Parallels between Christ and The Bab:


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Redlands, California
I was re-reading portions of Thief in the Night and found this list of parallels drawn up by William Sears:The Remarkable Parallel

I began searching the libraries for all the available documents.
You can imagine my feelings of awe and wonder when I uncovered the
following facts.

The death of this young man occurred in July 1850. He was slain
publicly because of his words and his teaching. Everything I
learned about his life reminded me of Christ. In fact, after
carefully searching into his background, I could find but one
parallel in all recorded history to his brief, turbulent career;
only the moving story of the passion of Jesus Christ himself.

As part of my record of 'findings', I here set down the
remarkable similarity in the story of their lives:

1. They were both youthful.

2. They were both known for their meekness and loving kindness.

3. They both performed healing miracles.

4. The period of their ministry was very brief in each
case, and moved with dramatic swiftness to its climax.

5. Both of them boldly challenged the time-honoured conventions, laws, and
rites of the religions into which they had been born.

6. They courageously condemned the unbridled graft and corruption which
they saw on every side, both religious and secular.

7. The purity of their own lives shamed the people among whom they taught.

8. Their chief enemies were among the religious leaders of the
land. These officials were the instigators of the outrages they
were made to suffer.

9. They both had indignities heaped upon them.

10. They were both forcibly brought before the government
authorities and were subject to public interrogation.

11. They were both scourged following this interrogation.

12. They both went, first in triumph then in suffering, through the streets of
the city where they were to be slain.

13. They were both paraded publicly, and heaped with humiliation, on the way to their place
of martyrdom.

14. They both spoke words of hope and promise to
the one who was to die with them; in fact, almost the exact same
words: 'Thou shalt be with me in paradise.'

15. They were both martyred publicly before the hostile gaze of the onlookers who
crowded the scene.

16. A darkness covered the land following their slaying, in each
case beginning at noon.

17. Their bodies were both lacerated by soldiers at the time of their slaying.

18. They both remained in ignominious suspension before the eyes of an unfriendly

19. Their bodies came finally into the hands of their
loving followers.

20. When their bodies, in each case, had vanished from the spot
where they had been placed, the religious leaders explained away
the fact.

21. Only a handful of their followers were with them
at the times of their deaths.

22. In each case, one of their chief disciples denied knowing them. This same disciple, in each case, later became a hero.

23. Each of them had an outstanding woman follower who played a dramatic part in making the disciples turn their faces from the past, and look toward the future.

24. Confusion, bewilderment and despair seized their followers in each
case, following their martyrdom.

25. Through their disciples (the Peters and Pauls of each age) their Faiths were carried to all
parts of the world.

26. They both replied with the same exact
words to the question: Are you the Promised One?

27. Each of them addressed their disciples, charging them to carry their
messages to the ends of the earth." (God Passes By, Shoghi Effendi)

From pp. 87-88 Thief in the Night by William Sears
u must forgive my ignorance, arthra, but... who or what is the Bab?

Hello Francis and welcome to the Baha'i Forum at CR!

The Bab is the title of Siyyid Ali Muhammad Who lived from about 1819 to 1850. The title Bab means Gate and we believe He was the "Gate" between the past dispensation and the Baha'i era which began we believe on May 23, 1844 or 1260 AH in Shiraz Persia when Her announced He was the Promised One. Historically many Christians were at that time looking for the return of Christ.

The Bab's announcement stirred the people of Persia and many believed in Him which frighted the establshment of the Shiah clergy, this led to persecutions in which about twenty thousand believers in the Bab were martyred.

His life and ministry parallels that we believe of the life of Christ.

The Bab was the Forerunner of Baha'u'llah Who announced His Mission on the banks of the Tigris outside Bagdad in April 21st 1863.

Here's a chronologcal review of the life of the Bab:

Chronology of persecutions of Babis and Baha'is

and His major Writings translated into English:

- Art:)
I'm bumping up this topic, because I love it! I've read Thief in the Night, and I remember reading those parallels!

"No sooner had mankind attained the stage of maturity, than the Word revealed to men's eyes the latent energies with which it had been endowed -- energies which manifested themselves in the plenitude of their glory when the Ancient Beauty appeared, in the year sixty, in the person of Ali-Muhammad, the Báb." -Baha'u'llah

Year Sixty = 1260 A.H. = 1844 A.D. = when the Millerites were expecting Christ to return