Reach Christians Effectively - David Young - 7 Para

Jesus Greater Moses: (20:0)

Basis for Christian Belief: "For this man (Jesus) was counted worthy of more glory than Moses." (heb 3:3)
Some Baha'i Quotes: (20:1) see

1. "If in the days of Jesus Christ, the Jews had forsaken imitation and investigated reality, they would assuredly have believed in and accepted Him, for the messianic effulgence was far greater than the Mosaic. The Sun of Reality, when it appeared from the dawning point of Christ, was in the midsummer sun in brilliancy and beauty. (pup 274) (20:2)

2. "Likewise, must we set aside prejudice in considering other divine Educators by investigating reality. For instance, let us take Christ. He achieved greater results than Moses." (pup 345) (20:3)

3. "These Manifestations of God have each a two-fold station. One is the station of pure abstraction and essential unity. In this respect, if thou callest them by one name, and dost ascribe to them the same attribute, thou hast not erred from the truth.. The other is the station of distinction, and pertaineth to the world of creation and to the limitations thereof. In this respect, each Manifestation of God hath a distinct individuality, a definitely prescribed mission, a predestined Revelation, and specially designated limitations." (kiq 152, 176) [therefore, in the station of "pure abstraction and essential unity" Moses and Jesus are the same. But in the station of "distinction" Jesus achieved greater results than Moses] (20:4)

4. "To prevent an act of cruelty, Moses stuck down an Egyptian and afterward became known among men as a murderer, more notable because the man He had killed was of the ruling nation." (saq 15) "Reflect upon the strange and manifold trials with which He doth test His servants. Consider how He hath suddenly chosen from among His servants, and entrusted with the exalted mission of divine guidance Him Who was known as guilty of homicide.. Likewise, reflect upon the state and condition of Mary.. How could she claim that a Babe Whose father was unknown had been conceived of the Holy Ghost? (kiq 55-56) "..why should the Qiblih have been changed, thus casting such dismay amongst the people, causing the companions of the Prophet to waver, and throwing so great a confusion into their midst? Yea, such things as throw consternation into the hearts of all men come to passed only that each soul may be tested by the touchstone of God, that the true may be known and distinguished from the false." (kiq 52) [God's way is to test the hearts of the people with events in the lives of the Manifestation which are contrary to the standards of conduct the people expect so that the hearts of the true believer can be known from the false] (20:5)

5. "All the divine discourses containing reproof, though apparently addressed to the Prophets, in reality are directed to the people.. every Prophet is the expression of the whole of the people. So the promise and speech of God addressed to Him is addressed to all. Generally the speech of reproach and rebuke is rather too severe for the people and would be heartbreaking to them.. when the children of Israel rebelled and said to Moses: "We cannot fight with the Amalekites, for they are powerful, mighty and courageous." God then rebuked Moses and Aaron, though Moses was in complete obedience and not in rebellion.. Furthermore, in Numbers (20:23) (it is said) "..for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against My word at the water of Meribah.." Observe: the people of Israel rebelled, but apparently the reproach was for Moses and Aaron. As it is said in (deu 3:26).. "But the Lord was wroth with Me for your sakes, and would not hear Me: and the Lord said unto Me, Let it suffice Thee; speak no more unto Me of this matter.. Now this discourse and reproach really refer to the children of Israel.." (saq 167-169) (20:6) see

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Reach Christians Effectively - David Young