1. ITS HISTORICAL CONNECTIONS
The origin of this cult will naturally seem quite distant and foreign to the Reformed reader, since it is a cult stemming from a Persian schismatic Moslem sect. Nevertheless its rather communistic purpose and reason for existence will prove of absorbing interest to us. A brief sketch of its history may not seem to have much to do with its aim, but, since this is an easterncult, its history will serve to orient us in our investigation through very strange territory.
Baha’ism separated from Mohammedanism in that prayer is offered, not five, but three times a day (David prayed seven times a day! Ps. 119:164), and that facing not Mecca in Arabia, but Akka in Palestine about ten miles north of Mt. Carmel. In this miserable prison city of the Turks the founder of the Baha’i faith endured great suffering. Further divergence from Islamism is also seen in the prohibition of polygamy, divorce, avocation of discontinuance of the woman’s veil, and woman’s equality. Baha’ism also prohibits gambling, lotteries and partaking of alcoholic liquors.
The infallible book of this cult is, naturally, the Koran. That book and the new Baha’ism, not to be outdone by the Old or the New Testament, have not only their infallible, but also omniscient, sinless and divine prophets to interpret the book and the Baha’i faith. But be warned that these would-be, divinely deluded (Ezek. 14:9) prophets unhesitatingly insisted on blasphemously assuming the very incommunicable attributes and names of God. The forerunner of the sect was Mirza Ali Muhammad, a young man, about twenty-five in 1844, who called himself Bab (Arabic), “Gate.” He claimed to be a descendant and successor of Muhammad. This put him in the ascending line from Moses to Buddha to Zoroaster to Jesus to what Baha’is think an even greater prophet, Muhammad, thence to “His-Holiness-My-Lord-the-Supreme” Bab. In 1850, the Bab was executed by an Armenian firing squad. The body now lies buried on Mt. Carmel.
Next in this Ishmaelitish line was Mirza Yaha, who was rather quickly elbowed out of the picture by his half brother Beha, the founder of Baha’ism, and the one from whom the religion derived its name. He was better known as Mirza Husayn Ali, but preferred to be called Baha’u’llah (Glory of God). He also was pleased to bear the nickname “the Blessed Perfection” (although I doubt that his wife ever called him that) and especially in Persia was known as “God Almighty.” This Baha’i “Father Divine” affirmed “There is no God but me,”¹ yet he was succeeded by his son Abbas Effendi, the interpreter of this mongrel Moslemism. The latter was called Abdul Baha (Servant of Baha) and Ghusni Azam (the Most Mighty Branch). He, on his visit to this country in 1912, spread his religion by addressing groups of Socialists, Mormons, Jews, Modernists, Agnostics, Esperantists, Peace fronts, New Thought clubs and Women’s Suffrage societies, addicts all of the Antichrist one-world philosophy. He died in 1921, and, was succeeded by his eldest grandson, Shoghi Effendi, the First Guardian of the Baha’i Faith. Then Shoghi died in 1957.
2. ITS PHILOSOPHICAL TENETS
It must be maintained that this system of thought is not much of a religion, but more a political and economic philosophy thoroughly based on pragmatism, embracing Platonism, pantheism and also agnosticism as emphatically as did Huxley and Spencer (ibid., 245). It comes packaged in a frivolous garb, but hardly has a god, claiming as it does that God is unknowable. Agnosticism, has no worship since it does not know what to worship. Consistent with this aspect of the Baha bubble, it has no theology, no creed, no ministry, no liturgy, no preaching and no tithes or offerings. It pretends to love God, but does not explain how the unknowable can be loved, as it does not believe in either argument or controversy, only “peace.” Prayer is enjoined (to an unknown God]), but it is never in the name of Christ. They pray to the Father, but they dishonor the Father (John 5:23)! Free will is tenaciously held. “There is nothing to keep men from forsaking religion if they wish to do so . . . ‘God Himself does not compel the soul . . .The exercise of the free human will is necessary'” (ibid., 161). So total depravity of man is denied. Man is inherently good. Man is evolving toward a universal brotherhood. Creation, Heaven and Hell have no basis in reality, being only spiritual symbols. The universe was not created by divine fiat but is an emanation from the essence of God. The history of man reaches back millions of years and relates man’s evolutionary origin, not to the grace and elegance of primordial perfection, but to an embryonic beginning. The Resurrection “has nothing to do with the gross (sic) physical body. That body, once dead, is done with. It becomes decomposed and will never be recomposed into the same body” (ibid., 271). The Return of Christ does not mean the personal, visible, bodily second coming of the Lord from Heaven, but the appearance of another person, born of another mother, having the Spirit of God. This requires a bringing forth of Matt. 24:23. Its attitude toward the Bible as the infallibly, plenarily inspired, absolutely authoritative Word of God is expressed thus: “A religious system which draws its authority from a Book without provision for succession and an instrument to bring about change when required, is bound to become bigoted, intolerant, divided and corrupt.”² But see Is. 8:20 and Gal. 1:6-9. The Baha’i opinion of Christianity is that it is outdated and has been surpassed by the more advanced teaching of the Baha’i prophets. (But Jeremiah warned us of these wild dreamers. Jer. 29:8, 9). Christianity is inherently weak and inadequate. (That cuts right across Matt. 24:35and Matt. 16:18.) “Christian love arouses pity for a starving man but remains helpless in the face of famine in India or slum conditions in Alabama. To the poor are offered charity and hope but not a social revolution . . . Social justice is a problem left unsolved by Christianity . . .” (ibid., 61-62). The latter is a plain lie, as the Book of Proverbs alone proves. As for India, it would not have famine if its pantheistic philosophy did not make it a crime to eat cow meat or monkey stew. The woes of Indians, Hindus, Negroes and others are due to their hateful departure from and rejection of the good, old, pure Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!
From this and from what is about to follow it ought to be as plain as day that the principles of Baha’ism are identical with those of the Communists. A Canadian Communist paper, Northern Neighbors, boasts of “the people’s peace fight,” of the “victories scored by the USSR’s drive for lasting peace”, of “the brotherhood of man,” “social righteousness,” of working only “for the good of society,” of a “multi-nation free of race hatred or national prejudice,” the “increase of public wealth above private possessions,” and then reference is made to the enemies of all this Godless socialism as “the enemies of peace.” Now compare these quotations with what you have just read and with what you are about to read.
3. ITS ONE-WORLD AIMS
In this connection Baha’ism produces propaganda we might call theistic socialism or pious communism. It proudly traces its beginning to 1844, the era of emancipation of slaves, the socialist and co-operative movements, as well as the “spiritual Renaissance” of this new humanitarianism. As a syncretistic system it is incomparable. Like Theosophy, and one of its branches, Freemasonry, Baha’ism accepts all the religions of the world, deeming them fundamentally alike, and finding in them a basic unity. All the religions mark out “different stages in the constant evolution of one religion” (ibid., 107).
The aim is to bring humanity to a universal faith in one common God, and to complete international unity. The chief concern of the Baha’i faith “is the creation of a world government . . . based on justice . . . Justice . . . is the collective moral expression of the community” (ibid., 70, 107). One remark here: What would justice be in the Amazon head-hunters’ community? Baha’is assume to call on America to lead the world in international agreement to the complete unity of mankind. To this end there must be a universal educational system, a universal language (as Esperanto), a universal currency, a supranational civil service with an International Postal Union (already in existence), a world trade union, and a world court to administer “justice” ins a world commonwealth under a federalized world government, realizing a planetary welfare economy. In this utopia there is no room for country, color, class, creed, nor for racial, religious or social prejudice. It is believed this alone will still the clamor of religious fanaticism and strife, and that thus racial, animosity will be eradicated (ibid., 132). Would then Baha’is themselves be over their prejudice against “the bigoted Puritan” (ibid., 175)? For lasting peace there must be a final religious, social, political and economical integration of humanity. Faith in God, even faith in self is deemed not enough. “We must also have faith in society,” i.e., in man (ibid., 179). It follows then that “the least possible government interference” is now an idea that finally “has been rejected. Government control has come to stay” (ibid., 24). Nationalism must end. National patriotism and national sovereignty are the root causes of international anarchy, and the arch-enemies of world prosperity and peace. Recourse must be had to a world legislature, the members of which will act as the trustees of mankind, and will entirely handle the resources of all the member nations. International law will regulate life, supply the needs, and “adjust the relationships” of all races and people (ibid., 133) under universal socialism. This is one-world is more vehemently contended for than ever did Henry A. Wallace or Wendell Wilkie. There is no more avid building of the end time Tower of Babel and the coming kingdom of Antichrist. This is more than a monstrous dream. FromRev. 17:13 we know that this shall be realized. From Rev. 17:17 we know why it shall be realized! From Rev. 18:8 we know how it all shall surely end!
¹ Baha Ullah and the New Era, 295.
² This Earth One Country, 112.