Of course yoga and other spiritual 'paths' are not the same thing as religions -- which imply dedicated places of worship and prayers and community gatherings, etc?
Perhaps, although 'religion' itself provides a sense of community what they understand as 'self-improvement' will probably differ from faith to faith. One man's 'virtue' is another man's 'vice'. As for 'strong families and communities' . . . explain that to the millions of families that have been decimated because of religion, the communities plundered and conquered.I think we can see the core of all Faiths is self improvement, by practice of virtues, that in turn build strong families and communities.
From a Christian perspective, I rather think not, nor for Judaism. The core of faith is the belief in God – for example, the Christian creeds. The practice of virtue is a necessary component, but not the core.I think we can see the core of all Faiths is self improvement, by practice of virtues, that in turn build strong families and communities.
Didn't Buddha-dude start his Buddha-ness by abandoning his wife and family to sit under a tree?Counter-Example: The core of Buddhism has no overlap at all with building strong families or communities.
I know that Baha'i scripture includes Buddhism among the revealed "true" faiths which maybe got corrupted a bit over the millennia, but as someone who is familiar with both the Abrahamic and the Dharmic groups of traditions, I am of the opinion that the Baha'i understanding of Buddhism has nothing to do with the reality and history of Buddhism.
My 2 cents.
Yes, but @Ahanu how well do you know exactly what Jews believe? Or Hindus, or Christians? No disrespect intended, but this would seem to be the point? It is not possible to judge others' religions without understanding the intricacy and detail. The followers of these ancient religions are not impressed by Baha'i apparently wanting to just wave them away with a few words based on apparently a surface knowledge.*
There is a huge depth to most of these religions. People spend lifetimes finding ever deeper meaning from their own religions.
*If you yourself do not do this, some other Baha'i appear to ...
Aren't we all? Seems a number of countries have had this issue...including both of ours.I'm concerned about the principle of a religious ambition to take over the reins of practical government based on the belief in a messenger speaking the infallible word of God
The core of faith is the belief in God – for example, the Christian creeds. The practice of virtue is a necessary component, but not the core
My point exactly, as explained above. Buddhism was founded by a homeless social drop-out spiritual seeker, as a way of life for others like him.Didn't Buddha-dude start his Buddha-ness by abandoning his wife and family to sit under a tree?
It's only Cino's biased opinion.
Sorry for the sarcasm, @Ahanu, that was not called for."Only"? Heh. Those pesky atheists who insist on reading the world's scriptures. What do they even know.
Aren't we all? Seems a number of countries have had this issue...including both of ours.
Notoriously fanatics in any religion favor it...but only if it is their religion.
I don't think anyone has to worry about the bahai taking over for a few hundred years... I think Christianity had a bigger start and it took a while before we started into serious conquering....
And now looking back on it historically our missionaries may have expanded the ranks by violence and coercion but did not do the converts or religion any favors...
A peaceful approach Jesus tried...but his followers not so much.
I am definitely not saying you do not have anything valuable to add to religious discourse. Anybody - no matter what their background is - can contribute.
But you obviously have not read Baha'i academic papers on the subject to make such a broad-sweeping pronouncement.
My point exactly, as explained above. Buddhism was founded by a homeless social drop-out spiritual seeker, as a way of life for others like him.
I see that as a sad statement about Buddha.
I am happy that the Baha'i writings show us that Buddha was a Manifestation of God.
I don't think that would be fair. I'm not dismissing the Baha'i faith. I'm addressing questions about the 'One World, One Religion' tenet. I'm trying to learn. And trying to reconcile the apparent difficulty of at the same time accepting and honouring other ancient religions?Are you saying it is fair for us to wave the hand and dismiss Baha'is for their dedication to these studies because they are Baha'i
I'm sorry to quote, but I feel it is important here to quote from the Universal House of Justice to refute such an opinion:
"We can also point to the fact that no person is ever compelled to accept the Faith of Bahá’u’lláh and moreover, unlike the situation in certain other religions, each person has complete freedom to withdraw from the Faith if he decides that he no longer believes in its Founder or accepts His Teachings
Yes, but to be fair, it seems those paths were offered before Baha'u'llah?... someone offering the path to peace with a concept that Baha'u'llah has already given.