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"This light of the intellect is the highest light that exists, for it is born of the Light Divine. "The light of the intellect enables us to understand and realize all that exists, but it is only the Divine Light that can give us sight for the invisible things, and which enables us to see Truths that will only be visible to the world thousands of years hence." (Abdu’l Baha, Ferraby p. 62.)

Know thou of certainty that the unseen can in no wise incarnate his essence and reveal it to men. To every discerning and illumined heart it is evident that God the unknowable essence the divine being. (Bahá'u'lláh Gleanings pg. 49)

"There is none other God but Thee, the Inaccessible, the Omnipotent, the Omniscient, the Holy of Holies."( Bahá'u'lláh Gleanings) 

Abdul Baha writes "therefore all that the human reality discovers and understands of the names the attributes and the perfection of god refer to his holy manifestations, there is no access to anything else."


Its been said you can't talk or teach what you don’t know personally. Not only is a Bahá'í unable to know God personally He is forbidden to try.  He's so shrouded in mystery he sends us revelators, educators for mankind to learn of his attributes through them. Yet he still is unknowable to both them and us. Why join a religion that can't put you in touch with the one their teaching about.  Attributes are not the person, although they point to them.  Imagine knowing your wife by her attributes! Would they bring you closer to her?

Although Bahá'í's teach that God is unknowable in his essence, they believe that God does reveal something of himself to man, such as a attribute especially through his "manifestations" (Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, Bahá'u'lláh, etc.).These manifestations are like a reflection from heaven.

The Bahá'í say God is unknowable in that one cannot have a relationship with the God they follow, in the footsteps of their predecessors Islam God cannot be directly known.

This is intellectually disastrous and is refuted by Jesus' statement to Philip recorded in Jn. 14 "If you had known Me you would have known My Father also, and from now on you know him and have seen him." as he said prior to this in Jn.12 and "he who sees Me, sees Him who sent Me."  He has the same nature as God the Father and this knowing was more than just a personal knowledge. It was a contact and communion with the very essence of God, a communion with God himself.  To know Jesus would be equivalent to knowing the God who is invisible. God is knowable in a personable way but only through Jesus, the only Christ. Col.2:9 says "For in him dwells ALL the fullness of deity bodily." The Bible says this is eternal life, that they may know you even Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Why? Because He is the eternal God come in the form of man.

Speaking about the manifestation for each age "He hath, moreover, conferred upon Him a double station. The first station, which is related to His innermost reality, representeth Him as One Whose voice is the voice of God Himself. To this testifieth the tradition: "Manifold and mysterious is My relationship with God I am He, Him himself, and He is I, Myself, except that I am that I am and He is that he is." ( p.66-67 GLEANINGS FROM THE WRITINGS OF BAHA'U'LLA'H)

Here we find Bahá'í's founder taking God's name and applying it to himself, which can never be approved by God.

In almost all religions one is unable to know God, but only obey him by his requirements and rules.  This portrays a God who is far removed from us personally and has only left rules to be followed. One's relationship is to rules instead of to the one who gave them.  In this manner Bahá'í follows its predecessor Islam. Rules and commandments don’t give relationship. As Christians we follow Christ a person, not rules per se.  The God of the Bible is uniquely interested in each persons life by wanting to have personal communication and guidance if we will allow him.  The choice is up to each individual whether they be Bahá'í, Muslim or Jewish. God desires this more than we do for ourselves.



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