Posted by Rob on August 15, 2101 at 13:31:20:
In Reply to: Stunning Good News for all Baha'i posted by Smoky Burgess on August 14, 2101 at 10:29:34:
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23, Holy Bible)...yes this is indeed Good News for all lost sinners.
Jesus Christ is the way, truth and life!
Baha'i understand these sacred verses to mean that sin (doing other than the will of God, knowingly) can cause a person's spirit and belief in God to die.
To believe in the Christ (the Manifestation of God, is the Baha'i term) is the way to become alive (spiritually); such spiritual life is eternal, since this spiritual life survives our physical death.
At the time these verses were written, Jesus Christ was the latest Manifestation of God, and so His message of love and tolerance, of forgiveness and grace, was the way to spiritual belief and hence spiritual life.
Baha'is believe that Baha'u'llah, the Founder of the Baha'i Faith, is the Return of Christ foretold by Him (spiritual return), and hence we accept Christ in Baha'u'llah in His 'Second Coming' and are thus resurrected from spiritual death by believing in His First and Second appearance. As Baha'is, we accept the verses you have shared in this light.
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