Re: Scientific Theoogy - a Challenge to Brett & BK

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Posted by Brett Zamir ( on August 23, 2002 at 05:46:38:

In Reply to: Scientific Theoogy - a Challenge to Brett & BK posted by Stuart Gilman on August 22, 2002 at 05:47:59:

Dear Stuart,

You have quite a puzzling method!

Although my comments are sure to be rife with inadequate understandings, misinterpretations, and missed opportunities, I'm not sure why you have an impression I am avoiding any topic. I enjoy a good discussion as much as the next guy.

If you're interested in Reincarnation, 'Abdu'l-Baha obviously felt no qualms about addressing it in Chapter 81 of Some Answered Questions at ( ), since it is on many people's minds, so there is no problem with Baha'is addressing it (or any other matter really, which is approached with decency). There are also numerous references to the Resurrection.

We are encouraged to question in the Faith. It is only if we claim to be Baha'is, that we are to temper our words such that we show faith that an answer is forthcoming, and that the Writings are valid, so as not to dampen the zeal of our fellow Baha'is. If there are cases, where our faith is honestly challenged, we are more than welcome not only to ponder possible resolution of the problem, but to consult others, and write to our authoritative institutions. And if we feel some need to start our education over, and leave the Faith, we can do so. But, even if we did leave the Faith, humility would dictate that unless some obvious gross offense were being perpetrated (even if there was, the case would be best for the courts), it is not productive for a truth-seeker to disparage others' beliefs (especially as they may actually be correct, or at least have some truth in them).

Though I have not seen the quotation you refer to of Baha'u'llah and Moses, if it is accurate, the Baha'i Writings, in authoritative interpretations make clear that such references only seek to emphasize the greatness of this Day...not to make distinctions between the Manifestations of God, Who are all free from error and of the same Spirit.


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