Christmas is an important day in the Christian calendar, a day set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Over time, it has taken on a universal character and is celebrated by many across the globe irrespective of religious affiliation. But what does the occasion mean to members of the Bahá’í Faith?
The subject of Satan or the devil comes up frequently in religious discourse, especially in the Abrahamic faiths. But who or what is the devil? Is it an actual living being created by God? If so, why are its evil attributes and diabolical actions so diametrically opposed to God’s sublime nature?
Although conversion from one religion to another is not a new thing, not every faith group is amused when it loses members to conversions. We examine the reasons behind the drive for conversions in Christianity (and, to a lesser extent, in Islam).
The concept of the Kingdom of God (or Kingdom of Heaven) was at the heart of the mission of Jesus the Christ, who also associated it with events of the Second Coming? But what is this Kingdom, and is it to be established on earth or in heaven?
While Christians continue their long wait for the Second Coming of Jesus, several other religious groups claim that the Second Advent has already occurred and point to their respective founders as the promised Christ. We look at five such messianic claimants and the nature of their claims.
Christians are in expectation of the Second Coming of Jesus. But while the Gospel verses favoured by them seem to anticipate a universal awareness of the Christ as he descends majestically from above, other verses seem to suggest otherwise. What are we to make of this?
The Second Coming of Jesus is a challenging subject to discuss, but its occurrence is bound to affect everyone on earth. There is no authoritative word as to how such a messianic advent will unfold. Opinions and doctrines differ, and misinterpretation of prophecy is rife across all religious groups.
With the Covid-19 pandemic raging across all parts of the globe, having easy access to appropriate prayers can offer a welcome relief to many, Surveyed here are a few Bahá’í prayers that can serve the needs of all people irrespective of religious affiliation.
Everyone is born unique and matures within cultural, environmental, political, ethnic, and economic settings that can differ widely. He might also grow up within any one of the existing religious systems. Despite such vast differences, what would the characteristics of a true believer be like?
Some worshippers claim that members of their respective faiths are the only true believers on earth. But who deserves to be called a believer before God?
The crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus are at the core of Christian belief. But what does the resurrection of Jesus mean? And how does that relate to the life and death of other Founders of religions?
The Abrahamic faiths' conception of heaven, hell, and the hereafter differs from that of the Eastern religions. Which of these two viewpoints is closer to the truth? And is the heaven and hell of the afterlife the same as that associated with the Second Coming of Jesus? This article explores.
The Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism subscribe to the doctrine of reincarnation—i.e, the rebirth of souls after physical death. How compatible is that with the Abrahamic faiths' teachings on life after death and the concept of heaven and hell?
While it is generally believed that man is living in the Last Day, the related messianic eschatology abounds with myths and misconceptions. Will the world come to an end as some claim, for instance. This article looks at some of the likely misconceptions of the end times.
The question as to whether one religion can be so perfect as to remain the final religion for mankind, never to be superseded until the end of time, is one that is promoted by the adherents of some religious systems. The validity of such a claim is explored in this article.
The question as to whether Jesus is God or the Son of God is one that divides Christians and other faith groups, especially Muslims. Christians hold on to that belief as a basic tenet of their faith, while others are baffled by it. The truths and myths of this matter are explored in this article.
There is a belief amongst some religious groups that the Christian Holy Bible is not authentic but has been tampered with or changed and altered from the original. Is this really so? This article explores this question.
Women have historically suffered discrimination and oppression in society and even in religion. The Baha'i Faith though is a strong advocate of gender parity, the education of girls, empowerment of women and enhancement of female rights. It is a religion founded by Baha'u'llah in the 19th century.
Sincere worshippers don’t often see interreligious arguments and disputes as spiritually damaging and on a par with such ills as religious intolerance, prejudice, discrimination, and even conflicts.
I had a nasty surprise the other day for “daring” to give an introduction to my religion, the Bahá’í Faith, in an interfaith WhatsApp group. Here follows a brief introduction to my faith, along the lines of what I had shared on the WhatsApp platform in audio format.