What follows is the present writer’s brief interpretation of this parable, purely an individual exegesis, not an official, As “Lord of the Vineyard,” Baha’u’llah proclaimed that Mt. Finally, He sent the perfect, divine Word in the name of Sonship, and they slew him as well. Is Bahá’u’lláh saying Christ and other Manifestations are spiritually the same Person? "Love is heaven’s kindly light... Love is the on, The happiness of mankind will be realized when wom, Masud Olufani welcomes his father for a conversati, Love gives life to the lifeless. Baha’u’llah clarified prophecies largely by interpreting prophetic passages from the Bible and the Koran in allegorical terms. And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard. As a last resort, God then sends his “well beloved . And if we were to say that there is only one Sun, that it is absolute singleness, and that it has no peer or partner, we would again be speaking the truth. Thereupon, the “Lord of the vineyard” will himself appear and “will give the vineyard unto others” (verse 9). Baha’u’llah used the metaphor of the sun and a mirror to explain this concept. Although Baha’u’llah’s writings are in both Arabic and Persian, Baha’u’llah used Arabic in those texts where precise meaning was required for the articulation of principles and laws. In this way it is possible for a manifestation of God to say, “I am God,” and at another time to assert that God is greater than he and that he is but a man. Good morning Mr. Revet. Many of religions moral principles have been translated into structures and patterns of conduct which have served to elevate human relationships and advance humanitys collective life. This video is discussing the points that need to brought up BEFORE answering/examining the question "Is Baha'u'llah a False Prophet? It also explains how one manifestation of God can be understood to be the return of a previous one, for they all reflect God’s glory. The Gospels include fifty or so parables: “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them.” – Matthew 13:34. The Sun of Truth, the Essence of the Divinity, appeared in that mirror and manifested its light and heat therein, yet it did not descend from the heights of holiness and the heaven of sanctity to reside within it. Baha’u’llah writings, which would be equal to over 100 volumes worth of work. A new version of the Bahá’í Reference Library is now available. Baha’is believe that Baha’u’llah, the prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith, fulfilled the Christian prophecies. –, Jesus’s parable is based, in part, on the “The Song of the Vineyard” in Isaiah 5:1–7. To be of God, a spirit must confess that “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh,” must be able to clearly foretell future events, and should embody “fruits” that are in accord with what is good, and not evil. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2) 1. Of course there is nothing God can't do but there is no reason for it, no logic to the concept. Happy are they that attain thereunto; happy they that set their faces towards it. Audio presentations by Joel Smith and others; BAHA'I TOPICS. Bah 'u'll h has no written record of miracles, that I know of. Nevertheless, they regard the “holy” writings of Bahá’u’lláh as the supreme revelations of God. Love lights a fla, Strive ye with all your hearts, raise up your voic, How can faith-based individuals and organizations, My hope for you is that you will ever avoid tyrann, As we suffer these misfortunes we must remember th, Finding Beacons of Hope in Monuments and Public Art. Just one thing (and this being my own thought here) that when Jesus Christ spoke of the Father to come after Him, I assumed this personage to be Baha'u'llah. . Baha’u’llah’s writings offer guidance for creating a just, lasting peace for humankind far into the future. The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. Some survived and, © 2021 BahaiTeachings.org All Rights Reserved. For those who have any trace of sin die. 1. As we have seen, this interpretation of the concept of “return” has precedent in Christ’s own explanation of the return of Elias in the person of John the Baptist. Baha’u’llah’s The Seven Valleys and The Four Valleys are often found translated together in English, however, they are two distinct mystical texts, or tablets. I've had an interest in Ethiopian Jewish Christianity and in the “Octateuch of Clement,” etc. 20. Please send me an email via Baha’i Teachings, which will then be, Rosslyn: Yes. Maybe the question, I believe to ask. It is thus evident and established that the Essence of the Divinity is absolute oneness and has no peer, equal or likeness. Instead, God will appear by proxy—by sending another representative. – Mirza Abu’l-Faḍl Gulpaygani, “Why Moses Could Not See God,” Letters & Essays, 1886–1913, pp. Elias returned in the person John the Baptist. If there is no rational explanation of that believe so be it. – Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 95. The views expressed in our content reflect individual perspectives and do not represent the official views of the Baha'i Faith. He is unique as the only God/man: Baha’u’llah is another manifestation of God like other teachers from other religions, he is not unique but only one in a long line. Check your email for the latest from BahaiTeachings.org. This time, Baha’is believe, God’s representative is Baha’u’llah. Naturally, the Lord of all horizons on the Day of Encounter will manifest Himself [as Baha’u’llah], and deliver the world, the divine vineyard, over to the just and trustworthy. The official website of the Baha'i Faith is: Sign up for our newsletter and get all our latest content, Belete Worku: Thank you for pointing out that error, which the webmaster just fixed! Get in touch with the Baha’is in your community. (12K) Basic Baha'i Teachings (2K) Baha'u'llah's Family Line (6K) Baha'u'llah and His Most Holy Shrine by Z Khadem (8354 K) Commentary on the Greatest Name by AQ Faizi (31K) With these understandings, Abdu’l-Baha sheds new light on the concept of the Trinity: … the reality of Christ was a bright and polished mirror of the greatest purity and clarity. Baha’u’llah’s assertion that Christ was a manifestation of God might seem at first to contradict the Bible. The “husbandmen”—the cultivators of the vineyard—are those who are in charge of the vineyard, i.e. Baha’is reject this literal interpretation, however, since God is not a “person” (even though we experience God personally) and, in any case, is infinite and therefore cannot appear in a finite place, bound by time and space. No scriptural “proof-text” and, Dr. Buck, thank you so much for this explanation which I always quote as my coming from the strong Ethiopian Orthodox Christian background. Thank you so much! He spent 40 years of doing ministry in prison and exile. Tags: Prophecies , Stories of Baha'u'llah. Baha’u’llah maintains that God could never incarnate His own essence. Christ and Baha’u’llah both appeared in the world during times of great expectation; but both, for very similar reasons, experienced persecution rather than general acceptance. forwarded to me, and I’ll reply from my personal email address. Bab and Baha'u'llah in bible Sonntag, 11. When a subject has not been mentioned or explained in the Sacred Writings, we are free to consult other books and to consider the opinions of … 11:13-15). Carmel in Israel—the site of the Baha’i World Center—would become God’s Vineyard: Carmel, in the Book of God, hath been designated as the Hill of God, and His Vineyard. Matthew 21:21-22. PODCASTS. He lived in Persia in the 19 th century, a time of great religious ferment throughout the world. Col.2:9 states Jesus is the fulness of the Godhead in bodily form. In the Bible, Jesus made various statements that can be understood in the light of this metaphor. A simple look at the broader context of John chapters 14-16 shows their interpretation is wrong. The writings of the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah. Earlier in these essays, we mentioned that there are several ways to identify a true prophet. Bahá'ís accept the prophets of other religions as continuing stages in the revelation of God. Baha’u’llah’s role as the eschatological “Father” is discussed in other articles in this “Figuring out Prophecy” series. Get in touch with the Baha’is in your community. Why do Bahá’ís believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a return of Christ? He returns to this theme in other writings, saying that the greatest proof of his station is his own person, in the sense that he is the embodiment of divine qualities, and that the second greatest proof is the body of his written teachings. The Bahá’í Faith The official website of the worldwide Bahá’í community. He compiled his Holy Writings, which comprise 100 volumes of work, while in prison and exile. Bahá’í Reference Library A website containing authoritative writings and guidance of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Shoghi Effendi and the Universal House of Justice, as well as other Bahá’í texts. Your message was successfully sent to BahaiTeachings.org. As Bahá'ís, we know that we must turn to the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, 'Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi for authoritative guidance in these matters. This interpretation, in its general contours, appears to be confirmed by the great Baha’i scholar Mirza Abu’l-Fadl: That is, the Sovereign of the universe and Creator of the peoples brought the world into existence, adorning it with the most perfect form, and set the human race over it as a tenant. Thank you so much! In 1873, Bahá’u’lláh completed His most important work, the Most Holy Book (Kitáb-i-Aqdas), written in the House of ‘Údí Khammár, now part of the House of ‘Abbúd. Having yet therefore one son, his well beloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son. How can they best reach you? 7:15-16; 2 Cor. As we have seen, Baha’u’llah clearly foresaw the events that eventually overtook the dominions of those rulers who rejected his announcement; and he told about a lethal force that would be discovered in the years to come, foreshadowing the discovery of nuclear power. I’ve written about this in a forthcoming article: “The First Recorded Bahā’ī Fireside.” Baha’i Studies Review 21 (2015 [2019]). Happy are they that attain thereunto; happy they that set their faces towards it. Baha'is claim that the Bible speaks of Baha'u'llah, however, the only reference to Baha'u'llah in the Bible is an indirect one when Jesus and the apostles warned of the coming of false prophets and false Christs (Matt. The Christian bible asserts if you believe, you will receive anything you ask for in prayer. Note: The materials on this site are an individual initiative, offered as an educational resource for Bahá’ís to consider as they strive to understand and implement the … This time, Baha’is believe, God’s representative is Baha’u’llah. What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." 19. Baha’u’llah (1817-1892), Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, was born into a noble family in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). It is here that, by the grace of the Lord of Revelation, the Tabernacle of Glory hath been raised. Love lights a fla, Strive ye with all your hearts, raise up your voic, How can faith-based individuals and organizations, My hope for you is that you will ever avoid tyrann, As we suffer these misfortunes we must remember th, Finding Beacons of Hope in Monuments and Public Art. But the people, ignorant wrongdoers, refused to recognize or accept him, greeting him with derision and haughtiness. It would be good for someone to speak about the "material resurrection of Jesus" as so many Christians insist on. If he can then return, That is what the Jews believe too, I do not believe in a lot of the stuff that was in the bible, man put it there, as it was their belief and understanding of God at the time and let's face it, it was barbaric times. Otherwise, the foundations of the religion of God would rest upon an illogical proposition which no mind could ever conceive, and how could the mind be required to believe a thing which it cannot conceive? Mr. Bowers and his family currently reside near Chicago. – Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 145. he will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. Such a thing could not be grasped by human reason—how much less clothed in intelligible form—but would remain sheer fancy. The “servant,” being sent by God, is widely understood to be a prophet of God. Here’s Shoghi Effendi’s answer, in a nutshell: To [Baha’u’llah] Jesus Christ had referred as the “Prince of this world,” as the “Comforter” Who will “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment,” as the “Spirit of Truth” Who “will guide you into all truth,” Who “shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak,” as the “Lord of the Vineyard,” and as the “Son of Man” Who “shall come in the glory of His Father” “in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,” with “all the holy angels” about Him, and “all nations” gathered before His throne. Most important are The Most Holy Book and The Book of Certitude. Carmel in Israel—the site of the, Carmel, in the Book of God, hath been designated as the Hill of God, and His Vineyard. 24–25. Bahá'u'lláh and 'Abdu'l-Bahá demonstrated great reverence for the Bible, and so should Bahá'ís. Jesus’s parable is based, in part, on the “The Song of the Vineyard” in Isaiah 5:1–7. Now, this explanation clarifies the meaning of the three Persons of the Trinity and establishes at the same time the oneness of God. How does Baha’u’llah fulfill the prophecies of Jesus? Baha’u’llah (1817-1892): The founder of the Baha’i Faith. Bahá'í's claims like Islam does for Mohammed that Jesus came back in Bahá'u'lláh as the Holy Spirit. 21. . Each individual must decide for himself or herself whether these live up to the standard set by Christ. The Legacy of Baha’u’llah: Principle Teachings. But then God sends another prophet, who is also “killed,” followed by “many others,” by prophets who suffer similar fates, after the people or their religious leaders end up “beating some, and killing some.”. Parables—short, simple stories that teach moral lessons—appear in all scripture. Baha’is believe that Baha’u’llah’s claims must be approached in a manner similar to that with which we approach Christ’s teachings. –. Kenneth E. Bowers currently serves as a member of the national governing body of the Bahá'ís of the United States. Instead, God reveals Himself through His prophets, messengers and manifestations, who are the perfect reflections of His qualities and attributes. (King James Bible, John) Baha'u'llah has said, "Whoso hath searched the depths of the oceans that lie hid within these exalted words, and fathomed their import, can be said to have discovered a glimmer of the unspeakable glory with which this mighty, this sublime, and most holy Revelation hath been endowed A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country. Your strong background in Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity is indeed interesting. Baha’is believe that Baha’u’llah, the prophet and founder of the, To [Baha’u’llah] Jesus Christ had referred as the “Prince of this world,” as the “Comforter” Who will “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment,” as the “Spirit of Truth” Who “will guide you into all truth,” Who “shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak,” as the “Lord of the Vineyard,” and as the “Son of Man” Who “shall come in the glory of His Father” “in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,” with “all the holy angels” about Him, and “all nations” gathered before His throne. The purport of our words is that the reality of Christ was a clear mirror wherein the Sun of Truth—that is, the divine Essence—appeared and shone forth with infinite perfections and attributes. This is the true meaning of the three Persons of the Trinity. But He also told his disciples that He would not leave them comfortless... Now I have taken that as there was going to be a manifestation of God who would be in between Jesus and Baha'u'llah and thus I took the comforter to, © 2021 BahaiTeachings.org All Rights Reserved. But the sun can be seen in the reflection of a mirror. . In connection with the Lord of the Vineyard parable, Cambridge Orientalist, Edward Granville Browne, also commented that Muhammad is missing (not to mention the Bab) in this line of interpretation. In the Book of Certitude Baha’u’llah also gives many “proofs” of prophethood. In verse 2, the Lord of the vineyard sends a “servant” to “receive” the “fruit of the vineyard.” Here, “fruit” is a common Biblical metaphor for good works and righteous deeds. IF There are NAMES OF THE BAB AND BAHA'ULLAH CAN BE FOUND IN THE BIBLE, WHY DOESN'T CHRISTIANITY RECOGNIZE THEM? Christ returned in the person of Baha'u'allah. To see the reflection of the sun in the mirror is, for all intents and purposes, the same as seeing the sun itself. The writings of Abdu'l-Bahá are recognised as sacred.. Thus the Baha’i thrust toward the unification of all religio… First, Baha’is believe that Bahá’u’lláh is a greater manifestation of God than Moses, Muhammad, or the Christian Messiah. How can they best reach you? It simply doesn't work. Bahá’u’lláh—as the latest in the series of divinely inspired moral educators who have guided humanity from age to age—has proclaimed that humanity is now approaching its long-awaited stage of maturity: unity at the global level of social organization. –. Baha'u'llah in Biblical Prophecy . By this Jesus clearly did not mean that the two were one and the same individual. Bahá'í holy texts. Other signs of truth given in the Bible allow a believer to “test” the truth of any claim of prophethood. As a humble suggestion, this is repeated in the last quotation you mentioned of "It is here that, by the grace of the Lord of Revelation, the Tabernacle of Glory hath been raised." – Abdu’l-Baha, Some Answered Questions, newly revised edition, pp.128-129. And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty. Baha’i: A follower of Baha’u’llah. But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.’. Baha’i believes their prophet is a manifestation of God who is greater than Jesus Christ. A book length history of the early years of the Baha'i Faith. I learned a lot studying Jewish history, so many concepts came from the pagan world too and got mixed into Christianity,I do believe there was a Jesus as I have a relationship with him but not the way he is painted in Christianity. Juli 2010. In fact, God appears only in one of them. Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, testified of Jesus Christ as follows: Know thou that when the Son of Man [Jesus] yielded up His breath to God, the whole creation wept with a great weeping. Remarkably, though, Christ’s parables have no overt religious or theological elements. With these understandings, Now, this explanation clarifies the meaning of the three Persons of the Trinity and establishes at the same time the oneness of God. I believe the amswer to your question is mentioned in the article above, as it mentions "returns". Let’s take a brief look at the parable of the Lord of the Vineyard, known as the “Parable of the Tenants”—also known as the “Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen” (Mark 12.1–12; Matthew 21.33–45; Luke 20.9–19; Gospel of Thomas 65–66): And he began to speak unto them by parables. Interpreted literally, this would, of course, mean that God would somehow come to the vineyard in person.

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