …” (John 4:24) </li></ul><ul><li>“ That which is born of the flesh is flesch and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit ”. (John 3:6) </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion: Son of God is a spiritual relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Christ came from heaven the first time: </li></ul><ul><li>Christ said “…For I came down from heaven…” “And they said, Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph , whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven ? (John 6:38) </li></ul>
    76. 78. What is the meaning of the title“Christ”? <ul><li>His name is “ Jesus ” :”. </li></ul><ul><li>His title is “ Crist ” : The Hebrew word is Messiah , who is the Promised One for all Jews. In English : Anointed One. </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning of “anointed One“ : Anointing is the ceremony in which a person became King. Conclusion: Christ is not the name of a person but it is the spiritual title of the Manifestation of God. </li></ul>Hebrew: “Messiah” Greek: “Christos” Cristo English: The anointed One King (of the Jews ) Titles of Jesus Mesías
    77. 79. “ Christ ” or “King”is a title and “a function” <ul><li>So the title “Christ” refers to the everlasting spiritual kingship which connects God to man in a progressive way. To show this everlasting connection between one Messenger and another, Jesus told the Jews: “ For had ye believed Moses ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me ” (John 5:46) </li></ul><ul><li>The title of King goes from one person to the next when the old King dies. The new King has the same responsibilities, the same power, and the same role. When he takes over it is as if the old King has returned. Of course it is a different body with a different name, a different time, and a different place, but the same title. . </li></ul>David is anointed as King
    78. 80. The lamp is Jesus; the light is Christ. “ Before Abraham was, I am ”. (John 8:58 ) “ I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the ending saith the Lord “ (Rev. 1:8) “… Christ the same yesterday, and to-day and for ever ” (Hebrews 13:8) “ Flesh and blood can not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven”. (1 Cor. 15:50) “ For Christ … being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18) “ If you reflect upon the essential teaching s of Jesus, you wil realice that they are the light of the world…They are the very source of life and the cause of happiness to the human race” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá) Christ Jesus
    79. 81. The lovers of the light <ul><li>“ The virtues and perfections of Moses became apparent in Jesus Christ most effulgently, but the Jews held to the name Moses, not adoring the virtues and perfections manifest in Him. Had they been adoring these virtues and seeking these perfections, they would assuredly have believed in Jesus Christ when the same virtues and perfections shone in Him. If we are lovers of the light, we adore it in whatever lamp it may become manifest, but if we love the lamp itself and the light is transferred to another lamp, we will neither accept nor sanction it. Therefore, we must follow and adore the virtues revealed in the Messengers of God -- whether in Abraham, Moses,  153  Jesus or other Prophets -- but we must not adhere to and adore the lamp. We must recognize the sun, no matter from what dawning point it may shine forth, be it Mosaic, Abrahamic or any personal point of orientation whatever, for we are lovers of sunlight and not of orientation. We are lovers of illumination and not of lamps and candles. We are seekers for water, no matter from what rock it may gush forth. We are in need of fruit in whatsoever orchard it may be ripened. We long for rain; it matters not which cloud pours it down. We must not be fettered. If we renounce these fetters, we shall agree, for all are seekers of reality.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Abdu'l-Baha) </li></ul><ul><li>(‘Abdu’l-Bahá) </li></ul>
    80. 82. Sixth Part: The progressive nature of religion
    81. 83. Oneness of mankind And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:16) Jews Hindoes Budhism Islam Christians
    82. 84. “ Before Abraham was, I am ” (John 8:58) “ I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, said the Lord, which is ,and which was,and which is to come, the Almighty ” (Revelation 1:8) “ Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever .” (Hebrews 13:8) God Earth <ul><li>The Divine Manifestations are so many different mirrors because They have a special individuality, but that which is reflected in the mirrors is one sun. It is clear that the reality of Christ is different from that of Moses … </li></ul><ul><li>(SAQ p.155) </li></ul>
    83. 85. The spiritual reality of the Manifestations of God. <ul><li>Baha’u’llah </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>christ </li></ul><ul><li>Divine Educator </li></ul><ul><li> Bringer of the Kingdom of God </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfills prophesies from Holy Scriptures </li></ul><ul><li> Foretells things to come </li></ul><ul><li>Foretells the coming of a new Messenger of God </li></ul><ul><li> Divine Power </li></ul><ul><li> Divine Wisdom </li></ul><ul><li> Divine Love </li></ul><ul><li>Appeared during time of spiritual darkness </li></ul><ul><li>His claim to bring a message from God </li></ul><ul><li>Innate knowledge </li></ul><ul><li> New Teachings </li></ul><ul><li> Perfection </li></ul><ul><li> Nobility </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming power of His Teachings </li></ul><ul><li> Sacrifice and suffering </li></ul><ul><li>Founder of new religion </li></ul><ul><li> Praised and glorified God </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrifice and martyrs </li></ul>
    84. 87. When will peace come? When the house of God is established on the mouintain of the Lord. Carmel is Hebrew for the “mountain of God”. <ul><li>“ And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains and all nations shall flow unto it. </li></ul><ul><li>And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law … </li></ul><ul><li>… and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. </li></ul><ul><li>” . (Isaías 2:2-4) </li></ul>
    85. 88. The Religion of God must be renewed from age to age “ Every good tree bringeth forth fruit ” ( Matt 7:17) Man-made ideas are like weeds. “ But in vain they do worship me teaching for doctrines the commandments of men ” (Matt. 15:9) “ Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted out” Matt. 15:13)
    86. 89. Progressive Revelation in the Bible Seed Abraham Obedience Trunk Moses Law Flower Jesus Love Fruit Bahá’u’lláh World unity
    87. 90. Spiritual steps for mankind “ God always gave guidance to mankind. Each divine Educator brought social teachings which were perfect for people who were living in that age. God Family Tribe City State Nation World unity Krishna Rig-Veda Abraham Moses Torah Zoroaster Zend-Avesta Buda Tri-Patikas Jesus Holy Bible Muhammad Quran Báb Bayán Bahá’u’lláh Kitáb-i-Aqdas SPIRIT OBEDIENCE LAW - ORDER PURITY RENUNCIATION LOVE SUBMISSION NEW ERA UNITY
    88. 91. Zoroaster Hinduism Judaísm Taoísm Buddism Christianity Islam Bahá’í Faith That nature only is good when it shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own . What is hateful to you do not to your fellow men. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. This is the sum of duty: do naught to others that which if done to thee would cause pain. The sage has no interests of his own, but regards the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind, he is also kind to the unkind: for virtue is kind.. Hurt not others with that which pains yourself. Do unto others you would have done unto you. No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself The Golden Rule in all the Religions of the world
    89. 92. Based on Christianity Renewed Volume 3 by Maxwell Alexander Published by Baha’i Publishing Trust of India See: www.christianityrenewed.com
    90. 93. Seventh part Proofs of the Manifestation of God
    91. 94. Some proofs of the Manifestation of God <ul><li>His own self : </li></ul><ul><li>His claim, innate knowledge,, spiritual nobility, praised and glorified God, </li></ul><ul><li>Appeared during time of spiritual darkness, Divine Educator </li></ul><ul><li>His life : </li></ul><ul><li>Self-sacrifice and suffering </li></ul><ul><li>Steadfastness and constancy </li></ul><ul><li>His Revelation; the Word of God </li></ul><ul><li>His Perfections </li></ul><ul><li>Divine love, Divine wisdom, </li></ul><ul><li>Divine power, Nobility </li></ul><ul><li>Prophecies: </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfills prophesies from Holy Scriptures (time-place and name) </li></ul><ul><li>Foretells things to come </li></ul><ul><li>Reveals his spiritual relationship to previous Messengers of God </li></ul><ul><li>Foretells the coming of a new Messenger of God </li></ul><ul><li>Founder of a new religion : </li></ul><ul><li>Clarifies, fulfills previous teachings </li></ul><ul><li>Transforming power of His teachings </li></ul><ul><li>Martyrs </li></ul><ul><li>Founder of new Civilisation </li></ul><ul><li>Brings new teachings suited for needs of the age “the very essence of spirit of new age” </li></ul><ul><li>Bringer of the Kingdom of God on earth </li></ul>
    92. 95. The Revealed Word <ul><li>“… and many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world .” </li></ul><ul><li>( John 4:41-42) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life…” </li></ul><ul><li>(John (5:24) </li></ul><ul><li>“ So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) </li></ul>
    93. 96. Signs for the coming of the Messiah could only be understood spiritually <ul><li>“ Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold ;…and shall call his name Immanuel. </li></ul><ul><li>” . (Isaías 7:14) </li></ul>“ The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. … ” (Psalms 110:1). “ He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised and we esteemed him not . ”. (Isaías 53:3) And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed ”. (Daniel 7:14) Jewish people did not believe Jesus was the Messiah His name will be Emmanuel ??? Elías will come first ??? Sitting on the throne of David Ruler of Israel??? A man of sorrows??? “ Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD ”. (Malachi 4:5)
    94. 97. Signs for the return of Christ <ul><li>“ In such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh”. (Matt 24:44) </li></ul>“ They shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory ”. (Matt. 24:30) “ and he shall send his angels with a great sound of trumpet ” (Matt. 24:29-31) “ I am coming soon… and I will write on him my new name … ” (Revelation 3:11-13) “… The sun be darkened … … the moon shall not give her light … The stars shall fall from heaven…” (Mateo 24:29) Christians today do not believe when He Returns ???Shall come unexpected??? ???Comes in the clouds ??? ??? With angels and trumpets ??? ???With a new name??? ???The stars shall fall???
    95. 98. <ul><li>Jesus tells us those signs must be understood spirtually </li></ul><ul><li>“ If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. (John 3:12-13) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Notice also that it is said that Christ came from heaven, though He came from the womb of Mary, and His body was born of Mary. It is clear, then, that when it is said that the Son of man is come from heaven, this has not an outward but an inward signification; it is a spiritual, not a material, fact. The meaning is that though, apparently, Christ was born from   the womb of Mary, in reality He came from heaven, from the center of the Sun of Reality, from the Divine World, and the Spiritual Kingdom. And as it has become evident that Christ came from the spiritual heaven of the Divine Kingdom, therefore, His disappearance under the earth for three days has an inner signification and is not an outward fact. In the same way, His resurrection from the interior of the earth is also symbolical; it is a spiritual and divine fact, and not material; and likewise His ascension to heaven is a spiritual and not material ascension.” </li></ul>The signs are repeated and must be understood spiritually
    96. 99. <ul><li>Jesus came from heaven the first time : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent Me “ (John 6:38 ). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jesus came in a cloud : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud (Isaias 19:1) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jesus came unexpected (like a thief in the night) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Very few Jews recognised Him during His life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When the first Christians were baptised he was gone already, like a thief in the night </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jesus coming was accompagnied with signs from heaven; Peter confirms that Jesus fulfilled these signs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come ”. (Joel 2:20-31) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jesús came with great power : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth ” (Matt. 28:18) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. (John 17:2) </li></ul></ul>Other signs repeated
    97. 100. ¿Why did Christians expect Christ to return in 1844 <ul><li>Advent movement : Expectation for the Return as the following three signs were fulfilled in 1844: </li></ul>1. The Gospel was preached in the entire world: “ And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world… then the end will come&quot; (Matt 24:3). 2. End of ‘the time of the Gentiles’ : “ And Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled… and then they shall see the Son of Man ...” (S. Lucas :24-27) 3. The fulfillment of the time prophesies : “ Seventy weeks are determined…and to appoint the most Holy”. (Daniel 9:24) “… Unto two thousand three hundred days then shall the sanctuary be cleansed”. (Daniel 8:14)
    98. 101. Time Prophecies from Daniel 9:24 and 8:13-14,17 “ Seventy weeks are determined… and to anoint the Most Holy”. (Daniel 9:24) 457 years before Crist + 33 after Christde Christ 1 AD until 34 AD 490 year period between building of temple and the crucifixion of Jesus Third Decree to rebuild Jerusalem 457 BC 1 AD 34 AD Year 1 of Christian calendar(no year 0) Crucifixion of Christ whenl 33 years old – 34 AD “… Unto two thousand and three hundred days then shall the sanctuary be cleansed”. (Daniel 8:14) 457years before Christ +1843 years after Christ as we start counting from year 1 AD 2300year from building of temple till the cleansing of the sanctuary 457 BC. Decree to rebuild the temple 457 BC 1 AD 1844 AD Declaracion of the Bab. Begin of Bahá’í calendar <ul><li>PRINCIPIOS: </li></ul><ul><li>1 día profético = 1 día, según Números 14:14 y Ezequiel 4:5 </li></ul><ul><li>Hay que añadir 1 “año de traducción” al pasar del calendario judío al cristiano, pues la era cristiano comenzó con el año 1 y no 0. </li></ul>2300 prophetic days = 2300 years 70 weeks = 70 x 7 490 prophetic days = 490 years
    99. 102. The “New Name” for a new Divine Messenger <ul><li>“… The Lord God ….shall call His servants by another name ”. (Isaiah 62:2) </li></ul><ul><li>“… I will write upon him my new name …”. (Revelation 3:12) </li></ul><ul><li>“ To him who overcometh… give him a white stone… and in the stone a new name written, he who has an ear, let him ear…” (Revelation 2:17) </li></ul><ul><li>“ For the Son of man shall come in the Glory of His Father ”. (Matt. 16:27) </li></ul><ul><li>“… the glory of the Lord ” (Isaiah 58:8, 60:1) </li></ul><ul><li>“… the likeness of the glory of the Lord ” (Ezekiel 1:28, 3:23) </li></ul><ul><li>“… Great city, the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God, having the Glory of God .” (Revelation 21:11) </li></ul><ul><li>“ And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it, for the Glory of God did lighten it…” (Revelation 21:23) </li></ul><ul><li>“ But hem, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the Glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God ” (Acts 7:55) </li></ul><ul><li>“ And the Glory of the Lord shall be revealed…” (Isaiah 40:5) </li></ul>
    100. 103. The place of his Coming <ul><li>Objections : </li></ul><ul><li>“ But some said; Shall Christ come out of Galilee? The Pharisees responded; “…look; for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.” (John 7:41-53). </li></ul><ul><li>“ His Coming” from Iran : </li></ul><ul><li>“ He shall come from Assyria”. (Micah 7:12) </li></ul><ul><li>“ God will set his throne in Elam… says the Lord”. (Jeremiah 49:38). </li></ul><ul><li>“ And I saw in a vision… in the province of Elam… Unto 2300 days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” (Daniel 8:2, 14). </li></ul><ul><li>“ This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord ”. (Ezekiel 1:28) </li></ul><ul><li>“… the Glory of God … came from the way of the East ” . (Ezekiel 43:2) </li></ul><ul><li>“ His Coming ” from Iraq ( The river of Chebar is in Iraq) : </li></ul><ul><li>“ appearance of the likeness of the Glory of God ” (Ezekiel 1:28). </li></ul><ul><li>“… and behold the Glory of the Lord stood there as the Glory which I saw by the river of Chebar and I fell on my face” (Ezekiel 3:23). </li></ul>
    101. 104. Prophecies about Israel <ul><li>From Mount Carmel he will teach His people </li></ul><ul><li>“ the excellence of Carmel.. They shall see the Glory of the Lord”. (Isaiah 35:2) </li></ul><ul><li>“ he will feed the people…in the midst of Carmel”. (Micah 7:14) </li></ul><ul><li>Carmel will blossom as a rose </li></ul><ul><li>“… the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose ”. (Isaiah 35:1) </li></ul><ul><li>“… the excellence of Carmel and Sharon; they shall see the Glory of the Lord and the excellence of our God”. (Isaías 35:2) </li></ul><ul><li>“ And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have saught me” (Isaiah 65:10) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Therefore I …will make the valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the ways of her youth, as in day she [Israel] came up out of Israel”. (Hosea 2:15) </li></ul>
    102. 105. The exiles of Bahá’u’lláh
    103. 106. God’s Plan for Mankind “ And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and my seed after thee in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to the seed after thee ”. (Genesis 17:7) Isaac Ishmael 6 hijos
    104. 107. ¿Who is the Spirit of Truth? <ul><li>Jesus says: “ Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you”. (John 16:12-13) </li></ul><ul><li>“ To Him Jesus Christ has referred as … the “Spirit of Truth Who “will guide you unto all truth” (Bahá’u’lláh) </li></ul>
    105. 108. Who is the Comforter? <ul><li>“ Jesus said; And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.(John 14:16) </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The Comforter Whose advent all the scriptures have promised is now come that He   may reveal unto you all knowledge and wisdom. Seek Him over the entire surface of the earth, haply ye may find Him.“ (Baha'u'llah) </li></ul>
    106. 109. We invite you: <ul><li>- Devotional gatherings </li></ul><ul><li>- Study circles </li></ul><ul><li>- Children classes </li></ul><ul><li>- Junior youth programs </li></ul><ul><li>- To become a member of </li></ul><ul><li>the Baha’i Community </li></ul>When asked on one occasion: &quot;What is a Bahá'í?&quot; , Abdu'l-Bahá replied: &quot;To be a Bahá'í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.&quot;
    107. 110. Thank you For more information : [email_address] Copyright : Marc and Helen Vloeberghs 2008
    108. 111. NOTE FOR USERS <ul><li>Anybody who would like to change or translate the contents of this powerpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Please </li></ul><ul><li>contact Marc and Helen Vloeberghs </li></ul><ul><li>at [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>first </li></ul><ul><li>as this powerpoint is frequently updated ! </li></ul>
    109. 112. ¿How do we start the dialogue? <ul><li>Ask diagnostic questions? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If there is only one Jesus Christ why are there so many different denominations ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If there is only one Holy Bible why so many diffrent interpretations? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why is there such disunity amongst Christians as Jesus only preached love? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do not start with prophesies. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The majority of members of the main churches are not interested in prophesies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The most important is to show you love Jesus, the Son of God. Explain the exalted station of Jesus Christ </li></ul></ul>
    110. 113. Las acciones de la Manifestación de Dios <ul><li>“ Jesús les respondió: ‘os lo he dicho, y no creéis; las obras que yo hago en nombre de mi Padre, ellas dan testimonio de mí… Si no hago las obras de mi Padre, no me creáis. Mas si las hago, aunque no me creáis a mí, creed en las obras, para que conozcáis y creáis que el Padre está en mí, y yo en el Padre ”. (S. Juan 10:25, 37-38) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Mas yo tengo mayor testimonio que el de Juan; porque las obras que el Padre me dio para que cumpliese, las mismas obras que yo hago, dan testimonio de mí, que el Padre me ha enviado. También el Padre que me envió ha dado testimonio de mí. Nunca habéis oído su voz, ni habéis visto su aspecto ”. (S. Juan 5:36-7) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Creedme que yo soy en el Padre, y el Padre en mí; de otra manera, creedme por las mismas obras. De cierto, de cierto os digo: El que en mí cree, las obras que yo hago, él las hará también; y aun mayores hará, porque yo voy al Padre ”. (S. Juan 14:11-12) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Por sus frutos los conoceréis. ¿Acaso se recogen uvas de espinos, o higos de abrojos? Todo buen árbol da buenos frutos, pero el árbol malo da frutos malos. No puede el buen árbol dar malos frutos, ni el árbol malo dar frutos buenos ”. (S. Mateo 7:15-18) </li></ul>
    111. 114. The fruit of the Spirit <ul><li>But the fruit of the Spirit is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>love </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>joy, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>peace, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>patience, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gentleness, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>goodness, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>faith, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>meekness, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>temperance”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Galatians 5:22-23) </li></ul></ul>
    112. 115. Enseñan a almas anónimas y desprendidas <ul><li>“ Y aconteció que estando él sentado a la mesa en la casa, he aquí que muchos publícanos y pecadores que habían venido, se sentaron juntamente a la mesa con Jesús y sus discípulos. Cuando vieron esto los fariseos, dijeron a los discípulos: ¿Por qué come vuestro Maestro con los publícanos y pecadores? Al oír esto Jesús, les dijo: los sanos no tienen necesidad de médico, sino los enfermos ”. (S. Mateo 9:10-12) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Porque vino a vosotros Juan en camino de justicia, y no le creísteis; pero los publícanos y las rameras le creyeron; y vosotros, viendo esto, no os arrepentisteis después para creerle ”. (S. Mateo, 21:32) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Todos los que antes de mí vinieron, ladrones son y saltea-dores; pero no los oyeron las ovejas. Yo soy la puerta; el que por mí entrare, será salvo; y entrará, y saldrá, y hallará pastos ”. (S. Mateo 24:14) </li></ul>
    113. 116. La soberanía de la Manifestación de Dios <ul><li>“ Por lo cual Dios también le exaltó hasta lo sumo, y le dio un nombre que es sobre todo nombre, para que en el nombre de Jesús se doble toda rodilla de los que están en los cielos, y en la tierra, y debajo de la tierra; y toda lengua confiese que Jesucristo es el Señor, para gloria de Dios Padre ”. (Filipenses 2:9-11) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Y cuando terminó Jesús estas palabras, la gente se admiraba de su doctrina; porque les enseñaba como quien tiene autoridad, y no como los escribas ”. (S. Mateo, 7:28-29; véase además S. Marcos 2:10 y S. Lucas 5:24) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Y Jesús se acercó y les habló diciendo: toda potestad me es dada en el cielo y en la tierra ”. (S. Mateo 28:18; véase además S. Marcos 2:10 y S. Lucas 5:24) </li></ul>
    114. 117. Los milagros no son prueba <ul><li>“ Entonces respondieron algunos de los escribas y de los fariseos, diciendo: Maestro, deseamos ver de ti señal. Él respondió y les dijo: La generación mala y adúltera demanda señal; pero señal no le será dada… ” (S. Mateo 12:39; véase además S. Mateo 16:4, S. Marcos 8:12, S. Lucas 11:29) </li></ul><ul><li>“ De cierto, de cierto os digo que me buscáis, no porque habéis visto las señales, sino porque comisteis el pan y os saciasteis ”. (S. Juan, 6:24) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pero a pesar de que había hecho tantas señales delante de ellos, no creían en él ”. (S. Juan 12:37) </li></ul>
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