Beliefs

A consequence of holding to this view of salvation as a process is that human beings are in no position to judge each other. A person may appear to be very far advanced on the spiritual road, but may be traveling very slowly or have stopped, and is thus blameworthy in the sight of God. Another person may not appear to be very advanced but may be making rapid progress. Furthermore, Baha'u'llah warns that it is even possible at the hour of death for someone to gain faith and attain a high spiritual station and conversely for another to lose faith and fall from a high spiritual station to a low one.

Baha'u'llah's words about the Hour of Death from the Kitab-i-Iqan

He should not wish for others that which he doth not wish for himself, nor promise that which he doth not fulfil. With all his heart should the seeker avoid fellowship with evil doers, and pray for the remission of their sins. He should forgive the sinful, and never despise his low estate, for none knoweth what his own end shall be. How often hath a sinner, at the hour of death, attained to the essence of faith, and, quaffing the immortal draught, hath taken his flight unto the celestial Concourse. And how often hath a devout believer, at the hour of his soul's ascension, been so changed as to fall into the nethermost fire. Our purpose in revealing these convincing and weighty utterances is to impress upon the seeker that he should regard all else beside God as transient, and count all things save Him, Who is the Object of all adoration, as utter nothingness.


Study Questions:
     1.     Explain the analogy that Baha’is use to explain the afterlife.
     2.     Why do Baha'is believe that we should not fear death?
     3.     How do Baha’is explain the concept of salvation?
     4.     Why, according to the Baha'i teachings, can we not judge the spiritual station of others?

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