AGAIN AND AGAIN, BAHA’IS, WHY IS IT THAT YOU DO NOT TRY TO CONVERT OTHERS?
(Wishing that all Baha’is will answer this question with action)
Here are my humble opinions concerning this important question:
The more we love people, the more we want to try very hard in teaching the Faith, despite all allergy, estrangement, misunderstanding, discrimination, persecution…
But there is also support, assistance, encouragement…
And in reality, the Baha’i Faith is emerging prestigiously everywhere in the world. I feel more and more exciting in bringing the word Baha’i into people’s eyes, ears and souls without expecting immediate results. Because:
Human beings need much more time to think about truth, spirituality, divinity, immortality, the love and knowledge of God….
When a person starts his search, it takes time for him to become an active seeker, a true seeker.
It takes time for him to obtain the right book, to meet the friendly introducer, to see some sparks of light from the word Baha’i.
Then it takes time for his learning and understanding.
It takes time for practicing, and practicing sincerely and devotedly.
It takes time to enter the harmonious life with co-religionists and with humanity at large.
Yes, it takes time for all communities to concert efforts in translating the Divine Plan of Baha’u’llah into reality.
Yes, therefore, I try to serve urgently every day and make my mind to wait patiently for a few centuries, before the human race hail God thankfully in His Kingdom on earth.
Baha’is, why is it that you do not try to convert others?
Asked by B Knott Wildered
For me, I will readily share my beliefs but if you tell me you are not interested, I will leave you alone as far as matters of spirituality. But I love to share with those I love. Yet another gustatory concoction of mine that has won kudos in the past, a new flavor of ice cream or a glimpse of newly-hatched bluebirds in one of my bird houses. I will offer to share my faith with you in the same manner I will offer a serving of some dish I have created to let you see if it is to your taste. If it is not, then by offering I have done my part, have done all I can and should do.
A second reason that I like to share it is I firmly believe that the Baha’i Faith is the only way mankind has to achieve world peace. Not just the best way, but the only way. Furthermore, I believe there is a critical mass that when reached, when enough hearts are attracted to Baha’u'llah we will have world peace almost overnight. I am doing what I can to help reach that critical mass.
A final(?) reason I readily share it is that I do not believe I have the right to choose for you. If I tell you the Baha’i Faith exists and share just a bit of it with you, then you have the choice to investigate it or not. If I choose not to tell you about it, I have made a choice for myself, but I have made one for you also. In effect, I have chosen that you will not investigate it for yourself. (Yes, I realize this is related to the first, but I felt it important to emphasize.)
To conclude, it is only here that I will at least sometimes try several times to pique your interest, but even here, if I feel I have sufficiently done my part, I will bother you no more. I will ever be available and ready to answer questions, but you first have to let me know you are interested.
3 weeks ago
Best Answer by Cleth – Chosen by Asker
I always try very actively to introduce the Baha’i Faith, because mankind need urgently this new Message of God to solve the global problems of this Age of human maturity. If people don’t know about it, it is really my fault.
But I have no power to convert people. Any persons who turn to God, God will enlighten their minds and lead them to all truth.
You can read this blog to see how hard I am trying:
This is the source of my learning:
Very well put, and exactly why I am here. I would rather have 10,000 people here asking why I am bothering them over 1 there saying “Why didn’t you?” Not sharing with others takes their choice away. I have no right to do that.
Thanks, my brother!
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“These are among the attributes of the exalted, and constitute the hall-mark of the spiritually-minded. They have already been mentioned in connection with the requirements of the wayfarers that tread the path of Positive Knowledge. When the detached wayfarer and sincere seeker hath fulfilled these essential conditions, then and only then can he be called a true seeker. Whensoever he hath fulfilled the conditions implied in the verse: “Whoso maketh efforts for Us,” he shall enjoy the blessings conferred by the words: “In Our Ways shall We assuredly guide him.” (Baha’u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u'llah, p. 266)
I wait, wait, and wait
For few centuries before
Mankind hail their God
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