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False Prophets (16:0)

Christ said "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing" (mat 7:15) (16:1) see

Bahá'u'lláh uses the very same imagery when referring to the clergy: "O ye that are foolish, yet have a name to be wise! Wherefore do you wear the guise of shepherds, when inwardly ye have become wolves, intent upon my flock" (hwd 30:2) (16:2) see

Additionally, false prophets will: (16:3)

1. Bear evil fruit (mat 7:17) (16:4) see

2. Come at the end of the age and will deceive many, even the elect.. (mat 24:11 & 24) (16:5) see

3. Bring heresies into Christianity (2pe 2:1-3) (16:6) see

4. Arise amongst the Christians (2pe 2:1) (16:7) see

5. Show covetousness and false words (2pe 2:3) (16:8) see

Clearly these do not apply to Bahá'u'lláh, but how well do they fit much of present-day clergy? - [also in early church (Gal 1:6-9)] (16:9) see

Christ said: "Ye shall know them by their fruits.. (mat 7:16-20) ["the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.." (Paul) gal 5:22-23 (16:10) see

Each individual should make his own independent search for truth, not accept another's findings. Each person is responsible for his relationship with God.. (16:11)

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