Daily Topic for April 26, 2012
Members of the Bahá’í religion may appear to have the gift of the Holy Spirit. They stand by high moral teachings. Bahá’ís exhibit exceptional kindness and generosity to all, suggesting that the Holy Spirit leads them. But the Holy Spirit directs all to follow Jesus Christ as the one way to spiritual truth, while Bahá’í doctrine points to a unity of all religions under an unknowable, vague god. The God whom Jesus called Father is knowable. The Holy Spirit directs us to unity in Christ, not just a general spiritual unity as taught in Bahá’ísm.
Pray that we will discern what comes from the Holy Spirit and what does not as we encounter those of other spiritual persuasions.
Molly sat quietly during the memorial service for her Mum. This Bahá’í remembrance was different from other such gatherings in London. Even though they may not believe in Christian doctrines, her friends would usually follow its traditions when a loved one died. But Molly’s mother had been faithful in her Bahá’í beliefs and had led the family to this growing religion.
Now one of the local Bahá’í women spoke. “For the benefit of those who are less familiar with our Bahá’í faith, I want to explain our belief in the afterlife. Entry into the next life has the potential to bring great joy. Our founder, Bahá‘u’lláh, likened death to the process of birth. He explained, ‘The world beyond is as different from this world as this world is different from that of the child while still in the womb of its mother. The analogy to the womb in many ways summarizes the Bahá’í view of earthly existence. Just as the womb constitutes an important place for a person’s initial physical development, the physical world provides the matrix for the development of the individual soul. The progressing soul grows closer to God, while the soul that refuses to progress remains distant.”
Pray that followers of Christ in London will demonstrate a spirit of love that will lead Bahá’ís to Jesus. Pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal to Bahá’í followers that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and that only Christ holds the answer to this dilemma.