19 Myths Bahá'ís LOVE!


Soon after a religion is founded by a Revelator, it begins to attract false traditions. If these false traditions go unchecked, they become "doctrine" (official teaching). There are very popular "myths" in the Faith. These myths were never taught by the Central Figures nor the Guardian. They cannot be found in the Holy Writings, nor in the Pilgrim's Notes. They were "invented" beliefs by ordinary Bah&aacuite;'ís. Over time, they went from "opinion" into "popular belief". I will outline 19 "popular but mistaken beliefs" that persist in the Faith. I will call them "myths". One cannot find even "one" Believer who accepts them all, but one can find these 19 Myths among the Believers. These Myths hurt the Faith, and cannot help it. Only the Truth can help the Faith. These Myths are in no particular order.

Myth #1) Jesus came to unite cities and to improve the status of minorities and women, and to prepare the way for the Greater Revelation of Muhammad.

Truth: Nothing about this exists in the Holy Writings nor even the Pilgrim's Notes. The first reference that Jesus came to "unite cities" is in a book by Esslemont called The Heart of the Gospel. Esslemont was a former Episcopal missionary and minister, heavily influenced by the "higher criticism" school of Bible scholars.

The only reference to Jesus' "mission" in the Holy Writings, is that He came to offer Himself "as a sacrifice for the sins and iniquities of all mankind." (????????????). This is also taught in the New Testament in the Epistles of Paul.

MYTH #2) Paul was a Covenant-Breaker

There is nothing in the Holy Writings about the Apostle Paul being a "Covenant-Breaker". There is a Pilgrim's Note in which Shoghi Effendi purportedly said that, but the context is unknown. Certainly the Jews considered Paul to be a Covenant-Breaker after he left the Pharisees to become a Christian. But there is no indication that Paul's writings (the majority of the New Testament) are not inspired of God or in error. 'Abdu'l-Baha refers to Paul as "Christ's greatest disciple." (?????????????????) There is no reason to question the inspiration of Paul.

MYTH #3) The New Testament is Full of Mistakes and Interpolations

There is nothing in the Holy Writings or Pilgrim's Notes to even suggest this. Certainly many Liberal Bible scholars would deny that Christ could work literal miracles; because they deny the possibility of miracles. But conservative Bible scholars would deny this.

MYTH #4) Jesus did not work any literal/physical miracles.

It is assumed that the Holy Writings deny that Christ worked literal/physical miracles because