Born in ‘Akká in March 1897, Shoghi Effendi was related to The Báb through his father, Mírzá Hádí Shírází, and to Baha’u’llah through his mother, Ziyá’iyyih Khánum, the eldest daughter of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. From the early years of his life, Shoghi Effendi was greatly influenced by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who provided much of his initial training. Shoghi Effendi would pray at every dawn for one hour in his grandfather’s room and learned numerous prayers which ‘Abdu’l-Bahá encouraged him to chant. It was also ‘Abdu’l-Bahá who insisted that the appellation given to the child should be “Shoghi Effendi”, (“Effendi” signifies “Sir”), rather than simply “Shoghi”, as a mark of respect towards him. (Bahai kipedia)
Shoghi Effendi’s Marriage
Shoghi Effendi was born, according to Bahai sources, on March 3, 1896, after Baha’u’llah’s death in 1892. Shoghi Effendi was to marry his cousin Maryam, daughter of Sir Abbas Effendi’s son-in-law Mirza Jalal Shahid.
Shoghi Effendi backed out and married Mary Maxwell. Subject to verification she is the daughter of May Ellis Maxwell, nce May Ellis Bolles. Her husband was a comedian. He was not a Bahai. After marriage she transferred her residence to Montreal. God passes by, P. 237; 239;
She has never accepted family name of Shoghi Effendi she always maintained her family name Maxwell follower had given her title of Ruhiyyeh Khanum and Amatul Baha.
The Surname ‘Rabbani’
According to Mirza Muhammad Ali’s sources, to distinguish the issues of one Afnan from those other Afnan, Sir Abbas Effendi gave the surname of Rabbani to children of Mirza Hadi Afnan.
Shoghi Rabbani retained this surname until his appointment as the guardian of the Bahai cause under Sir Abbas Effendi’s Will and Testament, the Bahai World, 1926-1928, Vol. II, P. 84, in which he was designated as Shoghi Effendi. Effendi means Mister.
Secret activities of Guardian of Faith
Conversion of Funds for Private Use
Ruth White: The subject converted funds to his own use. The Bahai religion and its Enemy the Bahai Organization by Ruth White, the Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vermont 1929.
Based on “Combatting Cult Mind Control” by Steven Hassan, here are the criteria for determining “cults”:
1. How new members are found
Dangerous Cults: With many cults, you don’t get to know what you are getting into until after you have made a commitment
Baha’i Faith: There are secrets but these secrets are not known to the poor, innocent, newly converted Baha’is. Does the common baha’i know that the Baha’i Elections are fully controlled by the “All Male, Supreme, All Infallibale, Haifan Organization”? Do they know that these are not spiritual but highly fraud and controlled? there are many secrets and are available on the internet. Search on google for “Pakistan Baha’i Election Fraud”, “Baha’i Control on their Electoral System”, “Baha’i Election fraud in India”.
2. How funding is obtained.
Dangerous Cults: Commercial operations and/or mandatory donations (often large percentages) by members.
Baha’i Faith: Has commercial businesses, businesses associations, huge property investments, heavy bank deposits. They collect money from poor Africans, Indians, Burmese, Nepalis, Pakistanis in the name of Community Banking and then use these funds for proselytizing. Also auctions are held of different used Clothings of Baha’i Leaders for fund raising. If they know about you have money, they (Especially Iranian Baha’is) will start motivating you to give the HUQUQULLAH, which is then transferred to UHJ in Haifa and it is then used to maintain Huge Gardens on Mount Carmel. Ask the Baha’is what they have done for the destitute of Congo and Sudan? Some of the fund is used for Pioneering purpose and it is allocated by the Counselors to its own people, sometimes exceeding 15000 US$ a year. There are huge financial scams in the Baha’i community. Just google to learn more, Search for Baha’i financial scams in Dubai, India, Italy, Pakistan, Africa, Iran etc.
Recently a Saree (cultural dress worn by women in India) of Ruhiyyih Maxwell was auctioned to raise funds for Baha’i activities.
3. Charismatic central figure.
Dangerous Cults: Cults usually have a central living figure who often lives on income from adherents.
Baha’i Faith : “Baha’i Say: There is no clergy, paid or unpaid” Totally false!
There are no clergies but there are Counselors and ABMs. The ABMs are religious Police just like the one in IRAN and the Counselors are purely MULLAHs. They are those conducting difficult and important lectures on the subjects such as Covenant, Huququllah, Covenant Breaking, Baha’i Elections, Ruhi 8 etc. These are Baha’i MULLAHs and everybody is supposed to OBEY them without any questioning. You cannot be critical of them. Otherwise you are considered Critical of UHJ, the Supreme Baha’i Body. These Counselors and ABMs are mostly paid huge amounts for their services. These amounts are called as “Living Assistance”. Even the International Counselors are House of Justice members are paid huge amounts collected from the poors in the name of Huququllah.
4. Investigation of truth
Dangerous Cults: Members are often told that it is dangerous to investigate other religions.
Baha’i Say: Baha’is are encouraged to investigate all religions, and to appreciate truth no matter where it is found. Totally Wrong.
Baha’is are strictly not allowed to read the material of other Baha’i Sects. They are told to immediately delete all the emails received by the “Critics” or Baha’is of other denominations. Immediately handover the ‘UNREAD’ material received by other sects to the Baha’i Mullas (Counselors). As this can damage their so called weak ‘covenant’.
5. Behavior control, as defined by Hassan. *
Dangerous Cults: Persons may be told where to live, what to wear, or what (and how much) to eat. Sleep and freedom to travel or move about may be limited
Baha’i Faith: Many Baha’is are Alcoholic (although officially it is prohibited). Shoghi Effendi prohibited the Baha’is from keeping long hairs. There is no freedom of travel. Every now and then guidelines (or Orders?) are issued to the Baha’i from their infallible supreme body. Behavior is fully controlled by the Supreme Baha’i Administrative Bodies. Once Baha’i Administration declares any fellow as a “Covenant Breaker” then other Baha’is are supposed to totally boycott / shun him even if he be your brother.
The advice of UHJ to Baha’is
“There is no excuse for believers continuing to associate with … and those who, knowing everything, still insist on doing so, should be shunned by their fellow-Bahá’ís. The same applies to people who have left the Cause and associate with …”
6. Thought control as defined by Hassan. *
Dangerous Cults: There is often use of “thought-stopping” techniques such as chanting or speaking in tongues for long periods of time, setting up a type of hypnotic atmosphere
Baha’i Faith: The “Ruhi Institute” is specially meant to brainwash the newly converted. Read Ruhi Book 6 and 7 and learn yourself. And hypocrisy is the second name of Baha’i faith. See this
7. Emotional control, as defined by Hassan. *
Dangerous Cults: Guilt and fear are often used to control members, including alternating praise and public humiliation or forced confession, and indoctrination against leaving the group. *
Baha’i Faith: Exactly same here, Guilt and fear are often used to control members, including alternating praise and public humiliation (if you are critical of this cult) or forced confession, and indoctrination (Shunning) against leaving the group. Small mistakes are fined with the taking of “Voting / Administrative Rights”
8. What happens when people leave the religion
Dangerous Cults: People who leave cults are often considered to be dangerous and are usually shunned
Baha’i Faith: Exactly Same with the Baha’i Cult. Search the Phrase “Non-association with Covenant-breakers” and read the teachings of Baha’u’llah, Abdul Baha and Shoghi Effendi.
“SO BAHA’I FAITH IS ACTUALLY A CULT” “THE MOST HYPOCRITICAL CULT THAT WANTS TO ESTABLISH A NEW WORLD ORDER.” NOW WILL YOU SUPPORT IT OR OPPOSE IT?
* Steve Hassan is a Cult Expert
Bahá’s claim to godliness and divine revelation to a friend. On page 179 of Mobin, Mirza Hossein Ali tells Alinaghi: “O, AN before Naghi (Alinaghi), hear my voice from the shores of existence in the red mausoleum which is the highest place, that there is no god but I.” And in his Fatehat-ol-Ketab, he says: “I am a god the like of which is not but I, compassionate and merciful. I am a god the like of which is not but I, the great king. I am a god who created the beings.”
Man’s dignity as seen by Bahá’ism:
“Aghnamollah”, meaning “Gods’s sheep”, is one of the commonest words in Bahá’i books, signifying that the Bahá’is consider all human beings, particularly Bahá’is, as Mirza Husein Ali’s sheep, that is their god’s sheep.
This fact is evidenced by the name of the Bahá’is’ community, where they hold their prayers and meetings, which is “Hazira” meaning “stable”.
The Sanctity of number 19
Since Báb and his companions numbered 19, the Bahá’is sanctify this number, so much so that each Bahá’i year has 19 months of 19 days each. They fast 19 days of the year. Their essential inheritance is 19 sheets of paper and 19 rings. The women’s marriage portion, too, is 19 mesqals (19) of gold or silver.
Urban and rural women’s marriage portion
According to the verses descended by the Bahá’i god, Mirza Hossein Ali, the urban women’s marriage portion shall be 19 mesqals of gold and that of the rural women 19 mesqals of silver – Bahá’u’lláh’s holy book.
Burn him alive
Bahá’u’lláh’s Holy Book, p. 18, line 5: “Burn alive whomever burns a house intentionally.”
Nothing to women
The pertinent section on page 118 of the Holy Book reads: “We ordained that the residential house and clothes (bequeathed by the dead) shall be for male offsprings (men), and nothing (of this property) shall go to women.
Strange pronouncement on a point of religious jurisprudence
The Bahá’i holy book entitled “Bayan”, chapter 16, item 6 reads:
“If someone is forced to travel, or his house is entered into without his permission, or he is evicted from his house without his consent, his wife will be forbidden to him for a period of 19 months.”
According to chapter 9 of the 4th book of the Farsi version, it shall be incumbent upon all the women to stay all night with the omnipresent (the 18 special companions of Báb) in order to save God’s companions from loneliness and misery.
1. “As of the sunset on the 4th and the beginning of the eve of the 5th day of Jamadi-ul-Ula of the lunar year 1260 A.H. (26.6.1844) being the beginning of rallying of Babism, anyone who disobeys him (Báb) shall be considered a rebellious pagan, and his blood may be spilled.”
2. According to Chapter 4 of the 6th book of “Ahsan-ul-Qisas”, in the five regions of Mazandarn, Khorasan, Fars, Azarbaijan and Iraq, no one but the Bahá’is has the right to reside.
“God (Báb) has ordained that men and women adulterers should pay a fine to the House of Justice, the fine comprising 9 mesqals of gold in the first instance (being progressively raised in the subsequent instances)” – p.15, Bayan.
Particulars of the Bahá’i ideology
The following issues generally make up the basic principles of the Bahá’i ideology:
1. Lack of belief in the home-land and the country where they live. This issue has provided the premise for any treachery, espionage and betrayal of the home-land by the Bahá’is.
2. Non-participation in political parties.
This provides a cover for operations of sabotage.
3. Collaboration with oppressive, instrumental rulers. According to the holy book “Aqdas”, page 201, no one has the right to object to, or protest against, those who rule the people.
(This very belief explains their collaboration in the crimes committed by the Zionist regime as well as the sinister Pahlavi regime).
4. Obstinate enmity with Muslims and belief in annihilation of all Muslims throughout the world.
5. Formation of an anti-Islam government of parallel faith in occupied Palestine (Holy Land).
RUTH WHITE writes…
If Abdul Baha had had any secret intention of appointing Shoghi Effendi as Guardian of the Baha’i Cause, it does not seem plausible that he would have excluded him from the entourage that accompanied him on his trip through Europe and America during 1912. Shoghi Effendi at that time was eighteen years of age and spoke and wrote English, Persian and Arabic; yet he was not included in this trip. Even after Abdul Baha returned to Palestine, instead of choosing Shoghi Effendi as his secretary, he chose Ahmad Sohrab, who had accompanied him to Europe and America, and who continued as his secretary for five succeeding years.
It is important for those who are interested in the Baha’i Religion to free them from the idea that the family of Abdul Baha is a “Holy Family.” In fact his family, and “in-laws,” with the exception of his wife and sister, were somewhat materialistic, and viewed the religion more or less as a little family affair with a strong bent toward organization. For years they have indoctrinated, more or less, the pilgrims who visited the home of Abdul Baha, me included, with this conception of religion. This partly nullified the great universal teachings. The result was that when Abdul Baha passed from this world in November, 1921. Some of his family, who had laid the ground-work for organization through these pilgrims while he was alive, hastened to establish it more firmly when he died. All this resulted in making the Baha’i Movement, under the dictatorship of Shoghi Effendi, an organization which for narrowness and bigotry has no parallel in history except in the dark ages.”
Ms. Ruth White and Mr. Ahmad Sohrab extensively discuss the degree to which the purported will and testament depart stylistically and in content from Abdu’l-Baha’s widely published and recognized views. Coupled with the professionally forensic judgment of Dr. C. Ainsworth Mitchell, the burden of proof that the will and testament are legitimate lies with the Haifan Baha’is, the beneficiaries of the forgery. After more than 90 years, it’s clear they’re not going to admit to the crime or allow independent forensic scrutiny of it. Naturally the Haifan Baha’i Ideology is based on this Fraudulent Testament which sooner or later every Baha’i will come to know.
“There are no officers in this Cause. I do not and have not ‘Appointed’ anyone to perform any special service, but I encourage everyone to engage in the service of the Kingdom. The foundation of this Cause is pure spiritual democracy and not a Theocracy.” – Abdul Baha
Free Baha’is is an ideological group trying to disseminate the True Faith of Baha’u’llah as against the Baha’i Administration.
Some of the teachings of the Faith are:-
– The oneness of all the world’s great religions. – The Oneness of God. – The harmony of science and religion – The oneness of humanity. – Progressive Revelation – God has progressively revealed His attributes through a series of Manifestations or Prophets including Adam, Krishna, Buddha, Muhammad, Christ, Zoroaster, Moses, the Bab, and Baha’u’llah. – Independent investigation of the truth. – Strict adherence to the Covenant of Baha’u’llah and Abdul-Baha. – Free Bahais love the entire world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.
We firmly and strongly believe that Abdul Baha, The Most Mighty Branch, did not appoint Shoghi Effendi as the Guardian and the Alleged Will of Abdul Baha is forged and a fake.
Keeping this in mind one should expect that the teachings of the Shoghi Effendi should be a mirror of Baha’u’llah and Abdul Baha’s teachings. Therfore we see that Shoghi Effendi’s life is contrary to the beliefs and teachings of the Baha’i Faith. There are numerous contradictions in the statements of Abdul Baha and Shoghi Effendi. Let us just take two examples.
1-The infallible Center of the Covenant (Abdul Baha) said that Confucius was a Manifestation (Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.346). Which is the position held today.
Shoghi Effendi states, “Confucius was not a Prophet (Manifestation)” (Lights of Guidance, p.349).
2-In the words of the infallible Shoghi Effendi:
“It is too late to save the world. The Message of Baha’u’llah has
Been in the world over one hundred years … but it has been rejected
… The calamity will be sudden … The Russian submarines will paralyze Great Britain, the United States, Europe, the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean seaboards … Bahais should not only leave their homes but go away as far as possible from the coasts … The coming calamity will be worse than war! Whole cities will evaporate! Especially in those cities where it is hardest to teach the Faith such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco … The calamity will happen before the Lesser Peace.” (Bahai Lore, p. 122 from Ruhaniyyih Ruth Moffet, ‘Visiting the Bahai World Center’ [May 17 – June 1 1954], pp.
This “prophecy” bears all the marks of someone who is afflicted with an overabundance of morbid imaginings, possibly inspired by a fondness for reading “novels.”
For those friends who are new to the Free Faith or those who just want to know about it and how we differ from the Haifan sect.
THE TALK OF MR. PAYMAN MOHAJER IS IN SHARP CONTRADICTION WITH WRITINGS OF SHOGHI EFFENDI AND MESSAGES OF UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
Bahá’ís indeed have strange and mysterious ways of operating. While to the world they declare that Ruhi books are selfless service of the Faith to the humanity towards moral upliftment, but the hidden agenda is conversion.
Therefore to hide their duplicity and hypocrisy, Bahá’ís always have two types of statements one is for “general public” and other “only for Bahá’ís”. One will find the two statements always in sharp contradiction to each other.
Recently Dr. Payman Mohajer in his speech to the Bahá’ís said that the purpose of core activities is for betterment of society but the actual Messages to the Bahá’ís clearly states that it is for proselytizing and conversion. This is evident when one reads through the messages circulated by the Faiths supreme body the Universal House of Justice.
What Bahá’ís Say :
“In the course of the consultations, Dr. Mohajer posed a thought-provoking question to the participants, “What is the purpose of our core activities?”
“Dr. Mohajer then went on to share an explanation, by giving the example of a glass. He said that while it is not inaccurate to say that the glass is transparent, it is evident that transparency is not the purpose of the glass. Transparency is one of the attributes of the glass, but its purpose is to hold liquid. Similarly, one of the attributes of our core activities is that they become portals for entry by troops or instruments for teaching – but that is not their purpose ….
…. Now if someone were to ask us whether the purpose of our inviting them to join study circles is to make them Bahá’ís, we can confidently say ‘NO’ and tell them that the purpose of our core activities is to assist in the transformation and betterment of society.”
What Bahá’í writings have to say about it:
1. The Bahá’ís must realize that the success of this work depends upon the individual. The individual must arise as never before to proclaim the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh. The most effective way for them to carry on their work is for the individual to make many contacts, select a few who they feel would become Bahá’ís, develop a close friendship with them, then complete confidence, and finally teach them the Faith, until they become strong supporters of the Cause of God.
(Shoghi Effendi to all National Spiritual Assemblies, 13 May 1955)
2. The role of the individual is of unique importance in the work of the Cause. It is the individual who manifests the vitality of faith upon which the success of the teaching work and the development of the community depends. Bahá’u’lláh’s command to each believer to teach His Faith confers an inescapable responsibility which cannot be transferred to, or assumed by, any institution of the Cause. The individual alone can exercise those capacities which include the ability to take initiative, to seize opportunities, to form friendships, to interact personally with others, to build relationships, to win the cooperation of others in common service to the Faith and society, and to convert into action the decisions made by consultative bodies. It is the individual’s duty to “consider every avenue of approach which he might utilize in his personal attempts to capture the attention, maintain the interest, and deepen the faith, of those whom he seeks to bring into the fold of his Faith.”
(Ridvan Message 1996)
3. “…. As you know, during the time of the Guardian, emphasis was placed on establishing the Faith throughout the world and in raising up the administrative institutions that would provide the foundation for the prosecution of the Divine Plan. As the House of Justice observed in its Ridván 2000 message, this task has been essentially completed. “The structures of an Administrative System that, at the end of the century, stands before the gaze of the world in the wholeness of its essential form.” The Cause has now entered a stage in its organic development in which it is necessary to prepare the community for entry by troops and, beyond that, mass conversion. The current series of global teaching Plans have focused the energies of the Bahá’ís on stimulating the processes of growth and community development at the level of the cluster, and the friends have been encouraged to teach the Faith where they live. Those clusters with larger Bahá’í populations have been selected for close attention with the expectation that they can more rapidly advance, and the lessons learned can then be applied to other clusters ….”
(Universal House of Justice letter dated 30 September)
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Reason dictates that a hypothesis is only a claim for truth until there is some evidence to substantiate it. The proposition that Baha’u’llah is the messenger of true religion for this age is only a claim for truth, or a hypothesis. It is not actually a true statement until there is a body of evidence to substantiate it. If Baha’u’llah was indeed the messenger of true religion for this age then Christianity and all other religions of this age should be set aside and everyone in this age should follow the teachings of Baha’u’llah. If, however, Baha’u’llah was only a man like many other men with sincerely held religious beliefs that he sought to propagate, then the entire Baha’i program may be faulty because it is built upon a faulty premise-the divine, infallible nature of Baha’u’llah and his message.
Ask your Baha’i friends if they agree with the claim that the Baha’i Faith, as a system, is only as genuine as Baha’u’llah himself. They will almost certainly agree. Then ask them to present you with the evidence that Baha’u’llah and his message were infallible and divine. You can expect many Baha’is to offer little or no strong evidences to substantiate this belief. Help your Baha’i friends see that they believe a mere hypothesis. They believe a hypothesis that has serious consequences if untrue, a hypothesis with little or no supporting evidence. Then ask your friends if this is not highly disconcerting, especially in light of the two Baha’i principles of the essential harmony of reason and religion, and the individual right of the free and independent investigation of truth.
You may also ask your Baha’i friends if they have a reasonable explanation for the very short term of the Bab (about 20 years) as a Great Manifestation of God. Ask them how they account for Baha’u’llah’s identity as a Great Manifestation of God in light of the fact that the Bab preceded him by only a few years. The Bab’s very short term as a Great Manifestation of God in the same geographical region with Baha’u’llah presents a very serious challenge to the claim that Baha’u’llah and the Bab were both authentic Great Manifestations of God. In other words, it does not seem very likely that the Bab’s teachings could have been so corrupted in twenty years that the presence of another Great Manifestation (Baha’u’llah) would be required so soon.
If your Baha’i friends seem to be open-minded, honestly challenged, or teachable on this point, you may present the core truth claims of Christianity and offer some of the evidences that support those claims. You may want to consult one or more of the following books on Christian apologetics to help you make this defense: Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig, Christian Apologetics by Norman L. Geisler, and Scaling the Secular City by J. P. Moreland.
The Baha’i code of conduct promotes honesty, trustworthiness, compassion and justice. It affirms monogamous and chaste marriages and it prohibits homosexual behavior. It also forbids abortion on demand as a measure of birth control. It also forbids the consumption of alcoholic beverages and narcotics. Baha’is are required to observe daily prayers, holy days and an annual nineteen-day fast during daylight hours. They are required to obey the laws of the state and they are encouraged to vote in general elections, but they are prohibited from engaging in partisan politics. There is no Baha’i clergy or priesthood and leaders are selected in a democratic process. There are seven large Baha’i Temples called Houses of Worship located in various parts of the world and one Universal House of Justice located in Haifa, Israel that serves as the seat of the Baha’i Federation. One of the Baha’i Houses of Worship is located in an affluent northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Temple attendance is not an important part of Baha’i life, however. Baha’i assemblages typically gather for a “Feast” meeting every nineteen days for about two hours in a member’s home or community center. The first hour of the Feast meeting consists of worship in the form of hymn singing and the second hour is devoted to administrative issues and planning for ministry and social activism.
Is the Baha’i claim for the unity of all major religions a valid piece of evidence for proving that the Baha’i Faith is genuine?
Many Baha’is have embraced the Baha’i system in large part because of the claim that the Baha’i Faith is a religion composed of the teachings that are common to all the major world religions. This is a compelling reason, indeed, if true. The Baha’i Faith sees itself as a kind of collection of common teachings from all the major world religions. More importantly, many Baha’is see this alleged unity as strong evidence for the authenticity of the Baha’i Faith. If this evidence can be effectively challenged, then perhaps some Baha’is will rethink their commitment to the Baha’i Faith. Perhaps some of them will chose the genuine Jesus and embrace the biblical faith, the faith that was once, for all, delivered to the saints.
Ask your Baha’i friends if they believe in the unity of all major religions. Expect a simple affirmative answer, or a complex answer that includes the hypothesis that all the present teachings of the major world religions are not authentic. Follow-up by asking them to provide supporting evidence for their claim that the present teachings of the world religions are not the authentic teachings of their founders. More importantly, ask them to provide supporting evidence for their claim that the present teachings of evangelical Christianity are not the authentic teachings of Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Do not expect a valid answer to this request. Most Baha’is hold this position wholly on the basis that Baha’u’llah taught it, not on the basis of any independent evidence to support it because the latter does not exist.
Try to demonstrate to your Baha’i friends that there is compelling evidence to support the proposition that the present teachings of the major world religions are authentic teachings of their founders. That does not mean that all their teachings are true. It just means that they are authentic, as far as anyone knows. Try to help them see the brute fact that there is absolutely no evidence to support their hypothesis. In other words, claims that Moses, or the Buddha, or Muhammad taught something other than what appears in the present record is simply not supported by one single piece of evidence. If you successfully convince your Baha’i friend that there is no valid reason for claiming that the present state of the teachings of the world religions are different from the original teachings, then you may want to return to your question about the uniformity of the major world religions.
Ask your friend again if they are aware of the mutually excluding differences between world religions. Try to help your friend see that there are many evidences that show that several fundamental teachings of the major religions are mutually exclusive. For instance, Vedantic Hinduism is polytheistic (many non-creating gods); Bhakti Hinduism is henotheistic (devotion to one non-creating incarnation of god among many gods), and Buddhism is atheistic (no god, no creator, no creation). Zoroastrianism and Islam are monotheistic (one creator God who is so transcendent that he cannot become in-fleshed) and Christianity is a Trinitarian-monotheistic religion (one God who is three eternal persons and one essential being, one of these persons becoming in-fleshed). All of these various teachings on the number and nature of God exclude all others. This is only one of the different teachings among the major religions about arguably the most fundamental religious topic-the number and nature of God.
Additionally, in Buddhism, the Ultimate Reality or “God” is described as “no-thing” (non-existent or non-being). In Hinduism, Ultimate Reality or “God” is “one-thing” or “some-thing” (Brahman). It is very reasonable to suggest that Ultimate Reality or “God” is either “some-thing” or “no-thing.” Whatever Ultimate Reality or “God” may be, it cannot both exist and not exist. You may want to consult Neighboring Faiths by Winfried Corduan to help you identify several other important differences between the major world religions that are mutually exclusive.
If your friend will not concede that the present teachings of the major world religions are the same as the original teachings, then you may still be able to produce a crisis of belief in the heart of your Baha’i friend. Whenever the observation is made by a challenger that some feature of the Baha’i Faith is in direct conflict with the teachings of some major world religion, Baha’is will usually answer that the teaching in question was a corrupted teaching and not an authentic one. Baha’is believe that the authentic teachings of all the world religions were basically the same as the present teachings of Baha’u’llah. Many Baha’is will not be diverted from this claim, no matter how much evidence you produce to the contrary. In this case try to help your friend see that the necessary consequence of this Baha’i belief is that the Baha’i Faith is the only fully genuine religion in its present form that is composed of truth alone with no error. This is a necessary conclusion that will be difficult for some Baha’is to admit. The realization of this necessary conclusion, however, may produce a crisis of belief and a teachable moment. You can expect this realization of effective Baha’i exclusivity to result in a retreat to a claim for the truthfulness of the Baha’i Faith on the basis of mere belief in the authenticity of Baha’u’llah rather than the evidence for the unity of religious truths. This last refuge of belief can be effectively challenged as well with the strategy suggested above.