Stupid Beliefs are Fine

Can one Christian reasonably tell another they are not Christian?  Happens all the time.  Can a Muslim with all the authority of a doctorate and his own Mosque and a daily following authoritatively say his religion does not want Sharia Law in New York City?

When a Mormon ran for President in the US pundits and regular folk found themselves in the uncomfortable position of rejecting the beliefs of another religion and having to examine the beliefs of their own religions.

Catholics have some strange beliefs, in my opinion, as do Mormons, heck, every religion has such beliefs. Not even my religion, the Baha;i Faith has uniform beliefs.

One Baha’i said recently “…the only two symbols in existence are the straight line and circle and all things proceed from these.” I am reminded of my older sister who is now a Chiropractor whom I would ridicule for believing all kinds of nonsense. I remember one instance where she insisted that hot water froze faster than cold water. So we tried it in the kitchen freezer. Want to guess who was right? Both of us were Baha’i but our beliefs were so very different it was hardly recognizable as the same Faith.

In the interest of community, Baha’is put up with a lot from their fellow Baha’is. My mother would say a true Baha’i is a Baha’i who remains a Baha’i after meeting the other Baha’is. I don’t think it is a specifically Baha’i problem that people are pushy about their beliefs, but I do know that Baha’is often assume I believe as they believe just because I accept Baha’u’llah and His Covenant. That does not mean I want to attend their therapy sessions or discuss the “calamity” or the afterlife in hushed tones after midnight drinking coffee. There was such a problem in the 1970s of Baha’is selling Amway at Baha’i meetings that it merited a letter from National.

Another Baha’i recently said “…if you are referring to pre-existence, my understanding is that this is exclusive to the Manifestations.”

This seems just the sort of misconception that we can discuss here.

Abdu’l-Baha spoke at length about “contingent reality” and preexistence.

Another Baha’is recently said: “…As a concept you pre-existed your physical self” I think it is obvious we are not concepts unless we are stretching that English definition a bit, but what do I know? I am just a Baha’i.

Another Baha’i said “The heart of the matter is your acceptance or otherwise of the truth of Baha’u’llah’s claims” In a very general way, I guess that is the heart of the matter. But whose conception of Baha’u’llah’s claims? Mormons believe in gold tablets, revelations from God, a Eurocentric planetary focus, but should we question every single Mormon I suggest we will find many who do not believe as we conceive of their beliefs. I know this for Catholics. In private they speculate on the basic, fundamental Physical Resurrection of Christ, quite freely. So we can’t say what Catholics believe.

And we certainly can’t say what Baha’is believe, except for their acceptance of the Covenant of Baha’u’llah.

–Kent

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