Re: Our Interfaith Group
- From: "Gilberto Simpson" <gilberto.simpson@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 3 Jun 2006 14:04:36 CST
On 6/3/06, Douglas McAdam <douglasmcadam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
We have gone over this also many times.
As has been said before the
splinter groups in the Baha'i Faith that were begun by Covenant
Breakers have never lasted whereas the various sects and denominations
in other religion have lasted and are still subdividing.
Yes, I understand that many Bahais have this understanding. Except
don't the Remyite groups still exist today? I"m not saying they are
huge. I'm not saying they are the majority. Or even that they are
But they exist.
I really think there is nothing to gain by comparing Baha'i to Islam or
Christianity for they are progressive stages of development of the One
Religion of the One God for One Humankind.
I thought even the Bahai writings say that Bahais, especially in the
West have a responsibility to study Islam.
We have offered you
and Yassir books to read so that you can see where we get our
interpretations from but apparently you have not read them.
I"ve looked at a lot of different Bahai materials. What seems bizzare
to me from my perspective is just that you seem to expect that once
the Bahai position is simply asserted, that everyone will magically
just accept it without argument. That seems unreasonable.
We simply offer you those official interpretations. You may
not agree with them but it is not me you disagree with but Baha'u'llah
and that is your business if you do, not mine. I just do not wish to
argue about these things my friend. I respect your right to interpret
things any way you wish
I believe that's your intention but in a lot of ways you don't really
It is the same old historical problem
where the believers of the previous religion do not accept the new but
the new accepts all the previous.
I think the problem is symmetrical. Bahais don't really accept
Muslims. Christians don't really accept Jews. (to a very large
degree). They affirm some things about what came before, and disagrees
with many things.
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