Baha’i is one of the world’s newest religions, a nineteenth century spin-off of Islam. Six million people from almost every country and culture follow it. It promotes universal peace, brotherhood, and oneness as the foundation of its teachings.
In the nineteenth century a Persian Muslim named Miza’ Ali Muhammad (known by his followers as the “Bab,” which meant “gate” to paradise) claimed to be a greater prophet than Muhammad and all others. He taught that the world’s religious leaders had deviated from their origins – the belief in the unity of all things. As a result, the Bab was murdered in 1850 for “heresy”.
His followers maintained his teaching that a Messiah of sorts, “a Promised One,” would someday come to unite mankind.
In 1863, the Bab’s successor, Mirza Husyn’ Ali (known as “baha’u’llah“) claimed to be this manifestation of the one true God. His followers were called Baha’is.
Baha’i is strictly monotheistic, denying the Trinity. But they believe that God has sent a prophet for every age (Abraham, Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, the Bab, Baha’u’llah), each replacing his predecessor. They were all divine, sinless manifestations of God, and each of their religions succeeded the old one with updated truth. The wise person, therefore, follows the latest and greatest, the final prophet – Baha’u’llah.
The unifying theme of Baha’i is oneness – all people, religions, and science are one at heart.
Believers in Baha’i respect the Bible as they do the sacred books of all religions. But their true authority resides in the writings of Baha’u’llah. While in prison, he wrote almost 200 books and tablets, which followers consider absolute truth. Jesus is given a prime place in Baha’i literature that is used in predominantly Christian countries. But Jesus’ role as a prophet of His age ended when Muhammad succeeded him in AD 622. The Baha’i faith denies Christ’s deity and rejects His atoning death and resurrection.
They usually portray themselves as Christians to christians because in their mind they follow every religion. They use the Bible to draw Christians into their fold as they use other religion’s Scriptures to do the same thing.
However, this gentle, inclusive religion is as exclusive as other religions. It is diametrically opposed to Christianity.