Ways in which Bahá’u’lláh glorifies Jesus Christ and His Cause: He quotes, explains, and defends Christian scripture; supplements Christ’s teachings for the needs of a fast-evolving society; and speaks of Christ as an existing spiritual reality.
published in Lights of Irfan, 19, pages 23-40 Wilmette: Haj Mehdi Arjmand Colloquium, 2018
Abstract: With clear and straightforward language, Bahá’u’lláh claims to be the Word spoken of by Jesus Christ, to bring that which Christ necessarily concealed in the Christian Revelation, and to be “purposed” by Christ. Furthermore, in a statement that expresses His solidarity with Christ, Bahá’u’lláh states, “Say, this is the One Who hath glorified the Son and hath exalted His Cause”. Questions arise, such as: How does Bahá’u’lláh glorify Christ and exalt His Cause? And in what manner should followers of Bahá’u’lláh do the same?
For the purpose of understanding more about this aspect of Bahá’u’lláh’s life and mission, this paper will examine three ways in which Bahá’u’lláh glorifies the Son and exalts His Cause, these being that Bahá’u’lláh quotes, explains, and defends Christian scripture; supplements Christ’s teachings according to the needs of a fast-evolving society; and speaks of Jesus Christ as an existing eternal spiritual Reality. The duty of the followers of Bahá’u’lláh to teach these aspects of Christ’s life and mission will be examined.