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I am rounding out my last two blog posts with post three of this series. I hope you have enjoyed reading and hope you all had a Happy Easter!
All of the Manifestations or Revealers of God’s Word; knew, respected and loved one another, from the Beginning. They were aware of what they and their peers would suffer, and how humanity would mess with the “Word of God”, as we always have.
They knew that the renewal They brought to this world would, eventually fail miserably. The Message would become diffused and ambiguous. Christ acknowledged sadly, we would call ourselves His, but He will know us not.
People would start churches and monasteries etc., that were never meant to exist. Even worse, religion would become an excuse to attack and murder other people, the animal, plants – even the earth…
We have mentioned some examples of how the Great Prophets told us of Others who would come bearing God’s Word to renew the perfection of His religion and clear up the misunderstandings men had created by demeaning the purity of the last Revelation. These Beings also brought social laws from the age in which they lived, a new calendar and many other marvels specific to each of Them. For example, there are remnants of at least nine Great Religions in the world and yes, there are nine calendars currently in use.
But the loving bonds continue between the “Bearers of the Holy Spirit;” the past, present, and future; and with the occupants of this planet, what HE promises and to whom They all serve!
These Great Ones not only told us about the next ones to come, and gave strict warnings to guide humanity not to fall for everyone who made a claim to that station. They also edified the ones Who came before them. And in no uncertain terms offered punishment to all who did not believe in the previous Prophet or several Prophets.
Christ gave an example in John 5, chapters 45 and 46:
45: “Do not think that I shall not accuse you to the Father; there is One who accuses you – Moses, in whom you trust.
46: For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; For He wrote about Me.”
Muhammed edifies Christ and Moses.
“…when Muhammad proclaimed His work and mission, His first objection to His own followers was, “Why have you not believed on Jesus Christ? Why have you not accepted the Gospel? Why have you not believed in Moses? Why have you not followed the precepts of the Old Testament? Why have you not understood the prophets of Israel? Why have you not believed in the disciples of Christ? The first duty incumbent upon ye, O Arabians, is to accept and believe in these.
You must consider Moses as a Prophet. You must accept Jesus Christ as the Word of God. You must know the Old and the New Testaments as the Word of God. You must believe in Jesus Christ as the product of the Holy Spirit.
His people answered, ‘O Muḥammad! We will become believers although our fathers and ancestors were not believers, and we are proud of them. Tell us what is going to become of them?’ Muḥammad replied, ‘I declare unto you that they occupy the lowest stratum of hell because they did not believe in Moses and Christ and because they did not accept the Bible, and although they are my own ancestors, yet they are in despair in hell.’ This is an explicit text of the Qur’án; it is not a story or tradition but from the Qur’án itself, which is in the hands of the people. Therefore, it is evident that ignorance and misunderstanding have caused so much warfare and strife between Christians and Muslims. If both should investigate the underlying truth of their religious beliefs, the outcome would be unity and agreement…”
The Promulgation of Universal Peace, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Source: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1982…
Baha’u’llah, the Glory of God, highly and frequently praised the Bab, Mohammad, Christ, Moses, and all other Revealers of God’s Word – back to times beyond human memory. Each of these holy Beings praises the previous Embodiments of the Holy Spirit and foretells the advent of the next One and the One who will come at the end of the Age. This last One would be known as the Fifth Buddha, the Spirit of Truth, the Sayoshyant, or Baha’u’llah – the Glory of the Lord, etc. as anticipated by the different faiths.
There is One God, and one core to His religion – in all ages. We should appreciate this.
Diane Olsen, Author, and Writer of Biblical Studies of her book; “Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion”