During the Christmas season, naturally I think about Christ, even though I’m a Baha’i- after all, Baha’is love and revere Jesus Christ:
Through the Love of God, Christ was sent into the world with his inspiring example of a perfect life of self-sacrifice and devotion, bringing to men the message of eternal life. – Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 83.
A few days ago, I met three members of the Church of Christ at a local Starbucks. Since two of these folks were African Americans, I asked: “Do you mean the Church of God in Christ?” – an historically black church. “No!” they replied, “ours is a mixed church,” meaning a racially integrated one. So I then asked, “Who was your founder?” Their answer: Alexander Campbell (1788–1866).
They wondered what I believed, and I told them about the prophet and founder of the Baha’i Faith, “http://bahaiteachings.org/bahaullah” Baha’u’llah. As expected, they asked several questions as to what Baha’is believe about Christ: “Do Baha’is also believe that Christ died for our sins?” This led to a brief discussion of the atonement. They were very interested when I told them about the multiple competing theories of the atonement in Christianity, past and present.