'Abdu'l-Baha (The Servant of Glory)
The Eldest Son of Baha'u'llah was born Abbas Effendi (Arabic: "Sir Lion") in 1844. He took the name-title of 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW), which means "Servant of Glory" in Arabic. He died in Palestine (as it was then called) in 1921.
'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW) was actually quite famous in the early 20th century, and His name and image appeared in thousands of newspapers and magazines. He came to Salt Lake City in the year 1912, and knocked on the East Door of the Salt Lake Temple, but was refused entry.
Many early Baha'is believed that He was the reincarnation of Jesus. Assadullah, the personal secretary of 'Abdu'l-Baha, wrote:"He is the Son of God, the only Door, the Lord of Mankind!" (Assadullah, Sacred Mysteries, p.74)
Other early Baha'is wrote of Him thusly:"Abbas is heir and Master of the Kingdom: he was on earth 1,900 years ago as the Nazarene." (Getsinger, Notes at Acca, p.24)
"If this is not the resurrection of that pure Spirit of the Nazarene of 1,900 years ago, then we need not look for another" (Corinne True, A Message from Acca)
"The Master, Abbas Effendi, the Lord of the Kingdom, is the one who was to renew and drink the cup with his disciples in the Kingdom of the Father, the one who taught the world to pray 'Thy kingdom come'." (Anton Hadad, A Message from Acca)
"He has come again in the Kingdom of the Father." (Thornton Chase, Before Abraham Was I Am, p.46)
"I have seen the King is his beauty, the Master is here and we need not look for another. This is the return of the Lion of the tribe of Judah, of the Lamb that was once slain." (Mrs. Brittingham, The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh, p.25)
In 1911, in Paris, 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW) told the Jews of Paris that "Europe will rise up against the Jews" but if they accepted Christ, the Christians would protect them. In 1943 the Nazis took the Jews of Paris to the death camps; except the Jewish Christians who were protected by other French Christians.
In 1912, while in London, British Baha'is bought 'Abdu'l-Baha a very expensive first-class ticket to New York City on the new steam liner H.M.S. Titanic. They are completely stunned when they see 'Abdu'l-Baha tear up the ticket in front of their eyes, and tell other Baha'is not to take the Titanic. They all took a different ship to New York City.
From New York City, 'Abdu'l-Baha went to Boston by ship, and there at the docks a Syrian Christian woman ran up to Him and fell at His feet saying: "In Thee I recognize the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Jesus Christ Himself!" (God Passes By, Chapter 19)
'Abdu'l-Baha then went to Green Acres, Maine, and then to Buffalo, New York, and from there to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While in Buffalo He prophesied of a "Great War" soon to begin in Europe (World War One began two years later). While in Montreal He spoke at a Unitarian church, and told the congregation that in a few years the world would be engulfed in war, and that a great disease would kill millions. In 1914, World War One ("The Great War") broke out, and by 1920 fifty million people on the planet were dead from the Spanish Flu.
Did Mormon Leaders Warn German and Austrian Mormons About Wars, Spanish Flu, and Holocaust?
Mormon leaders said nothing about World War One, or the Spanish Flu, before these things became realities. No prophetic warnings. When Adolt Hitler and the Nazis took power in Germany in 1933, many German Mormons wanted to go to America, but Church leaders told them to stay in Germany telling them "all would be well". Most rich Mormons in Germany and Austria joined the Nazi Party. In the mid and late 1930s, Jewish Mormons in Germany and Austria pleaded with Church leaders to send them Letters in Invitation so they could get visas and migrate to America; paying their own way to America. Church leaders turned them all down, telling them also: " Don't worry about it, stay where you are, all will be well!" Most Jewish Mormons, and their children, later died in the Nazi death camps during the Holocaust.
A Mormon teen named Helmut Hübener printed his own anti-Nazi pamphlets in the late 1930s, and distributed them with the help of young friends, to Mormons in Germany; saying that Nazism was opposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that Hilter would bring ruin and destruction to Germany. The Church excommunicated him, and he was later arrested, tried, and beheaded by the Nazis. Most affluent German and Austrian Mormons joined the Nazi Party, and a few German Mormon Branch Presidents* banned Jewish Mormons from attending Church on Sunday. This is all documented in the book Moroni and the Swastika by David Conley Nelson.
*A Mormon "Branch President" is a volunteer part-time Pastor over a small Mormon congregation usually under 100 people, called a "Branch".
Xorol R. Oliver (1889~1955), a Mormon "Seeress", did warn people about Hitler and the coming war and Jewish Holocaust in 1930. You can read more about Xorol ("ksor-rawl") and her prophecies that in the links at the bottom of this page.
From Montreal, 'Abdu'l-Baha went to Chicago, and from there to Denver, Colorado, and then to Salt Lake City, Utah, where He stayed for three days. He sat in "The Prophet's Chair" in the Mormon Tabernacle during one afternoon of the National Irrigation Conference. He visited the Utah State Fair. He knocked on the East Door of the Salt Lake Temple, but, of course, was not let in. One of his entourage is purported to have said: "They build a temple for their Lord, but when He comes to them, they don't let Him in!"
From Salt Lake City, 'Abdu'l-Baha visits Sacramento, and then San Francisco. While in San Francisco He gives a talk at a Unitarian church, and tells the Japanese Consul General, who attended the talk, that a "weapon of terrible destruction" will be unleashed upon his nation, one that could destroy the entire world if not contained. He then goes to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and speaks in the largest lecture hall before 2,000 students and their professors, telling them that Stanford University (then a small back-water college of little significance) would one day be a leading world-renowned university at the very apex of science and technology. He says to all those who gather to hear Him:"We are on the eve of the Battle of Armageddon referred to in the sixteenth chapter of Revelation. The time is two years hence, when only a spark will set aﬂame the whole of Europe. The social unrest in all countries, the growing religious scepticism antecedent to the millennium, and already here, will set aﬂame the whole of Europe as is prophesied in the Book of Daniel and in the Book (Revelation) of John. By 1917 kingdoms will fall and cataclysms will rock the earth." (Baha'u'llah and the New Era, p.243)
Two years later, the Austrian prince was assassinated by Serbian nationalists in Bosnia. Austria declared war on Serbia. Russia declared war on Austria. Germany joined with Austria. England and France joined with Russia against Germany and Austria. World War One began. In 1918, the Spanish Flu erupted, which would eventually kill 50 million people. By 1917, the Czar (king) of Russia was deposed, the Keizer (king) of Germany was out of power and later exiled, the Empire of Austria-Hungary had fallen.
From Stanford University, 'Abdu'l-Baha then goes to Los Angeles, and visits the grave of the first American Baha'i, Thornton Chase, kissing his headstone. He then takes a train to Washington D.C., and speaks at Howard University (a black university) on the subject of Racial Unity and Equality. 'Abdu'l-Baha taught that the "black race" was not black because of any curse of God, but because a black skin protects the skin from the rays of the Sun, and blacks evolved where the Sun's rays were strongest. He taught that it was not a "sin" for whites and blacks to marry, and that the black and white race should have full equality for each other. He then returns to New York City, and from there makes His way back to Haifa, Palestine, by ship.
The Curse of Cain Doctrine (1848-1978)
Joseph Smith (1806-1844) was not a racist. He wanted blacks freed, educated, and given equal rights (History of the Church 5:209). He ordained a black Mormon, Elijah Abel, as a Seventy Apostle. He invited "Free People of Color" (free blacks) to worship with Mormons in the Nauvoo Illinois Mormon Temple. There were dozens of black Mormons in the early history of Mormonism. After Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed in June of 1844, some Mormons followed James Strang, some Sidney Rigdon, but most followed Brigham Young to Utah. Brigham Young (1804-1877) introduced the Curse of Cain Doctrine and Priesthood-and-Temple-Ban Policy into the Church in 1848, in Utah. In 1856, a Mormon in Utah named Joseph Morris arose, proclaiming to be a Seer, and proclaiming that Brigham Young was leading the Church astray. Morris also proclaimed that "Christ" would reveal Himself in the year 1863. In 1862, in South Weber, Utah, a Mormon Sheriff shot Joseph Morris to death, while Morris was kneeling in prayer. His followers (the Morrisites) were forced out of Utah. Most Black Mormons left the Church after Brigham Young introduced the Priesthood-and-Temple-Ban in 1848.
In 1912, when 'Abdu'l-Baha visited Salt Lake City in late Septemter, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka "Mormon Church" and "LDS Church") was still teaching the Curse of Cain Doctrine: that "Negroes" were the "cursed and inferior children of Cain". Cain was a white man, like his father Adam, until he killed Abel. Then the LORD changed Cain into the first "Negro". Cain married his sister, who was also white, but then the LORD changed her into the second "Negro". Mormon "Living Prophets" taught that a black skin was the "Mark of Cain". Cain and his descendants were also "cursed as pertaining to the Priesthood" (banned from the Mormon priesthood) and also "Negroes" were under the Curse of Canaan meaning they could only be "hewers of wood and drawers of water"; servants to Europeans and Arabs until the curse was removed. Utah approved "Negro slavery" in 1857. Blacks and whites were banned from intermarriage in Utah until 1967. Blacks were also banned from voting or holding office in Utah for over 100 years, and also banned from the Church's amusement park: Saltair. Black Mormons (the few that remained) were banned from the Mormon Priesthood (which all Mormon males hold), and from Mormon Temples, from 1848 until June 8th, 1979 (130 years). This was called the Priesthood-and-Temple-Ban Policy. This Curse of Cain Doctrine was taught as a doctrine of the Church from Brigham Young (1848) to Spencer W. Kimball (1978). It was never advanced as "folklore" or "personal opinion" but was always called "a doctrine of the Church" (Statement of the First Presidency on the Negro Question, 17 August 1949). It was taught as doctrine by Church Presidents, and Apostles, in General Conference, and in letters signed by the First Presidency.
In 1976, the Church built a Temple in Sao Paulo, Brazil, only to then discover that many "white" Mormons in Brazil had "Negro" ancestry: making them fall under "the Curse of Cain" (and thus be banned from the Temple). In early 1978, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was threatening to cancel the Church's tax-exempt status, because the Church "discriminated against blacks" (i.e. the Priesthood-and-Temple-Ban).
On June 8th, 1978, Church President Spencer W. Kimball ended the 130-year long Priesthood-and-Temple-Ban on Black Mormons. Since that time, black Mormons have had full equality in the Church; including access to the Mormon Priesthood, Mormon Temple Rites, and Church leadership positions. In December, 2013, the Church finally "disavowed" the Curse of Cain Doctrine in its "Race and Priesthoood" Statement on LDS.org online (the official Church website). Most Mormons over the age of 50 are totally unaware that their Church has "disavowed" the Curse of Cain Doctrine and are quite shocked when they discover it. Very few Mormons under the age of 50 have any "racist" attitudes or beliefs, and most Mormons under the age of 20 have "never heard" of the Curse of Cain Doctrine or they believe it was "just some folklore" that "a few Members" of the Church believed "in the old days". Black Mormons in Africa are never told about the Church of Cain Doctrine nor the Priesthood-and-Temple-Ban Policy that ended in 1978. There are today (2016) about 400,000 Black Mormons in Africa, and tens of thousands more in Brazil, the Caribbean, South America, and North America.
The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now called "Community of Christ") never had any Curse of Cain Doctrine, and always allowed blacks into their Priesthood. They have one "Temple of Peace" in Independence, Missouri. They were founded by Joseph Smith III in 1860. They have about 200,000 members worldwide.
The Mormon Seeress, Xorol R. Oliver (1889-1967) taught in 1930 that "Negroes" were a pre-Adamic race, and NOT the children of Cain. She taught that the true children of Cain were the Qayin (Arabic: "Cain") of Syria and Saudi Arabia; who are also called the "Solubba" (Arabic: "marked ones") and the "Sleb". The Sleb have a tribal mark of protection on their foreheads: if one Sleb is killed, seven avenge his death. The Sleb do not farm, but are wandering blacksmiths, musicians, and goat herders. They are not black-skinned Africans, but have the same skin color and features as other Arabs. Bedouins call them the "Solubba" and "Sleb", but the Sleb call themselves "the Children of Qayin (Arabic: "Cain"). They do not farm, because, they say, the ground is cursed under them and nothing grows for them. They wander from place to place with their goats, sheep, and camels. Ethnologists say they are descended from the ancient Sumerians. The first "Prophet" of the Sumerians was Adapa of Eridu; Who was called Adama by the Akkadians.
It is not a coincidence that Mohandas Ghandi was "inspired" in his Peace and Civil Rights Movement for East Indians by the 1911-1913 traveling "Peace Message" of 'Abdu'l-Baha, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was "inspired" by Mohandas Ghandi. Ghandi referred to the Baha'i Faith as "a solace for humankind." (Bombay Chronicle, May 24, 1944).
'Abdu'l-Baha said to the black students and faculty of Howard University (Washington D.C.) in 1912:"There are no whites and blacks before God. All colours are one, and that is the colour of servitude to God. Scent and colour are not important. The heart is important. If the heart is pure, white or black or any colour makes no difference. God does not look at colours; He looks at the hearts." Promulgation of Universal Peace, p.45)
At all His stops, in Paris, and London, and New York City, Buffalo, Boston, Montreal, Chicago, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Stanford University (Palo Alto), and Los Angeles, Washington D.C., 'Abdu'l-Baha preaches the Oneness of God, the unity of religions, the equality of the races and genders, the need for Esperanto, the need for full rights and opportunities for black Americans, the need for women to vote and hold political offices, and the need for governments to spend their money on helping the poor and unfortunate, and in science and food and energy research, instead of on weapons of war. Most newspapers of the day referred to Him as "The Apostle of Peace".
'Abdu'l-Baha was actually quite famous in the decade of about 1911 to 1921. The "Principles" of 'Abdu'l-Baha became quite popular among educated "Liberals" of the day all over the world. From 1911 to 1913, 'Abdu'l-Baha speaks to many thousands who pack Unitarian churches, concert hall, and theaters, in Paris, London, New York City, Boston, Montreal, Chicago, San Francisco, Stanford, and Los Angeles. There are hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles published about Him in Europe and America. One prominent admirer of 'Abdu'l-Baha was Mohandas Gandhi, an Indian lawyer living in South Africa. Other admirers of 'Abdu'l-Baha became founders or followers of the various social-reform, women's rights, and civil-rights movements in Europe and the United States.
Back in Palestine, in 1915, 'Abdu'l-Baha tells Dr. Habib Mu'ayyad of Beirut, Lebanon, who was visiting Haifa:"This land is Palestine. It is a Holy Land. Soon the Jewish people shall return to this land, and once more David’s sovereignty and Solomon’s splendor shall be made manifest. This is an explicit divine promise, and there is no doubt therein. The Jewish people will be made resplendent. They will gather under the banner of the Cause. All of these barren fields will become fertile and cultivated. The scattered tribes of the Jewish people will be united. This region will become a center of industry and commerce, and will be refined and populated. Of this there is no doubt." (Eight Years Near 'Abdu'l-Baha, pp.31-32)
At that time (1915) the Turks ruled Palestine, and very few Jews lived in Palestine, and there was no Turkish plan for any major Jewish migrations to the country. Palestine in 1915 was mostly a barren waste-land. Using irrigation, and innovation, the Jews transformed Palestine from a mostly waste-land into a fertile garden.
'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW) was once asked about the "Miracle of the Manna from Heaven"; where "food" appeared in the morning that fed the People of Israel in the Wilderness for forty years. Atheists and liberal Bible scholars dismissed this as "mere fictional story" of something that never really happened. Was this just a story, or should it be seen as literal? The Master replied:"The Arabs on the Arabian peninsula and Yemen greatly enjoy the coming of locusts*, and save them for the future. They say locusts are celestial substance that descends from the heavens above, and they eat and relish them." (Eights Years, p.290)
Note: Locusts can appear in groups of millions, or even tens of millions, in swarms, in and around Arabia, and the Arabs catch them and grind them into a paste from which they make cakes; often adding honey. Locust "meal" is high in protein. This was the "Manna from Heaven" that the Israelites ate, not every day but from time to time, during their sojourn in the Wilderness of Zin (present day Petra, Jordan).
In Palestine, in 1917, 'Abdu'l-Baha orders extra crops to be grown by the Baha'is of Akka and Haifa. The next year, 1918, there is a great drought in Palestine, and the British invade the country (Turkey sided with the Geramsn in World War One). Many thousands starve, but 'Abdu'l-Baha uses the extra food grown by Baha'is to feed starving Muslims and Druze in northern Palestine. The extra crops save many thousands who would have otherwise perished. The British take Palestine from the Turks by 1919. In 1920, the British make 'Abdu'l-Baha a Knight of the British Empire, and commission Him "Sir Abbas Effendi 'Abdu'l-Baha"; because His foresight that saved tens of thousands of Muslims and Druze from starvation from the drought of 1918-1919. Most Palestinians and Israeli Druze alive today are descendants of those saved by 'Abdu'l-Baha during the drought of 1918-1919.
'Abdu'l-Baha dies in Haifa, in 1921. Along with many Baha'is, thousands of Muslims and Druze attended His funeral (right). They knew that it was because of Him that they and their children survived the drought of 1918-1919. You can read more about the prophecies and miracles of 'Abdu'l-Baha in the links at the bottom of this page. But, please read this article first.
'Abdu'l-Baha (1844-1921) was not a Prophet (Manifestation of God) but a "Chosen One"; a station between Prophet and ordinary human. His writings are considered Infallible Scripture to the Baha'is. They refer to Him simply as "THE MASTER". Baha'is use "He" and "Him" instead of "he" and "him" in referring to 'Abdu'l-Baha, as they do with all Manifestations of God and Chosen Ones.
The Miracles of 'Abdu'l-Baha
The Baha'is (baw-highzz) don't like to talk about miracles, because a "miracle" is only "proof" to those who personally witness them. That is why Baha'is don't like to talk about miracles; because they are only "proof" to those who first-hand witness the miracles. However, I don't agree with them on that point, so I will reveal here a few of the miracles of 'Abdu'l-Baha.
Healing the Blind Man
While in Akka, Palestine, 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW) was known to perform miracles. The father of Khalil Shahidi, a Baha'i living in Akka, was going blind. 'Abdu'l-Baha put some fingers in His mouth, took out some spittle, and rubbed them on the man's eyes. Khalil writes:"The One Whom All Names Revolve ['Abdu'l-Baha] took a little spittle from His Blessed Mouth, and rubbed it on my father's eyes, and said: 'It is nothing [to worry about]!' Not only did his eyes heal in perfect health, but also never again in his entire life did he suffer from eye ailments." (A Life With 'Abdu'l-Baha by Khalil Shahidi, pp.46-7)
Note: Jesus once healed a blind man by mixing His spittle with mud and putting this on the blind man's eyes (John 8:3).
Cigarettes Will Prove To Be Harmful
Around 1900, 'Abdu'l-Baha was noticing that many people in Akka was starting to smoke cigarettes, which was a "new thing" in Palestine. Smoking, at that time, was considered to be not only fashionable, but actually healthy for the lungs and blood! The Master prophesied of this new "healthy" craze: "Civilization will advance to a point one day that they will say: 'Why did previous generations use cigarettes which are so harmful?' This will greatly puzzle them." (ibid. p.112)
The Orchard Of Shaykh Mahmood Saved From Locusts
A Muslim named Shaykh Mahmood Arrabi lived in Akka, where 'Abdu'l-Baha and many Baha'is also lived. 'Abdu'l-Baha went to the Muslim masjid (mosque) every Friday, and prayed along side the Muslims. He knew that the Baha'is sometimes called 'Abdu'l-Baha "the Son of God". This bothered Shaykh Mahmood, who used to taunt 'Abdu'l-Baha every Friday saying in a very sarcastic tone: "Soooo, you're the Son of God eh?". For Muslims, Jesus was only a Prophet, and to call Jesus (or anyone else) "the Son of God" was utter blasphemy! Shaykh Mahmood owned a large orchard near Akka, and, that year, there was an infestation of locusts, which were eating all the crops and orchards around Akka. Shaykh Mahmood feared he would be ruined financially by the locusts, who were eating crops and orchards all around Akka. The local Muslim imaams prayed to Allah for assistance, but the locusts just kept eating and destroying the crops and orchards. Desperate, Shaykh Mahmood came to see 'Abdu'l-Baha and pleaded for Him to do something about the locusts. 'Abdu'l-Baha said "Your olive trees are safe from the locusts, there is no need to go (and look)". Mahmood then jumped on his horse and rode out to his orchard, and saw the locusts were everywhere, eating everything, except for his trees. He road around his orchards, and not one locust was on any of his trees, even though they were eating everything else all around Akka. He road back to Akka, and fell at the feet of 'Abdu'l-Baha saying: "You are the Son of God!" He soon thereafter became a Baha'i.
The Healing Of The Woman's Son
There is another story of a Christian woman whose young son was on his death bed. She prayed and prayed, but the doctor said he was going to die, and to prepare burial arrangements. Desperate, she went to 'Abdu'l-Baha, and fell at His feet, crying and begging Him to heal her son. He said to her "Your boy is well" and she rushed home, to find her son sitting up and asking for something to eat. There are many such stories, told by the people who witnessed them.
The Fish That Lept Out Of The Sea of Galilee
One Summer day, 'Abdu'l-Baha went to the Sea of Galilee with a Baha'i named Khusraw. As they walked around the shore, 'Abdu'l-Baha suddenly stopped and said "This is the spot where Peter used to fish". At that instant, Khusraw ("koos-raw") saw a large fish hurl itself from the sea, and it fell at the feet of 'Abdu'l-Baha, Who said: "Come Khusraw, take it, our daily substance has arrived." When they got back to Akka, Khursaw told everyone what had happened. There are hundreds of such stories; many told by the Baha'is who eye-witnessed them. Are they all lying? Are they all exaggerating. Only "they" and God knows.
Note: Most "Western" (non-Persian) Baha'is are uncomfortable talking about miracles. Most Western Baha'is came from the Unitarian churches, or from the Social-Reform and Civil-Rights Movements. They acknowledge God exists, Messengers of God are sent, and the Afterlife exists, but they prefer to talk about "The Principles" and how to implement the Principles worldwide. They are much more interested in "One World" without nationalism, war, hunger, injustice, racism, sexism, and without the extremes of poverty and wealth, than they are in the "Mystical Teachings".
What Was 'Abdu'l-Baha Like?
An American woman named Lua Getsinger (1871-1916) was born in an affluent American family from upstate New York. She was a Seeker of Truth. She spent her inheritance traveling to India, in search of ultimate Truth. She studied all the religions she could find. In 1897 she finally became a Baha'i. The next year she went to Akka, Palestine, to meet 'Abdu'l-Baha: the first American Baha'i to do so. Akka at that time was a Turkish prison city, where criminals and political prisoners were sent. They were expected to work at normal jobs, but they could not leave the city walls without special permission.
Being from a wealthy American family, Lua had a black servant who went with her on her trips. Lua finally met 'Abdu'l-Baha, in His humble house in Akka. 'Abdu'l-Baha always served His guests Himself, and He served Lua's black servant first before Lua.
Lua asked the Master ('Abdu'l-Baha) "What can I do to serve God?" 'Abdu'l-Baha repied: "Go up stairs and care for the sick man that is dying!" Lua went upstairs, and found a man, dirty and diseased, in a small room. She was shocked, and came back down saying: "He is so dirty, and diseased, I do not want to touch him!" She asked if her black servant could care for the man. 'Abdu'l-Baha said to her: "If you want to serve God, then you must serve your fellow humans, even those deemed to be lowest of your fellow human beings." So, Lua did as 'Abdu'l-Baha said, and spent the next few days washing and feeding the dying man.
'Abdu'l-Baha often cared for the sick and dying in Akka; which was a prison city, and did not have a physician nor a hospital. He later moved across the bay to Haifa, and continued to care for the poor and sick. The Turks did not provide hospitals or doctors to the poor. Only the wealthy could afford physicians. 'Abdu'l-Baha cared for all who came seeking His help: Baha'i, Muslim, Druze, Jew, or Christian.
The Master could sometimes get angry, like Jesus in the Temple got angry with the money-changers, but He usually was very peaceful, generous to the poor (He handed out money to the poor of Akka daily), and kind-hearted. Although the sole Head of a religion with tens of thousands of adherents, He lived very humbly, and frugally, giving what money He had left over to those in need; whether they were Baha'i, Muslim, Druze, Jewish, or Christian. He attended the Muslim masjid (mosque) in Akka every Friday, taking part in Salat (Friday prostrating prayers) along with Muslims. He once said that one could be "a Baha'i-Muslim, or a Baha'i-Jew, or a Baha'i-Christian" ('Abdu'l-Baha in London, p.97) if they so desired. He taught that God does not care if a man is black or white, or what religion he claimed; God only looks at the heart. He once said:"Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone….When you meet a [stranger]… speak to him as to a friend; if he seems to be lonely try to help him, give him of your willing service; if he be sad console him, if poor succor him, if oppressed rescue him… what profit is there in agreeing that universal friendship is good, and talking of the solidarity of the human race as a grand ideal? Unless these thoughts are translated into the world of action, they are useless." (Paris Talks, p. 16)
'Abdu'l-Baha died in 1921, in Haifa, with thousands in attendance. He was buried according to Muslim rites. His Father, Baha'u'llah, described His Son Abbas Effendi as...
A WORD which God hath adorned with the ornament of His Own Self, and made it Sovereign over the earth and all that is therein." (World Order of Baha'u'llah, p.135)
Eternal Marriage/Eternal Union
There is a Baha'i doctrine of eternal marriage, called "Eternal Union". No temple sealing is necessary for Eternal Union. Baha'i couples who become "one" physically and spiritually are married in all the Worlds of God. They are "sealed" by Baha'u'llah, Who is the Holy Spirit of Promise.
'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAW), the Eldest Son of Baha'u'llah, wrote:"In a true Bahá'í marriage the two parties must become fully united both spiritually and physically, so that they may attain eternal union throughout all the Worlds of God,...." (Baha'i World Faith, p.372)
"Their purpose must be this: to becoming loving companions and comrades at one with each other for time and eternity...." (Selections from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, p.86)
Baha'is consider the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Baha (not a Manifestation of God but a Chosen One) to be Infallible Scripture. Eternal Union is not automatic, but is achieved only by those Baha'i couples who become "one" physically and "one" with God spiritually. To become "one" with God, one must reach the Seventh Mystical Valley in this life. At that point one is "born again" from the "human" soul into an "Angelic" Soul. At death, they go to Malakoot (Realm of the Angels). No Temple "sealing" or rite is necessary for Eternal Union. Baha'is are "sealed" by Baha'u'llah--the Holy Spirit of Promise.
The Holy Quran, the holy book of Islam, which Baha'is accept as Infallible Scripture, teaches that the Mo'meneen (Arabic: "Faithful") will be married to their spouses, and have their children with them, in Paradise.
The Administrative Order
Baha'u'llah "abrogated" the Priesthood, because the Priesthood was never meant to be an "end in itself" but only "Preparatory School". One goes to "Prep School" to prepare for University. Once a student is in University, the Preparatory School is not longer necessary. The Priesthood has been replaced with the "A.O." (Administrative Order) which consists of both men and women (except for the Universal House of Justice--which is all male). Baha'u'llah referred to the Faith as "The Cause of God" and "My Celestial Kingdom". The Baha'i Faith is believed to be, by Baha'is, the "Celestial Kingdom on Earth".
Was 'Abdu'l-Baha the Reincarnation of Jesus Christ?
The man we call "Jesus Christ" was actually two Divine Souls in one body. The WORD of God became Jesus son of Mary. Then, at His baptism, the Holy Ghost entered Jesus and dwelt "in" Him for three years. The WORD of God is described in the Apocalyse as a Slain Lamb with seven horns and seven eyes According to Xorol R. Oliver, the seven-eyed Lamb of God is symbolic of the seven incarnations of the WORD of God on this planet. She named them as:
1st Adapa of Eridu
2nd Melchizedek of Salem
3rd Pharaoh Aye son of Yuya
4th Jesus of Nazareth
5th Ali Ibin Abu Talib (cousin of the Prophet Muhammad and first Imam of the Shi''ite Muslims)
6th 'Abdu''l-Baha (eldest Son of Baha'u'llah)
7th The Seventh Angel (to appear in the 24th century).
One can say that 'Abdu'l-Baha was the "reincarnation" of the WORD of God. Human souls do not reincarnate, but have one life per material planet. According to Xorol R. Oliver, all human souls have lived on two planets before planet Earth, and all human souls will live on other planets: one lifetime per planet. She called this "Consecutive Incarnation".
'Abdu'l-Baha was asked "Are you Christ?" and He replied that the only title He wanted to be known by was "Servant of Glory" (Arabic: 'Abdu'l-Baha). Notice, that He did not deny He was Christ returned, He merely said that He refused any title but "Servant of Glory".
The term "Christ" can only rightfully belong to Jesus, because "Christ" (Hebrew: Messiah) is a technical term meaning "Anointed". It means a Man in Whom the Holy Spirit "dwells". The Holy Ghost, the Father, dwelt "in" Jesus from His baptism in the Jordan River, to the Cross. The Father (Christ) left Jesus alone on the Cross, which is the reason why Jesus cried out: "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
The reason "why" Jesus had to die on the Cross, is explained in the teachings of Xorol R. Oliver. Aye son of Yuya, who dwelt in the Garden of Maru-Aten about 1350 B.C., committed a "sin" with Princess Khiyah. His soul "fell" (died). Our souls also "died" in the Spirit-World. This soul-death was eternal in nature, unless Aye "returned" to "atone" for that sin. This was done.
God does not punish one Son of God (Jesus) for the sins of a different son of God (Adam). Had not Jesus died on the Cross, then our souls would be eternally dead in the Spirit-World. As in Adam all die, so in Christ all shall be made alive.
Mormons are taught that Jesus is Jehovah, the Son of Elohim. But Joseph Smith believed and taught that Jehovah and Elohim were the Same Being, and that Jesus was the Son of Jehovah/Elohim. Mormons are never told this.
Mormons are taught that Adam is Michael the Archangel, and Jesus is the Son of Jehovah. Adam is called "the Son of God" in Luke 3:38. In Paul's first epistle (letter) to the Christians of Thessalonia (in Greece), Paul writes that the Lord (Jesus) will come "with a shout" and "with the Voice of the Archangel" (1 Thess. 4:15-17). Paul is identifying Jesus was the Archangel.
Mormon doctrine "changes" over time. Brigham Young taught that Adam was the Father of our spirits (Adam-God Doctrine), but, today, anyone who teaches the Adam-God Doctrine is excommunicated. Joseph Smith taught that Jesus was the Son of Jehovah, but, again, the Church today teaches that Jesus ___is_ Jehovah, the Son of Elohim. Mormons are never told of these contradictions. They are told only enough to make them blindly obedient to Mormon leaders.
The Quorum of the 12 in 1841 taught:“We believe in God the Father, who is THE GREAT JEHOVAH and head of all things, and that Christ is the Son of God, co-eternal with the Father” (Times and Seasons; Vol. 3, p.358; November 15, 1841).
And Joseph Smith, in a letter he penned in 1842, wrote:“O Thou, who seest and knowest the hearts of all men—Thou eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent JEHOVAH—God—Thou Elohim, that sittest, as saith the Psalmist, ‘enthroned in heaven,’ look down upon Thy servant Joseph at this time; and let faith on the name of THY SON Jesus Christ, to a greater degree than Thy servant ever yet has enjoyed, be conferred upon him, even the faith of Elijah; and let the lamp of eternal life be lit up in his heart, never to be taken away; and let the words of eternal life be poured upon the soul of Thy servant, that he may know Thy will, Thy statutes, and Thy commandments, and Thy judgments, to do them” (History of the Church; Vol.5, ch.6, p.127-128; 1842).
Mormons today believe the following:
1. Church doctrine has been consistent from the days of Joseph Smith until today.
2. The current Living Prophet (Thomas S. Monson) speaks to Jesus as a man speaks with another man, in the Temple, frequently.
3. Church doctrine has never changed.
4. Church leaders have had visions and received Revelation, but they do not publish them because they are too sacred.
NONE OF THE ABOVE IS TRUE. It is all false. Thomas S. Monson speaks to God in prayer, like all Mormons do. Thomas S. Monson has never seen Jesus, nor spoke to him like one man speaks to another: face to face. Mormon leaders do not prophesy, nor see visions, nor receive "Thus saith the LORD" Revelations. All that ended with Wilford Woodruff. Church doctrine (teachings) has changed, in major ways, since the days of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
Joseph Smith never considered his prophecies, visions, and Revelations to be "too sacred" to NOT speak about or NOT publish! The reason "why" Thomas S. Monson has published NO prophecies, NO visions, and NO Revelations, is because he has uttered No prophecies, seen NO visions, and received NO Revelations!
Joseph Smith taught that Jesus was the SON OF Jehovah, and that Jehovah/Elohim was the same Being: God the Father.
'Abdu'l-Baha versus Joseph F. Smith
When 'Abdu'l-Baha went to Salt Lake City on September 29th, 1912, the President of the Church at that time was Joseph F. Smith: the son of Hyrum Smith and the nephew of Joseph Smith (Church Founder). At that time, in 1912, President Joseph F. Smith, president of the Mormon Church, taught the following:
*God is an exalted White Man.
*God stepped down from His throne and "begot" Jesus, with Mary, exactly like any mortal male begets a mortal son (Google: "Box Elder Stake Conference" and "Joseph F. Smith")
*Adam and Eve were two white people, the first people, who lived in the Garden of Eden, which is now Jackson County, Missouri, and there was no death anywhere on planet Earth before Adam ate a fig given to him by Eve, given to her by Lucifer who was in the form of a talking snake.
*Cain was a white man like his parents, but he killed Abel, so the Lord changed Cain from a white man into the first Negro, and Cain married a white sister, and the Lord changed her into the second Negro.
*Negroes are the cursed and inferior children of Cain, a black skin is the Mark of Cain, and the only way Negroes will enter into the Celestial Kingdom is a servants of faithful white Mormons.
In none of his sermons or General Conference talks, did President Joseph F. Smith "warn" the Mormons of the coming World War in 1914, nor of the Spanish Flu (1918-1920) that killed a 50th of the world's population, including 1 in 50 of all Mormons. Not a "WORD" of warning about either. Joseph F. Smith was the only Mormon Church President to be convicted of attempted manslaughter while Church President. He was convicted of attempting to kill his next door neighbor, whose cows were eating grass on Joseph F. Smith's ranch. The Mormon judge gave Joseph F. Smith probation.
Joseph F. Smith refused to meet with 'Abdu'l-Baha, when He came to the Gordo House (at that time the H.Q. of the Church). 'Abdu'l-Baha and His entourage were turned away.
On the other hand, what did 'Abdu'l-Baha teach in the year 1912? He taught the following:
*God is a Universal Unknowable Essence, Who has never been a man.
*The Names and Attributes of God become Men, such as Buddha, Krishna, and Baha'u'llah.
*Baha'u'llah was the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Ghost incarnate.
*Jesus was born of Mary, a literal virgin, and the Holy Spirit (Baha'u'llah)
*Negroes have black skin NOT because of any curse of God, and they are not cursed, but their black skin was given them to help them endure the oppressive rays of the Sun near the equator.
*Negroes are not the children of Cain, not under any Divine Curse, and are only ignorant because education has been denied them.
*Adam was not the first human being, but the first of a new race of men.
*Mankind once lived in the ocean, and then walked on four legs, and then lived in the trees, before he became as he now is.
*Men and women are equal in the eyes of God, and women should be able to serve in all professions and in government, and in fact women are preferred to serve in government.
*The Priesthood is like a School for Boys; once the boys become men, the School for Boys is no longer necessary.
*The living and dead do not need water baptism, but they need the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
*The dead are benefited by Prayers for the Dead, but not by proxy baptism.
*A Great War shall erupt in Europe, and kill millions.
*Europe hall rise up against the Jews of Europe.
*A Great Plague will soon descend upon mankind, and sweep away a portion with it.
*A new weapon will be invented that will devastate Japan, and, if unchecked, it will destroy all of Humanity.
*One day, America and Utah will be full of Baha'is.
'Abdu'l-Baha was knighted by the British in 1920, because, in 1917, He ordered that Baha'i farmers plant extra crops. In 1918 and 1919, the Great Famine of Northern Palestine hit. However, thousands of lives were saved because of the extra crops, ordered by 'Abdu'l-Baha in 1817. The great majority of those saved from death by these extra crops were Muslims and Druze. He became known as Sir Abbas Effendi 'Abdu'l-Baha: Knight of the British Empire.
O tell me, Dear Reader, in 1912, whom would have you followed? Whom would you have said "This is a Man of God!"? President Joseph F. Smith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Sir Abbas Effendi 'Abdu'l-Baha: the Eldest Son of Baha'u'llah?
If you were a Mormon in the year 1912, you would have said: "I KNOW that President Joseph F. Smith is a true Prophet of God, and God's sole mouthpiece on Earth. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!"
The Man "JESUS CHRIST" was composed of Two Divine Beings in one body: the Father (Holy Ghost) and the Son (WORD of God). The LORD said to Joseph Smith:"Ye were in the beginning with the Father, that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of Truth." (D&C 93:23)
Mormon doctrine has changed A LOT since Joseph Smith, and since Brigham Young, and even since Joseph F. Smith. But Baha'i doctrine has not changed at all since the days of 'Abdu'l-Baha. Truth is Eternal. It does not "change".
Choose ye this day:
a) Joseph F. Smith (and his successor Thomas S. Monson)
c) None of the above.
Did Joseph F. Smith warn the Saints about World War One? No. Did he warn the Saint of the Spanish Flu which would kill 1 in 50 of the Earth's population? No. Did he warn of the Atomic bomb? No. Did he warn the Jews of Europe that Europe would soon rise against them? No. Did he warn people NOT to take the Titanic? Nope. Do YOU agree with his teachings regarding God being a White Man, having sex with Mary (His spirit-daughter), "Negroes" being the Cursed children of Cain, Adam and Eve as first humans, no death before Adam bit into a fig, or the rest?
Did Joseph F.Smith perform any supernatural miracles? Nope. Not even "one". 'Abdu'l-Baha performed many.
Did Joseph F. Smith utter any prophecies? Nope. Not even "one". 'Abdu'l-Baha uttered many prophecies, and all of them were fulfilled to the letter!
Did you known that Joseph Smith taught that Jesus was NOT Jehovah, but the "Son of Jehovah"? Did you know that Brigham Young taught that Adam was God the Father of our spirits? Did you know that for 130 years (1848 to 1978), Mormon Prophets and Apostle taught that "Negroes" were "cursed and inferior children of Cain" and banned them from all Mormon temples and the Mormon priesthood? That was NOT taught as "folklore" but as official Church doctrine. Did you know that Mormon leaders do NOT prophesy, do NOT see visions, and do NOT receive "Thus saith the Lord" Revelation???
>Do you agree with the teachings of Joseph F. Smith, nephew of Joseph Smith Jr., and President of the LDS Church in 1912? HE TAUGHT: God is an exalted resurrected white man with many wives. God had sex with Mary. Women must be subject to men. "Negroes" must serve whites on earth and in heaven. "Negroes" are the cursed/inferior children of Cain. A black skin a "sign" of God's curse. ___No mention___ of the coming World War or the Spanish Influenza that killed 1/50th of all humans. Performed ___no___ miracles. Uttered no prophecies. Convicted of attempted manslaughter: trying to KILL his neighbor (who let his cows graze on Smith's farm): given probation by a Mormon judge. In 1912, Mormons believed that Joseph F. Smith (nephew of Joseph Smith Jr.) was the closest man to God on Earth)!
Do you agree with the teachings of 'Abdu'l-Baha, the Eldest Son of Baha'u'llah? HE TAUGHT: God is not a man, but an Unknowable Essence. Men and women should have equality in all fields. The black and white races must have full equality. "Negroes" NOT cursed, and a black skin a protection from the harsh solar radiation around the equator. Jesus begotten miraculously by the Holy Spirit. Prophesied of World War One, Spanish Flu, Holocaust, etc. Performed miracles. In 1912, many Baha'is believed that 'Abdu'l-Baha (ab-dell baw-HAH) was the reincarnation of Jesus!
Whom would YOU have followed, in the year 1912??? Joseph F. Smith, the "Living Prophet" of the LDS Church, or 'Abdu'l-Baha, the "Master" and Exemplar of the Baha'i Faith? both of them taught different things. Both cannot be from God. Whose "teachings" sound more closer to God to you?
Choose one. If you say "I would have followed 'Abdu'l-Baha!" then that means you're NOT a Mormon. You're a Baha'i.
Isn't it time to STOP following "prophets" who do not prophesy, "seers" who do not see, and "revelators" who do not revelate?