Bandit said:thanks smkolins & everyone. i will have a look at the 12 pages.
i guess my point is not just the buddha within the Bahai religion, but maybe if we all would start admitting (& i do mean in all religions, including the scientists & politicans & my very own brothers in Christianity) would admit that there are things in our religions & beliefs that we just do not have all the answers for, & some of the doctrines just do not add up, then maybe the few who are willing to do that would become closer & the few who are really searching would be able to see more together.
IOW- if i give an inch is something, will you meet me on your end?
not saying we have to give up the basic foundation of our faith in God.
but it cant be done if we keep insisiting we are the only ones. the older i get the more gray i see & the more i have to say, "I cant say that is for sure".
i dont expect it to change in the radical sense because we are only human & we have fears & wonders & no one wants to be lied to any more.
i guess i still have hope, & i say it because CR offers a pretty good opportunity for us to try.
I like that Bandit. I like that a lot. I'll give more than an inch. In fact, as you can see in an earlier post, I am willing to say, "I don't know." Usually, the dogma of a religion causes the confusion. The Manifestations, Themselves, speak from God. Their message is normally clear. Confusion comes aboard when man decides to explain the meaning. This is why "self-investigation" for the truth is so important.