Thursday, December 22, 2005

Who was Jesus? Update

Here is a fascinating article about how various faith traditions view Jesus, including the Baha'i Faith. You can read it here. This issue is worthy of several posts in and of itself, which I hope to come to at a later time. Enjoy the article!

I wanted to update this post with a couple of quotes from the Baha'i Writings about the station and spiritual and historical significance of Christ:

"When the Messianic star of Jesus Christ dawned, he declared he had come to gather together the lost tribes or scattered sheep ofMoses. He not only shepherded the flock of Israel, but brought together people of Chaldea, Egypt, Syria, ancient Assyria and Phoenicia.These people were in a state of utmost hostility, thirsting for the blood of each other with the ferocity of animals; but His Holiness Jesus Christ brought them together, cemented and united them in his cause and established such abond of love among them that enmity andwarfare were abandoned.
(Abdu'l-Baha, Foundations of World Unity,p. 22)

"His Holiness Jesus Christ was an educator of humanity. His teachings were altruistic; His bestowal universal. He taught mankind by the power of the Holy Spirit and not through human agency, for the human power is limited whereast he divine power is illimitable and infinite. The influence and accomplishment of Christ will attest this."
(Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith -Abdu'l-Baha Section, p. 249)