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Susma Rio Sep said:Which obviously from common sense cannot be challenged indeed as a lawful reason to go to war. Just like the principle of self-defense in using violence against an unjust assailant.
Here is my question to QueryGuy, how do Baha'ists solve that kind of a quandary, considering that their founder abjures war altogether.
Honestly, the only viable alternative in defense of the religion--without violating its precepts--is passive resistance. Have you seen the movie Gandhi? Something like that.
Baha'u'llah envisioned a federated world government (i.e. a united world in which all nations retain their sovereignity, but are answerable to a central government entity like the U.N. or whatnot.) The only warfare Baha'u'llah deems permissable is against rogue nations that would disrupt this unity by instigating a war. Even then, the goal is to keep order. Baha'is are forbidden to proselytize or impose their religion on others, so it's not like they'd go to war to convert others.
Anything in between really isn't covered in Baha'i writings. Prior to a world federation, if Baha'is become a majority in a nation and the nation is attacked on religious grounds (i.e. to remove those "heathen infidel Baha'is" ), I'm not sure it how it would be handled. No doubt the nation could use any excuse it wanted to retaliate, but they could not do so on strictly religious grounds without going against Baha'u'llah's teachings.