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by BruceDLimber
Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:24 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Any comments on teaching of Carlos Castaneda?
Replies: 7
Views: 37907

Re: Any comments on teaching of Carlos Castaneda?

>It's theory of Castaneda and I want to know how to concern.

WHAT'S a theory of Castaneda?


Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:15 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Any comments on teaching of Carlos Castaneda?
Replies: 7
Views: 37907

Re: Any comments on teaching of Carlos Castaneda?

In any case, whoever and whatever he was, the Baha'i scriptures are quite specific that there will be no further major Divine Messenger either now or any time in the near future--meaning for at least (appoximating) the next 850 years.
by BruceDLimber
Thu May 08, 2014 7:10 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: President of UHJ
Replies: 4
Views: 28119

Re: President of UHJ

jenniferatemple wrote:Who is the present President of the UHJ?


There is no one beyond the nine members of the House itself.

And in fact , as I understand it, what duties do exist, such as Secretary, rotate among the members on a weekly basis.

Peace, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Can I request answers from Assemblies in written form?
Replies: 3
Views: 14844

Re: Can I request answers from Assemblies in written form?

Prometheus wrote:Can I request answers from Assemblies in written or electronic form, as Universal House of Justice practising?


I wouldn't know why not. . . .
by BruceDLimber
Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:22 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Is it appropriate for Baha'is to bow to others?
Replies: 6
Views: 34297

Re: Is it appropriate for Baha'is to bow to others?

I'm reminded of how (at conferences) we all tended to stand for the entrance of a Hand of the Cause or a House member (standing tended to be optional for a Counsellor), and how much those individuals often disliked everyone's standing then. . . .
by BruceDLimber
Fri May 03, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: reasons why the bahai faith is not a cult
Replies: 10
Views: 26705

Re: reasons why the bahai faith is not a cult

iranpour wrote:What do you think: is Baha'i Faith a RELIGION or a CULT?


All I can say is to refer you to my post #2 (above).

Peace, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: meaning of the names of 19 months
Replies: 16
Views: 51008

Re: meaning of the names of 19 months

>Linguistic texts have used the example of "bird." As an interesting aside, Shoghi Effendi was careful to select ideal working for his translations of the Baha'i scriptures. For example, most Baha'is are quite familiar with the beginning of The Tablet of Ahmad : "Lo, the nightingale o...
by BruceDLimber
Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:57 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Manifestion Explained
Replies: 21
Views: 41313

Re: Manifestion Explained

C>Previously my comprehension of a Manifestation of God is that God materialised Himself into the form of Bahaullah. Definitely not the case! As has already been explained, God doesn't incarnate Himself. An official Baha'i source says this: "[The] invisible yet rational God ... can in no wise ...
by BruceDLimber
Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: where do i find it in the quran...
Replies: 22
Views: 37875

Re: where do i find it in the quran...

D>For instance, how do you fit Hud, Salih and Idris/Hermes into this schema? Hud and Salih are two of the Divine Messengers; no problem (though Their religions are long extinct). Idris/Hermes appears to come from Greek mythology and is not part of the sequence of recognized Divine Messengers. Peace...
by BruceDLimber
Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:43 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: where do i find it in the quran...
Replies: 22
Views: 37875

Re: where do i find it in the quran...

I>[A] series of Prophets appeared in Persia, the last of which was Zoroaster.

While Zoroaster was indeed one of Them, He was not the last!

Two more appeared recently: the Bab, and Baha'u'llah (Who is the latest but not the last--there will never be a "last").

Peace, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: where do i find it in the quran...
Replies: 22
Views: 37875

Re: where do i find it in the quran...

The interval between Divine Messengers is typically 500-1,000 years, though this sometimes varies.

Regards, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: "Unrestrained As The Wind" online?
Replies: 14
Views: 31586

Re: "Unrestrained As The Wind" online?

Brettz is correct that everything Baha'i is under open copyright and may therefore be reposted anywhere!

The only request is that the copyright be stated when the item is republished.

So enjoy! :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:15 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Pupil of the Eye/Power of Unity proofing/scan volunteers?
Replies: 3
Views: 13168

Re: Pupil of the Eye/Power of Unity proofing/scan volunteers

brettz9 wrote:There is still also a need for proof-readers for Messages from the Universal House of Justice. . . .


Have you contacted the Baha'i Digital Proofreading Project?

(If you need a contact email address, please let me know.)

Peace, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Baha´i view about the Qur´an:
Replies: 8
Views: 21725

Re: Baha´i view about the Qur´an:

The above writing on quite a few places talks about the Qur´an as something of which the Author was Prophet Muhammad. Is this belief not something which is quite contrary to the Islamic belief? If you're referring to authorship, then in fact Muhamamd dictated the Qur'an while others wrote down what...
by BruceDLimber
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Did Charles (Carl) Steinmetz meet 'Abdu'l-Baha?
Replies: 14
Views: 31296

Re: Did Charles (Carl) Steinmetz meet 'Abdu'l-Baha?

We asked him if his grandfather and Steinmetz had ever spoken about "a man from Persia" who visited. Strangely, my husband's father instantly changed the subject and began talking about the weather as if he had not heard the question (which he most certainly had. I hope that under the cir...
by BruceDLimber
Tue May 08, 2012 7:22 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thesis help: descriptions of the afterlife in Qur'an/hadith?
Replies: 6
Views: 19310

Re: Thesis help?

Greetings! (I don't know what MLA is.) I'm no expert on Muhammad's teachings about the Next Life and so can't help you there. I can provide you passages from the Baha'i Writings about the Next Life, though you may well have these already. Please let me know if I can be of assistance. Regards, :-) Br...
by BruceDLimber
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:24 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: to Capitalize or not to capitalize?
Replies: 6
Views: 16910

Re: to Capitalize or not to capitalize?

I'm curious about your mention of "Online Baha'i Library project". Is that the same as the Baha'i Digital Proofreading Project with Diana Gale, or something different? Yes: that's it. I'm one of Diana's English-language proofreaders/editors, and I've done over 20 titles for her during the...
by BruceDLimber
Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:40 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: to Capitalize or not to capitalize?
Replies: 6
Views: 16910

Re: to Capitalize or not to capitalize?

brettz9 wrote:I have noticed was "Shi'ih" and "Shi'ah".


I'm on the Online Baha'i Library project, and the correct spelling used there is Shí'ah.

Peace, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:33 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Seven Days of Genesis
Replies: 8
Views: 22707

Re: The Seven Days of Genesis

Jonah, you still haven't given us back the posting numbers.

Please do this.

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Seven Days of Genesis
Replies: 8
Views: 22707

Re: The Seven Days of Genesis

Also, while it's not about "creation" specifically, you should probably check the chapter "Adam and Eve" in Some Answered Questions, which is of course Baha'i scripture.

Peace, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: courtship prior to potential marriage
Replies: 5
Views: 19870

Re: courtship prior to potential marriage

This depends in part on the cultural background of you and your partner because the rules are currently different from Baha'is from the Mid-east. There, a 95-day limit exists on engagements; but in the rest of the world this restriction doesn't apply and longer engagements are fine! Obviously, the p...
by BruceDLimber
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:27 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Refugee solicits help by email; any suggestions?
Replies: 7
Views: 20023

Re: Refugee solicits help by email; any suggestions?

FAIR WARNING: There are many such letters around, almost all of them fake letters doing scams REGARDLESS of whether they have "passport numbers" or whatever on the bottom--how would you ever verify those numbers aren't themselves fake??!!! If you're smart, you'll simply delete the whole em...
by BruceDLimber
Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:20 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Sequencing the DNA of Baha'u'llah
Replies: 5
Views: 14596

Re: Sequencing the DNA of Baha'u'llah

[I]s there a possibility that say the House of Justice (or future Manifestation) could one day decide to create a second Guardian based on making a genuine hybrid clone of their DNA? This is hardly anything more than pure fantasy because there is far more to being qualified to be Guardian than mere...
by BruceDLimber
Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:36 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: English translation of the Qur'an
Replies: 4
Views: 20744

Re: English translation of the Qur'an

This isn't online, but if you'd like to obtain a large, beautifully-bound bilingual edition of the Qur'an (English and Arabic on facing pages)--the Yusif 'Ali translation, as I understand, except that all occurences of "God" have been changed to "Allah"--simply drop a postcard to...
by BruceDLimber
Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: No more sex for fun?
Replies: 11
Views: 26311

Re: No more sex for fun?

I think the likelihood of healthy Baha'is at this stage in history practicing abstinence within marriage is virtually nil.


Obviously, given that such is neither asked nor expected of married Baha'is!

Peace,

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Writing a will - easy as ABC?
Replies: 3
Views: 15895

Re: Writing a will - easy as ABC?

One thing you should NOT do is put the only copy of your will into your safe-deposit box because in some states it's sealed for a time after your death. Give it to your lawyer, the executor the will names, and/or a trusted friend instead. And one other tip: keep the burial instructions separate from...
by BruceDLimber
Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: No more sex for fun?
Replies: 11
Views: 26311

Re: No more sex for fun?

Can you find the statement which conclusively beyond any doubt answers this? I can supply this: "The proper use of the sex instinct is the natural right of every individual, and it is precisely for this purpose that the institution of marriage has been established. The Bahá'ís do not believe i...
by BruceDLimber
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:59 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: No more sex for fun?
Replies: 11
Views: 26311

Re: No more sex for fun?

[T]here may be a wisdom in couching the subject in language that allows for divergent interpretations. That may be generally true, but for Baha'is this question has already been interpreted and explained clearly such that there's no question whatever about what is and is not proper, so for us--at l...
by BruceDLimber
Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: No more sex for fun?
Replies: 11
Views: 26311

Re: No more sex for fun?

Why is succumbing to the sex impulse within marriage, when it is not for the purpose of procreation, suddenly okay?


It's not "suddenly" OK: it's ALWAYS been OK, as has already been pointed out to you by others!

Peace,

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:37 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A most memorable anniversary!
Replies: 4
Views: 13071

Re: A most memorable anniversary!

so ... do you think you have changed much in the last 40 years ? ... Not al that much save for the translation of the full Aqdas and the estblishment of Huquq'u'llah in the West. and if so ... would you mind be asking ... what has been one of your more favorite/enjoyable experiences ... ?? Definite...
by BruceDLimber
Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:26 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A most memorable anniversary!
Replies: 4
Views: 13071

A most memorable anniversary!

FWIW (not a lot to others, I realize), on this day, September 12, exactly 40 years ago, I became a Baha'i! :-) :-) :-)

Bruce Limber
by BruceDLimber
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: pilgrimage Reading/Preperation
Replies: 3
Views: 14527

Re: pilgrimage Reading/Preperation

Two things you may want to bear in mind: If you go to the very bottom of the terraces (the main entrance) and turn right, the Templar home with "Der Herr ist Nahe" ("The Lord is Near") carved on the lintel is half a block to the right as you face toward the street. And there's a...
by BruceDLimber
Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Fighting for Justice
Replies: 42
Views: 111421

Re: Fighting for Justice

[S]urely there is a difference between law and amendments.... Not in their effect once passed, no! And you're missing my point about Baha'is' being forbidden to engage in partsan politics, the key word here being "partisan." The sort of proposal you made would clearly be partisan. Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:22 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Fighting for Justice
Replies: 42
Views: 111421

Re: Fighting for Justice

What would happen to an individual Baha'i that openly and publicly taught that we must assuredly one day amend The United States Constitution to reflect a position of servitude to the World Order of Baha'u'llah ? Is it permissible for an individual to encourage one and all to amend The United State...
by BruceDLimber
Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Fighting for Justice
Replies: 42
Views: 111421

Re: Fighting for Justice

So you have no authority? You have not be asked by Jonah or anyone else to frequent this site and ensure that everyone else develops an understanding of the Baha'i Faith similar or in accordance with yours? These are your personal views based on your study of the Baha'i Faith and your understanding...
by BruceDLimber
Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:55 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Genesis 3:16: what is the meaning of "woman's sorrow"?
Replies: 3
Views: 13735

Re: Genesis 3:16: what is the meaning of "woman's sorrow"?

brettz9 wrote:The invention of "original sin" as a literal belief, is rejected in the Baha'i teachings


Not to mention the Jewish scriptures: Ezekiel 18:14-20 explicitly rejects inheritance of sin, which makes the frequent Christian insistance on it all the more bizarre!

Peace,

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: tattoo my body with bahai symbols?
Replies: 18
Views: 67752

Re: tattoo my body with bahai symbols?

I think Bruce may be speaking to the fact that the Faith does indeed enjoin us to view certain seemingly material issues with spiritual significance The particular that immediately came to mind when I read the original question is the fact that while early Baha'is placed the Greatest Name on tombst...
by BruceDLimber
Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:38 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: tattoo my body with bahai symbols?
Replies: 18
Views: 67752

Re: tattoo my body with bahai symbols?

paula wrote:... fundamentalism


I could easily accuse YOU of divisiveness because of your use of a put-down such as the one above, but choose not to pursue this further.

Respect for Baha'i teachings, symbols, and standards is hardly blameworthy (little as some choose to respect them).

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: tattoo my body with bahai symbols?
Replies: 18
Views: 67752

Re: tattoo my body with bahai symbols?

According to the previous post with such an absolute statement regarding tattoos as being "forbidden" and "disrespectful" and "extremely inappropriate": If this is true, then the National Spiritual Assembly of New Zealand and the House of Justice have made a terrible m...
by BruceDLimber
Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: tattoo my body with bahai symbols?
Replies: 18
Views: 67752

Re: tattoo my body with bahai symbols?


DEFINITELY NOT!!!

This is something definitely forbidden as disrespectful and extremely inappropriate!

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Fighting for Justice
Replies: 42
Views: 111421

Re: Fighting for Justice

From the Baha'i scriptures: “O people of the earth! “The first Glad-Tidings which the Mother Book hath, in this Most Great Revelation, imparted to all the peoples of the world is that the law of holy war hath been blotted out from the Book. Glorified be the All-Merciful, the Lord of grace abounding,...
by BruceDLimber
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:15 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Prayer in bahai faith?
Replies: 17
Views: 55404

Re: Prayer in bahai faith?

I--and probably most other Baha'is here--have no idea whatever what a "raqa't" is! You would do better to post your comments in English. >The qiblih lies in the East, ie Bahji in Akka in Israel, but it is NOT true that facing the qiblih simply means facing east. In fact, the best way to fa...
by BruceDLimber
Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Various questions from a seeker
Replies: 5
Views: 16657

Re: Various questions from a seeker

I ordinarily reply to newcomers' questions, Jonah, but these were sufficiently unusual that I saw no real way of responding to them with anything constructive. . . .

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:57 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Organic hemp oil in body product
Replies: 9
Views: 22932

Re: Organic hemp oil in body product

The portion of the plant used for this is clearly non-psychoactive; otherwise it would fall under the ordinary restrictions. So no problem.

(Remember hemp is used, for example, to make rope, too.)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:13 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Hand of the Cause William Sears
Replies: 2
Views: 9803

Re: Hand of the Cause William Sears

I know a written account exists but don't know where to find it. But I do remember hearing him tell us about the experience (during the Oklahoma City youth converence in 1973). He was in South Africa at the time and had received a whole stack of telegrams and was driving along in his car while read...
by BruceDLimber
Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:54 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Religion discussion forum on amazon
Replies: 2
Views: 11620

Re: Religion discussion forum on amazon

For the record, another excellent Baha'i forum is the discussion area of Planet Baha'i, which you can find here:

http://www.planetbahai.org

It has an excellent mix of Baha'is and others, and lots of fascinating threads!

Recommended.

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: Non-Baha'i issues
Topic: Arabic: The Mother of all Languages ( Links )
Replies: 8
Views: 42593

Re: Arabic: The Mother of all Languages ( Links )

It can clearly be pointed out that the original post is nonsense! Arabic is NOT the "mother language" but a later branch off the ORIGINAL language which was apparently Indo-European! Further, the assertion of a Divine Messenger appearing in 1895 is in direct conflict with the Baha'i script...
by BruceDLimber
Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Can't find the original quote: "Seventy and two meanings"
Replies: 6
Views: 19357

Re: Can't find the original quote: "Seventy and two meanings

I can't help you on "seventy and two," but page 255 of The Book of Certitude says "each verse has seventy meanings."

Regards, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:17 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means?
Replies: 34
Views: 93523

Re: Why do Baha'i's misunderstand what "shun politics" means

It should be noted (and remembered) that the prohibition is on PARTISAN politics, not all politics!

Non-partisan positions are fine!

For example, in recent years two members of the US National Spiritual Assembly served on the California Supreme Court and a Federal Court of Appeals.

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bahá'í Religion
Replies: 7
Views: 16453

Re: Bahá'í Religion

Greetings, Tom, and welcome to the neighborhood! :-) It's great to have you here! What you mentioned is indeed the Abrahamic sequence of religions (though we see the Babi Faith as a separate step after Islam and before the Baha'i Faith itself). There are of course otehr religions that don't fit this...
by BruceDLimber
Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:50 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: The Process of Baha'i Review: A Changing Paradigm
Replies: 4
Views: 14565

Re: The Process of Baha'i Review: A Changing Paradigm

Greetings.

Regardless of your thread title, nothing's changing any time soon because the House recently reviewed this question (twice) and decided review should continue for now.

Peace,

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Additional places only a 9-day pilgrim can visit
Replies: 1
Views: 7717

Re: Additional places only a 9-day pilgrim can visit

Greetings! :-) Most obviously, you missed the Most Great Prison itself, with the part that Baha'u'llah occupied. Also, you missed the Ridvan garden. Please note that by it is a house that Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha occasionally occupied briefly. And at Mazra'ih, note that there used to be an aqued...
by BruceDLimber
Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:58 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World currency
Replies: 27
Views: 67043

Re: World currency

Greetings! :-)

Dame wrote:Perhaps the "return of Christ" is to do a replay of the expelling of the money traders.


IOV it already happened (about a century and a half ago), and it did include as a central tenet Spiritual Solutions to Economic Problems!

Best regards, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:28 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: UHJ Letter in regards to non believers at 19 day feasts
Replies: 13
Views: 30028

Re: UHJ Letter in regards to non believers at 19 day feasts

This letter does change the policy somewhat, Brett. While it's now become permissible to invite non-Baha'is to attend a Feast, if they're presesnt the administrative portion is to be largely restricted to ordinary news announcements and such and shouldn't address sensitive or controversial topics. R...
by BruceDLimber
Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:55 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: "SERVANT OF GLORY" film as way to produce entry-by-troops
Replies: 11
Views: 24452

Re: "SERVANT OF GLORY" film as way to produce entry-by-troops

I hope Ruhi book 8 ("The Covenant") makes mention of these quotes explaining how "on behalf of" is authoritative and approved by the pertaining Infallible Institution, and is NOT based on the personal opinions of "secretaries"... An excellent point, and I hope you've a...
by BruceDLimber
Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:32 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: House members to increase?
Replies: 6
Views: 20843

Re: House members to increase?

Greetings! :-)

While it's true that the Writings do permit the size of elected bodies to be increased, I do hope they'll remember Parkinson's Law about how small bodies tend to be far more efficient in their operation than larger ones!

Best regards,

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Article says 'Abdu'l-Baha was the Soul of Jesus returned
Replies: 3
Views: 13898

Re: Article says 'Abdu'l-Baha was the Soul of Jesus returned

Greetings!

The firewalls here are preventing me from accessing the article in question (I may be able to read it later), but I'll simply point out that 'Abdu'l-Baha himself stated he was NOT a Divine Messenger!

Peace, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: World currency
Replies: 27
Views: 67043

Re: World currency

Greetings!

onepence~2 wrote:[b][size=150]... the Middle East, that troubled part of the world that has been in conflict for centuries, for the founding of three of the world's major religions - Judaism, Christianity and Baha'i.


Four religions: Islam also came from this area.

Peace, :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Covenant breakers
Replies: 6
Views: 16766

Re: Covenant breakers

Greetings! :-) As the Cause is God's chosen method of communication for today (and the next thousand years) how can mere mortals (whether they be covenant breakers or not) possibly destroy it? They can't. NOTHING can prevent the Cause of God from prevailing! But what covenant-breakers can do is inte...
by BruceDLimber
Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Random pages
Replies: 6
Views: 14730

Re: Random pages

Hi! Another resource you should check out and/or obtain is the Ocean package, which includes concordances for Baha'i scriptures and the scriptures of many other religions as well! It's offered by the US Baha'i Education Office, and you should be able to find links to it on their website: www.bahai-e...
by BruceDLimber
Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:51 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Could there be re-incarnation on other planets ?
Replies: 2
Views: 8936

Re: Could there be re-incarnation on other planets ?

Greetings! :-) >Could there be reincarnation on other planets? Not in the Baha'i view, no! I quote from the Baha'i scriptures: “CHAPTER 81 “Question. - What is the truth of the question of reincarnation, which is believed by some people? “Answer. - The object of what we are about to say is to explai...
by BruceDLimber
Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:17 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Naming children
Replies: 2
Views: 9197

Re: Naming children

Greetings! :-) It should be noted that the Baha'i Faith does not ask or expect new believers to change their names, as is common in certain other religions. So whatever name you were born with or already using is fine, including such names as Muhammad and Christian! It's also not uncommon for Baha'i...
by BruceDLimber
Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: How bad does it have to get?
Replies: 5
Views: 13593

Re: How bad does it have to get?

Greetings! Baha'is believe that features such as Christ's immaculate conception . . . So sorry, but this seems to be a common mistake made by Baha'is: The "immaculate conception" is a Roman Catholic doctrine that refers to Mary , not Christ! And in any case, in the Baha'i view EVERYONE is ...
by BruceDLimber
Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:15 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Space craft powered by magnetism??
Replies: 2
Views: 9195

Re: Space craft powered by magnetism??

And of course, there have been talk and articles for decades about launches via rails equipped with electomagnets!

Cheers! :-)

Bruce
by BruceDLimber
Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:25 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: newbie baha'i questions
Replies: 9
Views: 23244

Re: newbie baha'i questions

Hi, Joshua, and welcome; it's great to have you here! :-) I see you've already gotten some good answers so just add a few things more: There is no single book that's "the Baha'i scripture." Our central figures wrote fully 200 volumes of what is now our scripture (Baha'u'llah wrote about ha...
by BruceDLimber
Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:20 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A Baha'i Wedding? HELP!
Replies: 10
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Re: A Baha'i Wedding? HELP!

Hi again! :-) Our wedding was very small and simple, held at the DC Baha'i center: we invited only our closest friends and family--maybe 12 or 15 people. Then the reception was held at a Baha'i friend's home nearby; we simply invited all our friends to a party there. I remember a good friend of mine...
by BruceDLimber
Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:09 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: If youre a Baha'i in the UK please read this!
Replies: 7
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Re: If youre a Baha'i in the UK please read this!

Greetings! :-) While you're there, do be sure to visit Shoghi Effendi's grave! You can walk to it from the Enos Grove metro station. (Near it is a small building used as a Baha'i information center; the person who runs it has frequent firesides at his home nearby and often invites visitors to attend...
by BruceDLimber
Fri Jul 17, 2009 6:58 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bah'ulllahs Photographs
Replies: 13
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Re: Bah'ulllahs Photographs

Hi again! :-) I trust Adib clarified the Baha'i stance adequately. It's worth noting, I think, that the main prohibition is on personal interaction with covenant-breakers, far more so than reading their material (though this, too, is hardly encouraged). My regards, and please feel free to ask any fu...
by BruceDLimber
Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:32 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: A Baha'i Wedding? HELP!
Replies: 10
Views: 25845

Re: A Baha'i Wedding? HELP!

Hi, there! :-) I agree: contratulations, and my best wishes! :-) You've already been told the minimum requirement for the Baha'i wedding ceremony. (You already have permission), so what remains is the two of you reciting the vow in front of two official witnesses (whom you may choose: they needn't e...
by BruceDLimber
Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:21 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bah'ulllahs Photographs
Replies: 13
Views: 30184

Re: Bah'ulllahs Photographs

I would like to have a look at Martins book, can you maybe PM the link? You can find it on the Baha'i Library website at www.bahai-library.org where it's number 144 under "Published papers," with the title "The Missionary as Historian." [O]ne thing that bothers me about the Baha...

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