40 points — comparing the teachings of the Baha’i faith with those of the Bible

The following 40 points have been designed to help members of the Bahai faith (followers of the prophet Baha-u’llah) to compare some of their teachings with those of the Bible. Each point highlights a Bahai teaching and demonstrates one or more scriptural points that are at odds with that teaching:

  1. The denial of the existence of Satan the Devil. (Matthew 4:1, 2; 1 Peter 5:8)
  2. The belief that evil is a lesser degree of good. (Psalm 97:10)
  3. That there can be many acceptable interpretations of the Bible’s fundamental teachings (2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13)
  4. That the Bible is said to be inaccurate in that it contains internal contradictions. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Matthew 5:18)
  5. The acceptance of the man-made theory of evolution. (Genesis 1:24, 26; Psalm 100:3; Proverbs 20:12)
  6. The false teaching of the immortality of the human soul. (Ezekiel 18:4, 20)
  7. The false teaching that the soul is distinct from the body. (Genesis 2:7)
  8. The false teaching that the dead are conscious somewhere and can be contacted. (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10; Isaiah 8:19, 20)
  9. Baha-u’llah’s claim to be the “prince of this world” (a reference to God’s enemy, Satan — John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11)
  10. His claim to be the “helper,” God’s invisible active force, his spirit. (John 16:7, 20:22)
  11. His claim to be Israel’s “Lord of hosts” (Almighty God himself — Psalm 24:1, 10)
  12. The exclusive Divine title “Most High” applied to the Bab (Baha-u’llah’s forerunner). (Psalm 83:18)
  13. The denial of the core Biblical teaching concerning original sin. (Romans 5:12)
  14. That the coming of Baha-u’llah fulfilled the Biblical prophecies concerning the heavenly, invisible, “presence” of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 24:3)
  15. That the nations will achieve international peace. (Jeremiah 6:13, 14; 1 Thessalonians 5:3)
  16. That religion will be the cause of unity. (Luke 12:51)
  17. That the foundation of all religions is one. (Matthew 13:39; 2 Corinthians 6:15)
  18. That God is indefinable and beyond comprehension. (Amos 3:7; Luke 10:22)
  19. That a new prophet abrogates the teachings of the old. (Matthew 5:17, 18)
  20. That Ishmael was sacrificed as a ransom for the sins of the world. (Psalm 49:7, 8; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 10:10)
  21. That God’s creation did not have a beginning. (Provers 8:22-31; Revelation 3:15)
  22. That there were generations before Adam. (Luke 1:3; 3:38; Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:45; Jude 14)
  23. That the Biblical account of creation is “symbolic.” (1 Timothy 2:13)
  24. That the resurrection is consistently spiritual in meaning. (Acts 24:15)
  25. That Paradise is the joy of knowing and loving God, and after death, entrance into the Kingdom of God. (Genesis 2:8; Ecclesiastes 9:10; Isaiah 45:18; John 3:13)
  26. That Hell is a state of alienation from God, loss of his eternal favour. (Acts 2:31)
  27. That no people are to be considered the people of Satan. (John 8:44; 1 Corinthians 4:4)
  28. That Jesus annulled the Jewish laws on divorce and the Sabbath. (Matthew 19:8; 12:12)
  29. That there are many messengers as great as Jesus. (Philippians 2:9, 10)
  30. That the term of every life is fixed. (Ecclesiastes 9:11)
  31. That the “Gentile Times” means that the Jews would be free to return to their homeland. (Galatians 3:28, 29; 4:24-26; Matthew 21:43)
  32. That Christ’s second “advent” or presence is 2300 days after the rebuilding of Jerusalem. (Daniel 8:13, 14)
  33. That the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9 began in 457 BCE. (Nehemiah 1:1, 3)
  34. That there is a connection between the ’70 weeks’ prophecy and the 2300 days of Daniel 8:14. (Daniel 9:25, 26)
  35. That Jesus’ second presence means a physical return to earth. (John 14:19; Hebrews 9:24, 28; 2 Corinthians 5:16)
  36. That he will return to a specific earthly location. (Luke 17:24)
  37. That Micah 7:12 applies to the second presence of Christ. (Compare verse 13 with Jeremiah 25:12)
  38. That Jeremiah 49:38 applies to the second presence. (Jeremiah 25: 17, 25)
  39. That Daniel 8:2 applies to the second presence. (The vision concerned ancient Persia and Greece; Daniel was literally in Elam when he saw this vision.)
  40. That Isaiah 35:2 applies in a literal sense to the second presence. (Jeremiah 50:19, 28; 537 BCE)

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