Bahá’ís Honor Jesus Christ

Bahá’ís believe in the Sonship and Divinity of Jesus, and revere Him.  Baha’u’llah glorified Jesus and His Divine mission:

…when the hour of the Revelation of Jesus drew nigh, a few of the Magi, aware that the star of Jesus had appeared in heaven, sought and followed it, till they came unto the city which was the seat of the Kingdom of Herod. The sway of his sovereignty in those days embraced the whole of that land. These Magi said: “Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east and are come to worship Him!” [Matthew 2:2] When they had searched, they found out that in Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, the Child had been born. This was the sign that was manifested in the visible heaven.” (Bahá’u’lláh, The Book of Certitude, p. 63)

Bahá’u’lláh also wrote about Jesus: “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. Leprosy may be interpreted as any veil that interveneth between man and the recognition of the Lord, his God. Whoso alloweth himself to be shut out from Him is indeed a leper…” (Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 86)

Every discerning observer will recognize that in the Dispensation of the Qur’án both the Book and the Cause of Jesus were confirmed. . . . Muhammad . . . recognized the truth of the signs, prophecies, and words of Jesus, and testified that they were all of God.” (Bahá’u’lláh, The Book of Certitude, p. 20)

In 1912, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh, traveled in Europe, Canada, and across the United States, giving public talks. Some of these can be read in the book The Promulgation of Universal Peace. A selection from that book: “Jesus Christ summoned all to the Most Great Peace through the acquisition of pure morals. If the moral precepts and foundations of divine civilization become united with the material advancement of man, there is no doubt that the happiness of the human world will be attained and that from every direction the glad tidings of peace upon earth will be announced.” (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 109)

“All the prophets have striven to make love manifest in the hearts of men. His Holiness Jesus Christ sought to create this love in the hearts. He suffered all difficulties and ordeals that perchance the human heart might become the fountain-source of love. Therefore we must strive with all our heart and soul that this love may take possession of us so that all humanity whether it be in the east or in the west may be connected through the bond of this divine affection; for we are all the waves of one sea; we have come into being through the same bestowal and are recipients from the same center. The lights of earth are all acceptable, but the center of effulgence is the sun and we must direct our gaze to the sun. God is the supreme center. The more we turn toward this center of light, the greater will be our capacity.”
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Section, p. 218)

All the books mentioned above can be read at Bahairesearch.com.

light-of-the-kingdom-coverLook for this and other Baha’i books in your library system:
“In Light of the Kingdom, author JoAnn Borovicka explores questions relating to the Bible and its significance and meaning from a Bahá’í perspective. The purpose of the book is to provide an introductory compilation of the wealth of insights on biblical topics offered in the Bahá’í Writings. To this end, it starts with an overview of Bahá’í teachings about the Bible in general, and then explores Bahá’í guidance on a variety of topics as they arise from the first book of the Old Testament through the last book of the New Testament. The result of years of exploration and research, the book provides samples of Bahá’í guidance on a wide range of biblical topics in a way that is accessible to anyone regardless of their prior knowledge of the Bible or the Bahá’í Faith.” Description from bahaibookstore.com.

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