Each religion starts small, evolves over centuries, and brings about far-reaching societal transformation. A paradigm shift then occurs in society for which the religion is unable to offer a credible answer.
Christians expect Jesus to return imminently, descending majestically from above and seen by all. But here is why he comes as normally and quietly as he did the first time.
Muslims are certain Muhammad is the last Prophet of God and Islam is humanity's final religion. How can this viewpoint be reconciled with the Islamic belief in the imminent return of Isa (Jesus)?
In the Bible, God promises Abraham that from his seed all the nations and families of the earth will be blessed. We look at five nations through which this promise has been fulfilled.
What is in a number? A lot, if that number happens to be 19 and if it concerns Islam and its holy book, the Qur’an.
For the most part, Christians do not care much about Muhammad. They do not see his name in the Bible—which is why they are not overly impressed by his claim to be a Prophet of God.
John’s Book of Revelation features wars in heaven. But could there really be wars in such a holy environment where the Almighty, All-Consuming God resides?
Interest in psychic phenomena is widespread. And most people will dabble all too readily in them if given the chance. What they may not be aware of, however, is that there are grave dangers associated with psychic practices.
The gospel parables of the kingdom offer perspectives on the unfoldment of the end times that one cannot find elsewhere. They help provide a more complete and credible picture of how the Second Advent unfolds.
“Are we alone in the universe?” is a question everyone is asking but no one seems to know for sure. Well, one religion does have an answer. It affirms that man is not alone in this vast universe.
The world cannot be held hostage by nuclear weapons forever. There will come a time when the imperative necessity for comprehensive nuclear disarmament will be universally felt. Will that day come peacefully or it will be in the midst of carnage?
The poem is a reflection on the tumultuous times we live in. Amid the upheavals of the times is a countervailing push toward order, unity, and peace, but it requires the participation of all.
Is Michael a Persian prince or an Archangel? Daniel has an answer, but it goes far beyond anything most Christians might be willing to contemplate. And yet seldom could a Messianic prophecy be of such clarity and directness as this vision of Daniel.
The struggling worker is always in need of somewhere to turn to. Prayers can offer hope, strength, and support. Try the following Bahá’í prayers if you don’t know how to pray.
In the Bible, we read about the Transfiguration of Jesus, But do you know that several other holy souls were also transfigured?
There is a reference in the Apocalypse to a beast with the number 666 representing a specific individual. The Apocalypse is about the Second Advent, so shouldn’t knowing this man open a door to a deeper understanding of the Event?
There comes a time when one feels an inner urge to connect with the Creator—not for any mundane reason but to tap into the great spiritual energy from on High. The prayers in this article could be used in such moments.
Ask a Bahá’í, and he will tell you that the Second Advent of Jesus has long occurred. A Christian would of course instantly dismiss such a claim as blatantly false and manifestly impossible. But is that the biblical way to respond to such a momentous claim?
The similarities between Jesus and the Báb (and, to a lesser extent, Bahá’u’lláh and other Founders of religions) are indeed intriguing. The subject is explored here.
Three “woes” are depicted in John’s Book of Revelation. What are these woes, and how do they relate to the advent of the promised Christ?
The Apocalypse of John makes intriguing references to the Tree of Life. But is this not the same tree that was put out of man's reach in Genesis, the first Book of the Bible? Then what is it now doing in the Bible's last Book?
It is called “the great River Euphrates” by the Apocalypse of John. Why is this river called “great”? And why does the Land of the Euphrates feature in a Book dedicated to the signs of the end times?
Man errs all the time and is thus always in need of divine forgiveness. Not all can find the words to pray, however. Revealed here are some prayers for forgiveness, mostly Bahá’í (but also from the Gospel), that can be used or adapted for use by anyone irrespective of religious affiliation.
After scouring the universe for the identity of the man known by the number 666, it is time for Christians to focus on the religion of Islam because it contains the answers to many of the mysteries of the Apocalypse, including the number 666.
The secret of the end times is that it unfolds over a long period spanning three distinct phases. While the Messianic Advent occurs in the first phase, it is only in the third phase that “every eye” will “see” the promised Christ.
The secret of the end times is that it unfolds over a long period spanning three distinct phases. The Messianic Advent occurs in the initial phase; in the middle phase, Christians begin to take notice.
The secret of the end times is that it unfolds over a long period spanning three distinct phases. The Promised Christ makes his appearance only in the initial phase, with little fanfare and unknown to the vast majority of the world's people.
This article offers a summary of each of the six articles written by this author on John’s "Book of Revelation."
For many Christians, Islam is nothing short of an enigma: Is it a true or false religion? Take a look at these prophecies of Muhammad in the Bible for an answer.
By a logical analysis and sequencing of events, this insightful book attempts to demystify many of the symbols, scenarios, and themes of John’s Book of Revelation. Here follows an overview of what to expect from its contents.
The Bible’s Book of Revelation foreshadows the gathering of the world’s nations “to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” And the name of the place? Armageddon! But what exactly Is Armageddon? If it is indeed a place, where is it? And when is the battle?
Discuss a new religion with a Christian and you are likely to be reminded of warnings in the Bible about false Christs. But how easy can it be to tell a true Christ from a false prophet?
While having the wherewithal to take care of all one's material needs and worldly interests can be immensely liberating, not many pause to contemplate the deeper and more mystical aspects of wealth and riches.
Why does John’s Apocalypse allude to the appearance of two Messiahs on the Last Day when most scholars of the Bible seem convinced of the coming of the one and only Jesus Christ of Nazareth? This question is explored in this article.
This article explores the interrelationship between the Lamb and the Being on the heavenly throne referred to in John’s Apocalypse as “God”.
In helping children to cultivate the habit of prayer, parents will need to provide them with orisons that are both inspiring and varied. Bahá’í prayers not only satisfy such a need but are usable by anyone irrespective of religious affiliation.
Dedicating a bit of time each day to prayer and meditation can be a very fulfilling exercise. In that regard, here are some Bahá’í daily prayers that anyone can use.
The Book of Revelation mainly revolves around two holy Figures. One is described as Lord God Almighty seated on a throne in heaven. The other is a Lamb that appears at first to be a representation of Jesus. The article explores the true identity of this Lamb.
John’s vision in the Bible's Book of Revelation mainly revolves around two holy Entities. One is described as Lord God Almighty seated on a throne in heaven. But could this mysterious Being really be the Infinite, Omnipresent Creator of the Universe?
From time to time, we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations. Having recourse to prayer then becomes our source of strength and composure. If you find yourself in a difficult situation and wish to pray but don't know how, the Bahá’í prayers (and others) featured here could be of use to you.
Christians (and Muslims) expect to welcome on earth the same Jesus who hailed from Nazareth and walked the streets of Palestine 2,000 years ago. But there are strong indications in the Bible that the Holy One who comes will be a different personage.
The Bible contains a huge array of prophecies of the end times. Yet unfortunately for worshippers, many of the related Messianic expectations popularly held by them will not happen as they anticipate.
Jesus cited mundane occurrences like wars, famines, and pandemics as signs of the Second Advent. Over the past century, man has gone beyond these to explode the atom bomb, walk on the moon, and aim for the stars. Why were these earthshattering developments not foreseen in the end-time prophecies?
The threat of nuclear war and the spectre of World War III have loomed large in the consciousness of the world in recent times. A war involving atom bombs can only inflict unimaginable horrors on humankind. There are paradoxes associated with a nuclear conflict, though. We look at some of these.
Hints and threats of nuclear confrontation have become a subject of discussion worldwide in recent times. Such a development must ginger all to urgently explore issues of safety and survivability in the context of a nuclear apocalypse.
The world is in crisis. A world-engulfing nuclear conflagration hovers ominously on the horizon. But what are the deeper causes of this situation and what can the scriptures tell us?
Just before the start of his divine mission, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to fast and be tempted by the devil. But what does this temptation really mean? Why did it have to happen? And was it all literal?
Did a Garden of Eden exist in a literal sense? Were Adam and Eve the first humans on earth? And were their tranquil lives disrupted through the evil machinations of a snake? What was the forbidden fruit? And what was the tree of life? These and other questions are explored in this article.
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 Advent. But what is this Kingdom? Is it to be established here on Earth or it is uniquely an aspect of 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 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 for how such a messianic advent will unfold. Opinions and doctrines differ, and misinterpretation of prophecy is rife across all religious groups.
Having easy access to appropriate prayers when sick or stressed 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. They 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 conception of heaven, hell, and the hereafter in the Abrahamic faiths differs from that of the Eastern religions. Which of these two viewpoints is closer to the truth? And is there a direct relationship between the Judgment of the Last Day and the heaven and hell of the afterlife?
Many Eastern religions subscribe to the doctrine of reincarnation—the rebirth of souls after physical death. How compatible is that with the Abrahamic faiths' teachings?
While it is generally believed that man is living in the Last Day, Christian eschatology abounds with myths and misconceptions. Would the world soon 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 of whether Jesus is God or the Son of God 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, changed, or altered from the original. Is this really so? This article explores this question.
Women have faced and continue to face oppression, especially in the religious sphere. But for one faith, the time has come for the God-given rights of women to be fully recognised and celebrated.
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 shared originally in audio format.